17th > September > 2004 Archive
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is to spend £4m in encouraging more women to pursue careers in science and technology. It says the UK economy is losing out because women with science qualifications too often leave the field.
Mike O'Brien - the new part-time ecommerce minister who replaced Stephen Timms in last week's mini Government reshuffle - has a tough job on his hands. His main role will be as Energy Minister formulating the UK's strategy at a time of rising oil prices and increased fears over global warming.
Paradise Computers has filed for insolvency, following a dispute with HP over grey broking. Telephone calls to the computer dealer's London office are met with hold music. The Birmingham office has an answerphone which no-one appears to be answering.
Politicians, police and representatives from business are gathering in Strasburg this week to push forward international efforts to combat cybercime.
German police have arrested a 46 year-old lawyer who, along with two brothers from Thüringen, offered illegal software, games and movies through the high speed download service Ftpwelt.com for over a year. Details will be revealed during a press conference today.
Review Our previous article on the security disappointments of SP2 drew considerable criticism because we cited very poor service to the security needs of home users, although we tested it on XP Pro. In fairness, we felt it reasonable to repeat the procedure on XP Home, and note any differences.
Stelios Haji-Ioannou's upcoming easyMusic digital download service will be delivered by UK online music pioneer Wippit, the two companies announced today.
Mini-hard drive maker Cornice has hit back against rival manufacturer Western Digital's allegations that the company violated WD patents with a lawsuit of its own.
Letters This week we've seen some serious debate about the freedom of information act. We ran a this story outlining the concerns the Federation of Small Business have about the impact the act will have on its members. As can sometimes happen some of you felt there was more to the story than the FSB suggested:
Astronomers in the UK have launched an observation project on a global network of telescopes that will be controlled by intelligent software, rather than human intervention.
ATI will launch its first Athlon 64-oriented chipset later this month, a company official has revealed, and become the first company to formally announce PCI Express support for the processor.
AMD this week added a 3000+ rated processor to its 32-bit Sempron desktop chip line-up.
IT security giant Symantec yesterday announced an agreement to acquire security consultancy @stake for an undisclosed amount. Symantec said the deal, expected to close in October, will allow it to expand its existing security services and consultancy businesses.
Iomega will next week ship a pair of wireless-enabled Network-Attached Storage (NAS) units pitched at homes and small offices, the company said yesterday.
EDS (Electronic Data Systems) warned yesterday that its third quarter earnings would take a significant hit from US Airways' Chapter 11 filing on Sunday. The company slashed its forecast by almost a third following the news.
Sony is believed to be preparing a more compact version of its PlayStation 2 console intended to give the platform mid-life boost in much the same way it did with the original PlayStation.
Mandrakesoft shareholders have given the company the green light for a stock sale that will raise up to $7.3m. A vote on Monday approved the sale of up to a million shares at €6, or $7.31, per share.
Not only is the CD format alive and well, but it's emerging from the "online" revolution looking healthier than ever. 92 per cent of DRM-store downloaders surveyed by Entertainment Media Research prefer the plastic platters to their MP3 downloads, Revolution magazine reports.
Eleven people from across the US were indicted on Wednesday over alleged software piracy offences following the largest seizure of counterfeit Microsoft software to date.
Episode 31 BOFH 2004
Mobile phone networks have been warned not to harm their future revenues with data tariffs designed to give the ailing WLAN hotpot business a death blow.
Review It's been pretty lean pickings of late for laptop owners and technophobes interested in watching television on their PC. Whether you're unwilling to open up your PC, or a laptop owner who didn't have that option, you were forced to purchase an external PC TV card. And these - to be quite honest - have tended to be rather naff, writes Gordon Kelly.
Letters More letters! Mostly about the very bizarre, we thought, notion of using your nose to control a mouse pointer. Seems you lot think this is a fine idea.
ATI has re-invented AGP, or at least a key feature of that mid-1990s bus standard, for the PCI Express era.
Analysis: A program to encourage members of the public to become "bounty hunters" tracking down email spammers received the luke warm backing of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday. In as far as it wants to do anything (and we think it'd rather do nothing), the FTC wants to create an elaborate spammer supergrass scheme with payouts of up to $250,000. Any alternative, such as relying on anti-spam activists for information, gets short shrift.
"Don't ever turn down pleasure because you were afraid of what other people might say," writes Belle de Jour on her blog.
The former chief executive officer of networking firm Enterasys this week pleaded guilty to fraud over an illegal scheme to talk up the firm's share price three years ago.