13th > April > 2007 Archive

Cisco wireless products suffer multiple vulns

Cisco Systems is reporting multiple vulnerabilities in three popular wireless products that can unleash all kinds of nastiness, including denials of service, privilege escalation, information disclosure and the ability to gain full administrative access.
Dan Goodin, 13 Apr 2007
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Citrix goes whole hog with virtual Windows

Citrix Systems has tossed its code into the virtual desktop market.
Ashlee Vance, 13 Apr 2007
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Sun buys MIA SavaJe's IP

Sun Microsystems is purchasing the IP assets of mobile Java platform specialist SavaJe, which went dark in unexplained circumstances last year.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2007
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ESA spies space tsunami

Have you ever heard of a space tsunami? Neither had we, but apparently they are common and are the forces responsible for making the Earth's aurorae dance.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Apr 2007

Games swap site goes live

Anyone who's thought of flogging their old games on eBay or Amazon and found prices too small to be worth the hassle may care to try new website Infinite Continues, a kind of Multicoloured Swap Shop for games. Well, without Keith Chegwin and Noel Edmonds, of course.
Tony Smith, 13 Apr 2007
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Are songwriters double-dipping?

Column Should songwriters get paid for a public performance when you download a song? Thanks to a New York legal case, we'll soon find out.
Steve Gordon, 13 Apr 2007
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AMD to brand ATI Radeon 2000 series for HD era

AMD's 'R600' graphics chip will ship as the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series, the company has apparently revealed. Note the expulsion of the 'X'. The chip will contain 320 unified shaders and is capable of 24x anti-aliasing.
Tony Smith, 13 Apr 2007

Sony revamps satnav line-up

Scenting summer and out to appeal to anyone who got lost or stuck in traffic during the Easter break, Sony has pointed the way to a major refresh of its Nav-U satellite navigation kit range.
Tony Smith, 13 Apr 2007
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Linux and Solaris face off

Earlier this year, we asked our readers why people thinking of Linux aren't also thinking of OpenSolaris (or vice versa), now that both are pukka OSS operating systems.
David Norfolk, 13 Apr 2007

Samsung says 'yes' to dual HD DVD, Blu-ray player

Samsung's on again, off again plan to produce a player that can handle both next-gen optical disc formats - HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc - is going to happen after all. The Korean giant today said it will ship such a machine in the US in time for Christmas.
Tony Smith, 13 Apr 2007
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Vonage chief walks

Troubled telco and broadband provider Vonage has lost its chief executive. Michael Snyder has quit as CEO and resigned from the board of directors.
John Oates, 13 Apr 2007
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Public private partnerships no panacea, report says

A report on public private partnerships says they are not a simple solution to improving government assets.
Kablenet, 13 Apr 2007
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Google offers UK payments

Google is launching its payment system, Google Checkout, in the UK.
John Oates, 13 Apr 2007
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Wi-Fi equipped iPod on the horizon?

Apple will bring out an iPod with Wi-Fi wireless connectivity on board during the latter half of the year - if the latest whispers coming from Taiwan's electronics manufacturer community are to be believed, that is.
Tony Smith, 13 Apr 2007
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Accused Pentagon hacker prosecution could backfire

Analysis Accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon is continuing to fight against extradition to the US after losing an appeal last week.
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2007
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Qantas jet almost rammed by sky-hog glider pilot

A Qantas jet had to swerve out of the way of a sky-hog hang glider in the vicinity of Adelaide, Australia, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 13 Apr 2007
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Brazilian airline takes off in Second Life

Brazilian airline TAM has announced it will offer free virtual flights in saddo paradise Second Life, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2007
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Hot or not? Nimble vs Bebo

A new social networking website - originally begun as a graduate project by a DIT student - is primed to go head-to-head with Bebo in a bid to attract users.
Charlie Taylor, 13 Apr 2007
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Global warming threatens Aussie plonk

Global warming may compel Australian wine producers to shift their vineyards to cooler climes, The Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2007
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German boffins make sperm cells from bone marrow

Scientists in Germany have managed to coax stem cells drawn from bone marrow to grow into immature sperm cells. The team says if these so-called spermatagonial cells can be matured, the work would have massive implications for fertility treatments.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Apr 2007
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Swiss turn Titanic into timepieces

