25th > April > 2007 Archive

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Hitachi's server HDDs get debigulated

Hitachi has entered the server-quality 2.5-inch HDD market, offering a 147GB drive as a part of a trio of disk drives introduced to its glam rock band-sounding Ultrastar line.
Austin Modine, 25 Apr 2007
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SAP and Microsoft play Duet in Office love-in

Sapphire SAP and Microsoft executives have embraced warmly and expressed respect for each other's applications while neatly side-stepping looming competition.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2007
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Head of DrinkorDie cops to copyright charges

The kingpin for one the world's oldest and best-known piracy groups has pleaded guilty to software piracy charges, bringing a close to an international cat-and-mouse game that took more than five years to play out.
Dan Goodin, 25 Apr 2007
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QuickTime, not Safari, to blame for MacBook vuln

Updated The zero-day vulnerability that allowed a hacker to commandeer a brand new MacBook Pro late last week resides in a flaw in Apple's QuickTime media player, the exploit's author says. The revelation corrects descriptions given last Friday that the exploit targeted Safari.
Dan Goodin, 25 Apr 2007
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Green Bar of Shangri-La

The Agile Iconoclast How often have you encountered variations on this comment: “I’ve made a small change to the code; now I run the tests… green bar!
Matt Stephens, 25 Apr 2007

Nvidia updates multi-GPU SLI box for DirectX 10 era

Nvidia has updated its graphics-cards-in-a-box Quadro Plex VCS rendering unit to include workstation-class GPUs derived from the GeForce 8800 family.
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2007
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Tesco punts anti-Tesco diatribe

Those among you who fret at the inexorable rise of the supermarket leviathan - whose tentacles threaten to choke the life out of traditional town centres while sucking profit from poverty-striken suppliers and crushing rivals with irresistable two-for-one-while-stocks-last deals - are directed to Andrew Simms' book Tescopoly: How One Shop Came Out on Top and Why it Matters.
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2007
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Cloud Jesus floats over Mount Sinai

Jesus, unlike mere mortals, has omnipresence capabilities, which is why he can be simultaneously found atop a Ugandan mobile phone mast, on a Romanian wardrobe door, and in a Sussex hawthorn bush.
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2007
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LG brings Google phone to Europe

LG rolled out its latest 'super 3G' handset this week, pitching its Symbian-based slider phone, the KS10, as a web-browsing wonder: it has Google pre-installed.
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2007

Samsung sends S60 slider phone West

Samsung's new i400 slider phone may not set the world alight with its technical details, but with its curvy styling and Nokia-designed S60 software it sure is a looker.
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2007
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Strategy Boutiques brainstorm to 50th birthday

We here at Vulture Central would like to wish a very happy birthday today to all you Strategy Boutiques out there doing so much to redefine the world's brand frontage paradigms and evolve the value proposition your clients represent to their constituents.
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2007
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What the hell is an information delivery strategy anyway?

Reg Reader Workshop OK, you got us thinking on this one. In a recent reader survey, about three quarters of you said you had an overall information delivery strategy or were putting one in place for things like business performance management or more general management information requirements.
Dale Vile, 25 Apr 2007
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Air of desperation encircles SIM Summit

The SIM industry has been gathering around Prague for Informa's annual SIM Summit, with various luminaries from the industry presenting their plans for how the SIM is going to develop over the next few years - and the answer seems to be away from mobile phones, if anywhere at all.
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2007
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Website prompts sex offender arrests

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has claimed some early successes for its Most Wanted website.
Kablenet, 25 Apr 2007
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Battling Swiss woman starts petition against Adobe

More than 7,000 angry users have signed an online petition protesting against Adobe Systems' price hikes for European customers.
Lewis Page, 25 Apr 2007
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Northgate swallows another payroll firm

Payroll software giant Northgate HR has continued its acquisition strategy with the purchase of Confidential Payroll.
Maxim Kelly, 25 Apr 2007
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Optical link hacking unsheathed

