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Despair. Alienation. Error Message

For those of us who nurse dreams of Billie Whitelaw reading out computer error messages, here's more material for a performance.
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Billg on Xbox 2

Bill Gates has let slip some more details about Xbox 2 and the assault of the Microsoft next-gen games console into the living room, in an interview with Les Echos, the French financial newspaper.
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Demoralised workers hurt bottom line

Employees at some of America's biggest tech companies are increasingly negative about work, which is damaging the businesses they work for.
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Spammers break law with covert tracking

Many spammers are ignoring laws forbidding them to insert covert tracking codes in their messages, according to a survey by out-law.com, the IT and ecommerce legal service arm of law firm Masons, and network security outfit iomart.
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Open and closed security are roughly equivalent

Open and closed approaches to security are basically equivalent, with opening a system up to inspection helping attackers and defenders alike.

Unisys claims £300m R&SA win

Royal & Sun Alliance is to outsource its UK life operations to Unisys in a 10-year deal estimated at £300m.
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Freeserve for sale? – report

Freeserve could be put up for sale in a bid to raise cash for its heavily indebted grandparent France Telecom.

The J2EE v .NET ‘split’ is nothing to do with Web services

The biggest single problem with Web services has been confusion and misunderstanding. So I was unhappy to read your recent article Industry split over web services platform. While containing lots of good information, it seemed to be based on a fundamentally mistaken view of what Web services is all about.
Tom Welsh, 12 2003
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Movie outfit slammed for ‘menacing’ voicemail

The advertising watchdog has slammed movie giant Twentieth Century Fox for a "menacing" voicemail ad that contained heavy breathing and screaming.
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Police recover disk at centre of ID theft flap

A hard drive that contained confidential details about hundreds of thousands of insurance company clients has been recovered by Canadian police.
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Gulf War 2 – The Flash movie

Those readers who are concerned about the possible repercussions of a war against Iraq need look no further than LA-based Irishman Dermot O'Connor for enlightenment. O'Connor has created Gulf War 2, which is a projection of the most likely outcome of a new war in the Gulf. O'Connor used sophisticated temporal algorithms and historical semiotic analysis to achieve an accuracy rating of 99.999% in creating the mother of all Flash games.
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BT! and! Yahoo! hold! hands!

BT and Yahoo! are best buddies today after announcing a joint marketing deal.
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BT tests water with rural ADSL project

BT is to confirm next month whether it will proceed with a scheme that could bring ADSL to areas currently deemed not commercially viable for investment in broadband.
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Gates holds forth on the ‘pervasive Linux’ threat

Bill Gates is taking Linux very seriously - but apparently, still not seriously enough to actually understand it. Speaking to the Microsoft MVP Summit on Tuesday he bracketed Linux with other 'kill the company' threats to Microsoft, giving OS/2 as a prime example. Or at least, that's what Peter Galli of eWeek tells us he said. Over at Microsoft Spin Central the transcript of the speech says he said something entirely different, and much more tedious. We've no idea what's going on here, but if its a trustworthiness thing, Peter gets our vote.*
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Back to the video future for ATM

Industry groups are looking to retrofit existing technologies through standards developments to make them more suited to the delivery of broadband telco services.