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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Biologists propose alternative to 'cloning'
Biologists would like people to stop talking about "therapeutic cloning" because it gives too many the heebie-jeebies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IBM wades into Amazon for patent infringement
IBM today announced it had filed two patent infringement lawsuits against ecommerce monolith Amazon.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fiorina: 'However bad it was for me, it was worse for you'
Change is good. Unless it means me getting fired.
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.
SGI gives NASDAQ a go
SGI has returned to a major stock exchange for a second go at being a hardware star.
Dell finally discovers Opteron servers
Dell on Monday finally gave AMD the big squeeze, when it popped out a pair of Opteron-based servers.