19th > December > 2000 Archive

Intel discombobulates its customers

RoadmapLike 'em or loathe 'em, you got to admire the way Intel manages not only to cheese off PC manufacturers but its distributors and dealers too, and all at the same time.
Mike Magee, 19 Dec 2000

Debian sets course for summer

White smoke from the most cherished of all Linux distros Debian today. Project maintainer Anthony Towns has posted a progress update with a roadmap into next year.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Dec 2000

British bank blows £15m on failed e-venture

The Alliance & Leicester has become the latest casualty of the dotcom banking craze. Having spent £15 million on an online financial service for the "mass affluent", it's decided to ditch the scheme. The FT quotes A&L group MD, Peter McNamara, as saying that "we've learnt the lessons of others". Bloody expensive lesson, no?
Team Register, 19 Dec 2000

No more Net red tape, pleads gov't taskforce

Confusion about regulations in the online world is holding e-commerce back, according to a report from the government's "Better Regulation" taskforce.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Dec 2000

Vizzavi bungles upgrade

Vizzavi has botched its attempt to upgrade its platform leaving thousands of users without access to their email.
Tim Richardson, 19 Dec 2000

24/7 Freecall refund pledge falls on deaf ears

There are serious doubts today about 24/7 Freecall's ability to settle refund disputes via email.
Tim Richardson, 19 Dec 2000

Hark! The Herald PR agency spins

Another heart-warming story from The Register Christmas Cracker files.
Tim Richardson, 19 Dec 2000

Another ISP pulls the plug

Unmetered ISP 24-7 SpinolaVista has thrown off all its remaining users, claiming they had been abusing the service's terms and conditions.
Andrew Thomas, 19 Dec 2000

Le Freeserve and Wanadoo shares suffer

Both le Freeserve and Wanadoo suffered at the stock exchange (London and Paris, respectively) yesterday. Freeswerve put a brave face on its results - highlighting that operating loss was lower than last quarter but glossing over the fact that pre-tax losses had rocketed - but shares still fell 3.6 per cent.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Dec 2000

Nvidia nabbing 3dfx staff already

Nvidia yesterday said it wants to give a hundred of 3dfx's top engineers jobs - part of the company's programme to pick the flesh from the technological bones of the moribund graphics chip maker.
Tony Smith, 19 Dec 2000

Porn-filter disabler unleashed

An anti-censorship group Peacefire has released a program which disables porn-filtering programs.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2000

Intel staff trial Wireless LAN

Chipzilla is putting its Wireless LAN technology to the test, to find out if it really does bring the "productivity gains" it has been trumpeting.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Dec 2000

NEC exec disses Linux

NEC senior VP Kazuhiko Kobayashi didn't win himself any friends in the open source community when he recently claimed that, to all intents and purposes, Linux hasn't a hope of catching up with Windows in key corporate-oriented applications.
Tony Smith, 19 Dec 2000

EMusic sues MP3.com

MP3.com has received yet another lawsuit - this time it's the turn of EMusic, which has decided to sue the online music service over copyright infringement.
Linda Harrison, 19 Dec 2000

Iraq buys 4000 PlayStation 2s in world conquest bid

Forget Jim Carrey - Saddam Hussein is the real Grinch who stole Christmas - at least according to one Web site. It claims the Iraqi dictator is buying up the world's supply - such as it is - of PlayStation 2 consoles to build military supercomputers.
Tony Smith, 19 Dec 2000

PR Week has got our number

Lester Haines, 19 Dec 2000

Virus writers and cracker love-in

Crackers are using viruses to get their malicious code into corporate Intranets, according to Marc Blanchard, technical director at Trend Micro. This means antivirus companies will have to start working on ways to combat this code, as well as the viruses they are used to tackling.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Dec 2000

Dell hit by Christmas shipment delays

While computer makers fight to flog their stock this Christmas, Dell has been hit with shipment delays.
Linda Harrison, 19 Dec 2000

Tesco grabs 2500 PlayStation 2s in daring commando raid

British grocer Tesco claimed today it has 2500 PlayStation 2s in store and ready to sell tomorrow - unlike almost every other retailer.
Tony Smith, 19 Dec 2000

Top copper cooler fun

OC Workbench has shivered its way through a review of two copper coolers from Attech - the CM21 and the CM25. The CM25 gets the nod for being a decent piece of kit for not very much money.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Dec 2000

Warner Brothers shoots at more innocents

Warner Brothers' intimidation of the owners of Harry Potter-named Web sites continues. Not only is the harrypotterguide.co.uk situation still going on but several other owners have been in touch to relay their anger over how they've been treated.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Dec 2000

Another child's Christmas ruined by Warner Brothers

We've covered Claire Field's legal troubles with the domain www.harrypotterguide.co.uk but were equally appalled by the self-same situation involving a ten-year-old girl.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Dec 2000

How Carnivore works

The FBI's notorious Internet traffic sniffer Carnivore includes a handy, idiot-proof GUI interface enabling nosey Feds to capture and examine a broad range of what passes through, from headers alone to full-bore content retrieval, which is pictured in the Justice Department's final assessment from the IIT Research Institute and the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law (IITRI).
Thomas C Greene, 19 Dec 2000

American teenage cellphone rampage

Half of American teenagers and young adults will own a mobile phone by 2004.
Linda Harrison, 19 Dec 2000

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