Wales adopts mobile average speed cameras
The Welsh government is planning to introduce ANPR average speed camera technology as part of its work to cut road deaths.
NO2ID backs drive to inject voter power into next Election
As politicians and pressure groups limber up for the next election – now 217 days away and counting – NO2ID this week was encouraging its members to take part in Power 2010, an innovative new initiative designed to give voice to ordinary voters at the next election.
Service management strategies
WorkshopOne of the most universal findings we encounter on our research travels is that, contrary to what we may hear from elsewhere (IT vendors, subject evangelists), IT professionals generally want to deal with fewer processes, not more. Or to be precise, they want ‘just enough’ process.
Tosh preps enterprise SSD push
Toshiba completed its acquisition of Fujitsu's disk drive business yesterday, and is set to move into enterprise disk drives, and server and enterprise storage solid state disk drives.
London Stock Exchange grabs rival
The London Stock Exchange is in exclusive talks to buy Project Turquoise, the rival trading platform set up by nine banks in order to push down transaction fees.
Gas mask bra secures Ig Nobel prize
Luminaries from the world of improbable research last night gathered at Harvard's Sanders Theatre for the 19th Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, which saw honours awarded to a gas mask bra, research proving cows with names give more milk, and similarly vital work showing that "kitchen refuse can be reduced more than 90 per cent in mass by using bacteria extracted from the feces of giant pandas".
Nominum on the back foot over open source attacks
Commercial DNS software firm Nominum has responded to the backlash against its criticism of open source alternatives.
Are you a pirate video star?
Vendors seem to be champing at the bit in the video conferencing space. Is their persistence paying off? Some recent digging around suggests that the technology is gaining traction both officially and unofficially.
Web GUI hides number-crunching open source elephant
Hadoop WorldCloudera - the startup that commercialized the Google-like number crunching of the open source Hadoop project - has unveiled the first web-based GUI for running applications on the much-hyped distributed computing platform.
Yank slams El Reg 'zio-fruitcake' Playmobil 'crap'
FoTWIt's with heavy hearts that we report this crisp autumnal Friday that our world-beating Playmobil coverage has not gone down too well in one corner of the good old US of A.
US spontaneous human combustion raygun video released
VidUS-based arms'n'airliners globocorp Boeing has released video of its aircraft-mounted ray cannon, the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) in operation.
Irate iPhone owner allegedly shows gun to Apple Store worker
Register Hardware’s iPhone-owning hacks get annoyed when their devices go down. But one man in North American is claimed to have became so frustrated with his faulty Apple smartphone that he threatened to shoot it.
Small biz told to sort TV licences for PCs
UK businesses are being warned that they need a TV licence if staff watch live TV broadcasts whether they do so on a TV or via their computers.
The North Face trips over The South Butt
LogoWatchA Missouri teenager is defying the might of clothing manufacturer The North Face, which is a bit hacked off at his "The South Butt" range of clobber.
Chinese whispers hint at early Chrome OS release
Google has remained enigmatically silent on internet rumours that the company’s Chrome OS could imminently arrive on some Chinese netbooks.
Banking Trojans double as scareware runs wild
The prevalence of scareware packages has reached epidemic proportions, with 485,000 different samples detected in the first half of 2009 alone.
Pluto still a planet, says Ronald McDonald
Those of you who prefer to protect your kids from US scientific propaganda would do well to steer clear of McDonalds, which has apparently decided it doesn't approve of the 2006 International Astronomical Union ruling which booted Pluto out of the league of planets.
Nortel flogging GSM biz
Nortel is to auction off its GSM business, following the successful sale of its enterprise division to Avaya for $900m.
Google strips Pirate Bay homepage from search results
The Pirate Bay’s homepage and seven other pages relating to the BitTorrent tracker website have been removed from Google’s search engine, following a DMCA complaint.
Latest Armani mobile spied online
Fashion labels Prada, Christian Dior, Emporio Armani and Chanel have each already lent their names to mobile phones. Now Armani looks set to try and make it second time lucky with another designer dialler.
