19th > September > 2002 Archive
Sun discloses UltraSPARC VI and VII, shows IV silicon
Sun's processor roadmap is at sixes and sevens - or VIs and VIIs to be more precise.
UnitedLinux might not be very GPL-friendly
UnitedLinux held a telephone party yesterday to announce new general manager Paula Hunter and talk about its open beta release. Lots of curious journalists showed up. The question-askers all had a cynical air about them, and yet UnitedLinux bigwigs didn't seem surprised by the grilling. The underlying question still: what will UnitedLinux mean in the big picture that is Linux business? Our question: what about the GPL? (Also inside, an open letter to the UnitedLinux group from the FSF.)
Watch out! the audicons are coming
Irish company 2PM Technologies has unveiled a new application that will let users send whimsical noises alongside audible SMS messages.
Prudential sues Unisys for £12m
Prudential, the UK insurance giant, is sueing Unisys for £12m over an Internet based IT system which failed to "failures and inabilities to perform its obligations".
Intel cranks up Celeron to 2GHz
Intel yesterday began shipping a 2GHz Celeron chip, which means that tcheap PC you buy for Christmas needn't run like a dachshund.
Internet filtering software ‘damages educational opportunities’
Surprise, surprise, Internet filtering 'wrongly blocks many sites', according to a new study on the use of this technology in schools.
SK govt ‘sceptical’ of Hynix independence
The South Korea government is 'sceptical' of Hynix's ability to survive on its own, because of falling memory prices.
BT blankets TV with broadband ads
BT is to spend a whopping £33m over the next couple of weeks in a bid to double the take-up of broadband in the UK. From Sunday the monster telco is to spend £1m a day in a ten-day nation-wide TV campaign to plug broadband.
VIA climbs on Quad Band Memory bandwidth wagon
VIA and its US sub S3 Graphics are to produce chipsets which support Quad Band Memory (QBM). This memory technology, from Kentron Technologies, is designed to double the bandwidth of DDR SDRAM.
Record biz rips off UK – a history lesson
Punters steal when they swap music over P2P services, right? So what is the music industry doing when it sends in the goons to stop retailers from importing CDs?
Rural Hants could get wireless broadband
Rural Hampshire could be getting broadband, according to the boss of Andover-based Net outfit SP10.
MS slammed for antitrust deal violations in XP, Win2k SPs
ProComp, the Sun-, Oracle- and usual suspects-backed lobbying group set up to push for tougher measures against Microsoft, has launched an attack on WinXP SP1 and Win2k SP3, saying they contain clear violations of the MS-DoJ proposed antitrust settlement terms they're claimed by Microsoft to comply with. That is not of course to say that ProComp would be happy with those terms even if the Service Packs did meet them - it would not - but it has taken the opportunity to send an extended and reasonably well-researched 'told you so' to the DoJ, listing six claimed violations, and it intimates that its study of Microsoft's API disclosure procedures will follow shortly.
LCD monitor sales pedal backward in Q2
LCD desktop monitor sales in Europe fell for the first quarter ever in Q2 this year. Two quarters of consecutive price rises proved too much for the already weak PC market to bear it seems - In France, Spain and the UK, LCD market share compared with CRTs actually fell in Q2.
NHS PKI project in sick bay
All is not well in the changeover of digital certificate technology providers used to transfer pathology results within the NHS.
Linux rootkit hacker suspect arrested in UK
A 21-year old from Surbiton, Surrey has been arrested on suspicion of writing and distributing the T0rn rootkit, which dumbs down the process of hacking Linux servers.
HP issues statement on Compaq Fujitsu HDD failures
Last week we reported a product recall - sorry replacement - of 300,000 faulty Fujitsu hard drives (possibly only in Japan. Fujitsu is not saying).
Motorola mega-leak: the agony lingers on
Motorola has plugged one source of the leak that saw most of next year's GSM handsets spill on to the web over the weekend. But a Czech site still appears to have chapter and verse, and includes some information that Howards didn't publish.
Flaws in Microsoft VM. Fix now
Microsoft has alerted the world+dog to a trio of vulns in its implementation of Java Virtual Machine. The most serious enables an attacker to gain "complete control" over a victim's system. So get patching now.
RIM granted handheld email patent – clobbers Handspring
On Tuesday Research in Motion was granted a patent for a "hand-held email device", and waited just 24 hours before clobbering rival Handspring Inc. with a writ.
WLAN sales reach for the stars
Wireless LAN sales are rocketing, with shipments expected to grow 73 per cent this year. Even though prices are falling, revenue will grow 26 per cent this year, according to Gartner Dataquest.
Gwana-gwana landslide buries Sun Linux
AnalysisWhat are we to make of Sun's Linux Desktop announcement? We inadvertently provided the answer ourselves talking to Sun executives yesterday. What a good idea it is, we mused, to revive the vendor show: the press arrives in droves, and for a few hours at least, you have their undivided attention.