26th > October > 2006 Archive

Think tank calls for new data laws

Government needs a more clearly defined legal framework for data sharing, says the Social Market Foundation (SMF)
Kablenet, 26 Oct 2006

Does accessible product = assessible vendor?

CommentWhen evaluating how accessible a product is, I do not just look at the product itself but at the whole sales lifecycle. It is not much point having a wonderfully accessible product if the user cannot find out about it or effectively use it.
Peter Abrahams, 26 Oct 2006

ERP vendor, eight, seeks partners

Hosted ERP provider NetSuite has announced an open source developer platform to attract new partners and increase its uptake in vertical sectors.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Oct 2006

101 put on hold

The Home Office is to delay the roll-out of the 101 non-emergency number due to complaints from police forces about its misuse.
Kablenet, 26 Oct 2006

STEREO blasts off from Cape Canaveral

NASA's twin solar observatory, STEREO, launched successfully last night, blasting off from Cape Canaveral just before 9pm, local time. The launch was originally scheduled for August, but was put back several times.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Oct 2006

Viruses, phishing, and trojans for profit

CommentFollowing the 2006 International Virus Bulletin Conference, Kelly Martin takes a look at the profit motives of the cyber criminals behind modern viruses, targeted trojans, phishing scams, and botnet attacks that are stealing millions from organisations and individuals.
Kelly Martin, 26 Oct 2006

Cool Fusion: AMD's plan to revolutionise multi-core computing

AMD's Fusion CPUs will not be mere system-on-a-chip products, the chip company's chief technology officer, Phil Hester, insisted yesterday. Instead, the processor will be truly modular, capable of forming the basis for a range of application-specific as well as generic CPUs, from low-power mobile chips right up to components for high-performance computing systems.
Tony Smith, 26 Oct 2006

Home Office thumbs up for Yeovil pub fingerprint plan

The extent of interest among local authorities to install fingerprinting security in pubs and clubs around the country has been revealed by the police brains behind the pilot scheme in Yeovil.
Mark Ballard, 26 Oct 2006

Mission Impossible 3 becomes mission possible

From next week, anyone buying a Nokia N93 handset on the Vodafone network will receive a free copy of Mission Impossible 3 loaded onto a mini SD card for viewing on the phone. The film is full-length and encoded for perfect viewing on the N93's screen, though if it will generate quite the same atmosphere as a cinema viewing is open to debate.
Bill Ray, 26 Oct 2006

Cisco spends $31m to improve mobile presence

Cisco has paid $31m to boost its Unified Comms pitch by sucking up 33 person Orative.
Bill Ray, 26 Oct 2006

IE7 spoofing bug pops up

Security researchers have identified a pop-up address bar spoofing weakness in Microsoft's newly released Internet Explorer 7 browser. The flaw, first reported by security notification firm Secunia, might lend itself to phishing attacks and remains currently unpatched.
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2006

IBM taps veins for novel chip-cooling trick

IBM has turned to nature to develop a technique that will significantly improve the efficiency of the thermal paste used to plug the gap between hot chips and cooling systems, the company announced today. Its approach: carve a network of channels into the surface of the chip's packaging.
Tony Smith, 26 Oct 2006

VIA, Everex claim 'world's most energy efficient' laptop

Taiwan's VIA today touted its eco-credentials once more, this time claiming the use of its C7-M mobile processor in US OEM Everex's NC1500 notebook makes the machines the most "energy efficient" laptop on the planet.
Hard Reg, 26 Oct 2006

Exceptional C++ and More Exceptional C++

Book reviewThis pair of books brings together a variety of small but annoying puzzles mediated by Herb Sutter through the news:comp.lang.c++.moderated newsgroup.
Dominic Connor, 26 Oct 2006

UK gov plans to bury nuclear waste

The government said today that it plans to bury Britain's nuclear waste. Speaking in the House of Commons, environment secretary David Miliband told MPs that waste will not be forced on communities, instead, local authorities will be invited to volunteer sites, the BBC reports.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Oct 2006

Motorola looking to own Sagem?

Shares in Safran, owner of mobile phone manufacturer Sagem, surged almost seven per cent this morning after the head of Motorola's mobile devices business said it was interested in buying the loss-making concern.
Bill Ray, 26 Oct 2006

CapGemini waves $1.25bn at Kanbay

Services firm CapGemini has made a $1.25bn bid for Kanbay, the US-based IT consultants, in a bid to expand its footprint into the US and Indian markets. The offer of $29 per share, represents a 16 per cent premium on Kanbay's closing price, yesterday.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Oct 2006

Bell to boost reselling

Bell Micro Products wants to double its reselling business to £1bn in two years, said the firm's president on the announcement of its third quarter results.
Mark Ballard, 26 Oct 2006

