17th > February > 2005 Archive

HP serves up bland post-Fiorina Q1

After evicting CEO Carly Fiorina, HP today reported first quarter earnings that were neither spectacular or horrific. They were so-so.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Feb 2005

Cyberpunk authors get the girls

RSA 2005Bruce Schneier experiences after writing the last seven pages of Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon have prompted the noted cryptographic expert to consider a radical change of career. Schneier's books on information security sell well, but his eyes were opened at a joint book-signing session with Stephenson.
John Leyden, 17 Feb 2005

Spam gets vocal with VoIP

RSA 2005We're all learning to live with spam but an even more annoying nuisance lies just around the corner. Spit (Spam over internet telephony) is set to become the next pervasive medium for scammers, penis pill purveyors and the rest.
John Leyden, 17 Feb 2005

Killing an iPod: harder than it looks?

3GSMSo when do mobile phones really kill iPods? Not before people stop saying 'iPod killer', certainly (because saying it is more of a death wish than the sincerest form of flattery), but not until handset manufacturers figure out pricing, functionality, the target market and its habits. Which is easier said than done, but grasping that just saying 'and it plays music' isn't good enough is a start.
John Lettice, 17 Feb 2005

Investigators uncover dismal data disposal

An investigation into the disposal of computer equipment has uncovered psychological reports on school-children, confidential company data and even details of an illicit affair on hard drives that should have been wiped clean. Universities, schools and global businesses are routinely breaking the Data Protection Act by disposing of computers without removing personal data, researchers found.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Feb 2005
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HP goes to bat for the Foreign Office

HP has emerged victor of the prize to run the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices's IT systems. The seven-year deal is worth £180m and is the biggest ever signed by the FCO. It will see HP streamline the department's IT into a single online network, and over the next two years, FCO's offices in the UK and abroad - there are more than 200 overseas - will get new hardware, software and services.
Drew Cullen, 17 Feb 2005

Japan joins global satellite disaster network

Space WeekJapan took a step closer to Europe and other countries in space cooperation when the country signed the international charter on space and major disasters in Brussels yesterday.
Pelle Neroth Taylor, 17 Feb 2005

Crypto researchers break SHA-1

Long rumored and now official, the popular SHA-1 hashing algorithm has been attacked successfully by researchers in China and the US. A collision has been discovered in the full version in 269 hash operations, making it just possible to mount a successful brute-force attack with the most powerful machines available today.
Thomas C Greene, 17 Feb 2005

DJ fined €1.4m for massive 'illegal' music cache

A "well known" Italian DJ has been ordered to cough up Europe's biggest fine ever for music downloading after being found in possession of and using thousands of illegally copied music files.
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2005

Intel boffins build first continuous beam silicon laser

Intel scientists have developed what they claim is the world's first continuous-wave laser constructed from silicon in a single chip.
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2005

Grand Theft Auto firm faces 'murder training' lawsuit

Take Two, the publisher of the Grand Theft Auto game series, is once again facing a lawsuit that alleges its software was complicit in murder.
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2005

Intel fortifies mobile transactions

3GSMIntel has joined Orange and Visa International to better protect premium digital content and transactions on mobile handsets. The company will use a combination of hardware and software to provide more more security for consumers to pay for online music or video, the company announced this week at 3GSM in Cannes.
Jan Libbenga, 17 Feb 2005

Apple suspends online hack subpoenas

Apple has agreed to suspend legal action against three journalists who disclosed advance product information against the company's wishes, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said yesterday.
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2005

Security experts warn of 'scary' new web scam

A Lancashire-based PC hardware site has become the victim of a sophisticated and disturbing new online fraud.
Tim Richardson, 17 Feb 2005

University launches semantic web interface

The University of Southampton has launched a new semantic web interface, called mSpace, that it says will make searching for information online, and learning about a subject, much easier.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Feb 2005

Congress seeks stem cell side-step

Members of Congress yesterday introduced bills which aim to bypass president Bush's restrictions on state-funded stem cell research. Advocates of such research from both major parties said they had "given up on persuading Bush to change his policy". The bills propose that any embryonic stem cell lines should be eligible for federal funding, while providing for close federal monitoring of their use, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Feb 2005

IBM ThinkPad T42p mobile workstation

ReviewIBM's ThinkPad T42p is the high-end, workstation model of the T42 range and as such, it doesn't come cheap. But it's also a quality product with a look and feel that most other notebooks can only aspire to, writes Riyad Emeran.
Trusted Reviews, 17 Feb 2005

