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Pentagon cans Internet voting system

The Pentagon has abandoned an Internet voting system that was planned for deployment this year. Accenture's live SERVE prototype was designed to allow US citizens overseas the chance to vote electronically in primary and general elections, with 100,000 members of the military serving oversees the first to trial the system. But a scathing report by four experts concluded that it wasn't safe in any circumstances. "Because the danger of successful, large-scale attacks is so great, we reluctantly recommend shutting down the development of SERVE immediately and not attempting anything like it in the future until both the Internet and the world's home computer infrastructure have been fundamentally redesigned, or some other unforeseen security breakthroughs appear," they wrote. "There really is no good way to build such a voting system without a radical change in overall architecture of the Internet and the PC, or some unforeseen security breakthrough. The SERVE project is thus too far ahead of its time, and should wait until there is a much improved security infrastructure to build upon." The report was written by former ACM president Barbara Simons, parallel computing expert and e-voting expert David Jefferson, security guru Avi Rubin and UC Berkeley cryptographers David Wagner. (Wagner was involved in unearthing flaws in the crypto in the GSM phone standard and 802.11's WEP). Seven states had been slated to use the $22 million system. ® Related Story All Internet voting is insecure: report
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Feb 2004

Apple family values – Pepsi TV row rumbles on

LettersLetters Like flies buzzing around a corpse, an angry swarm of Apple die-hards headed towards The Register this week in defense of Pepsi's iTunes Superbowl advertisement. It's even spawned a parody by student film-maker James Saldana. (Thanks James) After it was shown during an intermission during Sunday's game, Apple users wrote in disgust at the broadcast. "I'm just writing to congratulate you on bringing this advert to the attention of Register readers. I've been reading the letters in response to the original article and am in awe that there are people defending the advert," adds Aaron Scully. "To not see the problem with the ad, those people must be a bit simple or something (50 years of not exercising their brain will do that). So being forced/coerced to appear in an advert is being defiant is it, Williams Jr? Aaron, we've got a treat for you. Like us, you and the readers on Monday simply need to 'Get a clue' - The only thing sadder than the commercial is your constant attack of Apple, the iPod, and support of the RIAA. I don't know whether you are misguided, clueless, a patsy, or a fool. And I don't care. David Binnion What a wonderful example of yellow journalism. Both Pulitzer and Hearst would be proud. In the future, don't presume to tell me (an Apple user) how I feel. Get a clue. Chip Warden No, get a brain! Subject: Apple's RIAA Kids -- You didn't Get It! You poor fools. Apple wasn't supporting the RIAA, they were doing the exact opposite. Showing a set of Poor Young Kids persecuted by the RIAA, could only breed Hate for the RIAA! Look at the ad! Poor Working Class Kids, dark colors. It's obvious Apple was attempting to draw support For These Kids. It's clear to anyone with a brain, that the RIAA was never going to get more than 25 bucks a year from these kids for Music CD's. Respectfully, Michael J. Dever No, get a clue! You are truly clueless. Eric Welch Carlsbad, CA No, get a brain! The Register has sunk to an all time low with your piece. You aren't just an idiot in search of negativity. You're a total dope. I've removed the Register from my bookmarks. With trash like your column being featured, my eyes will be headed elsewhere from now on. BTW, get a brain. It's a wonderful thing to have. Bill Keart We're confused, Which comes first, a brain or a clue? It's a chicken-and-egg type of question. However many Register readers - lacking brain or clue, of course - missed several aspects of the commercial which only the die-hards saw. I do believe this Ad is in line with the "think different" theme. Chris Borg Wait, no - there's more. The whole tenor of the ad for me was that the kids outsmarted the RIAA. Richard Berg your reporting of this ad shows total irresponsibility or maybe its just sheer ignorance. it says we're not gonna take it. how you could not understand this simple commercial is beyond my comprehension. Steven Alexander These kids got to be on worldwide television during one of the biggest television events of the year. They were probably excited to have the chance to do it and are probably the most popular kids in their schools now as a result. Geoffrey Cook And that's because there's some nudging and poking going around, apparently - It's a nudge against big brother and nothing more. Wink, wink. Mike Banks Valentine I saw it as a poke at the RIAA. A venerable "Screw you, RIAA, look what you did to this poor girl, now we're giving her music" Steven Riggins And some tweaking - Good on her for tweaking them on international television! Sonya Hipper And a bit of jabbing - to me, it actually seemed like the commercial was taking a jab at the riaa. Nicholas Del Medico Back to our favorite kind of letter, however. The incomprehensible kind. You are one of the most base forms of writer. You placate to pure ignorance. You aren't even a closeted socialist. They tried things your way, the Soviet Union fell. Give the ignorant socialist rants a break already... Good day... :-) Richard Pipkin Houston, Tx. As an Macintosh user and zealot for 10 years... I don't get the reason for outrage. I think it was a funny commercial. Garr Baker Although our readers on Monday weren't laughing, they missed the fact that the children should be grateful for the opportunity - Those kids didn't look like they were forced to do the ad to me, neither did they look humiliated. I'd say they jumped at the chance of taking part in a high profile ad campaign like a million other American wannabees. Chris Leuty In fact they looked cool. I thought they looked rather happy, rebellious, cool. Ian Jindal Can you even begin to realize how COOL this makes them among their peers? Peter Krug As for the shame they must feel as touched at by Paul Ammann he must not know American kids because they will be well known for being on a commercial during the Super Bowl. Travis Smith as an Apple user I am actually quite proud of the advert Tom Davie Good for you, Tom. Great minds must think alike, because we then received these in rapid succession, the first four in half an hour: Was appearing in the advert part of the punishment for their crimes or did they get paid to do a job. Ian Barnett Has anyone bothered to find out how much these kids are getting paid to be in the ad? Paul O'Toole So how much was that child paid to admit her humiliation? Robert Vesely I was under the impression that they were (get ready for this) PAID TO DO IT. Damien Sorresso More than likely, a Pepsi official showed up, offered the kids a suitcase full of cash, and they agreed to do the commercial. Perry Munger They got PAID. Joshua Mitchell I bet they all earnt a few quid to help offset the costs of the RIAA action against them. Tim Auton They won't suffer any egregious harm because the money they get from Pepsi will more than cover what they paid the RIAA Kort Jackson What money? No one knows. But the moral is: if it's for money, then it's OK: while i think the ad is despicable, yada yada yada... am i the only one who thinks that the people, yes children, in that ad are there voluntarily and that they're there for the MONEY?? they aren't there to flip the bird to the riaa or because they're repenting their sins... they're there for the paycheck. pepsi and apple just took advantage of their (or thier parent's) greed. welcome to america. ann stuetzer Personally I don't care what iTMS does. Anyone that would pay the same amount for DRM infected compressed bits as they would for a nicely produced music CD in a sparkling jewel case deserves what they get. As a Mac user I am more disappointed that the 20th anniversary of the Mac went by with such a flacid effort of Apple's part to celebrate the occasion. Maybe it's time to let Jobs go be a rock star - somewhere else - and let Ivy run the company that, quite frankly, _HE_ deserves credit for reviving. Perry Longinotti Where are the giant billboards and prime time adverts featuring CEOs of the major record labels that have committed of 100's of millions US$ worth of criminal price fixing? How does that compare to a few 100 songs? Did they apologise in public to the people they ripped off? By that measure Bill Gates should have his own weekly remorse show, instead of being blessed by the British Empire. Most people are not remotely aware of these felony convictions of these big corporates. So is money becoming the currency of truth today? Jason Alcock. I think we have our answer, Jason. To make sure we're holding a quite unscientific poll. Click here and simply fill in the amount in the "Subject" line. (If you're a Windows loyalist determined to discredit the Macintosh community, express your affiliation. Then again, you don't really need to.) ® Related Stories Apple users' disgust at RIAA's Pepsi child ad Double Jeopardy for kids caught in Pepsi Apple promo
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Feb 2004

