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Transmeta's secret will finally be revealed at Comdex in November. Or not - according to Linus Torvalds. Intercepted by reporters earlier today in Helsinki, Torvalds displayed recursive enigmaticism by telling them he thought he might now be able to tell them when he'd be able to tell them. But what he then told them was that Transmeta was thinking about saying something at Comdex, or alternatively saying when it would be able to say something then. If that didn't give you a nasty doze of the bends, you'll have grasped that he's saying when he might say when he might say something. But Linus is a suss guy who must grasp that Transmeta's cunning ploy of not saying anything at all and thus garnering huge quantities of free publicity has to run out of shelf life sooner or later. Plus, there have been a couple of straws in the wind. The patent application (See story) gives an idea of the territory it's headed for, and there have been rumours, some of which might even turn out to be true... ®

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