13th > March > 2008 Archive

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Rent-a-bot gang rises from the DDoS ashes

A notorious malware gang that rented out botnets by the hour has resurfaced after being knocked off line two months ago by a rival band of criminals.

Nortel widens telecom tubes with 40Gb/s optical cards

Nortel is showing off some new optical networking gear for telecoms, made to push bandwidth-clogging applications at a blazing 40Gb/s without an infrastructure overhaul.
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Bloggers are rantier, more self-loathing than thou

And if you ever need self validation / Just meet me in the alley by the railway station - Morrissey
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Quick scripting for .NET with IronPython

Hands on, part 1 While Ruby and Groovy seem to get all of the attention, there's one scripting language that has been around for a lot longer and that has quietly been picking up in popularity over the long run. That language is Python, and, according to the TIOBE Programming Community Index Python was the language of the year for 2007.
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Data hygiene: Have you cleaned behind your ears?

The business readers among you who are worried that your data is grubbier than a chimneysweep's fingernails might be interested in this free whitepaper (pdf) put together by the El Reg Department of Sanitisation.
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Nathan Barleys mourn Great Lost Quango

Soho's Nathan Barleys were in mourning yesterday after Ofcom chief Ed Richards abandoned his shape-shifting flagship, the "Public Service Publisher" quango.
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Terry Pratchett donates £500k to Alzheimer's charity

Terry Pratchett has announced he will donate £500,000 to the UK's Alzheimer's Research Trust, three months after he was diagnosed with a rare form of the disease.
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The 'green' car tax grabs that don't add up

Budget Comment Alistair Darling has missed his big chance to show that he's both serious about climate change and that he understands the arguments. He's delayed the previously announced 2p per litre rise in fuel duty and then added that it will rise 0.5 p per litre each year thereafter. This simply isn't acceptable, it's putting us all at risk, for what he should have done is cut fuel duty by 12p per litre.

Apple sued in server-to-iPod song shift patent clash

Apple has been sued again, once more by a company claiming ownership of technology embedded in the iPod and iTunes Music Store.
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Quick cash-by-text deals slammed for sending Swedes into debt

Cash-hungry people can already apply for loans in the High Street, online or over the telephone, but the addition of text messaging services to the list of lenders is now being blamed for pushing hordes of Swedes into the red.

Lip-like loudspeaker touts the pout

Rockers the Rolling Stones used giant lips as their trademark, so what better way to proudly display your musical credentials than with a portable speaker shaped like a lover’s buccal embrace?
Warning: roadworks

Extreme Programming in risky position, says co-creator

As the celebrated 2.0 incarnation of the web lures an increasing number of organizations into the cloud, enterprise IT managers are warming to the quick-and-dirty capabilities of PHP, JavaScript, Perl, Python, and Ruby for developing database-driven web apps. And a new generation of tools is elevating scripters to the status of go-to guys for trimming development backlogs.

Disney doesn't want AOL either

Disney has joined the list of companies not interested in AOL, as chief executive Robert Iger yesterday put his rejection on the table.
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US woman spends two years on boyfriend's toilet

US authorities are trying to work out why a Kansas woman spent two years on her boyfriend's toilet - so long that by the time he called emergency services her skin had grown around the lav's seat.
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Please don't call us, begs German VoIP phone outfit

You've got to feel a bit sorry for German VoIP phone outfit snom, which has asked customers not to call it following an evidently troublesome office relocation.
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US firm demos 'thought into speech' neckband

A US firm has demonstrated a "thought into speech" neckband which converts nerve signals to the vocal cords into a computer-generated voice.

Analysts call for secure Facebook access for workers

Number crunchers at Gartner have decided that businesses should allow their workers to access Facebook and all manner of web guff "securely", via the company network.

Horizon admits takeover talks

Horizon Technology Group - the Irish reseller company - told the Stock Exchange this morning that it has been approached by a possible buyer for the firm.

BBC calls DRM cops on iPlayer download party

Updated The BBC has swooped to close a loophole in its recently-launched iPhone streaming service that allowed Linux, Windows and Mac users to grab a high quality DRM-free download.
Warning: biohazard

Mass compromise powers massive drive-by download attack

More than 10,000 web pages have been booby trapped with malware in one of the largest attacks of its kind to date.

