31st > October > 2008 Archive

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FCCer expects thumbs up for Goosoft white space plan

One of the FCC's five commissioners is "optimistic" the US government agency will approve chairman Kevin Martin's plan to unleash internet devices into the country's television white spaces.
Cade Metz, 31 Oct 2008
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Hubble back in full snapping mode

The Hubble space telescope yesterday resumed "regular science operations" following the failure of the 'scope's operational Science Instrument Command and Data Handling unit (SIC&DH) back in September and susbsequent coaxing into life of the back-up unit (more details here).
Lester Haines, 31 Oct 2008
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WD adds Firewire 800 to Mac-friendly hard drive

Western Digital has added a Firewire 800 interface to its Mac-oriented My Passport Studio external hard drive line, the better to appeal to buyers of Apple's new MacBook Pro.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2008
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Can I connect two gadgets to one powerline Ethernet adaptor?

Thanks for your review of the Netgear HDX101 powerline Ethernet adaptor. It's more technical than most I have found so far, but I have a question about it.
Gordon, 31 Oct 2008
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BT Global Services boss falls on sword

BT issued a surprise profit warning this morning and saw its share price tumble by almost a fifth as a result.
John Oates, 31 Oct 2008

Sharp shows image-retaining LCD

Boffins at Sharp have come up with an LCD that continues to show a picture when the power's pulled.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2008
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Data Protection the DVLA Way

Don’t mess with the DVLA, or bad things might happen to your data.
Jane Fae , 31 Oct 2008
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EMC heads towards CA and Tivoli turf

EMC has launched two products that are aimed straight at CA and Tivoli in the automated compliance and configuration management areas. Storage integration is lacking and will come next year.
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2008
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3PAR reverts to a loss

Beating Wall Street earnings estimates, 3PAR grew revenues 61 per cent in its second fiscal quarter of 2009, although it reported a net loss compared to a profit in the previous quarter.
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2008
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Century-old hydropower plant to run on fudge

Proof, if it were needed, that technical illiteracy is now well and truly out of control in the UK has been furnished in the last 24 hours by a rash of news reports on a small hydroelectric power plant. The Linton Falls generating station, built on the River Wharfe in the Yorkshire Dales in 1909 but out of action since 1948, is to return to service.
Lewis Page, 31 Oct 2008
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Isilon installs ex-NetApp channel boss

Leonard Iventosch, the previous and abruptly departed head of NetApp global channel sales, has turned up at Isilon as VP for channel and OEM sales.
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2008
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Nintendo DSi to come West next summer

Nintendo's media-savvy DSi handheld console could debut next summer, the videogames pioneer's President has said.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2008
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Vodafone prices up first touchscreen BlackBerry

Vodafone has priced up Research in Motion's touchscreen BlackBerry, the Storm 9500, and it's going to giving it away.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2008
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IPS dismissed 14 over data protection

The Identity and Passport Service has dismissed 14 people over the last three years, most for abusing access to the passport database.
Kablenet, 31 Oct 2008
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House key copied from photo

Security researchers have developed a technique for copying house keys using only a picture of a key.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2008
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Sony Ericsson Walkman W595 music phone

Review Flag-flying top-of-the-rangers like the Walkman W902 and C905 are all very well for grabbing headlines, but the really big sellers are usually further down the range.
Phil Lattimore, 31 Oct 2008

BOFH: Radiating sincerity

Episode 35 Episode 35
Simon Travaglia, 31 Oct 2008
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Sarah Palin's words get data mined

USA '08 Business Intelligence (BI) is about extracting information from data. The name implies that it is only applicable to business information, but that’s misleading. Given the right techniques, information can be found in the most unexpected places - even in the speeches of vice-presidential candidates.
Mark Whitehorn, 31 Oct 2008
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Fujitsu buyout of Siemens stake is 'imminent'

Fujitsu may buy out the Siemens half share in their Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) joint-venture for half a billion dollars and sell off the PC and retail side of the business to Lenovo.
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2008
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Bumpkin's Brum — Roving Reg blogger hits the road

The sun glows a kind of burned cheese’n’onion Pringle yellow as it flops behind a rain-washed terrace, the wind sighs through a neighbour’s sickly privet hedge, a minicab driver irritably sounds his horn, unable to walk the five yards to his fare’s front door: Birmingham, the UK’s biggest city beginning with “B”, is my new home. And I love it here.
Jim Bumpkin, 31 Oct 2008
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Relocated Oz croc menaces tourist beaches

Oz's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a bit of stick for relocating a 3.5-metre crocodile to a north Queensland creek from where it has menaced nearby tourist beaches, the Australian reports.
Lester Haines, 31 Oct 2008
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Jesus Phone won't go to the Opera

Apple won't let Opera release its Mini browser for the iPhone, says the Opera boss. Jon von Tetzchner made the comments to the New York Times last week.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Oct 2008
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Symantec plans layoffs as sales fall short

Symantec has announced plans to cut its wage bill by 4.5 per cent in a move likely to means hundreds of people will lose their jobs with the security and storage software firm.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2008
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DARPA seeks crawling, burrowing river-recce sub bot

US weapons'n'rockets company Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has won a small military contract related to a planned underwater robot. The Unmanned Underwater Riverine Craft (UURC) will carry out "clandestine surveillance tasks in riverine and shallow water environments" using "bottom locomotion (crawling)" mode and "burrowing" abilities.
Lewis Page, 31 Oct 2008
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Google! Yahoo! looking! doubtful!

