10th > December > 2010 Archive
Copyright troll sues for ownership of Drudge Report domain
A copyright enforcer that's filed more than 180 complaints against websites for quoting all or parts of newspaper articles is suing for ownership of the Drudge Report's domain.
Mozilla vows Google 'Crankshaft' riposte
HP goes Gaia with new Energy Efficient Ethernet
HP says it's the first networking-gear makers to support the IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet spec, which will eventually make its way into all kinds of Ethernet devices in desktops, laptops, and servers, and will allow their networking electronics to be put into a sleep mode – not just an idle state – when network traffic is low enough to justify it.
IBM Power Systems deals get stingier
Here we are in the tail end of the fourth quarter with questionable stats in the Western economies and very good growth in the emerging markets of China, India, Russia, Brazil, and a handful of other countries. With Power Systems revenue on the decline year-on-year – and against a pretty easy compare, mind you – you'd expect that IBM would be out there wheeling and dealing to crank up Power Systems sales.
ECJ could increase online sellers' liability for trademark infringements
E-commerce sites will have to track and block repeat sellers of fakes through their sites or be liable for trademark infringement if the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) follows the recommendations of an advisor.
Primary school miss flashes porn vid at kiddies
A primary school teacher has had her knuckles rapped after accidentally exposing her 10-year-old pupils to a pornographic video.
UK government looks for 500MHz spectrum
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills reckons there's 500MHz of spectrum that can be sold off to bring faster wireless to the masses, but finding it might prove tricky.
South Korea delivers stern warning to...Facebook
Facebook is very much the social networking underdog in South Korea, and a warning from the country's privacy commissioner will not help it grow.
Apple chap knocks up ancient Lego computer
Apple software engineer Andrew Carol has rather impressively put together a replica of the ancient Antikythera Mechanism - built entirely from Lego.
Google gets physical on Hotpot
Google is sending out stickers, embedded with NFC tags, to businesses in Portland, Oregon, so customers can tell Google where they are with a tap of the phone.
Wikileaks insiders break away from 'Emperor' Assange
Fed up with what they perceive as autocratic leadership, former members of St Julian d'Assange's core inner circle at WikiLeaks will start a breakaway site on Monday called OpenLeaks. The site will act as an intermediary between whistleblowers and the press, reports Dagens Nyheter.
Flash is not that reliable
Flash fails more than disk. Mac Observer cites a French website showing hard disk drive failure rates (1.94 per cent) were slightly better than solid state drive failure rates (2.05 per cent).
Apple touts top iTunes tunes of 2010
The top-selling iTunes albums and singles of the year are out, with much therein to irk the curmudgeon at whom very little of this commercial music is aimed.
ReviewInfinity Blade certainly wowed the crowd of coders at last June's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, prompting cheers from the audience when an early version of the Unreal 3 Engine-based game was shown running on the iPad.
NASA's Odyssey to break Martian long-service record
NASA has the champagne on ice as its Odyssey Orbiter prepares to break the "Martian longevity record".
Microsoft ends year with Patch Tuesday bang next week
Microsoft has one final bumper harvest of 17 security bulletins to release before the year is out.
iPad to lose weight, gain eye
Next year's iPad will have a front facing camera, a higher-resolution screen and lose a bit of weight too, Chinese sources have been telling Reuters.
Mozilla showers Firefox, Thunderbird with updates
Mozilla has released several updates for its Firefox web browser and the open-source outfit's Thunderbird news and email client.
Channel Five to air Walking Dead
Channel 5 will be broadcasting the TV incarnation of The Walking Dead comic series next Spring.
US Army: Judge Dredd smartgun in every squad from 2014
The US Army has confirmed plans to equip every infantry squad and special-forces team by 2014 with an XM-25 Judge Dredd style computer smartgun able to hit enemies hiding around corners or behind rocks etc.
Microsoft dives into cloud as resellers ask: 'What's in it for me?'
Analysis“We're rebooting, re-pivoting, re-transitioning the whole company around betting big on cloud services,” said Microsoft CFO Kevin Turner at the company’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference earlier this year.
Join in the Wikileaks DDoS war from your iPhone or iPad
The online "infowar" precipitated by the media circus surrounding Wikileaks and Julian Assange continues, with DDoS attacks occurring against a bewildering variety of websites assessed as having either aided or failed to aid the leak-publisher – or often merely for commenting on the brouhaha.
Microsoft wades into interwebulator chat about Hotmail
Microsoft is really keen to know what people think about Hotmail – even though it probably already knew most of the answers would be less than pretty.
Apple ditches Costco. Or vice versa. Or both
US mega cash and carry chain Costco is ditching Apple products.
Top secret payload fired into orbit aboard private rocket
All the world that cares about such things already knows that famous hecamillionaire Elon Musk this week achieved the remarkable: his privately designed and built space rocket, the Falcon 9, carried an equally personal spacecraft, the Dragon capsule, into orbit - and the Dragon then successfully returned to Earth and splashed down in the Pacific.
Stealing credit card details via NFC is easy/pointless
A US TV station has demonstrated how easy it is to lift credit card details from proximity-payment cards, though in the process showing just how pointless the activity is.
Default judgement FAIL: ACS:Law muffs up in court
ACS:Law, the much-criticised scaremongering law firm, is famous for firing out thousands of threatening letters to alleged file sharers. The firm has previously tried to squeeze settlements out of accused people rather than going to trial. But this week it did actually try to take eight cases to court – but all were dismissed by the judge.
'The New Kingmakers': Tech giants pay for the love of coders
Open...and ShutThe software industry seems hell-bent on following Steve Ballmer's chant to acquire "developers, developers, developers." This developer gold rush is playing out in Silicon Valley recruiting, something that venture capitalist Fred Wilson describes as "a massive talent war for software engineers" and that is loosening the purse strings in corporate M&A.
WikiLeaks' Assange to be indicted for spying 'soon'
US prosecutors plan to file spying charges against Julian Assange soon in connection with the publishing of secret diplomatic memos on the WikiLeaks website.
Microsoft eases Windows Phone 7 restrictions (a bit)
Microsoft will unveil a second update to Windows Phone 7 in February, cracking open the operating system in an effort to put it on par with rivals.