29th April 2005 Archive


Microsoft does well in third quarter

Despite nearly doubling its third-quarter income Microsoft has cushioned the blow of missing revenue expectations by promising to do better next quarter.
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MontaVista Linux phones heading for US and Europe

The first mobile handsets running MontaVista’s Linux operating system should hit the US and Europe within the next year, the embedded OS vendor said this week.

NCR's Q1 goes the way of the Hurd

NCR presented a familiar story in its first quarter of 2005 by showing a modest revenue gain and a much more dramatic rise in income. Such a quarterly formula was common during former CEO Mark Hurd's tenure. NCR's first quarter, ended 31 March, was the last to fall under Hurd's charge with him now at HP.
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PC dealer sues Apple over Tiger

US reseller Tiger Direct has sued Apple, claiming the Mac maker's decision to name the latest version of the Mac OS after the same feline predator infringes its trademark.
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Job fears haunt Marconi

Thousands of jobs are at risk at Marconi after it failed to win a slice of a major £10bn network contract from BT. The UK telecoms equipment supplier had been tipped to win a chunk of business from BT when it announced its preferred suppliers for its ambitious 21st Century Network (21CN) project yesterday.

Trojan attack exploits Google typos

Hackers have set up malicious websites designed to infect the Windows boxes of surfers who mistype the name of popular search engine Google.com. If a user opens one of the malicious websites, such as googkle.com1, his PC box may be hijacked with malware including Trojan downloaders, backdoors and spyware.
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Intel kills 64-bit Pentium 4s

Update Intel will stop shipping seven 64-bit Pentium 4 processors next November, company documents seen by The Register reveal. The list of discontinued products includes chips released as recently as January.
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Flying car totals Basingstoke house

Two people have been hospitalised after a flying BMW inexplicably left the A30 in Basingstoke, Hants, and impacted with the first floor of a nearby house.
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BOFH: Let the games begin

Episode 14 So it turns out that one of the company's financial traders was spending a little too much time (i.e. 100 per cent) playing minesweeper and not enough time (0 per cent) taking up some important share options that the company was counting on - resulting in a teensy bit of financial loss. Nothing that the company couldn't recover from now that they've outsourced the entire trading department of course, but as a result there's been a little bit of discussion at upper levels about what people should and shouldn't be doing during their working day and a hastily crafted memo has been distributed threatening instant dismissal for any staff member - no matter who - caught playing games.
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Google redraws world according to George Bush

Here's something quite sinister for armchair conspiracy theorists: it appears that US prez George Bush has final approval on the the UK version of Google Maps and has decided to redesign the world in a way that more adequately reflects his own particular vision.
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eBay's Whitman, Omidyar settle share spinning suit

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Ingram goes mooney over June quarter

Ingram Micro reported its first quarter results yesterday and took a rosier than expected view of the second quarter.

Intel's Eastern focus prompts concern in English channel

ISS Intel's renewed focus on emerging markets has prompted concern that the chip maker doesn't have a coherent plan for western Europe.

BT completes Radianz buy-out

BT has completed its acquisition of financial services network operator Radianz from Reuters, the UK's dominant fixed-line telco announced today.
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'You are racist chavscum' bellows irate reader

FoTW Oh dear. We really need to have a think about cobbling together some more sensitive humour detectors for some of you lot, our beloved readers, to download.
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Fortinet settles GPL violation lawsuit

The UK subsidiary of security software firm Fortinet has settled an action brought against it because it was allegedly not complying with the terms of the General Public Licence (GPL), which underpins the distribution of most open source software.
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INM sells stake in iTouch for €100m

Independent News & Media has announced that it has agreed to sell its entire shareholding in the mobile application vendor iTouch for €100m.
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Monarch triumphs over anarchy

The traditional way to provide end-users with appropriate business intelligence is, to begin with, through the standard reports that are produced by ERP and other corporate applications. However, the information that is in these reports is static, or 'frozen', on the printed page. Additionally, data required for a particular purpose tends to be hidden in large reports or worse, scattered across multiple reports. Moreover, it is frequently the case that there may be only a few nuggets of information that you require from any one report, and given that individual reports may be very large, it may be difficult to find what you need to know.
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Florida Uni on brown alert after hack attack

Students and staff at Florida International University (FIU) were warned they are at risk of identity fraud this week after techies discovered hackers had broken into college systems. A file found on a compromised computer showed that an unknown hacker had access to the username and password for 165 computers at the University, sparking a major security alert.
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Porn-surfing Norwegians awarded $40k

We are seriously considering relocating the entire Vulture Central editorial staff to occasionally-sunny Norway after learning that two workers sacked for hunting net smut at work have been awarded 250,000 Kroner ($40,000) a head for unfair dismissal, Aftenposten Norway reports.
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e-ad spend on the up

Spending on interactive advertising jumped by a third last year racking up a record $9.6bn, according to a report by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
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Beer makes you clever: official

We already know that beer doesn't actually make you fat but rather fights cancer while promoting world peace and understanding and a brighter future for all our children.
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ATI HyperMemory vs Nvidia TurboCache

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Microsoft sharpens Longhorn for SMEs

Microsoft has admitted its products have neglected the unique needs of small businesses in the past but claims this will all change with the release of Longhorn.
Joe Fay, 29 2005
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Head teachers fingered in email snooping row

The Information Commissioner has been asked to investigate alleged email snooping at the offices of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).
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Fusing the desktop with non standard kgs

Letters Desktop fusion. Hmm. Could be anything really, couldn't it? A new design paradigm from Apple; a local sandwich service for busy desk jockeys...or a small tub of stuff that makes neutrons.
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Shuttle grounded until July

NASA has confirmed that the Space Shuttle's return to flight has been bumped again, this time right out of its original launch window and into July. The craft will no longer launch between 22 May and 3 June. Instead engineers decided to postpone the take-off until July, amid lingering safety concerns.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Review The radio series, that became a book, that became a TV series, has finally made it to the silver screen. The film version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is faithful to author Douglas Adams' legacy. The trouble is it's simply not especially funny.

eXpansys swallows MobilePlanet

UK-based eXpansys Group has acquired MobilePlanet Inc, a leading US multi-channel reseller of mobile computing and wireless products.
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Backup tapes are backdoor for ID thieves

Large companies are reconsidering their security and backup policies after a handful of financial and information-technology companies have admitted that tapes holding unencrypted customer data have gone missing.
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Sun shares surge on 'joke' that firm will go private

Shares of Sun Microsystems shot up more than 10 percent Friday and then held some of the gains on speculation that management is looking to take the company private. CEO Scott McNealy told one organ that such rumors were much closer to fiction than truth.

Dell ready to go on India hiring binge

Dell's India staff will swell to more than 10,000 workers by year end, as the company fills out call center and software development roles.