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Red Hat OS update goes to 64 CPUs and beyond

Red Hat has shipped a fresh version of its high-end Linux operating system that pushes support for large x86 systems much higher.
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Gambling Code of Practice released

Online gambling operators will have to keep tabs on problem gamblers and advise customers how much time and money they have spent on gambling websites under a draft Code of Practice published by the Gambling Commission on Friday.
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Blanket digital licence fails in France

Under heavy pressure from the French government, the country's parliament has voted against introducing the world's first blanket licence for sharing digital media. A section that would have permitted internet users to freely exchange copyrighted material, effectively legitimizing file sharing, and hastening the demise of digital rights management (DRM) software, had passed an earlier reading in a vote last December.
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Passport data checks go live

Personal details of passport applicants are being checked against third party databases in a scheme that could provide the basis for ID Cards.
Kablenet, 14 2006
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BSI in breach of own disabled advice

The British Standards Institute (BSI), which last week joined the campaign for a worldwide web that is accessible to disabled people, has itself got an inaccessible website.
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Class action for music downloads

San Diego lawyers and class action specialists Lerach, Coughlin, Stoia, Geller, Rudman and Robbins are taking action against the big music labels who they accuse of conspiring to fix the price of music downloads.

Fraud falling under Chip and PIN

Chip and PIN technology has helped cut credit card fraud by 13 per cent in the last year, its first decline in a decade, according to new figures.
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King Tut's neighbours: broken pots

The discovery of a previously unknown 'royal tomb' containing five sarcophagi in the Valley of the Kings has turned out to be no more than an ancient funeral parlour.
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McAfee ate my system

A faulty signature update from McAfee flagged up legitimate application files as infected with a low-risk virus, CTX.
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How your IT department is breaking data protection laws

Comment Now, here’s a dirty little secret that most of the people that concern themselves with corporate governance and compliance don’t know about.
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Three ends cross-border roaming charges

Following a precedent set by O2 and Vodafone, Three Ireland has abolished charges for its Irish customers while they are roaming in Britain or Northern Ireland.
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Murdoch tunes in to iPod generation

Newspapers need to embrace the iPod generation or risk losing out in the digital world, according to media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

World LCD TV sales overtake CRT revenues

Display manufacturers made more money from LCD TVs than they did from sets based on CRT technology, market watcher DisplaySearch's figures for Q4 2005 reveal. However, far more CRT TVs shipped during the quarter, making it the dominant telly technology by a large margin.
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Java Bytecode patent allowed in UK law

The Patent Office has concluded that Sun Microsystems can patent an invention for a reduced set of Java Bytecode instructions – the form of instructions that a Java Virtual Machine will follow to execute a Java program.
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FTC retains children’s online privacy protection rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided to retain a rule implementing the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which demands that website operators obtain parental consent to their collection of children’s personal information.
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Google and DOJ back in court today

Google and the US government go back to court today to decide if the search giant should hand over records of user searches.
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Rochdale outsources IT in £200m deal

Rochdale Council has confirmed that two private sector partners are to take on the management of its services in a deal worth £200m.
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WTF is a 'lappy'?

Poll Back in September last year our very own Lester Haines was left sobbing uncontrollably in a darkened room after readers voted to excise the word "mobe" from the Vulture Central lexicon.
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Orange kicks off HSDPA trial in France

Orange France has become the latest mobile outfit to trial a high-speed mobile network service based on HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology.
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ID cards are compulsory

...yes they are, after MPs last night voted for ID Cards to be introduced with "creeping compulsion".
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Intel to hop on third-world-PC bandwagon

Intel is to follow AMD's lead and pitch an ultra-low cost PC at the developing world. It will tout a machine priced at significantly less than $300 "in the next several weeks", according the company VP Bill Siu.
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Sprint and AT&T to do battle over enterprise services

Comment Sprint CEO Gary Forsee was bullish last week about the prospective merger of AT&T and BellSouth, claiming his company’s challenge to the Bell operators — based on broadband wireless, cable company alliances and mobile multimedia - would be equally strong against three RBOCs as four.
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Readers exorcise satanic BMW

Letters To jump-start this Tuesday's foray into the rolling steppe where enlightening missives stand like welcoming peasant villages amid seemingly endless tracts of email buffoonery, let's have a quick butcher's at a couple of points regarding accessible websites.
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Greenhouse gas hits record high

Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have scaled record highs. CO2 has hit 381 parts per million - 100ppm above the pre-industrial average, the BBC reports.

Phishing fraudsters offer cash reward

Email scammers are trying to dupe online banking customers into handing over sensitive account information using a bogus survey that offers a fictitious $20 reward. The attack, targeted against Chase Manhattan customers, represents the latest evolution of social engineering attacks by phishing fraudsters.
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Met police make free with Oysters

Police in London are making increasing use of journey information logged by people using Oyster cards. The smartcards store information on all bus, train and tube journeys taken in the last two months.
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Hitachi wants European consultants

Hitachi launched a consulting division in Europe today with the bold claim that it would be buying its way into the tight market for high level IT consulting.

Samsung YP-Z5 MP3 player

First UK Review There's no doubt Samsung has its eye on the hugely popular iPod Nano, and the YP-Z5 is its boldest attempt to woo consumers away from the Apple product. The Z5 is roughly the same size as a Nano; has a similar storage capacity and feature list; has a cool, visually stylish user interface; and even comes an a comparably sized box. Yes, you can buy it black, too...

