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Microsoft switches on to LAMP

Microsoft is positioning planned "express" editions of its next developer tools suite and database as "lightweight" alternatives to the open source LAMP stack.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Aug 2005
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JBoss welcomes BEA immigrants

JBoss has re-packaged its middleware migration services to encourage customers to dump incumbent application servers from rivals like BEA Systems.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Aug 2005
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Apple scraps 'Return Of The Twitchers' ad campaign

History has repeated itself - and this time the farce has blown a hole in Apple's advertising strategy.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Aug 2005
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Customers slap Dell for lousy support

Dell customers have struck back following the company's decision to close its Customer Support Forums, by giving Dell's customer support the thumbs down.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Aug 2005
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HP takes tax hit, but sales up

Hewlett Packard swallowed hard and took a tax adjustment of almost a billion dollars in its Q3 earnings announced today. HP's cash repatriation on foreign earnings will amount to $14 billion. The tax adjustment of $988 million was required by the American Jobs Creation Act.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Aug 2005
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Four found guilty of £40m VAT fraud

Four people were found guilty at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday of involvement in a “carousel” VAT fraud that is estimated to have cost HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) over £40 million over two years.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Aug 2005
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Techscape: RFP is not the one for me

Any salesperson who hasn’t felt the adversarial friction with a corporate procurement officer hasn’t lived. Or hasn’t really sold.
Bill Robinson, 17 Aug 2005
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Evesham goes a bundle with Bullguard

Evesham is to bundle BullGuard Internet security with all its PCs. The software, from London-based BullGuard, incorporates anti-virus, firewall and online back-up protection. Evesham customers get free initial software and support. ®
Team Register, 17 Aug 2005
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UK.gov IT procurement to be discrimination-free

The British government has brought its IT procurement procedures into line with European directives that demand technology projects must not specify specific brands of microprocessor.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2005
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ATI R520 to debut 'early September'

ATI will launch its first R520-based graphics chip early next month if a report on Anandtech is to be believed.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2005
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Sprint + Nextel = golden age of broadband?

The Sprint Nextel Merger went through last week with a key decision by the FCC that is likely to create a major "third" broadband route into the home and perhaps finally achieve the FCC's desire to see genuine competition in the provision of US broadband lines.
Faultline, 17 Aug 2005
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Avid trumpets facial animation breakthrough

Avid subsidiary SoftImage believes it has a breakthrough in automating the animation of human facial characteristics for video-quality programming.
Faultline, 17 Aug 2005
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Toshiba unveils 1GHz 65nm media processor

Toshiba today announced what it claims is the world's first 1GHz configurable microprocessor - and probably the first of its kind to be fabbed at 65nm.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2005
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Harvard goes hunting for life's origins

Harvard University has set aside an annual million dollar budget for research into the origins of life. The project will bring together physicists, chemists and biologists to take a multi-disciplinary approach to unraveling exactly how life arose on Earth.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Aug 2005
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US iBook sale ends in pandemonium

A sale of second-hand iBook laptops in Richmond, Virginia, yesterday ended in complete pandemonium as thousands of bargain-hungry punters stormed Richmond International Raceway in a desperate scramble to get their hands on the $50 machines.
Lester Haines, 17 Aug 2005
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Symantec snaps up compliance specialist Sygate

Symantec has announced a deal to acquire compliance specialist Sygate Technologies. Financial terms of the deal, announced Tuesday (16 August), were not disclosed but Symantec said it expects the deal to close shortly following customary regulatory approvals.
John Leyden, 17 Aug 2005
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Toshiba is latest to claim perpendicular HDD first

Toshiba has begun shipping what it claims is the world's first perpendicular hard disk drive.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2005
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Software Testing: a practical insight

Site offer Software testing is one of the invisible jobs in the software industry. Everyone has heard of computer programmers but few people realise there are nearly as many people behind the scenes testing the software the programmers have created.
Team Register, 17 Aug 2005
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Man builds Viking longboat from 15 million lolly sticks

In a truly laudable piece of silliness, a former stuntman from Jacksonville, Florida, yesterday launched a 15m replica Viking longship constructed entirely from 15 million ice cream sticks.
Lester Haines, 17 Aug 2005
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Greenpeace calls for technology detox

Greenpeace has called on the technology industry to clean up its act after it found toxic chemicals and heavy metals are routinely released into the environment during the recycling of electronic waste in India and China.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Aug 2005
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Cosmonaut clocks up record 748 days in space

A Russian man has broken the record for the longest (cumulative) stay in space, having been in orbit for a massive 748 days, this Tuesday. Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev is currently onboard the International Space Station, but has also spent time aboard Mir during his career.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Aug 2005
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Blu-ray secures Universal Music backing

Universal Music Group is backing Blu-ray Disc, the company said this week.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2005
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Plug and Play pandemonium

Media outlets have been hard hit by computer worms based on a recently discovered Microsoft Plug and Play vulnerability (MS05-039). Computer systems at CNN, ABC, The Financial Times, and the New York Times have all been disrupted. General Electric, United Parcel Service and Caterpillar were also affected by the attack.
John Leyden, 17 Aug 2005
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Nintendo's Game Boy Micro to arrive early November

Nintendo's Game Boy Micro will ship in Europe on 4 November, the video-game pioneer has revealed.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2005
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Cockney suits abuse f**king email

It's taken 'em a while, but email security firm Clearswift has discovered that Londoners are the worst in the UK when it comes to effing and blinding in emails, using email to slag people off and binning emails they want to keep the lid on.
Lester Haines, 17 Aug 2005
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Adobe warns over PDF peril

In brief Adobe has issued updates to guard against a buffer overflow vulnerability in various versions of its popular Acrobat and Reader software packages. The security bug, which stems from an unspecified boundary error in the core application plug-in, might be used to inject hostile code into vulnerable systems by tricking potential victims into opening a maliciously constructed PDF file.
John Leyden, 17 Aug 2005
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Relationships like atomic nuclei, says physicist

A physicist has built a computer model of the dating world, which he says shows people behave like decaying atomic nuclei, when it comes to finding love.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Aug 2005
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Volcanic activity did for the dinosaurs

The dinosaurs might have been wiped out by a huge volcanic eruption, a new study suggests, rather than an asteroid strike 65m years ago, as is widely believed.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Aug 2005
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Reg science and telecoms move house

Site news As of right now, El Reg science and telecoms stories can be found in their own, dedicated sections.
Team Register, 17 Aug 2005