16th > May > 2003 Archive

TI, Nokia gang up on Qualcomm

Maybe there's money in the emerging Iraqi cellphone market?
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2003
Suitcase full of money

El Reg launches eBay auction killing service

It took El Reg just two minutes yesterday to kill the eBay auction for one annoying twat of a girlfriend. Two weeks ago, our story on the offer of a date with four geeks led to that sale's almost immediate removal.
Lester Haines, 16 May 2003

Latest addition to hacker toolkits – a light bulb

Java and .Net virtual machines can be prised open with a little ingenuity and hacking tools as crude as a light bulb, according to a pair of Princeton University researchers.
John Leyden, 16 May 2003

E3: N-Gage boss talks price points and more

Interview Following Tuesday's announcement of launch details for Nokia's new console at an underwhelming press event in LA, gi.biz spoke frankly with N-Gage boss Ilkka Raiskinen about criticisms of the system.
gamesindustry.biz, 16 May 2003

Dell does exceedingly well in Q1

Dell continues to dramatically outperform industry rivals, with shipments up 29 percent during fiscal Q1, even as industry volumes sank 1 per cent.
ElectricNews.net, 16 May 2003

Silence versus power: the quest for the quiet PC

Regular readers will have noted this writer's concern (oh, all right, obsession) with quiet, unobtrusive PC, but may not have entirely grasped why. Particularly as I don't recall ever telling you. But there are good reasons for this, in addition to the semi-bigoted (e.g. a Sinclairesque prejudice against moving parts, and a readiness to rant about cheap fans, particularly those fitted to allegedly fault-tolerant web servers) ones.
John Lettice, 16 May 2003

Ask Jeeves: Why did you junk Espotting for Google?

Ask Jeeves UK is to replace its sponsored search results supplier, swapping Espotting for Google AdWords.
Drew Cullen, 16 May 2003

Telewest to get new email service after spam attacks

Telewest punters are set to suffer more disruption to their service next week when the cableco moves its email service to a new platform.
Tim Richardson, 16 May 2003

Oi! Carphone Warehouse, that's our name

Scottish telephone company TalkUK plc is to threatening legal action against Carphone Warehouse over the latter's use of talkUK as a brand name.
John Leyden, 16 May 2003

Has NTL gone soft on 1Gb cap?

There's speculation that NTL has softened the stand on its 1Gb a cap for its broadband users.
Tim Richardson, 16 May 2003

Outrage as Telewest cuts wages

There's unrest at Telewest's Business Fault Centre in Peterborough after workers there were told that the cableco has decided to cut wages by around £1,100 a year.
Tim Richardson, 16 May 2003

OptusNet cracker is fined on appeal

A cracker who broke into the systems of a big Australian ISP and obtained access to hundreds of thousands of customer records was this week convicted on appeal, even after escaping without any punishment at an earlier hearing.
John Leyden, 16 May 2003

Secure phones no obstacle to wiretapping – US Govt

The use of so-called secure telephones presents almost no barrier to wiretapping, according to official US government documents.
John Leyden, 16 May 2003
Matrix: Reloaded

Matrix Sequel Has Hacker Cred

The average American moviegoer taking in the Matrix Reloaded this weekend will likely be wowed by the elaborate action sequences and dazzling special effects. But hackers who've seen the blockbuster are crediting it with a more subtle cinematic milestone: it's the first major motion picture to accurately portray a hack.
Kevin Poulsen, 16 May 2003

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