4th > February > 2010 Archive
Oracle: destroyer of virtual worlds
Another of Sun Microsystem's almost-practical projects for Java has been shuttered now that Oracle holds the purse strings. Project Darkstar, an open-source application server catered specifically for massively multiplayer online games, will no longer receive Snoracle funding.
TPC adds power suckage to benchmarks
If server makers are already anxious about how big their iron is, they'll now also need to start worrying about how cool they are.
Open-source Silverlight project drops early third code
The open-source project shadowing Silverlight has come a step closer to mirroring the latest edition of Microsoft's challenger to Flash.
Huawei E5 Wi-Fi/3G modem
ReviewHuawei's E5 is one of a growing line of compact, standalone HSDPA 3G modems that double-up as impromptu Wi-Fi hotspots. You may have heard of it as 3's MiFi.
Appeal Court: TV menu decision was irrational, but not unfair
A broadcasting platform did not break the rules on the placing of stations in its electronic programme guide (EPG) even though its decision was partly irrationally based and it used criteria not specifically listed in its policy.
Wikileaks finds cash to continue
Whistle-blowing site Wikileaks has secured enough money in donations to resume operations.
Monster grabs Yahoo! jobs
Giant jobs site Monster.com is about to get bigger - it has bought Yahoo!'s HotJobs.
IBM preps biz info flow sniffer
Next month, IBM will demonstrate new business software designed to track how information flows across different systems and squeal when it spots potential flaws or alterations.
MoD turns to bloggers for advice on UK defence policy
With the major parties agreed that a full defence review is to be carried out after the election - thus avoiding any need to let the public vote for what it wants - one wouldn't expect yesterday's MoD green paper to say much, and indeed it mostly doesn't.
Singer wears ‘Twitter dress’ to Grammys
A British singer-songwriter was spotted at the US Grammy Awards this week wearing a hi-tech dress that displays Twitter posts.
Schwartz goes all of a Twitter
Jonathan Schwartz, now the ex-CEO of Oracle-owned Sun, went in the same way as he ran the company, oddly: he tweeted a haiku to his followers.
Aussie ISP beats Hollywood on 'copyright' rap
The Australian Federal Court has found an Aussie ISP not responsible for copyright offences committed by its customers.
BBC 'to chop DAB radio flops'
The BBC may axe some of its digital-only radio stations, including 6Music and the Asian Network, according to a report. The Asian Network costs £25m but attracts only 360,000 listeners. It's reckoned to be as expensive per-minute as prime-time TV costume drama.
DNA pioneer lambasts government database policy
The developer of DNA fingerprinting and profiling has said the government is wrong in retaining profiles of innocent people.
HP ordered to pay £200m in interim damages ruling
The High Court has ordered Hewlett-Packard to pay BSkyB £200 million in interim damages, according to press reports. The interim award follows a ruling last week over a contract tendering process.
ARM boss forecasts mass migration to netbooks
ARM CEO Warren East believes that netbooks will come to dominate the PC market - and it won't be that long before it happens.
Carbon trade phish scam disrupts exchanges
Phishing fraudsters have extended their net beyond harvesting e-banking credentials via a scam that resulted in the theft of 250,000 carbon permits worth over €3m.
PS3 sales up, says Sony
Sony recorded a strong rise in PlayStation 3 hardware and software sales during its third 2009 fiscal quarter.
Vodafone signs up 410k UK customers for Christmas
Vodafone's trading statement for the last three months of 2009 shows a steady shift from voice to data, though data still isn't bringing in enough money.
Webcam saves stranded man
This is nice. A German man stranded on sea ice was saved by a woman sitting at her PC 500km away.
The long and winding road to server virtualisation
Reader feedback"Move along, nothing to see here," said Reg reader Joshua 1, a self-confessed "old timer on the virtualisation front," in response to the question of whether server virtualisation was ready for prime time.
Symbian shares the source
The Symbian Foundation has announced it will be sharing the last of its source code today, putting the most widespread mobile OS under the Eclipse licence.
Acer punts Windows server for your stuff
Acer has introduced a Nas box based on Intel's old desktop Atom processor.
Men at Work swiped Down Under riff
Australian band Men at Work could be substantially out of pocket after Sydney federal court ruled that the flute riff from Down Under was ripped off from Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.
Sony, Vodafone vie for X10 UK launch first
Sony Ericsson intends to beat Vodafone to the launch of its first Android-based smartphone, the Xperia X10.
Iran launches rat, two turtles, some worms into space
The Iranian government says it has launched its third spacecraft, this time carrying "a rat, two turtles," and an unspecified number of "worms" on a one-way trip into space. The rat, according to reports, is named "Helmz 1".
Politico sues politico
UK right-wing blog Tory-Politico.com has been hit with a cease and desist order from US site politico.com.
