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Am I electable or not.com?

An election special version of the hugely popular AmIhotornot.com site, where you get to rate the electability of a random selection of candidates.
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Bruiser Prescott v. The Egg

John Prescott's pugilistic prowess has been the toast of the nation and inspired a fair few games. One of the best has to be this one from Rancon.co.uk.
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RM rides on soaring school IT budgets

RM, the UK's biggest IT supplier for schools, produced half year sales of £113.7 million up 46 per cent(2000: £78.1m) and PBT up 36 per cent to £2.1m (before amortisation of goodwill).
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Vivendi buys MP3.com for $375m

The French media giant Vivendi Universal will pay $372 million (£259 million) for online music site MP3.com. Which is kinda ironic, seeing as it was the only one of five record companies that refused to settle with the company last year over copyright violation. It got $53.4 million. To the victor goes the spoils.
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TSMC preps rapid 300mm, 0.10 micron roll-outs

By 2010 more than half of the world's chip production will be handled through semiconductor foundries as more and more fab-less designers contract out manufacture to designer-less fabs.
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What Labour pledges on IT and the Internet

The Labour party has finally unveiled its manifesto - the last of the three main parties to do so. And ehat does "Ambitions for Britain" have to say about the IT industry and the Internet?
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What the LibDems pledge on IT and the Net

We've finally got onto the LibDems Web site and read its manifesto (13 chapters - unlucky for some) titled Freedom, Justice, Honesty.
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Broadband should be election issue

The e-business advisor to the Mayor of London has called on the major political parties to make broadband an election issue.
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LibDems Web site dies a death

Somewhat ironically, our attempts to find out what, if anything, the LibDems have put in their manifesto to do with IT and the Internet have been thwarted by the fact that the site is inaccessible.
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LibDems cybersquat on Plaid Cymru

Updated The LibDems in Wales have cybersquatted on two domains of the Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru. Visit www.plaid-cymru.co.uk and you'll find this entertaining disclaimer: "This site and the domains www.plaid-cymru.co.uk and www.plaid.co.uk are not connected in any way with Plaid Cymru."
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Rambus, Micron SDRAM patent trial delayed

Rambus vs Micron Rambus' legal tussle with Micron has been put back to late October while the memory technology developer's case against Infineon drags on.
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Miniature Bull for sale

What exactly is the point of Groupe Bull, the French government-backed computer business? If the company were to disappear tomorrow, who, apart from the employees would notice. On the computer systems side it is little more than a rebadger for IBM RS/6000 businesses.
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Archdeacon suspended in child porn probe

A Church of England Archdeacon has been suspended following his arrest on suspicion of possession of child pornography.
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Infineon damages slashed

Rambus vs Infineon Infineon will get a mere ten per cent of the punitive damages granted it by the jury in the case brought against the manufacturer by Rambus.
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IBM skips through HDD Land with pixie dust

IBM boffins have unlocked a way of quadrupling data density on hard disk drives. The technology is called "antiferromagnetically-coupled (AFC) media,"; it's pretty damn clever, and the first product incorporating AFC ships in volume today.
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Compaq unveils Evo line

Compaq today unveiled the Evo range, a set of business computers designed to replacing its Armada and Deskpro brands.
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Intel unwraps very-low-voltage mobile CPUs

Intel today rolled out the latest incarnations of its mini- and sub-notebook oriented Mobile Pentium III processors and their Celeron siblings, as we predicted earlier this year.
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Aladdin eSafe Gateway ‘unsafe’

A flaw with a content security product means it could be easily compromised by a maliciously constructed Web page.
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Web site seeks election

The organisers behind a spoof election Web site are hoping that at least one of their candidates can stand in the forthcoming UK general election.
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Labour in anti-Tory flame war

There are fears today that the election could descend into a flame war after Labour Party activists allegedly sent offensive emails personally attacking Tory politicians. The offensive and abusive emails have been condemned by both major political parties but it's still too early to say whether Tory extremists will retaliate …
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AOL wins rights to Aimster domain name

America Online has won an arbitration battle against Aimster, and the music software company must now hand over aimster.com, aimstertv.com and aimstertv.net to the online giant.
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Intel launches 1.7GHz Xeon

Intel finally unveiled its Xeon server processor - codenamed Foster - today, two weeks after it canned the chip's launch at the last minute.

