22nd > February > 2008 Archive

Warning: biohazard

Malware writers think global, act local

Online miscreants are beefing up their cultural outreach skills.
Dan Goodin, 22 Feb 2008

Intel overwhelmed by EU complaints

So many charges, so little time.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Feb 2008
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Server vendors fight off doom and gloom in Q4

The server market gave off a healthy glow during the fourth quarter and during all of 2007.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Feb 2008

Google encourages 10 teams to rocket to the moon

Google and the X Prize Foundation held a ceremony today for the first ten contestants to enter their $30m race to land a privately funded space craft on the Moon.
Austin Modine, 22 Feb 2008

Security boffins unveil BitUnlocker

BitLocker, meet BitUnlocker.
Cade Metz, 22 Feb 2008

Netbanx fixes payment processing glitch

Netbanx, the UK-based payment processor, has apologised for web application glitches that affected the ability of some ecommerce sites to take orders.
John Leyden, 22 Feb 2008

Entry-level and mid-range TV market targeted by Toshiba

Toshiba is taking aim at the entry-level and mid-range LCD HD TV market, designing two disparate ranges suitable for someone that's either just breaking into HD TV or who's just stepping-up.
James Sherwood, 22 Feb 2008

Toshiba unveils picture frame-styled ZF TV range

Toshiba has unveiled its latest range of LCD HD TVs, which it hopes will have square-eyed fans turning their heads to catch a glimpse of what the company claims is one of the most desirable panels on the market.
James Sherwood, 22 Feb 2008

Designs displayed for iPhone clip-on speakers

A US student has come up with a solution to the sometimes-dodgy quality of music played through the iPhone's speaker. He’s designed a portable speaker system that clips around the Apple device to give users better quality audio on the move.
James Sherwood, 22 Feb 2008

Deloitte flags risks of UK child database

A security review by Deloitte of one of the UK government's child databases - ContactPoint, which will contain an entry for every English child under 18 - has found it is generally secure. With some provisos.
John Oates, 22 Feb 2008

China plans 'deep-sea base project'

China is to test a manned submersible capable of descending to 7,000 metres (23,000ft)* beneath the waves as part of a planned "deep-sea base project", the China Internet Information Centre reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Feb 2008

EMC orders Pi Corp for its cloud

Storage giant EMC said today that it's angling to purchase Pi Corp, a Seattle-based personal information management firm.
Austin Modine, 22 Feb 2008

Solicitors fined under Data Protection Act

Two London law firms must pay £815 each after the Information Commissioner sued them for not fulfilling their duties under the Data Protection Act. The two firms had failed to register themselves as processors of personal information.
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Feb 2008

Virgin biofuel jumbo trials won't use algae

Trials of biofuels for airliners will use conventional, controversial feedstocks, it has been reported. Virgin Atlantic and Boeing had hoped to employ so-called "second-generation" biofuel feedstocks such as algae which wouldn't threaten food production or biodiversity. The news comes as the UK government has announced a review of potential downsides to biofuel use.
Lewis Page, 22 Feb 2008

Euro MPs want criminal penalties for downloaders

The European Parliament has asked EU member states to press ahead with a plan to criminalise copyright infringement. The Parliament wants a proposal it agreed last year to be approved by ministers from each member state.
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Feb 2008
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Global LCD TV sales overtake CRT

Global LCD TV sales have overtaken those of TVs based on Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) technology for the first time ever, according to statistics from market watcher DisplaySearch.
James Sherwood, 22 Feb 2008

Hefty black hole weighs in at 33 Suns

Researchers have confirmed that a black hole lurking in the dwarf galaxy IC 10, and dubbed IC 10 X-1, weighs in at up to 33 Suns, double the previous record for a "single star" black hole held by M33 X-7 which tips the scales at 16 Suns.
Lester Haines, 22 Feb 2008

UK rattles 'three strikes' filesharing sabre (again)

The culture secretary Andy Burnham has repeated government threats to legislate against ISPs if they don't voluntarily agree a system with the music and film industries to disconnect illegal filesharers.
Christopher Williams, 22 Feb 2008

Turkmen prez sacks 30 for TV news cockroach outrage

Turkmenistan's prez Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has shown the UK's TV watchdog how it's done by sacking 30 staff from the main state television channel after a rogue cockroach performed an unscheduled scuttle on the nightly news.
Lester Haines, 22 Feb 2008

Asia-Pacific research network gets €18m fund

The European Commission yesterday agreed to help fund the next stage in the development of a trans-Eurasia academic network.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Feb 2008

Doctors back more tax on booze

The British Medical Association has supported the suggestion that a hike in tax on booze could help combat the UK's binge-drinking culture.
Lester Haines, 22 Feb 2008

VMWare update lances virtual bugs

VMware has updated ESX Server to defend against multiple holes in its virtualisation software.
John Leyden, 22 Feb 2008

Pentax Optio E40 compact camera

ReviewIf you’re thinking of dipping your toe into the digital photography waters or simply on a tight budget, then an entry-level (aka budget) compact is a very appealing answer. The Pentax Optio E40 is one such model.
George Cole, 22 Feb 2008

Put some MVC in your PHP

Hands onThe Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture provides a useful three-tier pattern for building software, as MVC patterns decouple the graphical user interface (GUI) from the application logic.
Deepak Vohra, 22 Feb 2008

BOFH: Insecurity complex

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Simon Travaglia, 22 Feb 2008

