Finger-chopping jihadis derail MPs scanner system, claims MoS
Plans to use fingerprint scanners to control access to the House of Commons have been abandoned "over fears that terrorists could cut off an MP's finger to get inside," claims the Mail on Sunday, citing a recent episode of Spooks and "Commons security experts."
New tune for Microsoft software design?
Advice from Microsoft on designing useful and uncomplicated software? Now, there's a novel idea.
MDX: Why it will matter to application developers
Since when did application developers need to know about an analytical querying language like MDX? Since February 27th, next year. That’s when Microsoft will launch SQL Server 2008. Of course, you’ll still have breathing space because, as we are painfully aware, launching and actually delivering products are, in Microsoft’s world, now completely different events…..
SanDisk launches Flash video player for TVs
SanDisk is taking the fight to the Apple TV and the iTunes Music Store, launching this past Friday a video playback device that's connected to a telly, and a onlince content source to feed it with US TV programming.
Hampshire copper in bus flash outrage
We're very much obliged today to Hampshire's finest for demonstrating that when knocking up ads for the backs of buses you really need to consider just exactly where the exhaust will sit:
Delhi's deputy mayor killed by monkeys
Delhi's deputy mayor SS Bajwa died yesterday as a result of "serious head injuries" after falling from his first-floor terrace while attempting to fight off a pack of wild monkeys, the BBC reports.
Intel previews integrated DirectX 10 graphics core
Intel has unveiled the next version of its GMA integrated graphics engine family, a part it claimed will deliver three times the 3DMark06 performance of its predecessors, today's GMA 3100.
Skype mobile phone on its way?
Skype and 3G network provider 3 are rumoured to be on the verge of releasing a mobile phone allowing users to make VoIP calls while you're out and about.
Safe drinking guidelines 'plucked out of the air'
The UK government's guidelines on how much it is safe to drink are based on numbers "plucked out of the air" by a committee that met in 1987.
L1NUX number plate roars onto eBay
The Linux users among you who've been putting aside all the lovely cash you've saved by not shelling out for the Satanic Software of Redmond™ might like to consider blowing it on the ultimate open source boy racer accessory: the one and only L1NUX number plate.
Identity and Passport Service announces ID supplier shortlist
Eight companies have got through the first stage of the Identity Card Scheme procurement process.
Asus to offer Eee PCs pre-loaded with Windows
Astounded that Asus' tiny Eee PC will ship with Linux, Microsoft has agreed to provide the Taiwanese vendor with a version of Windows Vista that can be pre-installed on the diminutive notebook, Asus has revealed.
LG launches 'world's smallest' plasma TV
LG will bring what it claims is the world's first 32in plasma HD TV to space-restricted living rooms in the UK next month after debuting the diminutive flat panel in Brazil this week.
Sheet music site forced offline
A Canadian website which offered versions of sheet music - mostly from long dead composers - has been forced to close after receiving a cease and desist letter from lawyers representing a German music publisher.
Toshiba to field HD DVD-equipped Xbox 360?
Toshiba may be gearing up release an own-brand Xbox 360 with a built-in HD DVD drive, a senior executive from the company has apparently claimed.
Northern ocean filling up with CO2
A decade-long study of the oceans has shown they are soaking up less and less carbon dioxide.
Science facing funding crisis, MPs warn
Educational science centres are facing a funding crisis, a group of MPs has warned in a new report.
Samsung shows 1cm-thick 40in LCD TV
Samsung has taken the wraps off a 1080p LCD TV that's a mere 1cm thick - and that includes the plastic surround.
ISP blows the whistle on router chip 'fault'
Exclusive:One of the UK's best-respected broadband providers has raised concerns about the reliability of the world's most popular ADSL chip.
Dealer debuts campest MacBook Pro in the universe
Money no object? Then how about a 24-carat gold-plated MacBook Pro for your next laptop computer? US Mac dealer Powermax has begun offering just that.
Microsoft cuts Xbox 360 prices in Japan
Microsoft has performed an about-face on an earlier statement that it had no plans to cut the Xbox’s price in Japan, and lowered the Core console’s cost to ¥27,800 (£120/€172/$244).
BT battens down Home Hub backdoor
BT has sealed a critical security hole in the Home Hub that offered hackers full control of the router, which is in about two million UK homes.
Orange UK's chief exec gets shuffled
Bernard Ghillebaert, chief executive of Orange UK, is to step down from his post after a management shake-up by parent firm France Telecom.
Beeb confirms Davison-Tennant Who hook-up
The BBC has confirmed that David Tennant's tenth Doctor Who will meet Peter Davison's fifth incarnation of the Time Lord for a Children in Need special on Friday, 16 November.
