4th > November > 2004 Archive

Java server startup nabs former Sun HPC boss

Azul Systems - the Java server company - has plucked former Sun Microsystems high performance computing chief Shahin Khan off the free agent market.
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Bush wins as Reps add seats in Congress

US President George W Bush has been re-elected by a substantial margin in the popular vote, that is, 58,941,293 (51 per cent) to Kerry's 55,353,453 (48 per cent).
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US Navy contract knocks back EDS Q3 (again)

EDS has once again delayed the release of its third quarter results due to an ongoing account investigation and topped off word of the delay by announcing a new internal investigation into another matter.
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BT crows about broadband numbers

BT is boasting that it has recorded its best three months ever for wholesale broadband connections, racking up 50,000 new xDSL lines a week.
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Napster beams songs to Windows smart phones

Napster has extended its US music download store and subscription service to Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition-based Smartphones.
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Sharp drops plan to drop Linux PDA from US

Sharp is not pulling out of the US PDA market after all, the company has revealed, at least not to the extent that it had previously indicated.
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California backs stem cell research

Californian voters on Tuesday approved a measure providing funding for stem cell research, thus circumventing President Bush's cuts to funding in the field.
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Chip trade body revises 2004 sales downward

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) yesterday scaled back its forecast for this year's semiconductor sales, after demand slowed though July, August and September.
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Tiscali targets SMEs with 'affordable' broadband

Tiscali UK has unveiled a range of "affordable" business broadband packages specifically tailored for small businesses. Starting £15.99 a month (ex VAT) for a 256k service, its Tiscali Business Broadband range includes anti-virus protection, spam filtering, a domain name plus oodles of space to set up a website.
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Indymedia server grab - Home Office knew, but isn't telling

Almost a month after Indymedia servers in London were seized by agencies unknown working for states unknown, a parliamentary answer suggests that the Home Office does know who seized them, and under what authority. But it's not telling.
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Take us to Mars, Beagle team says

The team behind the lost Beagle 2 lander has outlined plans for a third generation craft, Beagle 2: Evolution, that could yet go to Mars.
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Nokia accuses rivals of ripping off designs, patents

Nokia today initiated legal action against French handset maker Sagem and Spanish phone manufacturer Vitelcom, alleging both have infringed its intellectual property and trade-dress rights.
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Nokia to bring digital TV to mobile phones

By 2006 you will be able to watch television on your Nokia phone. Within two years as many as 20 different TV channels will be made available, Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia's general manager of Multimedia, told the ninth Nokia Mobility Conference, which opened this week in Monaco.
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iPod-crazed youths invade London station

It's 6:45 pm on a drizzly Wednesday evening at Waterloo Station. The main concourse is crowded more than usual due to train delays. Anxious faces stare at blue screens hoping for their cue to sprint to a platform in the hope of a seat. The middle aged lady with handbag in one hand and mobile phone in the other looks down for a second and stares in bemusement at two young ladies who begin dancing to the sound of their personal stereos. She shakes herself to check her senses are not playing tricks as a Conga line streams past behind her with 20 or 30 people listening to their own personal stereos. Other commuters look on dumbfounded.
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Sibling spammers convicted

A brother and sister have become among the first Americans to be convicted for sending spam email. Jeremy Jaynes, 30, and Jessica DeGroot, 28, were found guilty of bombarding AOL subscribers with hundreds of thousands of junk emails.
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PalmOne Tungsten T5

Reg review Back in 2002, the Tungsten T's unique slider mechanism, which tucked the PDA's text-entry area behind a slide-up five-way navigation control, seemed a radical step forward from the tablet form-factor of old. PalmOne was pitching the device at executives and, it reckoned, executives spend more time looking at their information than typing it in. The slider allowed the T to become a compact data display device without sacrificing the ability to enter new information.
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Kent gets UK's first WiMAX network

A next-generation wireless broadband network is being created in Kent which will provide high-speed wireless services to residential and business punters in the South East of England. Trials are due to start in January ahead of a full commercial launch by the middle of next year.
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Panto bin Laden in New York, New York outrage

A caricature of Osama bin Laden appearing in panto in New Zealand has caused a bit of a kerfuffle by bursting into a rendition of Frank Sinatra's New York, New York, the New Zealand Herald reports.
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Boffins issue stealth comet apocalypse alert

Not content with scaring us half to death with dire predictions about killer comets, asteroids, tsunamis, plagues, global warming, floods, locusts and general pestilence, scientists have now discovered a new threat to humanity - the invisible killer comet.
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ATI to launch AMD PCI-E chipset 'next week'

ATI will formally launch its Radeon Xpress 200 chipset family on 8 November, sources familiar with the company's plans have told The Register.
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MP takes aim at eBay over gun sales

A Labour MP is to present Home Secretary David Blunkett with a list of handguns that have been made available for sale on internet auction site, eBay, over the last four days.
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Phishers develop sophisticated lure

Fraudsters have developed phishing emails capable of automatically stealing bank log-in details without requiring users to click on a website link, email filtering firm MessageLabs warns.
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Movie biz to sue P2P film-sharers

The Motion Picture Ass. of America (MPAA) is set to follow its music-industry counterpart, the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) and begin suing file-sharers.
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500 call centre jobs bound for UK

Some 500 jobs are to be created in the UK by the end of the year as ClientLogic Corporation expands its call centre operation as part of a Europe-wide expansion plan to meet increased demand.
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Wanadoo UK poised for 500,000th broadband customer

Wanadoo UK reckons it's about to pass an important milestone tomorrow when it hooks up its 500,000th broadband punter.
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Corporate governance goals impossible - RSA

Companies are struggling to cope with tighter corporate governance regimes, which might even work against the goal of achieving improved IT security they are partly designed to promote. The need to comply with requirements such as data protection, Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II and other corporate governance reforms is tying up IT managers in red tape, according to a banking security expert. "Recent legislation is having a negative impact on risk management," said Michael Colao, director of Information Management at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.
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3D patent suit extended to Dell, HP, IBM, Sony, others

Texas law firm McKool Smith has extended its 3D graphics patent violation litigation to target not just games publishers but hardware manufacturers.
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Music biz in unauthorised downloads shock

A posting in Robert Fripp's online diary provides some fascinating inside information on the poor and starving but caring, sharing music industry. Fripp and obscure but legendary band King Crimson have parted company with EMI/Virgin over digital download rights; not, apparently, because Fripp is agin downloading as such, but because he has just a couple of minor quibbles about distribution of the royalties.
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Watch out there's an IE bug about

Microsoft's ubiquitous IE web browser software became the subject of yet another security flap this week.
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Netscape/CNN site calls Bush an a--hole!

The very citizen journalists who very nearly pushed John Kerry into the White House have continued with their stellar work, uncovering a shocking photo naming policy on a shared Netscape/CNN site.
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VoIP heads for the big time

VoIP applications and services, which allow residential customers to avoid call charges, could grab up to 13 per cent of the European phone market by 2008.