13th > August > 2004 Archive

419ers break into the oil business

It appears that decent 419 scam emails are like buses - you wait ages for one and then eight turn up at once.
Lester Haines, 13 Aug 2004

European sofas brace for HDTV

Momentum for HDTV is now building. Broadcasters have announced definite deployment plans and the consumer electronics industry is a-buzz over this new market. Some observers said that HDTV would never come to the European market, but this year it has arrived and James Healey, Datamonitor's senior media and broadcasting technologies analyst, says that it is here to stay...
Datamonitor, 13 Aug 2004

US Emergency Alert System open to hack attack

The US Emergency Alert System (EAS) that lets officials instantly interrupt radio and TV broadcasts to provide emergency information in a crisis suffers from security holes that leave it vulnerable to denial of service attacks, and could even permit hackers to issue their own false regional alerts, federal regulators acknowledged Thursday.
Kevin Poulsen, 13 Aug 2004

Cardholders clueless on chip and pin

Retailers will be bracing themselves for what could be a chaotic festive season following the news that more than half of British cardholders know little or nothing about the new chip and pin card system.
Startups.co.uk, 13 Aug 2004

AMD sells first 90nm CPUs - analyst

AMD has begun revenue shipments of its 90nm processors and will begin larger scale output next month, a Goldman Sachs analyst has claimed.
Tony Smith, 13 Aug 2004

Corporates can delay XP SP2 auto-update

Microsoft is to allow organisations to defer the adoption of Windows XP SP2 ahead of its widespread availability though Automatic Update and Windows Update starting next Monday (16 August).
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2004

BBC Tech staff reject Siemens sell-off - again

Tech staff at the Beeb have voted overwhelmingly to reject plans to sell off BBC Technology to Siemens. In the latest ballot more than 92 per cent of union staff said they want the sale of the broadcaster's technology division to be scrapped. Workers also rejected the latest revised offer on the table by 53.2 per cent.
Tim Richardson, 13 Aug 2004

How to make hard cash from old IT

Small businesses do not need to worry about the cost of complying with new EU rules for disposal of old hardware after all. According to one recovery firm, companies may actually end up making a profit from the WEEE Directive.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Aug 2004

419ers make guest appearance in Doom 3

UpdatedNigerian 419ers certainly like to travel. Since kicking off their careers as international scamsters back in the old mother country, they've popped up in Liberia, Ivory Coast, Dubai, Zimbabwe, Iraq, China and even a low-earth orbit. What they have not, however, managed is to journey into the future - or so we thought.
Lester Haines, 13 Aug 2004

Hush ATX silent PC

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Trusted Reviews, 13 Aug 2004

Clockwork radio pioneer to float company

The man behind the clockwork radio - Trevor Baylis - is to float his incubator company in a bid to generate more cash to help fund the work of aspiring inventors.
Tim Richardson, 13 Aug 2004

Credit card crime squad celebrates success

A UK police squad dedicated to fighting out credit card fraud has recovered 36,000 cards and card details in its first two years of operation. The Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU) estimates it work has prevented £65m in fraudulent losses during its two year pilot.
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2004

Reg readers warm to BSA antipiracy weasel

LettersIt being Friday, we thought Letters could do with a lighthearted tone, for a change. And what, dear readers, could be more lighthearted than a story involving children and animals? And software piracy. Oh, wait, that spoiled it...
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Aug 2004

Digital print booths: more reader snapshots

LettersThanks to all those readers who have kept stoking the fire of the digital print booth debate. We kick off this round-up of new input with Scott Holland, who's got some first-hand experience of the Kodak flavour of kiosk:
Lester Haines, 13 Aug 2004

CBI wishes for the ID scheme we're not getting

The Confederation of British Industry, the public prints told us this morning, has backed the government's "flawed" ID card scheme, from which one might conclude that the UK business umbrella body thinks ID cards a good thing in principle, but that the scheme as currently presented needs a fair bit of work. This however is not so - the CBI says "employers are ready to back an ID [note that 'card' is missing] scheme in principle", then presents a long and broadly well-argued document discussing the issues of identity management as they relate to individuals and business.
John Lettice, 13 Aug 2004

