20th > April > 2007 Archive

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Pirate radio: the pros and the cons

A quarter of Londoners living in the boroughs of Hackney, Lambeth and Haringey regularly tune into pirate radio stations, according to new research.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2007
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ICSTIS denies £250K Richard and Judy fine

The Sun and the Daily Star are reporting that ICSTIS, the premium-rate regulator, will impose a £250K fine for irregularities in quizzes during the Richard & Judy show. But ICSTIS claims to know nothing about this and says it is still investigating.
Bill Ray, 20 Apr 2007
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What's the real cost of internet video?

Analysis Can anyone afford to satisfy the demand for internet video?
Jeremy Penston, 20 Apr 2007
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Cable and Wireless asks Bulldog data theft victims to get in touch

Cable and Wireless says there is no evidence that credit card details were taken in a data breach that led to complaints from customers who received unsolicited marketing calls.
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Attackers improve on JavaScript trickery

CanSecWest As JavaScript becomes an increasingly key component of online attacks, attackers are investing more energy in obfuscation and other techniques to make defenders' attempts at reverse engineering more difficult, a security researcher told attendees at the annual CanSecWest conference on Wednesday.
Robert Lemos, 20 Apr 2007
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Medion muscles into UMPC market

Medion has officially launched its debut device in the ultra-mobile PC arena: the UMPC RIM 1000, first seen at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year. At the same time the manufacturer announced its latest sat nav GPS device - the GoPal S2310.
Scott Snowden, 20 Apr 2007
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Staff use of Web 2.0 is unseen threat, survey says

Over one third of businesses do not monitor their employees' internet use, according to a survey carried out by an information security firm. The research found that companies are underestimating the data risk posed by so-called Web 2.0 sites.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Apr 2007
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Suing a cartel should be easier, says OFT

Consumers and businesses harmed by cartels and other anti-competitive practices should be better placed to recover their losses, according to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), which launched a consultation (pdf) on changing competition rules this week.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Apr 2007
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Need enhanced data security? Try a condom

In these data uncertain times, it's reassuring to know that the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council is doing everything possible to ensure that your personal details are locked down against abuse.
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2007
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ORG plots e-voting observation

Digital rights activist, the Open Rights Group (ORG), says it will be sending 30 observers to monitor the UK's trial of electronic voting technologies in the May 2007 local elections.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Apr 2007
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Bell Micro talks up record-breaking Q1

Hardware distributor Bell Microproducts has said that preliminary Q1 2007 results show the company is in rude health.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2007
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NASA, DoD in underwater astronaut doc-bot trial

American surgeons will carry out a realistic simulation of zero-gee robotic surgery next month, the Associated Press reports.
Lewis Page, 20 Apr 2007
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BOFH: Geeks on heat

Episode 13 Episode 13 "So let me get this straight," I say to the PFY. "You want me to give you a reasonable amount of time to make a suave first impression - and engage her in some meaningful conversation about one of her interest topics - then bust in with some huge problem that only you can fix which will make you look like someone …
Simon Travaglia, 20 Apr 2007
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Chinese translation software blamed in racist sofa outrage

A Toronto family has been left traumatised after a software translation error led to the dark brown upholstery of their new sofa being labelled "nigger brown", AP reports.
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2007
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Lyrid meteors to sear Sunday's skies

Mark your diaries now for some shooting stars this weekend, as the annual Lyrid meteor shower is coming to town.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Apr 2007
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Alcohol boosts health benefit of fruit

Researchers from Kasetsart University in Thailand and the US Department of Agriculture Research Service have rather agreeably found that alcohol boosts the antioxidant properties of some fruit, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2007

And the centre of your desktop is...

