UK.gov says: Regulate the internet
As unemployment looks set to soar in the months ahead, quangocrat and soon to be outgoing head of Ofcom Lord David Currie appears to have discovered a cunning plan to find jobs for tens of thousands. The time for regulating the internet is nigh – and Ofcom could be the body to do it.
BMW unwraps electric Mini
'Leccy TechBMW yesterday announced the arrival of the electric Mini - or Mini E. Powered by a 150kW – 204hp – electric motor fed by a 260kg lithium-ion battery pack, the car goes from 0 to 62mph in 8.5s and sports a top speed limited to 95mph.
Symantec gives 3PAR helping hand
It turns out 3PAR needed a bit of help to get its fat-to-thin process working properly.
Yahoo! prepares to slash jobs this week
Yahoo! is axing jobs as part of a major cost-cutting exercise - it is expected to get rid of at least 1,000 people, the same number that went in January.
Touchscreen-equipped BlackBerry Bold en route?
Research in Motion (RIM) is secretly developing a BlackBerry handset that’s set to be out of this world, leaked info about the phone suggests.
French police probe Sarkozy bank fraud
French police are on the hunt for fraudsters who siphoned off money from the personal bank account of French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
The IBM DS5000: Best in a field of one
IBM's DS5300 storage array is in a class of one when serving virtual machines in a pair of VMware servers.
Toshiba eyes co-owned SanDisk Japanese Flash factories
Toshiba wants to buy SanDisk's share of the two firms' jointly owned Japanese manufacturing facilities, it has been claimed.
Hubble in double trouble
The reactivation of the Hubble space telescope has been suspended while NASA probes a couple of systems 'anomalies' following the boot-up of its back-up computer system.
Gamers cash in on LittleBigPlanet delay
UpdatedThe value of the PlayStation 3 game LittleBigPlanet has rocketed on eBay as sellers attempt to capitalise upon Sony's decision to temporarily withdraw the title, found to contain lines from the Koran.
Goodbye to physical Fibre Channel
AnalysisHere's a thought: Fibre Channel has begun its death march, with physical fabrics under notice from FCoE, and FC-interface hard drives under notice from SAS. You might not agree, but here's the argument in favour:
NASA projects IBEX heavenwards
NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer mission, known to its chums as IBEX, was yesterday successfully projected heavenwards on its mission to "image and map dynamic interactions taking place in the outer solar system".
Sky and BBC in iPlayer deal
The BBC and Sky are today trumpeting a new arrangement that will see the latter stuff links to iPlayer shows into its own web TV service.
NEC intros retro-look netbook
NEC has made its entry into the Small, Cheap Computer arena with a machine we hope is fashioned in a spirit of retro.
Advent 4213 HSDPA 3G-enabled netbook
ReviewHaving dipped its toe into the netbook waters with the Advent 4211, a rebadged version of the MSI Wind, DSGi - the retailer formerly known as Dixons - has quickly jumped in with a pair of new Small, Cheap Computers: the 4212 and 4213, both based on ECS' G10IL1.
Holy f**k, Microsoft covers up ‘undesired’ words
Microsoft has gained patent rights to a technology for censoring speech.
Ann Summers yanks chocolate willy spread
Visitors to Ann Summers hoping to get their laughing gear round some chocolate willy spread will have to make do with a Chocolate Dick on a Stick (link NSFW) following the sex shop chain's withdrawal of a range of melamine-laced choc products.
Govt ponders proof-of-ID law for future phone purchases
The bother of choosing between an 18-month contract or a high up-front price may soon be the least of your worries when buying a new mobile phone, because you may soon be required to prove your identity before you're allowed a new handset.
Run Mac OS X on a PC
Special ReportWant to run Mac OS X on a PC? Perhaps you don't want to pay the premium for Apple's hardware - or Apple doesn't make the kind of computer you need, such as a netbook. Because of its native roots in Motorola and PowerPC code, this has traditionally required instruction level emulation. Two things have changed. Apple based Mac OS X on NeXT code, which could run on Intel. And since 2006 Apple has been making Intel PCs. In theory, installing Mac OS X on a PC is much easier. How do you go about it?
Panasonic to demo 20-hour laptop-friendly fuel cell
Panasonic will show off its latest developments in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFC) this week. The highlight is a power pack capable of delivering a charge continuously for 20 hours.
Pr0n-surfing pastor downs church network
A church minister from Strängnäs, Sweden, has walked the plank after his local church's computer network contracted a nasty case of the clap as a result of his porn surfing, The Local reports.
Times: US about to deploy Space Marines
The Sunday Times sold off another little bit of its credibility at the weekend, as it told the world about the imminent launch of the US Marine Corps into space.
Vista SP2 beta could land within next four weeks
UpdatedMicrosoft is readying Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) and will hand it over to beta testers within the next month.
