6th > November > 2009 Archive
Apple under Jobs: from muck to mountaintop
Steve Jobs has been crowned CEO of the Decade by the preeminent house organ of US corporate shillery, Fortune magazine.
Domain auction house says top exec juiced bids
Snapnames - the net's largest domain name reseller - has told its customers that for the last four years, one of its own employees used a fake online identity to boost bidding on its online auctions.
Backdoor in top iPhone games stole user data, suit claims
A maker of some of the most popular games for the iPhone has been surreptitiously collecting users' cell numbers without their permission, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.
Fujitsu union confirms strike next week
Fujitsu workers will walk out next week in what's billed as the first ever national strike at a UK IT company, following a dispute over pensions, pay and job cuts.
Liquid Computing to float slushy Intel servers
Liquid Computing is moving further away from its home-grown server design and more towards commodity x64 iron as it tries to ride the unified computing wave.
Texas snatches voter system from $863m IBM contract
Texas has pulled its voter registration system from a $863m data center consolidation project being overseen by IBM, saying it distrusts the giant's ability to recover lost data.
Sony Reader PRS-600 Touch Edition
ReviewWhen we reviewed Sony's original PRS-505 Reader a little over 12 months ago, our only real criticism was that the plethora of buttons and switches that festooned the device would be better replaced by a touchscreen.
Don't panic over the secret copyright treaty
OpinionSecret gatherings of the world's governments are usually the stuff of fevered imaginings, but just one such gathering is this week generating its own fair share of paranoia.
Nutt sacking row deepens
The row over the sacking of Professor David Nutt is deepening, with a bevy of boffins calling for scientific government advisers to be treated with respect and allowed to speak as they see fit.
Florida flasher deploys 'explosive diarrhoea' defence
A Florida flasher who allegedly exposed himself to two women explained to cops that his state of undress was due to an "explosive diarrhoea" incident.
Red-faced Times abandons fishy eco ad
The Times newspaper says it won't be repeating an advertisement that contained a false and misleading piece of environmental alarmism. The advert, part of a series boasting its eco-credentials, claimed that the world's oceans would be free of fish by 2048. But the prediction was debunked when it was made three years ago, and the academic responsible has since joined forces with his critics to disown his earlier claim.
Dell details 'world's thinnest' laptop
Dell has been teasing us for months with spy shots of a super-thin laptop. But now the firm has decided it’s time to officially spill the beans about the latest addition to its Adamo line.
Intel replicates 'bricked SSD' bug, pledges fix
Intel has once again promised a fix for the glitchy firmware update tool it released for its 34nm solid-state drives last month. But it still can't say when the new version will arrive.
Is this the world's dirtiest PC?
We're obliged to reader Danny Lee for forwarding evidence of what appears to be a Quatermass-style lifeform, which has attached itself to a PC and pretty well explains why the thing had ceased to function:
Controversial email blocklist SORBS sold
GFI Software has confirmed the purchase of sometimes controversial spam blocklist provider SORBS for a reported $451,000.
Booze shops get ID card lessons
Government workers have hit the streets of Manchester to promote the ID cards scheme to shop owners, who currently outnumber members of the public who have volunteered for a card.
US woman to drop sprog live on internet
A 23-year-old US teacher has decided to broadcast the drop of her first sprog live on the internet, thereby becoming a human "textbook" for those seeking birthing enlightenment.
Sun's Facebook-slapping hits wrong target
CommentA series of negative stories about Facebook by The Sun newspaper could lead to yet more government intervention directing how individuals are allowed to interact with the internet.
H Ross Perot Jr fails to grab rhino by the horns
H Ross Perot Jr, the son of former US presidential hopeful and EDS founder H Ross Perot, has been told he can't after all have the head and skin of a white rhino he shot back in July in KwaZulu-Natal's Mkhuze game reserve, after the beast made good his escape from the hunter's "bungled" attempt to down him.
HP plans a trillion-sensor global stethoscope
Getting the vision thing right is important for technology announcements and HP has it nailed, twinning a great vision with advances in its sensing technology.
