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HP slashes Q1 forecasts

Hewlett-Packard issued a profit warning for its first fiscal quarter today.
Linda Harrison, 12 Jan 2001
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Borland Interbase backdoor exposed

A back door password has been hidden in Borland/Inprise's popular Interbase database software for at least seven years, potentially exposing tens of thousands of private databases at corporations and government agencies to unauthorized access and manipulation over the Internet, experts say. Analysts report that the account …
Kevin Poulsen, 12 Jan 2001
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No hardware problem Nvidia says

Sources at Nvidia and a number of gaming sites are saying that there is no hardware problem with GeForce 2 cards, and that there is a fix for the glitch we wrote about yesterday, although not from Nvidia itself.
Mike Magee, 12 Jan 2001
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Vizzavi upgrade still not fixed

Vizzavi is still being plagued with technical problems three weeks after it embarked on a platform upgrade.
Tim Richardson, 12 Jan 2001
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Nvidia GeForce 2 DXTC bug exposed

In the last few months I have run many test and benchmarks on PC video cards. Although Voodoo 5 is now, unfortunately, passing into history, my attention was grabbed by two cards in particular: the GeForce 2 and ATI's Radeon, writes Fuad Abazovic.
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We know what Ginger is

It'll changed the world. It is stunning. Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos think it's revolutionary. Abook about it has been given $250,000. VCs are throwing money at it. But just what is Ginger?
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jan 2001
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Intel's involvement in the Xbox

Micron is cock-a-hoop about the contract it has blagged from Microsoft to stick its double data rate memory into the Xbox, but Intel is even happier because it is designing and will help build the beast. (Flextronics, a Singapore firm, is doing much of the actual bodywork, if you see what we mean.)
Mike Magee, 12 Jan 2001
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ATI exceeds expectations

ATI did a little better than its own predictions and analysts' expectations would have led us to believe when it released its Q1 2001 fiscals yesterday.
Tony Smith, 12 Jan 2001
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Computacenter promises it will hit 2000 targets

Computacenter has calmed investors by giving analysts a soothing briefing yesterday and saying it would definitely hit 2000 pre-tax profit targets of £54 million.
Robert Blincoe, 12 Jan 2001
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Gateway slashes workforce after poor results

PC manufacturer Gateway will lay off ten per cent of its workforce globally - some 3000 people - and announced fourth quarter results well below previous estimates.
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2001
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Head of titsup ISP hounded by angry customers

Power to the people!* Meet the modern-day Wolfie Smith: Mike Ashworth. Mike was a little incensed to find his ISP, IG Click, had gone titsup.com. Not only that but he is owed money and would like it back - as would hundreds of other customers.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jan 2001
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Govt to let minor crime be reported on the Net

Home Office Minister Charles Clarke has commissioned a Web site which will allow people to report minor crimes online.
Robert Blincoe, 12 Jan 2001
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Porn cartoon sackings fight to keep jobs

The ten employees fired at insurance company Royal & SunAlliance for forwarding "lewd" Simpsons cartoons are willing to take their case to court if an internal appeal doesn't reinstate them.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jan 2001
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Sony admits some PlayStation 2s ‘not up to standard’

Sony's desperate pre-Christmas attempt to meet demand for its PlayStation 2 console appears to have angered as many punters as it satisfied.
Tony Smith, 12 Jan 2001
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Sony boss – Microsoft has lost it

Sony boss Nobuyki Idei believes that Microsoft doesn't know what its future business model should be, and will be overwhelmed by smaller and more nimble competitors.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jan 2001
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Readers give us a kick in the Balkans

Microsoft hacked in the Balkans Mobile phone brings down Slovenian Plane Hello Slovenia - London Calling
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2001
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Reg in bed with reds?

Flame of the week - Linda Harrison is a commie
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2001
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Beware Greeks bearing Greeklish

Poor old John 'Lips' Leyden. No sooner has he recovered from being called a moron, than he's got the Greeks on to him. His piece Geeks garbling Greek, heirs to Aristotle complain provoked a flurry of Hellenic linguistic clarification. Dr Savas Parastatidis wasted no time in setting us straight on the whole issue:
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2001
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Oi, McCarthy – No!

