5th > September > 2008 Archive
Report: IRS networks riddled with vulns, rogue servers
The US Internal Revenue Service is putting tax payers at risk by operating thousands of web servers that contain security vulnerabilities or have not received proper authorization, a new report has concluded.
88% of IT admins would steal data if fired
An IT administrator scorned is not to be trusted, according to a study recently conducted by Cyber-Ark.
Next-gen netbook Intel Atom due Q3 2009
Intel's next-gen Atom processor for Small, Cheap Computers - the successor to today's 'Diamondville' - will debut a year from now, according to the chip giant's latest roadmap.
How to stop worrying and enjoy paying for incoming calls
Termination fees - the money paid to a receiving network for connecting a call - are for the chop. The question is what, if anything, will replace them; moreover, will ordinary punters ever even notice they're paying to receive calls?
4G iPod Nano spied on web
Apple's fourth-gen iPod Nano has surfaced on the web, well ahead of next week's anticipated announcement of the product.
Samsung set to buy SanDisk?
The flash memory market is abuzz as Korean news sources, along with Reuters and Bloomberg, are reporting that Samsung Electronics is thinking about buying SanDisk.
7-year-old faces M&S Inquisition
Calls by the Information Commissioner for organisations to stop hiding behind the Data Protection Act (DPA) fell on deaf ears this week as Marks and Spencers insisted on a seven-year-old giving official permission before an operator could talk to his mum.
Bosch strategy boutique fails greenwash test
The marketing robots at the UK tentacle of remorseless Teutonic engineering firm Bosch haven't quite mastered the art of eco-friendly promotion guff.
Acer to sell 2m mini laptops in Q3
Acer reckons it will sell 2m Small, Cheap Computers during the current quarter, which comes to a conclusion at the end of the month.
HDS revving AMS
The wires are humming that Hitachi Data Systems is going to update its AMS mid-range storage array line with three new Monterey models. We should expect an announcement quite soon.
Carbonite muscles alongside Mozy in Lenovo
According to a report, Lenovo, which picked EMC's Mozy cloud backup for its SL business notebook line, has rejected EMC and picked competing Carbonite cloud backup for its consumer IdeaPad notebooks
NetApp brings StoreVault home to mom
NetApp has brought its separate low-end StoreVault product range in-house, as a standard NetApp S family product available to its worldwide resellers.
Dell plots worldwide factory sell-off
Dell is trying to offload ownership of its factories worldwide as part of an overhaul of its production strategy, reports say.
Those old timer sign results in full
It's hats off to you, our beloved readers, for your massive response to our challenge to create an "Elderly people" sign to replace the current couple of cripples hobbling down to the bingo - an image which doesn't much impress campaigning old timers organisation Age Concern.
Government told: Release secret Iraq documents
The Information Commissioner Richard Thomas has told the government that it should release draft versions of a dossier about Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction and comments made on it by spy chiefs.
How Chrome puts the skids under Nokia
AnalysisGoogle's first web browser is here, and I've been trying it out.
Group Test: Wireless music streamers
Round upThe Roku Soundbridge M1001, Logitech's Squeezebox Duet, Philips' Streamium NP1100 and the Sonos Digital Music System all offer ways to get the music on your hard drive to pump out of your stereo.
Enough is enough! Plasmon board recommends sale
Enough's enough! Get me outta here. The Hanover Investors-backed Plasmon board has had it up to here and is pulling the plug.
Facebook - The Movie! Exclusive storyboard peek
The recent shock news that Sony had commissioned West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin to knock together a screenplay about how Facebook redefined just about every paradigm open to redefinition was greeted with a mixture of horror, disbelief and out-and-out jaw-dropping incredulity among Reg readers.
North Korean Mata Hari in alleged cyber-spy plot
UpdatedSouth Korea has accused its neighbour North Korea of cyber-espionage during the trial of a suspected Mata Hari-style spy. However some political commentators are suggesting that the case against alleged spy Won Jeong Hwa is unsupported by evidence and riddled with inconsistencies.
My name really is Ivan O'Toole, admits Ivan O'Toole
The regular readers among you will know we're a bit fond of stories relating to parents who slap their sprogs with ill-advised or downright perverse names, as evidenced by the cases of 4Real, Metallica, @, John Blake Cusack Version 2.0, Renault Megane and, spectacularly, Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.
Columbia set to resurrect Ghostbusters
Columbia Pictures has asked The Office co-executive producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky to work up a script for a third outing of Ghostbusters, Variety reports.
Employee has no privacy on company computers, US court rules
Employees do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy for material stored on computers owned by their employers, a US court has ruled.
