31st > December > 2008 Archive
AMD unleashes open-source 3D code
AMD has released "the fundamental Linux code" needed to develop open-source 3D-acceleration drivers for its R600 and R700 ATI graphic-processors series.
Clickfree Backup external hard drive
ReviewAnything that can make backing up your files a simpler task has got to be good. Spending time recreating important information after accidents is no fun, but like belting up before driving, not everybody does the sensible thing. Clickfree is like an airbag to back-up tools' seat belts.
Private firm may run UK spy über-database
A private sector firm may be given the job of maintaining a proposed super-database tracking the telephone and internet records of Brits.
Android runs (on) free(runner)
Google's mobile phone platform, Android, has been ported to the OpenMoko's open-sourced hardware platform, though it's not quite the perfect combination as yet.
2008: A year of cowboys in IT security
Security pundits are fond are characterising personalties in information security with reference to Westerns - hence hackers wear either a "black hat" or a "white hat" like their cowboy counterparts.
Columbia disaster 'not survivable', NASA concludes
NASA's comprehensive final Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Report (pdf) has concluded that the 1 February 2003 space shuttle disaster was "not survivable by any currently existing capability".
RIM sues Motorola
Research in Motion is suing Motorola for not allowing laid-off employees to seek work with the owner of the Blackberry brand, who is hoping to scoop up some cheap engineers now that Motorola is shedding so many.
Terry Pratchett knighted for services to literature
Terry Pratchett has admitted he's "flabbergasted" to be awarded a knighthood for services to literature in the New Year Honours list.
UK gov to issue child boozing guidelines
The government is to tackle the potential menace posed to society by kids boozing at home - legal from the age of five under "parental supervision" - by issuing guidelines offering "clearer health information for parents on how drinking alcohol at a young age can affect children and young people".
DECT wireless eavesdropping made easy
Conversations relayed through cordless household phones might be far easier to snoop upon than previously suspected.
Dell replaces execs in global reorg
Two high-level Dell execs are leaving the PC maker as part of a Meltdown-battling global reorganization.
Viacom to remove Time Warner's Spongebob Squarepants
Media giant Viacom is threatening to remove its 19 cable TV networks from Time Warner Cable if the operator doesn't agree to a carriage fee increase by midnight Eastern time tomorrow. Viacom's networks include MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon.
Microsoft plague threatens 30GB Zune extinction
UpdatedIt would appear that a Microsoft software bug has put the world's 30GB Zune population on the verge of extinction.
Atom challengers poised for 2009 debut
2009 promises to be the Year of the Dual-Core Netbook, what with low-power dualies from Freescale, AMD, and VIA Technologies poised to join Intel's dual-core Atom 330.
Is Google's culture grab unstoppable?
Google dealt itself a powerful piece of the future in the proposed settlement of the "Google Books" case in 2008.