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We had initially called the story about the school employee getting the boot for using school PCs to run SETI the weirdest tech story of 2009, but man, this one is giving the SETI one a run for its money at the tail end of the year. A former Massachusetts prison inmate has been nailed with an 18-month prison sentence for...get this..."hacking prison computers while he was incarcerated." We suspect things can get a bit boring behind bars, but hacking a computer system while you're already in jail for doing something illegal? Not exactly the brightest move. "Frank" Janosko is the guy at fault, and... Read more...
Cell phone jammers are nothing new. They've been around in one form or another for years now, and even though they aren't exactly legal in some scenarios, the technology is certainly there to block calls from going in or out. Now, Britain's largest jail has been told that it should consider instituting that very tech at its facilities. Why would a prison--a place where you'd think no cell phones could enter--need jamming technology? David Jamieson, chairman of Wandsworth prison's Independent Monitoring Board, has determined that "illegal phones fuel prison drug trading, bullying and gang problems."... Read more...
Dell is floundering around trying to regain the top spot in home computer sales. I don't think getting sued over secret kickbacks while being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission over funny stock options is going to help. This latest complaint adds Intel to the mix. It accuses Dell of taking up to $1 billion per year in payments from Intel in exchange for only using Intel CPUs in its laptops, desktops, and servers and says that Dell's "superior operating margins" were due in large part to "the hundreds of millions of dollars of secret and likely illegal rebate/kickback... Read more...
Tonight's news post is gonna be a little longer than normal since I'm doing my game news post, and want to get a bit of tech news in along with it. One interesting article is how the Washington Post claims the Gamecube is "Obsolete"... I personally hate seeing comments like that. Maybe it's because the cube is the only console system I have, and the only one I want. Does that make me biased? Probably. But to those of us who are fans of games that only Nintendo can deliver, the system is still very much alive. Ubisoft announces availability of Prince of Persia: Warrior Within "The... Read more...