17th > April > 2007 Archive

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Fantasy Baseball meltdown irks

The meltdown of ESPN's Fantasy Baseball site is prompting aneurysms among its more passionate users after the service informed them they'll have to start their games from scratch. The irony was all the more bitter in the wake of glitches that disrupted Fantasy Baseball players on a competing service called TQ Stats.
Dan Goodin, 17 Apr 2007
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Sun thrusts four-socket Xeon blade at Intel fanboys

IDF Sun Microsystems and Microsoft today did their best to wow Intel's customer base with a pair of sneak peeks into their upcoming products.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Apr 2007
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Fabric7 ripped apart

Exclusive Big Opteron metal start-up Fabric7 has shut down, The Register can reveal.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Apr 2007

Intel intros top-gun gaming PC platform

IDF Chip colossus Intel looks set to create a Centrino-like platform for desktop gaming later this year when it brings 'Skulltrail' - a high-end gaming PC design - to market.
Tony Smith, 17 Apr 2007

Intel pulls up SoCs for TV appearance

IDF Chip giant Intel wants to get inside your TV. Today, it launched its first system-on-a-chip product - its first since the ill-fated 'Timna' - but this one aimed at tellies and set-top boxes.
Tony Smith, 17 Apr 2007
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Future PCs to integrate powerline Ethernet

IDF How is a home computer going to connect to the internet in 2008? Intel has been keen to tout the as-yet-non-standard 802.11n as the future of wireless connectivity, but it's now factoring in powerline Ethernet too. It plans to integrated the HomePlug AV 200Mbps powerline standard into next year's desktop designs.
Tony Smith, 17 Apr 2007

Symantec puts lace on system recovery line

Symantec has launched a major upgrade for its Windows-based bare-metal system restore software with Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0.
Austin Modine, 17 Apr 2007
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Intel pushes next-gen Centrino at compact desktops

IDF Intel formally offered up its upcoming 'Santa Rosa' Centrino laptop platform as the basis for future small form-factor systems.
Tony Smith, 17 Apr 2007

Those 'Penryn' details in full

IDF 'Penryn', Intel's upcoming die-shrink-plus Core 2 processor architecture, may have been high on the chip maker's agenda at its Developer Forum this week, but it said nothing new about the technology. Need a refresher? Here's what Register Hardware knows about the 45nm CPU...
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NPfIT condemned in MPs' scathing report

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has issued a damning report into the NHS's overdue and over budget National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Apr 2007
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Mainframe now obsolete for data warehousing

Reg Reader Workshop Many would have argued in the past that a data warehouse was not a "real" data warehouse unless it existed the in big iron mainframe number crunching environment.
Dale Vile, 17 Apr 2007
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Data collation can evade Data Protection Act

The selection and collation of information from several files held on a person does not necessarily count as processing of personal data, according to the Court of Appeal. The activity can escape the remit of the Data Protection Act.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Apr 2007
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'Cops help kill 32 Students', claims furious blogger

Blogs written by students at Virginia Tech University have expressed fury at how police and university authorities dealt with the shooting there yesterday.
John Oates, 17 Apr 2007
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What can service data objects do for your SOA system?

Column In the last two columns, I looked at how you can build services within a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) using the Service Component Architecture (or SCA) framework.
John Hunt, 17 Apr 2007
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Norwegian liberals call for relaxation of copyright laws

The Liberal Party in Norway has backed the legalisation of the sharing of copyrighted material for personal use. It is the first mainstream European political party to adopt a pro-file-sharing stance.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Apr 2007
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Chocolate the key to uncovering PC passwords

Three years since the last time they pulled this stunt, cheeky researchers can still wangle IT passwords with free chocolate and flirting.
Maxim Kelly, 17 Apr 2007
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Mobile operators giveth and taketh away

In much the same way as some firms try to pass on savings to customers, mobile phone networks look set to pass extra costs on to certain consumers.
Emmet Ryan, 17 Apr 2007
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Software compliance is not just about licensing

Comment For many companies, software compliance is just about making sure that all copies of a particular application in use have a valid vendor licence.
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Pipex counts cost of competing with the big boys

