14th June 2006 Archive

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Digging into the future of data mining

Comment The first thing to appreciate about data mining is that it should be thought of as R&D. That is, you do a bunch of research, some of which (but by no means all) is then deployable in the business. Moreover, some of it becomes so well established that it becomes a mass market product. For example, market basket analysis (which products have relationships to others) was once regarded as being as esoteric as anything else in data mining but is now so mainstream that it is embedded in all sorts of other environments. This is a trend that will continue, with techniques moving out of data mining R&D and into conventional deployment.
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Retain or restrain access logs?

Comment A recent proposal by the US Department of Justice that would mandate Internet Service Providers to retain certain records represents a dangerous trend of turning private companies into proxies for law enforcement or intelligence agencies against the interests of their clients or customers.
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EU has rethink over roaming charges

The European Commission (EC) has watered down plans to force mobile operators in Europe to slash the cost of using a mobile phone abroad.

Google Earth v.4 comes to Linux

Some excellent news this morning for all you Linux jockeys - you can now join the rest of the planet in enjoying Google Earth, as the search monolith has just released Version 4 beta of the programme in PC, Mac and Linux flavours.
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MySpace to auction off its search

Music and networking site MySpace plans to sell off its search function to Google, Microsoft or Yahoo!

Non-scents from Nokia

For six months, 25 Industrial Design MA students from London's CSM College of Art and Design have been working to create concepts for a premium but mass market mobile device capable of providing 4G or 5G multimedia services.
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Airbus A380 delayed - again

Customers eager to get their hands on the new Airbus A380 may face a further six-month delay in getting their new toy - bringing the total time they've spent twiddling their thumbs to a year.

NI wins 1,000 call centre jobs

An Indian outsourcing company is to create 1,000 jobs in Northern Ireland over the next two years.
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eBay poised to stick Skype on site

Online auctioneer eBay is to integrate Skype onto its website - and try and convince the world of the wisdom of its $2.6bn purchase.
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UK homes to be rated for energy efficiency

From June next year, all homes in England and Wales must be given an energy efficiency rating before they can be sold. The government says the move, which is in line with European agreements, will help the UK reduce its carbon emissions.
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G8 warned not to be blinkered by bird flu

Scientists around the world have urged the G8 leaders not to get so caught up in the threat of bird flu that they divert their attention from the real global killers: TB, HIV/AIDS and malaria.
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eBay racks up 200m users

Online tat bazaar eBay has racked up 200m registered users, Reuters reports.
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UK paper buys smallpox online

UK newspaper the Guardian has bought a sequence of smallpox virus DNA.

CA snaffles records manager

CA has bought itself yet another storage bowstring, in the form of records management firm MDY Group.
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Hawking: Leave Earth or die!

Stephen Hawking has called for a new diaspora, telling a Hong Kong press conference that humanity must leave Earth and colonise the rest of the solar system if it is to avoid extinction.
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US Marines investigate singing squaddie

The US army is investigating whether a video which purports to show a serving Marine singing and playing the guitar on YouTube is genuine.
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Virgin Mobile stuffs England fans with free kebabs

Those fans who are currently camped out at England's footie enclave in Achern and are worried about the effect on their of health of excessive consumption of post-beer bratwurst will be relieved to know that Virgin Mobile is offering customers some proper healthy British nosh in the form of a free kebab.
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MS June update fixes dangerous Word flaw

Microsoft has released a bumper batches of 12 security updates - eight of them critical - as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
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NPfIT letter raises more reader hackles

Letter of the Week Every now and then we get a letter of such quality that we can't wait 'till the next batch of correspondence to run it. This is such an occasion.

Akasa Combo multi-format memory card reader

Review Memory card readers come in all shapes and sizes, and it can be a challenge finding the one you need.
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ISS to brighten Europe's night skies

A diary marker for all you stargazers out there. This weekend (given clear skies, of course) most of Europe ought to be able to get a clear view of the International Space Station as it passes overhead.
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Brit workers love to snoop

Nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of UK employees admit to having illegally accessed sensitive data such as salary details from their firms employer's IT systems. More than half (54 per cent) of 2,200 adults polled during a YouGov survey said they'd forgo any scruples to do the same, given half a chance, according to a Microsoft sponsored survey that points to a culture of internal snooping and casual identity theft in offices across Britain.
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Baseball puts dugout phones on steroids

With steroids and human growth hormone scandals surrounding it, Major League Baseball (MLB) has gone into a desperation mode where it tries to find dignity in the strangest of places. On Tuesday, for example, MLB and Hall of Fame officials were on hand in Chicago to celebrate - get this - the use of a cellphone.
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Italians put Pammy into orbit

Tomorrow will see the launch of Pamela, a satellite designed to seek out evidence of dark matter and anti-matter in cosmic rays.

HP aims to stick IBM with new blades

The surgeons within HP have performed an impressive gutting and reconstruction of the company's blade server line. HP today revealed a new chassis and new blade servers that make up its c-Class systems.
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JBoss drops JMX architecture

JBoss World is a pretty calm place - even Marc Fleury is pretty laid back (I suppose he has cause to be). But there was a flurry of interest when a speaker announced that the next smoother, faster JBoss architecture would do without JMX (Java Management Extensions, which JBoss currently uses, not for management particularly, but to start services etc). As I heard it, some panic ensured, because JBoss' customers may well be using JMX with JBoss.