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Ballmer: Interoperability, interoperability, interoperability

Steve Ballmer has played-up interoperability between Windows and other operating systems, notably Linux, to bolster Microsoft's credentials as a provider of management software.
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Tridgell demos Bitkeeper interoperability

Samba man Andrew Tridgell has publicly demonstrated how to interoperate with the proprietary Bitkeeper source code management system. It's so easy, you'll be able to do it yourself wearing boxing gloves.
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The dual-core x86 server era begins thanks to AMD

Two years ago, AMD had everything to prove. It had a brand new server chip prepared for a market smothered by its main rival. It had IBM on its side with one Opteron-based server, but that was its only big server partner. It had a funky new 64-bit design that Intel deemed silly and before its time. The only thing AMD had a lot of were doubts.
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AMD plays catch up with dual-core desktop and notebook chip

Along with the release of its dual-core server chip, AMD today has announced the imminent availability of dual-core chips aimed at desktops and notebooks.
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General election debate misses purpose of ID cards

Information published by Government Departments since February shows that the database which underpins the ID Card is central to the Government's aim to deliver efficient and effective public services in general. This purpose, which is far wider than the narrow objective of establishing identity in order to access public services, has not been mentioned so far in the current general election campaign. For example, the Labour Party Manifesto refers to ID Cards in the context of immigration, identity theft, illegal working, fraudulent use of public services and terrorism.
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Phone DRM: the most expensive royalty operation ever

Analysis We think the MPEG LA and the group of consumer electronics groups that it represents, who claim essential patents for the OMA DRM system, have pulled off something of a coup.
Faultline, 21 2005
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Borland splits Together for Visual Studio .NET

Borland Software is updating its application design and modeling tools for .NET to bolster customers using an increasingly dated version of Microsoft's developer suite.
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US mobile carriers shun iTunes

Analysis Apple's early lead in music downloads is costing it potentially more lucrative wins with the mobile carriers. Business Week reports that the carriers have ganged up on Apple, with Sprint PCS and Verizon among the networks who have passed up the opportunity to carry Motorola's iTunes phone.
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Not as guilty as he looks? The Met chief, Labour and ID cards

Analysis Does Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair vote Labour? After his comments in support of ID cards last weekend quite a few people seem to think so, and he has deservedly come under fire for leaping into the political arena by supporting Labour's anti-terror programme in the midst of an election campaign.
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Playboy in PSP porn punt

Soft pornmonger Playboy has further expanded its portfolio of e-smut services with the announcement that PSP owners can now avail themselves of the very best in widescreen naked fillies.
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Optimize your Linux Performance

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EU trade chief's 'side-trip' included Paul Allen's New Year party

European trade commissioner Peter Mandelson enjoyed drinks with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and schmoozed with the stars on the Caribbean island of St Barthelemy at the New Year, it has emerged. Mandelson is one of a number of EU commissioners (all of them, actually) refusing to give details of hospitality they may have received from "friends", and Mandelson places the St Bathelemy trip in this category.
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Bulldog to extend reach of unbundled broadband

Cable & Wireless is looking to go head-to-head with BT after announcing plans to extend the reach of its broadband service to a third of the UK. Through its Bulldog subsidiary, C&W has already installed its gear in 320 BT exchanges as part of its local loop unbundling (LLU) plans and expects to have 400 up and running by the end of May - seven months ahead of schedule.
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More from Gizmoville

Tech Digest The Register may cover everything most sane people would ever want to know about technology, but for certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scours Gizmoville for the rest:
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NASA postpones Shuttle flight

The Space Shuttle's return to flight has been delayed by a week, NASA managers said yesterday. Fortunately, the scheduled launch window is big enough to accommodate the delay: it originally ran from 15 May to 3 June, but NASA now says 22 May is the earliest possible date for a launch and warns that there could yet be further delays.
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PlusNet racks up 100k broadband punters

PlusNet has around 100,000 broadband punters, the Sheffield-based ISP revealed yesterday. At the end of March the ISP had 98,125 broadband users - up from 57,673 at the same time in 2004.
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PC-WARE buys Austrian reseller

PC-WARE, the German-owned reseller which specialises in flogging Microsoft licences, is buying an Austrian reseller for an undisclosed sum.
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Smile: you're under global surveillance

A newly-published report warns that a global infrastructure of registration and surveillance is emerging through the efforts of groups such as the EU, G8 and ICAO. According to the report, which was produced by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Focus on the Global South, Friends Committee (US), International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (Canada), and Statewatch, anti-terror and security measures being driven largely by the US are being used to roll back freedom, increase powers and exercise increasing control over individuals and populations.
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TSG secures £25m facility for takeover trail

Technology Services Group (TSG), the Newcastle-based accounting software reseller, has signed a £25m facility from Lloyds TSB Corporate, to bankroll further growth.
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Warez site riddled with mobile malware

A search of sites hosting cracked versions of apps for Symbian phones has unearthed 52 "previously unidentified Trojans", according to New Zealand-based mobile anti-virus specialist Simworks. Other anti-virus experts reckon that the infected files found by Simworks are more properly described as repackaged versions of previously identified malware.
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Mine landfill for renewable energy, report

