18th > July > 2008 Archive

Here's the multi-core man coding robots, 3-D worlds and Wall Street

Radio Reg "You have to do some really good work and become famous."
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2008
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IBM misses memo on economic slowdown during Q2

IBM has yet again shrugged off the global economic slowdown with second quarter profits leaping 22 per cent and revenues rising.
Austin Modine, 18 Jul 2008
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Microsoft predicts 'some' ROI for online millions by 2010

Two years after Microsoft rattled Wall St committing to spend millions against Google, the company's said it'll be at least another two years before investors see any return on the investment.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jul 2008
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What's the transistors-on-a-chip record?

What is the current record for the number of transistors on a chip? Any sort: processor, graphics, memory, etc. Just wondering exactly how many hundreds of millions - or probably billions - the industry has actually achieved.
Darren Hill, 18 Jul 2008
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Prime Minister's email takes month off

British citizens wishing to write to Prime Minister Gordon Brown via email are currently being told that the service is down due to maintenance work.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jul 2008
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EU, champion of the ringtone downloader

The EU Consumer Commissioner reports that a sweep of web sites promoting ring-tone downloads discovered that 80 per cent were in breach of regulations, but notably failed to mention the role national regulators played in finding the miscreants.
Bill Ray, 18 Jul 2008

Apple grabs number-three US PC market slot

Fanboys, rejoice - Apple 'aters, gnash your teeth. The Mac maker is now once again the third largest computer maker in the US.
Tony Smith, 18 Jul 2008
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Justice Ministry opens ICO consultation

The Ministry of Justice has published a consultation on changes to the powers and funding of the Information Commissioner's Office - a core conclusion of the Data Sharing Review was that the ICO needed more money and more powers to be effective.
John Oates, 18 Jul 2008
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Carphone Warehouse reveals latest Sony Ericsson launch date

Carphone Warehouse has revealed that Sony Ericsson’s latest “high-end entry-level handset” will be available next month.
James Sherwood, 18 Jul 2008
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UK.gov tells throttling petition: Choke on it

The government has told an e-petitioners calling for an investigation into ISPs taking on too many subscribers and throttling bandwidth to get over it.
John Oates, 18 Jul 2008

LG Secret KF750 phone

Video Review The Secret is LG’s latest Black Label phone. These phones are supposed to be among the swankiest on the market, and this one certainly looks the part.
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Weaker sterling knocks back DCC

DCC, the Irish conglomerate, today said its IT distribution arm, DCC Sercom, achieved underlying double digit operating profit growth. But it warns that weaker sterling could feed through to worse group profits in the second half of the year - the company reports in euros.
Team Register, 18 Jul 2008
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MoD: We lost 87 classified USB sticks since 2003

The UK Ministry of Defence has told parliament that it has lost or had stolen some 87 USB sticks holding "protectively marked" - ie classified - material since 2003. However, almost all the devices were marked at the lowest grade of classification, and even the remaining few are unlikely to have contained information of any significance.
Lewis Page, 18 Jul 2008
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SF's silent sysadmin pleads not guilty

The sysadmin accused of locking the San Francisco city council out of its computer network was back in jail yesterday after pleading not guilty to four counts of computer tampering.
Joe Fay, 18 Jul 2008
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Oz Anglicans embrace Darth Vader

Those of you requiring proof that Oz's Anglicans are indeed a broad church should cast your eyes over this remarkable shot captured recently in Bondi, NSW, by reader Howard Owens:
Lester Haines, 18 Jul 2008
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Symantec COO infuriates US channel

Enrique Salem needs some media training before he's let out in public again. Or a lesson in diplomacy. The Symantec chief operating officer has provoked furious reaction in the US channel - for dissing them behind closed doors.
Team Register, 18 Jul 2008
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HP shatters excessive packaging world record

We've just had an email from a shaken Stephen Strang who this morning took delivery of a very, very large box from HP:
Lester Haines, 18 Jul 2008
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Apple buys more PCBs - MacBook refresh imminent?

More evidence has emerged that Apple's about to refresh its laptop line-up: the company is claimed to have upped its circuit-board orders by 20 per cent.
Tony Smith, 18 Jul 2008
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EU complaint is just more of the same, says Intel

Intel has delivered a weary response to the latest European Commission's Statement of Objections which accused it of anti-competitive behaviour.
John Oates, 18 Jul 2008
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Brits more hooked on mobile tech than Yanks are

Britons are more mobile-obsessed than their US counterparts, a new survey has revealed.
James Sherwood, 18 Jul 2008
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Sony names PlayTV debut day

Register Hardware has already brought you the news that Sony's PlayTV PS3 DVR add-on will be available in Europe this September, but now we can tell you exactly which day.
James Sherwood, 18 Jul 2008

BOFH: The PFY wants a reference

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Simon Travaglia, 18 Jul 2008
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Crooks charge premium for filter-evading Trojan

Cybercrooks have released a custom-built Trojan, dubbed Limbo 2, "guaranteed" by its shady creators to continually evade the top ten anti-virus products on the market.
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2008
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Torvalds brands Digg users 'W*nking Walruses'

