16th September 2002 Archive
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Sue me...or else!
The ongoing crusade against any domains that feature the word "easy" by Easy Group and its head Stelios Haji-Ioannou may finally have come unstuck with art print site Easyart.com. CEO of Easyart.com, Simon Matthews, is just one of many people that have been unfairly targeted by the multi-national conglomerate for making use of …
Music and Media 16 Sep 2002, 08:37
Chasing the rainbow
Global private equity investment for last year fell by almost 50 per cent from the all-time record high of US$199 billion in 2000 to US$100 billion in 2001, according to a study by investment house 3i and consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers published today. The difficult equity and mergers and acquisition markets, low business …
Business 16 Sep 2002, 09:17
UK to take brunt?
WorldCom is to axe 2,000 jobs in Europe, wiping out a quarter of its workforce in the region. The scandal-hit carrier hasn't said exactly where the jobs cuts will be made. But with 2,000 at staff at its European HQ in Reading plus a further 1,000 in the rest of the country, it looks like the UK will bear the brunt of job losses …
Business 16 Sep 2002, 09:20
And what's next for him
Bruce Perens, the guy who wrote the Open Source definition way back in 1997, has been in the news a lot lately. Some of the media attention has been on his parting of the ways with Hewlett-Packard (Perens calls his departure more of a amicable decision -- The New York Times' description of it as a firing was a bit overblown, …
Software 16 Sep 2002, 09:20
UK GPRS launch
Companies which have so far fought shy of investing in the systems needed to deliver real-time data to widely dispersed mobile workers are the target of a new UK service from Symbol Technologies Inc. The SymbolAir service, which will be formally unveiled along with its first customer tomorrow, delivers a turnkey GPRS-based …
Data Networking 16 Sep 2002, 09:23
It took six months, but Networks Associates Inc looks like it's finally managed to bring McAfee.com Corp, the anti-virus service provider it spun out in 1999, back into the fold, Kevin Murphy writes. The final purchase price is about $200m, and after the deal closed Friday McAfee.com ceased to exist as a separate company. …
Malware 16 Sep 2002, 09:37
My benchmark is better than yours
IBM Corp has dismissed BEA Systems Inc's claimed five-fold productivity lead for its WebLogic Workshop development tool over IBM's own WebSphere Application Developer, Jason Stamper writes. Last week BEA claimed its WebLogic Workshop is more than five times more efficient for development of web services. BEA posted an …
e-Business 16 Sep 2002, 09:37
Lucent Technologies Inc has continued to under-estimate the extent of the slump in spending on telecoms equipment and announced on Friday that it expects revenue for its fourth quarter to fall 20% to 25% below the previous three months to a range of $2.2bn to $2.36bn. Given that analysts had been expecting a modest 5% …
Business 16 Sep 2002, 09:47
The 6310i is the new top-notch business phone from Nokia, with Bluetooth, GPRS and Java. It’s £100 with a contract, £300 without, and replaces the 6310, which has only been out for a brief time. At 111g with the supplied ultra slim battery and 129x47x17mm it looks and feels just like its predecessor, except the green screen and …
Mobile 16 Sep 2002, 10:37
Telewest has apologised to thousands of its customers of its blueyonder Internet service after major disk failure trashed 25,000 email accounts. The problem has now been resolved. The incident happened early on Friday morning wiping out any new email sent during the outage. In some cases it also erased stored email and …
Music and Media 16 Sep 2002, 10:46
Redmond persists in thinking into the box
Last week, as we intimated was about to happen, Microsoft Tablet PC product marketing manager Neil Laver popped round to display his wares. He very decently also proposes to let us play with one for a couple of days RSN, but an hour or so spent with him poking at the beast helped answer some questions, while raising quite a few …
Software 16 Sep 2002, 11:16
P2P attack platform
A virulent Linux worm is creating an attack network on the Internet, security clearing house CERT warned this weekend. Slapper exploits a previously-disclosed OpenSSL vulnerability, to create an attack platform for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against other sites. The worm also has backdoor functionality, …
Security 16 Sep 2002, 11:33
Dazed and confused
Users of Pipex's ADSL service are reporting that it's working again after going tits up at the weekend. Broadband users began reporting problems early on Sunday afternoon. Today, the company has admitted that it has been suffering "major issues" with its platform. In a statement posted on Pipex's Web site earlier this morning …
Telecoms 16 Sep 2002, 12:55
'Remarkable level of failures'
The Personal Computer Association is reporting "remarkable levels of failures of Fujitsu hard drives" experienced by the UK system builder community. Questions over the Fujitsu HDDs were raised by members during an open forum conducted at the PCA's annual conference on Friday, September 13. The members have called upon their …
Personal 16 Sep 2002, 14:04
'Proof of Concept'
450 SMEs in Yorkshire and Humberside are to get broadband satellite access for nowt as part of a year-long trial in the region. The "Proof of Concept" project is being funded by £3.1m from the DTI and run by Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency for Yorkshire and Humberside. It selected broadband satellite outfit …
Telecoms 16 Sep 2002, 14:08
Stuff and nonsense
Energis has denied a report that it is to cease providing wholesale unmetered Net access for UK ISPs. At the weekend, ISP Review reported that ISPs have begun leaving the alternative telco because of "recent problems with degrading network performance". The report also said that Energis could soon be moving away from the …
Music and Media 16 Sep 2002, 16:49
Depends who you ask
Theoretical attacks against AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) winner Rijndael and runner-up Serpent have been published. They might work in the practical world; they might not. That's about all we can say from the latest edition of Bruce Schneier's CryptoGram newsletter, which seeks to simplify the issues discovered by …
Security 16 Sep 2002, 17:00
'In selected markets'
The briefest of reports at French website Mobilmag suggests that the much-hyped SonyEricsson P800, which integrates PDA and a 2.5G cameraphone, has been delayed until January 2003. The story doesn't cite any sources, but says that stability concerns are the reason for the delay. A spokesman for SonyEricsson told us that "we …
Personal 16 Sep 2002, 18:51
Which is a start
Fujitsu Siemens Computers is playing down the data loss issues arising from the failure of 300,000 faulty hard disk drives, made by sister company Fujitsu between September 2000 and 2001. The fault, which is supposedly brought on by heat and prolonged usage, lies in faulty controller chips used in the HDDs and is found in 2-3 …
Personal 16 Sep 2002, 19:34
Playing by the warranties
We caught up today with Mike Nelson, technical sales director at Fujitsu Europe Ltd, who was happy to take our call, but profoundly reluctant to answer our questions about the Great Fujitsu Hard Drive Fiasco. However we learned from Nelson that, contrary to Japanese reports, Fujitsu has not introduced a HDD product recall …
Personal 16 Sep 2002, 20:04
Bold claim. Does it stand up?
Intel today came to market with 11 new mobile CPUs, in a monster launch for the notebook and subnotebook sectors. Chipzilla reckons that it has a CPU for just about any mobile PC form factor (and price point- it's got cheapo desktop chips after all, for the Taiwanese bricks to be found in most retail stores these days). And it …
Channel 16 Sep 2002, 21:21
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- '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