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'No discernible increase in piracy' from DRM-free e-books

A little over a year ago, Speculative Science Fiction publisher Tor decided to do away with digital rights management (DRM) for its e-books. The company's publisher Tom Doherty said that the time that authors were supportive because DRM frustrates readers. “It prevents them from using legitimately-purchased e-books in perfectly …
Simon Sharwood, 09 May 2013
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Hacked and ashamed? C'mon, Brits – report that cybercrime

Internet-enabled frauds reached £670m across the UK in the 12 months running up to the end of August, according to new figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. Since the majority of internet-enabled fraud cases still go unreported, the true economic cost to the UK is likely to be significantly higher. The figures …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2014
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Highway from HELL: Volcano tears through 35km of crust in WEEKS

Liquid hot magma from the Earth's mantle can shoot up to the surface via a "highway from hell" over just a few weeks, volcanologists have discovered. Boffins studying the Irazú stratovolcano in Costa Rica, and specifically its eruption between 1963 and 1965, found the first hard evidence of high-speed magma ascents. This proves …
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Irish gov refuses to haul Google, Apple into MPs' tax inquiry

An Irish parliamentary committee has voted against hauling in representatives from Google and Apple to answer for their tax affairs in the country, after the firms were accused of using Ireland as a base for their aggressive tax planning. Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty attempted to get a motion passed by the Joint Committee on …
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All your audio, video kit is about to become OBSOLETE

Although much of the audio and video technology packed into CES 2013's 1.9 million square feet of exhibition space is indeed impressive, one panelist at an emerging-technology conference session channeled a little 1974 BTO, essentially telling his audience that "You ain't seen nothin' yet." Rich Doherty, research director of The …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jan 2013
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Major science fiction publisher to zap DRM

Specialist Sci-Fi publisher Tom Doherty Associates, best known for its Tor, Forge and Starscape imprints, is calling time on DRM.. From today, its e-book offerings will be free of digital rights management shackles, TDA said. As well as TDA's US output, the move will apply to Pan Macmillan, which offers Sci-Fi titles in the UK …
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2012
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Weekend reads: A new Poirot, drug-fuelled Champagne Supernovas and The Establishment

El Reg bookworms Mark Diston and Lucy Orr pore over the latest book releases. Owen Jones, author of Chavs , has a pop at the establishment, Maureen Callahan gets right under the skin of the fashion world's excesses in the 1990s, and Sophie Hannah's new work is the supposed "literary event of the year" – a brand new Poirot …
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Veiny green 'scum' meteorite may be first visitor from Mercury

A mysterious green meteorite with a unique geological signature may have arrived on Earth thanks to an explosion on the surface of the Solar System's smallest planet, Mercury*. The meteorite, dubbed NWA 7325, is actually a 345g package of 35 extraterrestrial stones formed around 4.56 billion years ago that were found in the …
Iain Thomson, 01 Apr 2013
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HP shares database smarts with EnterpriseDB

EnterpriseDB is trying to pump up the PostgreSQL database to do battle with Oracle 11g and, to a lesser extent, IBM's DB2 and Microsoft's SQL. So the database upstart is upgrading its Postgres Plus Advanced Server 9.1 - and kicking it onto Amazon's EC2 compute cloud to peddle it alongside Amazon's own Relational Database Service …
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Svalbard overtakes medieval summers

The so-called “Medieval Warm Period” may not have been as warm – and certainly not as uniformly warm – as is commonly believed, according to research led by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. While the research only covers a small area – Norway’s Svalbard archipelago in the north – but the researchers …
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Apple vanishes MySQL from Mac OS X Lion Server

Apple has removed MySQL from the latest version of Mac OS X server, replacing it with PostgreSQL. The previous version of the OS – Snow Leopard Server – offered access to MySQL from both the GUI and the command line, but the open source database has disappeared entirely from Mac OS X Lion Server, released last week. Postgres is …
Cade Metz, 02 Aug 2011
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This year's comedy Xmas No. 1 contender: Silent song 4'33"

