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Apple sued over printers it no longer makes

Apple has been sued for allegedly infringing a single patent in products it hasn't produced or sold for over three years.
Tony Smith, 21 Jun 2001
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Compaq top of the SAN tree

Compaq installs one in two storage area networks across the world. In other words it sell more SANs than its competitors (if you miss out 'others', a perennial favourite) put together.
Drew Cullen, 21 Jun 2001
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Quanta to beat Toshiba as lead notebook maker

Taiwanese notebook maker Quanta reckons it will become the world's biggest producer of portable PCs this year, beating market leader Toshiba to the top of the totem pole.
Tony Smith, 21 Jun 2001
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Gameplay knocks itself off Net

Updated Both Gameplay's Web sites (.com and .co.uk) vanished this morning, sparking rumours that the troubled company had been stripped and left to die.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jun 2001
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ICL brand put to the sword

Fujitsu is to kill off ICL, arguably the oldest and best-known brand in British computing, in a move that follows the failure to float the software and services business.
John Leyden, 21 Jun 2001
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Reg faces blasphemy charge

Well, you know you've arrived when the God Squad starts waving bibles at you. This missive arrived this morning at Vulture Central. We haven't got the faintest idea what it's about, but ignorance is no excuse.
Lester Haines, 21 Jun 2001
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Antitrust: MS is at it again with WinXP, say attorneys

Two of the state attorneys general who've been involved in the Microsoft antitrust action have damned the company's conduct since the prosecution rested. They specifically focus on what the company's up to with XP but stress that they're not planning a second antitrust suit.
John Lettice, 21 Jun 2001
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Canadian Commodore faces net porn keelhauling

One of Canada's most senior naval officers has been suspended following revelations that he enjoyed a soft-porn website on his navy laptop. Commodore Eric Lehre, 52, may now have to walk the plank after admitting the offence, albeit committed off-duty and via his own Internet account. He has been charged with 'conduct to …
Lester Haines, 21 Jun 2001
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2001 worst DRAM year in history of world ever – the stats

The spot price for 128Mb DRAM chips fell below $2 for the first time this week, and contract prices are below $3, Gartner Dataquest says.
Drew Cullen, 21 Jun 2001
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Ballmer: no contingency plans for break up of MS

After a long layoff, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is once again telling people that the company has no contingency plan to cover the possibility of it losing the antitrust case. This time he made the shock revelation in an interview with the Washington Post, erroneously adding that the lack of such a plan didn't suggest the company was speculating about the outcome of the case.
John Lettice, 21 Jun 2001
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Commie cell in MS secretly pushing GPL to customers

Bill Gates' trenchant warning about the Pacman-like qualities of the GPL this week has come too late. GPL-toting commies are already inside the organisation and busily subverting Microsoft in order to overthrow the US economy.
John Lettice, 21 Jun 2001
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IDC puts Linux use at 27 per cent

IDC has pegged Linux server shipments at 27 per cent - more than three times the figure that the Gartner Group issued a month ago.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jun 2001
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Reader Poll Do you want to know who Gharlane of Eddore is?

Voting has finished Following on from our story about Usenet legend Gharlane of Eddore's death and the search for his identity in real life, we have been inundated with emails. A number have, of course, told us his real identity, something that we have resisted from posting as yet. That is because of another group of emails …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jun 2001
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Americans have broadband – at work

Up to a third of Americans have access to broadband - but mostly at work.
Drew Cullen, 21 Jun 2001
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Mac OS X's Finder: Cocoa rewrite not the answer

Learning to live with Mac OS X Mac OS X's Finder: love it or loathe it, the two points that unite almost everyone who has used Apple's next-generation operating system are that it's not up to scratch and that Apple's reason to write it using OS X's Carbon API is the chief reason why.
Tony Smith, 21 Jun 2001
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Epson Perfection 1240U

Review Although Epson's latest scanner isn't the cheapest model on offer, the Perfection's consistently high performance and unsurpassed scan quality make it the obvious choice for the professional user. It isn't a small unit, but the Perfection's trio of one-touch buttons allow for quick operation. We were also impressed by the 1240U's resolution support – the higher the resolution, the more detail packed into each image.
PC Advisor, 21 Jun 2001
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Windows Minesweeper is an ‘offence to mine victims’

"Windows Minesweeper (Winmine) is an offence against the victims of the mines, and to those who sacrifice themselves, risking their own life, clearing the lands contaminated by these implements," says the International Campaign to Ban Winmine (ICBW).
Robert Blincoe, 21 Jun 2001
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Arrow, Avnet hit profit skids

Arrow Electronics and Avnet, the world's two biggest electronics components disties, have issued profits warnings. Both companies have substantial computer parts wholesaling arms too.
Drew Cullen, 21 Jun 2001
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Choc-coated insect sales challenge Trading Standards

Sales of food over the Internet have being described as an "enforcement nightmare" by Trading Standards officers, whose job it is to look after consumer rights in the UK.
John Leyden, 21 Jun 2001
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Readers turn searchlight on stealth controversy

Our article yesterday on UK company Roke Manor Research's stealth detection system provoked some interesting discussion. Nick Brown, features editor of Jane's Defence Weekly, was kind enough to send us a heads-up about the F-117 shot down over Kosovo:
Lester Haines, 21 Jun 2001
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New.net threatens to change Internet forever

New.net has just opened a UK office, and in celebration offered a further 10 domain name extensions to its current 20. We popped along for a chat with the boys who ICANN have taken a disliking to and who Willie Black (head of Nominet in the UK) recently called nothing but script kiddies.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jun 2001
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Reg victim of blasphemy hoax

Well, it all looked like it was going to get a bit nasty this morning when 'Net Authority Investigations' threatened us with action over alleged blasphemy. To be frank, we thought that they were having a laugh. We did, however, fall for it completely.
Lester Haines, 21 Jun 2001
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Palm preps ‘m300’ PDA

Palm is working on a mid-range PDA between its m10x and new m50x families, The Register has learned.
Tony Smith, 21 Jun 2001
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Nokia ships BOFH wonderphone

Nokia finally ships its 9210 Communicator this week in Europe – eight months after its launch in Prague last year. If its budget stretches to it, Symbian is entitled to pop a few champagne corks too, as it's the first open platform phone to ship with the much hyped platform. So it's Symbian's coming out party.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jun 2001
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Oracle bugs threaten database DoS attacks

Oracle has admitted that a potentially devastating security flaw could allow crackers to mount successful denial of service attacks on NT servers running its database software.
John Leyden, 21 Jun 2001
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This is how Microsoft will end up running the Internet

Dear The Register
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jun 2001
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Porn spam flood swamps Usenet

A Windows-based Trojan horse program has swamped Internet discussion groups, including a forum for discussing computer viruses, with child pornography ads.
John Leyden, 21 Jun 2001
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Checkpoint ‘abuses dominant position’

Security firm Stonesoft has lodged a complaint to the European Commission alleging Checkpoint Software has abused its dominant position in the firewall software market.
John Leyden, 21 Jun 2001