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Could Bill Gates write code?

Even if you've been following our saga of Micro-Soft's 1975 Altair BASIC here and here, - one question remains unanswered.
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Mob phreakers rule Vegas phone network

Eddie Munoz knows a secret about Las Vegas. As the operator of one of the city's oldest in-room adult entertainment services, Munoz knows Vegas is a town fuelled by the unceasing buzz of money and vice. When he was at the top of his game his phones rang 100 times a day, and he dispatched private nude "dancers" (prostitution is …
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Sun claims UK server crown

Sun Microsystems has claimed that it has surpassed IBM in revenues from server sales in the UK despite the fact that it trails to Big Blue globally.
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AMD samples 1.5GHz Athlon 4

AMD has begun sampling its 1.4GHz and 1.5GHz Athlon 4 processors based on the company's new Palomino core.
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VIA whips cover off Athlon 4 chipset

Updated VIA unveiled today its first chipset designed specifically for AMD's mobile Athlon 4: the long-awaited Twister K.
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LineOne bosses to head Tiscali's UK ISP

The board of recently acquired LineOne is to head-up Tiscali's operation in the UK as the Italian ISP moves to create one single branded operation in Britain.
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Win2k SP2 code final – and now official?

Updated The Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 code currently available seems to be official after all, despite some Microsoft claims that it's not yet official, and that it's only probably completely finished.
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Baltimore slashes 250 jobs as losses grow

Security firm Baltimore is going to slash 250 jobs as Q1 losses have grown to £71.9 million, up from £7.5 million a year earlier.
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This looks like a BOL lock up

It looks like it's the end of the road for online bookseller BOL.com as a standalone business. German media giant Bertelsmann is going to fold the company into its book club arm according to the FT.
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Energis earnings up, losses up

Energis, the UK business telecoms company, has announced an increased pre-tax loss for the year of £100.6 million but a 50 per cent increase in earnings, 70 per cent increase in turnover and a step up in operating profit from £9.1 million last year to £47.0 million.
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DiData profits rocket

Networking reseller Dimension Data Holdings has reported a 68 per cent rise in profit for the first half of its financial year.
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Intel confirms Itanium release

Don't take anyone else's word for it, Intel itself has finally admitted that its Itanium processor will 'ship' at the end of this month.
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MS signs up for European privacy ‘Safe Harbor’ scheme

Microsoft is to sign up for the Safe Harbour data protection agreement between the US and the European Union, according to an announcement made by company director of corporate privacy (oh yes, there is one) Richard Purcell in Brussels today.
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ATI Radeon 2, 3 details leak

Some interesting components to ATI's Radeon roadmap appear to have leaked out of the company.
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Gameplay: what they got for their £1

Gameplay's Boxed Games business in the UK lost an estimated £6.4 million before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation during the eight months ending March 31 2001.
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Porn-happy Judge puts 13-year-old boy on sex register

A Judge has told a 13-year-old boy, found guilty of possessing over 300 obscene pictures, that an interest in porn is healthy. It didn't stop him giving the lad an 18-month supervision order and putting him on the sex offenders' register for two-and-a-half years though.
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Sony, AOL to bring Net to PlayStation 2

Sony has recruited AOL to provide Net access for its PlayStation 2 console, clearly part of its strategy to fight Microsoft's Xbox if the timing of the announcement and the schedule for the services the partners will provide are anything to go by.
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Titsup Madge.Web staff to be saved

The fate of Madge.Web and its staff looks set to be sealed by the end of next week.
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Fantasy election provides help for floating voters

El Reg has got more e-lection fun - but this time it's serious.
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Apple unwraps long-awaited retail plan

Updated Apple has launched its chain of High Street retail outlets with the promise that it will open 25 stores across the US throughout the year.
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Leading security expert on the end of DDoS attacks

Renowned private security expert Steve Gibson has been subject to two major denial of service attacks in the past fortnight.
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Dynamic pricing hits PC market

PC vendors are planning to introduce dynamic pricing to shift inventory online.
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AMD to announce Dell design win for Athlon 4

AMD has finally won over Dell. The PC vendor will end its exclusive use of Intel CPUs in June when it announces that it will use AMD's mobile Athlon 4 in an upcoming high performance laptop.
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Yahoo buys ancient WSJ FrontPage ‘backdoor’ report

Yes, there is a screwy dll which makes it possible to attack MS Web servers running FrontPage extensions. And no, there isn't any bloody backdoor password scheme as the supremely venerable (just ask them) Wall Street Journal reported last April.
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Confusing MS security bulletin aided IIS worm

Exclusive: The sadmind/IIS worm, which has been defacing Microsoft IIS machines so prolifically during the past ten days, might be getting a little help from a poorly-worded MS security bulletin.