29th > April > 2004 Archive

Microsoft irks ISVs with XP SP2 delay

Microsoft has delayed the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2 until late summer, and the software might not be officially released until the Fall. The delay has major implications for OEMs and third party software developers, who because of underlying security changes in the code, have been warned to test their software for compatibility.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2004

Sweetener Quattrone gets Google IPO sweetener

While you may have cheered on Google Inc. for many years, the chances of you being rewarded in its anticipated IPO are very slim indeed. Although the company has been urged to experiment with a more "democratic" mechanism of share placement, some things never change.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2004

Wanadoo UK racks up 192k broadband punters

Wanadoo UK (formerly Le Freeswerve) added 34,000 new ADSL punters in the first three months of the year, increasing the total number of broadband customers to 192,000.
Tim Richardson, 29 Apr 2004

Roadtesting the wireless home

ReviewI heard a funny story a couple of months ago. A colleague of mine went to a presentation about a new piece of automation kit that enabled the remote control of various pieces of household equipment. "What's really great," enthused the presenter, "is that you can turn off the kitchen light when you are upstairs!" My friend couldn't resist the opportunity to ask the obvious, yet all-too-infrequent question. "Excuse me," he said. "Why exactly would anyone want to do that?" In the pause that followed, it became obvious that the presenter had not rehearsed an answer. What also became obvious was, if he needed to rehearse an answer, he already had a problem.
Jon Collins, 29 Apr 2004

Hackers? What about rising damp?

Infosecurity Europe 2004A water leak or a failure in temperature control are just as likely to cause computer downtime as malicious attackers. But such so-called environmental issues are neglected until disaster strikes.
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2004

Parking your car the wireless way

For those drivers who find parking enough of a drag without having to schlep to the ticket machine in the rain, wireless technology can now take some of the pain out of the process.
Rob Bamforth, 29 Apr 2004

StarOffice: ready for the big time?

StarOffice is already very popular and has become something of a standard on Linux PCs often in the guise of OpenOffice, its open source brother. Sun acquired Star Division GmbH five years ago, with the clear intention of competing directly with Microsoft. It has taken time for Sun to establish a competitive position, though. StarOffice never got strong reviews until version 6, which debuted in early 2002. It is just now in version 7, which is attracting even more attention because of the quality of the release.
Robin Bloor, 29 Apr 2004

Orange hits 50m subscriber mark

Orange now has more than 50m customers, reaching this milestone in a "strong first quarter".
Drew Cullen, 29 Apr 2004

Maths boffins topple Certicom crypto

What do you get if you cross 109-bit elliptical curve cryptography with a very determined mathematician? If you have 2600 computers and 17 months and few more maths wizards to throw into the mix, you get a cracked key.
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Apr 2004

UK police arrest copycat phisher

A 21-year-old has been arrested on suspicion on running a phishing scam from his home in Lancashire. The unnamed man allegedly tried to trick users into revealed their bank account details by setting up a fake website, promoted through spam emails.
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2004

Ex-Dixons staff 'kicked in the teeth'

There's growing anger among former Dixons workers in a giant Sheffield call centre, following news that Capita is to axe jobs - just weeks after the IT services company took over the running of the site.
Tim Richardson, 29 Apr 2004

US develops motorised robobollard

The lizard people are certainly rubbing their scaly claws together with glee today at the news that the US is developing motorised, computer-controlled robobollards.
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2004

AOL UK to offer cut-price broadband

AOL UK is to follow the lead of Tiscali UK, BT, Wanadoo UK and a host of other ISPs to offer its punters an entry-level broadband service.
Tim Richardson, 29 Apr 2004

Brit faces Oz extradition over PC store murder

A 42-year-old British man suspected of having murdered a work colleague from Extreme PC in Milton Keynes is to be extradited to the UK from Australia, the Herald Sun reports.
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2004

Monster.com eyes China

InterviewMonster.com, the US jobs site plans to expand its operations in China to cope with growing demand for online job listings, founder Jeff Taylor says.
Jan Libbenga, 29 Apr 2004

Buy pornography, fight psoriasis

For those of you looking for a rock-solid excuse to stock up on some top-quality pornography, try this from one Mathieu Guitard.
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2004

Brussels tables data retention law

The European Council has quietly proposed pan-European data retention laws that will require communications service providers to keep user data for a minimum of a year, and possibly indefinitely.
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Apr 2004

Captain Cyborg is back: official

Captain Cyborg is back. That, at least is according to The Guardian's Bad Science section, which notes that the Independent wrote a piece last week citing Kev's latest eye-opener, viz. "watching Richard and Judy on television for half an hour was the best thing to improve IQ test performance, and that reading a book was bad for you".
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2004

BT and Microsoft target small.biz

BT has hopped into bed and under the duvet with Microsoft to offer small businesses access to broadband and all sorts of saucy trimmings.
Tim Richardson, 29 Apr 2004

Give us back our trigger numbers!

LettersThe news that BT is scrapping its pre-registration scheme and is getting on with the business of unbundling the broadband stuff has not met with glowing praise from all quarters. A few of you have written in to complain that the rug has been pulled from under your feet somewhat.
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Apr 2004

Brits welcome Luvania to EU

Almost one in ten Brits thinks that a country called Luvania will be joining the EU this weekend, according to a survey carried out by telecoms outfit One.Tel.
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2004

Marimba makes its way to BMC for $239m

In much need of a bigger home, software-maker Marimba has made its way into the hands of BMC Software in an acquisition valued at $239m.
Ashlee Vance, 29 Apr 2004

Time Warner sprints ahead, AOL crawls

Time Warner's cable, film and TV network businesses contributed to an $900m increase in quarterly revenues, while turnover at AOL was flat. In its first quarter to the end of March, the media conglomerate had revenues of $10.1bn, up from $9.2bn for the same quarter of 2003. The company had net income of $961m, or $0.20 per share, more than double the $396m it earned in the same quarter last year, when it had EPS of $0.09. This quarter's earnings blew past analysts' per share expectation of $0.09.
ElectricNews.net, 29 Apr 2004

Google files Coca Cola jingle with SEC

Google Inc. has filed an application to issue stock to the public with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, today. In a typically idiosyncratic break with tradition, the S1 application starts with a plea from the company fathers to make the world a better place.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2004

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