28th > May > 2010 Archive

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3 men charged in $100m scareware scam

Federal prosecutors have accused three men of running an operation that used fraudulent ads to dupe internet users around the world into buying more than $100m worth of bogus anti-virus software.
Dan Goodin, 28 May 2010
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Nokia and Intel birth mobile Linux baby

Intel and Nokia have released the first code from their joint mobile Linux project, MeeGo, an effort to challenge Google's Android.
Gavin Clarke, 28 May 2010
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Novell revenues drop as board seeks sale

Whatever drama is going on at Novell in the boardroom — where the company is apparently soliciting takeover offers from up to 20 different prospective buyers — it has spilled over into the company's financial results.
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Mozilla and Opera call for Google open codec in HTML5 spec

One week after Google open sourced its $124.6m VP8 video codec, Mozilla and Opera have called for its inclusion in the still-gestating HTML5 specification.
Cade Metz, 28 May 2010
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Apple iPad

Heads or Fails Apple's iPad is out. The pre-orders are inbound - if they haven't arrived already - and it's in the shops.
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Nikon Coolpix P100 bridge camera

Review It's a Nikon; that name is certainly not tarnished with a reputation for cheap and nasty cameras. Even your friend who doesn't own a camera knows Nikons are a pure photographic mainstay. So for Nikon to make a £300 camera with all the features that an active hobbyist would need – well, it's a tall order.
James Cumpsty, 28 May 2010
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UK jobs site suffers hack attack

Several job sites run by Trinity Mirror Group have suffered hack attacks, although the newspaper group does not believe any CVs were copied or accessed.
John Oates, 28 May 2010

Malware scanners fail

Blog A recent spate of virus-ridden computers has left me feeling philosophical about the state of desktop management. Fortunately for me, these computers were not part of my corporate network, instead they were personal computers or servers maintained by other systems administrators. The cases come from all over. Family, friends, that nice shopkeep with the excellent wonton soup, or a friend of a friend in over his head with a server he maintains for charity.
Trevor Pott, 28 May 2010

Regent Street blocked by iPad fanboi swarm

Fair play to Apple - they might be turtleneck-wearing control-freaks but they run a lovely queue.
John Oates, 28 May 2010
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ISS snapped transiting Sun

A chap from the German space agency DLR has captured a fetching snap of the International Space Station transiting the Sun, appropriately last Sunday afternoon:
Lester Haines, 28 May 2010
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Want nips like church coat pegs? Click here

Here's something practical for those women who want to make a point or two, but aren't up-front enough to do it naturally - the eye-catching Body Perks Nipple Enhancers:
Lester Haines, 28 May 2010
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Symantec finds fat cache of swiped gaming logins

Security researchers Symantec have unearthed a monster cache of 44 million stolen gaming account and website login credentials.
John Leyden, 28 May 2010
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Found phone leads to paedophile ring

A phone found on a Newcastle bus has led to the conviction of five paedophiles, and ongoing investigations into a total of 70 people.
Bill Ray, 28 May 2010
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ALK readies stylish iPad satnav app

ALK appears to be first out of the door with a UK-friendly satnav app for Apple's iPad.
Tony Smith, 28 May 2010
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Approaching space object 'artificial, not asteroid' says NASA

NASA boffins report that an unknown object approaching the Earth from deep space is almost certainly artificial in origin rather than being an asteroid.
Lewis Page, 28 May 2010
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Whispers of Western Digital 3TB drive

A Western Digital partner has implied a 3TB drive is coming .
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2010
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Spare Backup CEO switch coming

Cloud backup provider Spare Backup is trying to get a new CEO, Stephen Meyer, who is currently helping the company with capital formation. Cue bells ringing and the alert button going bananas. What is going on?
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2010
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Buffalo unveils SSD upgrade for laptops

Storage specialist Buffalo has introduced a solid-state drive upgrade kit for notebooks.
Tony Smith, 28 May 2010
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Blunkett threatens to sue for £30 ID card refund

David Blunkett this morning claimed he may sue the government for a refund on his £30 ID card, which new laws will render worthless by the end of summer.
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Eurovision website goes titsup, upsets handful of fans

The Eurovision Song Contest kicks off tomorrow night, but viewers wishing to do some homework on the contestants ahead of the live final will be disappointed as the official website has been titsup for more than 10 hours.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 May 2010
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BBC One HD to launch this autumn

The BBC has just announced that a new BBC One HD channel will launch in the autumn, offering a simulcast of BBC One.
Nigel Whitfield, 28 May 2010
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Is it possible to measure IT Security?

