15th > October > 2007 Archive

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Issue-tracking systems for Agile development

I have never felt comfortable using Microsoft’s Project Server despite using it for many software projects. I don't think Project Server is suited for software development, but is more a general purpose project management tool.

Sony talks up PS3 update

A Sony executive has left PS3 fans all a-quiver after promising to release a firmware update "soon" that will improve the console’s support for Blu-ray Disc interactivity features.
James Sherwood, 15 Oct 2007
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SWIFT to stop processing EU banking data in the US

Payments processing body SWIFT will stop processing European banking transactions in the US in 2009. It is planning a restructuring of its network and the building of a new operations centre in Switzerland.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Oct 2007

Intel shows off working quad-core mobile CPU

Intel has demo'd the 45nm quad-core mobile processor it's planning to release next year. The chip maker claimed it was on track to bring the part to market in H2 2008 - in Q3, to be precise, though that's not a timeframe Intel has yet made public.
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2007
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Arnie terminates phthalates in kids' toys

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has authorised a ban on toys and child products containing "more than a trace amount" of plastic-softening phthalates, AP reports.
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2007
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Mobiles give you brain cancer?

Column Call me sensitive if you must, but when someone starts talking about wireless and keeps using the word "radiation" I tend to suspect an agenda.
Guy Kewney, 15 Oct 2007

Hitachi halves hard drive head size

Hitachi has developed a hard drive read/write head that's half the size of the units found in today's top-of-the-line HDDs - a crucial step, it claimed, to delivering a 4TB desktop drive, albeit not until 2009 at the earliest.
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2007
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Google updates desktop for Linux

Google has updated its desktop for fanboys* Linux with the beta launch of version 1.1.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Oct 2007
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Ian McKellen keen to reprise Gandalf

Sexagenarian Brit thespo Sir Ian McKellen has expressed hopes that he will reprise his role of Gandalf in Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit, saying he'd be "very pleased" to get the hat and beard out of mothballs.
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2007
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Airbus delivers first A380

Airbus this morning delivered its first A380 to Singapore Airlines ahead of the aircraft's maiden commercial flight on 25 October.
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2007
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Japanese diggers unearth dino skull

A dinosaur skull has been unearthed in Japan. The 85-million year-old fossil is one of the oldest finds of its kind in the country, per Reuters.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Oct 2007
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US smut spam duo jailed for five years apiece

A pair of US men were each jailed for more than five years on Friday for their part in a long-running pornographic spam business that racked up revenues of more than $1m.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2007

Nokia releases 8GB N95 smartphone

The 8GB version of Nokia's N95 3G phone - sorry, "multimedia computer" - has begun making its way out of the Finnish phone giant's factories and onto store shelves, the company claimed today.
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2007
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LucasArts to wield Wii Light Sabre in UK next week

British fans of Nintendo Wii and Star Wars will get a first glimpse of the Wii Remote as a Light Sabre at a gaming festival being held later this month.
James Sherwood, 15 Oct 2007
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How can I widen my wireless network?

Like many Reg Hardware readers, I have an 802.11g Wi-Fi network at home. But there are places where it just doesn't reach. Has anyone got a good suggestion as to what I can do about it?
Mark Hearn, 15 Oct 2007
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UK biz groups bemoan CGT reform

British businesses have joined forces in an attempt to convince the government to rethink its decision to reform capital gains tax (CGT).
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Oct 2007
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Red Arrows Olympic 'ban' causes online furore

On 15 September, UK redtop The Sun caused a bit of a rumpus by announcing that display team the Red Arrows had been banned from "performing at the 2012 London Olympics as they are too BRITISH" (tabloid outrage caps, nothing to do with us).
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2007
Pirates ahoy!

Microsoft claims more pirate scalps

Microsoft's "Keep IT Real" campaign targeting resellers of illegally copied software has claimed several more scalps.
John Oates, 15 Oct 2007
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Rock Xtreme X770-T7800 notebook

Review Rock has a reputation for punching out high-performance laptops, and it's latest line, the flagship 17in desktop-replacment X770 series, has a spec that suggests it's no slouch either.
F Sandeman, 15 Oct 2007
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Led Zeppelin catalogue goes digital

Veteran rock outfit Led Zeppelin has announced it'll make its catalogue available on 13 November from "all online music retailers", Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2007
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AI egghead: Human-robot humping, marriage by 2050

Among university roboticists, the scenario of humans having sex with robots is normally seen as inevitable. Further support for this (the assessment of robotics boffins' worldview, not the likelihood of mechanised jigjig going mainstream) appeared last week, as a PhD thesis on the subject was defended at Maastricht University.
Lewis Page, 15 Oct 2007
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Oscar Wilde voted top Brit wit

Oscar Wilde has secured top spot in a poll to discover Britain's top wit - pipping Spike Milligan into an honourable second place.
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2007
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MIT boffins plan for asteroidal doom

