Can a GPL PlayStation2 Linux port replace low-cost PCs?
Linux hackers seeking to run the OS on Sony Playstation 2 consoles will soon have a new option. A Czeck company has created a clean-room implementation of the hardware platform, which it promises to release under the GNU GPL.
E-security pulls in the profits for Computerlinks
ComputerLinks AG, the German networking equipment distributor owned by UK-quoted company Fayrewood plc, reports strong growth in Q1, with "incoming orders, EBITDA and cash flow each increased by approximately 200%".
DeCSS arguments invoke free speech
Supplementary briefs have been submitted by both contestants in the appeal of 2600 publisher Eric Corely aka Emmanuel Goldstein, who was barred from posting or linking to the DeCSS descrambling utility last summer by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan.
365 claims Sports site premier league spot
365.com has staked its claim in the ground for its sports web site properties. The telco/dotcom/content-supplier hybrid says it will survive the shakeout in the UK sports site market.
Manhunt starts for Sex.com snatcher
The owner of Sex.com is offering a $50,000 (£35,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who stole the saucy domain from him.
Mac OS 9.2 ready real soon now
Mac Rumour RoundupThe release of Apple's next upgrade to the classic Mac OS is imminent, insiders cited by both Think Secret and MacOS Rumors have claimed.
WD wants to talk direct to UK system builders
Western Digital has set up a channel scheme for UK system builders, based up on an existing programme operating in the US, Germany and France.
Nvidia Crush chipset named nForce?
What will Nvidia call its upcoming Crush chipset? Only the company knows for sure, but nForce - broadly matching the company GeForce brand for its graphics technology - appears to be the most likely candidate, according to documentation seen by The Register.
Everything you wanted to know about DDoS attacks
Independent security expert Steve Gibson has posted his much-awaited analysis of the DDoS attacks launched against his grc.com site and it makes fascinating reading.
Sony opens 1394 test lab
Sony is to test third-party consumer IEEE 1394 devices to ensure their interoperability.
Office XP: We have lift off
Microsoft today launches its Office XP program, the latest version of its Office software.
Windows XP will make Internet unstable – top security expert
According to top security expert Steve Gibson, Windows XP threatens to make the Internet unstable as it will allow large numbers of people to launch uncontrollable denial-of-service attacks to whichever IP address they see fit.
Expensive ADSL puts punters off
The high cost of ADSL appears to be one of the major reasons why domestic Net users aren't signing up in droves to the broadband technology.
Fasthosts outage outrage
BT and hosting firm Fasthosts are at loggerheads about which is to blame for a 36-hour service outage.
Eidos launches £50m rights issue after poor full-year results
Troubled games publisher Eidos has announced a £51.7 million rights issue, heavily discounted, in a bid to get some much-needed cash. The issue was announced at the same time as the company full-year results, which saw a pre-tax loss of £96.4 million from a profit of £49.3 million last year (£54.1 million went on goodwill) and turnover drop £34.4 million to £160.4 million.
UK games industry angry over govt grey import plans
The computer games industry has hit out at the government over plans to legalise grey imports.
Third of Brits shun the Net
A third of Britain's population isn't bothered with the Internet and neither wants or needs it at home.
e-Envoy's office defends Windows-only portal – climb down begins?
The Office of the e-Envoy is hotly - but not very convincingly - disputing claims that the Microsoft-built UK government portal, gateway.gov.uk, constitutes a Microsoft tax. The authentication systems used for the portal, which is intended to form the cornerstone of the Blair government's plan to get 100 per cent of its services online by 2005, means that you need to be running a combination of IE and Windows to be able to use all the services.
MS buddies sharpen claws to 'pierce ProComp's veil'
Microsoft's loyal defenders have sharpened their claws and issued a report slamming their old foe ProComp.
Mac OS X: Reg box stable – at last…
Learning to live with Mac OS XThis week I finally realised that I was using Mac OS X more than Mac OS 9. After two hard months trying to get Apple's NeXT-generation operating system to work, that realisation came as something of a surprise.
GPRS pricing war breaks out
Vodafone has undercut BT on the price of handsets designed to deliver high speed Internet access over mobile phone.
Itanium cranium drainium
HWRoundupThe hardware sites have gone high-end and put Intel's Itanium through its paces.
Tiscali UK staff leave today
Today's the last day for many staff at Tiscali UK who've been told to "shove off" as part of the ISPs new streamlined operation.
The Internet MP list of shame
Following on from the story yesterday about MPs being forced to remove their Web sites as their have "mp" in their title (because they're not MPs at the moment due to the election), we have compiled a list of shame for those politicians that are flagrantly flaunting election rules (special thanks to Simon Briggs for research).
STMicro cuts 2001 budget
STMicroelectronics has cut its budget for the year, while warning it will shut its wafer plant in Ottawa.
What are those words that trigger Echelon?
UpdatedAccording to various UK media sources today, the buzzwords said to trigger the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand spying mechanism Echelon have been "posted on the Internet". We haven't found the file and it hasn't popped up on the authoritative site for these sorts of things, Cryptome.org, so we'd not put too much weight behind it.
Why Motorola, Ericsson and Siemens disagree with Nokia over EMS
We reported yesterday on Alcatel, Motorola, Ericsson and Siemens' new standard for enhanced SMS text messaging - EMS. EMS will allow you to send pics, music and animations over phones.
Microsoft reanimates Bob to cover missing Windows features
Surely, the twisted World of Windows can't get much stranger than this. Microsoft has revived Bob to camouflage the non-appearance of one its most-hyped OS features.
Cyber-crime justifies world government
The Council of Europe, enthused by considerable American guidance and support, has issued a proposed final draft for an international cybercrime treaty to harmonize statutes related to electronic criminal activity, cross-border police cooperation, and judicial policy throughout Europe and North America, more or less along lines preferred by the United States.