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Cisco overhauls security line-up

RSA 2005 Cisco aims to help its customers fortify networked systems against a broader range of attacks. The scheme - dubbed Adaptive Threat Defense (ATD) - is designed to contain a wider variety of threats using network devices such as firewalls, intrusion prevention systems (IPS) and routers.
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Sun speeds Opteron gear, squeezes SuSE

Solaris x86 ranks as priority one at Sun Microsystems, but the company has not forgotten about its Linux clientele. Fans of the penguin will see price cuts on older versions of Sun's Opteron-based servers as well as new, faster versions of this kit. Sun has thrown in a SuSE upgrade for its user base too.
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Passwords? We don't need no stinking passwords

RSA 2005 Concerns over online security are continuing to slow consumer e-commerce growth. A quarter of the respondents in a recent survey have reduced their online purchases in the past year and 21 per cent refuse to conduct business with their financial institutions online because of security fears. More than half (53 per cent) of the 1,000 consumers quizzed believe that basic passwords fail to provide sufficient protection for sensitive personal information.
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EMC admits to iSCSI fleet

EMC this week fumbled its way through a new storage system launch, unveiling the fleet of iSCSI boxes that most of the IT reporting community had already unveiled.
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Questar courts bloody-nosed Linux wannabes

If you live in Europe are looking to get your grubby hands on a copy of the Linspire operating system, then Questar is at your service.
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UMC HQ raided in China investment probe

Officials from Taiwan's Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have raided the homes of key UMC staffers as part of an investigation into investments made by the chip foundry in China.
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Apple sues three journalists for emails

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling for court protection for three journalists targeted by Apple.
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NTL to trump BT in March assault

NTL is to launch an all-out assault on BT, in an aggressive marketing campaign against rival broadband providers.
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Is Linux security a myth?

Comment There are rare occasions in IT when a particular architecture reaches a point where it stops being purely IT driven and takes on a life of its own.
Tony Lock, 16 2005
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UK techies blow 17 days a year yakking to mates

The productivity of UK businesses is being threatened by employees who waste time emailing their friends, new research claims. Forty per cent of UK workers spend an hour or more every day messaging friends and relatives and swapping jokes, according to a poll by Clearswift. UK IT departments proved the worst behaved, spending 17 days a year chatting with friends. Their non-technical colleagues dedicated 13 days to personal email.
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ViewSonic VP171b 8ms LCD monitor

Review Right, let's make this clear from the start: the ViewSonic VP171b has been upgraded from a 16ms panel to a faster, 8ms one. This should be good news to folk who claim that they can notice differences in response time when gaming and watching movies. Myself, I'm sceptical - surely you should be concentrating on taking out the villains rather than measuring the miniscule motion trails left by your targets? asks Jalal Werfalli.
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Napster To Go DRM 'threat' astounds media

Comment The world's mainstream media has been amazed by reports that the DRM technology intended to protect songs supplied by Napster's To Go can be bypassed, "potentially letting [users] make CDs with hundreds of thousands of songs for free", as one astounded Reuters reporter put it.
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Bye bye Carly, don't forget to write

Letters So, Carly Fiorina has left HP, to the delight of the stock market and Register readers, among them current and former HP employees. Whether she jumped or was pushed is a mere detail, the end result is the same. Out goes the most powerful woman in corporate America, with a $45m golden parachute to help her to a nice soft landing.
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Domain dispute puts question mark over UK ecommerce

A dispute over ownership of "game.co.uk" could have significant and far-reaching effects on e-commerce in Britain.
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Cheated wife on spyware wiretap rap

A Florida wife who installed spyware on her husband's PC in order to catch him in flagrante while he indulged in Yahoo! Dominoes with his online lover has been found guilty of violating state law.
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Abbey axes 335

Abbey National is laying off 335 IT staff as a result of its merger with Santander Central Hispano.
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Man sues bigger penis pill company

A US man has filed a lawsuit claiming false advertising against a herbal penis enlargement pill company because its products did not produce the promised enhanced member. The suit states that Florida-based Alzare LLC claimed in "very, very convincing" advertising featuring doctors and porn stars that its pills would add up to an extra three inches, but failed to deliver hard results, Reuters reports.
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Sanyo trumpets Wipoq debut

3GSM Sanyo has announced the first Wipoq; a messaging hand-held, not a phone. What is it? It's a "personal mobile gateway" peripheral device - but a breakthrough: it's one that doesn't actually need a PMG to work.
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ISP 'co-op' formed to boost broadband

The United Kingdom Internet Forum (UKIF) is forming an "ISP co-operative" to improve the purchasing power and commercial clout of some of the UK's smaller internet providers.
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Fraudsters expose 100,000 across US

A US credit data company has admitted that fraudsters last October accessed records on up to 35,000 people, according to reports from AP and the LA Times.
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Support for proposed eBay strike fades

Hacked off eBay users are threatening to launch a week-long boycott of the auction site from Friday.
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T-Mobile hacker pleads guilty

A sophisticated computer hacker who penetrated servers at wireless giant T-Mobile pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single felony charge of intentionally accessing a protected computer and recklessly causing damage.
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Qualcomm: WiMax isn't magic

3GSM Qualcomm rarely needs an invitation to comment on the WiMax bandwagon, and when we met Senior VP Jeff Belk Wednesday, it so happened he had a presentation ready.
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Cannes demos the next fast thing

3GSM One of the few reliable laws in the technology industry - if the demo works, it’s probably been faked.
Ben King, 16 2005
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UK boffin demos plane-based broadband

Radio scientists in the UK have successfully demonstrated the first air-to-ground mesh broadband connection. A microlight plane established a broadband connection with the South Witham mesh, at an altitude of 2,000 feet. Voice and data traffic was sent over the link.
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BT workers demand 8% pay rise

BT staff are demanding an eight per cent increase in wages to repay them for their "loyalty, hard work and co-operation".
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Verizon's MCI takeover faces shareholder revolt

Verizon's takeover of MCI could be stymied by MCI shareholders who want to know why an apparently higher offer for the firm was rejected.

Reseller duo in court for 'bribing' council

Two men from Essex-based IT dealership Orbital Solutions are accused of making corrupt payments to ensure they won contracts from Havering Council.
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Opera and Orange seek phone browsing perfection

Orange has confirmed that it is working with browser maker, Opera Software, to research and develop a web browser interface for mobile phones.
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SiS signs Intel bus licence

SiS has licensed Intel's 1066MHz frontside bus specification, a move that heralds the chip maker's support for Intel's latest Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processors.
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PlusNet to trial BT's 8Mb broadband

Sheffield-based PlusNet has confirmed that from April it will be trialling broadband DSL at speeds up to 8Mb as part of a wider pilot scheme announced by BT Wholesale two weeks ago.
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Scammers say 'No' to drugs, 'Yes' to fraud

RSA 2005 Better credit card fraud detection techniques are encouraging crooks to look for easier pickings elsewhere. "The path of least resistance is moving on from credit card fraud to checking [current] account fraud. Fraud on debit cards, ATM transactions and money transfers are all on the rise," said Avivah Litan, research director at analyst Gartner.

3PAR adds DIY tool for snapshots

It's not just Windows that has adopted the possessive language of childhood, with *My* Computer, *My* Network and *My* Documents, now it's enterprise storage too. Array developer 3PAR has come up with software called mySnapshot, which enables users - the initial target is software developers - to create and delete their own clones of working data.

Sun burns Solaris and Linux staffers

Sun Microsystems has sent some of its operating system staff packing as it finishes up a long period of layoffs.