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'White Bud' guerilla targets one iPod at a time

When we suggested that iPods need Health Warnings recently, little did we know that concerned citizens have already taken action.
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BBC throws strop at 'Ceefax Google'

A Dutch consultant has provoked the anger of the BBC by creating a website which lets users browse Ceefax, the broadcaster’s popular teletext service. The BBC has demanded the closure of the site, claiming copyright infringement.
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Bush twins to join Air Force tech unit in Iraq

1 April exclusive First daughters Jenna and Barbara Bush will be assigned to a high-tech unit in Iraq, the Air Force Human Resources Command has confirmed. Having finished basic training at the Officer Training School (OTS) at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, they are scheduled to receive advanced training in telecommunications at the School of Information Technology before deployment overseas with the USAF Information Operations Squadron. For security reasons, the exact dates have been withheld.
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Deficient Veritas delays year-end fiscal report

Veritas has delayed the filing of its year-end financial forms with a US regulator after discovering "controls over financial reporting" that were not up to snuff.
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Tempel-1: iceberg or galactic rubber ball?

April Fool special NASA's Deep Impact probe launched successfully on 12 January, on a mission to more accurately understand the properties of comets.
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US regulators take action over ID theft

US banking tegulators, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and so-called "thrift institution" regulators, have instructed banks to develop procedures to promptly advise federal officials and customers of suspected cases of identity theft. This growing type of fraud costs consumers millions, even billions of pounds - the true figure is unknown. In the USA, based on 2002 figures, bank identity theft costs businesses US$50bn and consumers over US$5bn, according to USA official estimates.
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Red Hat Q4 sales soar

Red Hat is to buy back more shares after reporting a record fourth quarter. The Linux distro pulled in revenues of $57.5m for the three months to 28 February 2005, 56 per cent up on last year, and net income of $11.8m, 200 per cent up on Q4 04.
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German court to examine Lufthansa attack

After more than three years of investigation, a court in Frankfurt has set a June date to decide whether a short but effective online attack against Lufthansa's website was illegal. The main suspect, Andreas-Thomas Vogel, says it was only an 'activist demonstration'.
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Security and interop issues cause EU biometric passport delays

The European Union has asked the US to put back its biometric passport deadline for another year, citing "data security and interoperability of reading devices" as issues that still needed to be resolved. Meanwhile, data security is becoming a major issue in the run up to the planned rollout of US biometric passports later this year. The current deadline, after which the US will require biometric passports for non-visa travellers, is 26th October 2005, but EU Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini has asked for this to be put back to August 28th 2006.
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BT faces fading market share

BT should see its dominance of the UK's residential fixed line market evaporate over the next ten years according to boffins at Research Analysis and Knowledge Management.
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Intel heeds Japanese antitrust probe warning

Intel has agreed to abide by the recommendations of Japan's Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), the chip giant said yesterday, though it maintains that the accusations of anti-competitive behaviour levelled against it are false.
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Samba, Soccer and Open Source

Comment Since the election of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil has gradually become a beachhead for Open Source, and consequently a thorn in Microsoft's side. Soon after his election, President da Silva appointed Sergio Amadeu, an academic and Open Source enthusiast, to head Brazil's National Information Technology Institute.
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Another approach to federated query

The vast majority of vendors supplying federated or EII (enterprise information integration) platforms employ the same paradigm. This can basically be described as a view or virtual schema builder at the front end, with an optimiser and a cache in the platform. Now, there is not much disagreement about the front-end but there are alternative approaches in terms of how you optimise the environment.
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Apple founder Jobs joins IKEA

April Fool Special IKEA's flatpack days may soon be a distant memory, as Apple and Pixar founder Steve Jobs turns to his latest challenge. Inter IKEA Systems BV will employ Jobs as "acting CEO", from next month. The technology icon will maintain his twin CEO roles at Apple Computer Inc. and Pixar Inc. but will also take command with a wide-ranging brief at the retail giant. For the technology guru, it's just another job, but for the Swedish furnishing franchise, it's a massive gamble. IKEA had a turnover of €13 billion last year, and has over 200 stores worldwide.
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IVF clinics may tag embryos

The UK body which regulates IVF treatment is considering tagging embryos to prevent the sort of fiasco which saw mixed-race twins born to white parents after the wrong sperm was used to fertilise the mother's eggs.

