26th > September > 2008 Archive
SpringSource VC investor takes COO role
ExclusiveSpringSource, steward of the ever-popular Spring open source Java framework, is getting an operations specialist from the investment community with an application-server background.
Kentucky commandeers world's most popular gambling sites
The state of Kentucky has seized control of some of the world's most popular gambling domain names courtesy of a state judge who issued a secret ruling last week ordering registrars to transfer 141 internet addresses to the state's top law enforcement official.
Woman sues EA over 'secret' Spore DRM
Electronic Arts may have tried to appease customers angered by slackening the Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions in Spore – but the game publisher's troubles over its use may have just begun.
Britons face carbon spotchecks
Britons should be subjected to random carbon spotchecks and intensive surveillance of their diets, transport and waste disposal habits, says the Government's architecture and design quango in a new report today.
PAM from NetApp is going to get flashy
A bird flew by and whispered in my ear that NetApp's Performance Acceleration Module (PAM) was going to get flashy and have solid state storage (SSD) added to it.
New hydrocarb X-51 scramjet ready for flight
US jet-engines'n'rockets colossus Pratt & Whitney says it has successfully completed ground testing of its new hypersonic scramjet engine prototype, which can run on ordinary hydrocarbon fuel at Mach 6. The company believes that the radical hyperjet is now ready to fly on the X-51 "WaveRider" test flights planned to begin next year.
Whitehall opens £4.5bn desktop procurement
OGCbuying.solutions and the Department for Work and Pensions are joining forces to tender for two lots of ICT equipment and services.
EU spectrum vote leaves digi dividend with Ofcom
MEPs voted through a raft of amendments to the telecoms industry Framework Review this week, watering down spectrum reform proposals and providing more than enough leeway for Ofcom's digital dividend sell-off.
Right: Which one of you lot invented 'tw*tdangle', eh?
Ok, here's the deal: We at the Vulture Central Neologism Soviet want the name and personal details of whoever it was who invented the term "twatdangle", and we want them now.
AMD pooh-poohs 'Atom smasher' cancellation claim
So farewell then, Bobcat, AMD's answer to Intel's 'Silverthorne' Atom processor family? AMD's denying it, but at least one analyst is tolling the low-power chip's death knell.
The Boston Trio and the MBTA
The annual DEFCON conference in Las Vegas in early August got a bit more interesting than usual when three graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were enjoined from giving a presentation by a court in Boston.
Indian chief exec murder 'a warning for management'
India's Minister of Labour and Employment has landed himself in hot water by describing the death earlier this week of the chief executive of Graziano Transmissioni India as "a warning for management”.
Brits happy to hand over password details for £5 gift voucher
UK consumers have rather glaring double standards when it comes to information security risks, according to a new survey by Symantec.
BT withdraws Wi-Fi access to The Cloud
BT Openzone customers will next week be cut off from public Wi-Fi provided by The Cloud, and will lose coverage at thousands of hotspots as a result.
Sony shows first ultra-portable laptop with on-board Blu-ray
Sony has introduced what it claims is the world's lightest laptop with Blu-ray on board.
Fire-breathing black cabs: Shock eyewitness photo
RoTMOur recent shock piece on an attempted incendiary uprising by the TX4-type cab prompted the neoLuddite Resistance Army to place all London cadres on Defcon Laguna.
Jumbo-jet sized '
SuperGigaFly' robo parachute tested
Airborne Systems, maker of automatic parachute systems to the likes of Elon Musk's SpaceX private rocket firm, has announced successful tests of the "World's Largest Autonomously Guided Ram-Air Parachute".
UK WoW fans plead for Lich King Collector's Edition
UK gamers are up in arms and venting spleen in forums over fears that the Collector's Edition release of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King will not be be released in Blighty.
Alcatel-Lucent loses $1.5bn MP3 patent claim against MS
Microsoft will not have to pay Alcatel-Lucent $1.5bn in damages, after a lower court threw out the jury’s verdict in a fight over MP3 patents.
How an Italian judge made the internet illegal
Italian bloggers are up in arms at a court ruling early this year that suggests almost all Italian blogs are illegal. This month, a senior Italian politician went one step further, warning that most web activity is likely to be against the law.
More BlackBerry Storm pictures leaked
Pictures of the first touchscreen BlackBerry have been leaked online, further ramping up speculation that RIM is poised to confirm the phone’s creation.
