20th > December > 2005 Archive
Oracle begins Phase IV of per processor pricing offensive
Pull out your calculators, friends. Oracle has released another new pricing model.
Fully featured Windows Vista CTP coming
Developers are closer to getting a full, pre-release copy of Microsoft's next client operating system with Microsoft's latest Windows Vista Community Technology Preview (CTP).
Santa running short on surveillance gear this year
Every year at about this time, we try to bring our beloved readers a story or two to boost the holiday cheer. And this year is no different.
Microsoft targets pirate partners
Microsoft last week filed 10 lawsuits against firms accused of involvement in pirating software and people who had allegedly breached a subscription agreement with the company by selling not-for-resale software on auction sites.
iPod headphones may damage hearing
Music lovers are being warned that the popular 'earbud' headphones worn by users of iPods and MP3 players could lead to hearing loss.
OFT guidance on selling kit online
Selling IT equipment to consumers online: OFT guidance OUT-LAW News, 19/12/2005 Any business selling IT goods and services over the internet, by mail order or by telephone may wish to review its terms and conditions for consumer sales in light of new guidance published by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on Friday.
RIM 'close' to revealing injunction-busting technology
Research in Motion (RIM) has said it is "pretty close" to being able to spill the beans on the technology it believes will allow it to stay operational should its legal antagonist, NTP, persuade the US District Court to shut down the patent-infringing service.
Thus to buy Your Comms - report
Thus - the Scottish telco behind the Demon internet brand - is on the verge of buying Your Communications, according to The Scotsman.
NASA eyeballs lost Beagle 2
Brit boffin Colin Pillinger - the man behind the failed Beagle 2 mission to Mars - says NASA may have discovered the remains of the vehicle in a crater in which it appears to have crashed, Reuters reports.
It's a dog's life on eBay
Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, TV Scoop features all that’s cool in British telly and Propellerhead answers your PC queries.
EU chief criticises net firms over China actions
A senior European Union official has taken hi-tech firms to task for helping China suppress dissent. In an internet posting about corporate responsibility, EC vice president Margot Wallström criticised net giants such as Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! for being too willing to bend ethical guidelines where potential profits in new markets are at stake.
AOL / Google deal 'a disastrous decision'
Execs at Time Warner have are "on the verge of making a disastrous decision" by flogging a slice of AOL to Google, a dissident shareholder has warned.
NEC unveils first 'Yonah' notebook
NEC has announced what may well be the first notebook to be based on Intel's upcoming 65nm, dual-core processor, 'Yonah'.
Club 3D unveils mid-range Radeon graphics card
Club 3D has begun shipping its ATI-based mid-range X1600 XT graphics card loaded with 256MB of GDDR 3 video memory and ready to work with any compatible CrossFire-enabled card.
Sober worm prompts net perv confession
A child porn suspect turned himself in to the police after mistaking an email generated by a prolific internet worm for an official notice he was under investigation.
Bloke finds self on Google Earth
Here's something interesting for all you Google Earth aficionados, courtesy of hard-drinking student layabout Matthew Wilkes:
Apple ponders 1GB iPod Nano
Apple is wondering whether to offer a 1GB iPod Nano early next year, even as it prepares a redesigned iPod Shuffle with the same song-storage capacity.
NASA Pluto mission looks good to go
NASA is making final preparations for the launch of its New Horizons mission to Pluto and moon Charon - the first dedicated trip to the distant planet.
Identity management bandwagon on a roll
CommentWho does what with an enterprise IT system can be quite important. This is even more the case given the glut of new regulations and laws governing how businesses are run in a post-Enron/Worldcom world, even if it only means that the right company director can be taken outside and shot. So knowing which people should have access to what systems and trapping the meddlers –whether malicious or incompetent – is now a core component of sound compliance management.
BT's 'reputation damaged' by India outsourcing deal
BT's decision to export some 900 jobs to India has damaged the British company's reputation, according to the Communications Workers Union (CWU).