23rd > January > 2007 Archive


McAfee upgrade plays nasty with Lotus Notes

Admins who took the time to upgrade to the latest version of McAfee's VirusScan Enterprise are reporting problems with client applications of Lotus Notes, in some cases requiring IT administrators to reinstall the email program.
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EJB 3.0 Based Web Services

Tutorial You cannot have failed to notice Web Services and the prominence that they have achieved within the current computing world. However, at least within Java, there have been a number of differing ways in which you could implement a Java-based Web Service. You could use the Java Web Services toolkit from Sun, or the Apache Axis tool kit, even an Application Servers’ own facilities (such as those provided by WebSphere) – and, of course, you can “roll your own”.
John Hunt, 23 2007
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Galileo turns to Accept for requirements planning

Considering what can be involved, we all assume buying an airline ticket is a straight forward process. But for businesses like Galileo, which provides the service behind some 44,000 sale outlets worldwide, making sure that all those outlets have the latest version of the applications suite, together with any specific variations required by an individual outlet’s local market needs, can be an interesting problem, particularly in terms of managing the requirements and subsequent applications roll-out for that many sales outlets.
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Google, Yahoo! commit to ethical code

Some of technology's biggest names are joining together to create a code of conduct to protect freedom of expression online. Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and Vodafone will create a human rights charter along with academics and social groups.

How to have an 'iPhone' right now... well, sort of

Want an Apple iPhone? Want it now? Well, we can't promise the real thing, but you can whip yourself up an almost perfect facsimile of the highly desirable handset. All you need is a colour printer, some glossy photo paper, a knife, a steel rule and a downloadable iPhone template.
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MySpace faces barrage of sexual assault suits

Social networking market leader MySpace has been hit with four lawsuits in the US separately alleging that site users were guilty of sexual assault. The families behind the suits are seeking damages of millions of dollars.
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Academics compile 'encyclopaedia of concerns' about NPfIT

A group of academics have issued a "dossier of concerns" calling for a technical review of the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT)
Kablenet, 23 2007
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Sharon Stone dominates 27th Razzie nominations

Sharon Stone and Basic Instinct 2 look set to sweep the board at the 27th Razzies - the annual celebration of all that is truly dire in the wonderful world of moviemaking.

Intel set to back VIA's Mini-ITX for SFF PCs?

Intel may be set to promote a motherboard form-factor developed by rival chip maker VIA, it has been claimed, in a bid to beat AMD's recently announced would-be small form-factor PC standard, DTX.
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Apple pounds e-wallet firm in trademark tiff

Apple has been accused of applying double standards to trademark disputes by a UK security developer.

France and Germany join anti-iTunes crusade

France and Germany are joining the Scandinavian campaign to make content from iTunes work with players from companies other than Apple. In a statement released yesterday by the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman, France and Germany joined Finland in calling for changes to iTunes.
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Expert KOs Rocky's artificial intelligence

The latest Rocky film has posed questions about the potential of artificial intelligence (AI).
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Google Germany goes kaput

Updated Google apologised on Tuesday after its German site disappeared overnight and was replaced by a page from domain holding company Goneo.

Intel to return to discrete GPU arena

Intel has committed itself to developing a discrete graphics product. It's been suggested for some time that it might have such a scheme in mind given the success of its integrated graphics products, and the fact that arch-rival AMD now owns ATI.
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China confirms satellite-killing test

China has confirmed it recently used a ground-based medium-range ballistic missile to destroy an old weather satellite, the BBC reports.
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Packed trains 'safer', claim UK rail bosses

Those among you who are accustomed to the daily cattle-class commute on Britain's world-class rail network are advised to do some deep-breathing exercises and pour yourselves a stiff brandy before reading on.

Alcatel-Lucent merger results disappoint

Alcatel-Lucent said today it expects revenues for the fourth quarter of 2006, ended 31 December, to be about €3.87bn - essentially flat on last year.

Microsoft: yes, we have no incompatibilities

Analysis Savour this irony.
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Footie-mad tattooist inscribes penis on rival fan's back

A young Argentinian footie fan who decided to celebrate his love for Boca Juniors by having the team's logo tattooed on his back paid the price for not adequately researching the body artist's own allegiances.

