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Novell rearranges the brass after Q1 bomb

A mini tornado of re-organization has again blown through Novell, shaking up the open source business, marketing and regional operations in the wake of poor quarterly results.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Mar 2006
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Google takes on MS Office with Writely buy

The vexed topic of an online word processing system is back on the agenda after Google bought start-up Writely in a potential challenge to Microsoft's desktop suite.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Mar 2006

Linus, GPL 3.0 and sharks with lasers on their heads

Citing some James Bond analogies, Linus Torvalds has defended his objections to GPL 3.0, while holding out an olive branch to the Free Software Foundation (FSF).
Gavin Clarke, 10 Mar 2006

Wanadoo punter still without broadband

A Wanadoo UK customer who has been left without broadband for more than seven weeks after his line was migrated to LLU has now complained to industry trade group ISPA.
Tim Richardson, 10 Mar 2006

Reding to report to EC on RFID

CeBITThe European Commission has launched a Europe-wide consultation on RFID technology, which will result in a “communication” on the technology by the end of the year.
Joe Fay, 10 Mar 2006

Colossus: Bletchley Park’s greatest secret

Book reviewOne reader wrote in to complain that my recent review of Frauenfelder’s The Computer, an illustrated history missed the fact that it “yankified” history – didn’t adequately recognise British contributions. On the contrary, when I checked against other sources, Frauenfelder’s is a very cosmopolitan account - it even points out that German innovator Konrad Zuse probably built the first real computer. However, one reason for confusion about the principal dates in this history is the military secrecy and deliberate obfuscation surrounding some of these early computers.
David Norfolk, 10 Mar 2006

National Express trials in-coach Wi-Fi

UK coach firm National Express has launched a trial which has seen Telabria's mSystem mobile Wi-Fi hotspots installed on coaches between London and Cambridge.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2006

Call for disabled internet revolt

The Disability Rights Commission plans to call upon disabled internet users to rise up against inaccessible website owners and help it take complaints with the force of law.
Mark Ballard, 10 Mar 2006

UK plans to make driving licences biometric

The British driving licence is to go biometric "at some stage" but, according to Transport Minister Alastair Darling, it will remain a distinct document from the planned UK identity card. Darling introduced the Road Safety Bill in the House of Commons this week, but said, "given that the same information will be required for both passports and driving licences, it makes sense to co-operate on them, but the two documents will be distinct".
John Lettice, 10 Mar 2006
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IBM talks software value with partners

IBM yesterday announced better Ts&Cs for software sales through the channel, offering authorised dealers up to 40 per cent of the revenue of software.
Team Register, 10 Mar 2006

Level 3 leak leaked

Internet giant Level 3 sprung a leak yesterday at its Braham Street data centre in London. According to emails leaked to El Reg, the water may have damaged customer kit although so far Level 3 has declined requests to explain exactly what happened or how many customers were affected.
Tim Richardson, 10 Mar 2006

OGC spreadsheet madness causes dealer uproar

The Office of Government Commerce is blaming a spreadsheet error for a foul-up over accrediting suppliers for its new Catalist procurement programme.
Drew Cullen, 10 Mar 2006
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Blu-ray body confirms format to use 'interim' copy protection code

CeBITBlu-ray Disc's lack of full AACS support will not limit the consumer in any way, Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) spokesman Frank Simonis said today after confirming the next-generation optical disc format will incorporate an "interim" version of the copy-protection technology.
Tony Smith, 10 Mar 2006

Monster TVs slug it out for CeBIT crown

CeBITSony did it at CES in Las Vegas, and now it's Samsung's turn at CeBIT in Hannover. Yes, we're talking monster 82in LCD TVs. Alas, it was outscaled by LG, which is touting a 100in LCD, but don't forget that Panasonic's 103in plasma screen beats them all.
Tony Smith, 10 Mar 2006

Psst, want to be on Dr Who?

Geek TVCertified 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 Games Digest has all the latest gaming news.
Jane Hoskyn, 10 Mar 2006

RIAA to probe Pope's iPod?

LettersRight, look lively: we have a lot of stuff to wade through this Friday, and some of it even has a serious IT-related angle. Like this, regarding Ofcom's media literacy audit:
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2006

Jabra talks up Bluetooth iPod accessories

CeBITBluetooth headset specialist Jabra this week stepped into the iPod, handheld games console and music-phone accessory markets, pitching a handful of new products designed to free digital music device owners from cumbersome wires.
Tony Smith, 10 Mar 2006

BOFH: Feral access points

Episode 10"What's he doing?" the Boss whispers, noticing the PFY's absence from and disinterest in the conversation he and I have been having about the shameful nature of internet porn sites these days. Put another way, the boss has been gently probing [oooh errr] for a list of potential spank sites while implying that he's in some way concerned about the moral condition of the workplace..
Simon Travaglia, 10 Mar 2006

