13th > February > 2002 Archive
First off, we received a bulletin from Counterpane, a company which monitors SNMP on its clients' machines, saying that the vulnerability does not appear to have been exploited yet. So basically, you're playing 'beat the clock' with the blackhat community, and chances are that if you act soon, you'll win.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into Microsoft thinks the company may have been holding back cash in order to manipulate future earnings, according to the Wall Street Journal. Astute CFOs who do such things essentially 'hide' money from good quarters in order to pad out the more sluggish ones, thus allowing their company to 'beat the Street' with monotonous regularity, to the unbounded joy of shareholders, Street and analysts alike.
It's amazing what you can pick up from WH Smith these days. RM popped into the newsagent yesterday, emerging with the "major assets of Helicon Publishing Ltd".
Jittery tech analysts looking for the next Enron think they might have found their quarry, in the shape of bare-knuckle wireless pugilist Qualcomm.
The Bundestux campaign to get the German Bundestag to adopt open source software has experienced a possible setback, in the shape of a report that recommends open source for adoption in some areas, but leaves Microsoft on the desktop. This can still be counted as progress, and certainly doesn't flatter Microsoft, but if the Bundestag accepts the recommendations it won't constitute a total defeat for the company either.
We know that readers have been barely able to contain their excitement at the prospect of the results announcement for our yellow button shirt competition.
The US States still pursuing Microsoft have upped the ante by asking the judge to force Microsoft to show them Windows' source code, their reasoning being that they need this to verify whether or not Microsoft is telling the truth when it says that producing a stripped-down and/or IE-free version of Windows isn't technically possible.