11th > September > 2009 Archive
IBM claims patents promote open-source love
Open source and software patents are generally regarded as two things that go together like peanut butter and a punch to the face*.
Apple unloads 47 fixes for iPhones, Macs and QuickTime
Apple has issued fixes for more than 47 security bugs in the Mac, iPhone and QuickTime media player, some that allowed attackers to take complete control of the underlying device.
Met shops self to IPCC over terror toddlers
The Met Police was today taking a firm line with, er, the Met Police as it referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over allegations of misuse of its powers.
Microsoft tightens open-source links with server biz
The Microsoft group dealing directly with open-source projects is joining the company's server business.
Disgruntled parrot lays into copper
A rookie police officer suffered scratches and bites to his hands and arms after being asked to escort a celebrity parrot to a Dover police station, the Telegraph reports.
Disney sued over Pixar lamp 'copy'
A Norwegian company that invented the inspiration for cinema's best-loved light fixture is suing The Walt Disney Company and animator Pixar for alleged trade mark infringement.
Brown apologises for 'appalling' treatment of Turing
The Prime Minister has apologised for the "appalling" persecution of World War II code breaker Alan Turing.
WD toughens portable, desktop HDD security
WD has tweaked its portable hard drive line-up, rolling out new, smaller My Passport drives with "military grade" hardware encryption.
Motorola makes first Android phone
Motorola has officially joined the Android revolution, launching its first mobile phone running the Google OS.
No UK Zune HD, says Microsoft
Microsoft’s existing line of Zune players may finally be available in the UK - at least from unofficial suppliers - but the software giant has confirmed that its new HD model won’t arrive in Blighty anytime soon.
Todger-chop woman's sentence depends on hard evidence
A Turkish woman who cut off her lover's penis is now anxiously awaiting the result of a todger-reattachment op which will determine the length of her prison sentence*, Reuters reports.
Boffins: Stop trying to monetise us, you don't know how
British boffins have cast doubt on government plans to reorient the nation's scientific and technical research so as to benefit the economy. They say that the connection between research and economic impact is poorly understood, and suggest that the government resists the temptation to meddle until it knows what it's doing.
Depilatory Dell debuts beard-busting laptop?
Dell is to enter the male grooming market and offer an electric shaver with its new Z-series Inspiron laptops, it would seem.
Sky News election petition defaced by prankster hackers
Computer hackers with a grudge made merry at the expense of Rupert Murdoch after infiltrating the Sky News website.
Nokia dumps candybar phones for squares
Nokia has finally proven how square it really is, with the launch of a square-shaped mobile phone.
Moondreams, engineers and bureaucracies
Andrew's MailbagWith world+dog celebrating the Apollo program this summer, we thought we'd try something different. So a few weeks ago, I looked at the Lunar Orbiter, a fascinating tale of technology improvisation that brought in some cracking mail.
RBS WorldPay downplays database hack reports
UpdatedRBS WorldPay and a hacker are at loggerheads over the seriousness of a supposed breach on websites run by the payment processing firm.
Spotify reintroduces waiting list, nudges you to paying
Citing "huge demand", Spotify has reintroduced a waiting list for the Spotless. Temporarily, it says, it's not taking new signups from the public and reverting to "invite only" mode. If you have invites, they'll still work.
Ricoh GR Digital III compact camera
ReviewSometimes, less is more. Take Ricoh’s GR Digital III. It’s a compact camera costing more than £500, but if you’re looking for masses of megapixels, countless scene modes, HD movie recording or even an optical zoom, then forget it. This is the digital camera equivalent of the fixed-gear bicycle; a product for enthusiasts who basically want a camera that can deliver excellent results without the frills.
Cruises on ex-Soviet space warships offered
A radical space company which counts an ex-NASA space station commander among its executives says it will offer week-long tourist trips in space from 2013 for just $35m. Apart from basic capsules the company has acquired - and may in future deploy - a fleet of 1970s Russian military-surplus armed orbital spacecraft.
