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AMD forced to be more modest with Spansion IPO

AMD is feeling the pinch as tepid interest in its Spansion spinoff has forced a reduction in the IPO price range.
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Open Source in the mainstream

Comment A few things have appeared from various sources lately resurrecting the old discussion of whether Open Source software is “safe” or “right” for mainstream adoption. Whilst many of us consider this issue to have been dealt with long ago, there still seem to be some out there who want the debate to continue.
Dale Vile, 16 2005
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Intel India earns chance at Xeon redemption

A botched attempt at creating a new Xeon processor won't slow Intel India down, according to a local report. Intel has its Indian designers creating a new multi-core Xeon chip.
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Oracle's Q2 nicked by income drop

Oracle failed to impress investors with a second quarter that saw profits decline and currency effects punish the company's bottom line.
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Wikipedia science 31% more cronky than Britannica's

Coverage of Wikipedia in the popular press veers between two extremes.

Samsung chairman in clear on bribery charge

Senior Samsung staffers no longer face charges that they bribed local politicians, the Seoul District Prosecutors Office said this week.
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Onetel still looking for a buyer

Centrica is still looking to flog its Onetel phone business despite earlier reports that the utilities giant - which also owns British Gas - had failed to find a buyer.
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Adobe beats targets for Q4

Adobe has claimed a “remarkable” 2005, turning in fourth quarter revenues that were slightly ahead of its targeted range.

Opteron beats 'Dempsey' Xeon in performance- per-Watt test

Intel's upcoming 65nm, dual-core Xeon DP processor, 'Dempsey', is fast, but its performance comes at the cost of some serious power consumption, a pre-production test using the chip giant's 'Bensley' platform has shown.
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The Build Master

Book review Every development methodology worth its salt pays regard to build management, from the most nimble of agile processes to the tools-heavy methodologies that attach the tag of software configuration management (SCM) to the task of managing the build and the deployment of software.

AMD wins access to Japanese Intel anti-trust 'evidence'

AMD vs Intel Intel has failed to persuade the Japanese courts to keep evidence of alleged anti-trust behaviour under lock and key.
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Toucan cuts BT line rental bill

Toucan - the consumer telco of comms and technology outfit IDT Corp - has started offering its phone service via a single bill following Ofcom's decision yesterday to give the thumbs up to Wholesale Line Rental (WLR).

Orange France touts video spectacles

Fed up with having to squint at movies, photos, emails and text messages on your mobile's microscopic display? Then Orange France is offering the full heads-up experience, courtesy of its "video glasses".
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BOFH: Can you call me a cab?

Episode 35 There's something indefinable about the Christmas season that makes the whole workplace seem a little brighter. It could be the impending arrival of relatives, the promise of presents or just the knowledge that for a short space of time you're free of the horrors of the workplace. Whatever it is, the workplace becomes a much nicer place to work and people often put aside their petty differences in the spirit of goodwill.

Equipment recycling law delayed again

The UK Government will delay the implementation of an EU law requiring businesses to recycle their old IT and telecoms equipment for a fourth time.

Rock beats Widow to ship first dual-core notebook

UK system builder Rock has won the race to ship the first notebook based on an AMD dual-core processor. While the company was understandably keen to trumpet its achievement - it sent The Register at least five copies of a press release on the matter - we can also confirm that a number of readers received their Rocks early yesterday morning.
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MS and Google team to fund net lab

Arch rivals Google and Microsoft have combined with Sun to fund an academic research lab which aims to pioneer the development of new approaches to software development. The three companies will provide $7.5m over five years to fund research at the Reliable, Adaptive and Distributed systems laboratory, or the RAD Lab, at the University of California, Berkeley.

