13th > November > 2007 Archive
Google sweet-talks Spice Girls king
Google is in top-secret talks with the man who invented the Spice Girls.
DoubleClick caught supplying malware-tainted ads
UpdatedDoubleClick, the massive internet advertising platform that recently agreed to be bought by Google, has been caught serving rogue ads designed to trick users into buying unneeded software, according to an article on eWeek.
Oracle takes open source love to virtualization
OpenWorldCharles Phillips today reminded the army of delegates at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco that the company is much more than just a database vendor. Now it does virtualization too.
FAST cracks down on pirates near Penzance
A Cornish roofer has become the latest target in the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST)'s ongoing piracy smackdown.
The Wii Shaft controller
Don’t let its name throw you, because the Wii Shaft has nothing to do with 1970s private detectives. It’s actually an arcade-style joystick for the Nintendo console.
GSM jumps from the pocket to the desk top
British firm Burnside Telecom has launched its latest GSM handset, but it's one to replace the phone on your desk, not the one in your pocket.
Programming with Marigold gloves on
StobWe were quite awestruck and overcome with jealousy when Wired magazine managed to get in that guru of the grated nutmeg, high priestess of the investment handbag, and archdeaconess of the artichoke salad to host its annual 'How to' issue.
The ICONIX Process in pieces: Domain modelling
Book extract, part IReg Developer regular and Agile Iconoclast Matt Stephens admits to being something of a code fiend since he was 11.
Government rejects retreat on e-voting
The government has dismissed the Electoral Commission's call to pull back from e-voting. It has rejected the commission's view that no further e-voting pilots should take place until the government has a comprehensive electoral modernisation framework covering the role of e-voting.
Bell Micro waves new marketing tool at resellers
Bell Micro yesterday announced a new online marketing tool for its reseller partners to use to punt their wares and keep costs low.
Adobe boss quits
Bruce Chizen is stepping down as chief executive of Adobe. Chizen, who has been boss of Adobe since 2000, will be replaced by Shantanu Narayen, currently president and COO.
Lily Allen 'in talks' to become Doctor Who's assistant
Popstress Lily Allen is 'in talks to be Doctor Who's next assistant' according to the Sun.
OLPC offers one-for-two to generous North Americans
For the next 15 days, it's not just One Laptop per Child. It's One Laptop per Donor.
HP buys into data centres
HP is buying consultancy EYP Mission Critical Facilities Inc, which specialises in designing big data centres.
Woolworths flogs Disney Princess chair for £100m
Those of you who saved a few bob on last week's yuletastic Xbox 360 offer down at Tesco may well have been considering how to spend the cash you'd otherwise have spunked with the UK supermarket monolith.
US man blasts stubborn wheelnut with shotgun
A US man has been "severely injured" after blasting a stubborn wheelnut on his Lincoln Continental with a 12-gauge shotgun at an inadvisably close range, the Telegraph reports.
Skynet 5B still on ground after Arianespace snags
The UK armed forces' Skynet 5B military communications satellite, which was due to be launched on Friday night, has suffered a second delay over the weekend and remains on the ground in French Guiana. A revised launch date and time are not yet available.
Solwise pushes powerline Ethernet security - literally
Networking specialist Solwise has introduced a powerline Ethernet adaptor it claims offer compete security literally at the push of a button.
Blogger warned to delete Avis logo
A US blogger who reported on a court ruling has been ordered by car rental firm Avis to remove an image of its logo from his blog posting to avoid charges of trademark abuse.
Net giants argue for user-generation immunity
A coalition of the biggest names in internet publishing is campaigning for the reversal of a US court ruling that leaves some publishers liable for comments made by internet users. Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo! have all petitioned the court.
Rackspace flattened by Texas trucker
A major US data centre in Texas was taken out when a truck driver hit a utility pole, sending it crashing into a power transformer.
Eurostar cancels 29 Feb 2008
The unmarried gals among you who were thinking of availing yourselves of the 2008 leap year by booking a romantic train excursion over the Channel with the other half, and popping the question on the one day which, as tradition dictates, you're allowed to get down on one knee and whip out an engagement ring, are advised to make alternative plans.
Intel readies 45nm 'Diamondville' CPU for low-cost PCs
Intel will next year launch a low-cost desktop PC platform, it has been claimed. The news comes days after Asus said it's developing a desktop version of its Eee PC ultra-compact laptop for a 2008 release.
Data makes the tills ring at Vodafone
Vodafone made £1bn from data in the six months to September this year, with data revenue up 48.8 per cent across the group, and 40.8 per cent in Europe alone.
EC threatens legal action against airline websites
Some of Europe's leading airlines could be forced to shut down their websites next year if they fail to respond to damning criticism dished out in a report from the European Commission (EC).