Sensory jacket deals body blow to gamers
Experiencing the sensations of being shot, stabbed or blown-up has never really appealed to us. However, one US company hopes it will to some, because it’s developed an interactive PC gaming jacket that delivers such sensory pleasures during gameplay.
Schoolkid chipping trial 'a success'
A school in Doncaster is piloting a monitoring system designed to keep tabs on pupils by tracking radio chips in their uniforms.
Siemens buddies up with SMEs
Siemens Communications is offering a bundle of communications applications for small and medium sized businesses.
Cops and Home Office plot uber-CCTV network
You know in the movies or on the telly, where the sinister (Bourne) or perhaps heroic (Spooks) government agents are thinking about a problem somewhere?
Microsoft will not appeal EU monopoly fine
Microsoft has finally blinked in its three-year stare-out contest with the European Commission. Today the firm said it would not launch another appeal against the landmark €497m anti-trust fine slapped on it in 2004.
Cops pull plugs on TV-links, claim 'facilitation of infringement'
Last week's arrest of a 26-year-old Cheltenham man, and the related closure of the TV-links website, has prompted a flurry of speculation that the very foundations of the internet (linking to stuff) might be under threat.
Audi drives into mobile phone production
Audi will unveil a concept car-control-unit-cum-mobile-phone at the Tokyo Motor Show on Wednesday, the company has told Register Hardware.
Chiltern Railways completes mobile phone ticketing circle
Passengers on Chiltern Railways will soon be able to buy their tickets through their mobile phone, as opposed to just storing them there as they already do.
SAS man makes phone-based publicity lunge
Ex-SAS man and action author Andy McNab's latest book is going to be promoted with a short-code that responds with a link to the first chapter of the book, free to your mobile phone - but unlike previous promotions of this type the chapter is also available in spoken form.
Guardian launches Web 2.0 fix for Africa's problems
The newspaper editor described (by his own newspaper, at least) as being "at the forefront of the digital revolution" has launched a three year programme that will connect "the ideas, goodwill, resources and expert knowledge of 15 million readers around the world" and focus them on lifting an African village "out of the Middle Ages." Over the next three years, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger wrote in Saturday's edition, the village of Katine in Northern Uganda will be mapped and recorded by teams of Graun hacks observing progress in this "catalyst for change."
EU, US plan 'clear to fly' checks for visa waiver revamp
The Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), which allows EU citizens visa-free entry to the United States, is to be 'modernised' into virtual oblivion, and replaced by far more invasive 'pre-authorisation' systems on both sides of the Atlantic. This is revealed in an exchange of letters between EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom (sic) & Security Franco Frattini and US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff earlier this year (see Statewatch for Frattini and Chertoff letters).
WiMAX? You mean 4G
The International Telecommunications Union has decided WiMAX should be included in its IMT-2000 protocol, a decision which could enable 4G licensees to deploy the technology into 2.5GHz when the frequency becomes available.
Nanotubes offer self-mending aircraft wings, golf clubs
Aerospace boffins in America have come up with yet another use for carbon nanotubes - to build a self-healing layer into composite structures such as aircraft wings.
Virgin Media pins hopes on the broadband donkey
Virgin Media went on a PR offensive this weekend. Now that the global credit crunch has put the kibosh on a lusted-after sellout to private equity, boss Neil Berkett was deployed to tell several newspapers about his plan to steady the listing cable firm.
Citrix kicks off XenSource era by going bandwagon mad
Citrix will try to impress customers with a healthy dose of the new and old at its iForum conference taking place this week in Las Vegas. Predictably, the new bits stem from Citrix's plans with the freshly acquired XenSource software, while most of the "old" bits concern additions to the venerable Presentation Server.
HP buys Arab channel biz
HP is buying the Atos Origin Middle East Group (AOME), to pump up its consulting business in the Arab world. Terms are undisclosed. AOME dubs itself the "leading Business Consulting and Systems Integration Partner in the region", covering 16 countries in five countries. The business is headquartered in Bahrain and has offices in Saudi, UAE, Qatar and Libya. As you might expect, AOME focuses particularly on the oil and gas and public sectors. It is also a big SAP house.
EU stretches Google-DoubleClick inquiry
The European Commission has decided to drag out its investigation of Google's proposed DoubleClick purchase.
Don't unit test GUIs
Part IIt can be dangerous to make sweeping "Don't" statements. In Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture, agile guru Martin Fowler coined his now-infamous first law of distributed object design: Don't distribute your objects. This is good advice to an extent but is also an overly simplistic viewpoint. The reader is left to track down the exceptions to the rule.
Dell PCs added to Staples diet
Dell is hammering yet another nail into the coffin of its original direct-only business model — or to be trite, Stapling it in.
AT&T embraces let's-sue-Vonage fad
Yet another big-name telco has sued Vonage for patent infringement.