30th > November > 2007 Archive
Dell hammered over record Q3
Some candy ass $63bn companies out there might find nine per cent revenue growth satisfactory. But not Dell.
Trade Commission probes HP-Acer patent spat again
A US commission, heeding Acer's petition, will investigate cries of foul play
Electrical supe charged with damaging California canal system
A former employee for a federally-owned canal system in California was charged with installing software that damaged a computer used to divert water out of a local river.
You've got OpenSolaris in my System z
Bitter adversaries IBM and Sun Microsystems have been adding a little sugar to their parley. Their corporate fisticuffs have even recently given way to hand-holding.
Dell moves 40,000 Ubuntu PCs
Dell agreed to ship PCs and laptops with the Ubuntu operating system after more than 130,000 people promoted the notion on the company's IdeaStorm web site. It would seem, however, that only a fraction of these zealots were willing to back their votes with cash.
Going green is good, but is it secure?
Quocirca's changing channelsThe environmental impact of IT is an issue under much scrutiny recently, but not much thought seems to have been given to the security consequences of "going green".
HP sets sights on more - and bigger - buys
HP might have bought a bunch of software firms in the last year, but it's got no intention of stopping.
DHS building handheld lobster spy-beam scanners
The world-famous US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working on astounding handheld lobster technology which could let operatives "see through walls, wood, concrete, earth, and steel". Just like lobsters can. (Hold on ...)
Samsung secures 2007 most inappropriate ad title
A round of applause this morning for Samsung and CNN for jointly securing the web's most inappropriate ad title of 2007:
Mobile phone cleared in S Korean quarry death
The 33-year-old South Korean quarry worker believed to have succumbed to a fatal mobile phone battery blast was actually crushed to death in an "accidental vehicular homicide", Reuters reports.
Ofcom sets new deadline for mobile number porting
Mobile phone networks must allow consumers moving to a rival network to take their mobile number with them and consumers must be able to receive calls on that number within two hours of moving to the new network, under new rules coming into force in 2009.
Watchdog criticises UK gov websites
The Directgov supersite has been labelled "Not Me Gov" at a hearing of the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
NZ police cuff teenage botnet mastermind suspect
UpdatedNew Zealand police have arrested an 18-year-old suspected of masterminding the compromise of a huge network of one million compromised PCs.
New Ebola strain kills 16 Ugandans
Scientists have confirmed that a new strain of Ebola is responsible for killing 16 Ugandans close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Reuters reports.
EU tunes in to DVB-H
Mobile TV has moved one step nearer to widespread roll-out as the European Commission officially selects DVB-H as the standard for Europe.
PS3 demand booms in Japan
Sony sold more PlayStation 3s in the last four weeks in its home territory of Japan than rival Nintendo sold Wiis, local games publisher Enterbrain said today. But another market watcher revealed Wii won out in the week to 25 November.
'Beer Hunter' lifts 40,000 pints of Guinness
Guinness's St James's Gate brewery in Dublin has been hit by an audacious raid in which an evidently thirsty man dubbed "the Beer Hunter" made off with 40,000 pints of the famous stout.
Nvidia GeForce 9s due Feb '08?
It's no surprise to learn that Nvidia's working on its GeForce 9 family of graphics chips, but until today we didn't know when the first of them will appear.
Mother of God seen on USB Flash drive
If you lose a file from this USB drive then you’d better pick your expletives carefully or you’ll have the Good Lord, vengeful wrath and all, snapping at your heels.
Sidcup massive threatens Reg hack
FoTWVeteran Reg readers may recall a couple of websites called sheppeyscum.com and Chatham Girls - both now defunct but in their day providing essential guides to the UK's fight capital and bow-legged Medway chavettes, respectively.
Fasthosts customers blindsided by emergency password reset
Fasthosts has announced that "a number" of its customers'* FTP spaces were raided as a result of the major hack that triggered a police investigation last month. It has applied a system-wide reset of thousands of passwords as a result.
Boffins in live-monkey-brain robot weblink arms race
Battling scientists around the world are racing to be first to develop practical robots remotely controlled by harvested monkey brains over the internet.
HP delivers PC Q3 smackdown
Hewlett-Packard remained leader of the pack in global PC sales for the third quarter while Dell continued to lag behind.
Ford offers natter-interface car software in Europe
Ford will offer voice-operated controls on its European models, using software provided by Nuance, it was announced yesterday.
LG KU990 Viewty cameraphone
ReviewTouchscreen mobiles are destined to be a hot ticket for the foreseeable future, but with the touch-controlled KU990 Viewty from LG there’s far more than screen-fingering novelty to tap your attention.
EU TV laws are coming
The European Parliament yesterday passed the Audiovisual Directive, which aims to modernise and consolidate laws governing video content however it is transmitted.
British teens score a C in international science poll
British kids have plummeted down an international league of science tests, research from the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) shows.
New Zealander's Nokia explodes
Nokia is investigating why a New Zealand man's phone blew up while it was being recharged.
Hackers re-poison Google search results
Hackers have responded to a purge of malicious links within search results by Google with a fresh effort to subvert the search giant's page rank system.
IBM sues seller over alleged fake ThinkPad batteries
IBM has accused a New York-based spare computer parts company of trademark infringement in a bid to stop the firm selling what it alleges are dangerous fakes. It's demanding $1m for each claimed counterfeit use of its logos.
Nintendo DS to get movie, TV download service
Japanese gamers will soon be able to watch movies on a Nintendo DS, thanks to the creation of a movie download service for the handheld console.
Virgin downs 1and1 and Germany
Virgin subscribers spent yesterday without access to German websites.
Seagoing satellite launch stymied by La Nina
Seagoing space-rocket company Sea Launch has given up on attempts to boost a communications satellite into orbit from the mid-Pacific, blaming unusual ocean currents possibly related to the "La Nina" phenomenon.
Net to be whupped by TV in attention battle
Growth in TV watching will outpace internet for years to come, according to figures released yesterday. It means the pot of gold lusted after by internet video disciples will remain out of reach, if it exists at all.
Ofcom starts planning for the London Olympics
UK regulator Ofcom has published a discussion document outlining how it intends to manage spectrum allocations during the London Olympics and Para Olympics in 2012, and on most cases it's business as usual.
Random number bug blights FreeBSD
The FreeBSD project pushed out a brace of updates on Thursday to guard against a pair of potentially serious security vulnerabilities.
Nokia jumps on mobile ad-wagon
CommentIn its bid to bring the full internet experience to the mobile device, Nokia will need to formulate a clear strategy for mobile advertising, an important internet revenue driver, but also an area fraught with risks.
3 drags rivals into court over number porting
3 UK plans see its four UK rivals in court next week in the opener to what might turn into a £250m case, accusing them of making it difficult to customers to switch to the upstart network.
hello goodbye to Zander
Motorola boss Ed Zander has been ousted as CEO by the firm's board of directors.
Google will chase chunk of US spectrum
Google has confirmed it's going to bid for a chunk of the US radio spectrum when the auction starts in January, making the announcement slightly ahead of Monday's deadline for all bidders to register their interest with the FCC (Federal Communication Commission).
Zoho users logging into other accounts by accident
Zoho users beware. There appears to be a nasty bug whereby a user logs in with their own credentials, but finds themselves logged into another user's account.
Fayrewood in bid talks
IT distie Fayrewood PLC revealed today that it has been in secret talks with a third party company which could lead to an offer to buy all or part of the firm.
Ugly view mars Windows Vista birthday
Like the queen, Windows Vista gets to celebrate two birthdays in close succession. November 30 marks the first, with the "business" launch a year ago at venues across the planet. Next January will mark the second birthday date.