3rd April 2000 Archive
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Morgan Stanley knifed
A fresh piece at Tom's Hardware Guide has taken a critical look at Morgan Stanley's report on the Rambus memory platform. Van Smith reviews a Morgan Stanley document which said the share price would - ought - to reach $500, and which we managed to see a week or two back. According to Van, the positive report (which incidentally …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 07:05
Large Chipzilla facility will put pressure on jobs
The opening of an Intel R&D centre in downtown Austin has caused concerns about hi-tech firms poaching each other's engineers, with jobs at a premium in the area. At the beginning of last week, Real Estate News, reported that Intel will spend $100 million building a semi design plant which will hire up to 2000 people. But there …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 08:24
It's big, it's fast, it's quiet, they're practically giving 'em away
If size is important to you, you probably want to look at Western Digital's latest offering, the Caviar Enhanced IDE 15.3 GB per-platter, 5400 RPM hard drive family, aimed at what the company refers to as "capacity-driven consumers". Although WD is occasionally accused of having a relaxed attitude to quality control, the …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 08:35
'Aggressive European Expansion plans'
Excite Europe has hired two top guns as part of its "aggressive European expansion plans". So does this now mean it is to invade Poland? In the world of Business Speak, to be aggressive may be regarded as a Good Thing. But for most of us, this indicates poor self-control, and rather unpleasant people, or countries. Here's what …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 10:00
Don't hold your breath - Handspring IPO filing only a statement of intent
Handspring, the Palm-based handheld vendor formed by Palm founders Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky, is to IPO like... well... Palm. According to documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission filed on Friday, stock worth $300 million will be sold to the public. It should be noted that Friday's filing is really …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 10:10
'Will be number two to Intel within five years'
IBM plans on giving Chipzilla a run for its money in the Marchitecture department with the announcement of 0.13 micron process using copper interconnects coupled with silk insulation. Silk is a low-k dilectric produced by Dow Chemical in the US. "Every 50 years or 100 years in the world, something major comes along and changes …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 10:19
And software secrets from Chipzilla
One of the first Itanium systems to arrive in quarter three of this year will be a four-way own-brand system codenamed Lion, The Register can reveal. The system, which appears on internal Intel roadmaps we saw last week, will use the firm's own chipset, which supports, like many of the other server boards it is introducing, …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 11:16
But will it tell Intel how to do it?
American Megatrends Inc. says it has designed around Intel's 840 chipset problems. The MegaDual dual Slot 1 Pentium III mobo runs at either 100MHz or 133MHz frontside bus and is also claimed to support the 1GHz Coppermine chips which are fast gaining a reputation for going into a sulk in dual installations. "Our server …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 11:31
Rules of engagement
A Nato document leaked on the Net detailing the rules of engagement for soldiers serving in Kosovo is being examined by computer experts to verify its authenticity. Reports at the weekend claimed that the nine-page document somehow popped up at a London publishing company. Nato spokesman Jamie Shea is reported to be have said …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 11:43
Some more codenames to wrap your brain round
Chip giant Intel is ready to release a spate of chipset products in Q2 and Q3 of this year, but sources within the firm have revealed that some of the introductions have already slipped on internal banana skins. Sources working for Intel Europe showed The Register its desktop product roadmap up until the end of this year, but …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 11:44
Testers need nerves of steel
A little bit of Windows Millennium Edition is available for download from those nice folks at Microsoft. Windows Media Player 7 is billed as being capable of doing everything you could ever want, including copying CDs to a hard disk, cataloguing your music collection and watching videos. This is obviously a new meaning of the …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 11:54
MS on Trial But what was it the states proposed?
The collapse of the Microsoft mediation talks over the weekend has rapidly turned into a major whodunnit. Microsoft, splits in the government camp, even saboteurs from the states have all been blamed, and the stories are already being spun in several directions. Anonymous sources speaking to AP yesterday claimed that the talks …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 12:05
Sounds good, but hasn't Be been here before?
Amiga, inc. is turning itself into Be, if this weekend's revelations from the Amiga 2000 show, held in St. Louis, are anything to go by. During the show, the company said it had entered into partnerships with a series of companies, most notably Sun, Red Hat and Corel, put Java at the forefront of its software efforts and …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 12:09
Adminstrative cock-up to blame
Lastminute.com investors were said to be furious after the Web start-up sent out cheques that bounced. Investors who paid for more stocks than their 35 share allocation were entitled to a refund. While some cheques have been slow to arrive, other customers were refused payment when they tried to cash them. Some had cheques …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 12:41
Japanese boffins square FireWire-on-optical circle
Japanese researchers have succeeded in getting IEEE 1394 (aka FireWire) to operate over optical links at full speed - and over much greater distances than has been previously possible. So far, attempts to get 1394 operating over optical links have sacrificed the data throughput rates for cable length. After all, extending 1394 …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 12:48
Sticks and stones
Geoffrey Fenton, MD of ISP UK Online, has called on the British Government to rename its new e-government strategy, UK Online, accusing Downing Street of hijacking its trademark. Last week wired PM, Tonee e-Blair, launched the new drive to speed up Government plans to offer services online bringing forward its deadline from 2008 …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 14:37
Snaps up Oracel reseller
Compel has agreed to buy Oracle reseller and e-commerce consultancy Midas Computer Software. Midas will be integrated into the company's Internet division, Compelsolve, and will be renamed CompelMidas. The UK reseller will pay £2.5 million for Midas, consisting of £1.45 million loan notes, £1 million in Compel shares and £50,000 …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 14:51
Expect dismissal letters this evening
Publishing group Informa is to join the ranks of companies sacking staff who look at unsavoury material on the Web. Chiefs at clean-living Informa will tonight sack and discipline a number of staff for surfing for porn on the Web while at work. "We expect dismissal letters to be issued this evening," confirmed Keith Brownlie, HR …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 14:52
MS on Trial Almost time to buy some stock...
Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson is to issue his findings of law after the US markets close tonight, around 5pm Eastern time (21:00 GMT). Jackson had originally intended to deliver his verdict last Tuesday, but had agreed a delay while mediation talks continued. Following the collapse of the talks on Saturday, however, any delay …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 15:15
Yo! Extra-territorial litigation here we come!
A serious point here. Under UK law, if someone publishes a damaging untruth about you, that is libel, and actionable. If someone says similar about you, that is slander. So hello, Bell Atlantic, and do you feel lucky? The Register's daily update service gets some damn weird stuff in its admin mailbox, but we especially liked one …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 18:15
Verdict a virtual down-the-line victory for prosecution
Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson today issued the expected guilty verdict in the Microsoft antitrust case. He concluded that "Microsoft maintained its monopoly power by anticompetitive means and attempted to monopolise the Web browser market." Jackson also concludes that Microsoft violated the Sherman antitrust act "by unlawfully …
Business 3 Apr 2000, 21:37