19th > March > 2002 Archive

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.
Drew Cullen, 19 Mar 2002

eBay hacker trashes bail with caps-lock defence

Kevin Poulsen, 19 Mar 2002

Senator ‘Cheesy Chuck’ Schumer phears the virus

George Smith, 19 Mar 2002

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.
Thomas C Greene, 19 Mar 2002

Sun saves Clustra from enemy clutches

ComputerWire, 19 Mar 2002

RealNetworks unveils Pocket PC player

ComputerWire, 19 Mar 2002

Hynix creditor claims major progress in Micron talks

ComputerWire, 19 Mar 2002

Novell supports XML – again

ComputerWire, 19 Mar 2002

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.
Thomas C Greene, 19 Mar 2002

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Mar 2002

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.
Tim Richardson, 19 Mar 2002

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.
Drew Cullen, 19 Mar 2002

Window v. Lindows – round one to underdog

Lindows.com has won the first round in its legal trademark battle against Microsoft.
Drew Cullen, 19 Mar 2002

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.
Tim Richardson, 19 Mar 2002

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.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2002

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.
John Lettice, 19 Mar 2002

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.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2002

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,".
Drew Cullen, 19 Mar 2002

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.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2002

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.
Drew Cullen, 19 Mar 2002

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.
John Lettice, 19 Mar 2002
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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.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Mar 2002

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.
Thomas C Greene, 19 Mar 2002

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.
Drew Cullen, 19 Mar 2002

Walter cheered, Carly jeered at HP merger vote

Although HP today offered about as much empirical evidence that it's going to win the Sircam merger vote as you find accompanying a report of an alien abduction, that didn't dent its confidence.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Mar 2002