29th > November > 2006 Archive

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Supremes skeptical toward trivial patents

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of KSR International v. Teleflex, in which the limits of combination patents and so-called obvious patents are being considered. According to several wire reports, KSR argued that its design for adjustable vehicle accelerator pedals does not violate a patent held by Teleflex for a similar gizmo, because Teleflex did not legitimately invent anything when it combined two existing technologies in an obvious way, and does not, therefore, deserve the patent.
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Bloggers turn to Sadville to fabricate child traumas

And ninthly Was Daniel Sadville a knight with a moral compass wound tight or one of those pagan spiritualists out to make a huckster from anything that moved? That's what the audience wanted to know - just before they pulled out the tomatoes and the jackhammers - Julio Stantore, Large Gland Weeping

Fake boarding pass brouhaha settled amicably

The FBI has let Indiana University graduate student Christopher Soghoian off the hook for having posted a fake boarding pass generator on his website. Soghoian had intended to illustrate the ease with which a person on the no-fly lists could gain access to secure areas of an airport, although it is unlikely that anyone could have boarded a plane without further trickery.
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DoJ to review domestic surveillance

Comment With January approaching, bringing foul weather and a Democratic majority to Capitol Hill, the President has abandoned one of his cute little dodges that had shut down Congressional inquiries into the NSA's mass wiretap scandal.
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EFF defeats Barney the Dinosaur

The EFF has successfully defended the owner of a web site ridiculing Barney the Dinosaur. Shysters representing the simpering mascot had demanded that webmaster Stuart Frankel cease and desist in giving the purple menace the negative publicity he so richly deserves.
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The case against copyright creep

Interview Earlier this week, a leak from the Treasury's much-anticipated Gowers Review of Intellectual Property suggested the former Financial Times editor will recommend the government not extend the copyright term granted to sound recordings.

Apple blocks Mac OS X security holes

Apple has posted a Mac OS X Security Update that patches almost two dozen holes in the Unix-based operating system. The update incorporates fixes for AirPort, Apple Type Services, Finder, Installer, Security Framework, VPN and a raft of other, under-the-hood apps and utilities.
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IPTV/VoD: How to set up your own home/office system

Industry comment There's a secret many people in the IPTV/VoD industry don't want you to know. Setting up an IPTV network is actually incredibly easy. In fact, almost anyone can do it. But if you knew that, you'd build your own and no one would make any money by selling you proprietary products with huge mark-ups.

AMD Quad FX debuts in Japanese four-GPU PC

AMD will today announce its Quad FX platform, formerly codenamed '4x4', it has been claimed. The technology is built out of Nvidia's nForce 680a SLI chipset and AMD's new Athlon 64 FX-70 series of dual-core processors.
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Becta under fire for procurement framework

Nineteen MPs have accused a government agency of restricting the procurement of software in schools.
Kablenet, 29 2006
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Deadly polonium-210 only $69!

Polonium-210, the radioactive isotope fingered as the substance used to off exiled Russian KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, is available to buy online for just $69 plus shipping and handling.
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British squaddies banned from eBay

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is banning all staff from accessing eBay.
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Is new technology worth the risk?

Irish businesses are holding back from taking advantage of modern technologies because they are concerned about potential risks.

Security meltdown at Hotel Chocolat

Contrary to popular belief, it seems that chocolate isn't always simply a pleasurable oral substitute for sex.
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Microsoft and Novell: Bambi meets Godzilla?

Comment Microsoft and Novell have recently announced a set of agreements to build, market, and support a series of new solutions to make their products work better together.
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Police rapped over 'racist' email

An email showing a man being decapitated has led to disciplinary action for 100 Herfordshire police officers and staff after a "robust" investigation.