Liz Hurley tries to sue domain name company
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2001
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Borland exposé ‘irresponsible’

Borland Interbase backdoor exposed
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2001

How to write a Flame of the Week

We occasionally see new trends in flames sent to Vulture Central. For the first-half of 2001, we've seen people trying to become Flame of the Week - often telling us about in the same email. Rarely do these "flames" make it past even the most cursory glance, although some creative efforts will find their way into Readers' Letters. This doesn't stop 'em coming though.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jan 2001
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Reader boycotts Sun Alliance

Royal & Sun Alliance sacks ten over obscene emails
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2001
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‘Xmas’ is offensive, Christian claims

Did you know that 'Xmas' was offensive to some Christians? Granted it does look a little ugly, but it comes in handy for headlines, where space is at a premium. Our anonymous correspondent says we should look to the coveted AP style guide, which we have no intention of doing, as we covet neither this guide nor our neighbour's ass.
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2001
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Flames: Example from a veteran

If you're thinking of submitting a flame, and have been reading Kieren McCarthy's essential guide, you might like to see a recent example from Michelle Mulqueen, a right regular little ranter. She doesn't like what we have to say about titsup, sorry, breathe.com:
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2001
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Fun ways to void your warranty

Icrontic want to show you how to separate the BIOS chip from a KT7. Why would you want to do this you may ask? Well, as with all such things, because you can would feature heavily in the list of reasons, and all in the name of cooling, warranties be damned. Go here for the rest.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Jan 2001
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California cuppa crisis

California power crisis send Intel Bunnypeople east
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2001

Fat pipe straddles pond

Cable & Wireless and Alcatel are joining forces to build a transatlantic IP cable, nicknamed Apollo, to meet the rising demand for bandwidth.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Jan 2001
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Readers' letters Reg style wins plaudits

We can't write for toffee.
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2001
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Class action lawsuit filed against VA Linux

A class action lawsuit has been launched against VA Linux on behalf of shareholders who feel they were deceived by the company during its initial public offering (IPO) last year.
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2001
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Superman soldier suits by 2010

The US military is developing a powered exoskeleton that will enable its soldiers to walk further and lift heavier weapons than an un-suited human could.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Jan 2001
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Spammer wrecks UUNet email service

UUNet customers have been left stranded without access to their email for the last 36 hours after the outfit took a "very big hit" from spammers earlier this week.
Tim Richardson, 12 Jan 2001
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Microsoft up to its old tricks

Microsoft is a loveable, caring company and would never try to sabotage its competitors (ignore that Judge Jackson - he's just bitter). Unless of course the company owns the market-leading product in a market MS has just entered.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jan 2001
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The solution to RIP, email sackings and Big Brother

The last six months have been a terrible time for Internet users in the UK. The RIP Act is obviously the worst of it - the government has given itself almost unbelievable powers of access to people's communication and then gone out of its way to make it as non-answerable to the public as possible.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jan 2001
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Prostitutes used to tempt IT staff into jobs

What would sway you to take a job? Pay? Benefits? The challenge? A good hard shag from a prostitute?
Robert Blincoe, 12 Jan 2001
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MS: ‘you need to buy Whistler because Win-9x sucks’

When MS moved from DOS to Windows, they did indeed roll out a new operating system (admittedly dependent on DOS, but different enough). Now they're trying it again; but as we've pointed out many times, the only thing 'new' about Win-9x's replacement, Whistler, is that it might be a Windows consumer OS which actually works as advertised. Nevertheless, the company is betting on big success in the consumer market.
Thomas C Greene, 12 Jan 2001
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MS swats 38 antitrust suits

Microsoft today escaped forking out wads of cash when a US judge dismissed damage claims against it in 38 class-action antitrust suits.
Linda Harrison, 12 Jan 2001
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Tech pioneer William Hewlett dead at 87

One of the earliest pioneers of what today is called the New Economy, Hewlett-Packard co-founder William Hewlett, died in his sleep of natural causes Friday at the age of 87.
Thomas C Greene, 12 Jan 2001
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Kenneth Starr joins anti-Microsoft forces

Famously tight-lipped former special prosecutor Kenneth Starr has joined an anti-Redmond lobby group on the the day that the US Department of Justice defended Judge Jackson's indiscreet post-trial comments about Microsoft.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jan 2001
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US files MS antitrust brief

The US government has filed its rebuttal to Microsoft's November brief seeking an appeal of Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's intolerable antitrust ruling. In it the government, predictably, contradicts most of Redmond's equally predictable complaints.
Thomas C Greene, 12 Jan 2001