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eBay paper Vulcan hits £1m
For those aviation enthusiasts who would like to own an Avro Vulcan but feel that they simply do not have a sufficiently large garage in which to hangar the beast, there is a more manageable alternative currently available on eBay for the modest sum of £1m+.
F-16 strafes New Jersey school
In a night time attack, a bomber has shelled a New Jersey school - only two days after the re-election of George W Bush as US president. But warbloggers, put down your wikis. It's not the French, and not, it seems, even a foreign airforce. The US Air Force has admitted that it made the attack, and confirmed that it was an F-16 bomber that attacked Little Egg Harbor Intermediate School in southern New Jersey late last night.
The case for women in the technology business
InterviewLast month, the British Computer Society announced the first winners of its Women in IT award, set up to recognise of organisations that have done the most to encourage women into technology and engineering roles. In the end, two companies shared the prize: IBM UK, and Pfizer. Rebecca George, chair of the Women in IT Forum, and director of UK government business at IBM, spoke to The Register to explain how businesses can go about attracting and retaining the best staff.
Apple kit rated five out of five by... er... Apple
It's no use telling Apple how good its kit is, it already knows - and has granted each and every one of them five out of five on the AppleStore's new ratings system.
Oslo cops shut down 'Kill Bush' website
Norwegian police have shut down the satirical anti-Bush website killhim.nu (Kill Him Now) by Norwegian rap trio Gatas Parlament, daily newspaper Aftenposten reports. The site urged Norwegians to put a bounty on the head of president Bush.
Nvidia beats Street with Q3 sales hike
After its miserable Q2, Nvidia was all smiles again yesterday after the company posted its best quarterly results in almost two years for the third quarter of fiscal 2005.
Intel's Barrett looks for chip sales growth in '05
Intel CEO Craig Barrett believes the current inventory correction being experienced by the chip industry does not herald a slowdown and has said he takes forecasts of flat sale growth through 2005 "with a grain of salt".
LG, Matsushita trade lawsuits in PDP patent clash
Japan's Matsushita and South Korean combine LG Electronics have both issued lawsuits against each other after both companies accused the other of patent infringement.
Hard times for London bulk email outfit
Times must be tough for the bulk email outfit operating via a forwarding address in a west London business services centre, since it has just knocked a tenner off their "Unbelievable Secrets" email address CD containing 4.6m addies and some bulk mailer software.
419ers recruit asylum-seeking mortician
Anyone who is currently reading El Reg in the rec room of an illegal immigrants' secure facility in the Home Counties in the hope that it might contain more useful pointers as to how to forge a UK ID card will certainly sympathise with the plight of poor old Liz Toon - Senegalese mortician on the edge:
cahoot fixes customer security cock-up
Customers of cahoot, the UK internet bank, were able to view other people's accounts after an upgrade to the service went awry.
MCI upbeat despite $3.4bn loss
Only six months out of bankruptcy, MCI has reported net losses of $3.4bn for Q3, due to falling revenues and a write down of the value of its network.
Did electronic voting pass the test?
At about the time that Senator John Kerry had accepted defeat and phoned President Bush to congratulate him, stories were circulating on the Internet claiming that the electronic voting machines in Florida and Ohio and some other states might have been rigged for a Bush victory.
BT's broadband share slides below key target
BT's slice of the UK's broadband market is sliding so fast it has missed a key market share target it set just eight months ago.
Treo 650 delayed till February
Disappointment seems certain for fans of PalmOne who were looking forward to seeing the new 'Cobalt' operating system in new Palm handhelds, as president Ed Colligan told analysts in London yesterday that he "would not commit" to upgrading his hardware even next year.
UK.biz in the dark over broadband jargon
UK small businesses are becoming increasingly baffled by telecoms terminology, a new survey has found.
Gizmondo creator touts smart phone scheme
It's only just started shipping its Gizmondo handheld games console but Tiger Telematics has already said it plans to challenge the likes of Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, HTC, PalmOne and Research in Motion with a smart phone product.
