15th > January > 2001 Archive

AMD slips mobile Durons out

The first notebooks using AMD mobile Duron microprocessors were released today: an NEC range, one of which uses a 700MHz chip.
Mike Magee, 15 Jan 2001

Sun-AMD alliance tweaks Intel's beard

Intel is Sun's enemy, and therefore AMD is Sun's friend. Can life be that simple?
Mike Magee, 15 Jan 2001

Teenagers shun Procter & Gamble portal

In January 2000 drugs company Procter & Gamble announced its intention to set up a Web site for British teenagers. At the time we attacked the "sheer awfulness of the undertaking" of P&G's attempt to turn this country's youth into dutiful consumers (see Procter & Gamble grabs Net teenagers for life).
Drew Cullen, 15 Jan 2001

CPRM kicked into touch?

CPRM for HDs may be kicked into touch
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2001

BT urges UK not to use mobiles

BT has launched an ad campaign slagging off mobile phones and suggesting that the Great British Public goes back to using pay phones. No, honestly, it has.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jan 2001

Feds find pro-Napster hacker

'Pimpshiz', the hacker who sprayed pro-Napster messages on hundreds of Web sites last year, may have been caught.
Tony Smith, 15 Jan 2001

ICANN legal pay-off avoids scrutiny

ICANN has neatly sidestepped scrutiny from its newly elected at-large board members in authorising a payment approaching half a million dollar dollars to its law firm. ICANN is deeply in debt to the firm, Jones Day Reavis and Pogue, which could pull the plug on the quango if it called in the debts.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2001

AMD's Deathstar Carries on Pulsing

Focus on FabsSome time back, and after we'd visited AMD's Fab 30 plant in Dresden, we learnt that a few PC manufacturers and distributors were calling the wafer factory the Deathstar.
Mike Magee, 15 Jan 2001

VIA ships 266MHz chipset

VIA today began shipping its high-bandwidth, 266MHz DDR SDRAM and Athlon-supporting two-chip chipset, the Apollo KT266.
Tony Smith, 15 Jan 2001

FBI makes itself look stupid with Net ‘conspiracy’ crackdown

The FBI has gone into a back-slapping frenzy over what it claims was a conspiracy to "bring down the Internet" on New Year's Eve. It gets better. This vast, evil conspiracy was being run by kids - crazed teenage hackers no less.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jan 2001

Intel shuts Internet café

Channel FlannelIntel has shut down its first and now almost certainly only Internet café. Situated in Malaysia, the store was intended to be a pilot for a chain extending through Asia, according to ZDNET. The chip giant said the store closed following accelerating Internet access in Malaysia.
Drew Cullen, 15 Jan 2001

Sony to double PlayStation 2 output

Sony will increase PlayStation 2 production 100 per cent over the next three months in a desperate bid to catch up with the extravagant predictions it made at the console's debut.
Tony Smith, 15 Jan 2001

Hounded head of titsup.com ISP gets above his station

Since our story about lone crusader Mike Ashworth posting the contact details of Laurence Horgan, former head of titsup.com ISP IG Click - only to be threatened with the Human Rights Act - we have had some interesting correspondence.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jan 2001
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Episode 2BOFH 2001: Episode 2
Simon Travaglia, 15 Jan 2001

Tualatin, Trucks and DDR

Hardware RoundupInsane Hardware has pictures and specifications of Tualatin, Intel's 200Mhz FSB PIII. It's based on the i830, and uses DDR. What are you waiting for? Click here for the skinny, and if you're worried about the thing overheating, fear not: here's a link to Tualatin's very own Fire Department.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2001

Okay! Okay! This is what everyone reckons Ginger is

They started coming in on Friday. Then kept on coming on Saturday and Sunday and yet more have arrived this morning. Look, we were trying to ignore this Ginger fiasco that has turned the IT press into a bunch of gibbering school kids, but it's an unwritten rule at Vulture Central that when more than 200 emails arrive saying the same thing, you write a story on it.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jan 2001

Feds publish computer search manual

When the Feds lack evidence sufficient to hustle a judge into issuing a warrant to examine a computer's contents, they often politely ask the owner or someone who shares it if they might just have a quick peek at the contents of its HD. Incredibly, a significant number of people foolishly cooperate, and so reveal enough evidence for the nosey buggers to bring to a judge and get the desired warrant.
Thomas C Greene, 15 Jan 2001

Tiny gets new MD

Tiny Computers has given Andrew Walwyn, ex-MD of mobile phone retailer DX Communications, the job of MD.
Robert Blincoe, 15 Jan 2001

Latest RealPlayer crashing PCs

We've had several complaints that the latest version of RealPlayer is interfering with systems, causing them to crash and throwing up all sorts of errors.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jan 2001

Apple retires current iMac line

Apple has officially marked the current iMac line for termination after announcing $200 rebates on the two top models last week.
Tony Smith, 15 Jan 2001

Video games make good kids evil

Stopping kids from playing video games makes them nicer people, according to a US study out today.
Linda Harrison, 15 Jan 2001

How ‘Crazed Uncle’ Bill brought the Microsoft house down

Book ClubSpare a thought for veteran New Yorker columnist Ken Auletta. He endured the longeurs of the Microsoft antitrust trial for over eighteen months, and although his thoughtful and well-written observations on the case have been sped into print as quickly as the publishing process could allow, much of it feels familiar if not already stale. Since the trial opened, we've had the frothy Hello!-style Plot To Get Bill Gates, John Heilemann's 48,000 word epic in November's Wired, which gave us a lot of new background on how Microsoft's Silicon Valley antagonists poked the government into action, and Vanity Fair's David Boies profile.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2001

Prof hushes SDMI crack on DMCA terror

Princeton University computer science professor Edward Felten, who has claimed to have helped crack the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) watermark challenge, now says he's withholding the details of his accomplishment on advice of legal counsel fearing he could open himself to prosecution under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the New York Times reports.
Thomas C Greene, 15 Jan 2001

Intel to pay $748m cash for Xircom

Intel has agreed to buy PC card maker Xircom for $748 million cash.
Linda Harrison, 15 Jan 2001

Bazillion shafts DSL users

US ISP Bazillion.com has shut up shop after running out of funds.
Linda Harrison, 15 Jan 2001

Reg ships Sherlock plug-in – again

The Register is pleased to re-release a plug-in connecting our story search system into Sherlock, the MacOS' own search technology.
Tony Smith, 15 Jan 2001

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