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ISPAs 2008: Music can save broadband

These are relatively dark days for the ISP business. With the market saturated, fewer and fewer new broadband customers are scrapped over by fewer and fewer players. All the while, bandwidth costs are on the increase, fired by the success of the BBC's streaming iPlayer, and the price consumers are willing to pay for internet …
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Presenting the inaugural Vulture Central Hall of Lame™

Quotations It was the Greek dramatist Sophocles who once wrote: "A short saying often contains much wisdom." And Marlene Dietrich said: "I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognised wiser than oneself." Hmmm. What guff. Here at Vulture Central we …

Queen commands Samsung to supply 100 TVs

The Queen has ordered one hundred Samsung flat-panel TVs to be installed in Buckingham Palace, the South Korean giant announced yesterday. But it's not able to claim its products come 'by appointment' to the monarch of all she surveys - for that, its screens have to be under the royal gaze for the next five years. According …

ATI pitches CrossFire certification scheme

Computex 2006 ATI has launched a website it claims will make it easier for its fans to choose CrossFire-enabled hardware. The site list the 90-odd graphics cards, mobos, PSUs and memory that have passed the company's CrossFire compatibility certification procedure, it said today. The website, www.aticrossfire.com specs out sample PC …
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People want services with IQ, says IB

Information Builders’ UK MD has called for the Government to expand its view of the kind of services it should be offering people online. Speaking at the eGovernment conference in London last week, Jim Irving said that although the government’s plans to get its services online by 2005 were well underway, it needed to go beyond …
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'We have your water supply, and printers' – Brumcon report

Brumcon this year was held at the Brittania hotel in Birmingham, the agenda was as varied as one can expect when h4xors, Phreeks, geeks and assorted wannabes get together to discuss the interweb thing and how abusing computers is more phun than abusing yourself, writes Arthur Barnes. The whole thing kicked off with a …
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Telstra, Ballmer Dizzy with the Spin

Ever since Australia's biggest company cozied up to Sun, America's biggest company has been looking for a good damage control story. After two weeks denying that Steve Ballmer's mid-October visit to Australia was an attempt to stop the telco defecting to StarOffice, Microsoft and Telstra shared the stage to launch the Pocket PC …
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Apple dumps Aussie PR after news coup

Over the years, Apple has become accustomed to bad news. Now it gets the flutters when there's good news. And so, the company has sacked its PR manager in Australia after she mistakenly issued a good news press release. The trouble started when Myrna van Pelt, a four-year Apple veteran in the Australian office, sent out a press …
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You've got Blogs! AOL buys into homegrown media

"AOL gets it! Steve Case gets it!" beamed Dave Winer today, after brokering a deal that sees two hundred of the most popular weblogs become part of the AOL-Time Warner publishing empire. The media giant has acquired rights to many of the most popular blogs including Instapundit, USS Clueless, and many hitherto unheard-of sites …
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WinXP Pro with .NET Server performance? Forget it…

In response to our piece on NTSwitch earlier this week, reader David Bazile was sufficiently fired up to try the routine. NTSwitch purports to demonstrate that there are relatively minimal differences between Microsoft server and workstation operating systems by allowing you to switch between, say Win2k workstation and server, …
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Netcraft Web Server Survey – October 2001

Top Developers Developer Sept '01 Share Oct '01 Share Change Apache 19279109 59.51 18851352 56.89 -2.62 Microsoft 8895343 27.46 9607363 28.99 1.53 iPlanet 1319271 4.07 1278720 3.86 -0.21 Zeus 783261 2.42 775438 2.34 -0.08 Active Sites Developer Sept '01 Share Oct '01 Share Change Apache 7924169 60.86 …
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Netcraft Web Survey: August 2001

Top Developers Developer July 2001 % August 2001 % Change Apache 18382308 58.73 17874757 58.08 -0.65 Microsoft 8099757 25.88 8146372 26.47 0.59 iPlanet 1345566 4.30 1321544 4.29 -0.01 Zeus 793587 2.54 811406 2.64 0.10 Active Sites Developer July 2001 % August 2001 % Change …
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Netcraft's July 2001 Web Survey

