NHS computers hit by voracious, data-stealing worm
The UK’s National Health Service has been hit by a voracious, data-stealing worm that’s easily detected by off-the-shelf security software, according to researchers who directly observed the mass compromise.
Microsoft's 'record' quarter can't match Apple
If Microsoft hoped that reporting "record" quarterly results would send its stock skywards in Apple-like fashion, then it hoped in vain.
Viewsonic ViewBook 130 ultra-slim laptop
ReviewThe slimline design and silvery-grey finish of Viewsonic’s ViewBook will prompt inevitable comparisons with Apple’s MacBook Air - reviewed here. The ViewBook is only about half the price, though, so Viewsonic is obviously hoping to attract people that can’t manage the MacBook Air’s hefty price-tag.
EU Commission will overhaul procurement laws
The European Commission has announced a review of public procurement laws. The Commission said change was necessary to cope with new e-procurement practices and to respond to more demand for public-private partnerships.
Server patching principles
WorkshopIn the imperfect world we live in, patching stuff, be it desktops, software or servers is a fact of life. We do it or we risk being exposed to the latest security threat, missing out on new functionality or suffering performance degradation.
Brit astrophysical model scoops £1.1m at poker
A 25-year-old Brit astrophysics graduate, model and pro poker player has scooped the £1.1m European Poker Tour jackpot, the Sun reports.
Watchdog calls for Google break-up
A California-based consumer watchdog called, er... Consumer Watchdog is calling for a Department of Justice investigation into Google.
Western Digital laps Seagate
Western Digital reported a stonking first 2010 quarter yesterday, with record revenues and unit shipments, passing Seagate in drive unit production numbers for the first time.
Lufthansa offers iPhone 4G loser free beer
German airline Lufthansa has invited iPhone 4G loser Gray Powell to Munich to drown his sorrows after the poor chap apparently left the next manifestation of the Jesus Phone in the Gourmet Haus Staudt, a "German Specialty Store and Beer Garden" in Redwood City, California.
Morse confirms advanced takeover talks
Morse has confirmed to the London Stock Exchange that it is in talks which could lead to the sale of the reseller.
Vodafone launches snooping service
Vodafone is offering to record every conversation for companies interested in knowing what their employees are saying and to whom, but not if they've got an iPhone.
Buffalo punts portable Blu-ray box
Storage specialist Buffalo has unwrapped a portable Blu-ray Disc drive for all you laptop owners seeking BD playback.
Koobface server pops up in China after HK takedown
Security experts in Hong Kong last week succeeded in taking down a key component of the Koobface botnet, only to witness the system popping up in China.
US Airforce secret spaceplane launched successfully
The US Air Force successfully launched its pocket-size X-37B robot space plane into orbit last night, on a mission whose nature and duration remain classified. With the imminent departure of the Space Shuttle, the little wingship will soon be the only orbital craft capable of runway landing - and perhaps other things.
Will UC stop you being exposed?
WorkshopDelving around the Web recently, I happened upon a very neat analogy in a couple of unrelated instances that really encapsulated exactly what Unified Communications (UC) had the potential to become.
Rugby league star pleads guilty to eBay ink scam
Gareth Raynor, a former Great Britain rugby league player, pleaded guilty yesterday to 14 charges of fraud and counterfeiting.
Nazi soldiers pose for Red Army calendar
Red Army vets of the Great Patriotic War were less than impressed when a calendar designed to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany featured some of the latter's troops proudly posing for the camera.
YouTube dishes up online movie rentals - at a price
YouTube has opened an online film rental store in the US, after it trialled the service in January.
Dumb questions on server computing
Lab PollYou listen to some marketeers and it’s all so simple. Whatever form of server computing they are promoting is assumed to be the answer to everything.
Canon EOS 550D DSLR
ReviewThe arrival of Canon’s EOS 550D has been a rather pleasant surprise as, besides being a respectable 18.1Mp stills camera, it also shoots video at a quality that is comparable to the more expensive and technically superior EOS 7D. While the EOS 550D lacks two engines to power the data processing – so it can’t match the 7D’s blistering 8fps stills capture rate – it does have a sufficient low noise capability to allow you to shoot in low light without having to worry about it.
Ex-Fujitsu boss demands probe into sacking
The ousted president of Fujitsu, Kuniaki Nozoe, is increasing the pressure on his former employer by demanding to know why it has still not appointed an independent body to investigate his sacking.
Workers scared to befriend bosses on Facebook
Three in four Facebook users avoid making friends with their boss through the site for fear that an off-hand remark might jeopardise their employment prospects.
Picsel US workers sue directors over 'unpaid wages'
US ex-employees of Picsel, the Glasgow-based mobile software company that went titsup last year, are suing former directors of the firm for allegedly misleading them into working for free.
Small and mobile ISPs may avoid new filesharing laws
ExclusiveRegulators are considering creating loopholes in the implementation of the Digital Economy Act to allow small, mobile and Wi-Fi ISPs to avoid its copyright enforcement regime.
'Beauty with antimatter bottom' created out of pure energy
Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful particle punisher ever assembled by the human race, say that experiments there are going well. In particular, they have managed to create out of pure energy a thing which they describe as a "beauty" featuring an antimatter bottom.
El Reg PARIS team fires up the GPS tracker
It's all go at the El Reg Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) command headquarters, and we've just taken delivery of the GPS tracking device designed to enable us to recover the main payload.
Sky punts 'truly unlimited' 20Mb/s broadband
Sky is set to become the first broadband provider to offer free internet access for all customers at speeds of up to 20Mb/s, the satellite TV broadcaster claimed today.
Best Buy UK to flog electric cars, scooters and bikes
Best Buy is majoring on "Green Tech" in its first UK superstore. The Lakeside, Thurrock store opens on 30 April and will sell electric bicycles such as the GoCycle, Ultramotor, Metro and Moore & Large's iZip brands with prices starting at £399.
Palm denies it's up for sale
Palm's CEO has been busy telling the world that his company isn't up for sale, which is lucky as no one seems very interested in buying it.
Security maven turns tables on fibbing police
A computer security expert used his elite skills to turn the tables on Seattle Police who arrested him for doing nothing more than refusing to identify himself during a drunken street golf game in 2008.
Microsoft wins big in Chinese piracy lawsuit
Microsoft has won its first major court battle against the use of unlicensed software by Chinese corporations - but the company it vanquished plans to fight back.
Google engineering gaggle flees Facebook
UpdatedA gaggle of Google engineers have expressed their displeasure with Facebook's latest effort to share your data with third-party sites, and many have gone so far as to deactivate their accounts.
Verizon dubs sec researchers 'narcissistic vulnerability pimps'
UpdatedIn an official blog post, an employee in Verizon's Risk Intelligence unit has taken aim at researchers who disclose security flaws, calling them "Narcissistic vulnerability pimps" and comparing them to criminals.
Windows Server to ride upgrade wave
CommentAs the revenue and shipment leader in the global server market, the Windows Server platform is arguably a good indicator of the health of the IT market. If that is the case, then it looks like the server market is on the mend - but it's not in any kind of a hurry.
Adobe clutches chance to bury Steve Jobs 'hog' insult
After calling Flash a "CPU hog," Steve Jobs has given Adobe the chance to live down this now famous insult. And Adobe is taking it.
Microsoft's Silverlight 4 - more than Flash envy
2010 is proving to be a big year for Silverlight, Microsoft's cross-platform browser plug-in.