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Microsoft issues bounty for OS-less PC buyers

Microsoft may not have succeeded in persuading OEMs and system builders to "decline politely" all perverse requests for PCs lacking a pre-installed (preferably Microsoft) OS, but it's shifted to a new approach. It's now bribing system builders to turn in anyone who bids on naked boxes, ostensibly so it can harass these poor, twisted madmen directly from Beast Central.
Thomas C Greene, 30 Apr 2001
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DVD descrambler suit going to appeal

The Second Circuit US Court of Appeals in Manhattan will hear arguments for and against publishing and linking to a utility called DeCSS which defeats the CSS (Content Scrambling System) of DVDs on Tuesday, 1 May.
Thomas C Greene, 30 Apr 2001
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Dotcom boom alive and kicking…

Job ad seen in last week's Evening Standard newspaper:
Tim Richardson, 30 Apr 2001
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Trident spears VIA on trade secret lawsuit

Trident, the US graphics technology designer, accuses VIA and VIA subsidiary S3 Graphics, and some former employees of conspiring to "misappropriate Trident's trade secrets".
Drew Cullen, 30 Apr 2001
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Intel 0.13 micron chips delayed?

Intel may have to put back its plans to ship 0.13 micron chips thanks because a key part of the equipment needed to make them has been delayed by its manufacturer.
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2001
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April is record dotcom job death month

April was a record month for dotcom job losses.
Robert Blincoe, 30 Apr 2001
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New BT boss nervous about job

BT's new chairman has admitted that he will be suffering first day nerves when he starts work at the monster telco tomorrow.
Tim Richardson, 30 Apr 2001
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WinXP delayed? How it could slip beyond October

Windows XP may or may not have been delayed until October; it depends how you look at it. According to an internal schedule obtained by Robert Stein of Activewin, XP is currently intended to be in the shops in October. Apparently pouncing on the same schedule, Rob Enderle of Giga Information Group interpreted this as two months slippage from the August date he'd earlier been given to understand.
John Lettice, 30 Apr 2001
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AMD Palomino to debut in notebooks

AMD is still on to ship its 1GHz-plus Mobile Athlon based on the Palomino core this quarter.
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2001
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eLiza asks: what makes you say you want a self-healing server?

IBM says it will devote a quarter of its server budget to Project eLiza: making its Unix, NT and Linux servers 'self-healing'. It claims five of its R&D centres will be working on eLiza technology, although figures were scarce in the first, reverential reports in the US trade inkies.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Apr 2001
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1.4GHz AMD Athlon debuts on Web

AMD's 1.4GHz Athlon has started appearing in chip suppliers' price lists, suggesting the part's launch can't be that far off and may even turn up next month.
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2001
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Cadac buys its way into top Autodesk slot

Cadac has bought rival Autodesk dealer EDC Photonic, consolidating its position as the UK's biggest reseller - for the CAD design software company.
Drew Cullen, 30 Apr 2001
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Computerland UK issues profits warning

Computerland UK, the Nottingham-based corporate reseller, has issued a profit warning - the company says it will make £300k PBT for its full financial year.
Drew Cullen, 30 Apr 2001
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AMD cuts desktop CPU prices by up to 47.7%

AMD has cut its desktop CPU prices following Intel's second round of Pentium 4 price reductions yesterday.
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2001
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CA accused of misstating sales

Computer Associates (CA) has been accused of misstating its sales results over many years in order to boost its financial results and market position.
John Leyden, 30 Apr 2001
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Govt's ‘fault’ for broadband tardiness

British businesses - or 100 or so, at any rate - blame the government for "failing to deliver broadband to the nation".
Drew Cullen, 30 Apr 2001
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Sony, Microsoft developing GameBoy-style handhelds

Sony and Microsoft are both working on competing handheld gaming machines, each designed to complement their respective consoles, PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2001
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Boffins create thought-controlled computer

Boffins at the EC's Joint Research Centre have created a computer that can "read" peoples' minds and enable disabled people to write message using nothing but thoughts.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Apr 2001
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ntl and AOL hold hands

ntl has confirmed it is in talks with AOL Time Warner concerning "potential joint activity" but claims negotiations are at an early stage.
Tim Richardson, 30 Apr 2001
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MBO for Dan network business

PC assembler Dan Technology has sold its networking installation arm to managers
Robert Blincoe, 30 Apr 2001
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PCA hackles rise over Euler Trade Indemnity