Aspect oriented programming with Java

Writing software is a complex business - not only do you have to get the enterprise logic of the application correct, typically you also have to deal with multiple other concerns at the same time, such as "what should happen if something goes wrong", "how should I make sure we know what is happening during execution", "how to enforce security throughout my application" and in some languages "how do I handle memory" or "when should I free up memory", etc.
John Hunt, 26 Oct 2006

ID thieves pumped then dumped on brokerage houses

US-based online brokerage houses have been hit by losses of $22m after an attack by a sophisticated gang of identity thieves.
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2006

Crashed Armadillo rocket means no lunar X-Prize this year

Just one challenger entered the now-annual X-Prize Cup's Lunar Lander challange, and sadly, that mission ended in pieces on the desert floor.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Oct 2006

Amnesty calls for action on internet freedom

Amnesty International is calling on the bloggers of the world to unite to defend the freedoms of their brother bloggers in countries such as China, Iran, and Tunisia.
John Oates, 26 Oct 2006

AllofMP3 hit by Danish court ruling

Much reviled Russian music site allofmp3.com has been hit by a Danish court ruling which forces internet service provider Tele2 to block access to the site.
John Oates, 26 Oct 2006

Orange joins 3 in Windows Live Messenger deal

Orange has announced that its customers in France would be able to access the Microsoft Live Messenger service (formally MSN Messenger) on some models of mobile phone from December. The UK and Spain are scheduled to follow next year.
Bill Ray, 26 Oct 2006

What DVD Jon's iPod crack means for you

AnalysisAs we reported three weeks ago, reverse-engineering specialist "DVD" Jon Johansen has decoded the encryption that locks down iTunes-purchased music - and he's formed a company to license this to all-comers. Now Johansen has reverse-engineered rival DRM formats, permitting encrypted songs purchased from Apple rivals to play on iPods.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Oct 2006

Wee ferry threatened by giant US warship

A tiny ferry making its way across the Clyde river got caught up in a NATO naval exercise and ended up being threatened by a large US battleship, it emerged this week.
John Oates, 26 Oct 2006

Sonnet quadruples iPod video playback time

Sonnet is a little coy about just how much extra playtime the 2,100mAh battery in its Volta add-on for the 5G iPod - and its recent update. It provides a set of "estimates" that don't quite add up. If it adds an extra 50 hours' audio playback time to a 30GB iPod, why does it add 60 hours more to a 60GB or 80GB model?
Tony Smith, 26 Oct 2006

MacExpo evicts environmentalists

UpdatedGreenpeace campaigners have been booted out of MacExpo in London after other exhibitors complained about their activities at the show.
Christopher Williams, 26 Oct 2006

Intel to close Cambridge research centre

Exclusive and updatedIntel is to close its UK research centre in Cambridge, The Register understands, just three and a half years after it was first opened. The move is part of the streamlining of the company outlined by CEO Paul Otellini earlier this year.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Oct 2006

Ellison's venomous tongue devastates Red Hat shares

Investors seem to be taking Oracle chief Larry Ellison as seriously as he takes himself. They've crippled Red Hat shares today simply because Oracle rolled out discounted support for Red Hat's server operating system.
Ashlee Vance, 26 Oct 2006

Demon Internet on the market again

Thus, which bought Demon Internet in 1998, has never really known what to do with the venerable internet service provider. Demon were one of the first ISPs in the UK, and many early internet users have fond memories of Turnpike configurations and text-based communities.
Bill Ray, 26 Oct 2006

Fedora servers are that big

LettersYesterday's article on Fedora's FC6 download travails prompted a torrent of emails, not all abusive.
Drew Cullen, 26 Oct 2006

Paralysis! will! save! Yahoo! CEO's! job!

OpinionTerry Semel's worst quality may just save his job at Yahoo!. That's because the real winners to emerge from the mini-boom haunting Silicon Valley will be those with the most paralytic management styles. And, when it comes to paralysis, Yahoo! is king.
Ashlee Vance, 26 Oct 2006

HP's services chief outsources himself

It's resignation week at HP where the company has lost another executive to the scourge that is "personal reasons."
Ashlee Vance, 26 Oct 2006

The, case, of, the, million, dollar, comma

The position of a comma in a 14-page contract is at the heart of a dispute that could cost cable TV company Rogers Communications one million Canadian dollars.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Oct 2006
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Assault by battery: Sony's profits go up in flames

Sony's quarterly profits plunged 94 per cent following fall-out from its exploding battery woes.
ElectricNews.net, 26 Oct 2006

Microsoft steamrollers through Q1

Who needs new product when you knock out results like this: Microsoft may be late with Windows Vista and late with Office 2007, the upgrades for its two biggest revenue spinners - but it still produced a stellar September quarter.
Drew Cullen, 26 Oct 2006

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