4th > November > 2007 Archive


Downing Street's website, the e-petitions hit tart

Number-10.gov.uk, the stultifyingly dull home to Downing Street's idea of news and absurdly astroturfed 'webchats' with our leaders, has released its visitor numbers for the year so far, showing an amazing increase in traffic over the previous year. Or alternatively, suggesting it's been going nowhere for most of this year.
John Lettice, 04 Nov 2007

Mobile networks: the state's new bloodhounds?

So, you're a master criminal, or perhaps a cheating spouse, but either way you've covered your tracks and have a high court judge ready to confirm your alibi - you were eating dinner in a club when the deed occurred. Tickets paid in cash, and a hoodie to hide from the CCTV, your story is safe - except your mobile phone network knows exactly where you were, and when. But they're not going to tell anyone, are they?
Bill Ray, 04 Nov 2007
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No email privacy rights under Constitution, US gov claims

On October 8, 2007, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati granted the government's request for a full-panel hearing in United States v. Warshak case centering on the right of privacy for stored electronic communications. At issue is whether the procedure whereby the government can subpoena stored copies of your email - similar to the way they could simply subpoena any physical mail sitting on your desk - is unconstitutionally broad.
Mark Rasch, 04 Nov 2007

Brown will 'scrap ID cards' for UK citizens, claims paper

Compulsory ID cards are to be scrapped, claims the Sunday Mirror today. And although the claim was immediately denied by ministers, the tone of the denials so far has been mysteriously unconvincing.
John Lettice, 04 Nov 2007
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Carnegie Mellon wins the robotic Urban Challenge

Carnegie Mellon University has redeemed itself by winning the $2m first place prize in the DARPA Urban Challenge. Stanford University took second and $1m, while Virginia Tech took $500k for third.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Nov 2007

AOL spammer gets two years in the slammer

A New Jersey man has been jailed for more than two years after he was convicted of sending millions of junk mails to AOL members.
John Leyden, 04 Nov 2007

Buffy mastermind returns with new TV series

Joss Whedon, creator of sci-fi fan favourites Buffy and Firefly, is to return to television with a new series.
John Leyden, 04 Nov 2007

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