25th > May > 2004 Archive

Novell yawns its way to modest Q2

A lackluster second quarter inspired some lackluster comments from Novell management today.
Ashlee Vance, 25 May 2004

Iomega dresses up NAS device

Iomega has put a bit of style back in network attached storage with a new low-end system that can hold a whopping 480GB of data.
Ashlee Vance, 25 May 2004

More UK train firms commit to on-board Wi-Fi

UK Wi-Fi provider Broadreach has said it will bring on-the-move wireless Internet access to three more UK train operators.
Tony Smith, 25 May 2004

UMC ramps 90nm process to volume output

UMC is entering into volume production using its 90nm process, having been qualified to do so by the likes of Texas Instruments and Xilinx, the Taiwanese chip foundry said yesterday.
Tony Smith, 25 May 2004

Sony, Nintendo pick March '05 for Euro console launch

Both Sony and Nintendo have marked the week ending 18 March 2005 on their corporate calendars as the European launch date of the PlayStation Portable and the DS, UK games trade paper MCV has claimed.
Tony Smith, 25 May 2004

Lloyds mulls offshoring deal with IBM

High street bank Lloyds TSB is considering an offshoring agreement with IBM that could see as many as 10,000 UK jobs go overseas. The deal could be worth as much as £1bn over ten years.
John Oates, 25 May 2004

Vodafone shares dip on results

Vodafone shares suffered this morning as the City reacted to the mobile giant's results for the year ended 31 March 2004. Despite a reasonable set of numbers and the launch of a share buy-back scheme to increase control of its Japanese subsidiary, traders were unconvinced.
John Oates, 25 May 2004

Broadband phone service dials up in the UK

The UK's telephony industry faces even more competition today following the launch of a new Internet-based voice service that promises free and cheap phone calls.
Tim Richardson, 25 May 2004

Toys'R'Us spits dummy at Amazon exclusivity deal

Toys'R'Us is taking Amazon.com to court, claiming the bookseller violated its exclusive right to sell toys on the Amazon.com site. Toys'R'Us is seeking either damages to be determined at the trial, or the cancellation of the agreement and the return of the $200m it says it has paid in exclusivity fees.
Lucy Sherriff, 25 May 2004

Cisco unveils monster router

Cisco yesterday took the wraps off its fastest router to date. The Cisco Carrier Routing System Cisco CRS-1 is designed to be a cornerstone for telcos to roll out next generation data, voice and video services over converged IP networks. Cisco reckons carriers who upgrade their core networks with the technology won't need to upgrade again for up to ten years.
John Leyden, 25 May 2004

Vodafone penetrates Italian 3G market

Vodafone and Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) are gearing themselves up for launching 3G services in Italy this week. They will increase competition for Hutchison which launched third generation phones in Italy in March 2003
John Oates, 25 May 2004

NTL bundles new ADSL products

NTL is to launch two new ADSL products later this Summer, both of which are bundled with a phone service from the cableco. Documents seen by The Register confirm that the cable company is to move beyond its cable network to provide ADSL broadband to punters outside its franchise areas.
Tim Richardson, 25 May 2004

PIII is a Ferrari, says Intel

It was five years ago today...For we Reg hacks who now file our copy from a sun-kissed patio while sipping a piña colada - thanks to Intel's Centrino and the wireless LAN - the thought of dial-up Internet access is now little more than a slighty disturbing, distant memory.
Team Register, 25 May 2004

Two thirds of emails now spam: official

Spam hotspots are emerging as the global levels of junk mail worldwide continue to increase. More than two thirds (67.6 per cent) of the 840m emails scanned by filtering firm MessageLabs last month was identified as spam. MessageLabs figures also indicate significant regional variations and spam "hot spots", despite attempts to deter spammers through legislation.
John Leyden, 25 May 2004

UK Sage house sold

US systems integrator CIBER has bought Sage-specialist Ascent Technology Ltd. for £23m ($40m). The deal is expected to contribute to CIBER's bottom line both this year and next. CIBER turns over about $850m a year and employs 7,000 people in ten countries.
John Oates, 25 May 2004

Free software guru speaks on patents

Speaking in London last week, Richard Stallman, founder of GNU, argued passionately against the legalisation of what he calls "software idea patents". The core of Stallman's argument is that if companies are allowed to patent software ideas, big business will ride roughshod over the smaller players, and the free software movement will be effectively strangled.
Lucy Sherriff, 25 May 2004

Public sector urged to think Microsoft

Microsoft has upped the ante in its pursuit of public-service contracts by launching an online marketplace, as the company counters the open source threat. Governments across Europe will be able to select technology vendors specialising in public sector development projects, following an announcement by Microsoft on Monday.
ElectricNews.net, 25 May 2004

Should XP pirates get SP2?

