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MS ‘Security Framework’ is another .NET vulnerability

In late October 2001, Microsoft's Security Manager Scott Culp published a missive calling for 'responsible disclosure' of security vulnerability information on the Internet, claiming it was because of the public availability of such information that major Internet security problems or cyber-terrorist events could occur. His …
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Insight shuts German ops

Insight Enterprises is shutting down in Germany. The IT mail order giant is to focus its European operations entirely around the UK, where it recently bought Action Computer Supplies.
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Hermit is dead

Hermit, our beloved forum moderator, has died.
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EU MS probe: hearings next month, verdict early 2002

European Commission hearings into Microsoft's conduct in Europe are to go ahead in late December, it was confirmed yesterday. Delphic as (almost) always, competition commissioner Mario Monti skated round the little matter of the DoJ's baseball bat turning into a daffodil, and said it was "too early to state to what extent the proposed US settlement satisfied all of the concerns in our statement of objections [i.e., the rap sheet]."
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Mac OS X 10.1 updated

Apple has posted Mac OS X 10.1.1 - the latest update to the Mac maker's Unix-based operating system, and the reason we all had to run the Software Update and Installer upgrade the other week.
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Infineon, Toshiba merger on the rocks?

Infineon's interest in Taiwanese memory makers is a sign that its proposed merger with Toshiba's DRAM division may now never take place, a source close to the two companies' talks claims.
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Intel launches ‘blade’ Pentium III

Intel unveiled its Ultra-low Voltage Pentium III server processor this week, as anticipated.
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Casio cans 17% of workers

Casio will slash 3,000 jobs worldwide, 17 per cent of the workforce, by March, due to slow sales and poor profits.
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WinXP sales press releases fly off shelves

WinXP is flying off the shelves. Again, apparently. The US version of the Microsoft press release saying so went out last Friday, and yesterday the localised UK model turned up in the Reg email. Over here it is indeed flying off the shelves, but flying at the same velocity as it was in the US last Friday, rather than the increased one unveiled by Bill himself on Sunday.
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Excite to exit UK unless buyer found

Excite UK is on the verge of becoming part of dotcom history if a buyer can't be found in the next month.
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Future is bright for UK IT staff

Demand for UK IT staff will grow 12 per cent over the next two years, according to a National Computing Centre (NCC) survey. Demand for development and support staff will be even greater - with 15 per cent growth over the same period
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EU wages war on cookie monster

The European Parliament has accepted a proposal that would make it unlawful to place cookies on a user's PC without their permission.
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How WinXP can make non-MS files invisible

Updated again: Windows XP's search system includes a bizarre feature that appears to exclude files with non-Microsoft file extensions, under some conditions. It is however so odd that it's surely got to be a bug, rather than monkey business. But you could go as far as saying it's one of those MS things that inconvenience other companies if they don't do things the new way we're doing them in Redmond.
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Do-it-yourself Internet anonymity

Along with the recent government hysteria over terrorists, we've seen legislative measures and 'emergency powers' inviting law-enforcement agencies worldwide to conduct Internet surveillance on an unprecedented scale. But because the state-of-the-art of electronic dragnets makes it difficult if not impossible to exclude the comings and goings of innocent citizens, we thought this a good time to run down the basic techniques for ordinary, law-abiding folk to come and go anonymously on the Net, and keep their private business private.
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Quantum wages ad war on Imation

Quantum, rendered impotent by the courts to stop Imation from selling its third party DLTtape media, is now trying advertising to persuade the public to not buy its rival's products.
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Wayback Machine restores Ye Olde Web

And a big fat welcome to the Wayback Machine, a collection of ten billion Web pages frozen in time, which opened its doors a couple of weeks ago to the public.
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Casio to ship Linux, Transmeta laptop

Casio is to ship its Linux-based, Transmeta-powered Cassiopeia Fiva sub-notebook on 21 November.
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Linux fans ‘hack’ Windows XP advert

Updated British Linux users have begun to tell the wider world what they think about Microsoft's Windows XP. Their weapon: the spray can.
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HP kit sales down 31 per cent

Hewlett Packard's Q4 profits have beaten Wall Street expectations but are $481m down from a year earlier.
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VIA cuts 40% off profit prediction

VIA's profit this year will total less than two-thirds of what it had previously forecast, the chipset company admitted today.
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Tiscali to break-even in Q4

Italian Internet giant Tiscali is on track to break-even in the next quarter, the company reported today.
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Sneak Intel DDR preview

As predicted, Intel's DDR-supporting chipset, 845D, made a sneak preview at Comdex yesterday. Chinese PC maker Legend showed off its QDI P2D-A motherboard based on the chipset.
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Imagine a world without Java

Microsoft's attempt to beat Java into extinction could take some time, as this wee anecdote shows.
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Sony, Fujitsu bash Transmeta

Sony and Fujitsu have had to reschedule the launch of at least five new notebook computers - and it's all Transmeta's fault, the two companies said today.
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Sony frets over PS2 (and XBox)

Sony is feeling the heat of competition breathing down its neck. Kunitake Ando, Sony’s president and COO, has told the FT that the presence of Xbox on the market could shorten console lifecycles. In other words Ando fears that the more powerful Xbox, which actually retails for the same price as PlayStation 2 in the States, will …
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C&W in £1.5bn share buy back

Shares in alternative British telecoms carrier Cable & Wireless nudged up following confirmation that it will buy-back up to 15 per cent of its shares and issue a special dividend to investors.
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Report to your local army recruitment centre immediately

A spoof army call-up text message has been banned by advertising watchdogs because of the distress it could cause.

HP puts 3000 MPE warhorse out to grass

HP has announced end of support dates for its range of e3000 servers and their associated upgrade kits, as well as the MPE/iX operating system.
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Norton AV update rings false alarm bells

Two security software houses have rounded on Symantec, after their products were wrongly said to be infected with Nimda.
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Intel to offer Springdale DDR 2 chipset in 2003

Intel has committed itself to DDR 2 SDRAM technology and will support the specification mid-to-late 2003, according to Japanese site PC Watch.
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Xbox lands

Microsoft's advance in the world of gaming consoles begins officially just after midnight when its Xbox product goes on sale in America. New York's Toys "R" Us in Times Square will be the place where eager gamers can converge to start snapping them up.

Compaq cavalry rescues Linux clusters

In May, Compaq said it would GPL its NSC, or Non Stop Clusters code. This is the code that SCO licensed and co-developed as UnixWare Non Stop Clusters. Compaq announced two projects - The CI Project (for the infrastructure) and SSI, and Bruce Walker's seven man team in Los Angeles has been making progress.