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Microprocessors are the new cigarettes

Chip companies need to start acting their age, according to a sage analyst.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Jun 2008
Bill Gates teaser pic

Multi-threaded development joins Gates as yesterday's man

When he wasn’t ruminating at this week’s TechEd on the “millions” of servers running Microsoft’s planned on-demand services, Bill Gates was talking about how to architect software to take advantage of powerful “transistors” in massive server farms.
Phil Manchester, 06 Jun 2008

City of London pilots national fraud project

The City of London Police will pilot a national fraud project which will enable banks to report e-crime.
Kablenet, 06 Jun 2008

Dotcom icon ISP Breathe inhales Fast4

Breathe Networks Limited (BNL) has acquired small ISP Fast4 for an undisclosed sum.
Christopher Williams, 06 Jun 2008

Two top posts at NPfIT are still empty

The NHS's National Programme for IT is still looking for leaders following the departure of director general Richard Granger in January.
John Oates, 06 Jun 2008

Phone watchdog plans text spam clampdown

PhonepayPlus, the regulator responsible for the premium rate and phone-paid services industry, is planning to clamp down on the black market in lists of mobile numbers in response to growing anger at text spam.
Christopher Williams, 06 Jun 2008

Intel said to be unwilling to share USB 3.0 toys

ComputexIntel's apparently not too keen on other chipset makers building USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed USB - into their products. To that end, one website claims, the chip giant's not sharing its toys.
Tony Smith, 06 Jun 2008

CSC cranks the whalesong up to 11

LogoWatchIt's come to our attention that CSC, the "leading global consulting, systems integration and outsourcing company", has had a bit of a face-lift and is poised to unleash on an unsuspecting world its "emotionally compelling" new brand frontage - evidently the result of thousands of hours of whalesong-driven blue-sky brainstroming power brunches enveloped in a thick joss-stick-generated fug.
Lester Haines, 06 Jun 2008

Microsoft proposes gadget feature disabling tech

Depending on your point of view, it’s either intensely annoying when someone uses their phone in a train’s quiet zone, or very annoying when you’re in one and want to use your phone.
James Sherwood, 06 Jun 2008
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US Intel case delayed again

AMD vs IntelThe Intel AMD antitrust case has been delayed and now won't be heard until 2010.
John Oates, 06 Jun 2008

Virgin Media and BPI join forces to attack illegal filesharing

Virgin Media will launch a campaign against illegal downloading next week, when it’ll begin firing off warning letters to subscribers the BPI believes are sharing copyright music files.
Christopher Williams, 06 Jun 2008

AMD launches external graphics card box

ComputexAMD used the Computex show in Taipei this week to propose XGP - eXternal Graphics Platform, a slimline box you connect your GPU-lite laptop to when you need more graphics horsepower.
Tony Smith, 06 Jun 2008

Second ISS spacewalk runs on rails

Busy STS-124 mission specialists Mike Fossum and Ron Garan yesterday completed their second spacewalk outside the International Space Station, in the process carrying out preparatory work for attachment of the "Experiment Logistics Module - Pressurized Section" to Japan's Kibo laboratory.
Lester Haines, 06 Jun 2008

PSP going nowhere, gaming exec alleges

Sony hasn't a clue what to do with the PlayStation Portable (PSP), and if it doesn't sort matters out quickly, developers will desert the platform, it has been claimed.
James Sherwood, 06 Jun 2008

Wikipedia kills Greatest Show On Earth

The curtain has dropped on the web's longest running farce. Or so it seems.
Cade Metz, 06 Jun 2008

Sony Alpha 200 digital SLR

ReviewSony came to the digital SLR party late, with its first model, the Alpha 100 - launched in 2006. Its successor, the Alpha 200 (A200), is also aimed at the entry-level market. First announced in January, Sony recently sent one over for a more in-depth look.
George Cole, 06 Jun 2008

BOFH: Dealing with engineers

Episode 21
Simon Travaglia, 06 Jun 2008

Dell's wee Eee-alike loses some keys

The launch of Dell’s miniature notebook may be pushed back until late summer and feature a keyboard that’s several keys short of a full set, one of the company’s executives has confirmed.
James Sherwood, 06 Jun 2008

Besuited cubicle monkey trashes office

Those among you who've ever been forced to work in a cubicle farm will certainly enjoy this CCTV footage of what happens when a suit reaches breaking point:
Lester Haines, 06 Jun 2008

Firefox 3: now available bug-free, say devs

Mozilla is claiming the second release candidate of Firefox 3.0 is free of bugs.
John Oates, 06 Jun 2008

Biofuel 2.0 gets off ground in Kiwi airliner trial

Air New Zealand has announced that its planned airliner biofuel test will be carried out using biodiesel made from jatropha nuts. Jatropha plants, able to survive in deserts, could offer a biofuel source which would not compete with food production or drive deforestation.
Lewis Page, 06 Jun 2008

Cyber B52 strikes mooted as response to Chinese infowar

"I have watched this thing grow... to the incredible proportions it has reached today. I have studied the facts ... facts, and by projecting the statistics I realized the time has come to act. I realized I had to act before the entire will and vitality of the free Western world was sapped and polluted and made rancid... The absolutely fantastic thing is that the facts are all there for anyone who wants to see them."

