The Fall of AT&T Wireless

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Sci/Tech

The SeatlePI is speculating that "a single event may have sealed AT&T Wireless's fate: the opportunity for its customers to leave" citing that they were "infamously apathetic" to it's customers.

I can only tell you in my sparse experience this was certainly not the case. As at&t wireless agents/representatives, we had strict guidelines for customer service and were monitored several times each month

Google Moves Desktop Search Out of Beta

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Web

"Google Inc. is taking its desktop search application out of beta on Monday with a release that supports more file formats and opens access to third-party developers."

"Google Desktop Search 1.0 moves beyond the beta version's Microsoft focus by introducing support for applications from the Mozilla Foundation and America Online Inc.'s Netscape Communications."

Gaming Shorts

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Gaming

Mercenaries holds chart top spot

Final Fantasy legends hits Xbox

Defender creator honoured at GDC

Game award nominations announced

Link.

DOD offers $1b in contracts for auditors

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Misc

"The Defense Department's inspector general is paying nearly $1 billion to 20 auditing and IT firms to assist the department in improving its bleak financial systems picture."

U.S. government to buy Corel software

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Linux
Microsoft

"The Justice Department, which challenged Microsoft Corp. in courtrooms for nearly a decade over antitrust violations, will pay more than $2 million each year to buy business software from Corel Corp., a leading Microsoft rival."

VA Linux And Sun Wah Linux Join Forces

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Linux

"VA Linux Systems Japan K.K. (VA Linux), a provider of Linux solutions for the telecommunications and enterprise systems markets, announced a strategic alliance with Sun Wah Linux Limited (SWL) to jointly develop a universal Debian GNU/Linux

Bumbling Bully

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Legal

"Maybe SCO Group should be called "the gang that couldn't sue straight.""

"SCO Group of Lindon, Utah, became high-tech's most hated company after suing IBM over the free Linux operating system. Now Linux lovers everywhere can celebrate: SCO is having problems."

A Week with KDE 3.4rc1

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KDE
Reviews
-s

Well, what can I say that I haven't already said? Not the best way to start an article hoping to get read, but this has been the most uneventful week using kde yet, and I've been using kde quite a long time.

The Rock solidifies Doom movie role

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Movies
Gaming

"Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson revealed more information on the upcoming Doom film, based on id Software's hit franchise. Johnson, who was on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart promoting the film Be Cool, was prodded by Stewart about another upcoming project."

Texas Gaming Festival: Quick Peek at the LAN Party

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Gaming

"The Texas Gaming festival is a successful LAN event that has been taking place in Dallas, Texas for the past few years. Over the years, it has become one of the top most visited and sponsored LAN events in the nation with attendance easily surpassing the 500-attendee attendance. This year was no different. In fact, this was perhaps the most successful attempt at a LAN event especially when ATI decided to launch its X850 XT PE 512MB graphics card officially."

Intel's knuckles rapped over AMD pricing practices

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Hardware

"A JAPANESE WEB reports that Intel will be found to have violated antimonopoly laws after it gave favourable prices to customers as long as they didn't use AMD processors."

The open-source key to lasting software

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OSS

Dan Bricklin, who helped kick-start the personal computer revolution in the 1980s as co-inventor of VisiCalc, recently named by [Boston] Governor Romney to a state information technology advisory panel, [states] open source is key to creating "Software That Lasts 200 Years."

Linux' use creeping up on Windows

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Linux
Microsoft

"Linux is a free operating system for computers that has been developed largely by volunteer programmers.

Linux is thriving, not just on the college campuses where it emerged, but in companies and institutions. Surveys show that Linux is used by 24 percent of computer servers. It is creeping up on Windows, which has 55 percent of that class of operating system software."

Quantum Computers May Be Easier to Build Than Predicted

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Hardware
Sci/Tech

"A full-scale quantum computer could produce reliable results even if its components performed no better than today's best first-generation prototypes, according to a paper in the March 3 issue in the journal Nature* by a scientist at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)."

Open-Source Guru Says JCP Is Too Closed

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OSS

"While Sun Microsystems Inc. moves to open-source its Solaris operating system and releases key patents in a nod to the open-source community, the company still takes a rap for hampering open source in other ways."

A Windows crash you don't see everyday

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Microsoft
Humor

"Unbelievable as it's gonna sound... My friend's Windows XP CD... crashed while being inside his CD-ROM. This photo was taken immediately after the CD was ejected from the drive. Seriously, if this is not irony, then I don't know what is."

Link to photo.

FREE SOFTWARE MAGAZINE

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Misc

THE FREE MAGAZINE ON FREE SOFTWARE

"Welcome to the "Free Software Magazine" project. Free Software Magazine is the free magazine for the free software world, available on paper and in electronic format. If you wonder what free software is, you should read this article written by the Free Software Foundation."

Link.

State politicians proposing more game regulation

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Gaming
Legal

"Washington state bill would hold game companies responsible for "inspiring" real-life violence; Arkansas proposal literally keeps M-rated games out of kids' reach. Lawmakers across the country continue to propose legislation that would safeguard youths from the supposedly harmful effects of games that depict violence or that are rated "M" (for Mature content) by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board."

Getting the net off the ground

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Web

"Early attention to security issues might have given us a better internet today - or the project might never have taken off at all, says Robert Kahn."

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