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MS pulls fake Mac-to-Windows testimonial

An advertisement for Windows ironically mimicking the Mac 'switch' testimonial series (ridiculed here) has been pulled from the MS Web site after its authenticity was questioned by a poster to Slashdot.
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ARM11 readied for action

ARM Holdings Plc has unveiled its latest weapons in the fight to power the next generation of smart devices. Two new cores, the ARM1136J-S and the ARM1136JF-S, form the heart of Cambridge, UK-based ARM's latest products. These are the first implementations of the ARM11 architecture, announced at the Embedded Processor …
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ISOC wins .org contract

Afilias Ltd, the company that runs the .info internet domain, has embarked upon the trickiest migration project in the history of the domain name system, following yesterday's announcement that it is to take over the running of .org, writes Kevin Murphy. A proposal by the Internet Society, which names Afilias as its …
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MSN, AOL go head-to-head with 8.0 releases

It's the most competitive time of the year. In the run up to the holiday season, both America Online Inc and Microsoft Corp's MSN are launching version upgrades of their online services, with AOL hoping to staunch the slowing growth of it subscriber base and MSN hoping to lure more disillusioned AOLers from its archrival. …
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Web Services get Down and Dirty

Systems management will likely be the final area where a major XML web services standard is published, with specifications expected from vendors and standards bodies early next year, writes Gavin Clarke. IBM web services guru Bob Sutor told ComputerWire a specification featuring the WS- moniker would soon appear tackling …
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3Pardata names customers, benchmarks performance

3Pardata Inc has begun shipping the hugely scalable arrays it unveiled earlier this year, and has named some of its customers and beta testers. The company has also posted published the results of a benchmark performance test completed to the SPC-1 specification which was developed by the Storage Performance Council. Five …
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IBM, Oxford, UK Govt build massive data grid

Oxford University, IBM and the UK government are building a large-scale data grid to enable early screening and diagnosis of breast cancer, and to allow medical professionals to collaborate and share information that will help treat the disease.
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NetLedger touts NetSuite business apps

Larry Ellison's pet project, NetLedger, launched its much vaunted NetSuite application package yesterday but it came without the punch. There's no Oracle. It's a bold move from the firm and one that almost guarantees it a more volatile future.
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Pay per level Nokia 7650 game goes live next month

Mobile phone gaming company Masabi, which recently completed an implementation of the BBC micro classic Repton for the Nokia 7650, will be going live with a micropayments system from next month.
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LinuxIT using Lindows, Ximian in custom desktops

UK-based LinuxIT recently announced it had released the "Professional Open Desktop" series, calling it a solution designed for "organizations with non-technical staff." The company is offering a standard version, based on Lindows, and an enterprise version that makes use of Ximian standards.
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Jungle.com folded into Argos

There are fears that 150 jobs could be lost at technology etailer, Jungle.com, following a decision to cut costs.
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Porno pop-ups blight McDonald's McNet Access trial

McDonald's has suspended a trial providing Net access in its restaurants after customers complained that they couldn't stomach porn with their burgers.
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‘RIAA-written’ Net radio bill served to Senate

The United States Senate today will consider the bill to "save Internet radio", HR.5469. It's a bill which does nothing for education, religious, non-profit or hobbyist radio. Many webcasters were stunned when the bill morphed from a two paragraph "stay of execution" into an alternative royalty scheme after a splinter group decided to negotiate a closed-door deal with the Recording Industry Association of America, the RIAA.
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ARM cuts jobs as sales tumble

ARM is to cut 10 per cent of its workforce as it reports its first-ever fall in quarterly sales.
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Opera to unleash ‘full web’ browser for smartphones

Opera Software has developed a 'secret sauce' implementation of its browser intended to bring the full web experience to smartphones (with Nokia's Series 60 and Sony-Ericsson's UIQ platforms among the early targets. And as a consequence, Opera CTO Hakon Lie told The Register earlier today, WAP will become redundant, and will die.
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Nominet director calls for .net.uk clemency

A non-executive director of Nominet's Council of Management and member of its Public Advisory Board, Alex Bligh, has launched a scathing attack on a recommendation by one of the organisation's subcommittees to shut down the second level domain .net.uk.
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Apple UK leases notebooks to students for £7.58 per week*

Apple UK is to lease iBooks and Powerbooks to students for as little as £7.58 a week. At the end of the lease period, the notebook is offered for sale to the lessee for just fifty quid. Insurance and support is thrown in as part of the deal and Airport WLAN access is an optional extra.
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Teenage Finns held over DIY bomb chat room tips

Police have arrested two teenagers over bombmaking tips on an Internet chat room used by the prime suspect for the explosion which killed seven people in Finland last week.
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Tiscali UK pledges to resolve billing complaints

Tiscali UK has pledged to resolve all its outstanding issues concerning billing complaints before the end of the month.
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Kiosks charge phones on the go

Mobile phone users could soon be able to charge their handsets at kiosks if a trial beginning next month proves successful. London-based Nearplay Systems has launched Charge Me, which allows punters to charge up their mobile phone or PDA while out and about.
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Get your Reg logos here

In response to the many requests we receive for Reg vulture logos, we're pleased to offer the following set of gifs:
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BOFH: Going Postal

Episode 5 Episode 5 BOFH 2002: Episode 5 It's 9am when I pause from my daily operational maintenance procedures (checking the out trays of the printers to see if anyone's been printing any juicy porn) to observe The Boss swiping his heart out outside the office. "Could you let me in please?" he asks through the glass, giving up …
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The BOFH Questionnaire: How Geeky Are You?

Episode 21 BOFH 2002: Episode 21
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PDAs are go-go

Fresh form factors, components and pricing models are set to jumpstart the quiet PDA market.
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MS announces complex and baffling product lifecycle list

Microsoft today announced what it categorised as more "consistent and predictable guidelines" (surely "rules"? - Ed) for customer support. Entirely consistently and predictably, it's ruddy baffling and you've got to strain quite hard to work out what they mean, as opposed to panicking about what they say.
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IBM confirms Altivecked POWER4-lite

Microprocessor Forum IBM's Peter Sandon disclosed technical details for IBM's PowerPC 970 processor in San Jose this morning and confirmed that the processor supports the AltiVec instruction set. In addition to providing a competitive workstation and edge server chip for IBM - which deploys POWER3 in these space and power sensitive designs, the processor is tailor made for high end Apple machines. It's expected to sample in the first half of next year, and appear in production volumes in the second half.
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Intel touts security on a chip

Intel today announced what it bills as the industry's first network processor for secure content processing.

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Stupid Bugbear tricks

"Please, please, please" came the blandishments of the P.R. men. "If you want to talk to someone about Bugbear, pleeze give me a call," twittered one. Dear Sir, would you notice my client's rubbish for a computer virus story angle? But even when ignored, the work of the flacks remains astonishingly efficient. I often received …
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Standards ahoy! Bluefin and CIM products out next year

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Agere, Infineon pool WLAN development

Wireless LAN specialist Agere and chip maker Infineon are to jointly develop high-speed 802.11a/g wireless LAN technology.