HWRoundupCall a spade a spade, we were always told at school, and don't use the word fork or you'll get in bovver. Good then to see that at Ace's Hardware, they're not afraid to call the Pentium 4 spade a forking shovel. There's an in depth look at branch prediction and misprediction in this piece and Johan De Gelas notes that the P4 has a few rough edges but that Intella has probably invented the most advanced C++ compiler on earth. Trouble is you've got to persuade software developers to use it to take advantage of Intella's Screaming Sindy II. Now if only Intel was to design Microsoft operating environments...
ExclusiveA humiliating hack which resulted in four months of continuous credit-card data vulnerability for Amazon subsidiary Bibliofind, originally broken by the Wall Street Journal Tuesday, appears to involve fraud on more than one level.
The UK's Department of Social Security (DSS) has deployed content screening technology to protect sensitive Government information.
Corporate chip wannabe AMD has started priming its customers about the multiprocessing version of the 760 chipset which is now likely to arrive in machines towards the end of the second quarter.
US District Judge Marilyn Patel, who recently re-jiggered her Napster injunction on orders from the appellate court, now says that the recording industry must notify the file-sharing service of the title of any infringing musical work, the artist's name, and, most interestingly, the name of the relevant file.
Palm has bought corporate mobile data company Extended Systems in a stock-swap worth $264 million. Shareholders and regulators permitting, Palm will offer $22 of its own stock for each Extended share.
Taiwan's Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) tersely announced it has shaken hands with IBM on a "comprehensive" patent cross-licensing deal.
HWRoundupAs predicted here last month, last year, last century, and indeed last millennium, the never ending story of price cuts on microprocessors drags on. AMD duly cut prices on its Durons and Athlons yesterday by as much as 20 per cent, and you can find details of said axings at AMD Zone and JC's.
Is the 733MHz Power Mac G4 no better than the 533MHz version? Some benchmarks posted on the Web this week suggest it isn't, others that it should be. And while Apple remains silent on the issue, confusion reigns supreme.
An email-borne virus which touts itself as a picture of someone's "Naked Wife", but instead delivers a payload which can cripple a Windows PC, is doing the rounds.
Adaptive Accounting has started a scheme to poach VARs from rival software company Sage.
Despite earlier claims to the contrary made by, er, Microsoft in its beta newsgroup, the registry hack that allows testers to circumvent Product Activation has been removed from the latest external build of Windows XP, 2446. It appears that Microsoft initially posted the wrong rev of the release notes, and our informants tell us testers are now having heated arguments about withdrawal, editing and reposting of newsgroup messages.
Vladimir Putin took part in the first Webcast of a Russian president yesterday. The ex-KGB agent sat with three journalists, each with a laptop, and answered questions live as they were filtered through. Anyone in the world was welcome to email a question and "no subject is out of bounds" although not many tough ones got through.
Scotland Yard has warned office workers in London to be more vigilant after smashing a major computer theft ring in the city.
The world famous coffee pot in the Trojan Room of the Computer Science Department of Cambridge University is to be chucked away as the department moves to new premises. The coffee pot holds a unique position in Internet history as it was the star of the first ever Webcam way back in 1993.
More than 90 per cent of people don't believe what they read on the Web.
France Telecom has launched the largest ever corporate bond to help it out of its current quagmire. The bond is expected to raise £11.2 billion, which will help it deal with its £38 billion debt.
Sun Microsystems has fleshed out its strategy for developing peer-to-peer technology by acquiring InfraSearch, a search engine start-up, for a undisclosed amount in an all stock deal.
Merrill Lynch has come to the shock conclusion that Microsoft is going to lose a lot of money on Xbox. The console could drain up to $2 billion from the Beast of Redmond's coffers before break-even.
Nvidia took the wraps off two remodelled versions of its GeForce 2 MX graphics accelerator yesterday.
It's time to announce the results of our Microsoft toboggan competition. The whole thing kicked off when we noted that MS Canada was bundling a free toboggan with copies of Office. A smart marketing move, but sadly not available elsewhere.
Aimster, the Napster-across-Instant Messenger software developer, has released what it reckons is the solution to Napster's filename filtering system.
It's fairly rare, but WIPO has made a decision regarding www.yourmove.com that we (and normal people everywhere) agree with. It decided that Scottish businessman Irving Remocker is fully entitled to the domain name and can do with it what he wishes.
Crackers have successfully compromised the Web servers of Islamic militants in order to redirect surfers to a site serving up Internet porn.
The US is a hotbed of online fraud according to a report just published by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NWCCC).
Yahoo! shares have been suspended on Nasdaq pending an announcement by the yodelling dotcom.
Greg Carr, founder of ISP Prodigy, has stepped in to rid Idaho of white supremacists.
Regular visitors to the Vulture Central Mailbag will be aware of our current verbal war with the land of the puffa jacket and baseball bat. That's right, the French Canadians are sabre-rattling against our facetious jibes at their culturally-rich homeland.
Telewest has sacked one of its technical advisor for posting "inappropriate comments" on its blueyonder newsgroups.
Budget specialWell, Gordon Brown has played it fairly careful. However, he did have two main thrusts in the Budget today. One, people with young kids to have it easier. And two - which is of greater interest to The Reg in a professional capacity - encouraging small businesses and in particular the "new economy".
Sun Microsystems is advising support staff not to let on to clients that problems they have with its kit might be due to a wider year-old technical problem.
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