19th > August > 2002 Archive

European IT spend back on the increase

ComputerWire, 19 Aug 2002

IBM woos Linux developers with Borland deal

ComputerWire, 19 Aug 2002

Nvidia takes Xbox write-off hit

ComputerWire, 19 Aug 2002

Post Red Hat knock-off, Sun still plans own Linux

ComputerWire, 19 Aug 2002

Vodafone poised to buy Vivendi's Vizzavi stake – report

Vodafone is planning to buy partner Vivendi's stake in Vizzavi, their joint venture Web portal, according to a story in today's Wall Street Journal. Vivendi is currently financially challenged to the tune of €10 billion, and the two companies have allegedly already put €1 billion into the site (although it is not immediately clear where this went), but the sum being talked of for Vivendi's half is €150 million or thereabouts.
John Lettice, 19 Aug 2002

MS gives New Orleans ‘free’ systems for City Hall, PD

Microsoft is to update the computers of New Orleans' City Hall and Police Department for free, according to a report last week in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, saving the city $100 million, claims CTO Greg Meffert. Work will begin in the next two weeks, and the city's only obligations are that it will be used as a model for marketing the systems to other government bodies, and that it will at some point in the future have to pay a "miniscule" amount of money for the software.
John Lettice, 19 Aug 2002

NASA to fight terror with mental telepathy

No, we're not making this up; we can only hope that Moonie sheet the Washington Times is. But according to this WT story, NASA is attempting to develop some manner of remote stress detector along the lines of a polygraph machine which will monitor the brainwaves and heart rates of airline passengers as they pass blissfully through the gate to their waiting aeroplane.
Thomas C Greene, 19 Aug 2002

Boffins invent grenade vaporising ‘electric force field’

Boffins at Britain's Ministry of Defence have invented an electric 'force field' designed to protect armoured vehicles against anti-tank grenades.
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2002

KDE fixes SSL hole as MS dithers

New KDE binary RPMs have been released, as promised, with a fix for the SSL certificate vulnerability affecting Windows and Konqueror which we reported last week.
Thomas C Greene, 19 Aug 2002

Ex Grey Archers to picket Nomura

Former staff at pub trade dotcom Grey Archer, plan to demonstrate outside the offices of the company's backers in a bid to receive redundancy payments.
Tim Richardson, 19 Aug 2002

Register launches UK ISP

Lester Haines, 19 Aug 2002

HP backs AMD Athlon with business PC

AMD gained an important breakthrough in the business market today with the news that HP is to use its flagship Athlon XP processors in its Compaq D315 Business PC.
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2002

China ‘huge potential’ for broadband

China is set to have more than 19m broadband users by 2006, according to a new report by the Yankee Group.
Tim Richardson, 19 Aug 2002

Vodafone and Vivendi confirm Vizzavi talks

Vodafone Group Plc and Vivendi Universal have confirmed that they are deep in discussion concerning the future of their Internet love child Vizzavi.
Tim Richardson, 19 Aug 2002

Marconi axes Irish jobs

With reports circulating that Marconi is preparing to go into voluntary liquidation, it has been revealed that the firm has cut over 140 jobs in Ireland.
ElectricNews.net, 19 Aug 2002

AOL TW faces lawsuit over ‘unconventional’ deals

Lawyers in the US have launched a class action lawsuit against AOL Time Warner over allegations that the giant media company misrepresented advertising revenues to the tune of $270m (£177m) through what it describes as a "series of unconventional transactions".
Tim Richardson, 19 Aug 2002

UK gov rules stall rural broadband scheme

An innovative scheme to bring broadband access to the countryside using wireless Lans has stalled amid confusion about regulatory requirements.
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2002