News

No, Linus Can't Come To the Phone Right Now

It's always fun when Linus Torvalds — the originator and Grand High Developer of the Linux kernel — grants an interview, an altogether not-too-common occurrence, to be sure. On the occasion of Australia's Linux.conf.au, the Great One has granted an audience to Computerworld, and the results proved rather interesting.

Trend Micro Tries to Clam Up ClamAV

Patent attacks against Open Source software are nothing new, especially to anyone who has read a press release from SCO or Microsoft in the last few years. Despite the resounding failure of such attacks, proprietary vendors just keep coming up with new ones, and this week it's ClamAV that's under the gun.

Stuff You've Just Got to See

Once again we're overrun with stories you've just got to see, so we're bringing you todays gems right here in one convenient post. Without further adieu, Skype surveillance, missing iPhones, Craigslist killers, and much much more!

FTC Sends Patent Trolls a Warning

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission took a big step in protecting consumers from patent trolls last week by putting the smackdown on a company threatening to bring Ethernet to it's knees.

Tomorrow's Army Will Run Linux

The U.S. Army is always looking for a better way to do the things it does, and increasingly, the better way is paved with technology. Regardless of how you feel about what they intend it to do, it's exciting to know that it will be Linux that leads the way.

It Looks Like Qtrax Blew It

It was a gala affair in Cannes this weekend, with the million-dollar launch of Qtrax, what was supposed to be the new face of file sharing. Everything was there, even Don Henley of the Eagles — everything, that is, but the music.

Firefox Extensions Lift the Keys to the Kingdom

Attackers have myriad ways of gaining access to systems; some are as basic as asking their way in, while others are a bit more high-tech. According to a new Mozilla security bulletin, your Firefox extensions could be the key the hackers are looking for.

The Stories We Just Couldn't Let You Miss

Trying to decide which to bring you of the many stories that hit the wire each — and trust us, "many" is an understatement — is always a challenge, but it's one we relish. This week, though, was especially packed with juicy nuggets of techy goodness, and we just couldn't let it pass without a roundup to share some of the most interesting and entertaining.

Linux by the Numbers

Sometimes it seems like Google is the all-knowing oracle, with their millions of bots constantly indexing the internet and instant results for any term. That being the case, it's amusing to see what the oracle has to say about our beloved Linux.

Internet Threats Out in Force

It's always just a bit dangerous out on the information superhighway, but this week seems to be a bit more so than usual, with news of several particularly nasty bugs popping up in short order.

First Draft of HTML 5 Is Out

In a landmark move towards updating the foundation of the internet, yesterday the World Wide Web Consortium released the first draft of the HTML 5 specification — the first extensive upgrade to HTML since 1997.

Yahoo Plans to Chop the Workforce

There was a time when Yahoo! was on top of the world. Then along came a startup called Google, and things started to slide. Apparently, the slide has finally reached the forest, and the company is resorting to the axe to bring things under control.

Study Finds Cellphones Hazardous to ZZZ's

If you're tired and grumpy, it may well be the fault of cell phones. No, not that everyone everywhere — from the grocery store to the golf course — is talking on one, as maddening as that is.