Moglen on GPL 3.0
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is soliciting input for the next version of the GNU General Public License (GPL), a release expected to tackle internationalization, web services and security. It's the first revision to the license for 14 years.
Red Hat pushes Microsoft for patents statement
Red Hat has called on Microsoft to resist threatening developers and customers with prosecution over possible infringements of patented technologies in Linux
IBM: Desktop is next Linux frontier
IBM has told Linux developers the desktop is the next frontier, but they must avoid employing the same tactics used against Unix on servers to conquer it.
Ofcom deregulates RFID in the UK
Communications watchdog Ofcom yesterday said that it would be making radio spectrum available for use by Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) equipment, and that those using the new technology would not need a wireless telegraphy licence.
Ofcom mulls Bulldog probe
Ofcom could launch a formal investigation into Bulldog by the end of the month, according to correspondence seen by The Register.
Samsung DRAM ouput shifts to DDR 2
Samsung is finally producing more DDR 2 memory chips that DDR parts, the South Korean giant said yesterday.
Glitch hits MS Patch Tuesday
A glitch with IE updates available through Microsoft's Download Centre interrupted the smooth passage of Redmond's monthly patch express on Tuesday. The updates available on Microsoft Update and Windows Update were not affected and are installing properly but the files posted for manual download became corrupted. As a result their digital signature became broken and the patches failed to load properly.
Melting Siberia threat to climate
The largest frozen peat bog in the world, lying in western Siberia, is melting, according to Russian scientists. The million square kilometre area*, previously permafrost, is becoming a series of increasingly soggy shallow lakes, some already more than a kilometre across.
Black Box UK branch in MBO
The north-west UK arm of Black Box Network Services is striking out for independence, following the reseller’s decision to concentrate UK operations in Reading and Nottingham.
HTC 'to build' Palm's Windows-based Treo
HTC is believed to have won the contract to manufacture the upcoming Windows Mobile-based version of Palm's Treo smart phone, but the device's release is some way off.
Girls prefer girly websites: official
A study by Glamorgan University Business School's Department of the Fairly Bleedin' Obvious has concluded that it's not just a website's subject matter that determines whether it appeals more to guys or gals but - wait for it - "the appearance of the site also might play a subtle role", as AP explains.
Graphics card vendors pre-announce Nvidia GeForce 7800GT
UpdateGraphics card makers ELSA and Leadtek have jumped the gun on Nvidia's GeForce 7800 GT launch, by announcing this morning a series of cards based on the upcoming chip.
Maxima buys Ringwood
Maxima Holdings, the Scottish software services company, is buying Ringwood for £2.9m, of which £2.2m is cash and the rest is new shares.
C2000 promotes Aldous to run volume marketing
Computer 2000 has promoted Simon Aldous to run the distie’s volume business.
Chinese boffins provoke Oz speed camera kerfuffle
Chinese scientists are the unlikely heroes of a New South Wales speeding case which saw a Sydney magistrate dismiss the charge against an alleged speed merchant because the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) could not prove that its vital photographic evidence was "secure", news.com.au reports.
Vonage ships £20 phone adaptor
VoIP specialist Vonage has begun offering Linksys' handset adaptor in the UK. The device allows two ordinary phones to be connected directly to a broadband Internet link and used to make VoIP calls.
iPod fails to impress South Koreans
The iPod may dominate the MP3 player market in almost every country in the world, but one nation is holding out against Apple's onslaught.
Delhi to RFID chip cows
The Delhi authorities will RFID chip stray cows in an attempt to tackle the menace of stray cow fraud, the BBC reports.
Alpha geeks wanted for beta testing
Exclusive offerThis November, Microsoft will be launching its latest version of SQL Server, SQL Server 2005, and you, our beloved readers, have a chance to beta test it to destruction before the launch.
