26th January 2007 Archive

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Feds charge pump and dump hacker

Federal authorities brought securities fraud charges against a man they allege made more than $82,000 in a six-week scheme that used compromised trading accounts to drive up the price of thinly-traded stocks.
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It's Jaw-Jaw and War-War for Java and NetBeans

It's business as usual between Eclipse and NetBeans, despite Eclipse's decision this month to join the Java Community Process (JCP).
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EnterpriseDB goes after Oracle's European users

Oracle's European customers fed up with handing over huge wads of cash to purchase and support their databases will get some relief starting from next week.
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OLAP and the need for SPEED

Database myths and legends (Part 7) In this series we're looking at the myths and legends of the database world; some turn out to be true, others false. This myth is about why we use OLAP.
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UK police 'not prioritising cybercrime', Microsoft says

The Home Office is not taking cybercrime and related fraud seriously enough, Microsoft says.
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3 X-Series not unlimited for some

Customers expecting to be charged a fiver a month for unlimited data, under 3's X-Series Silver plan, have found themselves in receipt of bills topping a hundred quid for exceeding their quota - due to a billing error at 3.
Bill Ray, 26 2007

Sony's video metadata invention could be patentable in part

The Patent Office has rejected Sony's appeal to patent a video recording system because it was computer software, but has said that a claim structured differently could qualify for patenting.
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Vista and Office 2007 spin tales from the Underground

Comment Microsoft launched Vista and Office 2007 at the end of last week to a gathering of developers in its UK headquarters in Thames Valley Park, Reading, and a couple of us from Freeform Dynamics were there to hear what the Redmond software giant had to say.
Dale Vile, 26 2007

AMD: quad-core Opterons 40% faster than four-core Xeons

AMD's 'Barcelona' 65nm quad-core server processors will lick Intel's four-core Xeon 5300 series, out-performing its rival by up to 40 per cent, the chip maker claimed this week, according to a variety of websites briefed by the company.
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Let the battle for the mid-market commence

Enterprise software vendors have traditionally targeted large Global 3000/FTSE 250 companies with revenues of $1bn+. However, as the competitive pressures in corporates intensify and customers consolidate their suppliers, the "mid-market" is becoming an increasingly attractive target for vendors, especially as it fits well with the emerging SaaS (Software as a Service) business model.
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Downing Street denies secret email network

10 Downing Street has denied allegations that it ran a second, secret email system which contained evidence of taking cash in exchange for honours.

Siemens' profits dented by fine

Siemens has posted revenues of €19.1bn for its first quarter of 2007, a rise of six per cent on the same three-month period last year.
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School fingerprinters say they don't grab teaching cash

Firms supplying fingerprint scanners to UK schools have put the national procurement authority in the right over whether their biometric components are being bought using funding set aside for teaching software.
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T-Mobile announces Ameo UMPC-like PDA

T-Mobile has confirmed it will ship HTC's Athena UMPC-like PDA phone in the UK and Germany as the Ameo. Meanwhile, HTC is working on a version with a 7in display, it has been claimed.
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HMRC splurges on IT consultants

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is spending about £130,000 a day on IT consultancy fees because of internal skills shortages, a Treasury sub-committee has heard.
Kablenet, 26 2007
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Nokia N800 internet tablet

Review The original Nokia tablet, the N770, was something of a departure for the Finnish phone maker: here was a device without cellular connectivity, running a Linux-based OS, and generally unlike anything Nokia had produced before. So here we have an updated version, the N800. But is it a phone or not, that is the question?
Bill Ray, 26 2007
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Immigrant ID card to recruit employers as UK border police

Immigration minister Liam Byrne has taken the wraps off the long-predicted (in these parts, at least) plan to hit immigrants in the first wave of ID cards, and to force employers to police the system. David Blunkett first trailed this scheme in November 2004, while an IPPR report last year recommended hitting immigrants with ID cards by 2008.

Moto sees red with Ferrari phone

Ferrari fans will next week be able to get their merchandise-mad mitts on Motorola's latest limited edition handset: a RAZRmaxx V6 dedicated to the sign of the prancing pony.
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BOFH: Immortalised in print

Episode 4 Episode 4 "I...uh...was wondering if you'd check this over for...uh...accuracy," the head of IT says, handing over a stack of about two inches of paper. "What is it?" I gasp, fearing the worst - that it's a business case for a new and inventive way for the company to flush its IT spend down the proverbial crapper. "It's a …

Online conferencing - an opportunity for resellers?

