16th > November > 2007 Archive

Warner Music supremo in Apple-fondling mea culpa

Two years after he publicly badmouthed iTunes, Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. now thinks it's just peachy.
Cade Metz, 16 2007

Top IBM mainframe reseller threatens to exit biz

A leading dealer of refurbished IBM z-series mainframes is looking to exit the hardware reselling business due to a "leading OEM" allegedly killing their ability to reconfigure systems.
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Reckless loss of laptop data? ICO calls for stiff fines

Information Commissioner Richard Thomas told the House of Lords this week that doctors should be fined up to £5,000 if they lose confidential patient data.
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ISPs baffled by Gordo's 'plans' for web terror talks

Internet providers have reacted with confusion at Gordon Brown's announcement that the Home Office will summon them to Westminster for anti-terror discussions.
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Macca says Beatles catalog to hit net next year

Sir Paul McCartney has said The Beatles catalog will officially reach the net sometime next year.
Cade Metz, 16 2007
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Rosetta spies nightlife on our sleeping planet

What better way to start a Friday than with a stupendously glorious picture of our planet? Well, we couldn't think of many better ways that are legal, so we've gone for the picture option.
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Consumer groups urge Supreme Court to curb patent power

The US Supreme Court has been urged not to make it illegal to sell second-hand patented goods. Digital rights activists have begun a campaign to keep a buyer's right to sell on used goods.

Consumer electronics fuel chip sales

Semiconductor sales will grow at an annual rate of 7.7 per cent until 2010, when they'll exceed $321bn, according to the latest industry figures.

Asking for experience in job ads could land you in hot water

Employers must curb their demands for fixed amounts of experience from job applicants to avoid falling foul of discrimination legislation, an employment law specialist has warned.
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Woman finds boyfriend dead in catflap

Florida authorities are probing just how a 32-year-old man trying to get back into his girlfriend's house via the catflap came to kill himself in the process.
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Question mark over Tony Blair web privacy policy

Tony Blair kicked off the website for his "foundation" this month, but the man who was a control freak in office seems to be taking a far more relaxed attitude to running his web presence.
Joe Fay, 16 2007
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Oz Santas suffer no 'ho ho ho' blow

A recruitment company's decision to advise its Santas to refrain from uttering the traditional "ho ho ho" because it "was too close to the American slang for prostitute" has caused a pre-Xmas rumpus Down Under, Oz's Daily Telegraph reports.

Man buys Eee PC, erases Linux, installs Mac OS X Leopard

An enterprising Eee PC user has managed to install Apple's Mac OS X 10.5, aka Leopard, onto his tiny laptop - though he quickly saw the error of his ways and replaced the OS with the previous version, Tiger.
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Russian: I killed Buster Crabb in 1956 underwater scrap

A new chapter has been added to the evergreen saga of Commander Lionel "Buster" Crabb and his disappearance underwater during the visit of a Soviet warship carrying Nikita Khrushchev to Portsmouth Harbour. A retired Russian sailor has claimed that he killed Crabb.

Asus Eee PC 4G sub-sub-notebook

2007's Top Products Asus' diminutive Eee PC 4G 701 micro-laptop is here. It's garnered an amazing welcome from computer users looking not for the acme of performance but for a highly portable wireless notebook with a decent battery life. Will they be disappointed?
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Europe eyes six Martian landing sites

The European Space Agency (ESA) has compiled a shortlist of places it would like to look for life (past or present) on Mars.

Intel expands debut 45nm Core 2 Duo line-up

Intel has added a fifth desktop Core 2 Duo processor to the list of 45nm 'Penryn' CPUs it plans to release early next year.

