29th > October > 2004 Archive

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Belkin out on a limb with 802.11n?

What exactly provoked the WiFi Alliance to threaten to withdraw its imprimatur from anybody who started announcing 802.11n technology? An obvious suspect has to be whoever it is who is offering "pre-N" technology, eh, Belkin?
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US giants move to can spammers

The US's biggest internet companies have launched yet another crackdown against spammers as part of their latest efforts to protect net users from junk email. AOL, Earthlink, Microsoft and Yahoo! filed lawsuits against dozens of people yesterday in federal courts under US "Can-Spam" anti-spam legislation as part of their on-going war against this scourge of the internet.
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Data protection watchdog distributes email mailing list

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (Dutch DPA), which supervises the compliance with acts that regulate the use of personal data, was rather red-faced this week when it sent out a newsletter with all of the recipients in the Cc: field instead of the Bcc: field.
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BOFH: When sorry seems to be the hardest word

Episode 37 Sigh. It seems that no matter what I do nor how helpful I try to be, there's always someone who's not happy. It seems that all the PFY and I get is negative feedback. It's enough to make a man question his career in technical support. Worse still, I know the Boss has received a complaint about my most recent efforts and has made some very rash promises about how it will be made right...
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US Secret Service busts 28 ID fraudsters

Updated A US-led operation targeting ID fraud crooks has led to the arrest of 28 people across seven countries this week.
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Nokia makes play for mobile content

Java has suffered as a mobile content platform, compared to Qualcomm Brew, by having a fragmented channel and a confused economic proposition for developers. Nokia aims to change that with its new Preminet aggregation, download and billing framework. Although operators can brand the service themselves, reflecting the shift away from handset branding, in the longer term Nokia could sideline them by accelerating the creation of open IP portals. Nokia aims to stay out of the battle of content branding and ensure that it controls the underlying software and relationships, giving it the critical position whatever trends drive mobile applications in future.

AMD launches PC 'for the rest of us world'

AMD yesterday formally launched 'Emma' - its low-cost Internet access appliance - or the 'Personal Internet Communicator', as its now officially dubbed.
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Intel and Clearwire forge WiMAX alliance

Two of the most powerful forces behind WiMAX, Intel and Craig McCaw's Clearwire start-up, have formed a partnership aiming to accelerate development of 802.16 networks.
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Xmas party ends in explosive origami climax

Letters Alcohol. The basis of several entire cultures. The Antipodeans have been known to sink a bevvy or two and let no one try to pretend the Americans are sober and well behaved. We’ve all watched Spring Break on MTV, y’know.
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Sportingbet snaps up Paradise Poker

Sportingbet - the UK-listed internet betting outfit - is snapping up Paradise Poker for £169m ($297.5m) as part of its bid to become a monster online sports betting and gaming based entertainment business.
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Symantec drives security deep into enterprise

This week, Symantec has unveiled its new corporate positioning. Long regarded as one of the leaders in the security technology space, the vendor has been building out its portfolio of offerings to drive security deep into organisations, whilst maintaining the high levels of computer systems availability that companies need to keep their businesses running efficiently.

VIA narrows Q3 loss on sales boost

A 20 per cent increase in desktop processor shipments during its third fiscal quarter helped VIA narrow its loss to TWD50m ($1.5m), the chip maker said today.
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RIAA targets 963 alleged file-traders

The Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) this week filed almost 1000 lawsuits this week, all of them accusing individuals of sharing unauthorised copies of songs on P2P networks
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Bagle variant outstrips Google-bashing worm

A new variant of the Bagle email worm is spreading rapidly across the internet today. Email filtering firm BlackSpider Technologies reports that it was blocking 2000 copies of Bagle-AT an hour since its first appearance earlier this morning.

Vodafone inks global deal with Sun

Sun Microsystems has concluded a global deal with Vodafone to provide Java enterprise and desktop software to the mobile phone network's operations across more than 26 countries.
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Telewest tempts dial-up users to broadband

Telewest is looking to tempt dial-up users in its cable franchise areas with a "no brainer" offer designed to lure them onto broadband.
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Digital music firm demands big-name business boycott

Wippit, the UK-based digital music service, has called on the music industry to boycott major British and international firms, accusing them of fuelling "illegal" P2P services with advertising dollars.
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Gmail accounts 'wide open to exploit' - report

Google's high profile webmail service, Gmail, is vulnerable to a security exploit that might allow hackers full access to a user's email account simply by knowing the user name, according to reports.
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UK crawls up Euro BB league table

The UK is slowly clawing its way up the league table of European broadband nations after recently overtaking Germany, according to stats from regulator Ofcom.
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Turing honoured with bronze statue

The Earl of Wessex unveiled a bronze statue of Alan Turing at Surrey University today. The statue, sculpted by John W. Mills, shows Turing walking across the campus with his books under his arm. It is on display in the campus' main piazza, in front of the computing department,
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Retailers still not prepared for Chip and PIN

Thousands of retailers are calling for more time to adopt Chip and PIN guidelines, despite an extensive campaign by the government to boost awareness, a new report claims.
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Wireless access point triggers bomb scare

An Australian man whose wireless access point triggered a bomb scare has spoken of his shock at been treated like a potential terrorist.
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UK.gov database 'rationalisation', the ID scheme way

Among the Home Office "concessions" on ID cards hailed (with quite remarkable promptness) this week by Home Affairs Committee chairman John Denham MP (Lab) was "the rationalisation of current database proposals and the dropping of the Citizen Information Project." Denham appears however to have been in error in cheering the demise of the CIP on behalf of his Committee, for just 24 hours later Treasury Chief Secretary Paul Boateng issued a written statement to Parliament indicating the CIP is actually being reworked to use the national ID register.
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Boffins strive for the touchy-feely robot

A research group at the University of Hertfordshire has taught a robot to play pass the parcel in a bid to make electronic friends of the future seem more human.