The PC Association, the UK lobby group for systems builders, is planning to debate the existence of Euler Trade Indemnity, the dominant supplier of credit insurance to the UK channel, with over 60 per cent of the market.
Team Register, 30 Apr 2001
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First MSN Messenger virus

The first known virus that spreads by MSN's Messenger Service application has been discovered.
John Leyden, 30 Apr 2001
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Dealer Credit Squeeze Part 3

Part 3 Resellers and Vars have consistently taken advantage of opportunities to release cash principally through invoice discounting, factoring and where appropriate leasing and of course the traditional bank overdraft and term loans. There are costs attributable to each which have to be borne but the benefits can be …
Brian Burke, 30 Apr 2001
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Dealer Credit Squeeze Part 2

Part 2 There have been a number of scathing comments made particularly about ETI, the dominant supplier of credit insurance to the UK channel and some have also pointed that there needs to be more effective communication between the insurers and their policyholders. In ETI's defence it has continued to support the sector by …
Brian Burke, 30 Apr 2001
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‘Intel Inside’ campaign celebrates 10th anniversary

Intel's 'Intel Inside' marketing campaign is ten years old, the company wrote to inform us today.
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2001
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Hacktivists take over BBC Web site

A BBC Web site has been taken off line after it was defaced by a group of political hacktivists yesterday.
John Leyden, 30 Apr 2001
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Dealer credit squeeze – why it's happening and what's to be done

The average IT distributor selling product at a consistent 5% margin require additional sales of £1,000,000 to break-even for every bad debt of £50,000. This is why credit insurance is so prevalent within distribution.
Brian Burke, 30 Apr 2001
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Bastard Plan 437f

Episode 12 BOFH 2001: Episode 12
Simon Travaglia, 30 Apr 2001
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Rambus cornered by Judge, Infineon

Rambus vs Infineon Rambus may call it quits this after it emerged that its legal action against Infineon appears to have been limited to such a degree that the memory developer effectively has no room to manoeuvre.
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2001
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WinXP activation bug zeros testers' trial period

Some traffic from the Microsoft WinXP beta news groups forwarded to The Register indicates that the company may be in deep doo-doo as regards the operation of Product Activation. It's fragile, it's triggering the termination of testers' eval periods, and Microsoft doesn't know why.
John Lettice, 30 Apr 2001
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Buyers sniffing round Gameplay

Gameplay reckons it's got a buyer for its business, the multi-platform games outfit said today.
Tim Richardson, 30 Apr 2001
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7m extra surfers log onto World Wide Web in March

Cyberspace added another seven million home surfers to its ranks in March.
Linda Harrison, 30 Apr 2001
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MS insists upon passwords of 18,000+ characters

Incredibly as it may sound, Microsoft appears to be insisting that people have hundreds of thousands of five-digit passwords if they are to access its sites.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Apr 2001
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Hijacked domain returned to rightful owner

The case of the dropped domain and the PR company that we covered last week has been sorted out - with it returning to the original owners.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Apr 2001
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US China cyberwar is a self-fulfilling prophecy

The Web site of the White House Historical Association has been plastered with Chinese flags by an anonymous hacker during a pair of apparently political motivated attacks of prestige US Web sites.
John Leyden, 30 Apr 2001
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Firedup.com snuffed out

FiredUp.com - the entertainment auction site from Rupert Murdoch's News International - has shut down.
Tim Richardson, 30 Apr 2001
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Kevin Warwick wanders into Reg territory

Captain Cyborg aka Kevin Warwick, the media-hungry professor of cybernetics at Reading University, is to pay The Reg a visit. Not that he knows it yet.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Apr 2001
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AMD 64-bit Hammer delayed

AMD has confirmed the Hammer family of 64-bit CPUs have been knocked back six months to Q3 2002.
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2001
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ProComp fires duds in MS Media Player broadside

The latest broadside from ProComp, or the Project to Promote Competition and Innovation in the Digital Age - the lobby group backed by Microsoft competitors - will make depressing reading for its sponsors. ProComp has contrived to sail through a closely packed convoy, all guns firing, without hitting anything.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Apr 2001
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Compaq accused of bullying customers over warranties

No sooner has it got rid of one class-action lawsuit than Compaq gets hit with another two. This time they involve allegations of warranty bullying tactics.
Linda Harrison, 30 Apr 2001
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Dell becoming ‘the 800lb gorilla’ of the server market

Dell saw almost 50 per cent growth in worldwide server shipments during the first quarter, and overtook Compaq as the top server seller in the US.
Linda Harrison, 30 Apr 2001