21st > July > 2008 Archive

Dell hits all the wrong keys – again

Dell isn’t having much luck with keyboards this summer. The computer giant admitted Friday that some of its XPS One machines have been wrongly shipped to the UK with US keyboards.

What's best advice for building an Atom-based PC?

If I were to assemble a PC based on the Intel Atom for my mother to do internet browsing, how would I go about it?
Hari, 21 2008
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US cyberspying fears hang over Beijing Olympics

US paranoia about Chinese computer hackers has created a diplomatic dilemma about whether or not to warn visitors and business people traveling to next month's Beijing Olympics about cyber-security risks.
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New Criminal Information Quango sighted

As Parliament prepares to recess this week and MPs pack suntan lotion and head for the Tuscan hills, it's traditional for government departments to sneak out important reports and make major announcements of future initiatives on the sly. So it was no surprise last week to find the “Review of Criminal Information” (ROCI) making its way on to the public stage.

Wii aids family togetherness, report claims

If it’s quality family time you’re after, then it’s a Wii’s you want. That’s according to a new study which claims to have discovered that gamers rank the Wii as the best console for family togetherness.
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Brown's aide, Mata Hari and the BlackBerry

One of Gordon Brown's senior advisers lost his BlackBerry on a recent trip to China after he was picked up by a woman in a disco.
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SpaceShipOne firm to build DARPA's Heliplane

The US military's ongoing bid to revive grand old vertical lift concepts of the 1950s under the name "Heliplane" has gained a new lease of life. The financially-distressed main contractor is to be replaced by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), and the airframe will now be made by renowned high-tech company Scaled Composites - of SpaceShipOne, Ansari X-Prize and Virgin Galactic fame.

US PS3 sales surge

US PlayStation 3 sales almost doubled last month on the back of the latest in the Metal Gear Solid game series - but the Wii remained June's games console champion.

MobileMe offers another free bite of the Apple

Apple has offered MobileMe users free month's trial to apologise for taking their money without asking, in addition to the free month they got for the misrepresentation of the service.
Bill Ray, 21 2008

Star Wars MP3 player invades the galaxy

The technology behind the Star Wars MP3 player is hardly light years ahead, but the unit’s kitsch value alone means it’s sure to excite some of the film’s fanatics.
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Unions line up against airline ID cards

Unions representing airline and airport staff are to tell Home Secretary Jacqui Smith that her plan to force staff to carry ID cards will add nothing to airport security.
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EU abolishes the acre

The European Union has provided further evidence of its sinister plan to convert this once-proud nation into nothing more than a stuffed songbird-eating satellite of the Continent by "abolishing" the British acre, the Telegraph reports.
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Dangerous mobe chargers flood UK

Cheap replacement chargers are flooding into UK shops, undercutting legitimate products while putting punters in danger from badly-made connections and low specifications.
Bill Ray, 21 2008
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Jeremy Clarkson tilts at windmills

Following last week’s round-up of road news by El Reg – and a number of reader comments about the new “average speed” cameras that are being rolled out across the UK - it's nice to see Jeremy Clarkson taking up the subject in his column in the Sun. (Just kidding- we know this has been a bugbear of JC since the dawn of time).

Roberts solarDAB radio

Review Undeterred by the unpredictable nature of the great British summer, Roberts has released a radio that it can power itself purely by the light of the sun.
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BAA 'invented green superjumbo' to OK Heathrow plans

Comment The BBC's renowned Panorama team - famous for breaking the "news" that Wi-Fi really does make your head explode - will tomorrow reveal that UK airport operator BAA has cynically colluded with the government to falsify the environmental impact of expanding Heathrow airport. According to early reports, BAA drove down the projected noise and emissions figures by stating that flights to and from Heathrow would be made by "non-existent" "green superjumbos" which will never be built.

Asus Eee PC storms Euro PC maker chart

Asus saw its share of the European PC market more than double in Q2, and it's all thanks to the Eee PC.
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Climate Swindle film: bruised egos, but no offence

British regulator Ofcom has rejected complaints that the popular polemical film, The Great Global Warming Swindle, misled viewers. The regulator said it was paramount that the public received alternative points of view - even if these were not endorsed by institutions or the major political parties.
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NASA eyes Japan's ISS supply vehicle

NASA is reportedly negotiating to buy the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) as a means of ensuring it can fulfil its obligation to supply the International Space Station following retirement of the space shuttle fleet in 2010.

