13th May 2005 Archive

Sun plays hide and seek with key Solaris 10 goodies

Sun Microsystems continues to suffer from a nasty case of over-promising technology months and even years before it can deliver the goods. The latest such instance of this condition appeared today as a company official admitted that a much celebrated file system and highly touted Linux software tool won't arrive for Solaris 10 until 2006.
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Gates backs Dell iPod skepticism

Are players in the Wintel alliance ganging against Apple Computer's iPod in the battle for control of the MP3 business? Seems that way.
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Microsoft streamlines licensing

Microsoft is making its notoriously complex system of licensing easier to understand. But it is stopping short of changes that could cut software costs.

Intel may get boost from robust Taiwan PC market

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Resto & pub webcams expose us to pervs, snoops

An astonishing number of restaurants and pubs have installed webcams to observe patrons and beam their images across the internet without their knowledge, The Register has accidentally discovered.
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Nvidia posts record revenues

Nvidia last night posted a record quarterly revenue and the highest net income the company has seen in three years.
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Gloves off in Dutch anti-piracy punch-up

Five Dutch ISPs will launch a "procedure on the merits" action against Dutch anti-piracy organisation Dutch Protection Rights Entertainment Industry Netherlands (BREIN). As reported yesterday, BREIN intends to sue the ISPs next month to obtain the identity of 42 individuals suspected of illegally swapping copyrighted music. The ISPs believe a normal summary proceeding or kort geding will not allow a full investigation of the merits or otherwise of BREIN's case. A procedure on the merits demands such investigation.
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Judge imposes US Renesas chip sales ban

Renesas, Hitachi's spun-off chip business, can no longer sell its SH-3 and SH-4 processor families in the US, a District Court judge has ruled.
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O2 trials mobile TV

A new trial by O2 is bringing mobile television a little closer to the mass market. The mobile operator has teamed up with NTL Broadcast to conduct a six-month trial to test mobile TV in the UK.
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W3C punts mobile web

Comment According to Computer Business Review, the World Wide Web consortium "has raised about $640,000 for three years to fund the initiative" to bring the benefits of the internet to mobile users.

Nvidia G70 to appear at E3

Nvidia's next-generation graphics chip, 'G70', will almost certainly make an appearance at Computex in June, not least because it will have already been shown off at the E3 show, which takes place next week.
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UK flies broadband flag for Tiscali

Tiscali UK is driving the take-up of broadband at the European ISP, the company announced yesterday.
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EII - it's all go out there

Hot on the heels of IBM announcing that it was acquiring Ascential, thus (potentially) uniting its data federation platform WebSphere Information Integrator with Ascential's ETL and EAI capabilities, which was followed by Informatica announcing a partnership with Composite Software, we now have a slew of fresh news.

Firefox loses its shine

The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox web browser has made security a major part of its marketing, but a spate of vulnerabilities found over the last nine months had sullied that message.
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Grid computing: a real-world solution?

Analysis The problem with grid computing has traditionally been tying it down into a real-world context. The theory is great – getting lots of individual technical components working together as if they were one big resource - but it’s the wackier or conversation stimulating applications that have received all of the attention.
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MS punts all-in-one security and backup service

Microsoft is to deliver an all-in-one PC health check service targeted at consumers. Windows OneCare will offer performance tuning, PC maintenance, backup and security functions via a consumer subscription service.
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Dippy makeover sees return of DTI

A week after being re-elected the UK Government has completed an embarrassing about-turn after deciding to stick with the old name for Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) after all.
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Sun spits out tiny squirt of plasma

The smallest coronal mass ejection ever observed has caught solar physicists totally by surprise, and reveals just how limited our understanding is of how these eruptions of solar material are generated.
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Intel: next-gen dual-cores not NetBurst

Intel has confirmed its second-generation dual-core desktop, notebook and server processors will not be based on the Pentium 4's NetBurst architecture, but something more akin to the Pentium III.
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MS unfazed by OSS schools report

The long-awaited report on the use of open source software (OSS) in schools was published today by Becta, the Government's lead agency for ICT in education. As expected, the report concludes that OSS can offer a "cost effective alternative" to proprietary solutions. But it also cautions that an OSS implementation needs careful planning and support.
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Cornell Uni develops apocalypse cube

It will not have escaped the notice of members of the neoLuddite Resistance Army (NRA) that today is Friday 13 May, a date ripe with significance and ill omen. And with good cause, because the media is awash with the news that a Cornell University research team has developed a self-replicating cube which has the ability to assemble itself into civilisation-threatening configurations.
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Orange blasted for extinguishing Wildfire

Orange is facing a PR crisis following its decision to extinguish its Wildfire voice recognition system for mobile phone users.

Google puts the brake on Web Accelerator

Google has disabled downloads of its Web Accelerator software less than a week after introducing the service. The suspension follows reports that the software was caching sensitive content, such as user control panels to online forums.
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I know what you downloaded from Freenet

Exclusive The Freenet Project has been around since 2000. It was designed as a stealthy P2P network (some have called it a "darknet") that distributes its content so broadly that it's impossible to censor.
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MS unwraps Xbox 360

Microsoft unveiled the Xbox 360 last night, as anticipated.
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Garmin iQue M5 GPS PocketPC

Review Garmin was the first company to release a PDA with an integrated GPS receiver, the Palm OS-based iQue, and the M5 is its first Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition version. As soon as I opened the box and started playing with the device I realised that this was a GPS/PDA combo that meant business, writes Benny Har-Even.
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Adventurous squirrels swap passwords for coffee beans

Letters Why don't we kick off this Friday's trawl through the letters bag with a happy reminder of just how secure everything is in this high tech world of ours. We refer, of course, to the news that the average US citizen is happy to hand over his password in exchange for a coffee. We Brits are just as bad, of course, requiring only chocolate eggs as bribes. But that was another story:
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How Hilary Rosen learned to stop suing and hate Apple's iPod

And ninethly The young often when they have learnt all they can learn accuse her of an inordinate pride. She says yes of course. She has always known it and now she says it - Gertrude Stein
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F5 picks up Watchfire's app firewall biz

F5 Networks has acquired the web application firewall business of security firm Watchfire for an undisclosed sum. The two firms said that they would work together to migrate AppShield customers to F5's TrafficShield application firewall product, a technology F5 acquired when it bought MagniFire WebSystems last year.
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Disney greenlights outsourcing of 1,000 IT staffers

Disney will carve 1,000 IT staffers from its payrolls, shipping many of these workers to outsourcers IBM and Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), according to a media report.

Ballmer and McNealy interoperate on ID

Steve Ballmer and Scott McNealy have announced specifications for single sign-in between Java and .NET web service, while admitting to teething problems in their companies' landmark legal and technology agreement.