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Outsourced applications in vogue at OpenWorld

Silicon Valley may be rife with talk of software delivered as a service (SaaS) but at Oracle's OpenWorld in San Francisco today, the buzz was all about the traditional application outsourcing model.

Asus GeForce 8800 GTX-based board details leak

The specifications of an upcoming Asus graphics card, the EN8800GTX, have been posted online to give a pretty good idea what Nvidia's upcoming GeForce 8800 GTX chip - aka 'G80' - will offer, including DirectX 10 Shader Model 4.0 support and Nvidia's Quantum Effects Technology.

Intel follows AMD with CPU price cuts

Intel this weekend pruned its processor prices, making a series of cuts to its Celeron lines and a handful of other CPUs, according to its public price list, which was updated yesterday - the same day in which arch-rival AMD also tweaked what it charges for chips.
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Satnav orders German into toilet

RoTM An "overly obedient" German driver followed his car's satnav system's instructions to "Turn right now!" and duly exited the highway "about 30 metres before the crossing he was meant to take" before piling headlong into a portaloo, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Colourful US computer company Liebermann re-appears

We haven't heard from colourful computer company Liebermann since its founder, Miguel Liebermann, posted a 42-page PDF in April 2005 explaining why his company had not been a hoax despite announcing a raft of incredibly high-end systems and, more to the point, apparently going out of business in October 2004.
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Scientists catch exotic new particles

Researchers working at the FermiLab particle accelerator in the US have discovered two new kinds of particle, exotic relatives of the common-or-garden proton and neutron.
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HBOS to change website after security alert

HBOS is changing its Bank of Scotland internet banking website in response to a security company's claims that the site was vulnerable. But the bank says the supposed risk did not pose any dangers to customers.

ATI to launch Radeon X1650 XT next week?

ATI will next week launch its 80nm RV560 chip as the Radeon X1650 XT, it has been claimed. By then, of course, the company will almost certainly be part of AMD and possibly no longer known by its original name.
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Smouldering badger disrupts rail services

Reginald Perrin would love it: rail services near Tonbridge, Kent, were yesterday disrupted by "a smouldering badger on the line", the Daily Mirror reports.
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Inquiry into EU roaming probe begins

The European Ombudsman has initiated an inquiry into complaints levied by mobile operator O2 against the European Commission.
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Suspected thieves blow up house

Two men suspected of attempting to steal copper pipe from a boarded-up house in West Bromwich got a nasty shock when they blew up the property, the Daily Mirror reports.
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IPS stands ground on ID cards

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is resisting some elements of the recommendations from MPs on the National Identity Card Programme
Kablenet, 24 2006

SanDisk to secure online sales with USB Flash drives

SanDisk will next year bring secure computing to its USB Flash drives in a bid to persuade online banks, auction houses and retailers to use them to minimise unauthorised and fraudulent transactions.

Gateway opens up to Sony battery recall plan

Gateway has become the latest notebook computer supplier to recall Sony-made laptop batteries. It has asked for some 35,000 lithium-ion power packs to be returned. The batteries could, under "very rare circumstances" overheat and catch fire, Gateway said, though it claimed it has not heard of any instances of this happening with its machines.
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Using the new web for lifeskilling

Opinion I recently sat in on a roundtable looking at how the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 can be used as a springboard for encouraging local unemployed groups to gain extra skills that would help them not only gain temporary employment for the period of the games, but also to empower them to gain permanent employment from then on.
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Microsoft dodges court in Belgian copyright battle

Microsoft has agreed to remove links to articles in Belgian newspapers from its search engines and news aggregators, rather than fight it out in court with Belgian publishers.
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One fifth of Brits bullied at work

One fifth of British workers have been bullied at work during the last two years, the BBC reports.

British boffins demo 150dpi bendy display

UK-based Cambridge University spin-off Plastic Logic has pledged to demo a 150dpi bendy active-matrix display system today. Fold it, roll it - crucially, you can still read it.
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Pure predicts bright future

Pure Telecom is on the acquisition trail after announcing a healthy revenue forecast on Monday.
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Off the Rails?

Book review Billed as a possible Java-killer, the huge amount of interest in the Ruby programming language is in no small part due to the popularity of the Ruby On Rails framework.
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ICSTIS finds luckiest man alive

A three time winner of a text entry competition attracted the attention of premium rate regulator the ICSTIS, which has dished out fines totalling £8,000 to the organisers of two lotteries, or possibly one, for misleading promotion.
Bill Ray, 24 2006

Hacking contactless credit cards made easy

US security researchers have demonstrated how easy it might be for crooks to read sensitive personal information from RFID-based credit and debit cards.
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Mobile phone use does have an impact on male fertility.
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T-Mobile inks tattoo'd RAZR deal

  It's all a bit Grand Theft Auto, but Motorola and T-Mobile USA clearly want to get hip to the 'hood with these tattoo-styled RAZR V3 handsets, which go on sale in the US on Monday. No vibrating needles, indellible inks, seedy parlours and pain were used, apparently, but the laser etching technique Apple uses to give iPods a …
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Giant elastic-powered aircraft fails to take off

A UK artist has dismally, albeit heroically, failed to get off the ground in a 20ft aircraft powered by a giant rubber band, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Google offers white label searches

Google is offering a customisable version of its search engine for people to put on their own websites or blogs.
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Microsoft in 64-bit Vista lockdown

RSA Europe Microsoft will operate 64-bit versions of Windows Vista as a tabernacle, with the kernel as the holy of holies, where only its own high priests of security may venture.

