19th > June > 2006 Archive

AMD 'delays' Socket F Opterons, Taiwan moles claim

AMD appears to have put back the release of Socket F Opteron processors, if word coming out of Taiwan's motherboard-maker community is anything to go by. The CPUs will now ship on 1 August, not 11 July, the moles maintain.
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Laming: no excuse for bad IT

The leader of the Climbié Inquiry has called upon the criminal justice system (CJS) to embrace technology
Kablenet, 19 2006
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Patent refused for Citibank's risk tool

Citibank has failed to convince the High Court in England that it deserves a patent for a system that assures the integrity of data used to gauge financial risk. The application was rejected as being a mathematical method.
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Blockbuster escalates row over online rental patent

Netflix used deceptive practices to obtain patents and monopolise the online rental business, Blockbuster claimed this week. Netflix is suing Blockbuster for alleged infringement of its business method patent.

Microsoft loses Excel patent appeal

The US district court has upheld a finding against Microsoft that it infringed on a patent in making its Excel spreadsheet.
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'Energy-efficient' Athlons go on sale in Tokyo stores

The 65W "energy efficient" versions of AMD's Socket AM2-based Athlon 64 X2 3800+ and 4200+ have begun to appear in Japan's computing components stores, local reports reveal.
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US government pressured Sweden over Pirate Bay

US government officials put pressure on the Swedish government shortly before the raids on Pirate Bay took place.
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SCADA industry debates flaw disclosure

The outing of a simple crash bug has caused public soul-searching in an industry that has historically been closed-mouthed about its vulnerabilities.
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Schwartz stays Sunny despite lay-offs

Despite announcing a plan to shave up to $590m in annual costs with as many as 5,000 job cuts, Sun's new CEO Jonathan Schwartz remains upbeat about Sun Microsystems, the troubled server and software company, which has been in decline since the dotcom boom and bust of 2000.
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eBayer goes for bust in ashtray auction

NSFW Ashtray vendors take note: one eBayer has discovered an excellent way of drumming up interest in what is hardly the most vibrant second-hand market.
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BBC issues Belfast storm warning

Our Belfast readers can award themselves a day off tomorrow, courtesy of the BBC. The reason? Well, our man on the spot, Wil Hadden, has noticed that the city is set for some fairly extravagant weather:

BenQ jogs out outdoor-folk phone

BenQ Mobile last week unveiled its first sporty phone, kitting the handset out in blue and white water-resistant rubber and plastic, and equipping it with a scratch-retardant screen to protect the 132 x 176, 262,144-colour display.

Unwanted exposure for new Excel flaw

A new vulnerability in Microsoft's Excel has been exposed and exploited in a targeted attack, according to reports. Microsoft's security blog says at least one customer has been affected.
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Gates becomes a higher power

Comment "People think of me as this technical guy," Bill Gates once told me. "In fact, the important point to remember about my background is the fact that I was brought up to be a lawyer. My family are all corporate lawyers, and the conversation at every breakfast was always over the latest legal developments in the business space. You might say it's in my blood."

Nokia announces 'affordable' 3G phone

Nokia today unveiled the phone it hopes will bring 3G to the masses: a cut-price candybar handset that it reckons will retail SIM-free for a mere €240 (£164/$304) when it goes on sale in the third-quarter.

DSG could offload The Link - report

DSG International could be about to offload its troubled mobile phone business to cellco O2.
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Nokia and Siemens merge phone biz

Nokia and Siemens are merging their phone network businesses.

Nokia tries to take a bite out of LG's Chocolate

Nokia rounded out today's phone roll-out with a bid to take on LG's popular Chocolate handset and a second phone aimed at buyers on very tight budgets - it is expected to retail for around €45 (£31/$57) before sales tax.
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1,000 Aussies caught in NAB phishing attack

A phishing email claiming that The National Australia Bank (NAB) is bankrupt has caught more than 1,000 of the bank's customers in its net.

