15th > October > 2009 Archive

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Joost UK goes titsup

Joost, the web telly firm founded by the blokes behind Skype, has liquidated its UK subsidiary.
Cade Metz, 15 2009
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Schwarzenegger rescues Ellison keynote from jaws of banality

OpenWorld 09 If anybody's going to do any upstaging it's Larry Ellison, as both Michael Dell and Billy Joel discovered during their respective OpenWorld turns this year and last.
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Bridgeworks sidesteps latency with pipelining and AI

Network latency is a fact of life. There is nothing you can do about it, except join the network queue and wait. But Bridgeworks thinks it has solved the latency problem with pipelining and artificial intelligence. Can it be true?
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Video games linked to ADD? Say it ain't ooh butterfly

Pity the brain that plays video games. Whether or not avid gaming turns one into bloodthirsty monster is a matter of open dispute among researchers, but one concession often observed is that video games at least trains mind and body to react faster.
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GPLv2 - copyright code or contract?

Two prominent IP lawyers have warned that the all-pervasive General Public License version 2 (GPLv2) contains legally ambiguous wording that may be problematic for licensees.
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Copan becoming IBM archive development shop

Comment Word is that Copan, the troubled MAID system supplier, is going to become a developer of archival storage technology for IBM, IBM DIAS specifically.
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PLDS iHES208 Blu-ray drive

Review PLDS is a joint venture between Philips and Lite-On that develops optical disc drive technologies and markets related products. The PLDS iHES208 internal drive is new take on the 'combo' drive concept, providing complete CD and DVD reading and writing functions, plus the ability to play Blu-ray titles at full 1080p quality. Indeed, its Blu-ray functionality makes it a tempting upgrade for your PC’s existing internal CD/DVD writer, while possibly also improving your disc writing speeds too.
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Morse sees profits return after restructure

Morse predicted a continuing "very challenging trading environement" as it unveiled a turnaround in profits in its first quarter this morning.
Joe Fay, 15 2009
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Beeb's Carla Bruni coverage hits rock bottom

Those of you who may have inadvertantly stumbled into Bootnotes looking for world-class coverage of Google's Android are advised to leave immediately, because what we have here is a classic example of when RSS feeds go bad.
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Acer boots Dell into third place in global PC league

A PC market upturn as shown in IDC figures had captains of the industry breaking out the champagne last night - except at Dell.
Joe Fay, 15 2009
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Ralph Lauren stick insect sacked for being 'too fat'

The model featured in the Ralph Lauren Photoshop stick insect outrage - in which she was Photoshopped to within an inch of her life - claims she was sacked by the company for being "too fat".

Sky confirms telly-on-Xbox launch date

Xbox 360 owners will have access to Sky's TV content through their consoles within two weeks, the broadcaster has confirmed.
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BlackBerry Storm 2 blows to Vodafone

Wi-Fi is finally en route to the BlackBerry Storm, following Vodafone’s confirmation that the Storm 2 will hit in its stores later this month.
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IBM shows flash of SVC inspiration

IBM has upgraded its SAN Volume Controller to use Nehalem (Xeon 5500) processors and STEC solid state drives, rather than the Fusion-io cards that were demonstrated in the million IOPS QUicksilver project.
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Cambridgeshire makes road charge last resort

Cambridgeshire CC councillors have voted for a scheme which would use Transport Innovation Fund money and include road charging – if all else fails.
Kable, 15 2009
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iPhone saves woman from bear

An woman in America has survived a potentially deadly bear attack thanks to a knife a handgun first-class hunting skills her iPhone.
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Lloyds TSB's online banking system shows no love for Firefox

Many Lloyds TSB business customers who use Firefox as their default browser are currently unable to access their online banking accounts.
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US special forces tool up with 'plasma blades'

America's top-secret elite commando forces have been field-testing a "plasma knife" - a handheld unit which generates a cutting "blade" of glowing ions.
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Playmobil figures feared lost in Great Fire of Guildford

