6th > November > 2008 Archive
Fifty years later, steam appears on British railway
A Peppercorn class A1 Pacific traveled from York to Scarborough on Tuesday evening, becoming the first new steam train to run on Britain's railway since 1960.
Toshiba touts talking projector
Did that projector just talk to me? At least that’s what you’ll say when you walk past the world’s first projector with voice guidance.
AMD boots (another) 500 workers
AMD has cut another 500 employees, vowing a return to the days when it actually made money.
Michael Dell, indie movie extra
Maybe Dell's finances are being squeezed even tighter than we suspected.
Windows 7: One compatibility label, no confusion
Microsoft is reducing its four Windows-compatible logos, responsible for confusion and a class action lawsuit, down to a single system for consumers and partners.
HP's answer to the information explosion - more information
HP mounted an information explosion round table in London on Tuesday, saying there needs to more attention paid to information management, that paper documents should be digitally captured, and that unstructured information put in archives where better use can be made of it.
Roberts Ecologic 1 portable DAB radio
ReviewThe downfall of portable DAB radios have always been their lack of battery life. Few models have really been able to sustain themselves long enough to deliver a truly out-and-about experience.
Cisco's solid quarter and recession-survival lessons
Tech giant Cisco posted solid results for its first quarter ended 25 October 2008 and remains confident of hitting targets for the full year despite difficult conditions.
New no-advertising domain will deter some cybersquatters
A new domain to be launched in December will be the first to reject advertising, making it unattractive to most cybersquatters. The .tel domain will not host websites, only contact information that will be sent to computers and phones.
Top Secret: Bond-style pen-sized DVR launched
If, like us, you were disappointed by the lack of cool gadgets in Quantum of Solace, you can relive the memories of Bond’s better device-laden days with the SpyPen.
Doctor debuts field-tested brainwave comms kit
The designer of a high-tech system allowing brain-damaged people to communicate and perform physical tasks through the power of thought has claimed to be the first able to successfully test it on such patients.
The DNA database and you
Special ReportThe National DNA Database (NDNAD) keeps growing: it now holds more than five million DNA profiles of individuals. Getting off the database, if you have been sampled by England or Wales forces, remain as unlikely as ever. And it remains difficult to make sense of the stats bandied at us, with the press quoting wildly differing figures. So we decided to investigate.
Sony pitches blue-laser Compact Disc revival
Sony failed to tune the masses into its better-than-Compact-Disc format, Super Audio CD, so it's having another go, this time with technology derived from Blu-ray Disc.
SanDisk to cut 15 per cent of its staff
SanDisk is making 15 per cent of its 3,000-strong world-wide workforce redundant as it struggles to cut costs. That means 450 people are heading out of the door.
US admiral wants pain-rayguns for Gulf fleet
A US admiral has called for American warships operating in the Middle East to be equipped with microwave "pain ray" cannons to avoid using overwhelming lethal force.
BlackBerry Storm to blow in next week - minus Wi-Fi
RIM's BlackBerry Storm will finally arrive in Vodafone’s UK stores on 14 November, but fans wanting Wi-Fi would be wise to delay their purchase.
MobileMe disappears for another 7 hours
Apple's cloud vanished for another seven hours over the weekend, depriving some MobileMe users of their email and services despite status reports indicating everything was operating fine.
Bletchley Park gets £330k lifeline
Bletchley Park has secured a much-needed lifeline with a £330,000 grant from English Heritage.
iPhone users to get get-out call
iPhone users can now escape blind dates and boring business meetings thanks to a faked incoming call that urgently summons them elsewhere.
Spanish cheesemaker launches ovine Lolitas initiative
Spanish cheesemaker Quesería Artesanal de Sacramenia is offering aficionados of underage ovines the chance to adopt their very own lovely little lamb as part of its My Linda Ovejita initiative.
Yang! tells! MS! to! buy! Yahoo!
Jerry Yang believes Microsoft should buy Yahoo!, despite being blamed by many for apparently rejecting a $33-a-share offer from the software giant just a few months ago.
Drunken Brummie hack resigns on YouTube
Brummie hack Adam Smith earlier this week quit his post at the Birmingham Post and Mail, having evidently pondered his future at some length through the bottom a glass at an Obama victory bash in Florida.
Computacenter denies stringing along small biz
The UK's largest reseller Computacenter has denied claims it has doubled its payment terms for small suppliers.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700 compact camera
ReviewSony is renowned for its stylish products, and the Cyber-shot DSC-T700 is no exception. But it'll take more than just good looks to convince us that this is a camera worth opening your wallet for.
Becta urged to find middle way on interoperability standards
The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has called on Becta to offer “clearer national leadership” to help shape schools’ decisions on IT resources.
Study clears cannabis of schizophrenia rap
Regular readers will recall the confused mess that is this government’s cannabis policy. There has been a drop in cannabis consumption since it was downgraded from Class B to C, but nevertheless they want to put it back up to Class B again. Yes, we know all about the argument that what you ingest is entirely your business, it being your body and all that but morals are always trumped by politics.
