14th > December > 2012 Archive
Google gives fat fingers the flick before they click
Google has admitted what an awful lot of people have learned first-hand (or perhaps first-finger): in the cramped environs of a smartphone's screen, it’s easy to mistakenly click on an ad.
HP pretexting affair ends with jail time for last player
The HP pretexting scandal has finally ended, with the last person involved getting three months in prison for illegally accessing the phone records of journalists.
Polish man mistakes hot iron for mobe
The scenario sounds familiar: your significant other heads out, so you decide to relax with some sport on the tellie, a beer and, because you don't want to be found out as a total layabout, out comes the iron to press a shirt or two.
N. Joseph Woodland, inventor of the barcode, dies at 91
ObituaryThe inventor of the bar code, Norman Joseph Woodland, has died at his home in New Jersey at the ripe old age of 91.
Dexter malware targets point of sale systems worldwide
You could be getting more than you bargained for when you swipe your credit card this holiday shopping season, thanks to new malware that can skim credit card info from compromised point-of-sale (POS) systems.
NASA reveals secrets of Curiosity’s selfies
NASA has published a long and detailed explanation of just how its Curiosity rover managed to take a self-portrait.
Analyst offers cut-price fondleslab recipe
SSA Digital is a little-known Chinese company that is very good at two things.
GlobalFoundries CEO: Europe must 'wake up' and help industry
The CEO of chip-baker GlobalFoundries, Ajit Manocha, believes that European Union bureaucrats – "Brussels," as he refers to them – need to "wake up" or the continent's industrial base will suffer.
Suspected fake internet cop trio collared by real cops
UK cops have arrested three people in Staffordshire on suspicion of running a ransomware scam that fooled victims into paying £100 fines.
Falling slinky displays slow-motion causality
VidResearchers from the University of Sydney have explained why a spring dropped from a height - in this case the toy “slinky” – appear to ignore the force of gravity for a time.
Sniff.. Phew! WORLD'S OLDEST CHEESE discovered in Poland
Ancient cheese-making technology has been discovered in Poland - proving Man was making proto-mozzarella approximately 8,000 years ago.
The best smartphones for Christmas
This was the year the smartphone wars really got hot, both on the high street and in the courts. Of course the former was a driving force behind the latter: neither Apple nor Microsoft gave a toss about Android’s alleged patent infringements - real or imaginary, reasonable or ridiculous - until handsets running Google’s mobile OS started selling like cheeseburgers in a famine zone.
Frack me! UK shale gas bonanza 'bigger than North Sea oil'
AnalysisThe government has given the go-ahead for further exploration of the UK's shale gas reserves. Independent surveys suggest these reserves may yield more energy for the nation than North Sea oil.
Spanish airport cops seize cocaine-packed Bulgarian airbags
A 20-year-old Panamanian woman was cuffed at Barcelona Airport earlier this week for packing over a kilo of Bolivian marching powder in two Bulgarian airbags.
UK cops: How we sniffed out convicted AnonOps admin 'Nerdo'
Analysis of IRC logs and open source intelligence played a key role in the successful police prosecution that led up the conviction of a member of Anonymous for conspiracy to launch denial of service attacks against PayPal and other firms.
Apple confirms Amazon ebooks bendover, EU watchdog drops bone
Four of the major publishers – Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and the Hachette Book Group – and Apple have agreed to pacify Eurocrats by changing their electronic book terms. The offer, discussed here back in September, was formally accepted yesterday.
The 30-year-old prank that became the first computer virus
To the author of Elk Cloner, the first computer virus to be released outside of the lab, it’s sad that, 30 years after the self-replicating code's appearance, the industry has yet to come up with a secure operating system.
'It’s called capitalism. We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this'
QuotwThis was the week when the Snoop Charter to implement 1984 conditions on Brits online was scrunched up into a tiny little ball and punted out the door by MPs and peers.
Kelway splits with COO Lamey after six months
Kelway has parted company with chief operating officer Steve Lamey just six months into his tenure.
John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets
Microsoft has brought in premium retailer John Lewis to flog its Surface RT slablet just days after shooting down its pure direct sales strategy.
Happy birthday, Transistor
The transistor, the ubiquitous building block of all electronic circuits, will be 65 years old on Sunday. The device is jointly credited to William Shockley (1910-1989), John Bardeen (1908-1991) and Walter Brattain (1902-1987), and it was Bardeen and Brattain who operated the first working point-contact transistor during an experiment conducted on 16 December 1947.
