18th > December > 2007 Archive
Get stuck in to Visual Studio 2008
ReviewVisual Studio is more than an integrated development environment. It is a strategic tool intended to promote the Microsoft platform.
Heavily armed cops raid IM chat
A California family that found their apartment surrounded by more than a dozen heavily SWAT armed officers are among the latest victims of swatting, a crime designed to elicit an emergency response by reporting a bogus 911 call.
US fails to reverse online gambling ban
Unwilling to allow foreign countries into the stateside internet gambling market, the US has struck a compensation deal with the European Union, Canada, and Japan.
How to avoid the model quagmire
One of the goals behind UML is to help stamp out ambiguity in specifications and designs. This is a good and noble goal, but UML is nobbled by its own nobility.
New DARPA scramjet-drone contract award
DARPA*, the wacky Pentagon research bureau where it's always white-coat-and-propellor-hat Friday, has doled out $6m (as part of a $40m "increment" to an earlier "other transaction") to US aerospace colossus Lockheed. The payment is in support of the renewed US military hypersonic-plane programme, variously known as "Falcon" or "Blackswift".
Bikini-clad pin-ups cover old school jailbreak
Two inmates of New Jersey's Union County jail last Saturday night pulled off a classic old school jailbreak with the help of a couple of dummies and some strategically-placed, bikini-clad pin-ups, CNN reports.
MoD trumpets 'Innovation Strategy' for buying kit
AnalysisIn the wake of the recent, highly-controversial departure of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) kit-purchasing chief - erstwhile drugs'n'sweets multimillionaire Lord Drayson, who claimed he was quitting to race bio-alcohol cars - there has been a good deal of silence from the MoD war-tech offices.
CSC throws mince pies at diminishing workforce
Outsourcing firm CSC has sprinkled a little bit of Christmas cheer on its thinning UK workforce by sending a mince pie to each of its employees.
Do composting toilet worms get the blues?
Auckland Regional Council (ARC) has required the inventor of a worm-driven composting toilet to get professional confirmation that his workforce was not "traumatised or stressed" by its crap job, the Sunday Star Times reports.
Ichitaro vuln used to launch Trojan
Trojan-touting miscreants are actively exploiting a flaw in Ichitaro, a word processing package from JustSystems that's widely used in Japan.
Sony posts PS3 DivX firmware update
Sony has formally announced the firmware update that will bring support for the DivX video format and for the Blu-ray Disc Profile 1.1 - aka Bonus View - to the PlayStation 3.
Fayrewood in talks with North Atlantic Value LLP
IT distie Fayrewood Plc has confirmed that it is in talks with potential bidder North Atlantic Value LLP.
Beeb censors Fairytale of New York
The BBC has censored The Pogues' xmas classic Fairytale of New York lest the lyrics offend homosexuals, the Telegraph reports.
Virgin Media network collapses nationwide
UpdatedThe Virgin Media cable network collapsed overnight, leaving up to three million people without internet access for several hours in the crucial final shopping days before Christmas.
Intel readies 16GB SSD for UMPCs
Chip giant Intel has begun sampling a solid-state drive (SSD) designed for handheld devices. The product's known in the trade as 'a stack of Flash chips'.
'Death Star' galaxy blasts neighbour
NASA has identified a rather unfriendly galaxy which is blasting its neighbour with a black-hole generated jet in what the agency calls "never-before witnessed galactic violence".
T-Mobile and 3 hook up for 3G coverage
T-Mobile and 3 are to combine their 3G radio networks in the UK, increasing coverage for both companies and reducing running costs.
MS to bundle 'broken' random number tool in Vista SP1
Microsoft plans to bundle a cryptographically flawed pseudo random number generator in its upcoming service pack for Windows Vista.
EU mandates electronic IDs for sheep and goats
The European Union has pledged to make life easier for both farmers and putative messiahs by ensuring that goats and sheep will in future be identified electronically.
Samsung YP-T10 4GB MP3 player
ReviewLet's be honest, any new Flash-based 2, 4 or 8GB media player with a 240 x 320 screen has only one real aim in life: to be better than the equivalent device from that mob who slap a half-eaten Granny Smith on all their kit. So it is with the new Samsung YP-T10.
