12th > November > 2004 Archive

Dell booms in record Q3

Dell's third quarter earnings results proved duller than its products. The company produced record revenues yet again.
Ashlee Vance, 12 Nov 2004

Intel dauphin Otellini becomes king

Intel's board has given the go ahead for the long anticipated shift in power from current CEO Craig Barrett to current President Paul Otellini Come May 18, Otellini will take over the chipmaker and become its fifth ever CEO. He'll be the first Intel chief not to have a background in engineering. Otellini arrives as a marketing expert instead. God help us all.
Ashlee Vance, 12 Nov 2004

The case of the incredible, disappearing website

An online art news site, operated by a poacher-turned-gamekeeper in the illicit art trade, has been disappeared from the web, following a court injunction issued by a state court in Ohio.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Nov 2004

Nice article, a*sholes...oh, wait...

FoTWFoTW has now become completely automated. They flame us about stuff they think we might write, but haven't...
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Nov 2004

The great blue vs. red state debate

LettersRight - it's Friday, and we promised you a dissection and statistical analysis of your responses to the flame-bait that was the New Democrat Outreach Program's Reach out and Sneer piece.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Nov 2004

Fast24 completes MBO

Suffolk-based ISP Fast24 Ltd has split from its parent company following a management buy-out. Financial details concerning the MBO were not disclosed.
Tim Richardson, 12 Nov 2004

Micron employees fixed DRAM prices

Micron has effectively admitted that it has in the past engaged in schemes to control the price of memory chips.
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2004

Chinese Government nets 'Internet Villain' gong

The Chinese Government has romped home to scoop Future Publishing's first ever "Internet Villain" award for its hard line against the online world. With its crackdown on online porn, political censorship and its decision to close thousands of internet cafes, authorities in China have managed to beat some of the net's nastiest people to win the award.
Tim Richardson, 12 Nov 2004

Defendant: Microsoft source code sale was a setup

A 27-year-old Connecticut man facing felony economic espionage charges for allegedly selling a copy of Microsoft's leaked source code for $20 says he's being singled out only because the software giant and law enforcement officials can't find the people who stole the code in the first place.
Kevin Poulsen, 12 Nov 2004
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Dell 'to add' AMD CPUs to product line - CEO

Getting a little chilly down there, Satan? Yes, infernal ice-skating may soon become possible, following Dell CEO Kevin Rollins' admission that the computer giant is close to signing up AMD as a processor supplier.
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2004

Belgians moot computer licensing

Two Belgian politicians are pushing for a system of compulsory computer licenses to be introduced in Belgium, expat website Expatica reports. Socialist Valerie Deom and State Minister Philippe Monfils of the centre right Mouvement Reformateur party believe that by introducing computer licenses they can combat illegal copying of files.
Jan Libbenga, 12 Nov 2004

Q: What does risk mean to you?

All businesses face risk of some sort. Traditionally, the risks facing organisations have tended to range from incidents such as a fire in a building or production line, or environmental factors, such as damage sustained by flooding or storms. In past years, such physical risks made up nearly 100 per cent of the major risks faced by business.
Fran Howarth, 12 Nov 2004

Microsoft's Google-killer arrives with a 'whuh?'

Google's executives might be sleeping a little easier this weekend after Microsoft unveiled its much-hyped new search engine. It's fast, slick, and comes with a raft of interesting new features: confounding some expectations as surely as it confirms others. In short, Microsoft has produced a search engine that's better in almost every way than Google, except for one: its search results are terrible. But let's start with the good stuff.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Nov 2004
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Hynix, Micron neck-and-neck in Q3

Having fallen behind South Korea's Hynix in Q2, US memory maker Micron managed to draw level with its rival during Q3 despite an almost negligible increase in overall DRAM sales.
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2004

Brace yourselves for Xmas spam surge

PC users are being told to stay alert in the run up to Christmas, as research shows cyber-crime is increasing and getting 'smarter'.
Startups.co.uk, 12 Nov 2004

Dating website dumps serial shagger

A web dating agency has dumped a 55-year-old male subscriber after he indulged in a five-year debauch which resulted in 100 notches on his bedpost, UK tabloid the Daily Mirror reports.
Lester Haines, 12 Nov 2004

Trojan targets UK online bank accounts

Virus writers have created a new Trojan horse capable of helping crooks to break into the accounts of British internet banking customers.
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2004

