Crackers deface Ferrari
Defacers turned motor sport fans yesterday in a protest against the controversial decision to gift Michael Schumacher victory at the Austrian Grand Prix.
RealNames shutdown threatens Asian naming market
The closure of RealNames Corp yesterday threatens the ability of Chinese and Japanese speakers to easily address web sites in their own languages. Microsoft Corp's Asian units are said to be under pressure from local naming authorities to urge their parent to reconsider its position on RealNames' closure.
PSINet Europe sale gets US green light
The sale of PSINet Europe has been given the green light by a US bankruptcy court and is on course to be completed before the end of June.
Flame war after Klez worms onto Richer Sounds mailing list
Consumer electronics retailer Richer Sounds has pledged to beef up its security after its mailing list became a conduit for the spread of the Klez worm.
Govt wants big media regulator, promises little stick
The UK Government said it will not try to regulate content on the Internet as it took yet another step forward to create a new all-encompassing single regulator for the media and telecoms industries.
SiS patent wins, Hercules job losses, Intel 533 MHz license fun
HWRoundupWhat's going on at Hercules, the Guillemot graphics card brand, in North America, HardOCP's Kyle Bennett asks? ... " and now we have gotten word that they are laying off employees. We asked a contact of ours what was going on up there and for an official reply and this was the answer we got from Kelly Ramsay, Director of Marketing for apparently all three divisions.
Intel sleepwalks through Nvidia press release
Nvidia today issued a press release confirming that mobos incorporating its GeForce 4 graphics chip work very well indeed with the new Intel/Rambus 533MHz FSB- supporting i850E chipset. And curious reading it makes too.
Dixons buys phone dealer for £31m
Dixons Stores Group is extending its reach into the business market for mobile phones with the acquisition of Direct Telephone Services Ltd for up to £31m (£2m is contingent upon performance, and the bulk is payable loan notes, presumably for tax planning reasons).
Job losses at Simply Computers
Systemax is restructuring its Simply Computers division, shutting down its warehouse ops in Walthamstow and focusing all logistics at Greenock. There's around 40 job losses.
EDS bans IM
EDS, the computer arm of the British government, has banned its staff from using Instant Messenger products in the workplace. It cites security concerns, especially over virus transmissions.
McDonald's serves WLAN broadband in Japan
Fast-food diners in Japan could soon be able to get broadband with their burgers.
Compulsory Windows: for Macs, and people without PCs?
Microsoft has come up with another novel way to make its software compulsory - an annual subscription licensing system for schools where you have to pay for all of the computers you're using, even if you don't want them to run the Microsoft software you're licensing. This includes Macs, and although the Ts & Cs of the agreement don't make it entirely clear what you're supposed to do with the Windows upgrades you end up buying for these machines, we bet putting them on eBay isn't a recommended option.
E-government could cost 800,000 jobs, says e-envoy
The achievement of the UK government's target of putting all services online by 2005 could cost 800,000 public sector employees their jobs, according to e-envoy Andrew Pinder. And although that's a fifth of the public sector headcount, Pinder says that as half of the total are in jobs delivering services that can't easily be e-liminated (nursing, for example), it's actually 40 per cent of the rest who could be replaced.
Don't talk and drive
People who use a mobile phone while driving are four times more likely to have an accident.
Cisco IDS gets faster
Cisco has boosted the speed and added better management capabilities to its line of intrusion detection products.
Sircampaq: The Winners and Losers
SRCAM Day OneWe were in Cupertino today, as the "new Hewlett Packard" gave its first indications of which products will live and which will die under the newly merged monolith.
Firm runs down Dell battery dispute
Dell has agreed terms over rechargeable battery technology owned by a company called UNOVA, which filed suit against the PC giant in February, 2000.
Uncertainty over HPQ clouds workstation market
The workstation market declined five per cent during the first quarter of this year, making it one of the hardest hit segments in the IT spending slowdown.
Get a discounted classic from IT-minds
There's much excitementat Vulture Central at the news that this week's featured title from El Reg affiliate www.it-minds.com comes with a personal recommendation from James Gosling (Fellow and Vice President, Sun Microsystems Inc, and inventor of the Java programming language).
Undetectable ‘son of cookie’ system wins grant
The developers of a 'son of cookie' web monitoring system have received a Proof of Concept grant from Scottish Enterprise to commercialise the system. Their non-cookie based web monitoring software does not (as indeed the name suggests) rely on cookies, but instead is intended to replace them with something far more powerful.
Today is Matrox sundog day
Today Matrox launches the Matrox Parhelia 512 next-gen graphics chip. For Japan, the 14th of May is nearly over, and the product has already been launched.
Celeron price chops pave way for new models
Intel shaved a few points off Celerons yesterday, paving the way for next week's widely touted launch of 1.7GHz and 1.8GHz Celerons, the first of the bargain basement CPU line to use a P4 core.
Campaigners reject naked DSL protest
Campaigners in Kent trying to get BT to upgrade their area to DSL have rejected plans to hold a naked demonstration at their local telephone exchange.
FTC probes Rambus
Rambus yesterday confirmed that it was the subject of an Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation. Shares fell 5 per cent on the news in after-hours trading.
Web community puts price on head of super highwayman VeriSign
Domain registrar VeriSign has infuriated the Web community by wrongly transferring a New York writer's domain to an unchecked person in Germany.
Fun and games with the BBC search engine
It looks like the glitch that has plagued the BBC's new "editorially independent" search engine appears to be still throwing up some rogue results.
UK firms drop standalone ebizzes
The number of UK companies with standalone ebusinesses has more than halved in the last 12 months, according to the latest figures from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
EDS postpones instant message ban
EDS has postponed its proposed ban on instant messaging after staff told its techies that it was an important tool for communicating with clients.
Marker pens, sticky tape crack music CD protection
Music disc copyright protection schemes such a Cactus Data Shield 100/200 and KeyAudio can be circumvented using tools as basic as marker pens and electrical tape, crackers have discovered.
Pipex gives away free ADSL modem
Pipex is getting even more aggressive in the broadband marketplace with yet another tempting offer designed to get people to sign-up to its ADSL service.
Cisco pushes for fault resilient IP networks
Cisco Systems unveiled plans today to make IP networks based on its technology more resilient from failure.
E-Envoy backtracks on 800,000 job loss claim
News junkies in the UK may have noticed the strangely slow-motion creeping barrage that's been engulfing E-Envoy Andrew Pinder over the past couple of weeks. At the Microsoft Government Leaders Conference in Seattle last month Pinder floated the notion of 800,000 civil servants losing their jobs as a consequence of e-government. Not many press at the GLC, so he was not torn limb from limb, as would have been the ordinary course of events back in the UK.