EU approves on-board GSM for cruisers
The EU has approved the use of on-boat GSM base stations, but users will have to remain below decks once they're within a couple of miles of the shore.
Mandy quango says Apple, Amazon are too obscure
A group sponsored by Lord Mandelson’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills says more money should be spent telling Britons about iTunes and Amazon, because not enough people know about them. It says the music business should pick up the tab, though.
Siemens union threatens BBC strike
Members of media union Bectu have voted in favour of strike action to oppose a BBC pay freeze for tech staff.
Challenging accepted ERP wisdom
WorkshopSo you've been through an ERP implementation before and you know how it's all done? That’s good to hear, but if your experience was a few years ago, it might be worth taking a look at the way things have been changing. The truth is that anyone reviewing their ERP requirements today won't be doing themselves any favours if they approach the definition of requirements in the traditional manner, and there are two areas of accepted wisdom that need to be seriously challenged in relation to this.
Loud sex ASBO woman back on the job
The Tyne and Wear woman earlier this year spared jail for breaching an ASBO requiring her to refrain from unnaturally loud sex has been cuffed after once again failing to put a sock in it.
DfT scraps IT projects worth £15.4m
The Department for Transport has cancelled three major IT projects in the last year prior to their completion.
Dodgy BitDefender update bricks systems
A dodgy update from BitDefender on Saturday bricked Win 64-Bit systems after it was applied.
Pirates of the Caribbean say 'narrr' to Bulgarian airbags
The director of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean outing has decreed that actresses with breast implants will not be welcome to swash their buckles alongside the 100 per cent natural and impressive pirate's chest of Penelope Cruz.
SpinVox consumer service croaks
Readers have let us know that SpinVox's UK consumer service will soon be croaking its last voicemail. The company translates voice messages to text. Last Thursday UK customers received the following text messages:
Novell snubs hedge fund's $1bn takeover bid
Novell has spurned an unsolicited $1bn cash takeover bid from Elliot Associates.
Pandora plus Endor: Multi hab-moon motherworld discovered
VidsTop astro boffins have announced the discovery of the first planet which could be the real-life parent world of fictional habitable moons Pandora and Endor. According to Blighty's top exomoonologist, there might even be more than one inhabited moon circling the newly discovered gas giant.
Acer Aspire One 532
ReviewIf you thought the netbook market was already flooded, Intel’s recently-launched 'Pine Trail' platform means you can expect another new batch to come through. We’ve already seen Asus’ take on Pine Trail with the Eee PC 1005PE - reviewed here. Now we have Acer’s Aspire One 532h.
Brown creates one UK.gov website to rule them all
The government has announced plans for a personalised web page for every UK citizen to access all public services online in a single location.
WiMAX Forum begs for speedy spectrum release
The WiMAX Forum has called for speedy disposal of the UK's allocated TDD spectrum, so it can take advantage of the standard's ever-decreasing technical lead.
The art of optimising VM performance
LabWhile it is unfair to say (as many vendors do), that server virtualisation will take over the world during the course of the next fifteen minutes, we know from the readers of The Register that ever-expanding numbers of virtual machines (VMs) are being spun up by organisations large and small.
Sophos sorry for blog comment spam campaign
Sophos has apologised after a third-party marketing agency hired by the anti-virus and anti-spam specialist sprayed link spam on the blog of security expert Gunter Ollmann.
Windows XP Mode skips virtualisation hardware requirements
Microsoft pushed out a software update late last week that strips away some hardware requirements for running Windows XP Mode on Windows 7 computers, in a move designed to convince more SMBs to upgrade their operating systems.
Orange claims Xperia X10 exclusive
Orange has said that it has won the exclusive on Sony Ericsson's eagerly anticipated Android-based smartphone, the Xperia X10.
Man could face prison over six second 'extreme porn' clip
A man has been warned he faces a custodial sentence after pleading guilty to possession of what prosecutors described as "extreme porn" at Mold Crown Court last week.
Greatest Living Briton gets £30m for 'web science'
As an alliance of the desperate, this one takes some beating. The Greatest Living Briton (Sir Timothy Berners Lee) has been thrown £30m of taxpayers' money for a new institute to research "web science".
Germany warns surfers against Firefox
German's official cyber-security response team is advising surfers not to use Firefox pending the release of a patch to defend against a critical unpatched vulnerability.
Victorinox offers hackers £100,000 challenge
Swiss Army Knife maker Victorinox is asking the best of Britain's hackers to try and beat the biometric security built into its latest USB Flash drive-fitted penknife.
Sony grows Vaio E notebook range
Hot on the heels of last week's Vaio M netbook introduction, Sony has today taken the wraps off another Vaio range: the colourful E series.
Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign suffers Web2.0rhea bum rush
UpdatedThe Tories, in their enthusiasm for all things Web2.0rhea, launched an ill-conceived Facebook Connect campaign over the weekend that they hoped would encourage people to gripe about Labour's ties to the Unite union.
Geezer eBays 'bastardised, chaved up Skippy mobile'
The seller of a 2005 Renault Clio has brightened a few days with his novel description of the "proper bastardised, chaved up Skippy mobile".
'Smart roof' coating made of old takeaway fryer oil
Eco-friendly boffinry entrepreneurs have proposed a radical new scheme to reduce energy consumption in the home. Rooftops should, they say, be coated with a revolutionary "smart roof" temperature-sensitive material made out of used cooking oil.
Outlook bleak for NHS IT
The NHS's National Programme for IT - supposedly the world's largest civilian technology project - is looking increasingly unwell.
Mickos new CEO at cloud manager Eucalyptus
If you had any hopes that Marten Mickos might lead the charge to commercialize a fork of the open source MySQL database with MySQL founder Michael "Monty" Widenius, forget it. Mickos has a new job as chief executive officer at cloudy infrastructure management software maker Eucalyptus Systems, and has moved on.
Telegraph trips over the Large Hardon Collider
The Daily Telegraph last Friday showed particle boffins the potentially disastrous effects of meddling with things you don't fully understand - in this case just what "LHC" stands for:
Russia arrests three over $9m RBS WorldPay scam
Three men suspected of orchestrating a massive $9m cyber-raid on RBS WorldPay involving cloned payroll cards and hacking have been arrested by Russian's FSB internal security service.
Pirate Party UK launches manifesto
The Pirate Party UK is launching its manifesto tonight, under embargo: but since we don't believe in antiquated and oppressive IP laws - we're setting it free.
Amazon brews Kindleware for Apple's iPad
Amazon said on Monday that it plans to introduce a new version of its Kindle software for the Apple iPad, going head-to-head with the iBooks ereader Apple intends to bundle with the much-discussed device.
Unisys gooses ClearPath mainframes
Mainframe maker Unisys has boosted the process capacity of its ClearPath Libra mainframes, shooting the gap between high-end Libra models based on Unisys' homegrown mainframe engines and entry Libra models based on Intel's quad-core and six-core Xeon MP processors.
Botnet pierces Microsoft Live through audio captchas
The prolific Pushdo spam botnet has found a new way to penetrate Microsoft's Live.com by exploiting weaknesses in the audio captchas designed to prevent automated scripts from accessing the popular email service.
Google redirects China to uncensored Hong Kong servers
Google has shut down its Chinese search engine, Google.cn, and is now redirecting site visitors to its Hong Kong-based engine, Google.com.hk, where it will provide uncensored search results in simplified Chinese designed specifically for users in mainland China.
Russians approve, um, Sunacle deal
I guess we all know what Larry Ellison thinks of the Federal Antimonopoly Service, the antitrust regulatory body in Russia.