28th > January > 2005 Archive

NCC and eGov launch IT accreditation scheme

The National Computing Centre and the eGovernment Unit are launching a IT accreditation body to help public sector organisations comply with the e-Government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF).
Lucy Sherriff, 28 Jan 2005

Real sees revenues up, losses narrow

Real Networks saw losses narrow to $2m in its most recent quarter, despite an increase in costs related to antitrust litigation. Q4 FY2004 income was $72.5m, up 34 per cent year-on-year. Without the antitrust litigation, which cost Real almost $3m, the company would have been in the black.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2005

US telcos scramble for spectrum

An FCC auction of spectrum suitable for mobile phone services has brought in over $1.3bn in bids. That's much less than the scramble in 2001 when bids totalled $16.8bn, but enough to make the major players pull out the stops.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2005
DVD it in many colours

Gartner, Meta deal in need of analysis - report

Knowledge Capital Group (KCG) has pulled a fast one on the Meta Group and Gartner by using their own analyst logic against them. The advisory firm has warned customers to be very wary of Gartner's proposed $162m buy of Meta, saying the companies have not done a good job of communicating what will happen should the acquisition go through. In short, both research firms have failed to live up to the standards they set for IT vendors, and customers should avoid them.
Ashlee Vance, 28 Jan 2005

Woman rents cleavage in eBay auction

A Scottish woman is giving companies the chance to "rent her cleavage" to advertise their logo, web site or slogan.
Tim Richardson, 28 Jan 2005

Outsourcing: Reg readers unconcerned

Reg Reader StudiesWith a UK general election widely expect to take place in May of this year, the political parties are casting around for ideas that might appeal to voters. What about that old chestnut – job security? It was an issue early on the US Presidential campaign last year, might it work over here?
Quocirca, 28 Jan 2005

Brit plumber to visit ISS

There is some welcome news today for International Space Station residents Salizhan Sharipov and Leroy Chiao who have been gamely battling for some time to fix the ISS's cantakerous Elektron oxygen generator. They will shortly be favoured by a visit from a British plumber who, according to a recommendation from one of Sharipov's mates down the pub, will "do the job for cash if you don't fancy paying the VAT".
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2005

Gateway Q4 loss shrinks

PC vendor Gateway yesterday announced fourth-quarter sales of $1.03bn, up 12.5 per cent from $915m in the previous quarter and 17.6 per cent from $875m this time last year, although that figure doesn't include a contribution from eMachines, which it acquired in March 2004.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2005
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TSMC Q4 decline mirrors chip market

TSMC, the world's largest chip foundry, yesterday posted full-year and fourth-quarter figures that reflect the up-and-down nature of the world chip market in 2004.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2005
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Toxic gas leak at TSMC fab hospitalises 21

TSMC, the world's biggest contract chip maker, did not feel the need to shut down its Fab 7 facility yesterday, despite a potentially lethal gas leak that hospitalised 21 employees.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2005

All at sea, Microsoft axes flying car project

It's official: Microsoft's flying car project is in peril, the company's US PR agency Waggener Edstrom told us today. The mysterious vehicle that's thrilled so many readers this week now faces the axe.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2005

Philips predicts mobile TV dominance

Phones will overtake televisions within a decade, says Philips
Wireless Watch, 28 Jan 2005

TI delivers on single-chip promise

Texas Instruments has delivered on its 2002 promise to create a single-chip mobile phone, and Nokia will be the first customer, incorporating the revolutionary silicon in some low cost models. Such highly compact architectures will be crucial for developing very price sensitive models for developing economies, which will provide most of the growth for handset makers in the coming years.
Wireless Watch, 28 Jan 2005

Siemens delays decision on handset biz fate

Siemens yesterday reported that there was nothing to report, stating that no decision had yet been made concerning the future of the engineering giant's loss-making mobile phone business.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2005

German rogue dialler suspects cuffed

German rogue dialler companies which defraud consumers by secretly changing their computer settings so they can call a premium rate phone line, are increasingly facing the heavy hand of the law.
Jan Libbenga, 28 Jan 2005