Sony 'actively thinking' about PSN access fee
The possibility that PlayStation owners could be forced to pay for access the console’s online network has reared its ugly head again, following comments by a Sony executive.
MS probes bug that turns PCs into 'public file servers'
Microsoft has begun investigating a flaw in IE that most affects older versions of Windows, and turns vulnerable systems into a "public file server".
Sonos ZonePlayer S5
ReviewUS firm Sonos first debuted its first products back in 2006, and it offered just about the best example of a self-contained, multi-zone wireless music system that had yet been seen. It featured an iPod-like hand-held controller and used the company's proprietary wireless technology – rather than Wi-Fi – to connect your PC to a series of amplifiers around your home, which could be connected to the speakers of your choice.
Blacklisted UK colleges take Border Agency to court
ExclusiveSeveral UK colleges are taking the UK Border Agency to court after they were suspended from approving student visa applications.
Blighty gets DARPA cash to put sat-phones in satellites
Pentagon crazytech chiefs have hit upon a new plan: they will equip future US military satellites with satellite phones. British firm Inmarsat has got the job.
H.264 video codec stays royalty-free for HTML5 testers
Freetards stand down - MPEG LA has decided to slash royalties to zero for anyone wishing to use the H.264 codec for free streaming of internet video until the end of 2016.
Teen blogging is sick! (and not in a good way)
Teenagers are bored with blogging and are moving onto other public confessionals forms.
Wales Audit Office boss sacked amidst laptop smut claims
Jeremy Colman, Auditor General for Wales has resigned from his £170,000 a year post after porn material was allegedly found on his laptop.
Motorola Devours el cheapo Androidphone market
Verizon Wireless will bring another Android-based Motorola smartphone to the US market next month. A glance at its specs indicates that it should be less expensive than Moto's flagship Droid.
Amazon fingers touch tech firm
Amazon is reportedly buying a company specialising in touch technologies, and recruiting hard to keep the Kindle at the front of the shelf.
Does Apple patent claim show iPad with built-in camera?
A strong hint that Apple will indeed include a camera in subsequent versions of the super-hyped iPad was revealed in an “image capturing device” patent application submitted by the company late last month, The Register has learned.
NASA develops spaceship work robot called 'R2'
NASA, in partnership with motor globo-mammoth GM, says it has taken a "giant leap in robotic technology", having developed a robot intended to operate alongside humans in space and called - really - R2.
Google turns to NSA for help in cyberattack defences
Google is detailing a new data-sharing agreement with the US National Security Agency in order to better protect itself against apparent attacks from China.
Extreme pr0n suspect has his internet access suspended
A new threat for those suspected of ogling extreme porn arrives today in the shape of an internet ban pending trial. This is what lawyers might term "an interesting idea", and one that could come to cause grief far more widely if it catches on.
Chinese e-tailer lights up ciggie-lighter phone for smokers
Online gadget retailer Chinavasion has launched a mobile phone with integrated... cigarette lighter.
E-book readers are a satisfied lot
Owners of e-book readers - well, US-based ones at least - are very happy with their purchases, local market watcher NPD has revealed.
Big iron bolsters Q4 at Unisys
The rebound in spending on two upgraded mainframe lines and aggressive costcutting helped swing Unisys to a profit in the final quarter of 2009, despite ongoing revenue declines.
Kit cracks iPhone backup passwords
Password cracking of iPhone backups has become a point-and-click exercise thanks to software unveiled Thursday by a computer forensics tools provider.
Cisco's California sales on the double
With business brewing again over at networking giant Cisco Systems and poised for a recovery in spending on networking, the company's competitors in the server racket - mainly Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Oracle - were perhaps annoyed to see that Cisco's "California" Unified Computing System blade and rack servers are continuing to gain traction in the market.
Juniper bakes 250Gbps core router chip
Juniper Networks has said it has new silicon in the oven that will soon let its T Series core routers reach a full duplex per-slot capacity of 250 gigabits per second.
Apache terminates 'outdated' web server
An increasingly creaky version of the web's most popular web server has finally been retired after twelve years serving billions of pages.
Do Google's search warrant police run IE6?
According to popular perception, Google is the anti-Microsoft: a new-age outfit bent on re-architecting a flawed interwebs using nothing but open source software. The company runs its own flavor of Linux. It funded the rise of Firefox. And it eventually fashioned its own open source browser, Google Chrome.
Adobe to Jobs: 'What the Flash do you know?'
Adobe has fired back at Steve Jobs after the Apple boss allegedly attacked Adobe Flash for being "buggy" and referred to the Flashmakers as "lazy."
US bill seeks cybersecurity scholarships
The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill that would direct almost $400m toward research designed to shore up the nation's cybersecurity defenses.
Domain auction house wrestles with alleged shill
Oversee.net CEO Jeff Kupietzky has revealed that the company is in active but pending legal action against the former executive who allegedly fixed tens of thousands of its domain-name auctions under the pseudonym “halvarez."