24th > January > 2003 Archive

Tech firms gather to fight Hollings copy controls

A new lobbying outfit called the Alliance for Digital Progress is preparing to fight against legislation calling for government-designed and mandated technology to prevent digital piracy, such as that being peddled by US Senator Fritz "Hollywood" Hollings (Democrat, South Carolina).
Thomas C Greene, 24 Jan 2003

Fujitsu, Intel to develop Itanium Servers

ComputerWire, 24 Jan 2003

AOL and HP Sign Instant Messaging partnership

ComputerWire, 24 Jan 2003

Cost of securing Windows Server 2003? Nearly $200m

ComputerWire, 24 Jan 2003

Cisco sues Huawei over IP ‘theft’

ComputerWire, 24 Jan 2003

Compuware sues Moody's over rating

ComputerWire, 24 Jan 2003

Fujitsu wins £650m UK Post Office deal

In BriefFujitsu Services Ltd, the company formerly known as ICL, has won the £650m, seven-year deal to manage the Post Office's computer systems. Which is nice. But not winning the contract would have been a big setback, as - FSL has managed the Post Offices 'puters under a similar contract since 1996. ®
Drew Cullen, 24 Jan 2003

Voila! Workspot Linux is instant and portable ‘magic’

Workspot. is an online Linux desktop. You go there in any browser (java-enabled is better), login, and start up Red Hat Linux within that browser. It is so cool, I really want it to be something that people go for. I want it to succeed.
Tina Gasperson, 24 Jan 2003

BT reforms broadband registration scheme

BT has lowered the number of registrations needed for some exchanges to be converted to broadband in a bid to speed up the roll-out of ADSL in the UK.
Tim Richardson, 24 Jan 2003

NTL sacks ‘hacker’ for ‘gross misconduct’

NTL has sacked one of its employees for "gross misconduct" after he hacked into the independent customer forum ntlhell.co.uk.
Tim Richardson, 24 Jan 2003

CodeCon to trailblaze emerging tech

The very first CodeCon held last February was one of the highlights of the year. Take a bunch of cool stuff that some underemployed programmers have been working on in their spare time on distributed computing and cryptography problems, and throw them into Jamie Zawinski's DNA Lounge nightclub for three days. Charge a low admission fee - that other underemployed programmers can afford, stipulate working demos and no bullshit - and see what happens.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jan 2003

UK.gov poised for climb-down on ID cards?

The UK government's plan for an "entitlement" (aka ID card) may be undergoing serious revision and downscaling, reports BBC news. Home Office Minister Lord Falconer, who in December was pitching the scheme in glowing terms, and claiming the British public favoured it, seems to have been preparing for a swift retreat.
John Lettice, 24 Jan 2003

Amazon posts profit

Amazon's decision to scrap shipping costs for orders over $25 appears to have been a hit with punters.
Tim Richardson, 24 Jan 2003

Virgin.net in Leeds Castle blunder

There were red-faces at Virgin.net today after a vulture-eyed Reg reader spotted a curious picture accompanying a city guide to Leeds.
Team Register, 24 Jan 2003

‘Missing’ Barclays Web site mystery solved

Here's a funny one. Yesterday, we received a stack of emails from readers who swore blind that Barclays' Web site had disappeared.
Tim Richardson, 24 Jan 2003

UK WHOIS service suspended after rogue attack

Nominet UK was forced to suspend its WHOIS service last night after a rogue attempt to copy the entire registry of .uk domains.
Tim Richardson, 24 Jan 2003

Flaw leaves door open for Trojan contamination

Linux developers were warned yesterday of a potentially devastating flaw affecting Concurrent Versions System (CVS) software widely used by the open source community.
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2003

MS to hire 1,500 sales team to win more server revenue

Microsoft's business customers should brace themselves - the company is attempting to compensate for slowing retail sales of software by pushing sales of bigger ticket items such as network and database software. Historically the company has made most of its profits from the Windows PC 'tax' and from Office sales, and has found server software sales uphill work; but financial imperatives mean this has got to change.
John Lettice, 24 Jan 2003

IPv6 Task Force UK works on five-year plan

A task force has been formed in the UK to promote wider adoption of IPv6, the next generation Internet protocol.
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2003

Cisco buys behaviour blocker

In BriefCisco Systems is to acquire security firm Okena in a $154 million all-stock deal.
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2003

'Practical TCP/IP' at 30 per cent off

To kick off the new year in style, Register associate IT-minds.com is bringing you a huge discount on Practical TCP/IP - the only book you'll need to follow to ensure that your networks work.
Lester Haines, 24 Jan 2003

Your Privacy and The Register

Team Register, 24 Jan 2003

UK distie fights Cisco injunction

A Shropshire distie is threatening to report Cisco to the DTI for uncompetitive behaviour after the networking giant's lawyers began moves to stop it selling kit from Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei.
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2003

DoD offering admin privileges on .mil Web sites

Care to register a .mil Web site of your own for free? The DoD has gone out of its way to make it a snap. An unbelievably badly-protected admin interface welcomes you to register whatever domain you please (http://Rotten.mil anyone?), or edit anything they've already got. The interface is so ludicrously unprotected that it's been cached by Google and fails to mention that you must be authorized to muck about with it. Incredibly, default passwords are cheerfully provided on the page.
Thomas C Greene, 24 Jan 2003

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