BT favoured for big NI broadband deal

British Telecom looks set to win the contract to ensure that every household and business in Northern Ireland has the option of broadband by 2005. Twenty-seven companies and consortia responded to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment's tender, which was issued in July 2003. The DETI has indicated that BT had been judged the supplier likely to offer the most economically advantageous solution. The goal of the contract is to make Northern Ireland the first region in the UK to have 100 per cent broadband coverage, offering a minimum of 512kbps to households and businesses by the end of 2005. The (DETI) is now to enter into further negotiations with BT to finalise the details of the contract. Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment Ian Pearson said that he expected these final negotiations to be concluded before the end of February. Although the DETI had init ially considered accepting a figure lower than 100 percent availability, a spokesperson for the DETI told ElectricNews.Net that the contract with BT would provide 100 percent coverage for the region. Those areas where ADSL is not technically viable would be covered by other technologies, such as wireless broadband. The exact mix of ADSL, wireless and other technologies is not specified. The spokesperson said that the DETI "hadn't been prescriptive." The spokesperson was unable to indicate the total value of the contract, citing commercial sensitivities. Late in 2003, in a related development, it was announced that the city of Derry is to host the new Northern Ireland Broadband Flagship Initiative which will explore the delivery of e-tourism, e-learning and e-government. Derry was chosen for the project ahead of 19 other locations following a call for proposals made under the Northern Ireland Broadband Flagship Initiative; the scheme sought 'Flagship' projects that could act to raise awareness of broadband and encourage adoption by citizens and businesses. Organised by DETI, the programme aims to encourage local and international organisations to showcase broadband applications, services and content. © ENN
ElectricNews.net, 06 Feb 2004

Microsoft to preview Whidbey toolset

Microsoft plans to offer developers a pre-release version of its next Visual Studio .Net platform, codenamed Whidbey, next month, planning to drum up interest in its next generation Longhorn operating system, due in 2006. Whidbey will show off a new runtime model and various new application programming interfaces (APIs) that will be at the heart of all Longhorn applications. With both Longhorn and Whidbey extremely critical to Microsoft’s future, the company is being more cautious about their release than it has been with previous products, which saw one beta and then shipment. Whidbey has already had one pre-release, and a third, full public beta will follow this one in midyear, before product shipment in late 2004. The main new concept in Whidbey and Longforn is managed code, which is implemented via the common language runtime (CLR), which encapsulates and application, handling low level functions such as memory management and security in order to reduce crashes and viruses. The CLR also supplies the software libraries for accessing Windows functions, bringing together a host of APIs and languages that were previously handled separately and providing tight integration of tools and database. SQL Server will integrate the CLR into its core database engine. The languages supported are Visual Basic, C++, C# and J#. © Copyright 2004 News IS News IS is a weekly newsletter published by Rethink Research, a London-based publishing and consulting firm. News IS covers the news announcements, business transactions and financial statements of the top 150 or so IT vendors, along with other news of interest to the modern senior IT manager working within data centre technologies. Subscription details here.
News IS, 06 Feb 2004

Missing teen's Net meeting

UpdatedUpdated A teenage girl who went missing South West on Saturday night may have gone to meet a man she met on the Net, according to police. According to the girl’s mother, Deborah Cameron, Carmen left her home in South West London to go to an under eighteen’s disco on Saturday night. However, she told a friend she was travelling to Neasden to meet a man she had met on the Internet. A spokesman for Scotland Yard told The Register that Carmen Cameron, 14, "may have been planning to meet with someone she met online". He said he had no wish to overplay this particular avenue of the investigation as it was "one line of enquiry among many". She was last seen by her sister in a phone box close to her home. Police are appealing for anyone with any information to contact the missing person’s unit at Wandsworth on 020 8247 5412. ® Update Thankfully, Carmen returned home on Saturday 7th February. Police have not revealed where she had been. More info can be found here.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Feb 2004