Sony selects tri-colour LED backlighting for top-end TVs

Sony has unveiled its top-end range of Bravia LCD TVs, some of which feature a panel backlit by three colour LEDs - instead of the normal white light - to improve the screens' colour quality.
James Sherwood, 06 Jun 2008

Asus quietly demos Eee Box

ComputexAsus may have focused its attention during the Computex show, held in Taipei this week, on its Atom-based Eee PC 901 and 1000 sub-notebooks, but that didn't stop it showing off its Eee Box desktop.
Tony Smith, 06 Jun 2008

Microsoft Patch Tuesday promises seven fixes

Microsoft's monthly security update next Tuesday will see seven fixes including a critical update for Internet Explorer.
John Oates, 06 Jun 2008

Computex Taipei 2008

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Register Hardware, 06 Jun 2008

Harvard rivals claim smoking gun in Facebook 'code theft' case

The founders of ConnectU, an also-ran social network that emerged from Harvard University around the same time as Facebook, are renewing their charge that Mark Zuckerberg stole their ideas, amid claims of new "smoking gun" instant messenger evidence.
Christopher Williams, 06 Jun 2008

NASA chief: Europe should have own astronaut ship

NASA chief Michael Griffin has urged Europe to build its own manned space vessels, saying that he is "worried" about the period from 2010 to 2015. During those five years, no Western nation will have technology able to carry people into space.
Lewis Page, 06 Jun 2008

TfL hands out contracts for congestion charge tags

Transport for London has contracted six companies to introduce 'tag and beacon' technology for the next phase of the capital's congestion charge.
Kablenet, 06 Jun 2008

US air force chiefs sacked in robot-armada brouhaha

The civilian and uniformed heads of the US Air Force have been fired, according to reports. The two men's reluctance to unleash armadas of drone aircraft into the skies of Afghanistan and Iraq was apparently a major factor in the decision. However, there was also some unpleasantness regarding mislaid nuclear weapons, and ballistic-missile parts mistakenly shipped to Taiwan.
Lewis Page, 06 Jun 2008

Carphones making a comeback - sort of

Cars and gadgets go together like fish and chips. So much so that one intrepid retailer has hollowed out the guts of several toy cars and put a mobile phone inside them.
James Sherwood, 06 Jun 2008
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Google silences Android critics

Last month, on the official Android discussion group, David "Lefty" Schlesinger posted a message that questioned the open sourciness of Google's fledgling mobile platform. And he was promptly muzzled by Google developer advocate Dan Morrill.
Cade Metz, 06 Jun 2008

US FTC cracks open anti-trust investigation on Intel

AMD vs IntelThe US Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Intel, a move that brings mounting scrutiny on Chipzilla's pricing strategy and other business practices.
Dan Goodin, 06 Jun 2008

Amazon.com's US site KO'd!

UpdatedAmazon.com has been knocked out of service by an undiagnosed glitch that's making it impossible for people to access the website.
Dan Goodin, 06 Jun 2008

Icahn laughs at Yahoo!

Carl Icahn has tossed yet another letter at Yahoo!, reiterating his claims that it botched a possible merger with Microsoft and detailing his plans for the company should he succeed in overhauling its board of directors.
Cade Metz, 06 Jun 2008

Cavalcade of privacy watchdogs bark for data pimping probe

Fifteen privacy watchdogs - yes, fifteen - have tossed a letter at Congress, urging the House Telecommunications Subcommittee to hold public hearings on the use of so-called behavioral ad serving technologies. They want further scrutiny of ISPs pimping customer data to the likes of Phorm, NebuAd, and Front Porch.
Cade Metz, 06 Jun 2008

Eclipse slams Sun for 'mockery' of a Java process

Sun Microsystems has earned the displeasure of the Eclipse Foundation over its proposed modular Java specification alternative to the OSGi, for the next version of Java.
Phil Manchester, 06 Jun 2008

Security militia sought to brutalize ransomware virus

After discovering a new and improved virus that encrypts important files on infected machines, researchers from Kaspersky are calling on fellow security professionals to lend a hand in cracking the massive key needed to liberate the ensnared data.
Dan Goodin, 06 Jun 2008

Fellow from AMD ridicules Cell as accelerator weakling

IBM's Cell chip will struggle to woo server customers looking to turbo charge certain applications because the part has a fundamental design flaw, according to AMD fellow and acceleration chief Chuck Moore.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Jun 2008

What hell hath science wrought lately?

In the beginning, things were simple. That's arguably because people were far more stupid, but let's not split hairs.
Austin Modine, 06 Jun 2008

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