Video: Computer Geekly Weekly IT News roundupDate: Nov 23, 2009
This is the first ever Computer Geekly Weekly IT news round-up video. This is jointly produced with TechFluff's Hermione Way who picks the best tech stories from the past week and adds a twist.
This week she looks at T-mobile staff selling customer data on, the release of Google Chrome OS and the Digital Bill in the Queen's Speech.
Read more on the stories featured:
- T-Mobile staff sold customer data
- Google Chrome OS: A threat to Windows 7?
- Digital Economy Bill outlined in Queen’s speech
Read the full transcript from this video below:
Video: ComputerWeekly Geekly IT News Round up
Hermione: Hello. I am Hermione Way. Welcome to,
drum roll please, Computer Geekly's Weekly.
You feel like you are missing out, do you not?
There is so much brilliant information moving across
the web: blog posts, videos, articles,
sex with monkeys moving across the web every single day.
How are you going to keep up with it all? You are not, snooze,
you lose. If you miss one little thing, you are a goner. Luckily
for you, I have a disease called Internet Addictius,
which means I have to be online 24/7, else I start to
suffer from withdrawal symptoms.
Female: Come on, shut the laptop down.
Hermione: No, no. Just give me one more drink.
Doctors could not find a cure for my disease.
They have sent me here to put me to good use
and handpick the top three biggest stories moving
across the web every week. Stories which you should
know and if you do not, you are clearly not a geek,
are you? Here it goes, top three stories moving
across the web this week.
Personal data of thousands of mobile phone users
has been sold by a staff at T-Mobile. The Information
Commissioner's Office said investigators have been
working with the mobile phone company. It has
suggested to ICO that employee allegedly sold details
relating to customers' mobile phone contracts,
including when their contracts expire. The ICO
investigation revealed that the information has
been sold to several brokers for large sums.
Customers complained about receiving unsolicited
phone calls right before their contract expired.
Information Commissioner Christopher Graham
said they are considering imposing a prison sentence
for those prosecuted instead of the usual 5,000 pounds
that comes with the violation of Britain's Data Protection Act.
'We will only be able to do this if blaggers and others who
trade in personal data face the threat from a prison sentence.
The existing fines are simply not enough to deter people
from engaging in this lucrative criminal activity. The threat of jail,
not fines, will prove a stronger deterrent.' T-Mobile,
two words for you, epic fail.
Number two: Google has unveiled plans for Chrome OS,
the operating system Cloud computing. Chrome OS is an
evolution of the Chrome web browser based on a Linux kernel.
faster than Internet Explorer. In Chrome OS, every application
is a web application; there are no conventional
desktop applications. Google said there is no
need for you to install software, instead, all data
and applications reside in the internet's Cloud.
Data is cached in a local storage and automatically
synchronizes Cloud-based storage when an Internet
connection is available. What does this mean?
Basically, you will be able to buy a netbook with
Chrome OS on it at the end of 2010, which means
no more of this: 'Come on, switch on. Come on.
I need to get online.' Or this: 'No, I do not want to update."
If you lose your netbook, it does not matter, all your
data will be in the Cloud. This is a very exciting
development in Cloud computing. Google, can you
fix Chrome on my Mac before you do anything else first?
Do not run before you can walk, big boy.
At number one: The government has announced
the Digital Bill in the Queen's Speech, as it steps up
its war against illegal file sharers. The bill, which will
support the Digital Britain Report proposes measures
against file sharers. There was no mention of broadband
taps, which is not expected to be outlined until the
Finance Bill next year, but plans for tapping illegal
file sharing will be a two-stage protest. Initially,
the government would aim to educate consumers
and those identified as downloading illegal
content will be sent letters.
Letters, letters, letters. The Queen is going to send you
letter to stop using a BitTorrent. If you can just imagine it.
'It has been brought to our attention that you have been
downloading files illegally from the interwebs. It was very
naughty and you deserve a slap on the wrist and a letter.'
Do you really think a letter is going to stop people from
sharing files? I would like to know what you think.
At me on Twitter, @hermioneway or @computerweekly.
That is it for this week. I will see you next week, Just before
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I am Hermione Way. This is Computer Geekly's Weekly.