Wanted: Americans to join Al Qaeda
Al-Qaeda is getting better at using the Internet to tempt Americans into joining their cause. And that increases the threat of homegrown terrorism in the US, a Senate committee warned today.
When flash mobs go bad
An open invitation on Facebook to hold a massive water fight in Leeds has resulted in thousands of pounds worth of damage to its prize winning public garden.
Rock Group goes titsup
UpdatedRock Group PLC is in the hands of administrators who are trying to sell the UK notebook maker as a going concern.
'Great tits cope well with warming'
It's beers all round for the BBC this morning who've outregged El Reg leader writers with this deliciously suggestive offering:
MWg specs up 2008 handset roadmap
The Mobile and Wireless Group (MWg) has given Register Hardware a sneak peek at four upcoming handsets, including its first Windows Mobile 7 device, during the official launch of the firm's two latest handsets: the Atom V and Zinc II.
Microsoft orders 65nm Xbox 360 graphics chip
Claims the next incarnation of the Xbox 360's internal workings is due to begin being built into the console in August appear to be on track. Microsoft was this week said to have placed orders with chip and motherboard makers.
Texas graverobbers 'used skull to smoke dope'
Houston Police Department is investigating a teenager's claim that he and two accomplices desecrated the grave of an 11-year-old boy, severed his skull, and subsequently used it as a bong to smoke marijuana, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Sun Java chief to developers: 'We're genetic freaks'
JavaOneTodd Fast, chief architect in Sun Microsystems' Java Enterprise tools group, took a big gulp of Web 2.0 Kool-Aid at JavaOne while telling professional developers they must embrace a broader definition of "application" if they are to take advantage of the current sea change in the way software is built and delivered.
NZ bank robber stashes loot where the sun don't shine
A NZ bank robber who stashed the NZ$2,000 proceeds of a heist up his tradesman's entrance was fingered by "rustling sounds" from his "bottom area", the Southland Times reports.
Barclays Capital slashes contractor rates by 10%
Barclays Capital is forcing its IT contractors to choose between a 10 per cent pay cut or a quick exit from the company.
Local mag claims Aussie Eee PC buyers will pay extra for Linux
In a move that's going leave local Linux buffs alleging Asus has been handsomely rewarded by Microsoft, the computer maker is to charge less for the Windows version of the Eee PC 900 in Australia than the version using the open source OS.
Phone-theft hotspots named and shamed
If you’ve lost your mobile phone recently, have you tried trawling Cambridge's pubs? Because the city’s boozers are the most likely spot for handsets to ‘go missing’, according to new research.
EDF circles British nuclear powerplant sites
French nuclear energy colossus EDF, which also operates various types of non-nuclear generation in the UK, has been buying up farmland close to existing British nuke plants.
Rowling ruling bolsters privacy chief's view of data protection
The Court of Appeal's ruling in JK Rowling's privacy case confirms that a breach of other laws can result in an automatic breach of the Data Protection Act, an expert has said.
Swiss ponder the 'dignity of plants'
A Swiss government ethics committee has issued guidelines on the thorny issue of the "dignity of plants" in relation to biotech research after the country's 2004 Gene Technology Law declared that "the dignity of creatures" should be considered in any grant-funded research.
MPs say shared service sums 'don't add up'
MPs say that the Cabinet Office's claim that government could save £1.4bn a year through sharing corporate services is a "flimsy estimate at best".
Irish data protection chief in leaked report 'hack'
UpdatedThere's red faces at the office of the Data Protection Commissioner this morning after a blogger lifted an upcoming official report off its website and published it early.
Toshiba to ship laptops with Cell-based GPUs this year
Toshiba has pledged to begin selling notebooks equipped with its oddly named SpursEngine graphics chip this year. SpursEngine is based on the technology that powers the PlayStation 3's Cell processor.
Fujitsu develops world's first hi-def train simulator
Writing down the number of the 10.47 to Chichester standing in the freezing cold is fine, but now you can pretend to be the actual train driver, thanks to Fujitsu, which has developed the world’s first HD virtual railway.
