30th > September > 2008 Archive
Servers buckle as Congress rejects $700bn Wall Street bailout
Following the US House of Representatives rejection of a $700bn the financial bailout bill and the ensuing stock market carnage, it's easy to overlook the unspoken victims of today's Wall Street meltdown.
Nasty web bug descends on world's most popular sites
Underscoring the severity of of an exotic form of website bug, security researchers from Princeton University have cataloged four cross-site request forgeries in some of the world's most popular sites.
EU Commissioner wants to ease SMEs' red tape burden
The European Union yesterday called on Member States to participate in a major review of the accounting directives for small biz firms to help reduce the administrative burden on SMEs.
Get ready for the coming data centre crunch
"If there's going to be a theme of the Press Summit this year," mused one delegate on the flight to Portugal, "then it's going to be power, and heat." He should have been right.
Nvidia settles price-fixing lawsuit
Nvidia has settled a class action lawsuit that alleges it conspired with AMD to fix graphics chip prices.
US boffins: Laptops will be as hot as the Sun by 2030
US boffins say that the tendency of laptops to run hotter as performance increases is out of control - and notebooks will be as hot as the surface of the sun by 2030.
Tories would decentralise NHS IT
An incoming Conservative government would decentralise health service computing and extend competition between suppliers, according to a plan released at its party conference.
AMD intros low-tier Radeon GPUs
AMD has introduced its latest 4000-series graphics chips, two weeks after the last lot. And there's another one coming next month.
Lotus flowers with Apple app
IBM has released a web application providing easy access to Lotus Notes, and claims it's working with Apple on a native application to properly integrate the service.
Panasonic says Intel Atom not up to snuff for its PCs
Japanese giant Panasonic has said no to netbooks: it's not going to make a Small, Cheap Computer. It's reasoning is that SCCs are consumer products and it's in the business of selling to, well, business.
China wins, Symbian loses in Sony Ericsson reorg
Sony Ericsson announced a company reorganisation yesterday, intended to rationalise its R&D investment. The 2,000 job losses had been announced after another brutal quarter back in July, so yesterday's announcement tells us where these will fall.
Secret Service camera bought on eBay
Today's government data loss shenanigan is a repeat performance of that old favourite - flogging off old kit containing secret information to a random punter through online tat bazaar eBay.
LG notches up second 8Mp phone
LG isn’t going to let Pixon make Samsung the only phone manufacturer able to offer two eight-megapixel handsets. So the South Korean firm’s created a second super-snapper phone of its own.
Hubble transmissions cease as computer fails
The Hubble space telescope has stopped transmitting data to Earth after a data formatting computer failed. A Shuttle service mission to the telescope has been delayed for four to six months while a replacement formatter and its installation procedures are prepared.
Germans give peeking Google one in the eye
The town of Molfsee near Kiel in the north-western German state of Schleswig-Holstein doesn't want to be filmed by Google for its Street View program, a service that provides 360-degrees street level images via Google Maps.
UK cybercrime overhaul finally comes into effect
Updates to the ageing Computer Misuse Act (CMA) finally come into force in England and Wales on Wednesday (1 October).
Sony all-in-one PCs get even more iMac-alike
As laptop prices fall, it’s easy to forget that not everyone wants to lug a laptop around – no matter how light it is. Sony has realised this and launched its latest all-in-one slimline desktop.
Vendors launch sticker chart to boost 3G take-up
The GSM Association, trade body to the network operators, has teamed up with 16 companies to launch a new logo which can be affixed to any kit offering 3G connectivity.
Meat Loaf gets Q gong
Grunting calorie-fan Meat Loaf is to be lauded for the 47,000th time for his 31-year-old song Bat Out Of Hell, saith the Beeb.
Phoenix sees snow above Mars, but it's not sticking
NASA's Phoenix lander has detected snow falling from Martian clouds, hinting that liquid water may once have been common on the surface of the Red Planet. However, the snow seen by the explorer robot didn't merely turn to rain as it fell - it vapourised, never even reaching the ground at all.
Michael Dell says: If I could do it all again...
InterviewIf Michael Dell were starting up in business today, it would be in storage and operate in China.
Microsoft waves updated Maps, Hotmail at customers
Microsoft yesterday updated its Windows Live versions of Hotmail and Maps, in its latest attempt to appear relevant in the online world.
Stealthy malware expands rootkit repertoire
Security researchers have discovered one of the most subtle and sophisticated examples of Windows rootkit software known to date.
'Extreme' extreme porn law puts Scots out of kilter
If you thought Scotland might be a safe place to stash your collection of dubious erotic artwork when legislation on extreme porn comes into force, think again.
Western Digital ShareSpace 4TB NAS box
ReviewWestern Digital has been selling external hard drives for ages, most notably its MyBook range. That line-up has included NAS boxes, the MyBook World Edition series, but now, here comes their big brother.
