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Migrating EJB 2.1 Entity and Session Beans to EJB 3.0

In this tutorial, migration of EJB 2.1 specification EJBs to EJB 3.0 specification is discussed. EJB 3.0 Session and Entity beans require JDK 5.0 as metadata annotations are used in the specification.
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TGT targets Eircom with hybrid phone

Cork-based Trans Global Technologies is launching an assault on the telecoms market with a combined landline, broadband, and mobile phone package.
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Intellect calls for OGC changes

The IT industry association has launched a best practice guide for suppliers that challenges some aspects of Office of Government Commerce (OGC) guidelines for public sector contracts
Kablenet, 25 2006
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Detecting mischievous activity

Comment Computing magazine recently ran a major feature on security. In particular, it focused on internal as opposed to external threats, reflecting the fact that, according to the (former) National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, some 38 per cent of financial fraud in the UK is a result of internal security breaches.

Missing traders leave hole in VAT receipts

Spiralling missing trader fraud has led to the first year on year drop in VAT receipts since the tax was launched over 30 years ago, latest government figures show.
Joe Fay, 25 2006
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NHS docs in online poll rig scandal

The Nursing Times is currently running an online poll to gauge public opinion on whether or not GPs should be allowed, in some cases, to trouser a whopping £250k. An anonymous sawbones writes:
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Wireless ISP signs Commonwealth deal

A UK internet firm could be on the verge of installing hundreds of low-cost wireless broadband networks in the developing world after it signed a deal with the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC).

Intel launches pro PC brand

Intel’s marketing department has added the finishing touches to the vendor’s revamped business PC strategy.
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Blackstone buys slice of Deutsche Telekom

A private investment group has splashed out €2.7bn (£1.9bn) on a 4.5 per cent slice of German incumbent Deutsche Telekom (DT).
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An action plan for Ofcom

Industry comment The government had its heart in the right place in consolidating all the major communications agencies into one. Broadly speaking, Ofcom has done relatively well, whether its palace of a reception area cost half its yearly budget or not. LLU lines are growing rapidly, our digital television market is the most developed in the world, and a sensibly conservative attitude to new technologies is being enforced. Generally, the regulator has been sensitive to commercial interests, but it could do so much more.
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Black holes actually green: official

Scientists studying the energy output of black holes have discovered to their surprise that "the conversion of energy by matter falling toward a black hole is much more efficient than nuclear or fossil fuels" - so much so that "if a car was as fuel-efficient as these black holes, it could theoretically travel more than a billion miles on a gallon of gas".
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Qualcomm issues Nokia licensing warning

Qualcomm has warned, in a financial filing, that there is no guarantee it will come to agreement with Nokia over its CDMA patents licensing deal, which is due to be renewed in April.
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Telewest coughs to PVR 'teething problems'

Telewest has admitted that its new TVDrive hard disk based video recorder has suffered some "teething problems" and that a new software patch has been issued to try and fix the snag.

Intel backs Z-Wave

Comment The past year has seen Intel going cold on the IEEE as the best playground for its efforts to dominate wireless standards, and a new tendency to back smaller groupings in order to bring platforms to market more quickly.
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Bendy bus attacks Leeds cake shop

We've warned in the past of the dangers posed to humanity by the new generation of hi-tech bendy buses, but it seems that the good burghers of Leeds were not listening.

UK PLC security prognosis mixed

Infosec The annual total cash loss to the UK economy from security breaches has swollen to £10bn, the DTI estimates.
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Stolen laptops hand hackers keys to the kingdom

Infosec As web apps are becoming more secure stolen laptops have become among the easiest ways to break into corporate networks. High profile firms such as Fidelity and Ernst and Young along with celebrities such as Kevin Costner have lost laptops over recent months. Concern over these thefts has focused on the exposure of data left on these devices. But the potential to use stolen kit to lift user credentials also poses a grave risk.
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Titanic director spies 3D iceberg

Iceberg-worrying film director James Cameron has declared that he has seen the future of movies - and that it's in glorious digital 3D, the BBC reports.
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EDS and HMRC skewered by MPs - again

The Public Accounts Select Committee has become the latest group of MPs to lay into the HMRC and its serially unlucky former IT partner, EDS, in the latest report on tax credits debacle.

Game suffers profit slump

Game has suffered a slump in profits as consumers wait for a new generation of games consoles to hit the shelves and old gear is sold off at knock down prices.

EMC gets smart analysis tools

EMC World EMC is launching two products to help assess storage problems across SAN environments, the company said at the EMC World Conference in Boston.
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Cybercops alive and kicking

Infosec blog Infosec is often a challenge to the senses. Despite charging the public £20 for entry on the door this year, Olympia was crowded with people fighting to make their way through a hall packed with vendors vying for their attention.

IE7 Beta 2 is go

Microsoft is flaunting the latest results of its Explorer explorations. To wit: IE7 Beta 2 is now available for download.
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New guidance on data protection and outsourcing

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published advice to businesses on how to comply with data protection rules when outsourcing the processing of personal information, aimed primarily at smaller companies without an inhouse data protection expert.

OGC: hiatus? What hiatus?

Comment The government procurement sheriff is working on a revision of its vexing model contracts for IT projects in order to reconsider views it ignored in its last consultation.
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Stripping security down to the data level

EMC World Today’s security software is ineffective when it comes to protecting data, according to EMC vice president for information security Dennis Hoffman. He says data protection should be inherent in the data and be capable of being moved with it to ensure a constant level of protection.

'Lumpiness' blamed for Fibernet sales slide

Fibernet has admitted that it suffered a "disappointing" six months thanks to "lumpiness" in the market. The Basingstoke-based firm - which provides carrier services to large enterprises, other telcos and ISPs, and is also a potential take-over target - has struggled to turn sales opportunities into firm orders, it said today publishing its first half results.

Peak Wi-Fi SOHO Internet Camera

Review Internet enabled security cameras have gained quite a bit of popularity as prices have come down, not least because of the ability to use them as an affordable home security device.
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Media Player summed up

MS v EC The second day of Microsoft's attempt to overturn the European Commission remedies heard a summing up of both sides on the tying of Windows Media Player - tomorrow we move onto interoperability.
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Bulldog to block premium rate calls

Bulldog is to block calls to all premium rate phone numbers from tomorrow - unless punters stump up £50 in advance to "opt-in" to the service.
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Sanjay Kumar pleads guilty to CA fraud

Computer Associates (CA) former CEO and head of sales both added their guilty pleas to those of five other former company executives yesterday, admitting fraud, obstructing justice, and perjury.
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When is an application not an application?

MS v EC After the first day with Court judges strangely silent, it was a relief to finally hear them speak and see them move. The only light relief yesterday was watching the glamorous Spanish interpreters who looked like they were commentating on a football match while fighting off a swarm of bees.
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Why a new CEO is right, Wall St is wrong and America needs more jails

Exclusive The emails have poured in all day. "Thanks for the memories, Scott. It was fun."

Microsoft faces its Scopes moment

Europe vs MS Microsoft begins the most important 48 hours in its history on Wednesday in Luxembourg. It's not exaggerating to say that the future shape of enterprise IT hinges on the decision the 13 Judges will make, based on this week's public hearings.