22nd > November > 2007 Archive

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First metal cut on BAE's 'Taranis' robot stealth bomber

The UK MoD has announced the cutting of the first metal for its new stealth robot bomber, Taranis.

Trade licks via USB

Rocking out with your guitar has always been a pretty simple affair. Either strum along acoustically, or plug it into an amp for more bass. But, the USB guitar link now lets musicians plug guitars into their PCs to record or manipulate their future number ones.

Orange unpeels HTC Touch Dual

HTC’s Touch Dual smartphone has finally landed in the UK, slightly later than anticipated. However, it has appeared though - as expected - on Orange.
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Police arrest Welsh counterfeit music threesome

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in one of the UK's largest web-based music and film piracy rings.

Apple pays $10m to end iTunes patent clash

Apple has agreed to pay Burst.com $10m to settle the patent infringement challenge the smaller US company launched against it in April 2006.
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Need a new set of b*llocks? Try Argos

Those among you looking for a new set of bollocks this Xmas are directed forthwith to Argos, which seems to be the UK's leading 'nad retailer:
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Korean cyber junkies march off to bootcamp

Tired of its citizens dropping dead forehead to keyboard after marathon online sessions, the South Korean government has decided to follow China's lead with a tough-love approach, the New York Times noted this week.

Cisco hack suspect convicted of breaking into universities

A Swedish teenager suspected of hacking into the network of Cisco systems has been convicted of cracking into the systems of three local universities.

Sarin to Jobs: your sneakers stink and your GUI sucks

Vodafone chief Arun Sarin is relishing a fight with Apple's Steve Jobs - and he aims to wound. But it's a throwaway remark the Financial Times published on Monday that caught the attention. It was surely designed to create maximum personal offence.
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Google opens Maps for editing

Google has brought the idea of user-generated content a step further with its plans to allow users to edit Google Maps to make it more accurate.
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Senior officials now in frame for HMRC data fiasco

UK Identity Crisis Senior officials were involved in the decision to post the UK's child benefit database on unencrypted CDs, it emerged overnight.
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Chilis could struggle in 'Californication' lawsuit

LA rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers are suing the network behind TV hit Californication, alleging that the title is stolen from their 1999 single and album. But the group may struggle because it failed to protect its brand, according to a legal expert.

PlayStation phone 'plausible, attractive' - Sony exec

A Sony executive has hinted that its PlayStation division and Sony Ericsson divisions may work together in the future, paving the way for the development of a PSP-cum-phone.
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Moon makes us extra special, scientists say

Having a moon like ours makes us very special, cosmically speaking. This is according to proper scientists at the Universities of Arizona and Florida (as opposed to Mystic Meg), who've been searching the universe with the Spitzer space telescope for other planetary systems like ours.
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UK Gov confirms new Foot and Mouth leak

The government has confirmed that it is investigating another "probable" leak of the foot and mouth virus from Pirbright, the site at the centre of the summer's outbreak of the disease.
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Mourinho will be next England manager

Bookies can forget running books on who's going to become the next football manager of England, following the FA's decision to axe Steve McClaren this morning after the side failed to reach next year's European Championship.
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Skype faces 020 7870 cut-off

Updated: Up to 10,000 Skype customers have to change their SkypeIn number by 20 December, an email to customers advised last night.
Bill Ray, 22 2007
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Robo-mixologist expo opens in Vienna

Today is the opening day of Roboexotica - "the first and, inevitably, the leading festival concerned with cocktail robotics world-wide". The droid-bartender expo runs until Sunday in Vienna.
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HMRC data loss could be tip of iceberg

UK Identity Crisis Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has lost two further CDs containing private information.

Retailer reveals Wii Laser Sword

For die-hard Star Wars fans, the Lightsabre is probably the film series' coolest asset. So thank your lucky Death Star that a Lightsabre peripheral for the Wii remote has been unveiled.
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Datapocalypse Now

UK Identity Crisis Her Majesty's Customs and Revenue have demonstrated how important it is to keep track of all your important data.
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Drive for superfast broadband switches up a gear

A high-powered cadre of broadband industry policy wonks, watchdogs, and politicos has ramped up the Westminster debate over our creaking internet infrastructure ahead of a key government meeting next week.

'Errata' to hold up 2.4GHz AMD Phenom 9700 intro?

