Diebold e-voting software includes delete audit logs button
Vote tabulation software currently in use throughout the United States contains a button to permanently delete audit logs that are required under federal voting-system guidelines, according to a report submitted to California's top elections official.
Google Earth faces terrorist target airbrush bill
Concerned that international terrorists are prepping their attacks with help from services like Google Earth, Microsoft Virtual Earth, and Google Street View, a California lawmaker hopes to airbrush certain structural details from countless public buildings pictured on these web-based virtual landscapes.
Forrester: Fake servers like recessions
Ah, there's nothing like a recession to kick IT industry trends into a higher gear - and get those IT analysts out there preaching change and cost cutting.
Nvidia trapped in x86 pipe dream
Nvidia is contemplating its very own x86-compatible processor core. in theory, this core could combine with Nvidia graphics technology to create system-on-chip (SoC) silicon that competes in the rapidly expanding low-power handheld-device market.
Sun loses Apache and Spring vote on latest Enterprise Java
UpdatedSun Microsystems' rocky relationship with open source over Java is again in the spotlight, after it lost support of two influential groups for the latest update to enterprise Java.
Datatec scoops up Intact
Logicalis Group has spun out Intact Integrated Services, which will now run as a self-sufficient subsidiary of Datatec Ltd.
NHS study produces ejector-seat ambulance design
There are a lot of medical and healthcare tech programmes underway at the moment, but not many of them feature an ambulance equipped with an ejector seat. Here at the Pioneers 09 save-the-economy-through-techbiz expo in London, though, just such a concept model is on display.
Humax Foxsat-HDR Freesat HD digital video recorder
ReviewWe’ve been looking forward to getting our hands on the Foxsat-HDR for quite a while now. In fact, we’d been hoping to review it early in the new year – until some uncouth louts decided to hijack an entire shipment of the devices as they came into the country, including, needless to say, one unit that had been earmarked for El Reg.
Industry’s behavioural ad guidelines criticised
The trade body for the online advertising industry has produced guidelines for companies to follow to ensure that behavioural advertising does not breach users' rights to privacy. Privacy activists have said the rules do not protect users enough.
Stargazers spy elusive binary black hole system
Astronomers at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) believe they've spotted a binary black hole system - two monsters orbiting each other at the centre of a quasar* 5bn light-years from Earth.
UK to get Vauxhall Ampera a year after the rest of Europe
'Leccy TechGeneral Motors Europe boss Carl-Peter Forster this week finally took the wraps off the final design of the Opel Ampera - aka the Chevrolet Volt - range-extended electric vehicle.
Data Protection Act 'is not enforced'
A subject-matter expert has said that "there is effectively no enforcement" of the Data Protection Act, and suggested that corporate data losses or breaches are even more prevalent than in the public sector.
Adobe expects disappointing Q1 sales
Adobe Systems warned late yesterday that its first quarter revenue would undershoot analyst expectations but added earnings would meet the company’s forecasts.
'Gv up txt 4 Lent,' urges bishop
Some of you may decide to give up an Earthly pleasure for Lent, but one Italian bishop has asked followers specifically to forgo almost all forms of electronic communication and entertainment during the religious season.
Firefox update tackles critical memory bugs
Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox in response to the discovery of several security flaws in the browser software.
O2 unveils electronic organiser for families
Steve Martin could have done with O2’s new gadget in flick Cheaper by the Dozen, because the network provider’s claimed the touchscreen device ensures that “family life runs more smoothly”.
NetApp dumps Filerview for new model
NetApp's FilerView management product is going to be replaced by NetApp System Manager, a Windows application built as a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0 snap-in, and available in a few months.
Intel mobile roadmap promises Air for the masses
Cebit 09Intel promised Mac Airs for the masses today as it urged customers and companies to get over the economic crisis, ditch their old kit and stock up on new PCs.
Multi-sense VR helmet in development
Forget 3D TV - a conglomerate of universities is developing a virtual reality headset that’ll simultaneously stimulate all five senses to bring you the sights, smells, tastes, sounds and even feel of ancient Egypt, the Serengeti or Victorian Britain.
One year on, what became of Ofcom's spectrum sale?
It's been a year since Ofcom flogged off chunks of 28GHz spectrum at bargain-basement prices, but 12 months on there's not a lot happening at the top of the dial.
Seagate swings hefty axe at execs
Seagate has given several execs the boot, including consumer products divisional president Brian Dexheimer, whose division's products didn't exactly set the world on fire.
One in 20 corporate PCs infested by bots
Between three to five per cent of corporate systems are infected by bots, according to a study by security firm Damballa.
YouTube, Universal near new video deal
Universal Music Group and Google’s YouTube are close to sealing a deal to build a new home for music videos on the interwebs.
Israelis develop 'safe' plutonium: good for power, bad for weapons
Israeli boffins have developed a promising technique for "declawing" plutonium, which would let it be used as fuel but not for building bombs. They believe the technique could greatly expand peaceful use of nuclear power worldwide, while preventing weapons proliferation.
