Articles about 8 September

NASA to begin first asteroid sample mission: Seeks 'pristine' specimen

NASA is preparing for its first mission that will see a spacecraft retrieve a “pristine sample” of an asteroid so that it can be studied on Earth. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will be launched on 8 September 7:05pm EDT (12:05 am BST) from Cape …
Katyanna Quach, 18 Aug 2016

Marijuana from heaven: Bundle of blow bombs bow-wow's boudoir

A 26lbs bundle of cannabis appeared from the sky and bombed through the roof of a carport in the Arizona town of Nogales. Maya Donnelly heard what she thought was thunder during the night, but later that morning found wood strewn across the ground around a bulky bundle wrapped in black plastic. Therein was the big old chunk …
Team Register, 29 Sep 2015

America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH

Analysis America's broadband watchdog is suffering a backlash over plans to control software updates to Wi-Fi routers, smartphones, and even laptops. In a proposed update [PDF] to the regulator's rules over radiofrequency equipment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would oblige manufacturers to "specify which parties will be …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Sep 2015

If you read anything today about ICANN taking over the internet, make sure it's this

Analysis The internet community has published its plan to pull the United States government out of its role at the top of the internet's hierarchy. Unfortunately, the near-final version is a hodgepodge of ideas and compromises that fails to address a key aspect of Uncle Sam's role. In addition, the plan substitutes a complex set of …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Aug 2015

AI finally understands primitive sketches – aka marketing presentations

Artificial intelligence scientists have developed a neural-network that understands incomprehensible scrawled drawings of the sort created by children, marketing departments, architects, design creatives, and so on. The academic developers of the "Sketch-a-Net" software proudly boast that their brainchild is actually better at …
Lewis Page, 22 Jul 2015
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Facebook, WhatsApp sit on cold steel table as Euro Commish ponders painful probe

Rivals of Facebook and WhatsApp have been asked to complete a whopping 88 multiple-choice, multi-part questions that range from the blindingly obvious – “To the best of your knowledge, do users use more than one social networking service?" – to the vague and indefinable – “Please provide any recent examples of consumers …
Jennifer Baker, 02 Sep 2014
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The Man Who Fell to Earth: Plane plummet plod probe phone

The man who spread himself across a street in Mortlake, London, after falling from an aircraft undercarriage has been identified. Police finally managed to crack open the SIM in his pocket and study it to discover who he was. Jose Matada was the chap's name and he was 30 years old, the BBC tells us. He landed on Portman Avenue …
Bill Ray, 12 Apr 2013
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Special Projects Burro pops his hooves

It's with heavy hearts that we announce today the death of Aladdin – our Special Projects Burro. Aladdin poses for the camera Our asinine mascot was perfectly OK yesterday afternoon when I popped out to see that all was well with the donkey herd, but a couple of hours later he'd inexplicably gone hooves-up. There was no …
Lester Haines, 24 May 2012
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Amazon quietly acquires voice capability

A company specialising in voice-recognition technology has apparently been snapped up by Amazon, and is now operating under an assumed name, for reasons which remain obscure. The company which has been acquired is called Yap, and offers voice-to-text services. Recently it shut down its public offering and merged with a company …
Bill Ray, 11 Nov 2011
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London Olympics journey planner crash effort launched

Transport for London (TfL) is running a high-speed procurement of a freight journey planner for the Olympic Games, with a tender in the Official Journal of the European Union, marked as an accelerated procedure and deemed "time-critical". The tender notice for a web-based system and interactive map application specifies just …

Xbox update sets Avatar Kinect in motion

Microsoft has released Avatar Kinect, an add-on to the Kinect Fun Labs that lets users record videos as their avatar and share them with the online community. Avatar Kinect captures expressions and voice so when you smile, nod or speak, your avatar does the same. "See your facial expressions and gestures on your Xbox avatar …
Caleb Cox, 26 Jul 2011
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Oz regulator punctures Foxtel takeover bid

