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Richard Plant

Richard is Computerworld’s Junior Content Manager and occasional reporter and blogger, responsible for making sure the site is full of the latest and greatest technology news from around the world. Richard joined Computerworld from the world of PR, which he likes to think of as like leaving the Empire to join the Rebel Alliance.

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Open source offers an answer to the CarrierIQ spying controversy

Android developers come down hard against carrier tracking

by Richard Plant

Developers of the popular custom Android distribution CyanogenMod have come out against the controversial tracking software vendor CarrierIQ, and stated publicly that none of their software has ever used the monitoring system. Russell Holly,...

December 02, 2011 12:22:00 PM Read Full Post

It came from outer space

Lies, damned lies and probabilities

by Richard Plant

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...

September 26, 2011 4:08:42 PM Read Full Post

Euclideon promises ten thousand times more detailed graphics

I'll believe it when I see it

by Richard Plant

Have you seen the technology video that has set the pulse of the web racing? Well, here's your chance: It's a lovely demonstration (if you ignore the voiceover), but Euclideon's technology many not revolutionise the way graphics are created...

August 02, 2011 5:08:40 PM Read Full Post

The Sun's password policy sucks

Rupert Murdoch's empire continues to suffer indignities

by Richard Plant

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...

July 19, 2011 4:53:30 PM Read Full Post

Civil liberties, tracking and Moore's Law

Will we reach a privacy nadir before we reach the Singularity?

by Richard Plant

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...

May 09, 2011 4:57:46 PM Read Full Post

Watch one chat bot Turing test another

Machine intelligence? Unlikely.

by Richard Plant

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...

March 24, 2011 12:06:59 PM Read Full Post

Bandwidth caps, net neutrality and Canada

What happened to the open Internet?

by Richard Plant

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...

February 03, 2011 4:03:00 PM Read Full Post

So apparently T-Mobile hates its customers

Unlimited does not mean half a gigabyte

by Richard Plant

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...

January 12, 2011 2:10:44 PM Read Full Post

Revisiting XBMC, and the trouble with Blu-ray

Come cool new features from a great open source project

by Richard Plant

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...

January 11, 2011 2:11:00 PM Read Full Post

Razor 1911, Anonymous jump into the Wikileaks fray

Wikileaks backed by pirates (no ninjas yet)

by Richard Plant

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...

December 07, 2010 9:58:29 AM Read Full Post


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