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IBM heirs battle 'my mother is my girlfriend' cash claim

A lesbian woman who had a long term relationship with one of the daughters of IBM president Thomas J. Watson Jr is fighting for her right to a share of his legacy.
Christopher Williams, 01 Mar 2007
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Solaris offers fix for zero-day vuln

Sun Microsystems has urged users to update and secure their Solaris 10 installations after a recently discovered zero-day vulnerability was found in the wild.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Mar 2007

The Ruby Way

Book reviewIt is, perhaps, inevitable that the first code you write in a new programming looks suspiciously like code from the language you already know. I can remember my own first Java applications looking suspiciously procedural and C-like. In making those first moves into object orientation, it takes a while before it all makes sense. Even when picking up a new object oriented language things don’t fall into place at once – Python code that looks like weirdly indented Java isn’t so far fetched. Writing code that is idiomatic and fully captures the abstractions and features of a language is a skill that takes time to develop.
Dr Pan Pantziarka, 01 Mar 2007

Israelis vote for Eurovision nuclear apocalypse

Israelis have "voted overwhelmingly" to send a song having a poke at Iran's nuclear ambitions to this year's Eurovision Song Contest, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 01 Mar 2007

Airbus details restructuring plan

Airbus yesterday rolled out its "Power8" restructuring programme which will see the company shed 10,000 jobs over the next four years.
Lester Haines, 01 Mar 2007

Identity brings Microsoft and Internet 2.0 together

Microsoft isn't the only one taking an interest in Open ID. AOL, Yahoo! and Digg have all announced they'll accept Open ID credentials as a way of identifying users online.
Mary Branscombe, 01 Mar 2007
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BEA $13m relocation sweetener

BEA Systems is set to receive a $13m signing bonus for moving its HQ to San Jose's sprawling downtown from city fathers eager to woo Silicon Valley based businesses.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Mar 2007

PowerColor readies 'no-noise' X1950 Pro board

Tul has extended its range of PowerColor-brand AMD ATI Radeon X1950 Pro-based graphics cards with a passively cooled "silent" version. The card's fitted with an Arctic Cooling heatsink that's bigger than it is.
Tony Smith, 01 Mar 2007

Schools should teach typing to prevent RSI, says TUC

Typing should be taught in schools as a way to prevent the suffering of tens of thousands of UK workers from repetitive strain injury (RSI), according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The call was made to mark RSI day, which is today.
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Mar 2007
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Film of dead airman was listed on eBay

Updated:A film showing the naked body of a British airman was offered for sale on eBay, it emerged yesterday. The distasteful footage has since been removed from the online listings, and the police alerted.
Lewis Page, 01 Mar 2007

Unseen jurisdiction clause upheld by Court of Appeal

A German company can fight an English customer in the German courts because its terms and conditions said that German jurisdiction applied – albeit those conditions were never sent to the English firm, the Court of Appeal ruled this week.
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Mar 2007

AMD preps PCI Express 2.0 'RV630' GPU for May?

May will see the arrival of AMD's 'RV630' graphics chip, it has been claimed, and the company has prepared three reference card designs for the part - two of which will support PCI Express 2.0, though only the PCIe 1.1 board may make it to market for launch.
Tony Smith, 01 Mar 2007

Online medical training application system in chaos

Technical problems with an online medical training system are causing "pandemonium", according to the British Medical Association (BMA).
Kablenet, 01 Mar 2007

Yahoo! false! alert! drama!

Faulty signature updates on Wednesday resulted in Symantec's anti-virus packages falsely identifying that Yahoo! mail was contaminated by malware.
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2007

Grand Theft Auto publisher tries to cool 'hot coffee' lawsuit

Take-Two Interactive, the publisher of the controversial Grand Theft Auto series of games may be close to settling a long running legal battle with a New York granny who attempted to sue the company after it emerged one of those games contained adult content.
Tony Smith, 01 Mar 2007

Hold your breath, save the planet

Somebody call Al Gore and tell him he can leave the lights on in his house for as long as he likes: some academics in Bristol have solved the climate change crisis. Oh yes, and they want their $25m prize money from Richard Branson, thankyewverymuch.
Lucy Sherriff, 01 Mar 2007

UK researchers reveal room-temperature graphene transistor

Boffins at Britain's University of Manchester have created a transistor out of an atom-thick sheet of carbon. The high-speed device is so small only one electron can pass through at once. Crucially, the transistor operates at room temperature making it potentially viable for future microprocessors.
Tony Smith, 01 Mar 2007

