31st March 2001 Archive
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No Cookie Monster
DoubleClick has fended off class action suits which accused it of breaking the law by sticking electronic cookies on computers. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, in the US District Court in the Southern District of New York, dismissed all federal privacy suits against the Internet advertising company, DoubleClick said today Class …
Music and Media 31 Mar 2001, 08:31
Economic mass victimisation
Within two years the world will see an incident of "economic mass victimisation" affecting thousands of surfers, but the perpetrators will never be caught. This may sound like something from a James Bond film, but the prediction actually springs from top thinkers at the Gartner Group. Gartner researchers reckon that with the …
Security 31 Mar 2001, 08:35
Identity coincidence? We don't think so
IT hacks were agog on a recent Sun press jaunt to New York when a top spin-doctor got hauled off at US immigration. Upon arriving at the desk that he thought would let him pass into the Land of the Free, the UK PR manager was unceremoniously marched off and interrogated by JFK airport officials. To the relief of the assembled …
Bootnotes 31 Mar 2001, 08:38
HWRoundup Kewl stuff
So what do you do when when you've had enough of your $175,000 SGI server? That's right, you convert it into a fridge. Way to go. We came across this while surfing HardOCP, the flavoursome review site. Thank our lucky stars that Ace's Hardware emmerged unscathed from the recent UGO debacle. These guys know their tech. And …
Hardware Roundup 31 Mar 2001, 09:08
Joe Barr sure knows how to make (up) a good debate...
A while back Microsoft VP Jim Allchin caused a rumpus by saying open source was in some way un-American, and then unsportingly declining to take up a challenge from Red Hat to debate the issue. There, aside from a public but debateless retort from Red Hat, it might have rested - were it not for Joe Barr. The Reg sometimes found …
Bootnotes 31 Mar 2001, 16:25
Shut one eye, concentrate, and you can clearly see the process moving...
European competition commissioner Mario Monti has signalled that Microsoft's response so far to EU antitrust investigations has failed to head off action against the company. Instead, he's considering merging the two main current enquiries into one. His remarks, made at a press conference yesterday, were the latest in an …
Software 31 Mar 2001, 16:25
IE is not vector of killer plague
Microsoft's Internet Explorer is not responsible for the spread of the foot and mouth virus, according to a recent report from Satirewire. Scientists have expressed understandable surprise at the findings, although the response of UK Agriculture Minister Nick Brown was rather one of relief: "Up until now we have, quite …
Bootnotes 31 Mar 2001, 23:13
- Geek's Guide to Britain INSIDE GCHQ: Welcome to Cheltenham's cottage industry
- 'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test
- Game Theory Is the next-gen console war already One?
- BBC suspends CTO after it wastes £100m on doomed IT system
- Peak Facebook: British users lose their Liking for Zuck's ad empire