A motley crew of musicians backed by a Facebook campaign are plotting to hijack the poor beleaguered Christmas number one with a four-minute recording of silence. Following last year's triumphant, internet-bolstered, telly-talent-compo-orthodoxy-upending ascendance of the gleefully inappropriate and profanity-sprinkled Killing …
Sarah Bee, 03 Dec 2010
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New malware ferrets out and steals Bitcoins

You know your virtual currency has hit the big leagues when criminals develop trojans that infect computers for the sole purpose of stealing it. Bitcoin, the open-source project launched two years ago, reached that turning point Thursday. That's when researchers from Symantec discovered Infostealer.Coinbit, a piece of Windows …
Dan Goodin, 18 Jun 2011
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Oceans gaining ACID faster than last 300 MILLION YEARS

The world's oceans may be experiencing a rate of acidification unparalleled in the past 300 million years, according to a paper published on Thursday in the journal Science. "The geological record suggests that the current acidification is potentially unparalleled in at least the last 300 million years of Earth history," co- …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Mar 2012
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Apple plotting point-of-sale putsch?

The next round of Apple iPhones and iPads will include near-field communications tech, says one industry watcher, a move that would give further legitimacy to that point-of-sale payment system. "Apple could be the game-changer," Richard Doherty, director of the consulting firm Envisioneering Group, told Bloomberg on Tuesday, …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Jan 2011
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Oracle alarmed as Avnet TS loses Bharat

Avnet Technology Solutions is further restructuring its management deck, with EMEA director of the Oracle hardware and software franchise Mickey Bharat set to leave the distributor. Bharat joined Avnet through its 2008 acquisition of Horizon and according to sources within Oracle – who questioned the logic of his departure – was …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jul 2011
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Legal ruling may hit outsourcing claims

More people could resign and claim compensation for unfair dismissal if their company is taken over by another firm whose offices are further away following an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) ruling, an employment law expert has said. The ruling interprets the law governing transfers of staff from one company to another in a …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Aug 2009
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CV lies multiply in recession, says survey

More would-be bankers than ever are lying on their CVs, according to an annual lie-check conducted by an employee screening company. Powerchex says that 19% of job candidates in the financial services industry had a discrepancy on their CVs. The company said that the number of CVs containing lies submitted to IT contracting …
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Aug 2009
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Buzz Aldrin goes Dancing With The Stars

Following his raptastic hook-up with Snoop Dogg, multi-talented Moon geezer Buzz Aldrin will be strutting his stuff in the forthcoming series of Dancing With The Stars - alongside cream-splattered beach strumpet Pamela Anderson. Buzz Aldrin. Pic: ABC Season 10 of ABC's terpsichorean spectacular will also feature the celebrity …
Lester Haines, 02 Mar 2010

FalconStor may have morale problem

The Reg' has been told by reputable people familiar with FalconStor that staff are leaving and both morale and confidence in senior management is very low. FalconStor says nothing untoward is happening at all and that it's successfully refocussing the company towards increased sales of branded products through the channel. …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2010
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Tribunal backs TUPE rights in service provider transfers

Employees have the same rights when a company changes service provider as when work is outsourced in the first place even if the new service is not identical to the old, the Employment Appeals Tribunal has ruled. The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) protect the rights of employees whose …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Jun 2009
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ARM wrestling: Apple iPad chip to overpower rivals?

The big question is perhaps not whether Apple will announce the eagerly anticipated iPad next week, but what chip will power the media tablet. Since the device is expected to run a version of the iPhone operating system, and given that battery life is likely to be a key factor in the iPad's success, it's hard to imagine Apple …
Tony Smith, 20 Jan 2010
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Staff internet policies must be Facebook-ready, warns expert

Dealing with staff who misbehave on the web may be hampered by office policies written without Web 2.0 sites in mind, an employment expert has said. The warning follows disciplinary action against 18 police officers who boasted about crashes on Facebook. Employment law specialist Ben Doherty of Pinsent Masons, the law firm …
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Jun 2008
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National Express to 'ban' trainspotting

An almighty war of words has broken out between National Express and The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) over alleged plans to see trainspotters ejected from platforms along the East Coast line. According to the Evening Standard, the TSSA says it was "told at a meeting" that rail aficionados would no longer be …
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2009
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Northgate swallows another payroll firm

