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Buy Kirk's chair on eBay

OK, I'll confess it: I'm personally not the world's biggest Star Trek fan; but if there's a single object that symbolizes the whole phenomenon for me in a pleasant way it would have to be Captain Kirk's command chair. A fascinating item: at once an emblem of techno-spiritualism, and yet so....so episcopal. And now it's up for auction: the original, the real McCoy (sorry, couldn't resist), the eternally-famous, quintessential Enterprise bridge prop. Have you got a six-figure disposable income? Then you, my dear reader (and Boomer corporate Chairman?) may end up swiveling in it and barking orders at your underlings.

IBM floats Regatta-LE Power4s

As expected, IBM Corp will today debut its first Power4-based entry server, the "Regatta-LE" pSeries 630 servers, Timothy Prickett Morgan writes. The pSeries 630s, which come in one-way, two-way, and four-way configurations, are based on the same dual-core Power4 processors that IBM announced in October 2001 in the 32-way …
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InterTrust sues Microsoft (on just about everything)

InterTrust Technologies Inc has almost tripled the volume of patent claims it alleges Microsoft Corp's next generation of technologies infringe upon, in what may be the final expansion of its already sizable lawsuits, Kevin Murphy writes. "There are a whole lot of new claims," said InterTrust VP of business development …
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Sun closes on WS-I

Sun Microsystems Inc is moving towards Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) membership, but the gloves are off. WS-I has unanimously agreed to expand its board by two seats, a process that could see Sun join as a founding member if elected by the organization's membership. A WS-I working group will now nail down specifics …
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Start-up builds absolutely enormous NAS device

Start-up Zambeel Inc has begun shipping what it claims is the first enterprise-class NAS system, which features a built-in switching fabric and a huge maximum capacity of over 200TB. Zambeel has kept its products under wraps until now, and has turned out to be one of a handful of start-ups in various stages of developing …
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Lindows.com plans flat-fees for OEMs

Linux distributor Lindows.com Inc is to introduce a flat-fee licensing plan to computer manufacturers for its forthcoming LindowsOS operating system. In order to increase the number of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system builders, systems integrators and value-added resellers taking on its new desktop OS, the …
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Five year old wins MS proficiency cert, Gates book

A five year old boy in Thailand has passed Microsoft's Office User Specialist examination (MOUS), and won himself a copy of Bill Gates masterpiece Business At The Speed of Light.
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Half of US Net users to have broadband by 2004

Broadband will account for half of all Net access connection in the US by early 2004, according to a survey by New Jersey-based market research firm Solomon-Wolff Associates.
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Windows Longhorn slips again, becomes megaproject

Yes folks it's spring in Seattle at last, the moss has gone green, and the Redmond marketing team is busy altering perceptions by dispensing prestige exclusive executive access to prestige publications. The second of the week so far is Bill himself, in Fortune, painting a rosy (albeit staggeringly vague) picture of Longhorn. Who's next? Steve? But everybody gets Steve...

Supercomputer eats more power than small city

A big thank-you to Adam Daniel who alerted us to The Register's guest appearance the New York Times, our second favourite NY paper.

Dell storage survey is skew-whiff – Gartner

Gartner has taken issue with Dell's claim that two-fifths of UK IT directors plan to spend between 21 and 40 per cent of their entire IT budgets on storage this year (Story IT Directors rate data storage).
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Net sucks eyeballs dry

Sales of drugs designed to sooth sore eyes are rising as more and more people access the Internet and spend time watching TV.
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Protest site makes Easy domain crusade more difficult

A furious domain owner has set up a protest site to publicise Easy Group's heavy-handed legal tactics in trying to take over his easibook.com site.
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Pipex swamped by self-install DSL calls

Pipex is to beef up its customer helpdesk service after being inundated with calls concerning its broadband products.

Linux v. MS v. Unix – who's got the Big Mo?

Server Briefing Wall Street's love affair with Linux companies may have ended a long time ago, but the open source operating system's march into the enterprise continues unabated, if slowly. Indeed, while Linux may have lost its lustre for investors, some banks, including CS First Boston and Merrill Lynch, have given it the thumbs-up and have begun replacing old trading systems and servers with Linux-based kit.
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E$$O sets attack dogs on protest site

Mighty E$$O the world's biggest company, is seeking to shut down the web site of an environmental protest group - because its logo has been doctored. It is taking Greenpeace, a member of the StopEsso coalition, to court in France. The logo which replaces the double S in Esso with dollar signs causes "reputational damage" to Esso …
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Demon email ‘beyond a joke’

Demon's email service is getting "well beyond a joke" after punters complained that they've been plagued with problems since last week.
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Coming soon: SMS TV

Is nowhere safe from text messaging, coming soon to landlines and not so soon to TVs?
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Be Inc. completes takeover of Palm

Be Inc. yesterday formally completed its takeover of PalmSource with the appointment of Jean-Louise Gassee to the Palm board. Former Be executives now hold the crucial positions of influence at the troubled PDA company.
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Hutchison wins Irish 3G gig

O2 and Vodafone Ireland have both lost out in their bid for the top third-generation mobile licence in Ireland to newcomer Hutchison Whampoa, Louise Carroll writes.
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Debian boost as Sun buys SPARC edge start-up

Sun Microsystems is buying infrastructure start-up Afara Websystems, Sun VP David Yen said today.
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Sun blasts “1970s” Itanic

Sun blasted the Itanium family as "1970s technology" in briefings about forthcoming SPARC processors. Sun described it as a 'roadmap', but there's significantly less detail in the new official disclosed than what InfoWorld reported here.

MS to eradicate GPL, hence Linux

Yesterday, as we all know, Microsoft fed an 'exclusive' story about its new 'Palladium' DRM/PKI Trust Machine to Newsweek hack Steven Levy (a guy who writes without irony of "high-level encryption"), presumably because they trusted him not to grasp the technology well enough to question it seriously. His un-critical announcement immediately sparked a flurry of articles considering what this means to the Windows user base.
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Why Intel loves Palladium

Remember the Processor Serial Number? We do - this was Intel's attempt to embed a unique ID in every CPU. Switched on at the launch of the Pentium III in February 1999, the PSN was a public relations disaster, prompting torrents of abuse from mostly sensible people, who feared the implications of PSN for consumer privacy.
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BBC takes big sledgehammer to small nerd

Radio scanners are a threat to national security which imperil the lives of the Royal Family and others, thanks to the activities of ne(rd)'re do wells who publicise how to listen into police radio communications.