Quocirca's changing channels One technology fits the software as a service (SaaS) model so neatly that even Microsoft – according to some, the devil incarnate of on-premise software delivery – only provides its product as an on-demand service. That technology is online conferencing.
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Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

Networks of of compromised PCs are threatening the smooth operation of the internet, the World Economic Forum was told this week.
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre hacks into Doctor Who DVD

Fans settling down to enjoy a Doctor Who US rental DVD were treated to scenes from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, UK tabloid The Sun reports.

Brando comes clean with Soap media player details

It's called Soap. It looks like a bar of soap. Sort of. It's an iPod Nano wannabe. It's Hong Kong gadget maker Brando's latest media player. There's 2GB of song and video storage on board, an FM tuner, a bright 1.8in, 65,535-colour OLED screen and a clickwheel-like controller.

WTF has my Wi-Fi network gone?

Hardware Headaches I own a Linksys WRT54G wireless router, and in the four years I've had it, I've connected it to two Macs, two PCs, a Nintendo Wii and a host of handhelds. It's been a joy to use, more so than the Proxim box I used to own. Until now. Over the last month or so, it's begun to drop connections randomly and without warning. Parts of my home once in reach of its transmitter have mysteriously become dead zones...
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Jokers, roamers, and the human sardine can

Mobile phone roaming costs – up, up and away... Ever dreamt that roaming abroad with your mobile might actually be a financially viable concept? That dream may be about to come true. UK company Awayphone is selling subscribers a SIM card which routes over the internet whenever possible and offers a local phone number in foreign …
Dan Ilett, 26 2007
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China net purification efforts shot down by Silent Guardian

Letters We all love to complain about the state of the railways, so when last week's weather chaos brought services to a standstill, we all had a bit of a moan. Things got even worse in the aftermath when one rail bigwig came out and said packed commuter trains are safer. Cue outrage. You lot were very vocal on this issue (see here), but one reader, incidentally a rail worker, has been in touch since to set the record straight:
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Davos leaders face education challenge

Analysis One of the themes at this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, was social media. Business types and politicians struggle to get a handle on whether they should employ another special advisor to get to the mission critical task of Twittering their activities into the ether.
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Diebold disclosed e-voting key on website

Electronic voting machine firm Diebold is once again the subject of an embarrassing security gaffe after hackers created keys capable of opening voting machines from pictures posted on its website.

Samsung skinny smart phone to ship February

Samsung's BlackBerry-like SGH-i600 Ultra Edition 'super 3G' slimline smart phone is coming to the UK at the end of February, handset retailers suggest.
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Satellites enable GSM anywhere

Two wireless networking companies have banded together to develop a private GSM network backhauled over satellite.
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O2 punters in Humberside back in touch

O2 has fixed the problem which meant customers in Hull and Humberside were struggling to make or receive mobile calls.
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Carphone Warehouse courts iPhone

Charles Dunstone, CEO of Carphone Warehouse, Europe's largest retailer of mobile phones with 2,070 stores, wants an iPhone - lots of them - under his Christmas tree, and his alone, this year.
Faultline, 26 2007
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XM and Sirius dance towards a merged US satellite monopoly

Comment First it's on, then it's off. The potential merger of the two US satellite radio companies XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio, has been the talk of the US digital media community this week, with the FCC pointing out that it would breach both sets of existing licenses, and then hinting that perhaps that's not too much of an obstacle.
Faultline, 26 2007
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LiMo arrives for mobile Linux

The duopoly of Windows Mobile and Symbian is to face its biggest challenge yet, with six big names in mobile telephony backing the development of a new Linux-based software platform for mobile phones.
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MS fast-tracks Vista service pack

The consumer version of Windows Vista ships next week but the firm is already planning a schedule for its first major update.

EU antitrust welcome for Vista

Microsoft will launch Vista on Tuesday to a fresh wave of antitrust concern. The Brussels-based pro-interoperability group ECIS issued a statement today which condemned the new release of Windows for embodying bad practices.

Intel clock blocks IBM, HP, Dell and Sun with Google win

Super-secretive Google had its insides exposed this week by Intel's amateur blogger and server chief Pat Gelsinger. The executive claims that Intel's server division has won back Google's business from AMD. IBM, HP, Dell, Sun Microsystems and Rackable must find this revelation curious.
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SF Wi-Fi 'elephant' tramples Google, mayor

San Francisco's showcase Wi-Fi project is turning into a quagmire for both city mayor Gavin Newsom, and Google.