22nd > December > 2000 Archive

Russian police in Net child porn swoop

Russian police have swooped on two suspects accused of selling child porn over the Net in Europe and the US.
Linda Harrison, 22 Dec 2000

Yahoo! flies to US court over Nazi memorabilia row

Yahoo! has taken its battle with the French legal system one stage further and gone to a US federal court to try and protect its online auctions.
Linda Harrison, 22 Dec 2000

Mafiaboy gets a real job

The infamous Canadian sixteen-year-old known as Mafiaboy, who, it is claimed, humbled such mighty Colossi of e-commerce as Yahoo!, eBay, CNN and Amazon back in February with a series of not-terribly-clever distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, has made bail on condition that he hold down a job.
Thomas C Greene, 22 Dec 2000

McAfee virus update damages NT 4.0 files

An update to Network Associates' McAfee VirusScan anti-virus software has been found to damage the master boot record of Windows NT 4.0 computers, forcing customers to reinstall their operating systems.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2000

Intel's Itanic, McKinley chips go misty eyed

RoadmapIntel has decided to give it a rest on hard and fast dates for the release of its 64-bit Itanium and McKinley microprocessors, and instead will carry on with pilot schemes for the chips.
Mike Magee, 22 Dec 2000

Caminogate shuffles off mortal coil

RoadmapThe 820 chipset, formerly code-named Camino, will be relegated to a backwater by the Intel Corp from the end of this year, as the firm's aggressive Pentium 4 strategy kicks in.
Mike Magee, 22 Dec 2000

World's best tech humour site – and it still can't get on Slashdot

Site of the WeekThe Register is a bit lackadaisical when it comes to recommending sites, but we think BBSpot deserves a special mention.
Drew Cullen, 22 Dec 2000

Linux lead slams ‘pay per read’ disk drive plan

Alan Cox, number two on the Linux kernel team, has batted back copyright proposals mooted for the next revision of the industry-standard ATA hardware spec.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Dec 2000

ISP sues BT for £37m

A little-known ISP is suing BT for £37 million for alleged breach of contract.
Tim Richardson, 22 Dec 2000

Gameplay talks up business

Gameplay said today that it expects group revenues for the half year to January 31 2001 to exceed £40million. The announcement was made by chairman, Mark Strachan, in a bid to halt the outfit's sliding share price. The etailing games portal said that market conditions "remain tough" but was "confident that the company will be able to reach profitability within its current cash resources". This is in spite of a shortage of PlayStation 2 consoles and the associated lift in software sales that would accompany hardware sales. It made no mention that its UK MD, Tim Coles, left the company earlier this week. It's almost as if the company is embarrassed to talk about it.
Team Register, 22 Dec 2000

WIPO reinvents itself as part of UN

WIPO - the blinkered domain name arbitrator - has not had too good a press this year. Perhaps it's something to do with the fact that it creatively interprets the resolution rules to decide for rich people and fat corporations, thereby effectively controlling the arbitration process. Or, then again, maybe not.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Dec 2000

You've got mail: I'm going to kill myself

If it has done nothing else for humanity, email has given us another medium to write suicide notes in. An effective method of communication, albeit a less dramatic medium than a letter scrawled in one's own blood.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Dec 2000

Turkey porn jailbait in time for Xmas

This is such a perfect Christmas story that we're still not sure it's true. Karl Kostelnik was given a two-month suspended sentence this week after he pleaded guilty to sending obscene pictures via email.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Dec 2000

3Com reports losses and hints at job cuts

Network equipment manufacturer 3Com announced it will create a separate telecoms subsidiary, as it revealed smaller than expected second quarter losses yesterday.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2000

Atomic watches on the loose in France

Forget mobile phones causing cancer, a far more realistic concern this Christmas is whether or not you are one of the 4,500 unfortunates who has a radioactive watch under the tree.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Dec 2000
Broken CD with wrench

BT share drop over 3G ruling

BT's share price has dropped 6.2 per cent on the news that its high court case against Vodafone and Orange has collapsed. BT and One2One alleged the two mobile companies had an unfair advantage - equivalent to state aid - when they were given longer to pay instalments on their 3G licence.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Dec 2000

BT offers wholesale unmetered Net access

BT Ignite is to offer a new wholesale unmetered Internet access service for ISPs and other licensed telecommunications operators (OLOs) based on the wholesale unmetered Net access product, FRIACO.
Tim Richardson, 22 Dec 2000

Festive CPU socket protection

Right, it is the last working day for The Register's resident hardware herder before Christmas.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Dec 2000

Sun and HP launch cost-cutting programs

The slowdown in the Internet economy is beginning to hit Silicon Valley heavyweights like Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2000

The Harry Potter bullying debacle

Warner Brothers bullying ruins Field family Xmas Meet the Warner Bros: Jekyll and Hyde Warner Brothers shoots at more innocents Another child's Christmas ruined by Warner Brothers Warner Bros/ Harry Potter dispute kicks off again Warner Bros backs down on Harry Potter Web site Reg to fight for Harry Potter 'cybersquatter' Warner Brothers bullies girl over Harry Potter site
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Dec 2000

Death by mobile phone

US says cell phones won't kill you
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Dec 2000

Express publisher is major league pornmonger

The new owner of prudish newspaper, The Express is also the godfather of a pornography site that would make Linda Lovelace and Ron Jeremy blush.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Dec 2000

Best of the Rest: Swire, AMD, Gush, Bore

Claire Swire email claims nine more victims
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Dec 2000

Readers' Letters the Ho! Ho! Ho! edition

[Last of the year, so get out the port and mulled wine, eat a coupla mince pies and slowly fade... slowly fade... Then wake up and write us some stupefied letters so we have a laugh next year]
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Dec 2000

Human genome data in hacker peril shocker

As if the attacks by crackers on credit card databases and even Microsoft's internal network wasn't bad enough, a firm of ebusiness integrators has outlined security holes on sites containing genetic research.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2000

Local Loop Unbundling (LLU)

The story - so far - behind Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) has caused rancour at the very heights of the political and commercial establishment. It has also descended into pure farce. Here's why...
Tim Richardson, 22 Dec 2000

Dr Spinola's Christmas TV guide

Christmas Eve: Just Willamette. A new dramatisation of the children's favourite by Richmal Crompton about a troublesome young whippersnapper and the scrapes the little underachiever gets into. Starring Mel Gibson as Craig Barrett.
Adamson Rust, 22 Dec 2000

Pentium IIIs ready themselves for death

RoadmapIn all the excitement of the 1GHz Pentium III 40 per cent price drop on the 28th of January and the Pentium 4 prices precipitating these, we almost forgot the other members of the Pentium III family.
Mike Magee, 22 Dec 2000

Microsoft goes ton up for security bugs in 2000

Microsoft has issued its 100th security notice for the year 2000, proving that its productivity in generating exploits for crackers to exploit has reached unprecedented heights.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2000
Cat 5 cable

Sneaky cable crypto scheme in the works

Kevin Poulsen, 22 Dec 2000

eToys throws UK out of affiliate pram

eToys UK is planning to can its affiliate program at the end of this month.
Linda Harrison, 22 Dec 2000

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