Rubbish dumps could supply up to a fifth of the UK's electricity, enough to power two million homes, by 2020, according to a report from UK engineers and green-energy lobbyists.
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Colt takeover rumours 'unfounded' says boss

Colt Telecom dismissed speculation about its future as "unfounded rumours" as it unveiled its first quarter numbers today.
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Peeping Tom Trojan suspect cuffed in Cyprus

A 45-year-old man from Cyprus was arrested Monday on sexual harassment charges after allegedly hacking into a webcam in order to take illicit pictures of a young woman in her bedroom, the Cyprus Mail reports.
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Outsourcing UK public sector services - the moral hazards

Comment Recent estimates by Kable, an organisation which provides technology research and analysis on the UK government and public services sector, suggest that almost one fifth of public sector services (£60bn) could be delivered through outsourcing to private and voluntary bodies. Principle sectors targeted for this treatment appear to be the health and education sectors, which are subject to frequent reforms with very uncertain success to date.
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Orange and Microsoft push data at business

Orange and Microsoft are partnering on a series of offers to tempt businesses small and large into trusting their corporate data to mobile devices.
Joe Fay, 21 2005
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Smart phones make inroads in business

Businesses around Europe are increasingly adopting mobile devices and seeing them as central to their IT strategy.
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Theorists dazzled by 'perfect' liquid

US Researchers say they have created a new state of matter at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) in the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
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Tories board hi-tech battle bus

If you've ever wondered just how it is that Michael Howard and Oliver Letwin formulate on-the-fly policies regarding Council Tax while tirelessly gladhanding in different parts of country during the the no-holds-barred slanging match which is otherwise known as a "pre-election campaign", then brace yourself for a comms kit overload.
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Man executes Chrysler

RoTM™ Newsflash Those readers who have written over the last couple of weeks to demand an update on the latest position regarding the Rise of the Machines™ should rest assured that tomorrow will see a new exposé on the burgeoning technical uprising which is so chilling that the text has been written in three separate parts by a trio of hacks working in isolation lest exposure to the full draft provoke a terminal traumatic stress incident.
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Amenworld workers strike over proposed VIA sale

Workers at European web hosting outfit Amenworld have been on strike for last week or so after discovering that parent company VIA NET.WORKS has signed a letter of agreement to be snapped up by UK ISP Claranet.
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Apple's Big Virus

After your identity has been stolen, your bank accounts compromised, 53 critical patches and 27 reboots later, when will you decide that you've had enough?
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Database misuse: who watches the watchers?

Misuse of database information by insiders happens everyday, and there's little we can do about it.
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Man unearths MoD secrets at rubbish dump

A Hampshire man has found sensitive Ministry of Defence plans on a laptop he was given at a rubbish dump. Martin Dunn, 31, was foraging for computer parts when a woman gave him a bag containing a laptop she was about to ditch, The Sun reports. A subsequent investigation of the PC revealed "70 top-secret files" giving details of contingency plans at Army and Navy bases about what do in the event of a terrorist attack.
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Pope gets emailed up

The Pope has kicked off his pontificate by setting up a direct email link via which the faithful can contact His Holiness on pressing matters of faith.
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Congress confuses file sharing with manslaughter

Making a movie available electronically prior to its release can now result in a three year sentence, thanks to the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act approved Tuesday by the House. The Senate has already passed its own version, and the final bill is expected to be signed by the President.
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20 busted in e-pharmacy takedown

Twenty people have been arrested as part of an international crackdown on the sale of prescription drugs online.
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The M25 area road price plan - a power play from Mayor Ken?

Transport for London is pitching to make London the testbed for large-scale road charging with a plan to "halve"* congestion within the M25 area. Government modernisers poised to welcome the latest radical initiative from Mayor Ken Livingstone, Prophet of the Congestion Charge, should however take a deep breath and prepare to count their fingers - this one could cost them dearly.
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One and a half cheers for WiMAX

WiMAX - the broadband wireless wide area networking technology - may fail to take off in Europe because of unresolved regulatory and technical standards issues. In contrast to the enthusiasm from leading suppliers such as Intel, and early success in north America, delegates at a conference in London this week struck a cautious note.
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TSA squanders millions of US tax dolllars

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is squandering many millions of dollars on unnecessary comfort items and decorations, failing to detect weapons and explosives at airport checkpoints, and demanding enormous investments in high-tech gear that it hopes will compensate for its palpable deficiencies, according to a report released Tuesday by US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Richard Skinner.
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Investors unmoved by eBay results

Shares of eBay were stagnant one day after the company posted banner first quarter results. Investors, otherwise up on tech shares during Thursday's trading, appeared concerned by eBay's second quarter predictions that were just at or below analysts' expectations.
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Hynix makes $185m price-fixing confession to US DoJ

If nothing else, the US DoJ (Department of Justice) is remarkably good at nailing foreign memory makers for price-fixing. Hynix Semiconductor, it emerged today, is the latest firm to plead guilty in a far-reaching DRAM scandal and has agreed to pay the DoJ a $185m fine.