MS pressured to quit delaying and comply with antitrust settlement
The US Justice Department has reported to a federal judge that it is 'concerned' with the way Microsoft is dragging its heels in complying with terms of the antitrust settlement.
In particular, the Microsoft Communications Protocol Program (MCPP) is the thorny issue. The program was designed to 'license certain Communications Protocols on reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms' and 'in a timely manner' - in fact within three months of the settlement - and for the purpose of 'unfettering the market and restoring competition'. ...more
Toshiba unveils triple layered DVD
Undaunted by the blue laser supply problems which are holding back supplies of its HD DVD player, Toshiba has come up with a new triple layer technology for optical discs.
The technology, which is the latest version of Toshiba's DVD TWIN format, will allow players to read discs with two layers of HD DVD and one layer of DVD or vice versa.
This would mean discs to can be pre-recorded with both standard DVD and high definition versions of a film, for example, so that consumers
could upgrade their hardware in their own time. ...more
IIS 4, 5 and 6 fatally flawed, patch now
Microsoft Web server vulnerable to hackers again and again and again... ...more
Microsoft fixes Passport 'feature'
Microsoft says it has fixed an `oversight` in its Passport system that allowed an attacker to redirect the response containing a link that would allow the password to be changed to any desired email address.
It suspended the feature while looking for a fix and on Friday claimed that Passport was back on its feet and secure.
Microsoft suggests a simple test to see if you have been affected: if you can sign in to your account, you're all right. ...more
Samsung's new memory chip 'twice the speed of DDR2'
Samsung, the world's biggest memory manufacturer is claiming another breakthrough in DRAM design. The company claims a new ultrafast prototype chip can deliver data at 1066Mbits per second.
If true, the 512Mbit part, inevitably dubbed DDR3, is twice as fast as the current generation of DDR2 designs and five times that of the original DDR devices. ...more