22nd > October > 2001 Archive

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Blue Monday for NewMonday.com

Newmonday.com, the online jobs board jointly-owned by VNU and Randstad Holding, the Dutch temp staff agency, is to "discontinue activities".
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PowerPC G5 ‘blazingly fast’, claims Motorola mole

Motorola sources have confirmed what Apple insiders tell us: that the next generation of PowerPC processor, the PPC 8500 - aka G5 - is now consistently coming off the production line at 1.6GHz, and that it is a very fast chip.
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MS issues bum security patch, contradicts self

Recently-issued patches for an exploitable RDP (Remote Data Protocol) bug in Win-NT and 2K have given users trouble enough for MS to yank one of them (details below). The timing is unfortunate. Only last week Microsoft Security Manager Scott Culp called on outside security researchers to follow Redmond's no-tell bug reporting example.
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Cracks appear in Nutshell service

Update Unmetered ISP, Nutshell, has confirmed it is trying to resolve the problems that left it unable to provide Net access over the weekend.
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Samsung won't chop DRAM production

Samsung has been hit with a 75 per cent Q3 profit slump thanks to memory prices sliding down the toilet.
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Coach blames Linux for team's defeat

Sports fans have heard all manner of strange excuses for a team's underperformance but Baltimore Ravens' coach Brian Billick has distinguished himself by "blaming the Linux operating system".
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Apple looks to future – post-Motorola? – PowerPC world

Analysis Apple is becoming increasingly irritated with its prime PowerPC provider, Motorola, to the extent that it talking to fellow PowerPC partner, IBM, about how the platform can continue to evolve without the chips-to-cellphones giant's participation, sources close to the Mac maker have claimed.
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EU anti-spam legislation up again this evening

Anti-spam legislation is about to go through another round of voting tonight in Strasbourg as the Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs tries to adopt a new report with amendments.
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Sony mid-range PDA draws bead on Handspring

Having achieved considerable success at the high end of the PDA market, Sony has set its sights on the middle-ground, launching a new machine, the Clié PEG-T415, against the likes of Palm's m125 and Handspring's Visor Pro.
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Win-XP as terrorist tool story contradicted

Computer forensics specialist Michael Anderson, who we suspected of exaggerating the threat of Win-XP's secure file-wipe feature for personal gain, contacted us to contradict our reading of his position.
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PC sales down 12% in Western Europe

PC sales for Western Europe dropped 12 per cent in the third quarter, with the spread of the economic slowdown into continental Europe being blamed.
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BT faces probe into cut-price ADSL installs

BT's decision to halve the cost of DSL installation from £150 to £75 is being investigated by telecoms regulator, Oftel.
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IBM doubles secure transaction performance with Zzzseries

IBM has announced that it has doubled the ability of its mainframe platform to handle secure transaction, with the latest edition to its Zzzz series boxes.
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VIA set for gloomy Q3 – analysts

VIA will announce its third-quarter results on Wednesday and if the five analysts Bloomberg quizzed are correct, it will post a significant slump in profitability.
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Data Protection Act kicks in on Wednesday

The first transitional period for the Data Protection Act (1998) ends on Tuesday and the second starts Wednesday morning - with huge implications for all UK businesses.
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Kevin Mitnick plays CIA lackey in TV role

Kevin Mitnick, who spent five years is prison for alleged computer crime offences, is to play a CIA computer expert in an episode of an American TV series to be aired next Sunday.
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Dell to sell EMC's mid-range storage

Dell has inked a deal with EMC to resell its CLARiiON line of enterprise storage kit. The range will now form Dell's standard offering for SAN (Storage Area Networks) and NAS (Network Attached Storage).
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Colt revenues up, losses widen

Shares in Colt Telecom dipped 19p (15.8 per cent) in mid afternoon trading following the publication of widening Q3 losses.
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Intel confirms 845 supplies are ‘very tight’

Intel has admitted that its 845 chipset is in short supply, for the immediate future, at least.
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Is Wednesday the end for Web bugs and dodgy cookies?

This Wednesday (24 October), the second transitional period of the Data Protection Act takes effect in the UK, meaning that companies are required by law to provide all the personal data they store on anyone, if that person requests it.
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Vultures circle DRAM producers

Another week passes and the nail biting continues as the world (well, the DRAM world anyway) waits to see who going to be the first to fall.
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Business should ‘embrace anthrax’ and Internet

Companies should use the fear if receiving Anthrax by post as a fillip to adopt new IT-based business processes.
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Nortel helping China to overhaul state surveillance architecture

Human rights activists have launched an attack on Nortel Networks, accusing it of contributing to human rights violations in China by helping the country overhaul its ageing surveillance technologies.
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Doom for .NET? InterTrust opens up on the MS lawsuit

InterTrust is a tricky one for your average freedom fighter. On the one hand, you'd like to see Microsoft's OS monopoly broken, in which case InterTrust's lawsuit against the company is probably A Good Thing. But on the other, you're against companies who're patented up to the gunwhales using them to bludgeon rivals into submission - so which way do you turn? Last week, InterTrust MetaTrust Utility president Ed Fish talked to The Register, told us why his company was going to win the lawsuit, why sometimes patents might be good for you, and why InterTrust winning might even be good for Open Source.
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The451.com is back from the dead

Subscription-only tech news site The451.com is back, after chief exec Martin McCarthy led a management buy- up of the company's name and other assets from the receivers.

Brocade flips 2Gbps FC switch

Brocade has announced the first in a range of products designed for 2Gbps Fibre Channel storage area networks.