12th > March > 2009 Archive

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Aussie firms makes Surface-readable business cards

Ensuring people actually look at your business card, instead of throwing it into a drawer, is tough. But one firm hopes its innovative use of Microsoft’s Surface will make its business cards too tempting to bin.
James Sherwood, 12 Mar 2009
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Wikileaked donor list shames US lawmaker

Financial data belonging to more than 4,700 donors of Republican Senate candidate Norm Coleman have been leaked to the internet following a breach of his campaign website that also made public the contact details of another 51,000 supporters.
Dan Goodin, 12 Mar 2009
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Wall Street: Google, Apple good - Palm, AMD bad

The ongoing Meltdown is not only causing turmoil in global finance and manufacturing, it's also transforming how money-men rank and rate market fitness.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Mar 2009
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Texas Memory Systems punts Texas-sized SSD

It being Texas and all, you would expect for the flash-based solid state disks to be bigger and faster than you might find in other parcels of the globe. And so it is that Texas Memory Systems has this week launched a whopper of an SSD.
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Vodafone Music drops the protection

Vodafone has announced that from this summer the company's music store will start switching to DRM-free MP3 files, with every Vodafone network going DRM-free over the next few years.
Bill Ray, 12 Mar 2009
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Poor pound ups Wii's trade price

UK gamers could soon be forced to fork out a little extra for a new Wii, if Nintendo’s recently upped trade price for the console is passed on to consumers by retailers.
James Sherwood, 12 Mar 2009
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IBM rejiggers x64 servers, blades

IBM this week has tweaked System x and BladeCenter server lines to give customers more options in terms of processors, disk drives, and solid state disks. The new gadgets are aimed more at getting the machinery current than in radically altering or re-engineering the System x and BladeCenter products in the wake of six months of declining sales for Big Blue in the x64 server racket.
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Failed probation system 'masterclass in sloppy management'

The failure of the project to provide a single offender management system for UK prisons and the probation service was the fault of senior civil servants who had failed to learn even the first lessons of project management.
John Oates, 12 Mar 2009
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Apple 24in iMac (March 2009)

Review Having given its entire laptop range a thorough overhaul in recent months, Apple has now turned its attention to its desktop machines, starting with the iMac and with the Mac Mini and high-end Mac Pro to follow.
Stephen Dean, 12 Mar 2009
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Grand Theft Auto IV update spied in publisher's accounts

PlayStation 3 owners look away now, because Grand Theft Auto IV publisher, Take Two Interactive, has confirmed that a second download will be launched for the Xbox 360 this year.
James Sherwood, 12 Mar 2009
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ContactPoint will cost more than thought

The government has revealed that the ContactPoint children's directory will cost just under £44m a year to run, £3m more than previously stated.
Kablenet, 12 Mar 2009
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Hydrogen leak grounds Discovery

NASA yesterday aborted the scheduled launch of space shuttle Discovery after a leak in a gaseous hydrogen vent line.
Lester Haines, 12 Mar 2009
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Court rules 'ceaseless liability' for net libel fine for free speech

Publishers' indefinite liability for defamatory material in their online archives is not a restriction on their rights to free speech, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled. The decision backs a 160-year-old rule of English law.
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Mar 2009
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Designers mock up bonkers 'leccy car concepts

'Leccy Tech "When I was a child I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child. But when I became a man I put away childish things."
Alun Taylor, 12 Mar 2009
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Three short papers about virtualization and data centres

Data centres, virtualization, disaster recovery - it's a Titanic selection this week from the Reg Library.
Team Register, 12 Mar 2009
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Bletchley Park attracts £300k extra funding

Bletchley Park has attracted a further £300,000 funding after Milton Keynes Council agreed to match English Heritage's pledge to stump extra cash for the "essential backlog of maintenance and urgent repairs needed at the WW2 Codebreaking Centre" - if another organisation could match the figure.
Lester Haines, 12 Mar 2009
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BT freezes wages for 100,000

British Telecom is freezing wages for all its 100,000 UK staff in a "head on" response to the economic downturn.
John Oates, 12 Mar 2009
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'Bland' iPod Shuffle gets third-party arty visual update

The new talking iPod Shuffle only officially touched down yesterday, but one artist’s already decided it looks too bland and has sketched some more eye-catching bodywork.
James Sherwood, 12 Mar 2009
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O2 wins UK Palm Pré exclusive?