Office phones filthier than toilet seat

Filthy phones and germ-infested keyboards mean that anyone eating their lunch while at their desk could be biting off more than they can chew. In fact, a recent report by the University of Arizona found that the typical office desk harbours around 400-times more disease-causing bacteria than a toilet seat.
Tim Richardson, 13 Aug 2004

Small.biz unprepared for disaster

Businesses remain largely apathetic about disaster recovery even after they have seen the effects of catastrophic communications failures first hand, according to a survey out this week.
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2004

Euro filing reveals Apple 'handheld computer'

Apple has filed for a European design trademark which may provide a tantalising glimpse of the company's long-awaited tablet computer.
Tony Smith, 13 Aug 2004

El Reg pledges to name BSA antipiracy weasel

CompetitionThe Business Software Alliance's plans to name their weasel mascot by holding a competition for school children has obviously moved you, our beloved readers. Such a quantity of emails flooded into Vulture Central that we felt it our duty to respond with immediate action.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Aug 2004

Ashlee Vance: the readers have spoken

Poll resultsWell, the polls have closed, the votes have been counted and now it's time to reveal just what readers think of our stateside correspondent Ashlee Vance, legendary champion of the all-American Segway. Around 10,000 readers took the time to chip in their two bits' worth on the issue, so let's see if Ashlee is to be crowned with laurel or dispatched to the Vulture Central toilet block.
Lester Haines, 13 Aug 2004

Buffy the Censor Slayer

LettersThe news that the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently rejected a complaint from the Parents Television Council (PTC) that an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer contained illicit nookie caused quite a stir with readers.
Lester Haines, 13 Aug 2004

UK police issue 'vicious' Trojan alert

Britain's top cybercrime fighters have joined up with the banking industry today in warning of the latest attempt to defraud online banking customers. The attacks, in the form of 'Trojan horse' emails, have been spammed out to a number of email account holders randomly across the country. The emails contain links to malicious websites in North America and China. The UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) is working with the Internet industry to have these sites shut down. At the time of writing three have been taken out of commission but others remain active.
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2004

Cheat on me and the sex vid goes live

It seems that one of the most dangerous things you can do in a relationship is make a video of yourself and your loved one getting jiggy with it. It will almost certainly come back to haunt you; a fact which one Clara Whitehouse has learned the hard way, the Sun reports.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Aug 2004

SEC to examine Playboy for boobs

The Securities and Exchange Commission will be examining the September issue of Playboy even more closely than normal. The reason? The appearance of a pair of boobs at a particularly sensitive time.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Aug 2004

Why aren't more women in ICT?

The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) is carrying out a "major investigation" to discover why there are so few women working in the ICT sector.
Tim Richardson, 13 Aug 2004

Outsourcing Human Resources: cause for celebration?

The rise in importance of the Human Resources (HR) department within the company structure has gone on unchecked for decades. There was a day when it was simply called payroll, but now its influence stretches right to the top, and it busies itself evaluating employee performance, and generally bewildering all with bureaucracy for even the smallest decision within every department...
Datamonitor, 13 Aug 2004

Nanotech aids green hydrogen production

A UK company has developed a nano-crystalline material that will dramatically improve the production of hydrogen by using solar energy to split water more efficiently into its elemental parts.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Aug 2004

HP: The Adaptive Enterprise that can't adapt

OpinionFor quite some time now, HP has been hawking its Adaptive Enterprise idea to anyone that would listen. The basic concept being that companies need to use technology as a tool for making quick, fluid changes in their businesses. But after HP blamed a disastrous SAP roll-out for its third quarter failings, you have to wonder exactly how adaptive HP's own enterprise really is.
Ashlee Vance, 13 Aug 2004

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