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IE patch bugs readers

The data-binding/object-tag patch for IE, which prevents executables being launched remotely by a script, does not protect against launching from a local file, as we reported last week.
Thomas C Greene, 08 Apr 2002
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China acts on government piracy

The Chinese government has ordered its departments to set a special budget to buy authorized software and stamp out pirated applications. A circular has been issued by four ministries and departments, including the Ministry of Finance and the National Copyright Administration, in the wake of the introduction of the Chinese …
ComputerWire, 08 Apr 2002
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IBM brings partitioning to the AIX midrange

If the Unix server line of IBM Corp has had one Achilles' Heel in the past several years, it has been the lack of a sophisticated partitioning capability, Timothy Prickett Morgan writes. This has been available in its mainframes since 1988, in rival Sun Microsystems Inc's Solaris servers since 1996, and in its AS/400- …
ComputerWire, 08 Apr 2002
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Feeling secure with Microsoft Word

How often do you send out documents created with Microsoft Word that are based upon previous documents? Do you always use a new, clean template or do you take the last proposal you wrote and modify it for the new prospect? Do you ever turn off the 'Track Changes' option?
IT-Analysis, 08 Apr 2002
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Component costs haunt dispirited PC market

PC vendors were sat between the devil and the deep blue sea last week, as rising component costs force them to consider raising prices even as their market stubbornly refuses to pickup, Joe Fay writes. Vendors are being forced to swallow rising prices for memory and to a lesser extent LCD panels. Supplies may be further …
ComputerWire, 08 Apr 2002
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ISS ranks Net vulnerabilities

Advanced worms, or so-called hybrid and blended threats like Nimda and Code Red, continue to pose the greatest online risk according to investigations carried out by Internet Security Systems Inc, but the company rates multiple vulnerabilities uncovered in the SNMP v.1 Simple Network Management Protocol "the largest multi- …
ComputerWire, 08 Apr 2002
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Lastminute.com buys travel agent for £9m

Lastminute.com is buying Travelselect.com, a rival UK online travel agency, for £9m in new shares.
Drew Cullen, 08 Apr 2002
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New Win-NT, 2K, XP security holes

First up, the MUP (Multiple UNC Provider) in Windows NT, 2K and XP contains an unchecked buffer which can be exploited to escalate user privileges, making it possible for an attacker to run arbitrary code at the OS level.
Thomas C Greene, 08 Apr 2002
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Count those fingers before you buy Dell – Gartner

CNET's John Spooner got his mitts last week on a Gartner research note, which warns companies to read the small print carefully when buying from Dell.
Drew Cullen, 08 Apr 2002
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Azlan upbeat on trading

Azlan today issued an upbeat trading statement, announcing that revenues and pre-tax profits for the year to March 31, 2002 will be up on last year.
Drew Cullen, 08 Apr 2002
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BT to launch cheaper ‘no frills’ ADSL service

BT Retail is to provide a cheaper "no frills" alternative for high-speed Internet access from the summer, the monster telco announced today.
Tim Richardson, 08 Apr 2002
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The best way to kill MS Messenger

Updated Updated Update The batch script below now includes an uninstaller. A number of readers have reported that the Group Policy (gpedit.msc) method of removing MS messenger results in very slow loading of Outlook Express, which apparently insists on exhausting all possible means of loading msmsgs.exe before presenting itself. On …
Thomas C Greene, 08 Apr 2002
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Philips Fisio 820: positive step

Review Philips is a funny old sausage when it comes to mobiles. In the six years I've worked at What Mobile it's brought out a wildly assorted range of models which have had almost nothing in common with one another. Some have been horrible and remarkably successful, some top-notch products yet commercial disasters; others, so far off the mark you wondered which planet the company was hoping to sell to.
Simon Rockman, 08 Apr 2002
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Cost of IT security breaches doubles – FBI

Two in three US firms say they lost money after falling victim to security breaches last year, according to an FBI survey. The cost of intrusions was almost double that of 2000.
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2002
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MS gets leaked Win2k USB 2.0 drivers pulled, cites DMCA

Microsoft has acted to suppress unofficial/unauthorised sources for the USB 2.0 drivers for Windows 2000, citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in a complaint to the hosting company of Littlewhitedog.com, (LWD) which has been hosting leaked drivers since January.
John Lettice, 08 Apr 2002
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The Bastard Junkets from Hell

Episode 8 Episode 8 BOFH 2002: Episode 8 I'm working away in the Computer room (reprogramming The Boss's internet traffic monitor with a club hammer) when an important email comes in, trips an alert on my incoming mail scanner, and causes me to be messaged via cellphone. This could be serious! And it is. Scant moments after …
Simon Travaglia, 08 Apr 2002

BOFH: Oh Bondage, Up Yours!

Episode 7 Episode 7 BOFH 2002: Episode 7 So I'm sitting at my desk reading an online computing rag when The Boss trundles in. "Could you add this name to our website please?" The Boss asks, handing over a glossy brochure with the Company's name emblazoned all over it, complete with the website address of our competitors. "That' …
Simon Travaglia, 08 Apr 2002
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Free rucksack with every 20 mobos!

DFI, the Taiwanese mobo maker, has launched a web-based reseller programme for UK system builders. You have to register and in return you get access to roadmaps, POS material and best of all, a free rucksack with every 20 mobos you order. You want the website address now, don't you? Here it is: http://www.dfi-reseller.co.uk
Drew Cullen, 08 Apr 2002
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Online casinos wicked – coroner

A coroner has described Internet casinos as wicked following the suicide of a man who ran up debts of more than £53,000 online.
Tim Richardson, 08 Apr 2002
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18 jobs at risk at SceneOne

Some 18 jobs are at risk following the closure of the UK entertainment site SceneOne.co.uk last week.
Tim Richardson, 08 Apr 2002
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Micron samples PC2700 DIMMs

Micron today claims an industry first, with the release of engineering samples of "PC2700 DDR SDRAM TSOP-based unbuffered DIMM modules based on the newly revised JEDEC standard".
Drew Cullen, 08 Apr 2002
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AMD reveals handheld hand

AMD today launched a new chip, the first fruits of its recent takeover of Alchemy Semiconductor, and its first foray into the low-power PDA and information appliance CPU market.
Drew Cullen, 08 Apr 2002

Dell flashes blades

Dell last week announced the specs for its first server blades, which it plans to launch in its third quarter.
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2002
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Nominet UK to change WHOIS details

Nominet UK plans to make more information available about individuals and organisations that have registered domain names.
Tim Richardson, 08 Apr 2002
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WD does the business in Q3

Western Digital will beat its own Q3 forecasts on revenue, profits and shipments.
Drew Cullen, 08 Apr 2002
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My daily virus

"I regarded viruses as only good for entertainment," said Guido Sanchez about ten years ago. Sanchez ran Nun Beaters Anonymous, an underground bulletin board system notable for its free viruses and dry wit, the latter a scarce commodity in the world of hacker outlawry. For the record, he also said: "I have nothing against …
George Smith, 08 Apr 2002