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EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

eBay‬ has told people to change their passwords for the online tat bazaar after its customer database was compromised. Names, dates of birth, phone numbers, physical addresses, email addresses, and "encrypted" passwords, were copied from servers by attackers, we're told. Credit card numbers and other financial records were not …
John Leyden, 21 May 2014
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Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

The Swedish Language Council, a semi-official body aimed at regulating and advancing the Swedish language, has withdrawn a word from its annual list of neologisms for the first time in its history. Why? Pressure from Google. As Swedish newspaper The Local reports, each December the Council publishes a list of words that have …
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2013
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Google bus protests are Kristallnacht against the rich – tech VC legend

One of Silicon Valley's most venerable venture capitalists has provoked a storm by saying protests against private buses for hi-tech workers in the Bay Area, and the "demonization of the rich" by some, has parallels with the German Kristallnacht pogrom. "This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jan 2014
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Europe: Apple could NOT care less about kids' in-app cash sprees

The European Commission has put Apple on the naughty step over its apparent failure to tackle costly in-app purchases. But the EU body gave Google top marks for the suggestions it put forward. On the back of mounting complaints, the EC earlier this year invited both companies for a chat about the way games and other apps can …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2014
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Stop using the word 'mobe'!

There have been a few complaints recently (well, two actually) about our increasing use of the word "mobe": I really hate the word "mobe". What does it mean? Mobile phone? A mobile phone with a camera? I know you're UK-based and I do understand most of these English oddities that appear in your articles, but the word "mobe" …
Team Register, 07 Sep 2005
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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

A trademark battle has erupted following a company’s bid to stake a Europe-wide claim to the name "Python" - that of many devs’ favourite scripting language. The Python Software Foundation has said it’s wrestling UK-based web host Veber for its own name after the company informed the software people it was applying for Community …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Feb 2013
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'I've read all the Harry Potters - and I'm proud to have done so for adverts'

This was the week when Stephen Fry didn't get upset with The Register, he just called everyone at Vulture Central "cruel and vicious". Fry was not upset about Reg hack Andrew Orlowski's calling him out on a wee slip of the tongue when talking about Alan Turing, when he said that he was responsible for the first programmable …
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Exploit Wednesday follows Patch Tuesday Word update

The trend for exploiting vulnerabilities around the same time as Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday update continues. Hackers have crafted a new Word exploit based on a memory corruption vulnerability addressed by Microsoft on Tuesday. The flaw was already exploited prior to the release of the fix, according to Microsoft. Until …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2007
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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

Some made-up words deserve a place in the popular lexicon. I’m thinking about “friscalating” or “omnishambles”. Others, like the wholly wretched term “phablet”, most certainly do not. So from now on I’ll be calling smartphones with screens between 5 and 7 inches VLPs, or Very Large Phones. Anyone using the word phablet in my …
Alun Taylor, 14 Aug 2013
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BOFH: Moon landings, Pong and the case of the smoking server

"It's about your assistant," the Boss says, looking around carefully as he nods me into his office. "Yes?" "He told me something yesterday. Something disturbing." "Oh, I wouldn't believe everything he says, he's prone to making outrageous statements. I mean the goat lived and the charges against him were dropped." "What …
Simon Travaglia, 17 Feb 2012

Three Men in a Tardis

Significant anniversaries bunch together like buses. Three are assaulting me simultaneously, give or take a month or two. Two are personal. This writer has now been churning out "Stob" columns for 25 years, and has also recently racked up twice that figure on her personal chronological odometer. But I am here to mark yet …
Verity Stob, 12 Nov 2013
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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN

For the second time this year Virgin Media has been berated by Britain's advertising watchdog for making unsubstantiated and misleading claims about its fibre-optic broadband network. The claims in question relate to a TV ad that suggests VM's customers would not be beset by buffering delays. The ASA upheld gripes submitted by …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Oct 2012
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The Girl with the NSObject Class Reference tattoo

What better occupation, at this time of year, than to polish up one's IT skills with some background reading? What have the great programming publishers got lined up for our delectation in 2011? Alas, as far as this reviewer is concerned, these rhetorical questions must remain unanswered. A certain Amazon parcel, containing …
Verity Stob, 10 Jan 2011
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The cloud's impact on security?

