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Penguin program promises license vaccination

A program to help keep software and device makers on the right side of open-source licensing law has been unveiled by the Linux Foundation.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Aug 2010

How an ancient printer can spill your most intimate secrets

Researchers have devised a novel way to recover confidential messages processed in doctors' offices and elsewhere by analyzing the sounds made when documents are reproduced on dot-matrix printers.
Dan Goodin, 10 Aug 2010

Microsoft digs Macs in back-to-school ads

Microsoft has dusted off some hoary anti-Apple chestnuts in a new "Macs-suck-we-don't" web-based ad effort.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Aug 2010
Garmin Nüvifone M10

Garmin Asus Nüvifone M10

ReviewSmartphones and satnav are a pretty good combination, and there are plenty of configurations to choose from. You can use a free service like Google Maps or Nokia’s Ovi Maps, or buy an add-on like CoPilot Live. Typically, smartphones often come with at least one option pre-installed, but there is a third way.
Sandra Vogel, 10 Aug 2010

Sunday Times avoids punitive damages over unauthorised Hendrix CD

When an edition of the Sunday Times newspaper included a free CD of a Jimi Hendrix concert without the permission of Hendrix's estate it deprived the estate and two film-makers of potential profits for a year, the High Court has found.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Aug 2010
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Does FCoE really need TRILL?

CommentDoes Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) require TRILL (Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links)? Brocade and NetApp say or imply it does. A distinguished engineer from Cisco says it doesn't.
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2010

Toshiba shows off self-deleting, self-encrypting drive

Neat idea: if you could delete the security key on a self-encrypting drive (SED) then for all practical purposes the data is lost for ever. That's what Toshiba has done, adding a key wipe facility to its SED products.
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2010

Tory MP's email fail stirs up bloggo-fury

A big-chinned Tory MP has caused a blogosphere storm by removing his email address from his blog and several other sites like theyworkforyou.com
John Oates, 10 Aug 2010

Private lessons

Sysadmin blogSecuring your browser is not an easy task. There is a lot to understand about how a modern web browser works, and what about them leaves us vulnerable to malware, privacy threats and other attacks. The browser itself is not the only problem; browsers play host to software such as Flash or PDF readers that are vulnerable to attack too. So familiarity with the most common defensive tools is vital if you want to browse the web.
Trevor Pott, 10 Aug 2010

Tektronix buys DDoS mitigation firm Arbor Networks

Telecoms test and network intelligence firm Tektronix Communications has acquired DDoS mitigation firm Arbor Networks. The terms of the deal, announced Monday, remain undisclosed.
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2010

Perseid meteors - brace for endazzlement

Scientists are pulling their annual trick of promising a dazzling Perseid meteor shower, although seasoned Brit skygazers know only too well just thinking about the possibility of being treated to a spectacular lightshow is enough to provoke 10/10 cloud cover and torrential rain.
Lester Haines, 10 Aug 2010
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Seagate pushes HAMR as next big thing

Seagate is bigging up HAMR (Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording) as the replacement to take us beyond the disk capacity limits of current PMR technology.
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2010

iTunes disses doctorates

It appears that PhDs have joined pornography and Flash on the list of things Apple doesn't approve of, if the experience of Reg reader Stuart Thomason is anything to go by.
Lester Haines, 10 Aug 2010

Did Hewlett-Packard overreact on Hurd's Fishergate?

CommentAfter its tumultuous time under president and chief executive Carly Fiorina followed by the journalist spying scandal that cost chairman Patricia Dunn her job, you can't blame Hewlett-Packard's board for being a little jumpy about a sex scandal and padded expenses.
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Simplest Ethernet storage validated

Coraid's simpler-than-iSCSI Ethernet storage protocol has been validated by ESG which found it could install and use it in less than two minutes, and get better-than Fibre Channel performance at a fifth of the cost.
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2010

Aussie parties trade blows over fast broadband

Australia's outgoing Labor government has a Very Big Idea: to get ultra-fast broadband (up to 100MBps), mostly delivered by fibre, into nearly every home. They think the National Broadband Network (NBN) will cost $43bn, about $5bn a year over eight years.
Drew Cullen, 10 Aug 2010

UK set for eBook pricing showdown

With Amazon taking pre-orders for the latest Kindle and opening a dedicated UK store, an investigation by Reg Hardware has revealed big differences in the pricing strategies of some of the major suppliers of ebooks in the UK.
Nigel Whitfield, 10 Aug 2010

Germany bans BlackBerrys and iPhones on snooping fears

The German government has advised ministers not to use BlackBerry and iPhone devices due to “a dramatic increase of attacks against” its networks.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Aug 2010
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Beeb deploys ISS as unit of measurement

It's hats off to the Beeb today for creating the "most marvellously pointless measurement", as our informant Alex Cooksey puts it.
Lester Haines, 10 Aug 2010

Managing a virtual desktop environment

WorkshopIn a previous article in this series we highlighted growing interest in deploying virtual desktop solutions of a variety of flavours. Interest is fine, but any organisation looking to utilise such systems to a significant degree knows that it requires good management tools and, more importantly, excellent management processes and procedures.
Tony Lock, 10 Aug 2010

Wikileaks falls out with human rights groups

Wikileaks faces criticism from human rights groups over its publishing of the names of intelligence sources in Afghanistan.
Christopher Williams, 10 Aug 2010

