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When Dreamcasts attack

Blackhat Blackhat LAS VEGAS -- Cyberpunks will be toting cheap game consoles on their utility belts this fall if they follow the lead of a pair of white hat hackers who demonstrated Wednesday how to turn the defunct Sega Dreamcast into a disposable attack box designed to be dropped like a bug on corporate networks during covert black …
Kevin Poulsen, 01 Aug 2002
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How green and putrefying is your computer?

Mysterious English lass Verity Stob - author of 8086 and all that, the funniest history of computing ever-written - has spoken to The Register about her new and highly acclaimed cruftiness metric published at Doctor Dobbs- and her hopes of it becoming official recognized as an IETF RFC.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2002
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China to overtake Japan in PC sales this year – Intel

Intel Corp expects China to become the world's second most important PC market by the end of this year, according to local reports. Reuters news agency reported that Christian Morales, the chip giant's vice president for Asia Pacific, told a news conference in Malaysia that it had originally expected China would overtake …
ComputerWire, 01 Aug 2002

Microsoft launches Data Centre architecture guides

Microsoft Corp has released details of a new Microsoft Systems Architecture (MSA) program designed to increase the take-up of its Windows 2000 Server operating system in data center environments. The Microsoft Systems Architecture for Internet Data Center is the first in a planned series of architecture guides for …
ComputerWire, 01 Aug 2002
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AOL plays the family card with 8.0

America Online Inc yesterday lifted some of the tarpaulin off version 8.0 of its market-leading consumer internet service, which is due for release this fall, announcing a beta test release of the client software which features the usual array of usability and GUI enhancements. The company also said it has gone live with a …
ComputerWire, 01 Aug 2002

Net2Phone, Cisco settle deception case

Net2Phone Inc and Cisco Systems Inc have settled a lawsuit in which the market-leading network hardware maker was accused of leading Net2Phone to believe it was a valued partner, only to release competing products and poach customers at a later date. The companies said the settlement resolves all litigation, but did not …
ComputerWire, 01 Aug 2002
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DoJ zeroes in on AOL accounting practices

The slick accounting magic by which an ISP called AOL managed to puff itself up into a thing seemingly capable of swallowing up a media behemoth like Time Warner is under investigation by the US Department of Justice (DoJ), the Associated Press reports.
Thomas C Greene, 01 Aug 2002
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McAfee.com rejects NAI bid (again)

McAfee.com Corp may be considering ways it could force former parent Network Associates Inc to withdraw its unwanted acquisition bid, after 96% of shareholders rejected NAI's buyout offer yesterday, Kevin Murphy and Matthew Aslett write. But there remains some confusion on whether McAfee.com has ruled out a "poison pill" …
ComputerWire, 01 Aug 2002
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Adobe cuts Q3 expectations

Adobe Systems Inc added a depressing post-script to a bleak earnings season yesterday when it downgraded its financial forecasts for the current quarter. The San Jose, California-based vendor said that with over four weeks left of its third quarter ending August 30, it was reducing its revenue expectations for the period …
ComputerWire, 01 Aug 2002
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Telewest CEO ousted in boardroom putsch

Adam Singer, Telewest's CEO, was deposed yesterday in a boardroom putsch orchestrated by the firm's non-executive directors.
Drew Cullen, 01 Aug 2002
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Mission critical research at massive discounts

Reg Reader Offer The Register has teamed up with Bloor Research to offer Reg readers a chance to purchase market-leading research reports at a massive discount. Register readers can buy Bloor Research's Mission Critical Research pack by credit card for only £99/US$149/ €154.
Team Register, 01 Aug 2002

Reg readers place VoIP ahead of 3G

Here are the latest results from MetriNets, the resource formerly known as Reg Reader Research, our joint venture in online opinion polls with our partners Tom's Hardware and Metrinomics, the online market research firm.
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2002
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Man auctions advertising space on penis

Any company with a bit of spare cash and looking to raise its corporate profile with a bit of thrusting and explosive marketing may care to check out this advertising opportunity on eBay.
Lester Haines, 01 Aug 2002
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OpenSSH trojaned!

Copies of OpenSSH packages on popular download sites have been trojaned, developers have warned.
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2002
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Multiple virus scanning needed, says multiple scanning firm

No single anti-virus product catches a comprehensive range of email viruses and malware within a variety of compressed and uncompressed file formats.
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2002
Batou from Ghost in the Shell

Captain Cyborg gets oil-check at BBC

Our favourite robotics expert, Kevin Warwick aka, Captain Cyborg, is promoting his new book I Cyborg the epic tale of one man's transformation in to half human/half tractor following the implantation of an electronic chip in his arm in April.
Drew Cullen, 01 Aug 2002
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SonyEricsson hires actors to promote T68i

SonyEricsson is hiring "actors" to promote the new T68i phone in New York, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2002
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Apple unveils shader language, QE APIs

Apple has published details of its Quartz Extreme extensions, which features a programmable shaders and a new instruction set for creating OpenGL shaders.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2002
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Play the Alexa game

Site of the Day One thing webmasters are almost guaranteed to do is fib about the viewing figures for their site. Sometimes it's ignorance, sometime it's ego and sometimes it's pulling the wool over the eyes of advertisers.
Drew Cullen, 01 Aug 2002
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Man forced to withdraw penis from eBay

Hardly one hour elapsed after our shocking revelation that a man was offering advertising space on his penis, than eBay cruelly prematurely terminated the coupling.
Lester Haines, 01 Aug 2002