30th May 2002 Archive
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I'll see your fifty and raise you a hundred
Linux distributor Red Hat has posted a statement on its Web site explaining why it both speaks out against software patents and seeks them. "Software patents generally impede innovation in software development and....are inconsistent with open source/free software," the document begins. The company also acknowledges that …
Software 30 May 2002, 00:06
Malicious fun with SMTP and style-sheets
First up we have a potentially crippling exploit with Exchange 2000, in which a malformed mail attribute can spike the system CPU to 100% load while the malicious message is being processed. Re-starting the service or re-booting the Exchange server will not correct it; the process will resume automatically as soon as the service …
Software 30 May 2002, 08:17
Back to the Bad Old Days
The FBI has assumed new powers to investigate people and organizations not even suspected of crime, with blessings from the US Department of Justice and its terror-terrified Lord Protector John Ashcroft. FBI Director Robert Mueller laid out the preliminary sketch during a Washington press conference Wednesday. After cleverly …
Security 30 May 2002, 10:59
So you're a boring old...
If you don't customise you mobile phone with an up-to-the-minute ring tone you're liable to be called "boring" by your friends. So says an "independent survey" by mobile phone entertainment outfit WapOneline, which found that 15 per cent of those interviewed with a traditional "ring ring" ring-tone said that they had been …
Mobile 30 May 2002, 12:00
Premafrost grips telco sector
Nortel has announced plans to shed a further 3,500 jobs and plans to sell off its optical components division. The news comes as the struggling telecommunications equipment provider warned that Q2 revenues would be "be flat-to-down 5 percent", compared to Q1 2002. Previously Nortel said there would be little significant change …
Business 30 May 2002, 12:05
Open source projects aims to frustrate key seizure scheme
Privacy activists plan to undermine forthcoming UK Government regulations on the surrender of encryption keys through the release of an open-source cryptography project, called m-o-o-t. The Home Office hopes to publish a much delayed draft Code of Practice for part three of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Act, …
Security 30 May 2002, 12:05
Still talking to potential buyers
Struggling Dutch telco, KPNQwest, is advising its customers to put in place contingency plans with other providers in case its own network goes belly-up. The warning comes as KPNQwest admitted that it still hadn't reached an agreement with a potential buyer concerning the future of the operation. Last week the fibre-optic …
Data Networking 30 May 2002, 12:07
- 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