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SGI closes painful 2005 with a thud

SGI warned that fourth quarter revenue would come in well below expectations and today revealed the accuracy of this forecast.

Ballmer - No blockbuster takeovers

Steve Ballmer has ruled out a "blockbuster" acquisition, saying Microsoft is looking to smaller deals to fuel product growth and business expansion. Microsoft's chief executive and his team have also laid out a growth strategy encompassing services while tackling the competition in hot areas like gaming and search where Microsoft has been a late entrant.

Intel revamps server chip nomenclature

Intel this week did some housecleaning with its server processor lines, announcing a new naming scheme and revealing a low-power Xeon due out in 2006 that could help the company compete against AMD.

DHL hit in massive IT heist

Merseyside Police are appealing for information following the theft of thousands of pounds of mobile phone and consumer durables in a burglary at DHL's depot in Aintree, Liverpool, last weekend.
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Horny Brits plug into internet vibrator

Right, let's get down to business - you've warmed yourself up with the vibrating knickers, plugged the iPod into the Muff Dock and slipped into the backless thong, but there's still something standing between you and an earth-shattering climax...
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Intel pitches Pentium M-based 'Sossaman' server chip

Intel has confirmed it will use its upcoming 65nm Pentium M processor core as the foundation for a line of low-power server chips.

TechScape: Vint Cerf on how the internet was born

Interview The Register will be publishing three TechScape exclusive interviews with Vint Cerf over the next few weeks. In this first interview, we examine Cerf's story as one of the undisputed originators of the internet.
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Dell gets its bundle on for Exchange upgrades

If moving from Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange Server 2003 is on your agenda, then Dell has a bundle or two for you.
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MS nixes Google hire

Microsoft has succeeded in preventing the head of its search research team jumping ship to Google. Google has been hiring several well-paid employees to add to its collection of PhDs and old farts accumulating over in Mountain View.

NEC rejects AMD subpoena demands

AMD vs Intel NEC has hit back at AMD's attempt to subpoena the computer maker to provide evidence in the chip maker's antitrust case against its arch-rival, Intel.
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Zopa – the bank that likes to say 'Hello There!'

A new financial services company is taking on the banks which like to say 'No'. So will Zopa succeed in giving banks the peer-to-peer treatment?
Ben King, 29 2005
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BOFH: A white van man called Algernon

Episode 22 "Is your.. uh... assistant in?" the Boss asks, ducking into Mission Control and breaking the monotonous boredom.
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Hitachi feeds 5,000 with miracle plum mountain

Any reader who has ever pondered just exactly what firms like Mitsubishi don't make will be well aware that Japanese firms have a talent for diversification. You know the scenario - some bloke starts off in 1947 knocking up radios from tins cans in his garden shed and by 2000 his multinational corporation is pumping out everything from flash chips to oil rigs.
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War driver fine offends Reg readers

Letters Crikey - you've been writing a lot of letters this week. Seems everyone has something they want to get off their chests. This week, you have been mostly getting upset about a five hundred quid fine for a little illicit surfing, so let's get straight to it:
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Olive conducts Symphony for classical music fans

Classical music fans may scoff at the digital music world's preference for lower-quality-than-CD audio formats, but they're no less keen on leveraging new technology to improve their listening experience.

Windows Genuine Advantage cracked

Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) Programme has been cracked only days after the software giant activated the antipiracy scheme. Since the service went live on Monday (25 July), Windows users wishing to receive software updates from the Microsoft Download Centre or from Windows Update were obliged to join the WGA authentication program.
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Love, love your sysadmin, do

We'd like to begin this with a thank you to Tony Pottrell, a vulture eyed reader who wrote in to ask: "Has everyone forgotten??"
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The Swedish keep sharing

A new law in Sweden banning the sharing of copyrighted material doesn't appear to have had any effect, Swedish ISP's say.

Phishing attacks soar as viral onslaught wanes

The volume of phishing attacks on UK businesses in July increased 45 per cent, according to email security company BlackSpider Technologies. BlackSpider detected more than 360,000 emails carrying a phishing threat in July, compared to just under 250,000 in June 2005.
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Mark/Space brings Windows smart phone sync to Mac

Mark/Space has updated Missing Sync for Pocket PC to fix the break introduced when Apple launched Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger'.
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Ingram Micro sales well up in Q2

Ingram Micro’s numbers continued to swell in the second quarter, and growth is expected to continue into the second half of the year.

Tills ring for Bell in Q2

Storage distributor Bell Microproducts saw revenues jump by a quarter in the second quarter.

Imagination launches PowerVR SGX

Imagination Technologies today launched its latest PowerVR graphics core design. The new release brings programmable shader support to the company's mobile graphics accelerator line-up.
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Is your printer spying on you?

Secret codes enbedded into pages printed by some colour laser printers pose a risk to personal privacy, according to the Electronic Frontier Fundation. The US privacy group warns the approach - ostensibly only designed to identify counterfeiters - has become a tool for government surveillance, unchecked by laws to prevent abuse.
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Sybase to acquire Extended Systems

Sybase is buying mobile data synchronisation specialist Extended Systems, paying $71.3m in cash for the company's technology, 2,500-odd enterprise customers and 180 employees.
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Maxtor back in the black

Maxtor today reported quarterly income of $9.4m (four cents a share) on sales of $925m, marking a return to profitability for the hard disk maker.
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iPass Q2 profits slide 26.7 per cent

Enterprise-oriented remote access provider iPass this week reported second quarter income fell year on year to $3.3m (five cents a share) from $4.5m (seven cents a share) a year ago.

Iwill readies 64GB two-way Opteron mobo

Taiwan's Iwill will next month ship an EDA/CAD-oriented workstation motherboard capable of supporting up to 64GB of memory.

Sun pimps GMC's data center with JES

Sun Microsystems has almost doubled the number of subscribers to its JES (Java Enterprise System) program overnight by signing up GMC and its 300,000 employees as a customer.

Quantum eyes Tiny brand

Quantum Microcomponents has said it is interested in taking over the Tiny.com PC business, following the collapse of Granville Technology Group earlier this week. Burnley-based Granville, which went into administration on Wednesday, also owns the Time Computers brand.
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Sophos bug highlights wider anti-virus flaws

Users of Sophos’s anti-virus products were warned this week of a potentially serious security vulnerability. The bug - unearthed by security researcher Alex Wheeler - involves an unspecified heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability. The cross-platform flaw applies to Sophos Anti-Virus Small Business Edition and in version 3.x and 4.x of its flagship Sophos Anti-Virus product.
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Microsoft blogger: 'My toolbar vanished too!'

"What a tangled web we weave - when we practice to deceive" - Walter Scott

Settlement reached in Cisco flaw dispute

LAS VEGAS A researcher who showed off a way to remotely compromise Cisco routers has to turn over all materials and agree not to further disseminate information on the flaws or the technique he used to run code on the popular network hardware.
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HP and Apple end iPod affair

Doing its best to erase Carly Fiorina's mistakes, HP has culled an iPod reselling agreement in place with Apple since January of 2004.