Scientists prep robo-Freud for depressed astronauts
In space, nobody can hear you trying to reconcile your latent mother issues. Science is still working on that one.
Student charged after alerting principal to server hack
A 15-year-old high school student in New York State has been charged with three felonies after he allegedly accessed personnel records on his school's poorly configured computer network and then notified his principal of the security weakness.
Microsoft could block popular Azure apps
PDCThat sudden drop in customers your Windows cloud application is experiencing could be because it's too popular and Microsoft is blocking your traffic.
Anti-white-space lobby enlists God, Dolly Parton
As part of an ongoing effort to bar internet devices from the country's television white spaces, Goosoft-battling government lobbyists have rolled out two pillars of the American heartland: God and Dolly Parton.
Parcel mules scam exposed
Fraudsters are increasingly using middlemen to handle goods fraudulently purchased online. These so-called parcel mules are being recruited through dating sites by unscrupulous conmen posing as potential partners for the lonely and gullible or via bogus job adverts.
Berkeley boffins save Moore's Law
Berkeley researchers think they have found a way to keep Moore's Law in action and get chip features down to the sub-10 nanometre level.
London consumers trounce corporates in wireless security
London homeowners are more careful about defending their wireless networks against trespassers than their corporate counterparts. One in five business networks fail to use any form of wireless encryption while 90 per cent of Londoners use encryption of some kind at home.
3PAR partially makes its mind-up on SSD
3PAR is going to add tier zero solid state drive (SSD) storage to its arrays. Its InServe array software can use it now.
MoD pledges greener buying
Secretary of State for Defence John Hutton and defence biz execs yesterday signed a Sustainable Procurement Charter intended to make the UK's military-industrial complex more green.
SAP profits fall, abandons full year forecast
SAP managed to increase revenues in the third quarter but saw net income fall five per cent.
The netbook newbie's guide to Linux
Episode TwoThis is a series about the Linux OS on netbooks, but we need to remind ourselves that these devices aren't personal computers. The personal computer is a machine you work on. Netbooks are essentially machines you work through, out into the Cloud.
French map out digital economy
The French government has published a report on how it intends to become a digital economy, starting with the auction of the analogue TV bands by the end of next year.
Asus' sexed-up Eee PC 1000-series netbook spied on web
Snaps of Asus' upcoming Eee PC 1002HA have popped up online, straight out of the manufacturer's marketing department, to confirm the new model looks exactly like the recently announced Eee PC S101.
Microsoft's Azure means dark days for storage vendors
CommentAnother huge heaving grunt of a move as Microsoft shifts its great fat rear to sit more comfortably on the changing furniture of the computing industry and offer cloud computing services. It could be very bad news indeed for the storage industry.
Humax names Freesat HD DVR debut date
Humax is to release its long-awaited Freesat-branded HD-capable DVR next month.
Sun, Fujitsu launches entry quad-core Sparc box
Fujitsu and server partner Sun Microsystems will today roll out an entry server based on the quad-core Sparc64 VII processor created by Fujitsu.
Home Office guides plods on photography
Terror Laws due to be passed this autumn, could provide Police with a new and significant power to stop individuals taking photographs.
The New Green Aristocracy
CommentAn aristocracy is a form of government by an elite that considers itself to possess greater virtues than the hoi polloi, giving it the right to rule in its own interests. Aristocrats were referred to as 'the nobility', or 'nobs'. These days we prefer decisions to be made democratically – the idea being that we can judge for ourselves which ideas serve our interests, thank you very much, ma'am.
Harman Kardon brings high-end media centre to Blighty
Harman Kardon has begun selling its high-price 250GB media centre system in the UK.
Reding demands super-regulator to thwart US telco domination
EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding has been telling delegates at the Summit of the European Telecommunications Networks in Venice that letting the EU regulate their industries will save €20bn a year, and is just what the Americans want.
How storage can save the world
WhitepaperIt's a shame storage is so boring - or at least, that it is perceived as such by anyone that isn't actually into storage. A cursory glance from the balconies at Olympia, at last week's Storage Expo would suggest it's anything but dull - there are indeed plenty of people who have a deep interest in all things relating to how information is retained, maintained and ultimately destroyed - and they certainly seemed to be having an animated time of it all, particularly when the cases of beer were cracked open about 4pm on day one.
IT contractor broke law in data raid on playground firm
An IT contractor who was part of a raid on a company, copied all of its electronic business records and locked staff out of computer systems, infringed copyright and database rights, the High Court has ruled.
WD Caviar Black 1TB vs Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB
ReviewWestern Digital offers its Caviar desktop drives in three varieties that are identified by a handy system of colour coding. Caviar Green is cool, quiet, eco-friendly and - to be frank - lacking in performance. In the mid-range, we have Caviar Blue, which offers performance and reliability with up to 16MB of cache and a maximum capacity of 750GB.
VIA, MS fuel China-led low-cost laptop invasion
VIA today launched an initiative to encourage Asian netbook and notebook makers to build mobile machines based on its 64-bit putative Atom-smasher, the Nano processor, rather than Intel technology.
Plymouth nurse punted panties on eBay
A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing yesterday considered the case of a Plymouth nurse who punted clean and soiled underwear on eBay while on duty at the city's Derriford Hospital, the local Herald reports.
