14th > May > 2002 Archive

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.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002

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.
ComputerWire, 14 May 2002

DRAM vendors face torrid summer

ComputerWire, 14 May 2002

Liberty to make new European move

ComputerWire, 14 May 2002

Nortel acts to avoid cash crunch

ComputerWire, 14 May 2002

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.
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002

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.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002

Peregrine top two quit after $100m hole uncovered

ComputerWire, 14 May 2002

McAfee.com launches SpamKiller

ComputerWire, 14 May 2002

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.
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002

Cisco has encouraging quarter

ComputerWire, 14 May 2002

Intel CEO denies plan to build China fab

ComputerWire, 14 May 2002

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.
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002

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.
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002

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).
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002

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.
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002

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.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002

Microsoft confirms Navision acquisition

ComputerWire, 14 May 2002

MMS take-up could disappoint

ComputerWire, 14 May 2002

McDonald's serves WLAN broadband in Japan

Fast-food diners in Japan could soon be able to get broadband with their burgers.
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002

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.
John Lettice, 14 May 2002

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.
John Lettice, 14 May 2002

Don't talk and drive

People who use a mobile phone while driving are four times more likely to have an accident.
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002

VeriSign hit with slamming lawsuit

ComputerWire, 14 May 2002

Cisco IDS gets faster

Cisco has boosted the speed and added better management capabilities to its line of intrusion detection products.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 May 2002

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.
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002

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.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002

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).
Team Register, 14 May 2002

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.
John Lettice, 14 May 2002

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.
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002

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.
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002

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.
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002

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.
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002

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.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 May 2002

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.
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002

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).
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002

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.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002

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.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002

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.
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002
Cat 5 cable

Cisco pushes for fault resilient IP networks

Cisco Systems unveiled plans today to make IP networks based on its technology more resilient from failure.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002

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.
John Lettice, 14 May 2002
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“Humble” Jobs launches Apple server

Apple has brought its customary attention to detail, and ease of use features to its first rack mount server, Xserve, launched in Cupertino today.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 May 2002