Foxtel’s ambition to create a subscription TV monopoly with the $1.9bn takeover of rival Austar has been significantly dampened by the competition regulator. On Friday the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released its ‘Statement of Issues’ on the takeover which provides the regulator’s preliminary views. …

XIV gets Infiniband and boosted CPUs

IBM has boosted the processors in its third generation XIV array and added InfiniBand for internal communications to make it go faster. There can be from 6 to 15 data modules (enclosures) in an XIV array, each containing 12 of the 7,200rpm, 1 or 2TB SAS drives. Each module has its own multi-core processing resource, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2011
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IBM ponies up $1.7bn for data warehouse maker

If Japanese server maker NEC wanted to build a dataware housing business based on Netezza's database and field programmable gate array accelerators, then it is going to shell out a couple billion dollars. Because server rival IBM just bought Netezza for $1.7bn, fleshing out its data warehousing and analytics portfolio as it …
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US starts charging for online visa-waiver

The US online visa-waiver scheme ESTA starts charging from early next month. Previously British travellers could, under some circumstances, avoid US visa requirements by filling in an online form. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization was only for citizens of countries included in the Visa Waiver Program and was a …
John Oates, 09 Aug 2010

Sage payment processor goes titsup - again

SagePay has been hit by what appears to be yet another spectacular outage, only three months on since the payment processor, which serves 25,000 firms in the UK and Ireland, collapsed for 24 hours on 8 September. Customers have contacted The Register to complain about SagePay's latest unscheduled lie-down. The service, which …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Dec 2009
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Italian prosecutors seek jail time for Google execs

Italian prosecutors are pushing for Google execs to be jailed in a case over an internet video that showed the bullying of a teenager with Down's Syndrome. In September 2006, someone posted a three-minute mobile phone video to Google's Italian website in which four Turin teenagers make fun of a classmate with Down's Syndrome …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2009
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Judges rap police over raid on paedo expert

The courts have delivered a sharp rap over the knuckles to Avon and Somerset police, reminding them in no uncertain terms that it is they – and not individual police officers – who rule on legal matters. This was the result of a decision handed down from a judicial review last Friday, before Lord Justice Richards and Mr …
Jane Fae , 11 May 2009

Blazing Vaios: Sony's hot-tops hit the UK, too

Sony secretly wrote to its UK channel partners earlier this week warning them that the company planned to recall some Vaio TZ-series laptops, The Register has learned. The firm, which was forced to recall 440,000 Vaio notebooks worldwide because of wiring faults that could cause overheating, asked its Blighty resellers to “ …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Sep 2008
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Project Kangaroo gets more time to defend anti-trust claims

The Competition Commission said today that its anti-trust investigation into Project Kangaroo, the joint internet TV venture by BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4, will take longer than expected. The trio of broadcasters has asked for more time to negotiate how they plan to operate the commercial video on demand operation. …
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Copyright nagware accord reaches 30

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the agreement that means legitimately purchased DVD/video owners everywhere have to sit through a minute of footage warning them about piracy. The nagware stems from a resolution against piracy made at a Stockholm meeting of Interpol on 8 September 1977. Fast forward 30 years and we …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2007
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Google erases Operation Ore campaign site

Google has delisted, the website campaigning against many of the Operation Ore child pornography convictions. The last time the search giant's crawlers checked the site out was on 10 September. Operation Ore, the UK's largest investigation into online child pornography, was the result of US authorities …
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Sep 2006
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Trekkies hit Seattle for show's 40th birthday

Star Trek fans and cast members are assembling in Seattle for a three-day shindig to celebrate the show's fortieth Birthday. The first episode of the cult space adventure franchise was shown in the US on 8 September 1966. Among the stars rubbing shoulders with the hoi polloi are Nichelle Nichols (Nyota Uhuru), George Takei ( …
Lester Haines, 08 Sep 2006
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Atlantis launch under pressure from Ernesto and Russia

