20th > November > 2009 Archive
Google Chrome OS - do we want another monoculture?
Yes, Google has open-sourced Chrome OS, its much-discussed browser-based operating system. But as usual, the open sourcing only says so much about its openness.
Dell is beat by The Street
Dell released its financial results for Q3 ended 30 October on Thursday, and for its troubles, it took a beating in after hours trading.
Major IE8 flaw makes 'safe' sites unsafe
ExclusiveThe latest version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser contains a bug that can enable serious security attacks against websites that are otherwise safe.
Google Wave relies on kindness of strangers
Dreamforce 09Google has been stumping for its Wave real-time collaboration system among the Salesforce.com faithful.
Firefox millions - now only 9 per cent Google free
Mozilla revenues climbed to $79m last year - and 91 per cent of that came from Google.
Google touts real-time RSS transplant
Web 2.0 NYGoogle is trumpeting a new messaging protocol it insists on calling PubSubHubbub.
Atrato replaces sales boss - again
Atrato has replaced its sales VP, Marty Sos, after just three months, and recruited a marketing VP as well.
HTC HD2 Windows Mobile smartphone
ReviewHTC has just about the fullest range of Windows Mobile smart phones on the market at the moment with a wide variety of types and prices. The HD2 is at the apex of its range, offering arguably the most bang, but also demanding a considerable amount of bucks. It lines up as HTC's most complete package to date though, with a huge screen, the latest Sense UI, Windows Mobile 6.5 OS, HSDPA 3G, a 5Mp camera, Wi-Fi, FM radio, GPS and social networking integration.
High Court ruled against Skype founders on day of settlement
Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis were told their case against Skype-owner eBay had to be conducted in the English courts on the day that they later agreed a compromise with eBay.
Tesla Roadster used for videogame audio
Leccy TechWhat are the real benefits of an electric car? Reduced CO2 emissions? Less dependency on oil? Quieter inner cities? Nope. The correct answer is actually cooler sound effects for videogames.
Auction's over for Skype
The saga of eBay's sale of Skype is over - Silver Lake, Joltid Limited and other partners are now the proud owners of the VoIP provider.
Datacentre black box recorder gets take-off cash
Axxana - the startup manufacturing the Phoenix RP black box data centre data recorder which can withstand a jumbo jet crash - has just received $9m in a funding round to help it take off.
US forces developing 'miniature weapons' for killer robots
US Air Force boffinry chiefs have decided to spend as much as $7m developing "miniature weapons" for use by killer robots in the Wars On Stuff.
Database anonymity at risk, warns researcher
People might be more identifiable than previously thought from supposedly anonymised information contained in large databases, according to a technology law expert. New research recommends that privacy practices and even privacy laws need to change.
Filesharing laws to hit websites and newsgroups too
The government is planning to award itself powers to change copyright law almost at will, in expectation that new anti-peer-to-peer laws will drive infringement to other services such as Rapidshare and newsgroups.
Asus serves up Windows 7 Home Server box
UpdatedAsus has taken the wraps off a home server build out of an Atom processor and up to 2TB of internal storage.
ACPO proposes new domestic violence database
The latest wheeze to emerge from ACPO and the Home Office is yet another new law and order database – this one including individuals who are unconvicted, but against whom there exist unsubstantiated allegations of domestic violence.
PS3 to go 3D in 2010, says Sony
Sony has formally announced plans to bring true 3D gaming to the PlayStation 3.
MS discovers flaw in Google plug-in for IE
Microsoft has helped discover a flaw in the Google Chome Frame plug-in for Internet Explorer users.
Humax Freeview HD set-top box to debut 'early 2010'
Just days after Register Hardware was told by telly chiefs that no Freeview HD kit will be available in the UK ahead of the service’s switch-on next month, manufacturer Humax has announced the impending launch of its first Freeview HD-compatible set-top box.
Mandelson to get Nominet reform powers
Ministers have revealed new legislation that will allow the government to take over and reform Nominet, following a boardroom battle over the .uk registry's future.
Where is server virtualisation taking us?
LabNo, no, not the v word...! There are few topics that have garnered as much interest recently as virtualisation. And that’s not just coming from us – the level of feedback we get on this is head and shoulders above many other areas.
Taiwanese sex scammer's net double is NYC model
The news this week that a 55-year-old bald and "physically unattractive" Taiwanese man had posed online as a "youthful male model" to convince up to 20 women to have sex with his ailing father - who was actually himself - provoked a certain amount of incredulity among Reg readers.
Ubuntu in truffle shuffle with Chrome OS
Ubuntu’s commercial sponsor Canonical revealed late yesterday that it has been working with Google on its Chrome OS platform since before Mountain View announced its game-changing plans in July this year.
Amazon punters go mad for 'Laptop Steering Wheel Desk'
Amazon customers have gone absolutely mad for the AutoExec WM-01 Wheelmate Steering Wheel Desk Tray, which "attaches to your steering wheel for easy access to a writing and drink storage surface".
US immigration dodge is permanent
Janet Napolitano, boss of US Homeland Security, is making the Global Entry system - a quicker way through customs and border control - permanent.
LHC dimensional apocalypse from midnight: Your thoughts
Well, this is it. In the early hours of tomorrow morning, scientists at the controls of titanic machines situated in mighty hollowed-out caverns and tunnels deep beneath Switzerland will begin to unleash forces so vast and complex as to tax the very limits of human comprehension. The mighty Large Hadron Collider, most powerful matter-rending machine ever assembled by the human race, will once again begin to shoot beams of particles around its superfluid vacuum-pipe lightspeed doughnut.
