21st > November > 2008 Archive
Does it feel good when I twist your circuits?
Stretch Armstong: bendy, stretchy and twistable. Not particularly useful. Electronics: Useful. Not so much with twisty business.
San Francisco enters Agassi's electric car dream
The San Francisco Bay Area has embraced Shai Agassi's Better Place vision, announcing a "sweeping plan" to drive public and private investments in electric cars and the infrastructure needed to run them.
Spammers look east after McColo shutdown
AnalysisOne week after rogue ISP McColo was shut down spam levels have yet to return to normality. But security experts are under no illusions that this represents anything more than a temporary reprieve, which will probably come accompanied by a change in tactics by spammers.
Group Test: Blu-ray Disc players
Round-upHappy Christmas, the format war is over. Now that Toshiba has abandoned HD DVD, Sony’s Blu-Ray has emerged as the new standard for high-definition discs, and the millions of folk who've been watching ye olde standard-def TV programmes on their HD TVs can go out and buy themselves a Blu-ray player safe in the knowledge it's not about to become obsolete.
Government still losing at least a computer a week
A year and a day after losing child benefit records for every family in the UK and promising to reform data handling the British government is still losing a laptop every single week.
Dassault to build aerospace-factory Sims
Graphic engines used in the latest videogames are set to be see more and more service in the French aerospace industry, according to reports.
HP breaks Japanese excessive packaging record
Those of you who don't like trees very much will appreciate HP's continuing efforts to deforest the planet by using the maximum cardboard possible when dispatching items to expectant customers. Here's a big box the company recently delivered to loyal Reg reader Simon Lucas, who's based in Tokyo:
Law firm argues links to its website abuse its trademarks
One of the world's biggest law firms is suing a small Chicago-based website for naming the firm and linking to two of its associates' biographies. A judge rejected an attempt to have the case thrown out last week.
Brocade results are solid as a rock
Brocade turned in satisfyingly solid results in its final 2008 quarter, beating its own guidance. The Foundry acquisition is on track, Cisco competition contained and it is preparing for a challenging first half in 2009.
Police probe Baby P text messages and websites
The Metropolitan Police is investigating websites which are naming the mother of Baby P and her boyfriend at time of the child's death.
Nokia goes to tinsel town
Continuing to distance itself from boring-old mobile phones, Nokia has announced plans to open a research lab in Hollywood packed with movie executives rather than those engineers the company so recently laid off in Finland.
PM quizzed over McKinnon extradition
Prime minister Gordon Brown has spoken about the Gary McKinnon extradition case for the first time, supporting the principle of repatriation of sentenced prisoners while declining to get into the specifics of the case, which remains under judicial review.
Apple updates iPhone firmware
Apple has released a firmware update for the iPhone, giving Jesus phone devotees access to Google Map’s Street View, keyboard settings and more.
Verizon suspends staff for ogling Obama's phone bill
Staff at Verizon face disciplinary action after accessing Barack Obama's phone bill and taking a peek at who the president elect had been calling.
Promoter hunts stars for McKinnon benefit gig
UpdatedRock band Marillion have offered to take part in a gig in support of accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon with proceeds going to autism charities, according to local media reports.
First pics of GTA: The Lost and Damned released
Rockstar has released a series of teaser images to promote Grand Theft Auto IV’s upcoming downloadable add-on The Lost and Damned.
Build your own Ferrari F430
If you can’t afford a Ferrari F430 then you’ll be glad to hear that the car firm’s inked a deal with gaming accessory firm Thrustmaster to let you buy individual parts of the car instead. Well, sort of.
The GUI that almost conquered the pocket
The death of UIQ deserves a footnote for posterity – and a chance to take look back at a decade in which almost everything that everyone predicted for mobile data proved to be wrong. Given the way the market turned out, it didn't stand a chance.
London Hospital back online after computer virus shutdown
Computer systems at three major London hospitals are largely back online on Friday morning, three days after a major computer virus outbreak forced staff to disconnect the network.
Vote now for your top net neologism
Reader pollOk, let's get straight down to it - below are the twenty contenders vying for the crown of El Reg top net neologism, as chosen by you, our beloved commentards readers.
NASA orbiter reveals buried Martian glaciers
The ground-penetrating radar aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has identified extensive Martian glaciers buried under "protective blankets of rocky debris".
Larger all-in-one desktop Eees en route?
