14th > March > 2008 Archive

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Three questions for the Jesus SDK

eComm Christopher Allen has some questions for Steve Jobs.
Cade Metz, 14 2008
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EMC upgrades Centera software

In brief EMC today is pushing a new version of its Centera operating software, CentraStar 4.0 — but be still, your beating heart. For a digit upgrade, there doesn't appear to be much to it.
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Time for genuine 'write-once, run-anywhere' Java

One of the big selling points of Java has been its "write once, run anywhere" capabilities. Of course, in practice, this has always been "write once, test everywhere" you intend to deploy your chosen application.
John Hunt, 14 2008
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Next Eclipse platform could slip IBM's grip

The next big release of Eclipse could see IBM's overwhelming dominance of the open source tools platform reduced, according to the foundation's chief.
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Bag tax recycled into eco-PR slush

These days, the interests of big business and big government are so perfectly "aligned", you can't shine a light through the resulting hairball.
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Eurosecurocrat plans EU-wide stop'n'scan plodnet

Analysis Euro security uberboss Franco Frattini, seeking to justify planned EU border-control measures including a stringent biometrics regime, has made a series of interesting (that is, entertaining/weird/worrying) statements.
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Times pledges allegiance to Web 2.0

The Times has exercised its democratic right to come over all Web 2.0 and launched a rather silly British pledge of allegiance fridge magnet challenge.
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Ofcom maps out next spectrum auction

UK regulator Ofcom has mapped out the details of the upcoming "L Band" auctions, deciding against holding onto any spectrum for Brussels despite the commission's continuing enthusiasm for Europe-wide allocations.
Bill Ray, 14 2008
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Beauty is in the eye of the CGI-holder

Site offer Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) has become an art and much of what can be produced today is stunningly beautiful. Ballistic finds the best digital artists in the world and puts their work in fantastic art books.
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Small biz groups give Darling Budget a wary sniff

Business leaders have broadly welcomed Alistair Darling’s first Budget, but said the government still has a way to go to rebuild trust after last year's CGT debacle.
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Yahoo! leaves! London!

Yahoo! is moving its European headquarters from London to Switzerland and is telling senior staff to pack their bags or leave the company.
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Watchdog gets new powers for public sector data mining

The Audit Commission has published a revised code of practice which will govern its extended powers to obtain and search data from public sector bodies.
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N3 dominates NHS IT savings

The N3 broadband network produced nearly all the savings generated by the NHS National Programme for IT to March 2007, according to the government
Kablenet, 14 2008
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Indian gov says no plan to squeeze out BlackBerrys

Indian telecoms secretary Siddhartha Behura has confirmed the country is not seeking a ban on the use of BlackBerrys, as the government continues talks with operators about lawful interception.
Bill Ray, 14 2008
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Intel's first quad-core mobile aimed at gamers

Intel has been known to have roadmapped its first quad-core mobile processor for a Q3 release - it demo'd the beast back in October 2007 - but now precise product details have emerged.
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Gates calls on Feds to plug tech investment gap

Bill Gates has once again warned Washington that it must do more to fill the gap in US technology investment ahead of the "second digital decade".
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Google Sky brings the heavens to a browser near you

Google has unshackled its heavenly Google Sky from Google Earth and made it available to the hoi-polloi through any web browser:
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Syria orders cybercafe owners to ID customers

Syria has ordered cybercafe owners to take down details of customers in an extension of its "iron censorship" of the web, according to monitoring group the Syrian Media Centre.
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BOFH: On the brink

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Convicted cybercrook stands for election in the Ukraine

A convicted cybercriminal has started a political party in the Ukraine.
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Cassini survives 'in your face' Enceladus flypast

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has survived an "in your face" flyby of Saturnian moon Enceladus designed to collect data on geysers spewing water vapour and other matter from giant fractures at the body's south pole.
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Acer unwraps 'hologram'-clad Blu-ray laptops

Acer has given its "gemstone-design" Aspire laptop line-up a polish and chiseled out two more machines. They're coloured blue, so it's no surprise perhaps that both offer optional Blu-ray Disc drives.
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Richard Gere not obscene, rules Indian court

India's Supreme Court has thrown out an obscenity charge against the Dalai Lama's thesp chum Richard Gere, provoked by the campaigning actor's "repeated kisses on [Shilpa] Shetty's cheeks at an event to promote AIDS awareness in New Delhi" in April last year.

