6th > November > 2000 Archive
3Com squares class actions with $259m
3Com has settled two class actions lawsuits springing from the 1997 takeover of US Robotics with a whacking great big cash payout of $259 million.
Microsoft hacked again
Just one week after Microsoft admitted to a major breach of its security, another hacker by the name of Dimitri claims to have gained access to several of its Web servers.
Dixons does downloads
Dixons is to offer software downloads for handhelds and other mobile devices through its Web site.
MS audit cripples city
A demand by Microsoft to run an audit on all its software has brought chaos to the city of Virginia Beach, Virginia. A one-page letter demanded to see all software licences to prove the software wasn't counterfeit. The thinking is that since government departments tend to go for the lowest supplier quote, they may inadvertently pick up pirate software.
Cyberwarfare levels the playing field
Old definitions of war and national security will be swept away in the online revolution. The old war paradigm defining security as physical protection is obsolete, according to James Adams, CEO of iDefense, and traditional government is too slow to deal with conflict in the virtual world.
Xbox ‘blueprint’ leaked
XBOX365.com, the community site for Microsoft's Xbox games platform, has published a blueprint' of the still-to-be released box. Actually, it's a sketch of the machine, based on the latest spec gleaned and leaked by XBOX365's'Inside Informant'.
Police gag ‘corruption’ Web site
Surrey Police served a High Court injunction against one of its own officers late on Friday night forcing him to remove a Web site that was set to expose alleged police corruption within the force.
Mobile phones getting cheaper
The cost of using a mobile phone has fallen dramatically this year, according to winged watchdog Oftel. If you use a pre-paid phone, you'll be coughing up a third less this year than last. Contract phones are 16 per cent cheaper overall.
Time and Tiny are bottom of Which? PC survey
Time and Tiny were named and shamed as bottom-of-the-barrel resellers in a Consumers Association survey in Which? Magazine. Meanwhile Dell, Apple and Dan scored well in just about every category - from reliability to support and customer satisfaction.
Oftel publishes cost of LLU
Oftel today published the proposed wholesale prices for BT's unbundled local loops and the internal tie cables that connect loops to operators' equipment.
VC dry-out translates into VA loss
The drying up of VC money for dotcom start-ups has had a knock-on effect, on VA Linux, the wanna-own-everything to do with Linux company.
Top Bertelsmann brass resign
Both the chairman and president/CEO of Bertelsmann subsidiary BMG Entertainment are to leave in the next few months. The announcement comes just days after the company announced it was to work with former enemy Napster. Chairman Michael Dornemann will leave the board in January and his job in June. President/CEO Strauss Zelnick will out for good in January. Bertelsmann is having a bit of a reorganisation to pull all its subsidiaries and recent acquisitions into a more meaningful structure. It's not known whether the two were pushed or jumped.
BT wants Openwow not to Openwoe
BTOpenwoe has apologised for the hassles experienced by consumers looking to get ADSL installed claiming it is making every effort to put it right.
Thin ‘n’ fast Alpha Linux servers coming RSN
Alpha Processor Inc (API) has rebranded itself as API NetWorks, and expanded its product range to with two new high-density servers aimed at Web servers, render farms and the network infrastructure market.
Gates: PCs make you rich but won't feed the world
Billy Boy Gates has surprised the IT world by saying that computers are next to useless when it comes to solving the world's worst problems. "The world's poorest two billion people desperately need healthcare, not laptops," he said.
Flame of the Week Our AMD DDR death wish
[Andrew's AMD DDR coverage generated a very positive postbag Athlon DDR systems still not available AMD 760 DDR chipset delayed]
HWRoundup Iwill in the VD clinic
The Iwill VD133 motherboard uses the new VIA Apollo Pro 133 chipset, we are told. It has most of the new features of the Intel 820, but more importantly, there is a review over at the Sharkster's. So get over there. See - I didn't make any crude jokes about the letters preceding the 133. And it would have been so easy.
Come on punk, spoil my day
Chip and Chimp Zilla aren't technology hothouses, they're global marketing operations that just happen to make chips. The ongoing megahertz™ wars between them involve large amounts of sneaky and reprehensible behaviour and backstabbing.
Minesweeper could explode hard maths problem
Minesweeper, the Windows OS game accused of wasting almost as much office time as Solitaire, could hold the key to one of the trickiest problems in mathematics research that has baffled all the brainiest boffins for about 30 years.
Pentium 4 sprouts in Brussels
Belgian dealer DPI looks to be the first European outlet to offer the upcoming Pentium 4, due on November 20.
HWRoundup Temp sucking cooler frenzy
Anand's boys get their mitts on an ASUS V7700 Deluxe, based on the GeForce2 GTS. Does ASUS' reputation for excellence in the motherboard market carry over into their game card offerings? Clickhere to find out.
Readers' Letters Hallucinogenic reindeer droppings, DDR flashbacks, and Tempest paranoia
It's our last mailbag before President-elect Dubya officially takes the helm - and executing the mentally retarded goes from being a Texan pastime to becoming official US national policy. So move along now folks - don't dawdle on the crosswalk.
Pro wrestling & Green-Party FUD to decide election
Washington RoundupAll signs point to a cliff-hanger presidential election Tuesday that very few people care about. Contenders Al Bore and George Dubya are undoubtedly biting their nails; but the populace is not so much excited as befuddled, chiefly from an inability to distinguish between the candidates, who have spent the past four months impersonating each other. The dull symmetry is further refracted in the dozen states which remain in the tossup category. Here we find that while Gore needs more of them, he's also likely to carry more. The whole, rather silly thing will probably turn on a single state, and signs point to it being (what else?) a fairly silly one.
Datrontech calls in the receivers
Datrontech, the venerable British distie, has called in the receivers, following "discussions with the company's principal' bank. In other words it is insolvent.
Downloaded music sales to hit £300m in UK by 2005
Sales from downloadable music will hit £300 million in the UK by 2005.
Yahoo! legally obliged to ban the French?
In a court case today in Paris, Yahoo! is expected to be told it must ban French users from those auction sites that sell Nazi memorabilia. Now, we're not going to get caught up in the hornet's nest that is the debate over Nazi items (we already did that when the situation arose in April). Instead, let's ignore what is on sale and look at the issues.
Flood, pestilence and beef sarnies
Being young and carefree whippersnappers, we at the Reg had never given much thought to our own mortality. Not until, that is, a humble pen reminded us of our own appointment with the grim reaper.
MS Mobile Explorer will lose wireless war – Symbian CEO
By some bizarre coincidence (?) Microsoft wireless spinning seemed to go into overdrive on the morning of the Symbian Developer Expo in London today. The WSJ said that according to Microsoft executives, Symbian has lost two thirds of its 40 most senior staff this year, and Microsoft VP mobile devices Ben Waldman weeps: "The disappointment they [the licensees] have expressed to us is almost heart-rending."
Nokia, Psion, Intel demo next gen Symbian Quartz kit
Unfazed by the number of recent high-level executive departures from Microsoft - Brad Silverberg, Paul Maritz, two Myrhvolds (Nathan and Cameron), Harel Kodesh, Win CE boss Jonathan Roberts, Rich Tong and almost anyone who was cc'd on billg's wireless strategy memo just a year ago - Symbian will plough ahead on the gamble that Microsoft will remain a presence on the desktop in the near future.
Armed DRAM robbers caught after police chase
Torridon, formerly Memory Corp, was hit by armed robbers today - in broad daylight.