15th > November > 2007 Archive
eBay Trojan morphs to snare motor victims
A sophisticated Trojan menacing eBay Motors users continues to circulate, according to researchers from Symantec, who say the malware has morphed three times in the last week in an attempt to evade detection.
AMD rolls out DirectX 10.1 Radeon HD 3800 GPUs
AMD has launched 'RV670', the - world's first - 55nm GPU it hopes will reverse the growing gap between its sales and those of Nvidia.
VeriSign slims, cuts jobs to focus on security
VeriSign is to shed its communication services operation in order to focus on its core businesses of running the .com and .net registries and securing online transactions. The firm also plans to expand its reach into identity protection.
Experts cast runes on Google phone security
Google's plans in new mobile phone platforms may not be much further advanced than slideware, but security experts are already picking apart the initiative to look for potential holes. Interest is focused on whether or not Android will be totally open or adopt an (arguably more secure) system of signing approved applications.
Sun sends Netra blades through 10GE wringer
Sun is dishing out new ACTA blade server gear for telcos sporting 10 Gigabit Ethernet — with all the copious prices usually found for equipment holding the AdvancedTCA telecom industry standards.
Californian sues Comcast over BitTorrent throttling
With US internet service megaladon Comcast facing intense scrutiny over limiting speeds of customers using peer-to-peer technology such as BitTorrent, it was a question of when - not if - someone from the state of California would sue.
Fusion confusion, and anger, for Ellison
OpenWorldLarry Ellison got testy with customers during his OpenWorld keynote open mic session Wednesday, as he fielded question after question from those confused by Oracle Fusion and angry at paying too much for his software.
Yahoo! Ratchets! Open! Source! Grid! Platform!
Hoping to further the Google-battling ways of an open source cluster computing platform named for a stuffed elephant, Yahoo! has decided to share a 4,000-CPU, 1.5 petabyte grid with some boffins at Carnegie Mellon University.
UK tightens borders with single agency and screening system
A single agency and a multi-billion pound passenger screening system will strengthen the UK's entry points, according to the Home Office.
Hynix touts 'world's first' 1Gb GDDR 5 chip
First Qimonda, now Hynix. Yes, the Korean chip-maker has become the second manufacturer to begin sampling GDDR 5 graphics memory chippage.
Public shows new data protection nous
Individuals' awareness of their rights under the Data Protection Act (DPA) has reached an all time high, according to new research published from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
£1000 £10,000 Nintendo Wii
UpdatedRetail chain PC World is clearly out to cash in on the current shortage of Nintendo Wii in the UK. How else can we explain why it's offering one of the consoles for £1000 - more than three times' the recommend price?
Tor embassy 'hacker' raided by Swedish Feds
A security researcher who revealed how the email accounts of embassies were exposed through the misuse of the Tor anonymiser network has been taken in for questioning by Swedish intelligence agencies.
Xbox girl-on-girl game upsets Singapore
Singapore has banned the Xbox 360 video game Mass Effect because it apparently contains a raunchy lesbian love scene.
Ariane 5 is go: Skynet 5B military chat-sat on the way
The British military communications satellite Skynet 5B launched successfully from Kourou in French Guiana at 2206 GMT last night. The spacecraft will complete the UK armed forces' planned new generation of orbital communications coverage.
Nvidia to launch 'G98' GPU next month
Nvidia will roll out a PCI Express 2.0 and DisplayPort-enabled successor to its budget GeForce 8400 GS graphics chip early next month, if the latest claim from Taiwanese industry moles is to be believed.
Will bird flu stuff our Happy Christmas?
Will the latest outbreak of bird flu (the nasty, H5N1 strain) in the UK do for Christmas this year what Farepak did last year? Are we all due to sit down to a table of trimmings, without the turkey*?
Punters call for laptops with built-in mobiles
The most sought-after notebook computer improvement is the addition of a built-in mobile phone, a survey has found.
MPs reject Ofcom's Nathan Barley quango
In a victory for Reg readers, MPs have rejected Ofcom's proposal for a publicly-funded new media quango.
Vietnamese cops jailed for death row pregnancy ruse
Two Vietnamese police officers who helped a female drug smuggler avoid an appointment with the firing squad by allowing her to get pregnant while on death row have been jailed, AP reports.
Nokia 7500 Prism mobile phone
ReviewAny followers of the Bauhaus movement working in the Nokia design studio where presumably off sick on the day this baby was cooked up. Even the most cursory glance will tell you that form following function was not top of their agenda. That the phone appears frequently in the video for the recent Sugababes chart topper should also tell you a thing or two about the market Nokia is aiming at.
MoD announces new defence tech wishlist
The new UK defence purchasing minister has announced the production of a Defence Technology Plan, intended to lay out the kind of new military tech the UK armed forces would like to see developed.
Vodafone responds to iPhone rip-off
Vodafone customers disappointed at not being able to pay £899 for an iPhone can rest assured that O2 is not alone in overcharging customers for flashy hardware - as this screen grab from its web site shows:
Atos Origin reports mellow and fruitful Q3
Atos Origin confirmed its revenue and operating margin targets for the full year, as it unveiled third quarter revenues today.
Silicon Fen fails to soak up web 2.0 cash
Cambridge's status as a top European incubator for technology ventures is under threat because it has failed to get under the recent hail of cash chucked at web companies, warn figures out today.
AMD announces next-gen CrossFire... sort of
AMD has let slip the existence of the next generation of its CrossFire multi-GPU technology, dubbed CrossFire X.
Bike bonk bloke cops three years' probation
The man caught having sex with a bicycle in an Ayr hostel has been put on three years' probation, the Telegraph reports.
Veterans form VC fund for small biz
A group of Silicon Valley veterans is launching an early stage venture capital and mentoring company aimed at small technology start-ups.