If you've got between $7,800 and $173,100 to spare and fancy owning a piece of history, Geneva watchmaker Romain Jerome has just the thing for you: a watch incorporating steel and coal from the Titanic.
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2007

LG offers taster of candybar Shine

LG has introduced a candybar incarnation of its Shine slider phone. The new model - dubbed the KE770 - is 9.9mm thick, just shy of the regular Shine's 14mm waist.
Tony Smith, 13 Apr 2007
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World's biggest tiger stages a clawback

The threatened Amur tiger - the world's biggest* - has staged a bit of a comeback in its native Siberia, with the population "finally stabilised", according to the WWF.
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2007
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Evil twins spread zombie plague

The Sdbot and Gaobot malware families are responsible for most botnets worldwide. The two strains were responsible for 80 per cent of detections related to bots during the first quarter of 2007, Spanish anti-virus firm Panda Software reports.
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2007
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PlusNet just wants to be loved - again

Analysis Beleaguered ISP PlusNet is attempting a comeback with a suite of new deals, backed by its new owner BT.
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Loutish users scupper collaborative technology

Collaborative technologies are failing because too many users are socially inept and have poor manners, according to a report from the Leading Edge Forum, a consortium of CIOs and academics.
Bryan Betts, 13 Apr 2007
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China cracks down on net porn

China's Ministry of Public Security today announced a six month crackdown on net pornography, AP reports.
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2007
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Feds hail trials of new nuke-sniffing tech

Officials at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hope to upgrade America's defences against smuggled nuclear weapons or materials in the near future, after successful tests at the New York container terminal.
Lewis Page, 13 Apr 2007
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US nailguns itself towards extinction

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has demanded that more be done to make DIYers aware of the dangers of nail guns following a massive rise in injuries provoked by the tools.
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2007
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Arrests follow punch-up at Cyprus convent

A brawl at a Cyprus convent has resulted in two people being stabbed and two cuffed, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2007
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Roaming cuts by summer, but other price rises on cards?

The EU's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy has voted overwhelmingly in support of the proposed cap on EU-wide roaming charges, fixing the price at €0.40 for outgoing, and €0.15 for incoming calls.
Bill Ray, 13 Apr 2007
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Why the PS3 might share the same fate as the PSP

Opinion Especially with the recent indicators that the Wii is outselling the PS3, I'm beginning to think I'm seeing the PSP vs the DS again, but writ large.
Tech Digest, 13 Apr 2007
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Visa hit by transactions failure

Credit card giant Visa's authorisation system has been suffering from a system failure since the early hours of this morning, leaving some merchants unable to authorise transactions.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Apr 2007

HD hackers stay ahead of AACS

Register Hardware Register Hardware - it's just like The Register, only harder - brings you the hottest personal technology news and reviews every day.
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Servers go to trailer parks in Iceland

Easter ID theft While we in the UK were taking a break on Good Friday, thieves in Chicago walked into the headquarters of Chicage Public Schools and stole two laptops which contained names and social security numbers of 40,000 teachers. Ouch. Authorities have apologised and are trying to get the information back. Sun Fujitsu …
John Oates, 13 Apr 2007
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Stripping Belgian lager girl off UK shelves

A Belgian lager whose label features a buxom lass in a removable swimsuit* has been removed from sale in the UK, The Publican reports.
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2007
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Researchers serve up obesity gene

Researchers have identified a variant of a gene that, should you be blessed with two copies, makes you prone to retaining extra weight. Those with one copy of the mutant FTO gene are 30 per cent more likely to be obese, while those with two copies, the researchers say, are 70 per cent more likely to be dangerously overweight.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Apr 2007
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Router technology creeps into the space age

US military boffins are planning to put a satellite-based router into orbit.
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2007
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House-trash party girl blames 'hackers'

An English teenager whose house was trashed after she posted a party invite on MySpace has blamed computer hackers for the gatecrashing debacle.
Joe Fay, 13 Apr 2007
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Orange suspends extranet after attack

Orange has had to suspend access to its "Enable" system since last Thursday when it became aware that a third party was trying to access the credit checking and connection management system.
Bill Ray, 13 Apr 2007
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CBS signs online partners

