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Practices of an Agile Developer

Book reviewIf nothing else, the Agile development movement has hit on a good brand. Agile has so many positive connotations – fast, graceful, dynamic. Come on, who doesn’t want to be Agile? Besides, the alternatives don’t have a handy label to grab on to. Formal methodologies? The Unified Process? Arthritic programming… Nope, Agile wins that battle hands down.
Dr Pan Pantziarka, 10 Oct 2006
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Ray Noorda is dead

Ray Noorda, the almost-founder of Novell, is dead at 82, following a long battle with Alzheimer's.
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2006

O2 Jet talk-targeted frill-free phone flies in

UK carrier O2 has launched Jet, the business-oriented, voice-centric handset Reg Hardware exclusively revealed in June this year. The new phone's key feature? A talk time just shy of ten hours, the cellco claimed.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2006

Intel EOLs Pentium D 805

Intel has officially marked the Pentium D 805 processor for termination, company documents reveal. The chip giant will take no further orders for the part - either boxed product or tray-mounted batches - after 9 February 2007.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2006
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Info guardian to investigate call centre data leaks

The Information Commissioner is launching an investigation into outsourced data centres after a television programme exposed security breaches at Indian call centres.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Oct 2006

New telescope leaves 'killer' asteroids nowhere to hide

Astronomers from around the world have joined forces to use a revolutionary new telescope to map the universe, probe the secrets of dark matter, and hunt down earth-threatening asteroids.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Oct 2006

Sun chief wants to blog his news to financial markets

The chief executive of Sun Microsystems wants to be able to announce the $11bn company's results on his blog. Jonathan Schwarz has written to the chairman of US financial regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission to request a rule change.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Oct 2006

BOFH-friendly billfold relives dot-matrix days

Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2006

Vodafone's Kiwi buy points to change in strategy

Vodafone has paid £14.5m for New Zealand broadband provider ihug.
John Oates, 10 Oct 2006

Mandelson mulls WTO piracy case against China

European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson has threatened to take China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over patent infringements.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Oct 2006
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Chaos Computer Club condemns e-voting machine

The German Computer Chaos Club, Europe's largest hacker group, has called for a ban on the Nedap ES3B voting machine and similar computers after a Dutch citizens group found flaws in the dated e-voting machine.
Jan Libbenga, 10 Oct 2006

Market watcher forecasts bumper year for smart phones

World+dog will buy 81m smart phones this year, market watcher Gartner has forecast. The 2006 total represents a 66 per cent increase on the number of such devices that shipped last year. Some 16m PDAs will ship this year, a more modest year-on-year increase of 6.3 per cent, it added.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2006

In praise of FPGAs

All data warehouse appliances have a massively parallel architecture in which there are multiple nodes that put processing as close as possible to the disk drives.
Philip Howard, 10 Oct 2006

Nokia shows off Aeon 'wearable' concept phone

Nick Hawkesmoor, 10 Oct 2006

Sunlight scuppers Nintendo Wii sensor?

What's the key to gaming success on Nintendo's upcoming Wii console? Keeping the curtains closed, it seems. According to a poster on the videogames pioneer's website, the new machine's sensor bar can't cope with sunlight.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2006

O2 coughs up new Ts and Cs to customers

O2 is adding an insert into its next bill to customers to make them aware of recent changes to its terms and conditions. These changes extend the information O2 is allowed to gather and archive to include the location, length, and times of calls.
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2006

IE7 to debut in October

Microsoft has confirmed that IE7 will be released as an optional download later this month.
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2006

Belkin touts weather-proof iPod remote

Can't be without your iPod even when you're halfway up a mountain and facing blizzard conditions? Then accessory maker Belkin has a weather-resillient wireless remote control just for you.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2006

'I didn't get where I am today without being spanked'

Top US execs have revealed the secret of their success: regular thrashings as children which taught them "important lessons, essential on the road to success", as the Evening Standard puts it.
Lester Haines, 10 Oct 2006

AMD 65nm dual-core Turion laptop CPUs due Q2 2007?

AMD will take its main mobile microprocessor families into the 65nm era during Q2 2007, it has been claimed. The so-called 'Revision G' update will see the addition of 800MHz DDR 2 memory support to the CPUs' on-board memory controller.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2006

EVGA touts 'fastest' GeForce 7950 GT-based board yet

Graphics card maker EVGA has announced what it claims is the fastest board around that's based on Nvidia's GeForce 7950 GT-based product. It also incorporates support for the HDCP copy-protection system beloved of high-definition content providers.
Hard Reg, 10 Oct 2006

Hubble confirms planets are made from dust

Immanuel Kant was right: planets are formed from disks of dusty debris swirling around stars. NASA says images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope finally confirm Kant's prediction, made over 200 years ago.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Oct 2006

