9th > March > 2006 Archive

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Wall Street to McNealy: Book the cruise tickets

Sun Microsystems is no stranger to free advice from Wall Street. After all, who could forget former Merrill Lynch luminary Steve Milunovich's urging Sun to "spin out" Java.

Micron dishes out $680m bid for Lexar

Memory chip maker Micron has laid out close to $680m in stock to buy Lexar Media.

SCO spends $4m to make $30k in Q1

Say what you will about the SCO Group. The company is a model of consistency.
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Google offers MS-style Seattlement for click fraud suit

Google will pay $90 million to settle a class action click fraud lawsuit. Any web site operator who was also a Google ad network partner who can show improper charges over the past four years will be eligible for damages.
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Cheeky BT tries to poach 'displaced' C&W punters

Cheeky BT has set up a free helpline to poach customers given the elbow by Cable & Wireless (C&W). Last week, C&W announced a major restructuring of its business that will see up to 3,000 jobs axed as the number of customers is cut from around 30,000 to just 3,000.
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Number of premium rate complaints dip

There's been a "significant fall" in the number of people complaining about being ripped off by dodgy premium rate services, according to the latest figures from industry-funded regulator ICSTIS.
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PHP project follows script

The first fruits have emerged in an industry-backed project designed to promote greater simplicity and consistency for developers scripting in PHP.
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Work-at-home mum in net filth conviction

A US housewife has confessed to spamvertising internet porn sites in her spare time. Jennifer Clason, 33, of Raymond, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty to two offences under the US CAN-SPAM Act, and one count of criminal conspiracy, at a federal court hearing in Phoenix, Arizona on Monday. Clason, who's agreed to pay back the money she made from her anti-social activities, faces up to five years imprisonment on each count at a sentencing hearing scheduled for 5 June.

Foxconn calls for new benchmarks

Taiwanese PC parts giant Foxconn is haranguing the rest of the PC industry into backing a new benchmarking system for components.
Joe Fay, 09 2006

Benq intros GPS-enabled Wi-Fi smart phone

CeBIT BenQ Mobile has launched the follow-up to its long-touted yet only recently shipped P50 QWERTY keypad-equipped smart phone. Due to ship in July, the P51 adds GPS satellite navigation to the package and bumps the built-in WLAN support to 802.11g.
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Shared services become hard to swallow

Council IT bosses have raised concerns at being forced by government into consolidating services with neighbouring authorities, Computer Weekly reports.

Channel Warriors: it's survey time again

If you work in the channel and would like the chance to win a Reg goodie bag, we have a survey that wants completing and we're offering one lucky chap or chapess the chance to secure said kit.
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The ambassador's IT angst

The Foreign Office's efforts to replace 30 different IT systems with a new information management service, known as Prism, is "substantially behind time" and causing "great dissastisfaction" in embassies and consulates around the world, according to a parliamentary report issued on 8 March 2006.
Kablenet, 09 2006
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Voda's top marketing man clears desk

Vodafone top marketing man Peter Bamford will be clearing his desk over the next couple of weeks following yesterday's announcement that he is to leave the mobile giant.
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Industry goes mad for IPTV

There was a queue at IPTV Forum in London last week, all the way back past the lifts and round into the bar area. That was the first statement about what should have been yet another unsurprising show about IPTV, that there is real main stream interest out there now and everyone wants to get in on the action.
Faultline, 09 2006
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Global warming may kill ground-based astronomy

A Cambridge astronomer has claimed that global warming may do for ground-based astronomy by 2050 - due to a significant increase in cloud cover provoked by expanding aircraft condesation trails, New Scientist reports.
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Voda outlines timetable for HSDPA trial

Vodafone UK is to trial its souped-up 3G service next month ahead of a commercial launch of the service later this year.
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ISPs must take lead in fighting spam

ISPs need to take the lead in the fight to curtail the nuisance caused by spam, according to a report by a UN agency this week.
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Galaxy-chasing nebula caught on camera

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) has posted the 1000th image on its splendid gallery - a magnificent snap of the "cometary globule CG4" which appears to be about to consume spiral galaxy ESO 257-19:

PC World Business wins Catalist status

PC World Business (PCWB) is to be an approved reseller for the UK government's Catalist IT catalogue, the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) announced today.