Payroll software giant Northgate HR has continued its acquisition strategy with the purchase of Confidential Payroll. In a deal understood to be worth more than €1.5m, the acquisition follows the recent buy-outs of Irish time and attendance (T&A) software firm Engage Technology, and Link HR Systems. Speaking with ENN, …
Maxim Kelly, 25 Apr 2007
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Employee sacked for texting in sick

The firing of an employee who used text messages to call in sick after his brother's death was unfair, an Edinburgh employment tribunal has ruled. An employment law specialist said the case sends a warning to bosses to enforce policies consistently. The East Lothian Courier reports that Mark Morrison worked as a sales adviser …
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Nov 2007
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UK workers find love in the office

As cards and flowers wind their way through office postal systems for St Valentine's Day, research has revealed that one in six workers have had a relationship with their boss. Almost 60 per cent of workers have had romantic encounters with workmates. The research reveals how open most companies are to the legal minefield of …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Feb 2007
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Workplace dispute laws change today

The way workplace disputes are handled will change from Monday. The Government's scrapping of the statutory grievance and disciplinary procedures is just one of the law changes that will come into effect on 6th April. The Government introduced a strict protocol for workplace disputes in 2004, forcing employers to go through …
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Apr 2009
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14 fired as porn goes viral at DVLA

Up to 115 employees at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have been disciplined over the sending of pornographic emails. The government body has dismissed 14 of those people. "Following an investigation, DVLA has dismissed 14 members of staff for gross misconduct," a statement from the Swansea-based organisation …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Jun 2006
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Employee has no privacy on company computers, US court rules

Employees do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy for material stored on computers owned by their employers, a US court has ruled. The New Jersey court said that files on a work-owned computer can be accessed and searched if the company gives permission, even if the user does not. The ruling came in the case of a man …
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Sep 2008
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El Reg protests North Korean internet domain

The Register isn't too happy about last week's news that North Korea is poised to register its own Internet domain. No, we don't have a problem with the communist stronghold joining our nothing-less-than-capitalistic worldwide party, first reported by The Associated Press. But we do take issue with its choice of domain name. …
Cade Metz, 21 Aug 2007
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Disability question turns on employee's abilities

Employment tribunals should assess worker disability not in comparison with the rest of the population, but in comparison with the performance of that worker without that disability, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has ruled. The ruling was given in the case of a senior policeman who requested extra time in examinations …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Jul 2007
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Deloitte loses hundreds of thousands of pension details

Deloitte has admitted losing a laptop containing thousands of people's pension details, but said the data was encrypted and the machine password-protected, and it had no evidence the data had been misused. The laptop contained 150,000 railway workers' details as well as details on all UK Vodafone staff with pensions and other …
John Oates, 13 Oct 2008
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Will Apple put the fizz back in Coke music?

Coca-Cola has teamed up with Apple to launch a new European music website, after declining sales recently caused it to close its own MyCokeMusic website. The new site will be launched in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with the roll out beginning next week. The launches will be accompanied by live music …
Ciara O'Brien, 02 Aug 2006
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Sacking suspected ageist not ageism, EAT rules

If an employer dismisses an employee on suspicion of age discrimination, that in itself is not age discrimination, an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has ruled. A front-of-house manager at the Bristol Hippodrome Theatre was dismissed and won his case for unfair dismissal because statutory dismissal procedures had not been …
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Nov 2008
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Intel owed depressed employee more than counselling

Simply providing counselling for employees does not absolve companies of responsibility for their employees, the UK's Court of Appeal has ruled. The Court found that Intel was responsible for a worker's breakdown even though it provided counselling. "The respondent, a loyal and capable employee, pointed out the serious …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Feb 2007
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Coke to sell virtual stuff with the 'real thing'

Ireland will be the first European market to see a new generation of coke-vending machines, which will also sell mobile phone top-ups, ringtones and music. UK-based Inspired Broadcast Networks has signed a deal with Coca-Cola to distribute digital content from its soft drink vending machines. The vending machines will be linked …
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Intel liable for busy worker's depression

An Intel employee who became depressed when her workload increased due to corporate cost cutting has won compensation from the company in the High Court. The employee, referred to in the case as Mrs D, worked in the finance department and was responsible for integrating the payroll functions of a series of acquired companies. …
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Jun 2006
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Xbox 360 hibernates 'til Spring

