19th > November > 2008 Archive
Teen hacker confesses three-year crime spree
A juvenile hacker with a reputation for stirring up trouble in online gaming groups has admitted to multiple computer felonies, including cyber attacks that overwhelmed his victims with massive amounts of data and the placing of hoax emergency phone calls that elicited visits by heavily armed police teams.
Mark Cuban answers SEC insider-trading charges
Those betting attention-starved web entrepreneur Mark Cuban would keep silent about insider-trading charges filed against him by the US Securities and Exchange Commission just lost their dollar. Easiest cash I ever made.
Yamaha DVX-1000 2.1 home cinema system
ReviewThe DVX-1000 promises to be the last word in 2.1-channel home cinema, delivering a level of surround sound not heard before from a three-speaker system. Or so Yamaha would have us believe.
NASA space tests 'interplanetary internet' protocol
NASA has announced successful space tests of its new purpose-designed interplanetary communications networking protocol, which it calls Disruption-Tolerant Networking (DTN). Famed TCP/IP pioneer Vint Cerf was instrumental in the space net's design.
Homework late? Blame Russian hackers
Teachers are increasingly subjected to tech-based tall tales from students who've failed to get their act together in the homework department, the Telegraph reports.
Nvidia pitches Tesla GPU-as-CPU tech 'personal supercomputer'
Nvidia has introduced a desktop computer architecture based on its Tesla graphics chip and it's calling the system the first "real" desktop supercomputer.
BlackBerry Storm is a little too consumer for some
Enterprise customers getting hold of a BlackBerry Storm are finding the handset is not quite as enterprise as they might have hoped.
BNP races to get membership list off the net
UpdatedThe BNP membership list containing over 10,000 names and addresses, which we revealed yesterday is still plastered over the internet despite the far right party's desperate efforts to get it yanked from websites.
Visa's digital credit card could raise legal stakes
Visa has introduced a computerised credit card which it hopes will help banks battle fraud. The innovation could force other card issuers and banks to implement similar technology, one data protection expert has said.
Ex-CEO says BAE's British future 'in doubt'
The just-retired chief executive of BAE Systems plc has once again suggested that the company will move to America if it doesn't get what it wants from the British Ministry of Defence. Mike Turner also admitted that the controversial Eurofighter superjet is far from fully developed, calling on the MoD to "finish the job" and sink extra billions into completing it.
MS kills off OneCare to introduce free security software
Microsoft has abandoned its attempt to make money from selling anti-virus software to consumers, two years after entering the cut-throat market.
Judge dismisses Hackintosh maker's anti-Apple lawsuit
Apple has successfully had the lawsuit brought against it by Hackintosh system builder Psystar thrown out of court - at least until its opponent can come up with a better case.
Hitler had one ball: Official
It's official: Hitler really did have only one ball, confirming the suspicions of Brits who during WWII musically suggested* the Führer was a 'nad short of a full lunchbox.
Most biometric checks will bypass ID database
Identity checks will normally rely on the biometric data held on cards and passports rather than the National Identity Register
BT silences customers over Phorm
BT has banned all future discussion of Phorm and its "WebWise" targeted advertising product on its customer forums, and deleted all past threads about the controversy dating back to February.
What's lurking in your data centre?
It's a shame, isn't it. The term 'legacy' could mean such good things, but in IT we use it in the same condemning way we might refer to burnt out old warehouses, or rusting farm equipment. No system worth its salt wants to be considered as part of the legacy environment, and indeed, it's a CV decision as to whether people want to work with them, in development or support roles.
HP unfolds touchscreen tablet
HP is eager to prove that it’s still in touch with your mobile computing requirements, so it’s launched a convertible notebook with a touch-sensitive display.
Premium-rate industry pushes into class
Budding entrepreneurs are to be encouraged to develop premium-rate content by the industry regulator, with free lesson plans and downloads from the Ministry of Sound to make ringtone creation part of the UK curriculum.
IBM gets into server transit business
Put a Big Blue wrapper around your legacy apps and cut data centre operational expenses, floor space and energy costs. IBM has bought a company so it can migrate applications from competitor's boxes onto its own mainframes, PowerPC and Intel servers.
What next for virtualization after we sort our servers out?
When we asked Reg readers for their views on virtualization last year, we thought we’d found the voice of reason. We still do.
Main BBC channels to be broadcast live via web
Viewers in the UK will be offered broadcasts of BBC One and Two live online from 27 November, the BBC said today.
Boffins discover digital-camera 'fingerprints'
If you recently murdered someone and took a picture of the victim as a little memento, you’d be wise to ditch the camera. Because imaging boffins have developed a way of identifying a camera’s particulars from its pictures.
Pininfarina B0 production schedule slips
'Leccy TechThe Pininfarina B0 – that's B 'zero', not B 'oh' – may be a few months late. The word from Pininfarina HQ in Cambiano, Italy is that the start of B0 production is now “scheduled for late 2009/early 2010” rather then being a dead cert for the end of next year.
Collaboration: dream or nightmare?
Wave after wave of collaboration software keep crashing on our organisational shores. but with the latest wave of social networking software, should we run for higher ground?
