20th > November > 2003 Archive
Telework hasn't taken off (D'oh!)
Europe in BriefPolicy makers once envisaged that by the turn of the millennium most, if not all, clerical workers would be familiar with teleworking. That's hasn't happened, a University of Tampere (Finland) study concludes. Much like getting rid of paper in offices, escaping the constraints of time and space has proven difficult even with the most wired nations in Europe.
HP's big iron back in the black
After swimming in an ocean of red ink since the merger with Compaq, Hewlett Packard's enterprise system group recorded a profit of $106 million.
Domain owner seeks to revolutionise Scottish legal system
An aggrieved domain name owner has embarked on a campaign to revolutionise the Scottish legal system by ending the Law Society of Scotland’s “monopoly” on legal services.
BT and Vodafone named and shamed by Oftel
BT and Vodafone has been named and shamed by telecoms regulator Oftel for having the most customer complaints in Internet access and mobile services respectively.
Cryptophone locks out snoopers
A German firm has launched a GSM mobile phone that promises strong end-to-end encryption on calls, preventing the possibility of anybody listening in.
China unveils ‘DVD killer’ video disk format
'If you can't join 'em, beat 'em' appears to be the maxim guiding the Chinese government's decision to fund the development of an alternative video disc standard to DVD.
‘Lost generation’ of bosses blamed for IT mediocrity
UK companies are wasting buckets of cash and throwing away the chance to compete in the world economy - and all because they're failing to make the most of their £50 billion a year investment in IT.
DTI builds SME data portal
The Department of Trade and Industry yesterday brought all the Government's information services for UK small and medium-sized businesses under the umbrella of a single website.
Martha Lane Fox leaves Lastminute
Dotcom darling Martha Lane Fox is stepping down from lastminute.com, the company she co-founded.
Court limits in-car FBI spying
An appeals court this week put the brakes on an FBI surveillance technique that turns an automobile driver's on-board vehicle navigation system into a covert eavesdropping device, after finding that the spying effectively disables the system's emergency and roadside assistance features.
US railroad uses Wi-Fi to run ‘driverless’ trains
The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) has found a novel use for Wi-Fi. It has started using the wireless networking technology to control trains remotely.
We reveal major UNIX™ IP violations
ExclusiveThis week The SCO Group hinted that BSD distributions would be next under the Utah microscope. SCO carefully safeguards the intellectual property rights to UNIX™ and has demonstrated its willingness to defend them by suing IBM for $3 billion damages for letting this IP seep into Linux. SCO this week said it was "examining" the AT&T settlement to see who might have leaked the ancient AT&T-derived UNIX™ code and put it into a BSD distribution. Allowing such hallowed innovations to be used under an open source license, would, we agreed thoroughly devalue SCO's IP assets.
Symbian Q3 revenues dip
UpdateSmartphone operating system company Symbian today opened up its books to offer the world a glimpse of its financial performance during the three months to 30 September, the company's third quarter.
AMD selects Dresden for 300mm plant
It's official: AMD has chosen Dresden as the location for its first 300mm wafer fab, next door to its 200mm Fab 30 plant.
US cybercrime push ‘imperils personal security’ of Americans
White House plans to ratify a Council of Europe Cybercrime treaty will be a disaster for the privacy and security of Americans, Privacy International (PI), the human rights watchdog, claims.
SanDisk delays Wi-Fi SD card Palm support to Q1 '04
SanDisk's highly-anticipated Palm OS drivers for its Wi-Fi SD card will not now ship until Q1 2004, the company has confirmed.
IBM to add clock throttling tech to 90nm G5 chip
IBM is adding Intel SpeedStep-style clock frequency and core voltage scaling technology to the 90nm version of its PowerPC 970 processor, aka the G5.
Moratorium on RFID chips urged
A clutch of consumer, privacy, and civil liberties groups is calling for a voluntary moratorium on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging.
Check Point looks beyond the perimeter
Check Point Software is to place greater emphasis on internal and Web security technology in future product development. The company is best known to date for its perimeter security VPN and firewall products.
O2 launches digital music player
Reg Kit WatchForget about downloading songs to your PC, mobile phone network: O2 wants you to use your mobile phone. And just as you might transfer songs from your computer to a portable player, O2 has introduced the Digital Music Player (DMP) to beam your phone-found tracks too.
US agencies arrest 125 in Operation Cyber Sweep
A massive US crackdown on Net fraud has led to the arrest or conviction of 125 people, according to a statement by American law enforcement groups issued today.