Iubi Blue personal media player
ReviewAnyone after a portable 30GB media player is quite possibly going to end up with either a Cowon A3 or the Archos 605, both of which we liked. Many might argue, however, that list should also include the Iubi Blue.
Compulsory lobby register moves closer
A compulsory register of lobby companies revealing which companies or organisations are paying their bills comes a step nearer today.
Office 2007 SP1 goes automatic for the people
Microsoft will start automatically pumping out its first service packs for the Office 2007 suite next month.
Nvidia exec admits GPU line-up is numerically 'challenged'
Nvidia has admitted that its vast array of graphics chips is bewildering consumers, who find increasingly difficult to work out what does what.
Vista security credentials tarnished in malware survey
Windows Vista is better at protecting against malware than XP but more easily infected than Windows 2000, according to a study by Australian anti-virus firm PC Tools.
MSI's 10in Eee PC rival priced up in UK
How much will MSI's would-be Eee PC beater set you back? £320 for the Linux version or £350 for the Windows XP Home release, according to UK importer Expansys.
US: BAE 'could have' pirated our secret Stealth 3.0 tech sauce
Global arms and aerospace colossus BAE Systems this week released a high-profile audit into its internal ethics and served it up with a big slice of humble pie as it promised to be a better corporate citizen in future.
Windows XP SP3 sends PCs into endless reboot
Microsoft's service pack three (SP3) for Windows XP has caused havoc on hundreds of PCs, just hours after it was released as an automatic update.
NGO attacks Apple's lack of action on climate change
Apple’s MacBook Air may have received the thumbs-up from Greenpeace, but the iPhone maker should be avoided by the "climate-conscious consumer", a new eco survey claims.
Retailers risk libel nightmare over 'no-work' database
Shop staff who have been sacked or resigned while under suspicion of dodgy behaviour could soon struggle to find work, as some of the UK's top retailers are set to share information online about their employment history.
DWP still sending out passwords and discs together
The Department for Work and Pensions is still sending out discs containing confidential data together with passwords.
Boffins dismiss claim violent games turn kids into killers
Violent videogames don’t turn children into real-life murders, but they may prompt the odd harmless scuffle in the playground, two US boffins have claimed.
WiMAX gets EU harmonisation at 2.6GHz
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has started the approvals process for WiMAX to be officially recognised as a 2.6GHz technology, though Intel's bid for Swedish airwaves provides more substantial evidence of deployment plans.
FBI probe discovers counterfeit kit in US military networks
An FBI probe has uncovered the use of counterfeit networking kit by the US military, but subsequent investigations suggest a counterfeit ring more interested in money making - rather than espionage - was behind the scam.
Regulator gets power to fine for data breaches
The Information Commissioner's Office now has the power to fine organisations which deliberately or recklessly commit serious breaches of the Data Protection Act.
Live Mesh: Hailstorm take 2?
Keep an open mind, says Spolsky, in a rant about both unwanted mega-architectures, and the way big companies snaffle up all the best coders.
Dell promises replacement keyboards for wonky laptops
Dell has apologised to customers after shipping a batch of its Vostro laptops with the wrong keyboard layout.
Dell squeezes cloud into a shipping container
ExclusiveSun Microsystems endured a lot of ribbing when it first popped out a data center in a shipping container. Now, however, it looks like all the majors are heading in that direction, including Dell, which The Register has learned has a containerized data center in development.
Microsoft appeals record European Commission fine
Microsoft is appealing a record European Commission fine for not complying with a milestone European Commission anti-trust ruling.
Apple to issue refunds for sparky, prematurely dying products
Apple has agreed to give US and Canadian customers two separate settlement offers to make charges of faulty and misrepresented products go away.
Part II: How a pair of American spies created the Soviet Silicon Valley
Radio RegBased on the rather insane number of messages I've received over the last couple of weeks, you guys really, really wanted part two of our interview with Steve Usdin, author of Engineering Communism. Well, here it is.
Circuit City runs up the white flag
Circuit City's days as an independent are numbered. The ailing US electronics retailer last month received an unsolicited bid from Blockbuster, the ailing video store operator.