12th > October > 2005 Archive

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China's DVD format 'ready by 2008'

The battle may be all but over between the DVD+ and Blu-Ray camps, but China is determined to keep Western and Japanese manufacturers on their toes. Xinhua, the state-owned news agency, reminded everyone last week that China will put its own format on the market "before 2008".
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Oct 2005
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BT and OneTel lock horns over mis-selling dispute

BT and OneTel are locked in a bitter war of words over allegations of mis-selling phone services.
Tim Richardson, 12 Oct 2005
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Apple finally kills Gil Amelio's legacy by numbers

Apple Computer has finally laid to rest the ghost of former chief exec Gil Amelio, yesterday unveiling gross revenues of $13.93bn and a net profit of $1.335bn, following its best-ever fourth (or any) quarter with revenues of $3.658bn and profit of $430m.
Charles Arthur, 12 Oct 2005
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IBM makes tape disappear with virtual storage magic

Quite awhile has passed since IBM first announced its On Demand Computing agenda, and the vendor is still hammering away at the goal. This week, IBM attacked the virtualization portion of its strategy with a slew of storage and server products.
Ashlee Vance, 12 Oct 2005
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Microsoft and Yahoo! 'to merge IM chat'

Microsoft and Yahoo! will allow users of their respective IM chat services to communicate with each other without recourse to a third-party client, such as Trillian, according to a report. Neither company would confirm the story to the Wall Street Journal.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Oct 2005
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UK taxpayers lose billions to errors, fraud and crap IT

Large-scale errors and fraud in the benefits system cost the taxpayers an estimated £3bn in 2003-04, according to report from the Government's Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
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Small firms drive web growth

Small businesses branching out online have helped make 2005 the strongest year ever for internet growth.
Startups.co.uk, 12 Oct 2005
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AT&T finds 911 workaround

AT&T claims it has found a way to satisfy US regulators that it can properly link its Voice Over Internet Protocol subscribers to 911 - the emergency services.
John Oates, 12 Oct 2005
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US IT spending slows

Spending on information technology in the US will slow sharply in 2007, claims analyst firm Forrester.
John Oates, 12 Oct 2005
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BBC demands £180 licence fee

The BBC is asking UK viewers for at least another £1.6bn over the next eight years, in part to fund its shift to digital broadcasting.
Team Register, 12 Oct 2005
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Environmental refugees could hit 50m by 2010

The world could be facing a surge in the numbers of people made homeless by environmental degradation, with UN researchers estimating that by 2010, there will be 50m so-called environmental refugees in need of aid and support.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Oct 2005
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OneTel 'worst mis-selling offender' says BT

More customers complain about OneTel's sales tactics than any other telco, BT claimed, as the war of words between the rivals intensified today
Tim Richardson, 12 Oct 2005
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Business support for ID cards collapses

Two years ago 73 per cent of company directors were in favour of ID cards but that figure has now fallen sharply despite the London bombings.
John Oates, 12 Oct 2005
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Worm fears over MS October patch batch

Microsoft's patch train rolled into town on Tuesday carrying a cargo of nine updates. Three of the October batch fix critical vulnerabilities involving Windows, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player, Microsoft warned. Four of the patches address important flaws and two deal with moderate security bugs. Microsoft pulled plans to issue a patch last month so it doesn't come as much surprise that there's a bumper load this month.
John Leyden, 12 Oct 2005
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Web App Development with PHP and MySQL

Site offer PHP and MySQL have become a serious and commercially viable system with which to develop web applications. With the relase of PHP 5, many developers are starting to take a second look at PHP. And while there are many books on the market that describe PHP language syntax, there are very few that fully describe web application development with PHP and related technologies.
Team Register, 12 Oct 2005
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Sweden takes file sharer to court

A Swedish man made history yesterday as the first Swede charged with file sharing.
John Oates, 12 Oct 2005
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Pru to hang on to Egg stake

Shares in the Pru dipped this morning following reports that the UK insurer may hang on to its 79 per cent stake in Egg after all.
Tim Richardson, 12 Oct 2005
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Sexism still rife in science and tech jobs, research says

Women working in science and technology still face major barriers to career success, according to researchers at the University of Newcastle, with many women emphasising the struggle to balance family and professional life as a significant problem. So-called institutionalised sexism and male dominated boards were also highlighted as major problems.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Oct 2005
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Carphone profits up