Pipex told investors today its underlying profits suffered in 2006 because of borrowing to pay for rival ISPs Bulldog and Toucan, and home phone outfit Homecall.
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Commercial child abuse websites growing

The number of websites making money by selling pictures and videos of children being sexually abused is continuing to grow.
John Oates, 17 Apr 2007
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UK's bumblebees face extinction

Several UK bumblebee species are heading inexorably for extinction, scientists have claimed, part of a process caused by "pesticides and agricultural intensification" which could have a "devastating knock-on effect on agriculture".
Lester Haines, 17 Apr 2007

Intel picks VIA's Mini ITX for cut-price PC mobo

IDF Intel has indeed thrown its weight behind rival chip maker VIA's Mini ITX motherboard form-factor, as reported back in January, though the bigger company wasn't exactly going out of its way to reveal its new compact mobo's origins.
Tony Smith, 17 Apr 2007
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Gravity-B proves Einstein right

The first data from Gravity Probe-B has confirmed that Einstein was a pretty clever chap who knew what he was talking about when it came to space, time, and the universe.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Apr 2007
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Anteater kills zookeeper

An Argentinian zookeeper has died as a result of an anteater attack, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Apr 2007
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Asbo-breach OAP jailed

The 81-year-old "neighbour from hell" who was found guilty of harrassment and six breaches of an Asbo after making her neighbours' lives "a misery" has been jailed for six months, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Apr 2007

Phishers spread their nets

The percentage of US-hosted phishing attacks dropped from 74 per cent in February to 55 per cent in March, according to the latest online fraud report of security firm RSA.
John Leyden, 17 Apr 2007

Intel confirms programmable, multi-core chip

IDF Intel claims to have ended the GPGPU era before it even started with the revelation of a new multi-core processor design called Larrabee. At the Intel Developer Forum today, Intel server chip chief Pat Gelsinger confirmed the long rumored processor.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Apr 2007
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Clarity shareholders call for boss's head

Clarity Commerce Solutions has vowed to fight rebel shareholders calling for changes to senior management.
John Oates, 17 Apr 2007
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Businessman takes NatWest for £35k

A Norfolk businessman has received a cheque for £35,987.94 from NatWest after challenging the bank over charges levied for bouncing his cheques, The Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Apr 2007
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Astronaut runs Boston marathon from space

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams has completed the Boston Marathon in an unofficial time of four hours and 24 minutes, despite being strapped to a treadmill in orbit on the International Space Station.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Apr 2007
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Intel gives up on super-charged 'Gesher'

IDF El Reg has forced Intel into another awkward chip name change, the company confirmed today. 'Gesher', its next-gen 32nm microarchitecture, is no more.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Apr 2007
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DXG dishes out 5Mp camcorder with games

California-based DXG has launched a new ultra-compact digital camera/camcorder that doubles as a portable entertainment centre. The DXG-589V features a 3in LCD Screen that rotates to a Gameboy-style shape for playing 20 built-in video games.
Scott Snowden, 17 Apr 2007
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MSI NX8600GTS graphics card

Review Nvidia stole a march on ATi when it launched the DirectX 10 GeForce 8800 GTS and GTX chips back in October 2006. Even though the G80/8800 was a powerhouse of a chip we wondered who exactly would spend the thick end of £400 on a single graphics card or £800 on a pair of the things in SLI.
Leo Waldock, 17 Apr 2007
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BT readies 'on the night' 21CN mass migration trial

BT will begin trialling mass migrations to its new unified network in a series of acid tests in Swansea this summer.
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Capgemini union backs below inflation pay rise

Unionised IT workers at Capgemini are to ballot on whether to accept a below-inflation pay rise after backing down from strike action on a contract that is set to earn the company £1.1bn in profit.
Mark Ballard, 17 Apr 2007
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Rok raises another $7m

While network operators are evaluating technologies for broadcasting TV, Rok Entertainment is betting on narrowcast as the future and has just raised $7m with a view to an IPO later this year.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2007
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BT forgets to bill for internet access

BT has admitted that a glitch in its systems meant thousands of punters weren't billed for dial-up internet access and indirect international calls for three months last year.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2007
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IntelSat up for grabs

IntelSat is looking for a new owner after receiving an offer of $6bn from private equity firm the Blackstone Group, according to the New York Times.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2007
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A Linux for the rest of us?

