5th > February > 2003 Archive
Letters"Your piece making fun of the New York Times put my Mom into a fit of giggles with extracts of like ''hallowed be its name, more incense please vicar...'," writes one reader.
AnalysisSomething funny happened on the way back from the Forum.
A group that calls itself "Europe's creative sector" has slammed the EU's crackdown on piracy, calling the measures "inadequate".
Broken queries are swamping US Internet servers with unnecessary traffic. A detailed analysis of 152 million messages received on Oct. 4, 2002 by one of the root servers in California showed that only 2 per cent of the queries were legitimate.
The much-delayed Freeloader product for the GameCube- originally scheduled for release long before Christmas - has finally been shipped by UK-based cheat products specialist Datel, and should be in shops at the end of the week.
Cisco Systems squeezed 50 per cent more profits from Q2 profits, compared with the same period last year, despite declining revenues. The networking equipment vendor expresses caution about an early return to recovery for the struggling network equipment sector.
Briefing NoteYesterday IBM announced its new Information Integrator family of products, writes Phil Howard. Ultimately this will consist of three offerings (although in the longer term the three products will probably converge), based on SQL, an object oriented API and an XML API respectively. However, the last of these, which will use XQuery, has not been announced yet, as it is awaiting the final definition of the XQuery standard.
A brief storyette on AP's Nando Times (registration required*) suggests that Microsoft may have found something nasty when it started checking employee purchases of software.
In BriefOpera today released an update to its latest browser software designed to fix potentially serious security vulnerabilities that became public yesterday.
There's further evidence that Internet penetration in the UK has flattened out.
BT is preparing to convert around 180 exchanges to SDSL following trials of the broadband technology.
We shouldn't get too excited over the worries about open source that Microsoft expresses in its latest Form 10-Q filing to the SEC. It's certainly progress for open source software to have made it into the Microsoft beanies' contingency worry/butt-covering list, but the subject is only dealt with briefly, in fairly guarded terms, and there are numerous much bigger worries to attend to anyway.
A minor speed bumpette for Apple's iMac range took the machines to 1Ghz today. The 17-inch model reaches 1Ghz and in line with the Pro range and Xserve rack, supports DDR memory. More interestingly the 15" model - upped only slightly to 800Mhz and still based on SDRAM memory - gets a price cut. Industry-wide lack of demand has created fierce competition - Walmart sells a PC of similar clock frequency for $199 - and in the UK the modest specification for the low-end iMac keeps the model under the £1,000 mark.
The recently introduced House of Commons email filtering package is blocking messages sent in Welsh, while letting spam pass through virtually unimpeded.
There are red faces at the BBC today after it wrongly credited pictures on its Web site to a porn site instead of a picture agency.
More than a million homes in the UK will hook up broadband this year, amid signs that the UK is finally becoming a broadband nation.