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.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Feb 2005

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.
John Oates, 23 Feb 2005

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.
Mark Burnett, 23 Feb 2005

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.
John Oates, 23 Feb 2005

PlusNet doubles broadband numbers

PlusNet doubled the number of broadband subscribers in 2004 as the Sheffield-based ISP notched up a "record" year.
Tim Richardson, 23 Feb 2005

Nokia denies Firefox rumours

Nokia has denied reports that it is to migrate 55,000 desktops from Internet Explorer to the Firefox browser.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Feb 2005

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.
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2005

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.
John Oates, 23 Feb 2005

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.
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2005

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.
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2005

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Feb 2005

Ebbers was 'intimidating' boss

Bernie Ebbers was as an "intimidating" boss with a temper, the jury in the WorldCom fraud trial heard yesterday.
Tim Richardson, 23 Feb 2005

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.
John Oates, 23 Feb 2005

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.
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2005

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.
Tim Richardson, 23 Feb 2005

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Feb 2005
For Sale sign detail

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.
Team Register, 23 Feb 2005

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".
Tim Richardson, 23 Feb 2005

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.
John Lettice, 23 Feb 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.
Team Register, 23 Feb 2005

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Feb 2005

Apple revs iPod, cuts prices

Apple has refreshed its iPod range of music players, cutting the price of the popular yuppie accessory.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Feb 2005

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.
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2005

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Feb 2005
Broken CD with wrench

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.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Feb 2005

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.
Thomas C Greene, 23 Feb 2005

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.
Kevin Poulsen, 23 Feb 2005

Bars hold iPod nights for iDrunk DJs

Most of the Mormons we know aren't terribly fond of the sauce, but someone needs to buy Dell CEO Kevin Rollins a beer before it's too late.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Feb 2005

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