The Carphone Warehouse expects Q2 profits to rise by 35 per cent compared to last year as demand for telecoms services continues to grow.
Tim Richardson, 12 Oct 2005
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Phishing attack targets one-time passwords

OUT-LAW News, 11/10/2005 A Swedish internet bank was forced to shut down its website for a short time last week after its one-time password security system was targeted by a new type of phishing scam, according to reports.
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Oct 2005
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Texans battle RFID-driven black helicopters

Anti-RFID protestors will on Saturday descend on a Dallas Wal-Mart to protest against the company's use of RFID chips and alleged corporate plans to use the technology to secretly track consumers.
Lester Haines, 12 Oct 2005
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Games industry fights violent video law

The US games industry is gearing up to challenge a Californian law limiting children’s access to violent video games, after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the new legislation into law on Friday.
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Oct 2005
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China's space mission blasts off

China has succesfully launched two astronauts into space, almost exactly two years after it first accomplished the feat.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Oct 2005
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Voda faces trademark row with PCCW

UK Broadband - the wireless broadband operator owned by telco giant PCCW - is in a tizz over a new brand campaign run by Vodafone.
Tim Richardson, 12 Oct 2005
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El Reg - RSS feeding the mobile world

Here's the scenario: you're a go-ahead sort of guy, looking for 3G connectability on the move, something which will allow you to keep email contact with the sales department while downing Buds in All Bar One, or MMSing topless Charlotte Church pics to your mates while feigning an interest in a Powerpoint presentation describing the cost benefits of switching the entire company to desktop Linux.
Lester Haines, 12 Oct 2005
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Interview with a tech entrepreneur

TechScape Richard Stubbs speaks at a mile a minute - unusual for an Englishman, I’ve found. He also a self-admitted “tech geek” who’s managed to learn social skills and network through music, hanging out programming and hacking at uni and keeping his finger on the pulse of technology.
Team Register, 12 Oct 2005
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Nokia BlackBerry killers hit the streets

Nokia has launched three new mobile phones designed to please both the IT department and the business and mobile email user.
John Oates, 12 Oct 2005
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Email scam suspect made 'threats to kill'

Peter Francis-Macrae, the 23-year-old who is allegedly the UK's biggest spammer, faces a variety of charges ranging from threats to kill to fraudulent trading in a trial at Peterborough Crown Court this week.
John Leyden, 12 Oct 2005
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Homo floresiensis gains credibility

Researchers on the Indonesian island of Flores have uncovered more evidence that another species of hominid still lived on Earth as recently as 12,000 years ago.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Oct 2005
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Freddie Mercury's Roller rolls onto eBay

The late Freddie Mercury's 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow is being offered for sale on eBay - complete with a man-sized box of tissues which the Queen singer's sister couldn't bear to remove after his death in 1991.
Lester Haines, 12 Oct 2005
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IBM donates Rational IP to Open Source

IBM wants to contribute software development blueprints to the open source community to help developers make fewer coding flaws. It reckons better practices for software development will flow from its donation of a subset of the IBM Rational Unified Process (RUP), a software process platform.
John Leyden, 12 Oct 2005
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Virus writers create Nintendo DS Trojan

Virus writers - no doubt inspired by news of the first PlayStation Portable Trojan - have created the first malware to target the Nintendo DS handheld gaming console.
John Leyden, 12 Oct 2005
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Bacon Raton keeps US at top of spam charts

The US has yet again topped a list of spam producing countries. One in four (26.4 per cent) of the spam messages intercepted by security firm Sophos's global network of spam traps between April - September, 2005 came from the USA. South Korea, second in the chart, accounted for a further 19.8 per cent of junk messages, with third place China accounting for 15.7 per cent of spam email trapped by Sophos.
John Leyden, 12 Oct 2005
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New Palms cheaper than expected

Palm added new models to its Tungsten and Zire lines today, while kissing goodbye to the brand names it launched three years ago. It'll keep the T and Z identifiers, however, and the Treo and LifeDrive names will continue.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Oct 2005
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Apple intros couch potato iMac and video iPod

Apple revamped its iMac range with home theatre features today, and as widely expected, at last added video playback capabilities to its iPod range.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Oct 2005