28th > July > 2008 Archive


Sun may or may not be about to obliterate Oracle and Microsoft

Fail and YouI don’t know about you, but every time I have to program with threads and shared resources, I want to remove my face incrementally with a salad fork. Locks, mutexes, the synchronized keyword; all of these things can strike fear into the heart of a green developer. Most seasoned developers just fall into a rut of depression when it’s time for multi-threading. Developers like me simply talk our way out of it. It’s easier than thinking.
Ted Dziuba, 28 Jul 2008
Michael Dell

Focus plus excitement: Michael Dell talks turnarounds

InterviewDespite harsh economic times, Michael Dell hasn’t been complaining. "We've been growing faster than the industry for the last three quarters," the Dell CEO told a group of Latin-American and European reporters.
Jan Libbenga, 28 Jul 2008

Chinese takeaway biodiesel man in garage explosion horror

A Northamptonshire man destroyed his garage and badly injured himself at the weekend while attempting to make biodiesel from used cooking oil. A devastating explosion levelled the makeshift reprocessing plant on Saturday afternoon, when sparks from an electric drill being used to mix ingredients ignited explosive vapours.
Lewis Page, 28 Jul 2008

DIY: Replace your iPhone 3G's scratched screen

If you’ve bought an iPhone 3G and already scratched the display, then you’re probably feeling pretty depressed? Thankfully, retailer Brando is selling replacement touchscreens to transform the phone to its former glory.
James Sherwood, 28 Jul 2008

Motorola splits business into three parts

Motorola is dividing up its home and networks division as a possible precursor to selling off parts of the business.
John Oates, 28 Jul 2008

Super-skinny storage

What keeps expanding whilst still getting smaller? The answer is storage and Freecom claims to be the latest manufacturer able to boast the title of world’s smallest 2.5in USB 2.0 external hard drive.
James Sherwood, 28 Jul 2008

IBM throws arms around ILOG

IBM is buying French software maker ILOG for €215m ($340m).
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jul 2008

Oops - SF prosecutors put city passwords on public record

San Francisco prosecutors have put the city's network at further risk by placing access passwords and usernames on the public record as part of their case against Terry Childs, the sysadmin alleged to have hijacked the city's wide area network.
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2008

Aussie school goes high-tech

Kids restocking their pencil cases with new pens at the beginning of a school term could soon be a dying sight. At least in one school Down Under, where voice recognition technology is now on the curriculum.
James Sherwood, 28 Jul 2008

Brits terrified of online fraud, but want magic cars, says BT

Britons' fear of online crime has rocketed in the last ten years, according to BT.
Christopher Williams, 28 Jul 2008

Toshiba's handy camcorder

Toshiba has expanded its Camileo camcorder range with a pocket-sized model, perfect for anyone concerned about portability and price.
James Sherwood, 28 Jul 2008

Home Office to order fingerprinting of air passengers

UpdatedFingerprinting of air passengers in the UK is back on the agenda, despite its having been derailed by the Information Commissioner earlier this year. the Home Office now plans to change aviation security rules to compel airport operators to collect fingerprints from next year onwards.
John Lettice, 28 Jul 2008

Screwgle™ - Google's new ad revenue model

Google's strict code of secrecy calls for extra silence when the subject is AdWords, the epic money-making machine fueling the company's drive towards world domination. But sometimes, the truth slips out.
Cade Metz, 28 Jul 2008

US man cuffed for executing lawnmower

A Milwaukee man faces up to six years and three months in chokey and a maximum fine of $11k for blasting his lawnmower with a shotgun after the machine ill-advisedly refused to start, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Lester Haines, 28 Jul 2008

Sophos bids €217m for data loss firm

UK-based net security firm Sophos has launched a €217m ($342m) bid to buy data loss prevention firm Utimaco. Sophos intends to offer €14.75 per Utimaco share, a premium of 92 per cent on its closing price of €7.68 on Friday.
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2008

Celebrity publicist develops mathematical 'fame formula'

A celebrated celebrity PR consultant has written a book in which he offers "mathematical" proof that fame - or anyway, spikes in fame - last fifteen months, rather than any traditional period of minutes. However, the bogo-scientific gloss applied to publicist Mark Borkowski's theories is so fragile as to shatter at a glance.
Lewis Page, 28 Jul 2008

FCC censures Comcast for doing its job

In a landmark decision, the FCC is set to censure Comcast for engaging in traffic management, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. While largely symbolic - Comcast will not be fined, the Journal reports - it marks an important victory for campaigners seeking greater regulation of the internet. The case was brought by P2P video network Vuze and activist group Free Press.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jul 2008

Nokia 6220 Classic candybar phone

ReviewIt may look like an ordinary phone, but under the skin the 6220 Classic is anything but that. Nokia has crammed in much of the high-end features usually reserved for its Nseries smartphones.
Phil Lattimore, 28 Jul 2008

Microsoft slams 'sensationalist' Vista analysis

Microsoft has dismissed analyst house Forrester Research's report on slow corporate adoption of Windows Vista as sensationalist and schizophrenic.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jul 2008
Cartoon man with hat and tie. Facial features replaced by question mark.

