18th > September > 2006 Archive

Salty sea dog scales the mountains of Ithaca

Blog Suppose you had to test a brand new bit of wireless internet gear. Specifically, an Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network satellite modem.
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Internet head honchos prepare for election

Board selections for two of the internet's most important companies are to be decided later this month.
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Banned spy novel published on net

Sacked spy Richard Tomlinson has defied the UK's secret services by posting the first chapter of his spy novel online.

Web vulns top security threat index

Analysis Less rigor in web programming, an increasing variety of software, and restrictions on web security testing have combined to make flaws in web software the most reported security issues this year to date, according to the latest data from the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project.

Seagate HDD demo points to 275GB iPod-class drives

Seagate late last week set what it claimed is the world record for the highest recording density achieved using a hard disk platter. The magic number: 421Gb per square inch. Crucially, Seagate said, the test used perpendicular recording heads and disc media based on production technology, so products based on the technology may not be far off.
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Telecom Italia buys AOL Germany

Telecom Italia is to acquire the Internet-access business of AOL in Germany for €675m. The companies expect to complete the transaction in four to six months, after receiving the customary regulatory approvals.
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Google and Apple in iTV content talks

Google is reportedly in talks with Apple about the possibility of supplying video clips for Apple's forthcoming iTV device.

Sales agency wins rights to database in High Court

A sales agent has won the right to retain a customer database built up while working on behalf of an insulation company. The UK’s High Court ruled that the agent was the “first owner” of the database under the EU Database Directive.
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Ansari blasts off in Russia rocket

Russia's Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this Monday morning (04:09 GMT), notching up three "firsts" in the process. The pod atop the rocket carried Anousheh Ansari, and when the rocket entered orbit, she became the first female space tourist, as well as the first female Muslim and the first Iranian in space.

Nvidia GeForce 7950 GT graphics chip

Review Earlier this month, Nvidia announced two new mid-range to high-end GPUs, launching one with immediate availability. The GeForce 7900 GS was well received, doing a passable impression of the more expensive GeForce 7900 GT for less money and at reasonable resolutions. A sweet little product for those with about £130-150 to spend, we reckon. The other product was GeForce 7950 GT, set to replace the 7900 GT that the 7900 GS does a sweet job of impersonating.

Google News faces €1m fine in Brussels

A Brussels Court has ruled that Google must remove all articles from Belgian publishing group Copiepress from its Google News service because it is in breach of author's rights and Belgian databank regulations. If Google fails to abide by the court ruling, it faces a fine of €1m per day.

TDK samples 32GB Flash disk

TDK has followed Samsung and launched a hard drive replacement based on NAND Flash memory. The product, which is currently available in sample quantities, was announced by the company last week.
Hard Reg, 18 2006
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UK uni rocket payload test hits 105,600ft

Students from the University of Cambridge "Spaceflight" project last week pulled off quite a coup when they successfully dispatched an experimental electronics package into the upper atmosphere strapped to a weather balloon, in the process capturing some impressive images of planet Earth from a peak altitude of 32.2km (105,600ft)

Sun exec going off-grid?

Larry Singer, senior vice president and strategic insight officer at Sun, is said to be stepping down from Sun's much-hyped Sun Grid project. It is not yet clear if he is leaving the company entirely.
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El Reg to launch space payload

Competition Our report today into the successful test of a Cambridge University "Spaceflight" project experimental electronics package - which was carried by helium balloon to a heady 32.2km (105,600ft) - contains the provocative idea that El Reg might like to contribute something to a future payload.

SanDisk readies Rhapsody-branded music player

SanDisk will today announce a digital music player that not only supports RealNetworks' Rhapsody song subscription service, but is branded to match the RealNetworks' offering, it has been claimed.
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Cassini spots ethane clouds on Titan

Scientists suspect that ethane falls as rain or snow on Saturn's moon Titan, after the Cassini spacecraft identified a huge cloud of the hydrocarbon in its atmosphere.
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Daleks prepare invasion of Google Earth

Our Dutch readers, and particularly those living in Hilversum, are hereby warned that they should immediately arm themselves with pulse plasma rifles and prepare to defend their homeland from interdimensional attack:

Hacking probe clouds Swedish election result

Hi-tech scandal cast its shadow over last weekend's Swedish elections after the incumbent Social Democratic Party accused its political rivals, the Liberal party, of hacking into its systems. The Social Democrats reckons that "someone linked to the Liberal Party" broke into its internal network to swipe election strategy information, Dagens Industri via AFX reports. Police have been asked to investigate the source of "hundreds of incidents" of unauthorised access, following complaints from the Social Democrats.
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Game over and over again

If you miss the thrill and retro skill of maneuvering your way through Space Invaders, or the excitement of out-smarting those pesky little Pac-Men, then the Science Museum might just be worth a visit over the coming months.
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Corporate culture and mobile email

Mobile Workshop The majority of people would appear to be prepared to trust a well dressed stranger. Research has shown that if you stand outside a railway station in a suit you are more likely to be loaned some cash for a ticket than if you're wearing something less sartorial, a hoody for example.
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Wikipedia founder forks Wikipedia

A co-founder of Wikipedia, and its first editor-in-chief, is starting a "new Wikipedia", using the current version as the starting point.

