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Intel updates Ent PC with audio 'reality amp'

IDF Spring 05Intel demonstrated its latest Entertainment PC system this week, a major update that will take advantage of the chip maker's dual-core desktop processors and 945/955 chipset - not to mention some nifty audio enhancement software.
Tony Smith, 04 Mar 2005

Intel sees virtualization as key to child-proof PCs

IDF Spring 05A pair of Intel's finest code pushers took the stage this week at the Intel Developer Forum to explain the merits of virtualization technology. In this particular case, the staffers looked to hype reasons why business users and consumers might like to have PCs that run different types of operating systems or might like to carve up PCs into different partitions. Intel, you see, if awful proud of some "hooks" it has come up with that make it easier for software makers to create partitions and the like.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Mar 2005

Intel's 100-core chip could power intelligent toilet

IDF Spring 05Those of you who just do a bit of web surfing, typing and e-mail may be struggling to figure out how to get a little more out of that new 3.6GHz chip. Have no fear. In ten years time, you can try and figure out how to use 100 core processors many, many times more powerful than your current Pentium.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Mar 2005

Nokia 9300 Communicator

ReviewThe 9300 Communicator is Nokia's most serious challenge yet in the mobile data market. We sourced a unit from Expansys, who have several hundred in stock right now, with or without contract.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Mar 2005

The Thudpucker Proxy

LettersRe: Doonesbury savages Pepperland's copyright utopians
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Mar 2005

Horizon profits jump in '04

Horizon Technology Group's operating profits grew 38 per cent to €7m for 2004, up from just over €5m in 2003.
ElectricNews.net, 04 Mar 2005

FCC strikes against VoIP blocking

Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell backed enforcement action to protect VoIP traffic as the agency yesterday announced a settlement with a carrier that blocked internet users’ voice calls.
Team Register, 04 Mar 2005

Man in Reg masthead lingo terror ordeal

LetterWe here at Vulture Central occasionally receive a missive so delightful that it merits a showcase of its own. In this case, one JK (we have the full name but have not published it for our correspondent's own safety) wrote to inform us of strange goings-on at El Reg on 1 March. Read on in wonder:
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2005

Police push for dedicated paedo-protection unit

Police are proposing a new dedicated unit to tackle internet child pornography - staffed by officers, charity workers and computer experts - with resources to monitor suspect internet activity 24/7 and carry out covert ops against net paedophiles.
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2005

MPs condemn e-Uni disaster - again

The commons education select committee has roundly condemned the UK's failed e-University as a "disgraceful waste", confirming the 2004 opinion of Dr Ian Gibson, Labour MP and chair of science and technology committee at the Commons, that UKeU was a "shameful waste" of public money, and an "absolute disaster".
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2005

Employees get stuck on mobiles

AnalysisThe majority of employees use their employer-supplied mobile phone in preference to a land line, even when sitting at their desk. Quocirca research in 2004 indicated that 55 per cent of IT decision makers across Europe believed this was a frequent occurrence. This may well be an optimistic under-estimate. The mobile phone is used because it offers a more convenient user experience providing easy access to contact details. This leads to an increased dependency on those details.
Quocirca, 04 Mar 2005

Brazil greenlights GM soya

Brazil's lower house of Congress has lifted a ban on the sale and use of genetically-modified seed. The vote - considered a major victory for biotech giants such as Monsanto - was passed on Wednesday by a majority of 352 to 60, the New York Times reports.
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2005

Irate readers deploy plasma weapon

LettersIt's a funny old game, the IT news business. We ran a piece yesterday on the US's Pulsed Energy Projectile device - capable of knocking down a charging rhino from over a mile - on the off-chance that it might be of some interest to our beloved readership.
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2005

SCO to restate three quarters of results

SCO Group must restate two quarters of results “to correct certain accounting errors”, the company revealed on Thursday
Team Register, 04 Mar 2005

Nokia's camera-free Bluetooth bet for business

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Bryan Betts, 04 Mar 2005
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Server sales boost storage revs in Q4

Storage systems revenue grew just 1.8 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter despite demand for capacity by petabytes leaping 57.7 per cent in the same period.
Team Register, 04 Mar 2005

Cows bear grudges: official

We at Vulture Central were growing increasingly concerned that funding bodies may have taken the axe to the kind of cutting-edge research which proved that cows enjoy a bit of girl-on-girl, and that sheep like happy, smiley people and pine for absent friends.
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2005

BOFH: Your Job number is...

Episode 8So the helpdesk lot are being a complete pack of annoying bastards and it's starting to get on my tits. The supervisor's doing this monster push on gathering statistics to make his group seem like the heart and soul of the department in a transparent attempt to get more money for his role.
Simon Travaglia, 04 Mar 2005

New Intel Irish plants 'under threat'

A report has suggested that the IDA's decision to withdraw €170m in grant aid for Intel could have more severe consequences than originally thought.
ElectricNews.net, 04 Mar 2005

Euro ministers set to OK patent measure

European ministers are expected to give the OK for the controversial Computer Implemented Inventions Directive to proceed when they meet Monday.
Joe Fay, 04 Mar 2005

Creatives and techies amongst worst software pirates

The Business Software Alliance hauled in almost €4m from enforcement actions against EMEA businesses last year, a 10 per cent rise on 2003.
Team Register, 04 Mar 2005

Astronomers eyeball smallest star yet

Astronomers searching for extrasolar planets have discovered the smallest star spotted yet - just 16 per cent larger than Jupiter. OGLE-TR-122b was identified during analysis of data gathered during the planet-hunting OGLE project in Chile, New Scientist reports.
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2005
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Siemens outsources IT - to itself

Siemens has handed over responsibility for its entire IT infrastructure to its struggling Siemens Business Services arm.
Joe Fay, 04 Mar 2005

Spammers adopt slippery tactics to bypass ISP defences

Spam levels are rising even though the percentage of junk mail spewed out from compromised PCs directly is on the slide. Tests by email security firm MessageLabs on 90,000 inbound connections to its honeypot servers on 1 October 2004 revealed that 79 per cent of the connections came from "open proxy" computers or zombies (computers typically compromised by a virus or Trojan infection). The same tests on 1 February 2005 showed this number had dropped to 59 per cent.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2005

Nokia nixes fuel cells development project

Nokia has shelved plans to develop mobile phones powered by fuel cells for at least a few years, the Finnish phone manufacturer said Thursday 3 March. Eight months ago, Nokia launched a fuel-cell development programme but it has concluded the technology is still some way off maturity.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2005

BPI nails 'music pirates'

UK music fans have agreed to pay thousands of pounds in compensation for distributing music illegally via peer-to-peer networks, the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) announced Friday. Music fans paid up to £4,500 each in a series of 23 settlements and agreed to accept injunctions against them illegally uploading music again.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2005

Apple wins first round of 'secret' war

Apple has secured a victory of sorts in its quest to force three, popular product news sites to turnover their sources.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Mar 2005

Limp Bizkit lead claims hackers stole his sex video

A lawsuit filed on behalf of Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst alleges that the same people who hacked Paris Hilton's cell phone were able pull a homemade sex video off Durst's computer.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Mar 2005

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