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Taking James Gosling to task – your letters

A terrific response to our James Gosling interview, and not one of you mentioned asparagus…
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2002
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Microsoft .NET promo reveals personal info

Microsoft has adopted an unusual approach to community building - by disclosing the personal information of thousands of applicants for a Visual Studio web promotion.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2002
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Panel debates Samaritan-hack amnesty

Do good intentions count in a network intrusion, or should well-meaning hackers be prosecuted just like any other computer criminal? A panel of information security experts chewed on that issue at a security conference here Monday -- and for one of them, the question was more than academic. "Obviously, nobody wants to be …
Kevin Poulsen, 27 Mar 2002
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BTo slashes broadband satellite prices

BTopenworld is cutting the price of its broadband satellite service with the rollout of the technology throughout the UK.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2002
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AV vendors sell ‘blunt razor blades’

Analysis On March 26 1999, the Melissa virus crippled tens of thousands of messaging servers worldwide in a few hours and sent a security wake up call to corporates and AV firms. Three years on, John Leyden wonders if anything has changed following the outbreak.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2002
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Sun grapples with Java portability for Web services

The thorny issue of Java application portability has resurfaced after Sun Microsystems Inc launched test software and online services to verify ISVs' applications built on the enterprise specification conform to latest community specifications, Gavin Clarke writes. Sun used its annual JavaOne developer forum in San …
ComputerWire, 27 Mar 2002
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Suffer not the little children – McNealy

Scott McNealy was a worried man yesterday. Not over Sun Microsystems Inc's financial performance. Instead, Sun's chairman and chief executive is postponing retirement to battle Microsoft Corp and protect his children's future, Gavin Clarke writes. Speaking at Palo Alto, California-based Sun's JavaOne developer conference …
ComputerWire, 27 Mar 2002
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Korean vendors pump up DRAM prices

Korean DRAM makers are hiking production in the face of an apparent revival in the sector. According to the Korea Times, Samsung Electronics expects demand to increase 40% to 45% this year, and will increase its total DRAM output by 50% this year. It plans to up production of 128Mb DRAMs by 62.5% this year, and at the same …
ComputerWire, 27 Mar 2002
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Nokia's OMA may take on wireless interoperability burden

The Nokia Corp initiated Open Mobile Architecture (OMA) group could take on some of the responsibilities of a standards body in its quest to achieve complete interoperability among wireless applications platforms and devices and to prevent a repeat of the WAP fiasco, Tony Cripps writes. Dr Sami Inkinen, VP technical …
ComputerWire, 27 Mar 2002

EC to cut mobile phone charges – FT

The European Commission is to pull the cosy price rug from mobile network operators, by ordering them to cut high call termination charges, the FT reports.
Drew Cullen, 27 Mar 2002
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EC to clear ‘most’ of Infineon DRAM aid package

The European Commission is expected to approve "most" of a EUR220m aid package granted by the German government for Infineon's new EUR1.1bn DRAM plant, competition spokesman Michael Tscherny told reporters yesterday.
Drew Cullen, 27 Mar 2002
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Philips wins $5bn Dell supply gig

Dell has awarded a component supply contract to Philips, worth up to $5bn over five years (the deal assumes annual sales growth of 25 per cent).
Drew Cullen, 27 Mar 2002
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Apple discovers Bluetooth, hikes Mac prices

Apple announced a slew of product refreshes at MacWorld Japan overnight, but the news that will be greeted with most relief, we suspect, is that it's finally announced Bluetooth support.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2002
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Benchmarks demolish Apple speed boasts

As of this morning, thirty one entries have been submitted to the SPEC performance list for the year so far. But if you're wondering why Apple hasn't yet dispatched its latest "workstation class" G4 hardware for examination by the council, in what is the industry's most respected set of benchmark tests, C't has the answer.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2002
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Mac performance: up to snuff or up the duff?

Letters Subject: SPEC2000 g4 benchmarks article
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2002
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A fresher Linux for Macs

A fresh version of the leading Linux for Macintosh computers, Yellow Dog, is now available for download from TerraSoft Solutions.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2002
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A free Easter bunch of fives from IT-Minds

Competition This week's reader offer from Reg associate IT-minds bookstore carries an extra punch.
Lester Haines, 27 Mar 2002
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Intel exec laughs off MS cannibalism charge

Microsoft attorney Dan Webb yesterday engaged in the somewhat redundant exercise of trying to prove that former Intel exec and trial star witness Steve McGeady was biased against Microsoft. This is about as difficult as trying to prove the Pope's Polish, and Microsoft really should not be paying Dan wages for this kind of stuff.
John Lettice, 27 Mar 2002
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MS judge to weigh broadening of case

After delivering warnings last week against the unsettling States' broadening their case to the extent that they would, in effect, be starting a new liability trial, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has cheered them considerably by allowing them to put forward information on new technologies and devices. This doesn't mean she is going to accept the States' pitch that the current and future generations of software should be taken into account, but it does mean she's going to think about it.
John Lettice, 27 Mar 2002
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Drive-by hacking linked to cyberterror

Updated The most comprehensive study of the insecurity of wireless networks in London to date has discovered that 94 per cent are leaving their networks open to drive-by hacking.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2002
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Time slams Tiny credit card firms

Time Group today called on credit card companies to honour up to approx. 80,000 support contracts frozen through the collapse of Tiny Computers.
Drew Cullen, 27 Mar 2002
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Dolby is sound on MPEG 4, gets thumbs up

Dolby has updated its audio streaming standard, MPEG AAC, with the release of Version 4.
Drew Cullen, 27 Mar 2002
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Amiga returns with AmigaOne PPC hardware

Back from a triumphant Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco where he publicised Amiga Anywhere, Amiga CEO Bill McEwen has posted an update on progress with Amiga hardware and AmigaOS 4 and 5. At the very least it will bring a nostalgic tear to the eye, if you encountered Amiga the first time around, and it might even persuade you this remains an intensely desirable platform.
John Lettice, 27 Mar 2002
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NTL redlines £11.1bn

NTL, Britain's biggest cable operator, today announced net losses a whopping £11.1 billion ($15.86 billion) for the year.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2002
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Operation Enduring Valenti

The United States is engaged in a war against oppressive regimes run by ignorant fanatics barely able to comprehend the intricacies of modern society. Through actions favoring the ruling class, secret midnight deals, and restricting public distribution of information, citizens in these societies are unable to evolve and live …
Richard Forno, 27 Mar 2002