14th > January > 2005 Archive

Amazon CEO chooses nowhere for space program

Amazon.com's wealthy CEO Jeff Bezos has picked an unlikely home for his space exploration start-up.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Jan 2005
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European workers say outsourcing is good ...

A large number of European employees consider outsourcing to be an opportunity for them to develop their careers. Almost half of the respondents to a LogicaCMG survey cited outsourcing as an opportunity for them to develop further specialisation in their field of work.
ElectricNews.net, 14 Jan 2005

A new tool In the spam war

Arbitration is part of the next wave of security measures, and can be effective against spammers who illegally harvest email addresses from a honeypot on your website, writes Ethan Preston.
Ethan Preston, 14 Jan 2005

Macworld: Spotlight, trinkets, mark-ups, and middle-class angst

It's always worth returning to MacWorld later in the week, to get a better idea of how it's doing. The first day fanatics - the kind of people who during the Maximum Leader's keynote, actually cheer the announcement of price increases ("... And iTools will be $99 a year" ... "Woah! Yeah!!") aren't so apparent. The late-week crowd is more representative of rational Mac users. What were they interested in?
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jan 2005

Malware, spam prompts mass net turn off

Both beginners and veterans are finding the Interweb experience so repellent that they're disconnecting in droves, blaming malware and spam. Despite an overall increase in numbers of humans connected to the internet, the mass turn-off is beginning to hit ecommerce in the United States.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jan 2005

Ofcom ponders open UWB spectrum

Ofcom has asked the public to comment upon a plan to open up ultrawideband (UWB) spectrum to enable the rapid adoption of the close-range connectivity technology.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2005

FIFA to trial micro-chipped football

FIFA is to consider the introduction of micro-chipped footballs after a high-profile incident during a Premiership game between Manchester United and Tottenham.
Jan Libbenga, 14 Jan 2005

Cybermachines to take over government IT projects?

LettersWe'll begin with a deconstruction of the ills of the civil service, in particular, why their recent pronouncements on managing IT projects should be treated as a comedic diversion from the real business of getting stuff done:
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Jan 2005

IBM shunts NTL tech support jobs to India

IBM is shunting more helpdesk work to India as it looks to cut costs. Workers at cableco NTL are now having their IT and PC problems handled by staff at IBM's Integrated Delivery Centre (IDC) in India.
Tim Richardson, 14 Jan 2005

Worm plays Tetris with victims

A worm which poses as a version of classic computer game Tetris is spreading across the net. The Cellery worm spreads across insecurely configured network shares and distracts infected users with a Tetris-like arcade game and a MIDI music tune while it scours network drives and attached computers for fresh victims. Few copies of the worm have been seen, so Cellery is a curiosity rather than as a serious risk, right now.
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2005

Pachyderm Picasso raises $7k for tsunami relief

A painting by an elephant at Fort Worth zoo in Texas has raised $7,000 dollars for tsunami victims.
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2005

Elpida preps low-amp DDR SDRAM for portables

Elpida has begun sampling 256Mb DDR SDRAM chips with a technology claimed to yield significant battery life benefits for notebooks and other portable devices.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2005

Apple said to ship PowerBook G5 in Q2 2005

Expect Apple to ship PowerBook and iBook notebook Macs based on a G5-class PowerPC chip in Q2.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2005

eBay scammer indicted for $66k fraud

A 20-year-old man from Toledo, Ohio, has been indicted for allegedly scamming $66,525 from eBayers who thought they were bidding for electronic equipment, the Toledo Blade reports.
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2005

Chaintech readies Nvidia 6600 AGP board

Chaintech has announced its latest graphics card, this one based on Nvidia's upcoming AGP 8x version of its GeForce 6600 GT chip.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2005

eBay Hawaiian skull vendor avoids jail

A California man who attempted to sell a 200-year-old Hawaiian skull on eBay has avoided jail on a federal rap and will instead do 600 hours community service, pay a $10,000 fine to the "victims" of the crime and issue an apology to Hawaii's citizens in three newspapers.
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2005

Sony PSP to ship in UK on 18 March - Amazon

Sony will release the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in the UK on 18 March.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2005

Guidelines for FOIA stragglers

The Society of IT Managers (Socitm) has published a report on the impact of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), with advice for IT managers on preparing their organisations for dealing with the new legislation.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Jan 2005

Apple patches 'highly critical' iTunes bug

Apple updated its iTunes software this week following the discovery of a security bug that leaves open a way to compromise vulnerable systems.
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2005

Jail looms for camera phone users

A woman who is facing a jail sentence for using a mobile phone camera in court has denied she took any pictures.
Tim Richardson, 14 Jan 2005