The Netcraft Web Server Survey is a survey of Web Server software usage on Internet connected computers. We collect and collate as many hostnames providing an http service as we can find, and systematically poll each one with an HTTP request for the server name. In the July 2001 survey we received responses from 31,299,592 …
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Net over power lines concept is back

Trials are underway in Germany and Spain to provide broadband Internet over electricity cables at speeds up to 45Mbps. Testing is still at an early stage but if successful a full service could be introduced by the end of the year. Exact details of the trial are being kept under wraps. However, Denis Murphy, VP and MD EMEA of …
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Adobe's legal attack dogs savage open source KIllustrator

Adobe's carefully cultivated 'nice guy' image has been found lacking in Germany. This is thanks to its law firm which is charging people on Adobe's behalf for the privilege of getting a stiff legal letter, writes Paul Nesbitt. Adobe is demanding that a German professor and part time open source programmer stop using the name …
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Netcraft posts June 2001 Web survey

The Netcraft Web Server Survey is a survey of Web Server software usage on Internet connected computers. We collect and collate as many hostnames providing an http service as we can find, and systematically poll each one with an HTTP request for the server name. Top Servers Server May 2001 (%) June 2001 (%) Change …
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Netcraft posts May 2001 Web survey

The Netcraft Web Server Survey is a survey of Web Server software usage on Internet connected computers. We collect and collate as many hostnames providing an http service as we can find, and systematically poll each one with an HTTP request for the server name. In the May 2001 survey we received responses from 29,031,745 sites …
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Netcraft releases April 2001 Web server stats

Netcraft's latest Web Server Survey results have been published. Netcraft did not release a report for the March 2001 survey, which only saw small changes in share for the top servers. Instead this April 2001 survey has been released early. The full data can be view at Netcraft's survey site (http://www.netcraft.com/survey/). …
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Free software would have prevented foot and mouth, BSE, Hatfield rail crash – RMS

Foot and Mouth, BSE and the Hatfield rail crash could all have been avoided if the British government had the right approach to information sharing, at least according to Richard Stallman. He reckons that all three disasters were largely to do with bad attitudes to data, and that if ministers understood how free software works …
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Apple's special OS X marketing ploy

Cupertino Apple boss Steve Jobs claims that within "a few weeks of MacOS X shipping on Saturday 24 March there will be hundreds of thousands of early adopters" loading the new operating system on their Macs, writes Paul Hoffner. This is despite it costing $129 to buy and having very few native applications to run. Sure, it's a …
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Interview with a Net pedophile

Online Pedophilia This is the first in a series of stories examining firsthand how pedophiles use the Internet. So much noise has been made about the dangers to children from on-line sexual predators that The Register felt it necessary to go underground, as it were, and see for ourselves. We hung out in IRC for several days and nights using a …
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El Reg boost for SETI project

SETI story logo When we reported on the launch of the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) project almost two years ago, (see Aliens: Coming to a house near you soon), 250,000 users had signed up for the project, contributing over 500 years of CPU time., Today, those totals have risen to 2.9 million users and 600 …
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How Cyberpunk lit influenced technology

Interview with Cyberpunk author Pat Cadigan No less than Gillian Anderson, Scully in the X-files, once called American author Pat Cadigan "The Queen of Science Fiction." Her novels Synners and Fools both won the Arthur C Clarke Award, writes John O'Reilly. Along with William Gibson and Bruce Sterling in the 80s she was a …
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Icy You…Juicy Me – page 2

by Pat Cadigan Well, of course he knew. The camera was probably in plain sight, like any other camera among the multitude of cameras in New York City. Every large city had them for traffic or police surveillance, and now, finally, for the entertainment of web surfers. Kremlin Cam-beautiful view, but too distant for Darcy's …
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Icy You…Juicy Me – page 3

by Pat Cadigan Darcy looked down at herself and burst out laughing. So he saw her. At forty, she actually wasn't half bad-Pilates had been invented for prisoners, even the virtual kind. But all that aside-he was a crazy guy. Who knew what he saw, or what he thought he was seeing? Maybe he only thought he was seeing her, period …

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