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AMD roadmap drops Athlon XP

AMD has updated its public roadmap. The biggest change: the death of its Athlon XP brand.
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2004

DWP kills 60k+ PCs in Windows XP upgrade lash-up

UpdatedMost of the desktop computers in the UK's Department for Work and Pensions were paralysed for four days on Monday, when a failed upgrade took them offline. The outage, covering 75-80 per cent of the DWP's 80,000 PCs, is one of the largest in the UK Government's not entirely impressive IT history.
John Lettice, 26 Nov 2004

Final bids in for MoD's £4bn IT project

Today, two groups will submit final bids for the Defence Information Infrastructure (DII), a £4bn Ministry of Defence (MoD) IT programme. Atlas, a consortium headed by EDS and Fujitsu, will go head to head with Radii, made up of BT, CSC and Thales.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Nov 2004
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IT boss barred from directorship for eight years

The director of three London IT service firms which collapsed owing £2m, has been barred from holding directorships in any company for eight years.
Drew Cullen, 26 Nov 2004

BT flogs Eutelsat stake for £363m

BT is to flog its minority stake in satellite operator Eutelsat for £363m in cash.
Tim Richardson, 26 Nov 2004

India pioneers the webcast cremation

An Indian crematorium is planning to give grieving but time-strapped relatives the chance to send their dear departed into the next world via live webcast.
Lester Haines, 26 Nov 2004

Magirus reports strong trading

Magirus, the European mid-range systems distie, yesterday issued upbeat trading figures for the half year to September end. The mid-range systems distie said sales were up 16.6 per cent to €256m on last year, producing an operating profit up 30.1 per cent to &euro.
Drew Cullen, 26 Nov 2004

Families fight over PCs shock

Computers have become such an integral part of family life that they are causing rows over who gets to use them.
Robin Lettice, 26 Nov 2004

Bat bite 'miracle' girl survives rabies

A US teenage girl has survivied full-blown rabies she contracted from a bat - the first human ever to do so without vaccination, TechNewsWorld reports.
Lester Haines, 26 Nov 2004

Customs and tax merger to cost £75m

Merging Customs and Excise with the Inland Revenue will cost at least £75m, Her Majesty's Treasury announced yesterday. Most of the cost will be due to integrating the two department's IT systems.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Nov 2004

NSW police email child abuse pics to school heads

New South Wales police have apologised after accidentally sending images of child abuse to school heads in the Australian state. Pictures of three girls believed to be at risk were emailed to 1,800 state schools but "software used to crop images left the full pictures embedded in the file", AP reports.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2004

Woman blows $950k on Amex card

A New York woman who ran up debts of $951,000 on her Amex account is sueing the company for $2m for allowing her to hammer the plastic, Newsday reports.
Lester Haines, 26 Nov 2004

Baltimore cleans house, plans de-listing

Baltimore Technologies has embarked on a series of housekeeping exercises, but the former security firm has given no indication of its plans for the future.
ElectricNews.net, 26 Nov 2004

Microsoft excluded from DoCoMo's ecosystem

Perhaps the greatest disadvantage that Microsoft has in trying to become a major force in the mobile world is that one of the key concepts of that market, the 'ecosystem', is alien to it. Windows thrives on being a dictatorship, while the dominant mobile players sit at the center of huge webs of mutually dependent partnerships, all contributing to the products and the chain of business. This was made very clear this week when NTT DoCoMo, the most experienced company of all in building ecosystems, laid out new plans for its next generation handset architecture - plans that embrace Linux and Symbian, and specifically exclude Microsoft.
Wireless Watch, 26 Nov 2004

NPfIT must win medical hearts and minds

The Health minister John Hutton, has appointed the head of a health authority to oversee the service implementation of the NHS's National Programme for IT.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Nov 2004

Social engineering - where the user is the weakest link

Anyone who has been hit by a computer virus will be doubly wary of unexpected emails in the future that may contain viruses. So why do people still keep clicking on attachments? However much security technology a company deploys, human nature will always be the weakest link in the chain.
Fran Howarth, 26 Nov 2004
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IBM, Moore's Law and the POWER 5 chip

