1st > December > 2006 Archive
Who framed Jessica Rabbit?
CommentHere's a trick question: would you invent the movie camera if there was no such thing as a movie projector? Or, to make the trick more obvious: would you invent the movie camera, and then prevent anybody from building a projector? Would you create a camera which produced movies that only another camera owner could watch?
BitTorrent bags $20m, galvanises CEO
BitTorrent said it has secured $20m in venture capital and scotched rumours that founder and CEO Bram Cohen is leaving the firm.
Second Life equal with First Life
Nearly half of all Americans who belong to online communities claim that the virtual world they inhabit is as important as the real world.
Email pioneer says breakthrough was too much trouble
The man who invented the internet's most popular email routing system says he would never have done it had he known how much trouble it was going to be.
AMD demos four-core Opteron
AMD has demo'd its upcoming quad-core Opteron server processor, a few days after launching the gamer-oriented Quad FX, which despite its name is a dual-core part.
Internet Archive wins copyright reprieve
The Internet Archive project has won an exemption from US copyright law, overcoming an obstacle which threatened the entire work of the not-for-profit group. It can now host copies of obsolete computer games and software without fear of prosecution.
Your data is protected: but is it protected enough?
Storage briefingYou might think your data is protected, but is it protected enough? There are plenty of statistics around on how rarely businesses survive the complete loss of their IT systems and data, but these days, it's not just a matter of business continuity - it's a legal requirement as well.
Data protections are being eroded, says EU watchdog
The EU's data protection watchdog has warned that European officials are in danger of eroding basic data protection principles and has called on them to reconsider their actions.
Nvidia warned off releasing integrated Intel chipsets early
Nvidia is near to launching low-end integrated chipsets for systems based on Intel processors, a US analyst has alleged. However, the company was warned that a near-term release would be "premature" - if Nvidia wants to avoid degrading its gross margins.
World of virtual lessons for e-business
CommentMany of us who are active on the internet, giving our views on what is happening, are used to getting "flamed" (having hostile messages about us posted online).
US DoJ probes GPU biz antitrust allegations
The US Department of Justice is investigating claims of anti-trust activity in the graphics chip and add-in card markets, it has emerged. AMD yesterday said it had been subpoena'd by the DoJ as a result of its acquisition of ATI.
PDFs open critical hole in Internet Explorer
A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe's Acrobat and Reader software which affects Internet Explorer users.
Quanta preps Apollo PDA phone for O2
Mobile phone network O2 is preparing what appears to be a mid-range Windows Mobile 5.0-based PDA phone, made not by its new XDA partner, Asus, but by Quanta.
Second Life escapists told to wake up
An anti-poverty campaign has reminded the inhabitants of Second Life that while they fanny about wasting time and money hiding from their own trivial worries there are people are dying unnecessarily in the real world.
Sony management shuffle dooms PlayStation 4?
Sony's move to promote Kaz Hirai, yesterday head of the US wing of the company's Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) division but now President and COO of the global SCE operation, means the consumer electronics giant may never produce a PlayStation 4 console.
Jittery yanks warn of Jihadist internet threat
An internet "Jihadist" has posted a message to an Internet chat room that suggests people who are angry about the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay should retaliate with cyber-security attacks on its stock market and banking web sites in the run up to Christmas.
Fujitsu shows world's smallest optical spot
Fujitsu has demonstrated what it claims is the world's first optical device capable of producing a beam less than 100nm across.
Apple: the Conservative Party of tech
Despite its carefully spun marketing conceit that it's the tech brand of choice of the young and groovy, Apple's strongest market is among pensioners according to research. Almost half of Apple's base is 55 and over, said analysts at MetaFacts. That's almost double the proportion of older users who bat for the IBM-compatible team.
London's hotspots unfit for voice
Most of London's wireless hotspots can't support more than one voice-over-IP call at a time, according to a survey by WLAN analysis specialist AirMagnet.
Vodafone loses signal
Vodafone lost its UK network this morning after trying to upgrade its SMS software.
Feds implement mass passenger data trawl
Whenever the US government runs afoul of public opinion with some data-mining scheme threatening to invade the privacy of millions, it changes the name and then goes ahead as planned. We had the "Total Information Awareness" (TIA) federal scheme to mine official and commercial databases, which morphed into the MATRIX, an interconnected state scheme to mine official and commercial databases, to which the federal government has access.
US government approves dotcom contract
The United States government has approved a revised contract for ownership of the dotcom registry, solving one of the biggest problems at the heart of the internet, but also lighting the fuse on an almighty international argument over Net control.
SCO shares collapse under weight of ruling
SCO Group shares went south in a hurry during Friday's trading, as investors reacted to the company's legal misfortunes.