IBM extends the Power5 entry-level Unix server range
IBM has extended the Power5 range downwards with a new model aimed squarely at the entry level Unix server market. IBM sees the new eServer p5 510 as either for first time Unix server customers or for larger companies looking to deploy low cost machines across branches.
The 510 will be offered in a 1- to 2-way rack with a 1. ...more
Supreme Court gives tech companies breathing space in patent cases
The US Supreme Court has struck a blow against the patent trolls. The Justices agreed unanimously that injunctions against patent infringing technology should only be used as a last resort.
Instead courts should take other factors into account before issuing the injunctions including whether the patent holder has suffered irreparable damage or whether simple damages awards might be enough to compensate the patent holder for any losses. ...more
eBay loses latest battle in patent dispute
eBay has lost the latest round in its long running battle with shopping site MercExchange over the use of the `Buy it now` feature used on the auction site. A US appeals court has upheld a $25 million damages award against eBay awarded by a court in 2003. A jury found that eBay had infringed MercExchange's e-commerce patent. ...more
Hole found in Samba code
A security vulnerability in the open source Samba server code could allow an external attacker to remotely and anonymously gain Super User (root) privileges.
Samba.org reports that: 'A flaw has been detected in the Samba main smbd code which could allow an external attacker to remotely and anonymously gain Super User privileges on a server running a Samba server. ...more
Comment: The hacking of Microsoft is yet another wake up call
Watching BBC's Newsnight cover the hacking of Microsoft, one particular point struck me: the gap in awareness of security issues between those outside the realm of computing and those within.
The presenter - no doubt adept at handling the details of political debates or international conflicts - was struggling to get a grip on just what had happened. He was amazed that Microsoft could be hit. ...more