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UK Govt's stand on spam provokes angry backlash

The British Government's decision to defend spam has caused outrage among El Reg readers.
Tim Richardson, 29 Jun 2001
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MS and DoJ: hap-hap-happy as pigs in filth

If you tend to believe what you hear at press conferences, then you'll have a particularly tough time reconciling the US Department of Justice's satisfaction in the appeals court antitrust ruling alongside Microsoft's equal satisfaction in the same document. Such was the challenge for reporters Thursday: to hear the two contestants tell it, they'd both won (as the NBC Nightly News attributed to Microsoft alone) a "stunning victory".
Thomas C Greene, 29 Jun 2001
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VIA sees C3 emerge as server chip

Like Transmeta and Intel before it, VIA is getting its chips installed into energy-efficient servers. The company yesterday said that US-based server maker Rauch Medien will use its C3 x86-compatible processor for a new family of low-power rack machines.
Tony Smith, 29 Jun 2001
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3G phones to become ultimate crime-busting tool

The next generation of mobile phones may prove to be the ultimate eye-witness thanks to modern technology and the RIP Act.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jun 2001
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Gameplay non-exec directors ‘resign’

The non-executive directors of Gameplay have resigned. Why on earth would they want to do that? Well, they made their decision "following the substantial reduction in the activities of the business" - which is a great way of saying that they've got bugger all to do.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jun 2001
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Why are we all still using 1984 technology?

Today's computer file system is outdated and dead, and will be replaced by a set-up allowing users to access their data from any Net-connected device.
Linda Harrison, 29 Jun 2001
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Cardiff City ace in “sheep shagging” contract

Updated Updated What could induce a professional footballer to leave Manchester City for Division Two side Cardiff City? Manchester City may have been relegated last season from the English Premiership to Division One, but they've still got the tallest floodlights of any football club in England - something not to be sniffed …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2001
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AMD to ship 1.4GHz Athlon MP by August

AMD is preparing to take its Athlon MP server line to 1.4GHz real soon now.
Tony Smith, 29 Jun 2001
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Bailiffs on the way to Time Computers' shops

Updated A property company has decided to send the bailiffs round to two of Time Computers' shops because the rent has not been paid.
Robert Blincoe, 29 Jun 2001
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MySimon email flame gets too hot to handle

It's amazing how things can get out of hand on the Net. Take Frank DiMauro of Chapel Hill, NC, in the US.
Tim Richardson, 29 Jun 2001
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Usenet creator dead

One of the two men behind Usenet, Jim Ellis, has died aged 45. He died at his home in Pennsylvania yesterday morning after losing his battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jun 2001
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How MS is winning the court war by losing all the battles

Yesterday's appeals court ruling on the antitrust case was a pretty substantial victory for Microsoft, but oddly enough it consists mainly of a big stack of defeats for the company. The appeals court has agreed with the majority of the content of the district court's findings of fact and conclusions of law, yet has nevertheless thrown Redmond a couple of large lifebelts.
John Lettice, 29 Jun 2001
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Britney gets hacked!

BritneySpears.com has been hacked and displays nothing but the message: "britney got hacked http://www.digit-labs.org/britney.htm gtx wouter".
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jun 2001
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Orphans of Compaq's Alphacide bolt for the exit

Sales reps from Sun Microsystems and IBM can start counting their bonuses already, if detailed accounts of Compaq's customer reassurance blitz received by The Register are accurate.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2001
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Sysadmins waste 75 days a year on site visits

IT support staff waste up to 75 days a year on travelling to off-site locations to physically fix PCs.
Drew Cullen, 29 Jun 2001

Stratus applies fault tolerant tech to Wintel boxes

High-end server manufacturer Stratus is shipping its first server based on Intel chips and Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system.
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2001

How to trace stolen notebooks over the Net

Software which pinpoints the exact location of laptop thieves via the Net is due to land in Europe by the end of this year.
Linda Harrison, 29 Jun 2001

Novell loves AMD MP

Novell has certified AMD's new server platform.
Drew Cullen, 29 Jun 2001
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Apple iBook

Review Apple's iBook has undergone a significant redesign of late and the result is a laptop that's sure to appeal to a wide range of users. Gone are the bright colours of previous models. In their place is a lighter, smaller machine that won't embarrass you when you're seen with it in public.
PC Advisor, 29 Jun 2001
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NEC Powermate i-Select XL3 A1300

Review Not to be outdone by other 1.3GHz Athlons, NEC's Powermate i-Select XL3 A1300 has a couple of extra tricks up its sleeve. Built around a 1.3GHz processor and 256MB of DDR (double data rate) RAM, its WorldBench 2000 score of 182 is more than respectable.
PC Advisor, 29 Jun 2001
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Palm to give $2.3m of unsold PDAs to education

The great Palm inventory clearance continues, this time with a donation of $2.3 million worth of PDAs to US schools, colleges and universities.
Tony Smith, 29 Jun 2001
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Phoenix BIOS mobos phoning home?

