10th > November > 2006 Archive
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.
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.
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.
Industry comment A 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
The British government is shockingly underprepared for an attack by extraterrestrials, an ex-MoD man has claimed.
WSA Former 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.
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 is packing chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano off to Second Life.
Model train manufacturer Hornby has rescued plastic kit legend Airfix from oblivion, Reuters reports.
Episode 38 Episode 38 "Oh this is bad," the PFY says. "Yep, this is bad," I concur, looking at the pile of rubble a floor below what used to be the floor of our 'Operations Rest and Recreation facility' - or to be more technically correct, the cleaner's room the floor below Mission Control that we had walled in by an accommodating …
Site News Hold on to your hats and prepare for lift-off. The Reg has given its Cash 'n' Carrion bookstore a major facelift.
Analysis Predictably, 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.
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:
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.
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.
Updated Lord Sainsbury has stepped down as science and technology minister, saying he wants to spend more time with his businesses and charities.
Larry and Bill love Linux This week saw a big Linux investment from Microsoft – it is putting $348m into Novell. The money pays for vouchers for SUSE Linux. The company is also spending over $90m in marketing the open source software. It's good news for Novell – the deal represents about quarter of its annual revenue – but less …
RoTM There'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.
Analysis It 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.
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.
A pervert who used computer malware to prey upon young girls has been jailed for ten years.
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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.
Microsoft has again found itself at the heart of a time-related SNAFU.
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".
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.
Letters Let'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.
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 has sent back incredible images of a monster storm that has developed at Saturn's South Pole.
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.
Can you do science with just 26 case studies? Two doctors in Australia seem to think so.
Silicon Justice Daniel Wallace certainly gets points for effort and determination.
Review It’s getting difficult to move for Wi-Fi Skype phones here at Vulture Central. Belkin has announced its Wi-Fi Phone for Skype and Lars has reviewed the Netgear SPH101 and now we have the SMC WSKP100. The Belkin and SMC products appear to use the same Accton handset so there is precious little to tell them apart and to date the most interesting implementation of the handset looks to be the Edge-Core WM4201 which uses the two contact pins on either side of the USB and headphone ports to connect to its WA4101 recharge cradle.
Sun Microsystems' mainstream Niagara-blade approacheth.