SCO tries to grok Pamela Jones (again)
SCO Group has asked a US court to reel in the reclusive legal blogger Pamela Jones of Groklaw fame in its arcane Linux intellectual property prosecutions of Novell and IBM.
Software testing? Not likely
Go to the website of software testing company SQS and one of the first things you'll see is an interesting question concerning all Windows-based environments: "Eighty per cent of your applications will work with Vista, but do you know which 80 per cent?"
UK.biz still reluctant to report cybercrime
A third of UK businesses fail to report information security crimes and breaches, according to a new survey.
Intel eyes big biz with Centrino Pro
Intel has formally launched the Centrino Pro brand, designed to promote business-oriented notebooks incorporating the chip giant's corporate-friendly vPro platform technologies.
Intel 'Robson' renamed Turbo Memory
Goodbye, 'Robson', the codename Intel applied to its add-in Flash cache unit for notebooks. Hello, instead, Intel Turbo Memory, the go-to-market name for the system start-up acceleration system.
Advertising Standards slap down BT complaint
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected a complaint made by BT against BSkyB's "free" broadband campaign last year.
Adobe takes UK price hikes to new level with CS3
Adobe Systems, producers of Photoshop, Acrobat and Flash, has long had a relatively chummy image compared to – say – Microsoft. But that might be changing, at least for some customers, as the company moves even beyond Redmond's position on price differentials between the UK and US.
Gear4 pours out 'liquid rubber' iPod case
Yes, iPod accessory specialist Gear4's iVak sounds like a trendy carpet cleaning tool, but it's actually a hard plastic case with a "liquid rubber" texture on the outside and a clear plastic panel to protect the player's display. There's a clickwheel cover in the box too.
Windows Media Player sends music site silent
A music-sharing site popular with small and independent artists is suspending operations because of incompatibilities with Microsoft's latest version of Windows Media Player.
UK Gov deploys lie detectors on benefits claims
Benefits claimants will now have to face a software lie detector test under a new regime to be outlined today by Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton.
Solar flares ate my GPS
Did you get lost while out driving in December? If you did, blame the solar flare that zapped signals sent out by the GPS satellite network to keep travellers travelling in the right direction.
Harassed employees: dispute resolutions are failing
Workplace dispute resolution procedures make cases of discrimination worse and do not benefit the victim, according to sufferers of harassment on grounds of religion or sexual orientation.
EU court rules monitoring of employee breached human rights
The monitoring of an employee's email, phone and internet use by a Welsh college was a breach of her human rights, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The UK Government must pay £3,000 damages and legal costs in the case.
CCTV nails sheep-shagging Turk
A Turkish citizen faces a fine or possible three years' chokey under German animal protection laws after a farmer's CCTV system caught him indulging in a bit of homo-ovine sexual interaction, Reuters reports.
HMRC pushes online tax filing
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has urged small employers to send their 2006-07 "pay as you earn" returns online.
Nintendo nudges sales forecast upward
Nintendo now reckons it will sell have sold rather more Wii and DS consoles during its recently closed financial year than it previously suggested, the videogames pioneer announced today.
Orange to carry Blyk network
Orange has agreed to carry Blyk's free calls and messaging service, to be launched in the UK later this year.
Indonesia's Playboy 'not pornography', judge rules
The editor of Indonesia's edition of Playboy has been cleared of indecency charges relating to provocative images of scantily-clad models which had the country's Muslims up in arms, the BBC reports.
Polar caps wane as Mars tries global warming
Global warming and melting polar ice caps are not just problems here on Earth. Mars is facing similar global changes, researchers say, with temperatures across the red planet rising by around 0.65 degrees over the last few decades.
Britney fears used as ANI exploit lure
Interest in troubled pop star Britney Spears is being used by hackers to trick surfers into visiting websites exploiting the Microsoft animated cursor vulnerability, the subject of a out-of-sequence patch by Microsoft on Tuesday.
Vista upgrades not so 'express' after all
Many voucher-waving Microsoft customers in Europe are still awaiting their promised free Windows Vista upgrades from the software giant's "fulfilment partner", ModusLink.
IPPR wants health warnings for planes
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has called for tobacco style health warnings to be displayed on advertising for flights, warning people about the possible damage their chosen method of travel will do to the environment.
419ers take Kent minister for £12k
A Kent minister has been taken for £12,000 in a textbook 419 sting, the BBC reports.
Don't do a Bush on stem cells, urge MPs, scientists, doctors
MPs have warned that the UK government's proposed ban on hybrid embryos could damage UK science, and charged that it will restrict development of life-saving stem cell treatments.
Sacred Joan of Arc relics actually from Egypt
Expert analysis of remains purported to be those of Joan of Arc has shown they're actually bits of Egyptian mummy, The Telegraph reports. In 1431, the English burnt the 19-year-old as a witch in Rouen, Normandy, elevating the "Maid of Orleans" to instant martyrdom.
