11th > April > 2008 Archive

SanDisk warns that unsecured flash drives are coming to get you

Over three quarters of American IT workers use memory sticks for work-related purposes, and most corporate heads don't have a clue about the peril they face as a result of the stick love.
Austin Modine, 11 Apr 2008
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Network Solutions hijacks customer sub-domains for ad fest

Shameless domain registrar and web hoster Network Solutions is hijacking its customers' sub-domains, filling these pilfered pages with a sea of money-making ad links.
Cade Metz, 11 Apr 2008
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Spam busters blacklist MessageLabs and chums

One of the biggest spam block lists on the internet suffered an embarrassing technical cock-up today which blocked emails from some servers at web security monitoring firm MessageLabs and at some ISPs for about five hours.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2008
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London teen orders 'cab, innit'

A 19-year-old Saaarf London girl has been advised to use the Queen's English on the phone after her hunt for a cab to whisk her to Bristol airport ended less than satisfactorily.
Lester Haines, 11 Apr 2008
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Microsoft deploys protocol defense for IE

RSA Internet Explorer is the next battleground for Microsoft in its goal of securing the Windows stack against an anticipated avalanche of script-based attacks.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Apr 2008
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Chinese spammers target 1,200 US, UK firms

The Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) members database was hacked at the weekend, causing the institute to close access to the members' area, which remains shut.
Barbara Axt, 11 Apr 2008

World wants small, cheap PCs, say makers of small, cheap PCs

World+Dog wants small, cheap computers, companies making small, cheap computers have claimed.
Tony Smith, 11 Apr 2008
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Is this the ultimate gaming keyboard?

Sometimes a product’s name says it all, so what better label for the latest geek chic gaming keyboard than Cyborg?
James Sherwood, 11 Apr 2008
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Where were you when you learned e-voting was unreliable?

RSA Applications security expert Hugh Thompson remembers his introduction to e-voting systems like it was yesterday. So do computer scientists David Wagner and Doug Jones. What made the experience stand out for all three was the machines' surprising lack of security.
Dan Goodin, 11 Apr 2008
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NASA's Phoenix closes on Red Planet

NASA has adjusted the flight path of its Phoenix Mars Lander, en route to a planned touch-down on the Red Planet on 25 May, on its mission to explore the body's Arctic plain.
Lester Haines, 11 Apr 2008
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Nvidia powers up GeForce 9800 GTX, nForce 790i

Nvidia has rolled out its GeForce 9800 GTX graphics card, a couple of weeks later than anticipated. It also formally unveiled the nForce 790i series of chipsets.
Tony Smith, 11 Apr 2008
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Local council uses snooping laws to spy on three-year-old

Poole Borough Council has admitted using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), designed to regulate snooping by police and other bodies, to check the usual address of a three-year-old child applying for a primary school place.
John Oates, 11 Apr 2008

'Jisus' Eee-alike sub-notebook to use Chinese Atom-smasher

Need a Jesus Laptop to go with your Jesus Phone? Next month you'll be able to get one: a new Eee PC rival dubbed the Jisus [sic]. Dutch supplier Van Der Led is spreading the word.
Tony Smith, 11 Apr 2008
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Billy Bragg: Why should songwriters starve so others get rich?

Interview Why should songwriters starve so that the Web 2.0 kids and tech VCs get rich? Billy Bragg asked the question recently, and the downloaders and VCs quickly shot back - it's because you should be grateful that we're here!
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Apr 2008
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Controversial DNA profiling technique approved

Updated An independent review of the science underpinning DNA forensics done on tiny samples has today declared the controversial technique sound for use in investigations.
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US war robots in Iraq 'turned guns' on fleshy comrades

Ground-crawling US war robots armed with machine guns, deployed to fight in Iraq last year, reportedly turned on their fleshy masters almost at once. The rebellious machine warriors have been retired from combat pending upgrades.
Lewis Page, 11 Apr 2008
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French sites fined for linking to privacy-invading Kylie content

Three French websites have been found guilty of invading an actor's privacy for publishing links to articles containing the offending material. The Paris Tribunal has fined the operators of all three sites.
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Apr 2008

Sony, MS want control of PS3, Xbox iPlayer, Beeb boss claims

The BBC's launch of a version of its iPlayer for the Wii left one question on gamers’ lips: why isn’t the streaming service also available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3? This week, the broadcaster claimed it’s because Microsoft and Sony were too demanding.
James Sherwood, 11 Apr 2008
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RM ties up IT school deal with Newham council

RM Plc has bagged a contract to supply computing and IT services to the London Borough of Newham.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2008
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Microsoft updates Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on

HD DVD may be dead but it's clearly not yet buried. Microsoft this week unveiled a software update for the Xbox 360’s now-discontinued HD DVD add-on drive.
James Sherwood, 11 Apr 2008

Apple MacBook Air Early 2008

Review Apple's MacBook Air has polarised opinion, not just between the company's fans and everyone else, but even within the Mac community itself. It's expensive, it's arguably underpowered and certainly has very limited expansion opportunities.
Tony Smith, 11 Apr 2008
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Area 51 drug test victim crashes flying car

A 43-year-old man from San Rafael, Califonia, was charged on Tuesday with "driving while intoxicated and causing injuries, reckless driving, and hit-and-run with injuries" after ramming three other vehicles and slightly injuring two people, while under the influence of a veritable pharmacy of narcotics, the Marin Independent Journal reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Apr 2008
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Simon Travaglia, 11 Apr 2008

BAE aims to keep all-u-can-eat ticket at MoD pie-shop

Analysis Fairly soon now, most observers are agreed, the UK Ministry of Defence will have to announce budgetary plans for the coming years. Typically, this is a matter of dull routine. But this year business as usual won't do. The MoD budget rowboat is so overloaded, so near to capsizing, that something big has to be thrown overboard.
Lewis Page, 11 Apr 2008
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Blockbuster to release Apple TV set-top box rival?