MP calls for updated laws to fight cyberjihadis
A Labour MP is calling for updated legislation and greater international co-operation to make it easier for police to track and trace terrorist recruiters, animal rights extremists and other criminals on the net. Margaret Moran MP, chair of all-party Parliament Industry group EURIM, said that the police "urgently" need resources to find extremists who "use the internet to ensnare those who are alienated from society and turn them from sympathisers into enthusiasts and then fanatics".
'Grand Theft Auto' cop killer found guilty
Computer game Grand Theft Auto (GTA) has been let off the hook by an Alabama jury which this week found cop killer Devin Moore guilty on three counts of murder.
HP UK 'leaks' next-gen wireless iPaq details
HP has inadvertently spilled the beans on its next smart-phone release, the iPaq hw6700 series, which will bring Wi-Fi and Windows Mobile 2005 to the line-up.
MS lochs down Scots Police deal
Central Scotland Police has signed a three-year deal with Microsoft that will see the force standardise on Microsoft Server 2003 and Windows XP (SP2). The deal was struck under the Office of Government Commerce's (OGC) agreement with Microsoft to offer preferential rates for public sector organisations, and will cost the force less than £60,000 per year.
Telewest announces 10 meg broadband
Telewest is following the lead of NTL by increasing broadband access speeds to 10 meg.
Turf war brewing over Europe's 3G spectrum
The EU is squaring up for a turf war over wireless bandwidth which was previously reserved for 3G services, but which may be opened up to other technologies.
Brother MFC-620CN multi-function printer
ReviewThis Brother All-in-One is more all-in-one than most. Although it has a footprint not much bigger than an A3 sheet of paper, it can print, scan, copy, fax, download your digital photos, answer the phone and make you a nice cup of camomile tea. OK, the tea's just on our wish list, but all the other tasks are within the compass of the MFC-620CN, writes Simon Williams.
DTI confirms another six month wait for WEEE
The government has once again delayed the implementation of a European directive designed to make the producers of electrical and electronic kit responsible for its eventual fate.
Trojan fights STDs
The word Trojan is more likely to conjure up thoughts of malware than making sweet, sweet love amongst IT folk this side of the pond but the US's biggest condom manufacturer is out to change that with a new campaign promoting safe sex.
Creative plunges into the red
Creative lost $31.9m (38 cents a share) on sales of $305.4m during its fourth quarter, the MP3 player maker said yesterday.
VMware embraces Sun and even Solaris x86
Sun Microsystems this week matured a bit as an x86 server vendor by kicking off a broad partnership with VMware that will see the companies team on engineering and sales efforts.
Contractors fear more BT job cuts
Hundreds of IT contractors and agency staff working at BT face the chop as the monster telco looks to cut costs. The telco's IT budget is already £25m over budget and execs are now desperately trying to cut overheads and drive revenue to turnaround the deficit.
NASA scrubs MRO launch, again
NASA has delayed the launch of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) again, this time because of a faulty fuel sensor, a problem that recalled one of the many delays to Shuttle's recent return to flight.
Symantec / Veritas gussies up high-end apps for Linux
Veritas - er, Symantec rather - has upgraded its server and storage management products to put versions of the software meant for Linux on equal footing with Unix code.
Fax-back phishing scam targets PayPal
Phishers have gone retro with a scam that tries to dupe victims into faxing their banking details to fraudsters. Scam emails, (screengrab) which pose as messages from online payment outfit Paypal, urge users to fax back account information instead of the more usual tactic of handing over details to a bogus website.
Microsoft rifles ex-employee's (Windows) trashcan
Once again, a major industry case involving Microsoft is getting dirty as investigators rifle trashcans. Only this time, it's the trashcan in Windows.
Will Europe fall in love with Qualcomm, now it owns Flarion 4G technology?
CommentQualcomm owns most of the patents involved in cellular telephony. It may be exaggerating to say that the ITU picked TDMA technology instead of CDMA technology for GSM simply because nobody liked Qualcomm... but the fact is, nobody did like Qualcomm, and still, today, particularly in Europe: "nobody likes Qualcomm."