22nd > September > 2004 Archive
250 'jobs-from-India' earmarked for Belfast
Some 250 new jobs are to be created in Northern Ireland after an Indian IT company agreed to expand its operation in Belfast.
Bulldog blames 'admin error' for poor service
Bulldog is halting the provisioning of some new broadband punters in a bid to ease the problems that have plagued the ISP for weeks.
FalconStor wants to WORM your disk arrays
We've had optical WORMs and tape WORMs, and now it's hard drives, as FalconStor adds write-once capabilities to its IPStor storage management and virtualisation software.
Uncle Sam demands all air travel records
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has demanded the passenger records of all domestic flights during the month of June, 2004, so that it can test its new "CAPPS Lite" data mining operation before putting it into production, the Associated Press reports.
Click here to become infected
Users should be wary of pressing the 'click here to remove' link on spam messages because it serves to confirm to spammers that junk mail messages are being read. Such email addresses can be sold at a premium to other spammers.
Mexican Catholics smite mobiles
Those readers who have ever sat in the quiet carriage of the Heathrow Express angrily eyeing the "please turn off your phone" sign while suits shout into their 3G handsets regardless will applaud the steps which four churches in Mexico have taken to ensure a respectful silence during mass.
Namesco buys Simply.com
UK web host outfit Namesco Limited (www.names.co.uk) has snapped up Simply.com Limited for £2.15m in an all cash deal. The merger effectively doubles the size of Namesco, which will now manage more than 170,000 domain names.
PeopleSoft goes a bundle on IBM
PeopleSoft will include free copies of IBM's WebSphere middleware products with every set of its applications sold. Both companies will market the joint products and will collaborate to improve future interoperability.
Germans develop bad breath-detecting mobe
Here's something for any reader who has just woken up after a particularly taxing late-night "business meeting" with a head like a breeze block and a mouth like a camel's armpit - a mobile phone which tells you when your breath is a little off colour.
Voda plays Santa with 3G bonanza
Vodafone is putting its substantial weight behind a 3G push by offering ten handsets in the run up to Christmas.
NASA pumps $400m into nuclear space probe
NASA has awarded Northrop Grumman a $400m contract to co-design the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (Jimo) space probe - slated for a rendevouz with Jovian moons Callisto, Europa and Ganymede some time after 2012.
AMD and IBM spread the love
AMD and IBM are extending a deal which has seen them co-operating on chip-making technology since 2002. The deal was due to end next year it will now run until December 2008.
Ofcom must answer broadband price hike charges - MP
Pressure is growing on industry regulator Ofcom over concerns that it "may have misjudged the market implications" of a recent decision that threatens to force dozens of small ISPs out of business.
Ireland bars South Pacific in rogue dialler crackdown
Ireland is to block direct dialling to 13 countries, mostly in the South Pacific, to combat the growing menace of rogue autodiallers. The ban comes into force on 4 October.
Nintendo aims high with low-cost console
Nintendo hopes to hold its advantage over Sony in the handheld game console market, by selling its DS model for half the price of the new PlayStation Portable.
London boozers offer beer via SMS
Tomorrow sees the launch of perhaps the greatest use yet discovered for SMS - after sending a text message to sack all your staff, naturally - when 11 Corney & Barrow boozers across London roll out a mobe drinks voucher system.
Google Germany wins Adwords trademark fight
Google has won the first stage of its legal battle to defend itself against accusations of trademark infringement. A court in Germany has ruled against Metaspinner Media, which was seeking to stop the search engine from selling adverts relating to its trademarks.
Women, and the future of IT
InterviewThere is a revolution coming in computing, and women will lead it. So says Professor Wendy Hall, computer scientist, advisor to the government, and president of the British Computer Society.
UK stumps up £1.1m for cash-strapped nuke watchdog
The UK government has chipped in £1.1m to help out the cash-strapped International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - charged with monitoring the spread of nuclear weapons. The money is intended to prop up the IAEA's ailing IAEA Safeguards Information System (ISIS), which processes data about clandestine nuclear weapons programmes.
Fly.be rapped for 'harass Swiss ref' email ad
Three months on, England's ignominious exit from the European Championship continues to cause trouble. UK advertising watchdogs this week slammed low fare airline Fly.be for sending out an email ad inviting people to hassle Swiss Euro2004 ref Urs Meier, who officiated England's ill-fated quarter final match against Portugal. Meier's decision to disallow a headed goal by Sol Campbell in the closing minutes of the game made him a scapegoat in some circles for England's exit from the competition.
BT cuts LLU costs
BT has cut the cost of local loop unbundling (LLU) to "stimulate infrastructure investment in the UK communications market".
JVC launches digital media camera
JVC next week launches a digital media camera that delivers both digital picture and movies at very high quality. Most new digital video cameras can take digital stills, but quality is poor.
Public sector snaps up IT pros
Permanent vacancies for IT staff in the public sector grew by 18 per cent in the second quarter of this year and contract positions grew by 19 per cent.
P-cube goes hunting for zombie PCs
P-Cube, the traffic management firm Cisco agreed to buy for $200m last month, is aiming to tackle the problem of spam at source by detecting and quarantining spam zombie machines.
Former Freeserve duo dial in to VoIP
Two co-founders of Freeserve have embarked on a new venture which they hope will transform the telecoms market in much the same way that the ISP shook-up the UK's internet sector.
Broken oxygen generator threatens space station
A UK space scientist has warned that a broken oxygen generator could spell disaster for the International Space Station (ISS).
McSoftware pirate jailed for nine months
A Scottish man who pirated computer software valued at an estimated £750,000 was this week jailed for nine months.
Former CA chief Kumar indicted as firm coughs up $225m
Former Computer Associates chief Sanjay Kumar has been hit with charges of securities fraud, obstruction of justice and conspiracy by the US DoJ (Department of Justice) - a result of the company's long-running accounting scandal.
Former CA boss Kumar charged with fraud, obstructing justice
Sanjay Kumar, former Computer Associates boss, has been charged with securities fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice over a $2.2bn company-wide accounting fraud. Stephen Richards, CA's ex-head of worldwide sales, faces the same charges. Stephen Woghin, CA’s former general counsel and senior vice president, pleaded guilty today to securities fraud conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges for his role in the fraudulent scheme.