22nd > May > 2007 Archive

Of colour schemes and cognitive dissonance

CommentMy mother trained as a shorthand-typist back in the early 1940s. As a lad, I was always impressed by her typing. With one of those old fashioned Imperial typewriters, she could bash out around 60 or 70 words a minute, which wasn't bad considering the mechanical inertia built into something that weighed as much as a Chieftain tank.
Dave Jewell, 22 May 2007

Public-private shoe-in wins Birmingham contract

Birmingham Council has handed the second raft of its 10 year transformation programme over to a public-private vehicle that is majority owned by Capita.
Mark Ballard, 22 May 2007

Parliament IT dept is rubbish

Members of Parliament and their staff have expressed massive dissatisfaction with their IT support.
Lewis Page, 22 May 2007
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Siemens names new CEO

Engineering giant Siemens has appointed Peter Loescher as its new chief executive in an attempt to kick start efforts to restore the German firm's image.
Emmet Ryan, 22 May 2007

Virgin Media still claiming no usage limits

UpdatedVirgin Media's website still says the firm has "no plans to introduce any usage limits", despite the nationwide rollout of bandwidth throttling at the beginning of May.
Christopher Williams, 22 May 2007

Apple to revamp iMac line next month?

Apple will update its iMac desktop family late next month, it has been claimed - and that the move that will see the 17in model dropped from the line up.
Tony Smith, 22 May 2007

Royal Marine helmet-cam auteur hit during Afghan gunfight

A Royal Marine recently returned from combat in Afghanistan has uploaded some astonishing Doom-style helmet-cam footage, taken during a massive gun battle with the Taliban.
Lewis Page, 22 May 2007

Can we have a proper study of Wi-Fi, please?

ColumnWell done, Sir William Stewart.
Guy Kewney, 22 May 2007
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RM Group spends £4m to get into Europe

Educational technology specialist RM Group has acquired DACTA, and with it a mainland European presence, for just shy of £4m.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 May 2007
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IBM goes big green with Big Green

CommentIBM has announced it is redirecting $1bn per year across its businesses to increase the energy efficiency of IT operations.
Clay Ryder, 22 May 2007

Casio 12Mp compact cam comes to UK

Casio will bring the first 12-megapixel compact digital camera to the UK later this month, the company best known for its calculators and digital watches said today.
Tony Smith, 22 May 2007

Viagra reduces jet lag in hamsters

Argentinian reseachers have rather unaccountably discovered that Viagra helps ameliorate the effects of "jet lag" in hamsters, and might do the same for humans.
Lester Haines, 22 May 2007

Microsoft launches no-code mashup tool

Popfly, Microsoft's first Silverlight application, is a visual development tool for creating mashups without writing any code.
Mary Branscombe, 22 May 2007

University moves to hush Facebook criticism

Keele University has ordered its students to watch their mouths on Facebook, and asked them not to express dissatisfaction with the institution on social networking sites.
Christopher Williams, 22 May 2007

Salesforce.com gets that old SOA religion

The elephant in the room was one of the presenters at Salesforce.com's one day developer conference in Silicon Valley yesterday.
Simon Bisson, 22 May 2007

Alcatel debuts fashion mag friendly ladyphone

Alactel Mobile Phones' latest - the 1970s-sounding GlamPhone - is sponsored by womens' fashion mag Elle, so guess what, Reg Hardware told yours truly to go and watch this "glamorous icon of the season" strut its stuff.
The Hardware Widow, 22 May 2007

Mars: more evidence of a watery past

Over-achieving Mars rover Spirit has literally uncovered new evidence that Mars used to have a much wetter climate, thanks to a dodgy wheel.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 May 2007

Greek cops to paintball rioting fans

Greek cops have come up with a colourful way to deal with rampaging ne'er-do-wells at tomorrow's Champions League final in Athens - paintball the blighters into submission.
Lester Haines, 22 May 2007

How the mobile phone biz lost the plot

OpinionNokia's recent announcement heralding the arrival of "widgets" is further proof that the entire mobile industry is a rudderless ship furiously innovating in circles.
Brendon McLean, 22 May 2007

EnterpriseDB ramps up focus on Europe

An open source services firm is looking for European partners to sell a version of the Postgres database it has souped-up for enterprise customers.
Mark Ballard, 22 May 2007

EU poised on roaming agreement (again)

The EU's much debated roaming agreement is set to take a step forward if a modified proposal is accepted by the majority in a vote tomorrow.
Bill Ray, 22 May 2007

Scotty: ashes located and heading home

The missing seven grams of "Scotty" actor James Doohan have been found safe and, er, well, in the New Mexico mountains where his near-space capsule crash landed three weeks ago.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 May 2007

Amnesty Int to hold web censorship conference

Amnesty International and the Observer newspaper have called a conference against internet censorship and repression.
Mark Ballard, 22 May 2007
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Sharp Aquos LC32RD2E 32in LCD TV

ReviewSharp is perhaps the keenest supporter of LCD TV technology. It was the first really big name to switch to producing only LCD TVs and thus has had more practice than most. This longevity of experience has allowed Sharp to filter down some of its top-line technologies to its smaller sets and this unit is a good example of that process.
Lewis Caliburn, 22 May 2007

Panama spits out 'poison' Chinese toothpaste

Two brands of Chinese-made toothpastes were last week pulled from shelves in Panama after authorities discovered they contained potentially-fatal diethylene glycol, AP reports.
Lester Haines, 22 May 2007