If Microsoft denies Windows XP pirates access to its SP2 upgrade, the result would hurt the Internet to protect Microsoft's bottom line. Try this analogy: suppose a car thief drove to the dealership and insisted that they perform brake repairs required by a recall notice, for free, on the stolen car.
Mark Rasch, 25 May 2004

Did Rumsfeld ban Iraq camera phones?

Did Donald Rumsfeld ban camera phones for soldiers in Iraq? The story has appeared on the wires, and says he did. But while there are doubts about whether the story is true, there should be bigger doubts about whether it is even possible. The abiding image of censorship of letters from the Great War of 1914-1918 is of petty bureaucrats cutting holes in innocent missives sent from the front line. One assumes that something similar happens to troops today. It seems, one might be wrong in that assumption.
Guy Kewney, 25 May 2004

Wi-Fi yak farmers liberated by Net

Yak farmers in Nepal are using wireless Internet access to keep in touch with their families, thanks to the successful completion of a seven-year international campaign.
John Oates, 25 May 2004

RIAA targets 493 more unnamed file-sharers

The Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) has issued a further 493 lawsuits against alleged music file-sharers bring the total number of individuals it has sued to almost 3000.
Tony Smith, 25 May 2004

IBM gives SAN File System a second try

After enduring a flop of massive proportions, IBM customers will be pleased to know that a second version of the SAN File System, due out next month, will actually approach the grandiose promises once planned for version one of the software.
Ashlee Vance, 25 May 2004
Cat 5 cable

Hitachi production ramp-up = cheaper storage

News this week that Hitachi is going to double its production of high-capacity disk drives gives us a hint at the production volumes involved in the forthcoming war over disk-based music systems like the Apple iPod.
Faultline, 25 May 2004

Deutsche Telekom acquires US mobile networks

Deutsche Telekom plans to splash out $2.5bn (£1.4bn) to acquire mobile phone networks in California and Nevada. The networks in question were jointly own by T-Mobile USA and the US mobile communications company, Cingular Wireless, following a deal back in 2001.
Tim Richardson, 25 May 2004

Comcast hands MS five million viewers

Comcast and Microsoft this week announced an agreement that extends their existing relationship and gives Comcast the ability to make available Microsoft TV Foundation Edition 1.7 software to up to five million customers, with the option to expand the roll-out at a later date.
Faultline, 25 May 2004
Cat 5 cable

Drive makers ready 5x DVD-RAM burners

The RAM Promotion Group (RAMPRG), the organisation behind the DVD-RAM specification, today lauded 5x recording speed drives from Hitachi-LG Data Storage and Panasonic as a sign that the technology is going places.
Team Register, 25 May 2004

Eurofighter at risk of 'catastrophic failure'

Problems with the computer systems on board the Eurofighter jet, signed into service with the RAF less than two weeks ago, could cause a "catastrophic" failure in flight, according to a confidential Ministry of Defence report leaked to former BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan.
Lucy Sherriff, 25 May 2004

US plans $10bn computer dragnet

The US is planning to build the most sophisticated computer-tracking system ever devised in order to keep tabs on foreigners entering the country. The project will also allow authorities to confirm that visitors deemed suspicious adhere to stated travel plans and leave the States before their visa expires.
John Leyden, 25 May 2004

Sun sends European server team packing

Sun Microsystems has chopped close to 200 jobs in the UK and Ireland as the axe swinging continues at the company.
Ashlee Vance, 25 May 2004

MS UK 0wn3d by hackers. Again

D'oh. Microsoft's UK website was defaced early this morning by previously unknown hackers called the OutLaw Group.
John Leyden, 25 May 2004

US military depleted by online outings

Don't ask, don't tell and by all means don't post. That's the message being delivered this week to gay service men and women after a rash of online outings have much needed military personnel facing discharges.
Ashlee Vance, 25 May 2004
Space invader

Area 51 hackers dig up trouble

To the Area 51 buffs who journey to the Nevada desert in the hopes of catching a glimpse of unexplained lights in the sky or to bask in the mythic allure of the region, 58-year-old Chuck Clark is almost as much a part of the local color as the Black Mailbox.
Kevin Poulsen, 25 May 2004

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