Steve Fossett may be alive, investigator claims

Adventurer Steve Fossett, who has not been seen since last September after flying off into the skies above Nevada, may have faked his own death, investigators have claimed.
Lester Haines, 28 Jul 2008

Sony unveils EPUB eBook support

Sony thinks eBooks are the way forward and, in an effort to get novel nerds ditching their paperbacks, the firm’s introduced EPUB file support to its later Reader.
James Sherwood, 28 Jul 2008

SAP defends forced price hike against user anger

SAP today rejected claims by British customers that its new support pricing scheme will unfairly slap small and medium-sized businesses with extra costs for services they won't use.
Christopher Williams, 28 Jul 2008

Orangutans concoct plant-based soothing balm

Indonesian wild orangutans have demonstrated a certain degree of medicinal savvy by deploying naturally-occuring anti-inflammatory drugs to "treat aches and pains", as the New Scientist puts it.
Lester Haines, 28 Jul 2008

CGI furnishes filmstar with fur

Film fans are reeling from the latest Sienna Miller outrage, as studio sources reveal that technical wizardry is bestowing upon the actress a CGI-merkin.
Sarah Bee, 28 Jul 2008
Gateway logo

Gateway stops selling direct

Gateway, the US PC maker, has stopped selling PCs online. From here on in, it will sell only through retailers and computer resellers. The move brings the company into line with parent company, Acer, which sells only through the channel.
Team Register, 28 Jul 2008

NASA's robotic moon-dirt grubbing contest is go

August is almost here, and 'tis the season to be building moon-dirt digger droids. That's because the annual NASA lunar autoscoop contest is to be held in California this weekend, with 25 design teams competing for $750,000 in prizes.
Lewis Page, 28 Jul 2008

Korean loan sharks feed on hacked data

Korean police are hunting a loan broker thought to have fled to China after allegedly fencing nine million credit records.
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2008

Emirates takes delivery of its first A380 super jumbo

Emirates has at last taken delivery of the first of 58 Airbus A380s it has on order. It was handed over today at an "historic" ceremony in Hamburg, graced by the airline's chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum and Airbus CEO Tom Enders.
Lester Haines, 28 Jul 2008

Dud Nvidia GPUs tip up in Dell laptops

Dell says ten laptop models have been sucker-punched by the GPU problems affecting Nvidia chipsets.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jul 2008

The PSP: what's its future?

Rumours have emerged that suggest Sony could be working on a new PSP that combines gaming with the qualities of an iPod and iPhone. Could these be true? Let’s examine the evidence…
James Sherwood, 28 Jul 2008

Microsoft readies XP for One Laptop Per Child computer

Microsoft has quietly released to manufacturing a tweaked version of Windows XP to run on the One Laptop Per Child XO computer.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jul 2008
homeless man with sign

Business Objects/SAP bungle leaves users in lurch

Business Objects users have been left confused and angry after a bungled attempt to merge their product support with a system serving SAP customers.
Phil Manchester, 28 Jul 2008

Apple is sorry (again) over MobileMe

Apple's new MobileMe service suite has lost some emails. And the company is very sorry.
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2008

Rackable clears ICE Cube shipping containers for IBM blades

Austin Modine, 28 Jul 2008

AT&T kicks Intel's pet WiMAX project

True to form, AT&T is attempting to scuttle the Great American WiMAX Merger.
Cade Metz, 28 Jul 2008
Warning: biohazard

Exploit code targets Mac OS X, iTunes, Java, Winzip...

A researcher from Argentina has released an exploit package that can install malware on end user machines that run iTunes, Mac OS X, Winzip and a host of other popular software.
Dan Goodin, 28 Jul 2008

VMware slashes ESXi price to zero

With rivals clambering at the gate, VMware has opted to offer its bare-bones ESXi hypervisor for free.
Austin Modine, 28 Jul 2008

Site guesses your sex via age-old web flaw

One of the problems that's plagued netizens since the inception of the world wide web that their browsers have a habit of leaking every site they've visited in the recent past. A quick stop at Blowupdolls.com, Mysecretbusinessproject.net or any other site is available to any webmaster with rudimentary coding skills.
Dan Goodin, 28 Jul 2008

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