18th > December > 2008 Archive
Google China under fire for medical scam ads
Beijing appears to be expanding its recent crackdown on search engines running medical scam ads to implicating Google China and Yahoo China.
Wikipedia self-flagellates over vanishing 'farmsex'
UpdatedAfter the international brouhaha over Wikipedia's sudden appearance on Britain's anti-child-porn blacklist, things have returned to normal at "the free encyclopedia anyone can edit." The site's cult-like inner circle is threatening to eat itself after an über-admin vaporized some Zoophilia chatter laid down by a member of the Wikiland Supreme Court.
Sony's Super AIT - a fall from grace
CommentSony is reeling, with 16,000 job losses and restructuring looming for its sprawling electronics division. Super AIT tape comes out of that sprawl, and its time may be drawing to a close, squeezed out by LTO much as AIT was squeezed out by DAT.
Tesla takes Top Gear test to task
'Leccy TechDid one of the two Tesla Roadsters tested by BBC TV's Top Gear really die on the track and need to be pushed into the studio garage by hand?
Western Digital WD TV HDD-to-HDTV adaptor
ReviewStreaming media players were all the rage a couple of years ago. They were a nice idea, allowing you to stream music and video files stored on your computer over your home network to a TV or music system. However, most of them were expensive and fiddly to set up, so they never really caught on.
Correction and apology
On 21 November we published an article headed "Nominet chairman embroiled in governance row: sits on own salary committee". Contrary to that article, we wish to make it clear that Mr Gilbert, the chairman of Nominet, does not sit on a committee which determines his remuneration. We apologise to Mr Gilbert for any embarrassment caused. ®
Sky demonstrates 3D telly vision
BSkyB yesterday demonstrated 3D broadcasts using an ordinary Sky+HD box and a TV made by Hyundai.
EU threatens vendors with smartphone tax
The European Commission has proposed reclassifying smartphones as "multi-function devices", which would see them attracting up to 14 per cent in tax at a time when the industry is already under pressure to cut prices.
Satyam investors blow roof off building firm takeover bid
IT services giant Satyam has abandoned the takeover of two Indian building groups after investors reacted with horror to the proposal.
US Navy's robot stealth carrier plane unveiled
PicUS aerospace'n'killware goliath Northrop Grumman yesterday took the wraps off one of the most advanced robot aircraft in the world, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS). The X-47B is intended to operate from the flight deck of US Navy aircraft carriers, carrying out entire missions including air-to-air refuelling without pilot input.
Tosh touts world's first half-terabyte laptop SSD
Toshiba has developed what it claims is the world’s first 512GB 2.5in solid-state drive.
US nuclear bomb lab develops 'self-warming' hand cream
A New Mexico cosmetics entrepreneur has collaborated with a US government nuclear weapons lab to deal with one of the great scourges threatening society today, that of chilly handcream fresh from the jar. The solution: high-tech "personal care lotion" which warms itself up as it is "gently rubbed" on.
US delays Royal Navy satellite comms project
A Royal Navy communications project is 31 months late because development of components at the US Department of Defense is behind schedule.
UK will save its 48-hour opt-out, says employment lawyer
The European Parliament has voted to end the UK's opt-out of laws banning people from working for more than 48 hours a week, but a leading employment lawyer has said that the opt-out is likely to remain in place.
Novell ditches 2009's recession-bitten BrainShare tradeshow
Novell has cancelled its annual BrainShare trade shindig that was supposed to be taking place in Salt Lake City in March 2009.
Accy software vendor adds debtor auto hassle
Small business accountancy provider KashFlow is extending its platform with Getting-Paid, an online service which automatically chases slow payers.
Under-fire Ofcom maps out emergency systems
Ofcom has updated the schedule for the introduction of Administered Incentive Pricing for radio spectrum used by a variety of services, including the RNLI and mountain-rescue services, having received a deluge of comments on the original proposal.
More execs quit Phorm
When half of Phorm's board quit earlier this month, it was spun as a strategy disagreement between the US and UK operations. But now the firm's London-based UK chief executive has quit too, along with its chief beancounter.
