17th > February > 2004 Archive
Vodafone loses AT&T Wireless battle
The bidding battle for AT&T Wireless is over and Cingular has won.
IT contractors enjoy rate rise
Rates for IT staff working in finance have gone up for the first time in four years. The news is being welcomed as evidence that a City recovery is underway.
Microsoft to offer rival CDs
Microsoft is offering to include CD-ROMs of rival software in an effort to settle its competition case brought by the European Commission.
WM-Data: would-be Nordic powerhouse
Having completed the €200 million acquisition of Finnish IT services company Novo Group, Sweden's WM-Data is looking to grow further over the next few years. However, recent attempts by Nordic vendors to build a more global business have been largely unsuccessful, and WM-Data is likely to just focus on the Nordic region instead.
T-Mobile goes 3G in UK
Mobile network T-Mobile has switched on its 3G network – but don't expect to see people making video phone calls anytime soon.
AMD brings Opterons to blades
AMD has launched two new low-powered Opterons, destined for the blade server market.
BT's ‘new wave’ mitigates fixed-line decline
BT Group's third quarter was buoyed by the continued growth of its IT services and broadband offerings, its so-called "new wave" services, while its traditional fixed-line business continued to decline. BT is having more success in certain areas than rival telcos, but it still has some significant challenges ahead.
Firm hunts for Nimda-like worms in Web traffic
London-based security outfit ScanSafe today launched a Net-based filtering service designed to counter Web-borne viruses and malicious code.
The USA: outsourcing heartland
OpinionThe schizophrenic attitude of the US towards outsourcing continues to manifest itself, writes Bloor Research analyst Bob McDowall.
MS cites kidnap fears in bid to keep execs' wealth out of court
Minnesota's class action against Microsoft, scheduled to go to trial on March 1st, is showing unexpected potential. Yes, it is yet another everyday story of (allegedly) overcharging folk, but Microsoft has been attempting to stop details of how rich its witnesses are coming out in court, and the rival attorneys have been scrapping in the hallways.
Windows source code exploit released
The leak of Windows source code last week has already enabled a hacker to create an exploit.
US spammer fined £75k for porn sting
A US company has been fined £75,000 for spamming punters with porn emails that led to users racking up whopping phone bills.
100 rural areas in Europe to get subsidised broadband
One hundred rural communities in Europe are to get broadband for free as part of a project part-funded by the European Commission (EC).
Stob: Softwron number stolen
StobPioneering patentee and litigator Softwron Inc admitted today that its infamous so-called 'Wron number (see El Reg passim) has been stolen and made available on the Internet, "where just anybody can download it and use it".
AMD halves Opteron 848 prices
AMD today slashed prices across its multi-way Opteron processor families, ahead of an anticipated announcement from Intel that it will bring 64-bit computing to the x86 server market.
Nvidia unwraps PCI Express graphics chips
Nvidia today officially unveiled its first PCI Express-oriented graphics chips, dropping the 'FX' from its current top-end GeForce series chips and replacing it with 'PCX'.
Lindows now Lindash
The operating system Lindows is now available as Lin---s (pronounced: Lin-dash) in those countries where Microsoft has blocked the availability of the desktop Linux distribution. The new name complies with a recent Amsterdam court ruling, the San Diego company says.
Close Encounter yours for $1.3m
Blimey they don't half sell some old rubbish on eBay, eh? The latest extraordinary item to come to our attention is a close encounter video apparently shot in 1998 by someone called "Sargel18".
London's charge zone: blueprint for road pricing 'success'?
One year on, London's congestion charge is being widely hailed as a success, Mayor Ken Livingstone is pushing for its extension, and numerous other cities seem poised to follow London's lead. London has shown that the public will accept road pricing, and has also shown that it can be used to reduce traffic. So it's the blueprint for the deployment of strong IT systems to fix the world's transportation problems? Well no, not exactly.
ATI touts low-cost HDTV tuner card
ATI will this Spring allow North American buyers of its All-in-Wonder video cards to view free-to-air digital TV broadcasts.
IT Pros demand govt broadband intervention
The Government should intervene to guarantee universal access to broadband services in the UK.
BBC ponders P2P distribution
The BBC is to make its programme archive available over a peer-to-peer network, it said at the International Broadcasting Convention last weekend.
Outcry as Chinese Net dissident arrested
A Chinese dissident has been arrested by police after being accused of posting subversive messages on the Internet.
Sony unveils two-tone Vaio K series notebooks
Reg Kit WatchSony's lead in funky-looking Wintel notebooks continues unabated with today's introduction of new K series Vaios, introducing not only a slick look but the manufacturer's XBrite screen technology, which it claims yields "sharp contrast, crisp graphics and breathtaking colour resolution during video playback".
Microsoft co-founder to demo always-on mini PC
Vulcan, the company set up by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, will show off its FlipStart always-on mobile "mini PC" this week.
Germans bag über-dooper super computer
Scientists in Germany can now boast the fastest super computer in Europe – on paper at least. The new IBM number-crunching giant is capable of performing 8.9 trillion floating point calculations per second – a cool 8.9 teraflops in supercomputer parlance.
Bagle-B clobbers weary Net users
Long-suffering Net users are finding their in-boxes clobbered again today with the appearance of yet another mass mailing worm.
Intel unveils 64-bit capable Xeon
IDF 2004Branding it one of the industry's "worst-kept secrets", Intel CEO Craig Barrett this morning revealed that 'Nocona', the first Xeon CPU fabbed at 90nm, will extend the 32-bit x86 ISA to 64-bit addressing.
Intel's Barrett hints at 64-bit compatibility glitches
IDFAt long last, Intel has done the deed and followed AMD with 64-bit extensions to its 32-bit processors. But how compatible will Intel's 64-bit Xeon be with AMD's Opteron?
Who sank Itanic?
AnalysisAs expected, Intel effectively sidelined its decade-long, multi-billion-dollar VLIW processor by announcing 64-bit extensions to its IA-32 processor family today.
IBM shows Itanic love with Power4 benchmark
Proving what a big Itanium backer it is, IBM released a new benchmark for its highest-end Power4+ server on the same day that Intel kicked off its developer conference.