11th > May > 2007 Archive

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What is Apache Harmony for?

JavaOne The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has been put on the back foot over its Project Harmony initiative, following Sun Microsystems' decision to open-source most of its Java 2 Standard Edition (SE) Java Development Kit (JDK).
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Google sets legal attack dogs on Dutch cybersquatter

Google UK is threatening to sue Dutch cybersquatter who has used the name Google cunningly in several domains, including Googledatingsite.nl, Googleonlineshop.com, Googlecommunity.nl and Googlestore.nl. Marcel van der Werf ran these sites from the UK.
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Programming for Silverlight: a Q&A with Microsoft

Depending on who you talk to at Microsoft, Silverlight is a way to design good-looking interfaces with Ajax, a way to stream your content or – in version 1.1 - a new programming model for developing cross-platform rich internet applications with real languages.
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Mumsnet settles with Gina Ford over defamation claims

As childcare author Gina Ford drops her defamation suit against parenting website Mumsnet as part of a settlement reached by the two parties this week, Mumsnet has launched a campaign for a thorough review of UK libel law to make it fit for purpose in the internet age.
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Motorola tells developers to think small

JavaOne Motorola executives yesterday portrayed a world where whole populations are bypassing the PC and fixed-line networks to experience the internet using broadband and mobile.
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New, New Labour gets new logo and website

Anyone wondering why it took Tony Blair so long to fall on his sword has the answer this morning. He was waiting for Gordon's marketing boutique to okay the shiny new logo.
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Minister defends UK government reforms

Cabinet Office minister Pat McFadden has said the growth of online public services will not discriminate against those without access to the internet.
Kablenet, 11 2007
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Communist spy ring tried to steal Space Shuttle plans

A Chinese-American engineer was convicted by a federal court in California yesterday of conspiring to supply military technology to the People's Republic.
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Memory sticks top security concern for firms

Removable media devices are now seen as the biggest security threat to corporate security, and yet 80 per cent of firms don't have safeguards in place.
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Deutsche Telekom profits plunge 58%

Europe's biggest telecommunications firm, Deutsche Telekom, lost over half a million customers during the first quarter of 2007 as fixed-line subscribers fled to cheaper rivals.
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Capgemini exec salaries divulged in annual report

Analysis As Capgemini staff were balloting last week on a below inflation pay deal for 2007, the firm published details of the pay increases that went to its top executives last year.
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Experts scramble to quash IPv6 flaw

A flawed feature that could amplify denial-of-service attacks on next-generation networks has vendors and engineers rushing to eliminate the potential security issue.
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Apple invents novel back-to-front iPod control

Apple has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to credit it with inventing the concept of a rather clever reverse-action user interface: the display on the front is controlled by a touchpad on the back.
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Doohan's last landing party missing in mountains

The cremated remains of Star Trek actor James Doohan are missing in the New Mexico mountains along with those of another 200 people, including NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper.
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Phoenix closes in on ICM

Managed services firm Phoenix IT said it has given the nod of approval to the ICM's recommendation for an increased offer with a new figure which smashes the £100m mark.
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The four pillars of Katmai

Microsoft BI conference The keynote on the second day of Microsoft's BI conference was given by Ted Kummert – corporate vice president of the data storage and platform division at Microsoft.
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Microsoft and The Reg team up to make exam prep easy

The Register has teamed up with Microsoft Press to bring you training kits for various Microsoft certification exams with a colossal 40 per cent off the RRP*.

Nvidia Q1 yields big year-on-year gains

Nvidia last night reported quarterly sales and earning down on the previous three-month period but well up on the year-ago quarter.
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BOFH: OutBOFHd

Episode 16 Episode 16 "...and this is Simon and Steven. Simon, Steven, this is David, he's our new hardware technician," the new Boss says, entering Mission Control. "New hardware technician? What about our old one?" "I was under the impression we didn't have an old one." "That's right," the PFY says defensively. "Because we didn't …

Hitachi spins up fastest encrypted laptop drive

Hitachi's Global Storage team have begun spinning what they claim is the world's fastest notebook hard drive with on-board automatic data encryption technology. The Travelstar 7K200 rotates at a desktop-level 7,200rpm.
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Prof advocates digital forgetfulness, calls Google 'Soviet'

