24th > February > 2005 Archive
IBM dominates dull Q4 server market
IBM continued to dominate a slow-growing worldwide server market during the fourth quarter, according to latest figures from Gartner.
Iranian blogger jailed for 14 years
An Iranian blogger accused of spying and counter-revolutionary activities has been jailed for 14 years. Newspaper editor Arash Sigarchi - whose blog criticised an Iranian crackdown on similar websites which has resulted in around 20 arrests - was himself cuffed in January on charges of "espionage, insulting the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei, and current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei", the BBC reports.
'Rocket fuel' found in US breast milk
US research has found that perchlorate - a chemical used in rocket fuel and though to be linked to metabolic disruption in adults and mental retardation in children - is widely present in breast and cow's milk across the United States.
TUC to IT workers: 'You're working too hard'
IT workers put in more unpaid overtime than almost any other profession, according to the TUC (Trades Union Congress). The organisation is calling on managers to recognise the extra time their staff puts in, and has declared Friday 25 February "Work your proper hours day".
Easynet invests more in LLU
Easynet plans to spend £3m upgrading and promoting its own brand of unbundled broadband.
AMD invests in Intel accuser
AMD has invested in the small chip technology development company that's suing Intel for alleged patent infringement.
Seagate, Hitachi launch 1in 6GB HDDs
Seagate and Hitachi both announced 1in hard drives with a 6GB storage capacity this week, though the US company appears to have been the first to ship such a product.
UK.gov launches virus advice site
The UK government launched an official virus alert site yesterday. ITsafe is designed to help home users and small businesses use the net more safely through a combination of free advice and threat alerts about risks such as fast-spreading computer viruses. Users can sign up to receive alerts by either text or email.
Intel prunes prices
Intel this week chopped up to 34.1 per cent off selected processors, following last week's Xeon DP refresh and the launch this week of 64-bit Pentium 4 processors for desktop PCs.
UK telco sector remains in doldrums
The UK's telecoms sector shows little sign of improving over the coming year as it continues to wrestle with "tough" conditions.
Sony 'suspends' PSX production - again
The Register still receives plenty of emails asking when Sony's PSX PlayStation 2 PVR will ship in Europe. We don't know, but it's looking increasingly unlikely now that Sony has apparently stopped producing the Japanese version.
Ebbers trial team begins defence
The WorldCom fraud trial in New York entered a new phase yesterday after the prosecution concluded its case against former chief exec Bernie Ebbers.
Global warming cleared on ice shelf collapse rap
The high-profile collapse of some Antarctica's ice shelves is likely the result of natural current fluctuations, not global warming, says a leading British expert on polar climates.
FBI issues Sober notice over Windows worm
Virus writers are attempting to scare surfers into opening malicious code with a message posing as an FBI notice that they have visited an "illegal website". Recipients are invited to open a "questionnaire", which is really the latest Windows worm Sober-K. To add authenticity infected emails come from a faked @fbi.gov address.
Apple 15in PowerBook G4
ReviewTen months is a long time to go without a hardware refresh in the PC industry. For Apple, whose top-end PowerBook notebooks pretty much defined the genre, it's an eternity. The introduction this month of new, speed-bumped PowerBooks thus felt enormously overdue - the delay had led many to expect the fabled PowerBook G5.
Euro MPs face scam crackdown
Euro MPs (MEPs) are due to vote on an amendment to the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive today which would crack down on telephone and internet scams.
NTL email floored nationwide
Many of NTL's 1.4m internet punters are without email today following technical problems at one of the cableco's data centres in Winnersh near Reading.
BT rogue dialler court case delayed
A legal challenge to BT's decision last year to block access to numbers suspected of being used by rogue dialler companies has been delayed.
HP lifts the kimono on secure router
HP has announced the ProCurve Secure Router 7000dl series, a branch office router range with built-in security and mobile access features. The kit starts shipping in April and is cheaper than Cisco equivalents, HP says.
Socially inadequate? Meet V-girl
There's some good news on the relationship front today for those heterosexual male readers who are tired of the trouble and expense of having a real girlfriend, or are just too ugly or dull to get their hands on the real thing - V-girl, aka Vivenne Rose.
LAN switches on fire
L2-L7 LAN switch revenue hit $3.8bn in the fourth quarter, up 22% on the year, according to latest research from Infonetics, with Cisco once again leaving its footprints all over the market.
eBay plays down 'shill' bidding allegations
Giant auction site eBay is being sued for allegedly using "shill" bidding against its own customers to force up prices and increase the fees it's able to charge.
Intel puts Itanium saviour on ice
Intel has plumped, constrained and then killed a future version of Itanium once meant to save the entire franchise, The Register has learned.
EDS shutting 21 US, European centres
EDS will pull down the shutters at 21 facilities, including four in Europe, by the end of next year as it shifts more work to India.
Japan.gov weathers DDoS attack
Surfers were intermittently unable to reach the websites of the Japanese prime minister and Cabinet Office this week following a sustained denial of service attack. Japan Today reports the National Police Agency is tracing the source of attacks which left Japanese government websites difficult to reach between Tuesday and Wednesday this week (22 and 23 February). Meanwhile officials are reviewing security.
Windows licensing - don't swallow it, says MS
Microsoft is as famed for the quality and incisiveness of its marketing as it is for the security of its products, but we're particularly impressed by a recent effort which seems designed to make it just that bit tougher for the Redmond sales teams when they hit the corporate accounts. "Microsoft Windows licensing", says the slogan. "Not quite as obvious until now." And jumping out of the page to the eye of the potential purchaser poised to read all about the joys of Windows licensing, we have a cactus labelled "Do not swallow."
Mandrakesoft snags Conectiva
Mandrakesoft, the French Linux distie, is bulking up by buying Brazil-based Linux distributor Conectiva for $2.3m in stock.
Spy fears spook IBM-Lenovo deal
For years the Chinese government fretted that the US was using its technology lead to spy on the country - but now the tables are turned. The US government has much deeper concerns about what China can glean from the historic Lenovo-IBM PC deal than recent reports have indicated.
Cisco switch partners see Fibre Channel green
Cisco knows the way to a channel partner's heart - cold, hard cash. The switch maker this week announced a new program to reward partners who can move certain amounts of Cisco's MDS 9000 line of Fibre Channel storage switches.
Strength through pessimism! Keeping your stuff safe
"We have a lot of optimistic engineers - but not enough pessimistic engineers," reckons David Rosenthal. In the 1980s, Rosenthal designed the NeWS windowing system with James Gosling. In the 1990s he was NVidia's fourth employee, or really the first person the three co-founders hired. But for the past few years Rosenthal has been tackling an issue that's very close to Register readers' hearts - we know from your mail.