17th > November > 2004 Archive
HP redeems pride with strong Q4
HP delivered a solid fourth quarter when it needed it most, posting gains in all of its major businesses and reversing the effects of ordering system problems that plagued it one quarter earlier.
MPAA wants parents, teachers to rat on their kids
Conservatives often accuse Hollywood of failing to pay heed to 'family values', but the Motion Picture Ass. of America's latest initiative is designed to split families right down the middle. The MPAA hopes that new software will encourage parents to turn their children over to the authorities as file-sharing felons.
Arafat worm exploits new MS vuln
A worm which exploits curiosity about the death of Yasser Arafat is the first to exploit the known Extended MetaFiles vulnerability.
Online Xmas shopping puts business 'at risk'
Almost a quarter of us are planning to do our Christmas shopping from our desks at work, according to a survey released yesterday. More 18-29 year-olds – 28 per per cent – will turn to their office net access to get their presents bought in time.
China's IT: an inside outsider's view
LetterWe had a letter from a man identifying himself only as Dr. John who teaches at a University in China. What he had to say about the Eastern technology revolution is something of an eye opener:
UK data protection laws are 'chaotic'
The Government has acknowledged that much work needs to be done to improve UK data protection laws, according to a new report.
Pulp Fiction writer sues Microsoft over virtual yoga
Despite its best efforts to settle legal action it seems Microsoft just can't stay out of court. Roger Avary, who won an Oscar for writing Pulp Fiction with Quentin Tarantino, is suing the software giant alleging it stole his idea for a yoga game.
Iomart posts maiden profit
Iomart - the Glasgow-based security and web services outfit - has notched up its maiden profit.
Don't hit the computer, it won't change channels!
"Technology-related anger" is increasing, at least according to a Master's thesis by German sociologist Dr. Marleen Brinks at the Fernuniversität Hagen. People yell at scanner cash registers or vent their frustration at their PCs.
Trigger-happy surfers pop a cap in Bambi's ass
Texas wildlife officials are up in arms over a plan to offer live hunting of real animals via the internet, Reuters reports. John Underwood's live-shot.com already gives virtual sharpshooters the chance to pop .22 rounds at paper targets, but he reckons that having a crack at the real thing could prove a real blast for trigger-happy surfers.
Computers make you blind: official
We all know that prolonged computer use can cause RSI, back trouble, high blood pressure and steam to vent from both ears, but it appears that's the least of our worries, because we'll soon all be blind and that will be an end to it.
PeopleSoft battle enters last lap
The battle for the heart and soul of PeopleSoft is going down to the wire, with major shareholders split as to what the company should do. Oracle has offered $24 per share for the firm - but its offer expires on Friday.
Chinese 3G may follow Europe
Chinese mobile companies are moving away from the homegrown standard for next generation phone services. They are now likely to use the standard - TD-SCDMA - to support the rival European standard WCDMA.
Are you a mobe-hating foot fetishist?
The internet has certainly proved an absolute boon for those whose sexual proclivities lean towards the highly esoteric, and never before in the history of human deviancy have the needs of minority interest groups been so comprehensively catered for.
mmO2 looks set for first ever dividend
mmO2 is to pay its maiden dividend earlier than expected after a strong performance in the first half of 2004.
Deny All plots European expansion
Application security firm Deny All launched in the UK today in a major European expansion programme that will see it move into Germany and Italy next year.
Bulgarian seeks redress over gay pig
Bulgarian farmer Galen Dobrev is claiming substantial damages from the breeder who sold him a prize-winning pedigree pig after the porker turned out to be a little more pink than the average Babe, Ananova reports. An outraged Dobrev told the court where he is sueing the breeder: "It's a disgrace, all he was interested in was other male pigs."
Bristol Council ditches MS for Star Office
Bristol City Council is shifting 5,000 workers off proprietary desktop software and onto open source to help it save £1.4m over the next five years. Corel WordPerfect, Microsoft Office and Lotus 1-2-3 will all be ditched in favour of Sun's StarOffice 7.
