15th > February > 2007 Archive
SCO bloodhounds search for Groklaw author
The sequel to the 2005 Linux mystery thriller concerning the identity of the Groklaw blogger going by the name Pamela Jones has hit the street, and despite some fresh intrigue, it's as rough a slog as the original.
Microsoft accuses IBM of an 'ulterior' standards agenda
Microsoft is crying foul against IBM in its campaign for fast-track approval of XML Office file formats as an international standard.
Firefox hands out cookies from strangers
Firefox suffers from a flaw that allows attackers to manipulate the authentication cookies of virtually any website, a vulnerability Bugzilla has deemed severe. It's the second major security lapse for the open-source browser in as many days.
Bored Roddick pounds Canadian
SAP OpenA bored Andy Roddick clobbered Canadian Frank Dancevic during his opening match here at the SAP Open.
Yankee Blake flattens young Russian
SAP OpenJames Blake pushed aside Russian Igor Kunitsyn during two uneventful sets tonight here at the SAP Open.
Glu and Codemasters get stuck in
3GSMMobile games developer and publisher Glu has done a deal with Codemasters to get its games onto mobile phones.
T-Mobile says mobile VoIP will not hit revenues
3GSMMobile VoIP (voice over internet protocol) will not hit mobile telephony revenues, but will have more of an impact on fixed line services, according to T-Mobile International AG chief executive Hamid Akhavan.
Hubble snaps death throes of sun-like star
Our sun will probably look very much the same for the next few billion years, plodding happily along the main sequence, bathing our solar system in its friendly yellow rays. All very nice for us living on Earth, of course, but not terribly exciting.
Apple preparing '15.4in MacBook for Q2'
Apple will ship 15.4in widescreen MacBooks next quarter, Taiwanese notebook-manufacturer moles have claimed, stating the new models will fill the gap between the 13.3in MacBooks and the 15.4in MacBook Pros.
Emails can infringe copyright, ruling
Business letters can be protected by copyright and forwarding them to others can be an infringement, the High Court has ruled. The decision could have implications for email communication because the same principles will apply.
'Pull European data from the US'
The European Parliament has recommended that the only logical way to stop US anti-terrorist investigators from illegally snooping on European financial transactions is to get the firm handling them to remove its data from US shores.
GSMA endorses wireless mobile payments
3GSMDemonstrations of proximity payment systems, allowing users to pay for products with wave of the phone, have been around for years, and every year we're promised that this time it's really going to happen.
Nvidia 'delays' key Vista driver release ten months
Nvidia inadvertently - we hope - yesterday told its customers they will have to wait until 6PM Pacific Time on 30 December for a crucial Windows Vista driver update for its GeForce line of GPUs. Reg Hardware readers looking for the software last night were presented with the following screen...
YouTube X-rates breast examination vid
NSFWYouTube has moved to protect kiddies from "potentially offensive" footage of a UK sawbones performing breast and testicular examinations, The Sun reports.
Europe demands say on US data trawling
The European Parliament is demanding a say on the computerized front of the US anti-terror war and pressing for a global agreement on inter-government data sharing.
ICO issues data protection guidance for SMEs
Small companies should try to answer data protection queries in the normal course of business rather than treat them as formal requests, according to advice published by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
'Pentagon hacker' plays joker on US authorities
Gary McKinnon, the hobby hacker who is fighting against a US extradition order, has pulled a legal wild card on his accusers in bid to face trial at home.
3GSM 2007: The works
No time to go barking in Barca this week? Don't worry, El Reg was there in force, battling flakey networks, congested cells, and aggressive locals to give you the broadest coverage possible. And, just to make your life even easier, we've collected our collective output together, to help you relive the tears, the laughter, and even the keynote speeches. Enjoy:
Darwin Mr Popular again in Kansas
The battle for the hearts and minds of American school children took another turn this week. The infamous Kansas school board that voted to banish Darwin from the science curriculum has welcomed him back with open arms, spurning instead the language of intelligent design.
CoPilot Live to get shareable stuff upgrade
ALK Technologies will next month ship the latest incarnation of its CoPilot Live navigation software for Windows Mobile-based handhelds and handsets, the company announced this week. The app's key addition: support for social networking-style community services.
Crew flees Japanese whaling ship blaze
Japanese whaling ship the Nisshin Maru - currently in Antarctica's Ross Sea - has been partially evacuated following a fire, the BBC reports.
Amazon.co.uk PS3 pre-order offer pops up over four hours late
Amazon.co.uk disappointed eager buyers today when its pledge to begin offering its entire launch allocation of 60GB PlayStation 3 consolea to pre-order customers first thing this morning went awry. The firm was supposed to start taking advance orders for the PS3 from 9am this morning, but the sale didn't commence until 1:35pm.
Voda boss: Operators moving too slow
3GSMMobile carriers risk been leapfrogged by new entrants unless they work together to speed up the development of technologies such as mobile payments, according to Vodafone chief exec Arun Sarin.
Editor's Blog: Quality Management
Quality management often looks very different from the perspective of the pointy haired manager who sees it as a noble edifice like an East Anglian church, gleaming in the early morning sunlight under a spring sky.
Michael calls in Michael to sort out Dell
Battered Dell has moved to get its act together by drafing in a tech manufacturing veteran to oversee its global operations.
T-Mobile halves roaming charges
T-Mobile has cut by more than half charges for business customers who transmit data over its mobile networks in countries where it operates its own network.
Infected PCs spew malware over 3G connections
3GSMMuch has been written about malware capable of infecting mobile phones, but infected PCs spewing regular malware over 3G connections might be a more serious problem.
Turkish hacker strikes Down Under
Legendary Turkish hacker iskorpitx has turned his attention Down Under with an attack that grounded the websites of nearly 600 Kiwi businesses and about 300 international sites hosted by the same US-based web server.
Workplace smoke ban a 'gift' for hackers
Workplace smoking bans may be good for workers' health, but could open the back door to hackers.
Apple's iPhone haunts 3GSM
3GSMIt must be a little galling if you go all the way to Barcelona to present a shiny new range of phones, many with music players, only to be asked questions about a competitor who has yet to show anyone an actual product.
Broadband routers welcome drive-by hackers
Still using the default password that came with that nice broadband router you installed at home? Time to get off your butt and change it: visiting the wrong website is enough to have key settings changed on the most popular models.
HP trumpets HP-UX release and Itanium kit
HP today gave its Unix business the big squeeze with a new release of HP-UX and a pair of compact Itanium-based servers.
Court smack down for Russian piracy epic
A tiny Russian software piracy case that ended up pitting Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Putin against Bill Gates has been thrown out of court.
Super hi-res camera reveals Mars water bleaching
AAASYet more evidence of liquid erosion on Mars from the high resolution camera aboard the Reconnaissance Orbiter has further bullet-proofed claims that there was once water on Mars.
Microsoft probes new Office vulnerability
Just when the world thought it was safe to resume use of Microsoft Office, there's word that a new zero-day attack may be targeting the popular productivity package. Like so many of the others, it's capable of all kinds of mischief, including the execution of malicious code on a victim's machine.
Super Bowl feeds illicit gambling
House of CardsThe biggest betting day of the year - Super Bowl Sunday - has come and gone, and the numbers are in. Legal wagers in the State of Nevada totaled $93.1m, down slightly from last year's figure of $94.5m.