Management gobble food-tracing-by-Microsoft firm Anglia
The management at Anglia Business Solutions has completed a £6m buyout of the Cambridge-based Microsoft Gold partner.
UN telecoms talks FOUNDER as US, UK, Canada and Aussies quit
WCIT2012The ITU's new binding treaty on regulating the internet and global communications is effectively dead in the water after Western nations including the US, UK, Canada and Australia refused to sign it.
Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’
Something for the Weekend, Sir?By the pricking of my thumbs, and by the noisy crowd booking out half the pub, the wickedness of office party season has kicked in big time. Certainly, 'tis the season to be jolly and to suffer the indignities of itinerant workers debasing themselves in order to get invited.
Stephen Hawking pushes for posthumous pardon for Alan Turing
Peers and scientists including Professor Stephen Hawking are once again pushing for an official pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing.
UK.gov hires data-handling privatisation point man as CTO
The Cabinet Office has promoted its ICT futures wonk - Liam Maxwell - to the role of chief technology officer.
Assange voted in to play John McAfee in upcoming blockbuster
Reader pollJulian Assange™ is the natural choice to play John McAfee in a movie of the anti-virus pioneer's colourful life, according to a poll by Reg readers.
UK.gov backs away from ISP level filtering plan to protect kids
The government has decided to stop short of forcing telcos to filter websites at a network level, after discovering that there wasn't a major "appetite" for such a system among parents who want to prevent their kids from accessing supposedly inappropriate material online.
NASA to smash its spacecraft INTO THE MOON
VidNASA's twin lunar-orbiting GRAIL spacecraft are preparing to smash into the surface of the Moon as a final send-off.
Next IPCC climate assessment due 2014 now everywhere online
A draft of the United Nations organisation's fifth climate report (IPCC AR5), due to be completed 2014, has been leaked onto the internet.
Pentagon hacker McKinnon will NOT be prosecuted in the UK
Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon will not be prosecuted in the UK, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced in the past hour.
Dragons' Den badboy's biz Expansys is soaked in red
The recovery at Expansys - the consumer electronics etailer owned by Dragons' Den meanie Peter Jones - has proved shortlived.
Microsoft puts off fees overhaul... the resellers are restless
Microsoft has postponed the UK implementation of a rebate rejig in response to biting partner feedback.
iPhone 5 launches in China, late and expensive. Chinese say 'meh'
The iPhone 5 has finally launched in China, but reaction has been lukewarm.
Dutch script kiddie pwns 20,000 Twitter profiles
A Dutch teenager successfully hijacked 20,000 Twitter profiles to post a message dissing their owners for being slack with security.
Convirture finally control freaks ESXi hypervisor
Convirture, one of the early entrants to put out virtualization and cloud management tools, has finally done what it has needed to do for years to break into the big-time with enterprises: Support VMware's ESXi hypervisor with its ConVirt control freak.
Bolshy investor sinks teeth into weakened Emulex, tears off another chunk
Under-performing storage network adaptor outfit Emulex is being stalked by activist hedge fund investor Elliott Management, run by billionaire Paul Singer. Elliott snaffled up an extra 1.34 per cent stake in the firm to bring its slice up to 11.3 per cent, making it the largest shareholder. This represents the best hope for Emulex investors angry at its $130m bid for Endace. Is an Elliott bid for Emulex coming?
Microsoft: IE mouse tracking vuln no big deal. Sort of...
Microsoft has dismissed allegations that Internet Explorer can allow attackers to track the position of the user's mouse cursor, arguing that the original report was self-serving and that the observed behavior does not represent a credible threat.
Senator threatens FAA with legislation over in-flight fondleslabbing
US Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has written to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) asking for a rethink of the rules governing the use of in-flight electronics, and has threatened legislation if the agency won't shift its position.
iPad mini to outsell iPad, get Retina Display? iPad to slenderize?
It was close. We Apple fanbois nearly had to endure an entire week without an iPad rumor, but as the week drew to a close those intrepid rumor-mongers at DigiTimes gifted us with two – in the same brief article, no less – and NPD Display Search added a third.
Police use 24/7 power grid recordings to spot doctored audio
Forging audio recordings is a lot harder than it used to be, thanks to a new method of authenticating recordings based on the buzz of the electrical power grid at the time they were recorded.