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".
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Just as eggs is eggs, so IBM's PC division is pants.
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.
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 silicon-on-insulator (SOI) AS/400 is the latest contender in the somewhat tacky 'mine's bigger than yours' server wars.
The Register reported yesterday that BT was misleading consumers when it said its consumer broadband ADSL service (USB) would be "launching later this summer".
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's Q1 profits have taken a hammering following increased interest payments, the telco said today.
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.
One of Hewlett Packard's UK directors has quit to become king of a reseller cartel.
Oftel wants to become a digital watchdog encompassing TV and the Net, the quango said today.
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 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.
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 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.
Microsoft has released the beta version of Small Business Server 2000 to its resellers worldwide.
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 - 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.
Hotelgenie Dot Com - a two-year-old filly that won in its first outing earlier this month - is running at the 3.15 at Sandown Park today.