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Newspaper discovers moderately happy Wi-Fi user

The New York Times, in its easily-disposable Circuits section, returns to the wonderful world of Wi-Fi.
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US Defense Dept tech crisis leaves Our Boys unpaid

They say that slow and steady wins the race, but that's clearly not the case at the US Department of Defense (DoD) where years of big funding and bigger talk have done nothing to cure a computing crisis.
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Nextel vexes Verizon with $5bn spectrum swap

In what the FCC chairman Michael Powell described as "the most difficult, complex and challenging issue" he's faced since taking the job seven years ago, Nextel has agreed to relocate its service onto new spectrum. The issue of interference in Nextel's 800 MHz band has alarmed the emergency services for several years. But the deal with the FCC hasn't come cheap, nor without continuing rancor.
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Patients, GPs to have a say on care record plans

The Department of Health (DoH) has set up a body to represent the interest of patients in the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
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Intel preps autumn Pentium M price cuts

Intel will pare the prices of its Pentium M family in October, Taiwanese mobo-maker sources have claimed.
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Intel grows Socket T Celeron line-up

Intel is planning to offer more 775-pin Celeron D processors that originally thought, according to reports today.
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CA misses sales target

A weak performance from its services business dragged CA Q1 revenues below guidance. The software vendor now expects revenues for Q1, fiscal 2005 ended June 30 to come in at 830m to $850m, against earlier forecasts of $865m to $885m.
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Daleks, details and a downed Tornado

Letters: This week, you have mostly been bothered by Daleks. The news that the BBC is resurrecting the Time Lord, Dr. Who, has brought the faithful out in their thousands. Naturally, the tiniest detail of every scrap or sliver of news that makes its way into the press is to be picked up, savoured, and dissected for flaws. Ah yes: the geeks are back:
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Vatican Library adopts RFID

The Vatican Library in Rome, home of nearly two million books, manuscripts and other items, has adopted radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to identify and manage a big chunk of its large collection. Systems integrator Seret s.r.l. has tagged more than 50,000 of the Vatican Library's 120,000 volumes in its public reading rooms.
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Mozilla bug rears its head

A popular browser for Windows is subject to a security hole that creates a means for hackers to run malicious code on vulnerable machines. But this time, the vulnerability involves Mozilla and Firefox browsers - not Internet Explorer.
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EC to probe 3G content shutout

EU Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to investigate if new media firms are being shut out from delivering valuable content to users.
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Vodafone defends buggy content filter

Vodafone UK has defended the early introduction of adult content filters for its mobile phone users, saying that the system is necessary to protect children.
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Oi, Saddo, show us your home page!

Got your own homepage? Then you are probably shy, sensitive to criticism and suffering from low self esteem. Chances are, you are male too. So says the psychologists of the Chemnitz University of Technology (CUT) in Germany, who interviewed more than 300 webpage owners.
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Anatomy of a 419 scam

Exclusive Regular readers will be familiar with our ongoing coverage of variations on the 419 advance fee fraud scam. Occasionally, we report on people who have been suckered by the promise of riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice - and duly fleeced for their trouble.
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Toshiba bows out of PocketPC arena?

Toshiba is gearing up to quit the PDA market, if reports citing a number of the company's European sales representatives are anything to go by.
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UK firm offers to double Wi-Fi range for a tenner

Want to double the range of your Wi-Fi access point without resorting to pricey high-gain antenna upgrades or proprietary tweaks to the 802.11 standard? Then UK start-up Tritium reckons it has the answer.
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Japanese to tag schoolkids

Japanese primary school kids' bags will be tagged with RFID so that little darlings can be monitored on their way to and from school.
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Pink pound flexes muscle online

It was five years ago today... Our original intro to this 1999 outing of the power of the pink pound was "We're playing this one straight - honest". And so we did:
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Free Software Foundation Europe wants your money

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has launched a new fundraising campaign, following an EC decision not to award the group public monies.
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Strategy Boutiques invade Japan

LogoWatch It's been a while since any company of note was suddenly gripped by the need to redefine the corporate identity paradigm, but the terrifying pestilence of rebranding madness has struck to shocking effect in Japan.
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Building bugs in double-quick time

The first bug was a small insect caught in an early 1940s computer. Today bugs are very different in their nature, and fixing and removing defects in computer systems has become a long and labor-intensive process.
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Thus shares hit by profit warning

Shares in Thus, the telco and ISP, hit the skids today after the group issued a full-year profit warning. Thus blamed the news on the British public's enthusiastic embrace of broadband, and ongoing problems in its other businesses.
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Archive.org suffers Fahrenheit 911 memory loss

Opinion You don't often think about libraries in terms of strength. Few mayors tout the large sack of the local book depository or put it up against a massive skyscraper during PR stunts. Libraries are pretty passive creatures that receive some credit for the quantity of volumes they hold but not much credit these days for being powerful entities.
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Iraq domain owner convicted

The current owner of Iraq's .iq domain has been found guilty along with his four brothers, of illegally shipping computer parts from the US to Libya and Syria. Bayan, Basman, Ghassan, Hazim and Ihsan Elashi have yet to be sentenced but face 10 years apiece.
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Nominet board results in

The results of the board elections for the .uk domain registrar are in - and it's out with the old and in with the new.
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Computer Security: a handbook for the ordinary user

Book review It may seem a little self-referential to review a book by a colleague but Thomas C. Greene's Computer Security for the Home and Small Office is a well-written manual on computer security and online-privacy that's well worthy of your attention. Written with home users in mind, the book aims to demystify computer security and help users to enjoy and a safer and more enjoyable computing experience. The book, though not without its flaws, largely succeeds in this difficult task.
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George Michael in negative chat room scandal!!

Blaming the media and the end of all that is good, George Michael decided this week to shut down the chat section of his website. Nasty comments about Michael looking tubby, old and tired also played a role in the decision, but Michael stressed that it was the media and the end of all that is good that were mostly to blame for the decision.