8th > November > 2001 Archive
Top BT beancounter to quit
UpdateBT's highly respected finance director, Philip Hampton, is to quit the monster telco after just a year in the job.
Chip biz to shrink 5.5% next year
The world semiconductor business will shrink by 5.5 per cent next year, market watcher Future Horizons has forecast.
Opera tolerating MSN.co.uk goes live
Microsoft's UK-targeted portal, MSN.co.uk, is now live with the XP colours, nearly two weeks after MS's 25 October Win XP launch and MSN's global look and feel relaunch.
Eurolinux goes ballistic over Euro patent ‘coup’
The Eurolinux Alliance has called for the sacking of the board of the European Patent Office, following what it describes as a "juridical coup" mounted by the Munich-based outfit. The "coup" takes the form of a new EPO examination directive which effectively extends patents "to software, business methods and mathematics... and for the first time officially sanctions direct patent claims to 'computer program products' and 'computer programs'."
BTopenworld tops 60,000 broadband punters
BTopenworld announced today that it has 62,000 broadband subscribers, more than doubling its customer base in the three months to September.
mmO2 readies itself for flotation
BT's mobile arm, mmO2, today announced a 3G-sharing deal with Telfort Mobiel in the Netherlands to tie-in with BT's second-quarter results.
Toffs expelled for making Ecstasy from Net recipe
Four pupils at £16,000-a-year private school Glenalmond College have been expelled after making the dance drug Ecstasy from instructions found on the Internet.
UK Net use continues to surge
Home Net use in the UK continues to grow apace with more than one million new users hooking up between June and September.
Government cocks up another computer project
The government has added to its litany of computer system cock-ups with a £300 million system at the Ministry of Defence which has had to be overhauled.
Sony's next gen Aibo dogs hit market
Sony has showed off its third generation Aibo robotic dog. Canine V3 features more sensors for interaction, more LEDs for a wider emotional range, new behavioural patterns and upgraded control software.
US Net penetration hits plateau
Internet penetration has levelled off in the US with an increase of just one per cent in the last year, according to the results of the Harris Poll.
Trium Eclipse: fab colour, power guzzler
ReviewAt 110g and 118x49x25mm, the Trium Eclipse mobile phone is a little chunky by today's standards. This is explained by the fact that it has a fantastic colour screen which guzzles power. On top of that, it's got GPRS and a loudspeaker function.
DRAM sales to grow 16% next year
Market research companies may have a negative to cautiously positive outlook on next year's worldwide chip sales, but the business' own Semiconductor Industry Association has a more optimistic forecast.
Those new-look tougher MS judgment terms in full
At some considerable risk of serious psychological damage The Register has over the past couple of days constructed a line-by-line before and after picture of Microsoft's proposed sentence.* Before, as you will recall, we had a spineless cave-in on the part of the DoJ which essentially left Microsoft to pillage the world with impunity. But after further tough negotiations serious improvements were made to the text, sufficient to allow nine US States to sign up for it, leaving only nine sadly misguided attorneys general who were of the opinion that the whole thing was a bucket of putrescent dingoes' kidneys.
nForce PCs a go-go
PCs built using Nvidia's nForce integrated chipsets are thicker on the ground than first thought.
Proxim favours Mac OS X over 9
Wireless networking specialist Proxim has favoured Mac OS X over Classic for its upcoming IEEE 802.11a 108Mbps LAN system.
Proxim doubles 802.11a wirefree bandwidth to 108Mbps
Proxim has launched wireless networking technology which doubles the next-generation 802.11a standard's maximum bandwidth from 54Mbps to 108Mbps.
Philips CD-RWs climb Mount Rainier
Philips says all its CD-RW drives shipped from early 2002 will include its EasyWrite technology, which is essentially native Mount Rainier format support.
US judge's Nazi Net ruling turns worldwide law on its head
US federal judge Jeremy Fogel has decided that Yahoo! can't be bound to pay a fine imposed by a French court over the sale of Nazi memorabilia on Yahoo's US Web site.
I say Petabyte, You say Pebibyte…
It turns out that we right first time with our assertion here that 144,115,188,075,855,872 bytes equals 144 Petabytes. A large number of you wrote to tell us that it's actually 128 Petabytes.
Logica slashes jobs
Logica has surprised no one by announcing that it will cut between four and five per cent of its staff in response to the "worsening economic environment".