High-class, low-bloat office suite goes open source
"They just don't like to do the boring stuff for the stupid people!" said Bruce Sterling recently, satirising the reluctance of open source hackers to add the nice usability finishings non-hackers expect.
PGP, GPG defeated
OpenPGP and GnuPG are susceptible to a chosen-cyphertext attack which would allow an adversary capable of intercepting an encrypted message to use the intended recipient as an unwitting 'decryption oracle', researchers Kahil Jallad, Jonathan Katz and Bruce Schneier report in a recent paper.
Win2k SP3 – how to uninstall MS apps, or not…
Microsoft yesterday began spinning the proposed MS-DoJ antitrust settlement, telling reporters it introduced new, uniform licensing terms for its top 20 OEMs on August 1st (the day Licensing 6 kicked in), and that it would be disclosing details of 272 APIs (so there's an official API counter somewhere in Redmond) and offering 113 proprietary protocols for license.
Godzilla attacks harmless blogger
The Davezilla blog site is under threat from humourless owners of the Godzilla trademark, Toho Ltd., for using the venerable *zilla name and having a goofy cartoon lizard in their graphics.
ISPA wins changes to EU ecommerce directive
The UK's Internet industry is claiming a partial victory after securing key amendments to new ecommerce regulations coming into force later this month.
MS recruits for Palladium microkernel and/or DRM platform
Microsoft's efforts to disassociate Palladium from DRM seem to have hit their first speed bump. Some voices within the company (and we currently believe these voices to be right and sensible) hold the view that Palladium has to be about users' security if it's to stand any chance of winning hearts and minds, and that associating it with protecting the music business' IP will be the kiss of death. So they'll probably not be best pleased by the Microsoft job ad that seeks a group program manager "interested in being part of Microsoft's effort to build the Digital Rights Management (DRM) and trusted platforms of the future (Palladium)."
Apple mulls EU recycling liabilities
Apple Computer could face 'substantial' recycling liability costs, following the introduction of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive-enacting legislation in EU member countries.
KDE smokes MS in SSL bug fix
A serious flaw in SSL certificate handling reported by Mike Benham, affecting IE and Konqueror, has already been fixed by KDE's Waldo Bastian, we're pleased to mention.
Germany: deep linking lunacy continues
Guest EditorialMainpost, a publishing subsidiary of German group Verlagsruppe Holtzbrinck, is sueing NewsClub.de, a news headline aggregator, over deep linking. It claims that NewsClub.de infringes German copyright law by doing this. Here is NewsClub's argument.
CSA computer system '£50m over budget'
A computer system designed to speed up the operation of the Child Support Agency is months behind schedule and £50 million over budget.
Berkeley student fleeces UK in eBay scam
Police are trying to trace a Turkish man concerning an alleged fraud carried out on online auction outfit eBay.
Sun cool on AMD's Hammer
Last week Sun praised AMD's 64-bit extensions lavishly. AMD was the hottest date in town, and Sun had her number!
Norwegians scramble for tech savvy DeCSS judge
The trial of the teenage Norwegian programmer accused of creating the DeCSS "piracy tool" has been delayed until December 9 this year.
Xbox Live set for November 15 launch
The Xbox finally goes online on November 15 this year, exactly one year after the original launch of the console. But only in the US, where Microsoft rolls out its Xbox Live service, along with six online-enabled software titles.
Apple goes SMP for all pro-Macs
Apple has added faster memory across its professional PowerMac range, cranked the top of the range to 1.2Ghz, and made dual processors the default across the line.
My Life as a Teenage Dotcom Millionaire
Today, We received a press release concerning one time "teenage dotcom millionaire" Benjamin Cohen. We thought we'd share it with you. Reproduced in full below.
BT enlists sponsors for rural ADSL trial
BT Wholesale is to run a series of trials beginning this autumn which could pave the way to bring ADSL to rural Britain.
Tele2 UK Ltd becomes Liberty Broadband
Fixed wireless broadband operator Tele2 UK Ltd has changed its name to Liberty Broadband Ltd.