11th September 2002 Archive

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OASIS plans distributed systems management protocol

Internet standards body OASIS has established a technical committee to develop a web services specification for cross-platform distributed systems management.
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WorldCom CEO to step down by year-end

WorldCom Inc CEO John Sidgmore intends to leave the post shortly, he said yesterday, and the scandal-rocked carrier is now seeking a replacement. Sidgmore took the job in April following the departure of Bernie Ebbers, shortly before the company uncovered record-breaking accounting irregularities and filed for Chapter 11 …
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Intel selects Verisign for mobile security

VeriSign Inc has secured itself a place at the heart of Intel Corp's mobile strategy with a deal to embed its technology in the chip giant's next generation notebook processor. Under the deal, announced at the chip vendor's developer forum in San Jose yesterday, VeriSign will optimize its digital certificates and Personal …
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Liberty considers Java-style testing program

The Liberty Alliance Project is considering Java-style measures to avoid proprietary implementation by vendors of its specifications for single sign-in to web services, Gavin Clarke writes. Sun Microsystems Inc-backed Liberty told ComputerWire that members are considering a set of test suites and reference implementations …
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AltaVista and Google to fight Chinese censorship

AltaVista Co and Google Inc have both seen their web search engines become inaccessible to internet users in China, evidently as part of a censorship initiative in the run-up to the Chinese communist party congress in November, Kevin Murphy writes. But AltaVista is offering affected users alternate ways to access its …
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Vodafone Ireland accepts 3G licence

Vodafone Ireland paid EUR44.5 million to the Irish government on Monday as it accepted one of Ireland's 3G 'B' licences after a one-month delay. "We think it was the right thing to do for our employees, our shareholders and above all our customers," commented Paul Donovan, chief executive officer, Vodafone Ireland after the company confirmed that it had accepted one of Ireland's four 3G licences. The business will now begin rolling out its 3G network, with portions set to go into operation by early 2004.
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US Dept of Commerce talks DRM with consumer groups

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration is making good its promise to host a consumer-focused meeting on digital rights management.
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Captain Cyborg is a Media Tart. True

Professor Kevin Warwick is a media tart, and the kiddie chip that won worldwide publicity last week probably does not exist. These nuggets have been unearthed by Stephen Naysmith, Science Correspondent of the Scottish Sunday Herald, whose report we warmly recommend to Warwick watchers everywhere.
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Where art thou Stuckists? Intel reveals share denial PC scheme

It was a schizophrenic Intel that faced the world at its Developer Conference in San Jose yesterday. In the morning keynote it touted its new multimedia "adaptor" platform, with glossy lifestyle videos explaining how our "digital media experience" would become "more convenient".
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Freeserve fingered by BTo snitches

Hostilities between two of Britain's biggest ISPs surfaced again today after the advertising watchdog backed a complaint lodged by BTopenworld against Freeserve.
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Broken Sept 11 worm poses little risk

Virus writers have exploited interest in the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with their latest attempts to create a damaging email worm.
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Boffins crack ancient board game with 36 server cluster

Boffins have harnessed advanced computer techniques to devise how to play a perfect game of Awari, an ancient board game originating in Africa that is more than 3,500 years old, for the first time.
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'Web Hacking: Attacks & Defense' at 30 per cent off

IT Security legend Stuart McClure - author of best-selling title "Hacking Exposed" - has just published the follow-up "Web Hacking: Attacks & Defense", a must-have for anyone interested in security. As usual, Register readers can get this title at a 30 per cent discount from IT-Minds.com, so it will cost you a cosy £26.59.
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Nigerian 419: White farmers up the ante

It's all go on the 419 fraud front this week as the latest email circular breaks all previous records of riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice. Not to outdone by the Nigerians, the white Zimbabwean farmers have rustled up an impressive $46 million dollars for immediate transfer to an honest and trustworthy partner abroad.
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BOFH and The Salesbloke

Episode 16 Episode 16 BOFH 2002: Episode 16 So I'm at a Telecoms conference while The PFY minds the fort back at Mission Control. And roger me senseless with a vampire connector if I'm not sitting next to a bloke who's just dying to sell me something. He's so easy to spot they should slap photos of him on the sides of Chinese Aircraft …

Brussels smiles on 3G network sharing

Rival 3G operators 02 and T-Mobile are close to receiving approval from the European Commission to share network capacity in the UK.

Colt to shed 1,000 jobs?

Colt Telecom could be about to shed 1,000 jobs amid the continuing difficult business environment facing the industry.

Intel's PANs, WLANs and soft radio

We used to come to Intel Developer Forums to sniff out speeds and feeds. These days, the most interesting stuff is tangential to Intel's traditional PC business, which has now become so competitive that Intel can't afford to leave an announcement on ice for a major keynote. If the two coincide, all well and good.