17th > January > 2007 Archive


Worms own Symantec users

Corporate users of some Symantec antivirus product are facing persistent attacks that target a vulnerability that the security provider patched more than seven months ago.
Dan Goodin, 17 Jan 2007
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Nepal, the new gambling mecca? Maybe not

House of Cards Putsches, legal spats and acquisitions - they're all here in this week's round-up of the online gambling scene. Read on:
Burke Hansen, 17 Jan 2007

Gambling enabler Neteller craps out

"Internet gambling is a multibillion-dollar industry. A significant portion of that is the illegal handling of Americans' bets with offshore gaming companies, which amounts to a colossal criminal enterprise masquerading as legitimate business. There is ample indication these defendants knew the American market for their services was illegal. The FBI is adamant about shutting off the flow of illegal cash" - FBI Assistant Director Mark Mershon, United States Attorney’s Office press release, January 16, 2007
Burke Hansen, 17 Jan 2007
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Survey shows data sharing intent

A majority of public sector organisations are taking the potential for data sharing seriously, according to a Kable survey.
Kablenet, 17 Jan 2007
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Cisco's iPhone trademark also under threat in US

Cisco may lose the rights to the term iPhone in the US, it has emerged. The news follows last week's revelation by OUT-LAW that the company is in danger of losing the European trademark.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Jan 2007
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New ITU head has no ambitions to run internet

The new head of the United Nations' telecoms agency said he has no plans to increase his body's role in the governance of the internet. He would prefer the current coalition of groups running the internet to co-operate more effectively, he said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Jan 2007
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Prosecutions unlikely in water drinking contest death

Sacramento County sheriffs said Tuesday it was unlikely that the death of a participant in a radio station stunt would lead to a criminal investigation.

Intel completes 45nm 'Wolfdale', 'Yorkfield' architecture

Intel has completed its first 45nm processor, 'Penryn', ensuring the part will successfully run Windows Vista, Mac OS X and Linux, the chip giant said yesterday. The news comes just over a month after Intel began offering engineering samples of the chip.
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2007

Tul preps Vista-friendly entry-level PowerColor cards

Tul today introduces a trio of AMD ATI Radeon X1550-based graphics cards, respectively targeting owners of PCI Express, AGP and no-noise machines. All three PowerColor-branded boards feature GPUs factory-overclocked from 550MHz to 600MHz, the company said.
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2007
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Of spooks, security and Vista

Comment News that emerged early January that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been at Microsoft looking at the security of Vista should hardly come as a surprise.
Nigel Stanley, 17 Jan 2007
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Burger King rampage teen posts footage on YouTube

Police investigating an incident last December in which 15 to 20 youths trashed a Edinburgh Burger King were given an unexpected helping hand when readers of a local paper tracked down footage of the outrage on YouTube.
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2007

Seagate ships 'world's fastest' hard drive

Seagate has introduced what it claims is the world's fastest hard drive: a 15,000rpm, 2.5in 3Gbps Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) job designed for servers and enterprise-oriented storage systems. The company also pitched the part's low power consumption and high reliability.
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2007
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Carphone Warehouse reviews Big Brother sponsorship deal

The Celebrity Big Brother racism rumpus, which has seen complaints to TV watchdog Ofcom regarding the treatment of Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty rise to a record 13,000, continues to rumble on.
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2007

Nvidia reportedly readying 320MB GeForce 8800 GTS

Nvidia will next month launch a 320MB version of its 640MB GeForce 8800 GTS graphics chip, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2007
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Brussels weighs up Intel action

EU investigators have recommended the European Commission haul up Intel for anti-competitive behaviour, The Wall Street Journal has claimed.
Joe Fay, 17 Jan 2007
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Survey shows hole in asset management market

Here's a little challenge for someone – the development of a little client PC auditing system that fires off details of configuration and applications to help desk operators.
Martin Banks, 17 Jan 2007

Apple's alleged 802.11n enabler fee: blame Enron etc.

It's all Enron's fault that Apple will apparently charge $5 to make a recent Mac's AirPort Express Wi-Fi adaptor connect to other 802.11n-enabled devices. The fee arises from accounting rules imposed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act put in place after collapse of the energy company in 2001.
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2007

LaCie Ethernet Disk RAID 2TB entry-level NAS box

Review Two terabytes of network-attached storage SATA-based RAID storage and an iSCSI desktop disaster recovery platform all within one small compact unit for under £900? Seems unlikely, yet LaCie, with a little help from its friends, appears to have pulled it off. Or has it..?
Rob Kerr, 17 Jan 2007
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MySpace passes age verification buck to parents

News Corp's social network MySpace is developing software which will put responsibility for protecting teenagers in the hands of parents.
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A picture paints a thousand words

In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams' main character's claim to fame is that he coded a facility into his employer's business software to convert the contents of a spreadsheet into a music score and then play it back via MIDI.
Brian Heywood, 17 Jan 2007
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Shoecam man accused of filming up women's skirts

A Melbourne man was today accused of using a tiny video camera embedded in the toe of his shoe to look up womens' skirts on the city's buses, trains and trams - and admitted doing so for the last four years, local police claimed.
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2007
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Lost: 30,000 Bulldogs

