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Ballmer blames bad guys for Microsoft pricing

Steve Ballmer is blaming software pirates for the premium pricing Microsoft charges on products like Office and Windows. But he speculated that the advent of web-based services could see a lowering of Microsoft's charges.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2006

Microsoft costs creep up, ahead of launches

Microsoft is keeping mum about how Windows Vista and Office 2007 will affect its coming fiscal year, but conceded investments to promote these, plus other new activities including online services, are pumping up corporate spending.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2006

'Unbreakable'? Software? Harr!

As sometimes happens, I got an email from a reader after writing a piece for Reg Developer. This time, the piece in question was Testing assumptions and the big stack and, as perhaps you will see, the email brought a guffaw, and then a thought.
Martin Banks, 28 Apr 2006

Nintendo splashes Revolution with 'Wii'

It's no joke - Nintendo today renamed its next-generation console 'Wii'. As in 'we', apparently, but in school playgrounds across the UK - and probably everywhere else in the English-speaking world too - they'll be sniggering and adding a second 'e' to the 'we'.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2006

ID Card database to be used as population register

The Government announced last week that data from the National Identity Register (NIR) will also be used as an adult population register for a range of novel data sharing functions.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Apr 2006

BT buys Dabs.com

BT is to flog computers, TVs, cameras, and other digital gear after it announced today that it has bought Dabs.com.
Team Register, 28 Apr 2006
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Breach case could curtail web flaw finders

Security researchers and legal experts have voiced concern this week over the prosecution of an information technology professional for computer intrusion after he allegedly breached a university's online application system while researching a flaw without the school's permission.
Robert Lemos, 28 Apr 2006

Sales of handheld devices continue to drop

Sales of handheld devices are continuing to fall, according to new figures issued by research firm IDC. The organisation's latest worldwide Handheld Qview report reveals the total number of devices shipped during the first quarter of 2006 totaled 1.5m, a drop of 22.3 per cent year-on-year.
Charlie Taylor, 28 Apr 2006

Intel chief to chop workforce?

Intel may be about to take an axe to its employee roster as the chip giant strives to become "leaner, more agile and more efficient", the goal of a major restructure announced by CEO Paul Otellini last night. It will be the firm's biggest shake-up since the mid-1980s, he claimed.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2006

Smart mobile device market up 55%

Over 16.7m 'smart mobile devices' were shipped worldwide in the first quarter of 2006, up 55 per cent on the same period a year ago. According to research from Canalys, the Asia-Pacific region has now overtaken Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in sales of smart mobile devices. Asia-Pacific represented 46 per cent of all shipments during Q1 2006, compared to 39 per cent for EMEA and 15 per cent for the Americas.
Charlie Taylor, 28 Apr 2006

Info commission calls on business to protect bio data

The UK's Information Commissioner has called for businesses to pull their socks up and protect their data.
Mark Ballard, 28 Apr 2006

ID cards without contact

The Home Office has indicated that it is likely to adopt a "contactless" form of smart card for the National Identity Card.
Kablenet, 28 Apr 2006

Wanadoo to kick off Orange makeover in May

Wanadoo is to complete its second rebranding in two years when it changes its name to Orange sometime during the next month.
Tim Richardson, 28 Apr 2006

BBC seeks 'Digital Assassins'

What if they held a digital media revolution - and nobody came?
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2006

Net Neutrality bid gone for good

The final attempt this session to give the United States regulator more discretion over the deployment, and potential abuse of broadband, has failed.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2006

Da Vinci Code judgment decoded

Disappointingly, the hidden message inserted by a High Court judge into his ruling on the Da Vinci Code copyright trial has already been solved. Mr Justice Peter Smith's code, reported yesterday, has been cracked by a London lawyer.
Christopher Williams, 28 Apr 2006

Road warrior Wi-Fi

iPass, the company that pioneered straightforward dial-up support for roadwarriors worldwide, and which recently bought its main rival in the business, GoRemote (known to many as Gric), is seeking to take that customer base to the next generation of connectivity: the Wi-Fi hotspot.
David Perry, 28 Apr 2006