German bawdy house offers free entry for life
Cologne überbrothel Pascha has been surprised at the number of punters rushing to avail themselves of its free-membership-for-life promotion - unsurprisingly since customers have to have the knocking shop's name tattooed on their arm to redeem the offer.
Oz sex trade to spank parliamentary prudes
Australians are having a Sex Party – and before you all start sniggering at the back, this time they could be serious. Because depending on your point of view, this is either a cynical use of politics by an industry worried about its bottom line or the beginning of a fightback against government that has lost touch with ordinary voters.
T-Mobile kicked for 'more minutes' ad
The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled against T-Mobile's claim that "You wont find more minutes for £30", but accepts that the TV challenge "See if you can find more minutes for £30" is OK.
Google tells the world how to talk
Google's voice search is, it turns out, optimised for North American accents and has distinct problems understanding proper English as the BBC defines it - forcing English users to adopt the kind of dodgy accents not usually seen outside a karaoke night.
Lame Mac Trojan limps into view
UpdatedSecurity researchers have uncovered a rare example of a Trojan that affects Mac PCs.
Nikon Coolpix S710 compact camera
ReviewThe Coolpix S710 was one of four new compacts released by Nikon this autumn. It's the top-of-the-range model, so the person likely to buy this camera is someone looking for more than a basic compact but less than an entry-level DSLR. Will they be delighted or disappointed?
Spacewalking astronaut drops toolbag
Space shuttle Endeavour mission specialist Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper yesterday dropped her toolbag as she and Steve Bowen worked outside the International Space Station, in the process consigning to oblivion "two grease guns, scrapers, several wipes and tethers and some tool caddies".
Transmeta takeover threatened by lawyers
Novafora's takeover of Transmeta could be threatened by a class action lawsuit from disgruntled shareholders.
Follow the Somali pirate scourge via Google mashup
The world's media continues to follow the long-running piracy problems in the Gulf of Aden, with interest stimulated by last week's fatal shootings by Royal Marines off the Yemeni coast and the reported sinking of a buccaneer "mothership" by the Indian Navy yesterday evening. Meanwhile, other seaborne raiders in the region successfully hijacked five merchantmen including a 300,000-ton supertanker loaded with crude oil.
Oz driver pulled with todger in pasta sauce jar
An Oz driver has been fined AU$600 for "offensive behaviour, resisting police and disobeying a police direction" after cracking one off into a pasta sauce jar even as coppers attempted to subdue him with batons and capsicum spray following a "slow-speed" car chase through Newcastle, New South Wales.
BNP leaked list claims first victims
The first public sector employees are waking up to the fallout from the leaking of the BNP membership list yesterday.
Academics warn of EU 'three strikes' back door plan
European law is introducing a "three strikes and you're out" law for ISPs to disconnect illegal file sharers "under cover of stealth", according to legal experts. The EU's telecoms reform package could guarantee the legality of such schemes.
Warcraft player suffers seizure after marathon gaming session
A teenage gamer collapsed and suffered seizures after playing World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King for 24 hours straight, it has been alleged.
Filesharing ambulance chasers get into the gay smut racket
The law firm Davenport Lyons, best known online for accusing people of illegally filesharing on behalf of video games companies and threatening to take them to court if they don't pay hundreds of pounds, has now begun doing the same for producers of hardcore gay porn. It denied any plans to work for "adult entertainment" rights holders less than three months ago.
Celio extends 'smartphone terminal' line
Celio is convinced that some people don't want to lug around a smartphone and a notebooks, so it’s expanded its Redfly smartphone terminal range by two models.
NASA's curious climate capers
There have been a few red faces at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in recent days, to match the predominant color of its October global temperature map. Based at Columbia University in New York, GISS is the division of NASA that is responsible for global climate data and is used by the media in assessing global warming. After analyzing the data, GISS reported that October 2008 was the warmest October since reliable record-keeping began in 1880. But there was something very wrong with the numbers.
Computer virus quarantines London Hospital for second day
IT staff at three major London hospitals have spent a second day struggling to restore IT systems following a major computer virus outbreak.
Baidu sorry for medical scam ads
Unlicensed music distributor Baidu has admitted taking money from unlicensed medical companies.
Super Micro super ready for Intel Nehalem Xeons
SC08While there was plenty of talk this week at the Supercomputing 2008 trade show in Austin, Texas about the just-announced "Shanghai" quad-core Opterons, as well as GPU-powered personal supercomputers based on nVidia's Tesla co-processors, the hot topic at the show is Intel's forthcoming "Nehalem" Xeon processors, which will sport two, four, and eight processor cores.
EU tables green CoC for datacentres
UPDATED: The EU is asking data centre owners and operators to "voluntarily" sign up to a Code of Conduct (CoC) which will include oversight of their energy efficiency in what could be green regulation through the back door.
LG to launch 125 phones in 2009
If none of LG’s talkers have yet taken your fancy then fear not, because the mobile maker's inked plans to maintain its fast-paced phone production.
Sun commits to JavaFX despite uncertainty
Adobe MAXSun Microsystems has promised to deliver on JavaFX despite uncertainty in the wake of massive layoffs and a corporate re-organization.