Immature tech likely to get lucky in credit crunch
The credit crunch is likely to produce changes in IT spending priorities that may create additional security risks.
Plasma rocket space drive in key test milestone
NASA spinoff firm the Ad Astra Rocket Company has announced a key milestone in ground testing of its prototype plasma drive technology, Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR).
UK Govt claims lead in 'green motoring revolution'
'Leccy TechMore details about the Government's £100m plan for developing a 'leccy car infrastructure in the UK have now emerged.
YaGoogleSoft! adopt voluntary 'code of ethics'
The US's Center for Democracy & Technology has announced that after two years of negotiations, Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft will in the next few days adopt a voluntary code of ethics "intended to safeguard online freedom of speech around the world".
Android security, market place under fire
The security of Google's Android is under fire from security researchers who reckon they've identified a browser flaw that could compromise the platform.
NHS IT project pulled up by hiatus
The £12.7bn National Programme for IT which aims to transform health service technology and provide electronic records for all patients is not dead in the water and delays are inevitable in such a large project.
Official who lost secret al-Qaeda report pleads guilty
The senior civil servant who left government documents detailing intelligence on al-Qaeda on a commuter train in June has pleaded guilty to a breach of the Official Secrets Act.
Microsoft faces second 'black screen' lawsuit
A second Chinese man has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft demanding it remove a notice from his computer accusing him of using illegally copied software.
Led Zeppelin plan Plant-free tour
Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has told the BBC that the band is planning to tour and hit the studio - but without frontman Robert Plant.
Apple prices iPhone at $666, says analyst
The Jesus phone costs carriers a diabolic $666 on average, one Wall Street analyst has claimed. That figure brings Apple enough margin to hack prices and "take over the smartphone market".
Beeb cans TOTP Xmas special
The BBC has decided to can the traditional Top of the Pops Christmas Special in favour of eight "special" episodes of the archive spin-off TOTP2, the festive fun-busting corporation reports.
Peaches Geldof cops a severe shoeing
Peaches Geldof's career as a magazine columnist may the shortest-lived in the history of hackery after her first piece for the website of fashion mag Nylon copped one of the severest shoeings theoretically possible before the sheer intensity of reader anger causes the entire internet to permanently implode.
Home Office acts to kick out Iceland's hate preachers
Just weeks after the UK government used the 2001 Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act to seize all of the IOUs in British branches of Icelandic banks, tough-talking Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has made it clear that Britain will no longer be a safe haven for terror preachers from Iceland. Or indeed from Norway or Liechtenstein.
Big Blue to build DARPA cat-brain machine
US military attempts to develop "programmable neuromorphic" electronic artificial mouse- and cat-bonce brain podules have now moved into gear, with IBM scooping a $5m contract award.
Intel misses Competition Commission deadline
Intel has missed the deadline to respond to the Supplementary Statement of Objections sent by the European Competition Commission in July.
Pipex upgrade causes email snafu
Some Pipex customers have been without email access for several days due to an platform upgrade that meant their settings were wrong.
Windows 7 early promise: Passes the Vista test
PDCWindows Vista is better than its reputation, but its reputation is pretty bad. During the press briefing for Windows 7 at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC), corporate vice president for Windows product management Mike Nash insisted Microsoft had learned from the Vista experience.
Microsoft unveils 'lightweight' Office for Web
PDCMicrosoft has finally announced a version of its Office productivity applications for the web with the next full edition of its suite.
IT credit crunch comes home to roost
The weakening global economy and the tightening of credit for both companies and consumers is making it tougher for IT vendors to rely on a common tool - equipment leasing - to grease wheels and get sales. Defaults on tech leases - and indeed all kinds of capital equipment leases - are on the rise in the United States, and IT makers are starting to feel the pinch at both ends as some deals go south and it gets harder to make new deals.
'Series of Tubes' Senator convicted of corruption
Alaska Senator Ted 'Series of Tubes' Stevens was convicted Monday on seven felony counts for lying about hundreds of thousands of dollars in free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy oil contractor.
Google settles Book Search suit for $125m
Google has agreed to pay $125m to settle a three-year-old class action lawsuit that accused the ad broker of infringing publisher and author copyrights with its library-digitizing Book Search project.
Windows 7 borrows from OS X, avoids Vista
PDCWhen it comes to Windows 7, Microsoft hasn't just learned from the mistakes of Windows Vista. It has picked up a thing or two from Apple's OS X, judging by first impressions.
TSA vows relaxation of carry-on liquid limits
Airline passengers on both sides of the Atlantic could be free to carry larger bottles of liquids in carry-on luggage under a two-year plan to relax current security rules that sharply restrict the amount of shampoo, hand lotion, and other types of liquids that can be brought in a plane cabin.
Carmack's rocket wins $350,000 in mock moon mission
John Carmack, creator of the childhood-innocence-purging video games Doom and Quake, has finally lead his team of rocketeers at Armadillo Aerospace to victory in the annual Northrop Grumman Lunar Landing challenge.
Intel sees little trouble in big China
What does Intel's investment arm look like waving off the current economic gloom? A bit like it does when making new "cleantech" investments in China, laying down $20m funding for the solar energy kit provider, Trony Solar Holdings.
E-voting fears run high as election day looms
USA '08With just a week to go before the US presidential election, academics, politicians, and voters are voicing increased distrust of the electronic voting machines that will be used to cast ballots.