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.
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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).
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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.
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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. Legal teams at Amazon.co.uk and Dabs.com are unlikely to find any big surprises in the 73-page document about compliance with the Distance Selling and Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations, which closely reflects a draft published last November. But there are some tips that may be useful. The guidance, which reflects minor changes to the laws on distance selling in April 2005, follows a recommendation in an OFT report on the consumer IT market published in December 2002. The OFT says that the changes to the laws delayed the guidance.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Identity management bandwagon on a roll

Comment Who 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.
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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).

Computer forensics firm Guidance hacked

Computer forensics firm Guidance Software has itself become the subject of a hack attack, prompting warnings to its clients in law enforcement and computer security that their financial details may have been exposed.
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Sony Walkman NW-A1000

Review When Apple's iPod began to take off in a big way, it left the rest of the market standing. Sony and most other 'serious' audio electronics manufacturers were either over-sceptical about computer-based music formats or were too conservative in their approach to catch the first bandwagon as it rolled on by.