20th May 2005 Archive


LAND attack threat 'not significant', says Microsoft

Microsoft has rejected the seriousness of a security warning about its software. On Tuesday the French Security Incident Response Team (FrSIRT) issued an alert about a security bug in Microsoft's implementation of TCP/IP in Windows XP and 2003.
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Software as service: read the small print

Garter is advising organizations subscribing to software as a service, delivered by an emerging generation of suppliers, to "read the small print".

Oracle teams up with Zend for PHP love-in

A popular open source scripting language has won its second major database backer, following a development deal between Oracle and PHP specialist Zend Technologies.

Microsoft takes strimmer to purchase agreements

Simplified purchase agreements are next in a mission by Microsoft to make it easier for customers to navigate the company's licensing maze.
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Cost of net phone calls may rise

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Eidos board quits

Eidos's new owner, SCi, has put three of its senior executives on the British games publisher's board after all the previous incumbents quit this week.
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Steve Jobs: smoke and mirrors or iCon?

Review Steve Jobs knows a thing or two about publicity. He gave a fantastic dollop to the latest unauthorised biography about him - "iCon: Steve Jobs - The Greatest Second Act in The History of Business", by Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon - by pulling all copies of all books by the publisher, John Wiley, from Apple's retail stores.
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Scientists hail stem cell breakthrough

Scientists in South Korea have successfully produced stem cells by cloning embryos that are genetically identical to specific individuals.
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UK docs demand live liver transplants

In a case which is gripping the US, a convicted killer wants to donate half his liver to his dying sister before he is executed next week. It couldn't happen in the UK.
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Skype coughs to phone number cock-up

Skype has been forced to recall a batch of geographic UK telephone numbers after issuing them by mistake. The London telephone numbers were made available on the VoIP operator's web site last week.

MS UK recruits FBI man

Microsoft has head-hunted a senior legal officer from the FBI to become its chief security advisor in the UK. Ed Gibson joins Microsoft in July from the FBI, where he has held senior positions as a special agent for 20 years. Since 2000, he has served as the FBI’s assistant legal attaché in the UK, where he has been responsible for establishing intelligence alliances between UK police agencies, security services, the FBI and private sector companies.

Windows file permissions: more is less

I have a funny story. A while back I was showing my son the cool speech recognition features in Microsoft Word. I got out my laptop, went through the configuration and training process by dictating into the microphone.
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Feds botch wireless security

Federal agencies in the US are leaving their wireless networks open to attack by not implementing key security measures, according to a report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday.
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Lycos Germany bins IP address data

Lycos DSL in Germany says it will no longer store dynamic IP addresses of its customers, now that a specialist on data privacy laws from Frankfurt University has threatened to sue the company.
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Open source search engine trawls free code

A small software start-up has gone massive, releasing a search engine aimed at open source developers that can churn through 190m lines of public code.
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Kingston flogs Omnetica France

Hull-based Kingston Communications has flogged the French operation of Omnetica, the IP networking operation it acquired late last year. Omnetica France, which trades as Arche Communication, has been snapped up by Belgium-based Telindus for €47m (£32.3m).
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BOFH: Lucky in computing...

Episode 16 It may be true what they say about being lucky in computing and unlucky in love.
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Huge iceberg menaces Antarctica

The monster iceberg responsible for breaking off a sizeable chunk of the Drygalski ice tongue in Antarctica is on the rampage again. This time, the Long-Island-sized chunk of ice is heading towards the ice tongue of the Aviator Glacier, where the latest images (snapped on 18 May) reveal it is heading rapidly for a collision.
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Vonage UK opens for business

US-based VoIP call company Vonage formally set up shop in the UK today, moving its no-time-limit call package for £10 a month out of the testing phase it's been in since January.
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Google catches Portalitis

The company that did more than any other to end the disease of Portalitis in the dot com era has succumbed to the infection itself.
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UK phone scammers yet to pay fines

ICSTIS has yet to recoup a single penny after fining 16 premium-rate phone services £1.3m following a crackdown on rogue operators.
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Yahoo! chat bug gives scope for mischief

Security researchers have discovered a denial of service vulnerability involving Yahoo!'s popular instant messaging client. Hackers can potentially disconnect users from chat sessions by sending malformed packets to Yahoo! Messenger servers. The flaw stems from a glitch in processing routines used to process URL handler links, as explained in a SecuriTeam advisory (containing "proof of concept" demos) here.
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Ask Jeeves buys Excite Europe

Ask Jeeves - the snooty search engine fronted by a butler - has acquired Excite Europe from ISP Tiscali.

ATI X600 Pro All-in-Wonder

Review Whether they'd top your list when it comes to gaming or not, few can argue that ATI's All-In-Wonder series of graphics cards have continued to lead the way with their powerful blend of multimedia features. Fending off the competition for a year or two is a noteworthy achievement in the cutthroat world of PC graphics, but the fact that ATI has managed to do it since it launched its first All-In-Wonder part back in November 1996 perfectly demonstrates its dominance in this field, writes Wayne Brooker.
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iPod Health Warnings - view the best

Competition Ph-hhrrrt! With the tinny rasp that can only be a fanfare of trumpets encoded at 128 kbps, we proudly announce the winners of our iPod competition.
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US gov seeks space billboard ban

Updated The US government is seeking powers that will allow it to ban billboards in space. The Federal Aviation Administration has put forward plans to amend regulations so it can prohibit "obtrusive" advertising in zero gravity. The fear is not about adding to the already growing band of space junk but about retaining space as a thing of wonder rather than a giant advertising hoarding.
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Apple recalls notebook batteries - again

Apple has asked 128,000 notebook computer users to return their PowerBook or iBook batteries on the off-chance the components could overheat and catch fire.
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New fangled weather haters labelled Luddites

Letters Your biggest worry this week was the weather. How commendably British of you all. Naturally this was prompted by the BBC's stunning decision to rid the world of clearly legible weather maps, isobars and weather fronts, and introduce new graphics, apparently to confuse and upset the punters. Especially those in Scotland, who quite reasonably point out that they can hardly see their fair country the way things are arranged now:
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Sober reloaded

Zombie PCs infected with the Sober-P worm are set to reactivate on Monday, 23 May. Sober-P posed as offers of a free ticket for next year's World Cup and set up backdoor access on compromised PCs, claiming thousands of victims since its first appearance earlier this month.