4th > February > 2009 Archive
Cybersecurity contractor warns of virus on own network
SRA International, a government contractor that provides cybersecurity and privacy services, has warned its employees their personal information may have been stolen after hackers planted a virus on its computer network.
European Parliament wants criminalization of online 'grooming'
The European Parliament has asked the EU to make online "grooming" a criminal offense.
Google on trial over Italian 'defamation' vid
The Privacy Trial of the Century is already waving jail time at three current Google execs and its former chief financial officer. And now there's an added complaint against the company itself.
'Infinitesimal magnetic tornadoes' set to ravage computing
Treasure this fine example of scientific press release bilge: "At the human scale, the tightly wrapped spinning columns of air in a tornado contain terrifying destructive power that ravages communities. At the nanoscale, however, closely coiled magnetic vortices hold the promise of a new generation of computers." These vortices are described as "infinitesimal magnetic tornadoes."
Microsoft SKUs Windows 7 clarity
Microsoft has announced how it will package Windows Vista's successor, Windows 7. And as ever, Microsoft has put segmentation ahead of clarity.
Aerielle i2i Stream 2.4GHz music streamer set
ReviewWhile policemen may not be getting younger and British summers may not be getting colder one thing that most certainly is true is that streaming music wirelessly is getting a lot easier and a lot cheaper.
Panasonic promises slimmer, greener plasmas for 09
Lean and green is the way forward, at least according to Panasonic’s plasma TV division, which has announced plans to launch slimmer and more eco-friendly plasmas throughout 2009.
US airforce to get ground refuelling robot
The US Air Force may demonstrate a small ground robot capable of refuelling aeroplanes unassisted next year, according to reports.
Tazzari specs up UK-friendly electric runabout
'Leccy TechThe Tazzari Zero popped up our radar late last year, but as details were few and far between we let it be. Now, however, Tazzari has a shiny new web site - complete with a Car Configurator - so we dropped them a line to see what the deal was.
Parliament probes privacy law
Parliament will investigate privacy law in the UK and may give the law a 'nudge', Justice Minister Jack Straw has said. A select committee of MPs will look into how the law has developed and how it is being implemented by courts, he said.
Bluetooth message saves scousers' livers
Hundreds of scousers downloaded an application to calculate how many units of alcohol they had drunk on New Year's eve, from Bluetooth servers supplied by Liverpool trading standards and Merseyside Police.
Kids' sites 'must register moderators'
Organisations with interactive websites likely to be used mainly by children must ensure that staff moderating the sites are not barred from working with children from October.
MySpace fingers 90,000 nonces
MySpace has admitted it has found, and removed, about 90,000 registered sex offenders on the social networking site in the last two years.
Competition regulator kyboshes Project Kangaroo
UpdatedBBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4's web video on demand plans were sunk by competition regulators this morning, who said their proposed joint venture "Project Kangaroo" would have too much market power.
Netbook demand surge to slow next year
Acer will extend its lead over Asus this year, as World+Dog buys even more netbooks, causing demand to surge.
Garmin and Asus partner for satnav phone series
Garmin and Asus have officially joined forces to create an entire series of co-branded “location-centric” - that’s GPS to you and me - mobile phones.
Google Earthlings fly to Mars
Google earlier this week annnounced the release of Google Earth 5 - now with added bells and whistles including a detailed look at Mars:
T-Mobile to release more G phones this year
Rumours of a successor to the G1 Android-based phone have been doing the rounds for months. But now a T-Mobile executive’s let slip that it will launch more G-series handsets.
Mozilla has released an update to Firefox 3.0 that fixes half a dozen serious security glitches in the web browser.
UK data breach costs swell
UpdatedThe cost of data breaches for UK firms has risen from an average of £47 per record in 2007 to £60 ($86) in 2008, according to a new survey. But figures from a Ponemon Institute study, sponsored by PGP, are orders of magnitude higher than losses booked following the infamous TJX security breach, raising questions over how much weight can be placed on the figures.
Sage struggles in subdued market
Software specialist for small and medium businesses Sage said the weak pound had helped offset a subdued market for its products.
Born Again Delphi
StobMr Nick Hodges of CodeGear and Embarcadero and not Borland blogs amusingly about the obscure corners of Delphi syntax. Delphi Pascal apparently still implements a Jensen and Wirth era feature whereby [square brackets] can simulated by the sequences (. and .). In the olden days,
Google will tell your mates where you are
Google's Maps for Mobile just went social, with the launch of Latitude; a service that automatically shares your location with selected friends who might want to know where you are.
EMC and Microsoft ignore elephant
EMC and Microsoft are buddying up closer with an invited audience of CIOs enjoying or enduring a Steve Ballmer and Joe Tucci love-in this week during which they extended an existing alliance for another three years.