Motorola phone launch makes play for high end and low

Motorola launched four handsets for the European market today in a bid to tap into massive consumer demand for cameraphones and to show it can do handset design as well as Nokia and Siemens. Take the V80 Communicator, Motorola's latest swivel-phone. This "convention defying" tri-band handset sports not only a shiny black carapace, but a built-in VGA digicam and a 220 x 176 16-bit colour LCD. The swivel has two positions: 180 degrees and 90 degrees. The latter enables the digicam to take landscape-oriented shots. The display automatically adjusts itself to either orientation. Photos can be cropped, scaled and resized on the handset. Captions can be added, too. The handset uses MP3 files, so you can set it to play your favourite song when someone calls. It also supports 24-voice polyphonic ringtones. The V80 includes Bluetooth, which it uses as the basis for its two-player Java gaming feature. The V220 offers a more prosaic, clamshell design that, like the V80, integrates a VGA digicam. The tri-band handset also features MP3 ringtone-support, but offers MIDI ringtones too, and contains software for mixing your own tones. It also ships with on-board instant messaging software. The "mass-market" V180 also offers MP3 and MIDI ringtones, plus instant messaging. Unlike the V220, it has no digicam. The V80, V180 and V220 are all new handsets. Motorola also announced today a limited edition version of its already launched V600 phone, kitted out like the V80, in black. It features an "enhanced" digicam, and both polyphonic and MP3 ringtones. All four handsets will ship next quarter. Motorola offered little in the way of hard details about each phone, and that includes pricing. Precise availability and prices will largely depend on local networks. US availability is expected to follow the European release, with the V80 due Q2 2004, and the V220 and V180 following "summer 2004". ® Visit The Reg Mobile Store for all your phone, PDA and wireless needs
Tony Smith, 06 Feb 2004

Adobe brings grid to the mass market

Adobe has allied with GridIron Software to deliver the first mass market grid product. This is a version of Adobe After Effects that can be bought through retail channels and is designed to enable smaller businesses to use grid techniques, where processes are run over a pool of low cost networked servers. The new version of After Effects, which produces motion graphics and other effects for film and the web, will incorporate the GridIron XLR8 product. This will distribute the work among several computers on a network to speed up preview and rendering work. GridIron provides a toolkit for developers to modify existing applications to run on grids without having to use complex message passing protocols. The company claims that, not only does this make adoption of grid far simpler, it also realizes performance improvements with a grid of as few as two computers, bringing it within the reach of small companies. This is what has caught Adobe’s eye – since most digital content creation outfits are small, this has not been a sector where grid has been seen as viable. GridIron also upgraded XLR8 to version 2.0, including better security and more network efficient data transfer mechanisms. The software now runs on Windows, Sun Solaris, Mac OS X and Linux and supports Java and C/C++ languages. © Copyright 2004 News IS News IS is a weekly newsletter published by Rethink Research, a London-based publishing and consulting firm. News IS covers the news announcements, business transactions and financial statements of the top 150 or so IT vendors, along with other news of interest to the modern senior IT manager working within data centre technologies. Subscription details here.
News IS, 06 Feb 2004

Phone makers to make major launches at CeBIT

Next month's CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany will see the launch of a raft of new digital camera mobile phones, according to German press reports. Service provider Vodafone will introduce a mobile phone with an integrated CCD 240 x 320 resolution camera: the GX30 tri-band, developed by Japanese manufacturer Sharp. Philips will also show a new clamshell phone, the 855, but this one sports a cable to show pictures on a television screen. The tri-band phone has a 4096-colour screen and 9MB of built-in memory. Last Summer, NEC showed a camera phone that can receive digital TV signals. A new model to be showcased at CeBIT, the V601N, which will be able to do the same with analog TV. However, NEC has no plans to introduce the phone on the European market any time soon. Panasonic and Sagem will demonstrate new camera phones for the European mobile internet service i-mode. The 'lifestyle handy' Sagem MyC-3 can also be used as a MP3 player. Although camera phones are getting popular, new laws are underway to seriously limit their usage. According to news magazine Der Spiegel, a new privacy law in Germany could lead to fines or even imprisonment for up to one year for voyeurs who infringe upon another person's private life by taking digital pictures. Plans for the new law were prompted by the growth of Internet pages showing people secretly filmed naked or partially clothed in swimming pool and changing rooms. The law would not differentiate between photos taken by individuals or pictures taken by paparazzi photographers. ® Related Story Motorola phone launch makes play for high end and low Visit The Reg Mobile Store for all your phone, PDA and wireless needs
Jan Libbenga, 06 Feb 2004

Music industry raids Kazaa's Australia HQ

Australian music industry investigators yesterday raided the premises of Kazaa's parent company, Sharman Networks, and four other Internet businesses, including the offices of Telstra, the nation's chief telco. Music Industry Privacy Investigations (MIPI) also targeted the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales and Monash University. The raids came after MIPI was granted a court order permitting it to search for evidence that KaZaA is complicit in the illegal trade of unauthorised copies of songs. The organisation plans to use documents seized in the raids in court proceedings "Kazaa has built a large international business through encouraging and authorising the illegal copying of music users of its network. It authorises this copying without seeking the licence or permission of the owners and creators of the music, nor does it pay any royalties to either the owners or creators of the music," said MIPI chief Michael Speck, according to a Sydney Morning Herald report. Sharman Networks described the raid as a "cynical attempt" to "discredit" the company and to "disrupt its business". "It is a gross misrepresentation of Sharman's business to suggest that the company in any way facilitates or encourages copyright infringement," it said. In addition to Kazaa, Telstra and the universities, MIPI raided the offices of Brilliant Digital Entertainment, Akamai Technologies AAP, NTT Australia and NTT Australia IP. The raids are part of a six-month investigation, MIPI said, the results of which will be presented before the Federal Court next Tuesday. MIPI is a subsidiary of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). "ARIA supports the industry's move to stop the illegal behaviour of file sharing networks," said Steven Peach, ARIA's CEO. "The 'free ride' simply can't continue indefinitely at the expense of the owners and creators of the music." ® Related Story Music biz slams Oz Net piracy plea bargain
Tony Smith, 06 Feb 2004

Tiny transforms into e-business

Tiny Computers has relaunched itself as Tiny.com, the UK PC maker said today. And the new, web-based operation has set itself the goal of winning over ten per cent of the UK home PC market by this time year. In a move that harks back to the dotcom fever of the late 1990s, when businesses of all kinds dashed to append their trading names with a domain name, Tiny will become a web-based operation. Its site will be "open for business and fully functional" on 20 February. However, the company will continue to take telephone orders for the time being, it admitted. "Tiny.com will continue to offer a telephone advice service and take orders by telephone but our long term goal is to get customers to order on-line," said general manager Brian Boys. The company plans to use both channels to shift 150,000 home PCs in the next 12 months, it said. If it manages to do so, it will gain almost ten per cent of the home PC market, it claimed. Once the largest UK PC manufacturer, Tiny collapsed in January 2002 and was acquired shortly afterward by the Granville/Time Group, owner of the Time Computers, Tiny's chief rival. ® Related Stories Tiny Computers = big losses Time rescues Tiny
Tony Smith, 06 Feb 2004