Not content with snapping up the iPhone, O2 may have also secured exclusive rights to sell Palm’s upcoming Pré smartphone in the UK.
James Sherwood, 12 Mar 2009
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Google Voice goes call-forward crazy in US

Google is preparing to launch its latest wheeze, Google Voice - a single number that forwards calls and texts to your phone. It's 21 months since it shelled out more than $50m for phone number aggregator Grand Central.
Bill Ray, 12 Mar 2009
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Gates retakes rich list top spot as Zuckerberg slides off chart

Bill Gates struck a blow for the world's techies yesterday, when he regained his spot at the top of the world's billionaire list despite mislaying around $18bn over the last year.
Joe Fay, 12 Mar 2009
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FAST fingers another Cardiff biz over software compliance

Trading Standards officers and the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) used new copyright powers earlier this week to probe a business in Cardiff to check its software licensing.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Mar 2009
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Level 3 burglary gang plead guilty

The three men caught raiding a major datacentre in central London earlier this week have all pleaded guilty to burglary charges.

Nintendo shifts 100m DS consoles worldwide

Nintendo DS sales have topped a whopping 100m units worldwide, the videogames giant has claimed.
James Sherwood, 12 Mar 2009
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Samsung quietly uncovers stylish music player

Without saying a word, Samsung has added a new MP3 player to its website.
James Sherwood, 12 Mar 2009

Superfast-charging batteries? Whoa there, MIT

New battery technology developed at MIT has made a big media splash today, supposedly offering Li-ion energy storage which could charge up fully "in seconds". However, no such capability has been demonstrated: in fact the kit doesn't seem very important.
Lewis Page, 12 Mar 2009
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Rogue international ‘M&A advisors’ target Brit ISP customers

Exclusive Britain’s financial watchdog has warned former customers of dotcom ISP Totalise to guard against “Recovery Room” share fraudsters, following a Register investigation.
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Sofia Dark Knight Englundh protests footie chant slur

Our piece yesterday on Stockholm lass Sofia Englundh, prevented by the authorities from adopting the middle name "Dark Knight", prompted an email from the 19-year-old Heath Ledger fan protesting her treatment at the hands of the El Reg Bootnotes department.
Lester Haines, 12 Mar 2009
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UK.gov thinks internet should be run like BSkyB

Which is worse: the fact that the UK government appears to favour replacing free access to the internet with a model that looks suspiciously like that of a cable TV network, or that whoever helped draft this measure cut-and-pasted text from Wikipedia in support of it?
Jane Fae , 12 Mar 2009
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BBC botnet investigation turns hacks into hackers

An investigation by the BBC into cybercrime may itself have broken UK computer crime law.
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2009
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Robbie Williams, Billy Bragg et al say downloads aren't illegal

A lobby group consisting of well-known UK musicians has argued that individuals should not be prosecuted for downloading illegal music from the interwebs.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Mar 2009
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Georgia withdraws from South Ossetia Eurovision

Georgia has withdrawn from this year's Eurovision Song Contest after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) earlier this week ruled its entry We Don't Wanna Put In in contravention of the rule which states: "No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the Eurovision Song Contest."
Lester Haines, 12 Mar 2009
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Dell cooks up all-in-one PC treat

The trend for eye catching all-in-one PCs appears to be growing, with Dell now kicking its latest such offering into touch – the Studio One 19.
James Sherwood, 12 Mar 2009
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Google jacks up fees for Checkout service

Google has pissed off online merchants who use its Checkout service by upping the fees it charges for the online payment service.
John Oates, 12 Mar 2009
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UK's privacy watchdog not very bitey

The UK's privacy watchdog lags most of Europe in the strength of its powers, according to research produced by a data protection journal.
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Mar 2009
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'Sunshade' global-cooling plan would ruin solar power

