18th > January > 2007 Archive

EMC bans Retrospect 8.0 from the big Dantz

You all know that EMC redefined the storage business, but did you know that it has also redefined definitions?
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EU to look at violent video games

European authorities have agreed to harmonise the laws that govern the sale of adult computer games to minors, following a call from EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini for violent video games to be banned.
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Sony opens shutter on 7.2Mp compact digicam quartet

Sony announced a quartet of 7.2 megapixel, ISO 1000 Cyber-shot compact digital cameras in Europe today ahead of their launch next month. Top of the list are the DSC-W35 and DSC-W55 - the former available in silver, the W55 in a range of pastel shades - all sporting 56MB of on-board memory, a 2.5in LCD (2in on the W35), and a …
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Dishonest data protection notices could earn jail time

People who gather personal data without issuing a valid data protection notice in the course of their business could, at least in theory, face up to 10 years in jail under the UK's new Fraud Act which came into force on Monday.
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Solar system braces for brightest ever comet

If a group of US astronomers is right, about two million years from now our solar system could be graced by the brightest comet ever.
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A holistic view of second generation BI

Comment I wrote a series of articles about second generation BI (which I refuse to refer to as Business Intelligence twodotoh) about six months ago. Why then I am returning to it? Because I think it is time to take a step back from the BI market and view it more holistically before we even consider what a next generation environment might look like.
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Big TVs and small computers turn on DSG

Big screen TVs had the edge over laptop PCs when it came to picking customers’ wallets last year latest figures from PC World parent DSG International show.
Joe Fay, 18 2007

ICM Computer mulls management buyout

The independent directors of ICM Computer Group have given permission to managers to investigate making a buyout proposal.
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LG, Prada parade iPhone-like KE850

LG has unveiled the Prada-branded handset - the KE850 - it announced late last year and the two firms must be spewing: their designer phone looks a lot like Apple's iPhone, right down to the touchscreen-controlled snazzy graphical user interface.
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Iranian teen spared the rope

There's some cheering news this cold January morning - condemned Iranian Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi has been spared the rope following an international net campaign led by former Miss Canada Nazanin Afshin-Jam.
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UCLA Taser victim sues university

The UCLA student who received a righteous tasering at the hands of the university's campus police officers has decided to sue for "unspecified monetary damages", Associated Press reports.

RIM readies new UI, CPU for 3G BlackBerry 9000?

Research in Motion will launch a brand new user interface, along with the ability to back-up and restore a handheld's contents to MicroSD card, when it brings its BlackBerry 9000 series to market in Q4.

ID theft fears over Hampshire hospital PC theft

The theft of 30 computers containing patient details from a disused hospital site in Hampshire has sparked ID theft fears.
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Government launches data free-for-all

The government has ditched yet more of the protections on personal data contained in the Data Protection Act with new legislation that will allow the sharing of data between public and private sectors.
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Venerable DataFlex goes visual

It is reassuring to know that Microsoft has not overwhelmed every software product from the original PC era. This month sees the UK release of Visual DataFlex (VDF) version 12 - the latest version of Data Access's application development package from the early 1980s.
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Debian developers take note

Diary Linus fans, get your diaries ready. The annual developers' conference of the Debian Project is to be held on 17-23 June in Edinburgh.
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Parents gain MPs' backing over school fingerprinting

The government should come clean to parents and join with them in a public debate about the schools that have taken children's fingerprints without consent, campaign groups said last night.
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Scientists solve 1918 bird flu mystery

Scientists appear to have solved an enduring mystery surrounding the 1918 outbreak of Spanish flu which killed millions worldwide.

Dell growth slows to crawl in Q4

Dell's misery continued in the fourth quarter. HP has stretched its time in the number one spot for PC shipments to six months, according to latest figures from Gartner.
Joe Fay, 18 2007
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Cookie monster menaces Google

Google has fixed a security vulnerability that created a means for hackers to swipe users' cookie data, days after plugging a separate hole carrying much the same risks.
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Carphone Warehouse hangs up on Celebrity Big Brother

Carphone Warehouse has pulled its sponsorship of Celebrity Big Brother in the wake of the "Shettygate" racism scandal, the BBC reports.
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NASA to demystify atmospheric storms

NASA is preparing to launch a new mission to learn more about the causes of atmospheric substorms. A substorm is a period of intense geomagnetic activity, visible to observers as a sudden brightening of the polar aurorae.

Orb brings iTunes to Wii console

Demonstrating that you can do convergence on a budget, Orb claims that Nintendo Wii owners have downloaded 50,000 copies of its software that permits them to access their home music and photo collections on their games consoles.
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Skype slaps charge on non-'Pro' customers

Skype, the rather popular VoIP service, has introduced a connection charge of 3.9 euro cents for all calls outside the Skype network - those using the SkypeOut service - from midday today.
Bill Ray, 18 2007

'Microsoft broke anti-trust agreement,' prosecutors claim

A relatively minor US anti-trust case could put Microsoft back in hot water with the government, four years after settling its long-running national case.
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Stormy weather brings down Southern Railway website

As the UK battens down the hatches and lashes itself to the wheel under the relentless onslaught of inclement weather, we're glad to report that Southern Railways' website boasts a suitably storm-proof construction.
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1and1 email takes a dive again

Hosting and email provider 1and1 has annoyed its customers for the second time this week with patchy service.
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UK refuses to extend legal protections for search engines

The British government will not back a change to the UK E-commerce Regulations which would give greater legal protection to search engines and other intermediaries. The Government says that changes should be left to a European Commission review later this year.

First HD-DVD film appears on BitTorrent

A high-definition format movie has made its way onto BitTorrent. A pirated copy of the hit science fiction movie Serenity has been ripped from a HD DVD disc and made available to users of the popular P2P file sharing protocol.
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DRM threat to net radio returns

A bill re-introduced last week to the US Senate compels digital radio broadcasters to use DRM.
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IFPI hails piracy crusade for selling more music downloads

Digital music sales nearly doubled in 2006 but the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry wants more done to stop piracy.
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Four arrested in Japan over dating site spam blizzard

Four men suspected of sending an internet-congesting 5.4 billion spam emails to promote a dating website have been arrested in Japan.
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San Francisco expands public surveillance

In a controversial decision that pits civil libertarians against urban dwellers fed up with crime, San Francisco officials have agreed to almost double the number of surveillance cameras on city streets.
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Myspace sued for failing to protect minors

As Peter Parker learned: With great power comes great responsibility. The adage that guided the Spider Man alter ego is fitting for Myspace.com, whose massive user base gives the social networking site vast reach.
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Father of internet warns against Net Neutrality

Robert Kahn, the most senior figure in the development of the internet, has delivered a strong warning against "Net Neutrality" legislation.

Sun cheers two SPARC advances in one week (true)

Some of you Negative Noycies out there have spent the last five years claiming that Sun's SPARC processor made more sense in a museum than in a server. Sun's cancellation of the UltraSPARC V chip supported such views.
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Bush performs wiretapping U-turn

The US government has made a major concession regarding a controversial domestic surveillance programme which is the subject of a lawsuit alleging that the activity is unconstitutional.
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Salesforce.com goes carbon neutral

Salesforce.com has become Silicon Valley's latest high-tech convert to the green computing crusade, committing $126,000 to become "carbon neutral" this year.