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Sun tweaks Solaris 9 performance

Register Server Channel Register Server Channel No one has ever accused the top brass of Sun Microsystems Inc of having a shortage of wiseguys and smart-alecks, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan. If IBM is announcing a new release of its AIX Unix operating system, as it did yesterday, then Sun picked that same day to launch its updated release of …
ComputerWire, 09 Oct 2002
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AMD eyes Chinese education market

Advanced Micro Devices Inc laid the groundwork for a major drive into the Chinese PC market yesterday when it signed a joint venture agreement with a state-backed company targeting the country's education sector. The Sunnyvale, California-based vendor has struck a research and development joint venture agreement with …
ComputerWire, 09 Oct 2002

Microsoft to build secure corporate IM infrastructure

Microsoft Corp will drive instant messaging (IM) as an enterprise-class collaboration platform using security features planned for its next server operating system and e-mail server, Gavin Clarke writes. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft plans features for use with Windows .NET Server 2003 and the next version of …
ComputerWire, 09 Oct 2002

VeriSign and IBM Team for hosted access, provisioning

Taking aim at a traditionally software-only market, VeriSign Inc this week introduced a hosted access control service, the fruit of a deal signed with IBM Corp back in January, Kevin Murphy writesThe companies also expect to work together further on hosted provisioning services in the future, ComputerWire has learned. The …
ComputerWire, 09 Oct 2002
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Websense hopes to filter more than just the Web

Websense Inc wants to help companies go beyond the web browser when it comes to regulating their employees' computing habits, writes Kevin Murphy. The company yesterday outlined its plans to enable central control of applications, bandwidth and legal liability. Websense Enterprise v5, due to ship in January, will become a …
ComputerWire, 09 Oct 2002
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Satellite systems hackable – study

Critical commercial satellite systems relied upon by federal agencies, civilians and the Pentagon are potentially vulnerable to a variety of sophisticated hack attacks that could cause service disruptions, or even send a satellite spinning out of control, according to a new report by the General Accounting Office, the …
Kevin Poulsen, 09 Oct 2002
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Hedge fund that nearly brought down Peru wants COLT dead

A New York-based hedge fund wants to have COLT Telecom wound up. Highberry Ltd has notified the board of the alternative telco carrier that it seeking the appointment of an administrator. It says that COLT will not be able to repay or refinance its bonds when they become due between 2005 and 2009.
Drew Cullen, 09 Oct 2002

EMC carries on driving Clariion downmarket

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ComputerWire, 09 Oct 2002
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Trojanized Sendmail distro circulated

An enterprising computer enthusiast has managed to insert a Trojan in the source code for a recent Sendmail distro and to substitute the malicious package for the real McCoy on the Sendmail.org FTP server.
Thomas C Greene, 09 Oct 2002
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Gio does ADSL for £17.99 a month

Oldham-based ISP Gio Internet has joined the ever-growing number of broadband outfits to offer promos for its broadband service.
Tim Richardson, 09 Oct 2002
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Torvalds stays out of MS debate

Linus Torvalds, the founder and creator of the Linux operating system, has admitted that he would be stuck for words if he ever found himself standing eye to eye with Bill Gates. It's not that he hates the man, far from it in fact, but rather that he simply wouldn't know what to say, he told the BBC's ClickOnline this week.
IT-Analysis, 09 Oct 2002
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Intel's Barrett talks up tech rebound

Craig Barrett, the head of Intel, predicted a bounce back to full strength for the tech sector by early 2003 at the latest. Speaking at a conference in Spain the man was strangely upbeat, given that many in the semi-conductor industry are saying this is the worst recession in the industry's history, claiming that the next year or two will see a full recovery of fortunes.
IT-Analysis, 09 Oct 2002
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My name is Canary: The Orange Smartphone

