18th > April > 2001 Archive

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McVeigh execution decision expected Friday

Execution enthusiasts will have to wait until Friday at the latest to find out whether they'll be able to witness the death of Timothy McVeigh live on the Web.
Tim Richardson, 18 Apr 2001
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Intel 0.13 micron crossover – ‘not this year’

Intel today said the world should not expect the crossover to 0.13 micron technology to take place in 2001.
Linda Harrison, 18 Apr 2001
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Restyled widescreen iMac to push iMovie, MacOS X

Mac Rumour Roundup Apple's next-generation iMac is due to be launched in July - at MacWorld Expo New York, we imagine - with widescreen monitors and touted as a MacOS X machine.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2001
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PDA plant to end Compaq iPaq supply woes

Taiwanese computer maker High Tech Computer will open a new factory next week and dedicate the plant to punching out Compaq iPaq handhelds.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2001
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Mobo makers turn backs on Rambus development

Taiwanese motherboard makers have stopped developing Rambus RDRAM, Pentium 4-based products in preparation for a shift toward DDR SDRAM - despite Intel's vigorous April price cuts, DigiTimes has reported.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2001
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Flights of fantasy

It seems that we may have been a little hard on Paul Moller, inventor of the M400 flying car. Despite the reservations of MIT and NASA boffins, Mr Moller's supporters insist that the vehicle is a viable proposition. Moller's flying car pedigree looks impressive - on paper at least. In 1989 he successfully flew the M200X …
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2001
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Letsbuyit brands own PCs

Letsbuyit.com, the group buying etailer, is launching its own brand PCs. The systems will be called Ants.
Robert Blincoe, 18 Apr 2001
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HP hints Intel's Itanic is ahead of schedule

Hewlett-Packard reckons Intel's 64-bit Itanium CPU is sufficiently ready for market that it has canned a plan to buy and rebadge Unisys servers based on the 32-bit Pentium III Xeon and will instead offer its own IA-64-based hardware.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2001
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Nerds are rampant sex machines…

Adult male nerds have sex more often than ordinary American blokes according to IT recruitment site JustTechJobs.com.
Tim Richardson, 18 Apr 2001
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Cybercops are go!

Home Secretary Jack Straw has officially launched the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit today at the Science Museum in London.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Apr 2001
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WinXP: product activation, updates and control freakery

XP diaries A week or so ago Microsoft finally plied The Register with a small stack of state of the art XP code. We now have the official WinXP beta 2, a Corporate Preview Program CD of Office XP, and a production Office XP CD as well. All of this seems to work, which is more than can be said for the snazzy Office XP wristwatch we collected at the same time - but that's another story.*
John Lettice, 18 Apr 2001
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Police raid ‘major reseller’ in Oman

Omani police have seized 20,000 bootlegged software programs in a raid on a 'major reseller' in the gulf Arab state, Reuters reports. There were no arrests, according to the Business Software Alliance, which announced the raid on Sunday (although it didn't say when it took place - or who the reseller is ) If this was a first time offence, convicted software pirates are liable to fines up to $5,200 or two years in jail. Presumably, the major reseller could find some of its software accreditations under threat too.
Drew Cullen, 18 Apr 2001
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Motion Picture Ass. launches Gnutella offensive

The Motion Picture Association Of America has begun targeting Gnutella users, having successfully seen off Scour. The Ass. has started contacting US ISPs and university network administrators to warn them that some of their users are illegally sharing copyright movie material.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2001
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BBC to develop Weakest Link game

A computer game based on the hit TV game show the Weakest Link is being developed.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2001
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Apple lawyers attack MacOS 8.x skinning code

Apple has demanded the open source Mac Themes Project remove its MacOS theme editor from public servers.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2001
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Reg cancer busters crack on

We have some excellent news regarding Vulture Central II - our team in the Intel/Oxford cancerbusting project. Having only been in existence for a week, Vulture Central II has returned over 5200 'work units'. This means that the 1166 team members have been processing for a combined total of 11 years. To put this in …
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2001
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Dead Chinese fighter pilot footage

