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IGF: The good, the bad and the psycho cleaners
The Greeks drove me to it. Last night, under the cover of conference quietness, I sneaked into the Apollon hotel store room and stole a waiter uniform. I’m not proud of it, but I am proudly wearing it today one for simple reason - I want my own coffee and water, and I don't want to have to wait 10 minutes for it to be served to me.
Vendor grid lock on multi-core pricing
Don't hold your breath waiting for the big software companies to simplify prices or to make it fairer for those of you running software on multi-core processors.
Lifecycle Quality at Borland
Borland is now promoting a new TLA LQM - Lifecycle Quality Management. This could be an interesting new focus for development teams, as long as people understand Quality in terms of "fitness for business purpose" instead of just "well, it meets corporate standards and there's some really neat code in there".
National DNA Database: have your say
Wary of "mission creep" in the National DNA Database, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics has launched a year-long project investigating the government's push to fingerprint the DNA of every person in the UK.
All CRB agents broke the law
Nearly all the Criminal Records Bureau's agents have illegally discriminated against people with past criminal convictions that are innocuous or irrelevant under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.
Spammers go island hopping to bypass filter
Anti-spam researchers at security company McAfee have discovered a new spamming trend nicknamed 'spam island-hopping'.
Nvidia may take $150m hit over stock options
Nvidia's investigation into stock-option awards will result in a restatement of the company's financial figures for fiscal years 2004, 2005 and 2006, and for Q1 FY2007, the graphics chip maker admitted last night.
Business process modelling
ColumnOver the years, business process modelling has, at various times, been a big part of my life. From using a pencil, paper and stencils to draw process diagrams in the mid 80’s, through pushing the first generation of CASE tools to their limits, I eventually got into modelling environments from vendors such as Rational, Select, Protosoft and Casewise.
Britain is a Big Brother state
The information commissioner has said the UK is adopting uncomfortably high levels of surveillance.
Accenture wins Olympic contract
The London Organising Committee (Locog) for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics Games has selected Accenture to run its back office systems.
LG to mass-produce $150,000 100in LCD HD TV
LG's monster 100in (250cm) LCD TV - already assured of a place in the Guiness Book of Records as the world's largest liquid crystal telly - is finally set to go into mass production, the company has revealed. Not that it'll come cheap: expect to pay at least $150,000 if you want one.
The gossip issue
IGF blogI got some good advice once. It was: "Make sure you never take yourself too seriously." That has stuck with me despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that it was delivered by an old French drunk sitting on a Paris bench facing a lit-up Notre Dame over the Seine at 2am.
UK banks agree to data sharing
UK banks have agreed to government data sharing proposals on suspected financial criminals, but say they want the public sector to share its data with them. The banks also express doubts about whether the plans would actually help to catch criminals.
Adult movies will not decide outcome of HD DVD, Blu-ray
Smutty films, long touted as the pivotal factor in the VHS vs Betamax war of the 1980s, will not play a similar role in deciding whether HD DVD will beat Blu-ray Disc or vice versa, it has been claimed.
Quantum attacks worry computer scientists
In the weird world of quantum computing, the state of computer systems networked together is so fragile that a read access to a single quantum bit, or qubit, on one machine would require a network-wide reset.
Privacy chief: we're all in UK.gov's pockets
The surveillance state is sorting society into pockets of desirable and undesirable people and treating them accordingly, a major survey by the UK's privacy guardian, the Information Commissioner said today.
Dell unveils first AMD-based laptop line
Dell yesterday launched its first notebook line based on AMD processors. The Inspiron 1501 can be configured with a range of AMD CPUs, from Mobile Semprons through to dual-core Turion 64 X2s.
YouTube faces UTube lawsuit
Universal Tube, a company that sells pipe making machinery, has embarked on a lawsuit against YouTube, claiming that the video sharing site has disrupted its business thanks to the similarity in the two company's web addresses.
EMC buys Avamar
EMC has acquired another software vendor, its fourth this year. This time round it's swallowed Californian data backup and recovery specialist Avamar Technologies for $165m cash.
Ofcom stays in neutral on net neutrality
Ofcom has no intention of lording it over the net neutrality debate, the head of the regulator made clear yesterday.
TomTom fails to put the brakes on Garmin
Car navigation equipment maker TomTom has lost its "me too" design infringment case against Garmin.
Venus: older and more interesting that we thought?
A mission to Venus might be able to find out more about the planet's history than previously thought, as new evidence casts doubt on the theory that the planet was totally resurfaced during a cataclysmic bout of vulcanism 500m years ago.