We tried to get through this workshop without using the five letter C-word, but we could not quite make it to the end. There are good reasons for considering whether cloud will have an impact on security - not least because it is being discussed so much that you need to know if there is any substance behind the hype. What's the …
Tony Lock, 01 Jul 2010
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Three punts UNLIMITED smartphone package

Three has upgraded its The One mobile phone tariff to add "all-you-can-eat data" to the package. The cellco claimed the change will "challenge the limited offers and additional charges other operators levy on smartphone users". It added: "From today... all limits have been lifted on the amount of data you can consume on your …
Tony Smith, 15 Dec 2010
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Mobile operators warned on 'unlimited' data gouging

A UK watchdog has urged mobile operators to obey the spirit of rules on data billing, not the letter, if they don't want greater restrictions imposed. Calling for more useful information for customers, the UK's Communications Ombudsman reckons it might be necessary for telcos to send out warnings when punters approach their data …
Bill Ray, 18 Nov 2011

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 “keep …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Sep 2008
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Design firm sues Microsoft over Bing trademark

A small graphic design firm that uses "Bing!" for its branding is suing Microsoft for using the same word for the name of its search engine. Missouri-based Bing! Information Design filed a case in St. Louis circuit court on Tuesday, arguing the software giant's aggressive advertising of Bing search has "gutted" its efforts to …
Austin Modine, 18 Dec 2009
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Scanner snares senior servant

A Federal public servant in Australia's Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism has learned the hard way that a policy against using departmental computers to access pornography goes home with the laptop. In a ruling handed down on Monday (January 31), the Federal Court of Australia has dismissed the 25-year public servant’s …
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Smartwatch face off: Pebble, MetaWatch and new hi-tech timepieces

If the rumours are to be believed, Apple and Microsoft are both developing "smartwatches" - wrist-worn gadgets that do rather more than simply display the time. The Apple rumours kicked off after smartwatch-pioneer Pebble’s Kickstarter campaign generated kilometres of column-inches, and with Cupertino on the case, it wasn’t long …
Tony Smith, 22 May 2013

Intel confirms end of Psion 'netbook' legal fight

Intel and Psion Teklogix have settled their legal battle over the ownership of the word 'netbook', the chip giant has confirmed. An Intel spokesman told Register Hardware this morning that the two companies have worked out their differences. That said, details of the out-of-court agreement reached by the pair have not been made …
Tony Smith, 01 Jun 2009
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WebOS developer? 'Grab a slab, while stocks last'

This was the week when HP continued to act erratically and desperately in the marketplace by offering WebOS developers a cheap deal on the final stocks in the channel of its WebOS Touchpad, which you can get "while stocks last". Although why anyone would want a discontinued fondleslab running a soon-to-be-defunct platform is …
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PlayStation is 'poison', claims Venezuela’s President

The President of Venezuela has once again voiced his dislike of violent videogames, damning the Sony PlayStation as “poison”. During his latest Alo Presidente broadcast interview, Hugo Chavez said: “Those games they call PlayStation are poison. Some games teach you to kill.” Chavez has form here, previously attacking the likes …
James Sherwood, 18 Jan 2010
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NatWest sets lawyers on student site

A student finance website which offers summaries of bank accounts available for the feckless unwashed masses has been hit with a copyright infringement claim by NatWest. The bank's hungry lawyers claim this page which summarises NatWest's student offer is infringement of its copyright. The letter claims that 118student.co.uk is …
John Oates, 27 Jul 2010

Show me the money!

