10th > September > 2003 Archive
RIAA keeps 12-year-old quiet with $2,000 bill
The RIAA took quick steps to blunt a public relations atrocity by agreeing to settle out of court with a 12-year-old girl accused of trading copyrighted songs.
IBM refreshes server and storage products
Fresh off a an impressive quarter for both its server and storage divisions, IBM is wasting no time upgrading kit in preparation for the rest of the year.
Switching on PC is too technical for many users
The results of a study released this week confirms what the world's BOFHs and sysadmins have known for ages: that users are a dangerous menace who should not be allowed near anything more advanced than a fridge.
J2EE bigger than .NET in Europe
The fight to control the application development environment is far from over, according to the latest research from QNB Intelligence.
Open Source Windows replacement, MPEG coming out of the East
The Japan news daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun last week revealed that China, Japan, and Korea are planning to jointly develop a new open-source operating system aimed at replacing Microsoft's Windows, something that the Linux community has been trying to do for years. Given that most of the major Japanese firms feel enslaved in their PC efforts by Windows and that the Japanese electronics firms have virtually pledged their future to some form of embedded Linux, it is likely that the outcome will be Linux derived.
Sony to tie online music service into hardware
Sony lifted its skirt an inch this week to reveal the beginnings of a game plan on music, which is could potentially copy on film too, with its US head of Sony's entertainment operations telling journalists that Sony would launch its own online music services.
Dixons upbeat on summer sales
Dixons has reported better than expected trading figures for the summer.
NY Times hacker surrenders, is released
SACRAMENTO, Calif.--A federal judge ordered Adrian Lamo released to his parents Tuesday afternoon, but barred the hacker from using computers, and ordered him to obtain full-time employment pending trial.
Lack of rural broadband still a ‘challenge’ – eminister
Getting affordable broadband to areas currently regarded as commercially unviable continues to be a "challenge", according to eminister Stephen Timms.
3Com cuts 1,000 jobs
3Com is to outsource manufacturing operations, a move which will see 1,000 staff lose their jobs
Rapid Group buys ailing Apple dealership
Rapid Group has bought the assets of rival Apple dealership Logic for an undisclosed sum.
Two Brits charged with releasing TK worm
Two British men were charged on Monday with conspiring to take over computers using malicious code.
Camera phones tempt European handset buyers
Camera phones are beginning to revitalise the European cellphone market, bringing consumers back into shops to buy new handsets. So says market watcher Canalys, which today reported that shipments of camera phones jumped 166 per cent during the second quarter over the same period last year.
Microsoft and friends roll out new storage OS
HP and Vertias have rushed to Microsoft's side to show their support the version 3.0 of the Windows Storage Server.
Businesses shun Wi-Fi, homes embrace it
A new US-based study on Wi-Fi shows that it is more widely used in the home than in the workplace, but analysts say businesses will catch on.
Japan and China clock up DSL growth
Demand for high speed Net access in Japan and China is on the up accounting for almost half of all new DSL lines in the first six months of the year.
Stiff sentences for biggest UK credit card fraudsters
The computer technician at the centre of Britain's biggest ever credit card fraud was yesterday jailed for nine years.
Cisco boosts SAN over WAN
Cisco yesterday unveiled technology that boosts its Fibre Channel-based storage-area-network (SAN)-extension services over Synchronous Optical Network/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SONET/SDH) wide area networks.
Orange to launch Handspring Treo 600 next week
Orange is to re-brand Handspring's next-generation smartphone, the Treo 600, as the Orange Treo 600, The Register has learned. The launch of the device is imminent - possibly as early as next week.
SMEs don't know, don't care about broadband
Lack of understanding rather than lack of service availability is the biggest factor inhibiting broadband take-up among small and medium-sized firms in the UK. A whopping 80 per cent of small companies that can get broadband in their area have no plans to upgrade from dial-up Internet access during the next 12 months, a recent study has reported.
Sobig-F is dead
The prolific Sobig-F virus stopped spreading today, marking the end of arguably the worst single email-borne viral epidemic to date.
MS amends anti-Blaster fix
Microsoft today issued an amended antidote to the Windows vulnerability infamously exploited by the Blaster worm.
Music lobby frightens Congress with P2P kiddie-porn nightmares
The RIAA's vendetta against file sharing is entering a new phase, applying the taint of child pornography to foul the waters. Not content to sue twelve-year-old children, the music industry is now marshaling its flacks on Capitol Hill to stigmatize P2P technology as a vehicle of kiddie porn.
Foundry pours Wi-Fi into melting pot
Foundry Networks has dipped a toe in the crowded wireless networking market with a line of 802.11a/b/g kit that is designed to work with its existing layer 2 and layer 3 edge switches.