Chipzilla: Standards void threatens cloud future
Structure 2010Chipzilla is sweating. Intel is worried that without software standards, cloud computing could hit the buffers and curtail the serious amounts of money it stands to make.
Insurers must keep employers' liability policies
Insurers will need to maintain a database of all employers’ liability (EL) policies they have written or renewed since 1st November 1999 under proposals published by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) this month.
Google outs source code for Android 2.2
Google released the source code for Android 2.2, aka "Froyo", was released on Wednesday, and it's using an over-the-air update to load the new version on existing Nexus One phones.
Vauxhall Ampera extended range e-car
First LooksThe first left-hand drive pre-production examples of the Vauxhall/Opel Ampera extended-range e-car have arrived in the UK. To illustrate the benefits of range extension, one of them was driven from the Vauxhall Heritage Centre in Luton to the assembly plant in Ellesmere Port where Reg Hardware was on hand to take it for a spin.
UK told to strengthen data protection, again
The European Commission has told the UK government to beef up data protection in order to bring safeguards for British citizens up to European standards.
Cybersecurity bill clears Senate committee
A controversial cybersecurity bill passed a key Senate committee on Thursday after backers made concessions aimed at blunting widespread criticism the measure would give the US president broad authority to shut down key parts of the internet.
Big Blue sues exec for joining Oracle
IBM is suing Joanne Olsen - a 31-year veteran of the company who used to be general manager of its services division.
You can't know it all
Sysadmin BlogI pride myself on my depth of knowledge. I read quickly, and I read profusely. I study everything from medicine to technology, physics to music. For reasons that are likely part genetic, part neurotic hangover from my upbringing, I have an irresistible requirement to learn and understand everything.
RISC OS runs on fastest hardware ever
RISC OS is alive and well and running on the fastest hardware it's ever been on – and the kit only costs £120. But "kit" is the operative word...
Suicide Girls whip out iPhone 4
NSFWIn an absolutely shameless piece of bandwagon-jumping self promotion, the internet's leading repository of female tattoos and body piercing has taken the latest manifestation of the Jesus Phone out for a spin (link NSFW).
AMD hots up GPU wars with FireStream
BlogAMD trotted out its latest entry in the GPU wars yesterday: the FireStream 9350 and 9370 accelerator boards.
Adobe hurries out PDF app Flash fixes
Adobe has confirmed plans to release critical security updates for Reader and Acrobat next Tuesday.
Chinese ecommerce comes to US
Chinese small business trading site Alibaba has made its first US acquistion - buying Vendio Services which provides eBay listing tools, ecommerce and online selling platforms for small firms.
Info Commissioner must justify why stats data are personal
Sadly, there is more data protection case-law arising from the conflict over requests for personal data made under freedom of information (FOI) legislation, than there is when there is a data protection conflict.
HP buys iTunes jailbreaker
HP has bought one of the more interesting music startups for an undisclosed sum. Melodio's nuTsie software looks up what's in your iTunes library, including the playlists, then matches it against a catalog of music on its own servers, from where the music is then streamed.
Belkin bridges Xbox 360, PS3 and... iMac
Accessory maker Belkin has come up with a gadget that will allow you to, say, play Blu-ray Discs on an iMac. Or use the Mac's screen for your PS3 games.
Consumer tech pollutes enterprise IT
People who work for big companies are consistently ignoring the security policies of their employers to use banned social networking apps and their own phones and computers at work.
NVIDIA blog bitchslaps Intel
An email from my friendly NVIDIA rep called my attention to this recent blog post from Andy Keane, head GPU honcho at NVIDIA.
Jobs tells iPhone users to get a grip
iPhone users having reception problems are just holding the phone wrong, according to Apple, which have released an official fingering guide for those who want to be able to make calls.
UK.gov preps bonfire of the vanity websites
Hundreds of taxpayer-funded websites will be unplugged in a savings drive that the government says will cut millions from departmental budgets.
Middle-aged sex: The X-rated photo guide
NSFWOur recent sobering piece on middle-aged sex, indicating that after 45 it's downhill all the way between the sheets, prompted some of you to request, nay demand, the traditional El Reg guide.
Survey scammers offer fake Doctor Who clips
Miscreants are exploiting interest in the season finale of Doctor Who by posting fake episode clips, spoilers and dubious download offers.
'Biggest thing in farming for 10,000 years on horizon'
Agro-boffins in America say that mankind could be on the verge of the "biggest agricultural breakthrough in 10,000 years", as researchers close in on "perennial grains".
Samsung shines light on lamp-less LED projector
Samsung today introduced a lamp-less projector, equipped instead with an LED display.
Nokia loses top tech brain
ExclusiveOne of Britain's top technologists is leaving Nokia. Charles Davies, Psion's first employee in 1981, became MD of Psion Computer before leaving to join Symbian as CTO in 2003. Since Nokia acquired the Symbian staff two years ago, he was heading up the strategy and architecture team for Nokia R&D.
Mobile API standard puffs on last cigarette
Operator talking shop the Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP) has sketched out its last three papers before it gets absorbed into the Wholesale Application Community.
Original 'Echelon' secret UK-US spookery treaty published
Old news in the world of surveillance and spookery today, as the original 1946 secret treaty between the UK and US which set up the famous "Echelon" listening system is finally published.
Laid-off public sector techies better get flexible to survive
Ex-government developers and other tech staff will need to accept the different culture of working in the private sector if they want to find jobs.