Footage of the dead Chinese fighter pilot Wang Wei has been released by the US government in a bid to put pressure back on the Chinese regarding the spy plane debacle.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Apr 2001
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Microsoft promises it won't meddle with digital TV market

The European Commission's investigation into the negative effect Microsoft can have on the digital TV market (thanks to its giant share holdings) has concluded that everything can be left as is because Microsoft has "agreed not to influence" the market and future technology.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Apr 2001
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Consumer slowdown forces HP to axe 3,000 jobs

Hewlett-Packard has announced plans to axe 3,000 management jobs as part of a plan to cut its costs in the face of declining PC and printer sales.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2001
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Updated Samba one less reason for buying Windows

One of the cornerstones of free software, Samba, took another leap forward project leads Jeremy Allison and Andrew Tridgell announced yesterday.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2001
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ISPs claim victory over BT

A Basingstoke-based ISP is claiming a victory for small service providers following BT's decision to launch a wholesale unmetered Internet access service geared specifically to meet their needs.
Tim Richardson, 18 Apr 2001
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US lawyer and pals indicted for shill bidding on eBay

Two men in the US, one of them a lawyer, have agreed to pay back $100,000 after pleading guilty to bidding for their own products on eBay's online auction site.
Linda Harrison, 18 Apr 2001
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MS ditches Service Packs for Windows NT 4.0

Microsoft has cancelled Service Pack 7 and any further development of service packs for the Windows NT 4.0 platform. The news will be announced to the channel first and then all Microsoft customers this week.
Rob Kerr, 18 Apr 2001
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BAPCo releases SYSmark 2001

BAPCo, or in full The Business Applications Performance Corporation, today releases SYSmark 2001.
Drew Cullen, 18 Apr 2001
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My God! Someone's actually made a cyborg!

After years of sci-fi nuts and phoney professors claiming they have built a cyborg - part machine, part living tissue - it would appear that someone has actually done it.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Apr 2001
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Gassee on open source BeOS

Jean Louis Gassee has given a brief interview to Dan Gillmor of the San Jose Mercury News, in which he discusses the possibility of Be Inc releasing its jewel of an OS as source form.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2001
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Canadian Tire fights for right to be called ‘crap’

Tyre retailer Canadian Tire is taking compatriot Mick Mcfadden to WIPO over his Web site, which the corporation feels infringes on its trademark.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Apr 2001
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TSMC touts ‘reasonably good’ 0.13 micron yield

Not content with boasting about its 0.15 micron process, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company was today claiming significant successes with 0.13 and 0.10 micron technology.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2001
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Sun cuts prices of UltraSPARC II servers

Sun Microsystems has announced price cuts for its older mid-range Unix servers as it begins rolling out kit based on its faster UltraSPARC III microprocessors.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2001
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AOL-Time Warner Net business doing nicely

AOL-Time Warner saw earnings rise for the first quarter, with its number of Net users growing by 16 per cent.
Linda Harrison, 18 Apr 2001
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Labour Party in Web security gaffe

The yolk was on the Labour Party when it fell fowl on the most basic laws of common sense and Internet security in a jokey piece on its site attacking the Tories "eggstreme" right-wing policies.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2001
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Netimperative.com extends begging bowl to readers

Netimperative.com, the online news service for British dotcom types, is asking readers to pledge money for subscriptions. The inference is, from the press release it issued today is that the doors will close for good - at least to a daily service, unless it raises enough cash.
Drew Cullen, 18 Apr 2001
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Internet .com kills the dotcom

It's official - the dot.com era is over.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2001
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Kill all the managers! (Let's start with HP)

Hewlett-Packard is to "eliminate" 3,000 managers to cope with a small downturn in business.
Drew Cullen, 18 Apr 2001
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AMD sales up in soft market

AMD saw profits drop in the first quarter, but still managed to beat analysts' expectations.
Linda Harrison, 18 Apr 2001
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Elonex wins power saving, money making patent claim

For a short time, in the very early 1990s, Elonex was the UK's biggest PC maker. The north London-based firm rode the direct marketing boom better than anyone esle. And unlike most of its rivals, the company actually designed its own technology, even making its own mobos.
Drew Cullen, 18 Apr 2001