US company fined for UK rogue dialler scam
A company based in New York has been fined £100,000 ($185,500) for ripping off UK punters with a premium rate number scam. Some 850 people complained to watchdog ICSTIS that B&B Services LLC had caused them to run up huge phone bills while connected to the internet. People claimed that dialler software installed on their PCs made repeated internet calls without their knowledge or consent.
MPAA takes filesharers to court
The Motion Picture Association of America has gone on the offensive in its battle against piracy and peer-to-peer sharing of movies, and has launched more than 200 civil suits against users it identifies as being the worst offenders.
NASA scramjet nudges Mach 10
NASA's third and final test of the X-43A scramjet ended successfully yesterday when the vehicle reached a velocity of almost Mach 9.8 over the Pacific. The record-breaking flight is a triumph for the team behind the X-43A; but the technology's future remains uncertain.
Motorola: 3G handsets selling like hot cakes
Sales of Motorola 3G phones based on the WCDMA standard will more than quadruple next year, the company said yesterday.
Brits, broadband and smut
Brits use their broadband connection for accessing smut, according to research from US-based software outfit SupportSoft. Since this outfit has spent time and money interviewing 349 European broadband users as part of its survey then it must be true.
UK.gov launches technology five-year plan
Tony Blair and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Patricia Hewitt will today announce the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) five-year programme, 'Creating Wealth from Knowledge'.
eBayer punts Virgin Mary in grilled cheese sandwich
Ever had one of those momemts when a crucifix was not enough? When a christingle couldn't cut it? When you wanted to show your faith in a tangible, unequivocally ecumenical way?
3 offers 'smallest, lightest' 3G handset
UK 3G network 3 today launched what it claims is Europe's "smallest and lightest 3G handset", the NEC 338.
Dutch snap world's largest digital photo
The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research has produced what it claims is the largest digital panoramic photo in the world. At 2.5 billion pixels, it's 500 times more pixel-packed that can be produced with modern five megapixel consumer cameras.
MS CRM wins hearts, minds, wallets
David Batt, general manager of Microsoft CRM, said the CRM market is growing at between 10 and 15 per cent but Microsoft's CRM offering has grown more than 80 per cent a year in its first three years. Microsoft has found 3,500 customers and claims 62 per cent would be happy to be reference customers for the vendor.
UK 3G rollout targets 'too tough'
Mobile operator O2 is urging telecomms regulators to be more flexible over tough rollout targets for 3G networks.
Motorola buys MeshNetworks
Motorola yesterday announced a deal to acquire wireless application developer MeshNetworks for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition, which is subject to various customary conditions and approvals, is expected to close by the end of the year.
ID card doubts - Blunkett blames dead German philosopher
Home Secretary David Blunkett said today that the German philosopher Immanuel Kant is to blame for scepticism about the government's plans for a compulsory national identity card. He was speaking at a meeting at the Institute of Public Policy Research, restating his arguments in favour of the scheme.
Maxtor's revolving door brings in new Prez and COO
Maxtor continued today its executive shuffle, naming a new president and COO just two days after its former president and CEO resigned.
Piracy funds terror, Guardian lesson tells schools
Education about copyright and "digital piracy" has arrived quietly in UK schools, under the banner of, would you believe it, The Guardian. Yesterday's issue of Education Guardian carried a feature on the subject tied into The Guardian's subscription-based schools resources operation, Learnpremium, which is offering curriculum activities on the subject of "digital piracy" to schools.
Register backs Blunkett drive for trust in government
Earlier today David Blunkett railed against the decline in the public's trust of government, lamenting the widespread view "that if a government is up to something, it must be about removing freedoms." We at The Register agree with David on very little, but we share (for slightly different reasons, we fear) his sadness over the prevalence of this view, and we do have a long-standing desire for a government that we could trust.