Serial entrepreneur Peter Dawe, who helped bring the internet to the UK, is launching a "safe" Linux distro tailored for the technophobe.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Apr 2007
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Grange Hill firm's website exposed thousands of CVs

Lime Pictures had been mistakenly displaying thousands of individual applicants' personal details on the job section of its website.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2007
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Consumers baulk at returning to hacked stores

Consumers are wary about returning to shop at retailers that have been the subject of security breaches, according to a new study.
John Leyden, 17 Apr 2007
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P2P pinball lawyers say ignorance is no defence

The lawyers pursuing 500 file sharers for allegedly distributing illegal copies of computer game Dream Pinball 3D have accepted that some of its targets may have been unaware their machine was being used to distribute illegal software.
Mark Ballard, 17 Apr 2007
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Blu-Ray disks hacked by sweet talking teenagers

Letters Fury swept the blogosphere today with accusations over how police and university authorities dealt with the shooting of 32 students at Virginia Tech University yesterday morning:
Tracey Cooper, 17 Apr 2007
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2.0'Reilly quietly rips up blogna carta

A mooted "blogging code" which has attracted broad media attention in the last week, is set to be ditched by its author, tech conference magnate and web 2.0 investor Tim O'Reilly.
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N Korea preps nuclear reactor shutdown

North Korea may be preparing to shut down its main nuclear reactor, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.
Lester Haines, 17 Apr 2007
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Redundancies loom in Pipex customer service

Exclusive Pipex is cutting its broadband customer service staff, sources reveal.
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Pentax Optio E30 compact digital camera

Review With the release of the Optio E30 camera, Pentax has provided consumers with high resolution at a small cost. It might be packing the ability to capture seven-megapixel images, but you can snap up this snapper for less than £100.
Matt Chapman, 17 Apr 2007

EMC posts record Q1 revenue

EMC's first-quarter net income rose to $312.6m or 15 cents per share from $272.5m last year in a record Q1 for the data storage company.
Austin Modine, 17 Apr 2007
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Facial recognition 'proven' as airport crowd filter

Facial recognition cameras have been proven as a means of spotting wanted people in crowds, claimed LogicaCMG.
Mark Ballard, 17 Apr 2007
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Borland bails out of California, moves HQ to Austin, TX

Borland Software is moving its management and operations team out of Silicon Valley and into Austin, Texas.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2007
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Adware poses as ActiveX control

Security researchers have discovered samples of adware posing as ActiveX controls that allow voyeurs to watch online smut.
John Leyden, 17 Apr 2007
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US judges reject net radio appeal

Three hanging judges looks set to set to throw a noose around internet radio in the United States.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Apr 2007
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California Senate fights RFID tracking for schoolkids

California's state Senate has struck a major blow against the enemies of mankind in the inevitable war against The Machines.
Austin Modine, 17 Apr 2007
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ISP ejects whistle-blowing student

A 21-year-old college student in London had his internet service terminated and was threatened with legal action after publishing details of a critical vulnerability that can compromise the security of the ISP's subscribers.
Dan Goodin, 17 Apr 2007
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Google's Schmidt dismisses DoubleClick envy

Web 2.0 Expo Eric Schmidt today brushed aside competition and privacy concerns stemming from Google's $3.1bn DoubleClick purchase.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2007
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Presentation boost for Google Docs & Spreadsheets

Web 2.0 Expo Google is to round out its online applications suite with presentation software in its latest strike against Microsoft Office.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2007
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High fiber diet gives Intel 'regularity' needed to beat AMD

IDF Intel yesterday wowed server enthusiasts with some Metamucil inspired messaging and a host of new goodies designed to expand the chipmaker's reach.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Apr 2007
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Intel stems sales decline

Intel announced a profit of $1.61bn in the first quarter, or 27 cents per share. The number is up 19 per cent from the same quarter last year.
Austin Modine, 17 Apr 2007