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Transmeta to exchange dodgy Crusoes

Transmeta confirmed its arrival as a major chip supplier today - by issuing its first product recall.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Nov 2000
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L&H files for Chapter 11

Belgian software outfit Lernout & Hauspie today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US.
Linda Harrison, 30 Nov 2000
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Gateway in PC price war gloom

Gateway issued a profits warning yesterday after failing to lift sales of PCs over the Thanksgiving weekend. It also warned of an imminent price war in the sector, pointing to high inventory as a cause.
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Nov 2000
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Oftel backs down in BT Cellnet case

Four months after ruling that BT Cellnet was guilty of unfair cross-subsidy, Oftel has changed its mind.
Tim Richardson, 30 Nov 2000
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Intel invests in Zayante – sign of support for 1394?

Intel's investments division has just pumped an undisclosed sum into IEEE 1394 systems developer Zayante. But is it really, as Cahners' Electronic News Online suggests, a sign of Chipzilla's support for the connectivity standard?
Tony Smith, 30 Nov 2000
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Apple ponders further PowerPC partners

Apple may be attempting to persuade its PowerPC partners, Motorola and IBM, to open the platform to other chip makers through a Palm-style licensing programme.
Tony Smith, 30 Nov 2000
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Tech Data pumps out the profits

Tech Data, the world's number two computer products distie, delivered a record Q3, with net income up 43 per cent and sales 20 per cent higher than the same period last year.
Drew Cullen, 30 Nov 2000
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Banned Mitnick trinket on Dutchbid.com

Hacker legend Kevin Mitnick's prison ID card has finally found a home on auction site Dutchbid.com after being yanked by socially-conscious competitors eBay, Yahoo! and Amazon, who judiciously draw the line at Nazi memorabilia.
Thomas C Greene, 30 Nov 2000
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3dfx Voodoo 5 incompatible with P4 mobos

3dfx's top-of-the-range Voodoo 5 5500 graphics card won't be of much use to gamers keen on getting their hands on Intel's top-of-the-range Pentium 4.
Tony Smith, 30 Nov 2000
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Retail chain pulls HP P4s from the shelves

Last week Hewlett-Packard crowed that it had sold out of Pentium 4s: it also told The Register that no machines containing a faulty BIOS supplied by Intel had escaped into the public.
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2000
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Palm calms down to work with MyPalm.com owner

Palm has effectively settled its tussle with British Palm-oriented Web site owner Dominic Hulewicz over the ownership of MyPalm.com.
Tony Smith, 30 Nov 2000
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AMD tests ‘super silicon’ to beat heat problems

When we cast doubt on AMD's abilty to produce an Athlon running at 1.7GHz that wouldn't run so hot it melted the solder on the mobo, we received the usual flood of 'you're in Intel's pocket' emails.
Andrew Thomas, 30 Nov 2000
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Athlon Palomino to include Screaming Sindy?

AMD's new Athlon core, codenamed Palomino, is due to ship at 1.4GHz in January, 1.5GHz in Q2 and 1.7GHz in 2H 2001. Key improvements will include much improved branch prediction, cooler running (see AMD tests 'super silicon' to beat heat problems), hardware prefetch and core optimisations to improve FPU and ALU performance.
Andrew Thomas, 30 Nov 2000
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Guns disguised as mobile phones

Swiss police have intercepted a cache of arms that include guns disguised as mobile phones. The phones don't actually work but contain barrels for four .22 bullets and a winding mechanism made to look like an aerial.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Nov 2000
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UK school gags ‘IT-minded’ pupils

A reader has informed us of a worrying case of school censorship - a classic case of stamping on those kids that display elements of independent thought. Well, sort of. It made us laugh anyway.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Nov 2000
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VIA unpacks 650, 667MHz Cyrix III CPUs

VIA today unwrapped a pair of Cyrix III aimed at the low-end PC and information appliance markets.
Tony Smith, 30 Nov 2000
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UK cars site aims for death of a salesman

A UK Website has launched which claims to speed up the process of contract hiring company or fleet cars.
Linda Harrison, 30 Nov 2000
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Stephen King e-book runs out of steam

Stephen King's foray into online publishing has come to an abrupt halt after sales of instalments of the book fell to levels his assistant said threatened the project.
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Nov 2000
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Reg hack caught accepting Intel bribe

Reg staffers were shocked to the core last night at Intel's Christmas party in London's throbbing West End when a senior Intel manager was spotted handing a significant cash sum to Hardware Editor Andrew Thomas.
Dr Spinola, 30 Nov 2000
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Computer engineer commits phone suicide

Computer engineer Eugene Kapustynski, 40, blew his head off while on the phone to the emergency services a Coroner's Court heard yesterday. Eugene, who worked for telecoms company Bellwater in Basingstoke, was apparently distraught that he had stolen software from the company and infected its machines with a virus - thereby bringing shame on his family.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Nov 2000
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LineOne definitely for sale

So, the constipated wait is over - LineOne is up for sale.
Tim Richardson, 30 Nov 2000
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BT's chief boffin resigns

BT's chief technologist, Peter Cochrane, has resigned after earlier complaining of the "constraints" involved in working for the telco.
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2000
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Conductivity? that's super!

The Abit Siluro GeForce-2 MX goes under the microscope at Sysopt today. Encouraging results from overclocking attempts - even with fairly basic cooling methods. All in all, a good deal for the price.
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Nov 2000
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Intel gags on Reg condom deal

Intel PR manager Graham Palmer last night declined an offer from Vulture Central to market joint Intel/Reg prophylactics.
Lester Haines, 30 Nov 2000
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Smut Napster caught on the wrong side of the law

Updated Yesterday we wrote about the porn Napster site Leechnet and, strangely, it proved one of the most popular stories for that day.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Nov 2000
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Ralph Lauren threatens village saddlery

An English village saddlery has become the latest victim of domain name paranoia in the corporate world.
Linda Harrison, 30 Nov 2000
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Buying a Linux ThinkPad: IBM's mission impossible

Does IBM ship ThinkPads with Linux preinstalled or not? In the US it certainly seems to, but the position in Europe seems a tad murkier - after hours of research The Reg's phantom buyer is still no closer to extracting price, spec, availability or even model number out of the loves at the UK branch of Shop IBM.
John Lettice, 30 Nov 2000
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Boston man forgets $4m of EMC stock

A Boston salesman has netted $4 million in EMC stock he forgot he owned.
Linda Harrison, 30 Nov 2000
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Viruses prey on porn lovers

We are our own worst enemies when it comes to infection with computer viruses, but lessons do seem to be being learned.
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Nov 2000
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Web anonymity affirmed by NJ judge

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Kenneth MacKenzie on Tuesday affirmed the anonymity of four 'John Doe' defendants accused of publishing unkind and false statements about the company for which they work.
Thomas C Greene, 30 Nov 2000
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PC Association slams firm for logo misuse

The PC Association is warning the public of the misuse of its logo by the firm which bought the names of two troubled PC builders, Carrera Technology and Sight & Sound Computers.
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2000
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HP says US PC sales worse than expected

Hewlett-Packard today said Americans were buying fewer of its PCs than expected, but it was still on course to hit financial targets for the year.
Linda Harrison, 30 Nov 2000