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SDMI crack team scurries away in fear again

Princeton University Computer Science Professor Edward Felten, who has credited himself and his team with cracking the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) Public Challenge, has once again wussed-out after threatening to do something frightfully daring like publish the results of his research.
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Egghead credit card hack: serious questions remain

It started with a tip from a Register reader whose bank advised him to cancel his Visa credit card after shopping at on-line retailer Egghead.com, then developed into a tour de force of public-relations worst practices, and finally ended in lingering doubts about whether Egghead's vehement claim that no credit card data was compromised during its Christmas hack is trustworthy.
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AOL class action clears first hurdle

Net users who alleged that AOL access software tampered with the workings of their PCs have cleared the first hurdle in their legal fight against the Internet giant.
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PlayStation and consumer electronics do better for Sony

Sony has narrowed losses at its consumer electronics business and PlayStation division.
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Tosh op profits dip on memory slump

Toshiba is back in black for the year, but the company's operating profits dipped in the second half due to the chip market slump.
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French to lead Bell Microproducts Euro push

Ian French, Ideal Hardware's CEO, is to work full time on European M&As and growth for parent company Bell Microproducts Europe.
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MS applying prod activate tech to Win2k et al?

A post on The Tech Report suggests that Microsoft just might be preparing to retro-fit XP’s product activation to Win2k. According to the author, installation of the Internet Explorer 6 preview on a Win2k machine resulted in the addition of a new, suspicious-sounding registry key.
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'They've just replaced one Sir Idiot with another'

The City, media and everyday investors are not impressed with the announcement yesterday that Sir Iain Vallance was to step down as BT chairman and be replaced with current BBC governor Sir Christopher Bland.
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Firms turn to vigilante tactics against crackers

Firms are becoming prepared to adopt vigilante tactics against crackers in response to a rise in cybercrime that law enforcement measures alone cannot be expected to control.
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IBM makes nano chip breakthrough

Updated IBM has claimed a breakthrough in producing smaller processors based on nanotechnology. Nanoelectronics isn't new, but IBM's Thomas J Watson Lab says the new research - it's actually a process improvement - makes more precise and reliable placement of transistors based on carbon nanotubes, rather than silicon possible.
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Madge.web goes titsup.com

Madge.web, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Token Ring card maker Madge Networks, has gone bust. Its parent company has called in the UK receivers and is actively seeking to sell the rich media streaming host as a going concern.
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Siemens to axe another 3,500 staff

Siemens will axe a further 3,500 jobs following a poor set of Q2 results, the company announced yesterday.
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Alcatel, Lucent mull merger

Alcatel has held talks with Lucent Technologies concerning a possible acquisition or merger of the two companies.
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Wicca man gets hot under collar

UK Jedi get green light
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Computer fires man II

Computer fires man
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ISS – Ivan knows best

Space station computers crash
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Business 2.0 folds in Europe

Future is to shut down Business 2.0 in Europe. The closure of the UK, German and Italian editions will cost it £1 million.
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Sony releases Linux for Playstation2

Sony has released a beta of the long-awaited Linux kit for its PlayStation2 games console.
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FOTW Absolutely zero effort

Dixons' PC builder talks to the Reg.
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Pope on ropes

NASA grounds Pope
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Does anybody know who's in charge of security here?

Confusion between the level of security an ISP is willing to provide, and the level of protection users understand they receive, leaves companies vulnerable to attacks by crackers.
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Creative posts $100 million Q3 loss

Creative Technology - the folk behind the SoundBlaster cards - has posted a $101 million loss for its third quarter, compared to a net income of $88.3 million in Q3 last year.
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Readers' Letters Reg buys Intel spin

1.7GHz P4 spanks 1.33GHz Athlon in Quake 3
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Transsexual jokes too close to home

Miss France or Mr Snip?
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Dixons opens 100th PC World store

Dixons Stores Group is cutting a layer of management out of its PC World stores leaving 300 managers without a job.
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Time Computers culls 130 workers

Time Computers cut back around 130 jobs from its head office this week, according to the remaining staff.
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Compaq buys US systems integrator

Compaq is to buy a US systems integrator called Proxicom for $266m. This will increase the numbers of service professionals working for Compaq in North America by 1000, or 20 per cent of the total.
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Atlantic hesitant about DSL, EasyNet encouraged

British-based Atlantic Telecom is forging ahead providing DSL-based broadband service in Holland and Germany but is hesitant about progress in the UK.
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Online chip broker sets out UK stall

ce Consumer Electronic AG, the online chip broker, is setting up a subsidiary for the UK and Ireland.
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SCO channel chill bodes ill for Caldera

The day after Caldera cut 17 per cent of its staff (including OS/2 and Java vet Nick Petreley), we found ourselves musing how urgently the Utah-based Linux distro needed the stability of SCO's revenue. Caldera is expected to complete the merger next week.
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MD of Cisco gold partner pleads guilty to fraud

The managing director of Cisco Gold Partner NSC technology has pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud at the Crown Court at Middlesex Guildhall today.
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WorldCom to axe 800 UK jobs

WorldCom is expected to announce massive job cuts as early as next week slashing its UK workforce by almost 20 per cent.
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All your Unix™ are belong to Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie, co-author of Unix and the C language, has posted a panoramic view of the sheer versatility of his operating system.
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Lego porn! Hot and plasticky

While you can get sacked for looking at, saving or Photoshopping your work colleague's head onto some filthy porn, the Internet has provided us with a clean, safe, legal way of focussing those lustful intentions.
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Reports of death of email viruses greatly exaggerated?

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has come under fire over the capabilities of a product designed to protect business from the effects of email viruses, such as the Love Bug and Anna Kournikova worm.
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NT 4.0 SP7 available, but not on planet Earth

NT 4.0 Service Pack 7 is available - but not on this planet. Sharp-eyed reader Jon Bright, who has interesting tastes in bedtime reading, points us to a few clues to this bizarre piece of Microsoft channel segmentation.
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Chinese crackers May attack US warns FBI

The FBI yesterday issued an alert warning system administrators to bolt up their security hatches in order to block possible attacks next month by Chinese crackers bent on revenge against the US.
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Google restores Usenet archive, plans posting

Google overnight yanked the Deja backup tape out from under the Foosball table, where it had been propping up that wobbly leg, and now much of Deja's historic Usenet archive is online again.
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UK is broadband laggard – OECD

Britain is languishing in 21st place in a league table of broadband-enabled countries according to figures compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
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Microsoft's Passport service: No Marylanders allowed?

Passport is Microsoft's online wallet service, to which you're supposed to sign in once and shop online feeling all secure forever after.