Unholy trio of RealOne Player holes unearthed

RealOne Player users tricked into running maliciously constructed media files could surrender control of their machine to crackers because of three security vulnerabilities revealed this week. Real Networks has acknowledged the problems and issued fixes - which users strongly urged to apply. The first exploit involves a JavaScript vulnerability affecting RealOne Player, RealOne Player 2 for Windows only (all languages), RealPlayer 10 Beta (English only) and RealOne Enterprise Desktop or RealPlayer Enterprise. A flaw that might allow a cracker to execute arbitrary code on a target PC if he was able to trick them into downloading and executing a maliciously constructed .RMP file affects a slightly broadened range of software. This one blights RealOne Player, RealOne Player 2 (all language versions, all platforms), and RealOne Enterprise Desktop or RealPlayer Enterprise (all versions). Lastly, we have a vulnerability which would allow crackers to construct media files fashioned to create buffer overrun errors in RealOne Player and RealPlayer 8 (all language versions). This flaw, like the second, opens the way for attackers to run arbitrary code on target machine. From that point on it's game over in security terms and your PC is as good as 0wn3d. In an advisory, Real Networks said it had not received any reports of anyone actually being attacked with this exploit but that nonetheless it was treating the issue seriously - as should Real Player users. The advisory gives instructions on how to apply the patch Real Networks has issued. Credit for discovering the vulnerabilities goes to Jouko Pynnonen and Mark Litchfield of Next-Generation Security Software. ®
John Leyden, 06 Feb 2004

What are Boffins? And other important questions

LettersLetters Right – another round of letters from the lovely Register readership. Let’s kick off with a short one. Dear theRegister, What are boffins? Who are punters? Thank you, Mike G. Mike, at El Reg we are always happy to help. Both ‘Boffins’ and ‘Punters’ are rare and sometimes fatally-poisonous species of mushroom. Hope that helps. Next please… UK teen escapes jail in nuclear lab hack case obviously hit some kind of nerve with our readership. Several different ones, in fact... I am wondering if I was the only one envisioning a young inmate being carted off prison premises unbeknownst to the guards while crammed inside some kind of yellow suitcase-like thing with a red radiation symbol on it. Nice image. More seriously though: I think it is important to point out that Fermilab is NOT a "nuke plant." It is not a nuclear weapons facility. It is involved in scientific research, which is funded by the DoE. The work at Fermilab is pretty far afield from nuclear weapons research. Depicting it as such short changes the value of the work there, as many people are opposed to nuclear weapons. Although the DoE is charged with the stewardship of America's nuclear weapons, it is inaccurate to cast in solely in that light. The DoE is the "Department of Energy," which encompasses a great deal of things, including nuclear energy. Calling Fermilab a "nuke plant" would be a little like calling The Register a "forest destroyer," on the grounds that there is probably a great deal of printed matter in your offices, and that it came from trees, which were originally growing in a forest somewhere, which was destroyed on your behalf to furnish your reading material. It might be right on a technicality, but it's misleading and unfair. Name and address withheld Fair enough - we stand corrected. But who told you about our forest-destroying activities? Next up, we asked the question Whatever happened to broadband by blimp? The following letter may provide an answer: They never stood a cat's chance in hell. I suspect that they have finally discovered some of the fundamental problems with all wireless systems, such as: 1. There is only one erlang (full-duplex conversation) available on one pair of frequencies. 2. When two or more people share the frequency the capacity goes down proportionately faster than the number of people you add (because of the nature of radio receivers, propagation delays and resultant collisions). 3. The larger the area you serve, the greater the number of 'hidden stations' and the greater the number of collisions and the slower it gets, even faster. 4. The number of frequencies is *very* limited. Wireless only stands a chance if you can get extensive frequency re-use and that means using *MANY* low power, preferably directional, base stations. This is why cellular works. The *ONLY* way to increase capacity is to increase the number of cells in an area. That can only be done by either having more available channels per cell or just more cells (base stations) or both. Sticking a few balloons in the sky, each covering "2000 sq miles" was always a commercial non starter. You simply cannot service sufficient punters adequately enough to to make it work. It is not a coincidence that BT no longer offer their satellite "broadband" service. There is just no substitute for your own piece of wire going into a 'switch'. Regards Dirk Koopman The truly bizzare fight over Apple/Pepsi advertising is still going on, sparked by our own Orlowski’s take on the matter: Double Jeopardy for kids caught in Pepsi Apple promo Unless Apple were to present me with a completely and utterly subjugated Entirety Of The Human Race, Apple would never get myself or my children, (assuming I were ever to breed,) to support them in any way. I used to be able to muster respect, in a marginal way, for Apple, and, to a certain, lesser extent, Pepsi. No longer. Anyone who throws their hat in with one of my Vowed Mortal Enemies, (The RIAA and consequently the MPAA,) can quite honestly, count out the support - monetarily or otherwise - of myself, and everyone I have a chance to convert. I declare a Jihad against Apple, Pepsi, and any/every other company that would work together on DRM. Longhorn will NOT touch my machines. I am converting all companies I can to Xandros, SuSE, or Slackware, so that when the Redmond Man Cometh, we need not heed his call. I will fight against the RIAA and it's DRM brethren to my dying breath. As I fight the good fight, (for whatever it may be worth,) against the Beast of Redmond, our friends at SCOŠI too will fight it against the DRM-pushing pigopolists. I could rant further, but you have a LOT of e-mail to go through I Imagine… You imagine correctly, Trevor Pott. But you may be surprised to learn that not everyone was so horrified by the ‘exploitation’ of youth… For Apple, my child could eat worms on TV for [$12,000] because we need a new roof on the house ... Apple's a corporation; a great, big, soulless corporation that happens to make a nice machine or two. 'Family values' are for families, not corporations or (especially) governments. I thought the commercial sucked, but so many do these days. Richard Herring Okaaay. And finally, as proof that there really is a way to make a link between an issue that bugs you and absolutely anything, we had the following response to the story that Retired Pentium PCs wanted for developing world (not landfill) It is impressive that the Register provides the wide variety of stories that it does, especially right now when stories such as the above are displayed along side stories of IT workers enraged that their jobs are being off-shored. I am all for reducing the load on land fills, and feel recycling PCs can have some merit, but at the same time I find it difficult to provide a PC to a charity group who is going to dump it in an underdeveloped country that in 3 years could take my job from me. Irony is, I buy a PC learn to program on it, get a well paying job and buy a better PC, decide I don't need the old one, give it to a charity group who wipes it, gives it to an 8 year old in poor, low wage country X, that 8 year old spends 2 years reading online articles about how to program, asking me dumb questions about how to write language Y in language Y's free support forums and mailing lists where I provide my time (which I do question some times on the same basis), learning just enough from me on my donated PC to take over my job at 1/60th of the cost. Now hopefully I am smart enough to realize that IT is a moving target and I need to keep my edge and so may well do so, but then why would I knowingly provide the equipment for an underdeveloped country to become just developed enough to do my job but not ask the right amount of money for it? Of course! Global economists take note: the reason technology jobs are moving to the developing world is because we keep giving them our old PCs. Thanks for clearing that up. ®
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Feb 2004