Orange bleats about Samsung's Blush
Orange describes the upcoming Samsung X830 Blush as the "only compact a girl needs", but at 2cm thick, it's not what you'd call a slimline handset. But then the Blush is bright pink, so we're clearly going to gooey at the fork for it no matter what, the fellers at Orange reckon...
US.gov tunes out scathing RFID privacy report
An external security advisory committee reporting to the US Department of Homeland Security has produced a highlight critical report (PDF) advising against the use of RFID technology in government documents.
Dopod pops out music-centric smart phone
Asian smart-phone supplier Dopod has unveiled its latest HTC-made handsets, among them version of the manufacturer's familiar BlackBerry-like S620, the 3G-friendly P3600 and the GPS-enabled P3300. But a couple of other, unexpected models stood out from the rest.
Civil Aviation Authority puts 'secret' security info on the web
Updated:Observant Reg readers will have noticed the recent kerfuffle about airport security so why is the Civil Aviation Authority publishing supposedly secret documents on its website?
StyleTap completes Windows Mobile-hosted Palm emulator
Toronto-based StyleTap has released the final version of its Palm OS emulator and application migration tool for Windows Mobile devices - and it's already pledging a Symbian version.
Carphone Warehouse posts strong results
Carphone Warehouse has posted its interim results for the six months to 30 September, with revenue up over 40 per cent to £1.8bn
Groovy wires could detect disease and explosives
A breakthrough by a group of researchers in the UK and in Spain could pave the way for much improved disease detection, and detection of explosives.
Hi-tech CEO charged with ID theft against staff
The head of a New York-based hi-tech firm has been arrested over charges he used the personal details of his workers to obtain fraudulent loans and credit cards under false names.
United Nations lauds internet's 'arranged marriage'
IGFThe closing day of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has ended on a high note with attendees from across the world (from business, government, international organisations and civil society) all expressing their delight at the experimental forum.
Orange pulls the plug on SmartGroups
L'Orange is shutting its SmartGroups service at the end of the month.
Southampton Uni and MIT pit wits against mysteries of the web
MIT and the University of Southampton are to collaborate on research into the social, technical, and scientific challenges presented by the web. The aim of the work is ultimately to establish "web science" as a new scientific discipline.
Asus kits out Lamborghini VX1 Golden Edition laptop
Asus has confirmed it is preparing to ship an updated version of its Lamborghini VX1 laptop. Dubbed the 'Golden Edition', the machine boasts an almost top-of-the-range Core 2 Duo mobile processor, 2GB of 667MHz DDR 2 memory, a 160GB hard drive and Nvidia's GeForce Go 7400 VX GPU.
Symantec readies Backup Exec for Vista
Symantec has launched a major update to Backup Exec, one of the choicest cuts from the Veritas acquisition. Version 11d has been adapted for Windows Exchange servers and for those who just cannot wait to get 64-bit Vista.
Orange on the map with new sat nav device
Orange has launched its own satellite navigation product, consisting of a GPS receiver which can be connected to an Orange mobile phone for displaying maps, giving directions, and playing geocaching games. The package comes from Webraska and is basically that company's product with an Orange wrapper.
Sophos defends its block on alien hunters
UK anti-virus firm Sophos has defended itself after sparking a controversy with its decision to allow sysadmins to block distributing computing programs such as SETI@Home.
Protect Data acquires Reflex
Mobile device security firm Protect Data has acquired privately held UK-base security outfit Reflex Software and its subsidiaries in a deal valued at up to £15m ($28.6m). Protect Data will pay £12.5m in cash up front followed by up to £2.5m more providing Reflex meets sales targets by the end of March 2007.
Sun's Niagara chip breaks like the Wind River
Wind River this week lent a helping hand to one of Sun Microsystems' more interesting processor efforts. The software maker announced that its telco hardened version of Linux will be tuned for Sun's UltraSPARC T1 processor.
Former CA chief Kumar gets 12 years in the pen
Computer Associates' former chief executive Sanjay Kumar has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $8m for his role in the company's massive accounting scandal.
Microsoft to support Novell's cancer
Microsoft has agreed to sell cancer. Or least to support Novell's SUSE Linux and be more friendly to the open source operating system.
Diebold slams HBO Hacking Democracy documentary
A campaign by Diebold to torpedo a TV documentary investigating its controversial e-voting machines looks set to backfire.
Is Hurd's worsening memory a cause for concern?
Mark Hurd's latest contribution to the HP spy scandal has made three things clear. The CEO has a horrible memory, a tenuous grasp of the internet and a very measured approach to tackling ethics issues.
AT&T targets video home security as next broadband market
The most surprising applications often lead to market breakthroughs and we place in this category all applications that involve the transport of video through existing networks for security purposes.