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Anti-FoTW: Love amongst the neurons

Letter Bill Softky's two part article on new approaches to neuroscience [pt 1, 2] provoked a fascinating mailbag, more of which we shall produce very soon. But it also brought a few new insights to the field of neuroscience from amateurs which can only be characterized as "truly original". However, there's no mistaking the good intentions. An enthusiastic reader in Australia merits a category of its own. So we present to you, the very first Anti-Flame of the Week.
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Borland: you only live thrice

The CEO of Borland Software believes the company is ready to catch its "third-wave".
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Mobile games revenue leap like leaping salmon

The mobile games market, valued at €0.2bn in 2002, will grow massively to nearly € 3bn in 2008, forecasts consulting firm Analysys.
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Open source movement screws up again

It’s a sad fact of life that those in charge are often the last to see the inevitable.
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ATI wins Samsung digital telly deal

Samsung has signed ATI to provide decoder chips for the next generation of its digital TV sets.
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AMD adds 525KB L2 Athlon 64s to roadmap

AMD's anticipated introduction of low-end Athlon 64 chips next year appears to confirm reports that it will indeed deliver future Athlon XP parts using crippled versions of its Hammer core.
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IBM outsources PowerPC production to Samsung

IBM has offloaded some of its PowerPC production to Samsung, according to a Taiwanese chip design source close to IBM.
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BOFH on the pull

Episode 27 BOFH 2003: Episode 27
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AMD updates public roadmap

AMD has updated its public processor roadmap, adding a host of new desktop and server products and fleshing out its plans for more notebook-friendly mobile Athlon 64 chips that its current line-up.
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Your 99c belong to the RIAA – Steve Jobs

Wasn't the Internet, this weightless kingdom of bits and bytes, supposed to make distribution costs just vanish? Apparently not.
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Microsoft ends silence on hotmail domain SNAFU

Microsoft has at last commented on the blunder that resulted in its lapsed hotmail.co.uk domain being snapped up by a private individual.
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Canadian ‘419er’ arrested

A Canadian man has been arrested for advanced fee fraud following a sting operation instigated by a Connecticut woman fed up with receiving scam emails.
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Sony, Bertelsmann agree to merge music labels

Sony and Bertelsmann have agreed to merge their two music operations into a single business and potentially create the world's largest music label.
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BT ‘bemused’ over broadband complaint

BT claims it is "bemused" by a report that utility Scottish & Southern - which is trialing broadband over power lines - is to have words with the new communication regulator, Ofcom.
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Germans love eBay

Internet auctioneer eBay is exceptionally popular in Germany, CEO Greg Whitman told the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung yesterday. After only four years on the German market, eBay generates more revenue online than KarstadtQuelle Group, Europe's largest combined department store and mail order group (Sales of €15.8bn in 2002).
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Linux kernel backdoor blocked

Software developers on Wednesday detected and thwarted a hacker's scheme to submerge a slick backdoor in the next version of the Linux kernel, but security experts say the abortive caper proves that extremely subtle source code tampering is more than just the stuff of paranoid speculation.
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Nintendo resumes production of GameCube

GameCube consoles are once again rolling off the production lines in Japan as global demand for the system finally outstrips the backlog of units which had built up at Nintendo's warehouses.
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Rio Fuse 128MB MP3 player

Reg Review Like Creative's MuVo NX, the Rio Fuse is one of the new generation of solid-state MP3 players that plug directly into a host computer's USB port, Flash drive style. There are good reasons for bringing the world of Flash 'keychain' drives and MP3 players together: it allows quick connections and the easy transfer of files - just drag and drop. It also provides immediate cross-platform support, since there's no need to write, port or license multiple music jukebox apps, all of which will also need device drivers.
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What does C have in common with a scalding cup of coffee?

Opinion In 1992, a seventy-nine year old woman sued the McDonald's fast food chain after spilling the entire contents of a cup of coffee in her lap, causing third-degree burns over six percent of her body. Several days in the hospital, intense medical treatments, and a jury trial later, the woman won her case and a $2.7 million dollar judgment, ultimately reduced to $480,000.
Hal Flynn, 07 2003
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Help! my Belkin router is spamming me

The marketing geniuses at Belkin, the consumer networking vendor, have dreamed up a new form of spam - ads served to your desktop, by way of its wireless router.
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Intel launches Mobilized Software Initiative

Intel has launched its Mobilized Software Initiative, which aims to “change the way the industry thinks about the internet”. Previewed at its Developer Forum in September, the initiative has won the support of various big names including Microsoft, Sun, HP, IBM, Adobe and Macromedia.
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IBM and HP take phony benchmark war up several notches

IBM and Hewlett-Packard have both registered benchmark wins this week for their server lines, IBM on High Performance supercomputing tasks and HP on high throughput transaction rates, running under Oracle.
News IS, 07 2003
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MS phone chief departs

Juha Christensen, Microsoft's executive VP with responsibility for smartphones, is opting for a quieter life. From the end of this month he'll no longer have to endure ear-splitting motivational talks from Steve Ballmer, Microsoft confirmed today, as he's leaving the company.
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BOFH and the government contract

Episode 26 BOFH 2003: Episode 26
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Penn State students revolt against Napster, DRM invasion

A small faction of anti-pigopolist soldiers have launched an attack against Penn State University's new campus-wide music deal with Napster.
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MS releases Office 2003 bug fix

Microsoft this week released a critical update to fix a bug with its newly released Office 2003 suite.
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MPs prepare for broadband inquiry

The UK's leading names in broadband are limbering up for a star billing in front of a all party parliamentary committee next Tuesday.
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BT ordered to stop ‘dirty tricks’

BT has been ordered to stop using "dirty tricks" to persuade customers from switching phone providers.
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Open source not ready for desktop, IBM told UK government

The UK government has a 'level playing field' policy for use of Open Source Software, but although it is supposed to be considering "OSS solutions alongside proprietary ones in IT procurements", this does not seem to have produced much in the way of significant deployments or contracts. And who is to blame for this apparent lack of movement? A smoking pistol placed before a Parliamentary Committee last week seemed to implicate that well-known partisan of Open Source Software IBM.
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Gartner feels the PC sales vibe

Market researcher Gartner has upped its PC sales forecast, predicting a double-digit rise in shipments for 2003.
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AV vendors shun MS bounty hunters

Anti-virus vendors are resisting any involvement in Microsoft's scheme to offer rewards for the arrest and conviction of virus writers.