IT costs money, and the job of any CIO, IT director or manager will include some element of balancing the books. In their simplest form, budgets split across money for new acquisitions and one-off purchases, and money to be spent keeping things going, covering everything from contract renewals and staffing, to spare parts and …
Jon Collins, 29 Jan 2010
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Gumtree comes over all queer in blocking 'offensive language'

Online small adster Gumtree appears to be a bit squeamish about ads containing words such as "queer". In the week that New Labour set out to advance the cause of equality in the UK with a dubious Equality Bill removing a number of existing rights from gay and religious groups, Gumtree demonstrated its solidarity with the cause …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 06 Dec 2009

Apple sets lawyers on pod-people

Apple is stepping up legal threats against companies it accuses of infringing its trademarks. The computer giant has written to two US companies asking them to stop using the word 'pod'. Mach5 Products makes the Profit Pod, a device for wirelessly collecting data from arcade games or other vending machines. The device keeps …
John Oates, 15 Aug 2006
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Google drops nuke on 'objective' search engine utopia

Google's utopian vision of a uniquely democratic and completely objective web search engine is dead. It died about three years ago. While no one was looking, Google killed it. Google now freely admits that its search algorithms are driven by its own "opinion." Earlier this month, when the company rejigged its algorithms in …
Cade Metz, 16 Dec 2010

Psion countersues Intel in not-netbook spat

Psion Teklogix has filed a counterclaim against Intel in response to the chip giant's attempt to get its Netbook trademark nixed in the US. The complaint - filed, like Intel's, with the US District Court for Northern California - wants Intel brought to book for allegedly infringing said trademark. "Intel has acted willfully and …
Tony Smith, 02 Mar 2009
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Red Hat moves JBoss to Amazon's cloud

Red Hat is now brewing its JBoss Java application server on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), marking the company's second round of making code available as an online pay-as-you-go service. A beta version of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is now available on EC2. (Note: EC2 itself is in beta.) Customers can either …
Austin Modine, 17 Jun 2008
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Trio suspended for putting 'vagina' into Monologues

Three high school students in the US have been suspended from school for saying "vagina". This sounds silly, but gets even sillier when you learn that they said the word during a reading of "The Vagina Monologues". The John Jay High School in New York state says that the girls have not been punished for using the word, but …
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Mar 2007
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Apple sues more pods

Apple is taking action against more companies it believes are using the word "pod" unfairly. The company behind two services - Podcastready and Mypodder - has received cease and desist letters ordering it to stop using the phrases which, lawyers claim, consumers could confuse with Apple products. Infostructure Solutions and …
John Oates, 27 Sep 2006

BOFH: Blocking the chutney ferret

There's a bit of a flap on! I know because the Boss, the new Head of IT and the CEO have been speaking earnestly behind closed doors for some time... No sooner have I alerted the PFY to the situation than the phone rings. "Dreamytime Escorts!" I answer. "Sorr.. I... What?" "Systems and Networks." "Oh.. I.... Could you come …
Simon Travaglia, 03 Jun 2005
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Facebook value drops $11.25bn

Court papers have told the world what it already knows: Facebook is not worth $15bn. That was the value Microsoft slapped on the social networking poster child last October when it forked over $240m for a 1.6 per cent stake in the company. But according to papers from the recently settled court case between Facebook and Harvard …
Cade Metz, 08 Jul 2008
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El Reg decimates English language

It's official: the English language is going to hell in a handcart and if drastic measures are not taken to halt the destruction of our beloved mother tongue then all of the efforts of Nelsonian Jack tars and Spitfire-borne officer pilots to defend this Scepter'd Isle against the forces of barbarism will have been in vain. That …
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2008
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Sony Ericsson kicks off Barcelona love-in

It's the first morning of the mobile industry shindig in Barcelona, but Sony Ericsson couldn't resist jumping the gun by announcing a couple of new handsets last night - even if the interesting one isn't actually going to be available until Christmas. It's still too early to tell how the economy is affecting business here in …
Bill Ray, 16 Feb 2009

Mobile phones are in the toilet, but no one's complaining

It's fair to say that it's been an interesting week for mobile phones. To start with, two separate surveys demonstrated the impact mobile phones and smartphones were having on people's working and personal lives. Among the disturbing statistics, a quarter of people in the UK admitted to answering their mobile while on the …
Billy MacInnes, 19 Jul 2007
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Sun sets spark to Wildfire

M'learned friends who sent us a letter some time back moaning about us using the word Wildfire when we should have been referring to the Compaq server formerly known as Wildfire, might care to have a look at Sun's implementation of the said word. Wildfire is or was a Sun codename for a prototype memory multiprocessor which will …
Mike Magee, 17 Jul 2000
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Paris and Britney top US kids' Santa naughty list

