17th > January > 2003 Archive

Microsoft shells out first dividend

ComputerWire, 17 Jan 2003

IBM Q4 sales stable, profits hurting

ComputerWire, 17 Jan 2003
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SAP positions to avoid IBM and Microsoft Web Services

SAP AG has announced products and strategy which it hopes will establish the company as a cross-platform web services player, while avoiding direct competition with IBM or Microsoft Corp, writes Gavin Clarke.
ComputerWire, 17 Jan 2003

Dell laptop named in SA burns explosion

The 15-year-old-girl in South Africa who suffered second-degree burns to her hands and thighs after her laptop exploded was using a Dell machine, it's been revealed.
Tim Richardson, 17 Jan 2003

AMD makes massive Q4 loss

ComputerWire, 17 Jan 2003

Hutchinson 3G confirms March launch

ComputerWire, 17 Jan 2003

Microsoft thanks Bush with historic share dividend

When the Bush Administration was sworn in, in January 2001, Microsoft was in the position that we so often find James Bond in mid-way through a movie: strapped to a table and heading inexorably towards a huge carving machine or deadly laser.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jan 2003

First Segway owners are rich, bright, but not fat

Bicycles are the best 'short-range personal transportation devices' you can buy yet the mainstream media still seems to think Segways are more sexy. Could electric bikes and ultralight electric motorbikes plug the gap? BikeBiz.co.uk talks to one of first Segway owners in the world.
Carlton Reid, 17 Jan 2003

So sorry Adobe urges more DMCA busts

We erred on one important detail in our summary of the Elcomsoft verdict on Wednesday. We wrote that Adobe had urged the authorities not to prosecute Dmitry Sklyarov or his employer Elcomsoft for circumventing the encryption in its eBook software to allow fair use.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jan 2003

Mobile phonecos braced for tough price cuts

It appears that the UK's mobile phone operators have lost their fight to stave off enforced price cuts following a year-long investigation by the Competition Commission.
Tim Richardson, 17 Jan 2003

Sun eclipsed by worst ever quarter

Sun Microsystems reported its worst ever quarterlies yesterday. Q2 2003 revenues were down six per cent to $2.915bn from $3.108bn in the same period the year before (Q2 2002). This resulted in a net loss of $2.283bn for Q2 2003, with margins also down 6.7 percentage points to 43.3 per cent.
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2003

Rumsfeld orders .mil Web lockdown

U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld this week directed the armed service to strip military Web sites of information that could benefit adversaries, citing a terrorist training manual and a year-long review of the Department of Defense's 700-gigabyte Web presence.
Kevin Poulsen, 17 Jan 2003

Duncan leaves Xbox team

The effusive head of Microsoft's Xbox division in Europe, Sandy Duncan, has announced his intention to retire from the games industry this year in order to focus on his personal life. Duncan has headed up the European Xbox and Home Retail divisions since early 2000, and has been with Microsoft for 16 years.
gamesindustry.biz, 17 Jan 2003

“I poisoned P2P networks for the RIAA” – whistleblower

"Gobbles", the German hacker who improbably claimed to have infected peer-to-peer file sharing networks and to "0wn" your computer this week, has confirmed that his brag was a hoax. That much, you probably suspected, as Goebbels (as we must now call him) failed to offer a shred of evidence in support of the notion that the RIAA was engaged in widespread intrusion of personal computers.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jan 2003

GameSpy could let crackers mount network DDoS attacks

Flaws within GameSpy, a popular program that allows game clients to find and connect to game servers, might permit crackers to flood systems with useless packets and tie up processors through DDoS attacks.
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2003

Dick Parsons named as new AOL TW chairman

Dick Parsons - AOL Time Warner chief exec - has been named chairman of the giant media and Internet company.
Tim Richardson, 17 Jan 2003

ISC see a little silhouetto of a DHCP flaw

Multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities in the Internet Software Consortium (ISC) implementation of the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) have come to light.
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2003

Red Hat Linux 8 books at 30 per cent off

This week's offering from Reg associate IT-minds.com is the biggest and the best in Red Hat Linux books.
Team Register, 17 Jan 2003

Nominet intros new domain moving rules

Nominet UK - the national registry for all domain names ending .uk - has introduced new rules designed to give greater protection to domain name owners.
Tim Richardson, 17 Jan 2003

Retail PC sales flat in Germany, France (but not in UK)

Sales of PCs in December 2002 by large retailers were flat in Europe's top three economies, down one per cent in unit terms compared to the same month a year ago.
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2003