Ah, the perils of automation. At 0512 GMT this morning a Reuters story headlined "Microsoft to release new multimedia edition Windows XP" winged its way to the company's customers. And then about 30 minutes later a bulletin from Reuters headlined "TECH-MICROSOFT-XP ADVISORY" seems to have headed to the same customers, saying, er, the story "is embargoed for publication until 1100 GMT on Tuesday July 16."
LettersMy recent item entitled "Security industry's hacker-pimping slammed" has generated damn few page hits but a vast flood of e-mail. What I reported, essentially, is that my boy Gweeds stood up at H2K2 this past weekend and excoriated the security establishment for selling out 'old-fashioned' (possibly fictional) hacker ethics for a quick buck. But before we get to the dirt, which readers have supplied with glee, I should at least say this much:
Yahoo! has caved in to Chinese government intimidation and agreed formally to refrain from "producing, posting or disseminating pernicious information that may jeopardize state security and disrupt social stability" or spreading "superstition and obscenity," such as religious beliefs, say, or fair political analysis.
The Register's department of strange coincidences can't help noticing that yesterday Bill Gates met Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, and graciously donated around $550,000 worth of money, software, and consulting to be used by Peru for education and e-government.
A director of UK ISP thefreeinternet.net (TFI) has told The Register that he is doing everything he can to resume a Net access service for his customers.
O2 has plugged a serious security hole which left its customers' account and billing details open to attack.
The weak outlook in the PC market could lead Intel to announce layoffs and cost cutting when its Q2 figures are released on Tuesday.
IBM yesterday unveiled the latest iteration of its Enterprise Storage System, commonly known as Shark. The product has been comprehensively upgraded since the last release from the firm. But this isn't the time to judge technical competence between the vendors, this year it's all about price.
A consortium of banks has bought ailing alternative telco, Energis, it was confirmed today.
Nvidia today unveiled its second-generation AMD-oriented nForce chipset, codenamed Crush 18. The product is aimed specifically at a low- to high-end PCs, but it also gives an interesting picture of the second-generation Xbox's capabilities.
The US House of Representatives has approved a bill which raises the penalty for computer crime to a maximum of life imprisonment.
A few weeks ago Apple effectively signalled that it had agreed licensing terms over MPEG 4, when it released a 'preview' of Quicktime 6.0 (which incorporates the video standard) in advance of any public accord with the MPEG-LA.
UK2.net - which claims to be the "UK's biggest host" - fell over yesterday afternoon, causing disruption for thousands of its customers.
A US technology consultancy firm is touting a 'soft landing' for companies whose web hosts have gone tits up or fled the scene.
The punters are not buying desktop PCs; they are beginning to lose interest in buying notebooks; corporates are still flocking to Dell but staying away in droves from PC resellers. What is a poor PC maker to do?
IBM and Intel are drawing up plans with telecom companies to set up a network of wireless data hot spots in the US, according to reports.
On July 3, the Home Office began a six-month consultation (PDF) on whether or not ID cards should return to the UK.
Sun Microsystems' hard-pressed UK reseller channel suffered another indignity today, when the company messed up its email group firstname.lastname@example.org, apparently by making it an outside-world addressable alias.
If you get an unsolicited email today regarding 'Your Password' resist any temptation to click on the attachment. It's more than likely to contain a variation of the latest email-aware worm, Frethem.
The Government is looking at ways it can use technology to reform the way people influence the running of the country.
[SCENE: A small but elegant office. Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" plays softly in the background. A man in a red power tie sits behind a solid oak desk, gently rubbing the top of a Montblanc pen across his upper lip while peering intently at his computer. The early afternoon peace is broken by heavy footsteps. A highly agitated man wearing a t-shirt reading "Windows Blows" barges into the office.]
ExclusiveHP has suspended more than 100 employees on full pay in the UK and Ireland pending an investigation into the misuse of its corporate email system to circulate pornographic material.
Windows is a lot more expensive to run than Linux, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has finally confessed. Despite Redmond's heroic efforts to defeat common knowledge with elaborately-rigged total cost of ownership 'studies', innuendo, FUD and outright distortions, the rhetorical power of common experience has become too powerful, even for a marketing behemoth like MS.