9th > February > 2007 Archive
BetonSports gives DOJ one fingered salute one more time
The American Government’s $4.5 billion question - just where did all that BetonSports.com money go? - is no closer to any kind of answer, despite months of legal wrangling.
Anatomy sheds new light on Storm Worm
A deluge of Trojan-laced spam that slyly tricked recipients by promising information about winter storms ravaging Northern Europe last month was even more crafty than we thought.
VeriSign builds $1bn internet security Titan
RSAVerisign will spend $1bn during the next three years beefing up its internet infrastructure following this week's high-profile root server attack.
MySQL is the company's SQL now...
Let’s face it; MySQL is a fabulous database engine. Not only is it free, it’s small, powerful and easy to drive. It also runs happily on free operating systems and so it can be used to create incredibly cost-effective database servers.
UK PC disposal is rubbish
Large UK businesses are crap at securely disposing old PCs and mobile devices.
Nvidia preps sidekick for AMD's 'star' processors
It's no great surprise to anyone that Nvidia's preparing a chipset that will work with AMD's upcoming HyperTransport 3 processors and Socket AM2+ bus, but according to the latest leak the part's codenamed MCP72 and it's a single-chip part.
US cyber chief talks tough on security
RSAThe US's latest chief of cyber security has pledged quick and determined action to protect the nation's critical infrastructure from attack.
E-voting pilots don't make sense
CommentLast week, the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) made public the list of local authorities that will be piloting both supervised and remote electronic voting schemes in the May 2007 local elections, despite concerns over unproven technologies and the lack of an audit trail.
Apple apps not ready for Vista
How many of Apple's Windows-compatible applications are ready for Microsoft's latest operating system, Vista? According to the Mac maker's own tech support site... er... none of them are.
Web mobilises to honour Anna Nicole Smith
The tragic news that the world is this morning poorer to the tune of one pair of 38DD breasts has moved netizens to honour Anna Nicole Smith in time-honoured web tradition.
Minister praises community sites
Cabinet Office minister Hilary Armstrong has emphasised the potential of independent web forums in supporting public services.
Psychic museum closes due to unforeseen circumstances
York Psychic Museum has shut due to unforeseen circumstances, the York Press reports.
UK goes green with gassy offshore wind farm
As the UK becomes only the seventh nation to have more than two GigaWatts of electricity generated by wind farms, the government has given the green (no pun intended) light to the world's first offshore combined wind and gas energy scheme.
Cisco buys into social networking
Router behemoth Cisco has bought social networking provider Five Across.
Asus debuts lacquer'n'leather luxury laptop
Asus has formally announced its anticipated U1F 11.1in compact notebook, a luxury laptop run up in carbon fibre and magnesium-aluminium alloy, decorated with piano lacquer, and mounted with a made-to-measure leather palm rest. It even has a Blu-ray Disc drive.
Vista-effect credited with PC sales boost
It might have had a mixed response from critics but Vista is being credited with a big jump in US retail computer sales. The launch of Microsoft's latest operating system apparently helped PC sales jump 173 per cent compared to the week before.
EMI set to drag majors into DRM-free future
EMI is close to removing rights management software from its digital music for good, in a move which would pile pressure on the rest of the recording industry to follow suit.
MS plans 'dirty dozen' patch release
Microsoft plans to release 12 patches next Tuesday (13 February) as part of its regular monthly security update cycle.
Abit launches 'pro' Fatal1ty mobo
Universal Abit this week rolled its latest Fatal1ty-branded mobo, this one based on Nvidia's Intel-oriented nForce 650i SLI chipset. It'll take an Core 2 desktop processor and run it on a 1,066MHz frontside bus speed.
German model railways derailed by filth
NSFWYou know how it is: you've just spent five years lovingly crafting an HO-scale layout of Clapham Junction but can't help feeling there's a certain something missing which would lend your model railway an authentic urban edge.
Vodafone gets YouTube
Erstwhile business mobile provider Vodafone is getting down with the kids by doing a deal with YouTube.
Richard Clarke: cyberczar, prophet, terror tech porn king...
Book ReviewRichard Clarke, the world's most famous security expert, has a new book entitled Breakpoint. A techno-thriller, it takes its place among its equivalents, romance fictions for American men, a genre for combining combat action porn with loving trademarked descriptions of weapons. The men in this story get hard over firearms, scotch and a chardonnay named Kistler.
eBay trashes English language in sex doll shocker
NSFWForeigners looking to offload products on eBay UK would do well to think twice before availing themselves of the tat bazaar's translation service.