Fadell gets $300,000 golden handcuffs Apple deal
The former iPod daddy Tony Fadell will receive a hefty payout in his new “consultancy” role at Apple – where he’s also required to keep schtum about the company’s secrets.
Hands on with the RIM/Vodafone BlackBerry Storm
First LookWe’ve been writing about the BlackBerry Storm for months, but this morning we boarded a Vodafone tour bus to get up close and personal with the most talked about phone since the T-Mobile G1.
US sea-bottom sensor net powered by 'stroking buoys'
The US Navy, often at odds with environmentalists, made a move which might please the green community yesterday. The service has awarded a $3m contract to a company producing wave-power buoys, intending to use them in an oceanic sensor array.
Hustinx: Nameless data can still be personal
A person does not have to be identifiable by name for details of their computer usage to be protected by data protection laws, a senior European privacy watchdog has warned.
Fake site punts Trojanised WordPress
Fraudsters have set up a fake site featuring a backdoored version of the WordPress blogging application as part of a sophisticated malware-based attack.
German court curbs data collection law
Germany's Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe today has curbed Germany's wide-reaching data collection law even further, by stating that the data can only be collected and saved in case of real danger to citizens. The Court decided in response to a class action suit filed by 34,000 Germans.
Sony Ericsson parades wireless audio dome
Stereo systems are fine if you’re a sound-quality perfectionist. But if ease of use, connectivity and style are your primary concerns then Sony Ericsson’s latest wireless speaker will catch your eye.
Intel names 'Nehalem' launch date
It's official: Intel will launch the Core i7 processor, the first desktop chip to be based on its 'Nehalem' architecture, on 17 November.
Jacqui Smith prints seized by No2ID in daring dabs grab
The Home Secretary's fingerprints are missing, and being held by No2ID at an undisclosed location. Earlier today, No2ID General Secretary Guy Herbert told The Register, a water glass thought to have Jacqui Smith's fingerprints on it was 'borrowed' from a Social Market Foundation event where Smith was speaking.
Yes! It's the Darth Vader breakfast toaster
We’ve no idea what Darth Vader eats* for breakfast, but even those strong with the Sith need a good start to the day if they’re to defeat the Jedi and overthrow the Republic. So, thankfully, a Star Wars toaster’s been invented.
US airforce online ad theme: 'Horror Meets Comedy'
In a move which you simply couldn't make up, The US Air Force has announced that it will partner with Microsoft to advertise itself on the Xbox under the banner "Horror Meets Comedy". The deal will see the USAF sponsoring a series of short films for viewing on the Xbox Live online portal.
Cream drummer may flash ginger nuts in court
Veteran drummer Ginger Baker has declared he is willing to drop his trousers in court to prove he never got jiggy with a woman accused of defrauding him of £30,000, the Telegraph reports.
McCain 'dead' email ruse punts penis pills
Spammers have upped the ante in their bid to tap into interest created by the US presidential election this week to punt penis pills other assorted pharmaceutical tat.
Cisco storage slumps again
Here's something to cheer Mike Klayko, Brocade's CEO: network giant Cisco's storage revenues dropped 4 per cent year-on-year in its latest quarterly report. Cisco is playing a long game in storage and it looks as if Brocade is biting its ass.
Seagate's small form factor screamer
Seagate has accelerated its Savvio 2.5-inch drive up to 15,000rpm and doubled its SAS speed, making it the fastest small form factor drive on the market.
Palin didn't know Africa is a continent, McCain aides say
Sarah Palin raised a few eyebrows within the John McCain campaign because she didn't realize that Africa is a continent, according to aides whispering with a shamelessly right-wing news outlet.
LA engineers cop to traffic system sabotage
Two traffic engineers for the City of Los Angeles have admitted they illegally disrupted the computer system that controls traffic lights just prior to a 2006 union action related to contract negotiations with the city.
Is Sun taking open source a little too far?
Steve Gillmor, host of the ZDNet podcast called the Gillmor Gang, has managed to secure an exclusive interview with Jonathan Schwartz, Sun Microsystems president and chief executive officer. Or so it seems.
Ballmer: 'Google not a major mobile competitor'
Steve Ballmer has publicly belittled Google's fledgling mobile phone platform, saying the world's largest search engine ad broker is low on Microsoft's list of mobile competitors.
FBI drops hammer on AMD employee charged with stealing Intel documents
A former Intel engineer is getting slapped with additional charges for allegedly stealing sensitive documents from the chip maker after secretly jumping ship to AMD.
Sun reveals hidden Java and MySQL story
When the idea of making money from running an ad-funded social network was Silicon Valley's mantra, Sun Microsystems thought the future was guaranteed.
Martial law planned for Craigslist's red-light district
Craigslist's free-wheeling red-light district is about to get a lot tamer under strict new measures announced Thursday designed to rein in prostitution and other illegal services.
Dead boffins deflate the cloud
Afterlife PanelLike Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web 2.0 before it, the phrase "cloud computing" has become catnip to marketing zealots and lost souls of the IT industry.
Cops collar Craigslist Thomas Crown
Police say they've caught the armored truck robber who craftily recruited a crowd of unwitting, identically-dressed accomplices on Craigslist to serve as decoys for his getaway.