14th > December > 2010 Archive

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Sheriff's Department database leak puts snitches at risk

A Colorado sheriff's department mistakenly exposed a sensitive database that contained names, addresses and other details on about 200,000 people, including confidential drug informants.
Dan Goodin, 14 Dec 2010
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This year's DSLR stars

2010: it's a wrap2010: it's a wrap This year, HD video on a DSLR wasn’t just something that would be nice to have, it was pretty much de rigeur. Shop around and it seems high definition video features on just about anything with a lens on it. However, there’s HD video and there’s HD video, or to put it another way, there’s full HD video 1080p (1920 x 1080) and there’s the other one: 720p (1280 x 720).
Bob Dormon, 14 Dec 2010
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Think you know project management?

VideoVideo We recently had Reg reader and Lastminute.com IT director of transformation, Terry Dewhurst in our studio explaining how to do project and program management properly.
Phil Mitchell, 14 Dec 2010
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Apple pulls jailbreak detection API

Apple has dropped support for the API that allows applications to ask if an iOS device has been jailbroken, though it seems that not a lot of people trusted it anyway.
Bill Ray, 14 Dec 2010
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Goldman Sachs wants clouds, tablets and divis from Microsoft

Microsoft has another tough year ahead, a Goldman Sachs tech analyst has warned.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Dec 2010
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Naked cemetery man was simply photographing orbs

A Mississippi man found naked in a cemetery explained to Sheriff's deputies that he was not indulging in indecent exposure but was simply looking to snap some "spirit orb" photos.
Joe Fay, 14 Dec 2010
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Capita buys chunk of troubled NHS software firm iSoft

Capita has bought part of the troubled Australian healthcare IT provider iSoft for £23m.
Christopher Williams, 14 Dec 2010
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Toshiba releases killer SSD

Tosh has announced an enterprise SSD with competitor-beating performance numbers.
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2010
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Anonymous turns attack drones against fax machines

Pro-Wikileaks hacktivists have begun targeting the fax machines rather than the websites of firms who have withdrawn services from Wikileaks.
John Leyden, 14 Dec 2010
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Microsoft taps up hardware pals with small biz server release

Microsoft kicked its Windows Small Business Server 2011 out the door yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Dec 2010
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Robo stealth bomber piggybacks on NASA's shuttle jumbo

PicPic US arms'n'aerospace megacorp Boeing has now moved its Phantom Ray robot stealth fighter to Edwards Air Force Base in California for flight testing. The unmanned jet was shipped there on the back of one of NASA's well-known piggyback jumbo jets, more usually employed moving space shuttles about.
Lewis Page, 14 Dec 2010
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Prisoners plot strike action over mobile phones

Prisoners in Georgia (the US one) are striking for better conditions and pay, in an action coordinated across institutions thanks to the wonders of modern technology and poor contraband enforcement.
Bill Ray, 14 Dec 2010
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Hardware spending to cool, not freeze

Hardware spending is a leading indicator for overall IT spending, even after you adjust for Moore's Law improvements, because the appetite for processing, memory, and I/O capacity has not abated much in the past 40 years. But spending does rise and fall with the economy, and even though late 2009 and through 2010 has seen some good growth, it doesn't look like we are in the middle of a new dot-com boom. IDC has kicked out a hardware spending forecast for 2009 through 2014 in a daily graphic that the company puts up as a teaser for its paid-for data, and I just happened to see it when it flashed up on the IT market researcher's website. Here's what hardware spending globally looks like:
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IBM tosses in freebie Linux with Power servers

IBM has been hoping for years that Linux would drive new workloads on Power-based systems where OS/400-i platforms are the back-end systems – just as Linux-based partitions have, to a certain extent, been the salvation of the System z mainframe. It is hard to say for sure how much traction Linux has with OS/400 and i shops – or even AIX shops for that matter – but what I can tell you is that Big Blue wants you to give Linux a shot so badly that it is willing to fork out the cash to get you to try the first licence.
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Txt tax would wipe out half UK deficit, claims union baron

Railway union boss Bob Crow reckons putting a one-penny tax on text messaging would wipe out half the UK's deficit, demonstrating a rather optimistic approach to financial planning.
Bill Ray, 14 Dec 2010
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Toshiba growing plant to source iPhone screens

