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Email ‘joke’ leads to bus strike

Updated An email of a man with weights hanging from his balls - does this tickle your sense of humour? What if the depiction is of your boss? Even funnier, hey? So amusing that you just have to send it to a workmate.
Drew Cullen, 30 Mar 2001
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Apple's chief developer evangelist quits?

Updated Apple's chief chivvyer of developers, Clent Richardson, has quit the company to join UK-based mobile phone operation One-2-One.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2001
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HP monitors are shocking

A small percentage of Hewlett-Packard's HP 71 17-inch CRT monitors could give users an electric shock.
Robert Blincoe, 30 Mar 2001
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Apple reverses notebook market sales dip

The downturn in desktop PC sales appears to have struck the notebook market too, according to the latest figures from NPD Intelect covering the US retail arena.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2001
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Hackers worse than terrorists – Robin Cook

Hackers are a greater threat than terrorists, Foreign Secretary Robin Cook reckons.
Drew Cullen, 30 Mar 2001
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Sega to code for Xbox – Gates

Microsoft's Xbox will launch with a stack of games from Sega, Bill Gates announced in Tokyo this morning.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2001
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Judge rules in favour of Nuremberg Files Web site

A Federal judge has ruled that the controversial "Nuremburg Files" US Web site, which lists the names and personal details of doctors in the States that carry out abortion, is legal and can be published on the Internet.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Mar 2001
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Text messaging an art form

Text messaging - far from being an easy way to transmit quick information without having to talk to anyone - is an art form, according to The Guardian. Which is why it is hosting a text message poem competition with the first prize of £1,000.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Mar 2001
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Lookout for Internet Explorer bugs

It's been a bad week for Internet Explorer users as the second potential devastating vulnerability in as many days has been discovered by security researchers.
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2001
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Chad Wars II: Market researcher yanks BSD from Linux poll

For the second time in recent US history, voters have had their ballot papers discarded as invalid. This time it's the BSD community who are mourning their hanging chads.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Mar 2001
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IBM escapes Holocaust suit

Cohen, Milfield, Hausfeld and Toll, the attack dog of the class action world, has voluntarily dismissed its Holocaust lawsuit against IBM.
Drew Cullen, 30 Mar 2001
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Corel's profit, sales predictions hit

Corel's statement last week that it would see a small, but positive profit for its first quarter proved correct when the troubled software company revealed its final figures last night.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2001
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MS XP-Tablet combo cuts Intel out of PC standards biz

Microsoft doesn't make hardware, and you can't have failed to notice that it's been not making quite a bit of hardware recently. It has for example been not making the Xbox, not making Stinger and - just this week - not making Tablet PCs.
John Lettice, 30 Mar 2001
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FOTW: Oi ya bunch o dobbers

Tiny outsources sales call centre to Glasgow firm
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2001
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‘Red Hat’ Lettice exposed

The truth is finally out. Yes, John Lettice has 'Linux' tatooed on his left buttock. He wears a red hat. He prostrates himself twice daily before the Vulture Central Linus Torvalds altar. He personally oversees the 're-education' of hacks who use the word 'Windows'. He is committed to bringing down the world's education systems through the dissemination of open source OSes. He particularly wants to make life as hard as possible for D. LaTour:
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2001
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The Boys from Brisbane

Australia to make online gambling illegal This man must be the biggest luddite in history
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2001
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Beware of the Devil Woman

Email: the modern day scapegoat
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2001
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We're backing Bluetooth, Intel reiterates

Yes, Bluetooth is late, but, hey, that's always the case when you're trying to establish a standard. So said Intel's Mobile Comms and Initiatives Marketing Manager, Simon Ellis, yesterday.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2001
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eMachines junks eKeys

eMachines, the bottom-scraping budget PC maker, is sacking 16 per cent of its staff, to get expenses into line with falling sales.
Drew Cullen, 30 Mar 2001
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Reader's dog in exorcism shocker

Receiving emails from nutters is all part and parcel of life at Vulture Central. It makes for a bit of light reading during lunch. From time to time, however, you get something truly scary. This madness is from John boy Shmecktel. The Walton's it aint:
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2001
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VIA dons Mac threads with designer PC line

VIA wants to become the Apple of the low-end PC and information appliance markets, if its new-found interest in providing powerful-yet-stylish reference platforms is anything to go by.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2001
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All your data (and biz plans) are belong to Microsoft

With Microsoft's HailStorm .NET initiative hinging on the company's very own PassPort service, you'd think Redmond would be bending over backwards to stress the confidentially of user information.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Mar 2001
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Readers' Letters Can you tell me where ‘Hangover’ is?

John 'Lips' Leyden has had quite a week. No sooner had he got back from the journalists' Stalingrad that is CeBit and distributed all the lederhosen and oompah compilation CDs requested by fellow Reg hacks, than he found that he had fallen foul of that old chestnut - Humour Blindness Syndrome. First up was IT Administrator Joerg Uckermann:
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2001
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A surplus of excess inventory sites

Blimey, there could soon be a surplus of excess inventory marketplaces for the computer trade - what with Acequote, xbidit, PST's JustXs - and now Barter Trust.
Drew Cullen, 30 Mar 2001
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Washington DC police caught sending offensive messages

Washington DC cops have been censored for sending racist, indecent and homophobic messages over police car radio systems.
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2001
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New Bill labels ISPs as publishers

A government bill currently in the House of Lords labels ISPs as publishers, in an apparent attempt to bypass their undecided legal status and enforce new tobacco advertising rules.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Mar 2001
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Intel bananas over Banias

Some more details have emerged regarding Intel's new mobile-oriented CPU, now known by its codename, Banias.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2001
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SysAdmins to need a licence from Home Office?

It seems that barely a week goes by that the Home Office doesn't bring out a new bill that curtails the Internet and those that work in the IT industry.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Mar 2001

Doubts over tests on high-speed broadband technology

Doubts have arisen about how meaningful impressive test results obtained on prototypes of high-speed broadband technology really are.
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2001
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Ex-NorthPoint users start petition to boycott AT&T

A bunch of former NorthPoint customers have started a petition following the company's abrupt shutdown of its DSL network.
Linda Harrison, 30 Mar 2001
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Prudential cuts both ‘Zillas’ 2001 earnings

Prudential Securities has cut its earnings predictions for both AMD and Intel for the current calendar quarter on the expectation of poorer than anticipated sales during the period.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2001
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Vint Cerf explains why ICANN is messing with the Net

Originator of TCP/IP, hero of the Internet and the bearded, Vint Cerf took time out from his bureaucratic job as chairman of ICANN to talk to Business 2.0.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Mar 2001
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Java Toaster prints weather forecast

An ingenious British student may have prevented the oft-cited Internet Toaster going the same way as the Flying Car.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Mar 2001
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Micron Technology at a loss

Micron Technology, America's only big DRAM maker, beat Wall Street forecasts for its second quarter, posting losses of $4.1 million for continuing operations.
Linda Harrison, 30 Mar 2001
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SMS Me (email is Pants!)

The young are abandoning email in favour of SMS mobile phone fun with their friends.
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2001
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US company defeats Brit RIP Act

Anonymous Web-surfing outfit SafeWeb has just expanded its secure server facilities in New York so that Europeans can enjoy faster access to private, and virtually anonymous, Web browsing and e-mail.
Thomas C Greene, 30 Mar 2001