21st > November > 2000 Archive
Apple slashes two-way G4 prices
Apple announced steep discounts on its dual processor G4 Macs today in the US and Europe.
MCI Worldcom is ‘random billing’ specialist – official
Plagiarism CornerRegular readers will know that The Register employs some cunning booby-traps to foil the most obvious plagiarists.
It's like the Love Bug, only less romantic
Virus writers are slushy at heart - naming the latest computer masher "Romeo & Juliet".
Easier.co.uk on life support machine
A British dotcom that helps people buy and sell property on the Web is about to slip into a coma.
Where next for Corel?
AnalysisLast week, Corel's former Linux project lead, and now CEO, Derek Burney gave an equivocal backing to the company's Quixotic free software initiative.
BT sacks domain grab contractor
BT is to launch a technology incubator business that will exploit the thousands of ideas its boffins come up with at the company's labs in Suffolk.
The Euro Software Patent Chamber of Horrors
The idiocies of the European Patent Office are to be highlighted in a unique exhibition opening today. Between 11am and 12:30 in Munich, the European Software Patent Horror Gallery will open to the public, hosted by FSF founder Richard M Stallman, only this time wearing his League of Programming Freedom hat.
Guninski finds another IE 5.5 security hole
We have a problem with IE security bugs - they all look the same to us. So thank goodness for George Guninski, who's found yet another security hole in Microsoft's IE5.
Compaq $60m lawsuit centres on DVD violation
More details have emerged concerning Compaq's legal tussle over alleged video compression patent violations - action that could see the PC vendor being forced to cough up at least $60 million in damages.
Ozzy Osbourne to bite head off Net media co.
Bat biter Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera and seven other metal bands are together suing a trio of media companies, including online video company MCY, for broadcasting bootlegged concert footage.
Hello, Australia, are you there?
It was connection chaos for millions of Internet users yesterday - and to think we never noticed. Millions of people in Australia, Asia, America and Europe found it difficult, no impossible, to get onto the Net, after a 39,000km-long undersea cable was severed, possibly by a trawler, in the wee hours of yesterday morning (Brit time), somewhere near Singapore.
E-minister puts brave face on auction farce
The collapse and utter failure of the auction for Broadband Fixed Wireless Access yesterday put e-minister, Patricia Hewitt, in a difficult spot. How to explain that the expected £1 billion windfall from the licences had, in fact, turned into a measly £38.2 million. How to pass over the fact that only 16 licences of the 42 up for sale even received a bid. Why the large number of companies that registered their interest were reduced to just ten (officially twelve at the time - what happened to the other two?) before the auction kicked off - and of them, two pulled out within days.
Intel AGP 8x spec published
Intel has published the draft spec of the AGP 8x standard - an extension of the existing AGP 4x bus - including an outline of a 64-bit version supporting Itanic and its successors.
The Reg – a reader's guide
Based on the number of emails we receive from irate readers (many of them written in green crayon - not an easy thing to do in Outlook Express), it would appear many people consider The Reg to be variously opinionated, biased, racist, too tough, too weak, political, apolitical, too technical, not technical enough, pro AMD, anti AMD, pro Intel, anti Intel, pro Rambus and anti Rambus.
Cardiff Prison official faces child porn allegations
A senior member of staff at Cardiff prison has been arrested by police after kiddie porn was allegedly found on his laptop computer.
Nokia unveils first Symbian Crystal Communicator
Nokia has taken the wraps off its first Communicator based on Symbian's Crystal reference design - at its mobile Internet show in Prague, as indeed we said the company would several weeks ago. The 9210 Communicator is intended as a 'do-everything' high speed mobile device, and is intended to ship in the first half of next year.
Reg reader finds hardcore Barbie porn
Last week we wrote a story debunking a hysterical article by the Daily Mail which claimed kids were at serious risk of viewing pornography while searching online for their favourite toys.
Reg pops Brit net lit zit
Quite a week for comps down here at Vulture Central. On top of the excitement over our Codebreaker competition results and our latest Bluetooth give-away, we can now announce the ten unclogged pores who will be curling up with a copy of The New English Book of Internet Stories.
BBC sacrifices virgin online
We were shocked, nay appalled, to find that that paragon of free speech, the BBC, prevented a loyal Reg reader from discussing sky-diving online.
EMI falls into red on failed Warner tie-up
EMI, the world's third largest record company, said today its attempt to merge with Warner - itself soon to be bought by AOL - knocked an anticipated first-half profit into a loss.
Sony, Honda prep people-like robots
Sony has developed a 19 inch high robot, codenamed SDR-3X, capable of walking on two legs, kicking a ball and a few other nifty tricks. Meanwhile, Honda has unveiled a four foot tall bipedal robot that can even shake hands with people.
Intel and Broadcom best friends again
Intel and Broadcom are reported to have kissed and made up, and settled all claims and counter-claims against each other.
Blunder cuts Lucent Q1 sales by $125m
Lucent admitted today it has made a mistake its Q1 fiscal predictions, a cock up that will effectively wipe two cents of its earnings and cuts its sales figures for the period by $125 million.
Another P4 mobo floods onto the market
Gigabyte's new GA-8TX mobo joins Aopen's AX4T, shown at last month's World PC Expo 2000 in Tokyo, and Intel's own D850GB Garibaldi and swells the number of boards available for Intel's new flagchip P4 to, er, three.
Employees blush at AltaVista porn deal
Employees at AltaVista UK have expressed their concerns about the company's deal with a Nasdaq-listed porn company.
Police fence stolen goods online
Ever wonder why the police have the best drugs and hi-fi systems? Sorry, that is a completely false and libellous allegation and completely without foundation. However, there is the question of what happens to all the kit that the police inevitably end up with - the lost, found and stolen goods that no one ever claims.
MP3 to kill the CD by 2005 – MORI
The CD is dead, buried by MP3. Or at least it will be by 2005. That's the conclusion of punters in the UK, a recent survey by market researcher MORI reveals
uTravel.co.uk goes titsup.com
Another one bites the dust. Yes, United News & Media-backed travel site uTravel.co.uk has gone titsup.com, joining a host of other Web sites that have folded in a pre-Xmas rush.
Essex girls to get free WebTV
The land of white stilettos is to receive free Internet connections as part of a government drive to get Brits wired.
Fujitsu Siemens de-emphasises desktop PC biz
Fujitsu-Siemens said today, in a London strategy briefing, that it will concentrate on its mobile computing business and services to back up its products for the next three years
Gameplay zaps 20 jobs
Gameplay is poised to axe as many as 20 people from its operation following a decision to downsize the games portal company.
Republicans peevishly await Bush coronation
As the manual re-count proceeds in several Florida counties carefully chosen by the Gore people to boost his chances, and its various parties square off in quest of vindication by the courts, Republicans have turned to their favourite tactic of alleging deliberate malfeasance and perfidious intent among their opponents.