14th March 2002 Archive
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CeBIT Italy rocks
"Deregulation has done nothing for broadband delivery in the UK." Chris Dedicoat, veep of Cisco EMEA, said yesterday. Nothing so controversial here - but it will be interesting to see the reception that John Chambers, Cisco CEO and lecturer to the world's governments, gets the next time he pops into 10 Downing Street. In a …
Broadband 14 Mar 2002, 09:09
Parks scooters on SGI's lawn
Sun's wonder chip MAJC, announced at Microprocessor Forum in the fall of 1999, finally makes it out of the lab this week, and it's the centre of Sun's bid to eat into SGI's high end graphics business. The chip itself, which we last mentioned a year ago (see Chip designers vow to cool overheating Gelsinger), is two-core 64bit …
Data Center 14 Mar 2002, 09:13
'As a gesture of goodwill...'
UK etailer Dabs.com has changed its mind and decided to honour the sale of mispriced Xbox bundles. Dabs' change of heart coincides with the launch of the new games system in the UK and should ensure that this important launch is not soured by a row with angry consumers. On Tuesday, The Register reported how 13 people took up …
Personal 14 Mar 2002, 11:40
How anonymous do you want to be?
Despite the attempts of authorities on both sides of the Atlantic to usher in a new Cold War, in which citizens cower stupified under the presence of wiretapping, or window-peeping neighbours, privacy software appears to be alive and well. Zero Knowledge Systems has added a low-cost surfing plug-in for Windows Internet Explorer …
Software 14 Mar 2002, 11:45
Lycos Europe is to axe a further 200 jobs from its operation as it continues to battle against a weak advertising market. Execs at the portal claim the cull will help Lycos Europe break even by the end of the year. Today's job losses are on top of the 300 announced in September when Lycos Europe began its restructuring …
Media 14 Mar 2002, 11:47
Cut off their spectrum supply?
Nokia Corp's decision to bundle a wireless virtual private network (VPN) client with its latest Communicator model could threaten the existence of specialist vendors if the practice becomes widespread. The company also hopes the move will entice new buyers for its established VPN products, writes Tony Cripps. The latest …
Mobile 14 Mar 2002, 12:07
Palm Inc has launched its first full-blooded web browser after years of commitment to its proprietary web clipping technology. The new Palm Web Browser combines the ability to read pure HTML with "sophisticated compression technology" that renders text rapidly while graphics continue to download in the background. Palm …
Mobile 14 Mar 2002, 12:12
Let a thousand urls bloom...
International governments have cautiously welcomed proposed reforms of the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers, made by its CEO Stuart Lynn, at a meeting in Accra, Ghana, this week, writes Kevin Murphy. At ICANN's first quarterly gathering of the year, its Governmental Advisory Committee agreed that structural …
Media 14 Mar 2002, 12:20
CeBIT `Conservative Canadians´
Timing is everything: in my case it translates into seven minutes late for graphic chipmaker ATI's CeBIT press conference, resulting in complete failure to get through the door. Or close enough to hear what was going on through the open door. Or interested enough to sharpen my elbows. Or thirsty enough to drink orange juice …
Channel 14 Mar 2002, 12:38
Get yer discounted IT books here
This week's discounted bunch of fives from Reg associate IT-minds bookstore kicks off with Know Your Enemy - Revealing the Security Tools, Tactics, and Motives of the Blackhat Community by The Honeynet Project. The book shares the lessons of the Honeynet Project, in which leading security professionals built networks designed …
Site News 14 Mar 2002, 12:53
All in the family...
Symbian's search for a new CEO, following the sudden departure of Colly Myers last month, has been remarkably short and narrow, apparently. Steering the company from April 8th, says an announcement today, will be David Levin, who is currently CEO of Psion. And keeping it all in the family, his replacement at Psion will be Ian …
Mobile 14 Mar 2002, 12:58
Letters on Australia, Canada, design, speed and more
So The Register US (theregus.com) has been up and running for a couple of weeks now; traffic levels are OK - c.60K page imps a day and climbing - and we're encouraged by early reactions from readers and, yes, advertisers. But many of you (200+) have asked us questions and/or expressed doubts about our American adventure.I have …
Letters 14 Mar 2002, 14:29
Letters Out is the new in
Robert Munro's call on The Register to drop the limp-wristed headlines (e.g. Intel outs Prescott), elicited a bulging postbag. Three Brits congratulated us on our restraint in refraining from mentioning John 'two Jags' Prescott, the famously pugnacious British deputy prime minister in our Prescott piece. One man from Intel, …
Letters 14 Mar 2002, 14:33
Soon be fixed - fingers crossed
Electronic payment outfit nochex.com is still fighting to get its service up and running again after carrying out essential work on its site. Some services on Nochex.com have been unavailable for the last three days after the company carried out work to add more capacity. A notice on its Web site reads: "Accounts unavailable …
Media 14 Mar 2002, 14:54
Still doing the MS one as well though, so no tongues
Samsung today confirmed that it is to produce phones using the Symbian OS, as was exclusively alleged here last week, and thus handed Symbian a major and much-needed win in the latest round of the mobile platform wars. Samsung claims agnosticism as regards platforms, and says it will still be working on smartphones in …
Mobile 14 Mar 2002, 16:05
And everybody else's too, but Redmond's paying for the paper here
Amiga Inc's comebacks are clearly gathering momentum; just a few weeks after news broke of its return in a Nokia set-top box, the company has announced a potentially vastly more mega deal involving - uh oh - Microsoft. "Announced" may be putting it a bit strong, as the release itself doesn't seem to be anywhere obvious on …
Software 14 Mar 2002, 16:57
The DIRT files Is this Magic Lantern?
Disgraced former policeman and convicted felon Frank Jones of Codex Data Systems has had his Web site hacked and his overpriced cop-spy Trojan, aptly named D.I.R.T., released to the public. One would hope that the security community will make use of the above .zip file, provided courtesy of Cryptome's John Young, examine the …
Security 14 Mar 2002, 20:45
- Review Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?
- Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!
- Spin doctors brazenly fiddle with tiny bits in front of the neighbours
- Game Theory Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high
- Flash flaw potentially makes every webcam or laptop a PEEPHOLE