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Clueless office workers help spread computer viruses

Busy or apathetic employees are accelerating the spread of viruses and potentially costing UK businesses millions in clean-up charges, according to a survey out today. Two-thirds of the 1,000 people quizzed by market researchers TNS in January admit they are not aware of even the most basic virus prevention measures. Meanwhile a third of those polled in the Novell-sponsored study said they are too busy to check their emails before opening them. Depressingly, nine in ten of the workers quizzed believe that have no part to play in preventing the spread of viruses, preferring to leave responsibility to "their IT department, Microsoft or the government". Where does Novell find these lunk heads? UK office workers, that's who. Even allowing for the fact the survey took place in the first two weeks of January - before the ongoing MyDoom pandemic - one would think that most people would have a fair idea of what a virus-infected email might look like. Not so - two thirds of the respondents to the survey said they didn't have a clue. Over one third of UK workers quizzed feel overwhelmed by the number of emails they get and a third claim to be too busy to check emails before opening them. One in five people surveyed said they are "too busy to download anti-virus updates". Any sensible admin should implement procedures to automate this process, but even so it's yet another sad indictment of the limitations of the AV scanner approach. The report reveals that workers are blasé about the possibility of aiding and abetting virus attacks on company systems. Even though 62 per cent of UK workers rate viruses as the number one security risk, over half say that they would “not be particularly bothered” if they encountered an attack and only five per cent said they would be worried if they personally had spread the virus. UK workers are just as lax about other aspects of security, the survey found. A third of employees quizzed write their computer passwords down to help them remember and one in ten keeps them on a Post-It note on their desk. More than half (55 per cent) of those quizzed base their passwords on people's names, making them far easier to guess. The vast majority were unaware of the dangers of phishing whilst more than half (58 per cent) of respondents regularly forward spam to friends and colleagues without thinking. Steve Brown, managing director of Novell UK, commented: “UK workers, who through lack of time, technology know-how or care, put their business at risk by making basic security errors. People are highly aware of the dangers posed by viruses but don’t take any personal responsibility for minimising risks. "Unless UK businesses start to take end user education seriously, we are going to see the impact of cyber crime spiral in 2004.” ® Related Stories MyDoom is the worst virus ever 'The clueless users who refuse to upgrade' The trouble with anti-virus Viruses and hackers make Windows more secure - Gates Users haven't learned any lessons from the Love Bug
John Leyden, 06 Feb 2004

EU approves €545m grants for AMD Dresden

The €545 million worth of allowances and grants AMD will receive from the Federal German government and the local administration in Saxony to help it build its 300mm wafer fab in Dresden have been given the green light by the European Union. The chip maker announced its decision to site the plant - called Fab 36 - in Dresden last November. At the time, AMD CFO Bob Rivet said that the national and local grants amounted to "the most substantial government-backed financial incentives package" the company has seen. The grants had first to be approved by the EU to ensure they met the terms of European competition regulations on state aid. The plant is projected to cost $2.4 billion, with more than half of that total coming from "external financing and government support". The facility is expected to reach volume production some time in 2006. It will employ some 1000 workers - a key reason why it was awarded such generous grants. The Dresden area suffers a particularly high unemployment rate. Some 13 per cent of the total workforce is currently without a job. Dresden is believed to have beaten IBM's East Fishkill facility, which given the close ties between AMD and IBM - particularly on the R&D front - would have seemed the most logical choice. "With [the EU's] approval, our new project has passed a key financial milestone as we begin the process of building, equipping and ramping the new fab," Rivet said today. ® Related Stories AMD selects Dresden for 300mm plant Infineon preps €120m R&D fab expansion plan
Tony Smith, 06 Feb 2004

Upbeat Ericsson beats forecasts

Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson has announced fourth quarter results which saw better than expected profits and a cautiously optimistic outlook. Net sales for Q4, 2003 were SEK36.2bn (€3.95bn), down 1 per cent from SEK36.7 bn (€4.01bn) Q4, 2002. Sales were SEK28 bn (€3.06bn) in the third quarter of 2003. Net income came in at SEK100m (€11m) for the quarter. This was improvement on losses of SEK8.3bn (€908m) in the corresponding quarter of last year and losses of SEK3.9bn (€420m) in the third quarter of 2003. The company's profit figures were adjusted for restructuring charges, non-operational capital gains and losses and capitalisation of development expenses to the tune of SEK3.6bn (€390m). Carl-Henric Svanberg, president and chief executive at Ericsson, said: "The mobile infrastructure market has definitely stabilised, traffic continues to grow and operators are increasing their focus on network quality and capacity. The year ended with strong sales and we continue to further enhance our leading position." He attributed the improved performance to restructuring: "Significant improvements in operating profit, gross margin and cash flow have been achieved through increased efficiency and cost of sales reductions. This is the result of the focus on returning the company to profitability including the accelerated efforts in reducing cost of sales. Although the major restructuring is over, with minor adjustments remaining to be completed, by the third quarter 2004, our relentless work to increase efficiency and cost awareness will continue." Svanberg's relentless work in increasingly efficiency has brought down the company's workforce to 51,583 from 64,621 last year, a 20 per cent fall. Two years ago, Ericsson employed approximately 82,000. Regarding outlook, Svanberg was cautiously optimistic, saying he believed the market had stabilised and the global mobile systems market in 2004, will be in line with, or show slight growth, compared to 2003. Previously, the firm had expected the market to be merely in line with 2003. Ericsson expects sales for the first quarter to show a sequential decrease due to seasonality but to show moderate growth year-over-year. © ENN
ElectricNews.net, 06 Feb 2004