A Harvard professor has published a paper in which he suggests that revolutions in data storage, search, and other information technologies are creating a "panoptic society", in which everything is being watched and, worse, everything which is recorded is preserved and accessible forever.
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Logitech Alto keyboard and laptop stand

Review If your laptop is your primary work machine then you'll end up spending a fair amount of time hunched over it - which isn't exactly good for your back, let alone your posture. Logitech's Alto stand allows you to raise the screen up, so it's at a more natural height and also includes a full keyboard for, it claims, better typing.
Will Head, 11 2007
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T-Mobile eyes hotspots and Sprint femtocells

The large cellcos continue to wrestle with the thorny issue of how to turn the mobile internet trend to their advantage, even as it chips away at their walled gardens and therefore their margins.
Faultline, 11 2007
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Malware authors subvert Windows Update

Malware authors might be able to subvert components of Windows Update to distribute viruses, security researchers at Symantec warn.
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Honda to debut hydrogen fuel-cell car in 2008

Honda yesterday laid out its future green motoring technology strategy for the world's media with announcements and demonstrations in Washington DC.
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Labour goes Brown while US Army invades YouTube

ID cards keep going up, and up ID card costs are going up faster than the budget for the Olympics. The latest jump of £600m was announced the day Blair finally announced his departure. Mobile maps gets green light Google's maps are now available in the UK for mobile devices. The service links to Google Earth, but it won't be …
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Half a million kids' DNA on UK police database

Half a million children have had their DNA recorded on Britain's police database, the government admitted yesterday.
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Paris takes on Ubuntu in techno celebrity clash

Letters Dell's sales and marketing team makes like the boss and chooses to put Ubuntu on its desktops and laptops. You're all delighted, we're sure:
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Radio RTFM: The Falklands War remembered

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War, which ended on 14 June 1982 with the British flag once again fluttering over Port Stanley.
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Exam papers tagged to deter cheats

An exam board has said it will be using radio frequency identification (RFID) from this summer to increase the security of its GCSE and A-level papers.
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Terminator kill-bots to be run by system called 'Skynet'

Following the announcement of the new Flying-HK-style "Reaper" death machines for the British forces, the prophetic nature of the Terminator movies has been further confirmed.
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Orange Value Promise not as much value as promised

Orange UK is falling short of its promise that it can match the tariff from any other network, right down to the way it's charged, for business customers.
Bill Ray, 11 2007
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Tokyo team busts the Ethernet speed record

A team led by Toyko University researchers has set a new "land speed record" for IPv6 Ethernet, transferring data over a distance of 30,000km at an application rate of 9.08Gbit/s.
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Google orders Thai takeaway

Google has agreed to pull four videos from YouTube which Thailand claims insult the country's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Reuters reports.
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MS update ate my CPU cycles

The latest batch of patches from Microsoft has left some users in the slow lane.
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Laptop overheats, vapourises Brazil... almost

Pity reader Rafael Santos, who came home from work, started up his Compaq nc8430 only to find it refusing to start up because the on-board thermal sensor was registering an internal temperature of 5155°C.
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Satnav driver's car totalled by train

A 20-year-old student had a narrow escape when her satnav directed her to drive onto a remote level crossing, resulting in the unplanned destruction of the car by a train.
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Roche exposes medical details on website

The medical testing arm of pharmaceutical giant Roche has exposed the personal and medical details of UK customers on its website. The firm has admitted the security breach but has not explained how it happened.
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Alcatel-Lucent results impress investors

The market has reacted positively to Alcatel-Lucent's first quarter results despite the telecoms equipment maker's results being down across the board.
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One in 10 web pages laced with malware - Google

At least one in 10 web pages are booby-trapped with malware, according to Google.
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America is under siege. Do we blame IBM or Cringely?

Analysis America faces a very serious question. Is Robert Cringely right?
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Vendor turns DRM against Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Real

A California-based DRM software company has sent cease and desist notices to Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Real Networks for not using its product.
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ICANN pushes for public participation in top level domains

The Internet Corporation for the Assignment of Names and Numbers (ICANN) has taken what appears to be a welcome step toward increasing public participation in the controversial area of generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) approval. ICANN, which determines the technical standards that govern the internet, has long been criticized for its opaque and capricious approach to approving new gTLDs.
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SanDisk and Microsoft BFFs around software-stuffed memory

Microsoft and SanDisk have inked a deal to create USB flash drives and memory cards with built-in software and user preferences to replace SanDisk's existing U3 Cruzer line.