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Bring on the Little Guys

Trade Show 6 Later we cruised around Las Vegas. Williams and I tried to find ways to scare Jason. It all came to an end when Williams drove up on the sidewalk and then hit the breaks. The car slid to a stop and Williams screamed, "let's kill some pedestrians!" As people scurried away, Williams muttered, "these people have no idea who I am."
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Sex and Trade

Trade Show 5 The limo rolled up to the Casino and Frank opened my door and grinned. When I got out I had to step around a punk with blue hair wearing a woman's leopard-print shirt. He was screaming and crying and his legs bent as he sagged against his girlfriend. She slapped his face. "Get with it!" she snarled.
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Linux saved my Life

Trade Show 4 In the morning I discovered that Mike left me behind at the hotel, which was in the middle of the desert, 20 miles from Vegas in a one traffic light town called Jean. Collins was fond of trading inconvenience for expense, and this hotel represented the epitome of that logic.
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Linux Media Arts Cuts the Fat

Trade Show 3 Las Vegas, April 21 - Here at the National Broadcast Association Expo, Linux Media Arts (LMA) melts away the glutton. While the gamblers cash in their 401Ks and vendors hock $50,000 DV editing stations, LMA gives away its software and sells a 24-hour service contract delivered through workstations running the rock-stable Linux operating system.
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I was a Teenage Hacker

Trade Show 2 Jason Howard is a teenager. He was attending the expo with his mom, Meridyth Howard. She earns a living producing wedding videos.
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Open UK Apple Stores now, demand 66% of users

Two-thirds of UK Mac users want Apple to open High Street stores in this country immediately.
Tony Smith, 29 May 2001
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (The NAB edition)

Trade Show "Where have you been?" yelled Mike, founder of Vidux, "we've been waiting outside on the curb for hours!" It was 3pm on April 22, 2001 and Mike had just stormed into the press room at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas. I was freelancing for Linux Journal, trying to scare up some quotes from media executives for a story on DeCSS.
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Intel slices up to 38% off PIII, Celeron prices

Intel pruned its prices this weekend, as expected, chopping between 38 per cent and just five per cent off what it charges for members of its Pentium III and Celeron families.
Tony Smith, 29 May 2001
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Eidos confirms rights issue

Eidos today confirmed that it is in the "late stages of arranging an equity issue for cash at a deep discount to the share price prevailing at the close of business on 25 May 2001".
Drew Cullen, 29 May 2001
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Opera to be default browser in Symbian ref designs

Opera Software has won itself a key role in the forthcoming wireless Internet wars; the company has signed up with Symbian, which will now include Opera's browser in its reference designs for Communicator devices. This does not of course mean that all companies licensing Symbian's designs will use the default browser, but quite a few of them are likely to.
John Lettice, 29 May 2001
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Bell Microproducts buys Dutch storage biz

Bell Microproducts has bought a high-end "storage solutions provider" in the Netherlands. Touch The Progress (TTPG) turned over $55m in 2000 and is profitable. It employs 65 people and has offices also in Belgium, Germany and Austria.
Drew Cullen, 29 May 2001
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DiData buys US Cisco trainer

Dimension Data has bought Colorado Computer Training Institute, a Cisco networking training firm based in Denver, for $11m.
Drew Cullen, 29 May 2001
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Chip-making kit spending slides

Nothing says quite so much about the state of the semiconductor industry - or at least the outlook for the immediate future - as the money manufacturers spend on chip-making kit.
Tony Smith, 29 May 2001
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Yell sold for £2.14bn

Cash-strapped BT today confirmed that it has sold Yell for £2.14 billion.
Tim Richardson, 29 May 2001
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Easy CD Creator affecting Win9x machines as well

It gets worse. A number of people have been in touch to say that it's not just Win2K machines that are being affected out by the installation of Roxio's Easy CD Creator.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 May 2001
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Linux hackers fall victim to crackers

The servers of open source development site SourceForge have been compromised.
John Leyden, 29 May 2001

Brits polish mobiles in preparation for BBC's ‘Joy of Text’ show

Text messagers will next month get the chance to share their addiction with the nation as the BBC hosts an interactive show dedicated to SMS.
Linda Harrison, 29 May 2001
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Vodafone abandons buying frenzy for profits

Vodafone Group today said it would abandon its acquisition frenzy to concentrate on profits and Net phones.
Linda Harrison, 29 May 2001
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Global chip biz to decline 13.5% during 2001

The world chip market will contract this year, falling back in on itself after last year's explosive growth. So reckons the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organisation, an industry-backed number-cruncher.
Tony Smith, 29 May 2001
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Tiscali to launch mobile phone service

Tiscali UK is spreading its wings and is looking to offer mobile phone services in the UK and Europe.
Tim Richardson, 29 May 2001
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Acer, Trident intro mobile Tualatin chipset