Reg Reader Workshop Well, if ever there was any doubt that what's going on with the desktop is a hot topic among IT professionals, put it to one side. We had an overwhelming response to our reader poll in this area with over 4,800 of you participating, so thanks to those who took the time.
Dale Vile, 20 Apr 2007
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Lloyds TSB certificate glitch sparks concerns

Online banking customers logging onto the Lloyds TSB website on Friday morning were confronted by potentially confusing warnings about a security certificate.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2007
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Oracle shuts Windows on data integrity drive

Oracle has slammed a window in Microsoft's face, by ensuring that a new enterprise data integrity checking scheme for mission-critical applications will run only on Linux.
Bryan Betts, 20 Apr 2007
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'Mary Celeste' yacht mystery puzzles Oz

Australian air and sea rescue services are searching for the three man crew of a "ghost yacht" found adrift off the North Queensland coast, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2007
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Kremlin touts plan for Siberia-Alaska tunnel

Russian civil servants are touting a colossal infrastructure project in which Alaska and Siberia would be linked by the world's longest undersea tunnel.
Lewis Page, 20 Apr 2007
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ESA gives MoonTwins project to UK firm

The European Space Agency (ESA) has asked aerospace company Astrium to design a moon landing mission dubbed "MoonTwins".
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Apr 2007
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Handwrite onto your BlackBerry

BlackBerry Pearl users can now transfer handwritten notes into their handhelds using a digital pen and paper. The technology is aimed at uses such as form-filling - write on the form, tick a box and the written data is sent first to the BlackBerry's screen for you to check, and then back to base over the mobile network.
Bryan Betts, 20 Apr 2007
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Dutch escort agency to service geek virgins

God alone knows it's going to be difficult, but we promise we will keep an absolutely straight face as we report that Dutch escort agency Society Service has set up a special service for geek virgins looking for that elusive first sexual encounter.
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2007
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Click fraudsters flick industry the finger

Incidents of click fraud have escalated despite the attempts of search engine giants such as Google and Yahoo! to stymie the growth of the problem.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2007
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UMPCs: still a gimmick despite Intel's best efforts?

Analysis Intel's ultra-mobility chief, Anand Chandrasekher, when questioned by Register Hardware this week, was suspiciously unwilling to say how long machines based on the firm's new Ultra Mobile Platform (UMP) will run between battery charges. How long you can use UMPCs for is as crucial to their success as the ability to run a standard operating system.
Tony Smith, 20 Apr 2007
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Dodgy accountants sup Um Bongo from exposed holes

Valve blows a data gasket Several reminders about the importance of data protection this week, from either side of the Pond. In the UK, the TV company behind such hit series' as Grange Hill, Brookside, and that cipher for modern despair Hollyoaks, was revealed to be exposing the CVs of thousands of job applicants going back …
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Nokia boosts downloads with low-cost 3G phone

Nokia looks set to bring high-speed downloading to the masses with a low-cost phone equipped with the latest 3G High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology. It can pull down songs and videos at up to 3.6Mbps.
Tony Smith, 20 Apr 2007
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Disgruntled techie attempts Californian power blackout

A cheesed-off American IT worker was seized by an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force on Wednesday for attacking the Californian electric power grid.
Lewis Page, 20 Apr 2007
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Bull goes industrial with software factory

French IT giant Bull plans to turn software development into an industrial process with its software factory announced earlier this month.
Phil Manchester, 20 Apr 2007

Intel extends market share gains

Intel once again increased its lead over arch-rival AMD during Q1, as its share of world x86 chip sales rose above 80 per cent - the first quarter it's done so since Q3 2005.
Tony Smith, 20 Apr 2007
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IT firms compromise on global injustice

IT firms agreed with unions and governments to root exploitation out of their global supply chains after an historic meeting of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva this week.
Mark Ballard, 20 Apr 2007
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BT buys more of Latin America

BT is buying itself a bigger footprint in the fast-growing Latin American market by purchasing network provider Comsat International.
Bryan Betts, 20 Apr 2007
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Talking and driving more dangerous if you're alone

A new study published in the latest edition of Accident Analysis & Prevention has found that talking to passengers in the car is less dangerous than talking on a hands-free phone.
Bill Ray, 20 Apr 2007
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Stolen laptops fuel industrial espionage fears for UK software firm