Google is considering walking away from its advertising deal with Yahoo! because the Department of Justice is demanding too much in return.
John Oates, 31 Oct 2008
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Elon Musk to bail out Tesla Motors with own money

Famous battery-supercar firm Tesla Motors has said that it expects to secure its financial position by raising further investment within a week, following rumours that it might not be able to deliver cars it has already taken deposits on.
Lewis Page, 31 Oct 2008

Asus to phase out sub-10in Eee PCs, says CEO

Buy your 7in and 8.9in Eee PCs while you can - Asus is going to phase them out next year, company chief Jerry Shen has revealed.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2008
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Ofcom pledges spectrum sell-off early next year

Ofcom has issued another update on progress towards flogging off spectrum in the 2GHz band, this time stating that all the legal action should be finished off by February next year, allowing the regulator to put up the For Sale signs in March.
Bill Ray, 31 Oct 2008

Tablet MacBook launched... again

Tablet computing fans fed up with waiting for Apple to release a pen-powered Mac are at long last able to buy one thanks to US-based Mac upgrade specialist Other World Computing.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2008
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PayPal co-founder to bail out Tesla with own cash

Famous battery-supercar firm Tesla Motors has said that it expects to secure its financial position by raising further investment within a week, following rumours that it might not be able to deliver cars it has already taken deposits on.
Lewis Page, 31 Oct 2008
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Halloween pardon sought for accused witches, sorta

Campaigners are submitting a petition to the government today in the hope that hundreds of people executed as witches will be posthumously exonerated.
Sarah Bee, 31 Oct 2008
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McAfee suspects fingered for $3.8m fraud

Police have arrested a former marketing exec at anti-virus firm McAfee on suspicion of scammming millions of dollars out of the security software firm.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2008
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Daily Mail punts Georgina Baillie filth

NSFW The Daily Mail earlier today sought to squeeze extra value from the Manuelgate scandal by exposing some sordid secrets regarding Georgina Baillie's alleged life as "Mistress Voluptua - a dominatrix who charges clients £110 an hour for the dubious pleasures of being treated as her 'slave'".
Lester Haines, 31 Oct 2008
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Sainsbury's to sell £99 DRM-free unlimited music

Supermarket chain Sainsbury's is amongst the retailers who'll be offering you a £99 a year unlimited music service that lets you keep the DRM-free songs you download.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Oct 2008
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Sun freshens Solaris 10 for new iron

Sun Microsystems came in just under the wire with its Solaris 10 10/08 update, squeezing it out on the last day of the month. The company had intended to do the launch a few days ago, but pushed it out to the other side of its Q1 financial results.
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Verizon-Alltel OK by DoJ

The US Justice Department has approved Verizon's takeover of Alltel, to create the largest mobile operator in the USA, as long as the company sells off assets in 22 states.
Bill Ray, 31 Oct 2008
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Steve Jobs poaches IBM chip and blade geek

Mark Papermaster, one of the top Power chip gurus at IBM and its current vice president in charge of its blade server development unit, wants to take a job at Apple as a technology adviser to Steve Jobs, the company's chief executive officer.
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Security researchers lift the lid on Torpig banking Trojan

Security researchers at RSA have uncovered how a banking Trojan may have stolen the login credentials of as many as 300,000 online bank accounts.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2008
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NAND revenues in two-year fall

Worldwide NAND flash revenue will fall for the first time on an annual basis in 2008 and is predicted to fall in 2009 as well.
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2008
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Undetectable data-stealing trojan nabs 500,000 virtual wallets

A well-organized crime gang has stolen credentials for more than a half-million financial accounts in less than three years using a sophisticated trojan that remains undetectable to the vast majority of its victims, a report published Friday warns.
Dan Goodin, 31 Oct 2008
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Sprint accused of 'partitioning internet'

After a long contractual dispute between the two companies, Sprint-Nextel has severed the net connection it supplies to Cogent Communications, one of the world's largest bandwidth providers. As a result, many Sprint and Cogent customers are unable to communicate.
Cade Metz, 31 Oct 2008
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US court blocks Amazon-style patent trolls

A US court has made the task of getting patent protection for software and business methods a la Amazon's "One-Click" a whole lot more difficult.
Austin Modine, 31 Oct 2008
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Nokia's Trolltech Qt Software previews cross-platform IDE

In brief Nokia-owned Qt Software (formerly Trolltech) today released a tech preview of its cross-platform environment for creating embedded applications on Mac, Windows, and Linux machines.
Austin Modine, 31 Oct 2008