Supporting the application platform
As our discussion around the role of the application platform continues, a quick look back shows us that the Reg reader jury is still out when it comes to deciding on the capabilities which deserve or need to be included in one.
ecademy exposes customer emails to world+dog
ecademy - the business-orientated social networking site - left supposedly private support emails sent through the site publicly viewable as the result of a programming snafu earlier this week.
Microsoft settles lawsuit against Taiwanese mouse maker
Microsoft has settled a patent infringement case that it brought against Taiwanese computer peripherals vendor Primax Electronics Ltd in July this year.
Royal laptop theft 'will expose picture'
Security experts said it would be child's play for thieves to access sensitive data on the Duchess of York's stolen laptop, despite the use of password protection.
NASA will give away old Shuttles for free
NASA has announced plans for disposal of the Space Shuttle fleet and spare main engines. The space agency intends to donate one orbiter to the Smithsonian museum, and give the others to "educational institutions, science museums, and other appropriate organizations".
It's Sadville: The Movie!
It's natural in Hollywood that if you have a big hit as a director, you pretty much get to make whatever you want, but this is one artistic conceit too far. Pirates of the Caribbean helmsman Gore Verbinski has reportedly acquired the rights to make a film about a Second Life obsessive who "cheats" on his wife.
Microsoft moves to dampen Xbox 360 scratch fears
Microsoft has already admitted that the Xbox 360 may scratch discs if the console’s tilted while the drive's in operation. But it's now trying to downplay fears by claiming that the problem only affects a small minority of gamers.
Adobe brings AIR to Linux
The promised Linux edition of Adobe Systems' AIR 1.5 rich internet application (RIA) play is due to hit Linux today.
Jacqui calls Vodafone man to run massive snoop database
ExclusiveA senior Vodafone network architecture specialist has been appointed by Jacqui Smith to draw up proposals for a multibillion pound central silo of communications data, amid a Whitehall row about the future of the project, The Register has learned.
Satnav head-to-head: Navman S100 vs TomTom Go 540 Live
ReviewWant more than simple A-to-B navigation? We put two top-end models from TomTom and Navman - respectively, the Go 540 Live and the S100 - head to head to see how they match up.
Nvidia offers Intel-thrashing netbook GPU tech
Nvidia is clearly in with Intel: it's announced a netbook integrated-graphics chipset designed to work with the Atom CPU.
Sun revs VirtualBox desktop virtualization
Over the years, the server virtualization strategy at Sun Microsystems has been spotty, but recently it has been evolving to include a variety of new techniques. Dynamic domains, Solaris containers, logical domains, and on x64 iron, support for Xen and ESX Server hypervisors are all part of the fare now.
MontaVista's new ARM11 Linux goodies
Even if you're a seasoned ARMy brat, you're to be forgiven for having seen MontaVista Software's recent announcement that it was offering Linux support for the ARM1176JZ-S and ARM1176JZF-S, and asking "So what?"
Red Hat extends RHEL release support
Commercial Linux distributors have an advantage over proprietary operating system makers in that they are only interested in securing a single-year or multi-year support contract from a customer. They are not looking to sell an upgrade to a new version or release, since the support contract already covers them.
Chinese spy scare sours Australia's plans for nationwide broadband
Possible involvement of the Chinese networking firm Huawei Technologies in building Australia's national broadband network has security agencies fearing red espionage.
Apple signals its mobile-graphics future
Word surfaced today in a "Listing of shares" announcement by British SoC developer Imagination Technologies that "Apple Inc. is subscribing for 8,200,000 new shares of Imagination Technologies Group plc." Apple is shelling out around $4.8m for that 3.6 per cent stake in the graphics and video chip designer.
Rackable servers goin' mobile
The joke with containerized data centers - putting racks of servers, storage, and networking into shipping containers instead of into brick-and-mortar data centers - is that if you put them in the corporate parking lot, as some vendors have suggested, you only make it easier for thieves to walk off with - well, drive off with - millions of dollars in computing gear.