Recent comments by a Blockbuster spokeswoman about how the firm will expand its film-rental services, along with unsubstantiated rumours, have sparked claims that the company will release an Apple TV rival later this month.
James Sherwood, 11 Apr 2008

STMicro and NXP tie-up in wireless joint venture

STMicroelectronics NV plans to merge its wireless semiconductor business with rival NXP to create the world’s third largest wireless chip company.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2008
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No sense of humour? Avoid Bootnotes

NSFW It's come to our attention that, while having provided years and years and years of non-IT-related merriment for you, our beloved readers, our Bootnotes section continues, despite containing headlines such as "NZ finds Black Cocks hard to swallow", "Witchdoctor orders Serb to have sex with hedgehog" and indeed "Woman gets mobile phone stuck up back orifice" combined with relentless coverage of battling Streatham clotheshorses, highly-talented heiresses' amateur grumble flicks and Playmobil reconstructions of outrages at Heathrow's T5, to prove problematic for a small minority of our international audience.
Lester Haines, 11 Apr 2008
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Malware still malingering for up-to-date anti-virus users

Having anti-virus software and keeping it up to date is no longer enough to keep from geting infected by malware.
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2008

PS3 owners game iPlayer

Less than 24 hours after the BBC gave great fanfare to its new iPlayer streaming service for Nintendo Wii at a media conference in France, jealous Playstation enthusiasts had used it to cobble together a version of their own.

Earth to Ofcom: They're our airwaves. Give them back

Sometimes Ofcom, Britain's media and telecomms uber-regulator, likes to agonise in public whether Britain needs a media and telecomms uber-regulator.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Apr 2008
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The full-frontal iPhone case

Anyone that’s dropped their iPhone knows the feeling of sickness as it tumbles toward the ground. Now the resulting body scrapes can be prevented with a case that covers the entire phone, but doesn’t interfere with the touchscreen.
James Sherwood, 11 Apr 2008
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Met police plans to track cops by GPS

The Metropolitan police is planning to spend £2.2m to track its entire plod force by GPS, proving that even Scotland Yard knows you can never find a policeman when you need one.
John Oates, 11 Apr 2008
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Swedish lag's wooden todgers fail to impress

A 58-year-old Swedish man who thoughtfully left carved wooden phalluses as going-away presents for female staff on his release from chokey has been fined for his trouble, the Borås Tidning reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Apr 2008
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Top-end Fords will be watching your rear

Ford will offer blind-spot-checking radar using part of the 24GHz spectrum on US models starting early next year, though cheapskates might opt for the wing mirror with a bent corner instead.
Bill Ray, 11 Apr 2008
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World Bank chief: Ethanol cars run on human misery

The head of the World Bank has said that soaring food prices are causing hardship and starvation for poor people worldwide, and implied that at least some of the blame lay with Western governments' efforts to encourage biofuel use.
Lewis Page, 11 Apr 2008
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Truphone picks up Sim4Travel

VoIP operator Truphone has snapped up cheapo-roaming operator SIM4 Travel, with a view to combining the operations and providing travellers with low-cost VoIP calls over cellular infrastructure.
Bill Ray, 11 Apr 2008
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A week in the life of Open XML

The main players in the ongoing row over the approval of Microsoft’s Open XML (OXML) file format as an international standard ended the week further apart than ever.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2008
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Gadget to bring relief bubble-wrap-less bubble-wrap addicts

A perk of writing about consumer technology is having the latest gear plonked onto your lap to play with test, and the resulting huge piles of bubble-wrap to pop. Now everyone can pop til their thumbs bleed, thanks to Puchi Puchi.
James Sherwood, 11 Apr 2008
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Sony preps 'gunmetal' grey PS3 for MGS4

Sony has re-sprayed the PlayStation 3 with a sexy limited edition gunmetal grey tint to tie-in with the impending release of the eagerly anticipated Metal Gear Solid 4.
James Sherwood, 11 Apr 2008
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AMD evaporates CTO post

AMD Chief Technology Officer Phil Hester has resigned. And he will not be replaced.
Cade Metz, 11 Apr 2008
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Google pays for Affero ban

Google's ban on projects licensed under the Affero GPL license has claimed its first victim. The ClipperZ online password manager has defected to rival code host SourceForge.
Phil Manchester, 11 Apr 2008
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The rise of the Malware Mafia

RSA Policy makers should reject pressure to draft new laws targeting phishing and other types of cyber crime because existing statutes already cover most of the illegal activity, a researcher who investigates online criminals said.
Dan Goodin, 11 Apr 2008

Google data centers snub Africa, Oz, and anything near Wyoming

A Swedish web-site monitoring company has published a worldwide map of Google's data centers. And people love looking at it.
Cade Metz, 11 Apr 2008