Attempts to deal with global warming by putting a particulate "sunshade" into the atmosphere would have adverse effects on solar power generation, according to a US federal boffin.
Lewis Page, 12 Mar 2009
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Romanian cops cuff 20 phishing suspects

Romania police arrested 20 suspected phishing fraud suspects on Wednesday.
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2009
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Kodak ESP 7 all-in-one inkjet printer

Review Not the best known name in all-in-one printers, Kodak now has a range of four machine. They all use the same print engine, but are differentiated by different levels of bell and whistlery. Among the claims Kodak makes for all of them is photo prints for just 7p each - cheaper than any other inkjet.
Simon Williams, 12 Mar 2009
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Govt advisor calls violent-videogame tax

An advisor to Gordon Brown on knife crime and youth violence is to tell the Prime Minister that violent videogames should be taxed to put them out of the reach of kids.
James Sherwood, 12 Mar 2009
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EC calls for tech help on carbon targets

The European Commission is calling on the technology and communications industry to not only sort out its own energy use and carbon emissions but also help the rest of industry make cuts too.
John Oates, 12 Mar 2009
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Amazon's cloud adds reserved seating

Amazon will let you reserve space on its cloud for up to three years under a pre-paid agreement.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Mar 2009
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Ice in fuel feed caused Heathrow 777 crash

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has presented further evidence to confirm its findings last September that "ice within the fuel feed system" caused the 17 January 2008 crash-landing of a Boeing 777 at Heathrow.
Lester Haines, 12 Mar 2009
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Texting peer released from prison

The Court of Appeal has released a Labour peer who was jailed for 12 weeks for sending and receiving text messages while driving minutes before he was involved in a fatal motorway crash.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Mar 2009
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Science-boosting thickie questionnaire backfires

Updated A new survey has apparently proved that American scientific organisations, when it comes to scientific knowledge, are operating at roughly the intellectual level of cheese rind.
Lewis Page, 12 Mar 2009
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Nature security breach prompts password reset

The website of science journal Nature has suffered a security breach that resulted in the potential exposure of users' login credentials.
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2009
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Microsoft claims Firefox- and Chrome-whopping IE8 speeds

Microsoft is touting its own research that claims Internet Explorer 8 - expected next week - is faster than Firefox 3.05 and Google's Chrome 1.0.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Mar 2009
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The eroding enterprise boundary

Businesses today function effectively only when the organisation supports effective collaboration between its staff and external parties, wherever they may be situated. Such is the nature of routine operations that they depend on complex interactions between people and their supporting IT systems that spread far beyond the IT firewall and, indeed, the business itself. Clearly this nature of working has profound implications for those charged with securing the operations of the business and the IT systems they use.
Tony Lock, 12 Mar 2009
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Multi-site bug exposes cloud computing's dark lining

More dark linings have been exposed in the cloud computing craze, this time by web security expert Russ McRee, who demonstrates how a flaw in a single provider can spell trouble for numerous customers it serves.
Dan Goodin, 12 Mar 2009
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Google behavioral ads scare US lawmakers

US lawmakers have been itching for a good excuse to slap mandatory security guidelines on online behavioral ad targeting schemes, and apparently, they've found it.
Austin Modine, 12 Mar 2009
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Apple lands democracy on fanboi party-goers

Apple released an update to its iTunes music-management application on Thursday. The updated version, iTunes 8.1, adds support for the third-generation iPod shuffle released on Wednesday, improves performance, and patches two security vulnerabilities.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Mar 2009
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Former employee of Obama CIO pick busted for bribery

An employee who worked for President Obama's pick for federal CIO has been arrested by the FBI and charged in a federal bribery sting, according to news reports.
Dan Goodin, 12 Mar 2009
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Supercomputer niche chucks rocks at Nehalem

As niche supercomputer-maker SiCortex works on the next generation of its line and watches the IT marketing machine gearing up for Intel's impending Nehalem-based Xeon EP, the company says that Chipzilla isn't moving in the right direction for high-performance computing (HPC) workloads.
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ISS crew flees flying space junk

International Space Station crew members were forced to flee to the outpost's escape capsule briefly on Thursday when a rogue piece of space junk came too close for comfort.
Austin Modine, 12 Mar 2009