12th > July > 2006 Archive

Costs swell at America's most infamous weapons lab

The costs at Los Alamos National Laboratory continue to rise with a new management regime failing to provide any concrete answers as to how it will cover the additional charges.
Ashlee Vance, 12 Jul 2006

Gates 'glad' to delay Vista some more

The next release of Windows could hit further delays, according to Bill Gates who conceded there's a 20 per cent chance Windows Vista won't arrive next January.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jul 2006

German anti-trust officials received complaint against Intel

Intel may end up under investigation by German anti-cartel officials after all. The Federal Cartel Office (FCO) last week received a formal complaint regarding the chip giant's alleged business practices. However, no probe has yet begun, it seems.
Tony Smith, 12 Jul 2006

Microsoft 'streamlines' ERP and CRM pricing

Microsoft is introducing per-user pricing for its business applications in an attempt to streamline licensing and reduce the cost of its CRM and ERP software.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jul 2006

Outsourced data must be protected, says privacy chief

Companies are still liable for data protection breaches that happen on third party premises thousands of miles away, the Information Commissioner has warned.
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Jul 2006

Havok ships physics-on-GPU coding tool

Havok, one of the two companies currently driving in-game physics acceleration, has launched the latest version of its game development middleware. Havok 4.0 rolls in the company's code that links physics-based visual effects to a host computer's graphics engine.
Tony Smith, 12 Jul 2006

US restricts online gambling

The US House of Representatives has voted to stop US citizens gambling on the internet.
John Oates, 12 Jul 2006

Symbian updates smart-phone OS

Symbian has made the latest release of its mobile phone operating system available to licensees, the company said today.
Tony Smith, 12 Jul 2006

FSP to ship CrossFire, SLI-friendly PSU next week

FSP will ship its Booster X3 multi-GPU power supply next week, the company promised today. The unit can provide 300W of power, peaking at 360W - sufficient, the company claimed, for today's CrossFire and SLI rigs and tomorrow's.
Hard Reg, 12 Jul 2006

SMS message saves stricken yacht

A 76-year-old Polish yachtsman has been rescued after getting into difficulties off the Scottish coast, thanks to a text message sent by a French couple who were out hiking.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Jul 2006

Sky News in soft porn pic outrage

Those parents among you who worry about how to protect your little ones from the seedier side of the internet will be shocked to learn that in future you may have to add Sky News to the growing number of proscribed sites punting hideous smut to innocent kiddies.
Lester Haines, 12 Jul 2006

Not delayed, not sleeping, dead - UK ID card scheme goes under

Although the fat lady (or possibly more appropriately, the portly former Home Secretary) has yet to sing on the subject, yesterday's statements from the Home Office make it a racing certainty that ID cards are dead in this parliamentary administration. The portly former Home Secretary meanwhile has been busy singing denunciations of John Reid's misdeeds in other areas, but will no doubt warble on the sad end of ID cards just as soon as he gets a minute in his busy schedule.
John Lettice, 12 Jul 2006

Google erases Malta

We have some bad news for those readers currently enjoying El Reg on the sunny island of Malta: you don't exist and we have the evidence to, er, prove it:
Lester Haines, 12 Jul 2006

T-Mobile UK brings push email to MDA smart phones

T-Mobile UK has posted updates for its HTC-made MDA smart phone line-up that activate push email on the devices. In fact, the updates have been available since mid-June, but only yesterday did the carrier announce its support for the Windows Mobile 5.0 extensions.
Tony Smith, 12 Jul 2006

Secure Computing buys CipherTrust

Secure Computing has announced a deal to acquire CipherTrust, the messaging security firm, for $273.6m in cash and stock. The deal is expected to close in early September, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2006

Capgemini outsources jobs to BT

ExclusiveOver 200 staff at Capgemini were told yesterday that their jobs are moving to BT.
Christopher Williams, 12 Jul 2006

HD DVD backers plan $150m marketing blitz

Microsoft, Intel, Toshiba, HP and others are to spend $150m promoting the HD DVD next-generation optical disc format to North American consumers in the run up to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and through into 2007.
Tony Smith, 12 Jul 2006

