10th > November > 2006 Archive
Oracle must eat Red Hat or fork, says Ubuntu man
Oracle's decision to trigger a Linux turf war has thus far produced the exact results Larry Ellison desired. Red Hat investors freaked out, and Red Hat customers gained a new avenue for putting pricing pressure on their Linux supplier. Despite such concrete turns in the Linux market, Oracle's support plan continues to be more bluster than muster, according to Mark Shuttleworth, whose company Canonical oversees Ubuntu Linux.
NEC adds VoIP to thin clients
Why provide thin clients only with remote access to applications, when you can give them a full VoIP-enabled Windows XP environment on which to run standard PC software? That's the question posed by NEC with its Virtual PC Centre, or VPCC, which combines thin clients with VMware and VoIP.
Software developer asks Lords to hear patent appeal
Neal Macrossan is seeking leave to appeal to the House of Lords after his application for a patent was rejected by the Court of Appeal.
IPTV/VoD: The world that's on its way
Industry commentA lot of frustration is levelled at content providers and it's very easy to see why. Dealing with the studios and production companies can be like pulling teeth if the approach isn't correct.
Eclipse dreams up new schemes of disruption
After turning the Java tools market upside down and putting more than a few people out of work in its first five years, Eclipse hopes to cause more mischief during its next five.
BPI lobbies Gowers for a 'private right to copy'
The UK's main recording industry body wants to authorise UK music buyers to copy CDs for personal use. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has recommended to a government investigation that a private right to copy be created.
Web touts face £5,000 fines
Touts selling football tickets on websites will be liable for a £5,000 fine under new legislation passed yesterday. The Violent Crime Reduction Act outlaws the internet sale of the tickets.
UPC Ireland grows broadband customers by 20%
UPC Ireland, the parent company of NTL Ireland and Chorus, has brought nearly 8,000 new broadband customers into its fold in the third quarter of 2006.
Voda lays bare broadband bundle
Vodafone unveiled details of its broadband bundle this morning. We can probably expect its rivals' complaints to the Advertising Standards Association to be in by this afternoon.
Covert coppers reach for surveillance lead
One of the UK's top covert coppers has defended his record of spying on citizens as privacy officials wonder whether surveillance technology is giving him too much power.
Britain wide open to alien invasion
The British government is shockingly underprepared for an attack by extraterrestrials, an ex-MoD man has claimed.
Former Bond girl in laptop-lobbing outrage
WSAFormer model and Bond girl Denise Richards had a bit of a Naomi moment when she lost her rag with paparazzi and chucked two laptops from a second floor balcony, news agencies report.
MS preps six fixes for November Patch Tuesday
Microsoft plans to deliver six patches next Tuesday, at least two of which are critical, as part of its regular patch Tuesday update cycle.
IBM boss parachutes into virtual Devil's Island
IBM is packing chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano off to Second Life.
Hornby rescues Airfix
Model train manufacturer Hornby has rescued plastic kit legend Airfix from oblivion, Reuters reports.
The myth of the home-bake terror nuke 'cookbooks'
AnalysisPredictably, the Nov. 3 New York Times revelation that sensitive documents on a-bomb design, recovered from Saddam Hussein's regime and released on-line, became a political football. If there was value in it, as opposed to red meat for Democrat blogs, it was swept away by the mania inspired by a Times source, one anonymous diplomat, who was quoted as claiming them to be a "cookbook" of methods.
BBC in Radio 4 messageboard punch-up
There's a bit of a punch-up going on down at a BBC Radio 4 Today messageboard, after the corporation announced some "important changes" to the same:
Set the TiVo: NASA plans HDTV broadcast from space
Next week, NASA will make the first ever high definition TV broadcast from space, in a collaboration with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency and Discovery HD theatre.
IBM rolls in Clover with Dell
The inevitable has happened: following Dell's winning of the "first to announce Clovertown servers" race, the other contenders have now joined in. IBM, for example, has chipped in with four new servers – two rack systems and two towers – together with a Clovertown BladeServer.
UK science minister steps down
UpdatedLord Sainsbury has stepped down as science and technology minister, saying he wants to spend more time with his businesses and charities.
Humans taste of bacon, says gourmet robot
RoTMThere's a commonly-held belief that just about every animal on Earth tastes of chicken* - except, of course, those which taste like steak, or bacon.
Democrats win majority in US Senate
AnalysisIt was only by a whisker, but Democrats managed to pull off a clean sweep of Congress in the midterm election. Two exceptionally tight Senate races, in Montana and in Virginia, ended yesterday with the Republican candidates conceding.
Bush taps ex-CIA man to head DoD
Analysis"It was a thumpin'," President George W Bush said of the mid-term elections, as he made Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld his first burnt offering to a Democratic Congress.
Trojan pervert jailed for child abuse
A pervert who used computer malware to prey upon young girls has been jailed for ten years.
AMD: Don't blame Dell for our problems
Chip maker AMD has admitted it is suffering from inventory problems but is hopeful they'll be sorted out in the next few weeks. There has been speculation that AMD has been throttling supplies of chips to smaller manufacturers to bolster relations with its newest love Dell.
Outlook takes 136 years to sync email
Microsoft has again found itself at the heart of a time-related SNAFU.
Security rivals tried to 'castrate' Vista - Gates
Despite antitrust pressures and complaints from competitors, Microsoft will be able to ship Vista without dropping features, according to Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. Gates told reporters attending Microsoft's TechEd conference in Barcelona that the software giant had discussed features in the next version of its operating system "every step of the way".
Biometric ID cards an insecure menace, says EU ID outfit
The EU-funded FIDIS (Future of Identity in the Information Society) project has warned that implementation of the current generation of biometric travel ID will dramatically decrease security and privacy, and increase the risk of identity theft. In the Budapest Declaration, which derives from FIDIS' September meeting in Budapest, FIDIS calls for short-term damage control measures to be taken (because biometric ID is already being rolled out), and for "a new convincing and integrated security concept" to be developed within the next three years.
Alien pope abductors want open Wi-Fi access
LettersLet's start the letters bag with some good news from a couple of weeks ago. We've got masses of grumbling, papal madness and alien invasions to come, so we thought we'd start with an easy one. Hands up who wants some free money? Then get down to the west, where a cash machine in Bristol was handing out £20s instead of £10s. Nice.
ITV-NTL merger talks confirmed
Sir Richard Branson has given his backing to, er, Sir Richard Branson's plan to become a TV mogul by merging NTL with ailing end-of-the-pier telly outfit ITV.
Cassini snaps extra-terrestrial hurricane
Cassini has sent back incredible images of a monster storm that has developed at Saturn's South Pole.
Pennsylvania court says viewing child porn 'not illegal'
A US court has ruled that viewing child pornography on a website without deliberately saving it to a computer is not a crime. The judge said that the state penal code was ambiguous, so he must rule in favour of the defendant.
Googling yourself fitter?
Can you do science with just 26 case studies? Two doctors in Australia seem to think so.
Free software still legal - judge
Silicon JusticeDaniel Wallace certainly gets points for effort and determination.