Canada mulls blank CDR, MP3 player tax
The Canadian government is mulling copyright levy proposals which will see a royalty charge of CAN$1.23 imposed on each blank CDR, and CAN$100 added to each MP3 player sold in the country.
Yahoo! pedo! community! busted!
They took away their bullets and stuck them in front of computers in the office where they can't do too much harm. They thought their careers were over, but posing as thirteen-year-old girls in chatrooms can yield prosecutorial pay dirt once in a while when the moon is right. And sure enough, untrusted FBI Special Agents nailed ninety slobbering pedos which Yahoo! was sheltering in its 'Candyman' egroups online community. Kudos, ladies and gentlemen; you may well have earned your bullets back.
Aussie cops and Feds use DIRT
The DIRT filesOur recent item Cyber cops & security orgs: DIRTy, stupid and out of control touched on the pathetic federation of fools, patsies and malicious creeps which comprises the international securocracy.
Microsoft ‘killed Dell Linux’ – States
Microsoft sharpshooter Joachim Kempin, who was convicted of illegally shooting antelope in Montana in 1998, has been turning his guns on a more familiar target: Microsoft's own OEM customers.
Affinity revenues and losses up
Shares in Affinity Internet Holdings - the UK telecoms and Internet outfit - slipped in early trading after the company reported increased turnover and widening losses.
SCH saves Metrologie from the knackers
Specialist Computer Holdings, Europe's biggest - or is it the second biggest, we can never remember - computer dealership, has snapped up Metrologie France and Metrologie Systems from Europa IT.
Window v. Lindows – round one to underdog
Lindows.com has won the first round in its legal trademark battle against Microsoft.
UK Govt earmarks £30m spending on broadband
The UK Government has finally said how it intends to spend £30 million in bringing broadband to rural areas - more than a year after it first pledged the cash.
Setback for security through obscurity scheme
A proposal on the "responsible disclosure of security vulnerabilities" has been withdrawn from consideration by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), after criticism that the issue was too political to be decided by the Net's prime technical standards body.
MS Stinger smartphones finally poised to ship
Mobile phones based on Microsoft's Stinger smartphone platform are finally set to ship, with the UK's Sendo likely to be the first. Yesterday Sendo announced that it would be supplying handsets, starting with its Z100 smartphone, to US carrier Cingular Wireless, while at CeBIT Sendo said the phone would be available in Europe from the beginning of June.
Orange network down again (some of it)
Tens of thousands of Orange subscribers are unable to make or receive calls today because of equipment failure on the mobile operator's network.
Foreigners must pay for Times online
Foreigners will have to pay to read The Times online, with tariffs levied on 10 separate channels. The newspaper, part of the Murdoch empire, says it can identify overseas visitors with "90 per cent accuracy,".
Novell in talks to bundle eDirectory on Linux servers
Novell is in talks with IBM and Red Hat about bundling its eDirectory services with Linux servers.
Intel sharpens twin blades
Intel today launched a twin set of 800MHz Tualatin PIIIs, the first dualie, it says for the low power ulta dense blade server segment.
Coming soon: 4,096 mutant versions of Windows
In his opening statement in the unsettling States' antitrust action yesterday Microsoft attorney Dan Webb explained the maths of Steve Ballmer's millions of versions of Windows nightmare, and promised much in the way of fireworks to come. The States' opening statement we can pass over unremarked, because we knew what they were going to say anyway, so it is Microsoft's defence that at this juncture provides the interest.
Why Microsoft's EU ‘concession’ is no concession at all
Microsoft announced an "olive branch" to the EU last week, by offering to document the interfaces to its file and print server protocols. But the offer is less generous than it appears.
Pennsylvania orders ISPs to censor the Net
Child-protective mania has given State of Pennsylvania a pretext to indulge in Internet censorship. The legislature has passed a law requiring ISPs to block access to child porn websites. Under the scheme, PA residents will have to be prevented from accessing the sites, which will be identified by the state attorney general's office.
HP declares victory (and no you can't see the votes)
Hewlett-Packard today declared its victory in the proxy battle to takeover Compaq by a small majority. It bases this on a tally of the votes from major institutional shareholders. So all you retail shareholders, your proxy votes are important only insofar as the size of the majority.