Robotic camera mount captures panoramic wonders

A wide angle lens isn’t the only way to get a panoramic holiday snap. A robotic camera mount's been invented that promises to capture highly detailed panoramic shots with ease.
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Scottish gov OKs Europe's biggest onshore wind farm

Scottish ministers today greenlighted Europe's largest windfarm.
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Third plutoid christened 'Makemake'

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has declared that the trans-Neptunian dwarf planet formerly dubbed 2005 FY9, or "Easterbunny", will henceforth be known as the equally silly "Makemake".

IBM, Oracle and SAP sued over server software patents

Seattle firm Implicit Networks is suing Adobe, IBM, Oracle and SAP for patent infringements.

Intel UMPC chip enters service as server CPU

UK hosting company Bytemark has seen the future of servers and it's... er... a processor designed for tiny laptops and desktops.

iPhone 3G gains battery booster

The arrival of a swathe of iPhone 3G accessories was inevitable after the handset's release. The latest one’s a backup battery that’ll juice up your handset when you’re away from a power socket.
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Yahoo! hands Icahn board seat, ends battle

Microhoo! Yahoo! and Carl Icahn have agreed to settle their differences and call off their proxy battle for control of the company.
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eBay breaks bread with luxury goods firms

eBay is to pow-wow with luxury goods manufacturers which want the online tat bazaar to better police sales of fraudulent merchandise. The meeting, held in London on 28 July, brings together lawyers from eBay, along with representatives of luxury goods association the Walpole Group, which counts in its membership shoemaker Jimmy Choo.
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Japan kicks off electric car format war

Japanese motor globocorps jockeying for position in the electric car market of tomorrow will unite to present a worldwide standard for automotive Li-ion batteries and related technologies, according to reports. The alliance will include Toyota, Nissan and Matsushita, but Honda - which appears to favour hydrogen fuel cells over all-battery vehicles - has not been named in connexion with the project.
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DDoS attack floors Georgia prez website

A denial of service attack hit government websites in the former Soviet republic of Georgia over the weekend amid growing diplomatic tensions between the country and Russia.

LG unveils 'speedy, sexy' storage

Whoever said storage wasn’t sexy was dead wrong - at least according to LG. The firm’s launched a range of portable hard drives that are more designer than desktop.

Cheap chargers claimed to put gadget fans at risk

Buying an unbranded power adaptor may save you a few quid, but it could end up costing you dear, Trading Standards officers claimed today.
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American physicists warned not to debate global warming

Bureaucrats at the American Physical Society (APS) have issued a curious warning to their members about an article in one of their own publications. Don't read this, they say - we don't agree with it. But what is it about the piece that is so terrible, that like Medusa, it could make men go blind?
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Researchers release 'cold boot' attack utilities

The security researcher who demonstrated the 'cold boot' attack has released the source code for the hack. The attack, first demonstrated in February, uses a set of utilities to lift crypto keys from memory even after a reboot.
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CherryPal launches $249 mini PC into ad-backed cloud

Start-up CherryPal is taking pre-orders today for its partly cloudy "desktop" that mashes web-hosted computing, going green, open source, and social networking into a 10 ounce box.
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Intel slashes Xeon, Core 2 Duo prices

A week after trumpeting a healthy second quarter profit leap, Intel has slashed the prices of several server and desktop processors.
Cade Metz, 21 2008

Researcher's hypothesis may expose uber-secret DNS flaw

Two weeks ago, when security researcher Dan Kaminsky announced a devastating flaw in the internet's address lookup system, he took the unusual step of admonishing his peers not to publicly speculate on the specifics. The concern, he said, was that online discussions about how the vulnerability worked could teach black hat hackers how to exploit it before overlords of the domain name system had a chance to fix it.

Linux on mobiles will put the squeeze on MS, says Zemlin

OSCON Once it was the desktop, now mobile phones and embedded devices represent the future of Linux, according to open source fans.
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US court sides with Janet Jackson's breast

America's puritanical streak goes only so far. Today, a US appeals court vaporized the $550,000 fine the FCC famously slapped on CBS for showing the country a majority of Janet Jackson's right breast.
Cade Metz, 21 2008
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Scientists ponder future Moon mission activities

A clever fellow once observed that the Moon is a harsh mistress. Humanity's subsequent jaunts up to the place indicated it was a pretty solid hypothesis. The Ritz-Carlton it is not.
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Registrars turn blind eye to sites selling illegal steroids

Next time you see websites brazenly pushing anabolic steroids, thank GoDaddy, Dynadot and a half-dozen other US-based registrars, which allow them to operate even though they're illegal, claims a new report.