7th December 2007 Archive

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The day Microsoft 'embraced and extended' Java

Myths and legends It's early December 1995 and it has been a heady few days for Java. IBM and Adobe Systems have agreed to license this strange and embryonic new software that Sun Microsystems keeps telling us can be "written once and run anywhere".

Seagate buys document analysis firm

Seagate plans to buy the digital document search firm MetaLincs for an undisclosed sum.
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How much does El Reg cost the global economy?

Reader poll Our recent shock revelation that Xmas boozing costs the UK economy a cool £790m due to shattered, post-piss-up employees crashing out under their desks or puking their guts up in mission-critical strategy meetings attracted the following provocative comment:
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Dotcom Bubble 2.0: The Musical

Anyone out there who harbours the suspicion that those companies currently riding the Web 2.0 crest, their share values inflated to the point where a social networking start-up has a paper value greater than the GDP of a small South American nation, might enjoy this ditty from The Richter Scales, currently attracting favourable reviews down at YouTube:
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AdultFriendFinder rapped for X-rated pop-ups

AdultFriendFinder.com, "The World's Largest Sex & Swingers Personal Community", has agreed to stop flashing X-rated pop-ups to unwitting surfers after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brought charges that the practice violated federal law.
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CIA erased waterboarding videos

The director of the CIA has admitted that videotapes of American intelligence operatives using harsh interrogation methods on terrorist suspects have been destroyed.

Video watch: plays movies, tells time

If you often check the clock to see if the working day’s over yet, then a digital wrist watch with built in video display should help pass the time faster.
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DVLA coughs to data slip

Today's government data loss comes courtesy of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) in Swansea.
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419ers flash big bucks cashcard

It appears the Lads from Lagos have decided to dump the traditional money transfer as a way of redistributing the billions of unclaimed dollars which each year pass through Africa's financial institutions en route to lucky recipients worldwide. Read on...

AMD DisplayPort graphics card spied on web

AMD's anticipated DisplayPort-supporting graphics chip, 'RV635', has appeared on the web on a card that sports said next-gen digital monitor connector, along with HDMI and DVI portage.

Nokia confused over handset’s features

The Christmas party season has taken its toll on Nokia. The Finnish phone giant yesterday became slightly confused over the capabilities of its latest handset, the 6263.
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German Wikipedia attacked over Nazi symbolism

Updated A German politician has filed charges with Berlin police against Wikipedia's German language site on the grounds that it contains "too much Nazi symbolism, particularly an article on the Hitler Youth movement".
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Fuel sensor glitch delays Atlantis launch

The launch of space shuttle Atlantis has been delayed until tomorrow (Saturday) at the earliest after the failure of two of four sensors which monitor liquid hydrogen levels in the vessel's fuel tank, Reuters reports.
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Italy calls for anti-counterfeit commissioner

An Italian minister has called on the European Union to appoint a specialist anti-counterfeit commissioner. Italian deputy economic development minister Sergio D'Antoni told delegates at a conference in Rome that a dedicated official was needed to deal with the growing economic problems caused by counterfeit or faked goods.
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HMRC still looking for disks - just don't ask Microsoft's Santa

Santa Claus is coming to town - hide It'll be Christmas soon enough, and we can all relax. Well, unless you're the developer behind the filthy Santa robot Microsoft stuck at the end of its festive Messenger progam. A few ho ho hos, and the jolly old gent was alternately discussing oral sex and insulting message senders. …
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Spinning, flashing Linux logo droid comes to UK

What gift do you give the Linux nut who has everything? Why, a programmable Linux mascot droid that spins around on its rump, that's what.

IBM buys Arsenal...

IBM has bought Arsenal Digital to show that, like EMC and the other big information warehousing players, it totally gets online storage and protection of data.
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Campaign to name US street after Douglas Adams

A group of American Douglas Adams fans are seeking to have a street named after him in Portland, Oregon. The chosen street - naturally - is currently called 42nd Avenue.
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BOFH: Xmas party: Get a wriggle on

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It's not too late to join the bioterror gold rush

Analysis "If ramping up fear among American's about the threat of biological warfare was intended, in part, to drum up support for biodefense spending - as some conspiracy buffs theorize - then the downside is that accidents may result in an overreaction in the public and the media," reported The Fort Worth Star Telegram in a business story a couple months back.
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Wigan man traps todger in metal ring

A Wigan man narrowly avoided having his penis amputated after getting the end of it wedged in a "metal ring", Wigan Today reports.

Logic3 SoundStation3 PS3 speakers

Review So, you’ve got your PS3 all set up, nicely wired into your LCD TV... and it’s sitting there gathering dust ‘cause there are few decent games available for it yet. That’s the prognosis - the diagnosis is: treat yourself to an affordable set of speakers that will breathe life into your under-utilised console.

