8th > September > 2005 Archive
SuSE reaps open development rewards in 10.0
Novell is claiming gains in management and ease of use for SuSE Linux as a result of its decision to throw open the doors to its development process.
AMD loses 64-bit CTO
After working so hard to create and promote AMD's 64-bit chip technology, CTO Fred Weber will leave the company just as his effort begins to pay off.
Student flogs pixels to fund education
A UK student is flogging pixels on a web page to help raise $1m to fund his way through university.
Sony relaunches Walkman to challenge iPod
Sony today took its Walkman brand into the MP3 era, launching a pair of digital music players without the 'Network' prefix to the famous portable player moniker.
Arctic shrubs join global warming effort
Global warming could be accelerated by an increase of plant cover in the arctic region, according to research published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences.
Parental software to detect Dutch illegal file sharing
Dutch anti piracy organisation BREIN is to release free parental software on 22 September, that will detect file sharing programs such as Kazaa or illegal media files on PCs.
Playing the phishing blame game
CommentIn 2004, I came across an empirical study published by the CERT/CC that indicated a diminishing correlation between the number of vendor-issued vulnerabilities and the number of reported security incidents. In the years prior to 2002, the number of reported security breaches had always been proportional to the number of vendor-published vulnerabilities. That corollary made sense, since attacks and worms followed vulnerabilities.
NASA's crash comet made of clay
Initial results from NASA's crash landing on Comet Tempel-1 could spell disaster for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, NASA scientists say. In addition, the findings about the composition of the comet are not entirely as expected, and could shed new light on the earliest days of our solar system.
Intel to 'cut Pentium D prices' next January
Intel will trim its dual-core Pentium D and single-core Celeron processor prices in January 2006, Taiwanese sources have alleged.
EU backs plans for .kid TLD
The European Parliament is backing proposals to introduce a new .kid top level domain (TLD) just for children to "protect them from inappropriate content on the internet".
Suspected child abuser nabbed in London cybercafe
Police arrested a suspected child abuser in a central London cyber cafe on Wednesday. The unnamed 54 year-old man is suspected of inciting the rape of a youngster, inciting the distribution of child abuse images and of facilitating a child for the purpose of sex.
Mars volcanoes not dead, just resting
Reports of Mars' geological death might have been greatly exaggerated, according to researchers working on the European Space Agency's Mars Express mission.
Oz email catfight secretaries walk plank
Top Oz legal outfit Allens Arthur Robinson has been "rocked" by an email flame war provoked by a missing ham sandwich which has resulted in two secretaries being given their marching orders, news.com.au reports.
eBay sniffing around Skype - report
eBay is holding talks with internet telephony outfit Skype concerning a possible deal, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
S3's Chrome 20 chip to feature SLi-style tech
VIA subsidiary S3 Graphics is planning to take the multi-GPU fight to ATI and Nvidia with its own SLi-style solution.
SNIA plots data policy specs
Storage networking body SNIA Europe has formed a group to get out and spread the data management mantra to those few of us not already suffering from ILM overload. The Data Management Initiative will be the Euro arm of SNIA's Data Management Forum, the body charged with developing specs and standards.
EU commissioner outlines e-inclusion plans
The European Information Society Commissioner has outlined plans for three new major initiatives to accelerate a Europe-wide e-inclusion drive.
Cisco warns over serious authentication bug
Cisco has warned of a vulnerability in its IOS Firewall Authentication Proxy which might be used by hackers to launch denial of service attacks against vulnerable systems. The vulnerability stems from a software bug in processing user authentication credentials which might be exploited to cause a buffer overflow.
Apple touts iTunes customer total
Around 10m people have opened iTunes Music Store accounts, Apple revealed yesterday.
Pipex gears up for 24 meg broadband
Pipex is gearing up to offer punters 24 meg broadband as part of the ISP's investment in local loop unbundling (LLU).
Pearl Jam open Pandora's box
It is a small enough thing for one major band, in this case Pearl Jam, to begin selling its own songs on its own website, and we’re not surprised that this has happened and was reported a few weeks back.
