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Model use cases that work

Book extract, part 2 In the first extract from their book Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML: Theory and Practice, Reg Dev regular and Agile Iconoclast Matt Stephens and his colleague Doug Rosenberg introduced you to domain modeling.

Oracle pitches process over programming

Globalization is inevitable, companies are increasingly lean (and green), Web 2.0 social software has created conflicting generational user expectations, and everyone is howling for applications that can reach customers in ways they never have before.
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EC report warns governments on e-trust

An EC-funded report has found that governments across Europe need to address the issue of trust in technology systems used by public authorities and warns that high-tech ID cards are not a panacea.

Really, really big systems coming by 2027

It'll be the size of the internet in California, but of far less use. Parts of it already exist - we just don't know it yet. Oh, and we're going to need to re-think programming languages and design to deliver it.
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Air France compensates 170kg passenger

Air France has been ordered to compensate a 170kg* citizen of the land of liberté, égalité, fraternité after forcing him to stump up for an extra seat on a flight from New Delhi to Paris, AFP reports.
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Rogue nodes snoop on TOR traffic

Researchers have uncovered more evidence that the TOR anonymiser network is being misused by hackers, and quite likely government intelligence agencies.
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Watchdog raps MoD over Qinetiq sell-off bonanza

Analysis UK gov watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) has released a damning report into the privatisation of the country's top-secret defence research labs and facilities as Qinetiq.
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Employee sacked for texting in sick

The firing of an employee who used text messages to call in sick after his brother's death was unfair, an Edinburgh employment tribunal has ruled. An employment law specialist said the case sends a warning to bosses to enforce policies consistently.
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Inventor of revoked payment patent says UK system is a joke

A patent for the handling of gratuities in card payments has been revoked by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) for being a business method implemented by a computer program. The decision follows recently-revised guidance on patentability.

MS drifts towards over-the-top Java services with Musiwave buy

Comment All the coverage thus far about Microsoft splashing out $46m for Musiwave, has been about how the mobile music service supplier has had a dramatic fall from grace, and has cost parent OpenWave some $80m.
Faultline, 23 2007
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Met Police to pilot Tasers

The governing body of the Metropolitan Police yesterday gave approval for Tasers to be issued to non-firearms-trained police in a pilot scheme beginning next month. Similar trials are already underway with other UK police forces.
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England flops shafted by enormous todger

Opera singing Brit Tony Henry has become a Croatian hero for mispronouncing a line in the country's national anthem before its team consigned a lamentable England to the dustbin of footballing history on Wednesday night.
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Interim revenues slip at Business Systems

IT reseller and managed services firm Business Systems Group (BSG) saw revenue fall by two per cent to £15.8m for the six months ended 30 September 2007 due to a drop in its hardware sales.

Blu-ray dominates Japanese HD recorder sales

High definition media like HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc has increase to account for just under 20 per cent of Japanese consumers' retail recorder purchases, numbers from market watcher GfK show.

Nokia cranks up twisty-turny phone design

A Nokia application to the US Patent and Trademark Office has revealed its work on a handset that’s operated by cranks - no, not grumpy office-worker types - and which looks suspiciously like the troubled Sidekick Slide.
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Information Commissioner pokes kids on social networking privacy

The government's information watchdog today warned the nation's yoof they are risking their future by handing over potentially embarrassing personal info to MySpace, Bebo and Facebook.
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Star Trek boldly goes on demand

UK fans of Star Trek will soon be able to enjoy "hundreds of hours" of the cult sci-fi TV show thanks to a video-on-demand deal between Virgin media and CBS Paramount, Variety reports.

Nintendo Wii: the world's greatest console?

If the Nintendo Wii continues selling at its current lightning rate, it could achieve the exclusive title of the most successful games console ever, according to an industry forecaster.
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Skype crypto stumps German cops

German police have expressed frustration about their inability to decipher the encryption used by Skype in order to tap into the VoIP calls of suspected terrorists.
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BOFH: Spreading the festive cheer

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MS Explorer foundering after UFO strike

The IT world was electrified this morning at reports that MS Explorer was foundering and expected to sink without trace shortly, possibly due to a UFO attack.

O2 has Wigan-sized iPhone problem

Exclusive Everyone wants a Wii or an Eee this Christmas. They're the hottest technology items in town, but there's none to be found for love nor money. If you want an iPhone, however, supplies remain plentiful.
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Save the BBC - by setting it free

Beeb Week Although the BBC has now secured its Charter and Licence for another ten years, the debate about its future rages on.
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Cisco fires Brazil chief over tax fraud charges

Network kit maker Cisco Systems Inc has suspended a director of the Brazilian arm of its business following formal tax fraud charges involving the alleged evasion of up to R$1.5bn ($845m) in import duties and other taxes.

