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Southern IT sellers earn 20% more

Would you adam and eve it? People who work in IT sales in the south of England earn 20 per cent more than the average, according to a tally of those who have been placed by Robson Taylor, a small recruitment consultant.
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Firm sues dismissed worker over lost profits

A US worker, dismissed over allegations that he spent his time at work listening to his iPod and making personal calls instead of building business, is being sued by his former employer for lost profits.
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Premium rate complaints dip

The number of complaints about dodgy premium rate services (PRS) is still on the slide, according to industry regulator ICSTIS.
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Why doesn't my belly button heal over?

Human navel gazing probably started with the Neanderthals 50,000 years ago and hasn’t stopped since. Our belly button does not heal over because there is nothing between it and our stomach except a few thin layers of skin.

Video systems in an IT environment

Book review Everything is software. Increasingly, the devices we live by (whether routers and switches, or just DVD recorders and music systems) are computers running specialised embedded software. This is generally known as "convergence", which is a term usually used in the context of VoIP telephony, although this is just a small part of the whole picture.
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Struggling to attend Borland's Developer Studio Roadshow

I was over half an hour late for Borland's Developer Studio Roadshow, despite leaving plenty of time (I thought) for the trip across London - signal failure outside Slough; more signal failures on the Underground at Baker St. This is getting so normal that I start to suspect process failure. A process which might regard symptoms as more important than causes, which might institutionalise underinvestment resulting in little preventative maintenance - and (which really hurts) a process that doesn't penalise poor service because I still have to pay almost £100 for the return trip even if the trains fail to meet their SLA, I have a miserable overcrowded trip and arrive late. Me, titter and bwisted? This is on-topic, honest, because addressing process improvement rather than individual symptoms of failure is what the new (slimmed down) Borland is all about.

Novell uses numbers against Microsoft

Novell has been juggling the numbers in its latest effort to gain a toehold on business desktops against Microsoft's Office and integrated server software.
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Cisco stock options crimps Q3 earnings

Cisco chief executive John Chambers said the networking giant had beaten expectations for the third quarter, ending 29 April 2006, but it isn't increasing estimates for the current quarter.
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Google accused of profiting from child porn

Google has been sued by Nassau County Legislator Jeffrey Toback who claims the search giant is promoting and profiting from child pornography, going so far as to suggest that child porn is part of its business model, according to reports.

The worse Google gets, the more money it makes?

Comment It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time when the mainstream press was barely acquainted with the genius and foresight of today's technology leaders.
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Illegal internet gambling soars in the US

Just 19 per cent of US internet gamblers realise – or are willing to admit – that the activity is currently illegal, according to a survey carried out for the American Gaming Association AGA. The results also show that the number of online gamblers doubled in 2005.
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NASA opens hi-res Earth photo album

NASA has made public some truly splendid hi-res snaps of planet Earth - lovingly cobbled together from a "a collection of satellite-based observations":

Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT coming next week?

Monday, 15 May will see the official debut Nvidia's GeForce 7300 GT graphics chip, which ups the 7300 series from a 64-bit memory bus to 128-bit, as per the 7600 series, an online report claimed today.
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Vodafone bets on pocket casinos

Vodafone customers will shortly be able to gamble on their phones thanks to a deal with Gaming Corporation - the owners of gambling.com and casino.co.uk.

Nokia trots out jogger-friendly phone

Nokia today unveiled its first handset with "athletic lifestyle appeal" and the first - we'd say - to be made out of trainers. We kid you not - according to Nokia, the 5500 Sport "is engineered with materials used in the latest high performance running shoes".
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Judge greenlights extradition of 'Pentagon hacker'

District Judge Evans has given the go ahead for the extradition of alleged Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon to the United States.
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Women fancy blokes who like kids: official

This just in from the department of the fairly bleedin' obvious: US boffins have discovered that women find men who like kids more attractive as potential long-term mates.
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Totem Communications goes titsup

Totem Communications, a Manchester-based provider of inbound call handling services, is up for sale after Matthew Dunham and Dermot Power of BDO Stoy Hayward were appointed Joint Administrative Receivers last week.

Xmas debut for Xbox 360 HD DVD drive

Microsoft will ship the external HD DVD drive for its Xbox 360 console in time for Christmas, the company said yesterday. However, the company failed to point out whether the unit will support the HDMI interface in its HDCP anti-piracy system.
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BPI prepared to discuss ripping CDs

The British Phonographic Industry- the UK's equivalent of the Recording Industry Ass. of America - is prepared to discuss the issue of personal CD ripping.