Apple may offer Wi-Fi update for free, says former chief beancounter

There's one flaw with Apple's excuse for planning to charge $2 to enable 802.11n next-generation Wi-Fi on Macs that have the hardware to support the technology: it's bollocks. So says the one-time most senior accountant in the US, Lynn Turner, former chief accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Defacement archive Zone-h gets defaced

NSFW Defacement archive Zone-h.org has become the victim of a domain hijack attack.
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Programming classics - the sequel

Site offer You've done it again. Our programming classics article went down a storm and prompted several emails back to Register Books, both praising and suggesting.
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Porn industry finds hi-def too graphic

High definition video can reveal more than was intended, as the porn industry, in its rush to embrace the new technology, is finding out.
Bill Ray, 23 2007
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MSN password stealer released as torrent

Malware designed to steal users' Windows Live Messenger password has been released onto the net. The password stealer was released for download via BitTorrent earlier this week by a hacker using the handle "Our Godfather".
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StyleTap brings Palm apps to Windows mobiles

StyleTap has expanded its Palm-emulation software to include Windows Mobile devices lacking a touch screen, utilising the four-way rocker to emulate on-screen clicks.
Bill Ray, 23 2007
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B3ta man victorious over Coca-Cola in music dispute

Coca-Cola has agreed to settle with an unsigned London band over a dispute that the soft drink's Argentinian subsidiary ripped off one of their songs and animated videos.
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Branscombe shipwreck: eBay flogfest begins

Anyone hoping to buy a piece of the great 2007 Devon lootathon should head over to online tat bazaar eBay, where all manner of waterlogged debris from the listing cargo ship MSC Napoli is available.

The Ultimate Windows Vista laptop

The most visible part of Windows Vista is the Aero interface, and while we can't deny that it looks very swish we find it very hard to get excited by a shiny new GUI. Instead, we're looking forward to new Vista hardware, which includes a new use for the humble USB memory key and much, much more. So what will the ultimate Windows Vista notebook offer?
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Ofcom reaches for pause on Beeb downloads

The BBC's plans to allow punters to download its TV and radio programmes have been heavily criticised by communications watchdog Ofcom which reckons they could damage commercial rivals.
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LogicaCMG cuts, boosts heads

LogicaCMG issued a bullish full year trading statement this morning that managed to combine satisfaction over the cutting of the use of contractors with concerns about capacity constraints.
Joe Fay, 23 2007

EMC sees expenses rise again

EMC continued its run of financial good form in the fourth quarter, and rode a tax payday and higher system sales to beat its own and most analysts' expectations.
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UK gets tough on phone toting drivers

Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander has confirmed that from February 27 drivers caught using a mobile phone will get three points on their license and a £60 fine, double the current £30.
Bill Ray, 23 2007

Dell may binge on quad-core Opterons

In Texas terms, Dell has gone the piglet with its Opteron server line rather than going the whole hog. That, however, could change with AMD's release of the four-core "Barcelona" processors.
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Texas court bans deep linking

A court in Dallas, Texas has found a website operator liable for copyright infringement because his site linked to an 'audio webcast' without permission. Observers have criticised the judge for failing to understand the internet.

Blu-ray DRM defeated

The copy protection technology used by Blu-ray discs has been cracked by the same hacker who broke the DRM technology of rival HD DVD discs last month. The coder known as muslix64 used much the same plain text attack in both cases. By reading a key held in memory by a player playing a HD DVD disc he was able to decrypt the movie been played and render it as an MPEG 2 file.
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Packed trains crash through the Beeb's download plans

Letters After last week's storms crashed not only train networks, but rail websites as well, you'd think the sympathetic bosses of the UK's national rail network would be keen to keep out of the news. Not so. Today, they came out with the astounding suggestion that packed trains are "safer" for commuters.
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YouTube blocks mobile video encoder

YouTube has blocked a small company from making YouTube videos available on mobile phones. The action came just days after YouTube announced its own mobile deal with US mobile phone operator Verizon.
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VCs rain cash on US net, biotech firms

Tech firms have come up trumps in the US venture capital stakes, with internet companies showing strong growth for 2006.

HP puts unitard on server and storage software

HP has birthed a new software unit within its server and storage business in the hopes of adding some might and revenue to systems management applications.
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BDSM blossoms in Second Life

NSFW Column In my last column I made some skeptical remarks about the BDSM (bondage, discipline, and sadomasochism) community in Second Life. It's not something I've ever had much interest in, although it is a very prominent feature of SL. You'll encounter it throughout the mature regions of the grid, although you might not recognise it when you do. I was quite oblivious to it, really, until I discovered myself caught up in the lifestyle, quite by accident.

EMC exec flames Reg with ambiguity

EMC and The Register have gone to war, and the battle rages over backup software of all things.
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Sun does the impossible - blackens ink

Somebody slap someone. Sun Microsystems has turned a profit.

Oracle turns the screws in Red Hat switcheroo

Oracle has spiced up its offer of low-priced support for Red Hat Linux users with the addition of systems management software.
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Yahoo! net! plummets! in! Q4!

Yahoo!'s net income plunged in the December quarter to $269m, compared with $683m net recorded in the same Q the previous year.
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Office 2007 faces snail's pace migration

Hopes by Microsoft for quick uptake of Office 2007 based on a redesigned and simpler interface could be dashed - ironically - thanks to its spanking new look.
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As Jobs is questioned, backdating prosecutors bail

Steve Jobs, perhaps the most indispensable CEO alive, has some bad news and some good news for shareholders who are nervous about federal investigations into whether he was involved in the backdating of thousands of options awarded to Apple employees.