Mexico set to join space race

Mexican lawmakers are in the process of setting up a national space agency, according to Reuters. The lower house in Mexico City has given the green light to a proposal that could see rocketry in development within the year.
Christopher Williams, 28 Apr 2006

Sony to bring net-based TV-to-PSP streaming to Europe

Sony will next month launch its LocationFree TV (LFTV) service in the UK and other key European territories, allowing PlayStation Portable users to receive television programmes transmitted from the home and out across the internet. Mac users are to get access to the service too.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2006

Wanadoo LLU service goes titsup

Thousands of Wanadoo UK customers were left without broadband after the ISP's broadband service went titsup yesterday.
Tim Richardson, 28 Apr 2006

The black art of software estimation

Book reviewSteve McConnell of Code Complete fame, is not joking when he describes software estimation as a black art, though even then he's being generous.
Dr Pan Pantziarka, 28 Apr 2006
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Bill Gates' letter to hobbyists (en Français, 2006)

EU vs MS CommentEuropean Court justice Cooke gave Microsoft's lawyers a tonic yesterday, by raising concerns about the transfer of Microsoft's intellectual property.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2006

AMD Opteron CPUs hit by heat stroke

ExclusiveAMD today admitted it has inadvertently allowed a number of 2.6GHz and 2.8GHz single-core Opteron x52 and x54 processors that could corrupt data under extreme conditions to escape into the wild.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2006

The summing up

MS v ECIt’s nearly over…
John Oates, 28 Apr 2006

Comment on this story and we'll sue you

LettersThe word on the street this week is: be careful what you say, especially on the internet. It all kicked off with a Hamburg court ruling that forum moderators were legally responsible for posts. Cue general outrage:
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2006

Scientists advance bug-eyed CCTV tech

US scientists have developed minuscule compound lenses that will allow insect-style panoramic vision. The research, reported in Science, was carried out by Professor Luke Lee and colleagues at the University of California, with backing from DARPA, the US government's defence research organ.
Christopher Williams, 28 Apr 2006
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'Pentagon hacker' prepares for verdict

InfosecGary McKinnon, the British hacker who's due to hear whether he will be extradited to the US on 10 May, rates his chances of avoiding trial in the States as only "50/50".
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2006

Orange animals not on endangered list

Reports that Orange's laughably misguided “Animals” campaign is to be binned after just two months are not true, according to the operator.
Christopher Williams, 28 Apr 2006

Bulldog doubles broadband speeds

Bulldog has cut the ribbon on a faster broadband service that provides speeds of up to 16 meg.
Team Register, 28 Apr 2006

HCI lobby's plea for mercy

The industry association of deserted HCI traders has presented proposals to resuscitate their intravenous tax subsidy before a commons debate on Tuesday.
Mark Ballard, 28 Apr 2006

Computerland pleased with itself

Everything's on course for a celebratory sherry at Computerland this year, according to the firm's pre-close trading statement.
Mark Ballard, 28 Apr 2006

OFT probes e-shopping

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is conducting a major fact-finding study to discover whether consumers receive enough protection when shopping online. Although more and more people are shopping online, some consumers are still concerned about matters such as payment security, fraud, and delivery problems.
Tim Richardson, 28 Apr 2006

Sci-fi’s old men rule the TV roost

Geek TVAll the latest TV goss from TV Scoop
Jane Hoskyn, 28 Apr 2006

O2 hooks up with Disney for new 'family friendly' MVNO

Mickey Mouse and his chums are to launch a mobile phone service in the UK as part of a new service aimed at families.
Team Register, 28 Apr 2006

Magic key to reveal future UK lottery numbers

This has got to be worth a tenner of anybody's money: a Magic key which will reveal future UK lottery winning numbers:
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2006

TDK cracks 200GB Blu-ray Disc problem

TDK has gone ahead and produced the 200GB Blu-ray Disc it announced a few weeks ago that it was working on. And while it appears to have failed to compress four standard dual-layer 50GB discs together into a single unit, it has nonetheless come up with a novel alternative.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2006

Intel to offer new architecture every two years

RoadmapIntel will ship 'Conroe' in July and 'Merom' in August, CEO Paul Otellini said yesterday, illustrating his announcement with a slide using the icon of new buddy Apple's iCal application to indicate the ship dates.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2006

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