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Thus shares nosedive over gloomy forecast

Shares in Thus nosedived 30 per cent in early trading this morning after warning that profits will be down on last year. The alternative telco behind the Demon internet brand blamed tough trading conditions and predatory pricing from rivals for the gloomy forecast.
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IT bosses are storage addicts who can't stop themselves

Hardware suppliers are taking advantage of overworked customers to sell them storage they may not actually need, says a study published by CSF, the UK technology services outfit.
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EU software patents directive delayed - again

The debate on European patent law has been rekindled, but the pendulum may be swinging against those groups who favour Union-wide adoption of software patents, says electricnew.net's Ciaran Buckley.
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Busy month for JBoss

September has been a busy month for JBoss with three significant announcements. JBoss describes itself as the professional open source company and its core product is JBoss Application Server.
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Ofcom intervenes in telephone 'slamming' row

Ofcom has been forced to intervene in an industry row concerning the transfer of customers between telcos.
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Iomega waves goodbye to 145 staff

Iomega is waving goodbye to 145 staffers and temps - a quarter of its workforce. The cuts will cost it $5m-$7m in severance payments and property get-outs. But it expects to save $30m-$35m a year from the move.
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Yachties get all-in-one DSL- wi-fi service

Square Mile International - a global wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) which serves the yachting community by running hotspots in marinas - has teamed up with Pipex and BT to offer broadband...well...just about everywhere. Through a single bill and subscription, punters can get broadband in ther homes, on board their boats in marinas, and out and about in the UK using BT Openzone's 6,000 hotspots.
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Invasion of the identity snatchers

Last year I was the victim of identity theft, a sobering reality in today's world. An unscrupulous criminal managed to social engineer his way past the formidable security checks and balances provided by my credit card company, my bank, and one of my investment accounts. He methodically researched my background and personal information until he could successfully impersonate me, and then subsequently set forth to change the mailing addresses of my most important financial statements.
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MS fires armour-piercing suit at 'bullet-proof' spam host

Microsoft has fired off nine new lawsuits against spammers including an action against a web hosting firm that allegedly offered so-called "bullet proof" hosting to junk mailers.
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Readers love mobiles in church; hate mobiles on planes

Letters Mobile phone etiquette dominates the letters bag today; from Mexican churches that have moved to jam phone signals, to a company that wants to enable mobile phone use on planes. Neither idea is particularly popular with readers of El Reg:
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BOFH: What to do when the Boss gets touchy-feely

Episode 32 BOFH 2004
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Missing galaxies puzzle scientists

The latest Ultra Deep Field images from Hubble, pictures of ancient, star -forming galaxies, have left scientists with a bit of a problem. There aren't nearly as many galaxies as theories predict there should be.
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Centrica buys Telco Global for £43m

Centrica, the giant outfit behind the One.Tel and British Gas Communications telecoms brands,has forked out £43m to acquire Telco Holdings Ltd.
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Now we are 8 (and this token proves it)

VeriSign announced a new USB token that verifies the ages and sexes of children using a computer, and claimed that this will make it easier for innocent sprouts to avoid online predators, Reuters reports.
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MS tweaks volume licensing

Microsoft has made some changes to the terms of its volume licensing agreements, a move it says will give customers more flexibility and choice.
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Boffin hits it big with breast-enlarging ringtone

Long-term readers will certainly recall the heartwarming tale of mammarily-challenged student Michel, the US lass who launched an online appeal to raise cash for surgery to transform her "itty-bitty boobies to big tatas!"
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EU to approve Oracle takeover - reports

The European Union is set to approve Oracle's hostile $7.7bn takeover of enterprise apps vendor PeopleSoft, according to Reuters and the Financial Times, both of which cite unnamed sources.
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Jowell waves through BBC Technology sale

The sale of BBC Technology to Siemens is to go ahead after Culture Minister Tessa Jowell said she had "no legitimate reason" to block the sale.
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Galaxies rent asunder in huge cosmic collision

An international team of astronomers has observed the perfect cosmic storm: the most powerful collision of two galactic clusters ever recorded.
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JPEG exploit toolkit spotted online

A toolkit designed to exploit a recently-disclosed Microsoft JPEG vulnerability has been released onto the net. The toolkit (screen shot from AV firm F-Secure here) makes it trivially easy for maliciously-minded attackers, however unskilled they might be, to exploit unpatched Windows systems and run malicious code.

Fiorina: HP's SAP disaster under control

HP Chief Carly Fiorina has assured financial analysts that last quarter's server and storage ordering system fiasco is truly a thing of the past.
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So what is it about Win2k security MS won't enhance?

If you want the 'security enhancements' of Windows XP SP2 but you're running an earlier version of Windows, then you're going to have to upgrade, Microsoft has been confirming to the public prints this week. Despite this being highly significant for the many companies still running Windows 2000, Microsoft has been confirming it pretty quietly - CNET and Microsoft Watch both seem to have been given statements on demand, and Redmond does not yet seem to be exactly bulging with detail on the subject.

HP knifes Itanium, cans IA-64 workstations

Intel has lost the biggest customer for its ailing Itanium chip: Hewlett Packard's workstation division. HP is instead opting for total commitment to the 64-bit x86 chip market.
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Red Hat opens losing propaganda offensive against Sun

Opinion Heaven help us all - there's a blog battle being waged between Red Hat's chief cheerleader Michael Tiemann and Sun Microsystems' President Jonathan Schwartz.