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Microsoft open sources ancient DOS and Word for Windows tools

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about a month ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Microsoft has moved to make the source code for its ancient MS DOS operating system and Word for Windows tools available for use, via the Computer History Museum based in California. "Microsoft is making these historic systems from the early era of personal computing available to the community for historical and technical scholarship" said distinguished Microsoft engineer Roy Levin. The move marks a notable softening on the firm's otherwise hardline nature against open source software, which it has always seen as a threat to its business."
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Web at 25: Computer where web was invented on display in London

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The NeXT terminal Sir Tim Berners-Lee used to write his proposal for the World Wide Web has gone on display at the Science Museum in London to mark the 25th anniversary of its creation. While perhaps not much to look compared to modern machine it is one of the most historic pieces of IT equipment in the world and has had more impact on the world than any other computer before or since."
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UK fines abortion charity £200,000 for convicted hacker stealing its data

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "A UK charity that provides help and guidance for women seeking abortions has been fined £200,000 after a hacker breached its website in 2012 and was able to gather data on 9,900 people that had requested help from the organisation. The hacker was given almost three years in jail for the attack. The charity's CEO has condemned the decision, arguing it rewards the hacker for his efforts. The data watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office said the poor IT security in place at the charity — the British Pregnancy Advice Service (BPAS) — warranted such a high fine. An appeal has already been lodged."
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London's Victorian sewers used for broadband in capital

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 2 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "An ISP in the UK has come up with an innovative way to deliver broadband around London: its Victorian sewer network. Geo Networks runs the cables along the roof of the sewers, avoiding any 'waste' issues and providing fast, low-latency, high-fibre services to business and other providers."
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Virus spreads over WiFi like a common cold, security researchers prove

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 2 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "A security team at the University of Liverpool has demonstrated how easily viruses can be spread over WiFi networks by passing from one access point to another in the same manner in which the common cold spreads through humans. The team created a new virus called Chameleon that was able to easily bypass all but the most stringent security measures and avoid most detection technologies as it moved through APs in simulated environments of the London and Belfast WiFi networks. The research underlines the perils of free, unsecured WiFi networks as they grow in ubiquity."
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Second World War code-cracking computing hero Colossus turns 70

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 3 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The Colossus computer that helped the Allies crack messages sent by the Nazis during the Second World War has celebrated its 70th birthday. The machine was a pioneering feat of engineering, able to read 5,000 characters a second to help the team at Bletchley Park crack the German's Lorenz code in rapid time. This helped the Allies gather vital information on the Nazi's plans, and is credited with helping end the war effort early, saving millions of lives."
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EU threatens UK with legal action over Tempora cable spying

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 3 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes ""The UK could face legal action from the EU after warning that if its Tempora spying programme, which tapped international telecoms cables and siphoned off huge quantities of data, breached privacy laws it would take swift action. The threat comes as the EU pushes for new data protection laws and shows the body is aware it needs to tackle any accusations of hypocrisy within the region head-on.""
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EU: Google should face $1bn privacy fine, not 'pocket money' amounts

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 3 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Despite Google being fined €900,000 by Spanish authorities and €150,000 in France for its controversial privacy policies in recent months, the EU has admitted this is mere 'pocket money' to the company. Instead, a new legal regime that would have seen Google fined $1bn for breaching data protection laws is needed to make US companies fear and respect the law in Europe."
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UK banks hit by cyber attacks, Bank of England warns

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 5 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The much discussed threat to banks from cyber attacks was shown yet again when the Bank of England revealed that several UK banks were hit by cyber attacks over the last six months. No specifics of the incidents were revealed by it underlines the looming threats to financial firms, and be default everyone else, from the breed of cyber bad guys intent on stealing cash and causing disruption around the world."
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Yahoo: We found sandwich.com and other brilliant domains in the back of the sofa

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 5 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Yahoo has found some rather wonderful old domains it forgot it owned and now doesn't have any need for as it goes about putting its house in order. Sandwich.com, webservers.com and av.com are just some of the domains now up for grabs and they are all worth a small fortune. In fact the firm could make a quick $4m from selling these dusty old domains and help some up-and-coming firm land a plumb piece of interest real estate."
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Google 'helpout' service: experts in your home, via a webcam

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 6 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Google has unveiled a service for self-appointed experts to offer advice on everything from business strategy to plumbing via webcams under a new project called 'Helpouts'. The firm admitted "helpouts may not be suitable for every occasion" but said it hoped the service would ultimately "make people's lives easier". Experts can charge for their help on a per-minute or per session setup."
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Alan Turing pardon moves closer in UK

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 5 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "World War Two and computing hero Alan Turing could receive an official pardon from the UK government after a motion to have his conviction for homosexuality removed from the statute books was passed by the House of Lords yesterday without debate."
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UK govt splashes out £500k on 3D printers for school IT lessons

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 6 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "In a shocking example of a government being proactive and taking the initiative in a growing area of technology, the UK government has announced plans for £500,000 of funding to be given to schools so they can buy 3D printers to help boost the teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths. So now pupils can give teachers a 3D printed apple..."
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Top Gear forces Aston Martin to move to cloud

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 6 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "When Aston Martin cars feature on hit show Top Gear web demand for the firm's site can increase ten fold. As such, the need for cloud services are vital to help meet this demand, as the firm's head of infrastructure explained in London this week, with Azure the lucky platform chosen."
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Windows XP hits six months support cut off deadline

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 7 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "There are now just six months until support for the seemingly indestructible Windows XP finally ends, but many are unaware or unwilling to act, leaving themselves open to numerous security risks. Microsoft is highly unlikely to extend support again, but with so many firms still using the platform, disaster could be just around the corner."
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Ubuntu Edge crowdsource target passes $10m target but project doomed to fail

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 8 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Canonical has broken a crowdsourcing record as its Ubuntu Edge smartphone passes the $10 mark but it's still a way off the $32m goal set by Mark Shuttleworth. As a last ditch effort its introduced a $7,000 package aimed at small businesses to try and drum up more funding but the project looks set to be a noble failure."
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Shakespeare's Hamlet blocked by British Library WiFi filters

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 8 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The Bard has seen his most famous work blocked by UK seat of learning, the British Library, after new WiFi services came with content filters set too strictly to allow people to read the tale of murder, revenge and death that's generally regarded as Shakespeare's greatest work."
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Bloomberg pays $80,000 to Ubuntu Edge smartphone project

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 9 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "Ubuntu has secured a surprise enterprise backer of its $32m Edge smartphone crowd-funding push with corporate powerhouse Bloomberg signing up to the top tier Enterprise 100 package, worth $80,000. Chief technology officer at Bloomberg, Shawn Edwards, said the firm wanted to give its support to the innovate open source project as it could have real benefits for its IT workforce."
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US tells Vietnam its plans for web censorship breach human rights

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 9 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The US has seemingly had an irony bypass after it told Vietnam its plans for new laws banning web users from posting about government activities amounted to human rights abuses. The po-faced stance comes just weeks after revelations the US has been monitoring huge reams of global web communication data under its PRISM programme."
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Google CIO tells IT crowd - you're the best

DW100 DW100 writes  |  about 9 months ago

DW100 (2227906) writes "The chief information officer of Google, Ben Fried, has praised the work of IT teams across the world for helping to keep business up and running, in a post on Friday celebrating SysAdmin Day. It almost brings a tear to the eye."
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