17th > November > 2000 Archive
BT intros flat rate WAP
BT is to offer unmetered WAP access for £20 a month through Genie, its consumer mobile data brand.
Borland preps Delphi Linux for December preview
About time too. Borland chose Comdex to sneak out the news that the Inprise moniker was finally being cast overboard. We imagine that the relief expressed down at Scotts Valley will have been enough to generate a small thermal discernable from Las Vegas.
Be teams with Transmeta for long-life appliances
Be Inc's relationship with its shareholders continues to resemble one of those weird sex games where you hold your breath just long enough to avoid death by asphyxiation.
USB 2.0 creeps out, deviceless
Remember how, when Intel announced the upstart USB 2.0 spec eighteen months ago, it promised we'd be buried by compliant peripherals in time for Xmas? Well it's late, but assuredly on its way.
Ingram Micro BB posters ‘probably employees’
See what happens when you get on the wrong side of your staff? Ingram Micro suspects that anonymous bulletin board posters - anywhere between 12 and 50 people who are saying nasty things about the company and its managers are either employees or former employees (see Ingram Micro sues Yahoo! BB posters).
Apple updates Darwin, asks for x86 work
Apple has quietly updated its open source operating system foundation, Darwin, to version 1.2.1, and it appears to come with a plea for more work on the x86 side of things.
Sony demos Memory Stick peripherals
Sony's plan to broaden the scope of its Memory Stick format to other areas than data storage took a step forward this week when the company unveiled a series of prototypes of MS peripherals it has in the pipeline.
M$ Nemesis Boies fights for Al Gore
UpdatedCelebrity legal-beagle David Boies, now famous for his antitrust work on behalf of Uncle Sam against Microsoft and his defence of Napster from heavy-handed onslaughts by the recording industry, has joined the swelling ranks of lawyers flooding into Florida to lend support (well, sell support), to the Gore campaign's efforts to get a thorough re-count of ballots in districts where the Veep did well.
Toilet Web site owner arrested for climbing skyscraper
A daredevil dotcommer has risked his life to publicise his Website by scaling a Los Angeles skyscraper.
Corel moots Linux sell-off
Corel will soon spill the beans on its plan for recovery - potentially including the sale of the company's Linux business - president and CEO Derek Burney has said. The announcement will be made in three weeks' time.
Surgeon on train saves woman – by email
A surgeon who was 200 miles from his hospital saved a patient's life - via email.
Apple opts for DDR SDRAM in 600MHz G4s
Apple looks set to boost its dual-processor Power Mac G4 line to 600MHz early next year, after announcing the new models at MacWorld Expo in San Francisco in January.
Linux gets a virtual Windows boost
The free software Plex86 project says it has successfully booted a copy of Windows in the environment.
SDRAM prices pull out of nosedive
SDRAM pricing seems to have stabilised after months of free fall, with the benchmark 8 x 8 PC100 64Mb SDRAM staying at $3.85 ($4.08 per unit) in the US, while the value of 8 x 8 PC133 64Mb SDRAMs remained at $3.90 (4.13 per chip).
Porn fiends' Barbie scam nonsense
Voice of middle Britain the Daily Mail, is outraged again at the Internet.
Net diabetic mercy dash – fails
A Net-based mercy dash to save the life of British diabetic Derek Hall ended in tragedy when paramedics arrived to find him already dead on the sofa.
Nvidia's super secret Crush spec
Nvidia's super secret Crush chipset will be officially announced later this month - or at the beginning of December.
Pentium 4 launches Monday
Chipzilla will open the P4 kimono and reveal all on Monday. All that hasn't already been revealed, that is, and that doesn't leave an awful lot.
FTC puts domain pre-registration on its dot con list
The Federal Trade Commission has put the issue of pre-registration services on its list of dot cons. A new message alert has been put on the government body's Web site entitled "What's Dot and What's Not: Domain Name Registration Scams".
EDS big mouth spills guts on crowded train
Lke all right-thinking people, The Reg loves saddoes who insist on using mobile phones to conduct loud and lengthy business calls on crowded trains, especially when they are EDS execs.
Pentium 4 system prices leaked by Fortune
Once again, Intel US' monstro PR machine has failed to control those pesky American journos resulting in the awfully-helpful folks at Fortune Magazine breaking Chipzilla's embargo on Pentium 4 system prices so we don't have to wait until first thing Monday morning to tell you about them.
ICANN speaks: lucky seven TLDs include .pro and .biz
ICANN has selected the winners and losers of the new top level domain (TLD) battle.
Telewest debt structure ‘better than NTL’
Telewest, the cable company, has dismissed talks of joining forces with NTL, its bigger rival, after investors said they preferred its debt structure to NTL's.
TUC gets arsey about RIP email laws
The Trades Union Congress has embarked on a mini-crusade for a code of practice for employers when using the new email snooping laws allowed under the RIP Act.
Flame of the Week: You can take your politics and shove it up your..
We've received several flames sparked by our US election coverage, one of which was 15,000 words long. We thought, you prefer to read this one.
Freeserve soars on Times Tiscali tittle-tattle
Freeserve saw its share price rocket today on speculation it was about to be gobbled up by Italian rival Tiscali.
All I want for Christmas is my etailer to not go bust
Last year's online shopping boom was merely a warm up for the huge spend-fest that will be online Christmas 2000.
Spam? Not us, says 24/7
A US District Court in Denver has issued a temporary restraining order on behalf of online marketing gurus, 24/7, against the Mail Abuse Prevention System (MAPS).
Fags, hags, sex offenders, politics and phones
Well, it's been a busy news week - Pentium 4, ICANN, Oftel, various humorous stories. This means that it is now late on a Friday and your letters ed is tired and wants to get out and down the pub. This, therefore, is a short letters week.
That Bush/Gore total fiasco cock-up saga in full
Florida election returns blocked until Monday Bush and Gore exchange personalities Microsoft Nemesis Boies fights for Al Gore Bush hand-count hypocrisy shot down Rhetoric swells as Bush's lead evaporates George Dubya will lose if he wins Capitol Hill re-shuffle promises entertainment
Israeli army plans offensive against US dotcom
The Israeli military machine has threatened to get heavy with a US dotcom after finding a bogus army site on one of its servers.
MSN blacklisted for harbouring spammers
Microsoft's vastly interconnected ISP and portal, MSN, has become easy prey for spammers due to several poorly-protected mail (SMTP) servers to which outsiders can connect easily for a free, anonymous ride, according to a bulletin on the Mail Abuse Prevention System (MAPS) Web site.
German watchdog orders unmetered access
Germany's telecoms watchdog has given Deutsche Telecom less than three months to offer ISPs a flat-rate charge for network access.