14th > June > 2005 Archive

BMC asks for more time to get books SOX-ready

Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) has claimed another scalp with BMC today saying it will delay the filing of its annual report in order to buy more time to live up to the Act's exacting standards.

BEA mauled by grumpy Bear

BEA Systems last week begged Wall Street to believe in its future, but at least one financial analyst firm wasn't impressed with the sales pitch.
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Missing Dalek found on Glastonbury Tor

A stolen Dalek has been recovered from Glastonbury Tor following its theft from a Somerset tourist attraction last week. Thieves left a "ransom" note demanding to speak to the Doctor, along with the Dalek's plunger arm, shortly after pinching the demented pepper pot from Wookey Hole Caves.

ATI GPU to be first X part

ATI's fabrication partner, TSMC, has begun punching out graphics chips for the company that use 45° diagonal interconnections rather than the more common right-angled wiring pattern.
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IBM sells itself big box

IBM has flicked the switch on the world's most powerful privately-owned supercomputer. Nicknamed BGW it takes second place behind IBM's BlueGene machine at Lawrence Livermore National Labs.
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Infineon posts DDR 3 prototype to Intel

Infineon has become the latest memory maker to produce a working DDR 3 device, even though the SDRAM specification has yet to be finalised.

Hong Kong to crack down on spam

In brief Hong Kong is looking to crack down on spam, according to state media in China.
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Shred It!

Analysis The second worst thing you can do in the face of a government investigation is to destroy the documents relevant to that investigation.
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HTC 'Universal' 3G, Wi-Fi phone to ship 'late Q3'

HTC's eagerly anticipated clamshell 3G smart phone, 'Universal', will go into volume production by the end of September, the company's CEO said yesterday.
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Terrorist watch list incomplete and inaccurate

An internal audit of the US' Terrorist Screening Center has found that the terrorist watch list used to screen travellers and visa applicants is based on incomplete and inaccurate information.
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Samsung countersues Rambus

Samsung has countersued Rambus, and has asked the courts to strip the memory technology developer of four patents it holds.
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Boycott eBay, says Saint Bob

Bob Geldof has called on people to boycott eBay because the auction site is being used to flog tickets to the Live 8 concert.
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PeopleSoft founder helps out victims of Oracle takeover

The founder of PeopleSoft is reportedly putting his own cash into a fund to help out PeopleSoft workers laid off as a result of the firm's takeover by Oracle.

VXers love Britney Spears - official

Spanish anti-virus firm Panda Software has produced a ranking of the famous people most often used to spread viruses on the internet. The listing follows the recent distribution of a Trojan horse malware using spam messages posing as information about a supposed suicide attempt by Michael Jackson.

Mitel finds Crane

Mitel has signed up Crane to distribute its products in the UK.
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'Disgust' as Microsoft censors Chinese blogs

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) - the press freedom outfit - is "disgusted" that Microsoft is censoring its MSN blog service in China.
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Snocap opens P2P music tracker to all

Snocap, Napster founder Shawn Fanning's attempt to turn P2P into a legitimate sales channel, has opened its content-monitoring registry to a wider range of content providers.
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Norwegians fume over Netcom outage

Norwegians are up in arms over a cell phone outage that lasted a couple of days. At least 20 per cent of Netcom's 1.2 million customers were not able to place calls or send text messages. NetCom fixed the problem late Monday, after days of unpredictable service, according to daily newspaper Aftenposten, which itself was seriously hindered by the outage.

Linux distro daddy goes to Redmond

Microsoft has recruited the father of a popular Linux distribution, under a continuing mission to further understand - some would argue "extinguish" - the open source operating system.
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Microsoft mulls music subscriptions

MSN is considering introducing subscriptions to its music download site which currently offers songs for sale on an individual basis.
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From stem cell to brain cell in a petri dish

Researchers in Florida have grown brain cells to maturity in the lab for the first time ever. The researchers identified and harvested stem cells from the brains of adult mice and encouraged them to grow by mimicking the way the brain naturally regenerates.
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Jacko searches soar

UK searches for news on Michael Jackson soared in the run-up to the conclusion of the star's high profile trial on Monday. For the week ending 11 June, online searches relating to Michael Jackson reached their highest point since the trial began in February. More than one in 9,000 searches were for the term ‘michael jackson’, a 29 per cent increase on the term’s previous peak in March, according to net measurement firm Hitwise. Searches for the second most popular Jackson-related term, ‘michael jackson trial’, doubled between 4 June to 11 June.
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$2m raised to combat spit

Kayote Networks - the Israel-based internet telephony outfit - has drummed up $2m to fund its work into combating SPIT - aka VoIP spam.

Computers for girls get patronising gov programme

The government is extending a pilot after-schools programme which aims to keep more young women interested in a career in the IT industry.
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Granny was a monkey

Letters And God said: "Let monkey turn into man". Or perhaps not. This very question has vexed many of you, this week. It all kicked off when the National Academy of Sciences decided to launch a portal providing access to recent scientific research on evolution. The site was intended to provide resources for teachers, and to be a direct challenge to those who oppose the teaching of evoutionary theory in US public schools on religious grounds.

Novell's Microsoft antitrust action OK'd

Novell is being allowed to sue Microsoft for allegedly withholding technical information on the inner workings of Windows to harm Novell's erstwhile desktop productivity software.
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3dom and demokracy rule in cyberspace

Letters In non-evolutionary news this week, people have been getting upset about a whole range of things, from eBay selling Live8 tickets, Microsoft's co-operation with Beijing in silencing freedom-loving bloggers, Air France, and Cat Stevens.

Sysadmins urged to shop child abuse downloaders

Sysadmins are urged to shop staff who download child pornography at work under a campaign due to host a free half-day conference in London on Wednesday (15 June). The 'Wipe it Out' event, backed by the Home Office and organised by the Internet Watch Foundation, aims to address the "practical, legal, ethical and corporate social responsibility" issues around the subject. Junior Home Office Minister Paul Goggins and various net security experts and lawyers are due to speak at the event.

Larry Ellison's storage toy goes after EMC and NetApp

When is a storage start-up not really a start-up? When it has 325 workers, $150m in funding and a well-dressed, yacht-happy, billionaire playboy as its owner. Enter Pillar Data Systems - the Unstart-up.

Sun details server management, DRM goals with Microsoft

Collaboration on systems management and digital rights management (DRM) are the next milestones in the Microsoft and Sun Microsystems joint technology deal.

Sun coughs up an OpenSolaris kernel

The Sun Microsystems OpenSolaris endurance test reached a critical stage today, as the operating system's kernel and networking stack were turned over to developers.