Hadron boffins: Our meddling will not destroy universe
Boffins preparing to fire up the most powerful particle-smasher ever built have released another reassuring report which says that their machine will definitely not destroy the universe - nor even the planet Earth.
Samsung parades Omnia 3G smartphone
Last night, at a lavish event in London, Samsung proudly paraded its brand new 3G Windows Mobile 6.1-based touchscreen handset, the SGH-i900 -aka Omnia.
Pure Digital Evoke Flow internet radio
ReviewAfter two years in development, Pure Digital has created what it hopes will become internet radio’s first genuinely iconic product.
Chubby crims more likely to leave dabs
Obese criminals are more likely to leave their fingerprints at crime scenes because of the amount of salty food they eat.
I was a government guinea pig, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt
What will the US government owe the hundreds of thousands of Americans it will swab, prick, track and trace over the next 21 years, in the largest children's health study ever? So far, the answer from the National Children's Study is "not much".
Boffins use heartbeat to thwart wireless implant hack
Interfering with wireless medical implants sounds like a movie threat plot rather than a real risk - but if there is a threat, Chinese boffins have come up with an ingenious solution for combating it.
DNA database costs soar
Home Office figures show that the cost of running the national DNA database has more than doubled since 2002-03.
EA free petrol stunt triggers north London gridlock
Another great moment in the annals of computer game PR stunts today - Electronic Arts caused gridlock this morning by offering £40 of free petrol to punters in Finsbury Park, north London.
Police quiz BT on secret Phorm trials
City of London police questioned BT earlier this week as part of a probe into the covert wiretapping and profiling of the internet use of tens of thousands of BT customers during tests of Phorm's adware system.
Sophos DNS snafu creates update problems
Domain name system problems left some users of Sophos unable to get security updates on Friday. The same issue, blamed on a mistake by one of the security firm's service providers rather than hostile action, left many surfers unable to access its main sophos.com website.
Debian components breach terms of GPLv2
A top Debian contributor has been left "pretty disappointed" by elements of the Debian community for failing to comply with the conditions of the GNU GPLv2 license.
Sun and NetApp gain market share
Sun showed everyone a clean pair of heels as it grew its external disk storage market share faster than any other vendor in the second quarter of the year according to Gartner. IDC's quarterly disk disk market tracker also shows Sun way out in front.
MS preps four critical updates for September
Microsoft plans to release four security bulletins next Tuesday as part of the September edition of its monthly Patch Tuesday update cycle.
DARPA funds radical disco-copter concept
Pentagon boffinry chiefs, not content with the existing panoply of wacky new whirly-copter concepts, are to fund still another radical rotary wing project - the "DiscRotor".
America's CTO: We have a winner
Poll ResultsIn one of the tightest contests ever seen in a Reg poll, columnist and software developer Ted Dziuba has emerged as the people's choice to be Barack Obama's "Chief Technology Officer". Dziuba beat off a stiff challenge from Hans Reiser, the fallen Linux guru who was sentenced to 15 years for murder in an Oakland, Ca. court last week.
Blazing Vaios: Sony's hot-tops hit the UK, too
Sony secretly wrote to its UK channel partners earlier this week warning them that the company planned to recall some Vaio TZ-series laptops, The Register has learned.
Price cutting rivals eat into Nokia's market share
Nokia has signalled an end to its uninterrupted growth, predicting that its market share would shrink, slightly, during the current quarter - though it will of course still increase over the whole year.
Orange can't find BlackBerry maps
UpdatedPunters getting themselves a BlackBerry Bold from Orange are finding the in-built mapping application absent, and are being asked to pay for the Orange alternative despite the original adverts clearly stating the in-built app would be included.
US startup launches online airwaves market
Spectrum trading - the ability for licence holders to sell on, or sub let, their frequencies - has been broadly endorsed by both the FCC and Ofcom, so now a US company has done the obvious thing and set up a market for the buying and selling of radio frequencies.
Yahoo! shares! hit! five! year! low!
Yahoo!'s share price dipped to $17.75 on Thursday, hitting its lowest point since October 2003.
Crimeware giants form botnet tag team
The Rock Phish gang - one of the net's most notorious phishing outfits - has teamed up with another criminal heavyweight called Asprox in overhauling its network with state-of-the-art technology, according to researchers from RSA.
Japanese researchers check IDs with eyeball twitch
Biometric identity scanners are attracting more attention as safe way to handle user authentication and security. But a team of Japanese researchers claim current methods are bunk if approached by a sufficiently sophisticated intruder.
World goes mad as Bill and Jerry eat churros
Microsoft has debuted the first commercial starring its $10m Vista pitchman, Jerry Seinfeld.