RIAA sues 717 alleged copyright cheaters

The Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) has sued another 717 Americans for allegely distributing music illegally on P2P networks.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2005

Area 51 'hacker' charges dropped

Federal prosecutors formally dropped charges this month against an amateur astronomer who exposed a buried surveillance network surrounding the Air Force's mysterious "Area 51" air base in Nevada.
Kevin Poulsen, 28 Jan 2005

Mobile virus epidemics: don't panic

Every time I lose my mobile phone, which happens far too often, I'm given the opportunity to check out the latest and greatest phone technologies available. This is great stuff. They have zoom lenses for pictures and Quicktime videos, they have high resolution color screens, wireless data access for my laptop, they play MP3s, send emails, and even sync my calendar and address book wirelessly with my desktop. With Bluetooth, WAP, and mobile browsers, these are tiny computers with far more power than most people give them credit for.
Kelly Martin, 28 Jan 2005

Freescale licenses PowerVR MBX graphics core

Freescale, Motorola's former chip division, has licensed Imagination Technologies' PowerVR MBX Lite graphics core.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2005

Kids' blogs a 'paedophile's dream'

Children's blogs are "a paedophile's dream", because of the insight they give into a child's life, habits and movements, forensic psychologist Rachel O'Connell warns.
Lucy Sherriff, 28 Jan 2005

Ebbers knew of financial fiddling

Bernie Ebbers has been linked to the $11bn (£5.8bn) WorldCom fraud by one of his former employees.
Tim Richardson, 28 Jan 2005

MySQL worm attacks Windows servers

A worm exploiting vulnerable installations of MySQL to take over Windows servers began spreading across the net yesterday. The MySpooler worm takes advantage of weak administrative passwords to log onto target systems before using the MySQL UDF Dynamic Library exploit to upload malicious code (a backdoor program called Wootbot).
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2005
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World chip inventory fell 38% in Q4

Chip makers' stockpiles of unsold or unused semiconductors in the electronics supply chain shrank 38.3 per cent during the last three months of 2004, market watcher iSuppli has claimed.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2005

BOFH: Driller Killer

Episode 3"So we'd just like you to move these data points from here to over there," the head beancounter says, pointing to a window.
Simon Travaglia, 28 Jan 2005

Unholy trio pose DDoS risk for Cisco kit

The software in many large networks needs to be updated following the discovery of multiple flaws in routers and switches running Cisco's IOS software.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2005

Mobile phones shipments up 38% in Q4

More mobile phones shipped in the last three months of 2004 than in any other quarter in history. Gosh. Thanks, Strategy Analytics, for that breathless statistic.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2005

Friday 11 March is Euro Nintendo DS day

Nintendo will launch its DS handheld console in Europe on Friday, 11 March, the company has revealed.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2005

Cyber-stalker faces sentencing today

A woman is due to be sentenced today at Leicester Crown Court after she waged a three-year campaign of harassment against a man with whom she had a one-night stand. She also admitted five computer-related offences and perverting the course of justice.
Lucy Sherriff, 28 Jan 2005

BT faces 'bogeyman' if it fails to open market

Ofcom has once again warned that BT's failure to restructure its business and open up its market to genuine competition would make an enforced structural split of the company a "real possibility".
Tim Richardson, 28 Jan 2005

Intel baffles with latest trademarks

Intel has added a pair of trademarks to its large roster of protected names: 'Intel Inside VIIV' and 'Intel VIIV'.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2005

MIT boffins moot space leotard

Researchers at MIT are working on a super-spacesuit that will allow future interplanetary explorers far more flexibility and freedom of movement than the bulky designs of today.
Lucy Sherriff, 28 Jan 2005

Tablet PC bug 'fills computer with ink'

A major bug in the Tablet PC version of Windows eats up all the memory in your computer until it crashes. Redmond has yet to acknowledge the problem with a public disclosure about the issue - or even offer a feeble blogshrug [*].
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2005

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