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Gateway to use AMD processors again

Gateway will resume using processors from AMD in its PCs beginning immediately with the Gateway Select 600, the company has announced.

Gateway's chief financial officer said that delays in shipments from Intel had prevented the company from meeting demand for its PCs in the $US999 to $1299 price range, costing Gateway an estimated $US200 to $250 million.

Gateway announced less than a year ago that it would use AMD chips in its computers, but eventually decided to use Intel as its sole supplier.

The Gateway Select 600, which features AMD's Athlon 600MHz processor, is available now for $US1299. The Select 600 line will be expanded to include the Athlon 800MHz as well, Gateway said in the statement.

Copper chips boost IBM hardware

IBM is hoping to turn copper into gold with the introduction of the first entry-level servers to utilise Big Blue's copper-wiring technology.

The IBM RS/6000 44P models 270 and 170 Web servers are powered by the IBM-designed POWER3-II .18-micron copper processors, which until now have only been available in the company's enterprise-level S80 server.

According to IBM, the RS/6000 44P model 270 became the world's fastest four-way Web server by setting a SPECweb99 benchmark record of 1359 simultaneous connections.

Both models 270 and 170 can be attached directly to the IBM 2104 Expandable Storage Plus, an Ultra2 SCSI connection, which houses as many as 10 bays of drives that can range in size from 9.1 to 36GB.

Judge halts DVD encryption hackers

The Motion Picture Industry Asso- ciation of America (MPAA) has won a round in its fight to keep its members' DVDs protected from unauthorised users.

The courts last week granted a preliminary injunction requested by MPAA members to force three men to remove Internet postings that give the code for cracking DVD encryption.

The MPAA said the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 prohibits unauthorised use of such copyrighted materials.

A civil liberties group has criticised the ruling, saying it could hamper the development of Linux and other open-source initiatives based on publicly accessible and alterable software.

The de-encryption formula, called DeCSS, was first posted on the Internet in October 1998, and can de-encrypt movies or DVD disks normally scrambled by encryption code called CSS.


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