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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Festive CPU socket protection
Right, it is the last working day for The Register's resident hardware herder before Christmas.
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.
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
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.
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]
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.