Home Office mulls fighting hacking with corporate ASBOs
The Home Office is consulting on the possibility of applying serious crime prevention orders (AKA corporate ASBOs) to computer hacking laws.
Intel signs up Ericsson for internet tablet HSDPA kit
Intel and Nokia may have drifted apart before the Finnish phone giant could create HSDPA 3G modules for Centrino laptops, but the chip giant is hoping to have better luck with its 'Moorestown' Mobile Internet Device (MID) platform.
The Jesus Phone NDA - No one cares but you
Fail and YouEarlier this month, Apple lifted the heavy-handed nondisclosure agreement it imposes on developers. This NDA regulated what tips and tricks developers may share with each other (hint: none), which made it a real pain in the ass to publish a book about iPhone programming. Developers got really buttsore over this and did what developers do best: They blogged about it. Book publishers pissed and moaned, all the while under the impression that people still buy programming books. After this wave of anal pain circulated through the internet, Apple finally lifted the NDA.
UK.gov plans 'consensus' on PAYG phone registry
The Home Office insisted today it had taken no decision on whether to force Britons to present photo ID when they buy a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) mobile phone.
UK puts £55m into disabled parking reform
The government is spending £55m on reforming the system of blue badges which allow disabled people to park for free on the street and for up to three hours on double yellow lines.
NZ chaps' sperm not quite up to scratch
The "quality" of New Zealand chaps' ejaculate has halved since 1987, with testicular output crashing from 110m sperm per millilitre to 50m, The Australian reports.
Samsung handset borrows U800 looks, adds extra features
Samsung has spruced up its mobile collection with the launch of a phone that’s more feature packed than the U800, but which looks almost identical to it.
Putin’s dog collared by satnav
It seems that World+Dog’s got a satnav these days. Even Vladimir Putin’s dog has been fitted with GPS.
Crazy Frog won't croak again
News Corp is killing Crazy Frog, along with the brands Jamba and Jamster. News Corp's mobile unit today announced a reorganisation of its business to "extend its global leadership in the mobile content industry".
Interpol proposes world face-recognition database
Interpol chiefs will propose the use of automated facial-recognition technology at borders to flag up internationally wanted suspects, according to reports.
SanDisk's NAND flash white knight
SanDisk is gaining $1bn from a Toshiba manufacturing capacity purchase deal to help prod unwanted bidder Samsung into raising its bid price. At least, that's one interpretation of a pretty darn opaque deal.
Northrop scoops DARPA laser RIFLe cash
US weaponry goliath Northrop Grumman has landed a contract to develop new, lightweight, efficient rayguns for the American armed forces.
Dutch court orders Google to reveal Gmail user
Google Netherlands has agreed to hand over the IP addresses of a Gmail user in an alleged spy case.
AMD co-founder Ed Turney dies
ObituaryEd Turney, a co-founder of AMD responsible for building the company's first sales team, died Wednesday in Cupertino California. He was 79.
SEC taps Scalent for disaster recovery
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission - in charge of regulating the stock and options exchanges and enforcing the securities laws of the land - is worried about recovering from more than one kind of disaster. While the economic disaster looms large in our minds these days, the SEC's techies have also been worried about getting better system utilization, having more fluid disaster recovery for its systems, and lowering management costs for the systems that support its applications.
Silverlight has serious side, says Microsoft
AJAXWorldScott Guthrie has been making a serious business pitch for Microsoft's browser-based media player rival to Adobe Systems' Flash.
Swiss boffins sniff passwords from (wired) keyboards 65 feet away
Swiss researchers have demonstrated a variety of ways to eavesdrop on the sensitive messages computer users type by monitoring their wired keyboards. At least 11 models using a wide range of connection types are vulnerable.
Apple and Psystar enter out-of-court counseling
Before Apple and Psystar take their fight over Mac clones to court, the two must first attempt to work out their legal scrape with private mediation.
Linux Foundation unwraps distro normalizer 4.0
The Linux Foundation - the non-profit consortium that gives Linus Torvalds his paycheck and facilitates the growth of Linux and Linux standards - has announced the first beta of the Linux Standard Base 4.0.
Kentucky judge OKs 141-site net casino land grab
A Kentucky judge has upheld that state's seizure of some of the world's most popular online casino domain names, ruling they constitute a "gambling device" that is subject to Kentucky's anti-gambling laws.
Circuit City mulls mass layoffs, store closures
Circuit City may lay off thousands of workers and shut down at least 150 stores to avoid filing for bankruptcy protection, according to reports.
New York sends AOL 'how-to-wiretap' slides
With his heavy-handed crusade against online child pornography, New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo has already crushed more than a little free speech, all but destroying America's connection to Usenet newsgroups. And now he's eying ISP-level porn-blocking hardware that would run roughshod over the country's wiretapping laws.