Panasonic points to Autumn Euro Blu-ray debut

CeBIT Panasonic will ship its first Blu-ray Disc player in Europe in the Autumn, the consumer electronics giant said today, providing a timeframe for the next-generation optical disc format's roll-out in the Old World. It also announced single- and dual-layer recordable and rewriteable blank BD media, all designed to work with 2x speed drives.
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Ancient cosmic signal decoded

Scientists are still pondering the effects of a rather special gamnma ray burst they detected using NASA's Swift satellite in September, as reported at the time by The Reg.
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Panasonic preps 4GB SD HC card

CeBIT Panasonic will this Summer ship a 4GB SD card which will meet the SD High Capacity (SDHC) specification - also known as the SD 2.0 standard - which paves the way for cards capable of holding up to 32GB of information. You can already get 4GB SD cards based on the 1.1 spec, of course, but for the new version it's a start.
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Vodafone ends cross-border roaming charges

Vodafone has announced the end of roaming charges for its Republic of Ireland customers, while travelling to Northern Ireland and Britain, following O2's lead.

Fujitsu Siemens dangles wireless lappy for €1

CeBIT T-Mobile has teamed with Fujitsu Siemens to sell a UMTS/HSDPA notebook for €1 for customers prepared to tie themselves into a two-year data plan.
Joe Fay, 09 2006
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Fujitsu Siemens sets massive growth target

CeBIT Fujitsu Siemens stuck its neck out today when it set itself the target of hitting €10bn turnover by 2008.
Joe Fay, 09 2006

Samsung readies 10mp, satellite TV phone

CeBIT Samsung today unveiled its first ten megapixel camera phone, pledging to ship the handset in Q2 - in plenty of time to pick up World Cup broadcasts on the device's built-in digital satellite TV tuner.

Logitech Cordless Desktop S530 for Mac

First UK Review It's been some years since I used a desktop Mac so as a PowerBook user, I've grown accustomed to working on a flat keyboard without the benefits of a numeric pad and a full array of function keys. Having used Logitech's new wireless S530 keyboard and mouse combo, however, which not only granted me the freedom to sit back from the screen, but gave me larger, more typing-friendly keys, I may find it hard to go back...
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Mum's a junkie whore and dad got devoured

What do Nigeria and Manchester have in common - apart from war-ravaged areas where armed gangs battle for control of the local resources*? Well, according to the latest email to pop into the Vulture Central advance fee fraud inbox, it's a very tenuous command of the English language:
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Entrepreneurs hail launch of IP centre

The British Library’s new intellectual property and business centre was officially opened to the public last night at an event attended by over 500 guests.
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Professional .Net 2.0 Generics

Cash'n'Carrion The power and elegance of generic types have long been acknowledged. Generics allow developers to parameterise data types much like you would parameterise a method. This brings a new dimension of reusability to your types without compromising expressiveness, type-safety, or efficiency. Now .NET generics makes this power available to all .NET developers. By introducing generic concepts directly into the Common Language Runtime (CLR), Microsoft has also created the first language-independent generics implementation. The result is a solution that allows generic types to be leveraged by all the languages of the .NET platform.

UK supermarket trials fingerprint payment tech

A UK supermarket chain is offering shoppers the option of authorising payment for their groceries using their fingerprints. Three Co-op stores in the Oxford area are trialling "Pay by Touch" in what's said to be the first European use of the technology.
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Tech Digest Not fussed about the CeBIT techfest? Well, here are some fluffy and friendly gadgets - courtesy of Shiny - that you may well not see in Hannover:
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BT spooks SMEs over mis-selling fears

Six in ten small businesses (SMEs) have been the victim of telecoms mis-selling, according to BT, while four in ten small firms say they are badgered by dodgy operators every other day.
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Boffins produce plasma at two billion kelvins

Scientists at the Sandia National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory have produced plasma at a sizzling two billion kelvins - hotter than a star's interior - although they're not quite sure how they did it.
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Plug pulled on Mac hacking challenge

A University sysadmin in the US who set up a Mac hacking challenge reckons the project established the security credentials of the operating system despite having to pull the plug on the contest before its scheduled end. Dave Schroeder, a senior systems engineer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, set up his challenge in an attempt to prove an earlier Hack-My-Mac contest was too easy.

NASA finds a gusher on Saturn moon

A small, frigid moon orbiting Saturn may have vast stores of liquid water that could sustain life, NASA revealed today.

Panasonic adds Skype to DECT cordless phone

CeBIT Panasonic today brought a new twist to the old-fashioned cordless phone market by announcing it will ship a set of Skype-compatible handsets in the second half of the year. The phones will connect through regular DECT base-stations into the public phone service and via a broadband internet link to Skype's P2P network.
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Apple TV: wait and sue

Analysis For worse, the online media market continues to fracture into the haves and the have nots - those that have partnered with Apple and those that have not.