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Intel: We're all office warriors now

Intel expects almost 40 per cent of its business will come from notebooks in the next two years, as OEMs seek to pacify a new class of user - the "office warrior".
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jun 2005
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Microsoft adopts XML for Office formats

Microsoft has crept closer to interoperability between Office documents and those from competing productivity suites by way of XML.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jun 2005

BOFH: Blocking the chutney ferret

Episode 18 There's a bit of a flap on! I know because the Boss, the new Head of IT and the CEO have been speaking earnestly behind closed doors for some time...
Simon Travaglia, 03 Jun 2005
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Black is white in Longhorn compatibility land

Microsoft has visited the Bizzaro World of application compatibility to explain which software will break once Longhorn's .NET Framework 2.0 is unleashed on Windows.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jun 2005
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Dell red-faced over salesman's Lenovo jibes

Horrified Dell executives scrambled this week to undo a public relations nightmare that erupted after one of its salesmen equated buying IBM/Lenovo PCs with support for China's communist government.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Jun 2005
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Saucy sites to get .xxx TLD

Sex sites are to get their own .xxx domain creating a "virtual" red light district on the wibbly wobbly web.
Tim Richardson, 03 Jun 2005
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'Nazi nuke' sketch unearthed

A German historian who controversially claims that the Nazis tested a nuclear device in 1945 has now unearthed a sketch of a "Nazi nuke", as the BBC puts it.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2005
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Trojan poses as Osama capture pics

Spam emails that try to dupe Windows users into infection by offering information about the supposed capture of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden were sent to an estimated one million surfers yesterday. The bogus emails attempt to seed infection of a new downloader Trojan, Small-AXR, contained in a pics.scr file within a zip attachment of the fraudulent messages.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2005
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Power lines linked to childhood leukaemia

Children living close to overhead power lines might be at an increased risk of developing leukaemia, according to scientists at Oxford University. The researchers stress that they do not have a causal mechanism - there is no known biological reason for the finding - and so the results may be a statistical fluke.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Jun 2005
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Russia rattles sabre over space weapons

Russia has warned that it will take "adequate retaliatory measures" against any deployment of space-based weapons. Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov used a trip to the Baikonur facility in Kazakhstan - celebrating its 50th birthday - to indulge in a bit of sabre rattling against Moscow's old adversary the US.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2005
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Hack can upgrade XP Home to XP Pro Lite

German computer magazine C'T claims that by changing only 2 bytes from the file setupreg.hiv in Windows's XP Home kit, users can get access to certain functions only avalaible in Windows XP Professional, such as Remote Desktop, User management and enhanced security features.
Jan Libbenga, 03 Jun 2005
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Sharp unshackles 65-inch LCD beast

Sharp today announced that it would in August roll out the world's biggest LCD TV* - a whopping 65 inches for an equally whopping $15,500 (roughly £8,500).
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2005
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Virgin trials mobile TV

Virgin Mobile is looking to beam TV programmes direct to handsets as part of a trial with BT Wholesale.
Tim Richardson, 03 Jun 2005
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Vive la France! cry Reg readers

Stern response Well, Otto has once again handed off responsibility for dealing with his letters, so it falls to the rest of us to give you, our beloved readers, a chance to respond to his fortnightly rant.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Jun 2005
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Sun exits blade server market . . . for now

If you're looking to buy a blade server in the near future, then Sun Microsystems won't be your supplier of choice.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Jun 2005
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EU experts scrap over GM maize

EU food safety experts today failed to agree on whether or not to authorise a GM maize for food use. A European Commission official told Reuters that this was the 13th consecutive failure to agree over biotech products.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2005
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Hackers plot to create massive botnet

Computer Associates has warned of a co-ordinated malware attack (CMA) described as among the most sophisticated yet unleashed on the net. The attack involves three different Trojans – Glieder, Fantibag and Mitglieder – in a co-ordinated assault designed to establish a huge botnet under the control of hackers. CA reckons that access to the compromised PCs is for sale on a black market, at prices as low as five cents per PC.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2005
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VoIP confuses punters

Punters are confused by VoIP even though more and more know about the benefits of internet telephony, according to research from Ipsos-Insight.
Tim Richardson, 03 Jun 2005
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Phoenix to rise on 2007 Mars mission

The next US mission to Mars was given the go-ahead by NASA yesterday, clearing the way for teams to begin preparing for the launch of the Phoenix mission in August 2007. The lander is designed to look for possible indicators of life, past or present, and scan the landing site for water ice, and potential habitats.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Jun 2005
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SMEs tempted with BT tech support

BT is offering small businesses "corporate grade" IT support for around 50p a day.
Tim Richardson, 03 Jun 2005
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Intel shifts Manitoba

Intel claims to have finally found a customer for its Manitoba mobile phone platform in the shape of British-based operator O2.
Team Register, 03 Jun 2005
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Message storm knocks NYSE offline

The New York Stock Exchange is re-examining its network after it was forced to close four minutes early at 3:56pm on Wednesday (1 June) because of a communications glitch. Trading opened on time (09:30 EDT) the following morning but the outage irked traders and raised questions about the reliability of a network described as "ultra reliable" following improvements made in the wake the September 11 terrorist attacks.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2005
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Sun critics hear the sound of two garbage trucks colliding

Analysis For years, Scott McNealy's comical, sarcastic, controversial mouth has produced a flood of press for Sun Microsystems - often more press than the company's size deserved. But one particular item from McNealy's acerbic repertoire could haunt Sun as it waits for the freshly announced StorageTek acquisition to close.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Jun 2005
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BT inks new Wi-Fi roaming deals

BT has signed international roaming deals with wireless operators in Japan, France and Switzerland taking the number of Wi-Fi hotspots its punters can use to more than 30,000 around the world.
Tim Richardson, 03 Jun 2005
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Netscape fans giggle at broken IE

Letters Gartner pronounced this week that IT departments are likely to get smaller and less techie, a trend that will be driven by an increase in outsourcing. You wondered what the analysts had been smoking:
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Jun 2005
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Sony tries to choke off UK PSP imports

Sony has taken legal action against resellers flogging PlayStation Portable (PSP) devices ahead of the official 1 September European launch. The consumer electronics giant has sent "cease and desist" letters to grey market traders that are selling PSPs to UK punters after importing them from either Japan or the US, where the eagerly sought gadget is already on sale.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2005