Co-location is OK by Oftel
Cheaper and more competitive ADSL services could be on their way as Oftel confirms arrangements to allow operators to set up equipment in any operational part of an exchange.
Impenetrably termed as co-mingling, operators now no longer need to physically separate their equipment by installing it in purpose-built rooms. Oftel has also published proposals to allow operators' staff and contractors unsupervised access to the exchanges. ...more
BlackBerry service stymied by TIFF flaw
BlackBerry builder Research In Motion has admitted its BlackBerry Attachment Service could be knocked offline by a carefully tweaked TIFF file.
The flaw was first notified by a German security consultant known as FX, also leader of the Phenoelit hacking group, in a presentation at the 22nd Chaos Communication Congress last year.
RIM claims the scope of the attack is limited to taking down the attachment service alone, and says that other services such as sending and receiving email remain unaffected. ...more
EFF warns over Google privacy risk
Digital civil rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation is warning that the latest version of the Google Desktop application may pose a serious risk to your privacy.
Among the facilities of the Desktop is the ability to search your files remotely. This is because, if you choose to enable this, Google will keep copies of the files on your computer on its servers, so that you can log into the service remotely and access them. ...more
Sun's Schwartz hints at GPLv3 for Solaris
The first draft of version 3 of the General Public License caused controversy last week when criticisms emerged on the Linux kernel mailing list from none other than Linus Torvalds.
But it appears version 3 has found some new friends, even if its old mates are now looking askance at it. Sun Microsystem's president Jonathan Schwartz wrote in his blog that he would consider 'the possibility of releasing Solaris (and potentially the entire Solaris Enterprise System), under dual open source licenses' - one of which would be GPLv3. ...more
EU pressures music industry to simplify online licensing
The European Union is increasing the pressure on record companies to simplify the licensing of music to online stores.
As things stand, store operators such as Apple and Napster have to secure separate licensing deals for each country in which they wish to sell downloads. Naturally this has slowed the introduction of services, with only Apple established beyond the core markets in the UK, France and Germany and some services including Yahoo!'s yet to break out of the US. ...more