10th > July > 2008 Archive

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Ballmer hails services death and glory for partners

Steve Ballmer has told Microsoft partners not to fear a future where software is delivered as a service, even though some will end up as road kill in the migration online.
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File system killer Reiser rejected 3-year sentence

A judge said today that prominent Linux developer and convicted murderer Hans Reiser rejected a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for only three years for killing his wife, Nina Reiser.
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The highs and lows of former-Borland's Dumbledore

You'd be hard pressed to find anyone in the software tools business who has seen more changes in programming than David Intersimone. Not all of them welcome.
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EU emissions trading to include airlines

The European Commission has welcomed the positive second vote in the European Parliament in favour of including airline emissions in the EU Emissions Trading System.

iPhone 3G to lure pre-payers to contracts - survey

One in five Brits would like to buy a 3G iPhone, but more would put down their hard-earned if O2's tariffs were less pricey.
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Three-quarters of EU radio equipment is non-compliant

It may have been self-certified as compliant, but 76 per cent of radio equipment tested in 2003 failed to come up to EU spec. The figure rose to 88 per cent in 2006 - not surprisingly, a serious rethink of the legislation is imminent.
Bill Ray, 10 2008

Belkin prices up delayed wireless HDMI box

Belkin's anticipated wireless HDMI box, FlyWire, will finally hit shop shelves in October, the accessory maker has said. That's later than expected - and it'll cost more too.
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Lords kick anon leukaemia stats back to Scots ICO

Updated The House of Lords has overturned decisions of the Court of Session and the Scottish Information Commissioner and required the Commissioner to re-examine a request for access to medical statistics.

Yahoo! opens search to all

Yahoo! said yesterday it will open up access to external developers to its search engine, something Google did six years ago.
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Nominet changes 'fail to cut main cost of domain name disputes'

The body in charge of the .uk internet domain has announced changes to its dispute resolution policies that will make it cheaper to win unopposed disputes but will not address the high cost of preparing cases.
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Report fingers prints as ID scheme's point of failure

Yet more trouble assails the government’s £4.4bn National Identity Scheme (NIS), as an official report puts the boot into the preferred scheme for “exception handling” – and a bunch of techies show how the recommended system can be beaten.

Buffalo bullish over solar keyboard eco credentials

Solar-powered gadgets are coming off of production lines thick and fast nowadays, and the latest one to hit the desktop is a sun-lovin’ keyboard.

Computacenter picks up steam after grim Q1

Computacenter issued a not entirely depressing trading statement this morning, saying business had picked up after a grim start to its financial year.
Joe Fay, 10 2008

Tag Heuer teases with more Meridiist phone-cum-watch features

Details about Tag Heuer’s first foray into the mobile phone arena have been sketchy, but they’re slightly clearer now as the watchmaker’s revealed more details about the upcoming phone-cum-watch.
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Fixing the UK's broadband crisis

If you throw a rock in the air in London on any day of the working week, chances are it will land on a New Media conference. These are primarily social gatherings for the same group of academics and media hangers-on, and you can bet they'll be Twittering.
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Thieves take out Cable & Wireless centre

Updated Cable and Wireless's Watford network site went offline at 1am this morning, after thieves apparently stole vital equipment.

Sony PS3 sub-£300 Blu-ray Disc player

Video Review For the final part of our cheapie Blu-ray group test, we’re looking at the Sony PS3. It’s at the top of the price range - at £299 - but given that you get a high-end games console as well, it’s a decent deal.

Japan to fund creation of 40W, 40in OLED TV

Sony, Sharp, Toshiba and other Japanese consumer electronics giants are to get government cash to help fund the development of big-screen OLED TVs.

Carphone Warehouse now taking iPhone 3G orders

Carphone Warehouse has begun taking orders from the genral public for the 8GB and 16GB 3G iPhone, a day ahead of the second-generation Apple handset's formal release.
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Li-titanate storage balances Indianapolis power grid

Battery-tech firm Altairnano, best known to Reg readers as the developer of kit which might soon drive genuinely practical electric cars, has now produced a really big battery pack for use by power companies. This week Altairnano announced its first sale of the mega-battery gear, to power giant AES.
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Ofcom tightens complaints procedure

Ofcom is reviewing the Alternative Dispute Resolution - mainly because no one seems to have heard of it - and will be asking operators to make complaining easier in future.
Bill Ray, 10 2008
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Lab tech supplier redefines corporate song paradigm