Tropical storm Ernesto has almost menaced the Shuttle Atlantis back into a storm-proof hanger, as NASA mission managers wait for the weather to clear. Managers are preparing to roll the Shuttle off the launch pad today, unless the forecast changes dramatically. If the shuttle does have to be moved, the mission will be set back …
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Aug 2006
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FaithMobile: providing inspiration on the move

Most Register readers will be aware of Good News Holdings, and its Christian-based content portal for mobile phones. Since January this year FaithMobile (slogan: "Have you talked to God today?") has pumped out Bible verses, ringtones, and inspirational audio and video to mobile phone-carrying Christians. It has now teamed up …
Bill Ray, 18 Aug 2006
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Want to show the world what you're doing with the net?

If you are using the internet to change the world and you want the world to know it, today's your lucky day. The inaugural meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) - a new, open meeting agreed to by the world's governments in November - will be held at the end of October this year and the organisers are looking for people …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jul 2006
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Google Earth: the photo interpretation challenge

There's some light entertainment this afternoon courtesy of a couple of readers who have spotted further strangeness on Google Earth. First up is Stuart Dempsey, who asks "what the hell?" is this place all about: Mystery location Paul Van Den Steene of Brussels, meanwhile, thinks he may have succeeded where the CIA failed …
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2006
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Computer error destroyed 1m UK tax records

Almost a million taxpayer records were accidently deleted from Inland Revenue computer systems between 1997 and 2000 due to a software problem which went unnoticed for several years. The Department took three years to discover that software used to cleanse its database of old cases was also wiping live ones from its system. …
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Europe annexes Caribbean islands

You often hear it said that the Internet is redrawing the map of the world, but little did any of us know that was a literal truth. Because - at least according to Internet overseer ICANN - 20,000 square miles of Caribbean water and land has been lifted intact, transported 5000 miles east and deposited in the heart of Europe …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 May 2005
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Burt Rutan takes a V2-powered wander down memory lane

Aviation pioneer Burt Rutan has been fondly remembering on the BBC his childhood hero - German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun. The X-Prize victor recently hooked up with two surviving members of von Braun's V2 team and admitted that von Braun's dreams of space travel had inspired him on his own quest to escape Earth's …
Lester Haines, 26 Oct 2004
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Broken oxygen generator threatens space station

A UK space scientist has warned that a broken oxygen generator could spell disaster for the International Space Station (ISS). The Elecktron unit, which converts waste water into hydrogen and oxygen gases, broke down suddenly on 8 September, and failed again over the weekend. As yet, Astronaut Mike Fincke and Cosmonaut Gennady …
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Sep 2004
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Suspected GPS stalker cuffed

A US man has been arrested for allegedly using a GPS tracking device to monitor his ex-girlfriend's movements. Ara Gabrielyan, 32, Glendale, California, was taken in by police late last month on suspicion of one count of stalking and three counts of making violent threats, AP reports. The offences are punishable by up to six …
John Leyden, 06 Sep 2004
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Stunt choppers to retrieve Genesis probe

Hollywood stunt pilots have been drafted in to help scientists catch the Genesis probe, when it returns from its mission to collect a sample of the Sun. Astronomers have been tracking the probe closely, calculating its trajectory and working out tiny course corrections. The craft is scheduled to arrive over the US Air Force's …
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Sep 2004
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Sluggish movement on power grid cyber security

One year after the worst blackout in US history drew attention to the fragility of the North American power grid, progress on protecting the grid from computer intrusions has been slow in coming. This week the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) - the not-for-profit industry group responsible for keeping …
Kevin Poulsen, 16 Aug 2004

DNS changes to take minutes (instead of hours)

VeriSign is to rapidly update Domain Name System (DNS) records every few minutes instead of only twice a day. From 8 September changes in the .com and .net zones will take an estimated five minutes to propagate across all 13 .com/.net authoritative name servers. The old systems will remain there for those who don't want to make …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2004
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Iridium satellite crashes over Arctic

