21st > November > 2005 Archive


C2000 welcomes email plagiarists

Distie round-up Computer 2000 has launched a demand generation service, which will enable resellers to rebrand vendor promo emails as their own and send to their customer lists. The service is called Clic2Channel and it has gone live, after being "piloted with excellent results".
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TechScape: Are you being Served?

Comment Tired of being treated like the vendor is your customer? Tired of surly service reps treating you shabbily and ignoring your complaints? Fed-up with having the line “accidentally” cut-off when you’re trying to get some satisfaction? Well, I am too. This is the column for you, then.
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Online poker firms at daggers drawn

Empire Online is considering legal action against PartyGaming after takeover talks between the two fell through.

Computacenter founders may buy back firm

Computacenter founders Peter Ogden and Philip Hulme have offered to buy the company back from its shareholders.

RM ups profits on flat revenues

Schools provider RM posted flat turnover but a ten per cent increase in profits for the year ended 30 September 2005.

Dell 'sourcing AMD-based PCs from Taiwan'

Dell has contracted three Taiwanese manufacturers to supply it with PCs based on AMD processors, the Asian press has claimed.
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Intel files for 'Intel Core' trademark

Intel has formally applied to trademark the phrase 'Intel Core', a key component of what is believed to be its forthcoming move to re-brand its processor product lines.
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Intelligent design 'not science', says Vatican astronomer

Intelligent Design is not science, and has no place in science lessons, according to the Vatican's chief astronomer, the Rev. George Coyne. According to the Italian news agency, ANSA, Father Coyne was speaking informally at a conference in Florence when he said that intelligent design "isn't science, even though it pretends to be."
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Intel 65nm 'Yonah' to ship at 2.16GHz

Intel's upcoming 65nm, dual-core notebook chip, 'Yonah', will ship as the Pentium M T2600, computer manufacturer moles have claimed.
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Demon scores broadband ton

Demon - the internet business owned by Scottish telco Thus - has more than 100,000 broadband punters, it reported today. The increase of 30,000 or so high speed net users on the year helped push broadband revenues up 24 per cent to £17.4m.
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DVD Forum approves twin rewriteable HD DVD formats

Re-recordable HD DVD discs will be branded 'HD DVD-RW', the DVD Forum confirmed at its most recent steering committe last week.
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Insuring IT security

Quocirca’s Changing Channels There is little difference between the aims of IT security and insurance. Businesses make investments in both because they know they have to and it would be irresponsible not to. IT security products are purchased to protect against threats that it is hoped will never occur. In the same way, when we insure our houses, we do not intentionally burn them down (OK, there are some exceptions).
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Patchy response to reducing security exposure

Enterprises have improved their patching practices over the last 12 months but two out of three (70 per cent) are currently vulnerable and in jeopardy of potential exploit or attack, according to a study by on-demand vulnerability management firm Qualys.

Atsco warns on foreign BOFHs

ATSCO, the lobby group for temp agencies, says 22,000 "foreign" IT staff were given visas to work in the UK in the last year.
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Where have all the physics teachers gone?

The government must take urgent action to combat a chronic shortage of physics teachers, the Institute of Physics said today, as a report links a steep decline in the number of A-level physics students with a lack of expert physics instructors coming into the profession.
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Rogue diallers fingered by Ofcom

Ofcom is looking to clamp down on rogue diallers by closing existing loopholes.
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Chinese float liquid condom concept

China's first liquid condom went on sale today after the country's health and drugs administration formally gave the hi-tech prophylactic the thumbs-up, the China Daily reports.

Gaffer tape defeats Sony DRM rootkit

Updated Sony's controversial DRM technology - which installs rootkit-style software when users play Sony BMG CDs on Windows PCs - can be defeated easily with nothing more than a piece of masking tape, security researchers have discovered.