Samsung GT-M8910 Pixon 12 cameraphone
ReviewAs digital camera manufacturers start to concentrate on quality rather than megapixels – reducing the count of the latter while enhancing the former – mobile phone makers still appear caught in the vortex of more-means-better. A case in point is the Samsung GT-M8910 Pixon 12, the first handset with a 12Mp camera – should we be impressed?
Australian Pirate Party sets sail
The launch of the Pirate Party in Australia adds yet another voice to the fast-growing global network of buccaneer politics: a pirate internationale appears to be taking shape.
Google Chrome update fills in parsing bug
Google has published a update to its Chrome browser that addresses a newly discovered high risk security hole.
Ex-GCHQ spy chief lands defence giant gig
Just over a year after retiring as Britain's most senior electronic spy, Sir David Pepper has taken a job advising the defence and security giant Thales UK.
MyConservatives website collapses at launch
A website launched today by the UK’s Conservative Party is titsup, at time of writing.
O2 could impose out-of-contract iPhone lock-in
iPhone users might, or might not, be able to unlock when their contract expires, as O2 still hasn't decided if deserters should be able to take their toys with them.
Techies suffer as US unemployment inches up
The US Department of Labor this morning said that companies in the States chopped 263,000 employees from the payroll in September, nudging up the unemployment rate to 9.8 per cent.
Sony pulls plug on cabled power
Sony claims to have proven that reaching around the back of your TV to find that elusive power plug could, one day, become a problem of the past.
Nokia phone combats domestic violence
Used or abused partners now have a new source of help, thanks to Nokia, which has launched a handset for victims of domestic violence.
Storage-in-a-can vendor ditches CEO
Xiotech has summarily dropped CEO Casey Powell and appointed Alan Atkinson in his place.
Jacques Chirac ditches devil dog
French former grand fromage Jacques Chirac has been forced to exile his "beloved" mutt Sumo, after it laid into him for the third time.
Designer draws up digital camera-cum-punchcard printer
Instant camera photo paper is pricey, so a student designer based in San Francisco has sketched plans for two digital cameras which physically impress pictures into sheets of paper.
AT&T snaps up VeriSign's security consulting biz
US carrier AT&T has agreed a deal to acquire VeriSign's security consulting business. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Amazon coughs $150k to student over lost notes
A student who sued Amazon for deleting George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four from his Kindle ebook, rendering his notes useless, has won $150,000 along with protection for other Kindle users.
NASA enlists schoolkids in Moonbase piss-recycler push
NASA has announced a competition for US schoolchildren, in which nippers across the nation will build urine-recycling systems for use in future Moon colonies. The space agency will helpfully furnish instructions for creating a "simulated waste stream" from common household ingredients.
Cloudera hangs (more) elephants in sky
Hadoop WorldCloudera - the commercial Hadoop outfit - has launched beta programs for running its stuffed elephant distro on the sky-high compute services run by Rackspace and SoftLayer.
Amazon pumps sky-high Big Data cruncher
Hadoop WorldAmazon has juiced its Big-Data-crunching Elastic MapReduce service, announcing support for Hive, the SQL-like query engine for the open-source Hadoop platform that underpins the service.
Acer's Autumn smartphone line-up uncovered
Acer’s upcoming smartphone line-up has been revealed, thanks to one of the firm’s retailers.
Dumping exclusivity could double iPhone sales
Apple could double its iPhone sales if it ended its policy of exclusive contract with mobile service providers.
Google (finally) adds protection for common Web 2.0 attack
Google has beefed up the security of Gmail and its other services by adding a feature to login pages that blocks one of the more common forms of web attacks.
IBM out-cheaps Google with web-based business email
IBM has launched a bare bones web-based email system for businesses, calculated to undercut Google's own popular offering.
Google lobs coder's Microsoft badge into rubbish bin
Google isn't opposed to hiring a Microsoft Most Valued Professional. But that doesn't mean he can keep his Redmond-happy title.
Chinese IT shops love the free-ness of open source
If everything is free in the Land with No IP - not TCP/IP, but rather intellectual property - then it stands to reason that IT managers and programmers in China would love open source software.
iPhone developer stamps out calculator profanity
The twisted path that led you to becoming the horrible person you are today probably began when your adolescent mind first realized you could spell "BOOBIES" on an upside-down calculator.