7th > May > 2010 Archive

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FCC chair floats 'Third Way' to regulate net

US Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski has issued his much-anticipated response to the April federal appeals court decision that threw a spanner into the works of his net-neutrality crusade.
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Google Latitude not dead despite Buzz

Web 2.0 Expo Google is pushing ahead with Latitude - the mobile service that tells your friends where you are - despite its high-profile introduction of somewhat similar mobile services that hook into its new Google Buzz social networking setup.
Cade Metz, 07 2010
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UK polling stations turn away 'hundreds' of voters

UK polling stations turned away "hundreds" of voters on Thursday, shutting their doors as people continued to queue for ballots.
Cade Metz, 07 2010
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Cheeky voters oust Lembit Opik

In a night mostly lacking in spectacular surprises, one result struck like an asteroid out of the blue.
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Voting chaos in not-fit-for-purpose electoral system

Comment As the dust cleared on a strangely uneventful election night, two aspects of the supposedly cast-iron British electoral system may finally have been found to be "not fit for purpose".
MiLi HI-P60 Power Pico Projector
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Mili HI-P60 Power Pico Projector

Review There sure is a buzz about compact, portable "pico" projectors thanks to notion that they will allow us to cast content kept on mobile phones up onto a handy wall, cinema style. Coupling one with an iPhone, China's Hali-Power, operating under the brandname Mili, reckons it has a winning combination.
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Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station

Review "A new version of Iomega Storage Manager is available," the app announces on launch. "Click here to download it." And then it "quits unexpectedly", as Mac OS X politely describes the event, although this happens every time you run it. Click for the upgrade and install it, and the same message about a new version being available pops up. And the app quits "unexpectedly" again.
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2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa

Review The summer months provide gamers and armchair football fans with a compulsory Why Don’t You moment, where we’re all forced to ‘just switch of our TV sets and go outside and do something less boring instead.’
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Servers: Refurbish, repurpose or recycle?

Workshop With the worst of the recession looking to have passed (touch wood), things are looking up and growth is returning, even if it is erratic.
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Copyright law must be relaxed, says new group

Librarians, digital activists, ISPs, music managers and other associations and trade bodies have called for the relaxing of copyright law in the EU to allow more people to access and re-use copyrighted material.
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Indo-Mancunian Windows support scammer phones Reg hack

Yesterday I got a call from a chap claiming to be from Windows Support, letting me know that my computer was dangerously infected, and that only he could help.
Bill Ray, 07 2010
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Jacqui Smith and Charles Clarke shown the door

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith heads the list of high profile Labour casualties this morning.
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Can't find a smartbook to buy? Blame Adobe

Adobe's failure to release a version of Flash optimised for ARM CPUs, not the hardware itself, is what is holding back the release of netbooks based on the chip platform.
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Brighton goes Green

Perhaps the only party to emerge with a smile from last night’s ragbag of results was the Greens, whose leader, MEP Caroline Lucas, scored a first for them, gaining a parliamentary seat for Brighton Pavilion.
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Vodafone to introduce out-of-bundle data charges

Vodafone has indicated it will start charging pay monthly customers for extra data they transfer beyond the limit stated in their contract, though the company's own Ts&Cs may prevent it doing so on 1 June as planned.
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Perv scanner todger quips provoke Miami airport assault

A perv scanner operator at Miami International Airport has been arrested for allegedly laying into a co-worker over quips about the size of his manhood, the Miami Herald reports.
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EU to evict broadcasters from upper end of spectrum

The EU has decided that broadcasters across Europe should clear out of 790-862MHz, committing to a plan accurately predicted by Ofcom.
Bill Ray, 07 2010
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Pirate Party UK sinks on maiden voyage

The Pirate Party UK put in a dismal performance at the General Election last night, after its nine candidates garnered a total of just 1,127 votes between them with one result still to come in.
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The internet, as imagined in 1965

A fascinating insight into how the world might look in the future, from the 1960s, comes courtesy of veteran science editor Nigel Calder.
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Wii will, Wii will Rock You

Music games are "burgeoning in the UK, ringing up £95.1m sales in 2009. This is not quite as good as it sounds - sales were £107.7m in 2008.
Hard Reg, 07 2010
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Boffins snare swollen 'excited giant' in forcefield prison

Boffins in Michigan say they have created a promising "quantum gate" for use in literally and figuratively hard-to-grasp quantum computers of the future.
T-Mobile Pulse Mini

T-Mobile Pulse Mini

Review 'Smartphones For All' is the thrust of T-Mobile's latest marketing campaign, and destined for the sharp end of its crusade to get the pay-as-you-go brigade on board is the Pulse Mini, a fully functioning Android handset with a PAYG price tag of under a ton.
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Fewer titsup firms, more titsup people

Fewer businesses went into insolvency in the first quarter of 2010 than last year, but a record number of individuals were declared insolvent.
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iPad users are young, rich geeks

iPad users are young, rich and stupid like Flickr.
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PARIS hits the road with live GPS tracker test

Updated At 2pm UK time this afternoon the El Reg Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team will be running a one-hour live test on the GPS tracker unit designed to allow us to locate and recover the project's main payload.
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Samsung's Bada gets a developer kit

Developers desperate to start creating applications for Samsung's Bada platform can now start coding, though it will be few more weeks before there's a handset to run them on.
Bill Ray, 07 2010

A new wave in data center cooling?