Indian company creates 600 UK jobs
Indian technology company HCL has outsourced 600 contact centre jobs to Belfast with the support of a £4.68m grant from Invest Northern Ireland, the region's economic development organisation.
No withdrawal for battling Big Easy web outfit
We're pleased to report that battling web hosting outfit directNIC will not have to stage a strategic withdrawal from the Big Easy since it is "exempt" from the mayoral order to haul ass out of the city.
Asteroid may carry more water than Earth
New Hubble Space Telescope images of Ceres, the largest known asteroid, suggest that the body could hold more fresh* water than the planet Earth. Analysis of 267 photographs of the asteroid indicate that it could be mostly ice, wrapped around a rocky core and coated with a thin dusty crust.
Superman has small todger: official
It's official: Superman may be able to leap a tall building with a single bound but he's completely lacking super powers in the trouser department.
Smut-free GTA: San Andreas coming next week
Games publisher Take-Two Interactive will next week re-release Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas having culled the controversial game of its naughty bits.
Bird flu pandemic inevitable, says WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday warned that a pandemic of the bird flu strain lethal to humans is inevitable, and would likely kill between one and seven million people worldwide, Reuters reports.
Cricket hits football for six on the net
Cricket has overtaken football as the UK’s favourite sport online, at least according to internet search queries as monitored by Hitwise.
Suspected volcano forming in Oregon
A new volcano might be forming in Oregon, according to reports. The US Geological Survey (USGS) says that a bulge in the Earth's crust, covering an area of around 100 square miles, seems to be getting bigger, suggesting that a large quantity of magma is on the move.
Intel to bring full AMD64-compatibility to Xeon
ExclusiveIntel is upgrading its Xeon DP processor line-up to introduce a pair of extra EM64T instructions. The move will finally bring the 64-bit server chips into full compatibility with AMD's AMD64 technology.
Dixons plays down The Link sale speculation
Dixons has played down reports that it would be happy to flog its majority stake in mobile phone outfit The Link.
Tesco packs teen's mobile with porn
UK supermarket chain Tesco has apologised to a 14-year-old boy after returning his repaired mobile phone packed with hard-core porn, UK tabloid the Sun reports.
Researcher halves 2005 chip biz growth forecast
Market watcher iSuppli has cut its 2005 global chip sales forecast, halving its year-on-year growth prediction from 5.9 per cent to just 2.4 per cent.
Murdoch buys into online lads' mags
Rupert Murdoch has been shopping again this time blowing $650m on gaming and entertainment outfit IGN Entertainment.
HP's Chief Accountant preaches 'accountability'
HP's CEO Mark Hurd went to Wall Street yesterday, hoping to convince investors that he'd learned something about the company during his first six months on the job. Most accounts record Hurd's New York Stock Exchange performance as a sobering affair. The former NCR frontman gave off a boring yet capable air, as expected.
Google hires 'Astro' Cerf
Vint Cerf, co-author of the TCP/IP protocol, has become Google's latest trophy hire. The ad broker must be hoping that Cerf, hired for the PR position of "chief evangelist", can add some gravitas to the operation after weeks of bad publicity. A poorly judged flounce saw Google vow to shun CNet's reporters for a year, and the move snowballed into a series of articles unfavorably comparing Google to Microsoft. Silly they may be, but last week Google even found its ruthlessness parodied in a lead story at the satirical weekly The Onion.
SCO's Unix and IP revenue dwindles
Declining Unix revenue and falling "Mr Clean" sales continue to blight The SCO Group. During its third quarter, SCO posted just $9.4m in revenue - down from $11.2m in the same period last year. SCO then showed a net loss of $2.4m or a loss of 13 cents per share versus a net loss of $7.4m last year.
Salesforce CEO knocks Microsoft's hosted CRM bluster
Salesforce.com's chief executive is talking tough after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer pledged to give its smaller rival a "run for its money" with a planned hosted CRM service.