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NASA declares Ares I-X test a success
NASA chiefs in charge of the agency's next-generation rocket program said on Thursday that their $445 million Ares I-X test flight was a success in proving the launch vehicle's design.
Windows 'openness' hailed in Nintendo game defeat
UpdatedIt's a Bizarro-World indeed when Microsoft is held up by a judge in Europe as a paragon of openness, but that's apparently what happened in a law suit brought by Nintendo.
Cell phones don't fry brains, boffins say
In another blow to the cancer Cassandras crying out that cell phones rot your brain, a new Scandinavian study was released on Thursday indicating that cell-phone usage doesn't lead to an increased risk of brain cancer.
Tech-savvy UK kids = (over)confident writers
UK children who blog or share their lives on social networking sites are better writers than those who don't.
Two US men charged with running phony Cisco biz
Two Kansas men have been charged with making $1m in proceeds by buying computer networking gear in China and passing it off as products from Cisco Systems.
Samsung YP-R1 16GB PMP
ReviewYou can argue until the cows come home about what is the minimum screen size a PMP can get away with for watching feature length video on. Most would agree that an iPod Touch-esque 3.5in is the sweet spot, but Samsung reckons there is room beneath that.
2009's Top Personal Media Players
Kit of the YearYes, Apple dominates the PMP scene - for all those who grumble about the quality of its earphones. That didn't stop other manufacturers, most notably Sony, offering some darn fine alternatives in 2009, either by fighting back on price - Philips - or sound quality - Sony. But its hard to beat the all-round, utterly slim loveliness of the iPod Touch.
Never mind virtual desktops - what about the apps?
LabConventional wisdom says that when planning an IT project, the things to get right before you start are less about ‘the thing’, and more about what the thing has to fit into, who's going to use it and who needs convincing of its value in the first place. Somewhere along the line ‘the thing’ gets some attention, but when it comes to practicalities in most real world projects, the thing comes last.
Who owns science? Manchester Manifesto can't answer
Who owns science could be an interesting question: who should own science even more so. Sadly, the latest attempt at asking exactly these is less than interesting in its answers.
Zero-day IE fix stars in last Patch Tuesday of the decade
Microsoft is lining up a fix for a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer as part of the decade's last ever Patch Tuesday update.
Dell offloads Polish factory to Taiwanese manufacturer
Dell is offloading its factory in Poland to Taiwanese knock 'em out giant Foxconn, less than a year after axing most of its Irish workers and shifting their jobs to the East European facility.
Smut is OK, says Montreal prof
A Canadian prof, after a great deal of painstaking research, has found that looking at porn has no measurable negative effects on men's psychology.
MS Jingle Bell bus rattles past Reg Towers
Having decided that Family Guy wasn't exactly the right way to punt Windows 7, Microsoft has decided to get down wiv da kidz by sponsoring the The Jingle Bell Ball - a musical extravaganza this weekend featuring luminaries such as Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, Miley Cyrus and the Backstreet Boys.
Lord Carlile: Police are taking the proverbial on terror
The government’s own anti-terror advisor, Lord Carlile of Berriew, believes that the police are over-using and misusing anti-terror laws to crack down on photographers.
MPs to go clubbing in cocaine inquiry
MPs are to go nightclubbing in London to get the bottom of the cocaine trade and how it's affecting Britain.
Nokia to halve its smartphone portfolio in 2010
Handset competition used to be all about releasing hundreds of models, many just slight variations on one another.
Copenhagen forest-saving plans to create 'carbon refugees'
Climate-change reduction measures to be debated at the imminent Copenhagen UN climate conference could cause a "humanitarian crisis" and create huge numbers of starving, homeless "carbon refugees" in poor nations, according to an Earth-sciences prof in Leeds.
Spyware threat haunts squeaky-clean iPhones
Apple's line that iPhone users who toe the line and resist any temptation to jailbreak, unlock or otherwise desecrate their smartphone are protected from threats has been called into question by new research.
Pig plague alert: Avoid missionary position
Cosmpolitan has done its bit to fight the terrifying advance of the H1N1 pig plague by advising its readers to avoid the missionary position during sex and instead adopt the reverse cowgirl.
Intel to intro next-gen netbook Atom on 10 January?
Expect a raft of new netbooks based on Intel's next-generation 'Pine Trail' Atom chippage after 10 January - the day the products will be formally launched, it seems.
Nikon D300s DSLR
ReviewThe Nikon D300s is the successor to the original D300 that appeared in the UK almost two years ago. Sharing the same 51-point autofocus and 12.3Mp sensor, it’s the cheaper DX format alternative to the top of the range Nikon D3 DSLR, and sits neatly next to the full frame D700.
