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P4 system specs

Intel says P4 systems will be 'widely available' in Q4 and lists the following vendors as having systems:
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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P4: How fast is it?

How long is a piece of string? What everyone wants to know is what kind of speed benefit can be expected from Intel's new flagchip.
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4 ships today

We've been banging on about Willamette/P4 for longer than I care to remember. Now at last it's arrived and we can concentrate our speculative powers on Itanic, Tualatin, Foster and co.
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4 dissected

What do the 42 million transistors on a Pentium 4 actually do?
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4: Overclocking

Intel frowns on overclocking, but has always released engineering sample (ES) chips which are free from muliplier locking, allowing the brave to experiment with trying them at higher than rated speeds.
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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P4: How's it different?

Please don't try fitting a P4 to your existing mobo. You'll need an entirely new one and for the time being you'll have to make it an Intel Garibaldi D850GB, 'cos it's the only one there is.
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4: The story so far

It's not easy forecasting what Intel's going to do.
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Your Cow Is In The Ditch: Reg readers explain

Letters When we spoke to the world's most celebrated Finn, Linus Torvalds last week we were curious about the Finnish expression "Your cow is in the ditch", and appealed for help.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Nov 2000
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Vint Cerf takes ICANN hot seat

Genial Internet veteran Vint Cerf will take over from Esther Dyson as ICANN chair at the end of the month for a one year, unpaid stint in the hot seat.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Nov 2000
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Apple retail chain to open doors in April

Apple's much-rumoured High Street retail operation is inching towards a launch, with three stores set to open their doors in California next April.
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2000
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We are Borg, er, Rambus

How to win friends and influence people is patently (sic) a book one is unlikely to find on the shelves of Rambus Inc.
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Record labels plan to sue MP3.com – again

Are the world's leading recording companies a bunch of spoiled, ungrateful, money-grabbing so-and-sos or what?
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2000
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P4: the verdicts

In that peculiar variant of masochism, known only to CPU manufacturers, Intel has submitted its P4 chip for review to a motley collection of hardware headcases.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Nov 2000
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Ready2Shop till your VC drops

Fourteen staff at Ready2Shop.com received redundancy pay-outs on Friday in a bid to cut costs at the fashion site. The outfit is now being run by a skeleton staff of just five people. The founders of the multimedia content company, Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine (above), said they would continue with their offline …
Team Register, 20 Nov 2000
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Compaq sued for $60m over video patent

Compaq has been slapped with a patent infringement lawsuit demanding at least $60 million in damages.
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2000
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How to be a whistleblower and keep your job

Ever wonder why The Reg continually comes up with scoops and insider information when our rivals seem content with rewriting press releases? Quite simple really. Trusted sources and, more and more frequently, from readers.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Nov 2000
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Net ‘drug smugglers’ face death penalty

Five Brits have been arrested in the United Arab Emirates under suspicion of involvement in an Internet drug smuggling ring.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Nov 2000
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M$ pays Madonna £0m for online gig

Microsoft is to pay pop star Madonna the grand sum of nothing to broadcast her upcoming UK gig over the Internet. You may have heard figures of £30 million, but as an M$ spokeswoman kindly pointed out, this figure is "equivalent media value". Which means that Microsoft will spend about £28 million advertising the gig and the rest making sure that it has the servers to cope.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4 launch special

It's been a long time coming, but today's the day. Intel's Pentium 4, aka Willamette, is here. We take a look at various aspects of the new flagchip.
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Gordon Brown raises VAT on ADSL by 3.71%

Hot on the heels of tax-based political arguments, we thought that Chancellor Gordon Brown had blown it for a minute when we saw IG Click's ADSL prices. For the monthly rental on a 512Kbps line, IG Click was charging £99 excluding VAT but £120 including VAT. Which meant either it had cocked up its pricing or our Gordon has raised VAT to 21.21 per cent.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Nov 2000
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xDSL sales to increase

Shipments of customer-located xDSL equipment is set to rocket by more than 1100 percent over the next four years, from one million in 2000 to 12.4 million in 2004, according to the latest research from IDC.
Tim Richardson, 20 Nov 2000
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Toshiba fingers biometric laptop

Toshiba is to give customers the option to replace the traditional name-and-password style logon with an optical fingerprint reader. The company is working on a line of notebooks which will ship with a biometric PC card and BioLogon software supplied by Identix, a biometric authentication specialist.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Nov 2000
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EMI picks partners for Euro digital music trial

British 'big five' music company EMI is to bring its digital music distribution trial to Europe, signing two further partners to offer its content.
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2000
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SouthAfrica.com sues South Africa the country

An American company is suing the nation of South Africa in a bid to hang onto its prized domain name southafrica.com.
Linda Harrison, 20 Nov 2000
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Micron samples 256MB DDR modules

Micron is touting 256MB DDR SDRAM modules, but in industry samples only. Not that the timing has anything to do with what has been, with today's Intel Pentium 4 launch, a damn fine day for Rambus Ink.
Drew Cullen, 20 Nov 2000
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How healthy is your Hard Drive?

A new diagnostic tool for ATA hard drives hits the market this week Made by Quantum, this handheld device checks the health of all your systems.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Nov 2000
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ICANN rulings lands Big Biz with $75k yearly fees

ICANN's decision to add more TLDs means at least one group of dotcoms will be able to put bread on the table this holiday season - domain name registrars.
Linda Harrison, 20 Nov 2000
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Echelon discoverer gives masterclass in paranoia

At a recent conference for UK journalists explaining the full ins and outs of the RIP Act and what that means for our profession, leading investigative journalist Duncan Campbell gave a talk about the nastier side of governments.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Nov 2000
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MS responds to Europe's move to open up Windows

Microsoft filed its response to the European Commission's "statement of objections" on Friday, but both sides are keeping quiet about the case, and it could be months before the next move is made. The Commission can move fast if it wants to, and Microsoft can request an aural hearing to support its defence, although it has yet to do so. But if neither of these things happen within the next couple of weeks, the European antitrust action will stay in the shadows into next year.
John Lettice, 20 Nov 2000
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Yahoo! loses Nazi trinkets case

A French court has ordered Yahoo! to stop French Web surfers buying Nazi memorabilia on its online auctions.
Linda Harrison, 20 Nov 2000