14th > February > 2002 Archive
Five men were arrested yesterday after the recovery of thousands of phones taken during one of Britain's biggest ever mobile phone theft.
Secure Computing has acquired the Gauntlet firewall and VPN business from Network Associates (NAI) for an undisclosed amount.
Here's something saucy for Valentine's Day - a PPV streaming version of The Lover's Guide, the famously -ahem - educational video series.
A little brouhaha started last week with a post to the Vuln-Dev mailing list, in which a contributor called J Edgar Hoover observed that Comcast's cable Internet service was using an Inktomi traffic server capable of recording the individual comings and goings of its subscribers.
Romantic opportunityIt's that time of year when the daffodils are bursting forth from the cruel earth, the sap is rising, and a young man's thoughts turn to romance.
BSDConBSD is now three times as popular on the desktop as Linux, Apple's Ernest Prabhakar told attendees at the annual USENIX BSD Conference here yesterday.
According to ancient scriptures, Anders Heljsberg "journeyed to the wilderness, and wept and wailed and cried out unto the Lord, saying: 'Shall I spend the rest of my days tinkering with a Pascal compiler I wrote 15 years ago? Couldn't I have a go at something else?'"
The "Wireless Village" initiative started by the three dominant mobile phone companies Nokia, Motorola and Ericsson yesterday showed off the IMPS initiative which ought to bridge the gap between SMS text messaging and PC-based IM.
Former Corel CEO Michael Cowpland is not not guilty of insider trading after all. Earlier this week he appeared to have escaped the slammer via a strange deal whereby his personal holding company peaded guilty and paid the fine, but Cowpland himself escaped, sort of.
A cracking system for Windows Product Activation publicised this week may present Microsoft's anti-piracy system with its most serious problem yet. It takes the form of a key generator which appears to produce valid activation keys for Microsoft products, and if this really is the case, it is difficult to see how Microsoft can differentiate between keys issued with legal product, and keys generated by the keymaker.
US marshals raided the premises of a Bow, New Hampshire computer parts wholesaler, and found a thriving counterfeiting operation.
Cisco is introducing a major refresh of its security product portfolio, adding new features to safeguard IP telephony.
Four US senators are proposing legislation that would stop companies using stock options to window-dress their earnings statements. The proposed Ending Double Standards for Stock Options Act would require companies to treat employee stock options as an expense for book-keeping purposes if they want to claim them as an expense for tax purposes. The current situation in the US allows companies to effectively hide the cost of stock options (which in essence are a part, in cases such as Microsoft a major part, of the compensation package) while substantially reducing their own tax liability.
Nildram, the Aylesbury ISP, has cut ADSL connection fees to £29 per month plus VAT, helpfully pointing out that this is a saving of £140 a year over the previous tariff.
Here's a blast from the past: a cybersquatter is leveraging off the names of other companies to generate online traffic for its own service.
Cisco and Intel are at odds over which emerging standard for high speed wireless LANs offers the best migration path for users.
Here's a romantic story for Valentine's Day and there's an IT angle (sort of).