WorldCom CFO lied, he admits to court

Defence lawyers for ex-WorldCom boss Bernie Ebbers attempted to undermine the credibility of the government's star witness yesterday by getting former CFO Scott Sullivan to admit he lied about the accounting fraud.
Tim Richardson, 17 Feb 2005

Vampires live longer: official

Scientists at Stanford University have confirmed what Vlad Dracul knew all along: a refreshing dose of young blood can put the spring back into your step.
Lester Haines, 17 Feb 2005

Net downloads prompt retrial in rape case

A rape conviction has been overturned by appeal judges and a retrial ordered, after a juror apparently downloaded related documents from the web.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Feb 2005
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Northamber doubles interim profit

Northamber shrugged off a weak January and expressed confidence in the year ahead after reporting profits more than doubled in its first half.
Team Register, 17 Feb 2005

Bell swings into full year profit

Bell Microproducts yesterday reported a 140 per cent increase in fourth quarter profits.
Team Register, 17 Feb 2005

Florida teacher cuffed for bomb-making classes

A 42-year-old Orlando teacher was cuffed on Monday after instructing students in bomb-making techniques. David Pieski allegedly "used an overhead projector in class to give students detailed instructions in bomb-making, including advising them to use an electric detonator to stay clear from the blast", the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Feb 2005

Qwest goes public with $8bn MCI bid

Qwest was prepared to stump up $8bn (£4.23bn) to take-over MCI, the Denver-based telecoms outfit revealed yesterday.
Tim Richardson, 17 Feb 2005

More online buying from HM Gov

The government has established a new set of online procurement tools, it says will make it easier for small businesses to compete for lucrative government contracts. The final testing of the system will be completed by the end of May 2005, when the system will be launched as part of a larger e-procurement toolkit.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Feb 2005

UK ATC system falls over - again

Thousands of travellers were last night delayed in British airports after one of the National Air Traffic Services' (NATS) air traffic control computers failed. Engineers identified a problem with the Flight Data Processing System (FDPS) at West Drayton, Middlesex, and were forced to shut down the 30-year-old system and switch to manual operations for half an hour. The NATS' new £623m Lockheed Martin set-up at Swanwick relies on a data feed from the venerable FDPS, so if the latter goes down, so does the whole kit and caboodle.
Lester Haines, 17 Feb 2005

MS recalls 14.1m Xbox power cables

Microsoft today asked Xbox owners around the world to return their consoles' power cables in a bid to prevent them suffering singed body parts.
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2005

Chav burglar collared by webcam

A 19-year-burglar has just begun an 11-month stretch at Her Majesty's Pleasure after he was captured burgling a house by the owner's webcam. Fed-up software engineer Duncan Grisby set up the surveillance system following a previous burglary three years before. It recorded deliciously crisp images of Benjamin Park who delighted police immediately identified.
Lester Haines, 17 Feb 2005

European Parliament votes to scrap software patent text

The European Conference of Presidents (CoP) has given its blessing to a parliamentary request to restart the legislative process on the Computer Implemented Inventions (CII) directive. Parliament now has the green light to ask the Commission to send the legislation back to the drawing board.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Feb 2005

Taiwanese agents detain Chinese foundry chief

J H Hsu, chairman of Hejian Technology, the China-based chip foundry at the centre of allegations that Taiwanese foundry UMC is in "breach of trust" with the island's government, was yesterday detained by officers from Taiwan's Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2005

SCO faces ejection from Nasdaq

The Nasdaq exchange has threatened to delist The SCO Group unless the company can get up to date with a key filing meant for the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Ashlee Vance, 17 Feb 2005

Aussie watchdog to rule on broadband pricing row soon

Australia's competition watchdog could be about to rule on whether incumbent telco Telstra should face legal action over alleged anti-competitive broadband pricing.
Tim Richardson, 17 Feb 2005

Sage calls for new MS anti-trust probe

One of Microsoft's rivals says it expects Europe's competition regulator to launch a fresh investigation in the company's bundling practices. Sage Software made its statements when Microsoft announced plans to include a small business accounting program in the Office product suite.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Feb 2005

Compuware calls IBM a 'killer'

Compuware's day in court has at last arrived, and the company's lawyers have not held back in their attacks against IBM.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Feb 2005

Cryptographers to Hollywood: prepare to fail on DRM

RSA 2005Movie industry representatives at RSA 2005 in San Francisco today called on the IT industry for help in thwarting illegal file sharing before the problem threatened its revenues. But they were told that they must recognise the limitations of digital rights management in their fight against digital piracy.
John Leyden, 17 Feb 2005

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