30th January 2007 Archive

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ICO approves council tax data share

The Information Commissioner's Office has given a green light to councils sharing council tax information.
Kablenet, 30 2007

BeOS: the Mac OS X might-have-been

Forgotten Tech As World+Dog gets its head around Windows Vista, lets look back at an operating system that might have been a contender, very nearly becoming Apple's next-generation OS and, but for Linux, almost certainly the key alternative to Windows in the x86 world. Ladies and gentlemen, who remembers the Be OS?
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Boffins boot up shoe database

British scientists have scored another first in the battle to beat international crime, launching a database of shoe types.
Joe Fay, 30 2007
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Paris: 'stop exposing me'

Paris Hilton is going after the website that is displaying possessions she forgot to reclaim from a storage lockup, saying she was “appalled” her personal items were being exploited for commercial gain.
Joe Fay, 30 2007

AMD Fusion to target laptops at first

AMD's 'Fusion' processors, due to ship around two years from now, will initially target mobile machines as the chip maker pitches the product's superior performance-per-Watt characteristics, it revealed this week.
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Tech industry most trusted in Ireland: survey

Would you buy a used car from this man (right)? You would if he worked in the technology sector, according to a new survey.

Outsourcing won't save you money

Although the outsourcing market has matured rapidly in the last couple of years, we still encounter many companies that see outsourcing as a cost-saving exercise.
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EU Parliament votes today on new IP laws

Updated The European Parliament's committee for legal affairs meets today to vote on proposals for criminal penalties to be imposed on those who infringe intellectual property (IP) rights.
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Hubble's main camera dies a death

Hubble's main camera, the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACFS), has shut down following an electrical failure.

Firefox 2.0: happier browsing, but secure?

Review It's long past time to bother telling anyone how much better than IE Firefox is. Faster, smaller, more responsive, with tabbed browsing and useful extensions galore. It's also lot more secure than IE, partly because it's open source, and particularly because it's not integrated with the underlying OS.
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'Hobbit' islanders given species claim boost

Another salvo has been fired in the row over whether the remains of the Indonesian "Hobbit" people actually represent a separate species, or just malformed Homo sapiens.

Verizon turned down iPhone's advances

Verizon Wireless was the first company offered exclusive access to the iPhone, but turned Apple away because of problems with the proposed business model. Cingular had no such reservations, and will be selling Steve Jobs' "revolution" later this year.
Bill Ray, 30 2007

Intel to take axe to Core 2 Quad pricing on 22 April?

Intel is set to slash the price it charges for its quad-core processor, the Core 2 Quad Q6600, on 22 April, Asian industry moles have claimed. The April quarter should also see the arrival of further Core 2 Duo and Core 2-derived Pentium processors.

Sapphire unveils AMD's unannounced X1950 GT

AMD's anticipated ATI Radeon X1950 GT graphics chip has come to market on a board built by Sapphire, announced yesterday. AMD has itself yet to formally signal the part's arrival.
Hard Reg, 30 2007

Intel said to have Extreme-brand laptop CPU in the pipeline

Intel is said to be preparing a pair of dual-core Core 2 Extreme processors specifically developed for gamer-friendly notebooks, the first coming in Q2/Q3, the second arriving as a follow-up in Q4.
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Swedes to open embassy in Second Life

Sweden has announced its intention to be the first nation to have an embassy in Second Life, Reuters reports.
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Apple colours iPod Shuffle line-up

Apple has released its iPod Shuffle in four more colours. There's no change to the specifications - they're all still 1GB models offering up to 12 hours' music playback time and retailing for $79/£55/€79. Now, though, they match the iPod Nano line-up... almost. Where there's a black Nano, there's an orange Shuffle.
Evesham Core 2 Duo Solar Storm PC

Evesham Solar Storm Windows Vista PC

Review By current standards the Solar Storm is very conventional and uses a Core 2 Duo processor, as Intel's silicon offers both superb dual-core performance as well as value for money. In this case it's an E6400 model that runs at 2.13GHz on a 1,066MHz FSB. There are two 512MB PC2-5300U modules to give 1GB of dual-channel memory, and a Foxconn P9657AA-8EKRS2H motherboard to tie it all together.

Microsoft researcher Jim Gray lost at sea

California coastguards are searching for Microsoft researcher Jim Gray, who was reported missing at 8.30pm on Sunday after failing to return from a solo boat trip.
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My big, fat, lily-white Second Life

NSFW Column Roleplay in Second Life begins with the creation of one's avatar, or one's primary character. For many residents, the avatar, while certainly a character, also reflects something of the owner's real-life self. Sometimes this will involve a desire or a curiosity for which real life offers no route to satisfaction or exploration.

Apple posts $2 802.11n Wi-Fi patch

Apple has posted software that will allow Macs with 802.11n-capable Wi-Fi adaptors to support the latest incarnation of the as yet non-standard next-generation wireless networking technology. And yes, the company wants $1.99 or £1.25 for it, depending on your location.
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Acquiring Code Craft

Book review Books on programming language x, technology y, and methodology z are 10 a penny. Bookshop shelves groan under the weight of books promising to teach programming x, y or z in 21 days, 7 days, 24 hours, 10 minutes, 30 seconds...
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Vista launches to muted applause

Vista has been delayed so many times that the audience didn't seem surprised that the start time slipped back by twenty minutes. About two hundred journalists and Microsoft partners gathered at the British Library conference centre for the launch event this morning.
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South Korea collars 'spam' duo

Two computer programmers have been arrested in South Korea on suspicion of unleashing a torrent of spam on the country between September and December last year.
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UK procurement contract review drags on

The government has broadened its review of contractual terms that it recommends are used by public sector buyers when implementing IT projects.
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Smut, trademarks and Orville's lament

Letters Last week, Microsoft confused us all by announcing it had no incompatibilities in its shiny new OS, except the ones it put there itself, that weren't there at all, but were still a grave threat to us all. Still with us? No? Not surprising. Was it all about content? Oh we give up. Over to you:

Vista and British Library put da Vinci online

Microsoft and the British Library have digitised two of Leonardo da Vincis' notebooks.
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Surfcontrol finding channel waters choppy

Silicon Valley/Congleton/wherever-based net security firm Surfcontrol said its plan to become a channel-led services outfit was on track as it announced its Q2 numbers on Thursday, despite registering a $400,000 loss - the same as a year ago.

Samsung unveils spin-screen camera-cum-media player

Samsung has launched a digital camera that's as much a portable media player as it is a picture taker. Dubbed the i7, the snapper has a screen that can rotate to choose which of the device's features you want. It'll even double up as a guide book for your travels.
Hard Reg, 30 2007
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Getronics hands apps development to India

Dutch IT services giant Getronics has handed its software application business over to an Indian outsourcer, allowing it to move its developers into its expanding consulting division.
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You'll have SCO to kick around for another year

The SCO Group has promised to stick around for at least another year.

MySQL bites Oracle before Oracle bites it

In a pre-emptive strike against Oracle, database vendor MySQL has launched its first site-wide license and support package, pricing it the same as a single Oracle CPU database license.