ReiserFS creator arrested over missing woman
Police in Oakland, California today arrested Hans Reiser, the well-known Linux developer, on suspicion of murdering his estranged wife.
Java for Vista is rock solid, says Sun
Sun Microsystems has moved to quash growing reports (here and here) of problems between Java and Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, due next month.
Patch Tuesday - and other days of the week
Industry commentBack in the mists of the past, people gave names to the days of the week. Some of these have survived in the names of our modern weekdays. Monday is Moon Day, Thursday is named after the Norse storm god Thor and the roman god Saturn is remembered every Saturday.
Of IBM's systems management initiative
CommentIBM is in full swing promoting its highly integrated and extensive It management tools and technologies which it's ready to roll-out into an enthusiastic, waiting business community. Or so it thinks. Why does this seem like another chapter in Kafka's The Trial to me?
Symantec, Accenture couple on outsourcing
Symantec today announced a hook-up with outsourcer Accenture to capitalise on a lack of security expertise the pair perceive in IT departments looking to bullet-proof their networks.
Accenture previews intelligent home technology
"Mirror, mirror on the wall, do you think I need to shave? Or maybe change my diet?"
NFC completes Smart Posters standard
The NFC Forum has just published the Smart Posters component of its short-range-radio standard, while Nokia continues with large-scale trials of the technology.
Slashdot in Yahoo! IM black helicopter moment
Here's one for the black helicopter files: is Yahoo! blocking the sending of YouTube URLs via its splendid IM service? Yes, says this post on Slashdot:
AMD quad-core Opteron will support FB-DIMM
AMD's upcoming 'Barcelona' quad-core Opteron CPU will deliver just "a few percentage points of added performance here and there", a company official has admitted. Instead, many of the tweaks improve the design of the part's architecture, including FB-DIMM support.
CBI calls for better procurement
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is calling on the government to overhaul its procurement of technology.
Intel to follow 'Santa Rosa' Centrino with 'Montevina'
Intel has yet to ship 'Santa Rosa', the next major update to its Centrino laptop and small form-factor PC platform, but already it's working on the follow-up, codenamed 'Montevina', due to ship in 2008, it has been claimed.
GS1 - simplifying the supply chain
CommentJust for a moment, please regard the humble bar code - unloved, old, barely noticed by people these days. What does it do? Well, the most used bar code, based on the Universal Product Code (UPC) standard, first appeared in 1974 on a pack of Wrigley's chewing gum in Ohio.
Carousel fraud slows down again
Carousel or missing trader fraud has fallen for the second month in a row.
Brummie clubber killed by bovine TB
An outbreak of bovine TB in Birmingham earlier this year which infected six clubbers was traced to a man who drank "untreated, unpasteurised milk", the BBC reports.
AOL UK finds a home in Carphone Warehouse
Carphone Warehouse has bought up AOL UK for £370m in cash, instantly bumping up its broadband customer base by 1.5 million.
PCI Express 2.0 final draft spec published
The PCI-SIG has released version 0.9 of the PCI Express 2.0 specification, to all intents and purposes the incarnation that will be ratified as the standard.
Technicolour Colombian finch declared new species
A technicolour finch discovered earlier this year in eastern Colombia has been declared a new species, Reuters reports.
Microsoft Germany CEO quits over strategy
The CEO of Microsoft Germany has resigned citing differences with the company's US headquarters.
Microsoft posts Windows XP Home Edition security fixes
Microsoft has posted its monthly round-up of Windows security updates targeting, among others, owners of Windows XP Home Edition- and Windows XP Media Center Edition-based PCs.
Broadcom wins a round in war against Qualcomm
A judge has fine tuned one of the many disputes between Broadcom and Qualcomm, holding that Qualcomm has in fact violated one of Broadcom's patents.
Windows Update glitches derail Patch Tuesday
Microsoft published 10 patches as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle yesterday, but many users are experiencing problems getting hold of the software updates because of delays involving Microsoft's Windows Update delivery mechanism.
Intel readies Merom-based Celeron Ms for Q1 '07?
Expect to see the first Core 2 Duo-derived Celeron M processors in Q1 2007, the same timeframe Intel has assigned to the release of low-voltage Core 2 Duo CPUs, it has been claimed by folk who've had a look at the chip giant's latest mobile roadmap.
Bloggers bamboozled by 'Sony Ericsson DVB-H phone'
Sony Ericsson is preparing a handheld web-friendly tablet phone equipped with the ability to pick up DVB-H digital television broadcast if a heap of realistic-looking photos and concept paintings posted on the web. Or is it?
Spam Cube to take anti-spam gadget worldwide
Security gadget maker Spam Cube is to bring its anti-malware hardware to a worldwide audience, courtesy of a tie-in with distributor eSys. The email-scanning device is currently only available to buyers in the US.
