Update: Blaster Kid

 The high school senior Jeffrey Lee Parson, arrested Friday for allegedly launching a worldwide computer virus, is a loner who drives too fast, AP quotes neighbours as saying. Court papers said FBI and Secret Service agents searched Parson’s Hopkins home on Aug. 19 and seized seven computers, which are still being analyzed.     In …

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News: London Still Cool For Commercial Hotspots

 Is London ready for WiFi? ZDNet UK sets out, Michelin fashion, to investigate the capital’s commercial hot spots and find out if Londoners are going mad for the technology or need to wake up and smell the coffee. Their conclusion: poorly advertised services, bad login procedures, no onsite help, and very little sign anyone is …

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Mail: How Should Virus Writers Be Punished

 This from reader Mark N. Metz, CEO of Stop Piracy Now, Inc. I wrote about the just arrested teenager suspected of being the author of a variant of the Master worm: ‘Can’t help feeling sorry for the kid. He is going down.” Mark has this to say:   You’re kidding, right?  What if the kid’s worm …

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Update: Blaster B Suspect Is About To Be Arrested

 There must be at least one frightened teenager out there today. AP reports that U.S. investigators have identified a teenager as one author of a version of the Blaster worm and plan to arrest him early Friday (U.S. time). A witness reportedly saw the teen testing the infection and called authorities, an official said. The …

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News: ‘RIAA Are Not Dumb’ Shock

 The RIAA are not dumb. That’s for sure. AP reports that court papers filed against a Brooklyn woman fighting efforts to identify her for allegedly sharing nearly 1,000 songs over the Internet, show that “using a surprisingly astute technical procedure, the Recording Industry Association of America examined song files on the woman’s computer and traced …

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Handphones And The End of Lying

 Hate people lying to you over the phone? Your worries are a thing of the past with the Agile Lie Detector. It’s software you download to your smart-phone: “Agile Lie Detector meassures the amount of stress caused by lying in a person’s voice and displays this information in a graph in real-time. When using the …

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News: Anti-spam Gaming Phone For The Hip

It’s hard to be innovative in mobile phones these days but that doesn’t stop Nokia from trying. Often the results are dreadful. Here’s news of one that may not be: the Nokia 2300. Aimed squarely at young-minded, fun-loving people (who isn’t?) in new growth markets such as China, India and Russia, the Nokia 2300 features an …

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A Sober Look At The Future Of Email

Here’s an interesting, thorough look by Steve Outing at the problem of email as a form of publishing and how RSS feeds are likely to be the way forward. Makes you realise the extent of the damage wrought by spam.

News: Hotels Ban Phones, Sort Of

 From the very sizeable Cheapskate Hoteliers Dept comes a report (thanks textually.org) from Scotland of a mobile phone jamming scam, as exposed by the Daily Record. Businessman Ronnie McGuire, the paper says, is flooding Scotland with high-tech phone jammers that are illegal to use. Sold to hotels, restaurants, bars and bed and breakfasts, the devices …

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News: Terra Lycos Invents Blogging

For those of you keen to emulate the runaway success of the loose wire blog, Terra Lycos , “the global Internet Group”, are trumpeting their Tripod Blog Builder which this month won Editor’s Choice from PC Magazine. “Every step of the way, we found Tripod Blog Builder a pleasure and easy to use,” the rag …

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