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Civil disobedience promised after net radio royalty bill falls

The controversial HR.5469 bill died in the Senate tonight, after failing to reach the floor for a vote.
Broken CD with wrench

EMC sales plunge

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Telstra, Ballmer Dizzy with the Spin

Ever since Australia's biggest company cozied up to Sun, America's biggest company has been looking for a good damage control story.

Euro storage network bodies to merge

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Xbox hackers break new security measures

New security measures implemented in a recent Xbox hardware update have been broken by hackers less than three weeks after the revised consoles hit the shelves, allowing mod chip groups to update their products for compatibility with the new hardware.

Is SNIA's shared storage model a dead end?

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CSC expected to win $2.3bn UK Post Office deal

Computer Sciences Corp (CSC) has been selected as the preferred supplier in a proposed 1.5bn pound ($2.3bn) IT outsourcing project with Consignia Plc, the operating arm of the UK's Post Office. Under the terms of the proposed deal, CSC has entered "exclusive negotiations" to act as the prime contractor for London, UK-based …
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Nokia Q3 hints at wireless telecoms revival

Nokia Corp brought some cheer to the deflated wireless telecoms industry yesterday with a set of third-quarter financials that continued the company's recent upturn in fortunes. However, the news may bode less well for the Espoo, Finland-based company's rivals as it continues to gain market share in the all-important …
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SAP pulls guidance, bullish on margins

SAP AG axed its revenue guidance yesterday as it unveiled third quarter results that gave a boost to the lagging tech market. The enterprise software giant turned in sales of 1.7bn euros ($1.65bn), up 3% on the year. Operating income rose 111% to 336m euros ($325.9m), while net income was up 446% to 202 euros ($195.9m). …
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Customer rebellion spikes Microsoft quarterly results

Corporates evading Microsoft Corp's unpopular new licensing program by renewing existing contracts have caused an unexpected spike in both net and unearned revenues for the first fiscal quarter 2003. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft Corp yesterday announced a 26% jump in net revenue to $7.75bn with a $1.4bn jump in …
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Dell ousts HP from PC top spot

The worldwide PC market finally showed a return to year on year growth in the third quarter, but the news was soured for Hewlett Packard as it lost the number one PC spot to arch rival Dell Computer Corp. Figures released by IDC yesterday showed total shipments in the third quarter were 32.6 million, a "modest" rise of 3.8 …
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Groundwork laid for WS-I expansion (and Sun seat)

Members of the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) organization have approved a proposal expanding its board by two seats, potentially opening the door to Sun Microsystems Inc. Nominations for election will be accepted between January 1 and February 15, with election itself scheduled for March. Sun has welcomed the …
DVD it in many colours

Storage management problems? You're not alone

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Perens asks SPI to own Sincere Choice

Bruce Perens, one of the original board members of Software in the Public Interest (SPI) Inc. has asked that organization to consider taking ownership of another project he started, the Sincere Choice initiative. But while SPI considers itself part of the Free Software community, Sincere Choice says it believes that "there should be a fair, competitive market for computer software, both proprietary and Open Source."
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The world's most dangerous server rooms

Letters Last week we asked if this is the world's most dangerous server room, and you've responded in fine style.
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Samsung tests higher DDR DRAM prices

Samsung is seeking to raise contract prices for DDR DRAM parts, a company rep said today. This may not be a significant statement - Samsung investor relations vice president Chu Woo-Sik was responding to questions at a press conference announcing the electronics giant's Q3 results.
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Some truth about copyright

I've railed against the RIAA and MPAA and their congressional sock puppets in some of the cruelest language I've ever used in print. But my concern has always been the abuse and perversion of copyright. I'm concerned about the ways copyright is being turned into a weapon of big-media pigopoly against honest consumers, researchers and journalists. I'm concerned about how it's being used to criminalize consumers for doing perfectly reasonable things allowed under the Sony decision and the doctrines of fair use and first sale. I'm particularly alarmed by the way the DMCA makes criminals of people exercising fair use, and how it paves the way for electronic access controls and subsequent pay-per-use extortion by greedy Hollywood fat cats.
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BBC Radio 4 goes bonkers, runs last year's MS news

Zzzzz.... It is 6am, and The Register having fallen asleep with the radio on again, the BBC Radio 4 Today programme is dragging us fuzzily into the land of the living; up in the hourly headlines is the big Microsoft news. The truly wondrous Licensing 6-related results story? Er, no - Microsoft has apparently agreed to open its code to its competitors as part of a settlement with the US Department of Justice.
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Ericsson sinks deeper in the mire

Ericsson maintains that it is still on target to make a profit next year despite releasing disappointing Q3 figures today.
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Borland JBuilder 7

Review VERDICT: It's laden with features, but at version 7 JBuilder faces stiff competition from leaner, more modular alternatives.
PC Pro, 18 2002
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Cisco Catalyst switches in DoS risk

Cisco yesterday warned of a potential DoS risk affecting its popular line of Catalyst LAN switches. Catalyst switches running specific versions of Cisco CatOS software are vulnerable to a buffer overflow in an embedded HTTP server.
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Secure Linux desktop begins shipping to UK police force

A pilot scheme which could see police forces throughout England and Wales switching to Linux desktops has kicked off with delivery of the first systems to the West Yorkshire force. The deployment is taking place under a contract awarded to netproject earlier this year by the UK Police IT Organisation, and if successful could cover over 60,000 desktops. In West Yorks alone the installed base is around 3,500, and a spokesman reckoned that the savings from this would be around £1 million a year.
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Student develops Mouse Glove

A 16-year-old student from Wales is looking for funding to develop a wearable mouse device. The "Mouse Glove" was developed by Tobias Patterson-Jones, who is currently studying at Coleg Powys, Brecon.
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Symbian pulls out of UI business, doesn't tell anybody

Did Symbian pull out of the UI business last year and not tell anybody? Strangely, although The Register has discussed UI-related issues with Symbian over the past 18 months or so, we've no recollection of Symbian mentioning the matter. Nor indeed does there seem to be anything that could even remotely imply this in the company's entire 2001 announcement archive.
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Bell Labs demoes 19.2Mbps 3G chips

Boffins at Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs have successfully tested two prototype ultra-fast mobile chips at speeds of up to 19.2Mbps.
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UK firms clueless about workers' Net habits

Almost half of all UK firms don't know how much time their staff spend online at work.
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Microsoft, Panasonic propose (another) CD standard

Microsoft, Panasonic and Fujifilm have announced a new format for CDs which they hope will establish a new standard and bring the world of PCs, DVDs and other CD formats together, writes Steve Malone.
PC Pro, 18 2002
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Scottish Power disconnects Linux users

Scottish Power has barred Linux AND Opera users from signing up to its online energy accounts.
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UK plc risks piracy fines over employee file-swapping

Four in five UK companies have file swapping programmes in active use on their networks, leaving them at risk from fines as the recording industry cracking down on music piracy.