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MacMall says Apple G5s are history

How do you make used parts of supercomputer seem enticing? Bill them as a pieces of history.

Sun sees a lot of cache in its future

While Sun gets ready for the Rock, it's looking improve the near term performance of its UltraSPARC IV and UltraSPARC III processors.
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Copy-crippled CDs launch in UK, baffling Auntie Beeb

Mondeo man has lost his music. And not just Mondeo man - anyone who has bought a new car and wants to play a CD has been borked. That new CD is only half a CD, and in the half where it counts, it doesn't work.
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Sony pledges to move chips to 45nm in 2005

Sony and Toshiba will beat Intel, AMD and co. to the 45nm node, the duo announced yesterday, reaching that point in 2005, around the time other processor makers are shifting to 65nm chip fabrication processes.
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MS Windows source code escapes onto Internet

Microsoft has suffered what appears to be a severe leak of Windows source code, with a file circulating on the Internet appearing to consist of several million lines of code from around mid-2000. The source code seems to relate to NT4 and Windows 2000, and in a statement the company has conceded that "portions of the Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0 source code were illegally made available on the Internet.
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iPaq 6000 wireless PDA shots slip onto web

Seemingly genuine pictures of HP's upcoming iPaq 6000 cellular PDA have leaked onto the web, courtesy of Italian site PocketPCItalia.
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Appeal judge bats back Intel-Intergraph patent case

The US Court of Appeals this week sent Intel's appeal against Intergraph back to the lower court and told it to revise its decision.
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Eicon snaps up Shiva

Eicon Networks has bought Shiva's remote-access business by acquiring all the shares of Mernet Secure Network.
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Apple to open flagship London store this Xmas

Apple's first European retail store will open on London's Regent Street later this year, in time for Christmas, the Times reports today.
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EMI admits CD copy protection compatibility problems

EMI's Australian operation has admitted that its CD copy protection system has resulted in "compatibility issues" since it began using the technology in November 2002.
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Cupid, love hearts, revenge and monkeys

Valentine’s madness has swept through the IT sector, and everyone who could possibly link their product to luurrve has done so – regardless of the obscurity of said link. We couldn’t let all this hard work pass without mention, so here, for your entertainment, is a round-up of the best.
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Freeserve ‘committed’ to unbundling local loop

Freeserve is prepared to put its full weight - and the financial muscle of its parent, Wanadoo - behind local loop unbundling (LLU) in a bid sever the ISP's reliance on BT for broadband.
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Rockall Times back with a bang and a new shirt

Cash’n’Carrion UK satire site The Rockall Times has, we gather, finally addressed its content management issues and re-entered the Web stage left to a slightly discordant fanfare of trumpets.
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IBM fabs 90nm G5 using strained silicon

IBM's first 90nm chip, the G5-class PowerPC 970FX, incorporates a key technique used by Intel to improve processor performance, it has emerged, courtesy of a small mention tucked away at the end of a Reuters story.
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El Reg accused: not right, not funny and not clever

Letters Blimey. You lot had a thing or two to say about an opinion piece we ran this week: Mono and dotGNU: what's the point?. Personally, my only real issue with Java is that it tends to keep me awake if I drink any after 4pm, but then I am a hack, not a hacker…
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Of penises and paranoia…

And so to the rest of your correspondence this week. Let us begin on a reasonably light note:
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Tiscali mulls sale of some country ops

Tiscali is mulling the idea of selling its operations in a number of countries.
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PHP for experienced developers and newbies

Site Offer The Register bookstore this week has two PHP programming guides for both existing PHP developers and PHP newbies. Core PHP Programming is the authoritative guide for PHP 5 - the "keepers" of PHP, who are also the developers of the Zend Engine which powers PHP, are now co-author and tech editor on this book.
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Dell unveils Pentium 4 Extreme Edition notebook

Reg Kit Watch Dell today unveiled a notebook based on Intel's expensive Pentium 4 Extreme Edition. The machine follows on the heels of much-maligned PC supplier Liebermann, which announced just such a system of its own late last year.*
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Cliff Stanford charged with hacking Redbus

Redbus Interhouse founder Cliff Stanford was today charged with conspiracy to blackmail and computer crime offences by officers of the UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit.
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MS partner fingered in Windows code leak, Linux box implicated

Yesterday's Windows source code leak tracks back to long-term Microsoft partner Mainsoft, according to Betanews. An analysis of the code finds numerous references to Mainsoft's MainWin product, while a post-crash core dump file provides a possible smoking pistol pointing to a Linux machine likely to have been used by Mainsoft technology director Eyal Alaluf.
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Nvidia Q4 figures fail to lift full-year totals

Nvidia's fourth quarter saw the graphics chip company make some small gains on previous quarters - yet insufficient to lift the firm's full-year performance ahead of last year's totals.
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Small.biz told to swot up on Net security

Industry groups, vendors and police came together in Westminster today to collaborate on producing guidelines to help protect small firms from the growing menace of e-crime.