Last Tuesday we were following with great interest a thread at DSLReports expressing concern about the PhoenixNet-enabled BIOS, which automatically connects users to Phoenix servers to enable downloads of (presumably updated) files.
Thomas C Greene, 29 Jun 2001
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Palm knuckles up to Gartner, sucks up to Big Biz

Palm CEO Carl Yankowski today tried to reassure investors that Palm is not losing its grip on the handheld market.
Linda Harrison, 29 Jun 2001
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Sony DSC-P1

Review Sony has always had a knack when it comes to consumer devices, and the DSC-P1 is no exception. Small, capable and easy to use, it stands out as more than just a PC peripheral.
PC Advisor, 29 Jun 2001
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Maxtor plans 137GB+ hard drives

Maxtor today set out its stall in the heavy duty hard drive market, saying it planned to surpass the 137GB interface for ATA drives by the end of the year.
Linda Harrison, 29 Jun 2001

Bluetooth fillip for Palm

Ahh… the sounds of summer in England. The thwack of leather on willow, the chirping of grasshoppers in a green meadow, and the gentle snoring of odd-job man Lester behind boxes of unsold Register merchandise.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2001
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Fancy a 1GB flash disk the size/weight of a plastic lighter?

Fancy a 1GB flash memory disk that plugs straight into your USB port and is the size and weight of a plastic lighter?
Robert Blincoe, 29 Jun 2001
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No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die

You know how it is. You're out for a quiet drive in the country, maybe heading for the golf course or the roulette wheels of Monte Carlo. The next thing you know, you've been picked up by a giant magnet slung under a helicopter, slapped about a bit and then strapped to a table by a deranged lunatic who intends to cut you …
Lester Haines, 29 Jun 2001
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Compaq displays upcoming Evo notebook

Compaq today displayed its upcoming Evo notebook, weighing around 3lbs and offering up to eight hours of battery life.
Linda Harrison, 29 Jun 2001
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Fujitsu-Siemens B Series Bluetooth

Preview Fujitsu-Siemens will soon be updating its B Series range of laptops to incorporate Bluetooth functionality, available either as an option via USB or built-in. We looked at some early prototypes of the latter to see how they performed.
PC Advisor, 29 Jun 2001
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Compaq launches smart card keyboard

Compaq has launched a "smart card" keyboard for its Presario desktop PC range.
Linda Harrison, 29 Jun 2001
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I use a Bluetooth headset and I'm no Nathan Barley, claims reader

A reader strongly disputes our claim that wearing a wireless Bluetooth headset makes you look like a chump.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2001
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Videologic VividXS

Review Compromises are never easy to accept, and while Nvidia's GeForce 3 technology is expensive, the sub-£100 alternatives of ATI's Radeon VE and the GeForce 2 MX cards aren't more tempting. Be thankful, then, for Videologic's VividXS, a 32MB card that offers near-GeForce 2 GTS performance at almost half the price.
PC Advisor, 29 Jun 2001

Don Capellas justifies Compaq Alphacide

Compaq boss Mike Capellas has issued a long justification for murdering the Alpha chip, in a memo obtained by occult semiconductor site Thee Enquirer.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2001

VA Linux quits hardware ahead of PC bloodbath

When we heard rumours late last week that VA Linux would be pulling back from the hardware business, we scoffed. Instead we mused what kind of new and freaky hardware VA would move into next, and who would take the expensive and peripheral OSDN websites off its hands, and for how much? But with a PC price war looming, the boys that billed themselves as the premier Linux PC hardware company read the runes, took a long lunch and bolted.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2001
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BT to offer free voicemail from Monday

BT is to offer free voicemail services for its retail customers from Monday as part of its bid to "add value" to its fixed line service.
Tim Richardson, 29 Jun 2001
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Microsoft fails to renew its digital certificate

Microsoft has forgotten to renew the digital certificate on one of its ecommerce sites. secure.microsoft.co.uk allows developers to purchase pre-release software, but its Verisign-supplied digital certificate expired last Friday (June 22). A secure connection can still be established with the site but by confronting …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2001
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High street TFT displays hit £299

The UK's biggest computer retail chain, PC World, is starting to punt out 14.1-inch no-name TFT monitors for £299.
Robert Blincoe, 29 Jun 2001
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Online brigands take to billing fraud and identity theft

Billing fraud and theft of people's online identities can be expected to proliferate as carriers make heavier use of the Internet instead of conventional circuit switched networks.
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2001
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The Easy way to donate money to charity

This week, we've been covering the Easy Group's attempts to take over domain names beginning with "easy" because it feels they are all businesses piggy-backing on its success.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jun 2001
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Ericsson denies existence of second Symbian phone

Ericsson is finalising its second Symbian based smartphone, the R580, while insisting to the press that the product doesn't exist.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2001