AMD's anticipated 2.4GHz Phenom 9700 quad-core desktop processor may take a little longer to appear than planned, it has emerged.
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iRSI: Something else to add to your health woes

When it's not solving unemployment, or melting your brain, your iPhone could be responsible for causing repetitive strain injury (RSI), the British Chiropractic Association told the Sun.
Bill Ray, 22 2007
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Britain's waterways turning 'healthy' brown

A new study has revealed that Britain's rivers and streams are much healthier, if less aesthetically pleasing, than they were two decades ago. The change has been linked with the decline of acid rain since the 1970s, clearing up a riddle that has puzzled researchers for some time. But researchers warn that similar work in the future will be impossible, because of proposed cuts in government funding.
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Huge jellyfish pack slaughters 100,000 salmon

An overwhelming attack by billions of jellyfish has wiped out the entire stock of Northern Ireland's only salmon farm - some 100,000 fish worth £2m, AP reports.

FAST legal adviser steps up to bar

In its ongoing crusade against IP and software piracy, FAST today said that it now has one newly-qualified barrister on the team.

Kindle, Eee PC top Amazon.com 'most wanted' list

Asus' Eee PC miniature laptop is the Amazon.com's most-wanted notebook, the company chirped today.
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Israeli sky-hack switched off Syrian radars countrywide

More rumours are starting to leak out regarding the mysterious Israeli air raid against Syria in September. It is now suggested that "computer to computer" techniques and "air-to-ground network penetration" took place.
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Nicole Richie warms to lamppost dog urinals

Nicole Richie is backing an invention which may protect America's lampposts from premature destruction by corrosive mutt piss - a "dog urinal" which channels the deadly liquid safely into the gutter.

ID profiles worth far more than credit card details to crooks

Identity profiles are worth far more on the digital underground than credit card details.

Windows Live Spaces racks up most downtime

Microsoft was found floundering at the bottom of the list in a study of which social networking websites experienced the most downtime in the space of a month.

Sony 'not working on a PlayStation phone', staffer states

Sony has bitten back at claims that it may be developing a PlayStation mobile phone with Sony Ericsson, stating that a senior staffer who was reported to be hinting as much was "misquoted".
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Why is the iPlayer a multi million pound disaster?

Beeb Week The story of the BBC's iPlayer is of a multi-million pound failure that took years to complete, and was designed for a world that never arrived. More was spent on the project than many Silicon Valley startups ever burn through, but only now can we begin to piece together how this disaster unfolded.
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eBayer punts Wii for £1m

They say hope springs eternal, and nowhere is this better currently demonstrated than down at eBay, where you can snap up a near-new Nintendo Wii for a mere one million quid
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UK gov bans 'terror' suspect from science class

The UK government is facing a High Court challenge over its decision to ban a suspected terrorist from studying sixth-form science courses, lest he use the knowledge he might gain for terrorist purposes.
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Panto star sacked for foul-mouthed outburst

Former Hollyoaks actor Paul Danan has been given his marching orders from Preston's Jack and the Beanstalk panto after indulging in a "foul-mouthed tirade" at the traditional switching-on of the Xmas lights.
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Kindle ain't no e-book reader

Amazon's Kindle has been widely derided as a below-par e-book reader which compares badly with the competition and ignores a history of failed attempts to produce an electronic book. But Kindle isn't really an e-book reader at all, rather the physical embodiment of the Web 2.0 ethic.
Bill Ray, 22 2007

Ten tips on agile software development

Think you're organization is ready to transition to an agile software development process? Wondering how to make the move without breaking anything? Not sure how to make the transition stick? Joshua Kerievsky is the man to see.
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We know security and usability are orthogonal - do you?

Our recent article about the fine line between security and usability started some very interesting discussions and active criticism, most of which was targeted at us - suggesting that security and usability do not form a one-or-the-other type relationship (or are at least far more independent than dependent on each other).

Free our data - open mapping comes of age

The UK's Ordnance Survey (OS) creates some of the world's best maps. Going far beyond mapping just the roads, OS provides some of the most detailed mapping, good for walkers, cyclists, and runners.

Charlie Sheen in upside-down iPhone outrage

Handsome thesp Charlie Sheen has a certain amount of explaining to do after he was caught on camera suffering from a nasty case of "Jesus mobe inversion syndrome":
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Inside Google Android paranoia

While the mobile Linux community has reacted positively to Google's Android, the new platform has also given it some cause for concern. The arrival of a giant player area with very clear ideas of role it wants mobile Linux to fill was bound to ruffle a few feathers and, despite public proclamations of "welcome" and "support", the Linux establishment is showing a few cracks.