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IBMs plunders copper mine for new RS/6000s

IBM has moved the switched SMP architecture it uses in its RS/6000 S80 down into its more affordable mid-range Unix servers. Three new lines – two six-ways and an eight-way – were rolled out today and as expected, all three use copper interconnects in their CPUs.
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Mice squeak and slugs have feelings

A mouse that squeaks is being heralded as a major breakthrough for sufferers of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).
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World Online pays runaway girl's 900 Net bill

World Online has pledged to pay the 900 phone bill of Internet runaway Karen Churcher.
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Will BA pass on e-commerce savings to customers?

British Airways - one the airlines behind a new on-line travel agency - said it would not necessarily reduce ticket prices for consumers, despite announcing that the new portal is expected to "significantly cut the cost of selling and distributing tickets for the member companies".
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NHS to ask average Joe what he wants

You know the NHS is tragically underfunded, overrun, inefficient and bureaucratic? Well, worry no more. Alan Milburn, secretary of state for health, is going to succeed where every other minister of health has failed since the 60s. How's he going to do it? By listening to doctors, nurses and us the public, of course.
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Microsoft picks fight with Slashdot

Despite Microsoft's request to Slashdot owner and ISP Andover.net to remove postings containing technical details of its proprietary extensions to Kerberos, the open source authentication standard, they're still up there.
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Internet Explorer cookies leave you naked

Anyone who uses cookies for authentication or to store data like passwords could have that information exposed by Internet Explorer and intercepted by a malicious Web site, Peacefire.org reports.
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Euro anonymous email plans are ‘unworkable’

Plans by Europe to ban anonymous e-mail are to be ditched because such a move would simply be unworkable, The Register has learned.
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Napster Metallica ban proving hard to enforce

Napster's attempts to block over 300,000 alleged Metallica pirates are proving rather difficult to enforce.
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Speech data mobile to cost less than $500

A mobile handset which uses Lernout & Hauspie speech technology and Intel's StrongArm chip, is set to debut before Christmas this year and will cost less than $500.
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eBay seller suspended after caught bidding for own item

A scamster has been caught trying to push up a price on an eBay auction by bidding for his own item.
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Win2k service pack 1 goes into beta

Microsoft has posted a beta of Windows 2000 Service Pack 1, according to Paul Thurrott of WinInfo. It's only available to Universal and Professional MSDN members, via the MSDN Subscriber Downloads site, and Paul reports that it's a chunky 190 megabytes, so don't all rush at once.
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The world may well be a great big onion, but the Internet is a big bow tie

Those wacky funsters at AltaVista, Compaq and IBM reckon that the Web is like a bow tie.
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Nvidia selected for Linux based X-Box rival

What's good enough for Microsoft is good enough for Linux, if Indrema's decision to base its own games console on Nvidia's GeForce - just like Microsoft's X-Box - is anything to go by.
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Jobless Vista beckons for Alta Vista staffers

AltaVista Europe has said that job cuts in the US will not dent its recruitment drive programme in Britain and the Continent.
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How to beat the Napster ban

Banned by Napster? Want to get back on? According to Register readers, it's a doddle, and we're happy to pass the information on to anyone who feels they've been unjustly penalised by the software company and/or Metallica, the band who's lawsuit provoked the ban.
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MS Kerberos assault – Slashdot's defence avenues

Microsoft's Kerberos letter to Slashdot was sent from its "designated agent" JK Weston, but he's no cloak-and-dagger man. The US Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires a designated agent to be appointed, which Microsoft appears to have done, and the details to be filed with the Copyright Office at the Library of Congress. The DMCA implements the provisions of the WIPO treaties that the US signed in 1996.
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Windows, the next generation to show in June – for rent

Microsoft is to release details of its next big project, Next Generation Windows Services, at Forum 2000 in Redmond on 1st June. NGWS is the big project Bill Gates allegedly stopped running Microsoft to supervise, but since it was first mentioned in his resignation release in January, very little information on the project has escaped, and the grand announcement itself seems to have slipped a bit.
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The Register guide to beating the Love Bug. Not

Special report When we wrote about how not to defend yourself against ILOVEYOU yesterday, we thought there were quite a few dumb people out there. But we were wrong. We asked Register readers for their virus war stories and - sheesh - there's a virtually infinite number of dumb people out there.