1st February 2002 Archive
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Only 39 million lines of code to go....
Microsoft's new-found and recently publicized interest in security has yielded fruit in the form of a security rollup patch for Win2K which clears up a number of niggling hassles with the usual slew of unchecked buffers and some authentication issues and transfer protocols. The 17MB whopper is the first comprehensive offering …
Software 1 Feb 2002, 08:12
Judge sends Heckenkamp home with modifications
Until he goes to trial in March, the only sophisticated electronics in accused eBay hacker Jerome Heckenkamp's life will be the monitoring bracelet bolted to his ankle, under a court order issued Tuesday clearing the way for his release. In a hearing in federal court in San Jose, Calif., U.S. magistrate Patricia Trumble …
Security 1 Feb 2002, 09:21
While old czar is shipped to govt, for eventual recycling
After finally unloading washed-out security czar Howard Schmidt on the US government, Microsoft has turned around and got itself a government re-tread to replace him. Former DoJ cybercrime prosecutor Scott Charney, a man who once said, inanely, of home computing that "we're giving weapons of war to five-year-olds," will replace …
Software 1 Feb 2002, 10:36
Register.com – the domain name registration and Internet services outfit – is set to buy the UK domain registrar, Virtual Internet plc, in a cash deal worth £12 million. The bid has the full backing of Virtual's board of directors but still needs shareholder approval. The offer of 46.8p a share represents a premium of around …
e-Business 1 Feb 2002, 11:56
Quite a few of you, apparently
Standards have always been the Unix world's Achilles heel. Not that there has ever been a scarcity of them. Much like French smoking laws, the problem has been getting anyone to pay attention. They're even more of an anathema to the typical Linux hacker, who can his squirrel his executables away in /etc/spaz/ …
Software 1 Feb 2002, 12:03
Maybe a hint, maybe not...
The judge in the Microsoft case might just be inclined to reject the settlement being proposed by Microsoft and the Department of Justice. Or not. The late Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's opinions became abundantly clear as his tenure of the trial clanked along, but Judge 2.0, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, is in the happy position of …
Software 1 Feb 2002, 12:24
Tiny Computer's HQ in Surrey is to shut in May with the loss of up to 320 jobs. Staff were told of the closure late yesterday afternoon. A spokesman for Time confirmed that the office would shut but said that at this stage it was too early to say exactly how many jobs would be lost. No redundancies have been announced as yet …
Channel 1 Feb 2002, 15:42
Get your fix now!
Cisco is advising users to upgrade software on its line of storage routers after the discovery of multiple security vulnerabilities involving the technology. Three vulnerabilities have been discovered in Cisco SN 5420 Storage Router software releases up to and including 1.1(5). Two of the vulnerabilities (involving sending a …
Security 1 Feb 2002, 15:44
Fear of fraud has a big effect on response levels to commercial mail, known to most of us as spam. So what the world needs is a "trusted sender" program to assure customers that they won't get ripped off when they respond to email offers. Step forward TRUSTe, best known for its Web site privacy scheme, which has launched an " …
e-Business 1 Feb 2002, 16:00
Dom Watts is an unlikely consumer champion. Yet, the dad of three from Croydon took on the power and might of Kodak – and won. His Kodakcamera protest Web site became the focus for a month-long campaign by consumers in search of fair play. Yesterday, Kodak caved in to pressure and agreed to honour a deal for a cut-price …
Personal 1 Feb 2002, 16:01
Carry on rising
Chinese New Year is coming up soon, and that means a huge swathe of the computer industry in East Asia (not Japan, of course) shuts down for a week or so from Feb 10. Usually, this means spot market DRAM prices fall, as brokers clear stock in advance of the holiday. But not this year. According to the channel checkers at …
Channel 1 Feb 2002, 17:21
Interview Learn to loveThe Beast
How much do you love Microsoft's .NET? Enough to trust your Gnome applications to its APIs in the future? That's what Gnome leader Miguel de Icaza, believes should happen. Miguel calls .NET the "natural upgrade" for the Gnome platform, and enthused about the technology in an interview with us at LinuxWorld this week. Basing …
Software 1 Feb 2002, 17:56
KaZaA.com continues to operate its Napster-style software downloads despite a ruling against its former owners in a Dutch court. An Amsterdam district court yesterday ruled KaZaA, the Dutch software and products firm that founded KaZaA.com, provided software that encouraged copyright infringement. It ordered KaZaA to stop the …
Music and Media 1 Feb 2002, 22:40
- 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?
- Analysis Spam and the Byzantine Empire: How Bitcoin tech REALLY works
- VIDEO Herschel Space Observatory spots galaxies merging