11th > September > 2006 Archive
Canal dreaming: solving the energy crisis
CommentThe canals of Great Britain. Falling into disuse. I mean, with an energy crisis looming, and a serious shortage of water in the South East, and a transport infrastructure geared to cheap oil, what possible purpose could an antiquated, Olde Worlde network of canals serve?
Social networking site fined for gathering children's data
A social networking website has agreed to pay a $1m fine to settle with authorities over allegations that it collected, used and disclosed personal details of children under 13.
Sybase's billion dollar baby
In the late 1990’s Sybase, like Informix, seemed to be on its way out. While other failing database companies (such as Informix) ended up being acquired, Sybase kept control of its own destiny. This meant overhauling its product portfolio, decoupling its mobile database (SQL Anywhere) and going on the acquisition trail.
Campaigner pins latest shooting on video games
Games campaigner Jack Thompson believes that last week's school shooting in North Carolina was caused by the teenager involved playing violent video games. Thompson is the lawyer behind a suit against Take Two games over its upcoming title Bully.
Tranny planet gives astronomers a show
Astronomers have found an extrasolar planet that is perfectly positioned to allow a decent analysis of its atmosphere.
Swearing firefighters provoke 9/11 'profanity' rumpus
A number of CBS affiliates decided not to broadcast award-winning documentary 9/11 on Sunday amid concerns that "airing profanity, primarily by firefighters during the crisis" might attract the unwanted attention of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Reuters reports.
Amazon premieres movie downloads
Online retailer Amazon has launched a new download service for movies and TV shows, pre-empting the expected launch of a similar service by Apple this week.
HP board meets today to decide chairman's fate
The HP board of directors is meeting again later today to decide the fate of chairman Patricia Dunn.
Mobile ad spend to skyrocket
Worldwide advertising spend will reach $11.35bn by 2011 on mobile channels alone, according to a new report.
NBC to milk soccer moms with iVillage
American TV network NBC is trumpeting its grand designs for iVillage, the women's lifestyle site it splurged $600m on in March.
Atlantis heads for space at last
NASA managed to get Shuttle off the ground yesterday, and in the nick of time too. Any later and they'd have had to postpone the launch to avoid messing up the Russians' schedule for visiting the International Space Station.
Police cuff two in hoodie website probe
Police have arrested two men as part of an investigation into a "hoodie" website on which Ipswich's "Chantry Boys" posted videos of themselves terrorising their home patch, Suffolk's Evening Star reports.
OGCbs extends consultancy options
OGCbuying.solutions is planning a new framework agreement for consultancies.
Apple to launch movie downloads site?
Apple will debut a new video download service tomorrow, if the rumours currently spooling around the industry proves correct.
IBM beefs up storage portfolio
IBM recently released details of enhancements covering a huge swath of its storage platforms, including enhanced disk solutions for organisations ranging from SMBs to large enterprises, as well as a data retention system, and a new warranty offering for the IBM System Storage DS6000 series.
Napster UK to give away free MP3 players
Napster UK is giving away free MP3 players to all new subscribers of its portable music service.
Vodafone jumps into broadband game
Vodafone has thrown its hat into the fixed-line broadband market courtesy of a deal with BT Wholesale. The company expects to have the service up and running by the end of the year, in addition to its mobile offering.
Cops cuff craigslist hookers
A vice investigation prompted by classified ads on craigslist has led to 12 women being charged with prostitution offences in Bucks County, Pennysylvania.
Telecom Italia makes surprise shift to web content
Telecom Italia plans to distribute music, movies, and television over its broadband internet service in a radical departure from its core business.
Greenpeace issues toxic sex toy warning
Greenpeace Netherlands has issued a statement warning sex toy lovers not to shove the "Spectra Gel Anal Plug" or the "Crystal Jelly Double Dong" where the sun don't shine, according to an eye-watering report on Expatica.
Samsung touts 'first of its kind' memory device
Samsung has developed a 40-nanometer memory device, which it today claimed is the first of its kind.
C2000 courts SMEs
Computer 2000, the UK arm of Tech Data, has set up a team to focus on helping smaller resellers grow enough to reach Managed Accounts status.
Sub £200 HD-DVD drive for Xbox 360?
Microsoft could ship an HD-DVD add-on drive for the Xbox 360 at £199 in time for Christmas, reports suggest.
Goldilocks time for retail broadband
AnalysisThere are two main problems facing the retail broadband market: it isn't great to be small, unless you are really small, and it isn't easy to be big, unless you are really big.
BBC staff in Ozzie bin Laden video spoof outrage
BBC senior bosses are today reportedly "grilling" members of the BBC London news team who produced a "tasteless" spoof video version of (Is This The Way To) Amarillo? to mark a colleague's departure for Al-Jazeera International.
Software pirate gets seven years
The owner of one of the largest software piracy websites in the US has been handed a record sentence of seven years in prison.
TWIN DVD arrives
Toshiba and Memory Tech have developed a DVD disk with a third level of storage, which means it can record DVD and HD-DVD formats as well as a large amount of other information.
Guns N Rollers airport terror t-shirt alert
Keen security personnel at Birmingham International Airport ordered a man to turn his t-shirt inside out because it bore a drawing of two crossed guns.
German police seize TOR servers
Prosecutors in Germany have seized 10 servers which hosted the anonymising service TOR.
Headmaster justifies fingerprinting pupils
The headmaster of Porth County Comprehensive School in South Wales has defended fingerprinting all 1,400 of his pupils days after their parents were told about the scheme last Wednesday.
Probe into Dell accounting widens
Stumbling computer maker Dell has been forced to delay a second quarter financial report and to put its stock repurchase program on hold as it deals with federal and state accounting probes.