12th > May > 2003 Archive


Oracle sends up the Red Flag

Oracle and China's Red Flag Software have firmed up their partnership.
Ashlee Vance, 12 May 2003
DVD it in many colours

IBM puts Unix back on top

It takes a boat load of cash to win a benchmark these days.
Ashlee Vance, 12 May 2003

Telewest goes live with 2Mb service

Telewest has launched its 2Mb broadband service following a trial of 1,500 of its blueyonder punters.
Tim Richardson, 12 May 2003

New PCG boss predicts doom and gloom in IT sector

The new boss of the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) has warned that a shortage of IT skills could seriously dent the future prosperity of the UK.
Tim Richardson, 12 May 2003

Korea's chip biz faces exploding trade gap

Korea continues to import more chips than it's exporting, the country's Semiconductor Industry Association has announced - but during the first quarter of the year, the trade gap ballooned by a massive 1.29 trillion win ($1.08 billion).
Tony Smith, 12 May 2003

Stelios High Court favourite vows to battle on

Contrary to our story on Friday that EasyGroup had called off its easy domain crusade, boss Stelios Haji-Iannou has been in touch to assure us that he will strike down another three "easy" offenders in the next few months at the High Court.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 May 2003

Elpida DDR 2 SDRAM fit for future Intel server chipsets

UpdateElpida has finally figured out how to do DDR 2 SDRAM for Intel servers, the company announced this past Friday. It said its 512Mb 533Mbps DDR2 chips has passed all of Intel's tests and would be available to be used in Intel servers next year.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2003

IBM rumoured to be building 65nm fab for AMD

Is IBM building a 300mm, 64nm fab for AMD? Yes, if rumours doing the rounds are to be believed, Silicon Strategies reports.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2003

Public Wi-Fi has look and feel of a dead duck

Who's going to pay for the great Wi-Fi revolution when the roaming public expects Wi-Fi to be free? Where, exactly, is the business model?
Andrew Orlowski, 12 May 2003

Google News comes to UK

Google has opened up a UK front for its automated news service. The world's favourite search engine has the same clustering of news stories, which we like. And it gives more prominence to stories about the UK. Which we probably also like. We trust that Google's sturdy news-grabbing algorithms will continue to yield the occasional eccentricity and company press release.
Drew Cullen, 12 May 2003

Telewest email down for four days

Telewest punters have been left fuming after the cableco's email service went titsup following a spam attack last Thursday.
Tim Richardson, 12 May 2003

Al-Qaeda said to be using stegged porn

From time to time a rumour that international terrorists are trading Net porn embedded with secret blueprints for some dastardly deed resurfaces. It has returned this week, in a New York Post article claiming that Italian members of al-Qaeda have been caught with stegged terror .jpg's.
Thomas C Greene, 12 May 2003

Hacking victim goes postal

A Cleveland man named Biswanath Halder, who claims his Web site was destroyed by a hacker, took hostages at gunpoint on the campus of Case Western Reserve University on Friday. Tragically, the hacking victim killed a young postgraduate student at the university, Norman Wallace aged 30, and wounded two others when he fired indiscriminately in an apparent fit of rage.
Thomas C Greene, 12 May 2003

Bango bakes m-commerce cookies

What if you could access items of content from content providers, but not have to keep logging-on each time? Now this might sound like the idea behind Microsoft's .NET Passport with one account for all online services, but this is different.
IT-Analysis, 12 May 2003

Recyled credit card numbers pose fraud risk

The use of recycled credit card numbers by UK banks could create loopholes for fraud.
John Leyden, 12 May 2003

ATI ships DDR 2-based Radeon 9800 Pro

Reg Kit Watch
Tony Smith, 12 May 2003

UK gets new ebank

ING Group, the Dutch financial group, has opened an Internet bank in the UK.
Tim Richardson, 12 May 2003

Fizzer stealth worm spreads via KaZaA

Yet another Internet worm has been discovered spreading through the KaZaA P2P file-sharing network.
John Leyden, 12 May 2003

Logitech to offer Mac OS X digicam drivers

Logitech will tomorrow release drivers allowing Mac OS X users to download pictures taken with the company's credit card-sized Pocket Digital camera, The Register has learned.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2003

Lindows in the living room – can you live with it?

Earlier this year The Register expressed an interest in Lindows.com's Lindows Media Computer, and despite the accompanying back-handed compliments, Michael Robertson himself got in touch and arranged to have one shipped round. So for the past couple of months I've been able to check out LindowsOS itself, the Lindows.com business model in operation, the hardware, and the whole notion of the 'living room' PC, or the 'one per room' PC.
John Lettice, 12 May 2003

Madonna's new British Friends

Google's automated algorithms sometimes have as much influence on the gaiety of nations as they do on search engine strategems. Witness today's handy juxtaposition in the inaugural issue of Google News UK:
Drew Cullen, 12 May 2003

This phone box does not exist

For three years, residents and traders have pushed BT to repair or replace a derelict phone box in Worsley, Leeds.
John Leyden, 12 May 2003

Nvidia unveils GeForce FX 5900

Nvidia has launched the GeForce FX 5900 family, aka NV35, and will be shown at this week's E3 show, as anticipated.
Tony Smith, 12 May 2003

Unemployed virus writers take heart

The recording industry is hiring cyber miscreants to attack its own customers. And we thought you'd never amount to anything, writes George Smith, SecurityFocus columnist.
George Smith, 12 May 2003

UK public IT spending to surge

UK public sector spending on technology will grow by 9 percent a year until 2005, according to a new report from Ovum Holway
ElectricNews.net, 12 May 2003
DVD it in many colours

Sainsbury's phone calls '30% cheaper'

Supermarket giant - J Sainsbury - could cut the cost of home phone bills by almost a third as it gears up to offer a rival service to BT.
Tim Richardson, 12 May 2003

Check Point bolsters apps security defences

Check Point Software is introducing defences against application-driven attacks to its flagship firewall and VPN software.
John Leyden, 12 May 2003

Itanic 2 springs a leak

Intel has acknowledged a bug in its Itanium 2 processor. The error shows up in some rare data sets when a particular sequence of instructions is executed. Intel tells us it has shared a test with OEMs and as a workaround advises concerned Itanium customers to knock the frequency down to 800MHz.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 May 2003

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