24th > November > 2006 Archive


eBay software pirates stump up $100,000

Two eBay traders agreed this week to pay a total of $100,000 in damages after they were caught selling illegal copies of Norton security software.
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Nov 2006

eBayer offers 60GB PS3 for less than a dollar

Want an 60GB Sony PlayStation 3, a pile of games, a Blu-ray Disc and an extra game controller for a mere 99 cents? or would you rather take pity on the poor eBay who - apparently - set his 'Buy Now' price to $0.99 rather than his starting price.
Tony Smith, 24 Nov 2006

You heartless, soulless bastard

FoTWBack in 2004, we ran a revealing piece on the new, improved dining experience which is the "Peruvian Breed" guinea pig.
Lester Haines, 24 Nov 2006

Yes! It's the gold ingot USB hub

Tony Smith, 24 Nov 2006

Fitfone wins innovation award

A new mobile-based health and fitness assessment aid has scooped the top prize at the NovaUCD Campus Company Development Programme. The FitFone Exercise Physiology System is embedded into a mobile phone and facilitates remote health and fitness assessment. It measures an individual's fitness level using personal statistics such as age, weight, and height, and combines it with the time taken for an individual to complete a certain exercise.
Ciara O'Brien, 24 Nov 2006

Care Records conference opens and closes debate

The third annual Care Record Development Board get-together got underway yesterday (Thursday), bringing together "key stakeholders" in the government's proposed digitising of the UK's medical records.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Nov 2006

Second life plagued by 'grey goo' attack

For about two hours, the virtual landscape of Second Life filled with golden rings and the distinctive two-tone ding of Sega's popular Sonic the Hedgehog games.
Robert Lemos, 24 Nov 2006

Sapphire unveils 'ultimate' ATI graphics card

Graphics card maker Sapphire has announced an AMD ATI Radeon X1950 Pro-based board that it pledged was not only on average five per cent faster than cards fitted with the same GPU but also much quieter too.
Tony Smith, 24 Nov 2006

UK sets iTrip FM transmitter legalisation date

Griffin Technology's iTrip and other iPod-oriented FM transmitters will become legal on 8 December, the UK's wireless regulator, Ofcom, has confirmed. On that date, extensions to the Wireless Telegraphy Act, which currently bans the use of iTrip-like devices, will be updated for the iPod era.
Hard Reg, 24 Nov 2006

Aussies cry foul on giant Colonel Sanders

Aliens take note: reader Gordon Milne has written in to point out that the Aussies actually created the world's biggest logo years before KFC decided it was a good idea to plonk a 65,000-square-foot Colonel Sanders mosaic in the Nevada desert.
Lester Haines, 24 Nov 2006

HTC's HSDPA 'BlackBerry beater' appears on web

HTC's 3G-enabled follow-up to its S620 - aka 'Excalibur', aka Dash - BlackBerry-like Windows Mobile smart phone has made an early, unscheduled appearance on the web as a pair of piccies and details of its specification.
Tony Smith, 24 Nov 2006

Work begins on merging Health and Social care records

Work has begun on a social care equivalent of the care records guarantee for medical records, paving the way for merging health and social care records. The plans were disclosed as part of a debate at the annual Care Records Development Board meeting in London, yesterday.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Nov 2006
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RSA Conference heads for Docklands

After this year's visit to the south of France and last year's to the greenery of Vienna's Stadtpark, RSA Conference Europe is moving to east London next year, more specifically to the fleshpots of Docklands and the ExCel exhibition centre.
Bryan Betts, 24 Nov 2006

Britain's unluckiest man falls down manhole

A 54-year-old Doncaster unfortunate - dubbed "Britain's unluckiest man" - has continued a lifelong tradition of mishaps by falling down a manhole, Ananova reports.
Lester Haines, 24 Nov 2006

Pico GSM cells, what's the fuss all about?

AnalysisWhat if you built a network, and nobody came?
Steve Kennedy, 24 Nov 2006

Hackers debut Mac OS X adware

Miscreants have created a proof-of-concept sample of adware that targets Apple Mac OS X users. iAdware might, in theory at least, be silently installed onto Macs, running itself each time an application is loaded, anti-virus firm F-Secure reports. The malware takes advantage of unspecified security weaknesses in the OS to load itself as a system library without prompting users about what's going on.
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2006

IGN turns games site into film and TV portal

We went to press just too early last week to pick up yet another film download front that News Corp has opened, this time with its Fox owned IGN Entertainment, the gaming portal that reaches around 30 million people a month.
Faultline, 24 Nov 2006

Qualcomm plays to its strengths with Snapdragon launch

CommentOn a financial analyst tour in the UK last week, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs lamented that, on a day when the chipmaker made a string of major announcements, the commentators were only interested in asking about the licensing disputes with Nokia.
Faultline, 24 Nov 2006

Sony sounds clammy Cyber-shot warning

Kindly refrain from snapping steamy, passionate piccies of your partner with certain older Sony Cyber-shot digital cameras, the consumer electronics giant has asked buyers this week. It turns out the cameras' LCDs may run into trouble in warm, humid environments.
Tony Smith, 24 Nov 2006

Does garlic ward off the common cold?

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Stephen Juan, 24 Nov 2006

Will sweets really rot your teeth?

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Stephen Juan, 24 Nov 2006

Is an artificial eye close to reality?

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Stephen Juan, 24 Nov 2006

Carphone says SOA delivers apps faster

Carphone Warehouse claims that its move to service-oriented architecture (SOA) has enabled it to deliver applications two to three times faster than before.
Bryan Betts, 24 Nov 2006

Risk managers baulk at ID cards risk management post

Experienced risk management professionals seem reluctant, for some strange reason, to sign up with the Identity & Passport Service for a job risk-managing the ID cards programme. Too risky? Well, if that's what they reckon, they're the people you'd expect to know.
John Lettice, 24 Nov 2006

Euro commissioners swap slaps in video game row

UpdatedThe EC's media commissioner has attempted to sedate a colleague who became outraged over the Italian launch of a Gothic horror computer game he feared would corrupt the continent's children.
Mark Ballard, 24 Nov 2006

DBAs brace for week of Oracle bugs

Security researchers irked at Oracle's tardiness at releasing patches for security bugs plan to name a different vulnerability in Oracle's enterprise software every day for a week in December.
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2006

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