Sony Ericsson Walkman W890i mobile phone

Review Sony Ericsson turned heads last year with its ultra-slim Walkman W880i. Now its successor, the W890i, aims to play to an even wider audience with improved handling and upgraded features.
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Antarctic meteorite points to smashed dwarf planet

Two pieces of meteorite found in 2006 in the Graves Nunataks area of Antarctica are likely fragments of a dwarf planet destroyed in the solar system's youth, New Scientist reports.
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US airforce looks to buy Californian garbage jet fuel

An American tech-licencing company says it is in negotiations with the US Air Force - and unnamed airlines - to supply jet fuel made from Californian household waste. A combination of high oil prices, a military push to find secure fuel sources, and governmental incentives are expected to make the business case viable.
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32nd Carry On film is go

Fans of the splendidly silly Carry On franchise will be delighted to learn that the 32nd film in the series - tentatively dubbed Carry On London - "could be in cinemas by the end of the year", according to the Beeb.

MS said to have delayed Euro Zune debut to 2009

Microsoft is keeping mum over the European release date of its Zune portable media player, despite reports that the software giant has pushed back the release to 2009.
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AOL buys a friend for $850m

AOL will acquire yoof social networking site Bebo for $850m cash, the web 0.1 mastodon announced today.
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Evesham Technology redundancy claims outstanding

Many Evesham Technology Ltd workers who lost their jobs when the British computer maker fell into administration last August appear to still be waiting for their redundancy claims to be fully realised.

LG goes LCD shopping at Sharp

The popularity of outsourcing LCD panel production between manufacturers is growing, with LG now confirming that it plans to buy 32in and 52in LCD panels from Sharp.

Sony touts tasty portable DVD player

Watching movies on a laptop doesn't suit every location, and you may find portable media player screens too small. So what's the alternative for watching films on the go? Portable DVD players, says Sony, which has unveiled a sexy model for the mobile movie addict.
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Google tests ad platform and inventory manager

Google is beta testing Ad Manager - the software aimed at making running ads on websites easier for smaller businesses.

A third of online shops undermine consumer rights

Nearly a third of retail websites surveyed by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) are breaking laws designed to protect shoppers.
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Red Hat releases Enterprise Linux OS beta

Red Hat has released a beta version of the latest update to its Enterprise Linux OS, touting significant improvements to the desktop and virtualisation.

Apple patents reveal Apple TV DVR plan?

Readers with long memories may recall rumours a few years back that Apple was planning to fit an updated version of the Mac Mini with an integrated iPod dock. Newly published patents suggest the idea may yet emerge - as a DVR-oriented version of the Apple TV.

When systems make you go GRRRRRRRR oh **%@* it

Reg Tech Panel What makes systems and apps fail? More importantly perhaps, what makes them get back up again? Do you have faith in your organisation's application lifecycle management processes, or does IT operations have to slap expensive protective measures all over place just to ensure that the working day can be addressed with some degree of certainty?

Digital TV sales soar as Brits flock to Freeview

What did you get the missus for Christmas? An iPhone? A Wii? Or perhaps like millions of other Brits, you got her a Freeview-enabled telly or set-top box? Sales of Freeview-branded hardware rose to 3.8m units during the Christmas quarter.

Set your Nunchuck free

Since the Wii’s arrival, gamers have moaned about that little wire connecting the console's main Remote to the Nunchuck. Gaming peripherals manufacturer Nyko has cut the cord and created a wireless alternative.

Free software lawyers warn over Microsoft patent pledge

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has warned that promises made by Microsoft over its Office Open XML (OOXML) document formats could leave open source software developers at risk of legal action.
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RedTen snags lifeboat after being cut adrift by BT

Customers of RedTen Internet could have their connections restored next week after being left high and dry when the ISP had its connection cut by BT.

Azul star DeWitt runs to HP

Last September, we revealed that then Azul Systems CEO Stephen DeWitt planned to bail on the start-up. Six months later DeWitt confirmed the move by popping up at HP.
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Patricia Hewitt joins BT as non-exec director

Patricia Hewitt is to join BT later this month as a non-executive director, boosting her salary by a healthy £60,000.

Cuba lifts ban on computer sales

Cuban president Raul Castro has lifted the country's ban on the sale of petit bourgeois merchandise like computers, DVDs, video players and other consumer electronics goods.
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Surveillance immunity bill for telecoms tries livin’ la vida loca

Only the paranoid survive. But which ones - the kind who choose to live in solitude, à la Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, patiently loading and unloading their weaponry to protect themselves from the dystopian techno-state? Or the kind living in Washington, who yearn for proto-totalitarian surveillance authority, all the better to protect us from ill-defined archetypal foreign threats and solitary lunatics living in the middle of nowhere?

Google claims 'non-existent' Android beats everything but the Jesus Phone

eComm One day, Google believes, software developers will love its "non-existent" Android handset just as much as they love the iPhone - and maybe more.
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Trend Micro gets slashed in attack of the killer iframes

Trend Micro, please put down your bricks and step away from the glass house.