Slashdot gives Microsoft lawyers the bum's rush
Andover.Net lawyers acting for Slashdot have raised a theatrical two fingers to Microsoft, setting the stage for yet another test case under the recently passed Digital Media Copyright Act.
‘Pissy emails from billg’ – MS exec sinks teeth into Gates
MS on TrialAn astonishing email from former Microsoft top exec Brad Silverberg suggests that at least elements of the Microsoft High Command wanted the company to split off its OS and apps businesses more formally. And stranger still, the email was written in February 1999, when trial proceedings were already heating up.
Interplay games system builders play
California-based company Interplay OEM is to start selling games online to smaller UK system builders next month.
Apple backtracks on pre-installing MacOS X
Apple will not pre-install Mac OS X on new Mac hardware next January after all - despite CEO Steve Jobs' promise, made earlier this year, that the next-generation operating system will become Apple's standard OS early 2001.
Microsoft's Bauer gets a suntan with The Register
Thomas Bauer, Microsoft regional OEM director for EMEA, took time out from the Integrator Forum Europe 2000 in Monte Carlo to tell Linda Harrison why system builders need to quit the consumer market, and about the vendor's plans for its tier II OEMs.
War on drugs might promote sneak computer searches
Provisions enabling the Feds to conduct secret searches, primarily in cases of suspected cyber-crimes, are being interlaced with several bills pending before Congress, the Centre for Democracy and Technology (CDT) noted in e-mail correspondence with Hacker News Network.
McAfee anti-virus enables employee monitoring
Network Associates anti-virus division McAfee has decided to stop scanning for a Trojan called NetBus Pro, made by UltraAccess Networks, which allows a third party to invade and take complete control over someone else's computer.
MS releases CE3, announces new appliance kits
Windows' embedded Czar has been trying to tidy up Microsoft's OS strategy. This was formally unveiled at the WinHEC conference last month, but as we reported earlier this doesn't seem to have left the target audience much clearer. Today Bengt Akerlind, VP for Embedded Products, had another go, and threw some new ingredients into the mix.
Germany unshreds Stasi spy history
In the final days of the DDR, employees of the STASI tried to destroy decades worth of files.
AMD's Huff puffs DDR at memory love-in
Chip contender AMD is a Rambus licensee but is still showing reluctance to demo products that use this memory technology.
Intel roadmap times, they are a changin'
Intel has now bunged its boxed desktop processor customers its latest roadmap, which extends up to the end of this year.
Via-AMD chipsets set to enter mass production
The KZ133 chipset from Via, a Socket A solution which supports AMD's up-and-coming Thunderbird microprocessor are expected to go into mass production at the end of this month, insiders in Taiwan told The Register today.
Intel's view on double data rate memory…
The same roadmap we saw two days ago which revealed the price of Merced (Itanium) chips has also revealed Intel's view about double date rate memory (DDR).
Intel's pricing, May to September
There's some solid chunks of meat in this Intel broth and the positioning of processors, whether they be for mobile, desktop or server chips, speaks volumes for the firm's response to competition. Intel, no doubt, hopes that its strategic pricing will not only speak volumes to its customers, but sell volumes too. All prices below relate to tray product bought in 1000s.
AMD's 1.1GHz T'bird to debut Q3
At Ace's Hardware there is a link to PC Watch Japan which gives details of AMD's roadmap. AMD will challenge little Intel's Willamette by releasing a 1.5GHz processor next January, the article iterates.
Intel's Cape Cod fishy smell – official
Whenever a reseller or distributor gets a letter from Intel starting off with the words Dear Valued Customer, she or he expects trouble. And so it proved when they received the following missive from Satan Clara notifying them of a certain Coddish stink coming from the CC820. Here is the letter the channel got, reproduced in full.
Kingston spins off storage unit
Kingston Technology, better known for its memory products than the storage solutions it offers, is to spin off its storage product division on 1 June, with the name StorCase.
Reading The Internet Start-Up Bible
From time to time, I am mistakenly asked for advice on how to set up an Internet business.
You're the Won that I want
Gaming portal Won.net is launching in the UK (and France and Germany). Boasting 40 online games, the Sierra-owned company is currently pushing the "casual" side of gaming - you know, chess, backgammon et al - but, of course, has thrown in Net favourites like Half-Life and Quake.
Two million oglers share Victoria's Secrets
Two million people ogled at the secrets of Victoria the other night as the world's top supermodels strutted their stuff on a Cannes catwalk wearing little more than a smile.
Dotcom UK slams e-commerce minister's performance
British dotcoms are deeply dissatisfied with the Government's handling of the new economy, according to a survey published ahead of next week's Internet World UK 2000 exhibition and conference.
Hull to wire entire city to the Net
Officials in Kingston upon Hull want to give everyone in the city access to the Net.
