13th > November > 2006 Archive


'Take your covenant and shove it', Samba tells Novell

"I am not going to hide behind collective, anonymous responsibility," a French sheep-farmer told a magistrate when he was hauled before the law a few years ago. José Bové was on trial for destroying a branch of McDonalds, and the world was watching.

T'is the season to be ripped off...

Online fraudsters are gearing up for the massive increase in consumer online shopping due to take place over the festive season. One in 10 holiday shoppers can expect some form of spyware, adware, or other internet attack as they conduct transactions on the web, according to net security firm PC Tools.
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And Thus spake Dumfries and Galloway

An agreement has been reached to provide broadband to schools, libraries and council offices in the south of Scotland.
Kablenet, 13 2006
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Sun open sources Java

Sun Microsystems is today expected to give-in to years of pushing and open source major elements of Java while hinting at changes to the way Java is certified and tested for compatibility.
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Microsoft hops on Bull for clusters

SC06 Itanium believer Bull has popped up as the latest hardware vendor to support a cluster-friendly version of Microsoft's Windows operating system.
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Deutsche Telekom CEO resigns

Kai-Uwe Ricke resigned as CEO of Deutsche Telekom yesterday. The head of the company's wireless telephony division T-Mobile, 43-year old Rene Obermann, will replace him.
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IPTV regulation a turn-off for Ofcom

Ofcom will give web-based TV services a free pass, the super comms regulator's executive chairman has said.
Joe Fay, 13 2006
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TV Licensing abandons case against unlicensed TV owner

A former prisoner at the forefront of prison law advocacy has overturned a TV licensing conviction on appeal. John Hirst said he used his television only for watching videos, DVDs and CCTV footage of his own house but was found "technically guilty".

Motorola Q Pro prototype pops up on web

Motorola's anticipated Q Pro smart phone has made another, more revealing appearance on the web in a series of pictures that indicate cellco Vodafone may have chosen to offer the Windows Mobile device to its customers.
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ITU elects new boss

Members of the International Telecommunication Union have elected Hamadoun Touré of Mali as the organisation's new secretary-general by a majority 95 of 155 votes.
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Iran throws wobbly at Google Video

Larry Page and Sergey Brin can cross Iran off their holiday destination list following the fun-loving Islamic republic's call for citizens to bombard the company with emails, The Guardian reports.

PS2 sales highlight Sony's challenge as PS3 debuts in Japan

Sony's PlayStation 3 got off to a brisk start this weekend when the next-generation games console made its Japanese debut. Reports from around the Net claim numerous retailers sold out of PS3s, but since none would say how many they had to sell, the value of the claim remains dubious.
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To Jalapeño or to Hibernate the data...

Java is an excellent Object Oriented language that allows developers to write sophisticated, powerful, enterprise scale applications. Such applications typically involve a large amount of data that must be stored somewhere for future use.
John Hunt, 13 2006

Asus to launch gamer-friendly laptops this month

Asus has launched the two gamer-oriented notebooks it was reported to be readying last month. As expected, the two models - one with green optical highlighting, the other with red - target fans of Nvidia and AMD ATI graphics, respectively. They also sport first-person shooter-friendly keyboard markings.
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Teen breaks SMS world speed record

A 16-year-old Singaporean student yesterday broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest SMS when she entered 160 characters in just 41.52 seconds, Reuters reports.
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FreeBSD 6.2 nears release

Interview The upcoming release of FreeBSD 6.2 includes the new security event auditing system, that "permits the selective and fine-grained logging of security-relevant system events for the purposes of post-mortem analysis, intrusion detection, and run-time monitoring analysis".
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Telecom Italia jumps on Qualcomm platform

Telecom Italia mobile operator TIM is set to launch a range of games and services based on Qualcomm's BREW platform.
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BT's boost for Indian telecoms

BT has joined forces with New Delhi-based company Jubilant Enpro Pvt Ltd in a move which signals further investment and expansion in the Indian telecoms market.
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NHS IT chief failed computer studies course

NHS IT supremo Richard Granger, whose leadership of the Connecting for Health fiasco pockets him a cool £280,000 a year, failed his computer studies course at Bristol Uni, his mum has revealed.

