22nd > August > 2008 Archive


Lag log leaks - Home Office contractor loses entire prison population

In a major coup in the government data loss stakes PA Consulting - which until Monday was one of the Home Office's favourite consulting outfits - has contrived to lose the entire prison population of England and Wales. Personal details of the 84,000 people behind bars, along with those of 10,000 prolific offenders, have vanished on a memory stick, it was revealed last night.
John Lettice, 22 Aug 2008

BBC iPlayer upgrade prompts new ISP complaints

The BBC is facing more criticism that the way it delivers iPlayer traffic will make it harder for smaller ISPs to survive.
Christopher Williams, 22 Aug 2008

Intel talks up CPU+GPU system chippery

IDFIntel's next major move in system intregration will be to bring its I/O technology and remaining northbridge functionality into a single chip, 'Ibex Peak', it revealed at its Developer Forum this week.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2008

Logitech rolls out Wii wheel, with feedback

Logitech wants you to feel the force, the Speed Force, that is, integrated into the first Wii driving wheel capable of providing feedback to vibration-addicted speed freaks.
James Sherwood, 22 Aug 2008

UK White iPhone 3G availability boosted

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up to the Carphone Warehouse because the retailer’s begun taking pre-orders for the white iPhone 3G.
James Sherwood, 22 Aug 2008

BCS to review NHS IT for Tories

Shadow health secretary Stephen O'Brien MP has commissioned an independent report from the British Computer Society on what English health service IT should look like in five years' time.
Kablenet, 22 Aug 2008
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Enterprise class mobility

It used to be pretty simple. If you were a large organisation with a hard-core mobile email requirement, the only serious option from a security, robustness, manageability, usability and ease of deployment perspective was Blackberry. If you had a need to develop custom applications, then provided you were happy to construct your own middleware and management stack, then Windows Mobile was the accepted way forward.
Dale Vile, 22 Aug 2008

Card fraud-fearing Brit tourists carry cash

Four in five of Brits are worried about possible fraud if they use their cards overseas with many (60 per cent) choosing to carry cash instead.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2008

El Reg salutes ultimate shed anthem

The musically-minded among you will be aware that we at El Reg have a soft spot for corporate anthems - especially those which provoke the desire to pull your teeth out with pliers.
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2008

Jeery Jerry loves Vista, y'know

Microsoft has called on American comedian Jerry Seinfeld to big up Vista in its next Windows ad campaign.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Aug 2008

Asus M930 Windows Mobile smartphone

ReviewAsus has clearly decided that if it can't distinguish its phones from others in the market by way of software or styling, it'll do so by forging them out of solid granite.
Alun Taylor, 22 Aug 2008

Web app designers & developers can get into reMix08 cheap

Microsoft’s reMix08 lands on the golden beaches of Brighton next month and The Register can help you get there on the cheap.
Team Register, 22 Aug 2008

Winehouse jibe wins Fringe's funniest gag

A tasteless jibe at the expense of galactically-talented bouffant platform Amy Winehouse has secured the Edinburgh Fringe festival's funniest gag crown for comedienne Zoe Lyons.
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2008

Apple's MobileMe plays into hands of spammers

Apple has inadvertently made it easy for spammers to create a database of MobileMe email addresses.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2008

NASA test rocket explodes

A NASA rocket carrying two hypersonic experiments this morning exploded shortly after take-off from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, the agency reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2008

A PS3 price reduction? You must be kidding!

Sony has no intention of helping cash-strapped gamers avoid the credit crunch. The firm has confirmed that there’ll be no UK PlayStation 3 price cut this year.
James Sherwood, 22 Aug 2008

Sony unveils wireless streaming iPod dock

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. To that end, Sony has announced a wireless music system for Apple's iPod that can reach out to any rooms.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2008

PSP-3000's LCD is 'berry' good

When Sony announced the PlayStation Portable PSP-3000 yesterday, it didn’t show the new model’s “advanced” LCD in action. Thankfully, the web has come to the rescue.
James Sherwood, 22 Aug 2008

iTunes, and Sting, banned from China

The Chinese government has blocked access to Apple's iTunes store.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Aug 2008

Alleged Brazilian botnet herder faces US extradition

A Brazilian man who allegedly sold access to a huge network of compromised PCs has been charged with computer hacking offences in the US.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2008