Linus Torvalds used his latest missive to the Linux Kernel mailing list to have a go at innocent Digg users - all in the name of getting the email more widely read, of course.
John Oates, 18 Jul 2008
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DARPA plans soldier-tagging system for US troops

DARPA, the Pentagon boffinry outfit which bestrides the tech world like some mighty, erratic robot colossus with a frikkin laser beam on its head, has made a new move. The plan is to electronically tag US combat soldiers in a similar fashion to criminals under judicial restraint, the idea being that the troops can then be swiftly found and rescued if they get into trouble.
Lewis Page, 18 Jul 2008

Apple iPhone 3G

Review So the much-hyped iPhone 3G is finally here, flaunting its new HSDPA connection and AGPS. But all is not rosy in the Apple's garden of touchy-feely delights, since many of the old version's problems still remain.
Dave Oliver, 18 Jul 2008
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Shake up your music and movie collections - literally

Gadget manufacturer Electron Box is on a mission to shake up the portable media player biz with a gadget that’s perfect for coffee junkies or Shakin' Stevens.
James Sherwood, 18 Jul 2008
Pirates ahoy!

BSA: Software piracy's 'tragic' impact on US society

The Business Software Alliance claimed yesterday that software piracy in the US is costing the industry $11.4bn and local government $1.7bn in lost taxes.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jul 2008
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El Reg tells you what the Highway Code can't

This week’s big motoring news has to be Swindon Borough Council’s decision to look again at the use of speed cameras. Or is it? El Reg is not so sure, as we explain below.
Jane Fae , 18 Jul 2008
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IEEE fails to agree on powerline Ethernet standard

The organisation charged with putting in place a standard for networking over mains wiring has once again failed to elect one of the two competing specifications as its choice.
Tony Smith, 18 Jul 2008

AMD confirms 'Atom-smasher' chip on its roadmap

AMD will unfold its plan to take on Intel's Atom in November, newly promoted CEO Dirk Meyer said last night.
Tony Smith, 18 Jul 2008
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Panasonic's pivoted HDMI cable to end connector slippage?

HDMI may be the best technology for connecting up your HD TV, but that hasn't stopped some punters complaining that the cables slip out too easily. Panasonic now reckons it has the solution.
Tony Smith, 18 Jul 2008
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Researchers show up deniable file system crypto leaks

Crytography researchers have demonstrated weaknesses in encryption technology used to create so-called deniable file systems (DFS).
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2008
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Government kids website pays £6 for every visitor

The Department for Children, Schools and Families spent almost £60,000 developing a temporary website which has had less than 10,000 visitors since it was created and which is due to close next month.
John Oates, 18 Jul 2008
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Sony Ericsson sees profits tumble, turns on workers

There'll be long faces at Sony Ericsson this evening, with the gloomy news that the mobemeisters is cutting 2,000 jobs after pulling in just €6m in profits in the last three months.
Bill Ray, 18 Jul 2008
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Dublin airport was crippled by flakey network card

An air traffic control fault that brought Dublin airport to its knees last week has been traced to an intermittently flakey network card.
Joe Fay, 18 Jul 2008
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Dutch university can publish controversial Oyster research

Dutch researchers will be able to publish their controversial report on the Mifare Classic (Oyster) RFID chip in October, a Dutch judge ruled today.
Jan Libbenga, 18 Jul 2008
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Farnborough Airshow goes public this weekend

Farnborough Today is the last of the "trade days" at the Farnborough Air Show, but the event isn't over. Most of the aerospace biz types, hacks etc. are either dispersing now or have already done so (we're back at Vulture Central), but the show goes on.
Lewis Page, 18 Jul 2008
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Fujitsu intros half-a-tera pocket drive

Fujitsu has unveiled what it claims is the world’s highest capacity 2.5in external hard drive, the only problem being that… er… it’s not.
James Sherwood, 18 Jul 2008
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Microsoft, Facebook, Google box clever on really big systems

Facebook's decision to release under open source a large-scale data management project similar to - and inspired by - Google's BigTable has received backing from an unusual quarter: Microsoft.
Phil Manchester, 18 Jul 2008
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Ubuntu made me puke in a bucket

Radio Reg The world is a disgusting, filthy place. So, it's important to take a moment away from the turmoil from time-to-time, spread your legs and eat some aromatic pistou of borage. And, god bless, that's exactly what you can do at the Ubuntu restaurant and yoga studio in Napa.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2008

Ubisoft pirates game fix from pirates

Companies that take an iron fist approach to fighting software piracy are generally best served by not lifting a pirate group's code themselves to fix their own product.
Austin Modine, 18 Jul 2008
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Power6 meets Tukwila meets Rock meets SPARC64 in chip death match

Hot Chips The grandest chip unveiling in many, many years will take place this August on the campus of Stanford University.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2008
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AMD thanks Ruiz for courageous ability to lose money

Comment Normally, a succession plan is a good thing. You want the new CEO to slide into the old CEO's chair with an ease that says, "Our asses were molded by the same country club rib eyes and crème brûlées. Everything is under control."
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2008
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Dell's Ubuntu love-in expands to new laptops

Linux lovers take note, Dell is feeling another round of the community spirit tugging on its heartstrings.
Austin Modine, 18 Jul 2008