'Something may come through' dimensional 'doors' at LHC
A top boffin at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) says that the titanic machine may possibly create or discover previously unimagined scientific phenomena, or "unknown unknowns" - for instance "an extra dimension".
Firefox and Chrome updates spike stability bugs
Mozilla has pushed out a new version of Firefox that fixes a number of stability bugs that pose possible security concerns.
Memory maker to sell films on Flash
Memory specialist Kingston Technology is to sell movies on memory cards.
LibDem backs IBM staff in pension row...
Hampshire MP Sandra Gidley has intervened in the row over IBM closing its final salary pension scheme, but hers is a confusing brand of support staff might rather do without.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6
ReviewPanasonic’s DMC-TZ6 could be considered the little brother or, if you want to be a little less charitable, a stripped-down version of the DMC-TZ7 we looked at in August. Both models are super-zoom compacts or Travel-cams, designed for the person who wants a big optical zoom in a pocket-sized camera. The DMC-TZ6 is around £60 cheaper than the DMC-TZ7, but does it show in the results?
Net hasn't isolated Yanks - they've just misplaced their friends
Americans have not become more isolated thanks to the advent of mobile phones and the internet - it's just that they've mislaid a third of their closest friends in the last few years.
Web host lunches clients' emails for a week
British web hosting company UK2.net is still trying to restore emails to customers almost a week after it first reported problems.
The Desktop refresh
On demandFor those of you who missed our recent live webcast on refreshing the desktop estate, the panic is over. Here it is, recorded it in full colour, for your viewing pleasure.
Non-Intels rally 'round LTE spec
A gaggle of LTE proponents have released a tech spec for voice and SMS over that 4G wireless standard, moving LTE one more step ahead of its Intel-championed competitor, WiMAX.
Anna Friel spectator brings up his Breakfast at Tiffany's
Plucky* Anna Friel has proved she got the thesp Right Stuff by battling on with a performance of Breakfast at Tiffany's, despite the fact that a punter puked over six fellow Haymarket Theatre audience members.
US unemployment rate breaks ten per cent
There may be signs that the Great Recession in the US is on the wane, but employers didn't get the memo and another 190,000 people lost their jobs in October.
Three critical fixes in store for MS November Patch Tuesday
Microsoft plans to deliver six updates - three critical - as part of its November Patch Tuesday cycle.
EMI saves world from unauthorised Beatles downloads
EMI appears to have recleansed the internet of Beatles music, forcing Bluebeat.com to ditch the 25 cents per Fab Four song offer it launched this week.
Legendary McLaren F1 designer talks up e-car plan
Leccy TechMention the phrases 'Gordon Murray' and 'electric car' in the same sentence and images of gold-plated battery powered hypercars probably spring to mind.
Skype founders drop licence threat against eBay
A legal row that threatened the existence of Skype has been settled, with the free net phone service's founders regaining a significant portion of the firm from eBay.
Google countersues in Android Specht-spat
Google has come out fighting against Erich Specht who sued the search giant over the Android name, launching a countersuit demanding damages and "disgorgement of ill-gotten gains".
Sony to bring Risk to the big screen
Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired the rights to produce a movie based on Hasbro's classic strategy boardgame Risk, offering the delicious possibility that the company might follow it up with Ludo: The Motion Picture and Mahjong: Tiles of Destiny.
Eat my dust - it's time for Comment of the Week
CoTWGood afternoon, parasites. I expect after a long hard week of aggravating wittering on the Reg threads you'd like nothing better than to sit back and enjoy a nice hot drink and a bit of a blowback of said burblings, eh?
T-Orange puts names on dotted lines
T-Mobile and Orange have signed their merger agreement, paving the way for the new operator to come into existence next year.
Mossad hacked Syrian laptop to steal nuke plant secrets
Mossad reportedly used a Trojan to hack into a Syrian official's laptop while he stayed in a London hotel.
Boinkfest clicks 'Delete' on woman's memory
If your weekend plans include a frisky horizontal mambo, you might want to first tape your ID card to the bedstead.
Doctor sentenced for massive online Rx factory
A Virginia doctor has been sentenced to serve a year in prison on charges he wrote as many as 100,000 internet prescriptions over a three-year span.