20th > February > 2007 Archive


Microsoft's dirty tricks archive vanishes

Last week Microsoft settled its only outstanding anti-trust case, a class action lawsuit brought in Iowa.
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Neteller waves goodbye to 250 staff

House of Cards Neteller canned 250 employees this week, as the crippling seizure of Neteller funds by the Department of Justice last week continued to impact the company's bottom line.
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SanDisk cuts 250 jobs on falling prices

SanDisk is to axe 250 staff - 10 per cent of the payroll - to combat plunging memory stick prices.
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Carphone Warehouse in pr0n demo outrage

Somebody has been making merry down at Carphone Warehouse, and no mistake. The mobile phone outfit has thoughfully provided a demo of its MyMobileAccount facility (hit "view demo") which offers a rather interesting account name and phone number:
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BT Rakes in new chair

BT's current chairman Sir Christopher Bland will be replaced by Sir Michael Rake, the current chair of accountants at KPMG.
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Collar the lot of us! Blair adds whole UK to police suspect list

The National Identity Register will allow police to add the entire adult population of the UK to their suspect list, giving them the opportunity to check fingerprints left at scenes of crime against those collected from ID card and passport applicants, says Tony Blair. Nor are fingerprints in other EU countries necessarily safe - the introduction of biometric technology, he adds, will "improve the flow of information between countries on the identity of offenders.
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Larry Page unweaves the rainbow his coloured balls

AAAS Larry Page, the most reclusive of Google's ruling triumvirate gave a rare public speech at the AAAS meeting in San Francisco on Friday. During an hour long session he revealed an instinctive allergy to the firm's political significance.
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Police track 100mph urban joyrider

A man has been accused of driving his motorcycle through a built-up area at over 100 miles per hour, filming the ride and posting the footage on the internet. Jeremy Parrott, 37, of Somerset, was questioned by police after they saw the video on YouTube.

Microsoft's WGA changes today

Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage is being updated today, in what the company claims is response to customer feedback.
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Hampshire fights misguided HGV menace

Hampshire County Council has been forced to erect signs warning HGV drivers to stay out of a narrow lane - despite their satnavs' insistence it's a full-fat link road.
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Sex offenders' register to include senders of indecent email

The sending of emails of a sexual nature could earn the sender a place on the sex offenders' register under changes to existing legislation that came into force today.
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Tories attack ID card fingerprint plans

Shadow home secretary David Davis has criticised the government's plan to make people travel to interview centres to provide a biometric for the national identity card.
Kablenet, 20 2007

Snort bug is nothing to sniff at

Snort and Sourcefire users are urged to update their intrusion detection software following the discovery of a potentially serious security vulnerability.
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Video game vets make better surgeons

A study into laparoscopy surgeons has shown a "strong correlation" between video game skills and the sawbones' ability to perform delicate, TV guided keyhole surgery.

Cuba government to go open source

The Cuban government has found another way to thumb its nose at the US, its bullyboy neighbour - opt for open source and throw its Microsoft software in the dustbin.
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An open API for networking technology?

Futures Although I concentrate mainly on development these days, in previous lives I was involved in internal control and network management in a City financial institution and I like to keep up to date with networking and network security – especially as I believe that networking technology represents a long-neglected opportunity for developers.
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Born again Business Intelligence

Reg Reader Studies Business Intelligence (BI) was one of those hot areas in the 90s that dominated the headlines for a while. Then it went all quiet – until recently.

Laptop losses and phishing fruit salad

Dr Neal Krawetz takes a look at the numbers behind reports of laptop thefts and phishing attacks, showing inconsistent metrics and the difficulty in using numbers to determine the real level of threat.
iGo Boomtube

iGo Boomtube portable speakers

Review Personal music players maybe designed to be just that, personal, but sometimes you just want to throw down your white headphones and share your music with the world. Well, a few gathered folks anyway. Preferably not on a number 38 bus – and depending on your musical taste of course...
Will Head, 20 2007
Toshiba Portege R400

Microsoft + Toshiba = Portégé R400

Toshiba has launched a new laptop specifically to run Windows Vista: the Portégé R400 is the result of a collaborative effort between Microsoft and the Japanese electronics manufacturer.
Dan Ilett, 20 2007
Nikon P5000 digital camera

New Nikon camera for new Nikon user

"If you're looking to take high-quality photos without the hassle of carrying an SLR..." Nikon has just launched a 10-megapixel "prosumer" camera it claims does just that.
Dan Ilett, 20 2007
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Scotland to float 'world's biggest' wave farm

Scotland will enjoy the "world's biggest wave energy farm" after Scottish ministers agreed to fund a major installation at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.
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Microsoft orders ROM removals

Microsoft has ordered the removal of ROM images from popular Windows Mobile development site XDA-Developers.
Bill Ray, 20 2007

Phish fighters floored by DDoS assault

Castlecops, the volunteer security community that runs a well-known phishing website investigation service, has been hit by a denial of service attack.

Logica offloads telecoms biz

LogicaCMG has sold its telecoms products division to a private equity consortium for £265m.
samsung YP-K3 digital audio player

Samsung YP-K3 digital audio player

Review "Refined, Stylish, Classy, Sleek" - are all words that have gone to describe Samsung's latest offering to the digital audio player world... mostly by the Seoul-based manufacturer. So, after all that hype is there anything besides aesthetics to drive sales of the Samsung K3 in this Apple iPod dominated market? Read on...
Rob Kerr, 20 2007
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DDoS attacks deemed illegal in Sweden

Distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), where targets are deluged with requests for information, will be made a criminal offence in Sweden from 1 June.
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NHS barcodes cause daylight saving havoc

Letters Who would have thought that time would tick you off so much? Daylight saving - do we like it? No we don't!
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The phony economics of Second Life

Analysis Two weeks ago, business leaders at Davos gave their blessing to Linden Lab's Second Life. They hailed the spectacular growth of its virtual economy while politicians spoke of democracy itself moving into its online world.

Windows Defender spyware-blocking under fire (again)

Microsoft's Windows Defender has once again come under criticism for alleged shortcomings in blocking invasive spyware applications.
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Sirius, XM resort to FCC-baiting merger

As we predicted on Friday, subscription satellite radio providers Sirius and XM have announced a plan to merge in the face of rapidly propagating entertainment delivery platforms.
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Vista security overview: too little too late

Review Microsoft has gone out on a limb to promote Vista not merely as "the most secure version of Windows ever" (every recent version is marketed with that tired slogan), but for the first time as an adequately secure version of Windows. "We've got the message and we've done our homework", the company says. So let's see if the reality lives up to the marketing hype.
Pound Sterling

When is a dollar not worth a dollar?

Microsoft's shameless assumption of a 1:1 exchange rate when re-pricing Vista for the UK market brought back memories of the bad old days when most IT companies simply swapped the dollar sign for a pound sign when preparing their UK price lists.
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'Hoax' stuns classical music world

Gramophone magazine has unearthed what one sound recording expert describes as "the biggest attempt at recording theft ever."

Hacked eBay accounts give rise to conspiracy theories

Eagle-eyed conspiracy buffs have pounced on a recent rash of compromised eBay user accounts as proof of a mile-wide hole in the auctioneer's front lines, giving new life to a theory that could one day rival the intrigue surrounding Roswell UFO crashing and Kennedy assassinations.