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RSA 2005The role of government in regulating the IT industry sparked sharp debate at this week's RSA Conference.
Samsung shows 'world's first' DDR 3 chip
Demand for DDR 2 SDRAM has barely begun to exceed DDR levels - the latest generation memory technology is still the more expensive of the two, bit for bit - yet Samsung has already started touting DDR 3.
Mosaid, Hynix settle patent spat
Mosaid has licensed six memory patents to Hynix, calming the legal spat that flared up between the two companies in January.
Nvidia Q4 sales best yet - almost
Nvidia yesterday reported the second-highest quarterly sales in the company's history with Q4 FY2005 revenues jumping to $566.5m, just shy of the $582.9m it recorded for Q1 FY2003.
BT gets onside with OnSpeed
OnSpeed - the outfit that accelerates the speed of plain old dial-up internet access - has signed a distribution deal with BT. Financial details surrounding the tie-up were not released.
UMC chief admits desire to acquire Hejian
UMC chairman Robert Tsao has admitted helping the founders of China-based foundry Hejian Technology devise a business plan for their company.
Vxers are more innovative than big software firms
CommentThere's more innovation coming from today's virus writers than from the big software companes whose core goals are to progress and innovate, says SecurityFocus columnist Kelly Martin.
Qwest to bid again for MCI
MCI looks set to become the centre of a bidding war after Qwest said it planned to resubmit a bid for the US long distance telco.
Congress names new NASA chief
Former astronaut Fred Gregory looks set to be named NASA's next chief administrator. He was named as the acting-chief by congressional spokesman Joe Pouliot, according to reports. He will take up the post on Monday, after the current boss, Sean O'Keefe, comes to the end of his tenure today (Friday).
DEC 'tsunami hack' man pleads not guilty
The east London man accused of attempting to hack into the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) website was released on unconditional bail yesterday after pleading not guilty.
ATI ships 'first' mobile AMD chipset
ATI has begun shipping a mobile version of the Radeon Xpress 200 chipset it launched for AMD Athlon 64 and Sempron-based desktop systems late last year.
Business goes mad for storage
On the whole, surveys do not often provide "scientific data" but sometimes they can throw up some interesting observations on differing trends and how ready the world is to follow up on new developments. With this in mind, it is worthwhile taking a look at the results of a small survey performed by Nemertes Research at the Network World 2005 IT Roadmap Tech Tour conference, where attendees were quizzed on the state of their storage, virtualisation and open source deployments.
Microsoft punts telco platform
3GSMAs wireline and wireless operator move towards converged, all-IP networks - capable of delivering advanced multimedia services - the software at the core of the systems will give its provider huge impact on the carrier market. Microsoft is making a bid for some of this business with its CSF platform, which supports integration of services via XML, and could bring Windows into carrier land by the back door. However, it seems to offer little compared to full standards-based IMS, which is dominated by the network equipment vendors. Early adopters such as MMO2 and Telecom Italia are starting to use IMS, and its services should generate significant revenues from 2006.
Coming soon: the sub-$50 mobile
3GSMIt is an annual tradition now that, at the cellular industry’s superevent, 3GSM, there should be a new wave of mutual attacks and recriminations between the handset majors and the largest cellcos. This year, however, it was clear how far the balance of power has shifted in favor of the operators and their desire to control the design and branding of the phone.
BOFH: Danger, Falling Computing Peripherals
Episode 6 "IT WAS JUST A BIT OF FUN!" the PFY burbles. "NO-ONE GOT HURT!"
US Senate moves against genetic discrimination
The US Senate has passed a bill that would prohibit employers, health insurers and other groups from discriminating on the basis of genetic information.
DRM and daft lawsuits win no friends at El Reg
LettersIf there was ever a headline that would guarantee a response from Register readers, it was Is Linux security a myth?. In it, the writer argued that security can never be perfect, and that Linux cannot ever be 100 per cent secure. You all seemed perfectly happy with this line of reasoning, even if you surprised yourselves by being so:
Firebox VoIP Cyberphone
ReviewNothing in life is free - or is it? With Skype's gratis voice-over-IP (VoIP) software taking the world by storm, Firebox.com, a UK-based gadgets site, has teamed up with the company and a small handset manufacturer to release the Firebox VoIP Cyberphone, writes Stuart Miles.
Parent power detags US schoolkids
Parent protests have forced the scrapping of an RFID tagging scheme at an elementary school in California. The firm behind the technology decided to pull the plug after parents and the American Civil Liberties Union expressed health and privacy concerns over the deployment, CNET reports.
Online fraud could dent economies
A bigwig in the US Secret Service has warned that online fraud poses a real threat to a nation's economy.
Bose SoundDock iPod speakers
ReviewBose has decided that iPod users are sufficiently numerous now to venture into the iPod add-on business, but can the company bring its high-end loudspeaker prowess to the world of personal audio? asks Stuart Miles.
Sony preps 'iPod killer' - again
Watch out, Apple - Sony is coming after you. But it's the iPod's market share the Japanese giant wants, not the company itself.
WebTV 911 ne'er-do-well pleads guilty
A 44-year-old Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to sending an email attachment which reprogrammed MS's WebTV service viewers' computers, causing them to dial 911, the United States Attorney's Office reports.
NY Times buys About.com for $410m cash
The New York Times Co is stumping up $410m cash for Primedia's About.com. It says the combination of About.com's 22 million monthly users and its 13 million users will make it the world's 12th biggest company on the internet. It will cross-promote NYTimes products to About.com and intends to improve the content and visibility of its new baby.
L33tsp34k for the luddite classes
Microsoft has published a parent's guide to online slang, and we were unable to resist it. It aims to educate confused parents about the wacky online world their kids inhabit, so that mums and dads across America don't freak out when they spy on their offsprings' email, and can't understand a word of it.
Intel steers Itanic core correction
Intel will begin shipping updated versions of its Itanium 2 processors on 6 May after sampling on 4 March, The Register has learned.
BT abandons scheme to block rogue diallers
BT has stopped blocking UK-based premium rate numbers suspected of being used by rogue dialler companies to defraud consumers out of hundreds of pounds.
Reg chats with ISS veteran
Space WeekThe International Space Station (ISS), a collaboration between the space agencies of the US, Canada, Russia, Japan and Europe, is currently the world's most important manned space project and has been orbiting the globe 15 times a day for well over a thousand days. When completed, the 450 tonne structure will house seven crew, consist of several linked up modules designed by the varius space agencies, host a multitude of experiments in material science, fluid physics and life science under the special conditions of zero gravity, and will provide a testbed for humans living under space conditions to prepare mankind for possible longer stays on the Moon or trips to Mars.
BSA in open (standards) revolt
The BSA has called on the European Commission to relax its requirement for open standards in its projects to make government services available to citizens online.
Customers, resellers bite Apple back
Three US legal firms filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against Apple yesterday, accusing it of scamming customers with shorter warranty periods and passing old kit off as new.
How my wasted roommate dodged Linux and other lessons
LettersAs expected, our recent story on desktop Linux generated plenty of complaints and a few compliments.
Sun adds speed and Fujitsu to server line
Sun Microsystems has made some subtle but significant changes to its server lineup by boosting the performance of homegrown kick and opening up Fujitsu's gear to its customers.
RSA looks ahead on RFID security
RSA 2005Cryptographic researchers are working out ways to make RFID technology more palatable to consumers ahead of its expected widespread deployment over the coming years.