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).
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. ®
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.
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.
NTL has sacked one of its employees for "gross misconduct" after he hacked into the independent customer forum ntlhell.co.uk.
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.
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.
Amazon's decision to scrap shipping costs for orders over $25 appears to have been a hit with punters.
There were red-faces at Virgin.net today after a vulture-eyed Reg reader spotted a curious picture accompanying a city guide to Leeds.
Here's a funny one. Yesterday, we received a stack of emails from readers who swore blind that Barclays' Web site had disappeared.
Nominet UK was forced to suspend its WHOIS service last night after a rogue attempt to copy the entire registry of .uk domains.
Linux developers were warned yesterday of a potentially devastating flaw affecting Concurrent Versions System (CVS) software widely used by the open source community.
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.
A task force has been formed in the UK to promote wider adoption of IPv6, the next generation Internet protocol.
In BriefCisco Systems is to acquire security firm Okena in a $154 million all-stock deal.
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.
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.