23rd > October > 2006 Archive

MPAA scouting for young hearts and minds

The top brass at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) must have spent the entire weekend drinking champagne and smoking Cuban cigars after their latest spectacular PR coup.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Oct 2006

Researcher attempts to shed light on security troll

For over a year, subscribers to the Full Disclosure security mailing list had to endure the taunts and rants of a self-styled vulnerability researcher known as "n3td3v."
Robert Lemos, 23 Oct 2006

FoI changes could block release of controversial info

Changes planned to the rules surrounding Freedom of Information legislation will prevent the most controversial information from being made public, according to legal and political experts. The media is likely to be hardest hit by proposed changes, they said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Oct 2006

Computer factory workers show 'elevated' risk of cancer

A study of workers at computer plants in the US has shown an “elevated” chance of contracting and dying of cancer.
Joe Fay, 23 Oct 2006

UK launches science scholarships

The government has announced a new science scholarship scheme, backed by £100m, to attract top scientists to work in the UK, the BBC reports.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Oct 2006
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'Carousel' bank's founder due in court

John Deuss is due in court in Holland later today to face charges relating to the First Curacao International Bank (FCIB). Deuss, who founded the bank, was arrested by Dutch police on his arrival from Bermuda. Dutch and UK tax authorities took action against the bank in September.
John Oates, 23 Oct 2006

Mobile snap nails dog sex man

A Washington state man faces prosecution for bestiality under a new animal cruelty law after his wife discovered him having sex with the family's pit bull terrier, kirotv.com reports.
Lester Haines, 23 Oct 2006
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Firefox 2.0 goes live

UpdatedFirefox 2.0 was due to be released on Tuesday but the final version of the source browser was available from Mozilla FTP site early on Monday. Demand was such that the ftp.mozilla.org site appears to have buckled under the strain. However the software remains available from mirror sites such as one run by Oregon State University here.
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2006
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SMB budgets fall short of storage growth

BriefDemand for storage capacity is continuing to rise, but SMB (small to medium sized business) budgets are failing to keep up, according to a Gartner survey.
Tracey Cooper, 23 Oct 2006

Pure play apps could eat IT budgets

Here is an interesting little conundrum that is probably worth a straw poll of some sort among our readers. A simple observation was put to me recently by HP software pre-sales manager Dave Clarke, which suggested that the greater the number of "pure play" applications packages an enterprise employs, the greater the percentage of total IT resources that will need to be committed to the maintenance and support budget.
Martin Banks, 23 Oct 2006

Biologists propose alternative to 'cloning'

Biologists would like people to stop talking about "therapeutic cloning" because it gives too many the heebie-jeebies.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Oct 2006

AMD pares processor prices

AMD has cut the prices of its Turion 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 and a number of its Sempron chips, the company announced today. CPU prices fell by up to 35.8 per cent.
Tony Smith, 23 Oct 2006

Nvidia readies nForce 650i pair?

Nvidia will next month unveil two Intel-oriented nForce 600 series chipsets alongside the nForce 680i SLI, pictures of which leaked out last week. The other chipsets are the 650i SLI and the 650i Ultra, both budget parts, it has been claimed.
Hard Reg, 23 Oct 2006

Intel bares Tigerton

Intel is sticking with its roadmap for the quadcore Tigerton and demonstrated a server running four of the little blighters on Friday, according to reports. Quad-core processors for single processor and dual processor systems are due to appear sometime after Halloween.
Team Register, 23 Oct 2006

Sony defeats PSP importer in UK court

The English High Court has ruled that importing Japanese and North American PlayStation Portable handheld consoles into Europe through unofficial channels is unlawful - the latest outcome of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's (SCEE) battle with Hong Kong-based online retailer Lik-Sang.com.
Tony Smith, 23 Oct 2006
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Lenovo retires from CeBIT

The news that Lenovo is backing out of CeBIT, Europe's biggest IT trade show, begs the question: Is CeBIT bleeding to death?
Jan Libbenga, 23 Oct 2006
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SpamThru Trojan bundles own virus scanner

Internet miscreants have created a spam-sending Trojan that comes fitted with an anti-virus scanner. The SpamThru Trojan attempts to reserve control of compromised machines by blocking infection by other forms of malware using a pirated copy of a commercial anti-virus scanner.
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2006

Child safety pop quiz violates child safety laws

An FBI website designed to help children to learn safe surfing tips is pointing users towards a website that violates US child safety laws, Wired reports.
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2006

Borland goes for ALM 2.0

Nine months ago, Borland announced it was spinning off its IDE tools into a separate business to focus on ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) products and services.
Tim Anderson, 23 Oct 2006

Intel to ship 'Bearlake' chipsets as 3x series?

