4th > February > 2011 Archive
Verizon: 'We're not throttling bandwidth except when we are'
Verizon Wireless slipped out a policy on Thursday that kills unlimited data access for customers, just as the Canadian government was squashing a big-telco friendly policy that would sink its country's net neutrality.
Pentax 645D medium format digital camera
ReviewBack in 2003 Pentax hinted at the development of a digital version of its classic 645 medium format film model. Given how much time has passed, I was beginning to wonder if it would ever see the light of day.
BBC apologises for Top Gear outrage
The BBC has apologised for its trio of laddish Top Gear presenters who managed to offend the whole of Mexico with some hilarious racial stereotyping.
Microsoft discovers disposable email
Microsoft is introducing throwaway email addresses for Hotmail users.
PlayStation phone promo'd in creepy commercial
An eerie ad for Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play - aka the PlayStation phone - has sprung up on the internet and sees the Android mascot surgically enhanced with opposable thumbs.
PSP playing boy plunges onto railway
If you didn't think platform games could be hazardous to health, just ask the boy who plunged onto a railway line while engrossed in his PSP.
Xiotech execs are betting the company on ISE
Xiotech has abandoned the Emprise brand, and is focusing on ISE, its intelligent super disk enclosure product line, with a high capacity product coming.
ISPs and Vaizey set to bump heads over default porn filter
A meeting on Monday between Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey and representatives of UK ISPs could be a game-changing moment for the way in which we are all allowed to use the internet. At stake is the seemingly academic question of whether PCs should arrive with adult filters turned off - the current default - or on.
Stephen Fry cans Japan trip over nuke survivor quip
The BBC has decided it would probably be wiser if Stephen Fry didn't visit Japan in the near future, following the QI presenter's description of double A-bomb survivor Tsutomu Yamaguchi as "the unluckiest man in the world".
Zero-day update duo to star in upcoming Patch Tuesday update
Microsoft plans to release a dozen bulletins on Tuesday – three of which address critical flaws.
ICO Deputy exposes Data Protection law wish list
CommentLast Friday, data protection day, was commemorated with a meeting organised by the Ministry of Justice in Whitehall. At that meeting, David Smith, the Deputy Information Commissioner (DIC), reviewed the Information Commissioner’s wish list of changes to data protection law. This blog reports on the content of that list.
Britain takes delivery of first Nissan e-cars
The first batch of Nissan's Leaf battery powered e-car have arrived in Blighty.
Flickr flap illuminates cloud concerns
Briefly, a photographer used Flickr to store his pictures online – amassing more than 4,000 photos over five years. Being the helpful sort, he alerted Flickr to another user who was stealing content. Flickr deleted his account, by mistake and those pictures looked to be gone forever. Following a media firestorm, Flickr had a quick rummage and recovered his images.
Boss leaves Buying Solutions, writing on the wall?
Alison Littley, chief executive of Buying Solutions, is leaving the quango which was meant to sort out central government IT procurement and other services.
BOFH: There's no 'I' in team, but there's a 'u' in suck
Episode 1“Team Conference!” the Boss chips quickly in the door of Mission Control before moving on to other offices.
Review'Do you wish to continue?' It's a question games have always asked after death – a challenge to players to overcome defeat and try, try, and try again. But when that same question is posed upon completion of every stage, as in MindJack, what initially comes across as over-politeness quickly begins to feel just plain apologetic. And, believe me, MindJack has a lot to apologise for.
Dutch get wound up over invisible SMS
Dutch tabloid De Telegraaf reports that 12 Somalis picked up in Amsterdam over Christmas were located using secret SMS messages, apparently bouncing back their GPS coordinates for the authorities.
Big stink over Malawi farting ban
Officials in Malawi have locked horns over the controversial ban on farting in public.
World leaders meet to discuss cyberwar rules of engagement
Rules of engagement for the deployment of cyber-weapons need to be developed, an international security conference is due to be told later today.
Apple pressed to show succession plan
Apple has come under further pressure to tell shareholders how it plans to manage the eventual succession to Steve Jobs, after the CEO announced his latest and open-ended stint of medical leave.
