26th August 2003 Archive

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Mac OpenOffice ‘delay’ debunked

Repeat anything for long enough in the echo chamber, and people start to believe it. A fortnight after Sun published a community roadmap for OpenOffice it has been widely reported that the Mac version will be delayed, even though the 'delay' no longer than it is for version 1.x.
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California Supremes issue DVD crack setback

In the United Kingdom, cracked DVD players are widely available and openly advertised. In California it has just got harder to post cracks which allow copies of DVDs to be made to be posted the Internet.
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Intel prunes Celeron prices

Intel trimmed the prices of most of its Celeron desktop chip range this weekend, as anticipated.
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GUS sniffs around PowerHouse

GUS, parent of retailers such as Argos and Homebase, is reportedly sniffing around what's left of PowerHouse after the electrical retailer went tits up last week.
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Sobig second wave attack fails to strike

The Internet community succeeded in cutting off the links that would have allowed the prolific Sobig-F worm to phone home last weekend.
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PS2 nuts play Getaway for real

Many of the Web's finest moments have been created by people with a little too much time on their hands and an overactive imagination.
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Email gossips put employers at risk

Gossiping or slating colleagues behind their backs might be a common, if unfortunate, workplace occurrence but doing it on email could have serious repercussions, as one employer found out last week.
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Google heals the sick

A fine essay in this month's Harper's blames our problems on the public education system. Writer and former teacher John Taylor Gatto notes that the rise of formalised education in the US coincided with the discovery of marketing. Choices suddenly abounded. But rules were then established that ensured that children remain in a bored, and infantile state for the rest of their lives.
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Lik-Sang settles mod chip case out of court

Former online retailer Lik-Sang International has settled a case brought by Sony out of court, undertaking to cease trade in any copyright circumvention devices and paying an undisclosed compensation sum. The company, which formerly operated the popular online game retail site Lik-Sang.com (now under new ownership and unaffected …
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Viral opportunity

I love the smell of computer virus in the morning. It smells like opportunity!
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South Korea asks WTO to overturn EU Hynix levy

The South Korean government has formally complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about the European Union's treatment of Hynix - specifically the EU's imposition of a 34.8 per cent duty on imports of Hynix DRAM.

‘Major upheaval’ forecast for recovering router biz

The enterprise router market is set to undergo a shake-up over the next three years with second-tier vendors beginning to chip away at Cisco's dominance, particularly for lower-end products.

IBM goes turbo with midrange storage

IBM is prepping a "turbo" option for its midrange FastT 600 storage system that could boost the box's overall performance between 40 and 70 percent.
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BT to trial 1Mb ADSL in October

BT Wholesale is to begin a six-week trial of a new 1 Mb ADSL service aimed at home users, the monster telco confirmed today.
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Vietnam cuts cyber dissident's jail term

A Vietnamese writer jailed for ten years in June for publishing an essay about democracy on the Internet has had his sentence halved.

SGI shivers ahead of storm

SGI has launched a pre-emptive strike to outline its strategy in advance of what is likely to be some tough news.
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Apple issues G5 benchmarks

Apple has issued SPEC benchmarks for its new 2GHz Dual CPU workstation, pitting it against a two-way Dell Xeon and a 3Ghz Pentium 4 machine.