Riverbed going virtually into public cloud
WAN optimiser Riverbed has announced virtual Steelhead for the cloud and a way to speed up iSCSI data traffic.
ReviewIt doesn’t seem five minutes since we looked at the CX1 – well, back in April actually – so it’s quite surprise to find that Ricoh has already launched its successor, the CX2. Again, this is a super-zoom compact seemingly aimed at the enthusiast or the DSLR user who occasionally wants to pack something simpler and smaller. That said, there are a few surprising omissions for a top-end compact.
Vampires not good role models for Catholics, declares Vatican
The Vatican has come out against vampirical toothy teen book'n'movie series Twilight, dismissing the epic girl loves vampire, girl loses vampire, girl becomes vampire cycle as a "deviant moral vacuum".
MS denies Win 7 backdoor rumours
Microsoft has once again denied rumours that it built a backdoor into Windows 7.
Ballmer waxes lyrical about Windows 7 double bubble sales
Microsoft’s shouty boss Steve Ballmer made a few big noises about Windows 7 sales yesterday, by declaring it was jumping off retail shelves at twice the level of its unloved Vista operating system.
The pros and cons of business application packages
Poll ResultsWhether to build or buy, that is the question? Well, it is for many when it comes to business applications. It's a topic on which we asked for your feedback as part of our latest workshop, and over 100 of you came back with your views on it. So what did we learn?
Yank objects to Reg cherry-popping headline
Vulture Central's Kelly Fiveash has until now kept a pretty low profile, avoiding the kind of flak which regularly peppers our inboxes as indignant readers vent their spleen and propel steam from their ears.
Asus intros netbook with desktop CPU
Asus has once again extended it Eee PC netbook range, this time with a machine that not only includes Nvidia's Ion graphics but also a dual-core Atom processor - a desktop chip, to be precise.
ISPA slams Mandy's copyright land grab
Claims from minister Stephen Timms this morning that the Digital Economy Bill has widespread support have been thrown into question, after the Internet Service Providers Association insisted it is strongly opposed to aspects of the legislation.
Nokia swings axe again
Nokia is streamlining again, this time to the tune of 230 employees in Finland and another 100 in Copenhagen.
Lawyers pursue banned Xbox Live gamers
Are you an Xbox 360 owner recently banned from Xbox Live? Has the ban left you feeling short changed? Perhaps you’ve experienced other console problems as a result of the ban? If you can answer 'yes' to any of these questions, then US law firm Abington IP wants to hear from you.
QinetiQ mail virus patent attracts barbs
An anti-virus expert has poured cold water on a patent from British technology firm QinetiQ that supposedly offers a new technique for tackling malicious email attachments.
Oracle begs EC for more time
The European Competition Commission is extending the deadline set for Oracle to provide evidence that its proposed takeover of Sun Microsystems will not damage competition for European consumers.
VTOL gyro-copter flying car mates with killer robot
A flying-car company which has struggled for 15 years to win acceptance for its radical gyrocopter/aeroplane technology may have finally broken through into the mainstream. It was announced this week that Carter Aviation technologies - aspiring designer of the CarterCopter Personal Air Vehicle - has partnered with successful military robot maker AAI.
Skinny Acer notebook delivers six-day battery life
Acer appears to have found a solution to notebook users' battery life woes. Its Aspire Timeline 1810TZ apparently delivers a 10x improvement in runtime when compared to other thin'n'light laptops equipped with six-cell lithium-ion batteries.
Wrecking CRU: hackers cause massive climate data breach
The University of East Anglia has confirmed that a data breach has put a large quantity of emails and other documents from staff at its Climate Research Unit online. CRU is one of the three leading climate research centres in the UK, and a globally acknowledged authority on temperature reconstructions.
Sony demos monster 3D TV
What better way to prove your commitment to the 3D TV market than showing off a big, massive whopping 280in 3D-capable TV? That seems to Sony’s opinion, anyway.
Apple cult leader emails outside world
Apple cult leader Steve Jobs has communicated with the outside world.
Microsoft Silverlight - now with hidden Windows bias
PDCSilverlight 4.0 was the big hit at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference (PDC) this week. "I can see that Silverlight is the future of Windows client development" one attendee told me.
Potty-mouths charged for Comcast hijack
The potty-mouthed hackers who hijacked Comcast's domain name for several hours last year were charged with intentionally damaging a protected computer system.
Nvidia previews next-gen Fermi GPUs
SC09Graphics chip maker and soon-to-be big-time HPC player Nvidia raised the curtain a little higher on its next-generation of graphics co-processors at the SC09 supercomputing trade show in Portland, Oregon, this week, and it is arguable that the GPU co-processors aimed at personal supers and massive clusters alike were the star of the show.
MySpace makes peace with Indies
MySpace Music has settled with one of its fiercest critics, Merlin, settling a 14-month standoff. MySpace - the social networking sensation of 2005 - launched a music portal in September last year, but only with the four major labels. Since MySpace had built its reputation on new independent bands, you can see why the snub hurt.
Hackers free Snow Leopard from Jobsian cage
Snow Leopard users are once again free to run the Apple operating system on hardware with Atom processors, courtesy of hackers in Russia.
IBM chases HP (and Sun) with tiny mem prices
In an effort to boost the amount of money that IBM is getting from competitive takeouts of Unix systems from Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems, Big Blue has taken a sharp machete to the memory prices on its Power Systems, reducing prices by between 28 and 70 per cent.
Oman cuffs 212 for selling VoIP calls
This year, police in the Arab nation of Oman have raided 121 internet cafes throughout the country and arrested 212 people for providing VoIP services, according to a local report.