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Feds say Lamo inspired other hackers

The final act in the saga of Adrian Lamo's hacking adventures ended with a contrite message from the once brash cyber outlaw, and a grim denunciation from his prosecutor, who blamed the hacker for inspiring other computer intruders.
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On Microsoft's Virtual Server 2005

Analysis The best feature about the upcoming Virtual Server 2005 product may be the fact that Microsoft supports it.
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IBM UK mulls pension cutbacks

IBM is back in hot water over pensions. Investments and Pensions Europe revealed that IBM is "considering options - including wind-up of the C-plan section of its pension scheme.
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Airbus offers MS a lift

Airbus has come to the support of Microsoft in its antitrust appeal against the European Commsision
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DSL-to-go arrives in Berlin

With the installation of the first base station in the Park Inn-Hotel at Alexanderplatz, Berlin now has DSL-to-go, a new service for road warriors who need broadband access wherever they are, without changing the provider and without reconfiguring the settings of their computer or PDA.
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NCR recalls inkjet refill kits

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling about 78,000 NCR inkjet refill kits.
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Why PCCW is laughing all the way to the bank

Letter The article PCCW opens kimono (a little) on UK broadband wireless plans has a statement that is significantly misleading in it. In absence of anywhere else to send it I thought I'd send my comments to you. The article says "We say WiMAX class because initial intelligence on PCCW had it that its new Netvigator service will in fact use the IP Wireless UMTS TDD technology that is a data delivery extension of 3G.", and this is incorrect.
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Orange admits crossed line fault with Vodafone

Orange is hopeful that an "intermittent" problem that causes crossed lines between its network and Vodafone will be sorted in the next day or so.
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Harry Potter IP claim pinned down on the beaches

First it threatened teenagers with legal action for having Harry Potter fan websites, then it threatened legal action against e-mail services for using the name "shire" (the Hobbits' home in Lord of the Rings), now Warner Brothers is threatening legal action against tour company British Tours for daring to point out that some of Britain's most famous buildings were used in the films of the Harry Potter books.
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The quest for the IT Holy Grail

Opinion The quest for productivity is perhaps one of the most fundamental aims of any business and, in fact, most governments. Higher productivity leads to rising company profits, rapid growth rates, low-inflation and increasing prosperity.
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Intel gets cold shoulder from Orange delegates at Code Camp

"This place is full of Java programmers. They don't care about optimising. Well, they do, but there's nothing they can do about it." Thus "Dr Dave" Layman, jokingly consoling himself (and Intel) for the empty classroom for his lessons in how to make Intel processors go faster by using co-processors.
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Tapwave Zodiac 2

Reg Review Tapwave's Palm OS-based mobile games console, Zodiac, has been on sale in the US for ten months now, and the company feels it's time to take the handheld family to new customers in new territories. Europe's first on the list, and Tapwave popped over this month to give local hacks a look at the device.
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Torvalds wins Economic Innovation Award

Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, is being honoured at The Economist's Third Annual Innovations Awards.
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Academia battles forces of IT anarchy

Academic institutions who have to add, manage, and secure thousands of new users within a period of just a few days face political and social issues on top of the immense technical ones, suggests Scott Granneman .
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Brits apathetic? Apoplectic, more like

Letters There is a distinctly revolutionary flavour to this letters bag. It is stuffed with consumer rights campaigning, anti-capitalist fervour, Brazilian cyber-crime, and DRM bashing.
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Hynix pumps up 2004 capex

Buoyed by booming sales, Hynix is set to increase its spending on new chip-making equipment by 29 per cent this year, the company's CEO, Woo Eui-Je, said today.
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The Darkness opens digital song service

Rock band The Darkness have begun selling their own digital downloads, courtesy of online music and merchandise partner recordstore.co.uk.

BT buys Belfast computer dealer for £17m

BT Northern Ireland is buying B.I.C Systems Group, a local computer dealership, for £17m. BT says the acquisition catapults it to the head of the IT services sector in Northern Ireleand two years ahead of schedule.
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ACAS to mediate in Swansea IT strike

Swansea Council has asked ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) to intervene in the increasingly bitter IT strike which could potentially spread to the whole of the council.
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Chip and PIN intro fuels ‘mini-boom’ in card crime

The mass replacement of credit and debit cards with the UK roll-out of Chip and PIN is fuelling a 'mini-boom' in card crime, The Guardian reports. Crooks are intercepting replacement cards in the post and using them to commit fraudulent transactions. Often, bank cards users are not expecting to receive new cards, so they won't realise anything is amiss until they receive their monthly statements.
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Triumphant return of the big Reg logo t-shirt

Cash'n'Carrion It's been a while, but we have finally pulled out our fingers and produced an all-new, all-singing, all-dancing big Reg logo t-shirt.
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Canadian develops nose-driven mouse

There is apparently some good news today for all those readers who enjoy surfing web porn but would prefer to use their right hand for something other than operating a mouse - a Canadian visionary from Ottawa's Institute of Information Technology has developed a nose-operated mouse which looks set to redefine the human-computer interface paradigm.
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Microsoft tells music biz to 'back lock-down CD standard'

Microsoft is attempting to force a last-minute pact with record labels over the future of copy-protected CDs, according to a letter seen by MusicAlly. The allegedly leaked document is purportedly from Alain Levy and David Munns of EMI via Tom Silverman of Tommy Boy Records, who was asked "to reach out to the independent sector to achieve quick consensus on this issue [and] report back to Microsoft."
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Croatian telco workers KO Kylie gig

Brief Organisers have pulled the plug on a forthcoming Kylie Minogue gig in Zagreb after complaints by the concert sponsor's employees.
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Freegate is not Trojan horse, says Symantec

Symantec is to stop classifying a software utility that enables Chinese surfers to view blocked websites as a Trojan horse.
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Misery loves company. And Nortel

Nortel Networks today warned that turnover for the third quarter of 2004 is likely to be lower than previously anticipated. The data networking equipment maker expects revenues to be lower than unaudited figures for the second quarter of 2004 and that revenue growth for 2004 compared with 2003 will be "in the mid single digits and that the overall communications equipment market will grow faster than that".
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Protect us from smut, whimper trembling workers

UK workers are delicate flowers, to be sure. According to a survey by antivirus outfit Sophos, more than half of 1,000 shocked employees polled reckon their bosses must take responsibility in ensuring that "violent, pornographic and other offensive content" does not reach their inboxes.
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Vodafone to bring Blackberry 'Charm' to Europe

Research in Motion has confirmed web reports that Vodafone is to offer its mobile phone form-factor Blackberry 7100 - aka 'Charm' - in Europe.
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VIA's 90nm CPU to be branded C7

VIA's next-generation x86-compatible processor will ship as the C7, the Taiwanese chip maker said today.
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HP tries to right storage wrongs with smart cells

HP's storage business has taken a beating of late, but it looks like the company is laying a solid foundation for future products courtesy of something called "smart cell" technology.
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Five lose jobs over nuke lab security debacle

Los Alamos National Laboratory has fired four workers and another employee is to resign over a security scandal that resulted in the top secret lab suspending classified work.