2nd > November > 2007 Archive
MyTravel's website woes
Thomas Cook sister company MyTravel has been hit by a system upgrade blunder which has knocked out a number of its group websites over the past few days.
Apple gives MacBooks some Santa Rosa loving
Without the usual tarantara, Apple has updated its MacBook laptops with faster hardware and some more upgrade options.
MySpace backs Google's anti-Facebook play
Well, Google's OpenSocial initiative includes a big name after all.
TheTrainline.com fixes web security derailment
UpdatedThis story was updated on February 11 to add that Trainline fixed this insecure credit card submission flaw a day after our initial report. The firm has been in touch to say that it has revamped its handling of security reports from customers, following a review of the incident, as reported here.
VMware douses open source with waterfall of nonsense
With groin stimulating IPOs comes great responsibility.
Law Lords back protection for credit card purchases abroad
The House of Lords has supported the overturning of an earlier court decision that could have damaged confidence in ecommerce. The Lords ruled against Lloyds TSB, Tesco Personal Finance and American Express on Wednesday (Oct 31).
Shills protest Paris Convention on IP
ICANN 2007 Los Angeles"This is an open meeting, of course, but I just want everyone to know it's all off the record." Steven Metalitz, Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC)
Oz Army eyes electric vibro vest to replace batteries
The Australian army is looking to design a miraculous vest which generates electricity by "harvesting" the energy from its wearers' "body vibrations".
Seagate's US customers get refund
Any punters who bought a Seagate hard drive in the US between 22 March 2001 and 26 September 2007 could be entitled to a five per cent discount on future Seagate products or free backup software.
MiFID: Financial borders fall but small firms must beware
Pan-European regulation of large sections of the financial services sector comes into force today, but the benefits of the system will largely pass smaller firms by, according to the British Banking Association (BBA).
Manhunt 2 hacked open to reveal 'removed' gore
When Rockstar Studios tweaked controversial video game Manhunt 2 to make it suitable for a US Mature (M) rating rather than Adults Only (AO), it didn't actually remove the offending material, it has emerged. And now hackers have worked out how to expose the supposed excisions.
Insight profit down nearly half in Q3
US reseller Insight Enterprises said yesterday that profit dropped by 46 per cent in the third quarter.
Big Blue gets into greenwash
IBM, as part of its environmental initiative dubbed "Big Green Innovations", will offer energy efficient data centres a certificate of greeness - if they can prove they have reduced power consumption.
Canadian firm sues 22 firms over Wi-Fi patents
A Canadian IP firm has accused 22 major IT companies of infringing its Wi-Fi and DSL patents and slapped them with a patent infringement suit.
Asus' Eee PC laptop so small, buyers sent boxes of five
We know that Asus' Eee PC sub-sub-notebook is popular with hardware fans and Linux lovers alike, but does US supplier Newegg really have to send out five units for every one ordered? A number of buyers claimed to have received a handful of the handhelds when they only asked for a single machine.
Minor Firefox update addresses stability glitches
Mozilla pushed out a minor update for Firefox on Thursday that fixes a number of stability and performance glitches.
Satanic car key traps 12 motorists in car park of horror
Stranded motorists in Kent were forced to turn to Ofcom after a rogue car's central locking system took possession of other vehicles in the same Gravesend car park.
Website battles to free Oz barmaid's jubs
Those among you who believe that Oz barmaids should have the right, if not the legal obligation, to bare their chesticles and use them to crush beer cans, are directed to campaigning website Aussie Barmaid.
Friends Reunited considers dropping pay walls
Proto-social network Friends Reunited looks set to capitulate in its battle to make web users pay for services. Owner ITV is considering dropping some subscription fees in an attempt to stop defections to Facebook, Bebo, and other free sites.
Better plate than never: sign up now for the gold iPhone
Some folk accuse iPhone owners of possessing far more money than sense, but if you've got it, flaunt it, I always say. And if you really want to show off how considerably richer you are than the rest of us, what better than a gold-plated Apple handset?
Demon satnav imprisons plucky trucky in pasty hell
This week's hilarious satnav tomfoolery story comes from Ivybridge in Devon, where comical foreign person Yuro Odehnal was "sent up a narrow country lane by his satnav" last weekend - almost to his doom.
Microsoft fires cannon at counterfeiters
In its latest attempts to rid pirates from its shores, Microsoft has set up a new* website to help its customers spot dodgy software.
Hackers field malware from fake US election sites
Hackers have taken advantage of mounting interest in next year's US presidential elections to create fake websites that serve up exploits.