US kids have delightfully voted exceptionally-talented heiress Paris Hilton, along with wobbly popstress Britney "Oops I forgot my knickers again" Spears, as heading Santa's Xmas "naughty list", thereby ensuring that neither of them will receive much-needed underwear or self-administered breath-test kits in their Christmas …
Lester Haines, 29 Nov 2007
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Happiness Index: Don't move to Vanuatu

Did you know people in Haiti, Burma and Armenia are all better off than in Britain? And the Congo is happier than the USA? That's what the London think-tank New Economic Foundation reckons in its second "Happy Planet" rankings. But even NEF admits that its "happiness" rating or HPI doesn't really measure human happiness, and …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Jul 2009
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Judge rejects Mac OS X 'Tiger' ban demand

US reseller Tiger Direct has failed in its attempt to seek an injunction against Apple banning the Mac maker from selling Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger'. Last week, the US District Court of Florida, Judge Joan Lenard presiding, ruled that "there is greater risk of damage to Apple from granting the injunction than any potential harm to …
Tony Smith, 16 May 2005
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US auto-emissions cleansed in urine-tech shower

German motor titan Mercedes Benz says it will be the first to introduce European-style "AdBlue" clean diesel technology to US consumers. AdBlue involves fitting cars with a tank of special urine-like liquid, which is used to clean the exhaust emissions. In a statement last week, the company said: The diesel engine has proved an …
Lewis Page, 21 Mar 2008
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Why Google is right to rebuke brand abuse

Google has been accused of lacking a sense of humour after setting its brand police on publishers who used its name as a verb. But the company has to protect its name. When the Washington Post reported that "Google" had entered the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, it observed that the word has become a descriptor for its …
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ICT dawdlers teach schools a lesson

The UK government has eased the pressure on children to learn IT skills and considered using them as an example for other subjects, including Maths and English. A pilot, running since 2002 to trial the online testing of children in ICT, looked like it was knocked back yesterday when schools minister Jim Knight said it would no …
Mark Ballard, 11 Jan 2007
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Mobiles give you brain cancer?

Call me sensitive if you must, but when someone starts talking about wireless and keeps using the word "radiation" I tend to suspect an agenda. So this week when Occupational Environmental Medicine used headlines such as "Using mobile phones for more than 10 years doubles risk of brain cancer", my first respose was to search …
Guy Kewney, 15 Oct 2007
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Amazon sues Amazon

Internet bookstore Amazon.com has been hit with a writ by a Minnesota bookshop also called Amazon. The real-world store's suite, filed with the Minneapolis US District Court, claims its virtual-world rival is infringing on its trademark and confusing its customers. "The rapid growth and vast size of Amazon.com, along with its …
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 1999
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You want God’s email address – we got it

A chaplain at one of the UK's most hallowed academic institutions has been accused of blasphemy after using the word "God" in his email address. The Rev Bruce Kinsey, (god@dow.cam.ac.uk) who looks after his flock at Cambridge University, shrugs his shoulders at those who condemn him for heresy and thinks they've blown it out of …
Tim Richardson, 14 May 1999
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Micron gets aggressive with costs, workforce

The pips are getting squeaked at Micron which today proclaimed its intention to fire 10 per cent of its workforce - 1,800 jobs worldwide. The hard-pressed US DRAM maker says this is one of a "series of cost-reduction initiatives to further capitalize on the Company's aggressive migration to .11 micron manufacturing process …
Drew Cullen, 19 Feb 2003
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Your insides belong to us, Intel tells FotoInside

Intel Europe has fired off a legal nastygram to a UK online photo processing service for using the word Inside in its business name. It wants FotoInside to change its name, as "The 'INSIDE' format ... was coined by our client in 1991 when it began using the INTEL INSIDE mark", says Intel Europe’s law firm, Howrey Simon Arnold …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jun 2005
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Night of long knives at Ecademy

Seventeen members of Ecademy - a business networking website - have had their accounts suspended following a row on the company's messageboard. One member was banned for using the word "shit" while others were banned for posting messages in a thread which questioned the original decision. One member was even banned for making …
John Oates, 23 Nov 2006