ZyXel ZyAir AG-225H Wi-Fi sniffer

Review There may be plenty of wireless hotspots in the UK but they're not always that well advertised, making it a real pain for mobile workers looking for a quick Internet fix. Windows XP and its zero configuration wireless features make life a lot easier but this still means firing up your notebook to see what's available. ZyXel's new AG-225H could be the answer as this little baby is a combined wireless network locator, 802.11a/b/g USB adapter and access point as well. We've heard the device being likened by some to a wireless sniffer but this isn't strictly correct as the device merely displays basic information about the networks it finds and doesn't have the ability to intercept wireless data packets.
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Londoners, roll up for your free leadership training

Site offer El Reg has teamed up once again with Internet Exchange to offer 50 readers free training online.
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French woman tried to pop out for mid-flight ciggie

A French woman nearly disappeared in a real cloud of smoke when she tried to open the door of an airliner so she could pop out for a mid-flight fag.
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Cellcos failing deaf people, says charity

Ofcom has come under fire from the RNID - the charity which represents nine million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK - for failing to enforce legislation that would improve the lives of disabled people.

Nigerian fraud duo jailed for 37 years

Two Nigerian fraudsters have been jailed for a total of 37 years following their conviction for involvement in what has been described as the biggest scam in the West African Country's history. Emmanuel Nwude was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment and Nzeribe Okoli to 12 years imprisonment after they plead guilty to conspiring to defraud a Brazilian bank of $242m (£141m). The duo will also forfeit $121.5m in compensation to victims of their scam, which resulted in the collapse of Sao Paolo-based Banco Noroeste.
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ITU refuses to accept net governance agreement

The ITU has refused to accept the internet governance consensus reached after torrid negotiations during its own summit process, further damaging its credibility in eyes of the net community.
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Reg saves World Summit with multi-million-pound commitment

The Register has put its money where its mouth and saved the World Summit from being branded a waste of everyone's time.
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Napster launches XM tie-in software

Napster and satellite radio company XM today provided the first glimpse of the results of their strategic alliance, announced in July.
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This is how a government-filtered internet looks

There been alot of argument in Tunis during the World Summit over the fact that the government filters internet access to remove websites it doesn't like.
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Light regulation will beat child porn, says trade minister

Light-touch regulation, minimal legisation and a close working relationship with business is the answer to the net's problems, not least child pornography, according to UK secretary of state for trade Alun Michael.
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Sky demos HDTV in UK

The UK’s first and best blog devoted to High Definition TV - HDTVUK . From the makers of Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny.
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Apple to spend $1.25bn to secure Flash supply

Apple has come clean on the much-rumoured but until today officially unconfirmed Flash memory supply deals it's banking on to continue pumping out iPod Nanos and Shuffles.

Lockheed pulls out of CSC buy

Defence contractor Lockheed Martin is pulling out of discussions which could have led to it buying Computer Science Corporation (CSC).
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Apple iPod sales pass 30m

Apple today said it has shipped more than 30m iPods since it launched the first member of its MP3 player family back in November 2001.
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Infinium CEO quits after 14 weeks

Kevin Bachus, the ex-Microsoft Xbox chief who took charge of online games service Infinium Labs in August, has quit the company after barely three months on the job.
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No .eu domain for the Swiss

The Swiss won't be able to register for the ".eu" web domain when the European Union (EU) begins accepting registrations for internet addresses next month, even though the country is in the heart of Europe. EU regulations prohibit non-members from registering. Only people resident within the EU or undertakings having their registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the European Community can apply.
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Inter-Mediates goes bust

Another British software and games vendor has gone to the wall - thanks to the grim retail environment.
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Intel and Micron form Flash firm

Intel and Micron are to form a third company to make NAND Flash memory chips, the two companies announced today, almost as soon as Apple said it was paying $1.25bn to secure Flash supplies through 2010.
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Nuclear power: splitting the Cabinet?

The Cabinet could be headed for an embarrassing split over nuclear power as the UK establisment frets over the country's energy policy.
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Match.com accused of faking romance

Match.com has been sued by a man who says the online dating agency wrote him romantic emails and even sent him on a sham date with an attractive employee to encourage him to renew his subscription, Reuters reports