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Tory and Lib peers aim to ice ID cards until Blair's overthrow

Tory and Liberal opposition peers will unite in the House of Lords today in an attempt to have the UK identity card scheme shelved pending an investigation of costs and benefits. Their amendment is intended, according to Tory Home Affairs spokesman David Davis to force the Government to produce proper costings of the scheme, but if passed it will be likely to kick ID cards into touch for the remainder of Tony Blair's term in Downing Street.

Cutting choice to get more choice

Comment These days, experienced IT systems users looking to create an agile business environment have to make a simple but fundamental change in approach. A good analogy to that change might be their view of the pen, where they have to stop concerning themselves about issues such as `ink delivery technologies’ and instead get interested in what can be written, and why.
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Cisco gets into consumer electronics

Cisco sees a growing percentage of its future business coming from consumer electronics. The networking giant believes increasing demand for networked devices will allow it to compete with the likes of Sony and Samsung.
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UK gov calls for online gambling summit

The British government is calling for an international summit to discuss the benefits and problems of online gambling.
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Rambus sues Micron

Rambus has accused Micron of patent infringement, alleging the US memory maker has sold products containing its DDR 2, GDDR 2, GDDR 3 and other "advanced" memory technologies without permission.

HP readying compact Wi-Fi PDA phone?

HP may be preparing to launch an own-brand, updated version of O2's XDA Atom compact wireless PDA phone.
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NTL ups bid for Virgin

NTL's buy-out is back on again - well, for the time being at least. Late on Friday NTL - which has already been cleared to swallow the UK's number two cableco Telewest - upped its offer for the mobile business in a deal reported to be worth £930m.
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Asus moots Lamborghini-branded phones

Asus' next Lamborghini-labelled hardware is likely to be a mobile phone, company moles have claimed.
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Scottish beach in radium contamination probe

Scientists say radioactive contamination on a beach in Scotland's Fife headland probably comes from wartime aircraft luminous dials* which were burned then dumped during the 1950s, the BBC reports. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is stumping up £50,000 to discover the levels of radium contamination and any associated health risk.
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The Freedom of Information Act, one year on

OUT-LAW News, 13/01/2006 The Freedom of Information Act came into force 12 months ago and most public authorities say it is helping to create a culture of greater openness. But the Act's regulator has had over 2,300 complaints about the public sector improperly refusing to release information.
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Intel readies 65nm 'Yonah'-based Celeron M 4xx series

Exclusive Intel is preparing to launch a 2.33GHz Core Duo chip, the T2700, The Register has learned. The chip giant's product pipeline also includes faster Core Solo chips, speedier low-voltage Core Duos and the introduction of an ultra-low voltage Core Duo, the 1.06GHz U2500.
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Stardust floats gently to Earth

Scientists worldwide are toasting the successful return to Earth of NASA's Stardust mission - a seven-year jaunt during which the vehicle captured samples from comet Wild 2's tail and, the team hopes, some interstellar dust.

Intel 'Santa Rosa' Centrino to sport 800MHz FSB

Roadmap Intel's fourth-generation Centrino notebook platform, 'Santa Rosa', will take the hardware's frontside bus speed to 800MHz when it ships, provisionally sometime in H1 2007.
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Etailer bounces back after oil depot fire

A fashion etailer whose warehouse went up in flames five weeks ago following the massive explosion at the Buncefield oil depot is once again open for business.

US tests e-Passports

The US government has started testing electronic passports which contain an RFID chip holding information and a digital photo of the passport's carrier.
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Forget global warming - think boiling oceans

Humankind will be nearly extinct by the end of the century and there is little we can do but prepare for the worst, says James Lovelock, the scientist famed for his Gaia hypothesis of earth science.
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Intel readies 65nm Celeron D CPUs

Exclusive Intel's first 65nm desktop Celeron D chips will be the 352 and 356, The Register has learned.
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Nokia readies Bluetooth 2.0 clamshell phone

Nokia will ship it latest clamshell handset next quarter, pitching the mid-range product at European buyers.
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Selfridges to sell pricey iPod lessons

Posh London department store Selfridges is to begin charging punters £65 for a 40-minute one-on-one iPod tutorial later this month - almost as much as it costs to buy the cheapest iPod.
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BT hires kids' favourites for IPTV service

BT has signed up kiddies' favourites Bob the Builder and Pingu to help plug its yet to be launched on-demand broadband TV service.
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Plantronics Pulsar 590A Bluetooth stereo headphones

Review Since the dawn of time three questions have preoccupied mankind. Is there a God? Are we alone in the Universe? And, how do I wear headphones without getting tangled up in the cord?
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The Reg reaches 4m people a month

Site news November 2005 was a milestone for The Register, with more than four million people visiting us in a single month for the first time.

Reasons to be cheerful about Office 12?

One of the “opportunities” that awaits resellers in 2006 is the release of Microsoft Office 12 (O12); that’s if Microsoft’s timescales don’t go haywire (so no promises). Is there anything to get excited about or this going to be just another expensive upgrade with all the menu options moved around and plenty of new features you won’t know about and if you did wouldn’t use anyway?

Tax man asks to appeal Arctic decision

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is asking the House of Lords for permission to appeal a decision which could mean lower tax bills for thousands of companies. The decision will affect people who run their own businesses and are mainly paid in dividends rather than salary.

Fujitsu loses £500m Walsall Council deal

Walsall Council pulled the plug on a £500m outsourcing deal with Fujitsu after proving that it can improve its shoddy services without help from the private sector.
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BT Phone Book to be printed in Spain

Some 180 jobs are at risk at a printers in Essex following BT's decision to shunt the printing of its phone book to Spain.
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Unipalm ups security range

Unipalm is to distribute products from PatchLink - the security and patch management company.
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Unequal equivalence

Column In my previous column I put the contract for object equality under the microscope in most detail for Object.equals in Java but also with a brief look at Object.Equals in C#.
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Galileo satellite gives forth

Last Thursday marked a major milestone in the Galileo satellite project when the Giove-A "demonstrator" began to broadcast the first validation signals which will enable the European satnav initiative to claim its frequencies.
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Northern Ireland boasts blanket broadband coverage

Every home and business in Northern Ireland can now access a broadband service after millions of pounds were invested improving internet access.
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UK lifts lid on unmanned stealth aircraft

The UK has proved that there's a little fight left in its military aerospace industry by unveiling the "Corax" unmanned stealth surveillance aircraft:
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Intel Core Duo T2700 to bring VT to Centrino?

Exclusive Intel's Virtualisation Technology (VT) may not come to the mobile market until the chip giant releases the Core Duo 2700, The Register has learned.
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Napster rejects restructure reports

Napster has denied claims the digital music company is on the verge of a major shake-up that could see large numbers of employees lose their jobs. It also rejected allegations that Napster's bosses are planning to sell the business - or shut it down.
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BT hangs up on internet payphone

BT has pulled the plug on an ambitious scheme to replace 28,000 red phone boxes with all-singing, all-dancing internet-enabled payphones.

Union woos IBM with love hearts

Union organisers have asked IBM employees to mock the firm with love letters in retaliation for its recent decision to freeze their pensions.

Researcher: Sony BMG rootkit still widespread

WASHINGTON D.C. Hundreds of thousands of networks across the globe, including many military and government networks, appear to still contain PCs with the controversial copy-protection software installed by music discs sold by media giant Sony BMG, a security researcher told attendees at the ShmooCon hacking conference this weekend.