Ex-Brocade CEO Reyes gets 18 months for stock back-dating
Disgraced ex-Brocade CEO Greg Reyes, who appealed in 2007 against a 21-month prison sentence for stock option backdating, has been given an 18-month term in the slammer plus a $15m fine.
Sorting out the jigsaw that is business mobility?
WorkshopMost businesses tend to find themselves arriving at a point where they have accumulated a bunch of mobile stuff. Some of it has been brought into the business in a premeditated fashion, while other bits have crept in, in response to personal or group pressure.
Crucial releases really skewed cheap flash drive
Lexar has announced a 64GB version of its Crucial RealSSD flash drive with enormously skewed read and write rates.
Olympus PEN E-P2 Micro Four-Thirds camera
ReviewNot long after Olympus introduced it first Micro Four-Thirds camera, the PEN EP-1, a second in the digital PEN series appeared. While the PEN EP-2 is essentially the same as the PEN EP-1 reviewed last year, it does have some extra features to entice seasoned photographers to the fledgling Micro Four-Thirds format. With Register Hardware’s review of the latest Olympus PEN, the PL-1 coming soon, a peek at the EP-2 seemed in order to see just what’s on offer in this lookalike range.
Student's brilliant idea: A peer-to-peer social network
CommentBenjamin Birt, a CompSci student at the University of St Andrews, has announced a new type of social network, which he calls PeerBook. We note that there are some folks in Hamburg who might want to chat to him about the name and an international academic working group who might like a quiet word about this being a whole new concept, too.
Council of Europe condemns teen-bothering Mosquito
The Council of Europe has voted to 'ban' the Mosquito anti-youth device, despite having no power to enforce the ban, as the device's manufacture is keen to point out.
News gatherers urge court to protect 'hot news' doctrine
Major US news organisations have filed papers with a New York court arguing that the controversial 'hot news' doctrine should be preserved and that they should be able to sue anyone who republishes their news quickly.
Windows 7 SP1 'beta' leaks, hits torrents
A beta version of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has apparently leaked onto the torrent networks, if you're exceptionally brave and fancy installing a knock-off version of a major OS update.
Governments mull net censorship grab
Governments working within ICANN are pondering asking for a right of veto on new internet top-level domains, a move that would almost certainly spell doom for politically or sexually controversial TLDs.
Venus home to lost cities left by long-dead aliens, says ESA
Venus could once have been a living world with watery surface oceans, according to the European Space Agency. The ESA says that data from its Venus Express probe in orbit above the second planet indicates that it "may even have begun its existence as a habitable planet similar to Earth".
BBC Trust approves Project
The BBC's self-regulatory body, the BBC Trust, has approved the Beeb-led set top box Project Canvas with certain conditions.
England versus Germany: Quaff real ale
The Royal Society of Chemistry is advising England fans to avoid overanxiety on Sunday, as their team goes out on penalties to slaughter ze Germans, by drinking real ale.
Spanish firm raided in logic-bomb backdoor probe
Three managers at an unnamed Spanish software developer have been arrested over allegations they planted 'logic bombs' in software that meant clients were obliged to pay for disruptive repairs and extended maintenance contracts.
Iomega Prestige Portable 1TB
ReviewThere's no doubt but that the Iomega Prestige is a looker. And with 1TB of hard disk storage on board, it's at the current peak of portable hard drive capacity.
EMC gets busy with dedupe, compression code-base
EMC has been developing its own deduplication and compression code-base, entrusting the effort to a team code-named Viper.
Obama Twitter hacker avoids jail
A French hacker has avoided jail after he was convicted of breaking into the Twittier accounts of US presdent Barack Obama and other public figures and celebrities.
Nimbula puffs up 'cloud operating system'
Two of the techies at Amazon.com who helped do the coding behind the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) cloud computing service have got together, grabbed a big bag of venture funding, and created Nimbula, a company that has created what they are billing as a cloud operating system.
Google Chrome consummates Adobe Flash marriage
Google has released the latest stable build of its Chrome browser, and it integrates what Steve Jobs hates.
US lawmakers grill Apple on location tracking changes
Ex-MySQL chief puts open source in its place
Structure 2010What's bigger than open source? Cloud computing. Plus it's a force for positive change.
Azul goes virtual with Java appliance
Upstart Java acceleration hardware appliance maker Azul Systems is no longer a startup, but it does have a problem. If cloud computing is the future – by which is meant a mix of utility-priced, x64-based shared infrastructure as well as internal private infrastructure based on heaven knows what – then you cannot teleport an Azul hardware appliance across data centers like you can a virtual machine. And so, Azul has created a virtualized version of its hardware appliance, called Zing, that runs on the x64 architecture, thus freeing itself from the physical limits of its own iron.
Linux game-time refined with latest Wine
ReviewWine, the project that lets Linux users run Windows apps within Linux, has released a major update that fixes a number of bugs and includes 64-bit support.
Pakistan set to ban more web blasphemy
Pakistan announced Friday that it will monitor Yahoo, Google, MSN, Hotmail, YouTube, Amazon, and Bing, and will block links and content that it deems anti-Islamic.
Neuroscientist: iPhone 4's 'Retina display' not bullsh*t
UpdatedAn America retinal neuroscientist has focused his boffinistic eye on the iPhone 4's much-touted high-res display, and has come to the conclusion that Apple's claim that the "Retina display's pixel density is so high, your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels" is true.