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Letsbuyit.com ducks out of float

Like a bunch of boy scouts in a raft race who built their craft fastest and are now hesitating before they get onto the precarious-looking thing, Britain's dotcoms are watching everyone else before they hit the stock exchange.
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Wine sales online are going to get corked

Online wine sellers will be the next wave of e-tailers to suffer a big shakeout.

Boffins predict uncrackabe quantum data tech

Japanese scientists at the country's telecoms ministry are proposing to use quantum mechanics to transmit data across next-but-one-generation networks.
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RedHotAnt Speaks!

RedHotAnt has responded to our request for a comment on its recent security breach.
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Intel BIOS update – close but no cigar

Updated You see what happens? You write a positive story about Intel and fate vomits in your face.
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Martha Lane Fox ducks the limelight

Lastminute.com's sweater girl, Martha Lane Fox, is sticking her head back below the parapet. The company is recruiting a head of spin to buff up its image.
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Napster details copyright case defence

Napster will play the 'industry chiefs will do anything to stay in charge' card when it battles the copyright infringement case brought against it by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
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Steven Norris joins IT spin doctors

Ex-philanderer and Tory London mayoral candidate Steven Norris has joined the world of IT spin.
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And the Socket A overclocking champion is…

We have a world first today. Slot A has posted its review of the Soltek 75KV Socket A ATX Motherboard. They speak very highly of it, ranking it as a contender for K7T Pro's current spot as Socket A over-clocking champion. Scores a very respectable nine out of ten.
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Can't find your favourite site?

Folks who regularly use more than one PC will be more than aware of the irritation of discovering that the bookmark you want isn't on the machine you happen to be using.
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Flame of the Week

In some ways, The Flame Of The Week (FOTW) a misleading title - as we don't always get around to posting a new flame every seven days. Any delay, and we get accused of losing our nerve. That ain't so: we simply don't get enough interesting flames to merit publication each week. This is not a call for spoof messages. Previous Flames Of The Week include
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Virgin launches high street Internet stores

A tired and slightly distracted Richard Branson let slip about Virgin's plans to set up Internet one-stop shops in old Our Price stores this lunchtime.

30 million Brits have a mobile phone

More than half of Brits now own a mobile phone, with one handset sold every two seconds.
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Hackers can make your PC explode

Hackers can now turn your home computer into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens, and do so remotely from thousands of miles away, the Weekly World News reports.
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Dr Spinola's PC Clinic Incompetence and Incomprehensibility

Dear Dr Spinola Please help me, I appear to have rather rashly purchased an Intel 820 motherboard... Dr Spinola replies As a doctor, I am often asked why people buy computer hardware that turns out to be totally unfit for the purpose for which it was obtained. There is a medical term for this malady - Incomptens Nervosa …
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What the Hell is … the PC retail rigging claim all about?

Britain's biggest PC retailer Dixons was this week facing legal action after being accused of playing its part in rip-off Britain.
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RIP: Tories attack from the Right

Oliver Heald, Conservative MP for NE Herts, is one of the fiercest opponents of the government's proposed Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill. In an interview with The Register, he explains which main aspects have still to be resolved with less than six months before the proposed Act is expected to be passed.
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RIP Bill – ISP costs mount up

ISPs could have to pay more than £200,000 per year to comply with the government's plans to intercept Web traffic.
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What the hell is… the UK's RIP Bill

The UK Government's Regulatory Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill goes before Select Committee in the House of Commons today and in a little more than six months it could be enshrined in law. But with 30 amendments tabled against it and an angry mob of opponents waiting to string it up, RIP has become better known for the widespread - and some might say kneejerk - reaction people have had to it, rather than for its aims and content.
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Big Brother Bill faces Select Committee storm

Opponents of the Government's Regulatory Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill are preparing for the next round in the fight to have it stopped in its present format, when the draft legislation goes before a Select Committee tomorrow.
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Man uses spam to sell kidney

A Virginian man is looking to raise at least $1 million by selling his kidney on a 99-year lease. Phillip Jones is emailing media groups outside the US to try and gain publicity for the sale of his vital organ.
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E-sign act a victory for democracy, Clinton reckons

US President Bill Clinton delivered a patriotic speech via the gimmick of a Web-cast to commemorate both the New Economy and Independence Day, during which he enthused with satisfaction over the blessings of e-commerce upon a grateful nation, as embodied in a piece of recently-signed legislation empowering the masses to sign contracts electronically, and so catapult themselves instantaneously into debt with only the click of a mouse.
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Home truths: Bionic man takes the Metal Mickey

The cover of this month's Wired features "cybernetics pioneer" Kevin Warwick explaining how he is pushing the boundaries of science and humanity by turning himself into a cyborg -- part man, part machine. A small implant into his arm will allow a computer to decide its movements, paving the way for a future where humans and machines are inexorably linked.
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Dr Spinola: How can I stop hairs getting in my PC?

Having trouble with your brand new machine or with the lovely application software that's cost you an arm and a leg? Our very own PC paramedic, Dr. Spinola, will guide you through the hardware morass.
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Dr Spinola: My PC doesn't work: what shall I do?

PC Clinic Having trouble with your brand new machine or with the lovely application software that's cost you an arm and a leg? Our very own PC Doctor, Dr. Spinola, will guide you through the hardware morass.
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Flame of The Week: Full Coverage

In some ways, The Flame Of The Week (FOTW) a misleading title -- as we don't always get around to posting a new flame every seven days. Any delay, and we get accused of losing our nerve.
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Silicon implants boost your orbs

US surgeons have implanted an experimental electronic retina into the eyes of three blind people, proving that the operation can be done without the eye automatically rejecting the device.

Welcome back to WAP

The sheer hideous number of WAP phone announcements has slowed down in recent weeks, but don't think the situation has got any better. We had taken refuge from the craziness but are now heading back into the fray as, despite all advice to the contrary, people still want to know about it.
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Drugs for sale on Welsh Assembly site

The Welsh Assembly has sacked an employee after emails advertising the sale of dope appeared on the organisation's internal bulletin boards.
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Opposition mounts against UK's Big Brother Bill

Parliament is today debating plans which will massively extend Government snooping powers in Britain.
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Register ABCe – six million and rising

Hurrah, The Register's latest ABCe audit results are published today -- and great reading they make too. For us, any rate.
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ONdigital's script for journalists

Scripts for OnDigital press conference written a week before the 11 July event
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I'll get you, Penelope Pitstop

From: Nicholas Vining Date: Thu, 2 Dec 1999 17:09:33 Subject: You are the worst reporter I have ever seen in my entire life
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MS exec's hunting trip: illegally chased and shot 4 antelopes

John Lettice
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Crackers are common criminals

Opinion Hackers have a certain romantic image - it's a bit like Robin Hood; the small man against the machine; the righter of wrongs, that sort of thing.
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ONdigital launches psychic NetTV box

Next Tuesday ONdigital will announce the launch of a new TV channel and forthcoming Net box that will give consumers Internet access through their TV. Details are a little sketchy but the channel, so far unnamed, will be out next year.
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MS hands out gongs to star programmers

Microsoft has inaugurated a "Distinguished Engineers" programme and announced the first recipients. In a letter leaked to Dave Winer's Userland scripting website, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer says the first sixteen DEs are "visionaries... unparalleled and essential to our long-term success".