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321 Studios gives movie makers going away payout

The MPAA has managed to give 321 Studios one last kick where it counts. The software maker has agreed to settle a copyright infringement suit with the Motion Picture Association of America for an undisclosed sum just days after ongoing court battles forced it to close shop. Neither party had much to add about the deal other than to say it was recently completed.
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BOFH: Tripping the mangelfreuzer switch

Episode 25 BOFH 2004
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The case for open source Java

If you look at the progress of open source products you can gradually see a complete software stack coming in to place. However, a quick analysis will reveal that there are currently many gaps in the stack (as there are in every software stack) - most of them are happily filled with good proprietary products. The pressure that open source is putting on the market is gradually becoming clear. Open source products can and do establish themselves in areas where products have tended to become commoditised and not much further innovation can be expected. This is where open source eventually wins hands down. Open source can establish itself in other areas, if it gets solid backing from a major vendor - but the vendor has to find a viable revenue stream as IBM has with Apache and Linux and CA is attempting to do with Ingres.
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Bosses warned on employment 'myths'

Small firms have been warned that there are now so many different employment laws that they may be risking court cases by failing to keep pace with new rules.
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Tablet PCs gain ground

Some 35,000 Tablet PCs shipped in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) during Q2 2004, market watcher Canalys has reported.
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Enraged readers pile into Reg hacks

Letters The theme of this week's mailbag is definitely anger. Not all the letters below are from people with steam coming out of their ears, but quite a few are... As we have come to expect, the writings of Vance and Haines especially seem to have hit a special spot with the easily riled. Yes, we are talking about Segways. Again.
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Ashlee Vance: The Mother of all Polls

Poll Our stateside correspondent Ashlee Vance has been taking a bit of a pasting recently from irate readers who objected to ongoing coverage of the American Dream on wheels - the Segway.
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Wanadoo comes a cropper for 'full speed' broadband ad

The thorny subject of what is - and is not - broadband has raised its ugly head again after Wanadoo UK was ordered to pull an ad claiming that its 512 kbps ADSL service was "full speed broadband".
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MS plugs 'moderate' Exchange vuln

Microsoft's patch train rolled into town last night with one solitary occupant. After the release of XP SP2 last Friday it's just as well that the only extra thing sysadmins have to contend with is a not-especially devastating vulnerability involving Exchange.
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AMD to overtake Intel in 2017...

Since time immemorial - at least that's what it feels like - Intel has dominated the PC chip market and the latest figures from market watcher Mercury Research offer no sign of a change to the status quo.
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NASA green lights robotic Hubble fix

NASA's top boss has given engineers the go ahead to start planning a robotic fix for Hubble. The mission will repair the telescope's broken imaging equipment as well as carrying out general maintenance and repairs.
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Windows pricing begins to buckle

Faced with the popularity of low-cost open source alternatives, Microsoft will launch a cut-price version of Windows XP in five Asian countries, priced at $36.
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Get your Blunkett-bashing NO2ID shirt here

Cash'n'Carrion We're delighted to announce that the NO2ID t-shirt is back in stock as of right now.
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WinXP Starter Edition - MS spins an ecosystem from crippleware

Picture Bill Gates or any other senior Microsoft exec holding forth in a keynote about the limitless possibilities of ever-faster hardware, ever more powerful software. Then cut to this week's Windows XP Starter Edition announcement and read "users can have up to three programs and three windows per program running concurrently. Further simplification of the operating system includes the display resolution set to 800x600 maximum and no support for PC-to-PC home networking, sharing printers across a network or more advanced features such as the ability to establish multiple user accounts on a single PC."
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Brazilians to brew supercoffee

A breakthrough in genetic research could have huge implications for sysadmins the world over: boffins in Brazil have cracked the genome of the coffee bean.
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Punters to enjoy Olympics online

This month's Athens Olympics will become the first to be broadcast live over the Net.
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Mosquitos smartphone 'Trojan' there by design

The Mosquitos Symbian dialler Trojan is not really a Trojan horse after all.
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Small.biz loves online banking

Small.biz love banking online, according to a survey by financial outfit Xbridge.
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Nvidia GeForce 6600GT pics pop up on Web

Nvidia's upcoming GeForce 6600 series - based on the NV43 chip - has made another unscheduled appeared on the Web, this time in a series of chip and board shots obtained by Chinese-language site GZEasy.com.
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Napster offers cut-price grooves to grunts

US troops fed up of taking too many pot shots from Iraqi guerrillas will soon be able to escape the tedium of another patrol by plugging into digital music heaven courtesy of Napster, which has just agreed to offer cut-price songs to the US military.
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London schoolkids drown in spam tsunami

Figures released this week indicate that UK schoolkids receive more spam than actual email, with three quarters of messages arriving in inboxes coming from junk mailers.
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Vodafone seeks punters for UK consumer 3G trial

Vodafone is to offer several thousand individuals access to the 3G version of its Live! service in a bid to give the network's consumer 3G offering a shakedown before its full commercial launch later this year.
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70 UK ISPs in anti-BT uprising

Seventy UK ISPs are rebelling against recent rises in the wholesale cost of business broadband claiming they could go bust, unable to compete with large service providers.
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AOL AIMs to fix security flaw

AOL has acknowledged a potentially serious security vulnerability affecting users of its popular AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) software. It has promised a fix within days. In the meantime, the media giant is advising concerned punters to try a beta version of its forthcoming update.
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Sharp launches '3D' LCD screen

Sharp has launched a new flat screen monitor that produces the illusion of a three-dimensional image without the need for special glasses.
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Apple UK launches business Mac trade-in deal

In a bid to get British businesses buying more Macs, Apple Europe has launched a trade-in scheme offering up to £540 ($986) for old machines.
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Datatec buys Analysys for £12.8m

Datatec International - the global arm of South Africa-based Datatec - has acquired UK-based telecoms analysts Analysys for £12.8m.
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eBay UK goes mobile

eBay UK has launched a service designed to make auctions accessible to mobile phones subscribers. Technology from software development firm Volantis will allow eBay users to control auctions from handsets through a service dubbed eBay Anywhere.
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Al-Qaeda computer geek nearly overthrew US

Update A White House with a clear determination to draw paranoid conclusions from ambiguous data has finally gone over the top. It has now implied that the al-Qaeda computer geek arrested last month in Pakistan was involved in a plot to destabilize the USA around election time.

You can lose a job by buying Cisco

The old saying goes that you can't be fired for picking IBM in a major IT rollout. This theory, however, does not seem to apply to other vendors of elevated status - namely Cisco and SAP.
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Bush gets soverized on the Web

One of our favorite George Bush blunders has found a home on the Web courtesy of Democracy Now.
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Dell nabs HP notebook exec

Dell has poached a longtime Compaq/HP PC executive in a bid to boost its notebook and consumer electronics divisions.
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Armadillo rocket spread over Texas

Another team hoping to send a privately-funded rocket into space saw its craft crash and burn this weekend, littering the Texas plains with armadillo droppings.