28th > November > 2008 Archive

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EU Commission backs Reding on data caps

The Council of EU Telecoms Ministers has agreed to force caps on the price of roamed data and text messages, to €0.11 and €1 per MB respectively, to be introduced in July next year.
Bill Ray, 28 2008

Motorola TLKR T7 two-way radio

Review As mobile phones get more exotic and expensive the desire to expose them to risk reduces accordingly. Fancy using your iPhone while canoeing or white water rafting? Or your N96 while bouncing down a forest trail on a mountain bike? Thought not.
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Counter-terror police arrest Tory frontbencher

Shadow immigration minister Damian Green was arrested and questioned by Metropolitan police for nine hours yesterday.
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Axl Rose may have undermined own case over Dr Pepper stunt

Guns N' Roses and frontman Axl Rose has threatened legal proceedings against Dr Pepper over an unauthorised publicity stunt that offered a free bottle of the soft drink to every American in celebration of the band's first new album in 14 years.
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Would you know a base station if you saw one?

What with the SiteFinder database still not getting updated, it's time to see if you notice now when the lamp post next to you is suspiciously pregnant, or if cellular base stations have become so much a part of our landscape that they no longer merit our attention.
Bill Ray, 28 2008
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Reg digging exposes holes in ContactPoint numbers

Government ministers have been misleading Parliament for the last year by repeatedly giving out estimates for the likely number of users for their ContactPoint Database that are significantly lower than suggested by their own research. According to IT experts, if these results have not been taken into account, this could damage the long-term success of the project.
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European Commission consults on class action lawsuits

Consumers across the European Union could be given new powers to join forces to sue a business under plans announced by the European Commission today. Class action lawsuits could be publicly funded under the proposals.

Another Aquos TV is born

Sharp has expanded its Aquos TV range with a 46in model crammed with enough features to make the best of Heroes and co.

AMD roadmaps Phenom II, quad-core Athlons

AMD's upcoming Phenom revamp, based on the introduction of the Socket AM3 interconnect, will indeed be dubbed the 'Phenom II' while versions of the family will become the first three- and four-core Athlons.
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Essex copper deluged after forwarding web hoax email

An Essex police officer who inadvertently forwarded an aged internet hoax is now dealing with hundreds of calls and emails from concerned women - the hoax looks more genuine now that it comes from a proper police address.

Nokia pulls out of Japan, sort of

Japan is on of the world’s biggest markets for mobile phones, but Nokia has announced that it plans to stop selling its handsets there.

'Jasper' Xbox 360 hardware rejig spied online

Pictures of what could be one of the first 'Jasper'-based Xbox 360s have appeared online.

Pret A Manger goes wireless

Double, tall, skinny, hold the foam latte drinkers rejoice - café chain Pret A Manger will soon let you pay for your coffee and sandwiches wirelessly.
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Yahoo! loses! another! boss!

Yahoo!'s European managing director Toby Coppel is joining the exodus from the firm. Coppel was previously chief strategy officer for the ailing internet firm.
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µTorrent for Mac is go

Mac users are finally being offered their own version of µTorrent, the most popular BitTorrent client.
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Climate Bill scores a fail in economics

The stated objective of the Climate Change Bill, recently passed by Parliament, is: "To avoid the impacts of dangerous climate change in an economically sound way." It's an excellent idea, one worth supporting - but possibly not entirely the one that the Government itself is pursuing.

Honda: future's full of hybrids and fuel-cell EVs, not plug-ins

'Leccy Tech Fans of the hydrogen fuel-cell powered Honda FC Sport sci-fi style concept car may have a reason to rejoice: Honda president Takeo Fukui reckons plug-in electric cars are hopeless.
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Brits decline to 'think outside the box'

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Europe tightens rules on police data sharing

The European Council is adopting tougher rules on how the police and judiciary treat, and share, people's private data.
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McKinnon faithful to stage further US embassy demo

Supporters of Gary McKinnon are planning a further demo outside the US embassy next Friday as time runs out to prevent the hacker's extradition to the US.

