11th > February > 2004 Archive

Sun puts co-founder back to work

Sun Microsystems acquired one of its co-founders in a deal structured around a ham sandwich.
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Check Point in Firewall-1 security flap

Check Point has plugged a serious security vulnerability affecting several versions of its flagship security platform, Firewall-1.
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UK held back by ‘lack of broadband competition’

The UK lacks effective wholesale broadband competition and needs regulatory intervention to restore confidence to the industry, according to an influential group of MPs.
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Obituary – Lynne Thomas

The Register is saddened to announce the death of Lynne Thomas, PR par excellance and a good friend to many UK technology and telecomms writers, on this site and throughout the journalistic community.
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Juniper security push

Network equipment maker Juniper Networks is paying $3.5 billion for firewall supplier NetScreen Technologies. The move could trigger a wave of acquisitions as the big equipment makers seek to get their hands on top security vendors to ease the fears of their customers about network intrusion.

Vodafone's AT&T interest confirmed

The world's largest mobile operator Vodafone Group has given its strongest hint yet that it is poised to launch a $30 billion-plus offer for troubled US rival AT&T Wireless. A bid would be extremely expensive, but it would provide an opportunity for Vodafone to build its own brand presence in the US.

Novell turns the screws on SCO

Novell has launched another foray at the heart of The SCO Group's case against IBM, the 1995 contract in which SCO says Novell gave it the rights to UNIX™ and derivative works.

'It was all Craig Conway's idea, anyway' -Oracle

Oracle has responded to the DoJ staff's recommendation that its acquisition of Peoplesoft should be blocked, by claiming that the whole merger was Craig Conway's idea in the first place.
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BSA ‘software detox’ scheme targets illegal software

Piracy watchdog the Business Software Alliance (BSA) today asked British businesses to go into "software detox".
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KnowledgePool finds buyer

KnowledgePool Limited - the IT training company that recently went titsup - has been sold to private investment outfit Root Capital.
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Motorola preps European ‘push to talk’ phone

Motorola today launched its first handset aimed at global mobile phone networks keen to offer US-style 'push-to-talk' instant communications services.
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Dutch Railways trials tickets by SMS

Europe in Brief Dutch Railways has started experiments with SMS tickets. For a railway trip from the Netherlands to Cologne, Frankfurt or Dusseldorf, customers can order their tickets online. But instead of getting a ticket, they will receive a SMS message with a unique number.
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Lindows can use its trademark (for now)

The US District Court in Seattle has ruled in favour of Lindows.com on key legal issues in the company's dispute with Microsoft. Lindows.com will be able to keep its trademark until the final decision in the case is made.
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Mono and dotGNU: what's the point?

Opinion Neil Davidson is technical director of Red Gate Software. He can be reached at neil.Davidson@red-gate.com
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MS releases double-plus critical security fix

Microsoft's monthly patch train got back on track yesterday with the release of a fix for a potentially devastating security vulnerability involving a core component of Windows.
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15in notebook display prices to fall next month

15in notebook display panels will become cheaper to buy next month despite tightness in the supply of same-sized panels built for LCD monitors, market watcher DisplaySearch has claimed.
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Apple facing five iPod battery lawsuits

Apple is facing rather a lot of lawsuits alleging the company misrepresented the battery life of the latest generation of its iPod digital music player.
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Strategy Boutique redefines the t-shirt paradigm

Cash'n'Carrion If you're thinking of re-energising your company's brand frontage, then we strongly advise that you do not attend any joss-stick scented rebranding power brunch without first donning our official Strategy Boutique t-shirt.
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Big spending small firms lead IT recovery

Small companies are the driving force behind a large increase in spending on business IT equipment over the last quarter, a new report has revealed.
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Wanadoo UK loses €30m

Wanadoo UK (Freeserve) lost around €30 million last year as cost-cutting measures designed to eat away at last year's loss began to bite.
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Siemens launches big-screen multimedia phone

Siemens today unveiled its first "next-generation" multimedia phone, the CX65, alongside a new 'mass market' clamshell handset the CF62.
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Ex-Intel engineer jailed for trying to aid the Taliban

A former Intel engineer who was caught attempting to get into Afghanistan after the US-led invasion was finally sentenced to seven years in jail this week.
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US chip industry to take on Beijing

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) will today present evidence to back its claim that Chinese chip makers are receiving state subsidies outlawed by the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
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Infineon preps €120m R&D fab expansion plan

Infineon said today it plans to expand its Dresden Memory Development Centre (MDC), creating 120 new jobs.
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ATI licenses ‘dynamic logic’ tech for faster, cheaper chips