Voix MPX 2.1 tower loudspeakers
ReviewDesigned to act as a complete audio package for home cinema set-ups, the Viox MPX rig packs a good performance some nice features, but one still can't help but be left with the feeling that it could be better.
O2 denies subsidised MacBook broadband sign-up lure
ExclusiveO2 has pooh-poohed claims that it has signed a deal with Apple to offer new broadband customers MacBook laptops.
BMW readies 7-series hybrid
'Leccy TechUnwilling to be beaten in the hybrid race by German taxi maker Mercedes-Benz, BMW will release a dual-fuel 7-series saloon in 12 months' time.
'I can see dinosaurs from my back porch'
USA '08GOP Veep candidate Sarah Palin's belief in creationism brings the evolution of a crank's outlook into an asset in US public life into plain view. It's simply the rock-like belief that if science isn't convenient to a very personal value or notion, then it constitutes an attack on such and is to be set aside.
Larry Ellison becomes HP's richest reseller yet
CommentHP has expanded its reseller channel with a Sun Thumper-bashing griddled hybrid storage/server just for Oracle.
Tw*tdangler defends Benito Mussolini stunt
David Blaine has defended himself following widespread criticism of his Benito Mussolini twatdangle above New York's Wollmann ice rink - a daredevil 60-hour upside-down endurance marathon which actually saw the Brooklyn media strumpet take breaks to drink water and empty his bladder.
Microsoft claims 'landmark victory' against defunct UK reseller
Microsoft has said it will go after the assets of the former MD of defunct IT distie ITAC UK Ltd in a long-running parallel importing dispute.
Revealed: Street View's UK invasion schedule
Those of us who've been keeping close tabs on Google's Orwellian Opel Street View spycars and their inexorable progress across the UK and beyond recently pondered how long it would be before every highway and byway fell to the search monolith's all-seeing eye.
German developers forge Iron from Chrome
German developers had developed a cut-down version of Chrome that doesn't send usage data back to the Google mothership.
Swiss strap-on jetplane ace flies Channel
Renowned Swiss birdman Yves Rossy has, after several weather-related setbacks, finally flown over the English Channel using his unique backpack jetplane.
EMC founder clashes with IRS over 'tax evasion' scheme
Richard Egan, ex-marine and a founder of EMC, is suing the US Internal Revenue Service for the return of $62m taken from him after the IRS decided option trading arrangements he had entered into were a tax avoidance scam. Egan insists the trades were genuine.
uTorrent for Mac leaks into Pirate Bay
A rough alpha version of BitTorrent client uTorrent for the Mac has tipped up on The Pirate Bay website.
Agile development workshop: Lessons learned
Reg Reader WorkshopReader research conducted via the Reg Technology Panel over the last few years has consistently indicated the importance of application development to organisations large and small. Contrary to some of the things we hear, the need for software design, build and maintenance capability has not been killed by packaged applications, and certainly not by some of the latest ideas such as software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing.
German man arrested after UK gamer's murder
A German gamer has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a British man who ran a website devoted to the Nintendo DS game series Advanced Wars.
Phorm mulls incentives for ad targeting wiretaps
Phorm is considering tugging on ISP subscribers' heartstrings by offering to donate to charities if they opt to let it profile their internet use for advertisers.
Poptastic MySpace Music launches, without indies
MySpace Music, the ambitious new joint venture between the major record labels and News Corporation, has finally gone live. Don't let the name mislead you - the only thing it has in common with the scrappy ethos of the original "MySpace" is the name.
HP waves goodbye to 9,300 EMEA employees
Hewlett-Packard will cut 9,300 jobs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, following its $13.9bn takeover of EDS in August.
Apple NDA kills Jesus Phone gospels
Apple's clampdown over access to information on the iPhone's Software Development Kit (SDK) has plumbed new depths, forcing a book publisher to withdraw a programmers guide scheduled for December 2008.
VMware reach exceeds grasp
CommentAh, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for? - Robert Browning
Net pariah Intercage back among the dead
UpdatedAfter returning from the dead two days ago, network provider and internet pariah Intercage has once again been knocked offline.
Adobe cites bad blood for closed Flash
Everyone loves open source - well, everyone apart from Microsoft, that is. The only problem with open source is deciding how much code control you're willing to relinquish, especially when open source puts your precious bits and bytes - and ultimately your own product plans - into the hands of your competitors.
Ballmer gives Norwegian students free love
Microsoft believes it has "lost" a generation of developers who might have embraced Windows and .NET, thanks to the Mac and open source frameworks and operating systems.