Camel carcasses menace Outback water supplies
The carcasses of wild Oz camels who've succumbed to drought pose a serious threat to water supplies in the country's arid central desert, authorities have warned.
PayPal mistakes own email for phishing attack
Banks and financial institutions are fond of lecturing customers about the perils of phishing emails, the bogus messages that attempt to trick marks into handing over their login credentials to fraudulent sites. Yet many undo this good work by sending out emails themselves that invite users to click on a link and log into their account rather than going a safer route and telling users to use bookmarked versions of their site.
Google UK boss: Think of us as a newsagent
The head of Google UK reassured MPs yesterday that the massive ad broker does not steal content from impoverished publishers, and should be thought of more as a kindly local newsagent with a massive server farm at the back of the shop.
Open sourcers aim selves at US gov
Advocates who helped shape a major US government department's policy paper on using open-source in IT projects are stepping up their lobby.
Norwegians plan to harpoon Twitter
A battling consumer group has pledged to take on Twitter, accusing it of breaching privacy laws.
LG has 23in 3D LCD to sell, right now
LG's Display division has begun pitching 3D screens to TV and monitor makers, the company said this week.
RIM joins queue for Qi
Research in Motion and Energizer are the latest to sign up to the Wireless Power Consortium and endorsed its Qi standard.
Physicists assemble world's smallest snowman
The National Physical Laboratory has deployed a range of techniques to create the world's smallest snowman - a diminutive fellow just 10 µm across, or "1/5th the width of a human hair".
Georgia cops cuff terrorist elf
Georgia cops earlier this week cuffed a man in an elf suit on the not unreasonable grounds that he told a shopping mall Santa he was packing dynamite.
Zero-day Adobe bug overshadows impending Flash fix
Fears over a reportedly unpatched flaw in Adobe Illustrator have been heightened by the release of exploit code.
The unrealised potential of ERP and CRM
Poll ResultsWith all of that money, time and effort expended on ERP and CRM systems over the years, you would expect organisations to have paid a lot of attention to getting the most from them, but a recent poll of Reg readers (including 66 ERP users and 65 CRM users) suggests that many implementations have some way to go before they deliver their full potential (Figure 1).
'Doctor Dark Energy': The Ultimate LHC eccentric?
Nutjob FridayThere are many interesting questions to be asked regarding the Large Hadron Collider, most powerful matter-rending machine ever assembled by the human race. Will it discover the elusive Higgs Boson? Will it open up an interdimensional portal into some mysterious continuum beyond our own? Will it, perhaps, destroy the world and/or entire universe in a deadly planetary soupening mishap?
Lots of young adults still sexting shock
Another survey of US teenagers has shown an unprecedented proportion are sending nudie pictures of themselves to each other.
VW unveils slippery four-seat hybrid
Leccy TechVolkswagen has given the world a glimpse at its 2011 small car line-up with the unveiling of its Up! Lite concept at the LA Auto Show.
Copan moves to indirect sales channel
CommentCopan Systems is moving to an indirect sales model, sparking closure rumours as many people were laid off.
Bing dies (briefly) after Microsoft hits wrong button
Bing was hit by a widespread outage Thursday evening after Microsoft accidentally updated the live site with changes intended for a test environment.
Attack exploits just-patched Mac security bug
If you haven't installed the latest security update for Mac OS X, now would be a good time.
Ellison compromises on MySQL control?
Larry Ellison is reported to be considering a compromise with the European Union over MySQL, having recently vowed to "vigorously" fight regulators.
Cisco says Tandberg borging underway
When the Cisco mothership is at your door, you have one of two choices: be assimilated quickly or slowly.
FCC eyes 'over' 150MHz of TV airwaves for broadband
The US Federal Communications Commission says it wants to reclaim "over" 150 MHz of spectrum from television broadcasters as part of its plan to beef the country's wireless broadband.
Motorola's banana-mutilation ad disses iPhone
Motorola's latest ad for its Droid smartphone could reveal the company's choice of target market: men insecure about their virility.
Accused phone thief snared after phone sends pic to victim
A Philadelphia teenager turned himself into police after his self-portrait was captured on a cell phone he's accused of stealing during an armed robbery.
Microsoft and Yahoo! finally finalize search pact
Microsoft and Yahoo! have finalized the web search pact they announced to the world in July, a deal that would see Redmond's technology drive Yahoo!'s search engine.