29th > March > 2007 Archive

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Florida data center loses its cool

A Florida data center serving the state's main website and 4,500 government employees has been restored after a failed air-conditioning chiller took down the system.
Dan Goodin, 29 Mar 2007

HP ProCurve dangles free Gigabit switch chassis

HP ProCurve has renewed its low-end stackable and chassis switches. Its range now starts at 50 quid with a fan-less, therefore silent, eight-port unmanaged Fast Ethernet switch, and runs up to chassis bundles that include a free chassis capable of hosting 188 Gigabit Ethernet ports at around £33 a port.
Bryan Betts, 29 Mar 2007

Making Progress in a pragmatic way

One of the interesting messages that normally comes out of discussions about SOA is that it gives developers and architects the environment in which they can transform the traditional "IT silo" infrastructure that is the norm in most enterprises.
Martin Banks, 29 Mar 2007

New York online gambling racket goes postal

House of CardsAmerica's online gambling purges continued at the state level today, as a major bust in the New York City area snared over 60 individuals, with more to come.
Burke Hansen, 29 Mar 2007

Apple Windows-on-Mac tool now works with Vista

Apple has updated its Boot Camp beta software to support Windows Vista. So much for claims that Mac OS X 10.5 would be delayed to ensure Vista compatibility.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2007

ICANN fires back with stern threat of legal action...again

Lisbon 2007Without any fanfare, or even notice of an ongoing lawsuit against itself, ICANN posted another letter to RegisterFly on Wednesday giving it notice (again) of an intent to pursue legal action against the disintegrating registrar.
Burke Hansen, 29 Mar 2007

Why can't a computer be more like a brain?

Why can't a computer be more like a brain? Jeff Hawkins asked at Emerging Technology this week.
Wendy M. Grossman, 29 Mar 2007

AMD launches laptop-friendly 690 chipset

AMD has rolled out the notebook-centric version of its recently released 690 integrated chipset.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2007

SiS flags down Intel 1333MHz bus

Chipset maker SiS has licensed Intel's 1333MHz frontside bus technology, allowing it not only offer product that supports the higher bus speed but also to support the chip giant's Core 2 Quad four-core processor.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2007

Business Intelligence - live on El Reg

Reg Reader WorkshopThe results are in. Following the resounding response from our recent Business Intelligence Reader Survey, we're proud to present the findings – via succulent, saturated Vulture Vision.
Team Register, 29 Mar 2007

Walmart puts out for online gaming

House of CardsThe online payment processing industry took it in the chops again this week, as the Electronic Clearinghouse, Inc (ECHO) settled with the US government over allegations that it profited from online gaming transactions by supplying Neteller with payment processing services prior to the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) last October.
Burke Hansen, 29 Mar 2007

EC broke rules over passenger data, Parliament told

The European Commission "clearly breached" its obligations when it agreed a passenger data sharing scheme with the US, the European Parliament has been told. The opinion was given just as negotiations on a new deal are begun.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Mar 2007

Retailer offers DAP-disclosing Easter Eggy

When I was a kid, I'd be lucky if an Easter Egg had a few Smarties inside. Offspring are more spoiled these days: now they find MP3 players inside their seasonal confections.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2007

Ten jobs that robots are eyeing up

Honda's Asimo robot is living the high life right now. Not only is he wowing the crowds at consumer technology shows, he's also the star of several Honda TV adverts.
Tech Digest, 29 Mar 2007

Family converts dead dad into diamond

A Blackpool family has created a "fitting memorial" to deceased dad Mick Egan - by converting him into a synthetic diamond, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 29 Mar 2007

Developers' secure-coding skill put to the test

A coalition of security companies and organisations announced a plan this week to create assessment tests that would certify programmers' knowledge of secure-coding practices.
Robert Lemos, 29 Mar 2007

Dell pricks up its ears

Hot on the heels of our Dell story yesterday, the computer maker has announced plans to release PCs and laptops that ship with the Linux operating system.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Mar 2007
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Critics swarm new GPL draft

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has been accused of working to prevent co-operation between the free and proprietary software sectors, thanks to new terms in the latest draft version of the GNU GPL.
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Mar 2007

US loses top tech spot

The US has slipped down the rankings of technology nations, falling from the top spot to number seven in the latest rankings from the World Economic Forum.
John Oates, 29 Mar 2007

Nokia gushes over colourful phone threesome

Nokia introduced a trio of colourful, consumer-friendly handsets today, connecting its XpressMusic line to 3G networks and its L'Amour - urgh - phones to CDMA carriers. But what caught our eye was the budget, voice-centric 5070.
The Hardware Widow, 29 Mar 2007

Conspiracy theorists: Feds, web hosts conspire against us

When Alan Watt's website Cutting Through the Matrix went offline in February, he knew it was because someone "at the top" decided he was getting too close to the truth.
Mark Baard, 29 Mar 2007

PeakStream puts apps development on Windows

High Performance Computing (HPC) may for many developers reside at the far distant end of their everyday event horizon, but both the hardware and software technologies involved continue to creep into the mainstream of information processing.
Martin Banks, 29 Mar 2007

Falling debris was no space plane, says NASA

NASA scientists have poured cold water on the theory that a plane en route to New Zealand narrowly avoided a collision with flaming Russian space junk.
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Mar 2007

Cisco wraps up against VoIP DoS bugs

Cisco has updated its Unified CallManager and Presence Server software following the discovery of flaws that might be used to crash vulnerable systems.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2007

European Commission beats telco open access drum

The European Commission has reiterated its determination to see the remaining closed telecoms networks broken open to broadband competition.
Christopher Williams, 29 Mar 2007