A UK-based hi-tech firm that's become the victim of "industrial espionage" is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for stealing its computer hardware.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2007
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Netgear SPH200D Skype/DECT phone

Review The manifest destiny of VoIP phones is surely the ability to use one wireless handset to make and receive calls via either the internet or a regular landline with the very minimum of fuss, bother and, more importantly, without a PC poking its nose into the equation.
Alun Taylor, 20 Apr 2007
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Immigration and broadband suffer unpopular limitations

Letters Lots to get through this week - so let's get right to it and address the burning issues of your day. First up, the old "risky business" attack on open source, as brought up in an article on software compliance:
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Apr 2007
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RIM explains BlackBerry failure

Research in Motion (RIM) has issued a statement explaining that its network failure earlier this week was down to the introduction of an improved caching system, which shouldn't have impacted regular operation, and the failure of its backup systems.
Bill Ray, 20 Apr 2007
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Airwave strike threats as Macquarie takes over

O2's owner Telefonica has flogged emergency services radio outfit O2 Airwave to the Australian banking and telco group Macquarie - and the new owner has promptly pissed off Airwave's staff so much that some are threatening to strike.
Bryan Betts, 20 Apr 2007
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Russians crack OpenOffice security

OpenOffice users who've locked their files and forgotten the password - or who have a document but not the password for it - can now crack their way in, thanks to a toolkit from a Russian developer specialising in password recovery.
Bryan Betts, 20 Apr 2007
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On the Office format wars

Analysis The usual trouble with politics is that the people the process is supposed to defend are usually the ones to suffer most at the hands of those manipulating the political process. It looks as though this is the case in the arm-wrestling that is still going on between Microsoft and IBM and the standardization of OpenMXL and Open Document Format (ODF).
Martin Banks, 20 Apr 2007
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Texas Senate waves through cell phone wiretapping bill

A bill extending wiretapping provisions to cell phones and covering a wider range of crimes - including kidnaping, human trafficking and money laundering - has been approved by the Texas Senate.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2007
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Panasonic CF-Y5 Toughbook laptop

Review The CF-Y5 sits at the executive end of its Toughbook range, which if you're actually a stubble-sporting, rugged type, is realistically nearer the bottom of any table of toughness. So you won't be able to drop it down a crevice in the Antarctic and still expect to send an email.
Mark Ballard, 20 Apr 2007
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Nokia plunders Motorola's market share

Nokia increased its share of the global mobile handset in the first quarter of 2007 but growth in the industry has slowed considerably.
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Cheaper phones crimp Nokia profits

Profits were down at global mobile phone giant Nokia yesterday although quarterly sales remained strong.
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Satnav hacking made simple

CanSecWest A pair of hackers have demonstrated a way to spoof travel information messages displayed on satellite navigation systems used by Italian drivers to bypass accidents, traffic jams and plot the most efficient routes from one point to another.
Dan Goodin, 20 Apr 2007

Dell offers XP again amidst Vista complaints

Dell is to once again offer Windows XP on new systems, responding to online customer complaints. The decision reverses a Vista-only policy the PC seller has moved to since the release of Microsoft's latest OS. The move is a reaction to online complaints at Dell's recently-launched Ideastorm website.
Austin Modine, 20 Apr 2007

Safari zero-day exploit nets $10,000 prize

A New York-based security researcher spent less than 12 hours to identify and exploit a zero-day vulnerability in Apple's Safari browser that allowed him to remotely gain full user rights to the hacked machine. The feat came during the second and final day of the CanSecWest "pwn-2-own" contest in which participants are able to walk away with a fully-patched MacBook Pro if they are first able to hack it.
Dan Goodin, 20 Apr 2007
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Overland feels overstaffed

Overland Storage is to eliminate 14 per cent of its workforce to reduce costs. The move, announced today, will see 54 jobs go in a re-org which includes other spending cuts still to be formulated. Reductions are being made across all functions of the San Diego-based data storage company.
Austin Modine, 20 Apr 2007