US wireless strategy attracts flak

The CTIA, the body representing the US wireless industry, is so concerned by the possible negative effects of increased state regulation on its members, that it has formed a separate organization, with its own funding and budget, to lobby against additional burdens, particularly in respect of taxation. It plans to spend “tens of millions of dollars over the next three years” on the new advocacy group, to be headed by Kimberly Kuo.
Wireless Watch, 14 Jan 2005

Economist rekindles open access chip debate

Chipmakers always face the dilemma of whether to open up their designs, increasing their market reach as well as placating the open source movement, or whether to keep their prime asset, their intellectual property (IP), close to their chests. Intel has come under much fire in the past for its hesitancy in supporting open source Linux on the Centrino chipset, but it claimed it could only support open source drivers if it was confident its intellectual property would be protected.
Wireless Watch, 14 Jan 2005

Astronomers spy proto-planetary hit-and-run

Astronomers have spied evidence of planet formation occurring around nearby stars. Observers at the Gemini South 8-meter telescope in Chile, say details in the dusty disk around Beta Pictoris indicate collisions between planet-sized bodies have occurred as recently as in the last few decades.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Jan 2005

Pipex approaches 200k broadband punters

Pipex is heading for 200,000 broadband punters, it revealed today as it reported that financial figures for the year would be "in line with market expectations".
Tim Richardson, 14 Jan 2005

Texas sues student 'spammer' for $2m

Texan authorities launched federal suit yesterday against a University of Texas student alleged to have run one of the world's largest spam operations.
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2005

Aussie ambulances to get Wi-Fi

Australian state Victoria is to equip its metropolitan ambulances with Wi-Fi in a bid to speed the transfer of patient data. It also plans to roll out Bluetooth to reduce cable clutter in the vehicles themselves.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2005

Toilet brush secures stupid warning label crown

A humble toilet brush has beaten stiff competition to win US consumer watchdog group M-LAW's "Wacky Warning Label" contest. The offending item comes complete with the caveat "Do not use for personal hygiene" - a piece of advice sufficiently stupid to impress the jury of listeners of Detroit radio station, WOMC-FM.
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2005

BOFH: Where the hell have you been?

Episode 1"Where the hell have you been?!" the Boss snaps as I open the door to Mission Control, letting the PFY in before me.
Simon Travaglia, 14 Jan 2005

BT's broadband service crashes and burns

BT's broadband service went titsup this afternoon following a massive network failure.
Tim Richardson, 14 Jan 2005

FBI blew $170m on doomed IT upgrade

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has finally conceded defeat in developing a crucial case management system called Virtual Case File. The system, by Science Applications International, was to be part of the Bureau's "Trilogy" modernization scheme, an urgent mandate since the 9/11 atrocities.
Thomas C Greene, 14 Jan 2005

Huygens probe alive and kicking

Mission scientists have detected the first signals from the Huygens Titan probe, relayed to Earth by its Cassini mothership.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Jan 2005

Verizon persists with European email blockade

US ISP Verizon is persisting with a controversial policy of blocking email sent from Europe. Since 22 December, mail servers at verizon.net have been configured not to accept connections from Europe by default.
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2005

Intel delays death of 100MHz Pentium

Anyone in the market for 296-pin 100, 133 or 166MHz Pentium processors, or 200 and 233MHz Pentiums with MMX, now has a little longer to order some.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2005

HP unites golden printer biz and gimpy PC unit

HP has decided to combine its ultra-profitable Imaging and Printing business unit with its underachieving Personal Systems unit, which is responsible for PCs and the like.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Jan 2005

New York fumes over online loss of ciggy taxes

The city of New York has concocted an unusual scheme for going after lost tax revenue. Officials this week decided to target smokers who have bought cheap cigarettes online by demanding payment for past purchases of smokes.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Jan 2005

Huygens lands on Titan, and the data floweth

At an emotional press conference, the Huygens mission team announced that their probe has started to send experimental data back from the surface of Saturnian moon, Titan. The Huygens probe is the first man-made object to land on the surface of Titan, and is the most distant controlled descent mission undertaken.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Jan 2005

Infineon issues profit warning

Infineon expects first quarter revenues and earnings to fall below market expectations. In a profit warning yesterday, the German chipmaker blames client inventory build-up, which aggravated by the sharp decline of the US dollar.
ElectricNews.net, 14 Jan 2005

Small.biz urged to adopt 'professional' email addresses

Small firms should adopt ‘professional sounding' email addresses, Easily.co.uk says. The webhosting firm asked more than 1,500 consumers if they preferred fictional email address sales@londonplumbing .com or londonplumbing@hotmail.com.
Startups.co.uk, 14 Jan 2005

Oracle and the culling of the 5,000

It took Oracle 18 months to capture Peoplesoft, declaring itself the winner on 7 January. One week on, and it says it will take just 10 days to tell 5,000 employees, give or take the occasional straggler, that they are fired.
Drew Cullen, 14 Jan 2005

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