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Sun fixes Java SE for a fee

Sun Microsystems is extending the working life of Java Standard Edition 1.4, through a support program to carry the software beyond this summer's official retirement and onto 2017.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Apr 2008

HMRC tax credit database takes the week off

UK taxpayers hoping to talk to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about tax credit payments were left fuming last week because of a “routine upgrade” to its database.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Apr 2008

French won Waterloo, says Italian telecoms chief

Those of you looking for insights into the key events which shaped modern Europe are advised not to ring Telecom Italia Mobile exec Luca Luciani, whose grasp of history is clearly a Wellington short of a Waterloo.
Lester Haines, 07 Apr 2008

Influential tech pundit says iPhone 'will be 3G in 60 days'

Industry-favoured tech journalist Walt Mossberg - well, he does write for the Wall Street Journal - has claimed the 3G iPhone will be here "in 60 days".
Tony Smith, 07 Apr 2008

US census ditches handhelds for clipboards

The US is giving up plans to issue researchers with handheld computers for their 2010 census, as changing specifications have driven the cost of each one beyond $8,500.
Bill Ray, 07 Apr 2008

AMD makes big gains in graphics

AMD did a rather better job of selling graphics chips in Q4 2007 than it did in the previous quarter. But then so did its arch rival, Intel, market watcher Jon Peddie Research said last week.
Tony Smith, 07 Apr 2008

LG slides out Shine-successor specs

LG has let slip some sketchy details about its latest Black Label handset, which the company will release into Europe later this month.
James Sherwood, 07 Apr 2008

Australia to restrict laser-pointers - Minister

Australia will move to restrict imports of powerful laser pointers which have recently been used in dazzling attacks against airline pilots coming in to land.
Lewis Page, 07 Apr 2008

Wanted: Gordon Brown's fingerprints, £1,000 reward

A £1,000 reward has been posted for the fingerprints of Prime Minster Gordon Brown and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, both of whom, claim perpetrators No2ID and Privacy International, are "wanted identity felons". In a campaign Wanted Poster the campaign groups claim that their plan to "steal the fingerprints of the entire British population... will be the identity theft crime of the century."
John Lettice, 07 Apr 2008

NZ man uses hedgehog as ninja star

A 27-year-old New Zealand man has been charged with assault after using a hedgehog as an improvised ninja star against a 15-year-old, NZ's Sunday Herald reports.
Lester Haines, 07 Apr 2008

IBM's EnterpriseDB stake: not what you think

Ever since Sun anteed up a billion in cold cash for MySQL a couple months back, we wondered when the next shoe would drop. Recently, EnterpriseDB announced that IBM was one of several venture backers to fund its third $10m round of financing.
Tony Baer, 07 Apr 2008

Rethink code cohesion

Book extract, part twoScott Bain's book Emergent Design: The Evolutionary Nature of Professional Software Development published by Addison Wesley looks at how to deliver and maintain robust, reliable, and cost-effective systems. In this, the second of five Reg Dev extracts, Scott tackles the complex subject of cohesion as a step to building simple and maintainable code.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Apr 2008

HSBC pops thousands of customer details in the post

HSBC has admitted that it has misplaced 370,000 customer details, which were put in the post a month ago on an unencrypted disc.
John Oates, 07 Apr 2008
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Disaster recovery bug hangs up Cisco comms kit

There's trouble with the Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF) Master component in a number of unified communications products from Cisco.
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2008

Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI chipset

ReviewThe basic version of Nvidia’s new nForce 790i chipset is the 790i SLI, with the 790i Ultra SLI coming in at the top of the line. Both chipsets have nearly identical features lists and they both support the latest 45nm Intel Core 2 'Penryn' processors.
Leo Waldock, 07 Apr 2008

Plugs pulled on satellite paedo tracking after pilot flops

The Ministry of Justice has finally, officially, pulled the plugs on David Blunkett's 'prisons without bars' - plans to use satellite tracking to monitor sex offenders have been suspended pending improvements in the technology. Instead, the MoJ plans to use lie detector tests to deal with paedophiles.
John Lettice, 07 Apr 2008

Sony touts 'world’s first' digital noise cancellation cans

Whether you’re hoping to envelop your ears in music, or just block out the sound of a screaming baby, Sony's latest cans could be the answer. The electronics giant claims to have released the world’s first pair of digital noise-cancelling headphones.
James Sherwood, 07 Apr 2008

FIPR: ICO gives BT 'green light for law breaking' with Phorm

The Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR) has slammed the Information Commissioner Office's (ICO) for glossing over doubts over the legality of Phorm's advertising targeting in its public statement on the controversial company.
Christopher Williams, 07 Apr 2008

Yes! It's the Playboy phone!

