12th > November > 2008 Archive
HPC data center glory? It's in the game
Most people's visions of data center domination need to be put on hold in today's floundering economy, but at least now there's a video game to keep the dream alive.
Anal whitening biz drops one million clams for Vibrators.com
A tiny etailer in the suburbs of Detroit has paid $1m for the web address most conducive to selling vibrators.
Netizens sue NebuAd, data pimping ISPs
Fifteen American netizens have sued behavioral ad targeter NebuAd and several of its data pimping ISP partners, alleging wiretapping, packet forgery, and browser hijacking.
US lost Cold War bomb under Greenland ice
The US secretly abandoned a nuclear weapon forty years ago after it was lost beneath the ice in northern Greenland, according to a BBC report.
Quickoffice is iPhone bound
Quickoffice, maker of the Microsoft Office-compatible suit for smartphones, has released a free iPhone application - but you won't be able to use it to edit Office documents until the middle of 2009.
Shrinking primary databases
Stripping out old records from primary databases could pay big bucks in terms of reclaimed disk capacity, faster database operations and backups. Clearpace has technology to do this and archive the extracted records in de-duplicated form on cheap SATA arrays.
Polaroid PoGo handheld colour printer
ReviewWeren’t Polaroid cameras fun? Now you can capture those days all over again, only with smaller, more expensive instant photos, using Polaroid’s new PoGo printer.
US Forces offer soundtrack-search 'TroopTube'
The US armed forces have launched an upload-auteur vidshare site for troops, their families and supporters along the lines of YouTube. The move comes eighteen months after the Defense Department decided to restrict access to commercial video sites and others deemed to be 'bandwidth hogs'.
Mankind to detect alien life 'by 2025'
Senior Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) astronomer Seth Shostak last night boldly claimed that mankind would certainly detect intelligent alien life by 2025, assuming the right technology is in place to probe 500 light years into space where there are doubtless thousands of ET radio stations transmitting into the ether.
Aircraft boneyard gets tagged
The US Air Force is adopting RFID tagging to track tools and aeroplane parts around the aircraft storage and maintenance area at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, but with a site of 110 million square feet traditional tags won't give you much of a location.
ISP boss pledges to undermine Great Aussie Firewall
The Australian technology industry is starting to fight back against the government plan to force all ISPs to filter everyone's internet access.
Boffins plan Titanic balloon trip
Scientists are drafting a plan to further explore Saturnian moon Titan, involving an orbiting spacecraft, surface probe and hot-air balloon designed to float gracefully through the body's hazy hydrocarbon atmosphere, Space.com reports.
Analysts forecast gloomy season for PC biz
Financial analysts are forecasting tough times ahead for Intel and AMD as - surprise, surprise - individuals and businesses buy fewer new computers in the year ahead, with a big drop coming this quarter.
Comfy keyboard launched for Mac users' fingers
Logitech has launched a super-slim keyboard for Mac fans, which it’s claimed will minimise finger strain.
Nokia E63 smartphone to separate work, play
Details of the Nokia E63 were first leaked almost a month ago, but the Finnish phone giant has now confirmed that the handset is real and coming soon.
Building 21st century applications
Reg Tech PanelDelivering IT services has always been about striking a balance between what needs to be built from scratch and what can be bought off the shelf.
DHS robotic airport missile-patrol plan to be shelved
It appears that plans for patrolling robotic laser missile-muddler guardian aircraft above US airports have been shelved. The idea has been assessed as too expensive to be practical.
Flip pocket camcorder goes HD
The Flip pocket camcorder range brought basic video capture to the masses when the first model launched earlier this year. But now the device’s video quality has been boosted, with the creation of an HD model.
Working under a cloud
CI Net, the business ISP with a bent for wireless, is to extend its 5.8GHz wireless-broadband service into Newmarket in the new year. It will offer wireless connections, while paying the regulator only a quid per user for the licence.
Doctors' authorities probe suspension of mucky-mouthed medic
The actions of two senior members of the medical establishment are being investigated by authorities for their role in the suspension of a young Scottish doctor who left foul-mouthed criticism of a quango boss on a web message board.
Date set for Jatropha Jumbo biofuel-2.0 test flight
Boeing and Air New Zealand have announced that they will carry out the first flight test of "second generation" sustainable biofuel in an airliner on 3 December.
BudBuds, for best buds only
Music brings people together, it’s claimed. So what better way to share music with your closest buddy than a pair of earphones fitted with two extra earbuds.
Philips pops out the drug packing iPill
An "intelligent pill" with a microprocessor, battery, wireless radio, pump and a drug reservoir to release medication in a specific area in the body was announced yesterday by Dutch electronics firm Philips.
Microsoft insists Hotmail redesign hasn't left users out in the cold
Microsoft has told The Register that its Hotmail email service is running “normally” today and that the firm is working “to remedy the minor issues faced by some of our users”.
Starlust: love, hate and celebrity fantasies
Guest ColumnI first noticed Girls Aloud in my local Sainsbury’s. Lingering at the newsstand to scan the papers I registered their sustained PR campaign focused on crotch and upskirt shots.
MS patch Tuesday includes fix for seven-year old itch
Microsoft's light sprinkling of patches yesterday includes a fix that reportedly goes back seven years or more.
AMD's 'Bobcat' to leap out and claw Intel's Atom tomorrow?
Will AMD announce its Atom-smasher this week? It's certainly going to talk about netbook processors tomorrow if it makes good on a past promise, but the company won't necessarily be announcing 'Bobcat', its UMPC-oriented processor.
