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  • Opinion: Military threat of YouTube & MySpace

    Are YouTube and MySpace a security risk? According to the US Defense Department if you are in the US military and accessing them from military-run network they are. The Defense Department is now blocking access to YouTube, MySpace, and nearly a dozen other websites from computers on its network calling them a "significant operational security challenge”.

  • Opinion: Prince William gets on Facebook

    I'm not sure how he can fit in such a dangerously addictive passtime to his bulging schedule, but bonnie Prince William has a Facebook site.

  • Opinion: The origins of 'geek', and other tech terms

    In the circus, a performer who sank sufficiently low would do horrible things (like biting the heads off live chickens) for booze money. That poor soul was called a geek. How it came to describe techies is unknown.

  • Opinion: Star Trek fan shows eBay Enterprise

    Sci-fi überfan Tony Alleyne this week sold his Star Trek-styled one-bedroom bijou flat in Leicestershire on eBay for an astronomical £425,000. Even at London prices that's good (and yes, I do mean London, the small village on the planet Zorg).

  • Opinion: Pirate Bay file-sharing site hacked

    Ahoy me hearties! BitTorrent file-sharing website Pirate Bay has admitted that its database has been sent to Davy Jones' locker, via its blog. Hackers have made off with Pirate Bay's database of around 1.6 million usernames and passwords. (No dubloons or pieces of eight were taken.)

  • Opinion: Google chooses baby names

    When my daughter was born a year ago my wife and I suddenly had about 40 days to officially name her, or she'd might have been named Nelson Mandela Jary by the local council.

  • Opinion: Virginia Tech: the video game

    Following 2005's notorious Super Columbine Massacre RPG, the Virginia Tech shootings have been turned into a flash video game.

  • Opinion: Intel report reveals insider secrets

    How transparent is your IT operation? Does the rest of the company know how your budget is spent? Your performance against SLAs (service level agreements)? Cost per terabyte of WAN traffic? And if they do, do key outside constituencies such as customers and vendors also know?

  • Opinion: Google, YouTube should take on Thai king

    Google may rule the online world, but its sandal-wearing übergeeks still respect inbred chinless blue bloods and military dictators, it would seem. Google has done a little evil, kowtowed to royal lineage (and brute force) and taken the axe to four YouTube videos - simply because Thailand's non-democratic government claimed the clips insult the country's King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

  • Opinion: iPod crimewave exposed

    Walk within a mile of a dark alley with your iPod on show, and you’re asking for trouble. Or so the story goes. Barely a week goes by without an iPod street crime news story popping up in the national press, and iPod accessory maker Griffin Technology has had enough. “Is this unnecessary scaremongering or a valid threat?” asks Griffin PR man David Fanning, who has commissioned a survey seeking to get to the bottom of the perceived iPod crimewave.

  • Opinion: iPod crimewave exposed

    Walk within a mile of a dark alley with your iPod on show, and you’re asking for trouble. Or so the story goes. Barely a week goes by without an iPod street crime news story popping up in the national press, and iPod accessory maker Griffin Technology has had enough. “Is this unnecessary scaremongering or a valid threat?” asks Griffin PR man David Fanning, who has commissioned a survey seeking to get to the bottom of the perceived iPod crimewave.

  • Opinion: Vista drivers: behind the PR

    Seeing as much of the discussion on our Windows Vista forum covers incompatibilities between Microsoft’s new OS and users’ older hardware and software, many people might be surprised to hear Microsoft boasting about its progress with Vista drivers.

  • Opinion: Vista drivers: behind the PR

    Seeing as much of the discussion on our Windows Vista forum covers incompatibilities between Microsoft’s new OS and users’ older hardware and software, many people might be surprised to hear Microsoft boasting about its progress with Vista drivers.

  • Opinion: A totalitarian state? That'll be £5bn, please

    Today proponents of the ID cards project took time out from trampling on a signed copy of the Magna Carta to empty the pockets of the British taxpayer - to the tune of £5bn.

  • Opinion: Microsoft spies on house sellers

    Talking of Google Earth and its wannabe rivals, Microsoft is now pushing its Virtual Earth online mapping and search services using Google-like bird’s eye satellite imagery as the best way to buy or sell your property.

  • Opinion: Google Earth gets noisy

    Californian company Wild Sanctuary has dreamed up software that layers recorded sounds over locations in Google Earth. 3,500 hours of soundscapes from all over the world are set to make Google Earth audible as well as visual.

  • Opinion: RadiusIM - makes friends instantly

    I've just been trying RadiusIM, an instant-messaging service with a difference. The difference? This IM client introduces an element of social networking to instant messaging. And you can see where people are.

  • Opinion: Blind porn: the latest X-rated innovation

    Whether you're blind and like porn, partially sighted (for whatever reason) and like porn or just fond of hearing semi-clad minxes reading out erotic stories, a new X-rated website is right up your alley.

  • Opinion: Blairs congratulatory YouTube message

    Tony Blair has used video-sharing site YouTube to post his congratulations to Nicolas Sarkozy who won France’s presidential election, succeeding current president Jacque Chirac.

  • Opinion: Northern Ireland: hotbed of web rage

    It's an historic day in Northern Ireland, as Ian 'Dr No' Paisley and Martin 'actor's voice' McGuiness cast aside years of rampant oppositionalism and start, well, running stuff. And the first thing they need to address is the unhealthy anger of Northern Irish web users toward slow-loading websites.



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