Vodafone turns to Sagem for handsets
Vodafone has announced that Sagem will be providing it with own-brand phones, to be sold as Vodafone branded handsets.
Brussels rolls coppers over rights barrel
Civil libertarians are holding the security hawks in Brussels to ransom over plans to share police data across the continent.
HP makes PC gaming play
CommentHP this week unveiled its strategy to frag the competition and become the crowned head of PC gaming: it's... er... going to make and sell some gaming PCs. And a view-filling curved monitor. Maybe.
Linux gets squeezed
It's Easter, and peoples' thoughts turn to many things that are not work. Entertainment, finding new things to do, finding and purchasing that special something you have always wanted and, yes, sometimes even being obliged to do some work. All of them are targets for one's time at Easter, and all can be done online.
Smut-swapping sailors leak secret missile specs
The Japanese navy was left red-faced today after newspaper reports revealed that smut-swapping sailors had inadvertently leaked high-tech missile data.
Astronomers peel back layers of Cloudy Venus
The latest images sent back by Venus Express have given scientists greater insight into the underlying mechanics of the planet's mysterious cloud system.
Ukrainian woman smuggled dope in vibrator
A Ukranian woman failed in a bold attempt to smuggle marijuana from New Delhi to Kiev, despite hiding her stash in a vibrator's battery compartment on the grounds that "no one would ever think of touching it, let alone looking inside it".
Thai King video wag pulls YouTube clip
The creator of a 44 second skit on Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which yesterday prompted Thailand to block YouTube, has voluntarily removed the video, Reuters reports.
Aussie bike bandits may be packing rocket launchers
An Australian army captain sold military rocket launchers to underworld arms dealers, according to police in New South Wales, Australia.
Are you a Top Gear Tiger or an iPod Babe?
You've heard of Soccer Mom and Mondeo Man. Millions are spent each year on research that segments us to into such convenient categories. But have you ever felt these vague and unimaginative descriptions leave you wanting more? If the marketeers are going to be so reductive, why not get creative and give us a 'Wolverhampton Tightwad', or a 'Carling Depressive'?
Virgin Media chucks rocks in 'unlimited' debate
Cable incumbent Virgin Media has called on ADSL rivals to stop marketing their services as "unlimited", when fair use policies often mean they aren't.
Nokia coughs $20m to Qualcomm
Nokia is paying Qualcomm $20m for licensing its technology for use in the second quarter of 2007.
EU tells Microsoft to open its Windows
Microsoft will be forced to hand over sensitive technical information about the Windows operating system to its rivals but can expect next to no compensation, according to a report in the Financial Times.
Transatlantic police data roadmap laid
Europe and the US have begun to plot the direction of a data sharing link between their police and immigration forces.
Regulator lays down the law for TV quizzes
The ICSTIS has published new regulations (pdf) for TV quizzes which rely on premium-rate phone lines.
Anarchist blog boy freed
After the longest stretch ever served in the joint for refusing to disclose a source, blogger/activist Josh Wolf is a free man.
Amazon patents Citizens' Sweatshop
Amazon.com has been awarded a patent for a "Hybrid machine/human computing arrangement". It describes the model behind its Mechanical Turk, which is a kind of eBay for distributed piece work.
UK boffins are going on an alien hunt
Physicists have been hearing this afternoon about attempts by UK astronomers to find evidence of alien life - buried in over 2000 hours of archived telescope data.
Quantum won't stoop to de-dupe coup?
AnalysisCould Quantum's amiable treatment of rival Data Domain in a patent dispute be a move to create a kinder, gentler environment for the storage market's rage du jour - de-duping software?
Linux malware for iPods poses little risk
Virus hunters have discovered what's described as the first malware designed to infect iPod portable media players.
In the wake of RegisterFly, is ICANN taking flight?
In the aftermath of the ICANN meeting in Lisbon, the RegisterFly disaster continues to inspire both litigation and paranoia.
Software AG acts on webMethods customer envy
Software AG is buying webMethods in a $546m market expansion deal colored by strong overlap between the companies' SOA software products.
Cray starts pimping BlueArc's storage Titan
Storage player BlueArc has entered a partnership with supercomputer vendor Cray to resell BlueArc's Titan 2000 network storage systems to high performance computing customers.
Google funds $500k evil-blocking forcefield for CEO
Even billionaire colored ball advocates heading companies that do no evil have their problems. Google last year coughed up $530,000 just to keep CEO Eric Schmidt safe.
IBM hurls confident 'to come' ship date for late Power6
A disturbing presentation slide from Big Blau has shifted the delivery date of IBM's Power6 chip from mid-2007 to “to come,” seeming to confirm that suspicions of Power6 issues are correct.