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MS to micro-manage your computer

A recent MSNBC article by techno-pundit Steven Levy discusses Microsoft's plans for a new computer operating environment (code-named "Palladium") that links hardware, software, and data into a neat package, allegedly more secure and convenient for users. Or, putting it in simpler terms, it's Microsoft's answer to fixing …
Richard Forno, 24 Jun 2002
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007 Sean Connery in spam a friend for Scotland blooper

Revered Scottish icon Sir Sean Connery* has been fingered by PA for engaging in 'spam a friend' tactics. And we've absolutely no idea why we found this one in Australia, but there you go.
John Lettice, 24 Jun 2002
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MS UK offers free Windows .NET Server beta eval CDs

Microsoft UK is offering free evaluation CDs of Windows .NET Server beta 3, in Web, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter flavours. The offer doesn't appear to be valid elsewhere in the world, but according to a discussion thread at Neowin (thanks to Neowin for the tip) the system is at least taking orders from hopeful punters elsewhere in the world.
John Lettice, 24 Jun 2002
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RIRs seek distance from ICANN

The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers will meet in Bucharest, Romania this week for discussions that could ultimately decide whether the domain name system manager lives or dies. But even as a committee set up to address reform of the troubled organization published its first concrete recommendations, a key …
ComputerWire, 24 Jun 2002
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France Telecom nears MobilCom victory

France Telecom SA was poised for victory in the battle for control of German wireless operator MobilCom AG on Friday when CEO Gerhard Schmid cleared his office at the company's Buedelsdorf headquarters. His departure was a condition for a syndicate of 17 banks offering the company a 4.7bn euros ($4.6bn) lifeline. But …
ComputerWire, 24 Jun 2002
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CMGI-Engage marriage annulled

CMGI Inc has pulled out of its bid to take full control of Engage Inc, its majority-owned online advertising subsidiary, after disagreements about which direction to take the firm. As a result, CMGI's chairman and CEO have both resigned from Engage's board. May 21, CMGI announced its intention to acquire the 24.5% of …
ComputerWire, 24 Jun 2002

HP boosts Superdome performance

Hewlett Packard Co will today announce that it has cranked up the clock speed on the PA-RISC 8700 processors used in its top end Superdome Unix servers. The new PA-8700+ processors run at 875MHz, a 17% increase in clock speed over the 750MHz PA-8700s currently used throughout the former HP 9000 Unix server line. Vish …
ComputerWire, 24 Jun 2002

EMC's careful words do Brocade no favours

Exactly what EMC Corp thinks of the first high-end SAN switching from Brocade Communications Systems Inc is not clear, possibly because the company itself has yet to decide, Tim Stammers writes. But by releasing the product under a staged qualification program, it may have inadvertently undermined what limited confidence …
ComputerWire, 24 Jun 2002
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Red Hat: one of our Operating Systems is missing

Red Hat has axed its "other" operating system eCos, which formerly belonged to Cygnus, and there's an analysis of why at Rick Lehrbaum's LinuxDevices site.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jun 2002
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MS DRM OS, retagged ‘secure OS’ to ship with Longhorn?

The Microsoft Secure PC project is rolling out, and could be with us as early as the next major version of Windows, Longhorn. The whole idea of a computer that just plain won't let you steal other people's stuff is of course a tricky one (why would you buy it?), as we've previously indicated here, and here, so the ever-resourceful Beast is proposing to spin it as the ultimate tool for protecting your stuff.
John Lettice, 24 Jun 2002
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BT slips out BTOpenzone hotspots

BT has unveiled the first wireless "hotspots" ahead of the commercial launch of its Public Access Wireless LAN network later in the summer.
Tim Richardson, 24 Jun 2002
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One.Tel goes mobile

One.Tel - the fixed line discount telco - has teamed up with Vodafone to enter the mobile phone market.
Tim Richardson, 24 Jun 2002
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Intel launches 2GHz P4-M

Intel today launched a 2GHz version of the Pentium 4-M, its fastest mobile CPU to date. But it ain't cheap, priced at $637 for 1,000 units. The new 1.9GHz P4-M is a bit pricey too, tipping up at $401 in OEM quantities.
Drew Cullen, 24 Jun 2002
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Mysteries of the CDRW back ups revealed

There's a war going on between digital rights owners and software 'pirates', and the biggest flashpoint is the humble CDRW drive. There are perfectly innocent uses for copying software - and that's for back-up. Unfortunately, plug and go it ain't.
Drew Cullen, 24 Jun 2002
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Thus close to broadband legal action

Thus has declined to comment on reports that it is on the verge of launching legal action in a bid to see tighter regulation of BT.
Tim Richardson, 24 Jun 2002
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Armed robbers hijack Evesham lorry

Armed robbers hijacked an Amtrak lorry containing approx. 300 Evesham PCs, late Friday afternoon.
Drew Cullen, 24 Jun 2002
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Orange sees red over price regulation

Orange is threatening to claw back investment in 3G technology if regulatory proposals to cut the cost of making calls to other mobile networks go ahead.
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2002

NEC crowned supercomputer king (again)

NEC is top of the supercomputer tree, with its Earth Simulator offically overtaking IBM's ASCI White nuclear bomb simulator in the TOP500.
Drew Cullen, 24 Jun 2002
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Lotus Domino goes spam busting

The latest IBM Lotus Domino 6 software is to include anti-spam features in a bid to give administrators more control in weeding out junk email.
Tim Richardson, 24 Jun 2002

Power 4 the People

Server briefing IBM's attempt to re-capture the Unix server market continues apace. Having fallen well behind Sun and HP during the late 1990s, largely thanks to a complicated customer-confusing product line, parts of the business competing with other parts of the business and Sun's aggressive pursuit of the Internet server market, Big Blue modified its approach in October 2000. It rebranded, consolidated and streamlined its product line, and more closely allied itself to the Linux movement.
Tony Smith, 24 Jun 2002
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Cisco to switch prices on July 1

Cisco customers should act now to renegotiate maintenance contracts before the network giant changes its prices on July 1.
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2002
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HP trots to 802.11 hot spots

HP today announced a worldwide initiative to supply all the kit for public Wireless LAN hot spots in airports, hotels, restaurants and the like.
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2002
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Microsoft's decency Police make random arrests

Letters After we published this story - My name's too rude for MS Passport - you've given us a fascinating insight into the role of the service as an arbiter of public decency. Specifically, into the criteria Hotmail admins employ for accepting user names.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jun 2002