We at El Reg's Playmobil unit fear the worst following a Guildford school's miniature re-enactment of London's hottest historic moment.
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MS says so sorry to Sidekick users

Microsoft has apologised for the failure of servers managing data on Sidekick devices, and promised that most customers will get their data back by Saturday.
Bill Ray, 15 2009
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Mozilla tantalises fans with Firefox 3.6 test build

Mozilla has pushed back the release of its Firefox 3.6 beta by another week, although an early build of it is now available for any brave testers out there desperate to tinker with it from today.
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AMD to sound Congo bongo for skinny laptops this month

AMD's 'Congo' - the chip maker's answer to Intel's ungainly named Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage (CULV) platform - wil be out at the end of the month. Or maybe early next.
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Vodafone proffers parental pointers

Vodafone's latest site is aimed at educating parents about what their anklebiters get up to online, basically telling them to keep an eye on the little blighters.
Bill Ray, 15 2009
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How much does desktop PC support actually cost?

Workshop Here’s a direct question on this (hopefully sunny) day. Do you, or does anyone in your organisation, know precisely how much money you spend on PC support?
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China plans space station for the 2020s, eyes Moon trip

The People's Republic of China has unveiled plans to have a sizeable crewed space station orbiting the Earth by 2020. The Chinese space agency is also looking ahead to a manned Moon mission, though no timetable has been announced for this.
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RIM demos BlackBerry Storm 2

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Financial firms face tax bill on outsourcing arrangements

Banks, insurance companies and other financial services providers who outsource administrative functions abroad could be hit by changes to the VAT rules coming into force on 1st January 2010.
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Nokia writedowns wipe out profits

Nokia lost €426m before tax in Q3 this year, as writedowns, a deflating global economy and freefalling American sales all took their toll.
Bill Ray, 15 2009
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MLF: Web magic will brighten 'horrible council estates'

Celebrity Un-trepreneur Martha Lane Fox, the Government's "digital inclusion" quangocrat, was faced with the Reg on BBC TV this week.
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Wi-Fi Alliance readies peer-to-peer wireless tech

Peer-to-peer, personal area Wi-Fi, anyone? That's what the Wi-Fi Alliance will soon be touting, pitching a direct-connection extension of the WLAN technology as an alternative not only to Bluetooth but also Wireless USB.
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OFT to hammer online pricing, behavioural tracking

The Office of Fair Trading is to give internet advertising and pricing a thorough going-over between now and next summer.
Joe Fay, 15 2009
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Airport rethinks strip-scanner for kids

Manchester Airport will be taking legal advice on proposals to send children through its new X-ray scanners.
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LaCie Starck

Review LaCie has long prided itself on taking a somewhat more idiosyncratic approach to hard drive styling than its rival manufacturers do.
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Wii cycles into fitness

Many of us have an exercise bike gathering dust, but if you’re a Wii owner then the Cyberbike is one exercise bike you’re more likely to use.
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Google edges closer to Mac version of Chrome browser

Google has taken a significant step closer to releasing a Mac beta version of its open source Chrome browser, by adding printing support to its latest build.
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Elgato unveils tiny, tiny digital TV tuner

TV tuner specialist Elgato's previous EyeTV DTT Deluxe - reviewed here - was small enough, but its latest offering makes its predecessor seem ungainly and huge by comparison.
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Will Hitachi's high-end refresh be more of the same?

