23rd > February > 2005 Archive
Novell makes modest gains in Q1
Novell had a pretty lackluster first quarter if you ignore a stunning $448m one-time gain from settling an antitrust suit with Microsoft.
Beijing backs Windows
Beijing council has made a substantial purchase of Microsoft software, despite deciding late last year that it would buy products from local developers.
MS and security: good effort but no cigar
Last week I watched the webcast of Bill Gates speaking at the RSA conference in San Francisco. He talked about Microsoft's plans to build upon the progress it's already made in security. These plans included better protection against spyware and spam. Gates also announced Microsoft's intention to release Internet Explorer 7, complete with a number of security improvements, by the end of this year.
HP sued for chipped cartridges
HP is facing a class action suit in the US from a woman who claims the vendor's printer cartridges stop working at a predetermined date, rather than when they run out of ink.
PlusNet doubles broadband numbers
PlusNet doubled the number of broadband subscribers in 2004 as the Sheffield-based ISP notched up a "record" year.
Nokia denies Firefox rumours
Nokia has denied reports that it is to migrate 55,000 desktops from Internet Explorer to the Firefox browser.
Speed camera clocks 81mph school bus terror run
Two drivers who found themselves facing a stern slap on the wrist for allegedly attempting to break the land speed record on the Queen's Highway will not after all face the full weight of the law. In both cases, the offenders were able to prove that the speed camera evidence was flawed.
AA goes Blue
The Automobile Association has chosen IBM to provide it with IT services. The AA was spun off from parent company Centrica in July last year. As part of the deal the AA has to provide its own IT services by September 2005; they were previously provided centrally by Centrica.
EU consults on RFID technology
The EU is developing privacy guidelines for the use of RFID (radio frequency identification) technology. A European Commission advisory group, known as a Article 29 Working Party, is conducting a public consultation on the emerging technology.
Students fall for potato PC scam
South London students are being warned of a scam in which they may end up parting with up to 200 quid of their hard-earned cash for nothing more than a laptop bag full of spuds.
OASIS open standards not open enough
Luminaries of the free-software and open-source movements have united to protest the new patent policy of OASIS, the web standards group. Larry Lessig and Richard Stallman are among the signatories of a petition calling on the open-source community to boycott OASIS' specifications.
Ebbers was 'intimidating' boss
Bernie Ebbers was as an "intimidating" boss with a temper, the jury in the WorldCom fraud trial heard yesterday.
Egg losses grow
Online bank egg saw losses grow last year as it rid itself of its French business. Group loss before tax was £107m, up from £34m in 2003.
Vendors agree vulnerability scoring system
RSA 2005Leading IT suppliers are banding together to standardise the rating of security vulnerabilities. The scheme, called the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), is designed to replace vendor-specific ratings and make it easier for users to prioritise security remediation work.
New 0871 rogue dialler scam spotted
Operators of rogue dialler services that rack up large bills for unwary net users are changing the way they rip off consumers.
Astronomers spot first ever dark galaxy
An international team of astronomers has discovered what appears to be a galaxy composed entirely of dark matter. The galaxy, "visible" to radio telescopes, was first spotted by stargazers using the University of Manchester's Lovell telescope, and later confirmed by observers at the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico.
WTO backs Korea in DRAM duty dispute
The World Trade Organization has come down on the side of South Korea’s Hynix Semiconductor in its long-running countervailing duty spat with the US Department of Commerce.
Telstra rebate amounts to a 'parking fine'
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) decision to order Telstra to repay AUS$6.5m (£2.7m) to rival broadband operators over allegations of anti-competitive behaviour has been described as little more than a "parking fine".
Guilty! New Labour could arrest self under new terror law
Tony Blair and the bulk of the Parliamentary Labour Party could (well OK, should) find themselves qualifying as subjects for control orders, under the sweeping powers Home Secretary Charles Clarke and, er, Tony Blair are currently asking them to rush through Parliament. Their offence? Involvement in "terrorism-related activity" as it is defined in the terms of the proposed Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005.
Sony Drops Clie
Sony has called time on its dalliance with the PDA market, with the announcement that it will no longer sell its Clie range in Japan.
Frozen sea on Mars hints at alien life
Mars Express, the European Space Agency's Mars orbiter, has sent back images of a frozen sea just below the surface of Mars. Three dimensional images of pack ice were captured by the orbiter's high resolution camera, and provides the first evidence that there was still liquid water on Mars relatively recently, according to the teams who made the discovery.
Apple revs iPod, cuts prices
Apple has refreshed its iPod range of music players, cutting the price of the popular yuppie accessory.
Fighting computer crooks the Las Vegas way
RSA 2005Computing techniques used to identify cheaters in Las Vegas are being applied to wider computer security and fraud detection problems. SRD, a Las Vegas software developer which was acquired by IBM last month, is taking its identity resolution software from the gaming tables into corporate boardrooms.
Dell 'bait and switch' alleged
Two Dell customers in California have sued the computer company in a class action suit. The plaintiffs allege that Dell didn't deliver the systems promised, and the suit also names CIT Bank, which handles credit agreements for Dell Financing, as well as Dell Financing itself.
Dell rejects idea of AMD defection
Dell will not pick up AMD as a second chip supplier despite increased chatter in recent months that such a move could be in the works.
FCC 'crosses the line' with broadcast flag - court
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) overstepped its authority by requiring devices capable of receiving digital TV broadcasts to recognize data called a 'broadcast flag' that can prevent copying, a federal judge has said.
Feds square off with organized cyber crime
RSA 2005Computer intruders are learning to play well with others, and that's bad news for the Internet, according to a panel of law enforcement officials and legal experts speaking at the RSA Conference in San Francisco last week.