Ex-Gizmondo team form ads-for-airtime phone firm

Three ex-Gizmondo Europe executives have have emerged as the minds behind US-based virtual network operator Xero Mobile. The start-up's pitch: offer mobile phone users free airtime if they'll put up with adverts being pushed to their handsets.

MSI takes a shine to solar-powered MP3 players

MSI has unveiled what it has been claimed to be the first solar-powered, hard drive-equipped MP3 player, though it appears a custom job kitted out to wow the crowds at the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany this week.

D-Link shows off 'first' clamshell Wi-Fi VoIP phone

D-Link said today it will ship this Summer what it claims is the first clamshell Wi-Fi VoIP phone. Lest enterprising Reg Hardware readers come up with such a device already on the market, the networking gear company qualified its claim by noting its DPH-540 is the first Wi-Fi "flip-style" handset pre-loaded with TelTel VoIP software.
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Gent well cheesed off by Voda row - report

It appears Sir Christopher Gent still has a few things he wants to get off his chest following his decision to cut all ties with Vodafone by resigning his honorary role as life president.

US cops collar ATM fraud ring

US police have arrested 14 people suspected of involvement in widespread ATM fraud that has forced a number of US banks to reissue debit and credit cards over recent months. The suspects are all accused of manufacturing counterfeit cards using stolen credit card details. Most of the arrests happened over the last fortnight.

WD brings external hard drive biz to book

Hard drive maker Western Digital clearly hopes to appeal to more literate computer users with its latest external hard disk: between 160GB and 500GB of back-up space and media storage capacity dubbed My Book that "sits naturally on desktops and bookshelves", according to the company.
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Ofcom rules out broadband USO

The notion that broadband should be universally available in the UK has been kicked into the long grass after regulator Ofcom ruled that high speed net access should not be part of a universal service obligation (USO).
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Dutch blaggers explode ATMs

Banks in the Netherlands have begun fitting air vents to ATMs after local blaggers took to blowing up tills using explosive gas. According to local reports, enterprising local crims have taken to drilling holes in conventional ATMs and filling them full of flammable gas and igniting it from a safe distance, a technique called plofkraak. Surprisingly this doesn't incinerate the contents of cash dispensing machines.
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MS tweaks Software Assurance again

Microsoft is tweaking its Software Assurance program again and promising to make the unpopular licensing scheme more loved by customers and partners.
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Olympus recalls 1.2m film cameras

Olympus has asked the buyers of 1.2m Infinity Twin, AF-1 Twin, Infinity Z00 200 series, AZ 200 series and other film cameras sold in the US between 1989 and 1995 to return them for repair after the manufacturer discovered that the products' flash units may overheat and produce smoke. Fortunately, no one's yet been injured, but Olympus warned owners not to use their cameras until the devices have been fixed. ®
'ard Reg, 14 2006
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Computacenter saw revenues, profits down in 2005

Computacenter's 2005 revenues and profits were down on the previous year, results released today showed.
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Norwegians plumb in beer-dispensing kitchen sink

It's every right-minded Englishman's dream: you've been dispatched to the kitchen on a Sunday afternoon - protesting pathetically against your other half's (absolutely correct and justified) assertion that you're "not going down the bloody pub until you've done the washing-up" - but when you half-heartedly stick a mug under the tap to purge the encrusted mould from the bottom it's not water that issues forth, but beer.

Sun's Rock goes 16 cores and arrives with multi-core friends

Exclusive Sun Microsystems has promised a great deal with its futuristic "Rock" processor line but, thus far, failed to back up the promises with any technical details on the chip's design. That situation changes now that The Register has obtained exclusive information pertaining to the Rock chip - or should we say chips - and its related server family. The information in this story has been corroborated by multiple sources.

HP takes 12 'one-time' charges in a row

Ever since the Compaq terror, layoffs have become a way of life at HP. The company, however, continues to treat the firings as "one-time" events in its financial statements. This practice has raised the suspicions of one of Wall Street's most observant analysts.
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Red Hat enters state of Xen

Red Hat is going up against Novell by beefing up its support for Xen's hypervisor, bringing virtualization technology to a "mass market."
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Razr returns to US strs

In brief The GSM version of Motorola's Razr phone is returning to US retail channels after a week long hiatus. Cingular says it has resumed stocking the device, which it pulled last Monday. T-Mobile withdrew the Razr two days later.

Fujitsu and Tyan flex their Opteron eight-packs

Call it the Cramming Game. Fujitsu and Tyan struck out this week with compact new Opteron systems. Fujitsu went the blade server route, while Tyan showed a type of Opteron space heater outfitted with handles and wheels.
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Mozilla's Google millions - a tax dodge?

When the Mozilla Foundation turns to the public for money, it happily assumes the mantle of a penniless public institution asking for charity. Over 10,000 FireFox fans drew deep into their own pockets to place an expensive two-page advertisement for the browser in the New York Times 15 months ago.
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Google cuts data deal with DoJ

In a 90-minute court hearing in San Jose, a Judge has said that Google must hand over some search data to the Department of Justice, but less than Federal lawyers had originally wanted. Judge James Ware said he'd produce a definitive written list shortly.