28th > May > 2008 Archive

Too much code, too few application security specialists

Agile dominates software development. According to Scott Ambler, a prolific author of books on the subject in addition to being IBM's agile development practice lead, 69 per cent of organizations already use agile in one or more projects. Twenty four per cent of the rest are planning to start in the next year.
Jeff Williams, 28 May 2008
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Yet another hole found in BT Wi-Fi router

Users of Britain's most popular Wi-Fi router have yet another reason to change the default settings toute de suite, and once again they have the folks in BT's security department to thank.
Dan Goodin, 28 May 2008
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Irregular heart rhythm? Try a Taser

Connecticut doctors have provided circumstantial evidence that Tasers do affect the heart - backing critics' claims that the use of the "less-than-deadly" incapacitator may in fact prove resolutely deadly.
Lester Haines, 28 May 2008
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UK to outlaw cartoons of child sexual abuse

First they came for the child pornographers... It may not have quite the same resonance as Pastor Niemuller’s oft-quoted aphorism. But the reality behind this particular slippery slope is just as sinister.
Jane Fae , 28 May 2008
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European manned spaceship design unveiled in Berlin

Proposals for a European-built manned spacecraft have been formally unveiled in Berlin, with some backing from the German government. Backers of the plan hope to see the European Space Agency (ESA) using Euro technology to carry astronauts into orbit, rather than Russian Soyuz rockets.
Lewis Page, 28 May 2008
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Phoenix prepares to flex its muscles

NASA is preparing to flex the robotic arm on its Phoenix lander following a technical glitch which provoked a temporary comms breakdown between the spacecraft and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which relays commands to Phoenix and dispatches information from the Martian surface back to Earth.
Lester Haines, 28 May 2008
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Is Voda's Colao the new Gordon Brown?

Come July Vodafone will have a new boss, one who has had his eyes on the top job for half a decade and has strong ideas on how the company should be run. But he takes over a company that has been expanding abroad while cutting costs at home - two strategies he's unlikely to be able to sustain in the long run.
Bill Ray, 28 May 2008
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Controllers to define consoles in future?

Consoles and videogames will be defined by controllers in future, rather than graphics, according to the head of a videogame development firm.
James Sherwood, 28 May 2008
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SanDisk jacks into USB 2.0 storage

Fans of mobile-based snapping and music know how quickly storage capacity can be eaten up. So, SanDisk has launched a range of Flash memory cards designed to expand the capacity of your non-expandable storage.
James Sherwood, 28 May 2008
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EU agency declares war on botnets

ENISA, a pan-European agency designed to promote closer coordination on information security, is calling for a revamp of cyber-security laws and best practices in a bid to combat the growing economic impact of cyber attacks and botnet spam.
John Leyden, 28 May 2008
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IBM pushes out Opteron-based servers

Big Blue will release three rack servers next month that will come loaded with AMD’s long-awaited quad-core processor.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 May 2008
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Yes! It's the dancing suit!

People used to put on their dancing shoes, but they’ll soon have to dig out their dancing suit too. Because a designer has stitched together plans for an outfit that turns your shape shifting into real music.
James Sherwood, 28 May 2008
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JPG hole cuts RAZR open

A bug in Motorola's RAZR firmware could allow a malformed JPG file sent over MMS to overflow the stack, theoretically making it able to execute arbitrary code.
Bill Ray, 28 May 2008
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HP launches siamese-twin server blade

Hewlett-Packard has devised a siamese-twin CPU server blade for those monstrous data centers with nowhere to spread out.
Austin Modine, 28 May 2008
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Belgian newspapers demand Google cash

Google is being dragged to court again by fresh demands from Belgian newspapers to cough up for using copyright material in its news and web indexing services.
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ISS toilet fails to suck

The Russian ASU (Ассенизационно-Санитарная Установка, or "Waste Management System") aboard the ISS has pretty well clapped out following the failure on 21 May of the unit's air/water separator heralded by a "loud noise", according to NASA.
Lester Haines, 28 May 2008
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Samsung SGH-F490 cameraphone

Review The first two devices to run the "Croix" touchscreen UI didn't float our boat. The Armani was high on style, low on ability, the F700 tried to be some sort of smartphone all-things-to-all-men.
Alun Taylor, 28 May 2008
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EC denies 'provisional decision' on Intel anti-trust probe