Microsoft denies Xbox 360 is Blu-ray bound

Microsoft's Xbox division and Sony aren’t chatting about incorporating Blu-ray into the Microsoft console, despite a Sony executive stating that the two companies are discussing the HD technology.
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UK gov unveils 'Innovation Nation' plans

Today the new Brownite gov Departments of Innovation, Universities, Skills, Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform have announced sweeping new plans to make the UK rich and powerful. The UK needs to be rich and powerful, not just for fun, but so that it can "tackle major challenges like climate change".
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MPs get £2k home cinema on taxpayers

MPs are allowed to splurge up to £1,770 of taxpayers' money on home cinema equipment for their London pied à terre, it's been revealed, as part of the so-called "John Lewis* list".
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French Googleslayer gets the green light

The European Commission this week approved the aid of €99m to France with the aim to build a Google killer called QUAERO. The project leaders promise an advanced multimedia search engine and tools for translating, identifying and indexing images, sound and text.
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O2 signs up with Napster

O2 UK has signed a deal to give its customers access to the Napster (Light) music download service, though punters will have to pay an additional 20 pence to use the service from their mobiles.
Bill Ray, 14 2008
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MPs and Lords turn on government over data protection

The Joint Committee on Human Rights, made up of MPs and Lords, today criticised "the Government's persistent failure to take data protection safeguards sufficiently seriously".
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33

Review If you're one of those types who enjoys adjusting this and tweaking that to take the pefect picture, the DMC-FX33 from Panasonic will not appeal to you. This camera does just about everything automatically.
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BBC's download iPlayer goes titsup

Updated Official BBC iPlayer downloads are out of action today because of a failure in one of the system's back end databases.
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Al-Qaeda seeks geek fanatics for Jihoo!

It's official: the days of Ozzie bin Laden promotional vids featuring the fun-loving al-Qaeda big cheese holding forth at length to some antiquated VHS camcorder while lovingly fingering his AK-47 are well and truly over.
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Gibson and Activision duel over Guitar Hero

Publisher Activision has asked a US court to reject a claim made by legendary guitar manufacturer Gibson that the hugely popular Guitar Hero game - even Bill Gates likes it - spanks a software patent owned by the plank producer.
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Telehouse plans £80m London data centre expansion

Telehouse Europe is to invest £80m ($162m) in a facility that will almost double the size of its London Docklands data centre.
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Google-Doubleclick clicks as Phorm loses form

Do the job shuffle In an unexpected move - and that's putting it lightly - Intel hired former Transmeta CEO David Ditzel and put him in its Digital Enterprise Group.
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US Army funds $10m bat-droid

The University of Michigan (UM) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $10m by the US Army to carry out research leading to a "six-inch robotic spy plane modelled after a bat", which would "gather data from sights, sounds and" - worryingly - "smells".
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Lonely Paris Hilton seeks new best friend

Q: What do you give to the girl who has everything?
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Manhunt 2 gets green light for UK release

Manhunt 2 has finally won a UK rating, allowing the violent videogame to be sold in Britain legally.
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Security firms split over Phorm classification

Security firms are split about whether they will classify Phorm's targeting cookies as adware.

Toshiba lost $1bn ditching HD DVD, paper claims

How much money has Toshiba lost driving failed high-def disc format HD DVD over the last 12 months? According to one report, a whopping ¥100bn ($998m).
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Japanese boffin designs glasses for the absent minded

Finding your misplaced possessions may soon become a problem of the past. Boffins at a Japanese university have invented a pair of smart specs that recognise objects and record their locations to help you find them later.
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Astronauts in seven-hour ISS construction session

Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) astronauts have completed a seven-hour spacewalk and robot-arm session, in which a number of construction and assembly tasks were completed. Part of Japan's "Kibo" ISS module was plugged in, a malfunctioning 12-foot tall 1.5-tonne Canadian robot was hopefully whipped into shape, and a Passive Common Berthing flange was pulled off.
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'Freetard ? more like advert programmed PAYTARDS!'

FoTW Readers aren't taking our use of the "Freetard" jibe lying down. The term was coined by Dan Lyons - (aka, Fake Steve Jobs - as a catch-all for F/OSS users. But it seems so much more apt for free content militants, who nobly refuse to pay creators for music, TV and film - as a point of principle.
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XP daddy: go incremental on design

QCon 2008 Age mellows us all and the co-inventor of extreme programming (XP) and an early Smalltalk advocate, Kent Beck, is apparently no exception.
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Korea's P2P pirate goes legal, targets Europe

Legalising P2P is a sea change for the music business: instead of trying to end or control file-sharing, executives realise they merely have to make a profit from it to stave off oblivion.
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Russian serfs paid $3 a day to break CAPTCHAs

Why should miscreants bother to develop cutting edge programming techniques when they can pay $3 to somebody to set up spam-ready webmail accounts on their behalf? Evidence has emerged that people as well as malware are being used to defeat CAPTCHAs, challenge-response systems that are often used to stop the automatic creation of webmail accounts by spammers.
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LSDigital drops federal botnet confession

A US-based hacker has admitted he reaped thousands of dollars by breaking into corporate computers in Europe and making them part of a botnet that automatically installed adware.
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Other languages key to Java's future

QCon 2008 It is not the Java language that's important - it is the platform that has grown around it.
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Microsoft can pound sand with its IP - my grandma runs Ubuntu

Radio Reg It took an pundit with his own code-name to return Open Season to respectability.
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Zend stacks PHP for work and play

Zend Technologies is introducing paid support along with APIs to help build and maintain business-critical applications using its integrated and certified PHP stack.
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House of Reps passes FISA bill sans telecom immunity provision

The US House of Representatives on Friday narrowly passed the latest version of a controversial terrorist surveillance bill that defied President Bush's demand that it grant telecommunications companies retroactive immunity for cooperating in past warrantless wiretapping.