30th > October > 2007 Archive

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Woman murdered after answering Craigslist ad

A Minnesota woman was killed after answering a nanny job advertised on Craigslist. It is the first murder on the site, which offers free classified ads hawking just about anything you can imagine.
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Prince's anti-YouTube crusade halted by American mommy

A Pennsylvania mother of two of has stood-up to the internet-battling escapades of the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.
Cade Metz, 30 2007

IBM rubs its junk for solar industry

IBM is transforming its scrap silicon wafers into profitable material used to produce solar panels.

When antivirus products (and Internet Explorer) fail you

When Didier Stevens recently took a closer look at some Internet Explorer malware that he had found, something surprised him somewhat.
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Sick Brit yobs graffiti dog

Further proof, were it needed, that Britain has degenerated from a fun-loving democratic paradise to a yob-ravaged land in which decorated war veterans collect their pensions in armoured vehicles for fear they might fall prey to alcopop-crazed happyslapping hoodies comes today from Fulham, where "sick yobs" found a novel way to apply their motto "if it stands still, graffiti it".
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DARPA looking to verify imported military chips

DARPA*, the mad-as-a-bottle-of-crisps Pentagon warboffinry operation, has struck again - this time awarding a $13m contract to the University of Southern California to develop technology which will ensure that imported integrated circuits (ICs) used by the US military are trustworthy.

Googlite explains PageRank tweak

Google has confirmed that the recent update to its "visible PageRank" system is an effort to crackdown on sites trying to rig this closely-watched web popularity contest.
Cade Metz, 30 2007
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Battle of Britain pilots actually crap shots

A historian has claimed Fighter Command's finest - "The Few" who legendarily administered Goering's Luftwaffe a bloody nose during the Battle of Britain - were actually often woefully undertrained and incapable of hitting a barn door with a banjo.
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UK.gov lambasted for ignoring peers' cybercrime report

A leading security expert has criticised the UK government for ignoring recommendations on tackling cybercrime from peers.

OLPC wants $200 for its $100 laptop, please

The $100 laptop, designed to save the children of developing countries from a world without technology, might have to be rebranded. The machine's price tag has now hit the $200 mark.
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Modest reform efforts mask tough issues in gTLD reform

ICANN 2007 Los Angeles ICANN offered a workshop today intended to clarify the latest proposed application process for acquiring new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) and to make the entire process more transparent. Unfortunately, the results were a disappointment, leaving as many contentious questions unanswered as answered.
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Second Life mounts assault on reality

The felchland Second Life refuses to stay out of our synapses despite some of our best efforts. This month we find the puerile game creeping into our courts and into popular prose.
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Scottish decision threatens PFI contract secrecy

The Scottish Information Commissioner has ordered a health board to disclose the details of a private finance initiative (PFI) hospital deal worth ₤1.2bn. The decision could have far-reaching consequences, says a freedom of information law expert.
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Rhys Jones 'killer' named on YouTube

The alleged killer of 11-year-old Rhys Jones has been named by commenters on YouTube.

Samsung roadmaps 42in OLED TVs for 2010

Samsung's plan to roll out 14in OLED screens by 2010 - revealed last week - turns out to be merely the first step toward the release of 40in and 42in panels a year later.
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Becks shows Scientology some rispek

David Beckham has admitted that while he respects the Scientological beliefs of new chums Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, they have not attempted to convert him and missus Posh to the word of L Ron Hubbard.
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Guardian blogborg takes aim at global warming

For the second week in a row the Guardian has turned the power of the internet onto the problems of the planet - at this rate, it surely can't be long before we're all saved. Last week editor Alan Rusbridger unleashed 15 million readers on Africa; this week environment writer Leo Hickman is trying to shut down coal-fired power stations.
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Dogs blast hunter with shotgun

An Iowa man enjoyed a trip to hospital with 100 birdshot pellets in his calf after hunting dogs let him have it from less than a metre with some pheasant-busting ordnance, AFP reports.
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Bin charging back on as Brown gets dizzy

Reports this morning have it that government plans for bin charging are back on, after an apparent attack of cold feet by the Prime Minister last week.

Data recovery firm sounds Mac hard drive damage alert

Updated Data recovery company Retrodata has challenged Apple to come clean about what it claims is a "critical manufacturing flaw" affecting some hard drives used in MacBook laptops and desktops like the Mac Mini - an issue that could result in data loss.
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Hundreds for chop as Tiscali launches Pipex jobs purge

Tiscali will slash hundreds of customer care jobs at recent acquisition Pipex broadband and voice, staff were told yesterday afternoon.

Nintendo to fire Wii Zapper into Europe for Xmas

Nintendo’s Wii Zapper will be available across Europe in time for Christmas, the company said today.
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US airforce checked out for synthi-fuel by 2011

The US Air Force (USAF) is already well known for its wish to be free of dependence on oil imported from suspect overseas dictatorships. Ultimately, the plan appears to be for the USAF's mighty aerial armadas to run on fungus or algae-based biofuels, but in the nearer future the Yankee airmen would be happy with any kind of domestically-sourced alternative.
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Europe delays accidental ban on MRI scans

The European Commission has suggested that it should delay implementing legislation that would have imposed serious limits on when and where MRI scans could be used.
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Brussels politicos: More cash for Galileo, pronto

Galileo, the rolling European satnav project fracas, has hit the headlines again as parliamentarians in Brussels demand extra funds for the coming year.

Toshiba spits out tasty H1 profit

Japanese electronics giant Toshiba yesterday reported a hike in first half profits, buoyed by strong demand for the firm's memory chips as well as steady growth in the computer arm of its business.