Component shortages and a lack of manufacturing capacity have forced Microsoft's Xbox 360 console into hibernation, a situation that looks set to continue until Spring. Despite its spectacular launch in November, US retailer Circuit City told USA Today earlier this week that "supplies are going to remain pretty tight for the …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jan 2006
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Livedrive's livewire, high-living CEO

Livedrive's Andrew Michael is not your average storage CEO. Storage CEOs are generally dependable, earnest and businesslike. They don't fly Grammy Award-winning popstars over the Atlantic to sing at their girlfriend's birthday party and they don't generally have a stopped cheque dispute with a gambling club. Neither do they hire …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2008
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UK planespotters to battle al-Qaeda

Police have formulated a cunning plan to protect Durham Tees Valley Airport from al-Qaeda kamikaze attack - crack teams of vigilante planespotting anoraks, the Telegraph reports. Local cops have convened a meeting with "aircraft enthusiasts" aimed at recruiting them as the "eyes and ears" of the War on Terror™. Durham police's …
Lester Haines, 18 Jul 2007
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Colt goes Dutch in DSL launch

Colt Telecom has started offering broadband DSL services in The Netherlands, the company announced today. Services are to be made available initially to business users in Amsterdam with Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht coming on line over the next few weeks. All in all Colt, plans to launch DSL-based services in nine European …
Tim Richardson, 14 Oct 2000
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ComReg keeps tabs on NTL's 'overheating' phones

Ireland's telecoms regulator is to keep an eye on NTL after it suspended the phone lines of 2,000 customers in Dublin because of concerns over the safety of some telecoms equipment. ComReg told NTL to minimise the disruption of those affected by seeing if other phone providers could help provide new services and to reimburse …
Tim Richardson, 12 Oct 2004
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Blog refuseniks facing the sack?

We've all heard about employees being sacked for blogging. But as the fad begins to wane, will staff soon be sacked for failing to blog? Last week, Sony BMG UK issued a new corporate marketing strategy. According to an official release from the group, Ged Doherty, chairman and chief executive of SonyBMG in UK and Ireland, said …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Apr 2007
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Oftel starts BT investigation

Oftel has launched a preliminary enquiry into BT's handling of Local Loop Unbundling (LLU), a spokeswoman told Reg this afternoon. The move follows confirmation from the winged watchdog that an industry group has lodged a formal complaint against the incumbent telco and its apparent reluctance to open its local exchanges to …
Tim Richardson, 14 Oct 2000
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Irish mobile charges too high

Executives from leading Irish telecoms firms in Ireland questioned the lack of competition in the mobile phone sector. At a conference in Dublin today, the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators (ALTO) laid on speakers from Virgin Mobile, MCI (formerly Worldcom), IBEC's Telecommunication Users Group (TUG), Meteor and the EU …

2GB MP3 player head-to-head

The relentless march of the iPod into the price bracket known as 'Good God! How much?' makes the near simultaneous release by Sony and Samsung of the new runts of their MP3 player litters more interesting than would otherwise be the case. A couple of 2GB USB stick-style MP3 players with FM radios and screens each for under £40? …
Alun Taylor, 06 Jan 2009
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Eircom overcharges 31,500 customers

Ireland's biggest telecoms company, Eircom, has overcharged more than 31,500 customers, it has been revealed. The revelation came as telecoms regulator ComReg issued a statement saying it wanted a full report from Eircom explaining how such an incident could happen - and how it would be prevented in the future. It is understood …
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Ireland bars South Pacific in rogue dialler crackdown

Ireland is to block direct dialling to 13 countries, mostly in the South Pacific, to combat the growing menace of rogue autodiallers. The ban comes into force on 4 October. Rogue diallers change the number used in dial-up connections to an expensive international number. Sometimes users are offered access to porn sites in …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2004
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Vodafone Ireland admits multi-million overcharge

Vodafone Ireland has overcharged over half a million WAP customers as a result of a billing inaccuracy. Following a bout of overcharging incidents earlier in the year, Vodafone conducted an internal review of its charges over the past few months. The company said it discovered a billing discrepancy in its WAP services. Some 550 …