14th > December > 2004 Archive
Women are crap with PIN numbers - shock survey
Women take security less seriously than men when it comes to choosing PINs for their bank cards. A poll of over 500 British men and women, by internet security testing specialist NTA Monitor, found that women are more likely to choose one PIN for all their cards. Two thirds of the women questioned used the same PIN for all their cards. Only one in three men adopted the same practice.
Toshiba unveils 80GB 'iPod drive'
Toshiba today paved the way for 80GB iPods when it said it will ship an 80GB 1.8in hard drive in Q3 2005 - a year after it introduced the 60GB version that can currently to be found inside the iPod Photo.
Eurostar brings Wi-Fi to termini
Cross-channel rail operator Eurostar has rolled out wireless Internet access at its London Waterloo and Ashford stations.
Mentec buys British Great Plains reseller
Mentec, an Irish reseller, is bulking up its Great Plains business, with the acquisition of Leicestershire dealership Sytation. The Irish papers say it is paying €5m. The enlarged company will be the second biggest reseller of Microsoft's Great Plains accountancy software in Europe. Sytation will retain its name, but is to be integrated into group operations. The company has 30 staff. ®
Tunable surfaces prevent Wi-Fi leaks
Last year a man in Canada was arrested for downloading child pornography onto his laptop, but he used someone else's wireless access point to access the illegal material. That same year federal officials accused a man from Michigan of conspiring to steal credit card numbers from the Lowe's chain of home improvement stores by taking advantage of an unsecured Wi-Fi network at a store in Detroit.
Online extortion works
OpinionOnline extortion is quietly affecting thousands of businesses, for a very simple reason: it works. The big question then becomes, how will you and your company decide to respond? Many of us have seen Kenneth Branagh's excellent 1989 motion picture adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry V, and the general impression that most people take away is that the King is overall a good, valiant leader. Interestingly, though, Branagh left out an important scene in his film, one that the 1944 version starring Laurence Olivier included. In Act III, Scene 3, Henry and his men are before the gates of the beseiged French city of Harfleur, and Henry explains to the Governor and the listening citizens of Harfleur what will happen if they do not surrender to the English forces.
MPAA to serve lawsuits on BitTorrent servers
The Motion Picture Ass. of America (MPAA) will today launch a legal attack on BitTorrent users in a bid to prevent ripped DVDs being shared across the network.
Blunkett names kite as B52 base terror weapon
Our trustworthy and truthful Home Secretary has finally set the record straight recording dangerous "armed anarchists" who were searched by Gloucestershire police under anti-terror legislation at RAF Fairford, which is used as a B52 base, last year. Pride of place in the armoury of the drug-crazed Trotskyite crusties, apparently, was an airborne terror weapon, a kite.
Guildford runs out of broadband
A "sudden surge" in demand for DSL broadband in Guildford has left BT on the hop and net users twiddling their thumbs waiting for high-speed net access. BT Wholesale, which provides DSL that is resold by ISPs such as AOL UK, Tiscali and Wanadoo UK, has confirmed that all capacity at its Guildford telephone exchange has been used up.
Sony, Samsung agree to share toys
Sony and Samsung have entered into a far-reaching technology licensing agreement that opens stacks of each company's intellectual properties to the other.
Tories come out in support of UK ID card scheme
After considerable infighting the Tory Party has come out in favour of ID cards, but with sufficient hedging for the party, if not Tory leader Michael Howard, to press the eject button should the ID scheme turn out to be not such a good idea after all. The support, which will mean the party votes in favour of the ID card bill on Monday, can be put down to Howard being a long-term supporter of ID cards, but a significant proportion of the party opposes them, and this includes shadow cabinet members.
Oracle finally has its prize
For the past 18 months, Oracle has been locked in a battle to acquire rival PeopleSoft involving courtroom drama, poison pills, personal enmity and, recently, the departure of PeopleSoft's CEO Craig Conway. In a move that many saw as the confirmation that PeopleSoft would agree the sale to Oracle, chairman and founder of the company Dave Duffield stepped back in to the company to act as CEO in October 2004.
Kodak EasyShare DX7590
ReviewThe Kodak DX7590 is an updated version of the DX6490 launched last year and the most obvious change from the model it replaces is the extra pixels: the resolution has been bumped to five megapixels, writes Doug Harman.
T-Mobile widens UK airport Wi-Fi cover
T-Mobile has expanded its initial foothold in the UK's major airports, extending the reach of its Wi-Fi hotspots to cover the whole of Heathrow, Gatwick and Glasgow airports, along with the international departure lounges at Stansted, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton.
Gait advances in emerging biometrics
"Great Juno comes; I know her by her gait." William Shakespeare, The Tempest
BT denies fiddling prices on Advent Calendar sales promo
BT has denied that it's fiddling prices on its online "Advent Calendar" promotion, in response to a snowstorm of customer complaints.
UK forecasts 96% e-gov hit rate
The vast majority of government services will be available electronically by the end of next year, according to a report from the Cabinet Office. It says that 96 per cent of the services earmarked by the government as "suitable for e-enabling" will meet the 2005 deadline set by Tony Blair.
'Horoscopes' is AOL's most searched word
America Online today released its most popular search terms, which showed that Britney Spears has reclaimed the title of most searched person of 2004 from rapper 50 Cent.
Intel confirms dual-core desktop 'Smithfield'
Intel today publicly confirmed the existence of 'Smithfield', the dual-core desktop processor it expects to ship mid-2005 and which started appearing on the company's internal roadmaps this past Summer.
Insight exits PlusNet, raises £15.8m
Insight Direct, the UK arm of US reseller giant Insight Enterprises, has raised around £15.8m by selling its remaining 45 per cent stake in Sheffield-based ISP PlusNet through a share placong.
The new world's A to Z, courtesy of Google
Out with the old, and in with the new. With the new year fast approaching, it seems timely to review the huge changes that have overtaken society thanks to a decade of widespread internet use. And who else is best placed to deliver such an far-reaching overview than Google itself?
Symantec eyeing Veritas for $13bn - report
There could be another high profile software merger on the way with rumors circulating today that Symantec will buy Veritas Software for more than $13bn.
MS NAP aims to kill off Nimda-style outbreaks
Microsoft has recruited 18 more security and networking suppliers for Network Access Protection (NAP) scheme. NAP, due to ship with Longhorn in 2007, provides a policy enforcement bolt-on to Windows that allows admins to restrict access to networks to machines without up-to-date OS patches or anti-virus updates.
ICANN goes domain crazy
Internet overseeing organisation ICANN has rediscovered its love of top-level domains, announcing this week that it has put another two through to final approval stages, as well as approving the document that will be used to decide the new owner of all .net domains next year.
Oracle gets really, really virtual with VMware
Oracle and virtual server software maker VMware have taken an inevitable step toward tightening their relationship.
Software patents: the UK Patent Office pleads its case
The definition of technical contribution will have to be tested in the European Court of Justice before anyone can say exactly what the European Directive on computer implemented inventions means. Before it gets to that stage, however, the government and the UK Patent Office have agreed that the issue needs to be explored more fully, and say they are considering setting up a workshop to "deconstruct" the meaning of the term.
IBM secures China server biz with Great Wall
After making a big splash in the Chinese PC market, IBM has now taken care of the server side of the house by forming a new joint venture with Great Wall Computing.