30th > December > 2011 Archive


Kaspersky claims ‘smoking code’ linking Stuxnet and Duqu

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab are claiming to have found proof that the writers of the Stuxnet and Duqu malware are one and the same, and are warning of at least three new families of advanced malware potentially in circulation.
Iain Thomson, 30 Dec 2011

EFF appeal win reopens NSA dragnet spying case

The Electric Frontier Foundation (EFF) has won its appeal to continue a case into massive warrantless wiretapping by the National Security Agency (NSA) using facilities within commercial exchanges.
Iain Thomson, 30 Dec 2011
Sony Alpha NEX-C3 compact system camera

Sony NEX-C3 compact system camera

ReviewFor years, early adopters have been saying that the mirrorless camera will see off the budget DSLR. Even Nikon, maker of the superb D3100, has entered the fray with the J1 and V1 compacts Arguably, it wasn’t until Sony’s NEX series appeared over a year ago that the somewhat DSLR-resistant mainstream consumer began to see the light. And now, with the arrival of the NEX-C3, Sony seems to have played a blinder.
Dave Stevenson, 30 Dec 2011

UK's solar 'leccy cash slash ruled unlawful

Campaigning organisations and the solar industry have won their legal challenge to the Government's decision to reduce subsidies to businesses and homes which use solar panels to generate their own energy.
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Dec 2011

The secret to getting rich in 2012: Open APIs

Open ... and ShutIf the last decade was all about open source, the next decade will be about open APIs. However, as with open source, APIs aren't necessarily a guarantee of billions in the bank. They're simply the ante for playing the technology game at scale. That scale will be determined by who gives developers the best access to data, and that access is a function of open APIs.
Matt Asay, 30 Dec 2011

Well, burn my atomic-clock-powered new human renaissance platform

"A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions," Proverbs 18:2 tells us. So thank goodness the Internet was invented. Here's our annual selection of barmy and brilliant things said in 2011 - this year's selection leans heavily towards the barmy.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Dec 2011

Apple to appeal Italian warranty fine

Apple will appeal against the fine imposed by the Italian regulator for failing to respect the legal warranty requirements, and (astonishingly) we know this because Apple told us.
Bill Ray, 30 Dec 2011

Stephen Hawking seeks geek to maintain his unique wheelchair

Could you repair and tweak superstar physicist Stephen Hawking's robot voice box and gadget-laden wheelchair? If you reckon yes, then the celebrated author and cosmologist wants to hear from you.
Chris Williams, 30 Dec 2011

New Chinese space plans are all about security and strategy on Earth

AnalysisChinese officials have published a new white paper detailing China's aspirations in space for coming years. Most media have chosen to focus on Beijing's vague aspirations toward deep-space and manned exploration, but in fact the concrete details given all point toward a primary emphasis on strategic advantage for China here on Earth.
Lewis Page, 30 Dec 2011

Boffins drill into human language by terrifying chimps with vipers

Chimps don't just blurt out whatever is on their mind - they consider who's listening, says an article published in Current Biology that could reveal an important stage in the development of language.
Anna Leach, 30 Dec 2011

Playboy model's complaints against HP chief Hurd laid bare by court

The dossier detailing sexual harassment allegations that sparked the exit of HP boss Mark Hurd has finally been published after a court ruled that it was only "mildly embarrassing".
Anna Leach, 30 Dec 2011
DVD it in many colours

Will TWO next-gen iPads be unveiled at January's iWorld?

Apple will unveil not one but two iPad 3s on 23 January at the iWorld conference, according to a somewhat unlikely rumour breathlessly reported by gossip pumpers Digitimes.
Anna Leach, 30 Dec 2011

UK cops disciplined, sacked, quit over Facebook misdeeds

English and Welsh police are no more sensible than anyone else when it comes to being web2.0sluts, according to reports. Some 150 officers from forces south of the Scottish border have been disciplined for their antics on Facebook in the past four years, at least two were sacked, and a further seven are known to have resigned over online foolishnesses.
Lewis Page, 30 Dec 2011

Apple’s Siri gets sweary with British child

The mother of a 10-year-old boy in Coventry has been expressing her shock after a demonstration model of Apple’s iPhone 4S swore at her son.
Iain Thomson, 30 Dec 2011

Samoa takes day off to skip International Date Line

Samoans have lost a day overnight, as the country jumped straight to 31 December by shifting to the opposite side of the International Date Line.
Iain Thomson, 30 Dec 2011

Verizon retreats on ‘convenience fee’ for online bill payment

Verizon Wireless has dropped plans to institute a $2 convenience fee for subscribers who pay their bills online or via phone calls.
Iain Thomson, 30 Dec 2011

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