4th > December > 2000 Archive

Real IRA gets into computer piracy

The Real IRA, the dissident Republican outfit behind the Omagh bomb that killed 29 people two years ago, is using computer piracy to raise funds, The Sunday Times claims.
Drew Cullen, 04 Dec 2000

Time Computers in ‘urgent refinancing talks’

Time Computers is in "urgent refinancing talks with HSBC", according to Sunday Business.
Drew Cullen, 04 Dec 2000

GameBoy outsells PlayStation 2

Japan's love affair with the PlayStation 2 is officially over. Sony's console has at long last been knocked off the top of the games machine chart, and is now at number three.
Tony Smith, 04 Dec 2000

MSN helps people lift your stuff, puts it on mugs, then sells it

The Microsoft Network may have to raid itself. A groovy new facility available in MSN communities allows you to steal other people's pictures and then get MSN's partners in copyright conundrums to shove it on mugs, T shirts and similar which they then sell to you.
John Lettice, 04 Dec 2000

Motorola allies with ARM

Motorola has licensed ARM's 32-bit processor architecture and family of chips for an undisclosed but - we'd imagine - significant sum.
Tony Smith, 04 Dec 2000

SOYO denies everything

Rumours in the channel that SOYO was either about to go belly up or bought out by rival mobo maker Chaintech have elicited a remarkably over the top response. So over the top that it makes you wonder exactly what's going on.
Andrew Thomas, 04 Dec 2000

UK gamers get 0800 Net access

Netgames UK is to launch an unmetered Net gaming service in January giving gamers the chance to indulge in multi-player games without racking up a massive phone bill.
Tim Richardson, 04 Dec 2000

Leechnet can't cope, won't cope

Well, we're not sure whether it's The Reg's success, Leechnet's poor planning, or you punters' unending passion for dirty pics, but the porn Napster site we wrote about on Wednesday of last week has fallen over.
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Dec 2000

Lastminute.com reports losses on cue

Shares in online bucket shop Lastminute.com rose slightly in low volume early trading after the dotcom reported a loss of £35.75 million for the full year, compared with just £4.54 million in 1999. According to reports, Lastminute's performance was roughly in line with analyst expectations. Although Lastminute boasts almost three million subscribers, it seems only 156,000 people have actually bought anything from the site.
Team Register, 04 Dec 2000

Inside Sun's new clusters

Sun Microsystems is expected to announce tomorrow the following improvements to its Full Moon clusters: a new home-grown clustered file system, failover to eight nodes as opposed to four, all based on fibre channel, with improvements all round in manageability and failover response times. A few technical showstoppers - such as dynamic kernel patching - are thrown in for good measure.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Dec 2000

Fan-free Athlon Palomino 'runs at 1.5GHz'

Following our report last week that AMD was experimenting with a new pure form of silicon (later confirmed by AMD Zone), news reaches The Reg of Chimpzilla's progress with the upcoming Palomino.
Andrew Thomas, 04 Dec 2000

Palestinian crackers give out tools to attack Israelis

Palestinian crackers have set up a portal that provides one-stop access to hacking tools and viruses, and tips on how to use the tools to mount attacks on Iraeli firms.
John Leyden, 04 Dec 2000

Politicians line up against Euro email snooping laws

A British politician is to warn her colleagues that proposals currently being drawn up to tackle cybercrime could lead to a Europe-wide version of the UK's controversial email snooping powers.
Tim Richardson, 04 Dec 2000

Rambus CEO surprises world+dog

Mountain View law firm Rambus, Rambus and Rambus held a conference call last week in which a couple of surprising - nay unbelievable - statements were made.
Andrew Thomas, 04 Dec 2000

Police request right to spy on every UK phone call and email

A report by the deputy director-general of the National Criminal Intelligence Service - sent to the Home Office and leaked to the Observer newspaper - has shocked many by asking for the legal right to access records of all phone calls, emails and Internet dial-ups made in the UK for a period of up to seven years.
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Dec 2000

Pro Linux virus rears its head

Out breaks of the newly discovered Linux plugging ProLin virus have been reported in Poland and the American mid-west.
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Dec 2000

Council of Europe drops plans to ban hacking tools

The Council of Europe has scrapped controversial plans to ban the use of "hacking" tools by IT professionals, after industry groups successfully persuaded it that the proposals were unworkable.
John Leyden, 04 Dec 2000

M$ to spend $100m giving poor kids PCs

Microsoft is going to give $100 million to deprived kids across the US to improve their access to technology, the company said today. The idea is to help close the gap between the digital have and the have-nots.
Tony Smith, 04 Dec 2000

AMD 760 needs mobo redesign

As originally reported by The Register over a month ago (see AMD 760 DDR chipset delayed), Jan Gütter, an AMD spokesperson in Germany has confirmed that Micron PC is delaying shipment of its 760-based DDR systems with a 266MHz FSB.
Andrew Thomas, 04 Dec 2000

China tells capitalist scum to back off in domain name war

China has again scoffed at attempts by Verisign to control Chinese domain names - saying it doesn't want an American outfit running the show.
Linda Harrison, 04 Dec 2000

Bleeding Itanium technology

The Sharkster is mightily impressed with the Itanium processor family and architecture. Actually, that is something of an understatement. Best to quote directly: "The Itanium has a complex, bleeding edge, forward looking processor family that holds promise for huge gains in processing power... If Intel can deliver, expect to see blood in the enterprise server water."
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Dec 2000

Mobile meltdown: Merry Xmas

The ever-increasing numbers of mobile phone users may knock over mobile networks this Xmas - if we're lucky.
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Dec 2000

Net is passing fad

The computer industry has been making wildly exaggerated claims about the social impact of the Internet in order to sell products, according to lots of research.
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Dec 2000

BMG to bring music downloads to Europe

BMG Entertainment is to bring a music download trial in Europe through a deal with New York-based Magex.
Linda Harrison, 04 Dec 2000

High time for Time Computers

Falling PC prices and sales, combined with the company's own headlong expansion, have forced Time Computers to change its forecasts and business plans.
John Leyden, 04 Dec 2000

Chip sales hit $18.66 billion in October

Worldwide chip sales hit a record $18.66 billion in October, although growth continued to droop in the market.
Linda Harrison, 04 Dec 2000

Researchers question Carnivore review

Kevin Poulsen, 04 Dec 2000

Was the Internet based on alien technology?

An eagle-eyed reader has sent us proof of NASA's attempt to communicate with creatures from other planets, raising questions over the origin of Internet technology.
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Dec 2000

Sun makes Solaris source available

Sun has made the source code to its Solaris Unix operating system more widely available. (Just as we describedback in January.)
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Dec 2000

Hackers, Windows NT and the FBI

The FBI has warned e-tailers to guard against hackers.
Linda Harrison, 04 Dec 2000

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