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  • It came from outer space

    So the UARS satellite is finally down. After a week hiding under our desks wearing helmets and body armour, we can all safely emerge and go about our business like rational people again. NASA reports that the decommissioned orbital laboratory...

  • The Sun's password policy sucks

    The break-in at The Sun by hackers using the social networking accounts of LulzSec (who may or may not be our favourite Lulz lizards riding the waves again) caused an awful lot of red faces at Wapping. It's stretching credulity to claim that it's...

  • Civil liberties, tracking and Moore's Law

    If you are reading this now, stop what you are doing and look at this. Technological guerrillas iFixit have teamed up with Wired to get their hands on what they claim is a GPS tracking device designed for use by the US federal cops, the FBI. How...

  • Watch one chat bot Turing test another

    I'm surprised this never occured to anyone before. Yiran Sheng is an MBA student at Syracuse University, who apparently has access to the Internet, a lot of time on his hands and a sense of curiosity: I do not know if anybody has done this before...

  • Bandwidth caps, net neutrality and Canada

    Update: Another victory for protest! Canada's Conservative government has stated that they will repeal the statute allowing UBB unless the telecoms regulator rescinds it voluntarily. “The CRTC should be under no illusion — the Prime...

  • So apparently T-Mobile hates its customers

    Update: Well, that went well. T-Mobile have realised what a hornet's nest they've stirred up, and have backed off from cutting existing customers allowances. However, any new and upgrading customers will be subject to the new 500MB limit. So be...

  • Revisiting XBMC, and the trouble with Blu-ray

    The developers that run the open source media software project XBMC released the latest updated version of their excellent music, movie and TV consumption application. Actually, describing XBMC as a media player does it something of a...

  • Razor 1911, Anonymous jump into the Wikileaks fray

    Venerable pirate group Razor 1911 has announced that in response to the recent attacks on Wikileaks’ hosting, it will henceforth mirror the site’s content at wikileaks.razor1911.com. Razor 1911 joins the hundreds of groups and...

  • Apple abandons Xserve, leaves corporate customers hanging

    So, it seems that Apple has decided that it no longer needs even the semblance of a business server offering, as it has discontinued the Xserve as of January next year. The company says that it will continue to honour all warranty and support...

  • Microsoft creates charity mouse for Breast Cancer Awareness

    Apparently, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Microsoft have created a special edition of their popular Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 to draw attention to the campaign. For every special edition mouse (decked out in fetching pink,...

  • Microsoft leaps to protect NGOs (and its reputation)

    Trawling the Interwebs often nets us some pretty interesting stories (usually involving cats for some reason), but this little gem stands out for me this week.It appears that, in a display of the heavy handed tactics that are coming to...

  • Microsoft launches new Windows Home Server preview

    Microsoft has released a preview build of the new edition of it's next Windows Home Server product, codenamed 'Vail'.I've spent some time with earlier versions of WHS myself, and I've found it to be a great, if frustrating product. While the...

  • Trials and Tribulations

    Welcome to Computerworld’s regular round up of coverage of Microsoft’s latest operating system. We’ll be tracking the progress of IT shops as they get to grips with Windows 7, and give you the latest updates on their keys to...

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