27th > February > 2008 Archive
Bitlocker hack is easily prevented, Microsoft says
A disk encryption system built into Windows Vista remains a viable way to protect sensitive files, according to Microsoft. In a blog posting, Russ Humphries, senior product manager for Windows Vista Security, outlined simple steps that users can take to prevent an attack laid out last week in a high-profile research report. He says the hack can be easily prevented.
PSI takes a bigger swing at IBM's mainframe biz
Upstart mainframe house Platform Solutions is adding a bigger box to its lineup of Itanium-based servers that have been such a burr under IBM's saddle.
Quake rocks Britain
Houses shook across much of Britain as the country experienced its biggest earthquake for thirty years early this morning.
New York subpoenas Comcast 'reasonable network management' records
Let it be said that the state of New York cares for oppressed minorities.
Watchdog sues US Justice Department over Google chatter
The Electronic Frontier Foundation thinks it's mighty suspicious that Jayne Horvath left the US Department of Justice for a privacy gig at Google.
Cut to the Web Server Core: Windows Server 2008
ReviewWindows Server 2008, due for its official launch today, is a major upgrade for Microsoft's server platform, the first for around five years. Requiring a graphical user interface (GUI) on a server operating system always seemed odd, even back in 1993 when Microsoft released Windows NT 3.1.
Dell shows world its web services face
After a year chock-full of software acquisitions, Dell is ready to go public on its plans for flogging web-hosted services.
Why Yahoo!'s Stalker 2.0 service is a turn-off
While Yahoo! presses on with OneConnect, its creepy "Mobile Web 2.0" service, wiser heads in the mobile industry make a strong case why it's doomed to fail.
Disintegrating wind turbine caught on camera
YouTubers have been enjoying some spectacular footage of the disintegration of a Danish wind turbine which ended up a bit broken after its brakes failed:
Should P2P filesharers be paid for filesharing?
Take that, pigopolists! A novel idea has been proposed to take the fight to the RIAA and the BPI. Since P2P filesharing has a discovery element which permits people to discover new music at no cost - why shouldn't filesharers be compensated for filesharing?
Google takes a swipe at OOXML
UpdatedGoogle has slammed Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) format as being “insufficient and unnecessary”.
Sun will swallow Earth: Official
Two scientists from the University of Sussex and Mexico's University of Guanajuato appear to have confirmed that if we're still around in 7.6 billion years, global warming will be the least of our worries, since our beloved Mother Earth will be drawn inexorably towards the Sun and snuffed from existence.
RIM opens executive lounge for all
When the BlackBerry first appeared in 1999 it may have helped strengthen your case for entry into Heathrow’s First Class lounge. But now that almost everyone owns one, manufacturer RIM has had to create an exclusive Owners Lounge instead.
Hard drive replacement sparks singed disk situation
Big data transfers can sometimes be painfully slow, but they shouldn’t cause you physical harm. Yet one Register Hardware reader feared he could have ended up in A&E after his new hard drive appeared to catch fire.
Intel fills green software gap
Everyone agrees that green computing is a great idea. Well, everyone but software makers.
Minister defends National ID Register security
The National Identity Register will have very limited access, stringent security and no risk of 'discs flying around', MPs have been told.
Sony talks up Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3
To coincide with the US launch of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots in late Q2, Sony is introducing a PS3 bundle, which will include an 80GB console, MGS 4 and a DualShock 3 wireless controller for $499.
AI prof: The robot terrorists are coming! Aiee!
Noted Brit media prof Noel Sharkey - perhaps most famous as a judge on TV's Robot Wars - has warned (again) of the coming danger to humanity posed by killer robots. But this time, rather than military deathdroids or homicidal mechanoid nurses (see below), Sharkey is flagging up the threat from killbots directed by sinister militants or guerillas.
O2 falls short of 3G target
UK regulator Ofcom has ruled that O2 isn't rolling out its 3G network fast enough. The network operator reached only 76 per cent of the population by the end of 2007, rather than the 80 per cent required by its 3G licence.
Tiscali boss faces board showdown as sell-off rumours swirl
The boss of Italian telecoms firm Tiscali, which has about two million UK broadband subscribers, is expected to quit the firm today.
Dell debuts mid-range gaming box
Dell has rolled out its latest gaming PC, the XPS 630, which should tick most of the boxes for the target audience.