IBM's recent pSeries benchmark ought to raise a good number of eyebrows. Unix server benchmarks had previously been a game of leapfrog between IBM and HP, with IBM looking increasingly strong in the last round (in 2003) when its p690 server with 32 processors demonstrated a slightly higher transaction rate than HP's 64 processor Itanium 2 server. The latest benchmark from IBM leaves both previous benchmarks in dust. In the TPC-C benchmark, IBM demonstrated over 3m transactions per minute (tpmC) almost three times more than the previous highest result of 1.2tpmC, posting a 37 per cent price performance advantage in the process.
Robin Bloor, 26 Nov 2004

BT broadens £1-a-month Wi-Fi trial

BT has added BT Mobile business subscribers to the list of customers to whom it is offering Wi-Fi access for a pound a month.
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2004

Phishers tapping botnets to automate attacks

Computer criminals are making phishing more potent by automating attacks. Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) analysts reckon fraudsters are using automated tools and botnets to ramp up attacks. It estimates attacks grew by an average of 36 per cent a month between July and October.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2004

Digital music a long way from displacing CDs

It's going to be a long time before digital music downloads challenge CD sales, even in the online world. That's the conclusion of a report by market watcher Informa Media Group (IMG), published this week.
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2004

WLAN switch makers fight for survival

The past two years have seen a host of start-ups taking the gamble that Wi-Fi switches would become a major enterprise networking technology. Now that shipments in something approaching volume are materialising, it's time to separate the winners from the losers.
Wireless Watch, 26 Nov 2004

Napster UK song sheet passes 1m mark

Napster today claimed its UK digital music store offers over 1m tracks - the first time a company has said it has reached that milestone in this country.
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2004

UK CD album shipments break Q3 record

Some 1.75m songs were downloaded from the UK's legal online music services during Q3, enough to turn the singles market from a 12 per cent decline year on year to a nine per cent increase over the same periods, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) trade body said today.
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2004

Sapphire Hybrid X700 Pro graphics card

ReviewThe Sapphire Hybrid X700 Pro has a certain elegance, sporting a small blue heatsink on the ATI Radeon X700 Pro GPU and a total of eight heatsinks on the GDDR 3 memory chips. It's a mid-sized card with no need for an extra power connector and the PCI Express x16 connector is still novel enough to excite a certain amount of interest. No doubt we will look back on that comment in six months' time with some embarrassment, but for now it's true enough, writes Leo Waldock.
Trusted Reviews, 26 Nov 2004

Hydrogen Solar nabs $400k R&D grant

A UK research company that uses solar power to generate hydrogen has won a $400,000 US Department of Energy award to test its technology in Las Vegas. The grant has been issued via The University of Nevada's Las Vegas Research Foundation.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Nov 2004

Gimme clean bandwidth

The rise in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks is creating a market for ISPs that offer that offer a 'clean feed' to clients. Hosting companies and ISPs might be able to charge a premium of between 20 and 50 per cent for bandwidth filtered to remove hostile traffic, according to security appliance firm Top Layer.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2004

Lycos screensaver to blitz spam servers

Lycos Europe has started to distribute a special screensaver in a controversial bid to battle spam. The program - titled Make Love Not Spam, and available for Windows and the Mac OS - sends a request to view a spam source site. When a large number of screensavers send their requests at the same time the spam web page becomes overloaded and slow.
Jan Libbenga, 26 Nov 2004

Oracle plots PeopleSoft board takeover

Oracle has put forth a list of four directors it will try and have nominated to PeopleSoft's board, as part of its ongoing bid to acquire the software maker.
Ashlee Vance, 26 Nov 2004

Telcos could block free wireless in Philly

Major telcos are all for free, citywide wireless networks in US cities just so long as the networks aren't free or citywide.
Ashlee Vance, 26 Nov 2004

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