15th > September > 2008 Archive
Dixons stores offer own-brand HSDPA mini-laptop
DSGi, the retailer formerly known as Dixons, has extended is netbook line-up with a new model the integrates HSDPA connectivity.
Revealed: How the Beano de-menaced Dennis
The former editor of the Beano has revealed that during the late 1980s, publishers D. C. Thomson & Co decided it would be best if Dennis the Menace laid off Walter the Softie lest he be accused of “gay-bashing” his apparently less than robustly heterosexual enemy.
The EU is out to get you, after all
Apologies - from The Register, no less - for appearing to give the impression that the latest piece of Euro-surveillance was not actually part of an ongoing dastardly plot to have each and every one of us "pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed and, er, numbered".
VoIP order to allow 999 calls and give caller location
Providers of internet telephony must now allow emergency 999 calls over their networks or face the risk of enforcement action, regulator Ofcom has said. Caller location information must also be provided where technically feasible.
AMD employee charged with stealing Intel secrets
A man who once worked for Intel and then jumped ship to join AMD has been accused of stealing his erstwhile employer's chip secrets.
Isilon wakes up sleeping nodes with Princely upgrade
Isilon's IQ 12000 clustered files have doubled their speed and increased capacity through an operating system upgrade and quad-core processing nodes.
Asus develops Samsung Omnia rival for O2
Pictures of a handset thought to be in development by Asus have been leaked online, showing a talker that looks strikingly similar to Samsung’s Omnia.
Robot airliner anti-missile escorts proposed
US tech and aerospace firm Honeywell has submitted a patent proposal which would see airliners protected from shoulder-fired terrorist missiles by drone escorts.
UK launches major road signage review
Transport minister Rosie Winterton has announced a major review of the UK's road signs, and is inviting the unwashed masses to chip in their two bits' worth as to how Blighty's signage might be improved.
HP measuring up necks of global EDS staff?
Hewlett-Packard is readying the axe to make job cuts in the UK and worldwide following the tech giant’s takeover of services firm EDS last month, according to the UK’s largest union.
S'kiddies light-up LHC website
Web defacers hacked into the computer network at CERN to spray digital graffiti on a website connected with the Large Hadron Collider project last week.
Apple 4G iPod Nano
ReviewIf it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That's why most of the iPod range has received only relatively minor changes in the run-up to this year’s Christmas spending spree.
Pub toilet todger tiff ends in bloodbath
Three men were last week shot dead in a south Durban tavern after a "remark about a patron's penis size" turned seriously nasty, South Africa's Independent Online reports.
Berners-Lee backs web truthiness labelling scheme
The rumours, disinformation and hoaxes that prosper online should be ghettoised by a new website credibility labelling scheme, according to Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
TJX hacker breaks ranks with guilty plea
One of the 11 alleged cybercrooks charged with the infamous TJX hack has admitted his involvement in the attack.
EU wants to add another notch to ITA belt
The European Union will today call on members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to consider its proposal to update and expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) which governs tech-related trade.
Vehicle spy-cam data to be held for five years
Authorities will store details of car journeys surveilled by the new national Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system for five years, the Home Office has revealed.
Hurricane Ike snuffs out Galveston webcam
A dramatic image from galveston.com appears to show the moment at which Hurricane Ike did for the island's webcam sited in the Strand Historic District:
Demand drops for games consoles Stateside
PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console sales were almost neck-and-neck in the US last month, according to local market watcher NPD. But consoles sales are still declining across the board.
3M sticks it to super-sized projectors
Is that a projector in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me? Oh, it is a projector, 3M’s micro sized MPro 110, to be precise.
Seagate tries again with external drives
Seagate has updated its FreeAgent line of consumer external hard drives with new, fetchingly encased and higher capacity models. The current line gets FreeAgent Classic branding.
Best Buy snaffles Napster
Napster's board has unanimously accepted a takeover bid from US retail behemoth Best Buy, worth $120m. Thus ends a bumpy four-year ride as an independent company.
Sainsbury's punts 'Innocent kids juices' for £2.99
As I write this, I can hear a distant droning which indicates the Twat-O-Tron has just been fired up at its secret location somewhere in Middle England and is about to discharge an unholy turdspurt at supermarket monolith Sainsbury's. Here's why:
US runs warzone man-tracking 'Manhattan Project'
A long-running background mutter has now become a loud buzz of speculation, following cryptic comments by a famous US journalist regarding a top secret new surveillance-tech "Manhattan Project" targeting terrorist and insurgent leaders in Iraq.
Citrix heads for clouds, HA with XenServer 5
When Citrix Systems shelled out $500m a little more than a year ago to buy XenSource, the commercial operation behind the open source Xen hypervisor, the company made it clear that it was going to put Xen at the heart of its systems software, mixing and matching it in interesting ways with other products.
Sod growing fears of a global recession, because expensive handset manufacturer Vertu is back with its latest wallet-weakening talker.
NEC and Unisys Tag Team on Monster Xeon Server
After nearly three years of engineering work, Japanese server maker NEC and its partner, American server maker Unisys, will today take the wraps off a co-developed big iron box nicknamed "Monster Xeon" server and sold under their respective brands globally.
Ubuntu lovers slap Canonical over Firefox EULA
Ubuntu users are up in arms at Canonical after it added a Firefox 3.0.2 end user license agreement (EULA) to its upcoming release, Intrepid Ibex, without first seeking consent from openistas.
LeftHand gets added VMware va-va-voom
LeftHand Networks has revved its SAN/iQ iSCSI storage area network (SAN) software, storing desktop images much more efficiently, and enabling hypervisor admin staff to manage storage directly through an API.
Ad hoc malware police besiege net neutrality
AnalysisOver the past couple of weeks, white hat netizens have scored two important victories in their tireless quest to clean up some of the internet's darkest recesses. While the events are encouraging, forgive us if we don't jump for joy.
Judge safeguards anonymous web commenters
A court in Montana has ruled that a newspaper does not have to reveal the identity of those who posted comments on its website. A state law that protects journalists from revealing their sources also protects a news site's user comments, the court ruled.
VMware floats Cloud Edition
Little did I know when I wrote this - Should we quietly look out for EMC to announce VMware Cloud Edition? - that one week later it would do just that with VMWare's vCloud initiative.
Symantec embraces server virtualization with Backup Exec
With the latest 12.5 version of Backup Exec, Symantec is moving away from individual Backup Exec agents per virtual machine (VM), having an agent per hypervisor instead. This responds to consistent input from customers that backing up VMs was becoming far too costly.
Judge: Breath test firm must hand over source code
An Arizona Judge has approved requests to allow the examination of the software in a new generation of machines that examine blood alcohol levels of motorists.
Chipzilla unveils six-core 'Dunnington' Xeons
With virtualization and server consolidation bolstering sales of larger - and more profitable - servers, Intel wants to keep the competitive pressure on its rival in the X64 arena, Advanced Micro Devices, while also giving its server partners the chance to go after big RISC/Unix boxes in the same power class.
Wall Street shudders under Lehman collapse
America's financial institutions were sent reeling Monday, after the country's fourth-largest investment bank, Lehman Brothers Holdings, filed for bankruptcy .
Goo-Hoo! faces EU anti-trust probe
The European Union's Competition Commission is investigating the proposed search advertising tie-up between Google and Yahoo!.
Mozilla security chief: Apple should open up
Mozilla's security chief said Apple should disclose more information about the steps it takes to protect customers from malware and other computer-born threats.