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Sun's McNealy gets $68.6m for year's work

Lucky Sun Microsystems boss Scott McNealy saw his annual bonus leap 38 per cent to $4.8 million for the fiscal year 2000.
Linda Harrison, 18 Sep 2000
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Apple steps closer to PC-compatibility

The prospect of running the latest Mac operating system on your latest PC has taken a step, leaping from the outlandish to the highly-improbable.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Sep 2000
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Siemens finally gets shot of UK fab

As reported by The Register over a week ago, Siemens looks to unload UK chip plant, US wireless communications chip maker Atmel has agreed to take over Siemen's North Tyneside chip plant, mothballed since 1998.
Andrew Thomas, 18 Sep 2000
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Crazed Kiwis run Celeron at 1057MHz

Wacko New Zealand site OCTools has succeeded in running (briefly) a hapless 566MHz Celeron at almost 1.1Ghz.
Andrew Thomas, 18 Sep 2000
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IDC: will Europe leapfrog US in e-business?

Analysis There's trouble brewing when American market researchers make pronouncements about the behaviour of Europan Internet markets without having any real appreciation of the cultural issues. There's still a great tendency for them to regard Europe as one market, when in reality multilingual countries like Belgium and Switzerland effectively have several markets. Nor for that matter is it at all logical to make EMEA - Europe, the Middle East and Africa - into a single region: it's about as daft as combining Cuba and Connecticut.
Graham Lea, 18 Sep 2000
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Linux Today cries foul over Windows MSNBC poll surge

Strange goings on in an online operating system poll run by Microsoft partner MSNBC have raised the ire of Linux Today, which has questioned the strange way in which Win2k/ME surged into the top slot on Saturday, with a surprise 50,000 votes in favour, or thereabouts. As Kevin Reichard says in an email to MSNBC, "It strains creduility that 50,000 votes were tallied SOLELY for Microsoft 2000/ME on a Saturday morning."
John Lettice, 18 Sep 2000
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BT evacuates bowels

We knew that Internet access was a big issue but BT has highlighted the detrimental effects it can have on your health. The inability to control your own sphincters is usually a sign of rabid old age, total fear or heavy intoxication. We're not entirely sure which category BT's Net package Surftime fits into, but then that's hardly likely to bother you if sitting at a PC causes you to soil yourself.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Sep 2000
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Reader's Letters H-1B Visas

It's a bit humbling when something as complex and subtle as the H-1B Visa debate sparks off a mailbag that takes the argument into ever more complex and subtle territory. But you've done that this week, and your reaction to the reappearance of the American engineer's worst friend Norman Matloff covered seasoned opinion from US veterans to fresh-faced H-1B applicants. We're publishing a representative sample below.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Sep 2000
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HWRoundup Dr Tom initiates integrated mainboard action

Tom's page focuses it attention on the world of integrated mainboard chipsets today. Warming up with a pitched battle between the new Aladdin TNT2 and the i815e, this also looks at the rest of a crowded field. Go here for all the gory details.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Sep 2000
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CEO's laptop nicked: company secrets on the loose

The personal laptop of Qualcomm CEO Irwin Jacobs has been nicked from a hotel conference room just after a briefing with business journalists. The laptop, which appears to have no better security than a simple password and was said to contain a number of valuable company secrets, was left on an adjacent table for 15 to 20 minutes while Jacobs spoke to a small group of journos.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Sep 2000
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And you thought we didn't like BT

Blimey. We've been emailed from the creators of a new site, imaginatively called BTHateWorld in response to the telco giant's Internet service BTOpenWorld. Now, we at The Reg are the first to point out BT's abject failure to do anything that doesn't make it instant money while also not allowing anyone else to compete effectively.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Sep 2000
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Competition OPD rude phrase winners

Over 250 readers who obviously have rather too much time on their hands submitted entries for our OPD Rude Phrase competition.
Andrew Thomas, 18 Sep 2000
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Olympics shaft the Internet

If you want to keep up to date with what's happening in the Summer Olympics, don't bother with the Internet and British TV won't help you too much either. How come? Money of course.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Sep 2000
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Human Genome out on CD

Boffins. Where would we be without them?
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Sep 2000
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IBM's Olympic brand madness

IBM is among a range of other "global brands" to have gone completely insane and paid for the privilege of removing competitors from the confines of the Sydney Olympics. In the good old days, corporate sponsoring consisted of billboards and logos on tickets etc etc but now where money is more important than anything else (this is the Olympics for chrissakes), sponsors are asked (and happily pay) to cough up more cash to have competitors removed.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Sep 2000

BOFH gets Outsourced

Updated BOFH 2000: Episode 32
Simon Travaglia, 18 Sep 2000
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HP CD writer screws Win2K machine

Is it just me? Every time I try an HP product under Windows 2000, something nasty happens.
Andrew Thomas, 18 Sep 2000
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Action doubles online business to £50m

Action Computer Supplies saw online sales orders double over the last year.
Linda Harrison, 18 Sep 2000
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Nat Semi unveils next gen Geodes

National Semiconductors has announced its next generation of the National Geode family of Net appliance (IA) processors.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Sep 2000
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eBay removes murdered child autopsy pics

eBay has tightened user policy on its site after an attempt to sell an autopsy photograph of an eight-year-old boy.
Linda Harrison, 18 Sep 2000
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Nottingham leases laptops to kids

Nottingham has become the first city council to buy laptops for all its school kids. Not that they will be giving them away, but leasing them at around a tenner a week, with contributions coming from schools, parents and local businesses.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Sep 2000
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Allo. Funny goings-on with AOL's IM

Last Thursday, little bits of information started slipping out that the FCC was demanding AOL open up its instant messaging software as a precursor to allowing the Time Warner merger to go through. We were glad of it, not only because that without this measure AOL/Time Warner would be just too powerful but also because the FCC wasn't being pushed around.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Sep 2000
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Judge slams Palm Pilot and Web use in Las Vegas murder case

A US judge has slammed jurors who revealed murder trial information on the Net and used a Palm Pilot to track press reports on the case.
Linda Harrison, 18 Sep 2000
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Kuro5hin returns with added Mojo

The Kuro5hin community should flash back any minute now, two months after a denial of service attack took the site down.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Sep 2000
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Nextel security glitch nipped in the bud

Register reader Mike Koper alerted us to a security flaw in cellular service provider Nextel Communications' on-line Account Manager Friday which would have enabled users to access other customers' account details.
Thomas C Greene, 18 Sep 2000