26th > February > 2007 Archive

Oracle puts low-price on information

Oracle today makes its Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) Assistant available for free download.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Feb 2007

Rosetta warms up for comet with Martian flyby

Comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta has sent back pictures of its closest approach to Mars after it completed its flyby of the planet this weekend. The stunning pictures are the first taken by the Philae lander's instruments operating independently of the main craft.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Feb 2007

DfES to run first procurement review

The Department for Education and Skills is to run a pilot for the new Whitehall Procurement Capability Reviews.
Kablenet, 26 Feb 2007

James Cameron finds grave of Jesus & Son

Hollywood giant James Cameron has set himself his biggest challenge yet – rewriting the bible after discovering that Jesus sired a son before being buried outside Jerusalem.
Joe Fay, 26 Feb 2007

WD ups My Book network drive capacity to 1TB

Western Digital has bumped its My Book World Edition remote-access ready network-connected external hard drive to 1TB, adding the extra storage capacity with a second disk inside the casing. So not only is there more room for information, the unit's RAID-able for better data security.
Tony Smith, 26 Feb 2007

Industrial security - it's not the same as IT security

In the past, equipment control for manufacturing processes on the shop floor tended to be carried out by discrete systems running arcane real time operating systems controlled by proprietary management systems that had no connection through to other systems.
Clive Longbottom, 26 Feb 2007

Sharon Stone schlock-fest scoops four Razzies

Sharon Stone's who-dunnit Basic Instinct 2 won the worst picture gong at this year's Golden Raspberry ceremony, Hollywood's annual celebration of what's worst in film.
John Leyden, 26 Feb 2007

iPhone ad appears at Academy Awards

A video showing the first ever TV advert for the Apple's iPhone has popped up on YouTube. Simple, but quite stylish, the advert shows a number of actors – 28 in total, old and recent – from a multitude of different films just saying... "hello". It finishes with an image of the handset and the text "Coming in June".
Scott Snowden, 26 Feb 2007

UK Open Source think tank opens doors

The UK now has its own national think tank for open source and open standard policy.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Feb 2007

Windows for Warships nears frontline service

AnalysisEveryone knows the differences between Windows and other operating systems. Steve Jobs has recently spent colossal sums telling us that most malware is written for Windows; also that using Windows is no fun and, even worse, seems to involve wearing a tie.
Lewis Page, 26 Feb 2007

Swansea councillors don't like outsourced IT

Councillors in Swansea are reportedly ruing the day their cabinet voted to outsource their IT supply and support. Local paper The Evening Post reports that councillors are now complaining that the system costs more and does less since being outsourced to Capgemini.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Feb 2007

Iran launches space rocket

Iran distracted attention from its nuclear programme this weekend, by announcing it had shot off a rocket into space. Or, according to who you believe, it had tested a dirty great missile.
Joe Fay, 26 Feb 2007

Firefox fix lances memory corruption bug

Firefox users need to update their browser software following the discovery of multiple vulnerabilities.
John Leyden, 26 Feb 2007

Denon offers DVD-to-HD upscaling player

Denon's pitching its DVD-2930 HD-capable DVD player as an "affordable" upscaling machine. You might think that's a cheeky word to use in association with a player that costs £650, but Denon said its machine provides pro-grade video processing for which it usually charges £2,700.
Tony Smith, 26 Feb 2007

Eircom to invest €60m upgrading network

Eircom has confirmed it is to invest €60m over the next three years on upgrading its central telecommunications network.
Emmet Ryan, 26 Feb 2007

VIA launches digital media chipset

VIA has launched its latest integrated desktop chipset, touting the part's Windows Vista friendliness and support for the chip maker's own power-efficient x86 processors. Well, it works with the various Basic versions of Vista, at least.
Tony Smith, 26 Feb 2007

EMI: DRM stays

EMI has broken off talks with digital music download services about providing a DRM-free repertoire.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Feb 2007

Reg Hardware Samsung HD TV winner 'well chuffed' with prize

Register Hardware reader Dave Page dropped us an email this week to show us just how good his brand new Samsung PS50Q7 50in plasma HD TV looks in his living room. Dave was the winner of last month's Register Hardware Samsung HDTV Competition, and we're pleased to report he's as pleased as punch with his plasma beast.
Register Hardware, 26 Feb 2007

Biscit barrels out of ISPA

Troubled internet service provider Biscit has left ISPA - the industry association which among other things provides membership of dispute resolution service CICAS.
John Oates, 26 Feb 2007

BitTorrent Inc offers legal downloads

BitTorrent Inc, the firm that maintains development of the popular file sharing protocol historically associated with illegal movie downloads, has launched a website designed to sell licensed downloads of films and television shows.
John Leyden, 26 Feb 2007

Microsoft's 'dirty tricks' archive turns into hot Torrent

Microsoft lawyers who believed they'd buried the most embarrassing collection of documents about the company's murky past for good, without any one noticing, were in for a surprise this weekend. The archive has become a mainstay of the Bittorrent P2P file sharing networks.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Feb 2007

Vague and ambiguous use cases

ColumnProgrammers are often frustrated when well-meaning managers or architects attempt to introduce some OOAD [note that the process in my link isn't necessarily the same as the Iconix process Matt alludes to - Ed] into their projects.
Matt Stephens, 26 Feb 2007

Delphi - or not Delphi

Borland’s wholly-owned spinoff CodeGear is releasing Delphi for PHP, claimed to be the first RAD visual PHP development environment. PHP 5.0 is required. The product is jointly developed by CodeGear and qadram software and is essentially the first production version of qadram’s qstudio, which never made it past pre-beta.
Tim Anderson, 26 Feb 2007

Indies at war over music mega merger

Independent labels are in a public row over whether to back Warner Music's bid for ailing British major EMI. The merger would see the 'Big Four' consolidate into a Big Three.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Feb 2007

BenQ Mobile dismembered

German administrators have given up in their efforts to find a buyer for the cellphone maker BenQ Mobile, which went bankrupt at the tail end of last year. Almost all jobs will go at the former Siemens outfit, which Taiwanese electronics group BenQ picked up in 2005.
Christopher Williams, 26 Feb 2007

VMware wallops Microsoft with white paper

With an IPO and a major server virtualization battle looming, VMware has turned aggressive in its fight with Microsoft.
Ashlee Vance, 26 Feb 2007

Vonage: patent smackdown won't bring shutters down

Vonage today moved to reassure its two million customers that their internet phone service will not be disrupted and investors that their cash will be safe if it loses a patent lawsuit to Verizon.
Christopher Williams, 26 Feb 2007

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