It's been a busy seven days in tech with plenty of issue to get our readers riled up, from Google revealing the UK government requested 333 pieces of content to be removed by the search engine between January and July this year to RIM facing a possible law suit following the recent BlackBerry outage. Here's the most commented stories of the week on PC Advisor.
UK gov't asks Google to remove 333 pieces of content from the web
This week Google revealed the UK government asked the search engine to remove 333 pieces of content from its web-based services between January and June this year. The information was revealed in Google's Transparency Report, which is released every six months and details how governments affect access to information on the internet.
no2nonsense said: "They can remove anything THEY say poses a security risk ?? That means everything can be removed. Tourists have been stopped from taking photographs because it poses a security risk."
Meanwhile, James Smith added: "Can't we see some of this content to see if it dose risk national security? Just because one person says some thing dose not make it true."
RIM faces possible class action suit over BlackBerry outages
Research In Motion faces a possible class action lawsuit over recent outages in its BlackBerry services earlier this month, and a trademark infringement complaint for its use of the BBX name for its upcoming platform for its tablets and smartphones.
However, MrMBerman was not impressed and urged those launching legal action to "drop the lawsuit".
"What a waste of money. It's a no brainer, take the $100 worth of apps, how much is a refund for 2/3 days of data gonna be?"
UK ranked just 25th in the world for broadband speeds
There's nothing more contentious than broadband speeds, so when Akamai revealed this week the UK is ranked just 25th in the world when it comes to the fastest average broadband speeds, with just 5MBps compared to South Korea which was named the fastest country with 13.8Mbps, we knew our readers would be quick to voice their opinions on the subject.
Neil said: "I am lucky to get 1mb off peak and a few 100kb/s on peak (Scotland). How this can take in to account Irish and Scottish speeds I don't understand."
Gxmccull, an ex-pat living in Seoul, added: "The broadband speeds advertised here in Seoul might be the fastest in the world but only for sites in Korea and in Korean! The minute you go to a website in English outside of Korea the speeds drop back to similar or less than I am used to in the UK using Virgin Cable Broadband 10Mbs service. The much vaunted speeds here are just that ...mythical."
Anonymous claims take-down of child pornography site
Also this week, hacking group Anonymous claim to behind the take-down of a child pornography website. Lolita City could be accessed via the Tor network that allows web users conceal their identity when surfing the web. Anonymous said it discovered the site through Hidden Wiki, which can also be accessed via the Tor network, and initially contacted the firm thought to be hosting Lolita City and asked for the offending images to be removed. However, when the firm refused, Anonymous accessed the site's servers and obtained the login details of more than 1,500 users, which they then published online.
Lardilicious said: "When you consider just how long the 'proper authorities' take to investigate with a view to either prosecution or take down these sites maybe it's not such a bad thing for Anonymous to step in and show them just how quick and easy it is without the need for the massive man hours, cost and trauma."
Sirjohng added: "Absolutely but, the hackers are committing an illegal act just by accessing these sites as would you or I be and even, for instance, a solicitor trying to bring an action against a parent who has put up abuse pictures of their child on the internet."
Nationwide overhauls online banking
Nationwide upgraded its online banking service with IBM this week in a bid to improve navigation and speed up processes.
The new website makes registration, viewing statements and setting up payments easier. It also improves the relevance of additional product offers to customers, Nationwide said.
Inicholson said: "That's ironic - Nationwide's security procedures are so weird I gave up trying to use my account and they recently wrote to tell me they were closing my dormant account and sending a cheque for the balance."