14th > February > 2002 Archive
Police arrest five over mobile phone blag
Five men were arrested yesterday after the recovery of thousands of phones taken during one of Britain's biggest ever mobile phone theft.
NAI sells firewall business
Secure Computing has acquired the Gauntlet firewall and VPN business from Network Associates (NAI) for an undisclosed amount.
Lover's Guide at a PC near you
Here's something saucy for Valentine's Day - a PPV streaming version of The Lover's Guide, the famously -ahem - educational video series.
Comcast promises not to track subscribers
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.
Enjoy our Valentine's Day computer books love-in
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.
BSD ‘3 times as popular as desktop Linux’ – Apple
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.
Anders Heljsberg on what's next for C#
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?'"
Cellphones build IM bridges
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 back in frame as regulators toss deal
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.
Keygen routine producing valid WinXP product keys?
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.
Compaq seizes bootleg components
US marshals raided the premises of a Bow, New Hampshire computer parts wholesaler, and found a thriving counterfeiting operation.
Cisco protects against IP telephony security risks
Cisco is introducing a major refresh of its security product portfolio, adding new features to safeguard IP telephony.
Senators' stock options move could cost MS billions
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 chips away at ADSL prices
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.
Weird escort/temp service ‘cybersquats’ UK estate agents
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 split on high speed wireless futures
Cisco and Intel are at odds over which emerging standard for high speed wireless LANs offers the best migration path for users.