Optical links are not as secure as might be assumed. Techniques for extracting data flowing over fibre optic links are evolving to make the technique easier to apply.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2007
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Iona misses forecast, expects better results in Q2

Software giant Iona said it missed its quarterly revenue expectations on Tuesday because of a "very complex transaction".
Maxim Kelly, 25 Apr 2007

HP slaps 'sold' sticker on DIY design service

HP is bidding to make sure small businesses keep haemorrhaging high priced ink and toner by snaffling a Utah firm which produces logos and other graphic design work.
Joe Fay, 25 Apr 2007
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Another 419 scam ring nicked

Amsterdam police this week arrested another 419 cell and confiscated computers, fake travel documents, and bogus banking documents.
Jan Libbenga, 25 Apr 2007
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Privacy activists attempt block of Google's purchase of DoubleClick

Privacy groups have lodged a complaint (pdf) with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Google's proposed acquisition of online advertising company DoubleClick. The merger will give the combined company unprecedented power, they argue.
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Apr 2007
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Open Wi-Fi proves no defence in child porn case

A man has been found guilty of possessing child pornography despite arguing that his open wireless internet network meant the case against him could not be proved.
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Apr 2007
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Lawyer says accused 'sharers' should resist legal claims

People who claim they have been wrongly accused of illegally sharing computer games on P2P networks should stand up to their accusers, a legal expert said today.
Mark Ballard, 25 Apr 2007
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Vonage gets injunction stay made permanent

The US Court of Appeal has granted an indefinite stay on the injunction which threatened to prevent Vonage signing up new customers while its patent row with Verizon drags on - meaning the company might just remain viable.
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2007
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Dell to fit laptops with Flash drives

Dell has begun allowing anyone buying its Latitude D420 sub-notebook to kit out the machine not with a regular hard disk but one of SanDisk's 32GB Flash drives.
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2007
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Ads police say 128Kbps AAC is CD quality

Nokia - unlike Creative - has been allowed by UK advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to claim that its Nokia 5300 Xpress Music phone can deliver CD quality sound from compressed, lossy audio formats.
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2007
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Robo-rights speculation rubbished by researchers

UK robotics boffins this week pooh-poohed the notion of evolving machine intelligence and the possibility of that old sci-fi staple, a future robot-rights movement.
Lewis Page, 25 Apr 2007
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Hackers debut malware loaded USB ruse

Malware purveyors deliberately left USB sticks loaded with a Trojan in a London car park in a bid to trick users into getting infected.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2007
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EDS vet eBays 10 year service award pin

Here at El Reg, it's traditional for management to reward long service with lavish gifts and extended paid leave in sun-kissed tropical locations.
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2007
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Irish kids' literacy hit by txts

The fatal attraction between Irish young 'uns and mobile phones poses "a significant threat to writing standards in English", according to the chief examiner of Eire's Department of Education.
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2007

AMD aids Dell tree-planting fund

Cash-strapped AMD has given Dell $16,000 to plant trees. That's just $1 for each of the chip maker's $16,000 employees. Well, times are hard for the chip maker at the moment...
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2007

Sun re-resellers launch OFT complaint

An alliance of resellers has launched an official complaint against Sun Microsystems in the UK, alleging that the manufacturer is unfairly stifling the trade in used Sun products.
Lewis Page, 25 Apr 2007
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WMG settles with Bertelsmann over Napster

Warner Music Group (WMG) has settled a long-running dispute with media giant Bertelsmann over the latter's relationship with Napster.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2007
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SAP swears off buying binge

Sapphire SAP has assured investors and competitors it can achieve double-digit revenue growth without succumbing to an M&A rampage.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2007
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Collabnet fills its boots

Collabnet has acquired VA Software's Sourceforge enterprise edition business.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2007
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Anti-Apple lawsuit cites 20-year-old patent

Apple is facing a jury trial over allegations it ripped off a US patent filed by Xerox way back in 1987. At issue: Mac OS X 10.4's use of tabs and other UI elements to flip between different panels within a single window.
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2007
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ISPs to 'strengthen ties' with UK government

ISPA, the internet service providers' trade association, is calling on its members to provide law enforcement agencies with a 24-hour contact point.
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Aliens exoskeletons for Japanese old-timers

Designers in Japan have developed a working Aliens-style powered exoskeleton, and intend to market it next year.
Lewis Page, 25 Apr 2007
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Do Microsoft's EULAs have any real legal basis?