Pentax Optio M40 compact camera
ReviewIf skinny stuff does it for you, be it spray-on jeans, slim-line coffee or even soccer players, you're going to like the Pentax Optio M40. In fact, it’s so slender, you'll want to sit it down at a table and give it a good nourishing meal. Measuring just 18mm front to back, the Optio M40 is easy to slip it into a pocket and forget it’s there.
Samsung intros WiMax gadget quartet
Samsung has rolled out the anticipated update to its UMPC-style WiMax-connected mobile internet gadget along with a PDA-style handset that also used the mobile broadband technology for access to the net.
O2 chief dampens iPhone hype
Peter Erskine, CEO of UK operator O2 said it's "early days" for the iPhone in the UK - and shot down some of the larger sales numbers being touted for the device.
Nokia unveils glamour-puss phone pair
Nokia is hoping to seduce spendaholic customers with plenty of Euros to spare - today it launched two designer handsets, follow-ups to its Sirocco phone.
Merkel-Sarko confab could yield Galileo rescue plan
German chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Germany and France were working together to deliver a rescue plan for Galileo, the proposed European sat nav constellation.
Infamous RBN quits China
Infamous cybercrime hosting outfit Russian Business Network (RBN) has disappeared again, days after quitting Russia and setting up shop in China.
Marvel launches digicomics initiative
Marvel today launched a "Digital Comics" initiative which will offer certain vintage content online for $9.99 a month or $4.99 a month if you stump up for an annual subscription.
Plastic police to enforce London bag ban?
UpdatedThe M25 will become the UK’s biggest environmental fault line if London Councils decide to press ahead with plans to ban plastic bags in the capital.
Sozzled Oz footie fan tattoed with 'gay' team tribute
An Aussie rules footie fan has cause to regret a drunken visit to a Phuket tattoo parlour after the Thai needlesmith misread his written instructions and labelled his beloved Geelong Cats the "Gay Premiers".
Prosecutor sets date for Pirate Bay showdown
Swedish prosecutors say they will file charges against five individuals involved in BitTorrent tracking operation the Pirate Bay by the end of January.
Oracle database roadmap builds over Raw Iron
OpenWorldOracle has acknowledged past mistakes by laying out a database development roadmap intended to make high-end capabilities more generally available.
Don't give booze to elephants, sobs Paris Hilton
Conservationists have welcomed Paris Hilton's apparent concern for elephants who, tanked up on rice beer, rampage around the Indian countryside with sometimes tragic results.
S Korea joins hunt for stuff with frikkin' laser beams on it
South Korea plans to join the exclusive club of nations possessing battlefield raygun technology, according to reports at the weekend. AFP reported that a joint gov/biz team is said to be at work on a "mobile truck-mounted laser weapon capable of destroying North Korean missiles and artillery shells".
Optimise your mobile content for free
Volantis, a specialist in making the same content work on every mobile phone, is open sourcing its server, allowing anyone to download and run their content-optimising system for free.
Scientists unearth 'missing link' jawbone
Scientists are postulating that a 10 million year old jawbone unearthed in Kenya's northern Nakali region may belong to the so-called evolutionary "missing link" - the common ancestor of African great apes and humans.
Capgemini makes HMRC job cuts
ExclusiveIT outsourcing outfit Capgemini is to slash its workforce at the Inland Revenue by more than 20 per cent following the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) decision to restructure its Aspire contract.
Boffins refine mind-to-prosthetic link
Scientists in the US have developed a technique that could massively improve the control amputees have over their prosthetic limbs.
TomTom tackles traffic jams in HD
Vodafone subscribers driving through the Netherlands may soon find themselves helping TomTom customers beat traffic jams, following the satnav specialists unveiling of the TomTom One XL HD Traffic navigation unit.
Project Astoria a hit at TechEd
There was a buzz last week at TechEd about Project Astoria. The reason is that it promises to simplify development of web applications that deal with data - which is most of them. Astoria is a REST API for ADO.NET, and hooks into the new Entity Framework object-relational mapping layer. Therefore, it solves two problems in one go.
Nintendo creates online catwalk for Wii Miis
Nintendo has launched a Wii channel for fanboys - and girls - that lets them post their Mii avatars online and have other users praise or pillory them.
Oracle Fusion: resistance is futile
OpenWorldIf there's a theme to the sprawling Oracle OpenWorld conference this week in San Francisco, it's get ready for the Fusion transition. It feels like a Borg cube is hovering nearby, or that girl with the bad hair in The Ring is about to crawl through your TV.
