14th > March > 2007 Archive

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Comcast usage triggers Kafka-esque abusage

Promoters of Comcast Internet are fond of boasting their superiority over DSL and other types of connectivity, pointing to the cable service's "mindblowing speed" and "unlimited" usage plans. Here's what they won't tell you: Comcast has a secret cap on the amount of data users can download, and those going over the limit can find their accounts terminated with little notice.
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Don't Dodge this Viper

Analysis On the 6th Feb 2007 IBM announced Viper. Yes, we know that it announced Viper in July 2006, but this is a different Viper, it just happens to have the same name. Really, it all makes perfect sense; you just have to think like IBM…..
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House hunting? Beware the Grim Reaper

Anyone who's ever sold a house knows there are a few tricks designed to entice buyers to part with their cash. For one, first appearences count, so move that dismantled Ford Cortina from the front garden. Second up, most buying decisions are made by women*, so make sure the kitchen and bathroom are 100 per cent. Thirdly, work to create a homely atmosphere - the smell of freshly baked bread is reckoned to do the trick.
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Cassini spies titanic lake on Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed giant lakes on Saturn's moon Titan, one of which - at 39,000 square miles - is bigger than Lake Superior.
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Video game legend hopes to change mankind

SXSW Video game god Will Wright thinks his latest creation might do far more than entertain. It may just save the planet.
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German glues self to roof

A nonagenarian German handyman has continued the time-honoured Teutonic tradition of getting stuck to roofs, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
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Joss Stone pays price for Brits train crash

Joss Stone is apparently paying the price for her sensational appearance at this year's Brits, at which she adopted an inexplicable US accent and alienated just about everyone in the UK.

Apple releases last pre-Leopard update for Mac OS X

Apple has updated Mac OS X to version 10.4.9, offering patches for both Intel and PowerPC versions of the operating system, taking in its server and client forms. The company has also updated its iPhoto application, and beefed up the security of Mac OS X 10.3.9.
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Corporate matchmaking was not illegal financial aid

A corporate matchmaker whose introductions led to one company buying another is entitled to its fee, the High Court has ruled.

UK banks leaving customer info on the pavement

The Information Commissioner has told 11 UK banks to stop dumping customers' statements in bins on the pavement outside branches.
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UK patent rules to be overhauled

The UK Patent Office has proposed a new set of rules (PDF) which it says will modernise its processes. The rules are open for consultation until June.

SanDisk intros internal Flash drive for laptops

SanDisk has begun offering a 32GB solid-state drive to notebook makers less than a week after it was claimed Apple's rumoured sub-notebook will only contain Flash storage.
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GPs unable to track phone services

Primary care trusts are not adequately monitoring out of hours telephone calls, according to a committee of MPs.
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£15k model Vickers Valiant crashes and burns

A 16 foot jet-powered replica of a Vickers Valiant which cost model-maker Simon Steggall £15k, two years' graft, and one wife, crashed and burned on its fourth flight, The Sun reports.
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GRISoft targets SMEs' security sweet spot

Czech anti-virus firm GRISoft is targeting the small and medium sized business market with revamped versions of its network security products.
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Business travel bugbears

"Meetings, bloody meetings" - somehow the 1970s John Cleese management video appears even more relevant to business life today.

VIA launches 'most feature-rich' Nano-ITX mobo

VIA will soon bring to the built-your-own PC community what it claims is its most feature-packed ultra-compact Nano-ITX motherboard yet: the 12 x 12cm EPIA NX.

Dell, Alienware offer 1TB single-drive upgrade

Dell and its Alienware subsidiary have begun offering buyers the chance to configure new gaming desktop PCs with Hitachi's 1TB hard drive - enough space to store an almost inconceivable quantity of digital stuff.

Sony Ericsson launches Walkman W660, plug-in speakers

Sony Ericsson's latest 3G Walkman phone will reach consumers next quarter, the handset company said today. So will a pair of clip-on speakers - a bid to appeal to all those kids who don't like keeping their music to themselves.
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How to find stolen laptops

Mark Rasch discusses the legal issues behind the discovery and recovery of stolen laptops that use LoJack-style homing devices to announce their location, and the location of the thieves, anywhere in the world.
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Sony Vaio VGN-UX1XN ultra-mobile PC

Review The Sony UX1XN is quite possibly one of the smallest laptops ever. Think of the smallest laptop you've ever seen, and this will be smaller. Probably. Everything about it is dinky - it's barely bigger than a thick-ish paperback book, yet it packs a full Vista-touting PC inside its diddy dimensions.
Will Head, 14 2007

Internet scams dominate UK card fraud losses

Card fraud in the UK fell three per cent from £439.4m in 2005 to £428m last year, according to figures from payment association APACS released Wednesday.
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French succumb to Franglais

Our chums across the Channel are currently marking "French language week", but apparently have little to celebrate as English loanwords continue to pollute their beloved mother tongue, the Daily Telegraph reports.