Malware targets OpenOffice users

Malware miscreants have crafted a cross-platform worm targeted at OpenOffice users that's capable of infecting Windows, Mac, and Linux computers.
John Leyden, 22 May 2007

Home Office wants officials to watch more TV

Oh for the life of a sub editor. It must be the most thankless task: people only notice you when you don't do your job perfectly. And when it comes to spelling and grammar, someone can always be relied upon to notice.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 May 2007
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Gozi hybrid Trojan menaces the net

VXers have developed a strain of malware capable of logging keystrokes as well as snooping on encrypted SSL streams originating from compromised PCs.
John Leyden, 22 May 2007
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New York set for terror-proof 'leccy

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is to fund a new, high-tech power grid for New York's financial centres which will use advanced superconductor technology.
Lewis Page, 22 May 2007

VIA samples first Pico-ITX mobo

VIA has begun allowing system builders the chance to get their hands on its ridiculously small Pico ITX motherboard, the EPIA PX, ahead of the product's wider availability later this month.
Tony Smith, 22 May 2007

Just one VoIP service to SIP from?

Serial entrepreneur Michael Robertson has learned a thing or two from competing with Microsoft. Life is much easier if you can get the dominant hardware vendors to bundle your software.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 May 2007

Gambling and prediction markets gamble on growth

House of CardsEver since the DARPA "Terror Casino" went down in flames a couple of years ago in the face of Congressional scorn, the idea that prediction markets can evaluate risk better than pundits or policymakers has been pushed nearly out of the public imagination.
Burke Hansen, 22 May 2007
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Logicalis eyes UK acquisitions

Bosses at reselling monster Logicalis may be on the look out for a UK managed services acquisition, after revenues crept towards $1bn for the last year.
Christopher Williams, 22 May 2007

Magical elf jailed for lifting women's knickers

A 45-year-old man who "blurred the line between reality and make believe" and adopted the character of magical elf Buho from Shadowrun to rob a Belfast lingerie store at knifepoint, has been brought down to Earth with a two-year jail sentence, The Times reports.
Lester Haines, 22 May 2007

Sony speeds up Vaio BX laptop line

Sony has unwrapped its latest business-centric Centrino, the Vaio BX40 series. The entire line-up's based on Intel's recently released 'Santa Rosa' platform.
Tony Smith, 22 May 2007

Europe gets a space policy

The European Union has officially got a space policy, an essential item for any aspiring superpower.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 May 2007
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Telegraph floored by DDoS attack

The website of UK broadsheet the Daily Telegraph is returning to normal after a sustained denial of service attack left the site intermittently unavailable over the last two days.
John Leyden, 22 May 2007

Crypto boffin: writing is on the wall for 1024-bit RSA

Crypto-busting boffins have broken a new record in their quest to find the prime factors in large numbers, and may soon threaten part of the encryption system used to secure retail websites.
Lewis Page, 22 May 2007

Google pulls essay adverts

From next month, ads selling essay writing services will join those punting prostitution or tobacco on Google's list of proscribed activities across its global network, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 22 May 2007

Intel frees Flash biz

Intel has followed AMD's lead by creating a separate flash memory business with a partner.
Ashlee Vance, 22 May 2007
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Cisco borgs BroadWare Technologies

The seventh company to be assimilated into the Cisco collective this year is IP-based video surveillance company, BroadWare Technologies.
Austin Modine, 22 May 2007

Battle for EMI hots up

EMI's board has been trying to sell the music group almost from the day it was liberated from Thorn EMI a decade ago - and it's let it be known privately for some months that it favours a private equity buy-out. This weekend a concrete offer landed in their laps.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 May 2007
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Red Hat chief tells start ups to grow, not cash out

OSBCRed Hat chief executive Matthew Szulik today told startups to forget the "romance" of open source and build businesses that compete with proprietary vendors on services and value.
Gavin Clarke, 22 May 2007

Sun finds Hitachi's fresh, fat storage box

Sun Microsystems will vend Hitachi's latest high-end "virtual" storage system as the Sun StorageTek 9990V.
Austin Modine, 22 May 2007

Sun to do Xeon and Niagara blade thing next month

Sun Microsystems looks set to dish out its new UltraSPARC T1- and Xeon-based blades on June 6 at an event in Washington D.C.
Ashlee Vance, 22 May 2007
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Cringely catches IBM trying to hire 15,000

CommentThose of you afraid of Robert Cringely's claim that IBM will layoff 150,000 workers might want to read his latest column. The PBS scribe has blown it again.
Ashlee Vance, 22 May 2007

IBM pAVEs the way for x86 Linux apps

CommentIBM has introduced an open beta version of the IBM System p Application Virtual Environment (System p AVE), a virtual Linux environment that enables x86-based Linux applications to run without modification on POWER processor-based IBM servers. This announcement follows the company's recent launch of three System p Web-tier servers that target the consolidation of x86 Linux workloads.
Clay Ryder, 22 May 2007

Pay-as-you-drive roads coming to the UK

Controversial plans by the UK government to introduce road pricing are to go ahead, despite fierce opposition
Kablenet, 22 May 2007
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Microsoft releases security tool for Office 2003

Microsoft has released a tool designed to protect Office 2003 users from malicious payloads surreptitiously dropped into innocent-looking office files - an attack tactic that has grown in popularity over the past year.
Dan Goodin, 22 May 2007

Open Source may be cheap - but we still want support

OSBCOpen source is increasingly driving enterprise development projects and installations, but big customers still rely on start-up software providers for support.
Gavin Clarke, 22 May 2007

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