Vodafone's Access Gateway denies access
Vodafone's femtocell deployment, termed the Access Gateway, has been plagued with issues prompting users to think fondly of the days when they had no coverage at all.
Ryanair faces ban on luggage charge auto-opt-in
Budget airline Ryanair is on a collision course with the European Commission over a proposed ban on opting web customers in to extra luggage and insurance charges by default.
Scareware scumbags exploit 9/11
UpdatedFraudsters have set up websites supposedly containing info about 9/11 but actually geared towards running fake anti-virus (scareware) scams.
Cobain band mates denounce dead rocker's Guitar Hero gig
Guitar Hero 5 has failed to hit the right note with the surviving members of grunge band Nirvana.
Halo everyone! Twitter's yuppie fundraiser returns
It's flattering - and clearly a bit nuts - to discover I'm now as much a part of "Twestival" story as the organisers. But when Sky News wanted to cover this week's halo-polishing, conscience-saving fundraisers, they twigged that there's another point of view other than "new media yuppies save the world". Would I like to take part? How could I refuse?
Germans satisfy latex desire with GM dandelions
German boffins have worked out a much improved method of making latex using the sticky white fluid which comes out of dandelion stems. The new breakthough could mean more comfortable body-cavity searches, an end to itchy condoms, and might free humanity from the threat posed by a global rubber fungus epidemic.
Lobbyists urge FCC to loosen up
US wireless lobbyist The CTIA is drawing on UK regulator Ofcom's research to convince the FCC that an unregulated market is a competitive market.
SpinVox up for sale - investor
A minor SpinVox investor says the beleaguered voice-to-text services company is up for sale. Invesco Perpetual says it's cashing out, and it's written down its investment by 90 per cent.
Home Office shifts feet as vetting database looms
With just one month to go before the new vetting database goes live, the public appear finally to be waking up to the threat to civil liberties implied – and they are not happy. Well, Home Office... we did warn you.
Acer unwraps Ferrari One notebook
Acer is determined to snare pole position in the notebook market and so has once more turned to Ferrari for inspiration.
Boxer sets lawyers on Facebook
Boxer Amir Khan and promoter Frank Warren have threatened to sue Facebook for libel over allegedly "defamatory and racist" content on the social networking site.
Virgin cops to bad routing
Multiple problems are afflicting the Virgin network this week, with some customers in Leeds lacking connectivity completely, while the rest are just missing the popular parts of the net.
AMD Eyefinity promises 'six panel, one GPU' gaming
AMD's marketing team is obsessed with optics, it seems. No, not the devices used in British bars to accurately dispense measures of spirits, but the transmission and detection of light.
Apple open sources Snow Leopard's multicore code helper
In a surprise move, Apple has open-sourced its Grand Central Dispatch (GCD) technology under the Apache 2.0 public license.
DoJ cranks up Microhoo review
The US Department of Justice has expanded its review of the Microhoo search pact.
Ballmer garnishes Bing 2.0 with iPhone 'stomp'
Microsoft has unveiled an upcoming date to Bing - and the first in an anticipated series of TV ads pimping Windows 7.
International hacker buried $1m in backyard
The international hacker who confessed to stealing tens of millions of payment card numbers amassed a fortune worth more than $2.7m, including more than $1m in cash buried in his backyard in Miami.
NASA fingers crash site for moon-impacting probe
NASA found the ideal spot to crash its moon-impacting probe this October.
TomTom goes Jock to abuse English 'bas'
We're very much obliged this afternoon to the shocked Reg reader who got an email from TomTom regarding a map update and addressed to "Dear English Bas".
Sun's Sparc server roadmap revealed
ExclusiveFor those of us on the outside of Sun Microsystems, the future of the Sparc processor and its related server platforms has been the subject of much speculation and debate. But for Sun's largest customers, the mystery has been over since sometime in June.
Space shuttle Discovery lands after detour
UpdatedSpace shuttle Discovery has successfully landed at Edwards Air Force Base in north of Los Angeles, California, after bad weather ruled out a landing at Cape Canaveral, Florida.