Indymedia gets its servers back
The UK-based Indymedia servers which were seized following a court order in the US have been returned. The Independent Media Centre says that whilst the servers have been returned by the Feds and are now back in the Rackmedia racks, they are assumed to have been compromised in some way. As a result, IMC is checking out the drives for spyware and other interesting pieces of code that the Feds might have left behind before pressing them back into service. ...more
Microsoft releases 64-bit Windows to manufacturing
Microsoft says that it has released the long awaited 64-bit versions of its mainstream operating systems to manufacturing. This would put them on schedule for a release at the end of April.
Among the products released to manufacturing are Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition, and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. ...more
Hi-def hack unlocks encrypted HD films
The companies behind an encryption system for high-definition DVDs are looking into a hacker's claim that he has cracked the code protecting the new discs from piracy, a spokesman for one of the companies said on Thursday.
A hacker known as Muslix64 posted on the Internet details of how he unlocked the encryption, known as the Advanced Access Content System, which prevents high-definition discs from illegal copying by restricting which devices can play them.
The AACS system was developed by companies including Walt Disney, Intel, Microsoft, Toshiba and Sony to protect high-definition formats, including Toshiba's HD-DVD and Sony's Blu-ray. ...more
Netscape Navigator 9 taps into Web 2.0
Netscape has unveiled its new Web browser bearing an old name. According to Netscape, the new-look Navigator 9 has more than a dozen new features, and it is arguably the first Web browser to directly tap into Web 2.0, albeit in limited fashion. ...more
2006: year of the e-Election?
In a bid to tackle 'voter apathy', the Government has big plans that will result in the 2006 general election being 'electronically enabled'.
In a Spending Review White Paper, the Chancellor has hived off ?10M per year to be devoted to e-voting.
The report says: 'A programme of work to achieve successful implementation of e-voting is already under way to ensure that robust systems can be in place for an e-enabled General Election after 2006. ...more