Police pursue crime suspect by Wii avatar
Look closely at the picture below. Have you seen this man Mii before? Because Japanese police suspect its owner was involved in a recent hit and run incident.
Nokia 6600 Fold clamshell phone
ReviewWhat swings it for you? First-in-class features? Terrific usability? Value for money? Or is it pure design style? While some mobile makers have been cosying up to top fashion houses for the kiss of designer cachet, Nokia has been busy doing its own thing, and the 6600 Fold is its latest model to sashay that fine line between style and substance.
Samsung touchphone leaked online
Specifications for and a promotional picture of an upcoming Samsung touchscreen smartphone have been leaked online.
China, India to escape carbon hair shirt?
The Nobel Prize winning chairman of the UN's climate change committee, Rajendra K Pachauri, has said the the world's largest developing economies will be exempt from international pressure to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
SkyBox cracks open as Microsoft Mobile timetable leaks
Some details of Microsoft's SkyBox service had started to emerge, along with a schedule for Windows Mobile 7 that precludes the online competitor to MobileMe waiting for the next full version of Windows Mobile.
HP says weak pound won't force a price hike - yet
Hewlett-Packard has no plans to jack up its UK price list despite the pound’s weak performance against the US dollar, which has already forced Dell to hike its prices.
Primary schools hit by smut hack
UK primary school sites are being targeted by sleazy hackers in an attack that has reportedly resulted in hardcore porn appearing on web pages bearing school logos.
Storage vendor bloggers - losing data or losing the plot?
CommentStore data in EMC Centera and lose it - that's the claim of NetApp blogger Val Bercovici, and he cites a Symantec support document entitled 'Archiving items in Enterprise Vault may result in an extremely rare data loss situation' to prove it.
Half Life 2 used for
firefight fire drill
Learning how to flee your office, apartment block or university dorm if fire breaks out could be as simple as playing Half Life 2 or Doom 3, researchers from the University of Durham have found.
Twittering Dell coughs to Latitude E4300 delays
Dell is suffering serious shipping delays with some of its Latitude E4300 systems due to an unresolved component supply issue, The Register has learned.
MP wants Welsh text on ID cards
Llanelli MP Nia Griffiths has called for the national identity card to include Welsh text.
iPhone Nano arriving in June?
Some careless words - or carefully planned ones, depending on how you look at it – thought to have come from a United Arab Emirates telco executive may have uncovered the launch date for the iPhone 3G’s successor.
BT puts the 'free' back into 'freephone'
BT Mobile customers are to get free calls to 0800 numbers, just like fixed-line users, but in stark contrast to other operators' customers who are paying up to 25 pence a minute.
Citrix boosts seat count for XenDesktop
How many virtual desktops can you support on a server using virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology? Not enough for people to do it. But the new XenDesktop from Citrix Systems could change this.
Geekerati brace for Unix timestamp milestone
In an event that's sure to bring a burst of adrenalin to computer geeks everywhere, the official Unix calendar is about to pass a milestone: exactly 1234567890 seconds since the clock first started ticking.
Windows 7 UAC flaw silently elevates malware access
Researchers have uncovered yet another flaw in Microsoft's Windows 7 beta that could allow attackers to gain full administrative privileges by bypassing the operating system's UAC, or user access control.
SAP goes modular with Business Suite 7 launch
SAP launched Business Suite 7 on Wednesday, saying that it's chopping the software into smaller bites for the benefit of a toothless economy.
Microsoft search bribery machine refuses to pay up
UpdatedMicrosoft's search bribery machine is on the fritz. Again.
Sun christens once and future Supernovas
Last week, Sun Microsystems confirmed it's on track to ship its "Supernova" servers based on its "Rock" UltraSparc-RK processors before the end of 2009. And now the company has coughed up a few extra details.
Google's AOL stake walks the plank
Google recently stomached a $726m write-down thanks to its stake in the increasingly-irrelevant America Online. And now it looks like the search giant wants out of its AOL investment entirely.
GooSoft shapes super White Space database
The prospect of billions of dollars in online advertising revenue? It makes strange bedfellows.
Man robs convenience store with Klingon sword
Colorado Springs police are on the lookout for a man who attempted to rob two 7-Eleven convenience stores early Wednesday with a Klingon bat'leth sword.
IT questions Obama's IT stimulus
As Republicans in the US Senate take their sharp knives to President Obama's stimulus plan, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has some free advice for America's lawmakers.
Open sourcey bulletin board offline after hack attack
The website for one of the net's more popular bulletin board software packages has been taken offline following a security breach that gave an attacker full access to a database containing names, email, address, and hashed passwords for its entire user base.