25th > February > 2005 Archive
Disk drive shortage cramps EMC style
A widespread disk drive shortage continues to cramp EMC's style, with the vendor saying its financial results could be affected because of the lack of hardware.
VoIP carriers launch international peering network
Internet calls to landlines could get even cheaper, following yesterday's launch of an international peering network of VoIP providers. Fourteen companies have signed up to the free-of-charge interconnection service including Callme.se (Sweden), e-fon.ch (Switzerland), Magrathea Telecommunications (Great Britain), Musimi.dk (Denmark), MS Networks (Luxembourg), sipgate (Austria, Germany, Great Britain) and SIPphone (USA).
VIA unveils Turion chipset
VIA today launched its first chipset pitched at AMD's Turion thin'n'light notebook platform, days after it said it had shipped more than 100m chipsets for AMD processors.
Nvidia ships 'world's fastest' notebook graphics chip
Nvidia today extended its notebook-oriented graphics chip range, adding what it claims is the "world's fastest mobile GPU" to the line-up.
New Labour ex-hooker's shady IBM past revealed
Here's one to conjure with. Christine Wheatley has just been dropped from the Labour Party's shortlist of candidates for Copeland, Cumbria after she revealed a colourful past as a Paris hooker. But immediately before that she says she'd been working for IBM.
Captain McBride and the SCO Titanic
CommentWhat's the difference between Edward John Smith, the Captain of the Titanic and Darl McBride, CEO and President of SCO. Well, for one thing, Captain Smith didn't steer his doomed ship towards the iceberg, he hit it by accident.
NI heralds 100% broadband coverage
The final nine telephone exchanges in Northern Ireland have now been enabled with ADSL technology giving broadband availability to 98.5 per cent of the region. The announcement was made by BT Northern Ireland in association with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) and the Building Sustainable Prosperity programme.
Ebbers in the dark over accounting scandal - witness
Bernie Ebbers was not aware of the $11bn (£5.8bn) accounting fraud that torpedoed the telecoms giant in 2002, a court heard yesterday.
Woolworths targets digital music rivals with price cut
UK retail giant Woolworths today put pressure on rival - and better known - online digital music services like Napster and Apple's iTunes by offering sales tax-free downloads, bringing the per-track price down to 67p.
EU and Asia unite against spammers
European and Asian countries agreed to unite in the fight against spam at the conclusion of an ecommerce conference in London this week. Government participants attending an Asia-Europe (ASEM) conference on ecommerce issued a joint statement pledging to tackle the junk mail menace.
Europe probes 'rip off' Apple iTunes pricing
The European Commission (EC) has confirmed it is looking into allegations that Apple's iTunes Music Store discriminates against UK consumers by charging them more to download the same song than it charges other European music buyers.
US Navy downs dummy ballistic missile
The US has successfully downed a dummy ballistic missile in a test of the sea-based element of its Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) programme. The cruiser Lake Erie used a Standard Missile (SM)-3 to intercept the mock warhead fired from the US Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Kauai.
Intel to buy digital TV chip maker
Intel is to buy Oplus Technologies, a digital TV processor maker, the chip giant said yesterday.
XP deloaded? MS tightens screws on loose product keys
Microsoft is tightening the screws further on pirate copies of Windows by disabling Internet activation of XP product keys for software distributed by all of the large OEMs. The move however doesn't take the company anywhere close to universal compliance, and seems more intended to reduce casual copying and leakage from the PC channel.
Bomb disposal disarms napalm-making teen
British Army bomb disposal experts have disarmed a Suffolk teenager who brought home-made "napalm" into school, the Daily Telegraph reports. The unnamed 14 or 15-year-old apparently got instructions on how to knock up the concoction from a website, and rather splendidly decided to spend the half term holiday producing the flammable brew.