Sony ponders direct-to-PSP downloads

A Sony executive has hinted that mobile gamers may soon be able to download content directly to a PlayStation Portable.

IBM sues Asustek over patent dispute

IBM is calling on the US government to ban imports of computers and networking kit manufactured by Asustek over alleged patent violations.
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Met plan moves police to out of town megabases

London is poised to move on to the next iteration of virtualising its policing, following the publication of the first of a series of consultations on police basing requirements in the capital. The plans effectively place community support officers, aka 'Blunkett's Bobbies' as the primary 'customer interface' for policing in London, while the 'real' police take a further step back, away from the public.

Teachers: Feel my Truthiness - Jimbo

Yes, it's that time of year when children eagerly gather round a kindly old man with a beard. He makes great promises to them, if only they just work hard enough. But they just get a load of obscenities back.
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Sony exec confirms PS3 will get Blu-ray Profile 1.1 this month

Sony's PlayStation 3 will this month be updated to allow it to support Blu-ray Disc Profile 1.1 - the version of the optical disc spec that enables picture-in-picture.

US Blu-ray Disc player sales pass 2.7m

North Americans have bought 2.7m Blu-ray Disc players, including games consoles, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has claimed.

Lebanese lottery scam suspect cuffed in Cyprus

In a positively McNabbian tale of intrigue, an alleged Lebanese lottery scammer has been arrested in Cyprus.

LG launches posh music phone

If you haven’t heard of Mark Levinson, don’t worry. All you need to know is that he’s a US hi-fi guru and the centrepiece of LG’s latest music-oriented handset, the LG-LB3300.
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MI5, EPA clean up dirty bomb dirt

The UK government has been running a £7m programme aimed at ridding the UK of surplus "radioactive sources" which could be used in a dirty bomb terror attack, according to reports.

Data centre looted in multimillion pound overnight heist

Updated Reports are emerging of a massive heist overnight at a data centre in London's King's Cross.

Verizon sued for GPL naughtiness

The Software Freedom Law Center is suing Verizon for breaching the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Eee PC: better with Windows?

I have now installed Windows XP Pro on my Eee PC and while the unit's power consumption characteristics are slightly better than they were under the standard Linux installation, it's not as much of a gain as I'd hoped for.
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How to stuff all of Silicon Valley in a stocking

Exclusive Are you a geek? Do you have a geek in your family? Yes, I thought so.
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UK gov: Feds will get BAE bribe files when hell freezes over

The UK government has refused to say when (or if) it might hand over its files on alleged corrupt payments by British-headquartered arms behemoth BAE Systems to Saudi royalty. The US Justice department formally requested the information six months ago.

Sega denies Dreamcast revival

Sega has denied that it’s getting back into consoles, following rumours it has begun prepping the Dreamcast for a re-entry into the gaming market.
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Microsoft, antitrust and blogtards

Mailbag When Eben Moglen tore Tim 2.0'Reilly to shreds onstage at OSCON in July, it marked a turning point in the Web 2.0 mania.
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MS rejects Web 2.0 moniker for IE

Microsoft has resisted the temptation to sip from the Web 2.0 Kool Aid with confirmation that the next version of its browser will be called IE 8.
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Codemasters pledges to stay civil on file-sharing

Codemasters' anti-piracy law firm Davenport Lyons has promised that it will not pursue criminal proceedings against people it has accused of illegally sharing copies of videogames over peer-to-peer networks.
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Police launch hunt for bogus bobbies

The Metropolitan Police have released more details of the data centre robbery in King's Cross last night.
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MySpace celebrity hacker downs hacking forum

A wannabe hacker succeeded only in getting a forum for a group he wanted to join taken down after hacking celebrity MySpace profiles.

Western Digital drive is DRM-crippled for your safety

Western Digital's 1TB My Book World Edition external hard drive has been crippled by DRM for your safety.
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Microsoft wriggles on Volta concerns

As the mad scientists in Microsoft's Live Labs threw the switch on an experimental developer toolset this week the company was already getting flack for copying somebody else - Google.

Google's next web toolkit thinks it's better than you

GWT Conference Just as Microsoft was brushing aside claims that Volta, its latest .NET programming toolkit, is a Google Web Toolkit (GWT) clone, Google has disclosed how it plans to open the gap on rivals with the next release of its popular AJAX toolkit.

Top-secret US labs penetrated by phishers

One of the most sensitive science and technology labs in the US has been hacked as part of what it called "a sophisticated cyber attack that now appears to be part of a coordinated attempt to gain access to computer networks at numerous laboratories and other institutions across the country."
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Novell, Red Hat and Gartner war with Facebook for PR flop award

Radio Reg Is there a PR professional decent enough to join the Open Season crew? Like you, we thought "no." But, as it turns out, Lonn Johnston from Page One PR is all class and just as full of vitriol as the rest of us.