World whines as AT&T muzzles 4chan, Google
Fail and YouThe American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation had a hell of a week. In a spectacular display of the raw power liberated when organizational incompetence is mixed with the moral elasticity that can only be bred in an oaky cask of middle management, the company not only showed the world that it can do whatever it damn well pleases, but also that the spirit of American dissent and discourse has recently had a bit too much to drink and is dumping its gut into the toilet.
Qnap TS-219P Turbo Nas
ReviewThere are two main criticisms that can be levelled at Qnap’s TS-209 range of Nas boxes: they have poor file transfer speeds and poor access to the hard drives. The TS-219P tackles those issues head on with a faster 1.2GHz Marvell processor, compared with a 500MHz Marvell chip in the TS-209P, and sensible hot-swappable bays.
Boston student fined thousands for Napstering
A Boston University student has been found guilty of breaking copyright laws by downloading and uploading songs using Napster and Kazaa.
PerlMonks suffers unholy hack
Web developer site PerlMonks is obliging users to change up their passwords, following a successful hacking attack.
Analyst cops feel of Apple's iTablet
Apple’s iTablet will appear in shops this November, according to a mystery analyst who claims to have already touched the much-rumoured device.
CRB check failures rocket ahead of massive expansion
The Home Office's Criminal Records Bureau wrongly denounced or cleared more than 1,500 people in the last year, almost three times as many as the previous 12 months.
Oxfordshire reveals ANPR traffic camera sites
A council using automatic numberplate recognition to manage traffic has released the locations of the cameras, having previously refused to do so.
Microsoft ditches Windows 7 E plans
Microsoft has dumped the Internet Explorer-free version of Windows 7 that it had planned to release to the European market in the hope of appeasing antitrust regulators.
Intel denies Atom Z cull
UpdatedIntel has rejected claims that it is stopping the supply of Atom Z processors to netbook manufacturers before Christmas.
Archbishop condemns Facebook, email, footballers
The leader of England and Wales' Roman Catholics took aim at social networking, rampant individualism and overpaid footballers this weekend.
Hain breaks ranks with Cabinet over McKinnon extradition
Cabinet splits are appearing as political pressure over the extradition of Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon grows.
German boffins create 'flight simulator for flies'
Scientists in Germany have developed what they describe as "a flight simulator for flies", in which tethered insects experience virtual scenarios presented to them on a small wraparound screen.
Google guns for MS Office with billboard campaign
Mountain View plans to slap Google Apps adverts on billboards in major US cities from today in its latest attempt to woo businesses away from Microsoft’s Office suite.
Government claims on immigration ignore IT industry
The UK's points based immigration system is ignoring the increase in intra-company transfers and failing to recognise people with real skills and business experience who lack paper qualifications, according to a Home Affairs Committee report.
Apple accused of lowering cone of silence over iPod flame out
Apple has been accused of attempting to gag a traumatised iPod user, whose player burst into flames and tried to go into orbit.
Spinnaker vets strike out on storage adventure
Avere, a 2008 startup founded by Spinnaker vets from NetApp, has developed a system which attempts to combine the performance of solid state drives with the low cost of hard disk drives, in an architecture that dynamically tiers data onto the most appropriate media.
NASA announces $1.5m prize for eco-plane inventors
US space agency NASA has announced a competition for green aircraft designers, in which low-carbon flying machines will contend for a $1.5m prize at a contest to be held in California in two years' time.
Fake ATM scam rumbled by Defcon hackers
White hat hackers attending the DefCon conference in Vegas last week uncovered the presence of a fake ATM in the show's venue.
Chip group says 2009 will be terrible, but not awful
Worldwide chip sales showed a sequential increase in June, thanks in part to the economic stimulus programs initiated by various governments of the world, the Semiconductor Industry Association declared today.
Exploding iPod backfires on Apple
Apple is accused of trying to silence a father and his daughter with a legal gagging after the girl’s iPod Touch had inexplicably exploded.
Server virtualization – what could possibly go wrong?
WorkshopIndisputably, server virtualization has a lot going for it. The challenge does not lie in its faults, given that no technology is perfect. Rather, when we researched this topic we found that the level of competence and/or experience around virtualization is not particularly high.
T-Mobile UK starts shifting iPhones on the quiet
T-Mobile UK has started supplying iPhone 3G handsets to selected customers, while O2 UK continues to believe it has a UK exclusive on Apple's last-generation handset.
Google boss quits Apple board in wake of Chrome OS
Apple announced today that it has finally severed ties with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who had been on the firm's board of directors since August 2006.
ISPs scorn government net snoop plan
The government's plans to massively increase surveillance of the internet have come under fire again, this time from the ISPs it wants to deputise as its snoopers.
Fujitsu staff to vote on strike call
The Unite union is holding a ballot of its members working for Fujitsu to consider strikes and other industrial action.
Start-up aims to out-perform STEC
Another start-up wanting to take a pot at STEC, the leader in the storage array solid state disk market, has emerged. Pliant Technology is focussing on the SAS interface, leaving Fibre Channel the sole preserve of STEC.
Pre-release BlackBerry Onyx tips ups for sale on the web
An unreleased BlackBerry smartphone, which purportedly succeeds the RIM's Bold, is available for sale online.
Mars rover stalks mystery space alien object
NASA's interplanetary robot rover "Opportunity", prowling the haematite steppes of the Meridiani Planum on Mars, has crept up on and photographed a mysterious space boulder or "cobble". Astro boffins theorise that the object may be alien in origin, rather than from the red planet.
HP shuffles Blighty management pack
Hewlett-Packard has hired Nick Wilson as its new UK and Ireland managing director, replacing Steve Gill.
Ridley Scott signs up to direct Alien prequel
Ridley Scott, the original director of science fiction horror classic Alien, has signed up with Fox to helm an upcoming prequel.
Micron preps fat DDR3 server memory
Memory maker Micron Technology says that it has cooked up the first DDR3 main memory modules for servers to make use of a new technology, called load-reduced dual-inline memory module (LRDIMM) packaging. The new packaging will not only allow server makers to put fatter memory sticks into their boxes, but more of them than they otherwise would be able to.
Nintendo gets jiggy with Facebook
Is nothing safe from Facebook, the networking site that makes our children anti-social, perhaps suicidal?
Facebook IP protection is only for companies that join
Companies which were promised the chance to protect their trade marks from being used as Facebook addresses have been told they can now only do so by signing up for a Facebook page.
Twitter starts filtering links to malware sites
Micro-blogging site Twitter has begun filtering links to known malware sites.
Sun deals Sparc boxes, x64 iron
On the verge of being eaten by Oracle, Sun Microsystems has been unusually - but understandably - quiet on the marketing and announcement front. But that doesn't mean Sun is not wheeling and dealing and tweaking its server lineup as technology moves forward. It apparently just means Sun is not paying for public relations any more.
China seals town after plague deaths
Chinese health officials have sealed off a town in a sparsely populated area of north-central China to halt the spread of an aggressively deadly strain of plague.
Microsoft craves iPhone developers for Windows Mobile
It's been a year since Microsoft said it had a serious problem in making Windows Mobile cool enough to attract application developers and consumers. And since then, Redmond has done little to rectify the problem.
Apple tablet spooks world of PCs
OpinionThat long-awaited Apple tablet/netbook/media-pad/ebook/whatever has yet to be confirmed let alone offered for sale, and it's already scaring the bejesus out of the competition.