17th > May > 2001 Archive

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Xbox games to involve Sega, Capcom, Spielberg and Bruce Lee

Microsoft fired off a copious salvo of press releases Wednesday making spectacular claims in support of its half-billion-dollar effort to market the Xbox games console.
Thomas C Greene, 17 May 2001
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Intel to announce mobile system-on-a-chip

Intel will take the wraps off its comms-oriented system-on-a-chip product that merges CPU, memory and data-processing DSP technology onto a single slab of silicon.
Tony Smith, 17 May 2001
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Win2k SP2 finally out, but problems with security hotfixes?

Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 finally went official yesterday, after several weird days where it wasn't official, but you could get it through the various links being assembled on the Microsoft site and elsewhere. The appearance of SP1 in the "new downloads" section of microsoft.com yesterday seems to have been a placeholder for the forthcoming SP2 link, and the official front door for all things SP2 is now here.
John Lettice, 17 May 2001
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HP profits plummet 66 per cent

Hewlett-Packard has cut sales targets for the current quarter, while reporting a 66 per cent profit drop in Q2.
Linda Harrison, 17 May 2001
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PC makers make Intel squirm over Rambus, chip shortages

System Builders Summit, Monte Carlo System builders seem keen to make Intel squirm over Rambus'defeat in court.
Robert Blincoe, 17 May 2001
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Cheap German notebooks use desktop components

System Builders Summit, Monte Carlo What is a good way to slash notebook prices and grab market share? Well, one way is to build them using desktop components like German outfit Gericom. (How weird is that name - sneering xenophobic Billy Britons couldn`t have come up with a better one for a discount German PC manufacturer.)
Robert Blincoe, 17 May 2001
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Evesham to slash support costs with Bigfix

UK system builder Evesham.com is preloading software on its PCs which is designed to slash its support costs by 25 per cent.
Robert Blincoe, 17 May 2001
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Tiscali to axe 300 jobs in UK

Tiscali is to axe 300 British jobs within the next fortnight as part of its bid fuse three ISPs into one UK operation.
Tim Richardson, 17 May 2001
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Oops! Tayside cops refer kids to Russian porn site

Scottish police have been forced to rethink an anti-drugs campaign after discovering they were sending kids to a porn Web site.
Linda Harrison, 17 May 2001
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Easy CD Creator problems just won't go away

Since our last article on the compatibility problems that Roxio's Easy CD Creator software is having with Win2k machines, we've received nearly a hundred emails disputing the company's official explanation.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 May 2001
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Click here for the Prescott punch

Updated Updated Well, the election was threatening to be one of the most tedious ever held - until yesterday. Tony Blair was barracked by a furious Sharron Storer and looked decidedly uneasy, Jack Straw was slow-clapped by the police federation and Little Willy Hague had to find refuge in his car. The politicians came to mix it …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 May 2001
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Intel, BT partner on next-gen mobile devices, services

British Telecom is joining Intel - now there's a marriage made in heaven - to create mobile devices based on the chip maker's upcoming comms-oriented system-on-a-chip.
Tony Smith, 17 May 2001
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BT's ADSL goes tits up North

Users of BT's broadband ADSL service Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of England have been unable to use the service for last 24 hours because of major technical problems.
Tim Richardson, 17 May 2001
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Sony, Toshiba team on 0.1, 0.07 micron fab tech

Sony and Toshiba are to co-develop 0.10 and 0.07 micron chip fabrication processes, the two companies said today.
Tony Smith, 17 May 2001
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Cracked or not? WinXP protection war hots up

Following our piece on Windows XP copy protection yesterday (MS tips its hand on WinXP protection system) we've received some interesting emails, and there may also have been developments, one of these being that a new build of XP, 2475, may have leaked.
John Lettice, 17 May 2001
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ICANN releases .biz and .info details

ICANN has finally given details of the new top-level domains that have been an age in coming. Well, not all the details, just the details for .biz and .info. The other five are in the pipeline.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 May 2001
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Motorola ARM-based Palm chip to go 0.13 micron in 2002

Motorola will shrink its upcoming ARM-based additions to the Dragonball processor family to 0.13 micron next year.
Tony Smith, 17 May 2001
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IT consultant denies £25m Web site blackmail

IT consultant Graham Browne is to be tried at the Old Bailey in September for attempting to blackmail an unidentified financial institution for £25 million over weak security, Private Eye reports.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 May 2001
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Hoax Love Rat site dupes the Press

A Web site which claimed to expose two-timing love cheats has turned out to be hoax.
Tim Richardson, 17 May 2001
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EU inches toward PC recycling levy

Europe this week moved one step closer to forcing computer manufacturers to pay to recycle products.
Linda Harrison, 17 May 2001
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Why wouldn't a system builder want to cut supports costs?

System Builders Summit, Monte Carlo Software vendor Bigfix is searching for an alternative way to sell its technology, an application which searches for and identifies PC problems, to UK system builders.
Robert Blincoe, 17 May 2001
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Brits spend 25 minutes per day surfing at home

Only one in five Brits who use the Net at home spend more than ten hours surfing per month, according to a survey out today.
Linda Harrison, 17 May 2001
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Splat the MP game: it's a corker

Some creative folk have been inspired by Bruiser Prescott's antics yesterday and knocked up a Splat the MP game, which you can play here.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 May 2001
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Gameplay division sold for £1

Gameplay plc has sold its retail sales games operation in the UK and the Nordics for less than the cost of half a pint of beer.
Tim Richardson, 17 May 2001
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Dell confirms AMD Athlon 4 notebook release?

Dell may have inadvertently confirmed that it is indeed to offer an notebook PC based on AMD's Mobile Athlon 4 processor.
Tony Smith, 17 May 2001
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‘Friendly’ Cheese worm reveals many compromised boxes

The so-called 'cheese worm' has attracted a great deal of attention in the past 24 hours for its benign payload, which seeks to mend Linux boxes infected with at least one version of the li0n worm (which exploits a BIND vulnerability). However, it also demonstrates that there's a large number of already-compromised machines connected to the Net; and furthermore, a tiny modification to its code could render it immensely destructive.
Thomas C Greene, 17 May 2001
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Computacenter loses GCAT monopoly

Computacenter loses Govt. GCAT monopoly published on: The government has removed Computacenter's monopoly for supplying products through its GCAT ecommerce procurement system, CW360.com reports.
Drew Cullen, 17 May 2001
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HWRoundup Top heavy on AMD today

This is our first namecheck for GotApex.com. Hello and welcome. First up, check its interesting Asus A7M266 AMD 760 DDR motherboard review.
David Ross, 17 May 2001