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MySQL critical of 'crippled' closed-source databases

MySQL's chief executive has cast himself as both friend and foe of closed-source database companies, criticizing partners and competitors for releasing "crippled" versions of existing database products.

Samsung chip to power upcoming Flash iPods

Samsung is the company that beat music-chip maker PortalPlayer to win the contract for upcoming Flash-based iPods, the South Korean giant said this week. The deal puts even more Samsung chippery into Apple's music player - ironic, that, given the two companies are direct competitors in the MP3 player market.
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How to make your own World Cup single

Tech Digest World Cup blog Who Ate All The Bratwurst explains how to have a footy hit in 10 easy steps:
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Fixed-mobile market to hit $28bn by 2011

More than 92m people will have combined their mobile and fixed-line handsets by 2011, as landline operators fight the threat of mobile substitution.

Rock readies D&D limited edition laptop

UK system builder Rock is to produce Pegasus 650 notebooks with a large Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach decal on the lid. The company will make no more than 100 of the decorated devices, it pledged. The game's publisher, Atari, will offer three of them as competition prizes.
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Postcard from Orlando

Hello, from the Information Builders (IBI) summit in Orlando! Some interesting new ideas here, from people who've been in large-scale BI for some 30 years - how about BI embedded in workflow applications written in BPEL (when you receive an order, you can fire off a BI report on stock levels/locations, and fire up a request to the stock controller for action, with the BI report appended)?
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Ireland slips down e-readiness rankings

Ireland has slipped into sixteenth place in the latest Economist e-readiness rankings, losing ground as our industrialised peers adopt VoIP and internet television.

Man clocks Pentium Extreme to 5GHz

Japanese enthusiasts have been treated to a demo of an Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 965 chip running at over 5GHz, a frequency 35.8 per cent higher than the part was designed to be clocked to. The chip usually runs at just 3.73GHz.
'ard Reg, 27 2006
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Vodafone Japan completes sale

Vodafone has completed its £9bn sale of its operation in Japan. The giant cellco announced last month that it planned to flog its 97.68 per cent stake in Vodafone Japan to Softbank Corporation.
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Computer energy use under scrutiny

Well-honed phrases about cheaper and greater computing power have all but faded from the marketing, sales, and other promotional material of IT vendors and consultants to the sector.
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Warning! Computers can cripple you

My recent research has concentrated on how the design of computers and related devices can impact people with disabilities, for better or for worse.
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Colt narrows losses

Colt Telecom has improved its finances even though revenues failed to grow, the telco said today. Publishing the latest batch of numbers for the three months to March, Colt reported that revenue was flat at £307m compared to the same period last year.

ATI shows strong Q1 chipset sales growth

ATI saw its share of the chipset market jump during the first quarter of the year thanks to increasing demand for its Intel- and AMD-oriented products, figures issued this week by market watcher Mercury Research reveal. The company's gains came despite a 12 per cent sequential dip in chipset shipments.

Bell sees profit from Europe

Bell Microproducts dragged its European operation back into profit in the first quarter, results released yesterday showed.
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God's gift to C

OK, here it is: a proper developer article. After all, this is Reg Developer, so it's about time. Today's subject is an Apache spinoff project: the APR lies at the heart of the webserver, but is also a standalone library, and is extensively used in separate projects: most famously Subversion.
Nick Kew, 27 2006
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Asda launches chavved-up sweets for mingers

UK supermarket chain Asda has launched a full-scale attack on legendary Loveheart sweets with its own "Whatever" confectionery aimed at TV-fuelled modern yoof, Ananova reports.
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Intel's 'Broadwater' GPU to support Shader Model 4.0

More details have emerged about the graphics core - the latest in the GMA series - Intel intends to integrate into members of its upcoming 965 'Broadwater' chipset family. A presentation slide said to have come from the chip giant shows the part will support not only Shader Model 3.0, but also version 4.0.

Security pros give VoIP the brush-off

Infosec Delegates at Infosec gave a resounding dismissal to a motion supporting VoIP deployment. The debate, “this house believes that the business advantages of VoIP outweigh the security concerns” ended in a fairly unanimous thumbs down, which implied security professionals don't think the technology is ready for big money corporate rollouts.

Intel 'Centrino 4' to drive desktop demand?

Think Centrino technology is only for notebooks? Think again. An Intel presentation partially leaked onto the web this week makes clear the next generation of the platform, codenamed 'Santa Rosa', will also be pitched at desktops when it's introduced "mid-Q1 to mid-Q2 2007".

