26th > November > 2008 Archive
US Army in $50m video game upgrade
The US Army plans to spend $50m over five years to develop more video games for training soldiers for combat, according to the Army pub Stars and Stripes.
Google silences Gmail security blogorumors
Google security pros have taken exception to recent reports of a Gmail vulnerability that led to a rash of domain hijackings. They were the result of a plain-vanilla phishing campaign, they say.
Facebook spams social networkers with phishy email
Facebook has taken the unusual step of sending its users email asking them to click on a link so they can restore site configuration settings that were recently lost. Facebook isn't kidding, and neither are we.
RISC daddy conjures Moore's Lawless parallel universe
The oft-cited Moore's Law is the fulcrum of the IT industry in that it has provided the means of giving us ever-faster and more sophisticated computing technology over the decades. This in turn allowed the IT industry to convince us that every one, two, or three years, we need new operating systems, better performance, and new and more complex applications. But ask yourself this: What happens to the IT industry if the performance improvements stop?
Government data review grants more data sharing power
Buried in the small print of the government's response to the Data Sharing Review is a line which grants the secretary of state power "to permit or require the sharing of personal information between particular specified persons, where a robust case for so doing exists."
Elgato EyeTV DTT Mac digital TV tuner
ReviewFor a company that claims to be a leader in the field of video and multimedia, Apple has always had a strange blind spot when it comes to TV tuners. It’s largely resisted building them into Macs, and doesn’t even include one in its Apple TV set-top box.
HMRC estimates its IT project costs
HM Revenue and Customs is running 25 major IT projects worth at least £197m, but is unwilling to provide accurate estimates.
Quantum parks 180 staff
Data protection vendor Quantum is laying off 180 people and cutting expenses to preserve its business in the face of what it calls a global financial crisis.
Government finally names the day for porn ban
Sixty-one days and counting: if your stash contains any material that is or may fall foul of the Government’s new laws on extreme porn, then that is how long you have left to destroy it or otherwise get rid of it. Because, courtesy of Consenting Adult Action Network (CAAN), The Register can reveal today that the law is going live on 26 January 2009.
Acer confirms 10in netbook for Q1 2009
Acer will release a 10in netbook in Q1 2009, an senior executive has revealed.
Juror dismissed over Facebook poll
A juror in a sex abuse case was kicked off the case after using Facebook to ask her mates whether the suspect was guilty or not.
IT departments VAT-whacked
As Alistair Darling scrambles to deny plans to raise VAT to 18.5 per cent in order to pay for his borrowing binge the row over the problems it will cause for UK businesses deepens.
VW to speed up rollout of cut-price EV
'Leccy TechGerman car maker Volkswagen is to accelerate development of its two-seat electric city car, it has been claimed.
Luke Skywalker's lightsabre goes on sale
Consoles a-plenty already offer gamers the chance to wield lightsabres in virtual Star Wars battles. But if you crave something more realistic then go and raid your piggybank, because the film's original lightsabre will go on sale next month.
Gov backs campaign to save Scott's Antarctic hut
UK culture minister Barbara Follett has called for donations to save the base hut built by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and members of the ill-fated 1910-1913 "Terra Nova" Antarctic expedition, which famously ended in death for Scott and four companions.
Apple forced to pull misleading UK iPhone ad
Apple's latest iPhone advert has been condemned by the ASA for giving the impression the phone could download and install applications quickly and easily, forcing the firm to pull the ad.
UK's Watchkeeper drone in first autonomous flight
The British Army's new Watchkeeper robotic surveillance aircraft has made its first autonomous test flight, carrying out a full mission without remote piloting. The tests took place in Israel, at a facility operated by Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit.
Lapdancing 'not sexually stimulating', MPs hear
The Commons culture committee yesterday heard claims that lapdancing is "not sexually stimulating" during a hearing into the Licensing Act which is pondering reclassifying lapdancing clubs as "sex encounter establishments" - something which would make it easier for local councils to refuse them licences.
Secunia tool helps surfers to keep up to date with patches
Security notification firm Secunia released the final version of its software inspector tool on Tuesday, 17 months after the first beta of a product that aims to help surfers to keep up to date with security patches.
Google exempts self from Apple rules
Google has admitted using forbidden APIs to get its iPhone application working, but despite that admission the application remains available on iTunes in apparent breach of the store rules.
Copyright-bothering web TV outfit rises from the grave
TVCatchup.com, a web-based TV recording service which was shut down last year under pressure from broadcasters, has returned, and this time it assures us it's legal.
UK.gov abandons income splitting tax law
The government has dumped legislation intended to overhaul income splitting arrangements among individuals that would have effectively forced small, family-run businesses to pay more tax.
Intel details objections to antitrust probe
Intel says it is unable to respond to the European Commission investigation into its business practices unless the regulator gives it access to certain documents from AMD.