One of Iridium's fleet of telecommunications satellites has fallen out of orbit, burning up in the atmosphere somewhere over the Arctic Ocean this week. A second satellite is due to become a shooting star around the 17 December, and others are expected to follow it Earth-ward in the coming months. Anyone concerned that this …
Tony Smith, 01 Dec 2000
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Gates' stake in MS – 14 per cent and falling

According to Microsoft's proxy statement, as of 8 September Bill Gates' had only 13.7 per cent of Microsoft's shares (worth $43.9 billion at $60), and Steve Ballmer 4.5 per cent (worth $14.4 billion). The 31 executive officers and directors as a group control 18.8 per cent of the company. Mrs Gates has $12.9 million in shares in …
Graham Lea, 14 Oct 2000
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Saudi Prince doubles stake in e-bid biz to $100m

Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal plans to throw his money around in Web shares again. The royal investor - nephew to Saudi Arabia's King Fahd - has agreed to plough another $50 million into e-bidding company - bringing his total investment in the company to $100 million. Under the deal, the prince will get a …
Linda Harrison, 12 Sep 2000
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US appeal court sets date for Napster trial

The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has named the date for the commencement of the Recording Industry Association of America's landmark copyright infringement case against MP3 sharing software developer Napster. The trial will begin on 2 October, with both sides making their opening statements, Reuters reports. The Court did …
Tony Smith, 30 Aug 2000
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Napster goes on offensive

Napster on Friday asked the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to completely overturn the injunction granted against it by the US District Court under Judge Marilyn Patel. That injunction was subsequently temporarily lifted by the Appeals court pending the commencement of the Recording Industry Association of America's copyright …
Tony Smith, 21 Aug 2000
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Sun to announce purchase of Star Linux outfit

The rumour (see story) that Sun was going to buy Star Division for its office suite will probably be confirmed tomorrow. Sun said it will be making a significant strategic announcement on Tuesday in New York, and has been doing some behind-the-scenes briefings. It is now believed that the deal was signed on 11 August. Last year …
Graham Lea, 30 Aug 1999
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Time to feed the World (Wide Web)

First it was Live Aid -- now brace yourself for NetAid. Top artists including Bush, The Corrs and Robbie Williams will join rock legends Jimmy Page and Pete Townsend to take part in a global gig broadcast simultaneously over the Web, TV and radio. Cisco and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are behind the monster …
Tim Richardson, 13 Aug 1999
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Rohm on the Microsoft range

"File this in the fiction section" is Microsoft spokesman Greg Shaw's advice about Wendy Goldman Rohm's book "The Microsoft File. The secret case against Bill Gates" [Times Books, Random House, NY] to be published on 8 September. Rohm is a freelance journalist who uses a fly-on-the-wall style to describe scenes that Microsoft …
Graham Lea, 01 Sep 1998
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Judge considers two week delay for Microsoft case

Microsoft and the US Department of Justice (DoJ) are reportedly in agreement that the case against Bill Gates' company should be delayed for two weeks. Trial judge Thomas Penfield Jackson is currently considering their request. The DoJ's antitrust action against Microsoft is currently scheduled to start on 8 September, but Judge …
John Lettice, 14 Aug 1998
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Microsoft trial schedule in peril as judge bows to media

The schedule of the Microsoft antitrust trial looked set to derail yesterday, following a ruling that depositions to be given by Bill Gates and other Microsoft executives should be in public. And this time the judge and Microsoft seem to be singing from similar, concerned, hymn sheets. Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson accepted …
John Lettice, 12 Aug 1998
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Microsoft moves to have case thrown out

Microsoft yesterday asked for the Department of Justice (DoJ) antitrust suit to be thrown out or narrowed. The move, which has been expected since last week, was made at the same time as the company filed its response to the suit, but seems unlikely to make much headway. Microsoft argues that, as the same court's earlier …
Team Register, 11 Aug 1998