Intel's 'Bearlake' chipset family, due to debut in Q2 2007, will bring Intel's 9xx chipset naming scheme to an end, reports coming out of the Far East suggest. Instead, Intel will apparently code what will ship as the 3x Express series according to market position and feature set.
Hard Reg, 23 Oct 2006
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Irish passports go RFID, and naked

AnalysisThe Irish government has begun issuing RFID passports with biometric data that can be read at a distance to comply with US regulations for its visa waiver programme.
Thomas C Greene, 23 Oct 2006

Vodafone outage caused by robbery

Cable stealing thieves were responsible for a network outage that left some Vodafone UK customers without service for most of yesterday.
John Oates, 23 Oct 2006

Sony Vaio VGC-LA1 all-on-one PC

Review Let's suppose you're a City high-flyer and you want a computer for your Docklands loft. Or perhaps you're a hip and happening teenager who wants to watch TV and use the internet in the privacy of your bedroom. Maybe you're a student who has moved away from home and you don't have the space to house a TV and a PC. Whichever category you fall into, a beige tower PC simply isn't acceptable and a laptop may not have a big enough screen to watch TV on, so you need something else. What you need is the Sony VGC-LA1, and we have to admit that the logic is compelling...
Leo Waldock, 23 Oct 2006

Europe holds summit on future of print

The European Commission is hosting a meeting today with eight editors-in-chief from some of Europe's more established and respectable newspapers and magazines, including The Times, to discuss the future of printed media.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Oct 2006
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BT offers online storage

BT is offering consumers a simple way to store important files and photographs to protect against accidentally deleting things or losing hardware.
John Oates, 23 Oct 2006

Skype offers Brits free yak

BriefSkype users who buy Skype Credit to pay for international and mobile calls will get six months free calls to UK landlines.
John Oates, 23 Oct 2006

HP to join 18x DVD writer league

HP will next month ship its first internal DVD writer that not only burns at up to 18x speeds but also supports the LightScribe label etching system. Says who? Says Lite-on IT, the Taiwanese optical disc drive maker that manufacturers HP's drives. 18x "will" be HP's new writing speed standard, the PC giant's supplier has ruled.
Tony Smith, 23 Oct 2006

3Com flips for Wi-Fi clamshell VoIP phone

3Com is hopping on the VoIP bandwagon, this time hoping to steal a lead over its rivals by pitching a Wi-Fi equipped clamshell device rather than the more common candybar form factor.
Tony Smith, 23 Oct 2006

Cisco gets into the body language market

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to feel the actual presence of John Chambers, wonder no more.
Joe Fay, 23 Oct 2006

IBM wades into Amazon for patent infringement

IBM today announced it had filed two patent infringement lawsuits against ecommerce monolith Amazon.com.
Lester Haines, 23 Oct 2006

NetKernel - taming XML and Web 2.0

After seven years in the making, and three years quietly simmering in production environments, 1060 Research's NetKernel is set to take on the corporate middleware mess.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Oct 2006

Windows in HA does go

High Availability (HA) environments can obviously be classed as a `good thing’. For most users, however, the balance between need and the cost of implementation usually ends up tipping them towards the `not bother’ side of the fence.
Martin Banks, 23 Oct 2006

EMC goes whole hog with hardware upgrade

EMC has gone brash and bold with its latest product rollout, pumping up all of the company's main hardware lines.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Oct 2006

Oracle bulks up telecoms unit with MetaSolv buy

Oracle is buying another company: this time a provider of back-end software for telcos called MetaSolv Software. By Oracle's standards, this is a small purchase, around $219.2m cash.
Drew Cullen, 23 Oct 2006

Dell and AMD celebrate their love in front of thousands

Michael Dell and new best buddy, AMD's Hector Ruiz, cozied up on stage today at Oracle OpenWorld to celebrate customer choice.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Oct 2006

Nokia gets another chance to stop Qualcomm lawsuit

Nokia will have another chance to stop a lawsuit brought by chip maker Qualcomm in the latest twist in a long-running patent battle between the companies. A US appeals court has ordered a reconsideration of an earlier decision in Qualcomm's favour.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Oct 2006

Fiorina: 'However bad it was for me, it was worse for you'

Change is good. Unless it means me getting fired.
Kevin Fayle, 23 Oct 2006

Oracle releases 11g database beta

OpenWorldOracle has kicked its next major database out to developers for testing, with features intended to improve the lot of DBAs and information workers.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Oct 2006
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SGI gives NASDAQ a go

SGI has returned to a major stock exchange for a second go at being a hardware star.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Oct 2006
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Dell finally discovers Opteron servers

Dell on Monday finally gave AMD the big squeeze, when it popped out a pair of Opteron-based servers.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Oct 2006

Ex-Enron CEO gets 24 years in hi-tech prison

Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling can look forward to making markets around dynamic cigarette allocation and tender love auctions now that he's been sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Oct 2006

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