Amazon CEO chooses nowhere for space program
Amazon.com's wealthy CEO Jeff Bezos has picked an unlikely home for his space exploration start-up.
European workers say outsourcing is good ...
A large number of European employees consider outsourcing to be an opportunity for them to develop their careers. Almost half of the respondents to a LogicaCMG survey cited outsourcing as an opportunity for them to develop further specialisation in their field of work.
A new tool In the spam war
Arbitration is part of the next wave of security measures, and can be effective against spammers who illegally harvest email addresses from a honeypot on your website, writes Ethan Preston.
Macworld: Spotlight, trinkets, mark-ups, and middle-class angst
It's always worth returning to MacWorld later in the week, to get a better idea of how it's doing. The first day fanatics - the kind of people who during the Maximum Leader's keynote, actually cheer the announcement of price increases ("... And iTools will be $99 a year" ... "Woah! Yeah!!") aren't so apparent. The late-week crowd is more representative of rational Mac users. What were they interested in?
Malware, spam prompts mass net turn off
Both beginners and veterans are finding the Interweb experience so repellent that they're disconnecting in droves, blaming malware and spam. Despite an overall increase in numbers of humans connected to the internet, the mass turn-off is beginning to hit ecommerce in the United States.
Ofcom ponders open UWB spectrum
Ofcom has asked the public to comment upon a plan to open up ultrawideband (UWB) spectrum to enable the rapid adoption of the close-range connectivity technology.
FIFA to trial micro-chipped football
FIFA is to consider the introduction of micro-chipped footballs after a high-profile incident during a Premiership game between Manchester United and Tottenham.
Cybermachines to take over government IT projects?
LettersWe'll begin with a deconstruction of the ills of the civil service, in particular, why their recent pronouncements on managing IT projects should be treated as a comedic diversion from the real business of getting stuff done:
IBM shunts NTL tech support jobs to India
IBM is shunting more helpdesk work to India as it looks to cut costs. Workers at cableco NTL are now having their IT and PC problems handled by staff at IBM's Integrated Delivery Centre (IDC) in India.
Worm plays Tetris with victims
A worm which poses as a version of classic computer game Tetris is spreading across the net. The Cellery worm spreads across insecurely configured network shares and distracts infected users with a Tetris-like arcade game and a MIDI music tune while it scours network drives and attached computers for fresh victims. Few copies of the worm have been seen, so Cellery is a curiosity rather than as a serious risk, right now.
Pachyderm Picasso raises $7k for tsunami relief
A painting by an elephant at Fort Worth zoo in Texas has raised $7,000 dollars for tsunami victims.
Elpida preps low-amp DDR SDRAM for portables
Elpida has begun sampling 256Mb DDR SDRAM chips with a technology claimed to yield significant battery life benefits for notebooks and other portable devices.
Apple said to ship PowerBook G5 in Q2 2005
Expect Apple to ship PowerBook and iBook notebook Macs based on a G5-class PowerPC chip in Q2.
eBay scammer indicted for $66k fraud
A 20-year-old man from Toledo, Ohio, has been indicted for allegedly scamming $66,525 from eBayers who thought they were bidding for electronic equipment, the Toledo Blade reports.
Chaintech readies Nvidia 6600 AGP board
Chaintech has announced its latest graphics card, this one based on Nvidia's upcoming AGP 8x version of its GeForce 6600 GT chip.
eBay Hawaiian skull vendor avoids jail
A California man who attempted to sell a 200-year-old Hawaiian skull on eBay has avoided jail on a federal rap and will instead do 600 hours community service, pay a $10,000 fine to the "victims" of the crime and issue an apology to Hawaii's citizens in three newspapers.
Sony PSP to ship in UK on 18 March - Amazon
Sony will release the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in the UK on 18 March.
Guidelines for FOIA stragglers
The Society of IT Managers (Socitm) has published a report on the impact of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), with advice for IT managers on preparing their organisations for dealing with the new legislation.
Apple patches 'highly critical' iTunes bug
Apple updated its iTunes software this week following the discovery of a security bug that leaves open a way to compromise vulnerable systems.
Jail looms for camera phone users
A woman who is facing a jail sentence for using a mobile phone camera in court has denied she took any pictures.
