Madoff geeks charged for writing book-cooking code
A federal grand jury has indicted two computer programmers on fraud and conspiracy charges for developing programs used by Bernard Madoff to cook the books in his billion-dollar ponzi scheme.
Energizer battery rechargers still haunted by trojan backdoor
"It keeps going and going and going" may be the slogan coined for Energizer batteries, but the same holds true for a nasty trojan backdoor that mysteriously slipped into software used to monitor rechargeable versions of the product.
Steve Jobs' latest honors: TV, icons, fromage
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is no stranger to adulation. Recent honors include Fortune's CEO of the Decade, the Harvard Business Review's world's best-performing CEO, and the Wall Street Journal's Person of the Decade. But a new trio of tributes takes Jobsian worship to new heights.
Hidden Windows 7 costs worry upgraders
Microsoft - if not IT pros - can breath a sigh of relief, as Windows 7 has given businesses a reason for not defecting to competing desktop systems.
Dell Vostro V13
ReviewYou know where you stand with business-oriented laptops. They're chunky, dull-looking machines with all the pizazz of a rainy afternoon in Chester. Dell's Vostro range has been a case in point: a collection of low-power, low-charisma laptops likely to appeal only to the most frugal of IT department bean counters.
Police National Database will have audit trail
A code of practice for the forthcoming Police National Database says that an audit trail will be created to tackle abuse.
Do ERP projects ever end?
WorkshopIn some organisations, the ERP system represents the biggest single entity within the IT environment. This is particularly the case in industries such as manufacturing, distribution and others that are heavily manpower- or goods-centric. Even if ERP in itself doesn’t account for a lot of the infrastructure per se, it is one of those applications (or suites of applications) a lot of other stuff needs to be plugged into. It's therefore not something you can easily put to one side and forget about.
Dealing with the virtual hype
LabThere are few if any technologies that have garnered as much industry coverage as virtualisation has enjoyed over the last few years. Okay, maybe ‘Cloud Computing’ has too, but that’s more vendor talk than action right now. As far as real-world activity goes, virtualisation is a hotbed of activity and a magnet for vendors to prove their worth/disprove the worth of others and help/hinder those trying to harness the technology to benefit their organisations.
'Google TV' plants Chrome on Android set-top
Google has joined forces with Intel and Sony to build a television set-top box based on its Android mobile operating system and Chrome web browser.
Yahoo! buys! fantasy! sports! site!
Yahoo! is making another attempt to strengthen its weak social networking products by buying Citizen Sports.
Making life easier for the road warrior
WorkshopIn the past decade we have witnessed the use of laptops in organisations reaching similar levels to those of desktops. All the signs are that the penetration of such machines will soon exceed that of their immobile siblings. Today, they are more than status symbols. They are established as essential business devices, without which many users would find their jobs difficult, if not impossible, to perform adequately.
'Death knell' for Eye-o-Sauron™ US border stare-towers
Plans to erect a chain of tall towers topped by all-seeing eyes along the US southern border - for the purpose of detecting inbound huddled masses, rather than troublesome hobbits - have perhaps been torpedoed at last, according to reports.
Sex.com auction delayed
The auction of the controversial domain name sex.com has been delayed, after some of its owner's creditors stepped in with a bankruptcy claim.
Amazon posts Kindle for Mac
Amazon has rolled out the Mac version of its Kindle-on-a-computer application, and it's open to e-book buyers in the UK.
Ex-worker blamed for car immobilisation hack
A disgruntled worker allegedly caused chaos after he hacked into a vehicle immobilisation system and remotely disabled cars, Wired reports.
Bare-chested Shetlander welcomes Google with open fingers
The Shetland Islands are proving fertile ground for Street View tomfoolery, and hot on the heels of yesterday's Incredible Hulk revelation we have this chap offering Google's Orwellian black Opel the traditional local welcome:
Facebook faces Home Sec over lack of 'panic button'
UpdatedFacebook will today meet with Home Secretary Alan Johnson to explain its refusal to publish a "panic button" that would refer users to CEOP, the national online anti-paedophile agency.
Google extends ARM to browser natives
Google has told the world that Native Client - its native-code browser plug-in - can now run on ARM chips.
Apple bins iPhone covers
Apple has stopped selling screen protectors, arguing that the iPhone and iPad should be tough enough without them.
HTC 'disagrees' with Apple patent theft claim
HTC has said it "disagrees" with Apple's claim that it has ripped off the iPhone maker's intellectual property - currently the subject of a legal battle between the two companies.
Berners-Lee says rate countries by data sharing
Tim Berners-Lee is calling for governments to do more to open up access to the data they collect.
Minister: Banks should give ID cards to people with no money
Home Office Identical Minister Meg Hillier has hit on a brilliant wheeze that could solve all her social exclusion problems. Banks need proof of ID when you open an account, right? Banks give people free stuff when they open an account, right? Sooooo... banks could give people free ID cards when they open accounts!