Workshop It is a commonly held principle in many areas of business that if you can’t measure something “quantitatively”, it will be difficult to raise the quality objectively. The applicability of this statement to the world of IT security is clear. Without having some form of metrics in place, it is tough, if not impossible, to judge whether security is getting better over time. Indeed, it is probably fair to say that many organisations have only one way to assess security – namely, “did anything go wrong” – but this is hardly a metric for the forward-looking.
Tony Lock, 28 May 2010
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Microsoft Tag emerges from beta

Microsoft Tag is out of beta, with Redmond claiming companies are dying to start making use of the format.
Bill Ray, 28 May 2010
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Ten Essential... iPad Apps

Product Round-up It’s early days for iPad apps, as developers are still learning how to make best use of the larger screen and greater processing power provided by the iPhone’s new big brother. The early emphasis is very much on practical tasks such as file transfer and viewing, as well as the inevitable tweeting and social networking apps. However, the iPad’s great strength is its large, attractive screen and this is pointing towards some exciting new apps for e-books, photography and video – not to mention games – all of which we’ll look at in the coming weeks.
Cliff Joseph, 28 May 2010
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BP pwned by Twitter pranksters

Oil giant BP suffered further embarrassment on Thursday after its official Twitter account was hacked.
John Leyden, 28 May 2010
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Mozilla straps on Jetpack 0.4

Mozilla has released a fourth version of Jetpack, less than a month since it spun out its last developer kit to web developers.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 May 2010
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Coming soon: Live Vulture 1 GPS tracking test

Next week sees the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) programme take to the air for the first time, as we test the Vulture 1 GPS unit.
Lester Haines, 28 May 2010

iPad queues worldwide

St Vincent Street, Glagow. Thanks to Martin Duggan.
Team Register, 28 May 2010
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O2 gets legal on Ofcom

O2 has appealed to the Competition Appeals Tribunal to force Ofcom into varying its 900MHz licence to allow 3G deployment, though the competition won't be impressed.
Bill Ray, 28 May 2010
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US boffins claim record for fast integrated circuit

Boffins working for US aerospace'n'death-tech mammoth Northrop Grumman claim to have produced the fastest known integrated circuit in the world.
Lewis Page, 28 May 2010

World Cup magic captured in Microsoft Paint

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Andrew Orlowski, 28 May 2010
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Final Fantasy XIII

Review Final Fantasy XIII is one of the most anticipated releases of the past two or three years. As it dropped through the post box I steeled myself for at least a week lost in a world of futuristic Noh theatre. This feeling was enhanced by the circulating rumours about the epic length of game play, made bearable only by a stunning variety of scenery and enemies.
Lucy Orr, 28 May 2010
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ISPs told to keep filesharer naughty list

The details of internet users who are accused of unlawful filesharing three times will be recorded on a blacklist so record and film companies can target legal action, rules published today reveal.
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Snails on crystal meth: The facts

In a development whose importance it would be difficult to exaggerate, scientists have produced research answering one of the great questions facing humanity in the 21st century: what happens if you get snails hopped up on crystal meth and poke them with sticks?
Lewis Page, 28 May 2010
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Ireland debuts Fone-a-Freetard lottery

A pilot scheme cracking down on copyright pirates is now underway in Ireland. But what's it supposed to achieve, exactly? After reading the details you may be as puzzled as we are.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 May 2010
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Microsoft projects aim to rival Chrome OS

The reorganization of Microsoft's mobile unit disappointed many with its conservatism, putting a division that needs radical thinking more directly under the control of CEO Steve Ballmer, who remains firmly grounded in the traditional Windows business norms.
Wireless Watch, 28 May 2010
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Reg Hardware's Gaming Survey

Reader Feedback Reg Hardware is beefing up its games coverage, and we'd like to know what you think. We're already running regular games reviews and gaming hardware round-ups, but what else would you like to see?
Team Register, 28 May 2010
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Fanboi's lament – falling out of love with the iPad

Comment As the iPad goes on sale in the UK (and eight other countries), I've had my own "magical and revolutionary" Apple tablet for exactly 56 days. And I'm using it less and less each day.
Rik Myslewski, 28 May 2010

Alt rock diva's nude snap 'leaked' to tweetosphere

NSFW The Tweetosphere is abuzz with speculation about the release of a picture that bares the breasts of alternative rock diva Hayley Williams.
Dan Goodin, 28 May 2010
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Facebook European privacy head named peer

Facebook's European head of privacy is now a Lord.
Cade Metz, 28 May 2010
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Top-killing, crisp spam and cooling the Tube

Andrew's Mailbag Dave asks:
Andrew Orlowski, 28 May 2010
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Apple TV said to enter the heavens at $99

Steve Jobs' "hobby" — the Apple TV — is slated for a radical revamp, an extreme price slice, and a future in the cloud, according to "a source very close to Apple."
Rik Myslewski, 28 May 2010