Scottish Parliament lines up against ID scheme
The Scottish Parliament yesterday condemned the UK ID Cards Bill as flawed and an unacceptable threat to civil liberties, leaving the legal position of the ID scheme largely unchanged but positioning it as a live election issue north of the border. The vote suggests that the Scottish Executive's 'kinder, gentler ID' policy may not be enough.
Irate students peel Reg hack
LettersOur report this week into the potato PC scam which left south London students clutching a very expensive laptop bag full of spuds provoked an angry response from some cash-strapped young 'uns. The outrage was caused by our reference to "grant cheque" - a term fondly remembered by we "old timers" who need to "get with the programme, grandpa", as two readers put it.
BT has until June to resolve 'equal access' issues
A full-scale Enterprise Act investigation that could lead to the eventual break-up of BT will kick-off in June should efforts to introduce greater competition and transparency at the giant telco fail.
Trend Micro archive bug unearthed
Trend Micro is urging users of its anti-virus products to apply security updates following the discovery of a potentially serious security vulnerability in 29 of its products. The security bug - discovered by security researchers at ISS - involves flaws in the processing of ARJ archive files by an antivirus library that give rise to possible buffer overflow attacks. "Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could be used to gain unauthorized access to networks and machines being protected by Trend Micro AntiVirus Library product," ISS warns.
Jubologist links breast type to personality
An Italian sexologist has claimed that he can tell a woman's personality from the size and shape of her breasts, and his research has revealed some interesting and previously unknown facts about human females.
BOFH: Goin' underground
Episode 7"Okay, so we just need you to run a cable across the street then!" the Boss says, pointing to the new set of offices across the road that the company has leased. "Do we just sling a cable across the street to them?"
China favours EVD over DVD
China has formally declared its Enhanced Video Disc (EVD) format the national standard for digital video discs, its Ministry of Information Industry (MII) said this week.
MP calls for action over menacing 'silent' calls
Communications regulator Ofcom isn't doing enough to protect people from the menace of "silent" phone calls made by companies trying to flog their goods and services.
Orange next-gen smart phone details leak
Mobile phone network Orange's next smart phone has made its web debut in the form of an allegedly leaked pic of the handset.
Qwest sweetens MCI offer
Qwest has sweetened its offer for MCI although it stopped short of increasing the $8bn (£4.23bn) bid currently on the table. The improved offer comes with certain additional assurances including guaranteeing the value of stock in the cash and paper deal.
Currency effects boost Ingram Q4
The weakened dollar helped Ingram Micro boost its margins in the fourth quarter, the distributor’s latest results show.
Firefox dusted down with security upgrade
Mozilla yesterday released an updated version of its popular Firefox browser, version 1.0.1. The release includes several fixes to guard against spoofing and arbitrary code execution and changes designed to boost the stability of the browser.
McAfee looks ahead after mediocre Q4
Security firm McAfee yesterday reported reduced fourth quarter revenues but predicted rosier times ahead following its decision to sell off two flagging division last year. For the quarter ending 31 December 2004, McAfee reported revenues of $244m down from $272m in Q4 2003. Pre-tax quarterly earnings came out at $24m (the firm is still assessing its tax bill) while Q4 2004 operating profit fell to $38m from $50m in the same quarter last year.
McData seesaws through Q4
Switch maker McData had some serious ups and downs during its fourth quarter.
Doonesbury savages Pepperland's copyright utopians
As anyone involved with the original Apple Newton project knows only too well, when Garry Trudeau's satirical eye engages a target, there's only one winner. The Doonesbury cartoonist has a gift for holding up a mirror to bad ideas so they collapse under the weight of their own absurdities. This week[*] Trudeau has turned his attention to the "Creative Commons" project.
Loki puts donations toward $1m MPAA payoff
OpinionGive the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) credit for a huge win against P2P file-trading technology. A recent settlement has exposed the scaly underbelly of some P2P site operators. In particular, the MPAA has outed Edward Webber - the owner of BitTorrent hub LokiTorrent.