US wireless strategy attracts flak
The CTIA, the body representing the US wireless industry, is so concerned by the possible negative effects of increased state regulation on its members, that it has formed a separate organization, with its own funding and budget, to lobby against additional burdens, particularly in respect of taxation. It plans to spend “tens of millions of dollars over the next three years” on the new advocacy group, to be headed by Kimberly Kuo.
Economist rekindles open access chip debate
Chipmakers always face the dilemma of whether to open up their designs, increasing their market reach as well as placating the open source movement, or whether to keep their prime asset, their intellectual property (IP), close to their chests. Intel has come under much fire in the past for its hesitancy in supporting open source Linux on the Centrino chipset, but it claimed it could only support open source drivers if it was confident its intellectual property would be protected.
Astronomers spy proto-planetary hit-and-run
Astronomers have spied evidence of planet formation occurring around nearby stars. Observers at the Gemini South 8-meter telescope in Chile, say details in the dusty disk around Beta Pictoris indicate collisions between planet-sized bodies have occurred as recently as in the last few decades.
Pipex approaches 200k broadband punters
Pipex is heading for 200,000 broadband punters, it revealed today as it reported that financial figures for the year would be "in line with market expectations".
Texas sues student 'spammer' for $2m
Texan authorities launched federal suit yesterday against a University of Texas student alleged to have run one of the world's largest spam operations.
Aussie ambulances to get Wi-Fi
Australian state Victoria is to equip its metropolitan ambulances with Wi-Fi in a bid to speed the transfer of patient data. It also plans to roll out Bluetooth to reduce cable clutter in the vehicles themselves.
Toilet brush secures stupid warning label crown
A humble toilet brush has beaten stiff competition to win US consumer watchdog group M-LAW's "Wacky Warning Label" contest. The offending item comes complete with the caveat "Do not use for personal hygiene" - a piece of advice sufficiently stupid to impress the jury of listeners of Detroit radio station, WOMC-FM.
BOFH: Where the hell have you been?
Episode 1"Where the hell have you been?!" the Boss snaps as I open the door to Mission Control, letting the PFY in before me.
BT's broadband service crashes and burns
BT's broadband service went titsup this afternoon following a massive network failure.
FBI blew $170m on doomed IT upgrade
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has finally conceded defeat in developing a crucial case management system called Virtual Case File. The system, by Science Applications International, was to be part of the Bureau's "Trilogy" modernization scheme, an urgent mandate since the 9/11 atrocities.
Huygens probe alive and kicking
Mission scientists have detected the first signals from the Huygens Titan probe, relayed to Earth by its Cassini mothership.
Verizon persists with European email blockade
US ISP Verizon is persisting with a controversial policy of blocking email sent from Europe. Since 22 December, mail servers at verizon.net have been configured not to accept connections from Europe by default.
Intel delays death of 100MHz Pentium
Anyone in the market for 296-pin 100, 133 or 166MHz Pentium processors, or 200 and 233MHz Pentiums with MMX, now has a little longer to order some.
HP unites golden printer biz and gimpy PC unit
HP has decided to combine its ultra-profitable Imaging and Printing business unit with its underachieving Personal Systems unit, which is responsible for PCs and the like.
New York fumes over online loss of ciggy taxes
The city of New York has concocted an unusual scheme for going after lost tax revenue. Officials this week decided to target smokers who have bought cheap cigarettes online by demanding payment for past purchases of smokes.
Huygens lands on Titan, and the data floweth
At an emotional press conference, the Huygens mission team announced that their probe has started to send experimental data back from the surface of Saturnian moon, Titan. The Huygens probe is the first man-made object to land on the surface of Titan, and is the most distant controlled descent mission undertaken.
Infineon issues profit warning
Infineon expects first quarter revenues and earnings to fall below market expectations. In a profit warning yesterday, the German chipmaker blames client inventory build-up, which aggravated by the sharp decline of the US dollar.
Small.biz urged to adopt 'professional' email addresses
Small firms should adopt ‘professional sounding' email addresses, Easily.co.uk says. The webhosting firm asked more than 1,500 consumers if they preferred fictional email address sales@londonplumbing .com or email@example.com.