26th > November > 2010 Archive
WTF is... up with e-book pricing?
Electronic books are a topic that never fails to generate comment on Reg Hardware – most often along the lines of, 'why are they so expensive?'
Gamers demand CoD: Black Ops money back
Growing numbers of groaning gamers have signed an online petition to demand a full refund for the PS3 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Stuxnet code leak to cause CYBER-APOCALYPSE NOW!
Source code for the sophisticated Stuxnet worm has reportedly made it onto underground forums where it is been offered up for sale at some unspecified price.
Brussels talks clouds and privacy
Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, warned yesterday that moves to cloud computing must not endanger citizens' rights to privacy and proper data protection.
Regional accent read-outs coming to satnavs
Drivers may soon find their satnav voice change accent as they move between different parts of the country.
EU Parliament backs ACTA with few reservations
The European Parliament has welcomed a controversial international intellectual property treaty as a "step in the right direction" but has reiterated calls for clarity on the impact of the law on existing EU rights.
Dutch twaddle-prof lambasts Google Scholar
A Dutch prof says that search engines - in particular Google's academic-paper search function, Google Scholar - have become "significant co-producers of academic knowledge", and that this is a Bad Thing because nobody knows how they work.
Monarchist marks fall for faux royal wedding ticket site
A benign social engineering experiment has proved how easy it would be to make thousands out of gullible monarchists anxious for a chance to attend next April's royal wedding.
Reg Hardware Reader Awards 2010
Golden Vutures and Rusty DodosA friendly reminder, folks: we'll be closing the nominations process for the Reg Hardware Reader Awards 2010 next week, so head on over to the awards suggestion page and tell us which products you loved this year - and which you hated.
Ofcom slaps down ham botherer
A 63-year-old man from Hull has pleaded guilty to driving by the homes of radio hams purely for the joy of interfering with their hobby.
YouTube shakes hands with French artists
Google’s YouTube inked a deal with three French royalty-collecting outfits yesterday.
Gamble to win and lose... and win
Jolted out of my savings inertia by the paltry 0.75 per cent I was getting on my Alliance and Leicester ISA, I decided to experiment with another tax efficient investment vehicle – gambling.
What's the frequency, Kenneth?
Reg quizHomes and offices are awash with electromagnetic radiation these days, right across the dial, but do you know what frequencies the gadgets on your desk - and in your home - are spewing out?
Hacked Twitter spreads false Tsunami warning
Tiresome miscreants broke into the Twitter account of an Indonesian government advisor on Thursday to spread false warnings of an impending Tsunami.
Secunia recovers from DNS redirection hack
Security notification firm Secunia has confirmed that a DNS redirection hack was to blame for the redirection of surfers to a hacker site on Thursday.
Start-up pitches low-cost no-glasses 3D for iPad
Want to view 3D content on your iDevice without having to wear specs? US-based GRilli3D claims it has the technology to make it so.
Filthy PCs: The X-rated circus of horrors
Ventblockers IIWell, you lovely people, it's time to pour yourselves a stiff brandy before entering the circus of horrors that is Ventblockers II.
Pirate Bay verdict: Three operators lose appeal
Three men who were found guilty of being accessories to breaching copyright laws in The Pirate Bay trial in April 2009 today lost their appeal against the ruling in a Swedish court.
Android out-runs Windows Phone 7 on price comparison site
Figures from comparison service Mobiles Please show Windows Phone 7 being outsold by Android more than 15 times over and by Symbian three times.
ISPs under pressure to control online porn
Campaigners will meet with the internet minister, Ed Vaizey, to lobby for ISPs to be forced to control access to pornography.
Virgin skins up Tivo box
Virgin Media has posted a set of screens showing the UI that its upcoming Tivo-based set-top box will use.
'Mad captain' sole entrant in Vodafone compo
A competition to find mobile apps for women appears to have received received no entries, so an ex-pirate has knocked one up to help women in the third world enter similar competitions more easily.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
ReviewPigs, gavvers, filth, babylon, bizzies. The sheer wealth of familiar pejoratives suggests few people admire the police. Even fewer, I suspect, admire traffic cops. But despite an incongruous contempt for those who uphold the law, I'm sure many people share my fantasy of a night spent behind the wheel of a lumbering Volvo Estate, bringing justice to the streets of our inner-city Asbo-farms.
'Looking and acting like an employee' didn't make him one
There was no need to imply a direct contract between an agency worker and an employer just because the worker's conditions did not exactly match those described in the agency agreement, the Court of Appeal has said.
Yes! It's the Reg Top 5 FUTURISTIC GUNS Thanksgiving Roundup!
As anyone with their finger on the pulse of our former transatlantic colonies knows, yesterday was Thanksgiving: a traditional American ritual in which families come together to celebrate the fact that they have plenty of food for the year ahead by eating most of it in one day, the while watching enormous men crashing into one another on TV.
Pushing service delivery beyond the enterprise boundary
WorkshopSo far in this series we’ve been considering all things service delivery, with an emphasis on how the various elements of IT infrastructure can be managed as a single whole.
Payback orders for eBay squaddie
A former Army quartermaster has been ordered to pay back £6,000 he made from selling military clobber on eBay.
Pure Twilight DAB/FM radio and dawn simulator
ReviewHere in Blighty we’re rather proud of our broadcasting heritage, the BBC was the first to offer national radio after all, and remains the world's largest public service broadcaster too. Yet, while the US managed colour TV in the 1950s, the UK had to wait until 1960s. Half a century on, DAB radio pioneer Pure is keen to ensure we’ll not be left behind this time with its latest innovation, colour radio.
Seagate DeLorean: World's priciest hard drive?
Spin up this Flash Rods model DeLorean stainless steel hard drive car and go back to the future with MBs costing seven times more than they need to.
Reg hack tickled by Kent schoolgirl
I'm delighted to report that my world-beating journalism has finally received the recognition it deserves, at least in one small corner of the Garden of England.
Microsoft and Attachmate were not Novell's destiny
Open...and ShutNovell, a collection of mostly legacy software businesses, has announced that it will be devoured by another collection of legacy software businesses, Attachmate.
Europe's broadband bird goes up tonight
The Hylas-1 telecoms satellite is fired into space tonight, with the mission to provide satellite broadband everywhere in Europe.
Petabyte-chomping big sky telescope sucks down baby code
Robert Heinlein was right to be worried. What if there really is a planet of giant, psychic, human-hating bugs out there, getting ready to hurl planet-busting rocks in our general direction? Surely we would want to know?
Fanboi primer: How to move your iTunes from PC to Mac
With Steve Jobs's world domination plan proceeding on schedule, I can't be the only iTunes user who wants to transfer my Windows-based music library to a Mac. For all the talk about the ease of switching to OS X, I've been unable to find any Apple-sanctioned way to take my playlists, song ratings, and number of plays with me. And while a variety of downloads promise to do just that, I've found them klugey and unreliable.