Cops expose cross-dressing Catholic school principal
A Kentucky Catholic school principal is on "personal leave" from his post after being discovered by cops sitting in his car "wearing an all-black, leather, woman's outfit, fishnet stockings and women's black plastic breasts" in a Louisville neighbourhood "known for prostitution and narcotics".
Oz motorist reacts rather testily to small todger slur
An Oz motorist who reacted to a woman's suggestion that he was somewhat lacking in the trouser department by throwing a bottle at her was fined A$400 for his trouble, news.com.au reports.
Sony PS3 narrows gap with Nintendo Wii
The PlayStation 3 continued to narrow the sales advantage enjoyed by Nintendo's Wii in Japan last month, a local games magazine publisher has claimed. However, both companies experienced much lower sales than they have in recent months.
Immigration minister fined for car mobe chat outrage
Immigration minister Liam Byrne has been fined for using his mobile phone while driving.
Teflon top cop evades justice, responsibility
CommentSo the verdict's in. No one police officer - nor any identifiably-small group of police - was to blame for the mistaken shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes in 2005. Rather, the entire 30,000-strong Metropolitan force have all been found guilty - and, rather comically, "fined" £175k.
VC legend Perkins regrets HP debacle and taunting the poor
Mr Big Yacht Tom Perkins had decided that um, gee, well, er, maybe he didn't handle the whole HP spy scandal thing as well as he could have.
CA reaps benefits of reaping employees
Hodge-podge management software omnicorp CA is making hay after its massive restructure last year. It has reported Q2 profits three times higher than a year ago when it had just started firing 1,700 staff.
Yahoo! says! sorry! to! Senate!
Yahoo! is apologising to the Senate committee for misleading it about what the internet firm knew about its cooperation with China's pursuit of dissidents.
Scepticism over cyber-jihad rumours
Islamist hackers are reportedly making preparations to launch a cyber-jihad against Israeli and Western websites beginning on 11 November. Experts are split over whether to take the attacks seriously or not.
Sony said to have sub-$100 PS2 in the pipeline
Sony's saying nothing, but online reports suggests the consumer electronics giant is readying a further incarnation of the PS2 that's set to ship in the States next year for under $100.
African human-powered lighting plan announced
The BBC reports that the Freeplay Foundation - the organisation which distributes wind-up radios to Africans unable to obtain/afford batteries or mains power - is looking to offer wind-up home lighting solutions, too.
Confused BBC tech chief: Only 600 Linux users visit our website
The BBC's technology boss Ashley Highfield has provoked consternation in the UK's open source community by claiming that only a few hundred of the corporation's 17.1 million website visitors use Linux.
Beer better than water: Official
Almost exactly a month after we learnt that drinking beer makes you clever, a Spanish boffin has proved that the golden grog is also better at rehydrating the human body after excercise.
Reality distortion for Java on Leopard?
By releasing the latest version of Mac OS/X without support for Java 6, Apple has managed to attain unpopularity and court controversy.
X-Factor singer withdraws over 'happy slapping' vid
X-Factor finalist Emily Nakanda has withdrawn from the hit show after footage emerged of her attacking another girl in a "happy slapping" video.
Is MySQL's Google's Trojan Horse for world domination?
AnalysisSomeone once said something about being careful what you wish for. This is more or less how we're feeling about Google's agreement to contribute code to database maker MySQL.
Security site knocks spots off Mac OS X Leopard firewall
It's been a rocky week for security-conscious Mac fans. A rare appearance of a Trojan targeting Mac fans made it out onto the net and the release of Apple's much vaunted Leopard operating system was marred by security concerns about its firewall.
SaveTheInterneters to save the internet from Comcast
Members of the SaveTheInternet.com Coalition hope to save the internet from Comcast.
Task force aims to improve US cybersecurity
A blue-ribbon panel of three dozen security experts hopes to craft a strategy to improve the United States' cybersecurity by the time the next president takes office, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and the task force's Congressional sponsors, announced on Tuesday.
Java and .NET to drive double-digit wage growth
Open source and scripting technologies may be capturing the headlines lately, but Java and Microsoft language skills still put developers top in salary talks with bosses.
Masked thieves storm into Chicago colocation (again!)
The recent armed robbery of a Chicago-based co-location facility has customers hopping mad after learning it was at least the fourth forced intrusion in two years. They want to know how C I Host, an operator that vaunts the security of its data centers, could allow the same one to be penetrated so many times.
ICANN annoints Vint Cerf's successor
ICANN 2007 Los AngelesThe traditional ICANN board meeting that closes out the week-plus worth of meetings, public forums, and whatnot that constitute ICANN's thrice-yearly geek-fest brought in a new chairman today to replace departing internet legend Vint Cerf.