15th > December > 2010 Archive
Google Chrome OS mauled by Richard Stallman
Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman has attacked Google's still-gestating Chrome OS, arguing it's designed "to push people into careless computing."
Feds probe '100 site' data breach
FBI agents looking into the theft of customer data belonging to McDonald's are investigating similar breaches that may have hit more than 100 other companies that used email marketing services from Atlanta-based Silverpop Systems .
Email protected by Fourth Amendment, says appeals court
Police must obtain a warrant before accessing emails stored by internet service providers, a federal appeals court has ruled in a landmark decision that also struck down part of a 1986 law that allows warrantless interception of some digital data.
Air Force blocks access to sites that covered WikiLeaks
The US Air Force is barring its personnel from using government computers to view The New York Times and 25 other websites that posted diplomatic memos released by WikiLeaks, according to news reports.
Ten... sub-£150 PMPs
Product Round-upBudget PMPs are the missing link between a high-end video job and a standard MP3 player. With modern devices so advanced, some would class these PMPs as cell-phones without the option to call, a view I generally shared.
Blog network must label promo content under OFT glare
Consumer protection watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has forced a network of bloggers to make it clear when companies are paying it for coverage. The OFT investigated Handpicked Media under consumer protection laws.
HP inks $1.4bn outsourcing deal with energy firm E.ON
Hewlett-Packard and European energy mammoth E.ON IT announced they have signed a five-year, $1.4bn infrastructure tech-outsourcing services contract.
'London black cabs to go electric in 2 weeks' –
Black cabs "capable of zero tail pipe emission operation" will start to appear on the streets of London by the year 2020 under plans announced yesterday by mayor Boris Johnson.
Three punts UNLIMITED smartphone package
Three has upgraded its The One mobile phone tariff to add "all-you-can-eat data" to the package.
Windows 7 really was some girl's idea, rules ASA
The ASA has ruled that it's perfectly plausible to claim that Windows 7 was developed by a bunch of rugby players' girlfriends, "private-browsing" dads, and spud-faced kids in Spanish cafes rather than a bunch of highly trained, generously paid developers in Redmond.
British lags less chatty on mobiles
British prisoners aren't as connected as they were last year - or prison wardens are losing the ability to find contraband mobiles.
Atos Origin buys Siemens IT wing in €850m deal
French services giant Atos Origin is buying Siemens IT unit Solutions and Services (SIS), after signing an €850m deal with the German multinational.
Critical IE update in biggest ever Patch Tuesday
Microsoft released a bumper total of 17 bulletins on Tuesday - collectively addressing a total of 40 software security vulnerabilities - as part of its largest ever Patch Tuesday update.
First 'cryovolcano' discovered on Titan, ice moon of Saturn
Boffins believe they have discovered the first "cryovolcano" known to the human race: a mountain on Titan, ice moon of Saturn, which has appeared in much the same way as an Earthly volcano - but which is made of ice and spews freezing slush rather than blazing molten rock.
Firefox UI man quits Mozilla for new health-conscious venture
Mozilla user-interface guru Aza Raskin is leaving the open source outfit to start a new venture called Massive Health.
David Attenborough dino doc shows limits of 3D TV
The future of 3D TV is "event television" reckons eminent broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, the implication being that stereoscopic broadcasting isn't much cop for anything else.
Nokia cuts staff, fiddles with E7
Nokia is cutting back on staff while grappling with its new E7 Communicator, which will now not ship until next year.
Virtual Server backup software ranked
Analyst rankings of virtual server backup software put CommVault Simpana 9 and CA ARCserve r15 in place as the best all-round products.
BBC audience: DAB less tasty than leftover turkey
The BBC's own research has discovered that DAB radio leaves the audience nonplussed.
WikiLeaks urged to stop hosting on Russian blackhat ISP
Security watchers have urged Wikileaks to stop hosting its material with a "bulletproof" Russian ISP believed to primarily cater to, or be controlled by, Russian cyber criminals.
FBI 'planted backdoor' in OpenBSD
Allegations that the FBI may have smuggled back doors or weaknesses into openBSD's cryptography have created uproar in the security community.
Man caught w*nking over Alan Sugar's autobiography
A man was caught masturbating in a public library while perusing Lord Alan Sugar's autobiography.
Standard setter seeks to unify power, wired, wireless LANs
The IEEE has put in place a programme to devise a standard that will bridge wired and wireless network technologies in the home.
Asus Eee PC 1015PEM
ReviewWill someone please do something interesting with the netbook. Even Asus, the company that created this category of computer, doesn't appear to be able to do anything with it, if it's latest Eee PC, the 1015PEM, is anything to go by.
How GCHQ keeps tabs on FOI requestors
Following an FOI request instigated by yours truly, it has emerged that GCHQ are keeping tabs on FOI requestors. Even those requestors who have asked public authorities for a copy of GCHQ’s widely distributed, declassified, IT security documentation...
Froyo snuggles into cosy Nook
The NOOKcolor e-reader, from Barnes & Noble, is going to get Android 2.2 (Froyo) next month, very nearly turning the $250 e-reader into a usable tablet computer.
'Blitzer' railgun already 'tactically relevant', boasts maker
It's all go in the world of hypervelocity railguns this week. Following Friday's 33-megajoule test shot carried out at a US Navy laboratory, it has also been announced that a different railgun known as "Blitzer" has recently carried out firings which suggest that it is almost combat ready.
Zuckerberg beats Assange to claim Person of the Year™
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has defied WikiLeaks supporters to claim Time magazine's Person of the Year™ crown.
Symantec adds file resource management
Symantec has developed a specific file resource management product to help users weed out inactive and orphan files from the onrushing flood of unstructured file data heading their way.
Brussels quizzes UK on school kiddyprinting
The European Commission has raised "significant concerns" with Britain over schools that collect and store children's fingerprints.
Everything Everywhere ponders discrimination by packet
Everything Everywhere has rather upset Which? by mooting the idea of tariffs based on services, rather than raw quantities of data.
Yahoo! search! stuffed! with! FILTH!
Yahoo! search went downmarket yesterday, and defaulted to serving up porn to users.
Google targets Internet Explorer shops with Chrome admin controls
Google had rolled out IT admin controls for deploying and configuring its Chrome browser across business networks.
World of Warcraft bot ban ticks off world of critics
AnalysisA federal appeals panel has upheld a ban on the distribution of a once-popular World of Warcraft bot in a sprawling ruling that is sure to anger just about everyone with a stake in the debate over whether gamers have the right to tweak the titles they play.