Linux desktops grow and grow and grow

Use of the Linux operating system on desktop machines is continuing to grow with small and medium business showing the most enthusiasm for the open source software.

Palm Treo 500v smartphone

Review D'you know the most interesting thing about Palm's Treo 500v? It's a Windows Mobile smartphone without a stylus. For years, we've been noting PDA and, later, smartphone makers' attempts to overcome the Microsoft OS inability to work one-handed, but until now no one's quite succeeded.

Secure Java coding course aims to push best practice

Developers are being invited to comment on a new draft for tests in writing secure code in Java.
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Aston Martin to build new model abroad

Aston Martin has been forced by its own success to look for a site abroad to handle manufacture of its forthcoming four-door Rapide saloon, the Telegraph reports.
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Hitachi 'collision avoidance' bot does a Ballmer at press do

Japanese industry colossus Hitachi yesterday unveiled a new robot boasting proprietary "agile collision avoidance" technology, only to see the cutting-edge droid crash violently into furniture in front of the world press.
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Missing data found on mysterious comet, Darling

All your data are belong to...er... someone else, we just don't know who You might have noticed a small story going around this week about the government losing a bit of data on some of Her Majesty's subjects...

Sat Navs

Top Five Whether you’re visiting relatives this Christmas - or trying to find somewhere to hide from them - then a sat nav is the one gadget that’ll ensure you find your destination on time. Register Hardware asked sat nav expert Martin McCormack, who sells these things for Maplin, to hunt down this season’s five most must-have models.
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Amazon narrows patent after 1-Click reverse

Amazon.com has made a concession to reality in the defence of its 1-Click patent. Last month, an examination of the validity of the patent succeeded in having the patent rejected.
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Researchers find massive mud flow off African coast

It happened 60,000 years ago, so we'll concede that we're a bit late with the news, but scientists have uncovered evidence of the largest ever flow of sand and mud, off the coast of north-west Africa.

Poll confirms Brits believe Jesus Phone salvation too costly

It's official: Brits believe Apple's iPhone is too expensive. Local pollster GfK NOP asked 500 people across the nation and found almost three-quarters of them say the handset's too highly priced to buy.

Gamer takes Microsoft to court over Halo 3 'errors'

A Californian gamer has filed a class action lawsuit demanding damages in excess of $5m against Microsoft and software developer Bungie, all because his copy of Halo 3 allegedly doesn’t work properly.
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WiMAX licence owner wins right to be a mobile operator

Telecoms watchdogs at Ofcom have agreed to let UK Broadband, the company that owns the 3.5GHz spectrum licence, supply WiMAX service to mobile devices as well as for access for homes and offices.

Which video glasses?

I was wondering if someone could answer a question I have regarding the Eye-Theater video glasses. I had a sample of this item, as we are interested in ordering quite a large quantity of them for one of our clients' campaigns. When we got the sample, the client raised an issue about the glasses letting in light and have requested me to find another model or a solution to have an eye-cover attached to the product.
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El Reg fires up online standards converter

Well, you asked for it, and now you've got it - we're delighted to announce the launch today of a Reg standards converter which can, at the click of a mouse button, tell you your height in linguine, your other half's weight in Jubs or indeed the speed at which you're currently travelling as a percentage of the theoretical maximum velocity of a sheep in a vacuum.
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China condemns high-tech outsourcing

The People's Republic of China will replace all its imported communications and broadcast satellites with Chinese-made ones by 2010, according to the chief of the country's National Space Administration.
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New taskforce to discuss why more people aren't turning to digital

Culture Secretary James Purnell has launched the Digital Radio Working Group to work out why more people don't want digital radio, and how to change their opinions.
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French record industry, ISPs in entente to boot off file-sharers

The French President today trumpeted a new plan by some of the country's ISPs and its record and film industries to shut off illegal file-sharers' internet access.

BT looks to help medicine go down in Qatar

Update Telecoms giant BT has announced plans to stretch its electronic healthcare tentacles into the Middle East and Africa.
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Adam Curtis : an audio special

Beeb Week Earlier in the week, we published a long interview with the BBC's Adam Curtis. From your feedback you enjoyed it very much. Mark Woodward wrote -

Win XP also prone to random number bug

Microsoft has conceded that the pseudo-random number generator used by Windows XP suffers the same security shortcomings as Windows 2000.