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HP confirms iPaq hx2000 series

HP's own support web site has confirmed the upcoming availability of the hx2000 family of iPaq PocketPCs.
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Punters flock to PlusNet cut-price ADSL

Plus.net is reporting brisk interest in its new cut-price entry-level broadband products after announcing yesterday that it would begin offering 2Mb ADSL for under £20 from today.
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5000 Swansea staff to vote on strike

Five thousands workers at Swansea Council are to be balloted on industrial action in support of IT staff who are currently on strike in protest at the proposed privatisation of their jobs. Some 800 people attended a union meeting yesterday when staff voted in favour of a ballot.
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Lara Croft more popular than Jordan

British gamers would rather go on a date with the lovely Lara Croft than spend an evening with ultra pneumatic glamour model Jordan, a survey has revealed.
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Intel to announce 'Napa' Centrino 3 at IDF

Intel hasn't even shipped 'Sonoma', the second generation of its Centrino mobile platform yet, but it may well announce the third-generation at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) next month.
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Bored? Try pornogami

If you’re bracing yourself for a long haul downloading WinXP SP2, and are wondering what on earth you’re going to do to fill the time while your machine stuffs its belly with life-enhancing patches and security bells and whistles, then look no further than Origami Underground.
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MS rapped over anti-Linux ads

Microsoft has been rapped over the knuckles over an anti-Lunix advertising campaign. The Advertising Standards Association in the UK has ruled that the ad makes "misleading" claims, and has told the company change the copy on the advertisement forthwith.
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IBM preps sub-notebook desktop PC

What's has the same width as four tennis balls and is a tall as said spheroid? IBM's new ultra-compact desktop, the ThinkCentre S50, which was launched into the space-conscious Japanese market today.

Data appliances smarten up their act

The phrase "the network is the computer" was originally coined to suggest that computers connected by a network make a much more powerful solution. But, nowadays it has another connotation as more and more intelligence is being put into network appliances.
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Britons are not workaholics

Most Britons do not consider themselves to be workaholics, according to a survey by employment specialists Begbies Traynor. Despite 98 per cent of respondents stressing that it was important to them to be perceived as good at their job, 81 per cent acknowledged that they worked to live rather than lived to work. Although such an attitude is positive in some respects, a worrying 30 per cent of respondents claimed that one in four of their colleagues were simply ‘serving time’ at work rather than climbing the career ladder.
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'Electronic Jihad' fails to materialise

Rumours that the Internet would witness a sustained and devastating cyber-attack by Islamic "cyber-terrorists" today have turned out to be completely baseless.
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ADSL? Fast? Pah!

What would you do with ten megabits per second, instead of 512kilobits? Better start thinking, because even with the big telcos dragging their feet, that's going to be commonplace by 2007... and it's already a reality for many Scandinavian computer users.
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Civil servants sacked over Net porn

More than 200 civil servants in the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have been disciplined for surfing the Web for porn during office hours. In the last eight months the staff accessed over two million pornographic images, including 18,000 involving child abuse.
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Last of the 'Code Talkers' dies at 86

The last of the Meskwaki "Code Talkers" - native American Indians trained during WWII to use their native tongue as a code for radio communications - died last Saturday in Iowa aged 86.
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WinAmp flayed by skins attack

Updated A serious security flaw in NullSoft's popular WinAmp player opens the door for crackers to seize control of vulnerable systems.
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Ofcom reveals prices for LLU

The UK took another step closer towards greater competition in the telecoms sector after Ofcom published its final pricing proposals for Local Loop Unbundling (LLU).
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UK workers warm to the skive

There has bee a dramatic increase in the number of employees who take unnecessary absences from work, according to a survey by employment law firm Peninsula. Figures reveal that 85 per cent of businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to distinguish between genuine absences and those that are made up in order to skive off work.
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Silicon carbide: coming soon to a chip near you

New Japanese research into silicon carbide growth could revolutionise the electronics industry. A team of scientists has developed a method of making near-perfect silicon carbide crystals.
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First AMD 64-bit virus debuts

Anti-virus researchers have discovered of the first virus capable of infecting 64-bit AMD systems.
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Astronomers probe Cassiopeia's secrets

NASA has released a stunning new picture of Cassiopeia A, a supernova remnant. The image, made at the Chandra X-Ray Observatory contains nearly 200 times as much data as the first image made at the facility, five years ago.
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Telstra buys PSINet UK

Telstra Europe Limited - a wholly-owned subsidiary of the giant Australian telco - has bought the UK business of ISP PSINet Europe for £50m.
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Australia gets tooled up with cruise

Australia has caused a certain amount of unease in Indonesia by announcing its intention to acquire long-range stealth cruise missiles, The Australian reports. The missiles are intended to plug the gap between the retirement of Australia's F-111 fleet in 2010 and the arrival of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) - slated for deployment around three years later.
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Chinese finger 'exam cheat' virus

In brief A computer virus specifically designed to steal files with names such as "exam" or "test questions" has reportedly been discovered by a Chinese Internet security firm.