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Python slithers to 'significant' release

The open source community this week hailed the most significant update to Python in five years.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Sep 2006
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C++ Futures: Lambda Functions

Column The use of “lambda” originates from functional programming and lambda calculus, where a lambda abstraction defines an unnamed function. Lambda functions or Lambdas in C++ are one of the more interesting things to look forward to in the next C++ standard; giving us the ability to treat functions as first class objects at last; composing them inline and treating them as class objects. Up until now we've scraped by with pointers to functions, and various libraries like Boost Lambda, both of which approaches suck.
Dominic Connor, 22 Sep 2006
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ICANN free in two years

Internet overseeing organisation ICANN will become an autonomous body, free from any form of government control, on 1 October 2008, if plans drawn up between it and the US government go according to plan.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Sep 2006
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IBM gets start-ups hooked early

IBM is reaching out to venture capitalists by offering technology and go-to-market help for software start-ups they back.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Sep 2006
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Northbrook to create 400 jobs

Software development and business process outsourcing (BPO) firm Northbrook Technology is to create 400 new jobs in the north as part of a £23.5m expansion.
Charlie Taylor, 22 Sep 2006
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Police fingerprint themselves

West Midlands Police are trialing a system that controls police access to buildings and computer systems using a fingerprint scanner.
Mark Ballard, 22 Sep 2006
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Japan's Solar-B satellite ready for lift off

The Japanese Space Agency's (JAXA) Solar-B mission is set to launch tonight from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Japan. The satellite, which will study the solar surface for clues to the causes of solar flares, will be placed into a 96 minute polar orbit around Earth.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Sep 2006
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3Com misses the bar in Q1

3Com fell short of Wall Street’s expectations when it unveiled its third quarter results yesterday.
Joe Fay, 22 Sep 2006

Sony adds HDMI 1.3 port to 20GB PS3

Sony has decided to equip the 20GB PlayStation 3 with an HDMI connector, possibly in response to Microsoft's move to bring the 1080p HD resolution to the Xbox 360. The company also cut the machine's Japanese retail price.
Tony Smith, 22 Sep 2006

Palm feels the heat in Q1

Palm reported revenue of $355.8m for the quarter ending 1 September, with a slim net income of $16.5m. Measured on a non-GAAP basis, the profit was $21.5m.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Sep 2006
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Virgin boss pledges readies to greenies

Sir Richard Branson has pledged to invest the next 10 years of profits from his Virgin travel firms into developing technologies that will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. The commitment is apparently worth around £1.6bn over the period.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Sep 2006
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Riding the Mustang

The Java Platform, Standard Edition 6 JDK (variously called JSE 6.0, Mustang and, by many, J2SE 6.0; and, by some at least, JDK 6) has been in Beta 2 release format for some months and is nearing its actual release date (work started on this release around July 2005 and it is currently expected to be delivered in autumn/fall 2006).
John Hunt, 22 Sep 2006
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Apple intros 5.5G U2 iPod

Apple has quietly updated its U2-edition iPod to match the specification of the 5.5G model it announced earlier this month. As before, the 30GB machine sports a red Clickwheel and comes with the band members' signatures laser-etched on the back, but now its battery life stretches to 14 hours for music, 3.5 hours for video. The …
Hard Reg, 22 Sep 2006
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Online manuals enable ATM reprogramming scam

Reprogramming an ATM to dispense more cash than it ought to is far easier than anyone imagined.
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2006

'First' GSM, VoIP dual-mode Windows Mobile handset launched

US-based VoIP handset maker Paragon Wireless has launched what it claims is the world's first Windows Mobile 5.0 phone designed for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) VoIP calls that also operates as a regular quad-band GSM/GPRS handset.
Tony Smith, 22 Sep 2006

BOFH: Unconventional interview

Episode 31 Episode 31 "Ah, could we borrow you for a couple of minutes?" the Boss asks quietly, interrupting the PFY's riveting (if somewhat longwinded and one-sided) discussion of RS6000 boot flags. "Of course," I yawn, getting up quickly for fear that the PFY will mistake my patience for interest and tell me what each of the hundreds …
Simon Travaglia, 22 Sep 2006
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Today is OneWebDay

Today has been designated One Web Day - a day of celebration of the internet - with a number of celebrations planned across the world tonight, including the appearance of the man that invented the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, expected in London.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Sep 2006
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A practical guide to JAXB 2.0

JSR222 specifies the Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB) 2.0. JAXB 2.0 specification is implemented in Java Web Services Developer Pack (JWSDP) 2.0. JAXB 2.0 has some new features that facilitate the marshalling and unmarshalling of an XML document. I have used both JAXB 1.0 and JAXB 2.0 and have found that JAXB 2.0 generates less code and has some additional features.
Deepak Vohra, 22 Sep 2006

AMD favours Socket F for 4x4 Athlon FXs?

