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North Carolina residents still want their $280m back from Dell

The fight over a $280m-plus incentive package to lure Dell into North Carolina has entered the state's second-highest court. Attorneys have asked the N.C. Court of Appeals to reinstate a lawsuit over the legality of a massive golden handshake proffered by the state to the computer manufacturer. Under the state constitution, …
Austin Modine, 26 Apr 2007

Dell deal made North Carolinians look like rubes

You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition has given you some length of bone, but you're not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you Agent Starling? And that accent you've tried so desperately …
Ashlee Vance, 22 Mar 2007
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Can stun guns and tasers cause death?

Also in this week's column: Why do we doodle? Can stun guns and tasers cause death? Asked by Ian Leonard of London The chance of dying after being shot by a taser or stun gun is about one in 870. Dr William P Bozeman, professor of emergency medicine at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North …
Stephen Juan, 13 Oct 2006
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Police probe Paris Hilton link in LexisNexis breach

US investigators have arrested five men on suspicion of involvement of hacking into the database of LexisNexis Group in a crime linked by prosecutors to a breach that led to the disclosure of the personal details of more than 310,000 people last year. Some of the quintet are further suspected of swiping photos and data from an …
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2006
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419ers one digit short of a conspiracy theory

Our illuminating piece yesterday on the figure 420 stirred a certain feeling of unease among some Reg hacks who noticed a chilling sequential relationship between this new number of the beast and Nigeria's favourite numeral: 419. Were, we wondered, the two in some way related? Was the dark hand of conspiracy at the the controls …
Lester Haines, 21 Apr 2006

Symantec acquires IMlogic

Symantec announced a deal on Tuesday to acquire instant messaging security specialist IMlogic. Financial terms of the acquisition, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals, were not disclosed. As the use of IM in corporations grows so too is the the number of security attacks targeting Instant messaging networks. …
John Leyden, 04 Jan 2006
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Woman wins $1m with stolen credit card

Police have busted an Oregon woman who bought a State Lottery ticket with a credit card belonging to her deceased mother-in-law and promptly won $1m, AP reports. Christina Goodenow of White City bought the winning ticket on 9 October and three days later presented herself at Oregon Lottery HQ in Salem to collect the $33,500 …
Lester Haines, 31 Oct 2005

Dell sucks another $7m out of North Carolina

After pumping North Carolina for more than $270m, Dell decided it wasn't done yet. Actually pay for the land its new factory will sit on? Hell, no! In a confusing exchange deal, Dell will "pay" the city of Winston-Salem $7m for land in return for $7m worth of roads and grants from the city to Dell, so it gains the 200-acre …
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jul 2005
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How Dell made Los Angeles look like a sucker - in pictures

Silly, silly Californians. They don't know how to get things done right or at least how to get things done cheap. Take, for example, the Frank Gehry Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. This building cost close to $250m with much of that money coming from rich people donations. It's a wonderful creation to be sure and something …
Ashlee Vance, 12 Jul 2005

North Carolina residents sue Dell to keep their $270m

A watchdog blasted Dell and the North Carolina today in a lawsuit aimed at rolling back huge incentives designed to lure the computer maker to the state. Robert Orr, executive director of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law (NCICL), alleged that Dell used fear tactics and unfair bargaining to win $240m in tax …
Ashlee Vance, 23 Jun 2005

Legal watchdog investigates Dell sweeteners

A legal watchdog in North Carolina is challenging the state's corporate welfare sweeteners worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Dell. The North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law (NCICL) pledged to file a lawsuit against the computer maker and will hold a press conference tomorrow "to discuss litigation challenging …
Ashlee Vance, 22 Jun 2005
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MPAA wants parents, teachers to rat on their kids

Conservatives often accuse Hollywood of failing to pay heed to 'family values', but the Motion Picture Ass. of America's latest initiative is designed to split families right down the middle. The MPAA hopes that new software will encourage parents to turn their children over to the authorities as file-sharing felons. The …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Nov 2004
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Brightmail finds sanctuary with Symantec

Never afraid to dip into its monster cash pile when an opportunity presents itself, Symantec is going to buy Brightmail, one of the leading anti-spam vendors, for $370m in cash. The deal will improve Brightmail's position, although the prospect of Microsoft entering the anti-spam market is still a significant threat. The deal …
Datamonitor, 21 May 2004
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Patriot missile: friend or foe?