Asus' own Eee-beater spied on web

Asus' Eee-beater mini laptop, the N series, has made its first appearance online after it emerged the Taiwanese manufacturer had decided to compete with itself.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2008

Cops cuff anti-drug ninja vigilantes

Cops in Clifton, New Jersey, earlier this week cuffed two ninja vigilantes dressed in black SWAT-style vests and carrying knives, throwing stars, swords, nunchucks and a bow and arrows, who were apparently on their way to deliver cease-and-desist letters to local drug peddlers, AP reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2008

Openstream implores you: Talk to your mobile browser

Feel a pressing need to shout at your phone even when no one's listening? Openstream's Cue-me browser, launched yesterday, implements the latest draft of the W3C Multimodal Interaction Activity, allowing you to do just that.
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2008

US made to wait for Quantum of Solace

The next outing for James Bond will not hit US cinema screens until 14 November - a week later than planned and well after the UK premiere in London on 29 October, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2008

OLPC kits out entire nation's kids with laptops

A small island in the South Pacific has become the world’s first nation to see all of its children equipped with laptops through the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project.
James Sherwood, 22 Aug 2008

ARM elbows out Intel in Albatron's Eee beater

Cheeky Taiwanese manufacturer Albatron has come up with a compact UMPC ready to take on Asus' Eee PC. Why cheeky? The new machine's called the Tee PC.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2008

Judge bans European-wide online music rights

The UK's Performing Right Society has won a court case over its Dutch equivalent, Buma, preventing the issuing of a Europe-wide licence for online rights.
Jan Libbenga, 22 Aug 2008

iPhone toolkit goes graphical

The iPhone-dev team has announced the availability of the latest tools for the iPhone, allowing even the most technically illiterate iUser to install unapproved applications.
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2008

FCC votes to silence 700MHz lurkers

The Federal Communication Commission has voted unanimously to ban the use of low-power transmitters operating in the 700MHz band from February next year, but wireless microphone users aren't going to go down without a fight.
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2008

Acer US prunes Aspire One mini laptop prices

Acer has cut the price of the Aspire One, making its Small, Cheap Computer even cheaper. In the US, at any rate.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2008

LG confirms 8Mp cameraphone plan as details leak

LG has confirmed it will release an eight-megapixel cameraphone this year - even as details and juicy pictures emerged online of what the release is expected to be: the KC910.
James Sherwood, 22 Aug 2008

Sun loses MySQL Asia-Pac veteran

The veteran head of MySQL's Japan business has quit less than six months after the completion of Sun Microsystems' acquisition of the database company.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2008

Red Hat hack prompts critical OpenSSH update

Red Hat has warned that hackers were able to commandeer its systems and tamper with code - but said that since its content distribution was not hit, it is confident that polluted code has not served up to users.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2008

UK spooks forced to hand Gitmo files to suspect's lawyers

The High Court has told British intelligence services to hand over relevant files to lawyers representing Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian and one-time UK resident, facing a US military tribunal at Guantánamo Bay. Mohamed is accused of plotting to trigger a radioactive "dirty bomb" on US soil, and could face the death penalty if found guilty.
Lewis Page, 22 Aug 2008

That password-protected site of yours - it ain't

It's one of the simplest hacks we've seen in a long time, and the more elite computer users have known about it for a while, but it's still kinda cool and just a little bit unnerving: A hacker has revealed a way to use Google and other search engines to gain unauthorized access to password-protected content on a dizzying number of websites.
Dan Goodin, 22 Aug 2008
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Anatomy of a malware scam

Anyone who has a blog has probably seen blog spam; comments to the blog that simply try to entice people to go to some other site. Most of the time the site being advertised is simply trying to boost its search engine rankings to generate more ad revenue.
Jesper M. Johansson, 22 Aug 2008

Dell thrives in up server market

The server biz is still booming thanks to customers buying up x86 boxes. The current worldwide economic agitation doesn't seem to have affected with major vendors with all of the big names shipping more metal in the second quarter of 2008 than the same period last year, according to the latest bean counting from Gartner.
Austin Modine, 22 Aug 2008

MetaRAM now pumping 288GB of memory into Intel boxes

Super-charging memory shop MetaRAM has started talking up its beefy DDR3 modules.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Aug 2008

Actors paid to queue for Poland's iPhone launch

Mobile phone carrier Orange Poland admitted today that it hired actors to stand in line for the country's iPhone debut.
Austin Modine, 22 Aug 2008

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