Acer Labs and Trident today jointly announced a notebook-oriented chipset that supports DDR and SDR SDRAM, integrates 3D acceleration, and supports Intel's Tualatin 0.13 micron Pentium III-family processor even though said CPU hasn't been officially launched yet.
Tony Smith, 29 May 2001
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Meet the HP Server

Hewlett-Packard is re-branding its servers under the single moniker HP Server with the launch of hardware based on Intel's Itanium processor.
John Leyden, 29 May 2001
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Banks sued over dotcom float fix allegations

A group of New York banks face legal action after allegations of dotcom flotation rigging.
Linda Harrison, 29 May 2001
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$1 billion lawsuit for world's first Jail-cam

The world's first Jail Web cams - installed and hyped by the living embodiment of James Bond sheriff J.W. Pepper, Joe Arpaio - is at the end of a $1.38 billion lawsuit.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 May 2001
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Codebreaker II The torture ends

Well, it's been a long, hard slog for our Reg codebreakers. After weeks of sleepless nights and hair-tearing angst, 32 bright sparks eventually cracked our code.
Lester Haines, 29 May 2001
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ATI talks up Truform, next-gen rendering tech

ATI whipped the lid off its next-generation 3D graphics technology today, Truform.
Tony Smith, 29 May 2001
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AMI sells RAID biz to LSI Logic

American Megatrends International (AMI) is selling its RAID controller business to LSI Logic for cash. But for how much - it ain't saying in this press release announcing the deal.
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Channel Business buys IT Europa

BPL, the owner of IT pub Channel Business, has bought IT Europa, the channel research/newsletter business. Terms were undisclosed.
Team Register, 29 May 2001
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Nvidia to rush in Crush next week

Nvidia's Xbox-derived, AMD Athlon 4-oriented Crush chipset will be unveiled on Monday 4 June at Taiwan's Computex show next week.
Tony Smith, 29 May 2001
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MSN goes on the offensive to steal AOL users

MSN has launched an ad campaign to steal any AOL sufers thinking of defecting after AOL's proposed price hike.
Linda Harrison, 29 May 2001
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HP wears Itanium underpants and sings the Intel song

Hewlett-Packard has announced a range of servers and workstations to coincide with today's launch of Intel's much-delayed Itanium processor.
John Leyden, 29 May 2001
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Dotcom adverts plumb new depths

It had to happen. Dotcoms, desperate to sell their product by whatever means available, have stepped over the line dividing legitimate advertising from flagrant abuse of personal liberties.
Lester Haines, 29 May 2001
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Tyan dual Athlon 4 mobo goes on sale

Mobo maker Tyan has shipped - or is about to ship - its AMD760MP-based, multiple Athlon 4-based motherboard, the Thunder K7.
Tony Smith, 29 May 2001
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How much will 3G cost?

Vodafone CEO Chris Gent has been brave (or foolish) enough to put a figure on how much 3G phones will actually cost his company in terms of rollout.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 May 2001
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Opera to challenge e-envoy over UK govt ‘Windows tax’

Opera Software, owner of one of the browsers (which is more or less, all of the non-Microsoft ones) currently barred by the British government's prestige "Government Gateway," proposes to take the matter up with the UK's e-envoy, Andrew Pinder. Pinder's office is responsible for the commissioning of the site, gateway.gov.uk, which is intended to be the cornerstone of the Blair government's plan to put 100 per cent of services online by 2005.
John Lettice, 29 May 2001
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EMC to chop 1,100 staff

EMC today warned it would lay off more than 1,000 staff amid general cost cutting at the storage giant.
Linda Harrison, 29 May 2001
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Criminal Law Review tears strips off RIP Act

The academic paper Criminal Law Review has laid into the widely criticised RIP Act, arguing that it "falls far short" of its intended aim.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 May 2001
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Sun Microsystems ‘bans’ the Internet

Sun Microsystems has told it employees NOT to use the Internet in an effort to shave a few dollars off its phone bill and thereby make its annual results look a bit better.
John Leyden, 29 May 2001
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Mobo sales fade away in May

Thomas Wiesel Partners, the New York investment bank, is revising its PC shipments forecast downwards to just two per cent for the year, compared with previous estimates of five per cent.
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Microsoft! Beware of Greeks (reading maps)

Microsoft has fallen foul of the government in the Greek-speaking part of Cyprus. And all because roadmaps of the country as featured on AutoRoute Express fail to show the political reality of the divided country.
Drew Cullen, 29 May 2001
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Lucent jilts Alcatel at the Altar

Lucent and Alcatel have called off their merger talks, the pair announced today in a terse but cordial joint statement.
Drew Cullen, 29 May 2001