Transmeta replaces CEO amid major restructure

Transmeta last night began its transformation from a chip maker to a processor technology developer, a move heralded by the replacment of president and CEO Matthew Perry, almost three years after his appointment to that role, and the loss of 67 jobs worldwide.
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AMD to bring forward dual-core Opteron debut?

AMD may be about to bring forward the launch of its dual-core Opteron server processors by a quarter. So suggest sources from among Taiwan's server manufacturing community, but there's circumstantial evidence to support the claim, too.
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Police quell Bangladesh mobe riot

A cut-price mobile phone promotion in Bangladesh ended in anarchy after application forms for the Teletalk Bangladesh deal ran out, provoking a riot in the capital Dhaka. Thousands of people who had queued in inclement weather expressed their dissatisfaction with the cock-up, and were baton-charged by police for their trouble.
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New UK agency to target net paedophiles

The government is setting up a new agency specifically to target paedophiles who use the internet to share child porn, and to "groom" children.
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UK commission rejects infant DNA profiling

The UK's Human Genetics Commission (HGC) has advised against a proposal to profile the DNA of every newborn infant. Although the HGC conceded that such a scheme might have benefits including allowing the advance planning of medical treatment, the ethical, legal and social concerns currently outweighed these.
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Ex-ATI CEO insider trading hearing postponed

Former ATI CEO K Y Ho will now have to wait until 11 April to hear what action the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) may take against him after it examines allegations that he engaged in insider trading.
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MS takes rod to phishers

Microsoft has upped the ante in its campaign against phishers by filing 117 so-called "John Doe" lawsuits.
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Qwest ups bid for MCI - yet again

The bidding war for MCI continues to show no sign of running out of steam following Qwest's decision to sweeten its offer yet again for the US telco.
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PalmOne 'Life Drive' photos surface

Analysis PalmOne's speculative hard disk-equipped PDA, said to be dubbed the 'Life Drive', took a small step closer to become a real product this week when pictures of the device were posted on the web.
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Why Fiorina wasn't the right man for the HP CEO post

And ninethly Jealousy is indeed a poor medium to secure love, but it is a secure medium to destroy one's self-respect. For jealous people, like dope-fiends, stoop to the lowest level and in the end inspire only disgust and loathing - Emma Goldman
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Hardware is secure (false)

Hardware devices are far from a panacea for information security problems but users are continuing to place too much faith in marketing claims to the contrary, the Black Hat conference was told this week.
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HP iPaq hx2750 PocketPC

Review When it comes to choosing a PocketPC it seems like there's little or no need to look elsewhere than HP's iPaq line-up. The company has dominated the market since day one and today it boasts a range offering something for everyone, writes Stephen Patrick.
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Privacy 'Dark Ages' force activist rethink

Privacy activists need to change tactics to adapt to changing public attitudes, a leading campaigner said Thursday. Simon Davies, a director of Privacy International, said campaigners need to win the argument by force of evidence rather than assuming that people naturally guard their privacy against government encroachment, an assumption he said is no longer valid.
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16 scammers fined £1.3m

Sixteen premium rate services have been fined a total of £1.3m following a crackdown on rogue operators over the Easter weekend.
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Cisco to merge with Nabisco

April Fool special Cisco Systems and Kraft Foods shocked investors today with an unlikely mega-acquisition that will see Cisco buy Kraft's Nabisco unit for $15bn. Perhaps even more surprising, former RJR Nabisco and IBM CEO Lou Gerstner has come out of retirement to head the new firm tentatively called NaCisco.
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.Net report slammed again

The report that decided ownership of the .net registry has come under heavy criticism for a second time this week.
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Coming months 'critical for LLU'

The next few months will "prove critical for LLU deployment", according to the man responsible for ensuring that local loop unbundling works in the UK.
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April Fool rages at El Reg

FoTW We would like to begin this Flame of the Week by calling the attention of the reader to the date. Yes, today is 1 April. The Fool's day. The day of pranks, cons, japes and other assorted jokes.