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.
Time Computers in ‘urgent refinancing talks’
Time Computers is in "urgent refinancing talks with HSBC", according to Sunday Business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Mobile meltdown: Merry Xmas
The ever-increasing numbers of mobile phone users may knock over mobile networks this Xmas - if we're lucky.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)