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PGP dies of neglect – your alternatives

Letters Our stories PGP dies of neglect: NAI shrugsHow we can save PGP - Zimmerman drew the following responses:-
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Blog almighty!

Re: Back in the Bloghouse
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World's most interesting computer in jeopardy

Cray confirms that the MTA-2 multithreaded supercomputer, one of the most interesting and unusual machines ever built, has indeed been sidelined by the company.
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Corrections and Carrionifications

Letters Roundup Welcome the postbag, the bag that's more irregular than it should be.
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Gerstner's long and lucrative goodbye

Some years back The Register heard IBM saviour Lou Gerstner, then the new boy, explain some of his big visions for the industry. It having been deemed, it appeared, that his previous claim not to have a vision at all needed just a tad of correction. As it happens these visions largely haven't come true at all yet; or they have come true, but in unfortunate ways. Lou however, now headed into a happy and prosperous semi-retirement, has become substantially richer than Croesus.
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StarOffice creator pitches for devices, mobile companies

StarOffice creator Marco Boerries is to unveil his new venture, a device- and OS-agnostic system intended to allow wide ranges of appliances to communicate with each other, and across the Internet. Boerries company VerdiSoft, which he founded last year after leaving Sun, believes that for at least the remainder of this decade most people in the developed world will be using more than two non-PC appliances connected to the Internet every day. Hence CrossPoint Server.
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Netimperative.com looks for buyer

IT online news service netimperative.com faces an uncertain future after its parent company was put into receivership last week.
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HP, Compaq in pre-vote channel stuffing claim

Damaging allegations that Compaq and HP boosted their most recent quarterly figures by stuffing the channel with inventory have surfaced in the San Jose Mercury.

*Nix security pandemic – major zlib/libz vuln

A flaw in the zlib/libz data compression/decompression libraries could enable an attacker to mount a denial of service attack against any Linux or AIX firewall, database server, mail or Web server. It's also possible that arbitrary code could be run on a remote machine.
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Next-gen mobiles to feature at London Symbian Devexpo

Next generation Symbian OS phones are to feature heavily at next month's Symbian Developer ExpoSymbian Developer Expo in London, as the latest models from Sony-Ericsson and Nokia face-off. Both companies rate their own developer tracks at the show, and Symbian has just celebrated the announcement of Sony-Ericsson's new P800 smartphone by focussing one specifically on the new beast.
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DSL cartographers map Scotland

Business ISP edNET has launched a new Web site so that it can map broadband demand in Scotland.
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Ballmer: Redmond überdog will act responsibly

Microsoft Corp chief executive officer Steve Ballmer is expected to distance his company from past business practices at the CeBIT trade show in Germany this week by stressing that the company must be seen as "responsible" in dealings with other companies. Ballmer, who recently insisted Microsoft had never retaliated …
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Taiwan notebook business scents upturn

Taiwan's notebook sector appears to be relatively healthy according to research by Merrill Lynch, although visibility remains extremely limited. A research note from Merrill Lynch said that after visiting Taiwanese vendors, it seemed that March was going to be better than January, which was in turn going to be better than …
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GPRS, colour, MMS to fuel Q3-Q4 phone bounce back

The global mobile handset market suffered its first real decline ever last year, and in 2002 it is likely to only return to low single-digit growth, predicts market research house Gartner Dataquest, a unit of Gartner Inc. In 2001, total worldwide mobile phone sales fell 3.2% to 399.6 million, compared to a compound annual …
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Would you pay $5 to rescue Mandrake?

Claiming a short-term cash crunch, Linux distributor Mandrake is asking individual users to join a 'club' for $5 per month and up, and business users to join one for $2,500 per year and up.
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Cost the key factor in pushing business to open source

Major businesses could well be poised to embrace open source software, with cost, control over development and "an alternative to the status quo" being prime considerations, according to survey data released today by OpenForum Europe. OpenForum, which aims to accelerate the deployment of open source software in business and government, jointly funded the survey with the UK's Department of Trade and Industry.

IDC sees bottom of server market, predicts recovery

The worldwide server market declined sharply by 26 percent in Q4 last year, but the worst may be over and buying patterns are expected to return to normal this year.
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1m Orange punters hit by glitch

More than a million Orange customers experienced difficulties using their mobile phones yesterday following problems on the company's network.
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MS to offer Europe extra antitrust ‘concessions’

Microsoft is attempting to settle the European antitrust matter with what it describes as concessions going beyond those offered as part of the MS-DoJ settlement in the US. The offer preempts Europe's verdict on the company's activities, which was originally due early this year but now seems to be in a holding pattern pending the verdict on MS-DoJ in the US.
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54Mbps WLANs roll in UK, Netherlands

Britain and the Netherlands will be the first in Europe to roll with 802.11a high speed networking kit, as country by country European approvals for the standard proceed.
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Dabs scores Xbox web-pricing own goal

As the UK braces itself for the eagerly anticipated launch of Microsoft's Xbox games console on Thursday, some gamers are feeling cheated after their orders were rejected by etailer dabs.com.
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‘Boob’ makes Fool disappear

There are red-faces at the Motley Fool today after its UK site disappeared because it failed to re-register its UK domain.
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WLAN kit heads towards £50 mark

The consumer wireless networking market is becoming commoditised much like the modem market before it, with wireless networks cards costing a fraction of the price they fetched a year ago.
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Why isn't SMT Xeon scaling?

Intel has extended its SMT, "HyperThreaded" Xeon processors to large servers. But the processors don't give the dramatic performance benefits that they should, given the higher frequencies, better bandwidth and virtual processor technology.