28th > November > 2005 Archive
MS goes fishing, hooks Cray co-founder
Burton Smith is leaving the supercomputer maker Cray, which he co-founded, to join Microsoft.
DiData buys African telco provider
South African reseller group Dimension Data is buying the other half of Plessey Ltd. from Worldwide African Investment Holdings.
Government websites fail to meet standards
The vast majority of public service websites in Europe are failing to meet international e-accessibility standards.
Legend takeover talks result due soon
Legend Communications is due to make an announcement about a possible take-over "in the near future", the Lancaster-based ISP and VoIP outfit said today.
PlusNet swallows Metronet
PlusNet has swallowed Parbin Ltd - the internet outfit that trades as Metronet - for £1.7m, the Sheffield-based ISP announced today.
Google tests click-to-call
Google is testing a service to get advertisers and consumers talking on the phone. The system works by putting a phone icon next to some search results. Clicking on the graphic lets you enter your phone number - Google will then connect you, for free, to the advertiser.
EC outlines anti-terror database measures
The European Commission last week adopted two measures designed to assist in the fight against terrorism and serious crime by improving the development of and access to common European databases.
SETI@Home goes BOINC
SETI@Home, the popular distributed computing project, will cease to be a standalone program on December 15.
Software group wants role in EC MS case
The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has asked permission to get involved in the European Commission's ongoing court case against Microsoft.
Trademark dispute prompts Purple Sun rebranding
Internet monitoring outfit Purple Sun has been forced to rebrand following a long-running trademark dispute with Sun Microsystems. It seems the computer giant got the hump with Purple Sun's use of the word "sun" and blocked its application to trademark the name.
Orange debuts new Blackberry flavour
Orange today said it will ship Research In Motion's latest Blackberry, the 8700, in the UK early next year. However, British buyers may not be immediately able to use one of the device's key features: the EDGE data-transfer speed enhancement for GPRS networks.
Report points to Xbox 360 shortage
Speculation abounds that only 300,000 Xbox 360s will be making their way to Europe for the launch of the console on 2 December.
Techscape: A Wordwise veteran
InterviewThe argument has been raging since Thomas Edison started General Electric: Is the technical brain behind a business or product capable or even competent enough to manage the operations and growth of that business?
$200K Lego brick blagger suspect nabbed
A US man has been charged with stealing mountains of Lego bricks as part of a long-running scam. William Swanberg, 40, of Reno, Nevada, was indicted last week of pilfering Lego sets from Target stores across five western states worth an estimated $200,000. Prosecutors charge that Swanberg switched the bar codes on Lego boxes with cheaper labels before reselling his booty on the net.
BBC pulls plug on Dalek lesbian romp flick
NSFWThose readers who have ever wondered in an idle moment how a couple of Daleks would respond to the presence of three naked lesbians romping in their Mothership might recently have found the answer in the shape of a sci-fi smutfest entitled "Abducted by the Daleks".
Japanese asteroid probe hits paydirt
A Japanese space probe has successfully taken samples from an asteroid for the first time ever.
Vote now for the worst corporate anthem - ever!
PollOur piece last week highlighting Dutch "media investment management" outfit MindShare's version of Donna Summer's She works hard for the money provoked a mini snowstorm of emails pointing us towards some truly Mephistophelean corporate anthems - musical works so hideous that prolonged exposure to them would certainly result in insanity and eventual death.
Ex FEMA honcho turns pro with disaster consulting outfit
There's an old joke about chutzpah: A boy found guilty of murdering his parents faces sentencing. The judge asks if he wishes to speak in his own defence before sentence is passed. "I do, your honor," the boy replies. "I would ask the court to weigh generously the fact that I am now an orphan."
Saddam's uniform pops up on net
Anyone who fancies spending the next few weeks sitting in a glass enclosure declaring "I am the president of Iraq and I refuse to acknowledge the authority of this tribunal" will need the apparel to complete the dramatic coutroom effect and, lo and behold, a Saddam Hussein uniform has popped up at Manion's International Auction House for bids in excess of $5k:
Iceland left in the cold after cable cut
Many companies on Iceland were again without broadband internet last week when the Farice Line, a 1400 km long fibre optic line connecting Iceland to Europe through the Faroe Islands and Scotland, was cut near Inverness. Apparently, a digger accidentally severed it.
Romantic love quickly dies
Romantic love normally lasts only a year, according to Italian boffins, whose findings would have Casanova spinning in his grave.
Singaporean boffins test chicken-hugging e-suit
Scientists in Singapore have developed a jacket which can transmit the sense of touch over the internet, Reuters reports. Strangely, they have so far restricted themselves to testing the technology on chickens, but hope to "use the same concept to transmit hugs over the internet".
NHTCU warns over Sober worm
The latest variants of the prolific Sober worm series are posing as messages from the UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, prompting a warning from the British police agency.