Russia has 'secret space warplane' to match US X-37B
Russia has claimed that it too is working on an unmanned pocket spaceplane similar to the US military's mysterious X-37B roboshuttle, dubbed a "secret space warplane" by the Iranian government.
Osborne bids nation fill his Budget portal
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne wants to crowdsource ideas for the Budget.
HMRC warns (again) over tax refund phishing scams
UK taxpayers were officially warned on Friday to have nothing to do with supposed tax refund emails that have begun circulating since the deadline for self-assessment tax returns expired on Monday.
Humax adds BBC iPlayer to Freeview HD DVR
Set-top box specialist Humax will this weekend begin adding its TV Portal IPTV interface to its HDR-Fox T2 Freeview HD DVR.
UK police crime map website: Who's the victim here?
AnalysisEarlier this week the Home Office unveiled its crime-mapping website, which was developed by Leicester-based ad agency Rock Kitchen Harris for £300,000.
Catalans to hunt wild boar with bows and arrows
The Catalan authorities have raised a few eyebrows with a plan to hunt wild boar with bows and arrows.
Apple '6x more efficient' than Nokia at smartphone R&D
Even Nokia's new CEO recognises that the company's Soviet-style bureaucracy – it employs over 120,000 staff – prevents it from competing quickly and effectively. (See When Dilbert Came To Nokia). But quantifying the cost of this bloat is difficult.
Open source to bust up Cisco Borg collective?
Open...and ShutMicrosoft gets all the press for being a reformed monopolist, but in the hoary world of networking, no one has dominated longer or more tenaciously than Cisco Systems. And while Cisco has seen upstart competitors come and mostly go, perhaps none has the chance to up-end the networking giant's comfortable position more than Vyatta.
Fifa to give goal-line tech a shot
Fifa is to kick off tests of ten systems for goal-line technology next week, avid footie fans will be relieved to hear.
Apple's app store policies: What will they provoke?
CommentThere hasn’t actually been a new policy statement, but Apple has clearly made a change in the eReader side of its business - one that immediately affects Sony, which has brought the issue to light.
Punters 'pooh-pooh video on demand'
Viewers can't cope with the enormous responsibility of choice that personal video provides, according to US researchers at Hill Holliday.
Wintery January hurts US jobs growth
The succession of winter storms in the United States in January put the freeze on hiring, and according to a report from the Department of Labor this morning, the economy added only 36,000 net new jobs. That is a lot less than the 200,000-plus jobs that the American economy needs to just keep up with population growth – and a hell of a lot less than the number needed to put a big dent in the unemployment rate, which dropped four-tenths of a point to 9 per cent.
Toshiba trounces Seagate on mobile drives
Seagate lost considerable share to Toshiba on mobile hard disk drive shipment, numbers show.
ROBOT COP scatters LIVE GRENADES in San Francisco STREET
In an apparent instance of mindless mechanical nihilism, a police robot in San Francisco scattered live grenades across a street using its mechanical arm. When the deadly frag-bombs failed to explode, the enraged tin cop apparently attempted to detonate them by running them over.
Videogame developer defies hacker threat
The publisher of the Runes of Magic videogame is defying a hacker who has threatened to release personal details and payment information on users.
Google v Facebook salary inflation riles Big Data startup
As Google and Facebook fight over Silicon Valley's top talent, it's a good time to be an engineer. According to one report, when Facebook tried to lure one engineer away from Google, Mountain View counter-offered with a 15 per cent pay raise and $500,000 in restricted stock. And he left for Facebook anyway.
Oracle and IBM carve up open-source Java leadership
IBM and Oracle have divvied up the leadership of OpenJDK – the leading open-source Java project – finally giving IBM the sort of Java control it spent ten years fighting Sun Microsystems for.
Chrome 9 debuts with WebGL, app store, instant annoyance
Google has released a ninth version of its Chrome browser, rolling in the WebGL standard for 3D hardware acceleration, the new Chrome Web Store, and Chrome Instant, a tool that loads web pages as soon as you start typing into the browser's address bar.