26th > November > 2001 Archive

XML database: big fish lose out to the minnows

XML is increasingly being positioned as the next territory for the Microsoft/Oracle/IBM database war. However, the companies aren't telling you this, because none of them are very good at the technology yet.
IT-Analysis, 26 Nov 2001

CP/M collection is back online with an Open Source licence

When CP/M enthusiast Tim Olmstead died from cancer on September 11 this year, the Unofficial CP/M Web site he had been maintaining had to be taken down because of licensing issues with the software collection. Now, Lineo has granted unrestricted use of the technology and the site is back up.
Tina Gasperson, 26 Nov 2001

Chrysalis, 365 knock sports Net ops together

Chrysalis and 365 Corporation are to merge their sports web businesses, creating Europe's 'number one' sports portal.
Drew Cullen, 26 Nov 2001

Intel preps transistor for 20GHz+ CPUs

Intel boffins will next week describe two new techniques that, if implemented in mainstream chips, may herald the arrival of 25GHz and faster processors by 2005.
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2001

WinXP effect sends PC sales up and down in Japan

Good news! Windows XP's launch prompted a 24.3 per cent increase in sales of PCs in Japan, according to Asiabiztech. Bad news! sales of PCs in Japan were down 16.9 per cent following the Windows XP launch.
John Lettice, 26 Nov 2001

Infineon slams Samsung DRAM ‘artificial pricing’

The recent surge in DRAM prices is the result of manipulation by Korean producer Samsung, rather than a ramp-up in demand, Ulrich Shumacher, chief executive of Infineon, claims.
James Watson, 26 Nov 2001

Linux app makes Xbox net gaming a reality

Next year's launch of Microsoft's network gaming service for Xbox has been pre-empted by an open source/Linux development, Xbox Gateway. Bill is no doubt absolutely ecstatic about this, but he can console himself with the thought that at least all the work XboxGW has put into the system is on the outside - the box itself remains unsullied by viral GPL-related stuff.
John Lettice, 26 Nov 2001

Broadband Britain ‘as bad as UK railways’

Telecoms regulator David Edmonds has been warned that he faces the blame for the UK becoming the broadband 'sick man of Europe'.
Tim Richardson, 26 Nov 2001

Sony cuts Japanese PS 2 pricing

Sony will cut the price of a PlayStation 2 in Japan by 15 per cent to ¥29,800 ($240) on Thursday.
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2001

Sales surge drives TSMC profit boost

TSMC reckons will now make more than 55 per cent more profit this year than it announced in its most recent forecast.
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2001

BadTrans virus bites Windows users hard

Computer users turned on their PCs this morning to find their In-boxes flooded with copies of the latest mass mailing virus.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2001

Hynix assets less than estimated – Arthur Andersen

If Hynix's creditors allowed the chipmaker to go to the wall today, it would be worth 3.66 trillion won ($2.855 billion), Arthur Andersen reckons, according Korea's Maeil business newspaper.
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2001

Law firm urges caution over BSA piracy forms

A major corporate law firm is advising UK companies which receive a software audit form from the Business Software Alliance to "Proceed with Care!" when deciding whether to complete it.
James Watson, 26 Nov 2001

One2One mulls Europe for 3G court battle

One2One is threatening to take its ongoing 3G court battle to the European Court of Justice after it lost a High Court ruling for "lost" interest over 3G licences last month.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Nov 2001
Cat 5 cable

NEC kick-starts Hutchison 3G UK campaign

Japanese mobile manufacturer NEC may kick-start the European 3G revolution from the third-quarter next year when it releases a dual-mode 3G phone, which works over the existing infrastructure as well as allowing next-generation features likes video.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Nov 2001

Galeon zips while Mozilla slips

The software libre web browser Galeon reached a milestone on Friday, reaching 1.0 status after eighteen months in public beta development.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Nov 2001

DDoS protection racket targets online bookies

Organised criminals are using distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to force online bookmakers into protection rackets, a British security consultancy claims.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2001

BTopenwoe emails virus to customers

BTopenworld accidentally sent its customers emails carrying BadTrans-B, the latest Trojan horse virus this weekend.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2001

Next-gen Nvidia nuggets appear on Web

Details of Nvidia's next-generation GeForce graphics processor have leaked onto the Web. Numerous sites have passed the information down the line, but the source appears to be German magazine c't.
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2001

VIA beats off Intel legal attack

Intel has failed in one of its other legal attempts to bring to book chipset maker VIA for allegedly ripping off its intellectual property, its arguments damned by the trial judge as "confused".
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2001

Kevin Spacey loses pivotal cybersquatting court case

Movie actor Kevin Spacey has lost a landmark court battle over ownership of www.kevinspacey.com.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Nov 2001

Want to know more about the world's first underwater phone?

It may sound like a demented Tomorrow's World feature, but France Telecom (and Amphicom) have invented the world's first underwater telephone.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Nov 2001

Steve Gibson accidentally creates DoS tool

Techno hypemeister Steve Gibson, who clamored for headlines some months back with a dramatic prediction that the misuse of Win-XP's raw sockets would destabilize the entire Internet, has made his own inadvertent contribution to the malicious hackers' tool chest.
Thomas C Greene, 26 Nov 2001

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