Vista SP2 release candidate gets public airing
Microsoft’s release candidate of Windows Vista SP2 is now available to anyone keen to dabble with the near final version of the service pack.
The Sun shines out of certified Java programmers
The recession gathers apace, jobs are falling like nine pins, we're all doomed. Or maybe we dig in, work hard, brush up on old skills, read up on new stuff, do a bit of studying, sit an exam or two. Here's a couple of papers about IT exams from the Reg library for your perusal.
Emtec Movie Cube S800 DVR
ReviewThere are now many digital video recorders (DVRs) out there and there's also a host of digital media streaming units, but if you're trying to find a device that can do both, you're going to struggle. Until now. Enter the Emtec Movie Cube S800, a gadget that promises to deliver a delicious combination of the two.
Samsung launches latest
Samsung has added a “next-generation” UMPC to its Q1 range - in the process removing the micro keyboard it added to the previous model in response to write-ups of the first Q1.
Games good for kids and families, finds Microsoft
Despite the web being littered with reports of videogame-inspired murders, the vast majority of UK parents believe games can actually be beneficial for kids and families, it has been claimed.
Facebook client seemingly snaffled from Windows 6.5
Hackers over at XDA Developers have posted a Facebook application, apparently ripped from a Windows 6.5 ROM but installable on earlier versions of Windows (mobile).
Mitsubishi shows revamped 'innovative' EV
'Leccy TechMitsubishi has whipped the dust covers of the latest iterations of its iMiEV – the MiEV bit stands for 'Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle' – at the Geneva Motor Show.
Vatican vetos 'dot god' domain
The Pope has called on ICANN to keep religion out of the domain name system.
Martian volcano could harbour hot underground pondlife
American astrogeologists believe that there may be pockets of liquid water trapped in sediment layers beneath the slopes of Olympus Mons - the titanic 15-mile-high Martian volcano, three times as high as Mount Everest. Such underground ponds or puddles might be home, they speculate, to strange alien lifeforms.
Sony, BT to axe 'popular' PSP VoIP package
Sony and BT have announced the termination of Go!Messenger, their "popular" PSP-oriented VoIP and Instant Messaging service.
Windows 7 test build 'turns off' Internet Explorer 8
Microsoft’s latest test build of Windows 7 comes loaded with an option to delete Internet Explorer 8's executable file - making it unusable on the OS.
Obama taps Google cloud lover as America's first CIO
US President Barack Obama has named the federal government's first chief information officer.
Lenovo erects Atom tower
Chinese PC maker and server wannabee Lenovo has announced a new line of systems based on Intel's Atom embedded x64 processor. Even a "real" PC maker believes there are customer workloads where modestly powered x86 and x64 processors are perfectly fine - and perhaps even preferable to full-blown multi-core x64 chips.
Firefox went ton up in bugs in 2008
Firefox had more vulnerabilities than Internet Explorer last year, but zero-day threats to the Mozilla browser were fixed more quickly than those affecting IE.
Zero-day Adobe PDF peril goes click free
An unpatched flaw in Adobe Acrobat and Reader might be exploited without even needing to trick a surfer into opening a maliciously constructed file.
Intel aims open source at your car
Intel and a group of leading automotive-industry manufacturers have formed a non-profit group to develop and promote an open-source reference platform for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems.
Taiwan bails out memory makers
The Taiwanese government says it will bail out six indigenous DRAM memory makers and mere them into a new entity called Taiwan Memory Company, confirming months of speculation. Government officials are pursuing partnerships with either an American or Japanese chip maker, or perhaps both.
Sun's Schwartz worries over 'economy, not future'
CommentTimes might be tough. The server and operating system racket might be taking hits. But Sun Microsystems ain't scared.
Google admits Scandinavian data center landing
Google has confirmed it will build a data center on the defunct Finnish paper mill it purchased last month for roughly $50 million.
Feds demand Obama scam ads crackdown
US federal regulators are telling online advertisers like Google and Facebook to crack down on scam artists that are promising users a personal slice of Obama's $787bn economic stimulus package.
iPhone inches closer to China
It's official: China Unicom chairman Chang Xiaobing has disclosed that his company has indeed been negotiating with Apple to bring the iPhone to China.
Oracle facing 'worst' quarter in 15 years?
One of the driving forces behind Oracle's three-year corporate buying frenzy has been to add customers to its roster by owning the 44 tech companies supplying them.
Web maven gives convicted botmaster keys to new kingdom
For the past four or five months, Mahalo.com has entrusted its site to a security consultant who stole hundreds of thousands of bank passwords with a massive botnet, which he sometimes administered from his former employer's premisis.
Amazon does video game trade-ins
Amazon.com has wandered into the long-standing cold war between video game publishers and retailers dealing in used video-game trade-ins.