3rd > November > 2008 Archive
Intel prices up first Core i7 four-core CPUs
Intel has priced up its upcoming initial quad-core Core i7 processors, all based on its new 45nm microarchitecture, 'Nehalem'.
Sun starts skoolin' partners on software sales
No-one's ever accused Sun Microsystems of knowing how to sell software, yet the giant is about to start telling other people how they should go about it.
Sprint de-partitions internet
Sprint-Nextel has reinstated the net connections it supplies to Cogent Communications, three days after severing ties with the bandwidth provider and leaving many net users unable to communicate. But the company says the move is only "temporary."
Texas fines IBM for 'crucial back-ups' failure
Texas Governor Rick Perry has suspended the transfer of state files to IBM IT systems and fined the company $900,000 for data lost through back-up failures.
Government Gateway login details found in pub car park
UpdatedKey government services were taken offline over the weekend after the discovery in a pub car park of a pocket storage device containing details of the Government Gateway. The Gateway is intended to provide a central secure login service for a range of government systems, including tax credits and self assessment, so taking it offline paralyses these too, before you can say 'single point of failure'.
3M MPro110 handheld projector
ReviewIn the spotlight at the Consumer Electronics Show this year was 3M's Mobile Projection Engine, a tiny projector - the vision is that we’ll all have one embedded in our mobile phones etc.
InPhase delays holographic storage to late 2009
Holographic storage developer InPhase has put its first drive ship date back to late 2009. Meanwhile GE thinks it has a CD/DVD-compatible holographic technology that can be made into a commercial product.
Dell hit with $500m discrimination suit
Four former senior Dell HR executives, all women, have filed a $500m class action that accuses the company of systemic gender and age discrimination.
London drum-maker dies of inhalation anthrax
The London-based Spanish drum-maker admitted to Hackney's Homerton Hospital with anthrax contracted from imported animal skins died on Sunday afternoon, the BBC reports.
Sky 'to bid' for Tiscali
UpdatedWe're indebted to The Sunday Times for a reminder that Tiscali is still for sale.
Microsoft sticks to its Xbox 360 prices
Microsoft has claimed that the Xbox 360 now offers such good value for money that is doesn’t plan to cut the console’s prices any further - not for a long while, at least.
Google plugs first Googlephone flaw
Google has responded to the discovery of a security bug by pushing out the first patch for its Android mobile phone platform.
Astronaut space dump pong-bomb frag shower today
An old fridge thrown off the International Space Station last year is set to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere shortly, according to reports, delivering a volley of 100mph space frag debris to an as-yet unknown impact site.
Sarah Palin gets righteously punk'd
USA '08US vice-presidential hopeful and Alaskan MILF pin-up Sarah Palin this weekend demostrated that she's more than ready to mix it up with the world's movers and shakers when she fielded a call from none other than French prez Nicolas Sarkozy.
Tesla Model S spied?
'Leccy TechNews out of Tesla is starting to read like the lyrics of the new Katy Perry single: you're hot then you're cold, you're yes then you're no, you're in then you're out, you're up then you're down.
Windows 7 'pre-beta' washes up on Pirate Bay and co
Microsoft’s “pre-beta” version of its upcoming OS – Windows 7 – has already tipped up on BitTorrent sites just as the dust settles on the firm’s Professional Developers Conference.
Western Digital debuts HD TV add-on
Western Digital has introduced a gadget that'll turn an external hard drive into an HD-capable media player.
Are you making the most of your IT?
RegCastThe Register is teaming up with Microsoft and Freeform Dynamics for a live, interactive one-hour video workshop on the importance of effective IT use, and we want you to join us.
MPs decry Heathrow T5 fiasco
The House of Commons Transport Committee has described the anarchic opening of Heathrow's Terminal Five as a "national embarrassment" which showed "serious failings on the part of both BAA and British Airways".
The amazing, endless, bioterror pork conveyor
CommentAs the final days count down to the US election one can look at the past few years and be deeply disappointed at the country's approach to national security.
Microsoft: Malware for Windows on the rise
Malware and unwanted software made strides in the first half of 2008, according to the latest security intelligence report from Microsoft, which tallied a 43 percent increase in the number of programs exorcised by the the company's malicious software removal tool.
What Ray Ozzie didn't tell you about Microsoft Azure
Fail and YouUnveiled earlier this month at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference by Chief Whiteboard Operator Ray Ozzie, the Azure Services Platform confused damn near everyone. But after days of collaboration with the top minds in both industry and academia, El Reg is proud to announce that we have finally figured out what Microsoft Azure is.
Motorola legal tie to pull pricey Aura phone off eBay
ExclusiveOnce you’ve grown tired of your mobile phone then it’s your prerogative to flog it on eBay, right? Not if you buy Motorola’s upcoming Aura phone, because the firm’s penned a contract to prevent secondhand sales.
Virgin sacks the Facebook 13, BA customers stink
Virgin Atlantic has sacked the thirteen staff who labelled customers "chavs" and criticised the maintenance record of the airline's fleet of Boeing 747s which fly from Gatwick.
Microsoft slings Windows Home Server in OEM bargain bin
Microsoft has slashed the OEM price of its Windows Home Server software by 30 per cent.
MPs join fight to save McKinnon from US prison
MPs are being asked to support accused Pentagon hacker via a motion demanding he serves any jail time he might eventually receive in the UK, even if his long-running campaign to avoid extradition and trail in the US fails.