Grand Theft Auto downloads to be 'sold' in shops

Grand Theft Auto: IV’s upcoming “downloadable content” add-on, The Lost and Damned will also be sold as through stores, sort of.
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Boss frogmarches bound employee to cop shop

An Essex boss who discovered one of his employees had stolen and cashed a company cheque frogmarched the miscreant to a police station with his hands tied behind his back and a sign round his neck reading "thief", the Times reports.
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Wireless comms and the end of civilisation

Characters in the recent BBC remake of Survivors seem curiously ill-informed about how the UK's communications infrastructure would deal with the collapse of civilisation, so in an attempt to ensure Reg readers are better-equipped we present a wireless guide to the apocalypse.
Bill Ray, 28 2008

Sony Vaio Z11 13in laptop

Review Apple may have grabbed headlines for releasing its new MacBook Pro with two GPUs on board - one for casual, one for best - but Sony had already done so, with its Vaio Z11, launched in the summer and now available for review.
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Beeb to cut the f**king swearing

The BBC's head of television yesterday declared that the corporation's output would next year feature less of Jonathan Ross telling Gwyneth Paltrow he'd "f*ck her", lest such choice language alienate viewers.
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Rootkit unearthed in network security software

Researchers have unearthed rootkit-like functionality in an enterprise security product.
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BBC relives The Day of The Triffids

The BBC is poised to start filming on a new adapation of John Wyndham's The Day of The Triffids, due to hit screens in a high-definition two-parter some time next year.
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Java and Linux - an open marriage in search of success

In 2004 Eric Raymond wrote an open letter to Sun Microsystems' then chief executive officer Scott McNealy demanding Sun open up their core Java intellectual property and allow anyone do whatever they damn well please with it.
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HP could impose compulsory redundancies for EDS staff

Exclusive EDS UK and Ireland-based employees will face compulsory firings if Hewlett-Packard doesn’t hit its targets for voluntary redundancies for the first half of its fiscal 2009, The Register has learned.
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Why is information delivery so bloody hard?

Are you frustrated with how difficult it can be to find information? What makes this more irksome is that the vendor community seems to have just woken up to the fact that there's a lot of information 'out there' to manage. Translated, this means that some of the larger vendors have recently got their act together with information management solutions (IMS) technology. The rest of the world has dealt with the challenge since time immemorial.
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Can measure, can’t manage?

Clichés like ‘can’t measure, can’t manage’ stick around precisely because they are so difficult to achieve. Providing business managers with information about what their staff are up to is something that should be a fundamental use of IT, and indeed we have all spent happy hours tapping away our timesheets and capturing our actuals. Haven’t we?
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Lib Dems call for new NHS data security rules

The Liberal Democrats have called on the government to accept a set of priorities to stop the loss of confidential patient data from the health service.
Kablenet, 28 2008
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M42 closed by marshmallows and beer

A northbound stretch of the M42 was this morning closed after a six-vehicle pile-up "sent marshmallows and beer spilling out onto the carriageway", the BBC reports.
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Danish ISP ordered again to block Pirate Bay

Danish ISP Sonofon (part of Tele2) has once again been ordered by a Danish court to block the controversial Swedish BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay. The record industry represented by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) calls it a landmark ruling and says the decision confirms the illegality of Pirate Bay.
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UK.gov says extreme porn isn't illegal if you delete it...

The Ministry of Justice promised to provide public guidelines to the new extreme porn legislation this week and – behold! – here they are.

Portsmouth gets crime-predicting CCTV

If you’re planning a rowdy night out in Portsmouth soon, then be careful what you get mixed up in. Because the city’s installed Minority Report-style CCTV cameras able to predict crimes before they’ve happened.
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Judge throws out case against journo bugged by police

Sally Murrer, a journalist for the Milton Keynes Citizen, has had charges against her for receiving leaked information dismissed by the judge.
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Snipers - Cowardly assassins, or surgical soldiers?

Snipers are nasty, everyone knows that. They hunt people like animals, killing them without giving them a chance to fight or even to surrender. Few soldiers are more hated; even their own armies often seem less than pleased to have them around.

SanDisk flash holds secret flash sauce till after Christmas

SanDisk is soon to announce new technology needed for its solid state drives to take on hard disk drive storage.