daveewart writes: Chess engine Rybka has been disqualified from the Computer Chess World Championship after well-founded accusations that it plagiarised other chess engines, including GPL-ed Fruit and open-source Crafty.
daveewart writes: BBC News reports that BECTA (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) has published advice warning UK schools not to consider Microsoft's software subscription models, nor to buy/license Office 2007 "until it has proved to be compatible" (meaning that it supports ODF). BECTA has reported Microsoft to the Office of Fair Trading for its failure to provide fair licensing models to UK schools and its use of anti-competitive behaviour.
daveewart writes: According to the Pegasus Mail web site, David Harris has ceased development and distribution of Pegasus Mail, citing funding difficulties. He says "Effective January 2007, development and distribution of Pegasus Mail and Mercury has ceased. We regret this decision, but ongoing difficulties with funding have forced it upon us." Pegasus Mail used to be one of the primary free email clients for Windows and, although it has clearly had its day, will be missed. It has had a long history: the first version of Pegasus Mail was released for DOS in 1990.
daveewart writes: BBC News reports that the UK Building Society Nationwide has admitted that an laptop containing account records of more than 11 million customers has been stolen from an employee's home. This story raises a number of worrying questions: The theft happened three months ago, why has the news only just been made public? Why was it possible (indeed, why was it necessary at all) to put data relating to their entire customer base on to an employee's laptop stored at an employee's home? Why was the information on the laptop not encrypted?