Intel readies 'East Fork' digital home PC platform
Intel is gearing up to create a Centrino-style brand and platform for 'digital home'-oriented PCs, it has emerged.
Readers embrace Welsh language tool
LettersLet's start with the really important stuff: it is Friday after all. The BBC's new Welsh translation tool has gone down a storm:
Email worm poses as Osama videogram
Emails claiming to contain video clips of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden are likely to be example of a new computer worm.
Australia blamed for bin Laden panto appearance
FoTWSomething of a rarity: a double flame. Well, one is a flame, the other is just another example of how to mis-understand an article. Still. Onwards:
Dell sued for alleged global sales patent abuse
Dell has become the first company to be targeted by the owner of a broad-brush patent that covers international ecommerce.
World's cleverest woman needs a job
A qualified industrial engineer with an IQ of 200, five masters degrees wants a job in the UK after spending two years on the dole in Bulgaria.
Canada offers refuge to distraught Democrats
Those US citizens who are as we speak packing their bags in a state of near panic following the re-election of George W Bush in the certain knowledge that waves of gun-toting, bible-waving, gay-bashing rednecks will shortly be coming to pop a cap in their pinko, Kerry-loving liberal asses should know that help is at hand - in the form of Canada.
37 arrested in net gun swoop
Thirty-seven people have been arrested after the Metropolitan Police seized more than 100 firearms in a crackdown on weapons traded online. Some 700 addresses have been raided over the last four days as officers mounted the UK-wide operation.
Counting the cost of security training
It has been said before that the cost of IT training for those of us in the computer security industry is really quite high. After all, there is not only the cost of the course itself, but also the associated costs of hotels, food, and rental vehicles if the course is out of town. This quickly adds up to a rather tidy sum for managers trying to maximize their often decreasing budgets. But have those same managers considered what is the cost of not providing training to their staff?
Graphics patent holder sues Sony, MS, Nintendo
The massive programme of legal action against alleged infringers of a series of patents covering graphics and other computing techniques has been extended to console hardware vendors Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.
Microsoft extends MSN music sales into Europe
Microsoft has expanded its MSN music store to eight European countries in a bid to beat Apple's iTunes Music Store.
Windows for Warships safe for Royal Navy, says MoD
Windows 2000 represents the "lowest risk choice of operating system" for Royal Navy destroyer Combat Management, and "any residual risks associated with reliability [are] well understood by the contractor", Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram told the Commons yesterday.
ISPA bigwig resigns over support for UKIF
A senior member of the UK's leading internet trade body resigned today after losing the confidence of fellow board members.
BSA raises grass ceiling to £20K
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has doubled the bounty it will pay to people who shop their employers for using illegally pirated software, taking the upper limit to £20,000 until the end of the year.
Nerd party needed to replace 'left-wing' Democrats, says area man
Election 2004A newspaper columnist has called for the old-fashioned, "left wing" Democratic Party to be replaced by a new, emergent party of computer nerds.
How organized religion, not net religion, won it for Bush
Election 2004Technophobes and luddites won the election for George W Bush in 2004, not technology-toting bloggers, by turning out the vote. The giant, self-congratulatory humpfest that is the blogger nation really didn't do much at all for the Democrats, despite Joe Trippi telling anyone who'll listen that the internet transformed politics. For voter turn-out was markedly higher in the states with the lowest broadband penetration.
MS debuts 'forthcoming attractions' pre-alert alert
Microsoft is to give users three working days notice about upcoming security patches. Starting this month the software giant will provide a general summary of upcoming updates just before it releases patches, an event that normally takes place on the second Tuesday of every month.
Novell fires counterblast at Ballmer Linux summary
Novell has responded to Microsoft's attempts to portray Windows as a safer proposition than Linux in the enterprise with a counteroffensive of its own. In response to Microsoft's 'Get the Facts' campaign, Novell has launched a site designed to "unbending the truth" about Linux.