Brits spend more on HD DVD than Blu-ray

Brits favour HD DVD over Blu-ray Disc, it has been claimed. According to online retailer Play.com, UK consumers are spending more than twice as much on HD DVD players and content than they are on BD kit.
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Calls to help desk = testing, survey finds

A survey of European IT execs conducted by Compuware has shown that 52 per cent believe there is a more than even chance that applications deployments will fail when they go live.
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Leaders vs bloggers and other meaningless fights

Opinion A good leader writer - and I never was one of those! - has a vital function on a large newspaper or magazine. They tell the readers what the news stories are about. Well, that's all going to change, says a pundit.
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Irish e-voting emerges from the crypt

After spending €52m on a computerised voting scheme that doesn't work reliably, and warehousing the kit at a cost of about €800,000 per year, the Irish government would like to revive the technology so that the country's reputation doesn't suffer.

I work for MS but even I struggle to get a hot-fix

Obtaining a hot-fix from Microsoft is far from easy, even if you work for the software giant. That's what Microsoft Developer Solutions group manager Josh Ledgard discovered when he tried to obtain a software patch for Visual Studio 2005 to correct performance problems he was experiencing.
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FunkySexyCool gets funkier, sexier and cooler

Australian social networking site FunkySexyCool is adding MTV to the start of its name before its launch in Austria, Germany and Switzerland on Monday.
Bill Ray, 24 2006

Apple MacBook Pros drop Core Duo for Core 2 Duo

Apple has revamped its MacBook Pro line-up with 'Merom', Intel's Core 2 Duo mobile processor, the Mac maker has just announced. The update brings a performance jump of up to 39 per cent, Apple claimed. It also adds Firewire 800 to the 15in models.

Lik-Sang shuts shop, names PSP-purchasing senior Sony staffers

Hong Kong-based gaming hardware online retailer Lik-Sang.com has closed its doors, and it's firmly blaming Sony for its woes - even though many of the company's senior staffers have used its grey import service, the company alleged.
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Rainy day? Blame cosmic rays

Scientists have speculated for some time that cosmic rays could have an effect on the weather, and now the experiment designed to test the idea has begun collecting data.
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Dynamic developments in Java

In his review of a “Ruby For Rails” book today, Pan Pantziarka comments that the new language Ruby is now being “billed as a possible Java-killer”.
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Double your money ATM sparks Bristol street party

Students and workers queued for three hours in Bristol on Saturday after a malfunctioning cash point started handing out twice the amount of money people requested.

Microsoft plays ditch a distie

Microsoft is changing its UK channel structure and increasing the number of disties from six to 10.
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SGI smacks ATI with graphics lawsuit

When SGI's boss Dennis McKenna vowed to get serious about the bankrupt company's IP portfolio this summer, he wasn't kidding.
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Arkansas settles anti-trust dispute with Microsoft

Microsoft is paying $37.8m to the State of Arkansas to settle anti-trust action.

Vista kernel fix 'worse than useless'

Microsoft has modified Windows Vista to prevent a high-profile exploit demonstrated at security conferences this summer but the fix creates as many problems as it solves, according to the security researcher who identified the original problem.

RSA looks to dodge EMC's integration record

EMC's job cull, announced last week, was precipitated by a failure to fully exploit its lengthy acquisition roster.
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Trolls seek to copyright quarky badger rail

Letters In a bid to tackle piracy, the MPAA has helped design a copyright badge for the Los Angeles Scouts. As well as learning five kinds of copyrighted material, and three kinds of infringement, prospective badge wearers might even get to go on a field trip to a movie studio to learn about the evils of piracy. Some of you decided to take this very literally:
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Net refuseniks getting more stubborn

Almost half the nation's households don't have net access - and most of them aren't going to sign up.

Red Hat makes Xen GUI in Fedora Core 6

Red Hat has put Fedora Core 6 up for grabs. Xen fans and Mac fans have been asked to rejoice.

Hurd: HP can do better

OpenWorld Rivals and predecessors were in Hewlett-Packard Co boss Mark Hurd's crosshairs as he paced the stage during a Tuesday morning keynote at Oracle's OpenWorld.

Oracle threatens to make workers more expressive

OpenWorld Oracle has become the latest big-ticket software vendor offering cube-farm dwellers improved social interaction through social networking.
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Creating a Report with JasperReports

Preparing presentation-quality reports is an everyday occurrence, so any tool that makes the job easier is worth a look. For developers working with Java, one such is JasperSoft’s JasperReports, which is capable of producing a range of outputs, including HTML, PDF, Excel XLS, CSV and XML file formats. The tool can build dynamic presentations from either static data or data retrieved form a database table using an SQL query, and is designed to be integrated directly into Java/J2EE applications.
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Vivendi accuses T-Mobile of racketeering

The long-running spat between Vivendi and T-Mobile over ownership of Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC), the Polish network operator, took a surreal turn when Vivendi filed a charge that T-Mobile acquired their shares in the company though a process of fraud and racketeering. But rather than Poland, Austria or Germany, Vivendi have decided to file in the USA.
Bill Ray, 24 2006
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US publishers say Child Online Protection Act should be struck down

A group of US online publishers and a lobby group is taking the Government to court to challenge an eight-year-old law which it says amounts to censorship of the internet. The challenge is to the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which became law in 1998.
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Oracle pencils in next-gen BI suite

OpenWorld Oracle's next Business Intelligence suite will see deeper integration with Oracle's Fusion middleware and applications plus support for online reporting.
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Playboy gambler says Feds can't stop his online empire

Interview What the hell does internet gambling have to do with port security?

Florida 'botmaster' charged with Akamai DDOS attack

A Florida man was in federal court today, accused of launching a DDOS attack on Akamai which brought much of the internet to its knees - for a few hours.