I've just had an anonymous comment added to an irrelevent topic with the excuse: "The Drink or die thread seems to be closed so let's continue this here."
David Norfolk, 25 Apr 2007
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UK spooks offered 10Gig wire-speed processor

Specialist hardware developer Bivio Networks is now targeting UK spooks and service providers with its latest 10Gbit/s programmable deep packet inspection (DPI) engines.
Bryan Betts, 25 Apr 2007
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BT drives unified comms downmarket with upmarket chef

BT mounted its big push this week to drive uptake of wholly-IP-based voice and IT communications downmarket, to small and medium sized businesses.
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US to fund 'man-made lightning' raygun tech

The US Navy will put nearly $10m into development of "man-made lightning" blaster weapons.
Lewis Page, 25 Apr 2007
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Lumeta mines routers for network discovery

High-end network discovery developer Lumeta has opened up in Europe, citing security needs as the biggest driver today for finding out what's really on your network. The company said its UK office will support existing multinational users, as well as pushing its IPsonar software through European resellers and partners.
Bryan Betts, 25 Apr 2007
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Cryoserver back from the dead

Email archiving system Cryoserver is back, and now it's an appliance. The software has been bought up by Dublin-based developer FCS (Forensics & Compliance Systems) which has used it to build a tamper-proof sealed system able to archive all one's messaging, both for regulatory compliance and for storage management.
Bryan Betts, 25 Apr 2007
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IBM lines up MySQL blue corner against rivals

IBM has teamed with database rival MySQL in a deal illustrating how far it's prepared to go to reach open source developers and stuff Oracle and Microsoft.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2007
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Texan researchers cheer tera-op chip endurance test

The University of Texas plans next week to wow processor aficionados with a new chip that can chew through software at an unprecedented clip. The easily excited, however, will want to temper their enthusiasm, since the so-called TRIPS (Tera-op Reliable Intelligently adaptive Processing System) project seems to move at an un-lubed snail's pace.*
Ashlee Vance, 25 Apr 2007
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Phishers add call forwarding to their arsenal

The folks at SecureWorks have observed a new phishing technique that uses call forwarding to route a victim's incoming phone calls to a number controlled by the attacker.
Dan Goodin, 25 Apr 2007
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Man learns bombs not best way to raise tech stocks

Manners suggest when corresponding with a financial firm regarding sagging tech stock prices, it's best to avoid threatening a senior officer with his fiery end at the hands of the Prince of Darkness.
Austin Modine, 25 Apr 2007
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Sun throws new switch and three racks of metal at video

At long last, Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim's super secret switch has become not so secret.
Ashlee Vance, 25 Apr 2007
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RegisterFly fire sale at hand?

Could troubled domain registrar RegisterFly be up for sale?
Burke Hansen, 25 Apr 2007
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Frank plots US Internet gambling ban repeal

House of Cards U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank's press office has confirmed that Thursday at 10am Frank will introduce legislation to repeal the controversial Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). Frank's opposition to the UIGEA has been public ever since socially conservative Republicans snuck the legislation through on the back of an unrelated port security bill, but this is the first concrete step taken to undo the legislation itself.
Burke Hansen, 25 Apr 2007
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Apple board backs Jobs against ex-CFO allegations shock

Apple's Board of Directors is backing CEO Steve Jobs after former CFO Fred Anderson accused Jobs approving the company's stock option backdating. Anderson settled civil charges against him Tuesday without admitting any guilt, but agreeing to pay back approximately $3.5m to make up for personal gains in the scandal.
Austin Modine, 25 Apr 2007