7th > May > 2004 Archive

Anti-spam laws baffle UK.biz

Businesses are in the dark over anti-spam laws, with 83 per cent ignorant of legislation aimed at stopping junk emails, a new survey has revealed. The research, conducted by software firm Clearswift, found that although just 16 per cent of businesses were aware of laws against spam, a massive 92 per cent felt current rules were not tough enough to stop unwanted emails.
Startups.co.uk, 07 May 2004

Flarion's Tokyo wireless adventure

Nobody who has seen the sales pitch for Flarion's Flash (Fast Low-latency Access with Seamless Handoff) -OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) wireless system has failed to be impressed by "what if?" this technology were available. Faster than 3G and covering more users at the same time, with far lower network latency - if we had this, there wouldn't be all the discussion about Wi-Fi phones. But the technology looked to be illegal.
Guy Kewney, 07 May 2004

Iraq 'abuse' contractors go on the offensive

Defense contractor CACI International went on the offensive on Wednesday as it sought to contain the fallout from the alleged involvement of some of its staff in the abuse of prisoners in Iraq. CACI and Titan, another contractor named in accusations, risk becoming an easy target for the US Government as it looks to find someone to blame.
Datamonitor, 07 May 2004

Intel to 'ditch' Pentium 4 core after Prescott

Intel will today tear its Pentium 4 and Xeon roadmaps to shreds and announce the cancellation of its 'Tejas' and 'Jayhawk' processors and their successors.
Tony Smith, 07 May 2004

UK call centres 'unbeatable'

Companies need to think hard and long before shunting call centre jobs overseas, according to a report commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Instead of just focusing on the potential cost savings of shifting call centre operations overseas, businesses also need to balance this against the quality and skills of UK workers.
Tim Richardson, 07 May 2004

VIA ups AMD chipset FSB to 1GHz

VIA this week launched its latest chipset for AMD processors, upgrading its current K8T800 product to support a 1GHz HyperTransport-based frontside bus speed.
Tony Smith, 07 May 2004
Cat 5 cable

AMD slashes Opteron prices

AMD yesterday quietly reduced the prices across its 64-bit Opteron range, cutting what it charges for its workstation and server-oriented CPUs by up to 43 per cent.
Tony Smith, 07 May 2004

Major labels 'force 70% price hike' on Apple

The world's five biggest music labels have successfully forced Apple to increase the prices it charges for songs on the online iTunes Music Store.
Tony Smith, 07 May 2004

Sasser ups cost of Windows - Gartner

Gartner is advising its customers to budget for extra security spending on Windows desktops in the wake of the raft of problems caused by the Sasser worm this week.
John Leyden, 07 May 2004

MI5 does not assassinate: official

The news earlier this week that UK intelligence agency MI5 had launched a new all-singing, all-dancing website must have caused a few ruffled feathers down at rival spook outfit MI6.
Lester Haines, 07 May 2004

Hotmail spam plan grand slam

LettersWithout a doubt, spam is one of the most emotive issues we cover. A blight upon us all, and a right pain in the, umm, neck. So when Microsoft said it was going to allow some 'approved' commercial email to get through to its hotmail users, we wondered what it could possibly be thinking. Turns out, you were wondering too. Some of you thought we were a bit gentle with them:
Lucy Sherriff, 07 May 2004

Terra Lycos attracts more paying punters

Spanish Internet outfit Terra Lycos has managed to increase the number of paying punters over the last year helping to lift revenues. By the end of March the firm, which boasts a strong presence in Spain and Latin America, had 5.3m paying punters for its Net access, communications and portal services - up 62 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Tim Richardson, 07 May 2004

Blunkett risks ID card battle with EU

The total cost of the UK's ID card scheme is likely to be considerably in excess of the Home Office's £3.1bn, it became clear from evidence given by Home Secretary David Blunkett to the Home Affairs Committee earlier this week. Considerable expenditure outside of the core of the scheme will be effectively "laundered" via other government departments and private sector organisations, which is somewhat ironic considering that one of the things the scheme is supposed to do is tackle, er, money laundering.
John Lettice, 07 May 2004

