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The Bastard Guide To Writing Software

Episode 3 Episode 3 BOFH 2002: Episode 3 I HATE IT!!!! The Boss has been talking to some geeky guy from R&D who's so far 'out there' he's got satellites orbiting him, and now he wants us to develop our own software... "But it's a sure thing!" he cries, mentally preparing for his stardom on the international geek-talk circuit as the …
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Censor-buster Peek-A-Booty goes public

CodeCon Peek-A-Booty, cDc's much vaunted anonymity app, is vaporware no more - it went public at the landmark CodeCon conference in San Francisco's DNA Lounge on Sunday.

mmO2 to pioneer mobile IM in Europe

mmO2's Genie mobile internet portal launched an instant messaging (IM) service on Friday. It is the first of Europe's major mobile portals to do so, and likely to also be among the first to support the Wireless Village instant messaging specification unveiled by leading wireless handset makers and others earlier last week …

McData wants Brocade to disable hardware

The two giants of SAN switching entered legal combat last week when McData Corp launched a lawsuit apparently aimed at the jugular vein of Brocade Communications Systems, in an effort to blunt a coming assault on its territory, Tim Stammers and Rik Turner write. Alleging a patent infringement, McData says it is determined …
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GOP/Enron satire site threatened

Enron owns the Republican Party in Texas, Webmaster Kelly Fero of EnronOwnsTheGOP.com would like to make clear, just in case anyone doubts that big money puts little men into powerful offices.
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PayPal's first day pop

I was dreamin' when I wrote this So sue me if I go too fast But life is just a party And parties weren't meant to last    --Prince "1999"
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SafeWeb holes emerge, said fixed

Late last week Boston University's David Martin and the Privacy Foundation's Andrew Schulman released a report demonstrating the ease with which the SafeWeb proxy could be defeated with Javascript. SafeWeb no longer offers its free anonymous Web proxy, but it is licenced to PrivaSec, which is offering the service.
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The return of the Internet IPO – PayPal shares soar

Shares of PayPal Inc took off following the company's initial public offering Friday, racking up a premium all the more impressive for PayPal being one of the first internet companies to make an IPO since the dot-com crash almost two years ago. Nasdaq-quoted PYPL rose 60%, closing at $20.09. The company offered 5.4 million …
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Koreans pump DRAM prices – again

This is usually a time - before and during Chinese New Year - when DRAM prices fall.

Sun hits back at IBM with Project Blue-Away

Sun Microsystems has returned fire at arch-rival IBM in the battle for the mid-range server market with an upgrade programme targeted at NUMA-Q users.
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Kiwi judges caught in Net porn inquiry

Women's groups have called for the resignation of a senior New Zealand judge after he admitted viewing adult movies online.
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Salmon Days goes live with PayPal

OK, Salmon Days, our pay-per-view (PPV) live-action BOFH-inspired comedy streaming video epic, now accepts PayPal. Episode One (very funny indeed) costs one measly US dollar.
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Ex-teacher wins Friends Reunited libel case

A retired schoolteacher has won a libel case after a former pupil used the popular Friends Reunited web site to allege that he had been sacked.

One thumb-up for ultra-wideband

The US Federal Communication Commission has given a cautious go-ahead to the operation and marketing of ultra-wideband (UWB) technology.
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Paris Bourse scrutinises Guillemot accounts

Guillemot, the French owner of Thrustmaster games peripherals and Hercules graphics boards, will have to revise its fiscal 2001 accounts, following scrutiny by the Paris Bourse.
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Kickme.to wins BSA court search battle

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is vowing to fight on after the Swedish courts denied its request to obtain a civil raid permit on international redirect service, kickme.to.

Quite Big Iron – new baby IBM mainframe

IBM starts shipping on March 29 a lower-priced, entry-level mainframe designed to make the platform more attractive to medium-sized businesses.