'Virtual sit-in' tests line between DDoS and free speech
A University of California professor who organized a "virtual sit-in" that targeted the university president's website has been told he may face criminal charges for mounting a distributed denial of service attack.
iPhone 4.0 SDK bars un-Jobsian code translation
Apple's new SDK for the iPhone 4.0 OS bars developers from accessing the company's APIs through any sort of intermediary layer that translates applications written in ways Steve Jobs doesn't approve of.
Cisco ratchets networking for unified servers
Cisco Systems did more than launch two new servers earlier this week. It also rejiggered some of the networking gear used in conjunction with its Unified Computing System wares and talked a bit about its customers.
Microsoft: Silverlight youth beats Flash experience
It sounds like Microsoft is getting the same treatment from Apple as Adobe Systems when it comes to putting its media player on the iPad and iPhone.
Mozilla betas Flash flak jacket with 'Lorentz'
Mozilla has released a public beta of Firefox "Lorentz," a test version of Firefox 3.6 designed to minimize crashes by running Flash, Silverlight, Java, and other plug-ins as processes separate from the core browser.
Has Compellent caught a cold?
Compellent is ending seventeen quarters of revenue growth with an expected $4.3m to $4.8m sequential revenue decrease for its first 2010 quarter.
LG slashes cost of OLED TVs
LG has revealed how much it expects its upcoming 15in OLED HD TV to cost consumers. The good news: it's a lot less than Sony wants for its 11in Xel-1 OLED telly.
Lenovo delays ARM-based netbook?
Lenovo may have delayed its eagerly anticipated ARM-based netbook, the Skylight, it has been claimed.
DWP admits multiple fraud system failures
A Department for Work and Pensions minister has disclosed that the department's Fraims system has experienced numerous instances of disruption since January.
Lenovo intros third-gen netbook
Lenovo has introduced the third generation of its IdeaPad S10 netbook. The new model brings Intel's latest Atom technology to the series.
Controlling the fallout of a data loss
If readers want to examine an interesting example of how to manage a data loss, have a look at what happened at the London Borough of Barnet. A data loss involving 9,000 children followed a burglary of the home of a member of staff. The loss included the council’s computer equipment (a laptop), CD Roms and memory sticks, along with other items from the house.
Power management and carbon footprints
WorkshopApril 1, 2010 was a not classic All Fools' day in the UK press, although The Register did pull off a few half-decent pranks itself, including news of an alien invasion through the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Now that the April Fools' jokes have been exposed it should be safe to confirm something that wasn't one - the "Carbon Reduction Commitment To Energy Efficiency Scheme", which is now in force in the UK.
A user's timetable to the Digital Economy Act
Now that the Digital Economy Act has been passed by both Houses, what can internet users expect, and when? Quick answer: nothing much soon.
Texas Memory Systems launches 10TB flash array
A year after launching a 5TB, 250,000 IOPS RamSan-620, flash storage co Texas Memory Systems is bringing out a doubled-up product, boasting 10 terabytes and half a million sustained IOPS.
Ofcom consultation brings out the tinfoil hatters
Quadrupling the transmission power of 3G networks will lead to famine, mass starvation and scurvy for all, not to mention annoying cameramen and the MoD, if the hysterical response to Ofcom's new proposals is to be believed.
TalkTalk, ORG see cash from Mandybill chaos
Never let the facts, or taste, get in the way of a marketing campaign, we say.
Yahoo! tech! boss! quits!
Yahoo’s! CTO and head of products has quit the company citing personal reasons, it was confirmed yesterday.
MS preps 5 Windows critical fixes for busy Patch Tuesday
Microsoft has lined up 11 patches that collectively address 25 security vulnerabilities as part of its April Patch Tuesday security update.
CEOP renews attack on Facebook
The chief of the national anti-paedophile agency has launched another scathing attack on Facebook, branding its refusal to publish an official "panic button" on users' profiles as "arrogant".
Austrian takes pickaxe to Street View spymobile
An Austrian old timer could be in a spot of bother with police after he chased a Street View spymobile with a pickaxe, the Austrian Times reports.
eBay trumps Tiffany in trade mark ruling
eBay does not infringe jewellery shop Tiffany's trade marks when counterfeits are sold by sellers at the online auction site. Tiffany has lost its appeal in the US against the same decision as made by a lower court.
