France gets closer to 'three strikes' downloader web ban
The globalisation of internet law continues apace, as French legislators press ahead next week with the "loi Hadopi". The purpose of this proposed law is twofold: to clamp down on internet piracy, and to shift the responsibility for this clampdown firmly on to the shoulders of ISPs.
Edinburgh Fringe ticket site dead as a parrot
Edinburgh Fringe festival organisers admitted yesterday that their box office system is still out of action more than 48 hours after tickets went on sale.
Opera unleashes Kestrel
After months of public inactivity, Opera has been racing to release the latest version of its desktop browser. No guesses why. For the first time since 2003, Mozilla's FireFox looks like a modern browser, and not a skinnable memory heap testing tool.
Microsoft: keep your sticky mitts off our language runtime
It's official: Microsoft will not accept any external code contributions to its planned Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR), which will run Microsoft's new scripting languages for the web and Silverlight content on .NET
Intelligence documents left on a train
Updated:A senior civil servant has been suspended for leaving top secret intelligence documents on a Waterloo to Surrey train.
Sergey Brin books joyride on Russian rocket
Google kingpin Sergey Brin has put down $5m to book a ride into space aboard a Russian rocket, according to reports. American orbital-joyride travel agency Space Adventures revealed the move yesterday.
Phoenix eats dirt
The Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer (TEGA) aboard NASA's Phoenix Mars lander finally has an ovenful of dirt for anlaysis, following various attempts to shake the "clumpy" Martian soil into the instrument.
AMD pooh-poohs dual-core 'Kuma' cancellation claim
AMD will release dual-core chips based on its tenth-generation, K10 core design - despite rumours to the contrary.
GLAST sets its sights on gamma-ray bursts
NASA's Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) yesterday lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 16:05 GMT atop a Delta II rocket.
Property slump hits Carphone Warehouse
Carphone Warehouse hasn't been connecting as many ADSL customers as it had hoped, though apparently it's all the fault of the housing slowdown and booming sales of mobile broadband.
Pluto awarded celestial consolation prize
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has awarded poor old Pluto a consolation prize following its controversial demotion from the league of planets - other similar dwarf planets will henceforth be called "plutoids".
Intel pledges free USB 3.0 chip spec 'early H2'
Intel has denied keeping USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed USB - to itself, refuting rumours circulating around the halls at Computex last week.
AMD to pair CPUs, GPUs with Intel's physics tech
AMD is partnering with Intel to improve the way its graphics chips can handle physics and other scientific calculations.
Pope gives blessing to anti-
christ terrorist squad
The Vatican’s security service will be tapping into Interpol’s computers after setting up an in-house anti-terrorism unit.
Dodgy drug sales underpin Storm worm
Illegal pharmaceutical supply chain outfits have become the main customers of botnet farmers. Spam-pushing botnets, such as that established by the Storm worm, are raking it in advertising dodgy drug websites, according to a study by security appliance firm IronPort.
Global semiconductor sales forecast slashed
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) yesterday cut its forecast for growth in global sales of semiconductors in 2008, blaming price pressure in the memory sector.
Pentax Optio S12 compact camera
ReviewThankfully, digital camera manufacturers have stopped stuffing ever more megapixels into their compact cameras. That's good because performance suffers and, for most folk, eight megapixels are fine.
God makes you stupid, researchers claim
A psychology researcher has controversially claimed that stupidity is causally linked to how likely people are to believe in God.
China's spacewalk mission go for October
China's postponed Shenzhou VII manned space mission will now launch in October, Reuters reports.
Bubbles mean O2, but anyone can use them
O2 has lost its appeal to the European Court to prevent a competitor using bubbles to represent the company when comparing prices, in a ruling that will have implications beyond the mobile-phone industry.
eBay told to stop forcing Aussies to use PayPal
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has told eBay to stop plans to force Aussie buyers to use PayPal.
RAF strafes Next in pirated duvet copyright rumpus
The Royal Air Force is suing a high-street shopping chain for violating its intellectual property rights. A range of duvets and other bedroom stuff marketed at young boys feature red-white-and-blue roundels, and this has Her Majesty's flyboys up in arms (as it were).
Kremlin pushes Cyrillic alphabet net
Recently-installed Russian president Dmitry "Vladimir Putin" Medvedev has pressed for internet authorities to change the web's naming system to allow domain names in the Cyrillic alphabet.