Psion shutsTrivanti wireless biz

Psion has decided to shut Trivanti - its joint wireless venture with United Business Media - after just a year and with the loss of sixteen staff.
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WinXP protection: it's the .NET, stupid

In the past few days another WinXP build, 2474, has leaked out onto IRC, and this time it's acquired an "RC1" tag. Numerous claims have been made that Microsoft's latest protection for product activation has been cracked. According to The Register's sources, however, this is not true - they insist that the current alleged cracks are simply a case of the crackers having managed to confuse themselves.
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Punters scare the BeJaysus out of ASUS

omponent manufacturer ASUS will not include controversial cheat options in future releases of its video card drivers, according to Belgian news site deCURSOR.
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Sage snaffles Platinum for Windows

Sage is plumping up its US product portfolio with Platinum for Windows, a 'mid-market' accountancy software package.
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Kewill buys Alliance

Kewill Systems, the UK ERP vendor, has bought Alliance Manufacturing Software International - or to be more precise, its assets.
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Young voters recognise Lara Croft more than Robin Cook

Britain's first-time voters know more about computer game characters such as Lara Croft and Sonic the Hedgehog than they do about politicians, according to a survey conducted by High Street electrical retailer Dixons.

Met to start SMS bombardment on mobile phone thieves

Mobile phone thieves in London may soon be under text message bombardment from the police.
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Dell intros Xeon box

Dell has hopped on Intel's Xeon bandwagon and announced a workstation based on the chip giant's latest CPU.
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LibDems pull illegal Plaid Cymru Web site

The LibDems in Wales have been forced to close an anti-Plaid Cymru Web site because of election rules.
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HP recyles PCs – for a price

Hewlett Packard today kicks off a fee-based recycling scheme in the US that offers to take unwanted computers from any manufacturer.
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Microsoft posts warning over Easy CD Creator

Microsoft has posted a warning for Win2K users regarding Roxio's Easy CD Creator which is causing PCs to crash and the dreaded blue screen of death to appear.
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Microsoft touts for Car Vars

Microsoft has launched a channel accreditation just for Car Vars. Automotive Solution Providers will supply consulting and integration services around the Windows CE for Automotive (WCEfA) platform.
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Alan Sugar gives Labour £200k

Alan Sugar has given £200,000 to the Labour party's election campaign.
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Vietnam crowned as top software pirate nation

Vietnam remained the top country for counterfeit software last year, with a 97 per cent piracy rate.
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Register trademarks ‘ster’

When you see the word "aimster", do you think that it's a daft word for someone aiming at something or do you think "America Online Instant Messenger-ster"?
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Win2K SP2 and broken Exchange2K servers

We've received anecdotal reports from Exchange2K users having no alternative but remove Win2K SP2 to make Exchange work again.
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Labour pledges on Net pedo problem

The Home Secretary Jack Straw has decided to make Internet paedophiles an election issue by announcing government plans for Internet banning orders on people who falsely portray themselves as teenagers.
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Innovation in gaming – where did it go?

Games developers need to rethink their programming strategies and focus more on originality than fancy technology. That's the message from outspoken 3D Realms programmer Brandon Reinhart, writing about his experience at this year's E3 trade show.
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How many CPU coolers does a man need?

HWRoundup How many CPU coolers does a man need? In Thomas Pabst's case the answer is 46. Which seems a bit greedy to us. But the good doctor puts them to good use in what he describes as the "most extensive comparative test of all time". You can see how he got on here.
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Attrition abandons defacement mirrors

Popular Internet security site attrition.org has reluctantly decided to cease maintaining its defaced Web-page mirrors because the burden of keeping up with all the busy crackers out there has finally become intolerable.
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Nintendo strikes Gamecube price at $199.95

Nintendo didn't get to where it is today - "History's most successful video game manufacturer today" (yes, but what about tomorrow?) - without knowing a trick or ten about marketing.