FTC to ask Congress for Net-privacy oversight power
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has at long last come to grasp what everyone else has known for years: that e-commerce remains belligerently unwilling to regulate itself and provide consumers with even a modicum of on-line privacy protection.
You can have it all with ideas commune
A thousand thanks to Web-Intelligence Worldwide for adding spirituality to an otherwise soulless Internet World show.
Telewest signs up with world+dead dog
Telewest has announced a massive list of sign-ups to its interactive TV service, including CNN, Interflora, Lunn Poly, Tie Rack etc etc. Strangely it has also joined up with Boo.com - which was flushed down the dotcom toilet just yesterday - but then what has the Internet ever had to do with timely information?
Bonfield tells the world BT is dying
British Telecom announced a 32 per cent fall in full-year profits yesterday, sparking a slump in its share price. Shares fell 70p to 922p, wiping 4.6 billion off the company's value.
CPU price war totally out of control down under
Bargain of the week has to come from Sydney, Australia computer store Arcco, advertising the Intel Pentium III 650MHz for a low, low price - Aus$0.00.
Europe IT trade forum on the cards
Keith Warburton, director of UK trade group the Personal Computer Association, will tomorrow unleash his plans to take over the world - well, Europe at least.
MS opens NexGen Windows Megaservices kimono
Microsoft has discovered a way to recoup its expensive investments in media content in the late 90s. It's going to give them away as part of the 'megaservices' concept to be made flesh at its Next Generation Windows Services, or NGWS strategy launch next week.
Linux is more popular than sex
Our thanks go out to Register reader Gunnar Isaksson who wrote in to inform us of the "unscientifical investigation" he has carried out into the growing popularity of Linux.
Can Schmidt fix Novell – again?
Novell's second quarter results don't tell the whole story about what is happening in the company, the current issues that resulted in the profits warning of 2 May, and the savage decline in the share price. The outcome was as forecast earlier in the month, with revenue of $302 million and earnings per share of 9 cents beating the 8 cents forecast. In both the previous quarter and the year-earlier quarter, revenue was $316 million, so the downturn is not really so great. Net income was $31 million, down from $34.5 million in the previous quarter.
Time Warner caught in ham-fisted DSL scam
In a comically oafish effort to probe the enemy's strengths and weaknesses, media behemoth Time Warner circulated a flyer among its Texas-area employees urging them to place orders for DSL service from competitor Southwestern Bell, the New York Times reports.
Intel's cunning server plans
PC customers and companies attempting to plan their server strategy over the next 18 months had better get their thinking caps on, judging from an Intel roadmap we viewed earlier on this week.
Microsoft partner offers broadband satellite access in Europe
The company Microsoft teamed up with in order to deliver broadband satellite Internet access in the US by the end of this year has announced plans for a similar system in Europe, in the same timeframe. The 'M' word hasn't been mentioned in the European context yet, but it would seem logical for the deal to be extended, particularly as Microsoft doesn't like its partners playing fast and loose with rivals.
Windows ME on target for mid-June completion
Windows ME, aka Millennium Edition, has reached Release Candidate 1 stage, and is expected to RTM (Release to Manufacture) in the middle of June. Windows-watching sites are variously reporting the intended RTM as the 13th or the 14th, so presumably it's a 'push the button at midnight' job.
WH Smith Online crashes after server theft
Police are investigating a break in at it WH Smith Online's Oxfordshire base, following the alleged theft of two servers and a quantity of DVDs.
The NTL customer backlash starts here
"NTL - Technology and the Internet tamed". So says the company's TV and radio ads. Sean 'Anne Robinson' Fleming was stuck at home sorting out house problems and thought he'd get it to set up cable and TV in his new abode. Oh dear. The resulting story "Hi, thanks for calling NTL - we suck", struck a chord with readers and soon we were inundated with fellow sufferers. Just some of them are sampled below:
NTL ‘enters race for Freeserve’
Cable giant NTL is a "serious contender" to buy Freeserve, Britain's biggest consumer ISP, according to the Sunday Times.
BabeWatch at Internet World
Dawning as it did that there was no news to be had at the show (and even if there was, most stallholders wouldn't know what their product was), it seemed only right to tell readers how to get the most out of the show.
Internet World: there's no business in show business
The first day of the Internet World 2000 show has been a bit of a mixed bag.
Man arrested after military laptop theft tabloid pitch
A man has been held in connection with the theft of a military laptop, following an attempt to sell its secrets to a tabloid newspaper for 15,000.
Caminogate recall – read the small print
The news that Intel is to offer either PC700 or PC800 Rambus to Cape Cod mobo owners would appear to be a generous offer, as cynics have been claiming only feeble PC600 RIMMs would be available.