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Gibson/Greene debate ‘good parts’ t'script

Reg Reader Thomas Johnsen reports that he "downloaded the 3MB sound clip [of the Gibson/Greene debate] and listened to it all. For the benefit of all your readers I have made a transcript which you may put on your fine Web site. This way people with slow connections don't need to download the big file."
Thomas C Greene, 26 Jul 2001
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Compaq gets clobbered

Compaq has reported a Q2 profit fall of 81 per cent - $67 million down from $362 million a year earlier.
Robert Blincoe, 26 Jul 2001
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Self-proclaimed hero of the people takes on Dixons

Self-proclaimed hero of the people Abu Abdullaah has vowed to continue his battle against Dixons' customer service, despite losing his protest Web site.
Linda Harrison, 26 Jul 2001
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Infineon ponders makes 5000 job cuts

Updated Infineon has confirmed earlier reports that it plans to cut up to 15 per cent of the company's workforce - 5000 staff in total.
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2001
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GUS online sales grow threefold

Catalogue retailer Great Universal Stores, the parent company of Jungle.com and Argos, has said its ecommerce sales have jumped threefold.
Robert Blincoe, 26 Jul 2001
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PS2 Linux Kit heading for the US?

The official PS2 Linux Kit website for Sony Computer Entertainment America consists of the following lines of text:
Eurogamer.net, 26 Jul 2001
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BT profits slump 71 per cent

BT has released profits of £186 million, down 71 per cent year-on-year. Revenues actually went up 15 per cent to £5.4 billion but thanks to a doubling of debt interest repayment, losses at its European mobile companies and Concert's ongoing money burning, the profits are lower than we've ever seen.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jul 2001

Merde! Alcatel posts massive loss

Alcatel reported second quarter losses that saw it dropping into the red for the first time since 1995, continuing the run of bad results from major telecommunications equipment manufacturers.
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2001
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Sony chops yearly profit forecast

Sony has cut its profit forecast for the year after reporting lean times in the electronics business in Q1.
Linda Harrison, 26 Jul 2001
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Hitachi to ditch CRT monitors

Updated Hitachi is stopping making CRT monitors, and will just concentrate on flat panel displays.
Robert Blincoe, 26 Jul 2001
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TSMC profits plunge 98%

TSMC is betting on a major recovery in the semiconductor market over the next six months to save it from plummeting profits and spiralling costs.
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2001
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France Telecom posts rum revenues

On the same day that BT has posted a 71 per cent drop in profits but a 15 per cent increase in revenues, France Telecom has jumped in with a 33 per cent increase in revenues for its first six months and picked up a 3.2 per cent increase in share price.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jul 2001
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Hewlett-Packard to can an extra 6000 jobs

Hewlett-Packard is going to can an extra 6,000 workers and says it expects sales to fall 14-16 per cent year on year in its Q3, ending 31 July.
Robert Blincoe, 26 Jul 2001
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NTL raises profit predictions for next 2 years

NTL has upped its earnings estimates for the next two years after reporting a rise in Q2 sales.
Linda Harrison, 26 Jul 2001
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Cisco cajoles small biz into using the Internet

One in four smaller businesses in UK regard the Internet as a key element in their business strategy, according to research commissioned by Cisco Systems, which brands less enthusiastic firms as 'laggards'.
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2001
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US boffin enables high speed, non-volatile CPUs

A US researcher has discovered how to furnish the circuits in a microprocessor with super-efficient insulators. The discovery will not only make even higher clock speeds possible but may allow chip companies to build processors that can pick up work exactly where they left off when the power was pulled.
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2001
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Pioneer DVR-A03

Review DVD is currently hyped as the storage medium of the future. Perhaps so, but it has remained prohibitively expensive until recently. Pioneer's DVR-A03 is the first DVD-RW drive to arrive in the our Test Centre, so we were keen to assess the merits of this emerging technology. A quick glance at the specifications reveals the Pioneer to be an incredibly versatile unit. In addition to DVD-R and DVD-RW, it can write CD-R and CD-RW discs, providing backwards compatibility. DVD-RAM, unfortunately, is not supported.
PC Advisor, 26 Jul 2001
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Apple cuts old Power Mac G4 prices

Apple UK has cut the price of the Power Mac G4. Not the sleek new Quicksilver model, unveiled at Macworld Expo New York, you understand, but the older, Graphite version.
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2001
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VIA to take C3 into Tualatin territory

VIA has hit on an interesting scheme to leverage Intel's plan to phase out the Pentium III processor sooner rather than later: offer a version of its own x86-compatible C3 chip that's pin-compatible with the 0.13 micron Intel Tualatin CPU.
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2001
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Novatel punts out wireless CDPD Palm modem

Europeans may take great glee at the fragmented US mobile phone coverage, but the marvelous always-on CDPD packet data service is an exception.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jul 2001
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Topless tart gets fiesty over Net download record

The battle over the most downloaded woman on the Internet has got hotter with American slapper Danni Ashe declaring her claim to the throne and dissing other international wannabes. Danni takes this very seriously as you can see from her Web site which lists how many times more downloaded she is over every other woman in the world.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jul 2001
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7200RPM are the platters that matter for Western Digital

Hard drive boys Western Digital have reported Q4 revenues of $456 million, down on last years $473.9 million.
Robert Blincoe, 26 Jul 2001
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More great search engines you should check out

Following on from our piece on new search engine Teoma - which we said may make a good rival to Google - we have been emailed a range of other search engines we should check out.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jul 2001
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Italian Appeal Court rejects Rambus' request for Micron plant shutdown

The Italian Court of Appeal has thrown out Rambus' motion to have production of SDRAM suspended at Micron's memory plant in Avezano, Italy.
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2001
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Reg cancer busters and alien trackers going strong

The Register's very own Vulture Central II has stormed the charts for teams involved in the SETI-style quest to find a cure for cancer.
Linda Harrison, 26 Jul 2001
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Blowjob-assisted hack defies logic

Our story about a scene in Swordfish where a hacker, played by X-Men star Hugh Jackman, has to hack a system while having a gun pressed against his temple and getting a blow job has produced some interesting feedback.
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2001
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nForce to generate 10% of Nvidia's 2002 sales

Nvidia is banking on sales of its nForce AMD Athlon-oriented chipset to provide a significant boost to its bottom line - the company reckons nForce sales will account of ten per cent of its revenues next year.
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2001
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The Reg guide to hackers in film

Our recent stories about the movie Swordfish, which goes on general release in the UK tomorrow have encouraged us to take a look at the whole hacker-film sub-genre.
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2001
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Oftel to become independent and impartial!

Oftel has announced firm plans to set up a Telecoms Ombudsman in April next year to rule in disputes between consumers and telcos and save them going to court.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jul 2001