CBS has signed agreements with a bunch of online partners to distribute its shows over the internet.
John Oates, 13 Apr 2007
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Indian tiger starts to waddle

Indian outsourcing giant Infosys has posted year end results that show how its growth is still constrained by a lack of resources.
Mark Ballard, 13 Apr 2007
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Future warfare and all that Jizz

Letters This week, the MOD took to gazing into a crystal ball, and came up with a number of scary sounding predictions for what the future might hold.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Apr 2007
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Virgin sees Sky in court

The spat between Virgin Media and BSkyB took another turn yesterday when Virgin Media launched a High-Court action accusing Sky of breaching the 1998 UK Competition Act.
Bill Ray, 13 Apr 2007
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Killer virus hoax panics Pakistan

Mobile phone operators in Pakistan have been deluged with calls from concerned users after they received a hoax message claiming a killer virus was being transmitted via their handsets.
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2007
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New Laws of Robotics proposed for US kill-bots

A new set of laws has been proposed to govern operations by killer robots. The ideas were floated by John S Canning, an engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Centre, Dahlgren Division – an American weapons-research and test establishment. Mr Canning's “Concept of Operations for Armed Autonomous Systems” presentation can be downloaded here (pdf).
Lewis Page, 13 Apr 2007
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Vendors oversell Business Intelligence (now there's a surprise)

Reg Reader Workshop The BI jargon mini-poll results are in and they make interesting reading, with lessons in there for both vendors and IT departments.
Tony Lock, 13 Apr 2007
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Kumar to return $800m to CA shareholders

Sanjay Kumar, the disgraced former CEO of Computer Associates, is to pay $798.6m in restitution to victims of the company's $2.2bn accounting fraud. Well, he would if had the money...
Austin Modine, 13 Apr 2007
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WD touts quieter, smoother drives for video

Audio-video drives are back on the menu, with Western Digital bringing out a range of IDE and SATA hard disks that goes to a chunky 500GB – enough for up to 30 hours of HD video, reckons WD.
Bryan Betts, 13 Apr 2007
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Unified storage combo binds NAS, SAN and DR

Nexsan and Reldata have linked up to produce an IP-based unified storage system that offers both SAN and NAS capabilities, and will be sold by both companies' dealers.
Bryan Betts, 13 Apr 2007
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US agencies cybersecurity defences are outstandingly mediocre

Information security procedures in federal government have improved, albeit modestly. An annual computer security report card on 24 federal agencies released Thursday rated average security at "C-minus for 2006 compared to D+ in 2005.
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2007
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Pork-stuffed Cray parades CEO and product

Interview Cray's Peter Ungaro has become fully emergent. Not so much like a fluff-filled executive at a Web 2.0 start-up, but more like a CEO of a manly supercomputing firm ready to brag about his company's latest accomplishments.
Ashlee Vance, 13 Apr 2007

Of HP's Virtual Connect

Comment HP announced last month the availability of Virtual Connect, virtualization technologies to simplify the connectivity and management of its BladeSystem c-Class architecture. HP Virtual Connect modules separate server management from LAN and SAN management without introducing another network or disturbing existing network topologies.
Clay Ryder, 13 Apr 2007
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Net does its part to bring down American Idol

Given the dearth of creativity and talent on American Idol, you'd think the show by now would have suffered a fate worse than the Hindenburg. Alas, the series is in its sixth season, so a handful of altruistic souls have taken to the net in a campaign to torpedo the show.
Dan Goodin, 13 Apr 2007
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DiData sells sub-scale Swedish sub

Dimension Data has sold its Swedish operations to Cygate, a subsidiary of TeliaSonera. Terms were undisclosed, which means that the sale price was nothing to write home about.
Team Register, 13 Apr 2007
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Attacks exploit Windows DNS server flaw

Attackers are targeting a flaw in the DNS service for Windows server OSes that could hijack the computers that run them, Microsoft warns. The software behemoth advises admins to employ workarounds pending completion of its investigation.
Dan Goodin, 13 Apr 2007
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Calif. techies sue AT&T and Yellowpages in overtime spat

Two California computer support technicians have launched a class action suit against their employers, AT&T and Yellowpages.com, for classifying them as 'managers' or 'engineers' to avoid paying overtime and meal breaks.
Drew Cullen, 13 Apr 2007