Bot spreads through anti-virus, Windows flaws

University security experts warned administrators on Monday that a bot program has started to spread by exploiting five patched Microsoft vulnerabilities and a six-month-old flaw in Symantec's anti-virus software.
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Nokia launches budget 'iPod killer' music phone

Nokia yesterday launched a trio of handsets, including its latest bid to win business from Apple's iPod and other music players with its a colourful music-friendly handset. It also took aim at the mid-range 3G arena with a clamshell-format 3G smart phone.

Sage says no halt to buy-up spree

Acquisition mad accountancy vendor Sage Group PLC reported revenues and profits up, as it unveiled its full year results today.
Joe Fay, 29 2006

Gateway sets out Xmas PC stall

Gateway UK today unveiled its bid for the wallets of the PC-buying public this Christmas with a pair of Core Duo-based and Centrino-branded notebooks and a trio of desktop systems released under its eMachines brand.
Hard Reg, 29 2006

Nokia hammers out steel-cased handset

Nokia is to bring the brushed-metal look of its N series of smart phones to a broader audience next year with the Nokia 6300. The stylish new handset has a mid-range spec and an attractive price that includes a 128MB MicroSD card.

Shuttle XPC mini X100HA slimline PC

Review Most Shuttle XPC small form-factor systems such as the SN27P2 and the SN37PS look like a cut-down PC tower, but the XPC mini X100HA sets a new standard. It's absolutely tiny. We previewed the X100 here and now we've got our mitts on a real, live working example...
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AllofMP3 faces more government action

It appears the Russian government has agreed to shut down popular music site AllofMP3.com in order to appease US objections to it joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
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Telecoms twist for Microsoft services

Microsoft is turning to the telecoms sector for leadership of its global services operations in the wake of veteran Rick Devenuti's departure.
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Wanna buy a nice snap of a mugging victim?

Thanks very much to reader Neil for pointing us in the direction of his local rag The Bolton Evening News, which is offering readers the chance to buy a snap of this poor bloke:
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O2 punts free phone backup

O2 has begun pushing an early iteration of its My bluebook upload service, which enables subscribers to copy data to a password-protected web-accessible account.
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Pravda labels Meryl Streep 'disaster of the week'

We reckon the English-language version of Pravda needs to have a rethink regarding the snappy photo gallery navigation bit on its front page.

Royal editor pleads guilty

The News of the World's royal editor has pleaded guilty to consipracy to intercept voicemail messages.
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RFID security for developer dummies

We've been hearing about RFID for a while (see the RFID Gazette, for example, here). The technology is genuinely useful as it solves an identification problem faster than other methods.
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Novell drops its Hula challenger to Microsoft

Novell has abandoned an open source project hyped as challenging Microsoft Outlook and Exchange by becoming the "Apache" of email and collaboration software.

Tony Blair is not Hitler: official

An advert showing a close-up picture of Tony Blair with a barcode on his top lip was not offensive, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled.

Apple rival pitches magnesium music player

Apple's move to recast the iPod Nano in a metal casing is starting to influence other product designers. Nokia announced a stainless steel phone yesterday, and today German gadget supplier Maxfield unveiled Max-Ivy, an MP3 player with a "scratchproof... flawless" jet-black magnesium shell.
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Bluetooth gets DSP audio boost

Digital signal processors (DSPs) are making their way into almost everything, and now it's the turn of Bluetooth headsets.
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BitTorrent signs up Jack Bauer

BitTorrent has added 20th Century Fox, Paramount, MTV and others to its roster of legit partners ahead of its launch as a content hub.
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Zune means zilch for artists

Column How much can artists expect to benefit from Microsoft's Zune MP3 player?
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VoIP - open season for hackers

Sensitive data sent using VoIP is vulnerable to attack because call centres are failing to secure their networks robustly enough, according to new research.

'Big one' coming for Oracle database users?

Oracle users could be headed for a Microsoft-scale hack or a major database breach as master criminals begin to target valuable business systems.

HP fires data center robot, hires cooling sensors

HP once hurled robots and processor spays at customers, as its answers to cooling data centers. Today, it's only selling air conditioning sensors.