Lockheed Martin image Our recent story on the 2003 friendly-fire incident which saw a US Patriot missile down a RAF Tornado with the loss of both crew members, prompted several reader comments on the weapon's chequered history. Long before Gulf War II, there was considerable concern and doubt surrounding the Patriot's …
Lester Haines, 20 May 2004
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Flight Sim enquiry raises terror alert

A mother's enquiry about buying Microsoft Flight Simulator for her ten-year-old son prompted a night-time visit to her home from a state trooper. Julie Olearcek, a USAF Reserve pilot made the enquiry at a Staples store in Massachusetts, home to an earlier bout of hysteria, during the Salem witch trials. So alarmed was the …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Jan 2004
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The economics of spam

Spammers can make lucrative living even though only 50 in every million people respond to unsolicited commercial email. While spamming cost are negligible the potential payoffs are "huge and very profitable", according to a paper by Andrew Leung of Canadian telco firm Telus. Many of the themes of Leung's paper (e.g. the …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2003
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Gone Phishin'

Analysis It seems that you're nobody in UK banking unless your customers have been targeted in phishing scams. In recent weeks customers of Barclays, Lloyds TSB, Nationwide, Halifax and Citibank have all been targeted with scam emails which attempt to trick unsuspecting punters into handing over sensitive account information to …
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2003
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UK Govt fouls up anti-spam plans, say experts

The UK Government's plans to tackle the spam nuisance have received a hostile initial response from industry experts. Communications Minister Stephen Timms today outlined measures to update existing legislation to give phone and Internet users more control over how their personal details are used. The revised rules, which will …
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2003
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OSU Four PC hostage situation enters month three

Four PCs are rotting away in a Franklin County evidence room, and there is little their owners can do about it. The computers and the four Ohio Student University (OSU) students who once used them are victims of the War on file-trading sweeping across the US. The PC hostage situation began in May when OSU police stormed into …
Ashlee Vance, 18 Aug 2003
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US lawmakers lose patience over spam

US lawmakers finally appear to be losing their patience over spam, with unsolicited e-mail now costing American business billions of dollars every year. The Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, John McCain, told a Senate hearing on spam that e-mail had fundamentally changed the way people …
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Oregon considers Open Source software legislation

A bill introduced in the Oregon State Legislature on March 5 by Rep. Phil Barnhart "requires state government to consider using open source software when acquiring new software." Sounds good -- if it passes. According to the press release we received from the bill's primary proponent, Ken Barber, "Unlike California's Digital …
Robin Miller, 07 Mar 2003
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Verizon fights on in RIAA ID case

Verizon is to appeal against a US court ruling that it should reveal the identity of an Internet subscriber to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). As a first step, the firm yesterday filed a motion to stay the ruling. RIAA last week won a court order to obtain the name of a Verizon internet subscriber who was …
Drew Cullen, 31 Jan 2003
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Hilary Rosen quits RIAA

The Recording Industry Association of America's chief Hilary Rosen is to step down after five calamitous years shilling for the music distribution cartel. In that period the pigopoly she represented squandered vast resources it could usefully have spent on creating alternative digital distribution channels on litigation against …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2003
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Where the heck is all this spam coming from?

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence The growth of the spam problem in 2002 has been exponential, writes Kevin Murphy. Companies that sell spam filtering software say currently the percentage of email that is spam could be 20%, 33%, or even up to 50%, compared to less than 10% a year ago. While the rise in spam is easy …
ComputerWire, 29 Nov 2002
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BTo signs Brightmail to fight junk mail

BTopenworld has signed up Brightmail to tackle the junk mail bombarding its users' accounts. It is to install Brightmail Solution Suite at the SMTP gateway, to hoover up spam before it reaches users. Customers of BT's broadband service can look forward to relief from viral bombardment, after it licensed Symantec's AV server- …
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2002
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Einstein fends off Reality Distortion Field

Ever since the launch of the G4 line, Apple has used the phrase "faster than light" to describe the new CPU. Until yesterday, that is. Following the publication of this satirical piece, Apple changed the blurb for its new dual-processor PowerMacs from this Faster than Light to this... Faster than Soup [You …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Aug 2002
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Captain Cyborg becomes nutritionist and mind-reader in one day

You simply will not believe what Captain Cyborg aka Kevin Warwick has been up to this week. Even for a publicity obsessive, he has really outdone himself. Perhaps for the first time though, the press are as much to blame - Kev is one thing, but for journalists to buy this bull... First up: "Bacon, the brain food - A tasty butty …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Oct 2001
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Heads roll at Compaq Alpha factory

When Ben Rosen put Eckhard Pfeiffer out of a job recently, he was at pains to insist that no restructuring at Compaq was needed. Did we believe that at the time? No. And now Compaq has taken the first step in what looks like a big restructuring plan, laying off 900 people at its Alpha factory in Salem. Factories cost a lot of …
Mike Magee, 18 May 1999