26th > April > 2001 Archive

No Joy from P2P vets for Sun's Jxta

Sun wheeled out its Mount Rushmore of cerebral greats - Gage, Joy, Gosling - to herald the unveiling of its Jxta peer-to-peer project today.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Apr 2001
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Vallance quits BT

Updated BT's battered chairman, Sir Iain Vallance, has resigned after months of pressure from shareholders to step down.
Tim Richardson, 26 Apr 2001
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Oracle ad hints at evil IBM/Informix scheme

Oracle has answered IBM's announced $1 billion purchase of database management outfit Informix with a migration program for Informix users "who are searching for performance, scalability and database innovation not available with IBM DB2."
Thomas C Greene, 26 Apr 2001
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Tiscali buys LineOne

Tiscali has bought British ISP, LineOne, for E100 million (£62.3 million) in paper and a small amount of cash.
Tim Richardson, 26 Apr 2001
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Roll up for the System Builders Summit – in Monaco (hurrah!)

The fourth annual Integrators Forum (now called System Builders Summit Europe) takes place on May 16-19 in Monte Carlo. This will gather the top 200 system builders in Europe from 26 countries, representing more than 30 per cent of the European market.
Drew Cullen, 26 Apr 2001
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Sun and HP to close

Sun Microsystems will 'close' for a week beginning July 1, as part of a retrenchment plan. Employees will be asked to take mandatory leave, unpaid if they've already used up their holiday allocation.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Apr 2001
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Home Office computer system slammed by report

The Home Office's computer system for the probation service has been savaged by an official report from the National Audit Office.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Apr 2001
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Space station computers crash

Updated NASA technicians have managed to restore communications with the International Space Station (ISS) after the failure of three command and control computers on board the craft.
John Leyden, 26 Apr 2001
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Caldera announces layoffs

In a brief SEC filing Linux distributor has announced that it will lay off 32 of its 188 staff ahead of closing its acquisition of SCO's Server and Services businesses. Caldera will take a one-time charge of $450,000, about half of its quarterly income.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Apr 2001
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DiData buys yet another reseller

Dimension Data has bought Matrix, Networking Group a networking reseller in North Carolina, for £16m in cash.
Drew Cullen, 26 Apr 2001
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Goodbye MS IE? AOL revs up for browser wars two

AOL, Microsoft’s biggest customer for Internet Explorer by a long chalk, finally seems on the brink of kissing the software goodbye - or alternatively, it’s just playing a little hard-ball. According to AOL documentation obtained by BetaNews, AOL staff have been busily compiling a list of IE-related sins committed by Microsoft, apparently in order to justify a split.
John Lettice, 26 Apr 2001
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Sega seeks profits

Sega will be back in the black this year, the company promised today after four years of losses.
Tony Smith, 26 Apr 2001
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Shake some Action results

Action, the catalogue and online computer reseller, is crowing about a return to profit.
Robert Blincoe, 26 Apr 2001
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Action grabs GlobalServe supply deal from SCH

Updated Action Computer Supplies, currently enjoying a return to the black, has grabbed the UK supply contract for GlobalServe, a US company that specialises in IT management for multinationals.
Robert Blincoe, 26 Apr 2001
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Dixons' PC builder talks to The Reg

The Register has been given a quick tour of the Centerprise factory - the place where Dixon's Advent PCs get built. Here's what we found out.
Robert Blincoe, 26 Apr 2001
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More Time shops shut

Time Computers is shutting more of its TimeTalk mobile phone shops this week.
Robert Blincoe, 26 Apr 2001
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ICANN gets its own cartoon

If you ever thought that the political shenanigans of the self-appointed guardians of the Internet, the ICANN "directors", should be made into a play or sitcom, you'll be delighted to see this cartoon that a Reg reader has just pointed us to.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Apr 2001
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The UK census computer: genius or disaster waiting to happen?

The deadline for the UK's census is Sunday and from that point it's down to 1,200 people stuck in a giant warehouse in Cheshire.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Apr 2001
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Hynix offers TFT LCD business to LG Philips

Hynix Semiconductor is offering to sell its TFT LCD production lines to LG Philips LCD.
Robert Blincoe, 26 Apr 2001
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Amazon refuses to pull Bill Gates' review of Linux 7.0

Updated Amazon.co.uk has refused to pull reviews of Red Hat Linux 7.0 Deluxe edition by Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds off its site because they are not offensive.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Apr 2001
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Intel's still got $11.7bn for capital spending/R&D

Chipzilla chief Craig Barrett has said the company plans to trouser-up $7.5 billion in capital spending, and $4.2 billion on R&D this year.
Robert Blincoe, 26 Apr 2001
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‘Hijacked’ domain saga continues

The domain of PR company Portfolio Metrica that mysteriously disappeared on Monday to be replaced by an American free ISP is now up for sale on eBay.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Apr 2001
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GeForce3 price cuts kick in

Elsa has responded to Nvidia’s GeForce3 price cuts and chopped the price of its Gladiac 920 board from £459.99 to £349.99.
Robert Blincoe, 26 Apr 2001
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Talking Back To Happiness – how voice calls can save 3G

Europe's 3G disaster could be mitigated by getting phone users to spend a little longer each day on the phone talking. That's the opinion of AT&T Labs researcher says Andrew Odlyzko, author of the justifiably celebrated research paper Content Is Not King.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Apr 2001
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Vodafone faces profit warning

Vodafone is facing the prospect of another set of profit warnings after it admitted 12 per cent of its customers are "inactive" and haven't used their phones for three months. It also said that those still using their phones are spending less. Worldwide, eight million of its 83 million customers are "ghost" users.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Apr 2001
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Want to know about the technology on the space station?

Steve Husty, a senior software engineer who works for NASA on the portable computer systems used on the International Space Station, has written to correct us on aspects of our story about the failure of computers aboard the International Space Station. In the process he's provided us with an interesting explanation of the technology on the space station which we've published below.
John Leyden, 26 Apr 2001
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WinXP product activation: is MS only kidding?

Product Activation is probably the major doubt hanging over Windows XP, and it's therefore to be expected that people from within Microsoft will attempt to defend it. This week, HardOCP has an email which presumably emanates from a Microserf, and which seems to have sufficient background information about product activation for it to looks like the real thing.
John Lettice, 26 Apr 2001
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3Com jilts Audrey

3Com is to give customers who bought its Audrey Internet appliances a full refund after deciding to ditch the product.
Linda Harrison, 26 Apr 2001
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AMD the guerilla becomes virtual gorilla

After once again describing 2000 as "the most successful year in AMD's history" (sales grew 63 per cent), Sanders took questions from the floor today at a shareholder's meeting in New York. Topics ranged from 0.13 micron technology, his forthcoming resignation, flash memory, and Intel advertising.
Linda Harrison, 26 Apr 2001
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EB defaced in porn hack

Hackers posted some deeply unpleasant porn last night on the web site of a leading games retailer.
John Leyden, 26 Apr 2001
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NEC in Wham Bam to DRAM

NEC Corp today reported profit up five-fold for the year, but said it would axe most of its DRAM production.
Linda Harrison, 26 Apr 2001