Taleban can't hack – UK govt
The head of the UK Government's Computer Emergency Response Team has hit a welcome note of commonsense by stating that the September 11 terrorist attacks have changed nothing in the way the country needs to defend against electronic attack.
ARM details roadmap, next gen silicon by end-2002
MPFMicroprocessor Forum ARM gave details of its next generation instruction set today, Architecture v6, and said that silicon using the instructions should be available towards the end of next year.
AMD blames PC price war for red ink
AMD's founder, at outgoing CEO Jerry Sanders blamed an "ugly" price war for his companies whopping loss last quarter. AMD lost close to $100m on its operations, and after additional items were accounted for posted a $186.9 million loss for the quarter.
Tiscali in E5m French buy-out
Tiscali has continued its European expansion with the acquisition of the French Internet and portal activities of Infosources for E5 million (£3 million) in cash.
NTL calls for 'new, bold' broadband initiative
NTL has called on the Government to use education to give broadband a much-needed shot in the arm.
Apple Q4 figures down but in line with forecasts
Apple's financial forecasts proved correct last night when the company posted its Q4 2001 results: a profit of $66 million (19 cents a share) on sales of $1.45 billion. But it warned that the situation is set to worsen next quarter.
OnStar abandons satellite broadband in Europe
OnStar Europe - the information, entertainment and communications arm of General Motors Europe - has pulled the plug on its broadband over satellite service.
Apple to brief staff on ‘breakthrough device’ Monday
Even Apple's own staff don't know just what kind of "breakthrough digital device" the company is going to launch next week - on the same day that Microsoft will officially unveil Windows XP, interestingly enough.
Athlon XP 1800+ gets flagged as 1.8GHz
Mesh Computers has been caught out plugging an Athlon XP 1800+ PC as a 1.8GHz machine.
Recording industry ‘copyright DoS attack’ rumored
We know the entertainment industry has sought to slip language into current anti-terror legislation which could result in blanket immunity from prosecution for hacking file-sharing networks.
PowerPC G5 performance ‘stunning’ – sources
Motorola's PowerPC 8500 - aka the G5 - continues to move steadily toward its scheduled release, our Apple sources tell us.
Q3 PC shipments down
Third quarter worldwide PC shipments have dropped 11.6 percent to 30.6 million units (last year this time 34.6 million units were shipped). Dell extended its lead in this market, growing from 11 per cent to 13.8 per cent, according to a Dataquest market report.
Nominet stands up for little (wo)man over government quango
The UK domain registrar Nominet has maintained its tradition of evenhandedness and decided strongly in favour of a small software company based in Bournemouth over a government quango in a domain dispute case.
Handspring loses $32.7m
Handspring is having a tough time of it. The PDA maker has just posted revenues of $61.4 million for the three months to 29 September - its first quarter of its 2002 fiscal year.
Local loop charges below EU average, says Oftel
UpdateBulldog Communications - one of the few operators still involved in local loop unbundling in the UK - has welcomed Oftel's local loop charges for shared lines.
Worms boost Symantec sales
Acquisition right downs caused Symantec to report a loss for its second quarter but strong growth in antivirus sales point to the health of its underlying business.
SafeWeb ain't all that
What a total idiot I am. I never asked Web anonymizer SafeWeb exactly what they mean when they say they "collect NO logs or user data beyond what is required for performance tuning and security monitoring of our servers. Any such data is carefully safeguarded, only analyzed statistically, and is destroyed soon thereafter."
Wanadoo revenue up 34 per cent but shares fall
France Telecom's ISP business Wanadoo - also the owner of UK ISP Freeserve - has posted a 34 per cent increase in revenue for its third quarter, although its share price fell 4.4 per cent on the news.
MS says stop discussing hack exploits
Microsoft's security chief has accused the security industry of creating "information anarchy" by openly discussing exploits when security vulnerabilities come to light.
BTopenworld buys Games Domain
BTopenworld has acquired Games Domain in a bid to boost its online gaming content.
BSA stomps Warez.at
The Business Software Alliance shut down 118 UK warez (pirate software) sites between January and September 2001.
IBM patents Web page template tool
We thought the US patent office outdid itself when it granted Network Associates' McAfee division a patent for updating anti-virus software over the Internet, but we should have remembered it has form for this sort of thing.
Check Point says Sept 11 cost it $15-$20m
Check Point Software, best known as a supplier of firewall and VPN products, has reported healthy third quarter profits despite estimating the tragic events of September 11 cost it between $15-$20 million, due to interruption of its business.
SAN sanity, TCO parity
Storage ExpoStorage Expo 2001 kicked off yesterday at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre with a surprisingly good turnout of vendors. Most of the usual suspects were on display, complete with flashy lights, lots of pamphlets and plenty of big boxes called 'SAN Station' and 'SAN in a Van', among other things.
Infineon shrinks 256Mb SDRAM
German chip maker Infineon has moved its production process in Dresden to 0.14 micron (from its previous 0.17 micron facility), enabling it to announce a new, freshly shrunk 256Mb SDRAM memory chip, which it claims is the smallest in the industry.
Storage virtualisation is love
Storage ExpoStorage Virtualisation was getting the hard sell at the Storage Expo, housed in Birminghams' NEC, yesterday. It must have been a tough sell as well because research launched at the show suggested companies weren't aware of it.
DRAM market to shrink 19% next year – Gartner
Gartner's outlook for the world's DRAM producers could be read as good news - just. After a disastrous year which, the market research organisation reckons, will see sales shrink 67 per cent, business isn't going to contract anywhere near as much during 2002. Given the DRAM market is now worth less than a fifth of what it was in 1995 - around $8.5 billion - Infineon, Micron, Hynix et al need what crumbs of comfort we can give them, poor dears. So we guess we shouldn't point out that Gartner believes that next year the market will shrink 19 per cent. The upshot, according to Gartner: companies will combine their DRAM operations in an attempt to make the savings necessary to get the cost of production down to below the levels at which memory chips are currently being sold. Not exactly a prescient statement, that - Toshiba and Infineon are already within spitting distance of an agreement that will see the pair merge their DRAM operations - but Gartner clearly believes such a deal is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. "If [pricing] falls further it will go below variable costs and we'll see companies going bankrupt. Some sense of reality has to return to the industry," said Gartner senior analyst Andrew Norwood. Step forward, Hynix? If the debt-ridden Dramurai is going to go down, it will happen early next year. And it may not be the only one. Mergers and deaths should stabilise the market for those companies left standing, and the price decline should then level of during Q2 2002. ®
Sony tries to take its tape mainstream
Storage ExpoStorage Expo at the Birmingham NEC saw Sony with an impressive looking tape library on display, and a big robotic arm whirring around the cassettes much like a dog chasing its tail.
Lame attempt to disguise viruses as MS security update
It's hardly likely to fool anyone but virus writers have once again taken to disguising viruses in emails purporting to give security patches from Microsoft.
The best cartoons of the war so far?
These have to be the best cartoons of the war so far. And because we live in the West, we get to view them on some fancy hi-tech piece of hardware (the thing you're reading this on right now).