OFT hammers auction sites on consumer info
Auction websites are being forced to change the way they show users what their consumer rights are.
Mayor Ken buys hydrogen buses for London
London Mayor Ken Livingstone has placed a £10m order for 10 hydrogen-fuelled red buses to run on the capital's streets.
Sierra Leone launches 'Operation Wash Lunatics'
Volunteer youths in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown last week launched "Operation Wash Lunatics" - an attempt to prettify the city's wandering, grubby male nutter population.
Global warming not to blame for warmer North Pole?
Recent dramatic changes in the Arctic climate - melting sea ice, warmer ocean, green fields in place of icy wilderness, etc - might not all be directly related to global warming.
MySpace makes kids fat, claims minister
The UK’s children’s minister has slapped MySpace and other social networking sites for their role in the fattening up of the nation's youth.
Ofcom stings ISP £30k for silent treatment
Telecoms watchdogs at Ofcom have hit Sheffield-based ISP Prodigy Internet Ltd with a £30,000 fine after it failed to provide information to an investigation into its broadband migration practices.
No2ID calls in pledge cash to 'probe' ID Act's enabling laws
Anti-ID card campaign No2ID has called in the donations offered as part of its 2005 'refuse' pledge. The money, according to general secretary Guy Herbert, will in part be used to "probe" Government statutory instruments brought in to enable the ID scheme.
Microsoft stuffs Sage with free accounts software
Microsoft today blew a raspberry in the face of rival Sage with the launch of its own UK accounting software punted at SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses).
Watching the Earthrise over the moon
Video:From the department of very cool videos come two real corkers. Japan's space agency (JAXA) has released two high definition videos of Earthrise and Earthset, as witnessed by its lunar explorer SELENE, which is now orbiting our largest natural satellite.
US PS3 sales rocket after 40GB console debut
Sony's PS3 sales jumped up by almost 300 per cent last week, the company has claimed, attributing the sudden increase in demand to the introduction of the 40GB console.
Half of computer users are Wi-Fi thieves
More than half of computer users have illegally stolen Wi-Fi connections, according to The Times - but only 11 alleged offenders have been arrested in the UK, as the police seem to think those deploying Wi-Fi should be more careful about securing their connections.
Red Hat and Hyperic have meeting of the mimes
Red Hat and systems management specialist Hyperic have formalized their ties. The companies now plan to create an open source systems management package that will run across Red Hat's portfolio.
Honda hits reverse on £50k fuel cell cars for '08
Japanese motor colossus Honda has walked back somewhat on its recent announcement that it would sell hydrogen fuel cell cars in America and Japan for just £50,000.
Asus: 'no plans' for 10in Eee PC
Asus has claimed it has "no plans at the moment" to produce a version of its Eee PC ultra-small laptop with a 10in display. The upcoming 8GB model will sport the same 7in screen as the currently available 4GB unit, it added.
Canadian Taser death caught on camera
An amateur cameraman has released footage of the death of a man tasered by Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Vancouver International Airport.
Raytheon to deliver 'paging system' for submarines
US arms behemoth Raytheon has won a $5.2m contract to deliver its Deep Siren "tactical paging system" for submarines to the US navy.
IBM offers cloudy blue datacentre vision
IBM is offering its customers the tools to operate their own data centres as if they were hosted distributed computing services.
Neuroboffins develop mind-reading computers
A man who has been paralysed for the last eight years might be able to "speak" again, by having his thoughts read by a computer.
PowerColor punts overclocked ATI 3850 cards
PowerColor has launched its line up of graphics cards based on AMD's new ATI Radeon HD 3800-series GPUs but unlike many of its rivals, it's overclocked its 'RV670's.
Databases still open to basic attack
With the constant wailing about security breaches on the Web it's hard to believe there are still folk who do not take it seriously. But database security specialist NGS Software reckons there could be close to half a million databases out there with no firewall protection at all.
Best Buy sells 'last Wii' twice
How hard is it to find a Nintendo Wii? Not as hard as some might think.
US unleashes six bloggers in assault on Islamist propaganda
The US government is turning to blogs and possibly to the virtual wasteland known as Second Life to step up its faltering information war against Islamist extremists. But critics remain unimpressed, saying the measures aren't enough to counter a massive internet campaign that spreads pro-terrorist messages to people in Islamic countries.
Start-up aims nanotube memory at iPods, phones and servers
SC07The thought of introducing filthy carbon nanotubes into an ultra-sensitive fab has blocked the rise of so-called NRAM or Nano Random Access Memory. Thanks, however, to a refined cleansing process and relentless browbeating start-up Nantero thinks it has mainstream semiconductor players close to giving NRAM a try. In fact, the company is promising that NRAM could appear in consumer goods next year.
Colossus faces off against PCs in code-breaking challenge
Colossus, the world’s first programmable digital computer, is back at work cracking codes at Bletchley Park for the first time in more than 60 years.
Canada wins the great co-ed cluster challenge
SC07Canuck pride carried Team Canada to victory in the first ever Cluster Challenge event here at Supercomputing.
World of Warcraft spykit gets encrypted
Tuesday's patch to World of Warcraft introduced new content and tweaks to the land of Azeroth, but with it came an important change to The Warden, Blizzard's ill-famed tool against cheaters.
Red Hat haunts Ellison's Linux dream
OpenWorldThis time last year, Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network launched at OpenWorld to much fanfare. It was supposed to be a Red Hat killer. It has had as much impact upon Red Hat has a dead sheep. Larry Ellison says this is going to change.
With one bound, Apple is free of 54 security bugs
Apple has rolled out software updates that patch just about everything but the kitchen sink. In all, there are fixes for at least 54 security bugs, many of which could allow attackers to remotely execute code on vulnerable Macs and Windows machines.