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More kids want to be hackers than rockers

Small business owners concerned about the number and quality of IT workers have been given hope for the future - a new survey has revealed that working with computer technology is the most popular career path for children, ahead of being elected prime minister or even becoming a pop star.
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Brummies goes brand barmy

LogoWatch If ever proof were needed that the newly classified mental illness known as 'brand building' had taken hold in offices up and down the land, it must be the inert efforts by councils to brand their cities.
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PowerHouse axes 813 jobs

Some 3000 jobs are under threat at electrical retailer PowerHouse after the company called in the receivers yesterday.
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DRAM contract prices still rising

DRAM contract prices continued to rise again during the first half of August, according to the latest figures from online memory marketplace DRAMeXchange.
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Fuji unveils 0.8in hard disk

Japan's Fuji Electric this month revealed the latest development in the ongoing shrinkage of hard disks: the 2cm (0.8in) platter.
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Sobig-F is fastest growing virus ever – official

Sobig-F has taken the record as the world's most rapidly spreading virus to date, according to managed services firm MessageLabs, which stopped more than one million copies of the email-borne nuisance since its first appearance earlier this week.
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IBM lays off 15,000, HP 1300

Veteran IBM-watchers know how testing it is to read one of the company's financial statements. In the early days of the cold war, Churchill described the Soviet Union as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma". But compared to earnings releases from companies such as Apple and Sun - who provide terse and lucid declarations - you can be forgiven for thinking of IBM's announcements as a cloud wrapped in a fog containing a temporary heat-haze.
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Public Wi-Fi must learn to roam, claims Broadreach

Wireless won't work on its own - the key to making a success of public Internet access is having a physical presence. So says Magnus McEwen-King, chief exec of Broadreach Networks, which operates net cafés in place such as Virgin Megastores, bagel shops and various railway stations under the ReadytoSurf brand.
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Symbian smart phone sales soar 1000%

Symbian is clearly one of the prime beneficiaries of the rise in smartphone sales at the expense of PDA shipments highlighted by market watchers like IDC of late.
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Yorkshire chucks money at broadband

Around £1.4 million ($2.2 million) of public sector cash is being used to help bring broadband to Yorkshire and the Humber region.
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Forget California, it's time to recall Microsoft

Opinion A sign on a Trenton, NJ railroad bridge says "Trenton Makes, The World Takes."  In light of recent history, a sign at Sea-Tac airport should probably read "Microsoft Makes, The World Quakes."
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Net anonymity service back-doored

The popular Java Anonymous Proxy (JAP), used to anonymise one's comings and goings across the Internet, has been back-doored by court order. The service is currently logging access attempts to a particular, and unnamed, Web site and reporting the IP addys of those who attempt to contact it to the German police.
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XML machine the successor to von Neumann?

The most basic principle of a von Neumann machine is that programs and data can share memory as they are both just strings of bits. This is still the basis of the architecture of all commercial computers, writes Peter Abraham of Bloor Research.
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MS releases unholy trinity of security fixes

Microsoft yesterday released another cumulative fix for Internet Explorer designed to address all the old flaws with the Swiss cheese browser and fix a set of fresh problems.
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PCFX ships AMD Opteron gaming PC

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Desktop PC Can't wait for the Athlon 64? Houston-based PC maker PCFX has begun offering a gaming PC based on AMD's Opteron 200 series. The Leviathan III family is equipped with single Opteron 240, 242 or 244 CPUs and built around Nvidia's nForce 3 Pro 150 chipset, which offers AGP 8x, Serial ATA and a dual- …
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Texting blamed for movie flops

Could this be one the greatest excuses of modern times? Apparently movies flop because… get this… of texting, instant messaging and email.
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RIAA legal threat cuts P2P downloads by 23%

The campaign launched in May by the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) to target individual music sharers appears to be scaring punters away from file-sharing services, the latest figures from market watcher NPD appear to show.
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Protesters to march against EU software law

The battle against a change in EU law that would see software opened up to worldwide patent law is hotting up.
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Oi, you! Don't be a 'tosser'!

Environmental lobby group Keep Britain Tidy has warned motorists not to toss their rubbish onto roads and verges as they drive around the country this holiday weekend.
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Bloggers on wheels

The stunning video captured earlier this month of an NYPD Segway sting operation has been met with an equally shocking display of blogging drivel dolled out by scooter worshipers.