Pentax Optio Z10 digital camera

Review Talk about too much choice: we're drowning in digital cameras. These days, everyone, their tennis partner and their dog seem to be launching an eight-megapixel compact with a large screen. So, in this over-crowded environment can Pentax's Optio Z10 stand out from the crowd?

Morse signals stability in current year

Morse told its annual meeting today that trading is running in line with expectations. In a statement to the AGM, outgoing chairman Richard Lapthorne said that “stabilization of revenue has continued into the new financial year.” He said that the management has set a target of operating margin of 7.2 per cent, and absolute operating profit of $20m. Lapthorne said the integration of service group Xayce was progressing well.®
Joe Fay, 30 2007
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Sony: we'll have sold 132m PS2s by 31 March 08

Sony expects to have sold 132m PlayStation 2s worldwide by the end of March 2008, boosting the console’s current seven-year sales figures by 12m within five months.

Leopard on a PC?

Can I purchase any Intel box and install Apple's Mac OS X Leopard operating system on it?
Phil Sher, 30 2007

Wii broke my ribs, Zelda finished me off

Reader Comment We've all heard about Wii related damage to property and people, but I think my case is perhaps a little different. If it wasn't for the fact that the inevitable outcome would be for every Wiimote sold from this date to be encased in an inertia-dampening field and under no circumstances be actually used by a person then I would also let Nintendo know this.
Mowstree, 30 2007

Reaper aerial killbot harvests its first fleshies

The new MQ-9 Reaper airborne wardroid has mown down its first fleshies, according to the US Air Force.

Google jumps ahead of ITV1 on Q3 ad revenue

Internet behemoth Google has seen its advertising revenues overtake the UK's most popular commercial television channel in the third quarter of this year.

Bank and mortgage scam nets ID crooks thousands

Scammers conned both a mortgage firm and a bank to hit an IT director for £60,000. UK police are hunting the gang responsible for the scam, and at least nine others like it, that are estimated to have netted ID fraudsters hundreds of thousands of pounds, The Times reports.
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Whois database targeted for destruction

The long-running attempt by privacy advocates to bin the Whois database will be up for vote at the ICANN meeting in Los Angeles tomorrow.
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Cops coax half-naked Czech wolfman from Cardiff tree

Cardiff cops launched a "major operation" yesterday after a half-naked Czech man climbed a tree, began "crying and howling like a wolf" and then refused to come down from his perch.

BT banks on windmills to throw greens off its scent

SNW BT is going green in part to avoid being targeted by environmental activists after it emerged that that it now uses 0.75 per cent of the UK's electricity.

How ASP.NET began in Java

A bit of nostalgia for you. Cast your minds back to 1999 or thereabouts. Microsoft is finishing off IIS 4.0 and there is no such thing as C# or ASP.NET. However, there are rumours that Microsoft is creating a Java-like platform codenamed "Cool", in the aftermath of a dispute with Sun that was making it impossible to use Java itself. Microsoft denies the rumours.
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Lords debate airline liquids ban

Who remembers the deadly liquid bomb airliner plot? Most of you, we're guessing, as there are still a lot of fairly mindless restrictions on taking liquids aboard planes - no matter that the plot was actually rather far-fetched.

Male pattern boldness

Long time readers of my blog will know that I'm a huge fan of design patterns. Patterns wrap complex architectures with simplistic descriptions. They create wonderful buzzwords that we can use instead of resorting to actual human language descriptions. And they help enforce that feeling that we're all a part of an elite clique shunned by society not by their choice, but by ours.
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FTC demands bigger spyware penalties

US consumer watchdog the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is calling for a bigger stick with which to punish spyware purveyors.

McAfee pays $51m for Hacker Safe

Security firm McAfee has bought ScanAlert - the company behind the "HACKER SAFE" kitemark used to certify ecommerce websites.

Sony paints PS2 white... for a while

Despite investing many millions of dollars into the PS3, Sony thinks the best way of boosting its consoles sales is recolouring the new model's seven-year-old predecessor. So, enter a "limited edition" ceramic white PS2.
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US tech industry backs Buffalo in Wi-Fi patent spat

America's computing industry are lining up behind Buffalo Technology to support its appeal against a US import ban of its 802.11a and 802.11g kit.
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Obama pledges Net Neutrality, Ewok safety

Comment Politicians long ago gave up on politics. Instead of articulating great ideas, the choice that faces voters today is between identikit managerial bureaucrats who've never had a job outside politics. Most of their adult lives have been spent in the hermetic world of wonkdom. So it's little wonder, then, that they have trouble distinguishing between fiction and reality.

EMC satisfies management fetish with Voyence

EMC's grand stretch across the data center continued this week with the purchase of Voyence - a maker of network configuration software.

Buzzword bingo for Microsoft's Oslo

Packing as many buzzwords as possible into a single news announcement might prove you're "on message" but won't disguise the fact your strategy lags every major player in town.
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DMTF accepts new format for portable VMs

The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) recently announced the acceptance of a draft specification submitted by leading virtualization companies that seeks to establish an industry-standard format for portable virtual machines.

Woman admits fleecing shopping network of more than $412,000

A woman has pleaded guilty to fleecing the QVC home-shopping networking of more than $412,000 by exploiting a gaping hole in its website that allowed her to receive merchandise without paying for them.

Apple's Leopard leaps into action

Apple has sold two million copies of Leopard, the latest version of its Mac OS X operating system, since its release on Friday. The company said the Leopard sales rush outpaced that of its predecessor Tiger, until now the most successful Apple operating system.

Vyatta does open source networking with a mean streak

So much of the Web 2.0/Participation Age garbage arrives with false pretenses of goodwill. Give everyone a MySpace page and our collective spirit will fill the world with creativity and freshness. Gwana-gwana.