PalmOne shares soar on Dell purchase rumour

PalmOne's shares jumped 12.5 per cent yesterday to $18.21 on the back of rumours that the company has become a Dell acquisition target.
Tony Smith, 07 May 2004

Novell debuts open source toolkit for .NET

Novell yesterday took the wraps off a test version of Mono, an open source development platform that allows the creation of .NET applications that can run on Linux and Unix as well as Windows machines.
John Leyden, 07 May 2004

Cry to beat iris scanners

An MP who volunteered to take part in the UK ID card trials says the iris scanner used is uncomfortable and made his eyes water.
Lucy Sherriff, 07 May 2004

German 'old tart' emailer fined

A German pensioner has been fined €100 (£67) after calling his ex-partner "an old tart" in an email.
Tim Richardson, 07 May 2004

Airbus behemoth faces the press

This afternoon sees the inauguration of the Airbus 380 assembly plant in Toulouse, France, attended by no less than French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and 3000 staff and luminaries.
Lester Haines, 07 May 2004

Stalkers target victims with email

There are fears that stalkers are increasingly using email and the Internet to prey on their victims, according to a report out today by Chubb Insurance.
Tim Richardson, 07 May 2004

UK.biz gets tough on IT suppliers

Businesses are getting better at buying technology, driving harder deals with suppliers and investing more cleverly, according to a study of the UK's financial services sector. Offshoring is also becoming more important, as managers look for ways to improve their margins and cut costs.
Lucy Sherriff, 07 May 2004

Big names line up for major UK ID debate - but will Blunkett?

Should he or shouldn't he? Pugnacious UK Home Secretary David Blunkett must currently be puzzling over whether or not to attend the first major public meeting on his ID card scheme. Naturally, having isolated the crazed libertarians and captured the hearts and mind of the British public he would not want to give credence to the views of the crazed libertarians. But on the other hand, the meeting seems already to have quite a goodly contingent of people you might call concerned members of the establishment, or representatives of key bodies and groups, signed up. Those who've been invited, but haven't yet confirmed, could be said to be starting to look a little isolated.
John Lettice, 07 May 2004

1.67m Brits download films illegally

Illegal UK downloads of films and TV via the Internet have tripled over the past year, the British Video Association (BVA) estimates. This apparently cost the UK video business £45m in DVD sales alone during 2003. 1.67m miscreants indulged in the practice last year, compared to 570,000 in 2002.
Lester Haines, 07 May 2004

Boffins slow neutrons to 15mph

Boffins at CalTech have found a way of getting free neutrons to slow down to just 15 miles per hour. That is practically stationary, considering they generally zip around at decent fractions of the speed of light.
Lucy Sherriff, 07 May 2004

Mystery of MS's missing AV software

Microsoft's plans to improve the security of Windows through the purchase of an anti-virus company almost a year ago appear to be stuck in limbo. The software giant entered the AV market with the surprise acquisition of little known Romanian AV firm GeCAD Software for an undisclosed sum in June last year.
John Leyden, 07 May 2004
Broken CD with wrench

Sun must replace hot air with firm chip detail - Gartner

There is a pretty big gap in Sun Microsystems' processor roadmap, and analyst firm Gartner has called on Sun to produce some filling.
Ashlee Vance, 07 May 2004

Apple: iTunes prices not rising

Apple has denied claims that it is putting up prices on its music download service, the iTunes Music Store.
Tony Smith, 07 May 2004

Bank bails out of SCO

The Royal Bank of Canada, one of two major investors in The SCO Group's litigation against Linux distributors and customers, has discarded its A-1 stock in the company to the other major investor, BayStar Capital. The bank has converted a third of its Series A-1 stock into common stock, and sold the rest, 20,000 shares, to BayStar.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 May 2004
DVD it in many colours

Intel says Adios to Tejas and Jayhawk chips

Intel has fessed up to the cancellation of two processors, saying single core chips just don't do it for the company anymore.
Ashlee Vance, 07 May 2004

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