Second Life sex shows benefit glorious nation of Vista
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Vista: long-term burn, not short-term sizzle
AnalysisMicrosoft's $500m Windows Vista launch on Monday was the culmination of months of heavy sell intended to persuade the company, as much as everyone else, that not only is the operating systems is essential to users' computing needs, but also that it will translate into sales gold.
Script wreaks havoc on MySpace
FTC spanks Sony BMG, porn operator
It's been a good day for the Federal Trade Commission, which has spanked Sony BMG for its surreptitious installation of nasty-ware and an adult Web site that - gasp - was responsible for the sending of x-rated spam.
IT waste extracted from UK.gov
The British government has admitted to Parliament that its IT projects have over-run by more than £260m in the last five years.
The perils of pair programming
Column The streets of London are busy, especially at lunchtime. Strolling along dodging the slow-moving pedestrians occasionally makes me wonder: how do these people ever get anywhere? And how do they cope with the glacial slowness of taking all day just to reach the far street corner, without their heads exploding from the anticipation?
Ofcom comes down hard on 'silent calls'
Ofcom has slapped susbstantial fines on four UK companies for "causing annoyance to consumers through the making of silent or abandoned calls" in contravention of the Communications Act 2003.
Scotland says nay to the big bad wolf
A study released today by the Royal Society proposes the reintroduction of wolves into the Scottish Highlands - 240 years after they were hunted to extinction.
SFO raids Torex addresses
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has raided three addresses connected to Torex Retail, the troubled software supplier already facing investigation from the London Stock Exchange (LSE), after a shock profit warning on 26 January.
Intel injects life into digital health
Intel is partnering with Irish universities to set up a digital health research centre that will investigate the challenges of independent living for the elderly.
EU Commissioner warns US on gambling ban
The European Union's internal market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy yesterday accused the US government of protectionism in the way it is dealing with online gambling.
Intel, AMD jostled for market share in 2006
AMD lost market share to arch-rival Intel in 2006, but the smaller chip-maker nonetheless managed to make small gains in the desktop and laptop segments, the latest figures from market watcher Mercury Research reveal.
Aardman and Dreamworks part company
Aardman Animations and Dreamworks have ended their five-film distribution deal after just three productions, the BBC reports.
Intel's Socket P Core 2 Duos due May?
That the next generation of Intel's Centrino laptop platform, 'Santa Rosa', will introduce new, tweaked versions of the chip maker's current 'Merom' Core 2 Duo mobile chip line-up is well known. They'll be pin-incompatible with current Meroms. But it's now looking like the updated CPUs will ship in May.
Nokia N-Gage resurfaces at secret meetings
Nokia is about to rejuvenate its N-Gage mobile games console, if online reports are correct. The Finnish phone giant has apparently begun to evangelise new models to the industry.
Seagate pitches phone-friendly mobile hard drive
First Agere, now Seagate has launched a portable hard drive platform with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and capable of being controlled by a mobile phone. Seagate calls its incarnation of an idea long ago touted by Intel, Dave - Digital Audio Video Experience.
Vista raises the bar for flaw finders
Microsoft launched its latest operating system - Windows Vista - on Monday, a move that will make finding easily exploitable vulnerabilities a lot harder, according to security researchers.
PC World says death to floppies
PC World’s marketing department declared the death of the floppy disk yesterday, generating a wave of publicity that even rivalled Bill Gates’ touting of Vista.
123-Reg denies problems
Domain name provider 123-Reg has denied it has any customer service problems, despite several complaints from Register readers, an increase in moaning bloggers, and new websites set up to collect complaints about the company.
Oughton to leave OGC
The chief executive of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has announced he is moving on.
Fring brings Skype and Symbian together
Just as Skype declares that the market isn't right for a mobile client, Fring releases one which works seamlessly with its service.