The great desktop refresh debate
On DemandLast week in a secret central London studio, somewhere beneath the bells of St Pauls, a crack squad of desktop experts gathered round the fireside for a mid-afernoon discussion on the desktop refresh.
Murdoch hacks grumble over outsourced IT failures
To picturesque Wapping, where unrest among hacks and techies about recent IT cuts at News International is bubbling following a 24-hour email outage yesterday that crippled newsrooms and commercial operations alike.
Bloke threatens BT with giant plywood cheque
It's Friday, so we're sure the following heartwarming tale will cheer your final slog into the weekend: how Reg reader David Humpage is giving BT some serious grief with giant novelty cheques.
Wi-LAN throws down Bluetooth patent glove
UpdatedFighting everyone involved in Wi-Fi and WiMAX is not enough for Canadian patent hoarder Wi-LAN, which is now also slapping a suit on 31 companies connected to Bluetooth.
Google slots nested labels, sneak peek experiments into Gmail
Mountain View has plonked two more experimental features into its Google Labs for Gmail.
Get ready for the revolution: internet TVs
Not so long ago, a TV was just something for presenting broadcast programmes or content from devices like DVD players. If you wanted anything more exotic, you had to hook up a media player or perhaps a PC. More and more sets sprouted DVI or VGA ports to make that easier.
Labour unfriends Twitter rant candidate
The Labour Party has unfriended a wannabe Scottish MP who used Twitter to broadside fellow politicos, potential voters and Johnnie Walker Red Label.
China routing snafu briefly mangles interweb
Bad routing information sourced from China has disrupted the internet for the second time in a fortnight.
Discovery team wrap first ISS spacewalk
Mission specialists Clayton Anderson and Rick Mastracchio (seen below) earlier today ventured outside the International Space Station on the first of three planned spacewalks for space shuttle Discovery's STS-131 mission.
Tories offer automated boring of friends and neighbours
The Tories launched a Facebook app this morning that allows supporters to harangue their friends and neighbours without having to think too hard or knock on people's doors.
Toshiba teams up with Violin for an enterprise storage revolution
CommentToshiba has completed a funding round that will see it investing $20m in Violin Memory and bringing its multi-level cell (MLC) flash technology to the table.
Tory £12bn public sector cuts proposal would claim IT scalps
A Tory government would cut spending on public sector IT projects, office costs, contracts and hiring of new staff in an effort to hold back £12bn and swerve a rise in National Insurance contributions.
What’s new and improving about IT today?
LabFor anyone who has been in IT for a while, all that new and improved stuff can quite quickly feel like the same-old-same-old, repackaged for the latest generation of supposedly tech-literate masses. Still, the “I’ve seen it all before” game can be a dangerous one to play.
World's biggest app store starts stocking shelves
Vodafone's Joint Innovation Labs is open for business, promising to approve applications in ten days and eventually provide access to more than a billion customers.
Bribery Act passed by Parliament
A new bribery law has been passed by the Houses of Commons and Lords but is not yet in force. The Bribery Act can penalise companies whose employees engage in bribery if the company did not have adequate policies in place to prevent it.
Windows mobile Trojan poses as war game
Miscreants have created a Trojaned version of a Windows mobile game that makes expensive international phone calls from compromised smartphones.
Java bug exposes users to serious code-execution risk
Researchers have discovered a flaw in the latest version of Oracle's Java runtime environment that attackers can exploit to remotely execute malicious code on end user machines.
Wikifounder reports Wikiparent to FBI over 'child porn'
UpdatedUpdate: This story has been updated to show that Larry Sanger now says that the images in question do not depict real people and to include additional legal clarification. And it was later updated a second time with additional clarification about federal law 18USC 2258A, which requires electronic service providers to notify the NCMEC if they are made aware of child pronography.
Super Micro goes platinum
Super Micro, the king of the whitebox server makers, has launched a new platinum series of server platforms that feature super-efficient power supplies.
Nexsan postpones IPO - again
AutoMAID spindown storage startup Nexsan has postponed its planned IPO due to poor market conditions.
Google tweaks search results with mystery site speedometer
Google is now using site speed - "how quickly a site responds to web requests" - as part of the criteria for ranking links on its world-dominating search engine.