Sony offers limited edition ‘Aqua’ PS2

Sony will next month ship a limited edition "Aqua" PlayStation 2 console. The console will be made available throughout Europe wherever the PAL TV standard is used. The box will cost £140/€200, and buyers will an eye for the machine's light blue hue will soon afterward be able to snap up matching console stand and 8MB Memory Card accessories. "We introduced our Silver PlayStation 2 before Christmas," said SCEE president and COO David Reeves. "It proved to be so successful that it was a natural extension to include one other colour to complement the range, and this new Aqua PlayStation 2 seemed just right for Europe in the springtime." The Aqua and Silver models aren't the only non-black PS2s Sony has offered. Last year, it offered an iMac-like range of brightly coloured consoles. You can still get your hands on blue, red and yellow models, but they'll set you back £280 a pop, and are so rare Sony's online PS2 shop is limiting orders to one per household. Clearly, just as Steve Jobs has Sony in mind as his model for Apple, so the Japanese giant is keen to 'learn' from the Mac maker's example. Perhaps Apple should port Mac OS X to the PS2, then we could have an Aqua box that runs the Aqua user interface. Getting it to run on the upcoming PowerPC-based Xbox 2 will be more fun, we suspect. And certainly more heavily steeped in irony. Speaking of Xbox, Sony's move follows a similar announcement earlier this week from Microsoft that it plans to offer a transparent, 'Crystal' limited edition Xbox. ® Related Story Microsoft confirms 'crystal' Xbox
Tony Smith, 06 Feb 2004

Revealed: the perils of automated replies

The email typographical howler award for this Friday goes to US financial software outfit Intuit. The company offers a range of exciting products too extensive to be listed in a family publication such as El Reg, but which includes TurboTax - "packed with powerful features to help you maximize tax-savings, and minimize the time you spend on tax preparation. No matter how simple or complex your tax needs..." And so on and so forth. What happens, though, when you decide TurboTax has not maximised your yield and minimised your time input and that you're jolly well going to give Intuit a right royal ticking off? A good question, to which the delicious and possibly automated reply is this: -----Original Message----- From: service@intuit.com [mailto:service@intuit.com] Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 7:20 PM To: Subject: Your request Dear Intuit Customer, Thank you for contacting Intuit. Thank you for the kind words, I assure you that your feedback will be forwarded to the appropriate department. We at Intuit strive to give you the best customer experience and it is heartning to know that we have been unsuccessful. Thank you once again for your contuinued support to TurboTax. If you need further assistance, or if there is any other way we may be of service, please contact us at https://orderupdate.intuit.com Respectfully, Neha Intuit Customer Service "Revolutionizing how people manage their financial lives" Magnificent. It is indeed heartening to witness a company's sheer joy in abject failure. Yup, we call that revolutionary, and there's no doubt a whole chapter in Intuit's must-read In$ide Intuit - proclaimed as "the captivating story behind Intuit's hard-won success" - revealing how you too can turn unsuccess into blissful corporate euphoria. ® Bootnote Thanks to Steve VanSlyck for alerting us as to Intuit's radical approach to customer services.
Lester Haines, 06 Feb 2004

What do you get if you cross a 419er with 3000 oxen?

Strange things appear to be going on in the 419 community at present. Within the last hour, one Dr Paul Okoro kindly sent an email advising of yet another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come by a substantial amount of cash. The missive was mostly formula 419, and sent from the near-obligatory Tiscali email address, but one paragraph in particular caught our attention: REQUEST FOR YOUR UNRESERVED ASSISTANCE I am a top government official with a statutory corporation and member of an abhor committee set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria to review contract awarded by past administration. In the course of identifying, scrutinizing and recommending for the payment of all valid contract executed, we discovered a huge sum of money amounting to USD41.5M (Forty One Million five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) on grossly over invoiced contract already awarded and executed for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Having cleaned the AUGEAN STABLE we intend to transfer the balance of USD41.5M presently floating in our apex bank of Nigeria to our own benefit and advantage. Has the poor doc completely lost his marbles? An abhor committee? ("Right, all those disgusted by the chairman's proposal raise their hands now"). That would be ad hoc, methinks. And what on earth has the abhor/ad hoc committee been doing cleaning the AUGEAN STABLE? And why is this alone IN VINTAGE 419 CAPITALS? WHAT ON EARTH CAN IT MEAN? Something strange is afoot, make no mistake. Perhaps the boys from Lagos have embarked on a series of Herculean labours designed to wow potential scammees. After all, anyone stupid and greedy enough to respond to an email of this type will certainly be struck dumb with admiration for any bow-weilding Nigerian stalking the Cerynitian Hind. On the other hand, the idea of someone wearing white leather shoes and 20 kilos of gold jewellery attempting to rustle the the Cattle of Geryon is somewhat implausible. Perhaps a look at hyperdictionary.com will offer another explanation for this mysterious turn of phrase: AUGEAN (Class. Myth.) Of or pertaining to Augeus, king of Elis, whose stable contained 3000 oxen, and had not been cleaned for 30 years. Hercules cleansed it in a single day. Hence: Exceedingly filthy or corrupt. {Augean stable} (Fig.), an accumulation of corruption or filth almost beyond the power of man to remedy. Yup, that just about sums it up, although we very much doubt Dr Okoro has really been taking the Mr Muscle to the particular accumulation of corruption and filth in which he, and his fellow oxen, wallow. Still, it's good to see some effort has been made to advance the 419 email with an injection of classical references. Where will this creative explosion end? - quotes from John Donne or perhaps the first advance fee fraud haiku? It's a delightful prospect. ®
Lester Haines, 06 Feb 2004