Sony Ericsson reveals 3G i-mode handset

Sony Ericsson has unveiled its first 3G phone capable of supporting i-mode, the internet-on-your-phone service pioneered by Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo and offered over here in the UK by the O2 network.
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Back to Front

Imagine Cup blog The majority of the work we've done in the past revolves purely around the back end of a system. Lately however there's been a shift from Back to Front-end design. Using Expressions and Windows Presentation Foundation we've been trying, "trying" being the operative word, to get the Digital Recovery Environment to look "Nice." It's certainly been an interesting experience...

ATI said to have signed UMC to fab 80nm chips

ATI is said to have selected UMC to punch out 80nm GPUs later this year. The graphics chip company has already chosen TSMC to fab its 80nm products from September before moving to 65nm sometime next year.
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VAT fraudster gets six years

A man was jailed for six years on Friday for his part in VAT-avoiding carousel fraud.
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Dutch MP3 search engine ruled illegal

Dutch anti piracy foundation BREIN has won its case against Mp3 search engine Zoekmp3.nl. Dutch company Techno Design was ordered on Friday by the Dutch Court of Appeals to shut down the search engine, which was no longer online, but at one time featured tens of thousands of links and attracted over 50,000 visitors a day.
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China: moon landing planned for 2024

The deputy head of China's space programme says the country will put a man on the moon by 2024.
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Of clustering patterns and JBoss

Editors' Blog It sometimes seems that everything lives in cache these days and I worry about the complexity of interacting cached systems built on hardware clusters.
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Broadband numbers grow at Demon

Demon, the internet brand of Scottish telco Thus, saw the number of broadband subscribers jump 20 per cent over the last year to 110,000, helping to boost broadband revenues.

Trojan forwards details of Oregon taxpayers

Workers at Oregon’s department of revenue have been banned from using their PCs for “non-business” purposes after a porn-hunting employee accidentally downloaded a Trojan which spirited away personal details of over 2,000 taxpayers.
Joe Fay, 19 2006
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DVLA makes £6.5m selling addresses

The government has promised to have another look at regulations which allowed the DVLA to make almost £6.5m last year by selling drivers' addresses.
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Trend Micro to create over 100 jobs in Cork

Security firm Trend Micro has announced it is to double the number of staff employed at its EMEA headquarters in Cork.
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Verizon sues Vonage in VoIP patent spat

US telecoms giant Verizon is suing Vonage over alleged patent infringements, the broadband telephony service confirmed today.
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Hacking students will need background checks

Applicants to the University of Abertay's new Ethical Hacking course will be subject to stringent background checks before being offered a place, to make sure they are not likely to abuse the knowledge they will gain.

Another HMRC computer glitch

More problems with computer systems at HM Revenue & Customs have left at least 500,000 people with gaps in their national insurance records and might prevent them from claiming their full pensions and other benefits.
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New tidal generator could mean cheaper electricity

Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new kind of marine generator they say could substantially reduce the cost of electricity generated from tidal power.
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EC changes data rules for air passengers

The European Commission has adopted two changes to the way it gives information about plane passengers to US authorities.
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Blue Peter launches junior ID card scheme

Blue Peter presenters will announce the restoration of privileges for the shows' badge holders on this afternoon's programme - as long as they submit to an under-age ID card scheme.

PowerColor X1900 GT ATI-based graphics card

Review Competition is meant to be good for the consumer and one market where this seems to be more true than anywhere else is if course computer components. There is a never-ending price war between the various manufacturers, but this has never been as apparent as it currently is when it comes to graphics cards. As long as ATI and Nvidia are trying to outdo each other in terms of performance and price, the buyer will always win...

Top 10 storage tips

Disk server firm DataCore Software has unleashed the results of its global roundtable sessions with storage chiefs.

Retailers wake up to Intel Macs' WinXP capability

The ability of Apple's new Intel-based desktops and notebooks to run Windows XP clearly has an appeal beyond Mac enthusiasts keen to see how far they can push their machines. UK retailers too are leaping at the chance to tout the platform's multiple operating system support to sell Macs to one-time PC buyers.

EMC gets ProActiv(ity)

EMC has bought ProActivity Software Solutions Ltd, a privately held business software firm for an undisclosed amount.