South Korea to field gun-cam robots on DMZ

Technological colossus South Korea is pressing ahead with efforts to join Israel and America in the white-hot field of killer robots.
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Vodafone won't recognise union

Vodafone is still refusing to officially recognise the Connect union, which is so keen to represent its members it has taken Vodafone to the government's Central Arbitration Committee to force recognition.
Bill Ray, 14 2007

AXA grabs ink with business crime league table

Insurance company Axa yesterday released an intriguing survey of business claims by region, which has been widely reported.

Apple megapatch fixes multiple flaws

Apple has released a security update to its Mac OS X operating systems to plug multiple security holes. Bugs in third-party components have also been addressed by the security update.
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Testing web transactions

Generating comprehensive test data sets is always a pain - especially with transaction-based applications. Today's web-based applications are subject to widely-varied live transaction volumes where server traffic can go from one transaction an hour to 1,000 a second in the blink of an eye. So if you want to test them properly you really need to throw shed loads of data at them.

EMC and FSC extend their engagement

CeBIT EMC and Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) have expanded and extended their 10 year old strategic alliance. The two will work together on advanced data centre architectures, while FSC will also provide services for the EMC midrange storage that it sells in Europe.
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Baseball legend slaps 'raging buy' on Intel

Do you want to take stock picking advice from a baseball player? Mmm, probably not. So beware of Lenny Dykstra's raging buy on Intel.
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Happy Pi Day

Happy Pi Day to the Maths geeks of America. For today is March 14 or 3.14 in US date format.
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Blue Peter fakes phoneline winner

Another bastion of British innocence and decency crumbled today as beloved BBC Children's TV programme Blue Peter was implicated in a phone-in competition scandal.
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MS quietly releases Win 2003 SP2

Microsoft has released a major update to Windows Server 2003 to make the enterprise software package more stable and easier to manage.
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Bruce Sterling gives blogs 10 years to live

SXSW Science fiction writer and professional pundit Bruce Sterling has cracked bloggers with the extinction stick, saying the plebs will crawl back into their ooze by 2017.
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George Bush fingered as terrorist by US feds ...

A Texas-based software company is offering a free tool allowing web users to check the likelihood of a particular name being flagged up by US government's Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), the body which operates the infamous "No Fly" list.

Microsoft plays Show me, Tellme

Microsoft is amping up its voice recognition capability, with the acquisition of Tellme Networks, a 320-man firm based in Mountain View, Calif. Terms are undisclosed, but Microsoft is said to be paying more than $800m, making Tellme its biggest buy since 2002, Bloomberg reports.
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US judges to learn computer forensics

A national computer forensics lab for the US has been established in Alabama.
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Viacom's YouTube lawsuit could test limits of DMCA

Analysis Viacom has launched a $1bn lawsuit against YouTube and its owners Google over copyright infringing videos hosted by the site. The case could test the limits of the 'safe harbor' protections for ISPs and influence other user-generated content sites.
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Red Hat aims higher with RHEL 5

CeBIT Red Hat today announced version 5 of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), its server operating system - but at the European launch in CeBIT the talk was not of all the technology inside, such as Xen virtualisation and JBoss middleware. Instead it was all about partnerships, packaging and support. In particular, Red Hat will now work with application developers, both to offer co-operative support and to recommend other open source software.

Microsoft goes a bundle with Lenovo PCs

Microsoft's flagging search engine is getting a boost, thanks to an agreement that will make Live.com the default service on PCs sold by Lenovo. The pact, which will also see machines outfitted with the Live toolbar, is the latest to be forged in an ongoing campaign to clutter new machines with software that users are often better without.
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Adaptec unifies serial RAID

CeBIT System builders no longer need to choose between Serial ATA and Serial Attached SCSI when it comes to RAID, claimed Adaptec as it announced a family of five unified serial RAID controllers which support both SATA for capacity and SAS for performance.

GigaStor to hunt zero-day breaches

CeBIT Your intrusion detection system (IDS) may have just downloaded a new security rule, but you have no way of knowing if your network has already been hit by the exploit in a zero-day attack, says Network Instruments.

Charges dropped against former HP chairman

A California state judge has dropped all criminal charges against former Hewlett-Packard Chairman Patricia Dunn and paved the way to clearing three others caught up in the spying scandal, which was initiated to discover the source of leaks to the media.