Fans of artistic crimes against humanity foisted on an unsuspecting world by companies who really believe that setting their mission statements to music will result in something other than incredulous laughter will certainly enjoy this product pitch from lab tech supplier Eppendorf International:

Gmail uses DomainKeys to lock out eBay phishing attacks

eBay and PayPal have linked up with Gmail to roll out technology designed to block fraudulent emails and phishing attacks.
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Blears pitches prize draws and online polls at young votes

Hazel Blears plans to reinvigorate local democracy and sprinkle some Miracle Gro on the nation’s grass roots by bribing voters with stickers and tickets for prize draws.
Joe Fay, 10 2008

Nikon D40 entry-level digital SLR

Review The D40 is still part of Nikon’s current range. To begin with it was a sub-£500 camera; today it's a sub-£300 model and in our book that makes it worth serious consideration by the DSLR beginner.

Microsoft urges resellers to play it straight, beef up revs

Microsoft has claimed that each dollar it “loses” to software piracy equals $5.50 in “lost opportunities” to the firm’s channel partners.
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Germans develop submarine-launched UAV

You have to do something special these days to make your flying robot stand out from the swarm - but remorselessly efficient German designers have done just that. They plan to offer small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) which can be launched and controlled from a submerged submarine.
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BMA: Shock drinkers with diseased organs

I'm often puzzled by warnings that the "British way of life is under threat". Both of the so-called "intellectual" monthlies here, Prospect and now Standpoint are obsessed with the idea. The scapegoat is usually some ethnic or social group that minds its own business.
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Fears mount over missing Webroot founder

Fears are growing over the safety of the founder of anti-spyware firm Webroot following his disappearance late last month.
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iPhone apps hit the racks at the iTunes store

Not only does today see the launch of iPhone v2: This Time It's 3G, but Apple has also flung open the doors of the iTunes Application store, meaning punters disinclined to hack around with their handsets can now purchase legitimate applications.
Bill Ray, 10 2008
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US retailers start pushing $20 Ubuntu

Canonical has begun selling Ubuntu, its free, open source, Linux-based distro through Best Buy and Amazon for around $20 a pop.
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NebuAd plays cat and mouse with data pimping opt-out

Though Phorm-like behavioral ad targeter NebuAd has vowed to replace its cookie-based opt-out mechanism with an opt-out that's less crumbly, it appears that neither opt-out would completely opt you out.
Cade Metz, 10 2008

Shoot to win - with the PS3 handgun

Is this latest PlayStation 3 controller real - or is it a hoax? We don’t know, but one thing’s for sure: it’s a stick-up.

Shrinking Sun under the gun

Comment Here, with the stock market melting, we find Sun Microsystems in most uncomfortable territory. It's got a stock market value of $7.7bn, which means that the one-time lord of the servers is a mid-cap company.
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Fasthosts brings down Edugeek - and leaves it there

Edugeek.net, the support site for, er, geeks who work in education, has been brought down by Fasthosts.
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Show us the money, indies tell Last.fm

Indie music site Last.fm was basking in the glow of its own moral virtue yesterday, as it expanded its trial scheme to compensate unsigned artists from advertising revenues.
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Smut pop-up teacher retrial stuck in delay loop

Substitute teacher turned smut-serving spyware suspect Julie Amero remains stuck in legal limbo, with the case taking a toll on both her health and job prospects, Connecticut paper the Hartford Courant reports.
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US DoD arms cloud for military duty

The US Department of Defense is sounding a strategic retreat from its current hardware and software licenses and ducking into the cloud for cover.

Levi's suffers profit meltdown in midst of SAP embrace

Exclusive Problems with a massive global enterprise resource planning (ERP) rollout have helped send Levi Strauss' second-quarter results through the floor.

Seagate first with 1.5TB hard drives

One terabyte hard drives still cramping your decadent data storage lifestyle? No more tears. Seagate is rolling out 1.5TB HDDs this August.
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Cokeheads slip AI onto Yahoo! front page

NPUC 08 Yahoo! is now using real-time automated algorithms to select news stories on its famous front page, claiming a 25 to 30 per cent increase in click through rate - and millions of dollars in additional yearly revenue.
Cade Metz, 10 2008
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DoJ ends Apple backdating probe

The US Justice Department has withdrawn its probe into illegal backdated stock options at Apple, and will not bring charges against Steve Jobs and other executives, according to reports.