16th October 2003 Archive
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IP convergence is forcing European telecoms operators to re-evaluate market strategies and move away from their traditional cash cow voice services and circuit-switched networks to packet-based infrastructures. According to a Yankee Group survey of 25 incumbent and alternate operators across 16 European countries, two thirds of …
Data Networking 16 Oct 2003, 08:42
Ready and waiting
Outsourcing specialist EDS and systems management software partner Opsware are spearheading DCML. EDS and Opsware are proposing a derivative of XML aimed at helping the systems in data centres better communicate with each other and with systems management and provisioning tools. Such a language would also put incompatible …
Servers 16 Oct 2003, 08:43
Commenting on unannounced product?
Apple UK has confirmed rumours that the Mac maker will introduce a set of iPod accessories, almost certainly later today when the company unveils the Windows version of iTunes and opens its iTunes Music Store to Wintel users. "Rumours site" Think Secret has been touting such peripherals for some time, and yesterday cited …
Mac Channel 16 Oct 2003, 09:18
Getting ready for Centrino 2
Micron has begun sampling mobile-oriented DDR 2 memory modules, and has shipped them to Intel for testing. The chip giant, meanwhile, has sent back to Micron 110nm 256Mb DDR 2 SDRAM chips, which it has given the thumbs up for 400MHz and 533MHz operation. The DDR 2 SO-DIMMs are filled with 128MB and 256MB of memory, and paves …
Channel 16 Oct 2003, 09:38
Analysis Can we ping our HOEPGS to generate STPRAOUPBDZ in time?
A transcript of Intel co-founder Andy Grove's important speech warning of an apocalypse facing the US software and services reaches us. A detailed analysis - and last week, we could only skim the surface - suggests things are far worse than we feared. Grove pulled no punches in front of his audience of Washington politicians …
Bootnotes 16 Oct 2003, 09:41
May halve again during Q4...
Transmeta yesterday admitted its sales had fallen by almost half between the second and third quarters of its current fiscal year and almost 60 per cent down on Q3 2002. Sales for the three months to 26 September totalled $2.7 million, down 47.1 per cent on the previous quarter's $5.1 million and 57.8 per cent on the $6.4 …
Channel 16 Oct 2003, 10:00
Pre-empting 'Napster for cellphones'?
Sony's Music division has selected Intel's next generation of PDA processor, codenamed 'Bulverde', as its mobile processor of choice, the company effectively said yesterday. The deal the two firms announced will see the two co-operate to bring Sony's content to Intel-based PDAs and cellphones. The pair will create applications …
Mobile 16 Oct 2003, 10:22
But despite appearances, he hasn't been inhaling...
Microsoft, previously thought to be finding the achievement of a million shipped phones somewhat challenging, already has 20 million and will shortly achieve 60 per cent of the market. Or at least, that's what Bill says. Microsoft's marketing people do tend to use a bizarre form of counting which, if employed on the financial …
Mobile 16 Oct 2003, 11:42
First monthly patch
Microsoft last night issued five security fixes and two patches to defend against less serious security vulnerabilities, in the debut of its recently announced policy of releasing security patches in a monthly batch. Software packages and applications affected by the vulnerabilities include Windows Messenger Service and other …
Security 16 Oct 2003, 12:30
Episode 24 Who put that extinguisher there?
BOFH 2003: Episode 24 "It nearly crushed her!" the H&S feeb blubbers, in an attempt to justify yet another new brainwave. "And you think that we'll avoid workplace tragedy by 'Securely, at a minimum of three points, bolt monitors to immovable desktop surfaces'?" the PFY asks. "Yes!" "What about laptops? Do we need to bolt them …
BOFH 16 Oct 2003, 12:50
K9 = K8 * 2?
AMD has confirmed it will ship multi-core processors - almost a month after admitting it was "inevitable" that the company will make such a move. Interviewed by CNet, AMD CTO Fred Weber said: "We will have a multi-core product." No surprise there. Chairman Jerry Sanders, speaking at September's European Athlon 64 launch, said …
Servers 16 Oct 2003, 13:10
All your typos are belong to us (redux)
VeriSign is to relaunch Site Finder, its highly controversial domain typo redirection service. VeriSign suspended Site Finder earlier this month, following an order from ICANN, the Net governing body, which claimed the company was in breach of its terms of operation. Site Finder was launched in September when VeriSign applied …
Media 16 Oct 2003, 13:17
^G.et^ a BUL"KY 'PO;L`E
With spam blocking companies trying to ward off the latest advances, spammers are making strenuous attempts to get around e-mail filters. Their latest ploy: Spam with subject lines that read ^G.et^ a BUL"KY 'PO;L`E or ‘Extend y:ou^r r;od` ^easy’. Say again? The majority of anti-spam software currently on the market, still use …
Media 16 Oct 2003, 13:20
Details of security 'secret sauce' emerge
The nature of the mysterious components of the 'security update' to ship with Windows XP Service Pack 2 is becoming clearer, and SP2 itself could be becoming nearer. Steve Ballmer told us approximately what the update was supposed to do, but not how, in his security manifesto last week, but Paul Thurrott has some specifics, the …
Software 16 Oct 2003, 15:22
It's not all dodgy Metallica CD rips, you know
Peer-to-peer software provider Lime Wire has launched a 'legal download' portal, in a bid to make it easier for its users to find content they are authorised to download. Lime Wire's MagnetMix content portal uses a URL-style location system to pin-point content on the Gnutella network. Content owners who want their material - …
Media 16 Oct 2003, 15:33
Comes clean on thermals
'Prescott' will never exceed 100W of power dissipation, Intel said today, in a bid to keep the heated debate over the as-yet-unlaunched Pentium processor's thermal characteristics from bubbling over. "The Prescott thermal envelope will be between 90W and 100W," a spokesman told The Register. "This [will apply] throughout the …
Channel 16 Oct 2003, 16:00
Letter Get it right
re: SunnComm shrinks from DMCA threat A couple days after SunnComm backed down from its threat to sue a Princeton researcher, the company's CEO Peter Jacobs sent the following letter to El Reg expressing displeasure with our coverage of the incident. Subject: In Britain... does one re-write stories from other writers without …
Letters 16 Oct 2003, 16:44
Fire Engine on the Software Express
Sun Microsystems' new Software Express program is alive and kicking with the company delivering a rewritten TCP/IP stack for Solaris that is meant to prepare customers for faster networking technology. The new TCP/IP stack - code-named Fire Engine - has 10 gigabit and 100 gigabit Ethernet networks in mind. Instead of using a " …
Servers 16 Oct 2003, 18:13
Keeps control of .com and .net, natch
VeriSign today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell off the registrar and hosting business of its Network Solutions subsidiary to Pivotal Private Equity for approximately $100 million. But VeriSign will retain the registry business it obtained when it acquired Network Solutions three years ago. This business …
Media 16 Oct 2003, 19:46
IE vulns page 'outlived its usefulness'
PivX Solutions has explained the rationale behind its decision to pull a Web page that documented unresolved vulnerabilities with IE. The page (available at time of writing via Google cache)documented 31 unpatched vulnerabilities involving Internet Explorer, but was pulled last Friday. After Microsoft released a new patch ( …
Security 16 Oct 2003, 19:49
Analysts hungry for blood
As warned, Sun Microsystems posted underwhelming results for its first quarter, but the company's gripping conference call with financial analysts more than made up for the sub-par numbers. For the period ended Sept. 28, Sun reported revenue of $2.54 billion, which is an 8 percent drop from the $2.75 billion reported in the …
Servers 16 Oct 2003, 22:41
- 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