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FBI cyber-ethics road show commences

An FBI road show called the National Conference on Cyber Ethics, purporting to inculcate responsible computing among the nation's youngsters, kicked off at Marymount University near Washington this weekend with National Infrastructure Protection Centre (NIPC) Director Michael Vatis calling for broad educational initiatives.
Thomas C Greene, 10 Oct 2000
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Bad fungi blamed in Psion pix nix

Updated Psion tells us that Norwegian mobile portal Wapland has got it all wrong. The photos it claims to be the next generation Series 9 (actually, we made the name up) are not a Series 9 at all. Yes, the devices are genuine, and originate from Psion, but are concept machines that have been doing the rounds for ages, and emphatically not a work-in-progress. As for Project Odin, well we couldn't say... they said.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Oct 2000
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COMA chameleons: The Reg goes inside Sun's Serengheti

Exclusive Sources familiar with Sun's Serengheti servers have given The Register a low down on the architecture of its next generation big iron servers.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Oct 2000
Cat 5 cable

ntl suffers LLU frustration

TMA in Brighton Telecoms outfit, ntl, has hinted that it might explore other avenues for delivering broadband services other than engaging in ADSL services via Local Loop Unbundling (LLU).
Tim Richardson, 10 Oct 2000
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Violence breaks out at genteel seaside resort

TMA in Brighton The peace and bonhomie of TMA2000 was shattered yesterday afternoon after one of the attendees was forcibly ejected from the telecoms conference and thrown out onto the street.
Tim Richardson, 10 Oct 2000
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Conference hit by freak weather

TMA in Brighton TMA2000 was on the verge of being washed out yesterday as the wind and rain of typhoon "Beattie" (BT, geddit?) lashed the south coast resort of Brighton.
Tim Richardson, 10 Oct 2000

Sir Pete denies BT break-up

BT CE, Sir Peter Bonfield, has all but ruled out breaking up the monster telco.
Tim Richardson, 10 Oct 2000
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TV licence needed to watch the BBC on your PC

Sneaky PC users who've been watching Jeremy Paxman for free on their PCs via the BBC's website need to buy themselves a TV licence, according to the licensing authority, writes Chris Ward-Johnson.
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Lib Dem emails hacked

A Labour party MP is alleged to have illegally hacked into a Liberal Democrat's email. Following the allegations, House of Commons officials have been asked to launch an investigation, and a memo has been circulated in the Lib Dem party, warning members to take precautions to protect their emails.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Oct 2000
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Ebookers buys its parent for $15m

Online flight booking site Ebookers.com, yesterday bought its offline parent company, Flightbookers for $15 million. The offline company was 100 per cent owned by Mr and Mrs Dhamija. Mr Dhamija also owns 55 per cent of Ebookers.com.
Team Register, 10 Oct 2000
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Taiwan chip makers slam silent fab claims

Taiwan's semiconductor industry has denied that it will soon have chip fabrication plant standing idle, awaiting orders.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2000
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Sinclair ZX-81 back from the dead

Updated Fans of early 1980s computing can now get their hands on that pioneer of home PCs, the Sinclair ZX-81, thanks to US company Zebra Systems.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2000
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Sony's Transmeta PC: Speeds and feeds

Here's some real red meat for Transmeta watchers to chew over. Sony has released the speeds and feeds for the Crusoe-powered notebook that will ship Stateside later this month. But perhaps a little ominously, the battery life doesn't quite live up to the much touted "all-day on" claims made on behalf of the wonder chip.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Oct 2000
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Consumer Association gets mad with Freeserve over abnormal users

The Consumers Association (CA) has attacked Freeserve and other flat-fee ISPs for being "more interested in increasing their customer numbers than in delivering the services that consumers were originally promised when they signed-up".
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2000
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Spam a friend for Dubya! Bush campaign mounts email assault

A strangely spamlike viral marketing campaign is being cranked-up in support of George W Bush's campaign for the US presidency. We use the term "spamlike" advisedly; as we all know, spamming is what other people do, we do permissions-based email marketing, right? But The Register does have evidence that ClickAction, running the RNC (Republican National Committee) eChampions campaign, has at least been a little careless about the people it puts onto its mail list, and it's clearly aiming to get a massive 'spam a friend' campaign going for Dubya.
John Lettice, 10 Oct 2000
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DTI petitions to wind up £100 PC business

Lancashire company Smartalk Ltd is facing a compulsory winding up order from the DTI over its £100 PC giveaway scheme.
Linda Harrison, 10 Oct 2000

Psion's Series 9, Odin found in Norwegian wood

Pictures of Psion's successor to the Series 5 have been published by Norwegian site Wapland. Snaps of a prototype of the joint Psion/Motorola Quartz phone, 'Project Odin', are also online on the same page.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Oct 2000
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Infineon countersues Rambus

Rambus has found itself 'Rambushed' by Germany's Infineon Technologies - even as the Direct DRAM company withdrew its patent infringement complaint against Hyundai, sort of.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2000

Kenwood moots Bluetooth shopping mall LANs

Japanese consumer electronics company Kenwood is developing a PDA equipped with the Bluetooth wireless networking technology to provide cable-free Internet access - and as an alternative to the mobile phone.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2000
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Famous Five remake with added technology

