11th > February > 2004 Archive
Sun Microsystems acquired one of its co-founders in a deal structured around a ham sandwich.
Check Point has plugged a serious security vulnerability affecting several versions of its flagship security platform, Firewall-1.
The UK lacks effective wholesale broadband competition and needs regulatory intervention to restore confidence to the industry, according to an influential group of MPs.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Piracy watchdog the Business Software Alliance (BSA) today asked British businesses to go into "software detox".
KnowledgePool Limited - the IT training company that recently went titsup - has been sold to private investment outfit Root Capital.
Motorola today launched its first handset aimed at global mobile phone networks keen to offer US-style 'push-to-talk' instant communications services.
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.
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.
Opinion Neil Davidson is technical director of Red Gate Software. He can be reached at neil.Davidson@red-gate.com
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Siemens today unveiled its first "next-generation" multimedia phone, the CX65, alongside a new 'mass market' clamshell handset the CF62.
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.
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).
Infineon said today it plans to expand its Dresden Memory Development Centre (MDC), creating 120 new jobs.
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.
VIA today extended its low-power Eden ESP processor family to 800MHz and 1GHz.
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.
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.
Virtual network operator Sirocom today launched a UK-wide service to provide IP connectivity over Ethernet.
I'm a Bastard Operator, Get Me Out of Here! Episode 1 Intranet Survivor
Microsoft today released a critical update to remove "unacceptable symbols" from Bookshelf Symbol 7 font.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.*
Playing on the doubts surrounding HP's future server plans, Sun Microsystems this week launched a verbal assault against its rival.
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.
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.
HP moved Wednesday to reassure investors about its performance in the first quarter.
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
Public sector procurement is set for a major revolution when a new end-to-end e-trading hub launches next year.
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.