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802.11bofh

Episode 16 Episode 16 BOFH 2003: Episode 16 It's a dull week at Mission Control with no one adding a lot of value to the place, so the PFY and I give ourselves a quick challenge of writing the ultimate application for the new 802.11b cards that we've picked up for our personnel disorganisers. A few furry toothed days of programming …
Simon Travaglia, 11 Aug 2003
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Security spending to hit $13.5bn by 2006

Global revenues in enterprise security technology are predicted to reach $13.5 billion by 2006, up from $7.1 billion in 2002 last year.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2003
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UMC to pay up to $130m for Infineon fab JV share

UMC will pay Infineon $100-130 million to buy the memory maker's 30 per cent stake in their Singapore-based 300m wafer fab joint venture.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2003
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Chip biz to see ‘lacklustre’ 2003 growth

Semiconductor industry watcher Semico has reiterated its prognosis that the global chip business will see on "lacklustre" growth this year.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2003
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IBM backs HyperTransport

IBM, National Semiconductor, Texas Instruments and EMC have joined the HyperTransport Technology Consortium, the organisation said today.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2003
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Confusion reigns ahead of 192 switch-off

BT - which corners around 70 per cent of the £300 million directory enquiries (DQ) market in the UK - is warning of consumer confusion arising from the 192 switch-off later this month.
Tim Richardson, 11 Aug 2003
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NSA proposes backdoor detection centre

Declaring hidden malware to be "a growing threat", the National Security Agency's cybersecurity chief is calling on the US Congress to fund a new National Software Assurance Center dedicated to developing advanced techniques for detecting backdoors and logic bombs in large software applications.
Kevin Poulsen, 11 Aug 2003
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Habeas cans spammer

Habeas, the company that fights spam with Japanese-style poetry, finally won a first lawsuit against a spammer.
Jan Libbenga, 11 Aug 2003
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MS takes mouse wheel into second dimension

Microsoft is planning to add 'tilt-wheel technology' (TWT) to its popular range of computer mice, the company has announced, in a move which is sure to have significant connotations for hardcore PC gamers.
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High Court bans alleged data protection profiteer

The High Court last week granted an interim injunction against Christopher Yewdall preventing him from profiting from allegedly misleadingly advertised data protection notification services.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2003
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Pre-pay plans to boost i-mode in Europe

Dutch telecom operator KPN Telecom finally introduced DoCoMo's i-mode to pre-pay users in the Netherlands last week in a move intended to boost its subscriber base. The same service will be offered through KPN's subsidiaries E-plus and BASE in Germany and Belgium later this year.
Jan Libbenga, 11 Aug 2003

SAS gets tough with rivals

Despite the fact that SAS is by a long way the largest business intelligence vendor in the market, it has regularly faced claims from Business Objects and Cognos that these are the leading suppliers in the BI space, writes Phil Howard of Bloor Research.
IT-Analysis, 11 Aug 2003
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Rio reveals 20GB Ogg Vorbis network music player

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch MP3 Players Rio has announced its first raft of MP3-based portable music players since it was acquired by consumer electronics company D&M Holdings in April following the collapse of Sonic Blue. Today, the company unveiled seven players under five brands, including its first hard disk/Flash combo unit, the Rio …
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2003
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Industry mulls £5-a-minute phone calls

Phone users in the UK could be paying up to £5 a minute for premium rate phone calls if new tariffs get the go-ahead from industry regulator ICSTIS.
Tim Richardson, 11 Aug 2003
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GPL goes to court

When I'm asked to describe the difference between the foreign country I live in (the US) and the country I was born and raised in (the UK), I usually first mention the parks.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Aug 2003
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Vodafone snaps up Singlepoint

Vodafone has announced it will buy Singlepoint, the mobile services provider, for £405 million ($649.62 million) in cash.
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Wired not wireless to dominate home LAN market

The home network market may be set to triple in size this year, driven by increased interest in wireless networking, but only a fraction of European households will have installed a LAN - wired or wireless - by the end of the year, market watcher IDC warned today.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2003
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500,000 kids to get mobile phones

Half a million kids in the UK under the age of ten will have a mobile phone by the end of next year, according to research published by market intelligence outfit mobileYouth.
Tim Richardson, 11 Aug 2003
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EU regulations to control web cookies

European laws due to come into force by the end of October will shake up the way businesses are allowed to use cookies on their Web sites.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2003
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Church group asks FCC to vet MCI

One-time WorldCom scourge, the United Church of Christ (UCC) has officially asked the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block the transfer of the collapsed telecoms giant's operating licences to its new incarnation, MCI.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2003
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Nominet in paperless revolution

Nominet UK - the national Registry for all domain names ending .uk - is to cease issuing paper certificates for domain owners.
Tim Richardson, 11 Aug 2003
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Man charged in Acxiom cracking case

A 24-year-old man appeared in court last Friday charged with cracking the systems of one of the world's largest consumer database companies.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2003