Nortel axes 7,000 jobs
Nortel is to axe a further 7,000 jobs amid warnings that it will once again miss its revenue target.The company blamed the job cuts on the depressed telco sector, and in particular, on further reductions in spending by service providers in the US.
HP, Dell ditch MS Works for WordPerfect
Hewlett-Packard is to pre-install Corel's WordPerfect suite on its consumer PCs, a blow to market leader Microsoft.
Worldwide server revenue drops 13% in Q2
Worldwide revenue for server hardware dropped 13% in the second quarter, compared to the same period last year, according to the latest figures from Gartner Inc's Dataquest unit.
KaZaA poisoned with salted files?
Is there a conspiracy to flood the KaZaA file-sharing network with bad files?
Felt-tip marker hack for copy-protect CDs ‘completely neutralized’
Israel-based Midbar Tech announced yesterday that 10 million CDs using its Cactus Data Shield technology have been released in Japan, bringing the total number of music CDs using the controversial copy-protection utility to about 30 million. Coincidentally, a Japanese entrepreneur is credited with the 1962 invention of the versatile writing instrument called the fibre- or felt-tip pen.
Internet anonymity for Linux newbies
One of the most attractive things about Linux is the number of installation options one is presented with and how tempting it is to customize. But for a newbie, in terms of Web security and PC hygiene, that's also the worst thing about it. The fact is, Windows is easier than Linux for a casual user to make fairly secure, whereas Linux is easier than Windows for a power user to make very secure.
Oracle cleans up pricing act
We popped over to Oracle's Web site today to take a gander at the Software Investment Guide, designed by the database giant to clarify its arcane pricing.
Canada preps Internet snoopers charter
The Canadian Government has published proposals to increase law enforcement powers to monitor the country's citizens online.
25m use DSL worldwide
More than 25 million homes and businesses around the world are hooked up to DSL, according to the latest stats from analysts Point Topic.
ADSL registration cheats don't prosper
Broadband cheats have been warned not to fiddle BT Wholesale's broadband pre-registration system.
UK clamps down on IT work permits
Tech workers from overseas will find it harder to obtain UK work permits, following the government's decision to remove all IT jobs from its shortage occupation list. The change to so-called Tier One Fast Track Visas (FTV) takes effect on September 1.
Einstein fends off Reality Distortion Field
Ever since the launch of the G4 line, Apple has used the phrase "faster than light" to describe the new CPU.
Win2k SP3, the ‘snooper’ licence, and the workaround
We've had quite a few emails from Windows 2000 Service Pack refuseniks who propose not to go anywhere near SP3 on the grounds that the installation insists you agree to the new-look Microsoft 'snooper's charter' supplementary licence in order to apply it. The critical clauses seem to be becoming standard for Microsoft products, and although they can be presented as helpful/necessary for updates, they could also be used for DRM purposes, and provide cover for more widespread snooping.
MS yanks free Web TTFs
Font abusers have spoiled a good thing and caused Microsoft to end free downloads of their TrueType fonts for the Web, the company says.
How to defang Win2k SP3's auto updating
Last week we told you how to install Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 without having to agree to Microsoft's all-new 'we can steal your stuff but we're not going to, honest' supplementary licence. We accepted at the time, of course, that the exercise was essentially frivolous, in that you'd probably be in breach of your licence agreement anyway if you circumvented the new Ts & Cs, and because just circumventing it wouldn't do anything to block the activities you objected to.
Why computer fonts are so valuable
LettersRecently I posted an article lamenting MS' sudden withdrawal of its previously free TrueType fonts for the Web, and complaining that this leaves *nix users in a lurch for truly handsome fonts to use in X.
02 touts games arcade for mobile phones
02, the mobile phone network, launches the UK's first commercial Java games service for phones on Sunday (Sept 1).
PGP is back!
Phil Zimmermann's PGP is back in the hands of an independent company, after Network Associates agreed to sell the technology it mothballed back in March to a start-up specially created to market PGP.
Popular MS download has mysterious vuln
A certain remote root vulnerability in a Microsoft application called File Transfer Manager (FTM), a gimmick for developers, beta testers and volume license addicts (i.e., most of their corporate customers) alike, is not serious and there's almost no chance that some wily blackhat has used it against you.
The Stuckist Net – what is your post-Palladium future?
"Your paintings are stuck, you are stuck! Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!" - Tracey Emin [to Billy Childish].
Exemptions exempted in Europe's DMCA
The European equivalent DMCA is a done deal, but the implementation of opt-outs could make all the difference in each EU member state. And the United Kingdom is missing out.
Media giants demand ISPs block Web sites
They've sued Napster and Scour into submission; realizing that this is expensive, they've bought numerous Congressional lapdogs to force the DoJ to become their personal 'Copyright 911' so that challenges to their production and distribution monopoly can be hounded down and eliminated at the taxpayer's expense rather than their own; they've lobbied Congress to impose DRM controls on virtually all media and virtually all devices, including your computer; and now, for a final assault on human dignity, the Recording Industry Ass. of America has sued for the right to determine which Web sites you and I will be permitted to visit.
Sun Solaris pants on fire – official
Almost three months ago those nice people at Sun offered a free DVD of Solaris for Intel or Sparc. But as the weeks rolled by and silence (apart from spam from Sun) reigned, descriptive phrases involving words like "duplicitous", "bastards", "mouth" and "trousers" increasingly sprang to the lips of that fine collection of freeloaders which constitutes The Register's readership.
EU to force ISPs and telcos to retain data for one year
European Union proposals on data retention would compel telecom firms to keep customer email logs, details of internet usage and phone call records for at least a year.
Starbuck's sells free WiFi access
If they can sell burnt, ruined coffee at premium prices, why not wireless Web access one could have for free? So goes the reasoning behind Starbucks' decision to offer WiFi at $30.00 a month in Portland, Oregon's Pioneer Square, where free access is already provided by grassroots outfit Personal Telco.
Sony, Apple make phone dream team
Speculation that Apple is planning to launch a smartphone has been revived by John Markoff in the New York Times.
SonyEricsson cuts Linux P800 fee to zero
SonyEricsson hopes to mollify developers who've discovered that writing native C++ applications for the much-hyped P800 can carry a hefty fee. The move favors the savvy rather than savant: determined Linux developers should be able to get in for nothing.
Why the new MS licensing Ts & Cs are important
We've found Fred Langa absolutely hysterical for years, so we're pleased to see we've finally been able - however unintentionally - to repay our debt to the Great Man. We are, apparently, hysterical, yellow-tinted, inflammatory, and publish (amongst, he concedes, better stuff) embarrasingly shallow rants. We wouldn't ordinarily trouble you with the maunderings of some overpaid boat-anchor, but Fred, by getting it absolutely wrong, illustrates why it's vital that people are aware of the steady ratcheting upwards of Microsoft's (and indeed the software industry's in general) licensing terms and conditions, and why it is important to worry about them.