The anti-trust arm of the European Commission today denied that it had reached any provisional decision in its ongoing probe of Intel’s marketing and sales practices.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 May 2008
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Control your PC, with a lemon wedge

Gaming execs may think the future of consoles lies in unique controller designs, but one firm is trying to get PC gamers to control games with everything from plastic bottles to Windows user guide booklets.
James Sherwood, 28 May 2008
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ID fraudsters soak the rich

Identity fraud grew alarmingly in the UK last year, with affluent Londoners particularly at risk, according to figures from credit reference agency Experian.
John Leyden, 28 May 2008
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Intel faces long not very hot summer

Intel will leave its OEMs facing a summer drought of new mobile chips after admitting its Centrino update, Montevina, would not appear till August at the earliest.
Joe Fay, 28 May 2008
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Want a 1TB optical drive? Call/Recall me

Call/Recall has announced it is developing a 1TB optical drive and disk, backwards compatible with Blu-ray, in partnership with with the Nichia Corporation of Japan.
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2008
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Wii's Balance Board turned into virtual flying carpet

Boffins at a German research centre have adapted the Wii’s Balance Board to let travel-hungry gamers navigate the world, without ever leaving the living room.
James Sherwood, 28 May 2008
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What's wrong with LINX?

Updated Last night there was another outage at the London Internet Exchange (LINX) - the second, and longest, time it has gone down in the last month.
John Oates, 28 May 2008
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Thus Group gives amorous Cable and Wireless the brush off

Cable and Wireless has shuffled alongside smaller business telecoms outfit Thus Group, mumbling that it possibly might want to make an offer to buy it, to be greeted today with a polite "we're alright, cheers".
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Japanese customs reunited with lost dope

Japanese customs have been reunited with the 142g of cannabis they mislaid at Tokyo's Narita airport during a drugs-busting test operation, Japan Today reports.
Lester Haines, 28 May 2008
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Handset sales drop for first time in mobe history

It had to happen sooner or later - handset sales in Europe and Japan have dropped for the first time, and growth in the US is looking a bit sleepy too.
Bill Ray, 28 May 2008
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Ballmer and Gates defend Vista, drop Windows 7 hints

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer yesterday insisted that the firm was not guilty of making huge blunders with its unloved operating system Windows Vista.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 May 2008
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UK gov waves white flag on secret lobbying ruling

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has decided not to appeal a legal ruling that it must release information on secret meetings between ministers, civil servants and lobbyists at the Confederation of British Industry.
John Oates, 28 May 2008
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Russian crackers spread nuclear panic

Russian crackers attacked the websites of a local nuclear power plant last week shortly after planting false rumours of an accident at the facility.
John Leyden, 28 May 2008
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Split on support for 'old' Java in next Eclipse

A summit on the next version of Eclipse platform - E4 - has exposed fundamental disagreements between those who want to update the platform and those wanting to continue support for "old" Java.
Phil Manchester, 28 May 2008
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VMware dollars swarm into B-hive Networks

VMware intends to sweeten how applications run on its virtual machines with the purchase of B-hive Networks, a firm that specializes in performance management tools.
Austin Modine, 28 May 2008
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Mozilla guns for Guinness world record with Firefox 3.0

Mozilla aims to make Firefox 3 a record breaker. It wants the release of the next version of its flagship open source browser to be accompanied by a record for the most software downloads in a single 24-hour period 1.
John Leyden, 28 May 2008
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Man accused of siphoning $50,000 in micro-payments from Schwab, E-trade

A California man has been charged with multiple counts of fraud after allegedly siphoning $50,000 from online brokerage houses E-trade and Schwab.com in micro-payments over a six-month period.
Dan Goodin, 28 May 2008
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US protests to WTO over EU 'IT' tariffs

The US and Japan today filed complaints with the World Trade Organization over European Union tariffs on imported flat-screen monitors, some TV set-top boxes, and printers able to scan, fax and copy.
Austin Modine, 28 May 2008
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Google opens cloud to (all) earthbound developers

Google I/O Google has offered a spot on its cloud to every developer down on earth. And it can almost tell you how much it plans to charge for this sky-high real estate.
Cade Metz, 28 May 2008