Sony Ericsson V800 3G handset

ReviewVodafone's launch of its 3G service is good news for the UK 3G scene. No longer does 3 have to carry the lantern. But aside from the parties, aside from the huge amount of cash spent on the launch - not to mention getting the licence in the first place - is it any good and, more to the point, will consumers actually find it improves their telephone lifestyle? asks Stuart Miles.
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2004

Vodafone leads charge in 3G offensive

AnalysisAfter the phoney war of the operators’ launch of 3G data cards in Europe, the real battle commences for the mass 3G market, with Vodafone leading the charge. The company went live with its phone service in its native UK and 12 other countries this week, with CEO Arun Sarin saying this was "payback time" for the £7bn invested in licenses and build-out in the UK alone. He is right, but it is highly uncertain that such payback will be forthcoming. As devices and applications mature, 3G will have large measures of success in terms of uptake, but the wireless goalposts have shifted so far since the 3G auctions of the turn of the century, that it is unlikely the operators will ever be able to generate the ARPU and profits incorporated in their original business plans.
Wireless Watch, 12 Nov 2004

WISPs blaze trail for WiMAX

AnalysisThe WiMAX community has been awash for some time with optimistic predictions about the technology's prospects in the WISP world. A quarter of US wireless ISPs will migrate to WiMAX in 2005-6 and a further 25 per cent in 2007-8, according to ABI. Broadband is now offered by 92 per cent of rural service providers, with 22 per cent of them using at least some wireless, usually in unlicensed bands. Now, as equipment testing and availability draws closer, some of these WISPs are making their move.
Wireless Watch, 12 Nov 2004

Giving voice to the mobile workforce

When your seven year old daughter asks: "Why is Grandma's phone attached to a piece of wire? Is so she doesn't lose it?", it draws your attention to the to the fact that there is a whole generation who won't need to make the transition from wired to wireless - wireless is all they will ever have known.
Dale Vile, 12 Nov 2004

Say hello to the 'time bomb' exploit

Prepare yourself for "time bomb" exploits that attack web-based systems at a pre-determined time.
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2004

NASA scramjet goes for Mach 10 burn

NASA's X-43A scramjet will on Monday undergo its third test flight during which scientists will attempt to push the vehicle to Mach 10. The X-43A is an air-breathing supersonic ramjet, which ducts air directly from the atmosphere, mixing it with hydrogen before combustion. The forward speed of the vehicle provides compression, thereby eliminating the need for conventional jet engine turbines. The speed of the airflow through the engine remains supersonic throughout.
Lester Haines, 12 Nov 2004

Mars Express sends postcard from Phobos

Photographs taken by ESA's Mars Express spacecraft show the surface of Mars moon Phobos in greater detail than ever before. The images offer for the first time an unblurred continuous view of the moon's surface at the highest resolution.
Robin Lettice, 12 Nov 2004

Anti-virus outfit defends job for VXer

Czech company Zoner Software has explained why it employed a prominent former virus writer to develop anti-virus software on its behalf. The firm - whose main business is graphics and multimedia - hired Benny, one-time member of the 29A virus writing group, to develop security software to protect servers run by Zoner's Internet division.
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2004

Sun's Linux wins right to be considered in Japan

Sun Microsystems has opened a second front for its Linux-based desktop operating system in Asia with a Japanese win of sorts. Sun's Java Desktop System has been picked as one open source OS of preference during a competition held by the Information-technology Promotion Agency in Japan (IPA). This clears the way for Sun's software to be picked as an open source alternative to Microsoft's Windows at Japanese schools. Sun last year enjoyed a much bigger and more concrete win in China when the government selected the Java Desktop System for at least 500,000 desktops.
Ashlee Vance, 12 Nov 2004

Florida e-vote conspiracy theories grow

There's been a good deal of Internet chatter about the possibility that the Florida vote was rigged, although optical scan machines, not touch-screen systems, are suspected. A pair of charts provided by Kathy Dopp breaks down the county vote in relation to registration rolls.
Thomas C Greene, 12 Nov 2004

Dell, AMD make Friday bull run

Shares of Dell and AMD scrambled higher Friday with investors patting Dell on the back for a solid quarter and others buying into speculation that AMD will swallow large gobs of Intel's server processor market share in the months to come.
Ashlee Vance, 12 Nov 2004

That's enough peace - Novell sues MS just one more time

This week Microsoft's lead counsel stressed that the company's antitrust woes were receding into ancient history, as he tried to bounce the EU into dropping its sanctions against the company. But like the Whack A Mole game, another antitrust suit has popped up today.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Nov 2004

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