World Cup gives hope to DSG

The upcoming World Cup is providing a fillip for the sale of electrical goods as fans prepare to settle down and watch the event on brand spanking new high definition and flat screen TVs.
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Sony Connect Player problems fixed by SonicStage update

Sony will this month ship its third attempt at a Walkman-oriented iTunes-style music management application that will hopefully solve the problems users have experienced with its Connect Player 1.0 software. It also adds support for the iPod-friendly AAC music format.
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Sky teams up with MediaFlo for mobile TV trial

Tech Digest Just when you thought you knew all about mobile TV, along comes yet another platform. After DVB-H and DMB comes MediaFLO, an innovation from Qualcomm, the US company best known for making chips for 3G handsets. Yesterday it confirmed a deal with BSkyB to trial the system in the UK in the summer.

Exchange flaw poses 'worm risk'

Microsoft released three patches – two of which it deems critical - on Tuesday in the May edition of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.

Scientists call on water power for future storage

Materials scientists have said water and wires could offer limitless storage. With the help of H2O, nanoscale ferroelectric effects will store binary information at unprecedented densities - they hope.
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Reg reader traumatised by MS Live Messenger paradox

Readers attempting to download Microsoft's new Windows Live Messenger Beta should be aware that they may not find themselves instantly enjoying the benefits of VoIP telephony, but rather caught in a brain-rattling paradox feedback loop, as reader Graham Smart discovered:

KPN signs Logica for HR

Dutch telecoms incumbent KPN has chosen LogicaCMG to take control of its HR and salary system for the next four years.

FB-DIMM server memory approved as standard

Just as word reaches us that JEDEC, the memory standards-setting organisation, has approved the Fully Buffered DIMM server memory system, RAM specialist Crucial UK said it had begun offering FB-DIMMs. We can see why: this stuff costs more than a top-of-the-range Itanic 2 processor.
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DiData shows strong interims

South African-owned reseller Dimension Data increased turnover for the six months ended 31 March 2006 by over 15 per cent.

MacBook launch 'delayed a week'

Apple's eagerly anticpated MacBook announcement was canned at the eleventh hour to allow sufficient stocks of the consumer-oriented laptop to be available to buy from launch, it has been claimed.
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German ISP snaps up UK's Fasthosts

Fasthosts - the Gloucestershire-based internet firm that brags that it's the "UK's number 1 web host " - is to be snapped up by German outfit United Internet AG.
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Swarm of Angels circle Cinema 2.0

Warning: The following article contains familiar words now redefined for the internet generation by addition of the "2.0" suffix, references to Wiki and the phrase "internet technology enablers". Those of a nervous disposition are advised to look away now.

Kowon readies anti-glance LCD glasses

South Korean company Kowon Technology today said it will next week ship pairs of personal TV glasses to local consumers concerned that too many of their fellows are peering over their shoulders at their mobile phone screens.
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Unsolicited offer made for Matrix Comms

Matrix Communications chairman Alan Watkins has warned the company's shareholders that the firm could be sold, having received an unsolicited offer for the business.
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Orange pips O2 for 3 roaming deal

Spanish-owned O2 has lost a £100m a year roaming contract with video phone outfit 3.

Alienware unveils first Go 7900-series SLI notebooks

Alienware got the drop on its rivals this week, showing off this week what it and chip maker Nvidia claim is the world's first "available" notebook equipped with two GeForce Go 7900 GPUs rigged to run co-operatively in SLI mode.

Symantec rejigs Veritas line-up

Symantec has done some wholesale rebundling and rebranding of the Veritas product portfoilio it acquired last year.
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Careless computing costs 'leccy not lives

Large UK firms are wasting some £61m a year on needless electricity by not better managing their desktop computers, according to new research from IT services firm Computacenter and Fujitsu Siemens Computers.

Mio preps stylish GPS, DMB-equipped PMP

Korea's Mio appears to be on something of a roll, design-wise at least. After the rather natty looking - if functionally frustrating - A701 GPS-integrating smart phone comes the equally stylish C810 portable media player, again with GPS built in. The company this week said the device will ship in its native country later this month.

AMD VP sees more Opteron growth and a Dell win

Into the Valley AMD has enjoyed a magical run over the past two years. Its Opteron server chip moved from being a plaything in IBM's server line to becoming a driver of sales for the likes of HP and Sun Microsystems and a major force at a host of other companies. Start-ups have bet their futures on the chip, as have venerable hardware makers like Cray. A whole crop of third-party suppliers such as Pathscale and DRC have cropped up to support Opteron's Hypertransport technology, giving AMD an edge over Intel.

Petrol-pump thieves go hi-tech

Tech-savvy thieves have worked out a means to obtain free petrol after hacking into electronically-controlled petrol pumps, according to US reports. Two gas stations in St Louis, Missouri report recently losing up to $10,000 each through the scam. Crooks reportedly reprogrammed internal keypads to dispense free gas after opening up pumps. Thereafter, other unscrupulous customers take advantage of the ruse to avoid paying for petrol either.