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Women 'undervalued' in science

Women scientists can face a chilly, and sometimes overtly hostile atmosphere in the world of scientific research, according to a group of researchers in the US. In a paper published in Science the group writes that although progress has been made, women still face a "difficult trek" if they chose a career in science.

Sun pushes open-source DRM scheme

Sun Microsystems stepped into the fractious arena of digital copyright protection this week with plans for an open-source, royalty-free digital rights management (DRM) standard. The Open Media Commons initiative aims to address concerns that a growing number of incompatible download schemes might frustrate consumers and hold back growth in the download market.

SAP lures ex-PeopleSoft customers

SAP says that it will provide support for PeopleSoft applications for half the price quoted by Oracle, hoping to gain from uncertainty among PeopleSoft clients.

Do we need Bambi?

Consider Business Activity Monitoring (BAM): what does it do? The short answer is that it provides real-time information about your business activities (processes). Thus, to take a simple example, you can see that you are currently processing 5,000 invoices an hour.
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Amazon touts short story downloads

Amazon.com is to start selling electronic downloads of short stories, single chapters of books and even single scenes from novels as part of a new section called Amazon Shorts.

Notebooks keep becalmed PC market going

Worldwide PC unit shipments are on pace to grow 12.7 per cent in 2005 even though revenues are set to increase by only 0.5 per cent, according to a preliminary forecast by analyst house Gartner.
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Bird flu fears see Holland's hens ordered inside

Dutch authorities have ordered that all farmers must keep their poultry indoors, in a bid to prevent the country falling victim to a new infection of bird-flu.
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Four sue over passenger data

Four Alaskans have filed suit against the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), seeking to prevent the agency deleting personal records that were obtained during a passenger-screening programme. The TSA has denied that it holds records on Anchorage-based Bill Beck and Sally Huntley (both travel agents) and John Davis and Charles Beckley, but the Alaskans want the agency to check more thoroughly.
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WiMAX: the emperor's clothes get another wash...

This week has seen more scepticism than ever about Wimax as a viable wireless carrier technology, following the news from the Forum that testing and certification "could be delayed till October."
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US Air Force scrambles after privacy breach

The US Air Force has been forced to notify more than 33,000 airmen that their personal details might have been exposed following the discovery of a computer security breach. The notification comes after Air Force personnel officers discovered suspiciously high activity on one account into a careers database, called AMS (Assignment Management System), dating back to June.

Chip makers cautious with their capex

In brief The outlook for chip manufacturing gear makers improved slightly in July latest figures from trade group SEMI show.
Joe Fay, 22 2005
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US loses another round in WTO gambling case

The World Trade Organisation has given short shrift to US foot dragging on opening up its gambling industry to international online competition.
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Video games make boys feistier: study

A mere seven days after the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign said it could rule out a link between violence in video games and aggression in children, Saint Leo University in Florida has come to exactly the opposite conclusion.
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Google uses Sidebar to sideline rivals

In an aggressive move that will pit Google against both Microsoft and Yahoo, the search giant has released an upgrade to its desktop search programme.
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Brits happy to ditch civil liberties

Three out of four Brits would happily hand over their civil liberties in exchange for better security against terrorist attacks, according figures from pollsters ICM.
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Hotel hacking could pump smut into every room

Hotel hybrid broadband internet and TV-on-demand entertainment systems are open to attack, security researchers warn. Penetration testing firm SecureTest has identified a number of vulnerabilities in the implementation of hotel broadband systems delivered using Cisco's LRE (long-reach Ethernet) technology. Using a laptop connected to a hotel network, SecureTest found it was possible to control the TV streams sent to each room or gain access to other user’s laptops.
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Systems Union buys Equate

Systems Union in Ireland has acquired IT consultancy firm Equate Business and IT Solutions for an undisclosed sum. The transaction closed just over a year after Equate was founded.
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Intel ready to begin Phase II of losing propaganda offensive

Analysis You'll read a lot this week about the wonders of Intel. That's because Intel is hosting a developer conference in San Francisco, and the press can't gush enough over the processor maker's wizardry at these things. So, before the hype machine starts, it seems like an appropriate time to remind everyone how fallible Intel has proved itself to be over the past two years.

AMD extends 25W Turion line

AMD today released two further members of its Turion 64 mobile processor family.

Intel looks to low-power, high-performance chip future

IDF Intel will this week detail how its multi-core strategy to square the circle of reducing processor power consumption without limiting performance.