Peer 1 Hosting puts up for Reg space mission
Site NewsInternational managed hosting provider, PEER 1 Hosting, today announces its sponsorship of the UK’s Next Space programme which will witness the exciting launch of a high-tech paper plane, named Vulture 1, into space.
Supersonic stealth jumpjet achieves its first mid-air hover
VidsThe F-35B supersonic stealth jumpjet has achieved its first hover in flight testing. British test pilot Graham Tomlinson held aircraft BF-1 stationary in midair 150 feet above the runway yesterday before executing a slow 70-knot rolling landing.
Net downloads cause 'millions of lost jobs'
A study for the international chamber of commerce reckons 2.7 million jobs have been lost since 2004 in Europe because of unlicensed internet downloads, and warns economic losses could treble to €32bn by 2015. The report is backed by trade unions, including the TUC.
Two jailed for smutty texts
An Indian couple have been jailed for three months each for sending smutty text messages in Dubai.
Nashville cops trade fire with leprechaun
Tennessee cops yesterday shot dead two fugitives - one dressed as a leprechaun - after the pair robbed a branch of the First State Bank in Nashville.
One in four UK schoolkids admits hacking
One in four UK youngsters have tried hacking into Facebook or webmail accounts, according to a new survey.
Aussie smoko-proofing drug prevents ill effects of cigs
Australian boffins have developed a treatment which allows mice to smoke cigarettes without the usual negative health consequences. The method could potentially allow gasper-loving humans to sidestep some of the self-destructive results of their habit.
FCC shows off spectrum map
The FCC has launched a beta version of its proposed Spectrum Dashboard, showing who owns which airwaves and where in an easy-to-use format.
BBC launches massively parallel Tweet-in
The BBC is hosting a "six hour snapshot of a global conversation as it unfolds" today, simultaneously translating Web2.0rhea contributions into several languages including Chinese, Arabic and Persian.
Fed skewers Google over Tweetbookish Gmail mod
An outgoing commissioner with the US Federal Trade Commission has laid into Google for the privacy-envelope-pushing launch of Google Buzz, that web-based thingy that turned Gmail into a Tweetbookish social networking service.
'Racist' job ad sparks investigation
An advert for an IT professional "preferably of Indian origin" is being investigated after complaints were made to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.
UK net 'more resilient' than other EU states
The UK's internet infrastructure is better prepared to withstand attack or natural disasters than many European nations', a Lords committee has found.
Dell bars Win 7 refunds from Linux lovers
Dell has told a Linux-loving Reg reader that he can't receive a refund on the copy of Windows 7 that shipped with his new Dell netbook because it was bundled with the machine for "free".
Boffins peg co-polymers for cheap chip construction
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a potential chip-making technique that is the molecular equivalent of Doodles for Fun, a 1970s toy which kids used to make pictures by stretching coloured rubber bands on a pegged board.
VMware cuts entry vSphere prices
Paul Maritz, ex-Microsoftie and current president and chief executive officer at VMware, is learning just how much fun it is to compete against his former employer.
Hobbit cameras start rolling in July
Filming on the two Lord of the Rings prequels will kick off in July, according to Sir Ian McKellen, with helmsman Guillermo del Toro already in New Zealand while the script "proceeds".
Telmap links up with BlueSky
Telmap has integrated its software with BlueSky's GPS-on-a-SIM technology, providing location-based mapping on low-end phones just as soon as they can find a distributor.
Facebook warns over password reset scam
Facebook has taken the unusual step of warning users about a bogus password reset scam designed to trick victims into downloading a password-stealing Trojan.
ISS pair return to terra firma
The International Space Station's Expedition 22 commander Jeff Williams and flight engineer Max Suraev returned to Earth earlier today, touching down in Kazakhstan aboard their Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft.
IBM chops high-end Power6 server tags
IBM has been mum about when its high-end servers based on the eight-core Power7 processor are going to come to market.
Apple board member Jerry York dies at 71
Jerome York, the financial mind and turnaround expert who most recently shared his business acumen as a long-serving member of Apple's board of directors, died Thursday morning of a brain aneurysm suffered Tuesday. York was 71 years old.
Windows Server to get dynamic memory with R2 SP1
Microsoft and Citrix Systems hosted a virtual desktop love-in Thursday, talking about how their respective desktop virtualization products mesh well and how the companies will continue to cooperate in the future. Microsoft also lifted the veil on upcoming service packs for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, which have features to improve server and desktop virtualization.
Court bars charges against teen who posed semi-nude
A federal appeals court rebuked a Pennsylvania district attorney who threatened to file felony child pornography charges against teens who were photographed semi-nude unless they attended an "education program."
Palm: revenues up, expectations down
Despite a surge in sales, Palm CFO Doug Jeffries predicts that the smartphone maker's immediate future won't be a happy one.