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Dutch blogsites fight cyberwar against spammer

Dutch blogsites Retecool.com, Volkomenkut.com and Bastard-inc.com got a taste of their own medicine last Friday after they declared cyberwar on US spam firm Customerblast.com.
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Racism makes you thick – official

Following our report last week that low self esteem can shrink your brain, we have been informed of another threat to IQ - racism.
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Numbers to be patentable

Stob In a move that has surprised naïve observers, the US Patent Office has announced that from now on it will consider ‘serious’ applications to patent specific integer numbers.
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US man threatens anthrax attack on spammers

A computer programmer from Sunnyvale, California faces up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine after being arrested for threatening to torture and kill employees of a spam company, Yahoo! News reports.
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Exploit Code on Trial

Security pros gathering at a Stanford University Law School conference on responsible vulnerability disclosure Saturday harmonized on the principle that vendors should be privately notified of holes in their products, and given at least some time to produce a patch before any public disclosure is made. But there was pronounced disagreement on the question of whether or not researchers should publicly release proof-of-concept code to demonstrate a vulnerability.
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Check your sums, Debian advises developers after breach

Servers hosting the GNU/Linux source code for the Debian project have been compromised, and project leads are advising developers to place close attention to their checksums. While it isn't certain that source code has been tampered with, the intrusion has caused the delay to a point release of the distro, release 3.0r2.
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O2 to honour returning England Rugby team

O2 - sponsors of the world-beating England rugby team that walloped the Wallabies on Saturday - is talking to the Rugby Football Union (RFU) about honouring the returning team.
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Aussies triumph with online dunny map

Well, our Australian cousins may not have the Rugby World Cup, but they do have something which should be the envy of any civilised nation - a National Public Toilet Map.
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MS scorns Israeli OpenOffice defection

The Israeli Ministry of Commerce - essentially the treasury - has suspended all contracts with Microsoft.
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MS faces EU shackles on Media Player, Windows servers

A bruising antitrust hearing in Brussels two weeks ago has left Microsoft and its agents expressing even more interest in a settlement, but it's difficult to see how the company - notoriously and self-righteously intransigent in these and so many other situations - can bring itself to offer enough for the European Commission to call off its dogs. Significantly, this morning's Wall Street Journal carries an item attributing a desire to cut a deal to sources on both sides. One should however bear in mind that the Commission is by definition in favour of a settlement - it has told Microsoft what it wants, and it is Microsoft's role to either fight or agree. So it's not hard to find readiness to talk on the Commission side.
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Road Runner update

On Monday we wrote: "Media giant Time Warner appears to be censoring subscribers to its Road Runner Net access service by corrupting newsgroup messages it fears contain pirated material."

Grid Computing for real

For the first time supercomputers in the UK and the US have been linked to carry out a larger than life scientific experiment.
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Next-gen console unveilings in spring '04?

A number of Internet news sites have claimed that Microsoft and Sony will take the wraps off their next generation console offerings at events next spring - but what exactly might be shown is not discussed.
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118 866 behind Thus' DQ flop

The company that provided directory enquiries (DQ) services for Thus said it is "regrettable" that the Scottish telco decided to pull out of the market.
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Parlez vous Umlaut?

Good news for all Müllers, Jägers or Schröders in Germany. They will no longer have to write out their surnames as mueller.de, jaeger.de or schroeder.de if they want to use them for Internet domain names. Starting 1 March 2004, domains with Umlauts and other additional letters (so called IDNs) can be registered under the Top Level Domain .de.
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Princeton open-source hater a loose cannon

By now most of us are acquainted with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's recent PR rant at the Gartner Fall Symposium in Orlando, where he dismissed open-source developers as a lot of teenage hobbyists with questionable motives.
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Dell Axim x3i Wi-Fi Pocket PC

Reg Review Dell's first foray into the PDA world, the Axim x5, was big, bulky and frankly no looker, but with a price tag of just a few hundred bucks, no one could complain. Indeed, there have been few grumbles: the x5's price and the Dell brand have pushed the PC maker's share of the global PDA market to 5.5 per cent and it has taken 7.6 per cent of the US PDA business in less than a year, according to market watcher Gartner.
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BT Mobile appoints chief exec

BT has appointed former One 2 One (UK) exec Steven Evans as chief exec of its new mobile service.
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US anti-spam bill edges towards law

The US anti-spam bill moved closer to approval at the weekend after securing the overwhelming support of the House of Representatives.

What WAN technology is right for your business?

Briefing For the majority of enterprise corporates Wide Area Network (WAN) infrastructures will form one of their biggest operational expenses in terms of total cost of networking ownership. Given this fact, selecting the most appropriate wide area solution - or indeed combination of solutions - is a choice that firms cannot afford to undertake lightly.
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DSL shipments soar

The sale of DSL gear is breaking all records as more and more people hook up to high-speed Net access.
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Will December make or break the Internet?

There are always defining moments in anything’s lifetime and the Internet is no exception.
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Voodoo ships first DirectX 9 ‘Centrino’ notebook

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Notebook VoodooPC last week launched what it claims is the world's first Centrino-class notebook with DirectX 9 graphics support. The Envy m:460 isn't a true Centrino machine - it simply uses Intel's Pentium M processor, offered at 1.4GHz to 1.7GHz. VoodooPC will provide an Intel Centrino 802.11b wireless card, …
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Former HP/Compaq server guru heads to Nokia

Nokia is the latest company to raid HP's executive ranks, signing up Mary McDowell to head its mobile enterprise business.
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Intel talks up 65nm process with SRAM cell demo

Intel is having a tough time convincing the world that it's 90nm chip manufacturing process hasn't run into difficulties, so it's already starting the public relations offensive intended to push its upcoming 65nm process, due to go live in 2005.
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Nigerian fraudsters ‘shop early for Xmas’

African fraudsters are attempting to fleece UK computer resellers in the run up to Christmas with scams involving counterfeit cheques and bogus credit card payments.