17th > January > 2004 Archive

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FOTW: Niue is NOT dead. Nor will it ever be

Flame of The Week Niue is Dead! Long live .nu!
Drew Cullen, 17 Jan 2004
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Internet fool’s gold sparks Nigerian fiasco

"It seems clear to us now than ever before, that what Mrs Odusote is interested in is to continue to hold the government of Nigeria, and the teeming members of Nigeria's Internet Community, to ransom on personal, selfish and largely unjustifiable grounds, without any regards whatsoever to the patriotic interest of Nigeria."
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Jan 2004
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Patent lawyer puts claim to entire Internet

The Net's two biggest registrars of domain names are being sued for infringing an email and domain name patent granted last month.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Jan 2004
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FAST threatens jail for ‘misusing software’

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST)is threating a harsh regime of punishments including jail for UK companies which it catches using unlicensed software.
Robert Jaques, 17 Jan 2004
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Mobile data to fuel operator growth

The market for mobile services such as messaging and games will reach $126 billion by 2008, according to a new report.
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Feds seek input on spammer sentencing

A formula that would sentence deceptive spammers to more time in prison for each e-mail address spammed is among the proposals under consideration by the presidentially-appointed commission responsible for setting federal sentencing rules, which this week sought the public's input on how to punish violators of the newly-enacted CAN-SPAM Act.
Kevin Poulsen, 17 Jan 2004

How to get an upgrade, BOFH-style

Episode 1 Episode 1 BOFH 2004: Episode 1 It's upgrade time again - like it always is when there's money laying about the place not being used - so I scan down the long list of complaint frequencies and pick the HR database server performance problem from near the top of the pile. I love upgrades! In a word, crap! A ZX-81 with tape …
Simon Travaglia, 17 Jan 2004