San Jose At last the truth can be told.
San Jose Samsung revealed to The Reg today that it has set itself the target of bringing Rambus to within five percent of the cost of boring old SDRAM. A laudable aim, but unfortunately the date set for this wondrous event is sometime in 2002.
Surveillance of citizens suspected of computer crimes such as malicious hacking must be made easier for federal law enforcement agents, White House Chief of Staff John Podesta said during a speech Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, echoing a familiar Clinton Administration demand once again.
A floating power plant is being shipped to the San Francisco Bay to shore up the region's perilous Internet Economy.
SGI's FailSafe looks like being the first high-availability clustering for Linux to break cover.
Chip giant Intel turned in revenues of $8.3 billion for its second quarter with profits of $3.5 billion, but the figures are somewhat blurred because it reaped the reward of its investment portfolio.
The Queen Mum - 'appy birfday ma'am and gawd bless ya - is to appear live on the Net today.
The shoppers champion - the Consumers Association - has finally got an opinion about spam.
Further proof - if proof be needed - that lifestyle-conscious breathe is absolutely off its trolley has surfaced courtesy of an e-newsletter from the ISP.
Tweaktown has started a new section, called AMD Scoopage Resource. Despite sounding like what one might have to do while following a dog around a park, the guys and gals at Tweaktown will be posting all their hot "scoopage" and opinions of AMD's CPU's. The first instalment of the AMD Scoopage Resource is the Theory of AMD's new FSBs. We reckon it's worth a look.
Transmeta is pretty much on course for a late 2000 IPO, having chosen Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Deutsche Banc Alex Brown to set it all up, according to a source "familiar with the matter", cited by Bloomberg.
Internet fraud is sky high, according to Gartner, and Web companies are picking up the tab. A survey of 160 companies confirmed many people's fears by saying that fraud over the Internet is 12 times higher than traditional retailer sales.
Chip giant Intel has proffered an explanation for shutting its motherboard forum, as it emerged that it will also be shutting up shop elsewhere.
Freeserve shares fell five per cent in early morning trading following a report that losses are set to increase next year. The British dotcom's broker, Credit Suisse First Boston, estimates that Freeserve will run-up pre-tax losses of £60.9 million in 2001 and £40.7 million the following year. The losses are significantly higher than market speculation. Which put this figure at between £25 million and £40 million.
Another good example of how the Internet can be used to screw those that abuse their power (and of course give us all a good dose of voyeurism). Apparently there are masses of phone conversation transcripts of leading Russian businessmen up on the Web.
Almost without it being noticed, Microsoft has transformed itself from a software company to an investment company. The Q4 results announced last night show investment income up 132 per cent compared with the year-ago quarter. Investment income of $1.127 billion in the quarter represented 32 per cent of Microsoft's income before taxes. It was clear from the results that Microsoft's investments have been performing more profitably than its products, with the operating income showing 30 cents/share coming from products and 14 cents from investment income and interest.
The father of the London nailbomber has launched a Website in the hope of proving his convicted murderer son is "mad, not bad".
CNET is to buy Ziff-Davis inc for $1.6bn stock, in a deal that will see two of the world's biggest Web sites establish a dominant position in the IT news and shopping sector.
Oh dear oh dear oh dear. They keep on falling for them. The latest company to do a boo-boo on virus hoaxing is HSBC Insurance Brokers Ltd. We've been sent a copy of an email from their tech support helpdesk warning employees to be on the lookout for "Wobbler", the "Win A Holiday" email, and the newest of the bunch - the "Budweiser Frogs Screen Saver".
Updated StarOffice creator Marco Boerries has confirmed that Sun intends to GPL the productivity suite. Sun made the official announcement today, but leaking to reporters earlier, Boerries said that source code for the next version of StarOffice, 6.0, will be available for download from 13th October.
Utility firm PowerGen has left thousands of its online customers' bank and contact details unprotected.
RedHotAnt has clearly never heard of social engineering as a hacking technique.The Register has been informed that the company's tech support team seems to have no qualms about revealing a user's password to a caller without confirming his or her identity.
It may seem incredible, but those companies set up to prevent the abuse of modern communications (namely, spam) don't seem to be above a bit of active sabotage. How come? All down to money, sadly.
My god, PowerGen's security cock-up may be the biggest example of Net stupidity we've ever seen. If the man that discovered the gaping hole is to be believed (and there's no reason to suppose he shouldn't) he simply cut the end of Powergen's URL, hit return, and was presented with a directory of 700 customers.
Computer Associates' fat cat Charles Wang just got fatter thanks to a whopping $4.8 million bonus.
Tesco, the "world's largest online grocer," has "improved" its online store again, and The Register's veteran shoppers view the prospect with the usual gloom. For reasons best known to itself, Tesco is addicted to continuous innovation; with every rev the buttons and departments tend to move around, and weird bugs and features scamper around the site, frequently poleaxing your ability to find food, and buy it.
The Government's latest laughable effort to reassure punters that shopping online is safe has hit further bother.
The European smartcard market is forecast to top one billion by 2004.
A US company has launched a sub $299 computer in the technology hotbed of Portland, Oregon.
Overheard at the Platform Conference in San Jose: