24th > September > 2002 Archive
Readers scorn ‘Lawsuits in Motion’ keyboard claim
LettersHandspring told us that it had no public comment to make on the Research in Motion's patent infringement lawsuit. But you have plenty to say about this claim, based on a patent for a very small keyboard on a wireless device.
AMD cranks up mobile Athlon XP speeds
AMD has launched two top-of-the range mobile processors, the Athlon XP 2000+ and the 1900+. It's exhausting these days to find the actual clock speeds of AMD CPUs (AMD publishes them and promptly buries them deep on the web site). But suffice it to say both processors run less fast than 2GHz and 1.9GHz respectively.
Palm'sTungsten and MIMS target RIM's LIMs
No sooner was the ink dry on the previews of Palm's new wireless plans, than the company delivered details of branding and the server software part of the puzzle today.
GeForce FAQ returns from the dead
A popular unofficial Nvidia technical resource which disappeared when cybersquatters pounced on its URL is back from the dead.
UK car site ripped off by Chinese
Those behind the New Car Net Web site are gobsmacked after they found that a Chinese operation had "completely ripped off" the content and design of the UK new car guide.
Protest site shut over alleged police ‘intimidation’
The Parking Clowns Web site - which ridicules the parking policies of Canterbury City Council and its "over zealous [traffic] wardens" - has been suspended following allegations of police intimidation.
Intel Ireland ‘warms down’ over Christmas
A company spokesperson explained to ElectricNews.Net that most of the company's 3,200 employees will be asked to take leave between 20 December and 6 January, as the firm prepares for sluggish sales following Christmas. The spokesperson explained that employees who have no annual leave remaining for 2002 will be asked to take an unpaid break or dip into their holiday days for next year.
At least 100 countries building cyber weapons – expert
Cyberterrorism hyping has reached new heights - according to a report in the Melbourne Herald Sun, at least. The Herald quotes expert Matthew Devost, speaking at a meeting at the US consulate there recently, as claiming the CIA believes at least 100 countries are investigating waging war by computer, or cyberterror.
Great Fujitsu hard drive fiasco rumbles on
Questions surrounding the Great Fujitsu Hard Drive Fiasco simply won't go away, however much the Japanese manufacturer hopes that they might.
Junk email on the increase
There's bad news for anyone who is sick and tired of the increasing amount of commercial email flooding their inboxes - there's going to be more.
Watchdog gets tough on text spam
ICSTIS - the premium rate telephone services watchdog - has warned that it will come down hard on any operators misleading phone users with dodgy money-making text messaging scams.
MS design switch thwarts Xbox mod chips
Microsoft has made some modifications to the internal design of Xbox in the name of security, the most immediate upshot being apparently that existing mod chips won't work with the new design. According to a posting last week on the Xboxhacker BBS (reproduced here, the first of the new designs have been spotted in Australia.
Cambridgeshire snuggles up to NTL
NTL Business has joined forces with Cambridgeshire County Council to build a broadband network for the county's rural community.
Thus challenges Nominet on ‘whois’ privacy issue
Thus - the alternative telco group that owns the Demon ISP - is looking to challenge plans to introduce changes to Nominet's 'whois' Web site ownership directory.
Peter Gabriel album preview deployed in MS audio push
Microsoft today announced that Peter Gabriel's new album Up would be the first ever in 5.1 surround sound to be made available via digital download. We at The Register are unable to confirm the truth of this, as religious convictions prohibit us from possessing all of the bits necessary to get the thing, but for the sake of argument we'll take it as read, and it seems to represent another front in Redmond's campaign to position itself, Windows Media Player and its file formats as 'must haves' for the music industry.