Civil disobedience promised after net radio royalty bill falls
The controversial HR.5469 bill died in the Senate tonight, after failing to reach the floor for a vote.
Telstra, Ballmer Dizzy with the Spin
Ever since Australia's biggest company cozied up to Sun, America's biggest company has been looking for a good damage control story.
Xbox hackers break new security measures
New security measures implemented in a recent Xbox hardware update have been broken by hackers less than three weeks after the revised consoles hit the shelves, allowing mod chip groups to update their products for compatibility with the new hardware.
Perens asks SPI to own Sincere Choice
Bruce Perens, one of the original board members of Software in the Public Interest (SPI) Inc. has asked that organization to consider taking ownership of another project he started, the Sincere Choice initiative. But while SPI considers itself part of the Free Software community, Sincere Choice says it believes that "there should be a fair, competitive market for computer software, both proprietary and Open Source."
The world's most dangerous server rooms
LettersLast week we asked if this is the world's most dangerous server room, and you've responded in fine style.
Samsung tests higher DDR DRAM prices
Samsung is seeking to raise contract prices for DDR DRAM parts, a company rep said today. This may not be a significant statement - Samsung investor relations vice president Chu Woo-Sik was responding to questions at a press conference announcing the electronics giant's Q3 results.
Some truth about copyright
I've railed against the RIAA and MPAA and their congressional sock puppets in some of the cruelest language I've ever used in print. But my concern has always been the abuse and perversion of copyright. I'm concerned about the ways copyright is being turned into a weapon of big-media pigopoly against honest consumers, researchers and journalists. I'm concerned about how it's being used to criminalize consumers for doing perfectly reasonable things allowed under the Sony decision and the doctrines of fair use and first sale. I'm particularly alarmed by the way the DMCA makes criminals of people exercising fair use, and how it paves the way for electronic access controls and subsequent pay-per-use extortion by greedy Hollywood fat cats.
BBC Radio 4 goes bonkers, runs last year's MS news
Zzzzz.... It is 6am, and The Register having fallen asleep with the radio on again, the BBC Radio 4 Today programme is dragging us fuzzily into the land of the living; up in the hourly headlines is the big Microsoft news. The truly wondrous Licensing 6-related results story? Er, no - Microsoft has apparently agreed to open its code to its competitors as part of a settlement with the US Department of Justice.
Ericsson sinks deeper in the mire
Ericsson maintains that it is still on target to make a profit next year despite releasing disappointing Q3 figures today.
Borland JBuilder 7
ReviewVERDICT: It's laden with features, but at version 7 JBuilder faces stiff competition from leaner, more modular alternatives.
Cisco Catalyst switches in DoS risk
Cisco yesterday warned of a potential DoS risk affecting its popular line of Catalyst LAN switches. Catalyst switches running specific versions of Cisco CatOS software are vulnerable to a buffer overflow in an embedded HTTP server.
Secure Linux desktop begins shipping to UK police force
A pilot scheme which could see police forces throughout England and Wales switching to Linux desktops has kicked off with delivery of the first systems to the West Yorkshire force. The deployment is taking place under a contract awarded to netproject earlier this year by the UK Police IT Organisation, and if successful could cover over 60,000 desktops. In West Yorks alone the installed base is around 3,500, and a spokesman reckoned that the savings from this would be around £1 million a year.
Student develops Mouse Glove
A 16-year-old student from Wales is looking for funding to develop a wearable mouse device. The "Mouse Glove" was developed by Tobias Patterson-Jones, who is currently studying at Coleg Powys, Brecon.
Symbian pulls out of UI business, doesn't tell anybody
Did Symbian pull out of the UI business last year and not tell anybody? Strangely, although The Register has discussed UI-related issues with Symbian over the past 18 months or so, we've no recollection of Symbian mentioning the matter. Nor indeed does there seem to be anything that could even remotely imply this in the company's entire 2001 announcement archive.
Bell Labs demoes 19.2Mbps 3G chips
Boffins at Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs have successfully tested two prototype ultra-fast mobile chips at speeds of up to 19.2Mbps.
UK firms clueless about workers' Net habits
Almost half of all UK firms don't know how much time their staff spend online at work.
Microsoft, Panasonic propose (another) CD standard
Microsoft, Panasonic and Fujifilm have announced a new format for CDs which they hope will establish a new standard and bring the world of PCs, DVDs and other CD formats together, writes Steve Malone.
Scottish Power disconnects Linux users
Scottish Power has barred Linux AND Opera users from signing up to its online energy accounts.