27th > November > 2008 Archive
US gun lobby blogs Thanksgiving gun 'facts'
The US gun industry has chosen the week of America's massive Thanksgiving holiday to unveil its foray into Web 2.0.
Honeywell's Kitchen Computer remembered
This Old Box, Holiday EditionThe holiday season has returned to Silicon Valley!
Java Community Process shakes Soviet commissar tag
QconHe once likened the Java Community Process (JCP) to a commissar in Soviet Russia, but newly elected JCP executive committee member Rod Johnson is now employing an if-you-can’t-beat-em-join-em strategy.
Lenovo offers netbooks with added 'e'
Lenovo is finally bringing its S9 and S10 Small, Cheap Computers to Europe.
Mumbai terrorist attacks kill at least 100
Serial terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India's financial capital, have left at least 100 dead and 280 wounded.
Oxford student vote kyboshed by email
Oxford University Student Union elections have a bad case of the hanging chads after moving to an online voting system dependent on emails.
Group Test: AMD Radeon HD 4000 series
Round upWhen AMD updated the RV670 chip used in the ATI Radeon HD 3000 series to the RV770 in the HD 4000 line, it went ballistic and increased the number of unified shaders from 320 to 800.
'Bloody' is an offensive word, declares ASA
The Sun newspaper has been ordered not to use the word 'bloody' on posters in future. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said it was socially irresponsible to use the word in an advert that appeared in a public place.
Dixons plunges to loss
Dixons Store Group International posted a £30m loss for the last six months of trading.
NASA developing brain-monitor hats for airline pilots
US aerospace agency NASA has announced that it is developing a brain-monitoring hat for airline pilots to wear. The idea is that the bonce-clocking headset will know when pilots become "mentally overloaded" and help them to "realise" this.
John Coltrane. Miles Davis. Er... Ray Ozzie?
When Microsoft needs an epic suck-up job, there's only one man who can do it justice. Deep in a bunker in Seattle, out comes the special red telephone that instantly dials Steven "Collective Intelligence" Levy.
Overland gets fresh financing
Overland Storage, which was in danger of running out of cash by the end of the month, has agreed a $9m accounts receivable financing deal.
Twitter silenced in Canada
Canada is the latest country to lose SMS Twitter alerts after the company failed to put together a deal that would make the service cost effective, leaving Canucks to rely on internet-based alternatives.
Anti-fraud site targeted in Joe Job attack
Fraudsters have upped the ante in their fight to discredit a respected UK-based anti-fraud website.
No cheap Blu-ray players for Blighty this Xmas
Don't expect to pick up a cheap Blu-ray Disc player this Christmas - unless you live in the US or Japan.
Daimler sparks e-drive research project
'Leccy TechDaimler AG – that's Mercedes, to the rest of us – has announced the establishment of an electric drive research programme with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Nokia develops home control tech for phones
Nokia has inked in plans to take over your home. It’s announced development of an in-home gadget management platform called Home Control Centre (HCC).
Prosecutors gather evidence on secret BT-Phorm trials
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is gathering evidence on BT's covert trials of Phorm's ISP-level adware system to help it judge whether it is in the public interest to allow a private prosecution for breach of wiretapping laws.
Boris cans congestion extension
London Mayor Boris Johnson will scrap the western extension to the congestion charge zone.
The world's most deadly handset?
Brain tumours from excessive cellphone use shouldn’t be your first health concern any longer, because if the man standing next to you looks like Al Capone’s cousin and he’s making a call on his mobile then you’d best leg it.
Obama tries to stay connected
Barack Obama is hoping to find a way around the rules that ban communications equipment in the White House so he can keep his beloved BlackBerry when he takes office.
Icahn! goes! double! or! quits! on! Yahoo!
Troublemaking investor Carl Icahn has doubled his stake in Yahoo! despite sitting on a billion dollar loss from his first stake in the firm.
Russian WebMoney hacker cuffed over Trojan scam
Russian police have reportedly arrested a hacker who developed a tool for siphoning cash from WebMoney accounts.
Clamshell 'iPhone' appears online
The world’s first clamshell iPhone has been discovered online and it’ll be available to buy later this month.
