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World's biggest ISPs drag feet on critical DNS patch

UpdatedMore than two weeks after security researchers warned of a critical defect in the net's address lookup system, some of the world's biggest internet service providers - including AT&T, Time Warner and Bell Canada - have yet to install a patch inoculating their subscribers against attacks, according to an informal survey of Register readers.
Dan Goodin, 25 Jul 2008
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How government will save you from P2P deviance

Thousands - or to be more precise, six thousands - of lucky alleged infringers a week are to be informed of the error of their ways, according to the terms of the deal struck this week between the British government and six major ISPs. They will in the first instance be "informed when their accounts are being used unlawfully to share copyright material and pointed towards legal alternatives."
John Lettice, 25 Jul 2008
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MS products just too cool to comprehend, say MS geeks

When the product sucks but you can't bring yourself to admit the horrible truth, what's the next logical step? Blame the message, the messenger or the recipient of the message. Simple.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jul 2008
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Proof of age system moves net ID a step closer

The UK moved one step closer to online ID for all last week as the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) decided to give accreditation to NetIDme’s age verification software. But for once this may be not cause for complete doom and gloom. Also added to the list are GB Group (with their URU product) and 192.com.
Jane Fae , 25 Jul 2008
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Happy Sysadmin Day!

Today is Sysadmin Day - the annual celebration of all things sys.
John Oates, 25 Jul 2008
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Dead author's estate snatches child's domain

A British couple has lost the battle to keep the narnia.mobi domain name which they claimed was only registered so that their son could have a Narnia-related email address. The address will transfer to a company representing CS Lewis's estate.
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Jul 2008
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Free for all on London Underground

UpdatedCommuters are travelling for free on the London Underground this morning after technical problems again brought down the Oyster ticket system.
John Oates, 25 Jul 2008
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Greenpeace: UK gov trying to strangle wind power

The British government has been accused by Greenpeace of trying to strangle development of renewable power in Europe, and in particular in the UK. Greenpeace say they have obtained draft documents from negotiations in Brussels, which amount to a 'smoking gun' exposing the UK's anti-renewables agenda.
Lewis Page, 25 Jul 2008
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Fugitive spammer in murder-suicide

Fugitive spammer Eddie Davidson shot his wife and infant daughter dead on Thursday before turning the gun on himself - four days after going AWOL from a minimum security prison.
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2008
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The ultimate mouse?

Stick the word concept before a product name and you’ve got yourself an instant excuse for craziness. Well, the concept Alien Mouse is no exception.
James Sherwood, 25 Jul 2008
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Edinburgh Fringe ticketing chaos continues

The Edinburgh Fringe festival gets underway a week on Saturday (3-25 August) but ever since tickets went on sale the box office system has suffered several major technical cock-ups.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2008
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Lovefilm 1, BitTorrent/iTunes/retail 0

I've given up buying DVDs, though I haven't stopped watching them. Quite the reverse - I'm watching more movies and TV series than ever before. Before you suggest it, I'm not downloading anything either.
Tony Smith, 25 Jul 2008
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Microsoft crowbars Live Search into Facebook

Microsoft has traded its exclusive deal to plaster Facebook with banner advertising for the right to pump Google-style contextual search ads on the profit-lite website.
Christopher Williams, 25 Jul 2008
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SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 player

ReviewCome September, a version of the Sansa Clip with revised firmware will hit the streets in the UK, giving us an excuse to rustle one up and have a retrospective shoofty.
Alun Taylor, 25 Jul 2008
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Cancer doc issues mobile phone warning

Reports have told us that mobile phones don’t increase the risk of brain cancer, others have stated the opposite. However, one doctor has issued a warning that mobile phone use should be limited, based on the findings of an unpublished medical study.
James Sherwood, 25 Jul 2008
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Ingram's second quarter cheers

Super distie Ingram Micro increased sales to $8.82bn for the quarter ended 28 June 2008 compared to $8.19bn for the same period last year.
John Oates, 25 Jul 2008
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Microsoft to fold DATAllegro into server platforms

Microsoft is buying data warehouse appliance maker DATAllegro in its latest push in the enterprise business intelligence market.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2008
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HP prepping 2133 Mini-Note rival

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has confirmed that it’ll soon give birth to the 2133 Mini-Note’s baby brother, a cheaper alternative to recently unveiled machine.
James Sherwood, 25 Jul 2008
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The FDRs of Green explain the gentle art of planet saving

A "triple crunch" of financial crisis, climate change and soaring oil prices threatens the world with a new Great Depression so, 'drawing inspiration from FDR' the Green New Deal Group proposes "a modernised version" of the solution. FDR himself being unhappily unavailable, we have the newly-formed group and its eponymous report instead. And frankly, it goes downhill from there.
Tim Worstall, 25 Jul 2008
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Thunderbird patches are go

Mozilla has fixed multiple vulnerabilities in the Thunderbird email client.
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2008
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Buffalo burns 8x Blu-ray

If burning Blu-ray disks is taking you too long, then a trip to Japan could save you some time. That’s because Buffalo has unveiled two super-speedy 8x Blu-ray drives in the country.
James Sherwood, 25 Jul 2008
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Capgemini goes Dutch

Capgemini is paying €255m for a public sector applications division, Business Application Services BV, from Getronics PinkRoccade. BAS BV employs 2,200 people and turned over €300m in 2007. It makes 40 per cent of its revenues from the Dutch public sector. The deal is subject to the usual regulatory issues and needs to be approved by the firm's Workers Council.
Team Register, 25 Jul 2008
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US Air Force may allow killbots to be flown by non-pilots

The new head of the US Air Force - replacing an officer who was fired at least in part for dragging his feet on unmanned air operations - has hinted that the service may relax its rule that drone aircraft must be flown by fully qualified military pilots.
Lewis Page, 25 Jul 2008

Who killed Three Strikes for filesharing?