Intel Core i7 'Nehalem' processor and X58 chipset
ReviewIn appearance, the new Intel Core i7 - based on the 'Nehalem' microarchitecture - looks like a bigger, chunkier version of the Core 2 Quad but under the heat spreader and casing it has a radical design that breaks new ground.
Music royalties group pooh-poohs Belgian P2P appeal reports
The Belgian music royalties collecting society SABAM has denied reports that a judge last week binned a landmark decision forcing an ISP to block unlicenced file sharing.
Why no c*nt and paste for the iPhone?
Yes, we know it's childish, but we couldn't resist bringing you this crisp autumnal Monday a bit of a classic from our chums down at ZDnet, whose sub-editors were evidently suffering this morning from a touch of pub flu:
Asus intros £449 all-in-one desktop Eee
Asus unveiled its touchscreen desktop Eee PC, the Top 1602, late last week, touting the all-in-one box's "powerful multimedia capabilities".
York council gets sniffy with Street View
York council is a bit miffed that Google's Street View spycars have hit the historic city's highways and byways without asking for permission to film, local paper The Press reports.
MoD miracle-armoured-vehicle scheme still struggling
CommentUK Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to purchase a multibillion pound integrated combat vehicle fleet with well-nigh miraculous capabilities may be back to square one, according to reports.
Drunken paedo commie exposed on internet
A Chinese government official has been sacked after photos and vid clips of him drunkenly trying to force an 11-year-old girl into the men's toilet of a Shenzhen seafood restaurant surfaced on the internet, Reuters reports.
Free WinMo 7 phones to lure punters to desktop Windows 7
ExclusiveCarphone Warehouse looks set to give away free smartphones running Windows Mobile 7 with copies of the upcoming Windows 7 PC operating system, Register Hardware has learned.
US court narrows scope for business method patents
One of the US's highest courts has ruled that business methods cannot be patented unless they meet a test laid down by the Supreme Court. It has overruled a test set by a lower court and narrowed the scope of business method patents.
Dell scrambles onto de-dupe bandwagon
Dell has jumped on the Quantum/EMC de-dupe bandwagon and is developing a single block-level de-dupe and replication architecture spanning its own, Quantum and EMC storage arrays.
FCC under pressure to reduce D block cost
The FCC is being asked to reduce the minimum bid for the the last of the 700MHz blocks, due to be auctioned next year, as $750m is a lot of money for frequencies to which the buyers won't have exclusive access.
MS punts Xbox Live starter pack for network newbies
Microsoft has created a bundle pack designed to tempt Xbox 360 gamers to try online gaming.
Sapphire twinkles over Radeon HD 4850 X2 exclusive
Sapphire has launched what it claims its the only graphics card you can get that features AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 twin-GPU set-up.
VMware does U-turn on recent, unloved price hike
VMware has cancelled out the 10 per cent price hike it applied to its virtualisation products back in August thanks to a more favourable exchange rate in the European and Asian markets.
Users pour forth MacBook trackpad woes
An official Apple forum has become a sounding board for numerous complaints that the MacBook’s new multi-touch glass-covered trackpad isn't behaving itself.
Ubuntu 8.10 - All Hail new Network Manager
ReviewCanonical, the developers behind Ubuntu Linux have release Intrepid Ibex, the successor to last spring's Hardy Heron release. Ibex isn't a long-term support release - which might put off some large organizations - but for Ubuntu desktop fans, version 8.10 makes a worthwhile upgrade.
IBM smells Sun red ink
Back in April, when IBM rolled out the completely refreshed Power Systems Power6-based server line, the marketeers also got a chance to play alongside the engineers with the launch of the Power Rewards rebate program. At the time, Hewlett-Packard's vintage HP 9000 server line seemed to be the main target of Power Rewards, which can cut the cost of a migration to an IBM Unix box by as much as 50 per cent over negotiated street price on the iron.
Second French rogue trader case sparks risky thinking
A trader suspected of losing his employer as much as €751m ($940m) in ill-judged derivatives trades has been placed under investigation. The case has sparked a fresh assessment of the adequacies of compliance systems and how they might be improved and stirred up a few unhappy memories.
OpenBSD 4.4 released
The 25th release of the free BSD Unix-like operating system has been made available.
Sun euthanizes UltraSparc-IV boxes
Sun Microsystems has announced that its Sun Fire line of dual-core UltraSparc-IV and UltraSparc-IV+ servers has come to the end of the economic line.
Circuit City cutting jobs, stores, inventory for the holidays
Circuit City today confirmed plans to lay off thousands of US workers and close 155 stores in order to survive the holiday season.
Salesforce.com apps integrate with Facebook and Amazon
Dreamforce 2008In a world where "software as a service" was looking dated, Salesforce.com's has gone hip with Facebook and Amazon while taking swipes at Microsoft's attempts to be cool.
CIO surveys murdering IT budgets
Now might be a good time for CIO Magazine to stop bugging chief information officers and IT managers about their IT spending plans. Its surveys are killing us.
Gartner dips chip forecast for 2009
The chip industry has done OK despite global economic troubles, but the road ahead isn't looking nearly so pleasant, according to a new survey by Gartner.
Oxford don offered $10,000 for proof terrorist penned Obama memoir
USA '08In a last-ditch attempt to spook credulous Americans into voting for John McCain, a Republican congressman and his brother-in-law have offered $10,000 to a software-wielding Oxford don, asking for proof that Barack Obama's memoir was written by former domestic terrorist William Ayers.