AMD is set to launch three Athlon 64 FX processors for its upcoming 4x4 gaming platform, sources who claim to have seen the chip maker's roadmap claim. All three CPUs will use AMD's 1207-pin Socket F interconnect, they add.
Tony Smith, 22 Sep 2006

HTC and O2 split over XDA future

UK carrier O2 this week confirmed it is looking for new handset maker partners to push its XDA smart phone family forward following a parting of the ways with its original XDA supplier, HTC. Long-time HTC customer i-mate may also be for the chop, if comments from the manufacturer are to be taken at face value.
Tony Smith, 22 Sep 2006
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BT's Movio lurches into existence

Comment Movio, the impending disaster that is British Telecom's approach to mobile TV, announced it has signed up ZTE to make 3G phones for the service. It also said its strategy would be largely built on showing existing UK TV channels – BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and E4, on the phone.
Faultline, 22 Sep 2006

AMD to ship 65nm Athlons in December - report

AMD looks set to introduce its first 65nm processors in December this year, a quartet of dual-core Athlon 64 X2 CPUs, if a report citing sources who've seen the chip maker's latest roadmap are to be believed.
Hard Reg, 22 Sep 2006
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Riverbed dredges up $86m in IPO

Riverbed Technology has become the first storage company to go public in around two years - it's also one of the first WAN acceleration start-ups to go public.
Bryan Betts, 22 Sep 2006
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Germany proposes hacker law update

The German government this week published proposals to modernise the country's computer hacking laws.
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2006
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AMD opens up, HP's waving not drowning

AMD opens up, Intel follows suit AMD is to open up access to the specs for its Opteron socket set so other companies can make chips and accelerators that will fit straight onto the board. The decision means it won't be too long before you'll be able to stick AMD and Intel chips onto the same motherboard. AMD already gives some …
John Oates, 22 Sep 2006
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In search of the Caspian Sea Monster

Caveat: some historical details and aircraft specifications in this piece are based on a variety of sources - not all of which agree. We've done our best to provide what we believe are the right facts and figures, but some aspects of the ekranoplan story are still open to debate.
Lester Haines, 22 Sep 2006
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Sun faces leak crisis in the Low Countries

Pity poor Sun Microsystems - not only is staff morale crushed by huge losses and puzzling fat cat bonuses - news has now reached Vulture Central of a flood of lavatorial mischief at its Belgium tentacle.
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California's anti-car fortnight causes concern

Letters Take a deep breath in. Breathe out and congratulate yourself. You have made it to Friday, and are soon to be rewarded with a weekend (unless you work on Saturdays or something).
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Sep 2006
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How can you relieve mobile device frustration?

Mobile Workshop It seems like we struck a nerve with the recent mobile workshop article on email devices. With other subjects, such as security and push email, there has been a discussion around the various approaches and their pros and cons, but on the device front it seems that there is a high degree of frustration.
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Why are we not irritated by the volume of our own voice?

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Stephen Juan, 22 Sep 2006
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Why are so many humans near sighted?

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Stephen Juan, 22 Sep 2006
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Is there a speed or stride where running is more efficient?

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Stephen Juan, 22 Sep 2006
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Phone box attacks man with broken bottle

Updated Forget the threat to humanity posed by Spaniard-swallowing cyberkiosks: it's evident the Lizard Army has deployed a far more dangerous version of the murderous telecoms cubicle, viz: the bottle-wielding Mancunian attack phone box:
Lester Haines, 22 Sep 2006
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Could you be addicted to the internet?