BT hides mobile transmitters in street furniture

BT Wholesale has signed an agreement with Chester City Council and Cheshire County Council that will let it install low-powered mobile phone network transmitters from its Microconnect DA system on lampposts and street signs. Once deployed, the micro-transmitters will mean better coverage for users of existing mobile phone services, in an area notorious for poor signal strength. The network could also clear the way for the introduction of new 3G applications. The councils will receive no financial remuneration from BT. The teleco will instead provide in-kind support of the work of the local authorities, such as sponsorship of the area’s CCTV systems. The councils are also examining ways in which they may be able to make use of the technology. Mark Rathbone,e-government manager at Chester City Council, told The Register: “This is not a case of an immediate deployment of technology, in is an agreement of principles between us and BT. BT is now undertaking radio surveys and working to establish demand for such a service from the mobile operators.” He said the deal was done primarily to preserve the aesthetics of the city; but it is also vital that local signal quality improves. BT says that when fixed at 4m above ground, exposure at street level is typically between 1,000 and one million times below that from a mobile phone. An enquiry line has been set up in case people have any comments about BT's distributed antenna system on 0800 389 3108. ® Related Products Find for your next phone in The Reg mobile store
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Feb 2004

Computer Forensics conference line-up finalised

The line-up has been announced for a keenly-awaited international conference on standards for computer forensics due to take place in Edinburgh, Scotland in two months time. The FIDES04 (Forensic Institute Digital Evidence Symposium 2004) has attracted worldwide support with speakers from the USA, India and Norway as well as the UK participating in the event. The conference is organised by the Forensic Institute and computer forensics firm N-Gate. FIDES04 will be chaired by Angus Marshall of the Centre for Internet Computing at the University of Hull. Marshall was recently-involved as a forensic computing examiner in the investigation of the disappearance and murder of schoolteacher Jane Longhurst. Graham Coutts, 35, of Hove in Sussex, was sent to prison for life this week after being found guilty of Longhurst's murder. Marshall said: "Digital Evidence plays a major part in everyday life and deserves to be treated as a serious subject. Forums such as this offer an excellent opportunity for business, law-enforcement, academia and interested parties to share experience, knowledge and ideas". Experts in the field such as Warren Kruse will be running workshops on digital evidence principles and research papers will cover everything from advanced Internet crime investigation to recovering data from digital photocopiers. Data recovery and computer forensics firms such as industry leaders Vogon and Guidance Software will be presenting papers on techniques and tools at the conference. Derek Wyatt MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Internet Group, will give the opening address on the first day of the event. The conference will close with a brainstorming workshop on the development of international standards for computer forensics. It takes place in Edinburgh’s Airport Hilton Hotel on March 1 and 2 and day packages (including workshop, lectures, coffees and lunch) cost £200 or there’s a two day package for £320. Interested parties can sign up for the conference, or peruse its agenda here. Proceedings of the conference will be published on CD-ROM and a selection of papers will be published in the Spring 2004 issue of the International Journal of Digital Evidence. ® Related Stories EU develops cyber crime forensics standards Suspected paedophile cleared by computer forensics Cybercrime - it's the outsiders wot's to blame The Giant Wooden Horse Did It!
John Leyden, 06 Feb 2004

IBM tries to clean up South Korean biz with new exec

IBM has tapped a new executive to head its scandal-ridden Korean operations. Antonio Romero will take on the role of president and chief executive for IBM Korea. Romero has worked at IBM for 23 years, most recently as vice president of business development for global sales and distribution in the US. He replaces Chae Chol Shin who departed as bribery charges hit IBM Korea. IBM Korea fired a number of workers after the South Korean government uncovered a slush fund allegedly used by IT executives to secure contracts. IBM and its Korean affiliates are said to have forked out $55 million in bribes to help spur server and PC sales. A number of government officials were also charged and arrested for bribery. The charges against IBM executives and the government officials come as part of a large scale anti-corruption campaign in South Korea. Earlier this week, the mayor of Busan - Ahn Sang-Young - killed himself in jail while awaiting word on his bribery trial. The mayor was said to have taken money for construction contracts. The LA Times did a nice piece on the nature of bribes in South Korea that you can find here. Just to tempt you - the story begins as follows: "The money used to arrive in apple crates. Now, it comes by the truckload. The only thing that has changed in South Korea, cynics complain, is the size of the container." ®
Ashlee Vance, 06 Feb 2004

Europe and US inch towards GPS accord

Europe and the US are nearing agreement on ensuring that the Galileo satellite navigation system will operate with - and not interfere with - the US Global Positioning System (GPS). But negotiations between the US and Europeans in Washington broke down in late January without an agreement on the type of modulation to be used by Galileo. Uppermost in US thinking are military concerns: it wants to prevent enemies from using public satellite signals to find out where its troops are at a time of conflict. The EU wants to use a modulation known as Binary Offset Carrier (BOC) 1.5 for the publicly available signal. But jamming this form of signal would also interfere with the operation of US military frequencies, due to be introduced around 2012, the New Scientist reports. So the US wanted Galileo to use an alternative modulation scheme, called BOC 1.1, instead. But this form of technology provides less accurate positioning information, a possible commercial disadvantage for the Europeans. Jam Tomorrow Other outstanding questions in dispute include confirmation that the US will not seek to veto future development of Galileo's signals; a "sufficiently strong commitment to non-discrimination in trade" and mutual development of national security criteria for satellite navigation. That seems like a fair bit of ground to cover, but outstanding differences were downplayed in an official statement on the talks which said that "a number of issues were clarified and for the first time the shape of a possible agreement became visible". So what progress has been made? Reading between the lines it seems the US has dropped its earlier insistence the GPS alone was enough to meet the needs of users for the foreseeable future. Europe, meanwhile, has agreed to establish a blueprint for the Galileo system that allows for it to be jammed (by the Americans) for military reasons. Talks to iron-out differences will probably be held in the second half of February, the EU says. The $3.7 billion Galileo project is designed to deliver highly-accurate (down to the metre range) global positioning services under civilian control. Galileo will involve the launch of 30 satellites and is scheduled to start operating in 2007. In a separate development, three consortia of companies were today publically selected to participate in the second phase of the project. These groups are the Eutelsat consortium, consisting of Eutelsat, Hispasat, LogicaCMG and AENA; the Inavsat consortium, made up of Inmarsat Ventures, EADS Space and Thales; and a consortium combining Vinci Concessions, Alcatel Participations and Finmeccanica. ® Related Stories Galileo satellite project under threat? US to disrupt GPS, satellite comms in Gulf?
John Leyden, 06 Feb 2004

