If an Itanium engineer whimpers in a lab, does anyone hear her?
Campaign 2004 Last week we noted how "empowering the edges of the network" had become a mindless mantra for techno-utopian pundits eager to profit from Howard Dean's presidential campaign. As we wrote then, this kind of New Age cobblers did a huge disservice to both Dean and his supporters. But it looks even less clever now than it did a week ago, when Dean's campaign stalled badly in the Iowa caucuses.
Going by the name of 'Novarg' or 'MyDoom', the latest mass-mailing worm to infest your in-tray is spreading at the same rate as SoBig, according to the anti-virus industry.
The IT recruitment market showed spotty signs of growth between October and December last year, with the number of advertised permanent and contract techie jobs showing modest increases.
The name means "to cum" in Finnish slang - literally, to orgasm - but the Orkut social networking service that Google launched on Friday was utterly spent by Sunday afternoon.
Analysis There is an increasingly smug feeling among the big record companies and their various agents, that has been brought about by the supposed demise of music piracy.
IBM's processor for the Xbox 2 will be fabbed at 65nm, and experimental versions of the chip have already popped off the end of the company's production line.
Intel has entered into a three-year, $20 million deal with lithography optics specialist Cymer to fund the development of extreme UV (EUV) light sources.
Intel has quietly cut prices across its Centrino range.
Adaptec likes Elipsan's storage virtualisation skills so much that it is buying the company. Terms of the proposed acquisition of Bristol-based Elipsan are undisclosed.
Fujitsu this week brought fuel cell technology one step closer to commercialisation when it announced it had developed a new material that allows these power sources to be made smaller and more energy efficient.
Philips subsidiary Polymer Vision has unwrapped - literally - what it claims is the world's widest yet thinnest, most flexible TFT LCD panel.
Wi-Fi providers who redirect users' web browsers to their own log-in page may soon have to cough up cash if they want to continue using the technique - US network access software company Nomadix has patented it.
A two-day conference exploring how rural areas can benefit from high speed Internet access kicked off today at Cisco Europe's HQ near Heathrow.
CD burning software developer Optima's patent infringement allegations against Napster owner Roxio will be heard by the US District Court of Central California on 19 April, papers seen by The Register reveal.
The Wheels of European Commission decision-making grind exceedingly slow. But it appears that, after three-and-a-half years, the Brussels bureacrats have reached a decision over Microsoft's past behaviour within the EU.
BT is facing a fresh complaint concerning allegations about the way it is trying to persuade customers from switching phone providers.
Directory enquiries (DQ) outfit The Number - whose ads featuring two moustachioed 1970s-style runners have been elevated to cult status - has been slapped for using the image of former British athlete David Bedford.
Episode 3 Episode 3 BOFH 2004: Episode 3 So I'm relaxing in the office when the Boss has a loneliness attack and decides to come visiting. I know it's loneliness because he hasn't brought the wadge of paper he generally carries with him to remind him of what he came for. "Just... ah... checking to see how things are going at... er... …
Virus writers and hackers are helping Microsoft to develop more secure products, Bill Gates claimed yesterday.
More than 115 million people will pay mobile phone networks for data services around the world this month, market watcher EMC forecast this week.
Fujitsu has emerged the winner of the final contract to run the NHS Care Records Service. It beat shortlist contenders EDS and SchlumbergerSema/Cerner to win Local Service Provider status for the south of England. The gig runs until 2013 and is worth £897 million.
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There are murmurings of discontent within the UK's ISP industry following the publication of the finalists for this year's industry awards.
Virgin Mobile clocked up more than half a million new customers at the end of last year, making it the most successful three months ever for the mobile telco.
The third quarter looks set to be the turning point for WiMAX, seeing the release of a new version of the standard that will significantly boost silicon roll-out. Carrier interest, critical to success, is rising and British Telecom is the latest major telco to say that it will carry out trials, following in the footsteps of AT&T and Nextel. But significant spectrum and interference issues need to be addressed if WiMAX is to reach its full potential.
Nokia and Sun are building defenses against Microsoft with new developer programs for Series60 and Java, aimed to expand the range of applications for the smartphone, especially in the enterprise. By the end of 2004, Nokia says it will have radically increased the appeal of its Series 40/60/90 development environments to a broad base of programmers, using Java and other languages.
One of the flies in the ointment in open or IP based video on demand, is that Netflix has been giving it a moving target. Netflix needs little or no technology, depending upon whether or not you are its customers, or you are Netflix. While broadband delivered films need more than one technology breakthrough.
Cash'n'Carrion Cash'n'Carrion We're pleased to announce to all those readers desperate to get their hands on our instant classic My job went to India and all I got was this lousy t-shirt, that said item is now back on the shelves and ready for immediate dispatch. Which is all very timely, given that the outsourcing of callcentre jobs to India …
Letter We don't typically spend a lot of time debating benchmarks here at Vulture Central, primarily because of all the work vendors pour into tuning their systems to perform well. You often find servers with unusual features such as excessive memory or you see tweaks to processors that would not likely occur in the real world.
Microsoft will probably ship the client version of Longhorn before its server counterpart, says Bill Gates.
IBM will next month roll out one of its beefiest NAS (network attached storage) systems to date, pumping the kit full of technology typically used on high-end Unix servers.
Pay no attention to external surveys, HP told its staff yesterday in a fresh memo leaked to The Register. HP wants to emphasize its own internal staff polls, which are closely-monitored by the company to ensure they produce the desired amount of Happy Talk.