HMRC data debacle used to bait phishing lure

A phishing attack targeting victims of the HMRC data loss debacle has been spotted on the net. The bogus emails offering recipient the false opportunity to claim a tax refund of £215 from the UK Government over the potential exposure of confidential data. The email contains a web link to a suspect site, reports security firm McAfee, which spotted the ruse.
John Leyden, 22 Feb 2008

BAE bulging with cash and wardroids, worried about future

Global war-ware behemoth BAE Systems announced bumper results this week, and puffed its new robot stealth bomber and other battledroid offerings. But chief executive Mike Turner, speaking against a background of serious financial difficulties at the UK Ministry of Defence, joined other weapons-biz kingpins in dropping heavy hints that the arms sector should get more taxpayers' cash in future.
Lewis Page, 22 Feb 2008

EU wants RFID tags turned off

RFID tags used in retail products will have to be deactivated at the point of sale to protect consumers’ privacy under draft guidelines drawn up by the European Commission (EC).
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Feb 2008

Toshiba rolls out HD handycam

Anyone who’s seen Cloverfield knows that capturing life’s events through a camcorder is the ‘in’ thing now. But while the in the movie they relied on tape-based cameras, Toshiba has unveiled an HD camcorder enabling you to capture all the action in detail.
James Sherwood, 22 Feb 2008
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Jailed Japanese net mogul launches appeal

The former CEO of internet service provider Livedoor was not present earlier today at Tokyo High Court for the start of his appeal against a two-and-a-half year jail sentence for securities fraud, AP reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Feb 2008

EU data guardians: search engines must obey our rules

European gov data-privacy supremos have collectively said that search engines operating in their jurisdiction are governed by EU personal-data regs even if headquartered elsewhere.
Lewis Page, 22 Feb 2008

Bluetooth headset boasts integrated storage

Bluetooth headset manufacturer Bluetrek has created a headset that allows users to integrate a Micro SD memory card into the unit.
James Sherwood, 22 Feb 2008

Essex youth's cop headbutt heads for YouTube

An Essex youth who was caught on a friend's mobile phone headbutting a police officer, and subsequently broadcast on YouTube, has pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm.
Lester Haines, 22 Feb 2008
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Vista SP1 kills and maims security apps, utilities

Microsoft has admitted that Windows Vista service pack one (SP1) renders useless a number of well-known third party security products.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Feb 2008
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Scientist warns against technology addiction

How many hours do you spend online or plugged into a games console? Well, a scientist at Northampton University believes you could be suffering from technology addiction and has launched an online survey to explore this ticking timebomb.
James Sherwood, 22 Feb 2008

Treehuggers lose legal fight to solar-powered neighbour

Wrangling Californian neighbours have recently concluded a bitter six-year legal battle, as a judge ordered a treehugging couple's lovingly-tended redwoods cut down in order to prevent them shading solar panels installed by the man next door.
Lewis Page, 22 Feb 2008

The amazing, imploding ISP business

Andrew's MailbagThis week I described how amazingly vulnerable much of the British ISP business is. Vulnerable to botnets, hackers or fraudsters? No, nothing so exotic. A few people watching a bit of BBC on the streaming iPlayer may be enough to bring much of the business here to its knees.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Feb 2008

Ofcom auctions off high frequencies

Ofcom has completed the auction of a handful of microwave frequencies, raising less than £1.5m for the 15-year licences.
Bill Ray, 22 Feb 2008

Former HP boss in the dock over call centre murder

The Indian supreme court has cleared the way for prosecution of an HP boss for alleged liability in the rape and murder of a call centre worker by a cab driver contracted by the company.
John Leyden, 22 Feb 2008
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US, EU seize counterfeit computer goods

More than 360,000 fake computer chips and network components were seized by US and European custom officers in a joint operation late last year.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Feb 2008

cDc automates Google Hacking

Infamous hacking group the Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc) has published a tool that searches for vulnerabilities and private data using carefully-selected Google search queries.
John Leyden, 22 Feb 2008

Nude Marilyn Monroe flambés dog, serves atop fire extinguisher

CommentsA particularly militant anti-smoker doused his girlfriend with the contents of a fire extinguisher on Sunday. The 42-year-old German lost it after his squeeze refused to stop smoking in his apartment. You applauded and derided him:
Robin Lettice, 22 Feb 2008

Open sourciness

JBoss seems to be undergoing some generational pains as it strives to morph from an open source products company to an enterprise open source products company. So its recent formal announcements covered the enterprise tack: something called Enterprise Acceleration that performs the basic blocking an tackling to show enterprises, ISVs, and systems integrators alike that nobody will get fired for buying JBoss. And then there were the pronouncements to the faithful that, while JBoss is trying to go enterprise, that it won't forget its roots.
Tony Baer, 22 Feb 2008

Sergey Brin: 'Microhoo! makes me nervous'

Sergey Brin says the looming prospect of a real life Microhoo! gives him the willies.
Cade Metz, 22 Feb 2008

Apache daddy walks out on OpenSolaris

AMD and Microsoft should take note that open source strategies bring painful problems. Sun Microsystems knows this all too well.
Phil Manchester, 22 Feb 2008

Gawker - Texas's supercomputing Ranger

We first met Ranger in Oct. of 2006. Back then, Sun Microsystems, AMD and the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) speculated that they might be on the way to producing the fastest supercomputer in the world.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Feb 2008

Linkin Park cyber-stalker sent to jail

A former US government security lab worker who used office computers to cyber-stalk Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison.
Austin Modine, 22 Feb 2008

US funds exascale computing journey

Thanks to $7.4m in government funding a pair of national labs hope to throw their big brains at the most pressing problems facing supercomputer designers.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Feb 2008

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