Tower of Google uses stats for translation

Google dreams of a world where hundreds of languages can be simultaneously translated by machines which compare texts using statistics rather than applying grammatical rules.
John Oates, 29 Mar 2007

BAE offers super-intelligent underwater robot

BAE Systems this week unveiled its underwater mine-clearance robot, the "revolutionary" Talisman M.
Lewis Page, 29 Mar 2007

VoIP providers reined in by regulator

A new set of rules aimed at VoIP operators in the UK was unveiled by Ofcom today, which could lead to UK internet telephone users winning rights to access emergency services.
Christopher Williams, 29 Mar 2007

Dimension Data integrates MS end-to-end service

Dimension Data has integrated Microsoft's end-to-end service management system into its Global Services Operating Architecture (GSOA).
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Mar 2007

US to issue Star Wars stamps

The US is to issue stamps marking three decades of Star Wars films.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2007

Spotting tomorrow's criminals in today's pushchairs

AnalysisThe Government's efforts to spot and intercept potential criminals during childhood, which first broke surface last summer, have come into sharper focus with the publication of this week's policy review, Building on Progress: Security, Crime and Justice,. "Universal checks throughout a child's development," says the review, will "help service providers to identify those most at risk of offending."
John Lettice, 29 Mar 2007
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Fawkes, Phoenix potty over ICM, as PC World goes to dogs

Billy MacInnes, 29 Mar 2007

iTunes tempts single-buyers with album-purchase carrot

Bought a single from iTunes? Want to buy the rest of the album? Well, you always could, just by buying all the other tracks one after the other, but Apple has finally added a button to do it with a single click.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2007

MPs pay themselves £10,000 website allowance

MPs have voted in favour of a government proposal to give each of them £10,000 to spend on websites to give the public more of an idea of what goes on in Parliament, the BBC reports.
Mark Ballard, 29 Mar 2007

Vodafone.net's connection woes continue

It seems that Vodafone's email service is still not working for everyone.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Mar 2007

Teens get way harsh on MySpace

Breaking up might have been hard to do when Neil Sedaka sang about it, but thanks to Sir Tim Berners Lee, it is now as easy for teenagers to break up with each other as it is for them to microwave a junk food sausage.
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Mar 2007

China bans mucky text messages

Chinese police are warning mobile users to think again before sending pornographic pictures or text messages from their phones.
John Oates, 29 Mar 2007

Apple TV-to-SD TV adaptor price cut 40%

Would-be Apple TV buyers looking to hook the iPod-style set-top-box to a standard-definition telly will be pleased to hear one of best ways of hooking the two up together is now rather cheaper.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2007

Singapore invests in TIA snake oil

CommentRetired US Admiral and convicted felon John Poindexter has been a busy man since Congress scrapped his Total Information Awareness (TIA) system and punctured his Orwellian dream of linking every government database imaginable in pursuit of evildoers, as Wired News reports.
Thomas C Greene, 29 Mar 2007

Enterasys aims for the core

Enterasys has added an uprated set of Distributed Flow Engine (DFE) blades to its Matrix N-Series secure chassis switches, with the aim of selling the devices into core networks within large enterprises.
Bryan Betts, 29 Mar 2007

Amazon: is this the best deal ever?

Amazon today pushed the boat out - a nanometer or two - with this outstanding offer for UK customers:
Drew Cullen, 29 Mar 2007

Indiana man jailed for selling counterfeit software on eBay

An Indiana man bought some counterfeit Rockwell Automation software on eBay, set up the CD-duplicator and sold the disks on, you guessed it, eBay.
Drew Cullen, 29 Mar 2007

US gov kicks out Sprint, doles out $20bn to rivals

Sprint Nextel was the big loser in the $20bn telecomms contract dished out today by the US government.
Austin Modine, 29 Mar 2007

Intel frees up $275m after settling with the tax man

Intel will stash away an “extra” $275m this quarter after settling with the IRS.
Ashlee Vance, 29 Mar 2007

Naming some identity standards

Confused about how the emerging identity standards and systems fit together and which to work with? You're not alone. There's a lot of talk – and quite a few demos – of interoperable identity systems, but how do you know how well they really fit together?
Mary Branscombe, 29 Mar 2007

Use case driven object modelling with UML: Theory and practice

While the methodology wars continue to flourish, and advocates of this process versus that process slug it out to show that they alone are following the one true path, there is one technique that all seem to agree on: the use case.
Dr Pan Pantziarka, 29 Mar 2007
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TJX lost up to 45.6m card numbers

TJX has taken the crown for presiding over the largest credit card heist ever, with a tally of 45.6m numbers lost to unknown thieves who intruded on the US-based retailing giant's networks over a span of 17 months. Personal information, often including social security numbers, for at least 451,000 was also lifted.
Dan Goodin, 29 Mar 2007

Evidence of accounting chicanery at Dell

Dell says an audit committee convened to probe its bookkeeping has found evidence of misconduct and accounting errors that may result in restatements to previous financial results. The preliminary finding, which also disclosed potential deficiencies in the company's financial controls, is the latest announcement to raise doubts about the accounting of the cut-rate PC maker.
Dan Goodin, 29 Mar 2007
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Supermicro's IPO not so super

Server seller Supermicro has endured a most modest IPO.
Ashlee Vance, 29 Mar 2007

Red Hat deflates Wall St expectations

Wall St Linux darling Red Hat was down in after hours trading Thursday after reporting a sharp drop in income on sales that grew less than expected for the fourth quarter.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Mar 2007

ICANN urged to cut phishing trawl with banking domain

Security watchers are calling on net governance body ICANN to adopt a new top level domain name to be used exclusively by registered banks and financial organisations.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2007

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