16th > May > 2008 Archive

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Netezza buys analytics mystery house

Data warehouse appliance maker Netezza is buying an enigmatic analytics firm based in North Carolina, NuTech Solutions.
Austin Modine, 16 May 2008

Apple will please missile makers by backing PA Semi's chip

Exclusive Apple will indeed support PA Semi's line of PowerPC-based processors, The Register has learned.
Ashlee Vance, 16 May 2008
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New game site designed to make computers smarter

Scientists have launched a new game site designed to make computers smarter by harnessing the cognition of the humans playing the games. Gwap.com, short for games with a purpose, takes a Tom Sawyer approach to solving age-old computer problems by repackaging normally mundane tasks as online fun.
Dan Goodin, 16 May 2008
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Virtual Earth puts human face on data

Project Watch: Microsoft 2008 Those who have been following Project Watch will know that I have been leading the development in a large database project using SQL Server 2008, Windows 2008 and Visual Studio 2008.
Mark Whitehorn, 16 May 2008

PS3 update fails to fix Grand Theft Auto IV woes

The thumbs of most GTA IV-owning PS3 gamers are probably red-raw by now, their only respite being the game’s inexplicable freezes. So you’d expect the latest firmware update for the console to fix the problem..?
James Sherwood, 16 May 2008
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NHS IT four years late and over budget

The NHS IT project, one of the world's largest public sector IT programmes, is already four years late.
John Oates, 16 May 2008

Captain Cyborg creates human bat with Reg baseball cap

It's come to our attention that the media's favourite cybernetically-enhanced human - Kev "Captain Cyborg" Warwick of Reading Uni - earlier this week demonstrated an echolocation hat for blind people on the Beeb's The One Show.
Lester Haines, 16 May 2008

Nvidia, AMD to launch next-gen GPUs next month

AMD and Nvidia will next month launch their next-gen GPUs. Nvidia is already telling us to expect something big early in June, and online reports claim AMD will announce its offering round about the same time.
Tony Smith, 16 May 2008
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Samsung handset promises audio bliss

You’re bound to hear lots more about Samsung’s latest handset over the next few weeks – quite literally. That’s because the F400 features several audio ‘treats’ designed to make the phone sound better than most rival music players-cum-phones.
James Sherwood, 16 May 2008
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Computacenter coughs to gloomy first quarter

Computacenter has warned of difficult trading in the first quarter of 2008, especially in France and the UK.
John Oates, 16 May 2008
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Google Translate speaks in (more) tongues

Google has announced the addition of ten new languages to its Google Translate feature, bringing the total of available tongues to 23.
Lester Haines, 16 May 2008
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Verizon lands 10-year deal to unify DHS networks

US telco Verizon yesterday announced it had won a $678.5m, ten-year deal to tie together the many disparate networks within the vast US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Lewis Page, 16 May 2008
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Government orders data retention by ISPs

Phone and internet companies will soon be forced to keep logs of internet usage to be made available to the police under a new law announced by Prime Minister Gordon Brown this week.
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 May 2008
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'Crazy rasberry ants' target Texan tech

Texans in the Houston area are battling rampaging hordes of "voracious swarming ants" which have inexplicably developed a taste for electronic equipment, Chicago Tribune reports.
Lester Haines, 16 May 2008
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Aliph shrinks, polishes bone-conduction Bluetooth headset

Women love men with chiselled jawbones, so we’re told, but will the ladies still go for you if they know you’ve made it 50 per cent smaller? Well, if you’re talking about Bluetooth headsets, then the answer is probably yes.
James Sherwood, 16 May 2008

Sharp claims record mobile fuel cell power density

Sharp has claimed the crown for the highest power density mobile fuel cell. It delivers enough power per cubic centimetre, it's said, to one day replace standard lithium-ion packs. This time it really will...
Tony Smith, 16 May 2008
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Yahoo! strikes back at Icahn

Roy Bostock, chairman of Yahoo!, has wasted no time in responding to Carl Icahn's attempt to seize control of the company's board.
John Oates, 16 May 2008
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'Difficult not to be pessimistic' says veteran IT distie

Northamber admitted it is “difficult to be other than somewhat pessimistic in the near term” as it issued an interim management statement today.
Joe Fay, 16 May 2008
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Number crunching knife crime and online ID verification

This afternoon (Friday 16 May}, Margaret Moran, MP for Luton South, will introduce the second reading of a Bill to make age and identity verification compulsory for all online retailers.
Jane Fae , 16 May 2008
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Wii controller lawsuit costs Nintendo $21m

Nintendo has vowed to fight a court order demanding it pay $21m (£10.7m/€13.5m) to a US gaming company for patent infringements associated with controllers for the Wii and GameCube.
James Sherwood, 16 May 2008

BOFH: The PFY's comeuppance

Episode 18 Episode 18
Simon Travaglia, 16 May 2008
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Is Vista ready for Business?