Small.biz faces Treasury tax terror

Thousands of family businesses will face "severe financial hardship" if the Chancellor adopts controversial proposals to amend existing small business tax regulations. According to the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) and opposition MPs, the measures outlined in paragraph 5.91 of the Pre-Budget Report - now widely-dubbed as IR591 - could have potentially devastating consequences for small firms. "This could be one of the most significant tax proposals for many years, resulting in much larger income tax and national insurance bills for small business owners," the Professional Contractors Group warned on its website which aims to highlight the impending tax bombshell. PCG notes that the Chancellor's Pre-Budget Report 2003 does not outline the proposed measures in any detail, but it refers to Government concerns about "the longstanding differences in tax treatment between earned income and dividend income". "PCG understands that the proposed implementation is likely to involve charging National Insurance on dividends from close companies, that is, those companies with five shareholders or fewer. It is not yet clear what rate would be applied, how corporate shareholders would be treated, or whether entitlement to NI-related benefits would be endowed." The Shadow Paymaster General, Mark Prisk MP, today wrote to Ian Durrant, PCG's director of external affairs, requesting support for a Parlimentary early day motion (EDM). He called for all MPs to ask the Chancellor to consult small business groups before trying to steamroller through the controversial measures. Durrant urges PCG members, freelancers and small business owners to contact their respective Members of Parliament: "The more MPs from all parties that sign this early day motion, the better chance Mark Prisk will have of challenging Ministers on the subject. PCG believes that the small business community should be consulted about any proposed measures." The full text of the EDM reads as follows: "This House notes the Government's plans to reverse its tax treatment of owner managed businesses; is deeply concerned that this could result in severe financial hardship for thousands of family businesses and thus damage enterprise; asks the Chancellor to explain why his tax incentives went wrong; and urges him to meet with and consult small business representatives prior to the Budget." PCG urged small business owners wishing to support the action should encourage their respective MPs to add their names to the list before Budget day on 17 March. "You can write to your MP at the House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A 1AA," said Durrant. "Or send a fax through www.faxyourmp.com; typing your postcode will identify your constituency MP." ®
Robert Jaques, 06 Feb 2004
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Sun buys $200 million worth of an N1 vision

If you are a sick, tech freak, like some of us at El Reg, you've spent some time wondering how much it costs for a vendor to make a "vision" come out of its marketing cocoon and turn into a technology marvel. Thankfully, Sun Microsystems has done its best to answer this very question. Sun shelled out a total of $224 million last year for three software makers - Pixo, CenterRun and Waveset. Sun had yet to reveal the exact amounts of the acquisitions until the release yesterday of a 10-Q filing with the SEC. Pixo was the cheapest of the bunch at $23 million, CenterRun followed at $65 million and Waveset was the big daddy buy at $136 million. Now, to be fair, Pixo does not really fit into the vision buying category. Pixo is perhaps best known for doing work on the original iPod operating system for Apple. Sun, however, simply picked up the company's software for sending content to mobile devices running Java. So, chop $23 million off the total. This leaves us with $200 million that Sun spent to build out its N1 vision. N1 is the broad term Sun uses to describe a line of management software that is meant to make application deployment and hardware configuration easier for customers. Sun first described the N1 plan back in early 2002. Then, in late 2002, the company started shipping its N1 vision in the form of management software for blade servers. The funny thing, however, is that since N1 first launched. Sun has acquired no less than four companies - Pirus, Terraspring, CenterRun and Waveset - and put a bid in for Nauticus in order to build out the N1 technology. This puts Sun in a head-to-head competition with HP to buy as many software start-ups as possible. We recommend that the little coders out there tout their gear as N1-enabled or HP Adaptive Enterprise-ready as soon as possible. With any luck, you can close the deal before Spring Break and treat your staff to a round of celebratory co-ed served body shots in Baja. ®
Ashlee Vance, 06 Feb 2004

419ers get a taste of Texas Justice

Dear Friends, May we humbly request your immediate and urgent attention to tell you the story of a Nigerian e-mail scammer convicted of wire fraud in Houston, Texas? One Ambrose Kizito Agwuibe was found guilty by a federal jury for trying to scam people with a new version of the 419 ruse. Agwuibe would ask people for help pushing a box containing $22 million through US Customs at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. Victims of the deal were promised a percentage of the cash if they would claim it, the AP reports. Once on board with the scam, however, the people were told they needed to provide some money upfront to cover shipping costs. A Western Union employee alerted the Feds to the suspicious scheme after noticing money being wired to Agwuibe and a coconspirator named Patrick Omu. Omu pleaded guilty last year. Both men will be sentenced later this year. They could receive up to five years in prison for pulling in more than $400,000 from the scam. ® Related Stories What do you get if you cross a 419er with 3000 oxen? 419ers enlist Saddam's daughter 419 scammers start working the phones Nigerian 419ers run dry
Ashlee Vance, 06 Feb 2004

AT&T Wireless awaits prom call from Vodafone

Investors in AT&T Wireless, which has officially confirmed that it is up for auction, are anxious to see a bidding war develop for the giant US carrier, as the Friday 13 deadline for bids approaches. But so far, Cingular remains the er, singular suitor for the $30 billion carrier. Deutsche Telekom, which operates in the US market as T-Mobile, Vodafone and NTT DoCoMo are thought to be the most likely rivals to Cingular, but each has good reason to stay its hand. Debt-laden Deutsche Telekom is still counting the cost of its acquisition spree during the dot.com bubble. Vodafone meanwhile owns 45 per cent of Verizon Wireless, and Verizon is committed to CDMA for the long run: so there are few economies of scale likely from technical consolidation, and a lot of potential integration headaches. Japan's vertically-integrated Phonezilla NTT DoCoMo already owns a 16 per cent stake in AT&T Wireless, which brands its data services mMode. DoCoMo announced profits (net income) of $4.68 billion for the most recent nine-month period, although it faces a tough fight at home in Japan. Verizon could buy its way out of the deal with Vodafone, with Vodafone's stake worth some $23 bilLion. Verizon has a coherent network vision that stands in good stead for any disruptive shifts in the market, such as VoIP. On Monday, Vodafone was reported to be working on its bid, but the phone still hasn't rung. Who's going to take a gal to the prom? ® Related Stories Cingular eyes AT&T Wireless for mobile mega merger Cingular eyeing AT&T Wireless again Vodafone weighs up US options Vodafone preps bid for AT&T Wirelesss - report
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Feb 2004