Webcast During the SC09 HPC show last November, I walked around with a small video cam and did some interviews from the floor, posting them to The Reg in lieu of blog entries. It was a lot easier than actually writing blog entries and quite a bit of fun too.
Dan Olds, 07 2010
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China Mobile sees time-sliced evolution

Huawei and Motorola have been working with China Mobile to get a time-duplexed LTE network deployed at the Shanghai Expo, offering 20Mb/sec over cheap and cheerful spectrum.
Bill Ray, 07 2010
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EU Parliament calls for internet rights charter

Internet users should be able to demand that their information is removed from company systems even if it was collected with their consent, the European Parliament has said. The Parliament has also called for a charter of individuals' internet rights.
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Green Berets to get Judge Dredd computer smart-rifle

A radical Judge Dredd style computer smart-rifle able to strike at enemies hiding around corners is to be issued to US special forces units in Afghanistan, according to reports.
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Motorola upgrades Milestone to Android 2.1

Motorola has posted an update for its Milestone smartphone - reviewed here - taking the Android-based handset to version 2.1 of the Google operating system.
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Gary McKinnon's mum not prime minister

Janis Sharp - Gary McKinnon's mother - was pushed into last place in Blackburn, where she was standing as an independent.
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Cameron aims to bring LibDems into government

David Cameron has issued an invitation to the Liberal Democrats to form a stable government with the Conservatives, preferring long-term compromise to trying run a minority administration.
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Apple prices up iPad for UK

Apple has said how much the iPad will cost Brits when its 'magical' device goes on sale on 28 May.
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Virtual Instruments nabs Symantec ex-CEO

US business establishment great and good member John Thompson, the ex-CEO of Symantec, has become CEO of tiny Virtual Instruments.
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US economy adds 290,000 jobs in April

The addition of workers to perform the census and a boost in the employment of temporary workers helped the US economy add 290,000 jobs in April, according to a report from the Labor Department this morning.
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Election losers? Our clapped-out parties

Opinion Here's an opinion you won't hear professional political experts utter today. The political parties came out worst from the election, they failed to inspire anyone, and don't really stand for anything any more.
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Nokia takes Apple to court, again

Nokia, not content with the pair of existing patent actions in Delaware, has filed another action for five patent infringements. This time it's in Wisconsin, presumably for variety.
Bill Ray, 07 2010
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Orange offers 'pay per meg' iPad 3G data plan

Orange has revealed its iPad data plan pricing, including a novel pay-for-what-you-use scheme.
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Google Apps to embrace all Chocolate Factory services

Mountain View will soon allow businesses, government agencies, schools, and other organizations to use any Google service from their Google Apps accounts.
Cade Metz, 07 2010
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New attack bypasses virtually all AV protection

Researchers say they've devised a way to bypass protections built in to dozens of the most popular desktop anti-virus products, including those offered by McAfee, Trend Micro, AVG, and BitDefender.
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F*ck you, thunders disgruntled fanboi Apple user

FoTW Here's a poser for you: What's the difference between a fanboi and an informed Apple user?
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RHEL 6 - your sensible but lovable friend

Review The first major update for Red Hat Enterprise Linux in more than three years hit last month, and judging by the traffic that took down Red Hat's download servers, it's long over due.
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Apple in shock talks with Reg reader

Apple has engaged in a shock conversation with a man who admits to reading The Register.
Cade Metz, 07 2010
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Feds seize $143m worth of bogus networking gear

Federal authorities over the past fives year have seized more than $143m worth of counterfeit Cisco hardware and labels in a coordinated operation that's netted more than 700 seizures and 30 felony convictions, the Justice Department said Thursday.
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Nokia tops iPhone and BlackBerry (again)

Apple's iPhone is the Nick Clegg of smartphones: attractive, media-savvy, and firmly in third place when matched up against its more-experienced rivals.
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DNSSEC: the internet's International Criminal Court?

INET The DNSSEC protocol could have some very interesting geo-political implications, including erosion of the scope of state sovereign powers, according to policy and security experts.