Politicians unite in RIP love-in
Charles Clarke, Home Office Minister, last night described the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill as "one of the most complicated pieces of legislation I've ever seen".
Freeserve does a RedHotAnt
Happily, handing passwords out over the phone is not exclusive to RedHotAnt. On at least one occassion, Freeserve's tech support department was equally content to hand out users password without any confirmation of identity.
SGI pins hopes on Bricks
On the eve of its launch of third generation products, has Silicon Graphics detailed its final quarter results for the fiscal year. As expected, revenue slumped by 36 per cent against the preceding quarter, down to $434m, giving a net loss of $830m for the entire year.
Napster to close on Friday
A San Francisco judge has given Napster until midnight on Friday US Pacific Time to stop aiding the exchange of copyright music, or close down.
MS slams judge in Supreme Court filing
MS on TrialMicrosoft has filed with the Supreme Court its view as to why the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit should first hear its appeal. The arguments are principally that the case is too big and complex for the Supremes; that there are many factual issues best resolved by a lower court; and that the trial was flawed because Judge Jackson erred in the procedures he set, and ignored the Federal Rules of Evidence.
Script kiddies fell Kuro5hin
Vandals have forced one of the premier open source salons to shut up shop. Kuro5hin is temporarily out of action while its volunteer management finds a way of coping with a variety of denial of service attacks sustained by the site this week.
The search for the perfect search engine
AnalysisThere are several unsolved problems with search engines: they do not index all the Web; no single engine is likely to be satisfactory for all searching purposes; and their capabilties are often over-hyped. At least the issue of completeness is improving, with Google claiming to have indexed 1.06 billion Web pages - but that's somewhat hyped since there are 560 million URLs and another 500 million links that it has recorded but not visited.
Dinosaurs mate in embedded gulag
Symbol and Telxon are finally to join forces in a stock-for-stock deal. The two brands are beloved by traffic wardens, ticket inspectors, fork-lift truck drivers and check-out staff the world over, providing the majority of industrial embedded handheld devices in use today.
Net in poxy scare
The Net is being blamed for a potential rise in the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to the The Journal of the American Medical Association.
AMD's Kludgehammer we haven't accelerated it
PR representatives at AMD have obviously been in fevered huddles and have come out with a line on its future 64-bit processor which it codenames Sledgehammer.
IBM's first SOI server hits the streets
IBM's first silicon-on-insulator (SOI) AS/400 is the latest contender in the somewhat tacky 'mine's bigger than yours' server wars.
BT: An Apology
The Register reported yesterday that BT was misleading consumers when it said its consumer broadband ADSL service (USB) would be "launching later this summer".
Voodoo 5 for Mac gets the once over
As they say in Monty Python, "...and now for something completely different..." Well, Sharky's has got a preview of the Voodoo5 5500 for the Mac (that is the different bit). The card has been totally redesigned for the Mac, so get over there and see what you think of the review.
BT profits slump
BT's Q1 profits have taken a hammering following increased interest payments, the telco said today.
Stephen King's online book sales wilt
Demand for Stephen King's online book seems to be wilting, with the horrormeister taking the step of banning the release of further reader figures until next week.
HP director quits for reseller cartel
One of Hewlett Packard's UK directors has quit to become king of a reseller cartel.
Oftel signs own death warrant
Oftel wants to become a digital watchdog encompassing TV and the Net, the quango said today.
Internet could be 500 times bigger than we think
The true extent of the Internet is not widely known, and according to a study published this week, it could be more than 500 times larger than we think. The authors claim that as much as 7500TB of data exist in places on the Web that no search engine has mapped, as compared to the 19TB on the familiar "surface" Web.
LineOne replies to ISPA
LineOne has replied to criticisms from the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) that it is in breach of the organisation's code of conduct following its decision to ditch unmetered Net access.
More Bluetooth hype…
Bluetooth chips, the central part of the much hyped and little seen wireless communications technology, could reach production volumes of 1.4 billion units by 2005.
Energis out to steal streaming market
Energis Squared invited The Reg on a jolly to Amsterdam to tell us how it was going to take over the streaming market - you know, the transmission and reception of sounds and pictures over the Internet.
Small Business Server 2000 beta global launch
Microsoft has released the beta version of Small Business Server 2000 to its resellers worldwide.
Iraq's first Internet café opens up the world
Iraq has seen its first ever Internet café open. Set up by the enterprising Ba'athist government - which is headed of course by the West's best friend and man of the people Saddam Hussein - the café is another great example of how the Internet can bring us all together, make us more tolerant of other people's views and cultures. Yah right.
breathe rallies Modern Urbanists
breathe - which recently took action to suffocate some of its heavy breathers - is calling on the better nature of "Modern Urbanists" to ensure that the service does not choke on overuse.