Please don't burn or stone women, pleads Canadian town
The town of Herouxville in Quebec, which boasts one immigrant family among its 1,300 inhabitants, is at the centre of a race-relations rumpus after issuing a town council declaration on culture which reminds newcomers that "stoning [women] in public, burning them alive, burning them with acid, circumcising them etc", is an absolute no-no.
Seagate to ship 'data mover' external HDDs next month
Seagate will next month ship a set of external hard drives aimed at folk who want to take all their data with them wherever they go and access through any handy computer.
Allied Telesis punts low-cost Gig PoE switch
Powered Gig Ethernet just got cheaper. Allied Telesis said its new AT-GS900/8POE switch provides eight Gigabit ports plus a fibre uplink option, all the ports are powered - either eight at 7W each or four at the full 15W - and it's only £230, so around £30 a port.
School tasers naked, oil-smeared student
A Ohio high school student who decided it was a "good idea" to strip naked, anoint himself with grapeseed oil and "run amok" in the school's canteen earned himself a double tasering for his trouble, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Google loses European GMail trademark battle
Google has failed to win the right to register the term "Gmail" as a wide-ranging European trademark.
Comms sat launch goes off with a bang
The launch of a communications satellite from a converted oil rig in the Pacific ended in a fireball on Tuesday when the rocket exploded on the launch pad, New Scientist reports.
Russian loses wife in poker game
A Murmansk gambler lost his wife in a poker game when he ran out of cash and laid his other half on the table, Ananova reports.
UK domainers start up industry association
A new association representing UK domain name resellers is due to be launched this Friday.
Casio extends Exilim digicam line
Casio has updated its Exilim digital camera range with a pair of models that improve upon products the company released last year. In particular, both support new, 14:9 widescreen 2.6in displays. The 10.1 megapixel EX-Z1050 also features a motion analysis system that can choose the best sensitivity and shutter speed for snapping moving subjects.
Vista DRM broken already?
Two controversial aspects of Microsoft's Vista were conspicuous by their absence at yesterday's launch event - neither digital rights management nor the way Microsoft will shut down or reduce the functionality of software it considers to be an illegal copy were mentioned.
Schools need consent to fingerprint kids?
The Information Commissioner has declared that schools should ask for the consent of children and parents before they take pupil's fingerprints, despite there being no legal obligation for them to do so.
Vista sends PC prices sky high
Vista only hit the shelves yesterday, but Microsoft's new operating system has already sent shockwaves through the PC retail industry.
3Com adds Linux blade to routers
Interoperability and openness will be the keys to the network in the future, 3Com claimed, as it announced Linux-based blades for its 6000-series routers that will let them run third-party apps.
Fujitsu and union in jam over strike
Fujitsu has declared that its dispute with Amicus, the UK's largest private sector union, has got stuck in the mud because it refuses to allow the union to represent IT workers who do not want their representation.
UK bank exposes details of 75,000 accounts
An Aberdeen woman found a novel way to receive highly confidential information on 75,000 clients of the Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS): she simply requested her statement.
Cisco goes power-crazy
Cisco has announced a bunch of Gigabit and Power-over Ethernet (PoE) switches at its annual Networkers beanfest in Cannes.
What a tangled mesh we weave
While the promise of free-for-all municipal Wi-Fi networks remains on the horizon for most – and a Googly mess for others – mesh wireless, the technology that utopians fancy will float us away on a cloud of education, is making practical progress.
HP and SAP go industrial
Hewlett Packard has put its formidable weight behind SAP's version of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) with the announcement this week of a bagful of new services under the banner of SAP's Enterprise SOA. The new services will extend HP's existing Adaptive Infrastructure to work alongside SAP's NetWeaver Portal and aim to make it easier for HP's SAP customers build service-based applications.
Michael Dell ousts Rollins, back in charge
After 30 months at the helm, Kevin Rollins is leaving Dell, following years of decline that might rival the great fall of the Roman empire. The disclosure came as the company said its fourth-quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates.
Intrepid hack drinks up gambling extravaganza
House of CardsThe dust has finally settled after a week of debauchery in London.