25th > November > 2003 Archive


Oracle is still serious about acquiring PeopleSoft

How many Oracle executives does it take to assure the world at large that it still wants to acquire PeopleSoft?
Ashlee Vance, 25 Nov 2003

HP revamps low-end storage line

HP has reworked the low-end of its storage line to give small and medium-sized companies a bit more selection and to save them some time with pre-packaged storage and server bundles.
Ashlee Vance, 25 Nov 2003

Veritas: a smart switching move

Veritas Software has shipped a version of its server-based virtualization software that will run on Cisco's MDS 9000 smart switch, although it does not expect the software to achieve volume take-up for up to two years. The product has some limitations, but these are unlikely to deter Veritas' clients from trading up in the medium term.
Datamonitor, 25 Nov 2003

Nachi worm infected Diebold ATMs

The Nachi worm compromised Windows-based automated teller machines at two financial institutions last August, according to ATM-maker Diebold, in the first confirmed case of malicious code penetrating cash machines.
Kevin Poulsen, 25 Nov 2003

Dixons raises £215m in Wanadoo share sale

High street electrical retailer, Dixons, has raised £215 million (€310 million) after flogging 48.4 million shares in French ISP Wanadoo.
Tim Richardson, 25 Nov 2003

Busting the Worm Writers

OpinionMicrosoft deserves praise for offering a cash reward to catch people who criminally exploit their bugs, argues SecurityFocus columnist Tim Mullen.
Tim Mullen, 25 Nov 2003

IT Failures In The Great US Blackout

A report issued by a panel of US Government and Power Industry officials has placed the blame for the largest power outage in North American history primarily on computer and human failures, writes Robin Bloor of Bloor Research. FirstEnergy of Ohio and the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, the regional agency with responsibility for overseeing FirstEnergy are roundly criticized.
IT-Analysis, 25 Nov 2003

Sharp confirms next-gen Linux PDA specs

Sharp has formally announced the launch of the Zaurus SL-6000 - the latest generation of its Linux-based PDA.
Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2003

Patented numbers ‘a good idea’

StobTo get some background on the recent move by the US Patent office on the patentability of numbers, The Reg spoke to IP lawyer Lawrence P Po™a®© (pronounced ‘potmarc’) of the distinguished LA firm of Po™a®©, Po™a®© & Po™a®© (pronounced ‘potmarc, potmarc and potmarc’).
Verity Stob, 25 Nov 2003

E-commerce complaints on the up

The number of complaints about ecommerce and Net-related scams in on the up, according to a major consumer report published yesterday.
Tim Richardson, 25 Nov 2003

NetApp, Cisco push networked storage

Network Appliance and Cisco are teaming up to help businesses migrate more rapidly from direct attached to networked storage infrastructures.
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2003

Thomson to ship portable digital video, audio player

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Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2003

Trojan poses as naked XXX pics

Windows users were warned today to be on their guard for a new Trojan that poses as a racy attachment to a saucy email.
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2003
DVD it in many colours

HP's supply chain king steps down

Yet another HP executive has decided to move on to greener pastures, as EVP Jeff Clarke resigned on Tuesday.
Ashlee Vance, 25 Nov 2003

EDS: going to pieces down under

IT services giant EDS is reaping far more revenue from its contract with the Australian Tax Office than expected, according to government documents. However, the Australian government sector is increasingly breaking up its IT services contracts into smaller pieces, which will leave EDS in a less dominant position in just a few years time.
Datamonitor, 25 Nov 2003

Three books you cannot live without

With the holiday season fast approaching, we have taken the liberty of picking out three affordable books that the geek in your family - that probably means you - can't live without.
Ashlee Vance, 25 Nov 2003

Oracle: spreading rumors

Oracle claims the way PeopleSoft accounted for some software revenue recorded in the third quarter may be questionable, due to the controversial Customer Assurance Program refund offer PeopleSoft had in place. Oracle could benefit from any uncertainty generated, but probably only if the SEC became involved.
Datamonitor, 25 Nov 2003

Dell routes support back to the USA

Dell has said it has no plans to scale back its outsourcing operation to India, after it acknowledged customer dissatisfaction at the support from its call centers. However as of this week, US corporate customers will receive their tech support from call centers in the United States, rather than Bangalore and Hyderabad. Dell told the Hindustan Times it remained committed to India, where it employs 2,000 staff.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Nov 2003

Scripting flaws pose severe risk for IE users

A set of five unpatched scripting vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer creates a mechanism for hackers to compromise targeted PCs.
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2003

Lock Up DVD Jon – or we all lose our jobs

LetterFrom: Dominik Stepan To: andrew.orlowski@theregister.co.uk Subject: DVD Jon unlocks iTunes' locked music
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Nov 2003

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