Researchers at MIT say they know what the near-Earth asteroid Apophis is made of, information that could be vital if we need to divert or pulverise the space-rock in 2036.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Oct 2007

Intel demos notebook chiller

Intel has revealed details of technologies it’s developing to help reduce notebooks’ internal temperatures and make them resistant to accidental spillages.
James Sherwood, 15 Oct 2007
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MS keeps mum on 'Go Play' Xbox 360 Arcade edition

Microsoft has yet to confirm the existence of a new basic Xbox 360 model, the Arcade edition, despite pictures of the model’s packaging appearing online.
James Sherwood, 15 Oct 2007
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Bell Micro issues security training alert to channel

IT distie Bell Micro has kicked off a new security training scheme for its channel partners.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Oct 2007
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D-Link to bring DivX onto your HD TV

DivX has teamed up with D-Link to incorporate its DivX Connected HD digital media platform onto the Wi-Fi firm's DSM-330 network box, giving users access to PC-based DivX content via their TV.
James Sherwood, 15 Oct 2007
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Anti-fraud site turfed offline after Joe Job attack

Cybercriminals are attempting to tarnish the reputation of a website designed to fight online money transfer frauds and other scams. UK hosts Fasthosts unwittingly played into their hands by temporarily suspending Bobbear.co.uk over the weekend in response to fraudulent emails.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2007
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HPA outlines plans to measure Wi-Fi exposure

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is to spend £250,000 on a two year research project to quantify everyday exposure to electromagnetic fields from Wi-Fi.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Oct 2007
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Road pricing 'back-burnered' by Brown gov't

Blighty's dark Orwellian future may have been put on hold, as news breaks that the Brown government has abandoned road-pricing plans in their current various forms. The city government of London, meanwhile, under the direction of roguish cheeky-chappie Mayor Ken Livingstone, continues to charge ahead with technology-based traffic control solutions.
Lewis Page, 15 Oct 2007
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Convert LPs to CDs... without a USB turntable?

I have a hi-fi system and I want to transfer my vinyl LPs to CD. I could buy an Ion USB turntable, of course - but could I use my existing turntable somehow?
Anthony Percy, 15 Oct 2007
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EU watchdogs aim for broadband equality

EU competition regulators are preparing new rules that will aim to rein in the incumbent operators it says are stymying internet uptake and creating a two-speed Europe.
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Moto buys into UIQ

Motorola has taken a 50 per cent stake in UIQ, the phone user interface company spun out of Symbian last year.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Oct 2007
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3's Skype phone to hit the pre-Christmas rush

3's widely-trailed collaboration with Skype will be a new handset that will launch in the run-up to Christmas, sources say.
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Security flap as Finnish password hashes posted online

Hacking pranksters have caused a rumpus in Finland by posting the account and login details of thousands online.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2007
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Eclipse releases RAP 1.0 Ajax toolkit

The Eclipse Foundation says building rich internet applications (RIA) just got easier with the release today of its much-anticipated Rich Ajax Platform (RAP 1.0) toolkit.
Phil Manchester, 15 Oct 2007
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EMC NetWorker adds de-dupe and CDP management

SNW EMC is teaching NetWorker, its long-in-tooth flagship backup and recovery application some new tricks in time for Storage Networking World in Texas.
Austin Modine, 15 Oct 2007
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AOL axes another 2,000 jobs

America Online is slashing another 2,000 jobs worldwide - about 20 per cent of its workforce - as it continues to morph from online service provider to a company hoping to make its money from web sites you can advertise on.
Cade Metz, 15 Oct 2007
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Calling the PHP cowboys in from the range

Now that PHP is taking that big step from popular webhead scripter to serious enterprise tech, PHP coders need to add a new word to their vocabularies: methodology. Of course, there’s no quicker way to send cowboy coders stampeding for the hills than to say that word. (“Process” would do it, too, and there would be screaming.)
John K Waters, 15 Oct 2007
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The balkanization of Storm Worm botnets

Creators of the Storm Worm Trojan have introduced a change to their malware that could help administrators trying to fortify their ISPs and networks against the prolific pest.
Dan Goodin, 15 Oct 2007
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International manhunt tracks pedophile suspect to Thailand

Police who unmasked a suspected pedophile and posted his picture online have identified the man and say he is at large somewhere in Thailand thanks to an international campaign that yielded tips from more than 350 people.
Dan Goodin, 15 Oct 2007
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Supremes ignore appeal from Microsoft and Best Buy in gangsta case

The US Supreme Court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses Microsoft and Best Buy of behaving like gangsters.
Cade Metz, 15 Oct 2007
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Brocade ships 8 Gbit/s blades to OEMs

SNW Several storage vendors plan to dive into 8 Gbit/s Fibre Channel gear in 2008, but it looks like Brocade will be first in the pool.
Austin Modine, 15 Oct 2007