Pipex used a trading update this week to reveal the disappearance of 30,000 customers from Bulldog, the ISP it bought from C&W last year.
Bill Ray, 17 Jan 2007
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Vodafone starts McLaren Mercedes handset line

Vodafone has wheeled its first co-branded McLaren Mercedes handsets out of the shed and onto the starting grid. Lining up to take on all challengers is a trio of handsets: Samsung's Z720M slider and two clamshells from Sharp, the GX29 and 770SH. The 720M's key features are a three megapixel camera with autofocus; 3G …
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2007
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Vacuum firm wants to clean up with DIY robots

One of the funnier sights at this year's CES was a video of a hamster ball. It wasn't any old rodent workout – this one was steering a robot. The hamster seemed to be having fun, and the developer was having a ball too...
Simon Bisson, 17 Jan 2007

Dell debuts semi-rugged laptop for survivalists

Dell yesterday parachuted in its first rugged notebook - well, semi-rugged - claiming the machine meets military standards for resistance to vibration, humidity, altitude and torture* - so presumably it's ready to yield its rank, model name and model number, but nothing else...
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2007
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Info Commissioner: Too late to stop school fingerprinting

So many schools are taking the fingerprints of their pupils that it's too late to do anything about it, according to the Information Commissioner.
Mark Ballard, 17 Jan 2007
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Google erases British bases in Iraq

It appears Google has replaced recent satellite imagery of British military bases in Basra with pre-war snaps following Army claims that terrorists were using Google Earth to plan attacks on its facilities.
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2007

Rackable gets racked by investors

The ever volatile shares of Rackable Systems have imploded following a fourth quarter financial warning.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Jan 2007
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Wal-Mart ads pop up on Pirate Bay

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is unintentionally funding the world's largest illegal file-sharing network, Sweden-based Pirate Bay.
Jan Libbenga, 17 Jan 2007

Oracle blocks 51 security holes

Oracle released a quarterly patch update on Tuesday containing 51 fixes, one less than originally expected.
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2007
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Sony offers eBook reader leather-bound edition

Sony has announced a Valentine's Day incarnation of its Reader electronic book gizmo, a month ahead of time. The festive connection's tenuous - the special edition simply comes in a snazzy textured leather covered, though it's packaging is red and you won't be able to buy it after 9 February, except perhaps on eBay. It all …
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2007
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Judge sentences 'hacker' PIs, clients

A total of 38 months jail time was handed down on Wednesday to employees and clients of a London private detective agency which illegally hacked into telephone lines.

EC preps Intel antitrust charges - report

European Commission investigators have called on the organisation to bring Intel to book over alleged anti-competitive business practices.
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2007
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Lottery fraudsters exploit 070 personal numbers

Crooks running email lottery scams are exploiting 070 personal numbers in a bid to trick users into thinking they are dealing with people in the UK.
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2007
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What makes a 5GL?

Comment From time to time vendors in the application development space have claimed 5GL (5th generation language) capabilities. If you think about this for a moment you will realise that this can't be true. The idea of GLs is that each is an abstraction of the former, so we had machine code (on which I cut my teeth as a developer); assembler; third generation languages such as COBOL, Java, C++ and so forth; and finally 4GLs (now sometimes referred to as ABLs-advanced business languages-as 4GL seems to be out of fashion).
Philip Howard, 17 Jan 2007
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AOL phishing fraudster found guilty

A Californian conman who posed as a rep from AOL's billing department in order to dupe users into handing over financial details has been convicted of ID theft offences.
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2007

Can Apple manage without Steve Jobs?

Column CEOs have been fired for doing what Steve Jobs is supposed to have been caught doing at Apple: backdating their share options to a time when they were worth less. Suppose it's true; and suppose he has to carry the can - will Apple manage without him?
Guy Kewney, 17 Jan 2007

Apple to license FairPlay DRM?

Apple may be on the verge of announcing it will licence its FairPlay DRM technology, it has been claimed, with the recently announced Netgear EVA8000 Digital Entertainer HD one of the first non-iPod devices to take advantage of the move.
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2007

Sun squares up to Oracle with Red Hat challenge

Sun Microsystems has joined the Red Hat hunting party, announcing features and subscriptions for Solaris designed to out-gun and undercut its Linux rival.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jan 2007
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Piratebay's sovereign ambitions blasted

The claims of Sealand, a former military platform off the coast of Sussex, to nationhood are complete nonsense, a leading international and maritime law expert says. Piratebay, the Swedish file-sharing links site, says it is in negotiations to buy the platform.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Jan 2007
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Joost - the new, new TV thing

One of the most talked-about startups came out of the shadows this week, as The Venice Project revealed itself to the world as Joost. The company invited The Reg to its West End offices for a demonstration and a chat with CEO Fredrik de Wahl.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jan 2007

Apple channels iPods for record Q1 run

Holiday shoppers did their part for Apple during the first quarter, carrying the company to record revenue.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Jan 2007

SCO punts on Novell bankruptcy claim

SCO, which Novell claims is on the verge of bankruptcy, had less than $13m at the close of its Q4, less than half the amount its legal adversary Novell says it is owed from the maker of Unix products and services.
Dan Goodin, 17 Jan 2007