Pesky ISS cooling pump: NASA has a plan

NASA reckons it's nailed a way to safely disconnect the failed ammonia cooling system pump which on Saturday refused to play ball with spacewalkers Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Doug Wheelock.
Lester Haines, 10 Aug 2010

Malware gang steal over £700K from one British bank

A banking Trojan attack has led to the fraudulent withdrawal of more than $1m from online banking accounts maintained with a UK bank since the start of July, according to security researchers.
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2010
Quake Live

Quake Live shoots out of beta with a charge

Quake Live id Software's free online First Person Shooter for PC, Mac and Linux, has introduced two payment plans to raise revenue and keep the game afloat.
Caleb Cox, 10 Aug 2010

DWP goes old school - loses paper docs, hangs onto e-data

The Department for Work and Pensions has reported data leaks from paper but none from electronic devices over the year.
Kable, 10 Aug 2010

Commission defends data protection review timetable

The European Commission has confirmed that it will publish its plans for a review of the Data Protection Directive this year, but will not publish the proposed new law itself until next year.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Aug 2010

Korean cops raid Google

Police raided Google's South Korean offices today as part of their probe into the firm's Street View Wi-Fi data harvesting operation.
Christopher Williams, 10 Aug 2010
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The pain and promise of x86 servers

Reader StudyAdvances in x86 server technology have been relentless. Year-on-year improvements in price-performance and advances in power efficiency have driven down the costs of commodity-based infrastructure. At the other end of the spectrum, you can now pretty much build your own virtual supercomputer or mainframe with modern x86 clusters and scale-out architectures.
Dale Vile, 10 Aug 2010

First SMS Trojan for Android is in the wild

UpdatedThe first text message-based Trojan to infect smartphones running Google's Android operating system has been detected in the wild.
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2010

UK.gov drops Home Access scheme

The government will ditch the £300m Home Access scheme overseen by soon-to-be-dead IT education quango Becta once the money for the plan runs out.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Aug 2010

Accenture denies British Gas 'millions of errors' billing system claim

Accenture has hit back at British Gas by saying allegations that a billing system, implemented by the consultancy firm, was riddled with “millions of errors” were “inaccurate”.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Aug 2010

Air steward resigns via emergency chute

The internet has wasted no time in celebrating the dramatic resignation of air steward Steven Slater.
Lester Haines, 10 Aug 2010

University launches Google-gaming and Twitter course

Exciting news from the world of academia, which is sweeping away old, elitist notions of learning and making itself more relevant by the day.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Aug 2010

Independent bigs up the 'Wanky Balls festival'

It is a truthiness universally acknowledged that a single journalist should not use Wikipedia as a source without independently checking its veracity.
Christopher Williams, 10 Aug 2010
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Memory shortage could spike PC prices

PCs could cost more in the months ahead because memory will be in short supply.
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2010

Hotmail still not working? Use Chrome to fix it, says MS

Microsoft has advised Hotmail users struggling to access their email accounts to surf via Google’s Chrome browser in order to successfully connect to the recently overhauled service.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Aug 2010

Uncertain future hits Novell's Q3

What a surprise. A company rejects an unsolicited takeover bid and its board of directors announces that the struggling company is looking at all alternatives, including selling itself or breaking itself up. And then sales unexpectedly go south.

Voda UK rings up PAYG plans for iPhone 4

UK mobile mammoth Vodafone has made the iPhone 4 available on a Pay As You Go (PAYG) basis.
Caleb Cox, 10 Aug 2010

FalconStor may have morale problem

The Reg' has been told by reputable people familiar with FalconStor that staff are leaving and both morale and confidence in senior management is very low. FalconStor says nothing untoward is happening at all and that it's successfully refocussing the company towards increased sales of branded products through the channel.
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2010
Broadband Genie

'Free' laptops - a popular temptation

'Free' laptop deals are still popular with British consumers, despite heavy criticism and claims that new mobile broadband sales are slumping.
Caleb Cox, 10 Aug 2010

VMware packs Zimbra into virtual appliance

The main reason why VMware took open source core groupware software maker Zimbra off the hands of Yahoo back in January was to have yet one more piece of code to sell to SMB customers and hosting companies adopting its vSphere server virtualization stack. Today, a virtual appliance version of the Zimbra email, calendaring, and collaboration is available as a standalone offering.

Google, Verizon net pact has 'many problems' says FCC commish

If Google and Verizon thought that their "free except when it isn't" internet plan would have smooth sailing through the US Federal Communications Commission, a response by one FCC commissioner should snap them back to reality.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Aug 2010

Plane crash kills 'series of tubes' Senator Ted Stevens

UpdatedFormer US Senator Ted Stevens was killed when a plane that carried him, ex-NASA chief Sean O'Keefe and seven others crashed in Southwest Alaska on Monday night. He was 86.
Dan Goodin, 10 Aug 2010

Avira owns up to BitDefender Trojan false alarm

UpdatedGerman security firm Avira has admitted it falsely warned that a beta version of an upcoming security package from its Romanian rival was contaminated with a Trojan.
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2010

Microsoft purges Windows of serious SSL vuln

Microsoft has updated a broad swath of products to fix a potentially serious spoofing vulnerability in the secure sockets layer (SSL) protocol that secures email, web transactions and other sensitive internet traffic.
Dan Goodin, 10 Aug 2010

Deviant Google Android probes Linux kernel re-entry

Google's Android has won partial re-admission to the Linux kernel, but much work lies ahead for a full re-entry.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Aug 2010

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