Kenyan farmers save for a rainy day

Case study
Drew Cullen, 10 Mar 2006

Be sorry for network snafu

Broadband ISP Be is to issue refunds to its net users after the service went titsup earlier this week.
Tim Richardson, 10 Mar 2006

Nvidia gets its chips out

CeBITNvidia has announced a raft of new graphics kit at CeBIT, aimed at providing what it calls "extreme high-definition" to users. SVP Dan Vivoli said the move towards high-definition displays and the extra demands it will place on hardware is: "music to our [Nvidia's] ears".
Christopher Williams, 10 Mar 2006

IBM simplifying the data warehouse

IBM has just announced the second strand in its strategy for simplifying data warehousing. It contends, rightly, that deploying and managing an enterprise data warehouse is horrendously complicated. Moreover, those complications directly drive costs up. So, it is simplifying the data warehouse and driving costs down.
Philip Howard, 10 Mar 2006

Frisky Fräuleins on your phone

CeeBitchAnother year, another CeBIT. Which as usual, means trudging round in the snow, ice, hail and fog, with nothing to look forward to except a freshly boiled bockwurst and ein or zwei biers at the end of the tag. It’s like Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow without the bravery, drama and funny hats.
Joe Fay, 10 Mar 2006
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Europe tagging along on RFID

OpinionViviane Reding yesterday reeled off a sheaf of figures on RFID’s expected growth over the coming years. The European Commissioner for Information Society and Media reckons 600m tags will ship this year, with that number jumping 450 times within ten years.
Joe Fay, 10 Mar 2006

Click here to learn the net's true purpose

NSFWIf you've ever wondered, as we have, just exactly what the internet is for, then prepare your mind for true enlightenment.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2006

High Court to decide O2 - 3 bubble spat soon

A long-running trademark spat between O2 and 3 over the use of bubbles looks set to be nearing the end of the legal road.
Tim Richardson, 10 Mar 2006
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Adult payment firm denies customer records breach

An online payments firm that specialises in processing payments to porn sites has denied that a supposed haul of consumer data originated from its databases.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2006
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PC shipments to slow in 2006

PC sales are set to slow this year, Gartner has warned, reaching only 10.7 per cent in 2006 compared with 15.5 per cent in the previous year.
Ciara O'Brien, 10 Mar 2006

Centerprise picks up Samsung drives

Centerprise is to distribute Samsung hard drives and optical drives.
Team Register, 10 Mar 2006

How to commission an accessible website

The British Standards Institution published new guidance yesterday for those who commission or maintain websites, to ensure that any site they make or maintain is user-friendly for disabled people. It could help with legal compliance.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Mar 2006

Sony 'running jump' ad derailed

Objections from transport staff have prompted Sony into removing posters advocating that consumers "take a running jump" from a number of tram and tube stations across the UK.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2006

France Telecom notches up 1m VoIP users

France Telecom (FT) has chalked up more than a million residential internet telephony lines across Europe, according to VoIP partner Netcentrex.
Tim Richardson, 10 Mar 2006

Your staff will grass you up, warns BSA

Sixty-four per cent of UK employees would blow the whistle on their employers if internal reports of illegal or inappropriate activities were ignored, according to figures released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA).
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Mar 2006

BrightFlash lights up pixt phone industry

The real reason camera phones are useless, Anthony Kongats says, is that they don't have the power to light up the scene if it's dim.
Guy Kewney, 10 Mar 2006

UK extends airport iris scan scheme

Heathrow Airport has extended a pilot programme that allows registered passengers to pass through immigration checks using iris scans.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2006

Vonage cries foul over Canada VoIP 'tax'

Consumer IP telephony service Vonage has filed a complaint to Canadian regulators over plans by local telco, Shaw Cable, to charge a C$10 ($8.60) a month premium to customers of VoIP service. The charge ostensibly covers to cost of providing a higher quality connection to VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) users. Vonage describes the levy as a "thinly veiled" VoIP tax.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2006
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SGI moving to mysterious Altism line

SGI has picked an obvious strategy for a company struggling to stay alive. Frustrate its customers with complete confusion.
Ashlee Vance, 10 Mar 2006

Only in a bubble is Google's web WP an Office-killer

AnalysisAt ZDNet, it's Microsoft's "Pearl Harbor"! Forbes screams, "Google's office invasion is on!"
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2006

Intel's talk starts to match rivals' products

AnalysisYou have to hand it to Intel for talking about power management and the benefits of multi-core processing with such confidence. Using reality distortion, Intel has convinced itself that it pioneered such technology instead of being the lone laggard to catch up with the rest of the industry.
Ashlee Vance, 10 Mar 2006

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