Logicalis slaps UK computing, networking divisions together

Logicalis has appointed new top brass in Europe and lumped together its UK networking and computing divisions in a bid to flog more end-to-end IT.
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Arms manufacturer loads lead-free bullets

Arms manufacturing monolith BAE Systems has decided to improve its whale-hugging credentials by developing a range of next-generation, environmentally-friendly weapons designed to be friendlier to Mother Earth.
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RM named preferred bidder

RM has been selected to implement and manage a new ICT service for 16 secondary schools and eight primary schools in Stoke-on-Trent, which will serve up to 14,000 pupils.

Apple's second-generation iPod Nano

The new Nano is a step backwards, of course. A year ago, Apple made such a big deal about the risk of setting aside the popular iPod Mini in favour of the then new slimline Nano, but now we find it going back to the Mini look, right down to the metallic shell, rounded sides, white plastic top and bottom, and the colour scheme...

UK firm readies iPod-oriented video spectacles

Some UK-based portable media player owners will next month be able to watch videos without the need to squint at a small screen, if PDT's Eye-Theatre video spectacles ship as planned. The 'video glasses' mount a pair of tiny LCDs in front of your eyes and incorporate stereo earphones into the ear-rests.
Hard Reg, 18 2006

New VAT regime for Christmas

Traders in a broad range of electronic goods have three months to overhaul their systems ahead of a VAT shakeup designed to crack down on missing trader fraud.
Joe Fay, 18 2006

Spamhaus repels DDoS attack

Spamhaus, the leading anti-spam organisation, has restored its site and services to normal after a distributed denial of service attack rendered its site temporarily inaccessible for several hours on Monday.

Sierra ships Sprint's EV-DO Rev A mobile data card

Sierra Wireless has begun shipping its AirCard 595 3G mobile broadband card based on EV-DO Revision A technology, the firm announced today. Cards coming off the company's production lines are being boxed up and sent to Sprint.
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Water company sunk by burst pipe

Systems engineers at Severn Trent are working to recover company data after a plumbing catastrophe at the water company's head office in Birmingham caused extensive damage.
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Evangelists oppose Leakey's fossil exhibition

Kenyan evangelical Christians have hopped on the anti-evolution bandwagon, and are demanding that all reference to the theory be dropped from an exhibition of hominid fossils in Nairobi's National Museum.

Boffins attempt to patent dual-format HD DVD, Blu-ray combo disc

Three inventors have filed a patent application for an optical disc capable of holding not only Blu-ray Disc data but also HD DVD-formatted information. In fact, the system would allow disc makers to mix and match any two optical disc formats.
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Warnings grow over unpatched IE flaw

Security experts warn a new, unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer might be used to spread malware. A flaw in Microsoft's Direct Animation Path (daxctle.ocx) ActiveX control, rated as critical by Secunia and other security watchers, has spawned proof of concept code but has not yet become the subject of widespread, hostile attack. Memory corruption is possible even on a fully patched Windows XP system.
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NASA reports mystery 'bad smell' on space station

NASA is investigating the source of an unexplained pong which set off alarms aboard the International Space Station.

Intel serves up light chips

A hybrid silicon-based chip that can produce laser light capable of sending data between chips in a computer has been created by researchers at Intel and the University of California.
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Cellcos' 4G club opens doors to vendors

The Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Initiative is shaping up to be one of the most influential forces in the evolution of 4G technologies, and is calling for wider membership as it sets out a little more detail on its future activities and officially launches as a company.
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MetroPCS and Leap worry cellco giants as AWS auction ends

The US auction of AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum in the 1.7GHz and 2.1GHz bands has at last drawn to a close, raising $13.9bn for the government in the sale of the largest block of spectrum (1,112 licenses) offered by the FCC regulator.
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EMC adds some Network Intelligence to security line

EMC today finished off one security acquisition and then made another one.
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Red Hat wraps up JBoss combo to go

JBoss software makes its debut today as a member of the Red Hat Application Stack. Red Hat is also to sell JBoss middleware subscriptions for the first time through its distributors and dealers.

Adobe builds web conferencing into Acrobat

Adobe's cash cow, Acrobat, gets a makeover in November, upgrading a version number to 8.0, and gaining a new companion.

Napster hoists 'For Sale or For Partner' sign

A brave Napster is willing to keep pounding away at the unprofitable online music market. Er, unless someone wants to buy the company.
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Warner Music embraces YouTube

Warner Music Group (WMG) has broken ranks with its fellow music majors and is climbing into bed with YouTube. The record label will use the video hosting phenomenon to distribute music videos and extras such as interviews with bands, and documentaries. Also, YouTube users can tap WMG’s music catalogue for backing on videos they make and upload onto the service.

DTI keeps eye on iSoft

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has vowed to keep troubled National Programme for IT (NPfIT) software supplier iSoft Group under steady review.
Kablenet, 18 2006