5th > July > 2005 Archive

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Lufthansa online activist found guilty

A German activist who launched a short attack against Lufthansa's website, in protest at the company allowing police to use its planes for forced deportations of asylum seekers, has been found guilty by a Frankfurt court.
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Online food shopping getting better

Posh supermarket Waitrose chain continues to be best place to shop for groceries online, according to research carried out by Computing Which?.
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GSM Association promotes cheapo phones for developing world

The GSM Association is extending its effort to get low-priced mobile phones into the hands of people in developing countries.

Brit nicked for hacking Xbox

A 22-year old British man has been convicted for modding an Xbox.
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Project Gizmo challenges Skype

IP Telephony is on the brink of becoming mainstream in both the business sector and for "personal" communications. Indeed, when it comes to "personal" usage — by which I mean a small number of people talking together using relatively simple systems rather than corporate solutions — IP telephony has already made an impressive impact. Indeed, amongst the analyst community, and in many other areas of everyday life, IP telephony is growing rapidly.
Tony Lock, 05 2005
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Russia and Europe tout new space plane

Russia and Europe are in talks to build a new a space plane that will fly missions to the International Space Station once Shuttle's final flight is over in 2010.
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Pakistan cable break still not found

Attempts to repair an undersea cable linking Pakistan to the rest of the world are being hampered by rough weather, according to the head of the country's telco.
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Sasser author admits guilt

Updated The German teenager accused of creating the infamous Sasser worm is due to stand trial for computer sabotage offences later today (Tuesday, 5 July).
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Martha Lane Fox back in business

The poster-child for dotcom madness, Martha Lane Fox, has recovered from the car crash which nearly killed her and is back to launch her latest business - a chain of upmarket karaoke bars.
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Clarke's ID card cost laundry starts to break surface

Analysis Growing public concern over the cost of ID cards forced price concessions of sorts from Home Secretary Charles Clarke last week, but these leave the Home Office facing the prospect of an ever-widening money hole as the total cost of the scheme climbs.

Irish distie claims top spot

Commtech is claiming to be Ireland's top security distributor following its purchase of Sentryst for an undisclosed amount.

Chips hurt as DRAM goes down

Tanking DRAM prices dragged down worldwide chip sales in May, latest Semiconductor Industry Association figures show.
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ICANN's man in Europe bows out

Internet overseeing organisation ICANN still has problems but it will come out of the UN's upcoming review into Internet governance with flying colours, the organisation's man in Europe, Paul Verhoef has predicted on the eve of his departure.
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MPs want openness on government IT

Government IT projects are missing crucial stages of feasibility studies and 70 individual Whitehall projects have been warned they are likely to fail.

Offshoring jobs threat 'exaggerated' - WTO

The threat of offshoring IT jobs overseas is overblown, according to boffins at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
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China opens net addiction clinic

Proof that China continues to wholeheartedly embrace all that is good about Western capitalism comes with the news that the nascent economic superpower now has a clinic where net-frazzled comrades can tackle their web addiction.
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Man fakes heart attack with electric underpants

A Lincolnshire man who allegedly used a pair of "electric underpants" to fake the symptoms of a heart attack has had his £300,000 damages claim against electric iron manufacturer Morphy Richards unplugged by a judge.
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GPS tech to rein in UK's speeding motorists

Plans are underway to use a satellite-based system to stop motorists from speeding following the conclusion of government-backed trials of the technology in Leeds. The speed limiting technology works by applying brakes or cutting out the accelerator in modified cars whenever a driver tries to exceed to limit for a particular stretch of road.
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Oz watchdog bans mobile porn

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) - as of 1 July the newly formed face of the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Communications Authority - has banned hard-core porn from mobile phones.
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Does your urine smell of maple syrup?

Do you get seborrhoeic dermatitis around your nose and an acne like rash? Do you produce excess ear wax? Do you have a swollen tongue with lateral teeth indentations? Do you ever wonder why you feel absolutely bloody awful? Fear not, help may at hand in the form of Body Language - a new "online diagnostic tool" designed to get you back on track.
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Thousands sign No2ID pledge

More than 8,000 people have signed No2ID's Pledgebank promise that they will refuse to register for an ID card.
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Orange kills Wildfire - finally

Orange yesterday pulled the plug on its Wildfire voice recognition service.
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Email critical to business shocker

Reg Reader Studies Thanks very much to those 1,826 Reg readers who took the time to complete our recent survey on email, or more precisely, "Email Criticality, Support and Migration".
Quocirca, 05 2005
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Ingram Micro adds five firms

Ingram Micro Europe is bolstering its software product line with the addition of five new vendors.
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Computacenter reorganises

Britain's biggest reseller is hoping a total reorganisation of its business will help it back to bigger profits.
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eBay pulls illegal Live 8 DVDs

eBay is busy trying to remove illegal copies of last weekend's Live 8 gig from its auction site after the record industry complained pirated material was being flogged less than 24 hours after the event.
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HP, Expansys waiting on the judge

Expansys and Hewlett Packard are awaiting a High Court judge’s ruling on their grey marketing court spat.
Joe Fay, 05 2005
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Vendors warn Euro patents bill won't add up

Corporate support for the European Directive on Software patents is fading fast ahead of the parliamentary vote tomorrow, with big technology companies saying no directive would be better than one muddled by too many amendments.
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VIA delays crucial meeting on Claranet acquisition

VIA NET.WORKS has postponed a crucial shareholder meeting to approve the sale of its business to UK ISP Claranet.
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Dell customers offered McData meal with their blades

Dell has added some networking variety to its blade server line by selling McData Fibre Channel switches as a networking option alongside the compact systems.
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Broadcom finds an antitrust suit for Qualcomm

Not satisfied with a mere patent lawsuit against its rival, Broadcom has thumped Qualcomm with a round of antitrust charges.