Asus will launch two larger Eee Top desktop PCs next year, sources close to the company have claimed.
Sony Vaio TT slim'n'light laptop
ReviewSony has been pitching small, slim laptops at executives for years now, packing in as much functionality into as compact a chassis as it can and charging a premium for it. Why mess with a successful formula? So the new Vaio TT doesn't.
IT Crowd: spot Reg gear
The first episode of the third series of Graham Linehan's The IT Crowd is on Channel 4 tonight at 10.00pm.
DCSF reins in ContactPoint scope for police and A&E staff
The Department for Children, Schools and Families is resisting broadening access to the ContactPoint database for police officers and A&E staff, two groups most people would consider to be the frontline of spotting child abuse.
Sony pours water on fiery Blu-ray Disc sales forecasts
Blu-ray Disc sales won't meet previously enthusiastic predictions, a senior Sony staffer has warned.
Nominet chairman embroiled in governance row
Nominet chairman Bob Gilbert sits on a committee to determine the salaries and bonuses of senior executives, but not his own. Critics say this contravenes the not-for-profit domain registry's corporate governance rules, but Nominet denies any such breach. (Editor's note: Nominet argues that Gilbert is only technically an executive, and has sent an explanatory statement, reproduced in full at the end of this article.)
DARPA wargamer calls for US X-Men superplane fleet
A prominent US wargames and military crazytech expert has called for the Obama administration to build a large fleet of X-Men style stealth transport planes, able to deliver America's secret elite forces anywhere in the world regardless of the local government's wishes.
BBC Trust brands Manuelgate a 'deplorable intrusion'
The BBC Trust has branded the Brand/Ross Manuelgate outrage a "deplorable intrusion with no editorial justification".
BlueSky Positioning snags Sagem
BlueSky Positioning, the company that promised to have GPS working in a SIM by June last year, has entered a "strategic relationship" with respected SIM manufacturer Sagem Orga.
BBC Trust pulls plug on local video plans
The BBC Trust has rejected the broadcaster's plans to set up local video news sites for different areas of the country.
'Unappealing' electric cars a 'tragedy', cries Nissan chief
'Leccy TechNissan chairman and Renault SA co-chairman Carlos Ghosn tacitly called for better-looking electric cars when he gave his keynote speech at the Los Angeles Motor Show.
Reuters yanks reporter from Sadville
Reuters has pulled its embedded reporter out of Second Life, it confirmed today.
US teen tops himself live online
A US teenager has used a video sharing website to broadcast his suicide live across the internet.
Mobile shields man from death bullet
A US man has claimed that divine intervention and his mobile phone helped save him from being shot.
Virtual servers and economic gloom boost Wyse Technology's message
CommentThe recession is an opportunity for some. Wyse reckons it can boost its thin client business by pushing its thin client server running as a virtual machine overcoming Windows thin client inadequacies.
e-gold directors avoid jail
Three directors of digital currency firm e-gold avoided a spell behind bars on Thursday after earlier pleading guilty to offences for money laundering and running an unlicensed money transfer business.
FCC offers prison boss phone jamming help
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has offered to work with South Carolina's prison boss to find a way to prevent mobile phones being used in prisons, but industry body the CTIA is calling on the FCC to get a court order preventing anyone from demonstrating the technology.
World hunts CherryPal cloud PC chimera
People are beginning to wonder if Max Seybold's sandwich-sized wonder machine really exists.
iSuppli cuts 2009 PC growth forecast by two-thirds
Next up in November's cavalcade of plummeting confidence in the IT industry is the data tracking firm iSuppli, which is lopping off its growth forecast for PC shipments by nearly two-thirds.
Terror in orbit: ISS piss recycler in fire alarm mishap
A quarter-billion-dollar recycler unit - shipped into orbit aboard the space shuttle so as to slake the thirst of hardworking astronauts with a revitalising crystal flow of their own reprocessed urine - is playing up.
Brand new Star Trek prequel pics and trailer
The eagerly anticipated new Star Trek film is set to enthrall some and enrage others with a young, spunky cast, vicious fights and sex scenes.
Virtualization and HPC - Will they ever marry?
SC08Server virtualization has spent the past several decades moving out from the mainframe to Unix boxes and then out into the wild racks of x64 servers running Windows, Linux, and a smattering of other operating systems in the corporate data center. The one place where virtualization hasn't taken off is in high performance computing (HPC) clusters.