Arctic Systems tax ruling is victory for family businesses

A husband and wife have won a landmark victory against the taxman, as appellate judges have thrown out the government’s attempt to force small, family-run firms to pay thousands more in tax.
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Government moots ID card links for new UK voter database

The Government is moving ahead with plans to establish a centralised national register of voters, together with central checking and verification of the data held on electoral registers. The system, to be implemented in the form of CORE (Co-ordinated Online Record of Elector) schemes, is intended to be brought in via the Electoral Administration Bill currently before Parliament, and is subject to a consultation process ending on 7th March.
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Kill Bill: attack of the phone monkeys

FoTW We have a saying down here at Vulture Central which is oft repeated by battle-hardened hacks dispensing wisdom to young whippersnappers in the manner of that old boy sitting by a roaring log fire handing his grandson a Werther's Original: you're not a proper Reg hack until you have been well and truly roasted by enraged readers with steam coming out of their ears.
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Got the clap? Email a friend

It's a tricky one: you've just been diagnosed with a dose of the clap and now you've got to tell your partner/s to get themselves sharpish down to the STD clinic.

IT sellers urged to tighten up distance selling rules

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has published new guidance to companies that flog IT goods and services via the net or by phone.
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Dasher update pierces Windows flaw

After an earlier unsuccessful attempt, Virus writers have created the first worm that successfully targets a critical Windows vulnerability (MS05-051) patched by Microsoft in October.
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Virtual War: readers fire back

Letters Our recent analysis on "virtual war", certainly got the keyboards rattling among the Reg readership. No further comment is required. Read on:
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Imagine a cup

Students – do you want to be rich, famous, and get a proper curry? If so, then the fourth appearance of Microsoft’s annual competition, the Imagine Cup, may be for you.
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Typepad goes titsup

Users of Six Apart's TypePad platform have suffered their worst outage yet, with bloggers left stranded since the early hours. The past week's blogging has also disappeared.
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£15m+ lost in tax credit fraud

HM Revenue & Customs estimates crooks have made off with at least £15m after defrauding the tax credit system by making false claims in the name of job centre workers. The estimate came when HM Revenue & Customs executive director David Varney appeared before the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee on Thursday to answers questions from MPs over an attack on the revenue which is far worse than first suspected.
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Fuji FinePix S5600 Zoom

Review The 5600 is around 30g heavier than its predecessor, weight that's in no way a burden but arises from the larger - but still small by today's standards - 1.8in colour screen. It's bright and crisp though, so is a cinch to use and it even comes with a fast, 'LCD brighten' button for fast switching if you suddenly find yourself in the spotlight - or in bright sunshine.
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With SCA, reality bites J2EE again

Analysis With the announcement last week by IBM, BEA, Oracle, SAP, Siebel, IONA and others that they are collaborating to develop a language neutral programming model tuned to the needs of SOA initiatives, it looks like a little more lustre has rubbed off J2EE. But it also looks a little like something deeper could be going on: the biggest vendors are shifting their attention to a wider market opportunity. Can they avoid the mistakes of J2EE?
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Apple axes 'iRingTones' project

Exclusive Apple has canned a software project that was guaranteed to prove controversial, just weeks ahead of its slated announcement at MacWorld Expo next month.

Mere think-tanks not welcome in EC MS anti-trust case

A European Court has said "tanks but no tanks" to a group of Microsoft supporters seeking to extoll the virtues of Redmond in its ongoing anti-trust case with the European Union.

Spansion settles for IP Low

Flash memory venture Spansion started off the day with a humble IPO but managed to reach a reduced target by the end of Friday's trading.

Microsoft sues resellers over MAPs 'abuse'

Microsoft has filed 10 lawsuits against resellers and individuals in the US, accusing them of software piracy.
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NSA uses ECHELON against US citizens

Washington Roundup Who would have believed that twitchy paranoiacs are actually onto something? Incredibly, they are: the New York Times has revealed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on American citizens.
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Researchers: Flaw auctions would improve security

The auction may have set a record price for a highlighter pen and an 8-by-11-inch sheet of paper.
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Spending on compliance and corporate governance soars

Increased corporate spending for compliance and corporate governance is having a significant impact on IT budgets, says Gartner, and financial compliance management spending will swallow 10–15 per cent of IT budgets in 2006, up from less than 5 per cent in 2004.