US dominates tech R&D
The US remains ahead of the pack in science and technology, contributing 40 per cent of the world’s total research and development spend in the sector, according to a new study.
Top Tory resigns on principle over 42 days bill
Shadow home secretary David Davis has resigned from Parliament in protest at the Commons' passing of government measures to allow police to detain suspects for 42 days without charge.
Gamers not social misfits, after all
It's official - gamers are not socially inept, even those who arguably spend far too much time with in front of the screen, joypad in hand.
BBC deploys the Tw*t-O-Tron
The BBC is evidently impressed with the Tw*t-O-Tron - the automated vitriol generator based on real comments from the corporation's "Have Your Say" rantfest - since it has now deployed the service to save enraged Middle Englanders the bother of forming a coherent sentence while venting steam from both ears.
Linksys revamps WRT54G wireless router
Not everyone wants 802.11n Wi-Fi, it would seem. Linksys has revamped its venerable WRT54G Wi-Fi router, despite being 'limited' to the old 802.11g standard.
British pilot makes first supersonic stealth
The world's first supersonic stealth jump-jet has made its debut flight, with a British test pilot at the controls. However, the F-35B "Lightning II" - intended to replace the famous Harrier in various armed forces including the RAF, Royal Navy and US Marines - isn't expected to show off its vertical-thrust abilities until next year.
EU to 'guide' local regulators on digital dividend
EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding will produce a set of guidelines for countries planning to sell off their analogue TV spectrum, in the interests of ensuring a reasonable return on investment.
LG launches world's least power-hungry display
According to LG, its newly launched Flatron W2252TE is the world's most energy efficient monitor.
Asus Eee PC 901 to hit Blighty on 1 July
Asus' Atom-powered Eee PC 901 will go on sale across the UK on 1 July for an Eee PC 900-beating £319, Register Hardware has learned.
Data breaches easily prevented - report
The vast majority of information security breaches might have easily been prevented, a study has concluded.
Oz mobe vid flasher caught red-handed
A 27-year-old Oz man who repeatedly called a woman's mobile and tried, with varying degrees of success, to expose her to live video action of him masturbating was ultimately nailed after getting through while she was in the police station complaining about his mobe-based onanism.
US PC sales sputter amidst economic gloom
Worldwide PC shipments will outshine previous growth forecasts for 2008 according to IDC, which attributed the rise to robust sales of portable computers.
Free Wi-Fi still a goer in San Fran'
While municipal Wi-Fi systems are being switched off from Philadelphia to Cupertino, San Francisco is planning to have the whole city connected wirelessly by the end of the year.
Firefox record breaker sets the date
Mozilla has finally set a date for the official launch of Firefox 3 - which open sourcers hope will set a world record for most ever downloads in a day.
Apple partially rehabilitates Sun's DTrace
Apple has decided that developers can use Sun Microsystems' DTrace tool to monitor applications under its Mac OS/X operating system after all. Well, sort of.
Sun to lose lunch money on JavaFX
JavaFX, part 1The Rich Internet Application (RIA) fight is hotting up. And, while Adobe Systems and Microsoft are squaring up in the schoolyard with all the kids cheering and screaming them on, it looks as if Sun Microsystems is in danger of getting its lunch money stolen again.
SCADA security bug exposes world's critical infrastructure
Gasoline refineries, manufacturing plants and other industrial facilities that rely on computerized control systems could be vulnerable to a security flaw in a popular piece of software that in some cases allows attackers to remotely take control of critical operations and equipment.
Canada moots tough sanctions for DRM flouters
The Canadian government today unveiled a controversial proposal to update the country's copyright laws.
Yahoo! and Microsoft terminate talks, this time for good
Microhoo!Yahoo! has terminated all acquisition talks with Microsoft, today saying Microsoft was only interested in the internet provider's search business. Yahoo! shares fell 10 per cent today to $23.52, from yesterday's closing price of $26.52.
Scalent strokes physical to virtual to whatever you like play
Start-ups in the systems management arena tend to scare us. They promise the world and usually deliver a rundown village mired in a drought. But every now and then, a company like Scalent Systems pops up that actually seems capable of performing a practical task.