6th > February > 2003 Archive
The UK security expert who discovered the flaw which was exploited by the Slammer worm has concluded it does more good than harm to publish proof of concept code.
Software in the Public Interest (SPI), the entity that owns the Debian trademark, is holding elections and working to generate enough interest in said elections to actually elect some new board members. Ironically, the last "original" board member just resigned at the same time a former board member is getting re-acquainted with the project.
Half of UK businesses want tax breaks or grants to encourage the take-up of broadband, according to a joint survey by the Institute of Directors (IoD) and Tiscali.
"Terrorist group claims responsibility for Slammer worm", screams the ComputerWorld headline, so we tear straight over there. Only to find: "Computerworld has removed this story due to questions about its authenticity. We expect to post an update about this situation tomorrow."*
Yes, it's the Open Source in Education Conference 2003, a "National Conference to explore the use of Open Source software in UK Primary and Secondary Education Institutions".
Dotcom darling Lastminute.com has slipped back into the red after posting its first pre-tax profit last year.
Cable & Wireless has rejected advances by Hong Kong telco PCCW that would have valued C&W at around £2.4bn.
Microsoft yesterday released a cumulative patch for Internet Explorer with rolls up previous fixes with a couple of extra damage limitation measures.
A couple of insiders have written with suggestions about what it might be that has triggered Microsoft's crackdown on staff reselling software. For some reason, the fabled Microsoft Store, which offers staff heavy discounts, seems to figure highly.
Microsoft and Nvidia are friends again, amicably settling their argument over prices for X-Box components. Actually it wasn't amicable for a long time: In April last year, Nvidia disclosed in an SEC filing that Microsoft was seeking to force it to supply graphic chips for less than it thought it had agreed.
Specialist Computer Holdings is bulking up in Spain, by acquiring the local reseller ops of GECITS for undisclosed terms. SCH will fold the business into its existing subsdiary InfoProducts Spain, and the enlarged group will trade under the new name SCC Spain from next month.
Briefing NoteYesterday, I give a brief overview of some of the facilities offered by IBM's newly announced DB2 Information Integrator, writes Phil Howard. Based on federation and replication, Information Integrator is at odds with the approach advocated by Oracle, which is more slanted towards centralisation.
Last year we took the mickey out of Unix guru Ray Anderson's new career selling computer games. Now however the shameless hussy mails us intimating he's selling dirty pictures as well.
Opera Software has accused Microsoft of deliberately engineering the MSN home page in order to make it look as if the Opera browser has a serious flaw in it. And the Norwegian company has published the results of an investigation which it says proves this.
Two UK men were arrested this morning following police raids in the UK and US aimed at dismantling an international hacker group believed to have created a virulent computer worm.
The trial of a Kazakhstan man accused of attempting to extort $200,000 from the founder of the Bloomberg financial news service began New York this week.
Kurt Hellström, 60, is retire in April and make way for a boss at mobile phone giant, Ericsson.
Tiscali is handing out free modems in a bid to get punters to sign up to its broadband service.
Has your motherboard been playing up lately? If you bought a new mobo or new PC in 2002, it could contain a cowboy part which has caused its failure, or will do so in the future.
The death knell for the humble floppy drive may have been sounded, following Dell's decision to stop installing them on all new PCs.
Esther Dyson, one of the key figures in the development of the commercial Internet, advisor to Al Gore, promoter of the Net in Eastern Europe and poster woman for the dotcom millionaires, went to massive lengths today to distance herself from the failures of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Despite having been a Founding Director, Dyson now says that her involvement in ICANN's development was actually very limited.
UK computer retailers are warned today of a sophisticated new scam involving counterfeit cheques.