12th > December > 2000 Archive
Motorola offers Palm an ARMball lifeline
Motorola offered Palm a rope bridge yesterday by announcing new 32-bit ARM-based processors that include elements of the 16-bit Dragonball chips it uses today.
Taiwanese axis beats AMD, Intel to .13 micron
Via and the Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) may have had their differences earlier this year but those seem to have been settled behind the scenes.
AMD-Intel ‘big willy’ boasts backfire
Computer and chip journalists found themselves the unwilling pawns of the PR wings of both AMD and Intel throughout this year and the end of last, but it looks like their boastful claims have cost the industry dearly.
Smackdown! Wrestling site publishes customer logs
Mixing Microsoft's technology brawn with Pro-Wrestling's brains was a disaster waiting to happen, and so it has turned out to be. A poorly-configured NT server run by the US World Wrestling Federation is inadvertently providing transaction records for thousands of customers of the site.
Register launches VultureFone™
How's this for a Christmas treat? Want to give your mobile phone that Register touch? Then customise your phone with your favourite newssite's Vulture logo.
AOL talks to Sony about PlayStation 2 deal
AOL is talking to Sony about providing access to its online service and the Internet to all those PlayStation 2 users out there. Well, the ones who've managed to get hold of a console, at least.
Car black box privacy threat
Car giant General Motors is facing a lawsuit claiming that it has violated privacy laws by installing black box recorders in its vehicles to record information about speed, braking and seat belt use in the moments leading up to a crash, reports Bloomberg.
Government drowned by Net demand
A tide of Internet users looking for information on the UK flood situation has shaken the Environment Agency's Web site and caused it to ask its own staff not to use the service if they can avoid it.
World's smallest wine glass boost for drink drivers
NEC boffins have built a wine glass 200,000 times smaller than normal. 'Why?' might be one immediate response. 'Do the laws of physics allow the formation of a drop of wine that small?' could be another.
Palm sales to surpass expectations – Bear Stearns
The PC market may be depressed, but demand for PDAs - and those from Palm and Handspring in particular - remains high, according to a survey by US broker Bear Stearns.
Energis would prefer Dutch oven…
Energis has shrugged off reports that Dutch telco KPNQwest has singled it out as a possible takeover target.
Sun denies accounting irregularities
Sun Microsystems has denied rumours that "accounting irregularities" might force it to revise its stated revenues.
PlayStation 2 Web store owner arrested for fraud
Police in Canada yesterday arrested the developer of two Web sites allegedly created solely to rip off potential PlayStation 2 owners.
Compaq shows off PCI-X prototype
The industry got its first sniff of the long awaited PCI-X connection technology yesterday as Compaq released the first prototype computers for testing.
More DDR chipsets coming RSN
Another brace of DDR chipsets are on the way. SiS' 635 and 735 are designed for Intel Socket 370 and AMD Socket A processors respectively. The 635 will also support Intel's forthcoming 0.13 micron Pentium III die shrink, Tualatin.
Vizzavi frogmarches Brit users to toe Euro line
British Net users are being forced to adopt European Net practices - and all in the name of uniformity.
The deathknell for 3G phones?
A Finnish professor reckons he has the means by which to make 3G phones obsolete, making a mockery of the billions spent on the spectrum licences for the next-generation phones.
Voodoo 4 or 3 cash dilemma
You want Anand's take on the new Intel manufacturing stuff? Click here. And he even managed to restrict himself to a mere seven pages.
Computer games cripple kiddies
Not content with wasting the health service's time by jamming their heads into saucepans and falling out of trees, kids have found a new way of damaging themselves - and all in the safety of their own homes.
Nasa backs project to develop crash-proof computers
IT industry heavyweights have this week signed up to work on Nasa-backed research project whose bold aim is to make computer crashes a thing of the past.
World's largest Linux supercomputer to sniff out oil
Petroleum company Shell will use what it reckons will be the world's largest Linux-based supercomputer to help ensure the West doesn't run out of gasoline just yet.
Chinese chap's cancer chronicle cheated censor
A Chinese man, who published excerpts of his diary online describing his last months alive, has died of cancer.
Reg to fight for Harry Potter ‘cybersquatter’
Following our story on Friday regarding 15-year-old Claire Field, who was served with a legal letter from Warner Brothers ordering her to hand over her www.harrypotterguide.co.uk domain, we have been inundated with angry readers pledging their support.
Apple, Sun, Cisco et al to set streaming media standard
A bunch of famous companies and a not-so-famous one today unveiled the latest in a very long line of industry bodies to develop a set of open standards, in this case streaming live audio and video over the Net.
Linux lacks P4 support – nobody at all dead
Most current Linux distributions don't run on the Pentium 4, but it's nobody's fault, and nobody much cares. Intel itself confirms that only Red Hat and TurboLinux will install on the P4, but rather than this being a case of rival distributions being starved of vital technical information by Chipzilla, it seems the other outfits got the info, but didn't reckon the P4 was worth catering for from a commercial perspective, right now.
Net anonymity project piles in
An ambitious technical effort to guarantee anonymity on the Internet has reached an important milestone.
Govt announces creation of super comms regulator
UpdatedThe British Government has unveiled plans to shake-up the media and communications industry with the announcement of an all-powerful, all consuming, super regulator.
Rudest words in Britain
It is the time of year again for the Broadcasting Standards Commission to release a list of rude words, in the order of how offensive we Brits find them.
Anti-WalMart domain win claimed as sea-change
WIPO has ruled against a huge conglomerate! We know, unbelievable as it may seem, it's true. Kenneth J. Harvey is officially entitled not to have his www.wallmartcanadasucks.com taken off him and given to a faceless organisation. The judges did slap Ken's wrist however, calling him childish and unfair.
AOL spammer pleads guilty to forgery
A man who spammed millions of AOL subscribers with pornography and get-rich-quick schemes has pleaded guilty to second-degree forgery in a US District court.
Is this the greatest ever email hoax?
UpdatedEmail is an amazing medium - people can communicate with hundreds of others with enormous speed and information can be disseminated faster, across more of the planet than ever before. Amazing. However, it can also be abused - and if you're a smart lawyer, to great effect.
Yummy Claire gets in touch with The Reg
Well, following on from the Claire swallowing saga that is currently doing the rounds on email, we have found two so-called responses from Ms Swire herself.
MobShop UK goes titsup.com
Another British dotcom has decided to give up the ghost rather than tough it out in an increasingly difficult marketplace.
Online hack exceeds call of duty in sex report
A Hong Kong hack has set a worrying precedent in online journalism by going way beyond the call of duty for an "investigative" report on the sex trade.
Captain Cyborg spouts rubbish on CNN
Strewth, Kevin Warwick has popped up again spouting his chip gibberish. He's done well this time and made it to CNN. A natural movement towards the US perhaps where "pioneers" such as himself tend to get an easier time of it.