419er fears unsolicited intergalactic email

Thanks very much to reader Daniel O'Donovan for forwarding this Friday livener - a short but illuminating 419 email which demonstrates why, when attempting to negotiate a $9.5m transfer deal, it's better to talk by phone:
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iTuneski for films challenges Hollywood

A Russian movie download site is looking to undercut Western services with cheap film downloads at typical prices of about $2.99.
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Museum archive turns up new dinosaur family

A PhD student has uncovered a new family of dinosaur, not in a cliff face, or in a desert, but tucked away in a dusty archive in the Natural History Museum in London since 1890.
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Nintendo completes DS Lite 'refresh' - analyst

Nintendo will release a third-generation DS Lite as soon as sales of the current model begin to dip in its major sales markets, an industry analyst has claimed.
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Woman chews on chap's todger in fast food joint

NSFW A 22-year-old Swedish woman has been found guilty of "assault and sexual harassment" for tucking into a stranger's penis after he declined her offer of a swift BJ, The Local reports
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Dell goes after sweet Everdream

In its latest step into the services market, computer giant Dell said yesterday that it has signed an agreement to buy privately-held software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider Everdream.
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Aussie-Irish boozer ejects 'terrorist' drinker

In a story replete with irony, a man has been booted out of an Irish pub in Cairns after his fellow drinkers, disturbed by his choice of reading material, reported him to the pub management.
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German amateur code breaker defeats Colossus

Updated An amateur cryptographer from Germany has beaten Colossus, the world’s first programmable digital computer, in a code-breaking challenge.
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Drunk US man asks drunk son to take the wheel

An unnamed Michigan man is facing "a bevy of misdemeanor charges, including child endangerment, allowing an intoxicated person to drive his car, and allowing an unlicensed minor to drive" after asking his 13-year-old son to occupy the driver's seat because he was too sozzled to take the wheel.
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Shuttle lands Linux SFF PCs in the UK

Shuttle has begun offering British buyers a range of its XPC machines with Linux pre-installed, the small form-factor PC specialist said today.
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Strange industry movements as some get on their bikes

It was a week of strange movements in the industry.
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Dell to pump out Ubuntu servers

Dell is expected to announce early next year that it has certified Ubuntu Linux for its server product range.
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Ambitious E-Ten updates Glofiish smartphones

Taiwanese manufacturer E-Ten has expanded its Glofiish smartphone range with the launch of the 3.5G M800 - part of its plan to double its share of the Windows Mobile market to 20 per cent by the end of 2008.
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Chinese cyber strikes will be 'like WMD'

A US government panel specially created to warn of danger from China has warned of danger from China. The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) says the People's Republic is brewing cyber network attacks which could cause "disruption and chaos" with the "magnitude of a weapon of mass destruction".
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PS3 firmware update filters web content

Sony has integrated a website filter into its latest PlayStation 3 firmware. But while use of the utility is optional and, for now, free, neither the console giant nor its security partner, Trend Micro, are saying how much they'll demand from user whene the free-use period ends next April.
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Tim Burton to shoot 3-D Alice in Wonderland

Director Tim Burton has signed a deal with Walt Disney Studios to produce two 3-D films, kicking off with a version of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
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Lindsay Lohan in 84-minute jail ordeal

Befreckled thespiatrix Lindsay Lohan has failed to break the "shortest celebutard porridge" record after spending a harrowing 84 minutes in jail for drunk driving and possession of Bolivian marching powder - two minutes longer than Nicole Richie served for a similar pissed-behind-the-wheel conviction.
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Fox News: Filthier than the internet

College geek web aggregator Digg has banned a satircal site that takes aim at Fox News' predilection for broadcasting salacious stories.
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Truphone phones a friend

Expansys, the first port of call for the technically-literate UK gadget buyer, has launched their own VoIP service in something of a departure from their core business, though on closer examination it's a branded version of Truphone.
Bill Ray, 16 2007

PS3 overtakes Wii in Japan

Sony's PlayStation 3 outsold Nintendo's Wii in Japan last week, figures from local market watcher Media Create show.
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Lifelike, sexy robot infiltrators influence Belgian mobs