Toshiba is building a factory to make LCDs for iPhones and allow it to double its output, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 14 Dec 2010
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UK.gov braces for possible Wikileaks hacklash

UK government websites are bracing themselves for an attack from Anonymous.
John Leyden, 14 Dec 2010
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iPad gets portable TV tuner

You can now watch Freeview shows on your iPad or iPhone - on the move.
Tony Smith, 14 Dec 2010
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BBC Online ordered to be more 'distinctive' as cuts kick in

The BBC has agreed to make its web presence more “distinctive”, following the Corporation’s director-general Mark Thompson’s decision in July to scale back its online operation and cut the budget by a quarter.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Dec 2010
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DfT spends £196m with IBM

IBM took five per cent of the money spent by the Department for Transport with its 100 biggest suppliers in 2009-10.
Kable, 14 Dec 2010
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US Army 'to issue every soldier with a smartphone'

The US Army is working on plans to issue every one of its soldiers with a smartphone – either an iPhone, Android device or perhaps even a "Palm Trio" [sic]. Windows 7 was not mentioned.
Lewis Page, 14 Dec 2010
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Want to bring your own PC?

WorkshopWorkshop There’s a problem brewing in the workplace - employees want to bring to work aspects of technology that they use in their personal life, be it their mobile phones, laptops or even just specific applications. If businesses haven’t come up against this consumerisation already, the chances are that they will, sooner rather than later - and that in all probability it is happening already behind their backs.
Josie Sephton, 14 Dec 2010
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BT accidentally chokes bandwidth to 'superfast' customers

BT has said sorry to subscribers to its "Infinity" packages, who have seen their "superfast" broadband connections slowed to a relative crawl in the evening recently.
Christopher Williams, 14 Dec 2010
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McDonald's breach bares nuggets of customer data

An unknown number of personal details about McDonald's customers was exposed after hackers broke into the database of a partner of the burger giant.
John Leyden, 14 Dec 2010
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Ethics? There's an app for that

Ethically-responsible shoppers can get the help they obviously need with a new app that will scan a bar code and decide if your coffee was ethically sourced, or is actually a Compaq server.
Bill Ray, 14 Dec 2010
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Govt to grant £5k to e-car buyers

Buy an e-car next year and the government will pay a quarter of the asking price - up to a maximum of £5000.
Tony Smith, 14 Dec 2010
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ASSANGE GRANTED BAIL

WikiLeaks supremo Julian Assange was granted bail on appeal by a London court this afternoon.
Christopher Williams, 14 Dec 2010
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Instant storage cloud: just add Atmos

EMC has added a self-service capability to Atmos so that service providers can add a cloud storage offering to their services – because they don't have to write their own user-metering modules.
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2010
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Microsoft boss to wave tablets in CES faces – again

Microsoft is reportedly going to attempt to conjure some magic from slate computing at next month's CES event in Las Vegas.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Dec 2010
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Gmail's daddy predicts Chrome OS assassination

The creator of Google's AdSense technology and lead developer of Gmail reckons Chrome OS will be merged with Android or killed off within the next 12 months.
Bill Ray, 14 Dec 2010
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Sacked health care BOFH jailed for revenge hack

A former IT worker at a Florida medical facility has been jailed for 19 months after she was convicted of hacking into the network of her former employers, deleting records and locking out legitimate users by deleting passwords.
John Leyden, 14 Dec 2010
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Oracle mobile Java licensing suit boomerangs

Oracle and a hot-selling Java mobile software maker have fired lawsuits at each other over who controls Java - and at what price.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Dec 2010
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Google Cr-48: Inside the Chrome OS 'unstable isotope'

ReviewReview Microsoft gives you the Windows Explorer. Apple gives you the Mac OS X Finder. And Google gives you, well, nothing. With Google's Chrome OS – the browser-based operating system that reached a handful of outside beta testers late last week – there's no ready means of browsing files on your own machine.
Cade Metz, 14 Dec 2010
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WikiLeaks.org resurrected in US of A

Update: This story has been updated to show that PayPal shut WikiLeaks' account after reading a letter sent to WikiLeaks by the US government. Wikileaks.org has reappeared in the US of A, after American outfit Dynadot picked up the site's DNS service.
Cade Metz, 14 Dec 2010