20th > January > 2004 Archive

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Microsoft gets green light to punish OS-less PC vendors

The Microsoft antitrust settlement - dubbed a "Seattlement" by one reader because of the generous terms - is to be reviewed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, this week. But lawyers at the Department of Justice and the settled States have already been indicated that they're not altogether happy with Microsoft's compliance to the arrangement they signed 14 months ago.

Software brownouts turn SAN users blue

Somewhere in the vendors' sales pitches for a storage area network the phrase "application brownout" went missing.
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You got Google mail – report

Advertising broker Google, best known for its search engine, is to launch an email service according to a Reuters report. The point of the exercise is to create a new virtual billboard for its lucrative keyword-based advertising service.
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IBM to outsource thousands of euphemisms

IBM has warned staff not to use the word "off-shore" when it starts to move white collar jobs from the US to China, India and Brazil this year, the Wall Street Journal reports today.
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Husband and wife VIA chiefs deny software theft charge

VIA president Wenchi Chen and his wife, company chairwoman Cher Wang, denied industrial espionage charges in the Taipei District Court, yesterday.
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Judge stops short of saying it’s OK for DVRs to skip commercials

It was not enough that ReplayTV stopped making DVRs that can skip commercials or send programs across the internet, but content companies were considering taking legal action against owners of the devices which were sold before these facilities were dropped in June.
Faultline, 20 2004

US Internet homes aware of VoIP and want it now

A new survey from Parks Associates, out this week, shows that US internet households have a firm grasp of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and they want it now. The survey conducted for Residential Voice-over-IP: Analysis & Forecasts sampled 3,300 US households on VoIP services.
Faultline, 20 2004
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Small firms to get ‘better protection’ with new patents bill

Small businesses should soon be provided with better protection for their ideas under a new Patents Bill, the government has announced.
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The Giant Wooden Horse Did It!

Introducing a new legal defense to computer crime charges - one that's all the more frightening because it could be true, says SecurityFocus columnist Mark Rasch.
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Airships to deliver broadband to rural areas

A new international €5.6m project aims to make Broadband internet available to remote rural areas and even moving trains by using airships, the University of York (UK) announced yesterday.
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UK etail Xmas sales top £2.5bn

Online sales during the busy Christmas period topped a festive £2.5 billion as shoppers shunned the high street in favour of the convenience of etailers.

Red Hat intros software warranty

Red Hat is to offer software warranties for enterprise users of Red Hat Linux, the company said yesterday.
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Nigerian 419ers run dry

There are clear signs that easy life has turned tough on Nigeria's con men and that 419 scammers – after the Nigerian Penal code fraud section - are struggling to make money. Some reports out of Africa seem to confirm that the bogus appeals are falling on stony ground. There's too much publicity about 419 these days. People are catching on.
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Intel reschedules P4 price cuts to 1 February

Intel has brought planned price cuts across its Pentium 4 processor line forward two weeks to 1 February, Far Eastern PC company sources have claimed.
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Data on 10m Northwest fliers handed to NASA for ‘testing’

Documents obtained by EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) under the US Freedom of Information Act reveal that a second US airline, Northwest, handed over passenger data to the feds without the passengers' knowledge. The agency in question, NASA, was given data covering a three month period covering passengers travelling in July, August and September 2001, and held it for two years. EPIC estimates that there could be in excess of 10 million PNRs (Passenger Name Records) involved, on top of approximately a million that, it was revealed back in September, had been handed over by Jetblue.
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Taiwan hit by sudden outbreak of rebranding madness

LogoWatch In June last year we reported of a particularly nasty outbreak of whalesong-driven rebranding madness in Spain and France.
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Morse customers start spending again

Morse customers in the financial sector are at last flashing the cash again, returning to Europe's biggest Sun reseller for big infrastructure deals in its Q2.
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Coke's music download site falls flat

Coca-Cola's mycokemusic.com music download site should have gone live yesterday but was offline most of the day. It is still inaccessible at the time of writing.
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Kodak to drop 35mm cameras in Europe, US

If you want evidence that digital photography is on the verge of supplanting film, look no further than Kodak. The world's largest photography specialist will this year phase out the sale of its 35mm film cameras in North America and Western Europe.
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Disabled users struggle to access FTSE 100 sites

Nine in ten of the UK's top companies are failing to make their Web sites accessible to people with disabilities.

Thousands of Sun Opteron boxes spotted in the wild

Sun Microsystems has been notoriously late bringing hardware to market, but if an industry analyst is to be believed, its new line of Opteron servers will arrive right on time.
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SCO sues Novell – retaliation expected

The SCO Group has sued Novell, claiming the born-again Linux company is interfering with SCO's right to collect money from Linux users.
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OSDL creates client Linux spec

The nonprofit vendor consortium OSDL, or the Open Source Development Labs, is to create a set of specifications for commercial client Linux by mid-year. OSDL already has specifications for Carrier Grade Linux aimed at the telco market - version 2.0 of which was released in November - and a Data Center Linux.
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AMD pumps out a profit in Q4

It took awhile, but AMD is back in the black thanks to a strong fourth quarter.