Commission beats Microsoft with €280m stick

The EU Commission has fined Microsoft €280.5m for anti-competitive business practices.
Christopher Williams, 12 Jul 2006

Jesus reveals cure for cancer to eBayer

Those research scientists who have been searching for years for a miracle cancer cure - in the process working their way through countless millions of dollars in their struggle against the Big C - will be kicking themselves today since they could have had the Holy Grail all along for nothing.
Lester Haines, 12 Jul 2006
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Oracle signs up Ingram Micro Europe

Ingram Micro has picked up wholesale rights for Oracle's full range of software, to flog into the SME market.
Team Register, 12 Jul 2006

Tiscali and BPI in filesharing standoff

Tiscali, the ISP accused by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) of harbouring at least 17 filesharers, has said it won't close any accounts without more evidence of wrongdoing from the music industry body.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Jul 2006
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'Steady progress' at Computacenter

Computacenter has recovered a little bounce in its step, reporting a "period of steady progress" for the first half of 2006.
Team Register, 12 Jul 2006
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C2000 beefs up server and storage sales teams

Computer 2000 is bolstering its sales efforts in servers and storage with two new recruits.
Team Register, 12 Jul 2006
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Five critical updates mark MS Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has released seven security updates, five of which it describes as critical, as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2006

Benchmarks, bunkum and baloney

CommentThere are three types of claims made by vendors with respect to benchmarks: pure performance figures, competitive performance comparison, and TPC figures. In my view, none of these has marketing value, though the second of these potentially has some utility for the supplier. Let me explain.
Philip Howard, 12 Jul 2006
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Gmail phishing email offers $500 prize

Low-rent conmen have crafted a phishing campaign that seeks to dupe gullible punters in emails posing as a random cash prize from Gmail, Google's popular web mail service.
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2006

EU cuts roaming charges

The EU has announced details of its plan to slash the cost of using a mobile phone abroad by up to 70 per cent.
Christopher Williams, 12 Jul 2006

EC hearing all about patents today

Representatives from all sides of the debate are meeting in Brussels today to discuss the future of patent legislation in Europe.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Jul 2006

Indian boffin touts protein-based '50TB DVD'

DVDs may eventually become organic, replacing dyes with light-sensitive proteins in order to boost their storage capacity to 50TB - the equivalent of 1,000 dual-layer Blu-ray Discs. It also gives them potentially the same high-speed read and write access as hard drives.
Tony Smith, 12 Jul 2006

Indian satellite launch ends in disaster

The planned launch of a new communications satellite has ended in a shower of debris for India, as the rocket carrying it went into a tailspin just moments after launch.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Jul 2006
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Galileo codes cracked

The secret codes used by Europe's Galileo navigation satellite have been broken by researchers at Cornell University.
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2006

MS turns to ATI for Xbox 360 HD DVD decoder

ATI's H.264 HD video decoder will be used by Microsoft to allow its Xbox 360 to play HD DVDs, the two companies announced today.
Tony Smith, 12 Jul 2006

Energy Review looks to generate security

The sound of champagne corks popping in the offices of nuclear power bosses rang around the world yesterday when, as expected, the UK government committed to a new generation of fission reactors.
Christopher Williams, 12 Jul 2006

EC vs. MS: IT depts find a champ in Europe

AnalysisThe European Commission has scored the most meaningful victory in 15 years of litigation against Microsoft on both sides of the Atlantic.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jul 2006

Ingres trades up with NYSE chief

Database spin out Ingres has landed the NYSE's technology head to lead worldwide sales and marketing, and head up its development and engineering.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jul 2006

Kazaa parent pulls lawsuit against P2P site

Sharman Networks - the operator of Kazaa.com - has backed out of an unusual lawsuit against a pro P2P technology site, although its CEO is still banging on with her case.
Ashlee Vance, 12 Jul 2006

Web 2.0 meets its Alamo?

After losing six million subscribers over four years, you'd think AOL would be wary about upsetting the ones who remain. Especially when its new business model banks on attracting the unsubscribed to its newly opened portals.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jul 2006

JEE5: the beginning of the end?

Far from taking Java to new heights, Sun Microsystems' latest platform specification is a nail in the coffin of enterprise Java.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jul 2006

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