17th > May > 2004 Archive

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Oracle slashes PeopleSoft offer

Oracle cut its bid for PeopleSoft by 20 per cent on Friday, reducing its offer from $26 to $21 per share. The new offer values PeopleSoft at $7.7bn rather than $9.4bn
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BT and Voda to 'tie mobile knot'

BT is to dump its mobile phone partners and hook up with one-time rival Vodafone instead, according to The Daily Telegraph. The tie-up would enable BT to offer its punters fixed and mobile services charged all on the same bill. An announcement is expected this week.
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Start-up touts x86, Wi-Fi as mobile gaming future

Mobile gaming specialist Ministry of Mobile Affairs (Moma) last week launched its bid for a place alongside Sony's PlayStation Portable and Nintendo's DS with a stylish x86-based handheld that plays old PC games.
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FBI arrest 65 in P2P child porn raids

The FBI arrested 65 people for using peer-to-peer networks to exchange child pornography on Friday (14 May).
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BT loses 150,000 customers a month - report

Punters are queuing up to leave BT, according to internal documents seen by the Sunday Times. More than 150,000 punters are leaving the UK's dominant fixed line telco each month and this number could accelerate as competition hots up, it reports.
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Sasser suspect fanclub launches appeal

The German teenager fingered as the author of the Sasser and NetSky worms may not be popular among IT professionals, but fans of the accused miscreant have already sprung to his defense and, apparently, opened their wallets.
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Up-skirt law to destroy mobile phone biz?

How can you sell a 3G phone without mentioning its video-phone capabilities? And can you sell a 3G phone without a video camera? Well, if you sell phones, you may have to.
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IBM gets hot and spicy

The next release of DB2 Information Integrator has the code name Masala. Quite what this has to do with Chicken Tikka I do not know. I also don't know when the product will be launched or even when it will enter its public beta trials (private beta has been ongoing for some time). However, the latter is likely to be relatively soon and product launch will probably be in late Summer or early Autumn.
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Avaya settles Y2K case

Lucent spin-off Avaya has settled a class action suit for damages related to the year 2000. The case relates to the ability of some Avaya products to deal with date functions after 1 January 2000.
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Intel renames power tech for desktop world

Listen to the AMD fanboys, and you'd think Intel's plan to introduce power-conservation technology to future desktop, workstation and server chips is yet another instance of the chip giant nicking technology developed by its smaller rival.
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Nintendo DS to ship 29 November for $200?

The Nintendo DS will ship on 29 November and carry a $200 price-tag.
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Mobile phones are a pain in the neck

It was five years ago today... It has come as a great surprise to many that, after years of abusing mobile phones, peoples' heads have not simply dropped off and rolled across the floor like microwave-roasted beef footballs. How can this be?
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BT's olive branch to Ofcom

BT has revealed a massive cut in the prices it charges its rivals for using its broadband network, in an effort to avert a possible break-up of its business by Ofcom, the UK telecoms watchdog. The move will result in a short-term dip in revenues, but may well prove profitable in the long run.
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SEC to fine Lucent $25m

Telecoms equipment maker Lucent is expected to be hit with a civil fraud lawsuit for what the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) claims was the improper recognition of $1bn in revenue.
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Transmeta pledges 'no execute' security support

Transmeta today claimed that its Efficeon chip will be the first "energy-efficient" processor to support the oft-touted 'no execute' NX instruction required by Windows XP Service Pack 2's anti-virus sub-system.
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Cisco probes source code theft

Cisco has launched an investigation following reports that portions of its core networking operating system source code have been stolen and distributed online.
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Email survey: punters win prizes

Reg Reader Studies Thanks to all those readers who successfully completed our recent email use survey - the online equivalent of pulling yourself up Everest with your teeth. After some positive feeback about that particular ordeal, we've decided to keep these things shorter and sweeter in future. Promise.
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eAccess buys AOL Japan

AOL Japan - a wholly owned subsidiary of America Online (AOL) - has been flogged to Japanese wholesale DSL outfit eAccess. The transfer of all business assets and employees is due to take place on 30 June and will cost eAccess 2.1bn yen ($18.33m), according to Reuters.
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Phatbot suspect released on bail

The suspected author of the Phatbot Trojan was released on bail last Friday after spending a week in custody. German authorities arrested the 21-year-old coder - named only as Alex G in local reports - from Waldshut in southern Germany on 7 May at the same time as the author of the Sasser worm, 18 year-old Sven Jaschan. Police said the two operations were co-ordinated but unrelated.
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Alien puppet Linus swiped Linux from SCO, says balanced study

The Washington think tank responsible for 'Linux aids terrorism' claims two years ago is at it again. The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution is now casting doubt on Linus Torvalds' authorship of Linux, and implying that it's a knock-off of Unix.
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EU software patent debate continues

The European Council of Ministers will meet tomorrow afternoon to decide the fate of the EU Directive on software patentability, but instead of merely waving the directive through, there is to be a more thorough discussion of the issue.
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Nvidia rolls out mobile graphics add-in card format

Nvidia today rolled out its Mobile PCI Express Module (MXM) specification, a move it hopes will one day see notebook users swapping out old graphics chips for new ones as easily as desktops users do today.
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Resellers shun smart phones

Resellers across Europe are sticking to traditional PDAs when sorting out mobile data products for their customers. Research carried out in March found 43 per cent of dealers recommended stand-alone PDAs to their customers. Twenty per cent were installing PDAs with a separate mobile phone and 21.4 per cent chose an integrated device. But only 8.9 per cent of resellers mentioned smart phones.
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Softbank customers sue over data leak

Japanese outfit Softbank Corp faces being sued after confidential information regarding 4.6m of its punters leaked out in March, according to the Mainichi Daily News.
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Mandrake 'charges' $13k for $132 membership

Fans and supporters of Mandrake got a shock over the weekend when some people buying, or contributing to, the open source company found their credit cards had been overcharged by a factor of 100. Mandrake asked customers to use PayPal while it sorted the problem out.
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ESA commissions super spacesuit

The European Space Agency (ESA) today launched a project which it hopes will generate ideas for the next generation of spacesuits. The ultimate goal is to develop a suit that will allow a human being to explore the surface of Mars, while providing real-time monitoring of vital signs and location.
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How to make your PC quiet

PCs are becoming noisier. As components have become faster, the heat they generate has increased. Since that heat is traditionally dissipated using a variety of fans inside the case, the number and size of these fans has grown too, to the extend that they have become the major source of noise within a PC.
Poweroid, 17 2004
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A380 Airbus suffers Virgin knock-back

Virgin Airlines has said that it will not take delivery of its first Airbus A380 superjumbo until 2007 - a year later than planned.
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Opera festival tunes into Wi-Fi

UK-based WISP The Cloud is to equip the Glyndebourne opera festival with "flexible and discreet" wireless Internet access.
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DARPA doubles cash payout for second robot race

Fresh off the failure of the first Grand Challenge robot race, DARPA has decided to double the prize money for a second event to be held next year.

CommVault codes its way onto Dell storage

Storage software maker CommVault has received a large vote of confidence from Dell with the two companies announcing a tight product partnership.
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Google's Ethics Committee revealed

While it carries the imprimatur of objectivity, science doesn't operate in an ethical vacuum. As the late Stephen Jay Gould often pointed out, scientists make value judgments all the time, and science is a reflection of wider social values [*]. At Google, the gatekeeper to a trove of digital information, as everywhere else, it's humans not machines who make value decisions. But perhaps more than any other company Google has strived to convince us that machines not men should take responsibility for these decisions.