10th > October > 2005 Archive


Mercury suite talks BTO

Mercury Interactive has launched Business Technology Optimisation (BTO) Enterprise, claimed to be the first suite to implement an integrated Enterprise BTO technology blueprint.
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Ofcom waves through wholesale line rental

Ofcom is to approve a product that should enable rivals to compete with dominant fixed line telco BT.
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Wales sold on online procurement

Millions could be saved by Welsh councils following a successful first eAuction pilot by two local authorities in the Principality.
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Anti-spam user authentication is 'worse than useless'

Claims that user authentication schemes will reduce spam are not just wrong but "wrongheaded", a security researcher warned on Friday.
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Ericsson set to buy Marconi

Ericsson is in talks which could quickly lead to the takeover of Marconi, according to reports just about everywhere.
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Porn and gore man arrested

The American man behind the website which offered free porn in exchange for pictures of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan has been arrested for obscenity.
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DDoS by mobile phone: is it a goer?

Mobile phone networks could be swamped by text messages to phones in a denial of service attack by hackers, academics warn. A paper by Enck, Traynor, McDaniel, and La Porta of Pennsylvania State University explains that if too many text messages are sent to phones in the the same cell of a mobile network at the same time the cell's control channel might be monopolised, preventing new calls from being initiated.
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Crack-crazed squirrels terrorise South London

Stop us if you've heard this one: crack-addicted squirrels are terrorising Brixton in Sarf London in a desperate search for a fix, eschewing their traditional nuts and digging up residents' front gardens in what appears to be a credible zoological threat to the Yardies' hard-drug hegemony.
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Oracle buys Finnish developer

Database giant Oracle has made another acquisition - picking up a small Finnish open source developer.
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Oz investor swallows €400m slice of Eircom

There's speculation that Eircom could become the focus of a take-over bid after Australian investment outfit Babcock & Brown acquired a 12.5 per cent stake in the Irish incumbent.
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Humans prime suspects in lynx extinction

Tests on lynx bones found in a cave in North Yorkshire in the 19th century have overturned the widely held belief that the wild cat went extinct in the UK 4,000 years ago. Radio carbon dating has shown the bones to be a mere 1,500 years old.
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Japanese supersonic airliner is go

Japan this morning successfully tested an 11.5m-long propotype of its Next Generation Supersonic Transport (SST) at Australia's Woomera range.
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Apple and Samsung could face Korea flash memory probe

Korean regulators could investigate whether Apple broke competition laws by buying memory from Samsung at below market rates.
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Stanford wins the DARPA challenge

Stanford University has won the second $2m DARPA grand challenge, in which robot cars have just ten hours to steer themselves across a 150-odd mile obstacle course in the Mojave desert.
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MS security bundling plan causes waves

European anti-trust regulators have begun investigating Microsoft's plans to market consumer security software. Symantec has been asked to provide information about Microsoft's plans for OneCare - an all-in-one PC health check service targeted at consumers - in order to help investigators decide whether Microsoft might have fallen foul of anti-trust rules.
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We're just getting revved up, Ballmer tells Irish

As the launch of the Xbox 360 nears, Steve Ballmer told Irish journalists that Microsoft is "poised for leadership in the next generation console market".
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Ex-subscriber accuses PlusNet of 'paranoia'

A Reading man says he "didn't know whether to laugh or cry" when he received an email from PlusNet's lawyers instructing him to hand over a database containing email addresses of 95,000 PlusNet customers.
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Airstrike rocks Smurf village

Here's a poser for you: you're trying to knock together a TV ad highlighting the effects of war on children. What's the plan?
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Shanghai takes big stick to net slang

The powers that be in Shanghai have taken a seat alongside the French on the linguistic shoreline waiting to order back the tide of lexicographical barbarisms which threaten their native tongues, official Chinese news reports confirm.

Google Sun (Office) not a threat, says MS

The Microsoft exec in charge of Office has dismissed last week's tie-up between Sun and Google as illusion rather than substance.
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Wanted: new chairman of incumbent telco

BT is sniffing around for a new chairman, according to a report by The Observer.
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SMS kettle: best invention ever?

Do you ever find yourself gasping for a cup of tea, but you just can't summon the strength to switch the kettle on? Does it all seem too much? Is all hope for the afternoon tea break fading away?

Chip and PIN gets loved up

UK credit and debit card holders will have to remember their PIN in order to be sure of being able to pay by plastic after Valentine's Day 2006, the banking industry announced Monday. If shoppers don’t use a PIN, their Chip and PIN card may be declined and the option of signing will no longer be guaranteed except for cards that have not been upgraded to chip and PIN or for purchases outside the UK or by disabled people.
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NO2ID: the big t-shirt restock

Cash'n'Carrion Battling anti-ID-card outfit No2ID, recently seen causing a bit of a kerfuffle at a government ID card roadshow and getting themselves ejected from the Gateshead Metro Centre for their trouble, have just restocked all of their campaigning shirts in all sizes.
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Governments make net grab - Podcast Exclusive

Who should have control of the Internet? Last month's United Nations meeting in Geneva saw the United States pitched against the EU as well as old foes China, Iran and Cuba in a fight for overall control of the Internet.
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Ballmer to bid for GOO61E licence plate?

Here's the perfect gift for the man who has everything, except Google: the GOO61E licence plate currently up for grabs on eBay for a cool £20,000.
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Mobile phone insurance 'waste of money'

Forking out for mobile phone insurance could be a waste of money according to industry group BIBA.
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We'll index the world by 2310, says Google

Good news for people who like making lists: Google's Eric Schmidt says that it will take another three hundred years before all the information in the world is neatly indexed and searchable.
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RIM refused rehearing in BlackBerry case

A US Federal Court of Appeals on Friday refused to rehear an appeal by RIM in respect of a dispute over the BlackBerry-maker's alleged infringements of patents relating to radio frequency wireless communications in email systems.
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IXEurope buys German datacentre

IXEurope has snapped up its third datacentre in Germany, the firm announced today.

Supermicro begins 'Ask, Don't Tell' Opteron drive

AMD has dragged supplier Supermicro kicking and screaming out of the Opteron processor closet. The chip maker today put out a press release on Supermicro's behalf, announcing that three suppliers have picked up Supermicro's AMD-based gear.

Intel emerges from innovation sabbatical with a case of Paxville

Nothing says, "Please forgive me" like a Hot Carl. Er, sorry, a Carl Reiner. Yes, Intel pulled out the old Carl for its launch today of the "Paxville DP" processor - aka Intel's first real dual-core server chip - aka its long-awaited answer to AMD's Opteron.