Rambus, Pentium 4: The Hall of Mirrors
Back in June we revealed that Taiwanese OEMs were holding off implementing the first rev of the Pentium 4, because only two or three quarters after introduction, which we believe will happen in September, the Tulloch chipset supporting a 479 pin version of the microprocessor will supersede it.
Hamidi outlines proposed Intel class actions
The long history of litigation between Ken Hamidi and the Intel Corporation isn't going to go away real soon now, and in fact, is set to intensify.
X-Box design ‘complete’ – MS demos microbrowser, set top box
A few dates and figures escaped from Microsoft's briefing for financial analysts yesterday, which largely returned to recent presentations. But Whistler will be called Windows 2000 Consumer, and a beta is promised "soon"; the Windows 2000 DataCenter will ship on August 11; the delayed Windows 2000 Service Pack on August 1; and the X-Box SDK was made available for download. We presume by invitation only, as we couldn't find it on the X-Box site. More from us on Whistler later today.
Blair gets RIP thanks to a few sleepy MPs
The government managed to slip its email snooping plans through the House of Commons on Wednesday night.
Win2k successor Whistler to beta in October
Microsoft is poised to release the first beta of Whistler, the successor to Win2k, and is expected to hit the market in the second half of next year. We have of course heard this sort of stuff from Microsoft before, but when Windows division senior VP Brian Valentine delivered the hostages to fortune to journalists yesterday, he was likely speaking from a position of some confidence.
US buckles on export subsidies to MS et al, but ups them $1.5bn
The US is retreating in the latest skirmish of the trade war with the EU, and will revise the controversial foreign sales corporation system that, according to World Trade Organisation rules, gave illegal export subsidies to the likes of Microsoft and other major US exporters. More than half of US exports go through FSCs, and it is estimated that in 2001, the export subsidies under the scheme would have amounted to $4.1 billion.
Minor Dramurai tumbles to Rambus
Bloomberg is reporting that Oki, a maker of synchronous DRAM memories, has agreed to license both DDR and SDRAM patents from Rambus Ink.
I wanna be – Sledgehammer
[Mike heard from a little birdie that AMD was expected to ship its 64-bit microprocessor, codenamed Sledgehammer as early as next month. He also heard that OEMs would introduced Sledgehammer servers in Q4 of this year. However the next day, he awoke to find a torrent of emails informing him he was totally wrong. Mike was then approached by the PR boys at AMD, unprompted. Of course, he wrote about that too. Here are just a few of those replies]
Euro2000 forces women online
Women flocked to the Net in June to escape football on TV, according to the latest research from new media pollsters, NetValue.
Oracle boss no pirate, a jury rules
Larry Ellison may not have a problem poking his nose into other people's garbage, but never let it be said that the man does not pay his bills.
MS plans subsidised X-Box street price, $500m promo blitz
Microsoft will subsidise the street price of its X-Box games platform, due out next year, and is planning to spend $500 million in total on making the machine a success. The $500 million will cover subsidies, marketing and support to retailers and software developers, and will make X-Box Microsoft's biggest launch ever - according to Microsoft, that is.
Win2K SP1 ready to roll
The will it or won't it saga of the first service pack for Windows 2000 is finally at an end.
Virgin.net to be split
Joint ISP venture Virgin.net is to be split by its owners Virgin group and NTL in a £240m deal, today's FT reports.
It's a cybersquatting extravaganza!
You wait for a cybersquatting decision all day and then three arrive at once. Continuing the tradition of leftfield WIPO decisions though, the one loser out of the three was the only one whose name was actually used in its true form.
BT in muddle over sell-offs
Britain's telecommunications network would be easier to regulate if BT sold it off, the winged watchdog admitted today.
Dipswitches, peanuts and more Duronic action
Will Asus have multiplier dipswitches or not? This is the question of the moment in hardware land it seems. The self described "peanuts" down under at Insane Hardware have gathered some info and posted it for your perusal here
AMD exploring Dresden fab extension
AMD is exploring the options of opening an extension to its Dresden chip fabrication plant, it confirmed this morning.
Is the BT DoSer a tosser?
[We were contacted by a man who informed us he had brought down bt.com, btinternet.com and gameplay.com. He told us he'd done this because he was sick of BT's service. We ran with it in last week's letters and then this week found the program he had used for the attack. The letters kept coming]
Let's be careful out there
Sometimes IT companies fail to step back and take an objective view of the chosen name for their whizzo new products.
Dow Chemical sacks 50 over porn emails
Dow Chemical has sacked 50 staff and disciplined another 200 over dirty sex emails sent from company computers.
When 24/7 Net access ain't 24/7 Net access
breathe has admitted that its 24/7 unmetered Net access service was never meant to be used round the clock.
US and Europe finally agree on data protection
The EC has agreed a deal with the US which patches up previous disagreements over data protection. The problem stemmed from the fact that the US relies on a self-regulation system for the security of personal information - Europe on the other hand has gone for a legislative approach.
Pedants of the world unite
[About half the emails we receive can be split into two categories. First, those that haven't read the article properly and so witter on about where we've gone wrong without realising we've answered that very question in the text. And secondly, those that read them far too carefully, or with a sense of humour bypass. Here's just a few from this week]
German man arrested in Thai girl fiddle
A German man faces up to seven years in a Bangkok jail for fraudulently receiving money from American Don Juans who thought he was a Thai woman looking for romance.
Yee-haw, Yankees get a-fiesty
[This being the IT industry, a lot of the articles we write concern the US. And it being the US, we are occasionally faced will appalling examples of what that big ole country can kick out. Refusing to do anything but attack any examples of poor human behaviour, we therefore invariably print negative comments about you lovely American citizens. The vast majority take it with the humour intended but we also have a thing here at Vulture Central where we wait for the headcase redneck to email whenever such a story goes up. This one was sparked by the Letters page last week]
EMI and MP3.com sort it out
EMI and MP3.com have reached a point of consensus over the copyright infringement suit filed by the record company against MP3 in April. The deal will allow MP3 to use EMI's material on My.MP3.com.
And the best of the rest
[We wrote about Iraq's first ever Internet café. It's amazing. Just not very useful and a little scary. And no, we don't think this letter is either big or clever]
Spot Register Mem prices fall
Drives this week are in a state of stasis, largely because of the Quantum hard drive story which we reported last week. Last week everything was in a freny. Marco will update us, come September. ®
Readers' Letters: You hate us this week
We had a fair few emails concerning the different layout of the letters page last week. Most liked it. A few told us they were scroll animals. Some asked for alterations.
Big Brother cocks-up online voting
Channel 4's virtual voyeur programme Big Brother has made a cock up of its promised online voting system.
Nortel to acquire Alteon
Nortel has publicly announced that it will buy Alteon WebSystems in a stock deal worth $7.8 billion. The company says that the deal will give it a big advantage in the content switching market as the transition is made to optical and wireless Internet.
Reg welcomes small addition to nest
We're sure you'd all like to congratulate top Reg man Drew on the birth of his fifth little Drew, called Sadie and weighing in at 8lb 11ozs.