Dell saves nation from bird flu
It's been a difficult week in the UK - a letter bomber with no staying power, alleged terrorists arrested, strange white stuff falling from the sky and destroying rail and tube networks, and the arrival of the dreaded bird 'flu on a turkey farm in Suffolk.
Space telescope mirrors ready for polishing
After a rather difficult week, some good news for NASA: its engineers have just finished making the mirror that will be the eye of its next space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). All that remains is for it to be ground and polished.
Nvidia's 320MB GeForce 8800 GTS goes on sale
UK resellers have begun to confirm that Nvidia is indeed preparing a 320MB version of the GeForce 8800 GTS graphics chip, as was rumoured early last month.
Acer gears up for SMB server push
Acer will pile into the SMB server business in Europe this year, but UK companies will have to wait until September before they see the benefit of the renewed drive.
'World first' quantum computer set to debut next week
A Canadian start-up says it will demonstrate a working commercial quantum computer in Mountain View next week, years ahead of many experts' predictions.
EU to criminalise environmental badness
The EU is to refer environmental offences away from the civil courts and over to the criminal courts, according to the BBC.
3 goes for small biz
Mobile network 3 is offering a range of bundled services to tempt more small businesses to sign up to its services.
PlusNet forums blown wide open by a letter bomb
LettersIt's a full to bursting letters bag this week, set to explode like a letter bomb. And boy, oh boy, the UK government was certainly top of the hit-list - whether ID cards, IT systems, or fingerprinting kids, you had a LOT to say about our incumbents. Take cover. Low flying missiles to follow:
Google - this internet won't scale
Google's TV chief has admitted the internet is crap for TV. Speaking to the Cable Europe Congress in Amsterdam, Vincent Dureau told attendees:
Carrots are not the only fruit
LettersBefore Steve Jobs indulged in a bit of halo-polishing this week, we noted how he'd personified his long and tedious feud with Bill Gates.
The slow death of DRM
ColumnThe DRM walls are crumbling. Earlier this week, Steve Jobs called on the major record labels to allow online music sales unfettered by digital rights management restrictions.
Watford Electronics left debts of £3.5m
Watford Electronics’s stock remains in the hands of administrators, giving unsecured creditors hope of seeing some of the £3.5m they were owed when the firm collapsed earlier this week.
Sophos changes tack with mobile anti-virus launch
Sophos, the UK anti-virus developer, launched an anti-virus product for Windows mobiles yesterday. After years of saying the threat of viruses infecting mobile devices is over-hyped, Sophos now maintains the protection against a "growing number of malware attacks" aimed at Windows Mobile is necessary.
The age of the femtocell?
ColumnThere's nothing quite as hard for a venture capitalist as not gloating. When they "execute" on their exit strategy (sell off a company they launched) it seems they just can't help telling someone how clever they were - and from such a boast, it seems, comes the strong rumour that a new technology has hit centre stage.
HMRC guides UK eBay traders on income tax
A new guide has been released which tells occasional online sellers if they should be paying income tax on their profits. The guide is designed to differentiate between online traders and people who "are just clearing low value items from the attic".
SIPphone community goes bananas over Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0
3GSMWindows Mobile 6.0 is out! Well, at the least, the secret of WM 6 is out. Microsoft was today frantically trying to deny its heroic efforts to keep the next generation Windows smartphone hidden from NewsWireless - but the cat was out of the bag even before the Tribune newspaper blew the embargo, because of the enthusiasm in VoIP circles for the new OS.
Cisco lets slip NAC code to open source
Cisco is to release the source code of its networks access control (NAC) client to the open source community.
Remembering Anna Nicole Smith and her impact on the American Dream
And ninthlyI once thought about spawning with Anna Nicole Smith. Offers were made. But, in the end, a $400m baby seemed like too much of a burden for such a simple man with such simple tastes. Decency - that's what I'm all about. That's what I preach - Tales of Lord Astor and other Great Valentine's Day Gifts, Julio Stantore
Fear and Loafing at RSA
CommentIt's the end of yet another RSA security conference, and we're tempted to trade our PCs for an abacus and hole up in the basement while the nightmarish robot invasion on mankind plays out. Malware, we were repeatedly told over the past five days, is lurking everywhere - in PCs, phones and online bazaars - and is waiting for the opportune moment to slip into our toasters and refrigerators.