23rd > August > 1998 Archive

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UK shop fined £1,000 for selling Duke Nukem to kid

UK trading standards officers have started to take tough action against shops selling adult rated computer games to children, it has emerged. The Harrow tradings standards office last week won a victory against a local Computer Exchange shop after it sold a copy of £30 popular game Duke Nukem to a 13-year old schoolboy. Computer Exchange was fined £1,000 by Harrow magistrates and also made to pay £467 after the local trading standards office arranged a "sting" operation in which the 13-year old and the 11-year old made visits to the shop to buy the games. Computer games are classified by the British Board of Film Classification, and the shop was charged under the Video Recording Act of 1984. Computer Exchange shops operate in many high streets throughout the country. As the name suggests, they act as a trade-in and reseller operation for second hand computer hardware and software. ®
Mike Magee, 23 Aug 1998
The Register breaking news

Intel gets support for PII-450

A raft of PC vendors will support Intel's introduction of its 450MHz Pentium II and its two enhanced Celeron processors. (See other stories on this page). Although the original Celeron failed to garner much support at its launch, vendors including IBM, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Toshiba and local companies including Carrera are expected to incorporate some, if not all of the offerings, into PCs aimed at the September market. But sources said that Compaq is delaying introducing machines based on the chips, although it will follow suit with a 450MHz Pentium II shortly. The two Celeron processors, which use a Mendocino core, are aimed at the sub-$1,000 market but the PII/450 is prices much higher and will be aimed at what Intel calls the "Performance PC" rather than the "Basic PC" market. UK company Carrera, however, said it is able to introduce its Power Pro II-450 at a price of £1,299 for a configuration which includes 100MHz of synchronous DRAM, an 8.4Gb drive, and other options including DVD drive, Video Logic Sonic Storm card and a 56K modem. Carrera did not say whether it would introduce machines using the Celeron processors. Jez Deacon, technical director at Carrera, said that the PII-450 offers the ultimate performance for high end power users. Intel is expected to cut prices again on September 14th next, although the company refuses to say which parts, apart from the Celeron 266MHz, will be affected. ® None of the companies mentioned in this article are investors in The Register
Mike Magee, 23 Aug 1998