DVD descrambler encoded in ‘illegal’ prime number
The Pythagoreans were reputed, whether rightly or wrongly, to be a shamanistic cult which jealously guarded the higher mysteries of mathematical knowledge to maintain social power and political influence in their day.
Micron subpoenas Intel in Rambus suit
HWRoundupWhile yours truly was ducking from buckets of vitriol being flung by irate Ramboid shareholders, young JC spotted on the Rambus Site that Micron, which also has litigation with Rambus, has issued a subpoena "on custodian of records of Intel Corporation". That happened last week.
Intel beats AMD to 1GHz mobile
As exclusively predicted here in July last year, Intel duly introduced its 1GHz mobile Pentium III, a 0.18 micron number which a rack of tier-one vendors rushed to support.
Palm launches m500, 505
Palm today unveiled its latest high-end PDAs, the m500 and m505, in the run-up to CeBit, as expected thanks to leaks from the company earlier this year.
Evesham rolls 1.33GHz Athlon out door
UK PC manufacturer Evesham confirmed today that it is ready to ship a 1.33GHz AMD Athlon machine that uses double data rate (DDR) memory.
Email is ‘third revolutionary step in human communication’
Email, or communication using Internet technology, is the third revolutionary step in mankind's ability to communicate, the first two being learning how to speak and how to write, a leading authority in linguistics claims.
How to get back your nicked mobile
The Metropolitan Police has launched a new radio campaign aimed at tackling the huge increase in mobile theft in London. Last year, 10,000 mobiles were stolen and two-thirds of those were nicked or robbed from kids.
SiS touts transition DIMMs
Taiwan's Silicon Integrated Systems has launched its SDRAM-to-DDR transition memory scheme, designed to work with the Tualatin-supporting SiS635T chipset and its Athlon equivalent, the SiS735.
Future in red, not dead
Bath-based publisher Future Network has reported pre-tax losses of £59.3m for the year 2000, up from just £3.5m in 1999.
BT board in ‘debt crisis talks’
BT has called an emergency board meeting to discuss ways of reducing its lumbering £30 billion debt, according to the Sunday Times.
AOL UK delivers racial slur by post
AOL UK has sent out one of its flat rate Internet access CDs addressed to 'Mr Jungle Bunny'.
ALi ships Tualatin-supporting chipset
Acer Labs (ALi) today took the wraps off what it reckons in the world's first Pentium III chipset capable of supporting both SDRAM and DDR memory.
Intel's McKinley gets Rambus support
Sources close to Intel's plans in Israel told The Register today that the 870 chipset which will support the IA-64 McKinley platform, will have a Rambus interface.
Major UK software pirates found guilty
The National Crime Squad and Microsoft have secured guilty verdicts on a London-based four man software counterfeit crew. The gang recorded profits in excess of £1.5 million.
Intel to delay Israeli fab plan?
Intel's planned new plant in Kiryat Gat, Israel may be the next victim of its fab expansion slowdown, according to a local government source cited by business paper the Globes.
World's fastest ever CD-RW drives!
Yamaha has unveiled the world's fastest-ever CD-R and RW drives - the CRW2200 series - offering 20 times writing, 10 times rewriting and 40 times reading and ripping. It didn't actually unveil it - that's just cliched journalese - but it is 14 per cent faster than its previous series (the 2100).
Watch someone die online!
An American magician claims he will broadcast a person dying online next week.
Pittsburgh to get Apple store in ‘two months’
Apple is looking for retail sites in Pittsburgh in order to open "three or four" stores in the area, according to the guy who is finding the locations on the company's behalf.
Palm damns NCR patent suit as baseless
Palm has responded to NCR's patent infringement claims with a firm 'it's a load of old bollocks'.
Real sues Lockstream over trade secrets
Real Networks is suing a former employee alleging theft of source code, according to court filings seen by the Seattle Times.
Dow Jones Average collapses to 0.20
Reader Toby Doig nearly had a heart attack this morning when he visited Datek to check out his share portfolio and found that the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) had taken the full brunt of the stock market wobble and slumped just over 10,000 points to stand at 0.20 (down 99.999 per cent, roughly).
Websites forced to identify forum posters
UK Websites and ISPs could now be forced to disclose the details of anonymous forum posters, following a High Court ruling involving Totalise, the ISP, and investor sites Motley Fool UK and Interactive Investor International.
AMD PowerNow! wins EPA gong
AMD has been patted on the back by the US Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to promote energy-saving technologies.
Warner Bros scraps Harry Potter legal actions
Warner Brothers appears to have extended the olive branch to the operators of all Harry Potter fan sites, following its decision to withdraw from legal action against 15-year-old Claire says it regrets "any misunderstandings resulting from Warner Bros.' recent actions".
OnStream runs out of steam
Storage outfit OnStream has shut its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Hong Kong ISPs slam encryption demands
ISPs have warned Hong Kong officials that their plans to crack cybercrime will harm the country's reputation.
Pay-to-Play: Microsoft erects .NET tollgate
Some of Microsoft's .NET vaporware precipitated today, in the form of a HailStorm. HailStorm is the first piece of .NET to be pushed into public view, and at last we can see how some of the loose ends around .NET and Microsoft's Great Plains purchase are beginning to come together. The services are slated to go live in beta form late this year, with operational roll-out in 2002.
Microsoft nein danke: snoop scares dog US IT in Europe
IDG's Berlin bureau today secured a denial of Der Spiegel's 'Bundeswehr to ban Microsoft software' story. But actually, it looks to us like one of those denials - the ones that deny something slightly but materially different, while tacitly confirming the original story. And a closer examination of the role of Buckley, Colorado, does kind of suggest the Germans have a point.
Website names sleepy Yorks town as tops for cottaging
Residents of a sleepy Yorkshire town are upset after their local toilets were named on a Website as a prime spot for gay sex.