29th > April > 2002 Archive

The Register breaking news

How Oracle screwed California

Californian taxpayers paid millions of dollars too much for Oracle database software and support, thanks to a former Oracle employee, and his assistant, who now works for Oracle's law company. Normal competitive tendering rules were not followed, and the pair were pressured by staff from Governor Gray Davis office to sign an Enterprise Licensing Agreement covering far more users than the state actually employees in a deal worth $93 million.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

Half of UK homes has Net access

The shape of the Internet landscape in the UK has changed little in recent months, according to the latest research from Oftel.
Tim Richardson, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

Italy preps secondary trading in Mobile bandwidth

In a move of immense significance for Europe's cash-strapped telecoms sector, the Italian government is preparing to enable mobile operators to trade in bandwidth, Rik Turner writes. Communications minister Maurizio Gasparri last week told the parliamentary committee on telecoms and transport that he plans to make it …
ComputerWire, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

EU to harmonise cybercrime laws

The Commission of the European Union has adopted a proposal for a Council framework decision that seeks to harmonize the EU's legal response to so-called cybercrimes, including hacking, denial of service attacks and virus dissemination. The proposal, said EU Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Antonio Vitorino, "aims to …
ComputerWire, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

Sun evangelist denounces WS-I's ‘hidden agenda’

The Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) founded by IBM Corp, Microsoft Corp and others has a hidden agenda, according to Simon Phipps, Sun Microsystems Inc's chief technology evangelist. And he should know, having played a similar role at IBM for several years before joining Sun two years ago. Never one to …
ComputerWire, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

Intel cuts Mobile Celeron prices

Intel today published new prices for Mobile Celerons, with big cuts for the top three clock speeds.
Drew Cullen, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

Apple unveils the eMac

Apple has launched the eMac, a desktop computer for schools, in the US.
Drew Cullen, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

AOL TW to spin off cable op?

AOL Time Warner is mulling over plans to flog part of its cable business in a move which could help resolve a dispute with cable venture partner AT&T.
Tim Richardson, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

Dell shop cans beer based marketing bid?

It must be a tedious and thirsty business in the Dell Shop blurb-writing department. Faced with the task of coming up with an attractive description of yet another laptop bag, somebody in there appears to have snapped recently. Even though the Belkin Bridge Street Case looks pretty attractive by the standards of such things (try writing blurbs for patch cables, kid).
John Lettice, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

Microsoft interested in ITV Digital?

Microsoft has refused to comment on weekend reports that it is interested in buying failed digital TV broadcaster ITV Digital.
Tim Richardson, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

Microsoft Excels @ insecurity

Microsoft has only partly fixed a flaw involving malicious script execution involving Office, according to veteran bug hunter Georgi Guninski.
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

Apple refreshes TiBook with faster G4

Apple has been a busy spelling bee today, creating the eMac, an iMac, only with an 'e', not an 'i', for the impoverished schools sector, and refreshing its Titanium Powerbook range with a faster G4 processor.
Drew Cullen, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

Fayrewood misses targets

Fayrewood, the European networking distie, has missed its second half targets.
Drew Cullen, 29 Apr 2002

US server sales show green shoots of recovery

The server market remained flat during the first quarter this year, as the slowdown in IT spending continued to bite.
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

BT faces ‘civil war’ over broadband

BT has played down weekend press reports that its decision to offer "no frills" broadband access could lead to the "prospect of civil war" within the company.
Tim Richardson, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

UK leads e-Money revolution

It is not everyday that the United Kingdom is seen to be leading the European Union (EU), never mind the rest of the world, but on Saturday April 27 2002-E Day--Britain became the first member state to implement the EU directive covering the issuing of electronic money. The British, of course, responded to this momentous event with traditional disinterest.
IT-Analysis, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

MS shared source licence strangely GPL-like

In his keynote to the recent Government Leaders Conference Bill Gates warned developing countries against using dreaded GPL software in their governments and universities. If they did so, he said, they would be unable to commercialise the resulting programs, and they would never be able to develop an IT industry.
John Lettice, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

Billion-dollar virus economics

Let us now pause to praise the computer virus cost accountants. We pray they cease their counsel, which falls into our ears as profitless as water in a sieve. Yeah and verily, the computer virus econometrics gurus join a royal college of experts who live primarily to feed statistics and figures to the news media. Well before …
George Smith, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

UK lags in next-gen broadband buildout

Britain is already behind its European neighbours in positioning itself for next generation broadband access, through high-speed Ethernet connections, even though the technology is still in it's infancy.
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

WinAmp's ‘malicious MP3’ vuln

Users of NullSoft's popular WinAmp player should upgrade to version 2.80 (available here) to avoid a vulnerability reported on the BugTraq mailing list by Swedish security researcher Andreas Sandblad and confirmed by the company.
Thomas C Greene, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

Gigabyte GA-81RXP revisited

Last week we published a letter from Gigabyte announcing Bios 7a, a revision intended to resolve a persistent boot problem experienced when manually changing the vcore for the GA-81RXP motherboard. This bug rendered the board pretty much useless for overclocking, a key target market.
Drew Cullen, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

Microsoft, Nvidia at war over Xbox

Partners Microsoft and Nvidia are at war over the troubled Xbox, for which the latter supplies graphics chipsets.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2002
The Register breaking news

Where did Hercules.com go?

Hello, We regret to inform you that due to a technical problem Hercules sites are temporarily unavailable.
Drew Cullen, 29 Apr 2002