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Silicon Valley Sleuth



An insider's view from the valley.



Modified: 2008-05-28T10:43:32Z

 



Shades of the Stasi

2008-05-28T10:43:32Z

Bad news from Germany, Deutsche Telekom has been caught doing an HP spy job on its own directors. The company is saying that while it did hire investigators to analyse phone records on directors and journalists calls it didn't listen...



Sneaky work

2008-03-26T14:54:13Z

Say what you like about the Patriot Act, and there’s plenty to be said, but it is going to hurt US business. Handing over the right for the government to snoop through information held on corporate servers is bad enough,...



Before they were famous

2008-02-09T18:14:26Z

Just found a fascinating site looking at computer company logos through the ages. For some it's a trip down memory lane but a lot of these were new to sleuth. Apple's first in particular raised a grin. Nothing that complex...



Christian hackers hit the web

2008-02-05T22:20:17Z

Despite dire warnings of internet terrorism we've seen remarkably little political hacking, and nothing from the Christian church until recently. There have been a few viruses that carried political and occasionally religious messages but this is the first case the...



$1.5 million for one CD???

2008-01-31T14:45:38Z

The proposed law that would introduce outrageous charges for copying CDs is s stunning move of hubris by a media industry that seems to have forgotten who its customers are. Now don't get me wrong. Personally you can't put a...



CES flu?

2008-01-07T22:35:28Z

It appears the must-have item at CES this year is antibacterial hand wash, as a preventative to "CES Flu". This is a new one on a most of us but increasing numbers of people are claiming to have fallen foul...



Slash and Gates!

2008-01-07T17:03:32Z

Not sure who lost the most credibility on this one. To a backdrop of Guitar Heroes Gates strutted his funky stuff with Slash from Guns and Roses. It was only for a few minutes but my word the performance was...



Blu-ray puts the boot in

2008-01-07T04:02:41Z

Leaving Gates to one side for the moment the other big news of the show was Bly-ray's pre-show spoiler for its HD-DVD rivals. A scant forty eight hours before the show kicked off Warner Brothers, the largest DVD producer in...



Back in the saddle again

2008-01-07T01:35:28Z

After an extended Christmas break its back with a bang and CES time again. The cream of the IT world, and other forms of life that bob to the surface, have converged on Las Vegas for the traditional January hoedown....



Taking the fun out of gaming

2007-12-13T13:11:51Z

As if games companies didn't have it hard enough. What with rampaging lawyers, ID theft, moral panics and ever increasing piracy there must be very few "ho, ho, ho's" in the halls of EA, Namco et al this coming Christmas....



Google's baby boom

2007-11-21T20:43:37Z

As Thanksgiving approaches there's a heart-warming tale or two from Google to put everyone in the holiday mood. Firstly a Google software engineer in Seattle, heavily gravid but officially not yet ready to pop, missed a day in the office....



Good news for GPL

2007-11-21T00:42:13Z

There's an interesting take on the GPL here from 451 Group, pointing out that the increasingly legal action by the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) is proving highly effective. And so it should. Open source is going to have to...



Bad news for Her Majesty

2007-11-20T22:55:29Z

Looking for another reason to be happy you're in California? Then think of the data breach laws here. It seems the British tax authorities have been rather careless with the bank account details of all those 'subjects' who claim child...



Intel fellowships named

2007-11-20T02:40:46Z

Intel has named a new round of Fellows for the company, including a new Senior Fellow, of which there are only 11 in existence. The Senior fellows are something of a breed apart at Intel. It's very similar to getting...



Internet immunity

2007-11-20T00:22:21Z

When Cory Doctorow publishes one of his well written musings it's almost always worth listening to his point of view. This latest missive on an internet immune system is a case in point. As he points out, the internet needs...



Beating online bullies

2007-11-20T00:03:11Z

Bullying is a problem in probably every classroom, and more than a few workplaces. But online bullying, while increasingly common, may be easier to stop than you think. After all, bullying can only be stopped if there's concrete proof that...



Colossus no more

2007-11-16T23:56:39Z

That the World War Two era computer Colossus was beaten at decryption doesn't really come as a surprise to many, given the current state of processing power. Nevertheless it was an interesting exercise to rebuild the thing in the first...



Two bullets for a PlayStation?

2007-11-13T23:56:23Z

Now people love their technology, but it seems some people take this way too far. Witness the case of young Cory Ryder, who at the tender age of 16 tried to hire a hit man to have his parents whacked...



Moore's law victorious once again

2007-11-13T19:39:37Z

Intel on Monday officially unveiled its 45nm chips at a media event in San Francisco, claiming another victory for Moore's law (see video below). Penryn, as the 45nm technology is known, isn't just another step on Moore's law. Intel had...



Oracle pulls a Red Hat on VMware

2007-11-12T23:46:17Z

Oracle today unveiled its own implementation of the Xen open source platform. The application will join compete against VMware as well Xen based virtualization platforms from XenSource and Sun Microsystems. Even though Oracle didn't make much of a fuss about...