GooFlu searches for sickness
Google's philanthropic tentacle, google.org, has found a strong correlation between official data on influenza from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the number of people searching for flu information on google.com.
ReviewApart those with either a technical or professional interest, it's open to question how many mobile phone purchasers weigh up the matter of a device's operating system before handing over their cash.
UK's 'secure' child protection database will be open to one million
ExclusiveMore than three times as many officials will be able to access sensitive information on every child in England and Wales held in the forthcoming ContactPoint database than estimates circulated by the government suggest, research by The Register has found.
Google adds audio, video tools to Gmail
Google has added new video and audio conversion tools to its free email service – Gmail – in an effort to eat into some of Microsoft and Yahoo!’s market share.
How the gov's child protection database fails to add up
CommentA day after yet another case of a child brutalised in its own home, despite massive intervention from a range of support services, hits the headlines, The Register takes a closer look at what the government has led the public to believe in respect of the ContactPoint database.
Co-op IT workers vote to strike
Workers for Steria, which provides IT support for Co-operative Financial Services have voted in favour of strike action in protest at plans to offshore their jobs.
Arizona boffins get a grip on their newly-fat pipe
Genetics boffinry IT chiefs in Arizona are overjoyed today to unveil their new and incredibly fat pipe, which will be used to transmit staggeringly enormous amounts of scientific data from the labs where it's generated to the supercomputer where it's processed.
Sun market cap slips below $3bn
Sun's market capitalisation sank below $3bn yesterday as Forbes reported via Reuters that Sun is under pressure to sell itself or some of its assets to get out of the sinking sands it seems inexorably drawn to.
Nissan to debut anti-prang tech next week
Nissan will next week show of a prototype car capable of automatically avoiding collisions.
Seagate polishes mirrored drive, backup service for SMEs
UpdatedSeagate's i365 has added near-real-time EVault data protection offerings for small businesses, along with a disaster recovery service, plus a mirrored Maxtor backup storage server for the do-it-yourselfers.
Motorola pours out cocktail phone
Do you often gulp down White Russians? If the answer’s yes, then a dude like you is sure to welcome the opportunity to wrap his paws around two new flavours, ‘Mint’ and ‘Tropical’.
Text messaging helps kids fight the flab - study
Are you a fat teenager? Then pick up your mobile and text yourself thin, tubby - a study has concluded that texting helps kids to shed those extra pounds.
DNS inventor blames wrangling for insecure interweb
The inventor of the domain name system has blamed technical and political wrangling for delays in improving internet infrastructure security.
Geeks whup Marine ass in Call Of Duty 5
The streets of San Francisco were yesterday awash with blood as geeks battled real-life Marines at the debut of Activision's Call Of Duty: World at War - an apparently unequal struggle which in fact saw one "bespectacled teenager" ice an entire elite Marine unit "without so much as straining a thumb".
Broadband speed testers fail the test
Web-based broadband speed testers are mostly rubbish, Virgin Media research has confirmed.
Carphone Warehouse denies mass Linux Webbook recall
Carphone Warehouse (CW) has denied rumours that it has recalled its entire in-store stock of own-brand Linux netbooks so it can replace the open source OS with Windows.
Content filtering firms merge to fight the big boys
Content filtering firms Marshal and 8e6 Technologies have agreed to merge. Financial terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, were not disclosed.
Nokia Siemens Networks in 'synergy-related headcount restructuring'
We're absolutely delighted to announce that Nokia Siemens Networks is in the final stage of its 'synergy-related headcount restructuring' in which a total of 9,000 workers are culled to the sound of whalesong.
Microsoft woos small biz world with new server bundles
Microsoft has launched two server products aimed at small biz and mid-sized companies.
SMBs split on tech spending plans
Just as The Meltdown was ramping up to full swing back in September, the Computing Technology Industry Association thought it was a good time to bug small and medium businesses in the US, Canada, and the UK about their businesses' prospects and their IT spending plans in the next twelve months.
Itchy City wants scratch-window cash
A new mobile search service reckons young customers will pay a quid a time for local searches, as long as they're backed by the right brand.
IDC slashes 2009 global IT projections
Blame the financial meltdown. And blame the United States. The market researchers at IDC this morning put out revised projections for global IT spending in 2009, and they now say that global IT spending in 2009 will grow at only 2.6 per cent. That's down from an earlier projection of 5.9 per cent growth in year-over-year spending, a projection that came out in August, when the economies of the world were jittery and skittish, not heading towards recession.
Net provider accused of coddling crooks yanked offline
Yet another network provider has been yanked offline after being accused by security researchers of acting as the mothership that allowed a large percentage of the world's spam operators and malicious networks to thrive.
Republicans adopt 'Gore's internet' for grassroots salvation
A savvy online campaign by Barrack Obama and the Democrats is at least partly responsible for enabling last week's landslide victory in the US presidential election.
Best Buy sheds lost revenue tears, shares holiday fears
Best Buy isn't so sure customers will spring for that $50 spool of Monster Cable speaker wire in this economy, so the electronics retailer today lowered fiscal-year earnings expectations.
Why clouds should be more like operating systems
For the cloud to become more like an operating system and less like an amorphous mass, and by definition more useful to business, some basic functions need to become part of the fabric.
LCD makers to pay $585m for price-fixing conspiracy
Three Asian electronics manufactures on Wednesday agreed to pay a combined $585m after admitting they conspired to drive up the prices of liquid crystal display monitors that were bought by Dell, Apple, Motorola, and others.