Logica admits outlook uncertain
IT services group LogicaCMG admitted today that its outlook for 2008 remains uncertain as it posted full year results that were below market expectations.
InfoJack Trojan burrows into Windows CE machines
Miscreants have created a Trojan capable of infecting mobile devices running Windows CE.
Acer Aspire 2920 budget laptop
ReviewIt’s the size of the Aspire 2920 that first catches your eye. Measuring in at 304 x 223 x 32mm, it’s not exactly a sub-notebook or MacBook Air, but the Acer is certainly on the smaller end of the scale. The 2.04kg weight suggests that the 2920 might find a home in your hand luggage when you go travelling. The shiny black lid looks quite smart too.
EC jacks up Microsoft fine by €899m
The European Commission has added another €899m ($1.35bn) to the fine Microsoft must pay for failing to comply with the original anti-trust ruling in 2004.
Apple posts iPhone 1.1.4 update
Zibri, the coder behind the latest iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking app, ZiPhone, has warned handset owners not to upgrade to the newly released version 1.1.4 firmware until the tool has been fully tested with the update.
Sony to bolster Sharp LCD deal with fresh Samsung pact?
Sony's decision to team-up with Sharp to produce tenth-generation LCD panels may soon be followed by a second such deal, this time with Samsung.
Shrek studio looks to Toshiba to untie HD DVD bond
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has confirmed the rumours: the company was "well-compensated" for its decision to offer movies only on HD DVD - a format it will continue to back, despite Toshiba's decision to abandon it.
Gov boffins to carry out simulated London dirty bombing
The UK Home Office has warned passersby in London's Marylebone district not to panic if they should notice individuals releasing colourless, odourless gases into the crowded urban streets. Rather than evil terrorist mad-scientists carrying out a deadly nerve gas attack, these are responsible government-funded scientists carrying out a simulated gas or dirty-bomb attack.
BT pimped customer web data to advertisers last summer
ExclusiveBT’s servers were secretly passing data on subscribers to its "new" advertising partner as long ago as last summer, though the companies refused to acknowledge any relationship at the time.
Japanese joggers to get exercise earphones with attitude
Not everyone can afford a personal trainer, so Japanese company Sega Toys has come up with the next best thing: a pair of headphones that nag you to exercise more.
Sony clocks onto iPhone docks
Sony has unveiled an iPhone-compatible clock radio. It's also taken the wraps of its first ever DAB clock radio too.
Go!Messenger VoIP for 'fat' PSPs coming on Friday
The PlayStation Portable’s (PSP) Go!Messenger service will finally go live on Friday, bringing VoIP and IM to owners of the first-gen PSP left in the cold by the recent Skype release.
Public don't want internet filters, MS tells MPs
The Select Committee looking at harmful content on the internet and in video games was told yesterday that forcing companies to include "internet filters" on equipment was unrealistic.
Boffin: Coconut jumbo is millstone in disguise
The Royal Society of Chemistry, Europe's biggest stinks association, has weighed into the biofuel debate. RSC chief Dr Richard Pike, in a statement issued today, criticised current and near-future alternative fuel technologies and characterised carbon offsetting schemes as "bogus".
Nintendo works out UK Wii Fit price
Nintendo has set Wii owners' pulses racing by finally announcing that Wii Fit will set buyers back £70 in the UK, and €90 across the rest of Europe, this coming April.
Paper clip attack skewers Chip and PIN
UpdatedUK researchers have uncovered a serious flaw in the Chip and PIN machines that authenticate debit and credit card transactions.
Linux goes Wii
Those enterprising folks at Game Cube Linux (GC Linux) claim to have developed a proof of concept version of Linux running natively on the best-selling Nintendo Wii games console.
Comcast pays Americans to oppose net neutrality
Comcast is now paying Americans to believe in deceptive ISPs.
User-friendly black hats debut Crimeware as a Service (CAAS)
Security researchers have uncovered a new web-based service containing security credentials for more than 8,700 websites belonging to Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. It allows miscreants to infect some of the internet's most popular destinations with a few clicks of the mouse.
Microsoft's LAMP answer arrives in pieces
Last summer, Microsoft said that February 27, 2008 would be the single biggest day of releases in its 30-year history, promising major updates to its server operating system, developer tools and database.
German high court throttles government net snooping
Germany's highest court set tough new restrictions on the government's ability to intercept internet communications in a landmark ruling that said data stored on computers was covered under constitutional guarantees to personal privacy.