23rd > February > 2001 Archive

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Microsoft ducks DOJ by ditching Corel stake?

Microsoft has given itself the option of ditching its 24 per cent stake in Corel, eight days after it confirmed the deal was part of a new investigation by the Antitrust Department of the US Department of Justice.
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America sneezes, Sun catches cold

Sun Microsystems is slashing Q3 sales forecasts - and it's all the US economy's fault. The company projects sales growth at 10-13 per cent, compared with previous forecasts of 30 per cent, and profits of 7-9 cents a share, against the previous analyst consensus of 15 cents for the quarter.
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Itanic locked Inattic for IDF

Next week's a big week for Intel: it's when we finally reveal the winners of our Gelsinger Coefficient challenge. Meanwhile, down in San Jose, Chipzilla will be hosting its biannual Intel Developer Forum.
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Will Phoenix keep your disks and OS CPRM-free?

The Phoenix Technologies proposal before the T.13 committee, which may pave the way to copy restrictions for users, shouldn't be seen as the son of CPRM, argues Linux ATA/IDE guy Andre Hedrick.
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Chip industry faces almost zero growth in 2001

The global chip industry's rapid expansion isn't merely slowing down - it will practically grind to a halt this year, a US market research company has predicted.
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Flash ad clampdown slur

Reg in flash ad clampdown
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Smoot – can you handle the truth?

Flame of the week MOOT wtf is a MOOT? Q: Wtf is a moot?
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McCarthy sees the light

We all have those kind of days where we are worried by profound questions. You know the sort of thing - 'where do I come from', 'what does it all mean?', 'where's my flying car?'
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Apple fobs off non-US iMac buyers with lesser CPU

European and Japanese buyers of the new 500MHz iMac should beware - they're going to get and older, less powerful version of the PowerPC chip than their US counterparts.
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Kyocera punts £60 dealer cash back deal

Kyocera Mita is giving its Ecosys printers a hard push by offering its dealers £60 cash-back on its FS-1800 and FS-3800 models.

Phone-call dentist guilty of manslaughter

The dental surgeon whose patient died while he chatted on his mobile phone has been given a suspended sentence.
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Microsoft offers support services for RTFM

Microsoft Product Support Services. HOWTO: Read the Fucking Manual.
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Red Hat partners on Linux GUI for PDAs

Red Hat's Japanese subsidiary has signed a deal to market and sell a new Linux GUI aimed at PDAs and other mobile devices.
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Lookout for major Outlook bug

Microsoft has warned of a potentially devastating security vulnerability involving its popular Outlook and Outlook Express email clients. It could allow attackers to trick users into running malicious code so giving them control of a victim's machine.
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Kiwi cops pay to access encrypted phone calls

Police in New Zealand will pay Vodafone NZ$1.1 million to be allowed access to encrypted cell phone calls.
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Your moonrock's in the post…

Apollo 11 crew quizzed by US Customs
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MSWorld® – An Orwellian vision of the future

Open Source 'stifles' innovation
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Fish fancier rescues liquid PC

The liquid PC
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Readers' letters Proud Canadian slams Reg

MS Canada on slippery slope Be funny and win a toboggan
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Dealers still selling Office 97 better make sure it's legit

Microsoft is touting the success of its anti-piracy hotline as a way of stamping out counterfeit software, which it said accounts for 26 per cent of the market in the UK.
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BTinternet boasts 1 million users

BTinternet, the narrowband ISP from BTopenworld, is crowing today because an independent survey reckons it's notched up one million customers.
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breathe expected out of rehab soon

Slip on your baggy trousers and hooded sweatshirt, pop on your wrap-round shades and oil the bearings on your microscooter - modern urbanists are back.
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Power converter makes for extra flash screens

National Semiconductor has developed a series of current-regulated power converters, optimised for white LED backlighting of mobile phone screens, PDAs and digital cameras.
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Taiwanese engineer pleads self defence in hacking case

A Taiwanese computer engineer has pleading self defence after he allegedly hacked the server of a magic teaching Web site.
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Dell ships Precision boxes with 3DLabs card

Dell has struck a deal with 3DLabs to make its Wildcat II 5110 graphics accelerator available for order with Dell Precision workstations.
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Online baby muncher is an artist

You've got foetus on your breath Why kill time when you can kill yourself You've got some foetus on your breath, baby    --Scraping Foetus off the Wheel
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Shufty at first Asus socket A DDR board

HWRoundup Overclockers Online take a look at the inner workings, so to speak, of the Asus A7M266 mobo, based on AMD's 760 chipset here. This is Asus' first socket A DDR board, so it should be interesting to see how it goes.
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Sun trophy site ManUtd.com uses MS technology

The firm handling the web site for Manchester United has insisted on using Microsoft technology to run the web servers for ManUtd.com - despite Sun's high-profile technology partnership of the club.
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Motorola issues profit warning

Motorola isn't going to garner as many sales this quarter - the first of the current fiscal year - as it had hoped, the company admitted today.
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WIPO disgraces itself over CelineDion.com

WIPO has ruled on the case of CelineDion.com and, would you believe it, has decided that Celine's record company should be given the domain.
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DoJ sticks its nose in 2600.com DeCSS appeal

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has been granted permission by the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene in the case of Eric Corely aka Emmanuel Goldstein, publisher of hacker zine 2600 which got into hot water for posting, then linking to, copies of the banned DeCSS utility which defeats the hopelessly-trivial CSS (Content Scrambling System) used in DVD encryption.
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McHackers use DNS exploit to poke fun

Computer hackers with a grudge against McDonalds have used a subtle hacking technique to embarrass the burger chain online.