5th > December > 2007 Archive
Winners and losers in Sun's OpenDS spat
The brouhaha (here and here) surrounding Sun Microsystems and ex-employee Neil Wilson over governance of the OpenDS project - first reported in The Register - continued to bubble this week, not least among Reg Dev's readers.
Cisco grabs Motorola ex-technology chief
Cisco Systems is filling its head of technology spot with the one-day former CTO of Motorola.
Tracking down the Ron Paul spam botnet
Six weeks ago, a small blizzard of spam promoting Ron Paul, the Republican underdog running for US president, touched off a lot of head scratching. Had politics finally stooped to a place where candidates would resort to such a reviled means of communication?
Information Commissioner calls for more money and more powers
Giving evidence to the House of Commons Justice Committee hearing on the protection of private data, Information Commissioner Richard Thomas called for changes in the law and a rethink on government data-sharing between departments.
Grisoft acquires LinkScanner
Grisoft is to acquire Exploit Prevention Labs, a maker of software that gauges the safety of websites before end-users visit them. Grisoft will fold the technology into its AVG family of security software.
Robo-troubleshooters back up London fire brigade
Perhaps somewhat tired of fighting humanity's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combat robots are now following the path trodden by many a retiring meatsack warrior: they are joining the fire brigade. However, just as in the military, the droids tend to get used for the most dangerous jobs.
BT goes to Asia
BT is buying Singapore-based IT services and consulting firm Frontline Technologies for $202m(£98.9m).
Cybercrime fears over hi-tech cop job cull
Rumoured cuts at the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) will hurt the fight against cybercrime, security experts warn.
Dell punts $4450 World of Warcraft notebook
For the hardcore World of Warcraft fan who has everything (but regular access to fresh air and sunlight, of course): How about a WoW-themed gaming notebook?
Oqo adds HSDPA to Model 2 UMPC
UMPC maker OQO has today launched a version of its Model 2 handheld computer with integrated 3.6Mb/s HSDPA 3G connectivity.
Chancer punts 'lucky' Wii for $1,234,567...
We're not quite sure exactly what this is all about, but someone has decided to flog a "lucky" Wii on eBay for the magical "buy it now" price of $1,234,567.89:
Sperm-derived power system for nanobots patented
Cybernetics designers have long tended to copy successful anatomical features from living creatures. Now nano-robotics boffins are getting in on the act, seeking to make use of the process which drives sperm.
Stripogram copper walks on offensive weapon rap
The 24-year-old stripogram charged with possessing offensive weapons after Aberdeen's finest spotted him en route to a gig carrying two batons and a spray canister has been cleared on all charges, the Telegraph reports.
Catholic schism over mobile icons
A new service is about to launch in Italy offering downloadable images of saints for display on mobile phone screens, to the annoyance of some in the Italian church who feel that technology has no part to play in reinforcing faith.
First mobile Intel 'Penryn' processors to launch in January
Intel has already launched its first desktop 45nm 'Penryn' processor, the Core 2 Extreme QX9650 and has begun seeding next year's QX9770 - reviewed here. And now we know what it's planning for laptops.
Scottish Labour leader bets on email absolution
Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander is staking her political future on emails that she says prove that as soon as she knew about a gift to her campaign from a tax exile, she flagged it as potentially shady.
TomTom shakes hands with Google
TomTom has announced plans to incorporate Google Maps into its sat nav hardware.
ICO warns of more 'datagate' breaches
Richard Thomas, giving evidence to the House of Commons Justice Committee yesterday, warned that more government data could have gone missing.
999 comes to VoIP
Ofcom, the UK regulator, has decreed that VoIP services are going to have to connect 999 calls to the emergency services, though not until September 2008.
Asus P5E-VM HDMI motherboard
ReviewAt first glance, Asus' P5E-VM HDMI looks like a regular Micro-ATX design with the usual crop of integrated features. But when you take a good close look you’ll see just how much Asus has managed to cram in.
World's Dumbest File-sharer megafine gets DoJ thumbs-up
The US Department of Justice has given government backing to the $222,000 fine slapped on Minnesota woman Jammie Thomas. She was successfully sued by the Recording Industry Ass. of America earlier this year for illegaly sharing 24 songs.