The Legacy Dilemma
In IT circles, the term ‘legacy’ is generally banded about as a kind of shorthand, to suggest that a system or application has reached a certain point in its existence where the only way is down. There is no concrete definition – well there is if you browse the 'net, but it tends to reflect the above (for example, “a system which has been superseded but which is still in use”). Which isn’t really much help in system planning.
Nokia N96 16GB smartphone
ReviewAs the muscular successor to the N95, it’s no surprise that the N96 packs in a flagship set of high-end features.
Peaches Geldof - she's back!
Peaches Geldof has returned to the virtual pages of Nylon, having copped a savage shoeing for her first dip* into hackery.
How can effective IT drive business?
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DARPA wants to develop an 'iPhoD'
The maverick military mayhemware mavens of DARPA have once again sent ripples of sensation oscillating through the world of acronyms, as they ask the US tech community to build them an "iPhoD".
Nokia launches DIY phone design studio
Off-the-shelf phones are so old school, according to Nokia. So it’s launched a build-your-own-talker website where you can create your very own phone, sort of.
What’s driving collaboration?
Thanks, folks, for your responses to last week's collaboration poll. Jolly interesting reading it made too. It puts the lie to all these people who claim social tagging tools and microblogging are taking over the business world. They're not.
Bear/woods alert: Entire world not quite virtualized yet
We asked, and you told us. Virtualization is making its presence felt, but not in a way that would make an evangelist faint with excitement. Instead, it all looks rather sensible, with just over 60% of the hardy poll-completers telling us they are pretty active across the board when it comes to virtualizing environments which support non-critical workloads. It’s around half that level for critical workloads. Hang on, that’s actually quite a lot isn’t it? Fair enough, we know that the relatively advanced practitioners are more likely to respond to this kind of poll, but even with this bias, we can see that they’re not going mad with it.
MySociety puts e-democracy up for sale
Digital democracy charidee mySociety* is flogging two places on its annual retreat to anyone who wants to know more about open source, government technology and access to data.
Aussie government muffs plans for internet filtering
Plans for filtering of all internet content in Australia could well backfire on the Labour Government, with talk of "socialism" banned, and muffins off the menu entirely.
Nominet fingers governance scrutineer
Nominet has appointed management academic Professor Bob Garratt to conduct an independent review of its governance structures as it aims to steer though a crisis prompted by member unrest and pressure from Whitehall.
ISS drinks dispenser now taking the p*ss
The International Space Station's cantankerous Water Recovery System (see pic) is now apparently up and running following a few issues with the unit's Urine Processor Assembly (UPA).
Yes! It's the USB Toaster!
Register Hardware’s hacks are always tied to their keyboards, so going into the kitchen to prepare the morning toast is a right royal pain in the bum. So imagine our collective glee when we discovered this little number.
Microsoft ranks 5th on inglorious spam-friendly ISP list
Microsoft is the world’s fifth worst spam service ISP, according to a new list compiled by Spamhaus.org.
Tosh touts 16GB Micro SDHC memory card
Toshiba has followed in SanDisk’s footsteps and launched a 16GB Micro SDHC memory card, the largest capacity of Micro SDHC currently available.
The mobile operators' Three Ring Trick
CommentA classic magician’s tricks is to flash three solid steel rings then hand them to a punter to examine before spinning and linking them as though metal passes through metal.
Amazon intros early VAT cut
The government’s VAT cut doesn’t take effect until Monday, but one online retailer just couldn’t wait and has already introduced it.
ASA slaps beer-punting ladyboy
The Advertising Standards Authority has ordered Tiger Beer UK Ltd not to rereun an ad which featured a rather fetching snap of a ladyboy punting the Asian throatwash.
Porn doctor jailed for 33 years
A Florida doctor has been jailed for 33 years and nine months over child porn offences.
Dell zeroes in on US customers with 0% financing
Dell is offering its US corporate customers zero per cent financing to encourage them to buy more products in what has been a tumultuous year for the computer giant.
Sons of Macintosh - shaking the Apple family tree
Report Card, Part ThreeWhen the original Apple Macintosh debuted in 1984, it carried a $2,495 price tag - roughly $5,250 in 2008 money. Ever since, the debate has raged over whether Macs are more expensive, feature-by-feature and capability-by-capability, than their PC brethren.
FBI warns NY officials of Thanksgiving Day terrorist plot
Happy Thanksgiving holiday, United States. Here's your first helping of holiday terrorist panic.
Google - your source for
FREE Adobe gear
AnalysisWith his ill-fated defense of Google's multi-million dollar Yahoo! handshake, chief legal officer David Drummond told Congress the search engine tie-up would rejuvenate the Yahoo! web with "better, more interesting ads." It's a common Google refrain. If you believe the party line, Mountain View's top secret advertising money machine rules the roost for one reason: an unswerving commitment to "quality" ads.
Srizbi spam botnet in failed resurrection
After being stranded for weeks, a monster botnet responsible for an estimated 40 percent of the world's spam was able to briefly reconnect to its mothership in a tense international duel playing out online that could have a dramatic effect on the amount of junkmail flowing into inboxes everywhere.