ATI has licensed Intrinsity's Fast 14 'dynamic logic' chip design technology to help it create "future consumer products" - possibly even the graphics accelerator it is designed for the Xbox 2 - aka Xbox Next.
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VIA takes Eden CPU to 1GHz

VIA today extended its low-power Eden ESP processor family to 800MHz and 1GHz.
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Chinese teenagers find Net just too damned attractive

Increasing numbers of teenagers in China are being admitted to hospital, suffering from what doctors call ‘Internet Syndrome’. Symptoms include delirium, paranoia and psychosis. Dr. Yu Haiting, the vice president of the No. 8 People’s Hospital in Zhengzhou, says he sees one or two cases per week.
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419ers get God, distribute millions, then do lunch

Blimey, it's quite a life being an advance fee fraudster. One minute you're dying of cancer, then you've recovered sufficently to run a lottery, and no sooner have you distributed millions to lucky winners, then it's time for a swift lunch with the president of Nigeria.
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Sirocom launches IP VPN service for UK

Virtual network operator Sirocom today launched a UK-wide service to provide IP connectivity over Ethernet.
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BOFH 2003: Year Book

I'm a Bastard Operator, Get Me Out of Here! Episode 1 Intranet Survivor
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MS tears swastika from roof of Office

Microsoft today released a critical update to remove "unacceptable symbols" from Bookshelf Symbol 7 font.
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BOFH and the coffee machine

Episode 4 Episode 4 BOFH 2004: Episode 4 "I... I... I'm not sure I'm up to work today," the PFY sighs sadly, staring vacantly in restrained grief. "Oh for Pete's sake, pull yourself together, man!" the Boss snaps. "We can get past this!" "I don't think we can..." "Course we can. It'll be difficult for a while, but you'll get back …
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MP's broadband report – the choice cuts

Yesterday's Parliamentary report into the UK's broadband market supported the assertion of many in the industry that there is no such thing as effective wholesale competition.
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Beyond Fear A security primer for troubled minds

Book review It's a rare security book that can raise awareness without resorting to sensationalism, but Bruce Schneier's recent title Beyond Fear is one of them. It covers the theory behind both good and bad security practices, though it's not a manual. It does not explain how to make whatever you wish to defend more secure, but it will help you to think clearly about how to do that.
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Why wireless will end ‘piracy’ and doom DRM and TCPA – Jim Griffin

Don't worry about DRM and lock-down computing, says Jim Griffin. Historically they're doomed to fail. The former director of Geffen's technology group believes that wireless networks such as 3G, 4G and WiFi will provide the tipping point at which the entertainment industries come to the table to cut a deal - before political pressure forces a deal upon them.
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Cyberappliances attack Italian village

The small village of Canneto di Caronia in Sicily has become the front line in the war of annihilation between humanity and Terminator-style roboappliances.
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Er… MS UK sponsors open source deployment workshop

A tooth-jarring juxtaposition leaps out from the London Connects site: "Open Source Software - Practical deployment", it says, then leaps straight into "Sponsored by Microsoft" (big type, corporate logo, TM). Microsoft has indeed been starting to show up at Linux events claiming to have become kinder and gentler, but by bankrolling a workshop intended to provide guidance on OSS deployment its surely veering into excess of philanthropy territory.*

Sun says HP customers are ‘ripe’ for change

Playing on the doubts surrounding HP's future server plans, Sun Microsystems this week launched a verbal assault against its rival.
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Doomjuice variant ups the ante in MS attack

A new version of the Doomjuice worm has been released into the wild in an apparent effort by hackers to modify an attack against Microsoft's Web site.
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Psion looks past Windows to Linux

Ignore the comments about the value of Psion shares: concentrate on what Psion is going to do with all the money it got from selling its interest in Symbian. The answer is probably: "Linux portables" but we'll find out later this year for sure.
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HP says first quarter results will be just fine

HP moved Wednesday to reassure investors about its performance in the first quarter.
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PC disposal: recycle or build for durability?

Substantial recent coverage of yet two further EU Directives, this time on disposal of computer waste, draws attention to the amount of noxious materials, metals and plastics, which constitute the inner workings of PCs. The directives come into operation in 2005, writes Bob McDowall of Bloor Research
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From Whitehall to Zanzibar

Public sector procurement is set for a major revolution when a new end-to-end e-trading hub launches next year.
Ian Cuddy, 11 2004

No storage vendor is braver than Sun

For the fourth year in a row, Sun Microsystems has identified storage as a major revenue opportunity, promising it will actually capitalize on the market this year.