Brussels boffins have finally cracked one of the most elusive and long-sought of all technology achievements - that of deploying lifelike robot agent provocateur infiltrators using realistic sex pheromones to influence mass psychology.
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Jimmy Page donates Zep gig tickets to charity

Jimmy Page has donated a pair of tickets for Led Zeppelin's December 10 reunion gig at London's O2 arena to Brazilian street kids charity Task Brasil.
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Northamber reports static Q1 revenue

IT equipment distie Northamber PLC said its first quarter sales had failed to grow on the same period a year ago.
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UK patent rules put firms at disadvantage

Until recently InRotis, a small company spun out of Newcastle University, was part of a High Court action aimed at forcing the UK Intellectual Property Office to ensure the patent protection offered to UK patent holders matches that available in Europe.
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US downplays Gitmo manual leak

The US Army is downplaying the significance of the leak of a military manual detailing the day-to-day operations of the controversial terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. The 238-page manual, Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedures, gives an unprecedented insight into the working of a facility where the US has imprisoned hundreds of suspected terrorists since 2002.
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IPCC's final report on climate change due tomorrow

The final part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 report is due to be published tomorrow. The IPCC scientists are expected to warn that the effects of climate change will be "abrupt and irreversible", according to reports.
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Monsters of the ID come to mobile

Id Software, the company responsible for Quake, Doom and Wolfenstein, has established a mobile division with a view to porting all three games to mobile phones, according to USA Today.
Bill Ray, 16 2007
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Beer-drinking ladyboy fish can live out of water

Scientists deep in the jungles of Central America have discovered a type of fish which can live happily for months out of water, in a development with enormous consequences for the English language.

Dell prices up all-on-one XPS desktop

Dell is still promoting its all-in-one consumer desktop the XPS One as "coming soon", but that hasn't stopped it getting ready for the big day with a webpage full of specs and prices.
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PS3 joystick unveiled

It sounds unbelievable, but until now PS3 gamers didn’t have a joystick to their names. Thankfully, peripherals manufacturer Thrustmaster has launched what it claims is the world’s first PS3 joystick, dubbed the T. Flight Stick X.
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AMD sells 8.1 per cent stake to Abu Dhabi firm

Chip giant AMD today confirmed that it had received a significant cash injection from an investment outfit based in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
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Google will definitely bid for US wireless spectrum

Google is "gearing up to make a serious run at buying" a prime portion of the US wireless spectrum. And it's prepared to bid with nothing but its own money.
Cade Metz, 16 2007
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Android: developer dream or Google cash machine?

Google's marketing department no doubt popped the champagne corks following the massive media coverage and largely positive reaction to Android. OK, so it wasn't actually a phone, but who cares?
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Crypto guru warns over random number backdoor

A top cryptographer has expressed concern about a possible backdoor in a standard for random-number generators approved by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) this year.
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Gene Simmons blames college kids for ruining music biz

Music pirates have made a powerfully bitter enemy of Gene Simmons, bass guitarist for the 1970s band Kiss.
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Boeing guards its right to tail employees

As Americans fret over the Bush Administration's efforts to eavesdrop on their telephone and internet communications, many of us forget how common it is for employers to spy on their workers. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is here to remind us of that sad fact, with a story reporting on a program within Boeing that tracks employees' movements even after they leave the company's premises.
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ICANN speeds IDN ccTLDs

The likes of China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia are on the fast track to net domains that use their very own alphabets.
Cade Metz, 16 2007

Intel's 4004 microprocessor calc code brought back to life

From the sweet as a nut files: we've come across a web site that has recreated the original software that ran on Intel's first commercial microprocessor - the 4004, released in 1971.

BitMicro pumps solid state drives to 1.6TB

Storage vendors have been sieging the large business market with solid state drive offerings for years — but cost and capacity restrictions have mostly kept them at the gate. Only recently has the technology advanced enough to to make SSD gear a plausible replacement for traditional disk storage.