Reg Tech Panel Now that Windows Vista SP1 is here, you’ve got no more excuses to put off that upgrade, right? And if you have strayed in the past onto one of those ‘alternative’ (shiver) platforms such as Linux or OS X, you’ll of course be coming home to grab yourself a slice of that Wow!
Dale Vile, 16 May 2008
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HP begs AMD PC owners to put XP SP3 on ice

Hewlett-Packard has told customers not to install Windows XP service pack three (SP3) on AMD-based desktops until Microsoft and HP cough fixes to the endless reboot snafu that has wreaked havoc on PCs.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 May 2008
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Activist coders aim to deafen Phorm with white noise

Updated Coding activists have developed an application designed to confound Phorm's controversial behaviour-tracking software by simulating random web-browsing.
John Leyden, 16 May 2008
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The Moderatrix: Exclusive boudoir snap

The commenters among you who've been foolish enough to cross swords with the Moderatrix know that she doesn't suffer fools gladly - and quite right too.
Lester Haines, 16 May 2008
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Outback hack suspect denied bail

A former contractor allegedly knocked out government systems and deleted thousands of records in Australia's Northern Territories earlier this month.
John Leyden, 16 May 2008
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Pentax Optio V20 compact camera

Review Chances are that many pics in your photo album are of family and friends. Little wonder then, that camera manufacturers are devoting a lot of time and energy in providing features designed to help us take even better people shots.
George Cole, 16 May 2008

LG and Samsung shake hands over LCDs

Samsung and LG are going to buy each others' LCD panels. Samsung wants 37in displays, while LG needs 52in screens. Each will source said sizes from the other.
Tony Smith, 16 May 2008
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Thus spake the Moderatrix

Yesterday my esteemed colleague kindly offered the Reg readership a place to pour out your hearts, and so you copiously did, proving once and for all what a deeply sad distressed bunch you are.
The Moderatrix, 16 May 2008
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Bill Gates unveils interactive wallpaper

Wallpaper sales could soon begin sliding, because Bill Gates has forecast that touchscreens will feature on every vertical surface in every home in the future.
James Sherwood, 16 May 2008
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What's the best compact camera?

I'm interested in purchasing a slimish digital camera. As has been said, "there are many to chose from". So which is the best?
Alan Foan, 16 May 2008
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Orange signs multi-nation iPhone distribution deal

France Telecom's Orange offshoot has formally joined the roster of cellcos that will offer Apple's iPhone in multiple territories.
Tony Smith, 16 May 2008
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Singapore Airlines docks with Apple

If you’re a jet-setting business class flyer then you can now join the high-fi music crowd, because Singapore Airlines has launched an in-flight entertainment system supporting the iPod and iPhone.
James Sherwood, 16 May 2008
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High Court orders MPs to 'fess up on expenses

The Information Commissioner has welcomed the High Court's decision to force MPs to publish their full expenses.
John Oates, 16 May 2008
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Xbox 360 'eaten' by alligator

People have covered themselves and their possessions in animal skins since the dawn of time, but one gamer has taken things to another level by crafting an alligator-themed Xbox 360.
James Sherwood, 16 May 2008
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Qualcomm splurges on UK spectrum

US technology company Qualcomm has scooped all 17 chunks of UK-L-Band spectrum, auctioned over the last week, for a total of £8,334,000 - so you can expect MediaFLO announcements from UK operators any day now.
Bill Ray, 16 May 2008
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OLPC's a con - former insider

The former security director of the One Laptop Per Child non-profit has blasted the project for losing sight of its goals, accusing chairman Nicholas Negroponte of deceiving the public. It's all about shipping kit, says Ivan Krstić in an incendiary essay.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2008
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OLPC and Microsoft punt Windows-only XO laptop

Microsoft and the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) foundation have confirmed that the XO laptop will soon be available as Windows-loaded machines.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 May 2008
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DNS gaffe leaves spy agency totally under cover

The unavailability of the US National Security Agency website on Thursday has been linked to misconfigured DNS (Domain Name System) servers.
John Leyden, 16 May 2008
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P2P soars, licensed music flatlines

Freeloading music is more habit-forming than paying for legal downloads, according to polling in the UK.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2008
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Jihadis: We turned hacked killbots against US troops

In a strange twist of fate it has emerged that gutter hacks, writing for a well known publication offering tasty mechanically recovered news-like media product, have handed a stunning propaganda coup to jihadi terrorism. We're obviously very sorry*.
Lewis Page, 16 May 2008
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World economy group gives IPv6 big push

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) sounded an alarm bell yesterday over the rapid depletion of IPv4 internet addresses and gave the IPv6 protocol another push.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 May 2008

AMD cries foul over Intel's 'river of cash' flowing to Dell

AMD vs Intel It's document season in the ongoing anti-trust lawsuit between AMD and Intel. Last week, the companies fought over witness testimony and earlier this week a judge told Intel to fork over some documents related to interviews done as the company tried to deal with its deletion of e-mails possibly related to the case at hand. Now, we've received AMD's response to Intel's filing around the witness testimony, and a couple of tidbits fell out of the heavily censored document.
Ashlee Vance, 16 May 2008
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SANS sounds alarm on Debian OpenSSL flaw

The SANS Institute yesterday took the highly unusual step of issuing a yellow alert over a vulnerability in the cryptographic functions of Debian, the Linux distro that underpins Ubuntu.
John Leyden, 16 May 2008
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W3C 'clarifies' HTML 5 v XHTML

Potential conflicts and overlap between the first update to HTML in a decade by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and XHTML has been addressed by the standards body.
Phil Manchester, 16 May 2008
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US Congress questions legality of Phorm and the Phormettes

After telling the world it will soon pimp customer data to NebuAd - a behavioral ad targeting firm along the lines of Phorm and Front Porch - Charter Communications has received a letter from Congress questioning the legality of such pimping.
Cade Metz, 16 May 2008
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'Secure' PayPal page is... you guessed it

A serious scripting error has been discovered on PayPal that could enable attackers to create convincing spoof pages that steal users' authentication credentials..
Dan Goodin, 16 May 2008