Sage pays £20m for payment processing firm Protx

Business and accountancy software firm Sage has stumped up £20m ($38m) in cash to acquire UK merchant services firm Protx.
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European Mars mission delayed

The European Space Agency (ESA) has elected to delay the launch of its next Mars mission, ExoMars, by two years.
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iHome eyes road warriors with portable iPod alarm clock

iHome's iH5 iPod alarm clock has found its way into many a posh hotel room, but today the company launched a portable version for folk who want clock, dock and speaker set they can take with them. The iH26's speakers fold down for easy transportation - iHome's bundling a case, along with an international power adaptor. The …

Japanese eBay PS3s marked up 300%

What was the easiest way to get a PlayStation 3 on the day of its Japanese launch? According to one guy who braved the rain and the cold this past Saturday, the best thing to do is pay a Chinese migrant cash to queue up for hours on your behalf.

ISP bundles £500 PC with broadband packages

Pssst! Want a free PC? Then have a word with UK ISP Redten. It's offering customers who take up its £20-a-month 8Mbps 'unlimited' ADSL broadband package a gratis desktop computer and monitor together worth £500.

Sony's PS3 purchased, pulled apart

All it took was a Torx wrench. Yes, the first PlayStation 3 autopsies are already starting to appear as console fans with more money than sense take Sony's next-generation machine apart to expose Cell processor, Blu-ray Disc player, Seagate hard drive and assorted chippery.
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IPTV/VoD: Get up to speed

Industry comment The industry and its technology moves so fast that it is easy for information to become outdated and for people to lose track of all the things they need to know. This document is a typical briefing sheet supplied in the workshop that covers all the main points that are essential for any executive or technician to understand.

Allchin backs away from Vista anti-virus claims

Outgoing Windows development chief Jim Allchin has apologised for the confusion he created in comments taken to mean Vista was so secure it might be possible to run the software without any anti-virus installed.
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Jeff Bezos builds space ports, not relationships

Locals in Van Horn, West Texas, have been unsettled by the arrival in Culberson County of Blue Origin, the space tourism company owned by Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos.

Cray's 2009 odyssey begins with Opteron shock

SC06 Cray has prepped two new high-end computers to satiate customers as it moves toward a grand but unproven future.

Tyan unit to push personal supercomputers

SC06 Tyan thinks that personal supercomputers may help it form a more direct relationship with end users. The company on Tuesday plans to reveal a new OEM division dedicated to selling its Typhoon personal supercomputers to engineers, software developers, researchers, and demanding business customers.
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Climatologists hit the skies to talk global warming

A group of climate scientists from the UK's Met Office have flown to Nairobi to meet colleagues from around the world to discuss climate research and present their most recent findings.

eBay redirection ruse reloaded

A redirection script error on eBay's site remains open to abuse 18 months after The Register first reported it.
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Keep your shirt on

You can now make music as you strum the air thanks to those well-known lovers of rock... er... Australian scientists.
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Shock record industry poll: Brits like British musicians

The British Phonographic Institute unleashed a classic piece of leading questioning in its bid to keep Cliff Richard in botox until the next Millennium Prayer is due.
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Singapore teen faces jail for 'stealing' neighbour's Wi-Fi

A Singapore teenager charged with hopping onto his neighbour's wireless internet connection faces charges punishable by up the three years' imprisonment.
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Easymobile hangs up, stranded by supplier

Easymobile - the mobile wing of Stelios Haji Ioannou's easyGroup - is closing. Customers have until midnight on 13 December to move their phone service.

Nvidia readies five more G80-based GPUs?

At least five more G80-based graphics chips are on their way from Nvidia, if entries in the latest driver package to leak out of the GPU maker's labs is anything to go by.