9th > October > 2006 Archive

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C++ Generic Coding vs. Java Frameworks

Column As an ardent C++ developer, I’m often traumatized by the amount of potentially useful software infrastructure that simply doesn't exist.
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Youth, age and technology

Comment There have been a few debates recently about the impact of a highly tech/internet savvy generation entering the workplace. The argument is that youngsters brought up in the PC/Web/IM/blogging/mashing culture of interactive electronic 2000’s will expect (need?) all this stuff when then eventually join the ranks of the working population. The advice we often hear is that employers need to be ready for this and should start making sure that their IT systems are not going to disappoint or hold the new generation back.
Dale Vile, 09 2006
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Scotland to map intrusive noise

The Scottish Executive is to produce maps showing environmental noise around major conurbations and transport networks.
Kablenet, 09 2006

Vendors support VMware consolidated backup

Earlier this year VMware announced the release of VMware Infrastructure 3 Enterprise Edition, the company's flagship virtualization software for x86 architecture platforms.
Tony Lock, 09 2006
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Investors were cheated by Murdoch buyout, MySpace founder says

Brad Greenspan, founder of social networking giant MySpace, has claimed that the sale of the business to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation last year for $580m was a scandal and has demanded an investigation into his allegations that it was sold too cheaply.

Next-gen BlackBerry specs leak?

Research in Motion (RIM) looks set to ship its next-generation standard-size BlackBerry, said to be called the 8800, in Spring 2007, if a leaked presentation slide turning up in the in-trays of a number of fansites over the weekend are to be believed.
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Washing machine attacks Icelander

Here's a cautionary tale for those mothers who are in the habit of telling their long-suffering offspring that to exit the house wearing anything less than whiter-than-white underwear could result - in the event of fire-breathing bus attack - in attendant paramedics recoiling in horror from your smoking remains with a "Jesus, look at the state of his pants..."

You can have any dinghy you like, as long as it's beer

Ionian Blog It's our last day on the water. All today, we were frustrated in our attempts to sail by an absence of wind. Floating around on a glassy sea is not what we signed up for! So the cook and I sustained morale by reciting encouraging stories of the Hobie 15 catamaran we would be able to play with when we got into port.
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Securing your corporate database

Much is written about network security. There are many classes of product that have been developed to manage network access and to inspect traffic in order to identify anomalous behaviour.
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Rover 'Opportunity' pictured from space

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has snapped pictures of the Mars Rover Opportunity, poised on the edge of the Victoria Crater that scientists hope will shed new light on the environmental history of the Red Planet.
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Bloggers unite! Governments ask for advice on future of net

A meeting of the internet's top brass as well as UK politicians, businessmen, and academics will take place in London at 2pm today - and bloggers have been asked to make their voices heard.

Salesforce ups developer tools

Salesforce.com wants developers to create more online business applications using its AppExchange platform.

Brits buzz off with OhMiBod iPod-driven vibrator

NSFW It's 8in long, powered by a pair of AA batteries and gives off a distinct buzzing sound. No, it's not the latest Microsoft Zune knock-off coming out of China, but US adult toy maker OhMiBod's debut product, the OMB411 iPod-driven vibrator, which has just begun shipping in the UK.

Vodafone Palm Treo 750v smart phone

Review Palm's Treo 650 was undoubtedly the company's best smart phone release in the UK, and while the 750v offers only a couple important new features - Windows Mobile 5.0 and 3G connectivity - it's nonetheless a big step forward. But it's not the leap ahead that its predecessor was over the 600, and there are still some surprising omissions.
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Fired women of HP heap scorn on the dirty old men

The HP spy scandal has turned personal with the well-manicured female former leaders of the company striking out against the company's old boys club and the manly Mark Hurd.
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Chinese crackers attack US.gov

Chinese hackers have launched a sustained attack against the web systems of the US Department of Commerce.
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LG decants burgundy red Chocolate phone

LG is preparing a fourth version of its KG800 Chocolate slider phone. Joining the original black handset and the pink and white models the company unveiled last July is a "wine red" varietal. With its burgundy styling, it's undoubtedly aimed at the commmunications connoisseur. It's due to go on sale in South Korea this month, …
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Patentmeister weighs in on Euro IP system