Microsoft SCO conspiracy theory quashed (again)
The paranoid style pervades internet discourse like sap coursing through a tree - as we've seen with the 9/11 "Truth Movement" and the net neutrality scare - and as we've previously noted in the fascinating SCO vs Linux saga.
Police search for UK victims of US ID theft
UK police are attempting to reach thousands of Brits who have become victims of malware-powered ID theft scam.
Moller flogs flying car on eBay
Those of us who have been waiting 50 years for the answer to the question "where's my bloody flying car?" need wait no longer. It's right here on eBay:
Cyberterror sim scares pants off of Wired smarty
Momentary horse-laugh of the day goes to Chris Suellentrop, an editor at Slate, writing in Wired about becoming a convert to the decrepit church of cyberterror in "Sim City: Terrortown:"
SEC procrastinating on Brocade fine?
The SEC may be struggling with the vast scope of its stock option investigation if its delay in actually collecting a fine from Brocade is anything to go by.
Gitmo - another Brit idea commercialised by the US?
BlunkettwatchStunning revelations in today's excerpts from The Blunkett Tapes in the Guardian - although the offshore jurisdiction limbo that is Guantanamo Bay is generally held to be a US innovation, it was in fact devised within easy bagging and tagging range of the very offices whence we report. Like vertical take-off aircraft, the hovercraft, apocalyptic science fiction and Churchillian rhetoric it was in fact a British innovation.
Intel 'Bearlake' South Bridge to offer fast data recovery tech?
Intel's upcoming ICH9 South Bridge family, due to ship in Q2 2007 with the 'Bearlake' chipset series, will support what the chip company calls "Rapid Recover Technology" to get users up and running quickly if their primary hard drive fails, it has been claimed.
HCL squeezes Indian software engineers
Indian outsourcing giant HCL Technologies has told its software engineers they have to work longer days without any extra pay for the greater good of the company.
Ericsson goes green
Ericsson has entered into a deal with MTN, with funding from the GSM Association, to supply electricity for cell base stations using biodiesel-powered generators.
Dunn editorial officially ends the 'HP Way'
OpinionFormer HP chairman Patricia Dunn has displayed remarkable courage during the unravelling of the company's spy scandal. Where others might hide behind humility and full disclosure, Dunn has bravely moved to rewrite history and fashion her image in something approaching a decent light.
Apple's NY Fifth Avenue store is an 'insult to Islam'
According to a report on The Middle East Media Research Institute, Apple's NY Fifth Avenue store has been slammed by "an Islamic website" as a "new insult to Islam".
Nokia adds Orb for go-anywhere TV
Nokia is bundling Orb's "MyCasting" client onto one of its smartphones, giving punters the chance to access their own TV subscriptions and music libraries on the go.
It's the information, stupid
Symantec is shifting its strategy towards protecting information and interactions on the net, rather than just devices or computer networks.
Brocade-McData: nothing to see here, Mr FTC
UpdatedBrocade is not sweating over the Federal Trade Commission's anti-trust investigation of its acquisition of McData and pressing ahead with plans to digest a second third of the storage switch market.
Ad watchdog slaps The Link's wrists
The Advertising Standards Authority has told phone retailer The Link and Freetalk Communication that a recent email advertising its Voice over Internet Protocol service was unfair to BT.
MIT opens Junk Science Institute
In an expensive attempt to stake a claim in Private Eye's Psueds Corner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced a "Center for Collective Intelligence".
Belkin tunes into Bluetooth for iPod song sender
Another day, another wireless Belkin iPod accessory. After the SportCommand wireless remote, here's the TuneStage II, a Bluetooth 2.0-connected combo for streaming music from the player to a hi-fi.
Founder Augustin to abandon VA
VA Research/Linux Systems Software founder and general open source blowhard advocate Larry Augustin plans to sever his ties with the company come December.
DoJ waves through AT&T-Bell South deal
The US Department of Justice has approved AT&T's proposed acquisition of Bell South, saying the enlarged group is "not likely to reduce competition substantially [or] harm consumer welfare". It has attached no conditions to the deal.
Eudora morphs into Thunderbird
Qualcomm is to stop selling Eudora, the venerable email client, and is hand over development to the Mozilla Foundation.
Options scandal claims CNET, McAfee chiefs
Two top McAfee execs and three CNET Networks chiefs have quit their jobs in the wake of America's growing backdated options scandal.
BEA touts an 'enterprise MySpace'
There may have been no new news to emerge from BEAWorld in Prague this week, coming as it did so soon after BEAWorld in San Francisco, but CEO Alfred Chuang gave a significant pointer to BEA's thinking for future directions. What is more, it is a pointer to where we may well see something approaching a 'killer app' emerging for SOA.