Sky told to hand over footy and film rights
The UK's media regulator Ofcom has told Sky it should offer to sell rights to football games and Hollywood films to other broadcasters at a fair price.
BPM unravels before your eyes
All the action from The Register's latest live webcast - an in-depth look at Business Process Management bringing together a panel of experts to share their insight, debate with each other and answer questions from the Reg faithful - is now available to download and digest at your leisure over in our archive.
LG launches cost-conscious touchscreen caller
If you’re going to claim that your latest touchscreen mobile’s the "most affordable" one in the UK, then stating its price is a good idea. LG, we're looking at you.
Circuit City feels yet more pain in Q2
Circuit City yesterday admitted that its second quarter performance simply wasn’t good enough as it clocked up another quarterly loss.
IBM, Sun, Microsoft sink differences on VMs
Corporate rivals have temporarily sunk their differences to find ways to fine-tune the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) to a variety of popular dynamic languages.
Sony's curved OLED
Sony has gotten all bent out of shape over OLED screens and given gadget fans a sneak preview of its curved organic LED display.
Custom-car creator preps electric Porsche
'Leccy TechPorsche may or may not be working on an electric sportscar - there's nothing lined up for its Paris Motor Show appearance, that's for sure - but if you want one, turn to German auto tuner Ruf.
R&D tax credits knocked out in Congressional punch-up
Tech vendors had another reason to cry into their beer today, as it emerged that the congressional logjam that has scuppered the White House’s $700bn bank bailout has also iced the restoration of their beloved R&D tax credit.
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Ballmer on banking crisis: No one is safe
Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer warned today that no company is safe from the financial crisis.
NetApp's 50 per cent guarantee
NetApp will guarantee customers they will use half as much NetApp storage in virtual server and desktop environments compared to 'traditional storage', but won't make comparisons to specific products from competing suppliers.
Slimline Xbox 360 due in December?
Microsoft has fanned the flame of speculation that it's working on a slimline Xbox 360, by retracting an executive’s claim that an announcement will be made before Christmas.
Panasonic punts 'Freesat inside' HD TV duo
As the masses slowly catch on to the free satellite TV message, Panasonic has begun expanding its range of HD TVs with integrated Freesat tuners, by unveiling two further models.
Sony intros good-looks laptop
Modern laptops must offer functionality and good looks, so Sony’s launched a Vaio notebook that it hopes will hit both notes.
How many terabytes can you fit on a 2.5-inch hard drive?
Can we expect 2.5TB 2.5-inch hard drives and 5TB 3.5-inch drives by 2012? It seems realistic if the claims of hard disk drive toolmaker MII, Hitachi GST, and others are realised.
Attack of the 50-foot mobile virus risk
Increased standardisation across mobile devices will make it easier for miscreants to write malicious code, a Gartner analyst has warned - but the familiar prediction overlooks a bigger threat.
Microsoft's Hotmail hybrid struggles to life
The long-awaited merger of Microsoft "classic" and "full" Hotmail services has got off to spotty and painful start.
Virgin Galactic to save planet from climate change
One trouble with conducting global atmospheric research is the distinct lack of flashy suborbital rocketplanes available.
UCSniff - VoIP eavesdropping made easy
A security consultant with expertise in protecting phone conversations as they travel over the internet has unveiled a new tool that demonstrates just how vulnerable voice over internet protocol, or VoIP, calls are to interception.
Movie giants sue RealNetworks over DVD copying software
US movie studios on Tuesday sued RealNetworks to stop it from distributing software that lets people copy DVDs onto their computers.
Super Talent delivers SSDs for poor people
Solid-state drives have a lot going for them. They're thinner, faster, more efficient and longer lasting than most traditional spinning hard disks — yet high prices keeps most folks steering well clear.
AMD races for Shanghai
There are a lot of different things that Advanced Micro Devices needs to do to get itself back on track, but one of them - and perhaps the most important - is to execute a flawless launch of the "Shanghai" quad-core Opteron chips for servers.
Apple condemns FileVaulters to seventh circle of Safari hell
A Reg journo was bemused this morning when he rebooted his Mac and the machine decided that Safari - not Opera - should be his default web browser.
Adobe preps Jesus Phone Flash Player
Adobe Systems could soon join the ranks of frustrated tech companies building versions of their software for Apple's Jesus Phone.
Elvis has left the border: ePassport faking guide unleashed
The Hacker's Choice (THC) has released details of a procedure that allows you to "create a backup of your own passport chip(s)" - or, if you were that way inclined, use a modified chip to build a fake ePassport that will not be detected by at least some passport readers.
MS apps division architect to be fired into space, again
The man who built - not entirely deliberately - Microsoft's applications division is to be fired into space for a second time, at the cost of another slight ding in his huge money pile. Charles Simonyi, father of Excel and Word (sort of), will train with crack Russian billionaire minders in preparation for a mission in the spring of next year.