Deadly planet-smash asteroid was actually Euro probe
Asteroid-apocalypse experts were struck by a shower of eggs last week, as they prepared to sound the alarm over an incoming space boulder potentially capable of wiping out life on Earth - only to find that the object was a well-known European space probe on a planned flyby.
Beseiged Bavarian village preps anti-millipede defences
The Bavarian village of Obereichstaett is constructing a foot-high wall around the entire hamlet to prevent the entry of thousands of millipedes which have each autumn "for hundreds of years" invaded the sleepy corner of Germany.
Foreign Office web security failed Data Protection Act, says info office
The Foreign Office has promised (pdf) to keep data safer in future, after its website exposed the details of those seeking visas for entry into the UK. An investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) found a breach of the Data Protection Act.
Bebo courts big media with 'we're different' plea
Bebo launched a bid today to further differentiate itself from Facebook by aligning itself with TV, film and music companies rather than software developers.
Axe hangs over UK town's analogue TV signal
Residents of Whitehaven, Cumbria will tonight become the first UK inhabitants to lose analogue TV transmissions. At 2am, the region’s BBC 1, ITV 1 and Channel 4 analogue signals will be permanently switched off.
Court date for challenge to 'new' patent rules
A date has been set for a hearing in the High Court to determine the legality of a patent office review of the level of protection it offers to software patents in the UK. On November 19, the High Court will hear four small UK companies argue that the patent office's refusal to accept patent claims covering disks and downloads is "absurd" and puts the UK in conflict with European patent law.
Is the world ready for a 1TB iPod?
Radio RegWe're barreling toward a world where 1TB files fly make their way across the internet, while devices like the iPod prepare to handle your favorite 267,000 songs and movies. And, according to industry experts, the storage vendors are not quite ready to deal with all of these massive files or to construct the types of systems that could power a local/network/mobile version of, say, Google Docs well.
Nvidia to launch top-of-the-line mobile GPU on Monday?
Monday, 19 November looks set to see the launch of Nvidia's latest top-of-the-range mobile GPU, if muted conversations we've overheared in the vicinity of London's Tottenham Court Road are to be believed.
LG monitors to attain 5000:1 contrast ratio
LG has developed a range of high contrast LCD monitors, which it claims boosts the highest contrast screen currently available from 3000:1 to 5000:1.
VMware dangles Server 2 beta
Virtualization types will now find a fresh beta of VMware's Server 2 software out in the wild.
Open source Java - one year later
A year ago this week Sun finally bowed to pressure and agreed to make Java a free, open source project. It was an odd move given Sun's strong resistance to making Java open source for a more than a decade.
Get into data with Groovy
Hands onIn the first part of this two-part series we looked at how Groovy provides a simple and intuitive approach to accessing MySQL. Compared to Java, Groovy is less verbose and more focused on what the developer wants to do with the database.
EU Google-DoubleClick probe calls for Google-DoubleClick probe
After investigating Google's bid to buy DoubleClick, EU antitrust regulators have decided to investigate it again.
Intel celebrates 'Penryn' launch
Intel celebrated the launch of its 45nm 'Penryn' processors last evening, whooping-up their chip shrinkage at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco.
Cig-lighter electropulse cannons offered to US plods
Electromagnetic weapons designed to zap circuitry have long been a favourite speculation of war-tech buffs. Consensus opinion suggests that the only energy source capable of powering a useful pulse strike is a nuclear explosion, or perhaps in the near future a largish conventional bomb. But a recent report in MIT Tech Review suggests that actually it can be done with a car alternator.
Windows random number generator is so not random
The pseudo-random number generator used by Microsoft in Windows is flawed, according to security researchers.
Reno 911: World's largest reboot underway
SCO7You were up all night writing those last lines of code to ensure mega-demonstration success. And this code is a real pain in the ass to deal with because it has to spread across a 72-processor cluster. But, with a bit of perseverance, you nail it, pop open a beer and wait for the glories to follow when show attendees see your genius on the conference floor.
HP whips out d*** in a box
SC07HP continues to celebrate the "Shorty" blade system in any way it can. At this week's Supercomputing show in Reno, HP unveiled a modified version of Shorty called the Cluster Platform Workgroup System that gives engineers and researchers direct access to a real workhorse.
Woven's big daddy switch retrofits GigE
SCO7Mega switch maker Woven Systems has pumped out a couple of complementary add-ons to its flagship EFX 1000 unit meant to help the company address a wider market.
Cable & Wireless loses international boss
The international chief executive of Cable & Wireless, Harris Jones, is leaving the company.
Yahoo! Settles! With! Jailed! Chinese! Journos!
Yahoo! has settled a lawsuit from two Chinese journalists who went to the slammer after the company coughed up their online info.