Comment Substantial refreshes of high-end storage boxes by the big storage beasts are rare, but they do happen. With EMC having revamped Symmetrix, attention is turning to the others. What is Hitachi Data Systems going to do?
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EU fires 12 million pages at Google Books

The European Union has delivered a killer blow to Google's Book scanning powergrab by dumping two million pages of historic Euro documents onto the web.
Joe Fay, 15 2009
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Service management: The state we're in

Webcast Last week we ran a live webcast on the huge topic of service management. This is now available on-demand.
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Street View in (kind of) Swiss roll-over

Google has agreed to a demand that it apply extra blur to faces and number plates to its Street View service in Switzerland, but has refused to lower the height of its car-mounted spycams.
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Buffalo Linkstation Pro

Review Buffalo has been making NAS boxes for years and the LinkStation Pro is its latest iteration for home and small office use. Housed in a sleek and shiny black unit, the model we tested includes 1TB hard drive – other options are 1.5 and 2TB.
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Barmy MPs want mandatory nanny filters - for the world

An all-party group of MPs has recommended mandatory nanny filters for all mobile devices and data devices that can access the internet - and wants the UK's Internet Watch Foundation secretive censor system extended to the whole world.
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Skype founders 'to launch Spotify killer'

As the expensive furniture of their most recent flop startup Joost finds new owners, the founders of Kazaa and Skype are reported to be preparing their next venture.
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Googleplex menaced by giant cream cake

First Cupcake then Donut emerged from Google's Android oven, and now a giant éclair has been spotted at the company's North American HQ – igniting speculation that the mobile OS is on track for another firmware update.
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AT&T savages Google Voice

AT&T has escalated its attacks against Google and Google Voice, accusing the chocolate factory of double standards and demanding it be regulated like any other telco.
Bill Ray, 15 2009
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Robot nuclear windjammer to sail patio-gas oceans of Titan

NASA has boffins working on plans to send a nuclear-powered robot boat to cruise the chilly patio-gas oceans of Titan, ice moon of Saturn.
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MS, US take aim at data protection laws cyber trade barriers

Microsoft and the US government have thrown their weight behind the idea of a one-size-fits-all approach to data protection that would sweep away the data policies of individual countries.
Joe Fay, 15 2009
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Finland grants 5.2m souls the right to 1Mb internet

Finland has granted its inhabitants the legal right to a one-megabit broadband connection.
Cade Metz, 15 2009
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Oracle revs Xen VM to 2.2

As part of the OpenWorld extravaganza in San Francisco this week, Oracle has kicked out the expected Oracle VM 2.2 release of its homegrown Xen server virtualization software.
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Bloggers howl after conference snoops on 'secure' network

Organizers of last week's SecTor security conference collected names, passwords, and all other traffic passing over two Wi-Fi networks provided to attendees, including one that was encrypted, the event's director has confirmed.
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Google's Postini Fail pinned on bad filter, hardware glitch

The extreme email delays the plagued users of Google's Postini message management service earlier this week were caused by a shoddy email-filter update and a power-related hardware failure involving the company's database storage servers.
Cade Metz, 15 2009
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Amazon goes Kozmo in US

Amazon is now offering same-day delivery - if you live in certain large American cities.
Cade Metz, 15 2009
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Intel and AMD tussle over antitrust case evidence

Intel and AMD crossed sabers in US District court on Wednesday with dueling motions seeking sanctions against one another. Both their calls for courtly relief relate to the other's supposedly abominable email-saving strategies for the antitrust case filed by AMD four years ago.
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AMD bleeds less in Q3 than expected

Computer sales may be recovering, but Advanced Micro Devices was still bleeding money in the third quarter.
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Aussie Sex Party in evangelist head-to-head

The stage is set for an epic confrontation this weekend, as Christian evangelists and members of the Australian Sex Party go head to head on Mount Ainslie near Canberra.
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Google says Meltdown's darkest days are over

Google has decreed that the darkest days of the global economic meltdown are now over.
Cade Metz, 15 2009
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IBM wrings more profits out of declining Q3

IBM has not tried to defy the gravity of the economic meltdown, but rather has used it as a means to wring more profits out of its business, and in the third quarter Big Blue continued to expand its bottom line even as its top line continued to shrink.
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Sun preps cell-phone Java plan for netbooks

OpenWorld 09 Sun Microsystems is working with partners to make Java telecomsy for netbooks.