BitLocker gives dual-boot systems the elbow

Infosec Security features introduced in Windows Vista will make setting up PCs to boot in either Linux or Windows far more difficult, according to security guru Bruce Schneier. Vista is due to feature hardware-based encryption, called BitLocker Drive Encryption, which acts as a repository to protect sensitive data in the event of a PC being either lost or stolen.
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Da Vinci Code judge floats own crypto conspiracy

The judge in the recent Da Vinci Code copyright trial is a bit of a cryptographer himself, apparently. Waggish syrup sporter Mr Justice Peter Smith inserted his own secret code into his judgment in favour of schlock king Dan Brown against the authors of Bible conspiracy nut bedtime favourite Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, The Guardian reports.
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Snoop Dogg entourage 'runs riot' at Heathrow

Updated Forget battling supermodels - LA gansta rapper Snoop Dogg and his entourage have shown May Andersen how it's really done by allegedly running riot in Heathrow's Terminal 1 after being refused entry to British Airway's VIP lounge.
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UK.gov pioneers secure Linux to contain breaches

Infosec IBM is working with the Cabinet Office to demonstrate one of the first mainstream Mandatory Access Control (MAC) environments. The MAC approach is designed to contain the impact of security breaches, a feature that will give government departments greater confidence in extending government services to the public over the net. The design for the system, which IBM is putting together with its partners Tresys Technology and Belmin Group, is based upon Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) and IBM WebSphere.
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Wanadoo's Orange makeover edges closer

France Telecom is gearing up for a major rebranding of its Wanadoo internet division. Last year, France Telecom revealed plans to splash out €200m to repaint Wanadoo to Orange - the brightly-coloured name of its mobile phone operation.
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Chinese net journo on 'subversion' rap

A Chinese net writer faces a possible 15 years' jail after being charged with attempting to "subvert state power", Reuters reports.

Samba speaks as commission interveners cut in

MS v EC The Court of First Instance reconvened this morning to hear from the European Commission's interveners - witnesses and experts who support its case.

BBC mulls database of kids

Still plotting ways to root out Blue Peter benefits cheats, puritanical BBC producers are chewing over plans for an intelligence database that petty officials can use to keep an eye on pesky kids.

Casio unveils 10.1Mp anti-shake digicam

Casio has unveiled its highest spec compact digital camera yet: a 10.1-megapixel job that also sports an ultra-bright 2.8in, 230,400-pixel viewfinder display and the latest in anti-shake technology.
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Flag of St George declared English icon

The flag of St George has been declared officially iconic by a Department for Culture, Media and Sport funded website, set up to identify those things which truly define Englishness and guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye of any oak-hearted Englishman as he sups a pint of warm ale in a timber-framed boozer while Jerusalem issues forth from the jukebox and Spitfires purge the skies above of Luftwaffe aircraft.

Nokia debuts N series trio

Nokia this week said it has chosen June and July to ship its next Series 60 Third Edition smart phones, all part of the handset giant's N series, including one of the most camcorder-like devices the company has announced to date.
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Golden Gate opens up for Systems Union

Systems Union shareholders attending its AGM today are considering a £220.5m takeover bid from a subsidiary of equity firm Golden Gate capital.

Koreans unveil speech-recognising digital doggie

Sony's mechanised mutt Aibo may have been told to roll over and play dead for the last time, but what with Doctor Who's robot dog, K9, about to return to out TV screens? South Korea's Dasatech clearly believes the time of canis computus has come.
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BT Ireland quits LLU talks

BT has walked out of industry talks that are supposed to lead to greater competition for the provision of local loop unbundling (LLU) broadband operators in Ireland. The talks between the industry and Irish incumbent Eircom have been going on for two years and include, among other things, the creation of an automated system to help switch customers quickly and easily between different providers.
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Persecuted by Tuesdays

Bob Geldoff may have hated Mondays, but I’m none too keen on Tuesdays. The week is well underway, but the end of it is still too far off for me to feel too joyful. So it was with some surprise to see that Sun Microsystems had found a devilish way to compound my distress.
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Feel the width

Some of you may be old enough to remember that UK TV series Never Mind The Quality, Feel The Width. It's a title that in many ways still sums up the approach of applications development managers to the job of building quality software products. Who says so? A survey recently conducted by Compuware.

Asus to ship luxury leather laptop next month

Asus will ship its leather-clad laptop, the S6F, next month, the manufacturer revealed this week. It hopes well-to-do punters will be happy to fork out almost £1,700 for a compact computer with an 11in display and a low-voltage Intel dual-core processor.

AV firms rubbish MS Vista security claims

Infosec Anti-virus firms at Infosec say they expect Vista and IE7 to change nothing for the industry. Microsoft used its presence at the show to laud the security features they've been busy building in the the upcoming software.

Seagate unveils 750GB external HDD

Seagate will next month ship an external desktop hard drive based on the 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 internal HDD the company announced yesterday, five days after details of the drive were inadvertently posted on the firm's website.
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Judge Cooke turns up the heat on Commission

MS v EC The morning Q & A session was led by Judge John D Cooke - the judge-rapporteur who will compile the Court’s final decision.
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Early days of dial-up hacking recalled

Infosec blog The last day of Infosec brought nostalgia for the old days of hacking. Robert Schifreen, the ex-hacker and author famous for breaking into Prince Phillips' Prestel account 20 odd years ago, recalled a more innocent age during his stint chairing a hackers panel.
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Judge Cooke questions EC settlement

Europe vs MS The Court of First Instance reconvened after lunch for more grilling of both parties by Judge John D Cooke.