Man uses networked 'crazy' toaster to hack PC
The more paranoid among us have long been wary of the possibility that networked fridges might spontaneously turn off, perhaps after becoming infected with a computer virus, ruining milk in the process. Other networked appliances might also pose a danger of sorts, security boffins have shown.
Watchdogs probe Sky dominance on pay-TV
Ofcom has launched an investigation today into whether consumers are being harmed by Sky's movie and sport rights-buying supremacy.
Germans debut kitesurf-powered autonomous windjammer
A new commercial cargo ship which will harness wind power to achieve greater fuel economy was christened in Hamburg on Saturday. MV Beluga SkySails will use an enormous, football-pitch sized tethered aerofoil to pull itself along, in much the same way as a kite-surfer.
Ribbit leapfrogs into Web 2.0
Silicon Valley start-up Ribbit has announced another $10m in funding, and the opening of a beta developers program for developers wanting to create telephony applications using Flash technology, for a "Voice 2.0" experience.
Data breach officials could be sent to the big house
Civil servants responsible for the loss of public data could face prison sentences in future, instead of a brief period in sackcloth and ashes before being shifted into a consultancy role.
Top FiveA demanding number of Christmas parties demands a music library fit for all occasions: getting ready, waiting for people to arrive and the event itself. Reg Hardware spoke to portable audio player expert Josh Welensky at online retailer Advanced MP3 Players for the lowdown on the five best MP3 players currently available.
Brussels mandates Energy Star for green procurement
The European Council yesterday laid down new regulations for implementing strict energy efficiency rules for government authorities EU-wide.
Ethernet dances the light fantastic
Intel has released Linux source code, and set up a community site, to allow Fibre Channel frames to be embedded in Ethernet packets. This means companies using Fibre Channel can make more use of the protocol while maintaining their existing kit.
Mio intros 'true' 3D GPS
When every sat nav unit on the planet does what every other sat nav on the planet does, how do you differentiate your own offering? If you're Mio, you up the eye-candy count, adding 3D landmarks and topography to your maps.
Japan scores ballistic missile shootdown bullseye
Japan has become the second nation to acquire functioning ballistic-missile defence equipment, carrying out a successful shootdown yesterday. A target rocket representing a medium-range enemy missile was engaged and destroyed 100 miles above the Pacific by a Standard SM-3 interceptor fired from a Japanese warship, JS Kongo. The target took off from the US Navy missile range facility on Kauai, Hawaii.
Dutch regulator slaps spyware purveyors with €1m fine
Telecoms watchdog OPTA has fined three Dutch firms and their two directors a total of €1m for the illegal distribution of spyware.
Asus Eee PC as 'hard to get your hands on as a Wii'
Asus' elfin Eee PC is coming to Japan and it's going to get 16GB of solid-state storage, it has been claimed. Meanwhile, in the UK availability has reached Wii-like limits, according to insiders.
Toshiba borgs into IBM's 32nm alliance
Toshiba confirmed yesterday that it had joined a 32-nanometre chip development group led by IBM and made up of a number of key industry players minus top dog Intel.
Google spanks memory, disk and networking vendors
Google has hit out at storage, memory and networking equipment makers with a grimace, a finger wag and a closing wallet.
HMRC mislays 1.5kg of Bolivian marching powder
HM Revenue and Customs has enhanced its international reputation for mislaying things by allowing 1.5kg of cocaine to go walkabout from a HMRC depot near Coventry airport, the Sun reports.
Best Buy churns out the profits in Q3
Best Buy had a great Q3, propelled by strong sales of fat-margin games consoles, notebook PCs, flat screen TVs and GPS thingymajigs. An extra week of holiday shopping for the quarter ended December 1 did it no harm, either.
Truth, anonymity and the Wikipedia Way
CommentOrr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions - Catch-22
eBay: A tale of two listings
An eBay auction for a clay tablet was pulled just minutes before it was scheduled to close, after authorities flagged it as a 4,000-year-old endangered cultural object that was illegally smuggled out of Iraq.
US warrantless wiretapping predates 9/11
Fresh evidence has emerged that the US government's warrantless wiretapping program predates the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Peter Jackson to lord over 'Rings' prequels
Lord of the Rings helmsman Peter Jackson will produce a two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit - but he will not write or direct.