A remake of the TV series of Enid Blyton's "Famous Five" will have the main protagonists using the Internet and WAP phones in their adventures.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Oct 2000
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Wickes resigns from InterX board

James Wickes, co-founder and chief executive of hardware products distie Ideal Hardware, has resigned from the board of InterX (which was once upon a time the holding group for Ideal).
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2000

Energis pushes telco love-in

TMA in Brighton Bob Taylor - MD of Energis - wants to get all touchy-touchy feely-feely with his telco chums.
Tim Richardson, 10 Oct 2000
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EC to rule on AOL, Time-Warner Wednesday

The European Commission will decide whether to allow AOL's $135 billion merger with Time-Warner on Wednesday, an EC spokeswoman admitted today.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2000
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ISPA bottles LineOne ruling

The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) is to take no action against LineOne over the way it treated customers following its decision to ditch unmetered Net access, the industry body has ruled.
Tim Richardson, 10 Oct 2000
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The Sun accuses PC dealers of fencing stolen goods

Ten out of 30 secondhand computer dealers whose phone numbers appears in a "mainstream" magazine "appear to have been convicted of hi-tech crime", The Sun claims today.
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2000
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SGI Q1 2001 loss to double expectations

SGI will significantly widen its losses by buying back up to 50 million of the company's shares - some 27 per cent of its outstanding stock - part of a program to clear the company's financial decks.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2000
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DRAM spot prices expected to surge

The spot price for 64Mb DRAM chips is set to rise, but any recovery will be shortlived, according to a Commerce Times article carried in AsiaBiztech.
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2000

In-stadium instant messaging for sports fans

The weekend home game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders was used to launch a wireless network allowing 49ers fans to access game statistics and send instant messages to each other during the game.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Oct 2000

Orange reshuffle brings in France Telecom exec

Orange is to reshuffle its top management next month, bringing in a senior exec from parent France Telecom to the chief exec position and pushing Hans Snook upwards to become his superior. Jean-Francois Pontal will report direct to Hans, who will be given the grand title executive chairman. The rest of the directors are expected to stay the same.
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Oct 2000
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Printing with warpaint

Updated: After three years of research, UK farms have announced that plans to used Woad as a new dye for printer ink are now within the realms of commercial possibility.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Oct 2000
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IR35 protestors win first round of legal challenge

The High Court today gave protestors against the IR35 tax change permission to have it judicially reviewed. It is the first step towards getting the measure repealed, and the government demonstrated its intention to fight all the way by producing legal arguments against the petition.
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Oct 2000
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Burglar.com is illegal, coppers claim

A web site that connects the victims of a burglary with the people who have their property is illegal, according to the police.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Oct 2000
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Apple sales chief quits

Mitch Mandich, Apple's most senior sales manager, is to quit the company to "spend more time with his family".
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2000
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Europe to OK AOL, Time-Warner deal tomorrow

AOL and Time-Warner will learn tomorrow that their proposed $135 billion merger has been allowed by European Commission anti-trust regulators to proceed - provided conditions are met.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2000
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The race for the P4: Chipzilla shuffles top jobs

Top level shuffling at Intel, apparently aimed at solving the company's recent run of trouble with the P4, has seen three big names moving around like pieces on a chessboard.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Oct 2000
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Yahoo! gives US free phone calls via Web

Search engine Goliath Yahoo! has launched a service with Net2Phone offering free phone calls via the Web.
Linda Harrison, 10 Oct 2000
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S3 unveils badged Psion PDA

S3 has unveiled the first fruit of its partnership with UK PDA pioneer Psion. Today it took the wraps off the Diamond Mako, an electronic organiser that bears an uncanny resemblance to Psion's own Revo Plus.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2000
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IBM builds $2.5bn chip plant in New York

IBM is to build a new $2.5 billion chip plant in New York as part of a $5 billion expansion plan.
Linda Harrison, 10 Oct 2000
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Nobel prize awarded to computer chip inventor

The inventor of the integrated circuit, or computer chip, expressed astonishment for winning a half share in the Nobel Prize for Physics today.
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2000
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BBC controls your mind

It's what we always suspected - the BBC has pretended to give you an unbiased, independent viewpoint on world events but in fact it was working towards mass mind control.
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Oct 2000
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HWRoundup Game board overload

Game boards ahoy. First up is the Voodoo5 5500 AGP, which gets a once over at Maximum3D. A very enthusiastic reviewer, and a whole load of benchmarking and full screen anti aliasing whojamaflips later, you should know everything you ever wanted to know about the Voodoo5 5500 AGP. Click here for the rest.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Oct 2000
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Celebs mince cybersquatters

Just when you thought it was safe to register URLs, along comes WIPO again. Now, French actress Isabelle Adjani and singer Sade have won URLs from those evil cybersquatting scum.
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Oct 2000
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MS drags feet on AMD Sledgehammer support

Out-takes from a recent Microsoft developers conference in Europe suggest that Wintel is circling the wagons in the face of a 64-bit assault by an AMD allied with some decidely Redmond-hostile outfits. Or alternatively, one could speculate that Microsoft's efforts to implement 64-bit Windows on Itanium have left it no time to cater for AMD's alternative.
John Lettice, 10 Oct 2000