Google Book Search reveals scanner's sleight of hand
Google appears to be in a bit of a hurry to achieve its ultimate dark aim of indexing all of the world's knowledge, including humanity's entire literary output, as this image of an 1855 issue of The Gentleman's Magazine demonstrates:
Nokia: Keep the music, pay to burn
AnalysisYou could be forgiven for thinking that Nokia's music announcement yesterday was yet another subscription service. The phone giant didn't help dispel the notion by omitting some details from the official press material. However, we were able to put more flesh on the bones of the announcement last night. It's beginning to look as if Nokia's move, blessed by the world's biggest and most aggressive record company, represents a radical new direction for the music business.
Fasthosts customers still frozen out of websites
Fasthosts has promised it will bring in more support staff to deal with the volume of calls it is still receiving following its poorly-handled password reset on Friday.
Ofcom wants to see more unlicensed frequencies
UK regulator Ofcom has published a statement suggesting two new blocks of unlicensed spectrum, 59-64 GHz and 102-105 GHz, be reserved for unlicensed use before anyone works out how to make money out of them.
Man opens Eee PC, adds internal USB ports
Want to boost the storage capacity of your Eee PC in a cheap and - more to the point - upgradeable way? Want to add Bluetooth while you're at it? Then follow the lead of one enterprising owner who added a pair of internal USB ports to the compact computer.
DivX comes to the Xbox 360
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 dashboard update has sneaked in something extra: the hoped-for addition of DivX playback functionality.
Net Asbo slap for boasting Bebo teen
A 17-year-old from Norfolk who "boasted of his criminal exploits on Bebo" has been slapped with a two-year anti-social behaviour order (Asbo), banning him from publishing material online which is "threatening or abusive" and "promotes criminal activity".
HMRC offers £20k reward for ID goldmine CDs
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is offering a reward of £20,000 for information leading to the recovery of the lost child benefit data discs.
Flying robots get aerial highway code
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs - flying robots) are here to stay. Thus far, however, they have mainly been a military phenomenon. Most UAV flights take place in airspace where civil air-traffic control (ATC) is either vestigial or completely absent. If UAVs are ever going to fly much above the countries which - at the moment - develop them and pay for them, this has to change.
Nokia sees a good future for Nokia
By the year 2012 a quarter of all content will be user-generated and passed between friends, rather than being created and distributed by today's media brands, according to interviews with "trend-setting consumers".
90mph police chief cops 42-day ban
Meredydd Hughes, the chief constable of South Yorkshire and former chair of roads policing at the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), has copped a 42-day driving ban for doing 90mph on the A5 at Chirk near Wrexham in May. He was also slapped with a £350 fine by Wrexham magistrates, the BBC reports.
'Swiss DMCA' fears overblown, says copyright authority
A petition to repeal Switzerland's new copyright law, described as "brutal" by BoingBoing.net and hotly debated on Slashdot, was dismissed yesterday as groundless and misguided by the Swiss copyright collecting authority, SUISA. The petition's submitter, however, claims a rewrite is needed to clarify the law's true scope.
Auction watchdog says eBay is illegal in France
A French Government watchdog is trying to shut down eBay in France. The Council of Sales regulates auction houses and has said that the site should be bound by strict French auction rules.
Power cut hits Rackspace UK
A power cut in London's Park Royal area has knocked out half the servers in a Rackspace UK data centre.
Novell delays Q4 results due to SEC missives
Novell is delaying the release of its fiscal fourth quarter results due to an ongoing accounting review by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Netezza doubles down on data warehouse doubling
Data warehouse appliance maker Netezza this week issued a self-congratulatory note for doubling the performance of its gear through some software trickery.
French high court thumps Google Video
A French high court has added some extra spice to the legal debate over online video sharing.
Sun dangles cash prizes for open source projects
Sun Microsystems is the latest big name in Silicon Valley to dangle financial baubles before open source developers to stimulate pet projects.
Phone phreaks spoof LSD-induced multiple homicide
Three more individuals have admitted they participated in a series of phone phreak hoaxes that prompted raids by armed special weapons and tactic police teams on the homes of unsuspecting victims.
Sun warns of voracious, collapsing data centers
Sun Microsystems loves to think ten years ahead of the market. Such technology philosophizing is natural for a research and development heavy. As of late, however, Sun has started to claim that its grand vision of computing's future will start to take hold not in the next decade but rather next year.