6th > February > 2006 Archive

Good enough for kids

StobSitting watching telly, a BBC trailer for its Bitesize GCSE revision programme caught my eye. This is an adjunct to the BBC website, a sort of punishment block, where young shavers are encouraged to swot up for their oncoming exams. What, I wondered idly, were our youngsters being taught about our own, dear trade? How had things moved from my own distant youth, when IT training had comprised, as I remember it, Mr S the maths teacher telling us where the Research Machines 380Z lived and emphatically interdicting its use?
06 Feb 15:57 |

Informatica buys Similarity

CommentInformatica has announced the acquisition of Similarity Systems, the Dublin, Ireland-based purveyor of data quality solutions. Now, I have been asking Informatica for years about why they weren’t going beyond data profiling and into full data quality solutions and had more or less given up beating my head against this particular brick wall, so I am pleased that the company has at last taken this step. The question, however, is whether this particular step (given the number of data quality vendors in the market) is the right one?
06 Feb 16:33 |

Greece rocked by mobile phone tapping scandal

Eavesdroppers tapped the mobile phones of Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, cabinet ministers and security officials for about a year around the time of the Athens Olympics, according to Greek ministers. The mobile phones of approximately 100 people (whose ranks include journalists and Arabs living in Greece, as well as the country's political and security elite) were monitored after snooping software was illegally installed on the systems of Vodafone Greece, the country's second largest mobile operator. Spyware enabled phone conversations from Vodafone subscribers to be diverted to 14 'shadow' pay-as-you-go mobile phones and relayed to a recording system, The Observer reports.
06 Feb 16:37 |

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