Monster boss quits cos SEC investigation too tiring

Monster Worldwide chairman and chief executive Andrew J McKelvey is quitting the company blaming the long hours required by a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into alleged backdating of share options. He will be replaced by William M Pastore as CEO.
John Oates, 10 Oct 2006

Internet Rangers take to the plains

It's national Family Learning Week, and to celebrate that fact BT is relaunching its Internet Rangers website to encourage more youngsters to help us old codgers to understand this new internet thing.
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2006

Spamhaus fights US court domain threat

Spamhaus is at risk of losing its domain because of court action by a firm it has labelled as a spammer.
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2006

Swiss gov 'mulls' spyware to tap VoIP calls

The Swiss government is "considering" the use of a spyware application called Superintendent Trojan to eavesdrop on IP telephony conversation, Heise Security reports.
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2006

US using more mobiles than landlines

Mobile phones have eclipsed landlines as communication methods of choice for Americans, according to an online survey by Harris Interactive.
John Oates, 10 Oct 2006

SpikeSource - an OSS innovation?

Does SpikeSource represent the next stage in the evolution of open source software as a serious business tool?
David Norfolk, 10 Oct 2006

'Painful' job losses likely at Airbus

Airbus's new boss Louis Gallois has warned the company faces "painful" job losses as a result of delays to the A380 "Superjumbo" programme, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 10 Oct 2006

Sooloos sings praises of high-end lossless music system

Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2006
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Gartner predicts biggest change in PCs for a generation

Analysts at Gartner are predicting the next few months will see the biggest technology changes to PCs for 20 years. Because of this they say decisions made now will have an impact on operations for a decade.
John Oates, 10 Oct 2006
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CfH eyes NPfIT supplier catalogue

Connecting for Health (CfH) is to create a catalogue of suppliers for the National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
Kablenet, 10 Oct 2006

'Moronic' video deal buys Google legal woes?

AnalysisGoogle's $1.6bn purchase of YouTube is "moronic", says entrepreneur Mark Cuban. And he should know. In 1999, Cuban's streaming media company Broadcast.com was bought by Yahoo! for $5.7bn. Back then, Broadcast.com was also losing money, but with a rather sounder business strategy than YouTube today.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Oct 2006
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Force10 spreads the 10Gig goodness

10Gig Ethernet specialist Force10 Networks has introduced two 1/10Gig switches as it attempts to break out of its data centre ghetto into the wider business world.
Bryan Betts, 10 Oct 2006

Vista-inspired Windows Mobile 6 spied on web

Some nice-looking screenshots of Microsoft's next version of Windows Mobile - codenamed 'Crossbow' - have popped up on the web to show the upcoming operating system's swankier graphics.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2006

Alcatel fingers Eye-box

Alcatel has fingered specialist distributor Eye-box Centre to flog its small and medium-sized business servers.
Christopher Williams, 10 Oct 2006

Bugged comets and forgetting your teeth

LettersNever let it be said that El Reg is not a fount of useful information. This week, we all learned that it is legal to put a bug in an office. Now we can add to that knowledge: it is almost certainly not legal to listen to the bug, or do anything with the information you record with it:
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Oct 2006

MS revokes 'adware' distributor's community award

Microsoft has pulled a developer award to a programmer linked to adware distribution one week after granting the accolade.
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2006

Big Blue goes Big Green for cooler datacentres

The data centre of the future will use power more efficiently, and face fewer heat-related reliability problems, if IBM gets its way.
Bryan Betts, 10 Oct 2006

Blogging 'un-Christian' - shock

Blathering on blogs is un-Christian, an Evangelical church has warned.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Oct 2006

US and EU stitch up airline passenger data deal

European data protection authorities are choking on their baguettes after seeing the detail of the data-sharing agreement the EU signed with the US on Friday. The passenger name record (PNR) agreement was presented as a formality that had been passed by the respective administrations without so much as a hiccup. But it's proving hard to swallow.
Mark Ballard, 10 Oct 2006

Endeca blends BI into search

Endeca has updated its analytical search software, claiming that the new version is even better at discovering the relationships in both structured and unstructured data.
Bryan Betts, 10 Oct 2006

One Petabyte in a single volume

Isilon has updated its OneFS distributed file system, and added snapshot and load balancing software. OneFS can now manage one Petabyte of capacity, Isilon claims, where the previous version topped out at 250TB.
Bryan Betts, 10 Oct 2006

FTC issues competition guidelines for Muni Wi-Fi

The Federal Trade Commission today mapped out the terrain for American municipalities considering rolling out their own Wi-Fi Networks.
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2006

Ballmer sees PC future in web services world

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today delivered a defense of PC-based computing in the face of a growing trend to deliver software as a service over the internet.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Oct 2006
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PeopleSoft whistleblower lands $17.3m jackpot

A whistleblower who exposed price gouging of federal customers by his former employer, Peoplesoft, will get $17.3m for his troubles.
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2006

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