MPs lost for Word over creaking Microsoft packages
MPs have logged a massive support call with Microsoft after they ended up at the wrong end of the tech world's fitful migration to Office 2007.
Oz bill-dodgers nailed on Facebook
A Melbourne restaurant owner has dispensed net justice to a group of bill-dodgers after tracking the ringleader down on Facebook, News.com.au reports.
Infocus X10 projector
ReviewFull HD is what we all want, but until the release of the X10 from InFocus, a projector capable of displaying a full 1080p image would have cost you the proverbial arm and a leg.
Atari dumps Davenport Lyons' piracy nastygram campaign
ExclusiveStoried videogaming brand Atari has dropped a campaign of legal threats against alleged illegal filesharers run on its behalf by the law firm Davenport Lyons, The Register has learned.
Zoo's polar bear breeding plan scuppered by girl-on-girl
A northern Japanese zoo's polar bear breeding plan was somewhat delayed when staff noticed the male brought in to make the beast with two backs with their resident female was himself herself a girl.
Lori Drew guilty in MySpace bully trial
The woman accused of using MySpace to bully a vulnerable teenage girl who subsequently killed herself has been found guilty of three charges.
Ashdown brain trust: Democracy isn't a human right
A group of intellectuals, military officers, policemen and retired second-rank politicians have issued an "interim" report laying out their view of what the UK should do to stay secure in coming decades. The assembled heavyweights, curiously, appear to conflict with the UN on the matter of fundamental human rights.
The Music Wars from 30,000 feet: Meet Chris Castle
InterviewEbullient lawyer Chris Castle has a unique perspective on the Music Wars. A former Sony and A&M executive who "switched sides" to Silicon Valley, then found himself defending the original Napster, which he called one of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century. His clients range from technology companies to major recording artists.
Satanic net neologisms - nominations invited
So popular has our "top net neologism" poll proved that we're now bowing to reader pressure and inviting submissions for the "most repulsive bastard spawn of cyberspace" - words so hideous in their aspect that they cause lovers of the English language to vent steam through both ears while firing up the Twat-O-Tron.
Back the F:\ Up
With a (D)echo of French Connection's FC UK ad campaign, Mozy is distributing t-shirts bearing the legend "BACK THE F:\ UP" to people tasteless enough to wear them. I look quite good in mine.
Financial crisis does for Scottish biofuel plant
Chemical company Ineos Enterprises has "put on hold" indefinitely plans to build a £65m biodiesel plant in Grangemouth, near Falkirk.
Robo-flower wilts as power burns
An electronic flower has been designed that blooms in tune to your household’s electricity conservation in real time.
WordPress update kyboshes XSS flaw
WordPress has fixed a cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw in its blogging software.
Sharp ships latest Blu-ray Disc player
Sharp has launched a Blu-ray player that it hopes Santa will want to load onto his sleigh this Christmas.
Chinese police confirm Gome chairman quizzed over 'economic crimes'
Beijing police confirmed today that the founder and chairman of Gome Electrical Appliances Holdings is under investigation for alleged involvement in “economic crimes”.
How Microsoft blew its own RIA invention
Cast your mind back to the year 2000. Microsoft has just announced its .NET Framework, complete with a new language called C# - that was in July, at the Orlando Professional Developers Conference.
Space robot research station to land in Oxfordshire
The European Space Agency and Innovation minister Lord Drayson have signed an agreement to build a research centre at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
Apple to slash prices by up to 15% on Black Friday?
Apple is holding a one-day sale for turkey-tired customers in the US on Black Friday, traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
MoD kit chief: Blighty unsure of supersonic stealth jumpjet
The head equipment purchaser at the UK's ministry of defence (MoD) has implied that Britain maintains an open mind on whether it will purchase the new F-35B supersonic stealth jumpjet to operate from its new aircraft carriers. General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue, Chief of Defence Materiel, seemed to confirm that there was a backup plan in which the F-35C catapult launch variant might be used instead.
HP, IBM - Stuck in the 'midrange' with you
AnalysisIt is a story we hear again and again from the IT vendors: They are going to double down and make aggressive moves into the small and medium business space because the growth rates for IT spending are higher than they are among larger enterprises - at least when those businesses are all lumped together.