Sky takes ball and goes home

Updated:Customers of Virgin Media sitting down to watch Ultimate Volcano on Sky One last night were shut off a minute into the programme and presented with the following message:
Bill Ray, 01 Mar 2007

More money for defence research, say MPs

The Commons defence committee today released a report on Blighty's defence-tech research efforts, warning that there are several areas of concern.
Lewis Page, 01 Mar 2007

Emergency meeting on phoneline screwups

Premium-rate services regulator ICSTIS has asked for an emergency meeting with broadcasters, programme makers, and service providers to discuss the issues arising from the disclosures around premium-rate competitions on Richard & Judy and BBC's Saturday Kitchen.
Bill Ray, 01 Mar 2007

Video clips go corporate

Blue Coat Systems has added video to the list of network services it can optimise over WANs. Like most others in the internet gateway business, it used to treat video as potentially unwanted network traffic, but has picked up on its increasing use in business.
Bryan Betts, 01 Mar 2007

Xbox 360 cracked

Hardware hackers have developed a technique to hack Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console so that it might be possible to run alternative operating systems on the hardware.
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2007

EU warns Microsoft of new fines

The European Commission has warned Microsoft it could face further penalties over what it calls "unreasonable pricing" of interoperability information.
Lucy Sherriff, 01 Mar 2007

UK braces for lunar eclipse

For the first time since 2004 the UK is set to bask in the spooky reddish light of a full lunar eclipse, so step away from your computer and hope for clear skies.
Lucy Sherriff, 01 Mar 2007

2006 Milbloggy Award winners announced

Yesterday the lucky winners of the second Milbloggies awards were announced by JP Borda, webmaster of Milblogging.com, and inventor of the awards for the best military bloggers.
Lewis Page, 01 Mar 2007

Botnets punt Russian dog-barking translation spam

Trojan programs, particularly those designed to steal online gaming account credentials, have become the mainstay of malware authors.
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2007

YouTube rules tennis highlights 'out'

As YouTube cleanses itself of unofficial Oscars footage, tennis fans report that home edited videos of match highlights are also being removed from the site. These homemade highlights, often the only way fans can see video from distant, smaller tournaments, are being taken down at the request of organisations such as Tennis Australia and the United States Tennis Association, which run two of the sport's four biggest annual events.
Wendy M. Grossman, 01 Mar 2007

Pretexting not a way of life at HP - official

HP has entered the denial phase in its legal battle with former executive Karl Kamb. The company this week denied claims made by Kamb that it used pre-texting techniques during an internal investigation into the executive's side business selling flat panel TVs. Moreover, HP whacked back at Kamb, saying pre-texting was not a way of life at the company.
Ashlee Vance, 01 Mar 2007

Lenovo recalls 200,000 Thinkpad batteries

UpdatedLenovo is recalling more than 200,000 Thinkpad batteries after some almost caught fire when owners dropped their laptops.
Christopher Williams, 01 Mar 2007

Philips offers sensory delights for gamers

Philips will this year release its range of amBX PC gaming peripherals, the company announced at its European Range 2007 event in Marbella, Spain this week. amBX will provide gamers with a full "sensory surround experience" by empowering game developers to use light, colour, sound, vibration and even airflow during gameplay.
Jan Libbenga, 01 Mar 2007

Webmaster pays $3,300 to settle malware charges

A webmaster is to surrender $3,300 in ill-gotten gains and refrain from making misleading claims, to settle federal charges he deceived consumers into installing spyware, dialer programs and other types of malware.
Dan Goodin, 01 Mar 2007
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Oracle buys Hyperion, turns heat on SAP

Oracle is ending its brief acquisition lull with one of its largest software deals. The database giant will buy Hyperion Solutions, also an Oracle competitor in the business intelligence market and an important partner of SAP, for $3.3bn, or $52 a share - a handsome 21 per cent premium for stockholders.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Mar 2007

Dell ends 2006 horror with $1bn drop in PC sales

A sedate Dell posted fourth quarter results that didn't horrify investors even though its PC and notebook sales fell in dramatic fashion.
Ashlee Vance, 01 Mar 2007

Will Google come to regret getting involved in YouTube?

AnalysisWhen we said that Google overpaid for the YouTube acquisition we were loudly pilloried and reminded that it paid, after all, only in shares. But the increasing alarm that has emerged over whether or not YouTube is a genuine phenomena and whether in fact it is simply a replacement for the piracy once led by Kazaa, threatens to undermine the value of YouTube radically.
Faultline, 01 Mar 2007

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