Rejoice! "Three strikes and you're out" is dead in the UK. Music file sharers will no longer face the threat of seeing the household broadband connection severed. The plague that is currently endemic in France won't be jumping the English Channel.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jul 2008
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Intel knits SoCs roadmap for x86

Intel is ready to charge once more unto the breach of system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices, this time with a new line of embedded processors based on the same instruction set used in all its desktop and mobile products.
Austin Modine, 25 Jul 2008
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Journey's latest hit: an MP3 player

If you’re a fan of power ballads, then you can finally have an MP3 player Any Way You Want It. That’s provided you welcome Journey’s decked-out portable player with Open Arms.
James Sherwood, 25 Jul 2008
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Inquirer celebrates spammer murder-suicide

CommentThere's an air of celebration down at The Inquirer at the news that fugitive spammer Eddie Davidson decided to do the decent thing and kill himself.
Lester Haines, 25 Jul 2008
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Cops slap ticket on Street View spycar

You'll enjoy this: Here's evidence that not even the might of Google permits it to park vehicles from its Orwellian Opel spycar fleet in reserved doctor spots:
Lester Haines, 25 Jul 2008
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Morse detects cost savings - takes £4.5m charge

UK reseller Morse will take a one-off charge of up to £4.5m to slash costs this year, it told the stock market today. Executive chairman Kevin Loosemore said further details of the cuts, which will begin immediately, will be revealed with the firm's preliminary results on 9 September. The cuts follow the departure of CEO Kevin Alcock early this month. A restructuring programme was launched to improve margins. ®
Christopher Williams, 25 Jul 2008
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Apple sees red over iPhone 3G

It’ll come as no surprise that Apple’s got yet more iPhone surprises up its sleeves. But, the latest rumour is that a charity themed red-backed iPhone 3G is on its way.
James Sherwood, 25 Jul 2008
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SAP user group foments revolt over massive price hike

The UK SAP user group today called on the German software giant's customers to scrutinise plans to force them to cough up almost a third more for their contract.
Christopher Williams, 25 Jul 2008
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Apple seeks iPhone reverse engineering expert

Apple wants an iPhone security engineer - to beat hackers at their own game. Applicants should develop "proof of concept" attacks and undertake risk analysis on potential security threats affecting Apple's embedded operating system products.
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2008
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Lawsuit spells trouble for Facebook's Scrabulous

Toy omnicorp Hasbro is setting the legal dogs on Scrabulous, the Facebook-based Scrabble knock-off popular with timewasting desk jockeys worldwide.
Christopher Williams, 25 Jul 2008
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Gov pulls plug on prison PlayStations

Blighty’s cons soon really will be doing hard time. Because the Prison Service has issued a directive banning 18 certificate videogames from prisons, and has also pledged to reform console use inside jails.
James Sherwood, 25 Jul 2008
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Sutton Police bribe kids to behave

Sutton Police have started a scheme to get local kids to turn up to talk to community officers by being nice to them.
John Oates, 25 Jul 2008
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Microsoft pledges love and money to open source

OSCONAfter years of hostility towards Free Software Foundation (FSF) licensing (here and here) Microsoft has announced the first in a series of PHP patches - and it's using an FSF license.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jul 2008
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Orange UK: the iPhone's latest colour carrier?

It’s already been rumoured that the iPhone 3G’s turning red, but fresh speculation has it that the must-have talker will also turn Orange within months.
James Sherwood, 25 Jul 2008
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Austrian official fuels Skype backdoor rumours

Off the cuff remarks by Austrian government officials suggest that Skype conversations might be intercepted.
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2008
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Yahoo! shoots DRM servers, swallows keys to tunes

Like Micro, like Hoo. Following in the footsteps of Steve Ballmer and company, Yahoo! plans to destroy the DRM servers propping up all those people misguided enough to purchase tunes from its failed music store.
Cade Metz, 25 Jul 2008
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US nuke missile crew falls asleep on the job

In the latest cockup involving nuclear arms, three ballistic missile crew members fell asleep while in possession of classified launch codes used to launch nuclear attacks, the US Air Force says.
Dan Goodin, 25 Jul 2008
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Virgin Galactic to unveil tool to fling rich people into space

Space tourism entrepreneurs at Virgin Galactic are poised to unveil the mothership that will launch the fabulously wealthy on ballistic arcs outside the Earth's atmosphere.
Austin Modine, 25 Jul 2008
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Google gives GMail always-on encryption

Google is adding a much-demanded feature to its email service that offers improved security by ensuring users get an encrypted connection each time they access their account via a web connection.
Dan Goodin, 25 Jul 2008
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Google Code blacklists Mozilla Public License

OSCONThe Mozilla Public License (MPL) is the latest casualty of Google's decision to remove open-source licenses from its popular code hosting service.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jul 2008
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Sun tosses most US customers to the resellers

Sun Microsystems plans to rapidly move its entire US customer base, short of its largest accounts, to an indirect sales model.
Austin Modine, 25 Jul 2008
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High-priority patch fixes critical vulns in RealPlayer

RealNetworks has issued an update that patches four security holes in its RealPlayer jukebox program, including a critical flaw that vulnerability tracker Secunia published today.
Dan Goodin, 25 Jul 2008
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Security shocker: 75% of US bank websites have flaws

The vast majority of US bank websites jeopardize the security of their online customers by including design flaws that expose passwords and are susceptible to tampering by attackers, researchers say.
Dan Goodin, 25 Jul 2008
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Europe approves HP purchase of EDS

In briefHewlett-Packard has received the blessings of the European Commission to swallow the computer service giant Electronic Data Systems (EDS) without regulatory fuss.
Austin Modine, 25 Jul 2008