OT-V770 isn’t a very inspiring moniker for a handset. But rename it the Playboy Handset and you’ve got yourself a sure-fire sales hit for Hugh Hefner fans and bunny girl wannabes.
James Sherwood, 07 Apr 2008

So what could the MoD learn from the Stasi?

Book extractHeadspace is Reg contributor Amber Marks's exploration of how the state and private sectors are trying to exploit the science of smell to watch and control citizens.
Amber Marks, 07 Apr 2008

EU sets cellphone users loose in aircraft

The European Commission did its bit for the battle against climate change today by backing mobile phone calls on aircraft, thereby stripping air travel of any residual glamour or appeal.
Joe Fay, 07 Apr 2008

Sony bullish on Blu-ray dominance

Sony wants to own 50 per cent of the Blu-ray Disc hardware market by the end of the year, according to a company executive.
James Sherwood, 07 Apr 2008

Move over Storm - there's a bigger, stealthier botnet in town

This story was updated to correct information about detection of Kraken. 20 percent of PCs using anti-virus products detect the malware, not 20 percent of anti-virus products, as erroneously reported earlier.
Dan Goodin, 07 Apr 2008

Yahoo! to Microsoft: No surrender!

Yahoo! has replied promptly to an open letter sent to them by Microsoft's chief executive Steve Ballmer on Saturday.
John Oates, 07 Apr 2008

BBC vs ISPs: Readers blame monkey, organ grinder escapes

Andrew's MailbagAt last, something that will cheer up Ofcom chief Ed Richards and the BBC's Ashley Highfield.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Apr 2008

Hackers target outsourced app development

Many firms fail to think about security when they outsource application development.
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2008

Right idea, wrong time: Snocap's corpse washes up at Imeem

Timing is everything in business, and having a visionary idea too early can prove fatal. So it is with Shawn Fanning's Snocap, which has formally announced today that it's being acquired by Imeem. Or what's left of it - most Snocap employees were laid off last year, with Fanning long gone.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Apr 2008

Gamers punted performance-enhancing pills

Marathon gaming sessions usually end only when all the pizza and pop has been devoured - or your opponent has fallen asleep. But a Japanese retailer thinks it can boost your videogame performance and staying power by offering you some pills to pop.
James Sherwood, 07 Apr 2008

Samsung G810 shipping next week

Samsung’s ‘infotainment’ handset, also known as the G810, will be available next week – according to Carphone Warehouse.
James Sherwood, 07 Apr 2008

Gates teases bankers with Windows 7 dates

Bill Gates has dropped the biggest hint yet that Microsoft’s successor to its unloved operating system Windows Vista could arrive around the middle of 2009 – ahead of the firm’s original roadmap.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Apr 2008

HP Proliant USB key riddled with worms

HP Australia has warned that optional USB keys shipped with some of its Proliant servers are infected by malware.
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2008

Stay focused on fuzzy tests, warn security experts

RSAThe idea of throwing random test data at a program to see if it cracks has been around in one form or another since the beginning of software development. A formalized approach called fuzzing, based on Professor Barton Miller's work at the University of Wisconsin in the late 1980s, is undergoing a revival as a means of testing the security of applications.
Phil Manchester, 07 Apr 2008

Sun primes de-dupe for VTL lineup

Sun Microsystems is today offering its first de-duplicating virtual tape library (VTL), and giving its existing VTL boxes a round of upgrades for good measure.
Austin Modine, 07 Apr 2008

Google to launch database service from Campfire

If you believe TechCrunch - and that's a big IF - Google is on the verge of unveiling a web-based database service along the lines of Amazon's SimpleDB.
Cade Metz, 07 Apr 2008

AMD will cut 10 per cent of global workforce

AMD plans to cut 10 per cent of its workforce over the next two quarters, after suffering lower-than-expected sales across all business units, the company said today.
Austin Modine, 07 Apr 2008
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MokaFive pumps virtual PCs through the cloud

It's the type of problem we've all faced. You're a Windows user desperate to reflect on your Christian faith. Sadly, the only good bible study software out there resides in the open source realm on the Ubuntu Christian Edition operating system. Is Bible study software worth ripping and replacing your entire Windows desktop? We don't think so.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Apr 2008

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