24th > March > 2005 Archive


'Doomsday nerds' defend cyberspace

From the outside it looks like a home for a Hobbit or two, but inside security analysts are monitoring banks of screens feeding alerts from hundreds of corporate networks. Welcome to Symantec's European centre of operations, housed in a former nuclear shelter in rural Hampshire.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2005

Microsoft and EC row deepens

The European Commission is investigating claims that Microsoft has deliberately sabotaged the video-player free version of Windows it is forced to sell in Europe.
John Oates, 24 Mar 2005

Chinese to tag pandas

China will tag all of its 163 captive pandas in an effort to better monitor the population and prevent inbreeding, Xinhua news agency has announced. According to an unnamed State Forestry Administration official: "Information about pedigree, age and other basic data will be permanently incorporated into the giant pandas by ways of molecular labeling or hypodermic implantation of sensing chips."
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2005
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Intel chooses China for chip test plant

Intel is to build a second chip assembly and testing facility in Chengdu, China, the company said yesterday.
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2005

Labour MP backs Captain Cyborg shocker

We have just received shock news that MPs are seeking to honour Kevin Warwick - aka Captain Cyborg - with an Early Day Motion.
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2005

No bonus for Google founders

Billionaire Google execs Larry Page and Sergey Brin are not getting bonuses from the search engine they founded together. Also off the bonus list is chief executive, and fellow billionaire, Eric Schmidt.
John Oates, 24 Mar 2005

Court backs California stem cell programme

A legal attempt by a coalition of Christian and other groups to block California's $3bn stem cell research programme failed yesterday when the California Supreme Court dismissed two motions opposing the voter-approved scheme.
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2005

WiMAX hype peaks

The hype surrounding the WiMAX wireless broadband standard has peaked - from now on it's down to companies supporting the technology to deliver on their promises in a timely fashion.
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2005

Telecoms takeover turns into sixth form disco

Verizon has given permission for its fiance, MCI, to talk to rival suitor Qwest. But only until the end of the month.
John Oates, 24 Mar 2005

Toshiba brings forward 4GB 0.85in HDD debut

Toshiba will put its 4GB 0.85in micro hard drive into volume production next month, rather sooner than it anticipated when it announced the product in January this year.
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2005

Australian school bans iPod

A private school in Australia has banned its pupils from listening to their iPods. The yuppie consumer gadget will not be permitted in class, because it encourages kids to be selfish and lonely, according to the school principal. That's the perfect preparation for the life of David Brent-style bullshit and self-deception that lies ahead of them, you'd think, but amazingly, the principal of the International Grammar School has higher hopes for her brood.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Mar 2005

Politics needs a technology injection

Technology has not lived up to its promise of transforming the way politicians communicate with the public, according to research. A meagre one per cent of the population has contacted their MP by email, but 38 per cent said they would if they knew what the address was.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Mar 2005

Rise of the man-eating cyberloo

Our report earlier this month on the self-replicating CyberDyson - a bagless assassin which could order its own spare parts before launching a savage attack on the nearest Scotsman - considered the possibility that said spares were dispatched from a central warehousing facility by monkey-brain-controlled, electroactive polymer-powered cyberarms.
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2005

BOFH: Identity theft

Episode 11So the PFY and I have bowled up to a half-day presentation on identity theft which I'd been invited to after the recent security conference. (Well, technically, the boss had been invited to, but the invite was just sitting in his inbox.)
Simon Travaglia, 24 Mar 2005

ATI posts 'strong' Q2 sales gains

ATI's quarterly sales and income dipped sequentially during its most recently completed quarter, Q2 FY2005, but the graphics chip maker was able to post big year-on-year gains.
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2005

IVF report provokes 'designer baby' rumpus

A parliamentary cross-party Science and Technology Committee has recommended that couples undergoing IVF treatment should be allowed to decide the sex of their unborn baby. The 11-member committee's report into Britain's fertility laws immediately provoked renewed debate over "designer babies", Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2005

PC World offers instore collection for web buys

A wave of new technologies that can leave customers flummoxed has prompted PC World to add a human touch to its ecommerce system.
Joe Fay, 24 Mar 2005
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Ingres and Open Source - a success story

I have espoused the cause of Ingres for some time and, especially, I have commended Computer Associates' decision to take the Ingres database into the open source community.
Philip Howard, 24 Mar 2005

Doctor Who leak culprit walks plank

The source of the Doctor Who leak which saw the first episode of the new series splashed across the web has been sacked, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2005

Ethical hackers meet airbag-toting cyborgs

LettersWe ran an article this week about Harvard Business School's decision to reject applicants who had used a mini-hack to sneak a peek at the status of their applications. In it, writer Mark Rasch asked a lot of questions about the ethical position of the applicants, the university and the those responsible for the security of the software. He asked: "Is this inherently unethical behaviour, or a foolish mistake? After all, there is more than one moral ambiguity here."
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Mar 2005
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Novell man reappears at CA

Novell's technology boss Alan Nugent, whose mysterious departure was announced earlier this week, has resurfaced at Computer Associates.
John Oates, 24 Mar 2005

Brace yourselves - .eu domains are (almost) go

A mere six years after they were first proposed Europe is a step closer getting its very own top level domain - .eu.
John Oates, 24 Mar 2005

Creative MuVo Micro N200 MP3 player

ReviewThe N200 is Creative's most diminutive MuVo yet - hence the 'Micro' in the title. The feat has been achieved by ditching the MuVo family's integrated USB connector in favour of a slimline, D-shaped port of the kind you find on digital cameras and the like. Yes, you now need a cable, something not required by other MuVos, but you get a much more compact player.
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2005

Oz eBayer punts 24 small Asian children

We're not quite sure what to make of this auction on Oz eBay - bit of a jolly jape or nasty racist poke? Rest assured, though, it won't last five minutes once the powers that be get wind of it:
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2005

Anonymity no protection for online libellers

The tenuous nature of online anonymity was underlined yesterday, thanks to the final ruling in the Motley Fool libel case.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Mar 2005

Credit card cock-up confuses World of Warcraft players

Does World of Warcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment run its European operations out of a four-star hotel in Croydon and a three-star premises in Harrogate?
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2005

No hiding place? UK number plate cameras go national

The national rollout of the UK police's ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) system is kicking off, with the goal of deploying a network of over 2,000 cameras on motorways, major roads and city centres. The system is claimed to be able to run database checks on 3,600 plates per hour, on vehicles travelling at speeds of up to 100 mph - but there are just a few snags.
John Lettice, 24 Mar 2005

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