23rd April 2003 Archive
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Forgotten UI innovation to be exhumed? Inventor speaks to The Reg
Apple is set to enhance the desktop UI it created twenty years ago, according a report at eWeek. The report bears the Rothenberg hallmark of quality, so listen up. At the heart of the UI revamp are "piles". Although haemorrhoids give millions of sufferers discomfiture every day, Apple's "piles" are an intriguing concept which …
Mac Channel 23 Apr 2003, 02:13
VC's Napster 'shame'
Music industry lobby group the RIAA has been attacking cherished institutions of national life, such as the military and education, in recent months. But by attacking finance capital itself, could the pigopolists have gone too far? Two record labels are suing a venture capital firm Hummer Winblad Venture Partners for giving …
Media 23 Apr 2003, 05:08
Can it be sustained?
In the light of recent warnings by PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems, there were a few sighs of relief when SAP AG released its preliminary Q1 results, because although they represented a mixed bag, they were considered to be strong when compared to those of SAP's peers. However, its ability to outperform the market looks less …
Data Center 23 Apr 2003, 07:08
Some of Europe's biggest mobile operators have dodged the bullet for now, after it was revealed that the EU's three-year enquiry into roaming would be delayed. The delay in the probe, first reported by the UK's Financial Times, means that UK and German mobile telecoms, such as mmO2, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile, will escape …
Mobile 23 Apr 2003, 07:08
A kinder, gentler Seattle
The state of Washington is to implement a new law which will impose heavy fines on retail employees who sell violent video games to minors. Under the terms of the bill, which was passed by a large majority in the state senate last week, a fine of $500 can be imposed. The bill targets games featuring violence against women and …
Personal 23 Apr 2003, 07:10
Keep that pressure on
Doug Dingus, an applications engineer in Portland Oregon, filed this report for Newsforge. Despite reports to the contrary, the Oregon Legislature is continuing to debate the issue of Open Source software use in State government. HB 2892 has already been though a General Government Committee hearing despite strong lobbying …
Software 23 Apr 2003, 07:30
Ad watchdog not happy
A poster advertising the Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance computer game "condoned violence", according to the advertising watchdog. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) received 15 complaints about the ad, which showed a hooded youth in a train carriage wiping his bloodied hand on the shoulder of a middle-aged businessman. …
Media 23 Apr 2003, 11:06
War of words
There are few signs that Oftel and Freeserve are about to kiss and make up following a recent legal spat that saw both sides claiming victory. Industry insiders claim Oftel is furious with Freeserve over the aggressive way it challenged the regulator's rulings on broadband at the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT). Yesterday, …
Media 23 Apr 2003, 13:39
Small viral outbreak on the Net, nobody dead
A new computer worm attempts to spread by taking advantage of concerns over the killer flu-like virus, SARS. Known as Coronex-A, the mass-mailer worm forwards itself to all contacts in Outlook address books and attempts to dupe computer users into opening infectious attachments by claiming they offer details on the current SARS …
Security 23 Apr 2003, 13:41
Brings ARM-based Palm OS 5 to consumer devices too
Palm today launched the latest member of its Tungsten high-end PDA family, the Tungsten-C. As Palm watchers had gathered from various unfortunate (for Palm) appearances in store catalogues, flyers and other third-party sales collateral, the C offers integrated Wi-Fi support. Palm has also extended its Zire consumer-oriented PDA …
Personal 23 Apr 2003, 13:41
How dare you block our penis enlargement ads!
A group of Florida-based porn peddlers, penis enlargement and Viagra spammers has united to file suit against anti-spam organisations. Under the newly-registered name EmarketersAmerica.org, a front set up Mark E. Felstein, lawyer for notorious spammer Eddy Marin, the suit seeks to force prominent anti-spam organisations to stop …
Media 23 Apr 2003, 13:42
Down in Santa Clara this week O'Reilly Associates are hosting something called an "Emerging Technology" conference, which began life two years ago as the P2P conference, back when Peer-to-Peer was the rage. O'Reilly are the good guys, well-loved and with good reason: their excellent editorial judgement and good taste has put …
Software 23 Apr 2003, 13:46
Mac OS X on Opteron rumours revived?
Apple and AMD have been working together of late, a senior AMD official admitted at the launch of the chip maker's 64-bit Opteron processor this week. During the press Q&A, the head of AMD's server business, Marty Seyer, said the company had been talking to "all tier one and tier two vendors". Of course, only a few of them have …
Mac Channel 23 Apr 2003, 14:54
A man due to stand trial for assisting the suicide of a man he met through a Net site has been found hanged. Louis Gillies, 36, was due to stand trial this week accused of assisting the suicide of Michael Gooden, 35, who flung himself to his death last June after the pair allegedly formed a suicide pact after meeting through …
Media 23 Apr 2003, 16:39
Lucent pensioners are aggrieved at the prospect of the company slashing retirement benefits as part of latest round of cost savings at the beleaguered networking equipment manufacturer. Ken Raschke, president of Lucent Retirees Organisation, which has signed up 4,000 members since its formation in February, met with Lucent CEO …
Business 23 Apr 2003, 18:10
EMI has teamed up with more than 20 outfits including Freeserve, BT, and Tiscali to flog its music online in Europe, the music giant announced today. The move is seen as a bid by EMI to embrace the digital world while trying to tackle the twin problems of falling music sales and the increased use of illegally downloaded …
Media 23 Apr 2003, 18:10
- 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
- That Microsoft-Nokia merger you've been predicting? It's no go