30th > November > 2000 Archive
Transmeta to exchange dodgy Crusoes
Transmeta confirmed its arrival as a major chip supplier today - by issuing its first product recall.
L&H files for Chapter 11
Belgian software outfit Lernout & Hauspie today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US.
Gateway in PC price war gloom
Gateway issued a profits warning yesterday after failing to lift sales of PCs over the Thanksgiving weekend. It also warned of an imminent price war in the sector, pointing to high inventory as a cause.
Oftel backs down in BT Cellnet case
Four months after ruling that BT Cellnet was guilty of unfair cross-subsidy, Oftel has changed its mind.
Intel invests in Zayante – sign of support for 1394?
Intel's investments division has just pumped an undisclosed sum into IEEE 1394 systems developer Zayante. But is it really, as Cahners' Electronic News Online suggests, a sign of Chipzilla's support for the connectivity standard?
Apple ponders further PowerPC partners
Apple may be attempting to persuade its PowerPC partners, Motorola and IBM, to open the platform to other chip makers through a Palm-style licensing programme.
Tech Data pumps out the profits
Tech Data, the world's number two computer products distie, delivered a record Q3, with net income up 43 per cent and sales 20 per cent higher than the same period last year.
Banned Mitnick trinket on Dutchbid.com
Hacker legend Kevin Mitnick's prison ID card has finally found a home on auction site Dutchbid.com after being yanked by socially-conscious competitors eBay, Yahoo! and Amazon, who judiciously draw the line at Nazi memorabilia.
3dfx Voodoo 5 incompatible with P4 mobos
3dfx's top-of-the-range Voodoo 5 5500 graphics card won't be of much use to gamers keen on getting their hands on Intel's top-of-the-range Pentium 4.
Retail chain pulls HP P4s from the shelves
Last week Hewlett-Packard crowed that it had sold out of Pentium 4s: it also told The Register that no machines containing a faulty BIOS supplied by Intel had escaped into the public.
Palm calms down to work with MyPalm.com owner
Palm has effectively settled its tussle with British Palm-oriented Web site owner Dominic Hulewicz over the ownership of MyPalm.com.
AMD tests ‘super silicon’ to beat heat problems
When we cast doubt on AMD's abilty to produce an Athlon running at 1.7GHz that wouldn't run so hot it melted the solder on the mobo, we received the usual flood of 'you're in Intel's pocket' emails.
Athlon Palomino to include Screaming Sindy?
AMD's new Athlon core, codenamed Palomino, is due to ship at 1.4GHz in January, 1.5GHz in Q2 and 1.7GHz in 2H 2001. Key improvements will include much improved branch prediction, cooler running (see AMD tests 'super silicon' to beat heat problems), hardware prefetch and core optimisations to improve FPU and ALU performance.
Guns disguised as mobile phones
Swiss police have intercepted a cache of arms that include guns disguised as mobile phones. The phones don't actually work but contain barrels for four .22 bullets and a winding mechanism made to look like an aerial.
UK school gags ‘IT-minded’ pupils
A reader has informed us of a worrying case of school censorship - a classic case of stamping on those kids that display elements of independent thought. Well, sort of. It made us laugh anyway.
VIA unpacks 650, 667MHz Cyrix III CPUs
VIA today unwrapped a pair of Cyrix III aimed at the low-end PC and information appliance markets.
UK cars site aims for death of a salesman
A UK Website has launched which claims to speed up the process of contract hiring company or fleet cars.
Stephen King e-book runs out of steam
Stephen King's foray into online publishing has come to an abrupt halt after sales of instalments of the book fell to levels his assistant said threatened the project.
Reg hack caught accepting Intel bribe
Reg staffers were shocked to the core last night at Intel's Christmas party in London's throbbing West End when a senior Intel manager was spotted handing a significant cash sum to Hardware Editor Andrew Thomas.
Computer engineer commits phone suicide
Computer engineer Eugene Kapustynski, 40, blew his head off while on the phone to the emergency services a Coroner's Court heard yesterday. Eugene, who worked for telecoms company Bellwater in Basingstoke, was apparently distraught that he had stolen software from the company and infected its machines with a virus - thereby bringing shame on his family.
BT's chief boffin resigns
BT's chief technologist, Peter Cochrane, has resigned after earlier complaining of the "constraints" involved in working for the telco.
Conductivity? that's super!
The Abit Siluro GeForce-2 MX goes under the microscope at Sysopt today. Encouraging results from overclocking attempts - even with fairly basic cooling methods. All in all, a good deal for the price.
Intel gags on Reg condom deal
Intel PR manager Graham Palmer last night declined an offer from Vulture Central to market joint Intel/Reg prophylactics.
Smut Napster caught on the wrong side of the law
UpdatedYesterday we wrote about the porn Napster site Leechnet and, strangely, it proved one of the most popular stories for that day.
Ralph Lauren threatens village saddlery
An English village saddlery has become the latest victim of domain name paranoia in the corporate world.
Buying a Linux ThinkPad: IBM's mission impossible
Does IBM ship ThinkPads with Linux preinstalled or not? In the US it certainly seems to, but the position in Europe seems a tad murkier - after hours of research The Reg's phantom buyer is still no closer to extracting price, spec, availability or even model number out of the loves at the UK branch of Shop IBM.
Boston man forgets $4m of EMC stock
A Boston salesman has netted $4 million in EMC stock he forgot he owned.
Viruses prey on porn lovers
We are our own worst enemies when it comes to infection with computer viruses, but lessons do seem to be being learned.
Web anonymity affirmed by NJ judge
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Kenneth MacKenzie on Tuesday affirmed the anonymity of four 'John Doe' defendants accused of publishing unkind and false statements about the company for which they work.
PC Association slams firm for logo misuse
The PC Association is warning the public of the misuse of its logo by the firm which bought the names of two troubled PC builders, Carrera Technology and Sight & Sound Computers.