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Stephen Juan, 22 Sep 2006
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Twenty-three dead in German maglev crash

A high-speed magnetic levitation train has crashed on a test track in north-west Germany, killing 23 and injuring 10 others.
Bryan Betts, 22 Sep 2006
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Video downloads: destroying British high streets

The days of high street DVD sales are numbered, if new poll figures are to be believed.
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'You are a bunch of d**kheads', declares Canadian

FoTW Last Friday we ran a revealing piece on the unfortunate tale of an old timer in Dorset who fell down a manhole and whose cries for help were duly ignored by his fellow Brits.
Lester Haines, 22 Sep 2006
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Snoop-happy HP promotes privacy award

HP - which faces US federal and state investigations for spying on board members and journalists - is co-sponsoring an award for "privacy innovation".
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2006
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Asus Lamborghini VX1 laptop

Review It seems that having a laptop stamped with an Italian sports car brand is the in-thing these days. Acer has been hanging around the pit-lane with Ferrari, and Asus has teamed up with Lamborghini to create the VX1. It comes in a choice of black or yellow trim - Lamborghini's corporate colours - although there's more to the VX1 than a cool paint job...
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Customs jumps on carousel fraudsters' favourite bank

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is claiming a major victory over carousel fraudsters after discovering they were all using the same bank.
John Oates, 22 Sep 2006

Cisco catches green fever

Cisco says it will cut its corporate carbon emissions by 10 per cent within the next year. The company plans to achieve most of the reduction by cutting back on air travel for its employees and investing $20m into alternatives to travel, such as collaborative technologies.
Bryan Betts, 22 Sep 2006
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Naomi Campbell assistant recalls BlackBerry assault trauma

WSA The personal assistant allegedly attacked with a BlackBerry by battling clotheshorse Naomi Campbell has appeared on US TV to give the full, gory details.
Lester Haines, 22 Sep 2006
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Google loses Belgian news appeal

Google has lost its appeal to Belgian courts to ditch part of the ruling in a copyright case against its news service which it lost earlier this month.
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Software patents back to haunt Europe

Intellectual property lobbyists are warning that new plans to shake up Europe's policy on patents could put patentable software back on the menu, as well as upping legal fees and putting small businesses in jeopardy.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Sep 2006
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Macs get globetrotting 'super 3G' modem

Germany's Nova Media has launched Globesurfer ICON, an all-on-one GPRS, EDGE, 3G and HSDPA wireless data modem for the Mac. The €339 ($432/£yy/€228) box hooks up to a spare USB port - it's bus powered - and comes pre-loaded with connection settings for 300 carriers around the world, courtesy of the company's own Launch2net …
Tony Smith, 22 Sep 2006
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IBM's Power7 chip going into Opteron motherboards

Exclusive AMD has secured yet another major partner win thanks to Opteron. Starting with the Power7 processor, IBM will give up on making its own Unix/RISC box motherboards. Instead, it will plug the Power chips directly into slightly modified Opteron boards in an effort to save money.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Sep 2006

Virgin eases in-flight Apple, Dell laptop battery limits

Exclusive Virgin Atlantic has updated its restrictions for the use of Apple- and Dell-branded notebook computers on its flights. The good news: the ban on battery use is no longer total - the company is now restricting only those batteries whose serial numbers are covered by the vendors' product recalls.
Tony Smith, 22 Sep 2006
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Developing for Vista

The imminent arrival of Windows Vista is a mixed blessing for developers. The good bit is lots of new features to play with, along with better security and an updated user interface. The downside is compatibility problems, and with the challenge of meeting expectations for well-behaved, good-looking Vista applications. There is going to be some pain.
Tim Anderson, 22 Sep 2006
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Adobe, Symantec press EC to remove Vista tanks from their lawns

Symantec and Adobe have raised objections to the inclusion of security software and electronic document technology in Windows Vista. Adobe has asked the European Commission to prevent the bundling of PDF document creation and reading tools that compete with its software.
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2006
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UK Attorney general backs legalising of phone-tap evidence

Phone-tap evidence could be admitted as evidence in court as the attorney general signals a change in UK Government policy. Lord Goldsmith told The Guardian newspaper that phonetap evidence is a "key tool" that should be used.
Team Register, 22 Sep 2006
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webMethods acquires Infravio

Comment BEA's acquisition of Flashline in late August left me wondering why the company had not opted for Infravio. A partial answer was revealed on 11 September with the announcement that Infravio had been acquired by webMethods.
Neil Macehiter, 22 Sep 2006
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HP's CEO: 'I'm so sorry' that this got out

Patricia Dunn has not survived the HP spy scandal – a turn of events that everyone except HP saw as inevitable long ago. Dunn today resigned from HP's board, elevating CEO Mark Hurd to the Chairman role.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Sep 2006