27th > February > 2004 Archive
VMware’s virtual software gets ever more real
Some companies manage to become so intimately associated with the functionality that they supply that their brand almost becomes a verb, writes Bloor Research analyst Tony Lock.
MyDoom and Netsky cause chaos
MyDoom.F and Netsky.C have been sweeping across the Internet, deleting files, hijacking PCs and apparently attacking the Microsoft and the RIAA Web sites.
WebTV 911 ‘hacker’ charged with cyberterrorism
FBI agents arrested a Louisiana man last week under the cyberterrorism provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act for allegedly tricking a handful of MSN TV users into running a malicious email attachment that reprogrammed their set-top boxes to dial 9-1-1 emergency response.
IBM not guilty of knowingly poisoning workers
IBM has prevailed against allegations that it wilfully hid the risk of chemical poisoning from workers at one of its hard drive factories.
Memory makers hit by price-fixing claims
The DRAMurai - the world's leading memory makers - have been accused of running a price-fixing cartel
CeBIT promises Linksys 11g goodies
Gadget-hungry punters will not be disappointed to discover that Linksys will use CeBIT to unveil a range of 11g wireless routers to exploit the Broadcom 802.11g chip set.
DVD Forum ‘approves’ rewriteable HD-DVD spec
The guardians of the DVD specification have approved a rewriteable version of the standard that supports high definition images.
Wiltshire chucks £7m at broadband
One of the largest public-private sector partnerships in Wiltshire is helping to bring broadband to this rural county.
Spam villains: named and shamed
The US sends out more spam than the rest of the world put together according to inbox defenders at Sophos. Researchers at the anti-virus firm checked the origins of two days worth of spam, and compiled a list of the worst offenders.
German police drop iBook power rustling charge
A 23-year-old German arrested last year for plugging his laptop into a railway station power socket will not be prosecuted, the authorities this week confirmed.
IR591: the number of the beast
Controversial tax increases, nicknamed IR591, currently being drafted by chancellor Gordon Brown will leave IT contractors and owners of small firms who take income as dividends facing "huge" tax increases in this year's Budget.
Rosetta still earthbound
The launch of the comet-chasing Rosetta mission has been delayed again, this time to allow for repairs to the Ariane 5 rocket's thermal sheilding. Lift-off was cancelled after the mission team noticed an area of foam protecting the main fuel tank was missing during a final inspection.
Sendo launches 5x zoom camera phone
UK mobile phone maker Sendo unveiled its latest camera phone, the S600, this week.
Dell adds Bluetooth to Axim X3i Wi-Fi Pocket PC
Dell has quietly added Bluetooth to its Wi-Fi enabled Axim X3i Pocket PC.
Nvidia's phone chips as the camcorder, console killer
3GSMSometimes the product development goes by too fast for you to notice the revolutions as they pass, and Nvidia's announcement of the GoForce 3000 and 4000 chips earlier this week was a case in point. Yeah, PC class graphics coming to handheld platforms, substantial improvements in power dissipation, cool, but so what? Well, if Nvidia is right, there are numerous so whats, and numerous pretty serious consequences. Take, for example, what happens to the camcorder and games industries - there are plenty more, but that's enough for starters.
T-Mobile to offer ‘seamless’ 3G, Wi-Fi data service
Network operator T-Mobile has pledged to combine its Wi-Fi wireless LAN and 3G mobile phone services into a single high-speed data network.
BT in 118 500 price hike
BT is 'revising' charges for its 118 500 directory enquiries (DQ) service, although analysts claim it is an inflation-busting hike in the cost of looking up phone numbers.
DVD X Copy re-issued without ripper
DVD copying software developer 321 Studios has made good its pledge to offer 'ripper-free' versions of its DVD X Copy range of utilities.
US porn typosquatter banged up
A Florida man who directed children to pornographic websites by registering misspellings of domains likely to be popular with kids was imprisoned for two-and-a-half years yesterday.
Judge denies MS attempt to re-define ‘card’
A US District Court has agreed that the word 'card' means any 'flat, rectangular piece of stiff material', paving the way for intellectual property company E-Pass to pursue its claim that HP iPaqs running Microsoft software violate its patent for a "multi-function card".
Could DoCoMo be the saviour of MMO2?
AnalysisAs new speculation mounted over Vodafone's next move, following its failure to acquire AT&T Wireless, another takeover saga began with the rejection of a bid for the UK's MMO2 from the Netherlands' KPN.
Open source punch-up surrounds mobile Java upgrade
Sun is working with Motorola, Nokia, Siemens and Sony Ericsson on a certification program for mobile Java applications, designed to speed time to market and increase the reach of Java.
Government Gateway gets first local recruit
Residents of South Kent can now pay their council tax online, as Shepway District Council switched on its connection to the Government Gateway. The local authority, which this week announced the UK's biggest council tax increase this year, is the first in the UK to make its services available through the Gateway.
Server vendors cheer strong Q4
The worldwide server market surged in the fourth quarter with system sales from the low to high-end all increasing for the first time since 2001, according to researcher IDC.
El Reg hacks' linguistic shame
LettersThis week’s post bag yields your views on a wide range of mistakes we’ve made.
Counting the cost of cybergeddon
LetterEstimating the value of damage caused by viruses is a tricky business, as John Leyden pointed out in his article Q: What's the AV industry's definition of happy?.
F-inSecure mailing list spreads Netsky-B virus
Oh dear, oh dear. F-Secure's UK antivirus mailing list became the unwitting vector for the spread of Netsky-B worm this week after the AV vendor failed to stop an infected email from making it onto its security list.
EMC confirms low-end storage charge
EMC's CEO Joe Tucci has confirmed a joint EMC/Dell attack on the low-end of the SAN (storage area network) market.