Preview This preview, taken from the October issue of What Mobile is of an early version of the HTC Canary prototype. The device which was looked at was sneaked around the world to get into What Mobile's hands. What Mobile is primarily a buyers guide for mobile phones and this is probably the first time the device has been looked at from a phone, rather than PDA perspective. It is certainly the first public preview.
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Union wants Net access at work for members

The Public & Commercial Services union (PCS) - one of the UK's largest trade unions - wants its 288,000 members to have access to the Internet at work.
Tim Richardson, 09 Oct 2002
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UK urged to invest in fibre networks

On the day that the UK celebrated its one millionth broadband connection the boss of a Swedish company called on the British Government to start thinking about the national roll-out of fibre for next generation broadband services.
Tim Richardson, 09 Oct 2002
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Liberty Broadband gets new funding

Liberty Broadband - formerly known as Tele2 (UK) - has secured new funding following its severance from parent Millicom International Cellular (MIC) earlier this year.
Tim Richardson, 09 Oct 2002

SuperDLT increases capacity, cuts choice

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Bryan Betts, 09 Oct 2002
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E-minister broadbandless

E-commerce Minister, Stephen Timms, doesn't have broadband at his home in East Ham, London - even though he has the choice of xDSL and cable.
Tim Richardson, 09 Oct 2002
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Dixons takes control of Italian retailer

Dixons is to pay €368m to take control of UniEuro, described as Italy's leading independent electronics retailer.
Drew Cullen, 09 Oct 2002
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Time opens 8 more retail stores

Time Group is adding another eight stores to its 140-strong high street retail chain The Computer World. The new outlets are in West London, Merseyside, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester and are set to open by March 2003. Around 40 jobs will be created through the expansion, says Time. ®
Drew Cullen, 09 Oct 2002
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Gaze into the crystal ball with IT-Minds

This week's clairvoyant tome from Reg associate IT-minds.com is hot off the press and offers a glimpse into the technological crystal ball.
Lester Haines, 09 Oct 2002
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‘You are a dick and I am going to kick your head in ya big useless donkey’

The advertising watchdog has reprimanded a company for sending an offensive text message calling for consumers to upgrade their mobile phone.
Tim Richardson, 09 Oct 2002
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North Yorks to get wireless broadband network

North Yorkshire is to get a £12m wireless broadband network which will connect council offices, schools and libraries across England's largest county.
Tim Richardson, 09 Oct 2002
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E-envoy declares broadband Britain a success, claims credit

UK e-Envoy Andrew Pinder has decided to bunk off his homework this month, and instead of focusing on "specific areas" of his getting Britain online strategy, has decided to "pause and reflect on the increasing extent to which the changes it [the strategy] is bringing about, are being felt across all aspects of our national life."
John Lettice, 09 Oct 2002
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3: a LogoWatch special

From time to time we poke gentle fun at the efforts of companies to articulate their new logos. This is a public service conducted on the behalf of marketing philistines everywhere. This time it's different. We are simply publishing this Hutchison 3G press release. In full.
Drew Cullen, 09 Oct 2002
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BT is broadband slacker – survey

Nine out of ten of communications professionals believe BT is still not doing enough to deliver broadband in the UK.
Tim Richardson, 09 Oct 2002
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Want to teach in the UK? Give us your bank password then

Despite the odd unfortunate reverse, creeping control-freakery and privacy invasion is alive, well and thriving in UK government circles. As evidenced by this exchange from yesterday's proceedings in the House of Lords, which was drawn to our attention by Register reader "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells."
John Lettice, 09 Oct 2002
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Thieves snatch £4.5m DRAM from Heathrow

Thieves stole £4.5m worth of computer memory from a warehouse near Heathrow, just hours after it arrived from Korea.
Drew Cullen, 09 Oct 2002
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MS backs away from media copy restrictions

Numerous studies have confirmed for Microsoft what any fool knows: people are not much interested in a home-entertainment device masquerading as a computer that burns special mission-impossible DVDs which can't be played on any device other than the specific machine which recorded them.
Thomas C Greene, 09 Oct 2002