26th > March > 2001 Archive

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AMD nails IBM to Hammer mast

AMD is to use proprietary IBM silicon on insulator (SOI) technology in its forthcoming 64-bit Hammer microprocessor family.
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EU recycling law to cost Dixons £17m a year

Dixons, UK's biggest computer goods and consumer electronics retailer, reckons that new EU recycling laws will cost it £17m a year. The directive will add an estimated £500 million a year in costs to industry in the UK alone, much of which will inevitably pass on to consumers in the form of higher charges, Sunday Business reports.
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BTopenworld to fold?

BT has declined to comment on weekend press reports that it is to scrap it retail Internet division, BTopenworld, and return it to the telco's main business.
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‘Universal’ key claimed to disable MS Office XP security

Microsoft's vaunted Product Activation protection technology may not have been fully implemented in Office XP after all. Product keys claimed to be "universal" have been circulating on the Web for some weeks now, and a WinXP beta tester's newsgroup posting forwarded to The Register suggests that use of one of these keys circumvents the activation process.
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Via's Cyrix III – out and about

Via's Cyrix III processor is now out and about, and it'll be aimed at sub-$500 PCs.
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Bob Geldof sells Deckchair.com

Sir Bob Geldof's travel Web site Deckchair.com has been sold to rival World Travel Holdings for £3.2 million, with a possible £6 million over the next three years depending how well it performs.
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BT's problems pile up

It's been a bad weekend for the head boys at BT with the Sunday newspapers going to town on its £30 billion debt problem, falling share price and calls for senior management to resign.
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IBM plays favourites with Linux distros

The head of IBM's Linux business has predicted consolidation among distributors of the open source operating system - and named the handful of players Big Blue is backing for success in the forthcoming shake-out.

Mobile industry turns back on pre-pay market

Updated As we predicted on Friday, the decision by One2One to double the price of its pay-as-you-go phones and concentrate instead on contract customers has sparked similar action by other UK mobile companies.
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Reg SETI group sweeps all before it

Vulture Central, the Reg SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) group, has raced to number one in the league table of Top 200 Government Organisations helping search for aliens. This feat was achieved in less than a week, writes Andrew Thomas.
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PC price war coming warn analysts

This year will see the outbreak of price war in the desktop and notebook PC markets as vendors battle for customers, market researcher Gartner Group has warned.
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AOL UK bans time

AOL UK has forbidden its employees from wearing watches or looking at the time.
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Game winds up players with 3am phone calls

Time was when games kept you awake all night playing them. Now they keep you awake all night even when you're not playing them.
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TSMC takes Nvidia GeForce 3 to volume production

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is punching out 0.15 micron Nvidia GeForce 3 graphics chips in "full production" quantities.
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Madasafish boots 200 abusers

Scottish ISP, Madasafish, has kicked off up to 200 Net users for "abusing" the service.
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Transmeta preps pumped up Crusoe

David Ditzel, chief technology officer of low-powered chip maker Transmeta, said the industry would see "much greater" performance improvements than the traditional 20 per cent per silicon generation, when it ships the next version of its Crusoe processor.
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Affinity losses widen

Shares in Affinity Internet rose more than 22 per cent by the close of play despite announcing earlier today that operating loss increased threefold last year.
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Danes are universe's keenest netizens

The Danes are the world's keenest netizens, while the US has the biggest percentage of women online, a survey out today claims.

Bluetooth demos flop at CeBit

Mobile computing and next generation phones were two of the technologies most at evidence at CeBit this year.
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What good are computers anyway?

Part 42 In this infrequent, irregular section, we will argue the case for the existence and widespread adoption of computers. This week: Foot and Mouth disease.
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British, American scientists discover Gelsinger co-efficient

Competition British and American scientists have succeeded in discovering one of the most elusive technical challenges in semiconductor science: the Gelsinger co-efficient. The Gelsinger co-efficient is the point at which Intel's VP Pat Gelsinger overheats. Usually in mid-keynote.
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Public interest cited in DVD descrambler appeal

Lawyers representing 2600.com, which got into hot water for making a DVD descrambler called DeCSS available on line, have filed a brief with the appellate court rebutting claims made by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and others including the US Government.