27th > March > 2002 Archive

Taking James Gosling to task – your letters

A terrific response to our James Gosling interview, and not one of you mentioned asparagus…
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2002

Microsoft .NET promo reveals personal info

Microsoft has adopted an unusual approach to community building - by disclosing the personal information of thousands of applicants for a Visual Studio web promotion.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2002

Panel debates Samaritan-hack amnesty

Kevin Poulsen, 27 Mar 2002

BTo slashes broadband satellite prices

BTopenworld is cutting the price of its broadband satellite service with the rollout of the technology throughout the UK.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2002

AV vendors sell ‘blunt razor blades’

AnalysisOn March 26 1999, the Melissa virus crippled tens of thousands of messaging servers worldwide in a few hours and sent a security wake up call to corporates and AV firms. Three years on, John Leyden wonders if anything has changed following the outbreak.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2002

Sun grapples with Java portability for Web services

ComputerWire, 27 Mar 2002

Suffer not the little children – McNealy

ComputerWire, 27 Mar 2002

Korean vendors pump up DRAM prices

ComputerWire, 27 Mar 2002

Nokia's OMA may take on wireless interoperability burden

ComputerWire, 27 Mar 2002

EC to cut mobile phone charges – FT

The European Commission is to pull the cosy price rug from mobile network operators, by ordering them to cut high call termination charges, the FT reports.
Drew Cullen, 27 Mar 2002

EC to clear ‘most’ of Infineon DRAM aid package

The European Commission is expected to approve "most" of a EUR220m aid package granted by the German government for Infineon's new EUR1.1bn DRAM plant, competition spokesman Michael Tscherny told reporters yesterday.
Drew Cullen, 27 Mar 2002

Philips wins $5bn Dell supply gig

Dell has awarded a component supply contract to Philips, worth up to $5bn over five years (the deal assumes annual sales growth of 25 per cent).
Drew Cullen, 27 Mar 2002

Apple discovers Bluetooth, hikes Mac prices

Apple announced a slew of product refreshes at MacWorld Japan overnight, but the news that will be greeted with most relief, we suspect, is that it's finally announced Bluetooth support.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2002

Benchmarks demolish Apple speed boasts

As of this morning, thirty one entries have been submitted to the SPEC performance list for the year so far. But if you're wondering why Apple hasn't yet dispatched its latest "workstation class" G4 hardware for examination by the council, in what is the industry's most respected set of benchmark tests, C't has the answer.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2002

Mac performance: up to snuff or up the duff?

LettersSubject: SPEC2000 g4 benchmarks article
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2002

A fresher Linux for Macs

A fresh version of the leading Linux for Macintosh computers, Yellow Dog, is now available for download from TerraSoft Solutions.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2002

A free Easter bunch of fives from IT-Minds

CompetitionThis week's reader offer from Reg associate IT-minds bookstore carries an extra punch.
Lester Haines, 27 Mar 2002

Intel exec laughs off MS cannibalism charge

Microsoft attorney Dan Webb yesterday engaged in the somewhat redundant exercise of trying to prove that former Intel exec and trial star witness Steve McGeady was biased against Microsoft. This is about as difficult as trying to prove the Pope's Polish, and Microsoft really should not be paying Dan wages for this kind of stuff.
John Lettice, 27 Mar 2002

MS judge to weigh broadening of case

After delivering warnings last week against the unsettling States' broadening their case to the extent that they would, in effect, be starting a new liability trial, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has cheered them considerably by allowing them to put forward information on new technologies and devices. This doesn't mean she is going to accept the States' pitch that the current and future generations of software should be taken into account, but it does mean she's going to think about it.
John Lettice, 27 Mar 2002

Drive-by hacking linked to cyberterror

UpdatedThe most comprehensive study of the insecurity of wireless networks in London to date has discovered that 94 per cent are leaving their networks open to drive-by hacking.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2002

Time slams Tiny credit card firms

Time Group today called on credit card companies to honour up to approx. 80,000 support contracts frozen through the collapse of Tiny Computers.
Drew Cullen, 27 Mar 2002

Dolby is sound on MPEG 4, gets thumbs up

Dolby has updated its audio streaming standard, MPEG AAC, with the release of Version 4.
Drew Cullen, 27 Mar 2002

Amiga returns with AmigaOne PPC hardware

Back from a triumphant Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco where he publicised Amiga Anywhere, Amiga CEO Bill McEwen has posted an update on progress with Amiga hardware and AmigaOS 4 and 5. At the very least it will bring a nostalgic tear to the eye, if you encountered Amiga the first time around, and it might even persuade you this remains an intensely desirable platform.
John Lettice, 27 Mar 2002

NTL redlines £11.1bn

NTL, Britain's biggest cable operator, today announced net losses a whopping £11.1 billion ($15.86 billion) for the year.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2002

Operation Enduring Valenti

Richard Forno, 27 Mar 2002