The European Patent Office (EPO) is ramping up its PR activity ahead of this week's parliamentary vote on proposals to harmonise patent litigation across Europe's states.
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North Korea detonates nuclear weapon

North Korea this morning carried out a successful underground test of a nuclear weapon, news agencies report.
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Back to build, not buy

Analytics is no longer an obscure "black art" perpetrated by pointy-headed rocket scientists for whom the term "applications developer" is totally inadequate. It is now a big part of everyday production environments and is getting bigger and more important.
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Catholic Church bemoans call centre Bacchanalia

The Catholic Church in India has decided the time has come to address the problem of call centre promiscuity which, as we previously reported, has pretty well reduced the local outsourcing industry to something resembling a scene from Bob Guccione's Caligula.
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Microsoft Vista final beta released

Microsoft is making the last trial version of Vista available to developers and beta testers before it releases the finished product.
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ID Cards to cost £5.4bn

The Home Office has announced how much it thinks ID cards are going to cost us - a mere £5.4bn.
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UK's biggest wind farm is go

The UK's biggest wind farm will in three years be pumping out 322MW from 140 turbines towering above Eaglesham Moor, south of Glasgow, the BBC reports.
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Trekkie pays £308,000 for Enterprise model

An unnamed trekkie has coughed up £308,000 for a model of the Starship Enterprise, the Daily Telegraph reports.

RFID software market 'poised to explode'

The market for business software to handle data generated by RFID (radio frequency identification) chips is predicted to reach $192m in 2010, a big increase from the $24m the nascent market generated last year.

Internet crime: scarier than mugging?

The British public fear phishing and 419 scams more than car theft, burglary, and even mugging, according to figures unveiled by government-backed campaign Get Safe Online.
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Brit builder smashes balloon poodle bending world record

A British builder has proved the UK can still produce world-beating sportspersons by smashing the world record for making a balloon poodle with his hands behind his back, the Daily Mirror reports.
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Byrne sprinkles biometric ID pixie dust over immigration 'issue'

Home Office Minister Liam Byrne was today scheduled to pitch ID cards as a crucial weapon in the fight against illegal immigrants, according to the advance spin in yesterday's Sunday Telegraph. The paper, entirely forgetting about Tony's Fortress Britain, claims the switch to playing the immigration card is a "fresh approach" from John Reid, this week's Home Secretary.
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BusinessSolve hotdesks into the channel

In a bid to get its Hotdesk Manager software onto more business desktops, BusinessSolve is after resellers to help build a global channel.
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Physics institute slams Reading over dept closure

The Institute of Physics (IoP) has slammed Reading University's decision to shut its Physics department, saying the closure will waste £5m of public money that the department had attracted in grants and investments.
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3Com tries to reverse fortunes with unified switch

Opinion Is it good news that 3Com is making a serious challenge to Cisco and Airespace in the WLAN part of the networking business? Nobody seems to think so, not even 3Com, because, when asked why the share price shot up at the weekend, a spokesman said: "It would be silly to guess why [3Com] stock goes up or down a few points on any given day."
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Biotech firm fights to challenge 'bad patents'

Businesses based on the licensing of patented technologies could be able to sue the owners of the patents while still using those patents if a biotech firm wins its landmark US case. The case could upend the basis of much US patent law.
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Biscit completes V21 swallow

Biscit has completed the acquisition of rival ISP V21.
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Vonage V-phone hits UK streets

It's a phone on a USB stick, it looks just like any USB memory stick, and it has (at last!) shipped into the UK. It's the Vonage V-phone.
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Google swallows YouTube for $1.65bn

YouTube finally made its owners some cash today when search behemoth Google coughed up $1.65bn for the video clip mix-tape site.
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Microsoft enters the anti-virus bear-pit

Analysis Microsoft is setting the cat among the pigeons at this year's Virus Bulletin conference, the big chinwag for the security software industry.

Oracle buys hetero data specialist

Oracle has continued to stock up on acquisitions ahead of its developer fest this month by hovering up data integration firm Sunopsis.