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What was wrong with the 'bubble boy'?

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RM talks tough market

Schools provider RM posted reasonable results for the six months ended 31 March, in what it described as "tough market conditions".

Fayrewood AGM: warning on profits

Fayrewood, the pan-European distie and part owner of security distributor ComputerLinks AG, is holding its Annual General Meeting this morning.
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Business Objects extends further into infrastructure

At Business Objects' European User Conference in Cannes, the main emphasis was on encouraging users to migrate to BusinessObjects XI Release 2. However, from my perspective, what was most interesting was the announcement of EIM (enterprise information management), though there was also some Crystal stuff of note.
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Chinese academic fired for 'faking' chip designs

A senior Chinese university official has been sacked from his position as head of the institution's microelectronics school for allegedly faking an entire series of chips in order to get state funding, local newswires reported late last week.

Pantech ships iPod-like phone

South Korean phone maker Pantech has launched a mobile phone with an iPod-like clickwheel control it describes as a "revolutionary touch-wheel sensor". The company said it was pitching the product, which goes on sale today in Hong Kong and Taiwan, at "digital generation" music fans.
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DCC results coming up rosy

Irish distie DCC saw overall profits rise in the year to March despite a difficult first half for its computer distribution arm SerCom.
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Refactoring and Smalltalk

Steve Taylor has emailed us with some interesting remarks on Pan Pantziarka’s review of Ken Pugh’s Prefactoring book:

Casio preps 'highest' power density portable fuel cell

Casio has become the latest Japanese electronics giant to hop on the notebook fuel-cell bandwagon, today pledging to offer a compact power source for portable PCs in sample quantities in 2007.
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Carnivores spit roast veggieromance.com

In a deliciously meaty twist to the story of gagged evolutionary psychology visiting fellow Nikolas Lloyd, the thread on a vegetarian dating site, where offended steak-dodgers plotted his silencing at the hands of Newcastle University, has itself been removed by site techs.

Indian employee database to be mandatory

The Indian IT industry has declared that all employees will have to register on its biometric database, so it can assure its Western clients that their customers' personal data will be protected.
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Verizon Wireless closes in on Voda stake

Vodafone has declined to comment on weekend press reports that it is flogging its 45 per cent stake in US cellco Verizon Wireless.

Nvidia silently ships GeForce 7900 GS

Nvidia has quietly released a new GeForce 7900-class graphics chip. The company's web site now lists the GeForce 7900 GS, and Dell has just updated the built-to-order options for its XPS 600 gaming machine to include cards based on the GPU.
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Is this the dullest spam ever?

It's a tough job being a spammer, what with continually having to formulate new lines of attack to lure an increasingly scam-savvy world towards your cunningly-disguised CvIiAaLgIrSa link. Well, the following is a refreshing change indeed from the usual "here's that fantastic mortgage offer I promised to forward - you owe me a beer" or "great to see you last night - here's where you can get a bigger organ" line of attack:
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Five ways to watch the World Cup on the move

Tech Digest The clock is ticking - not long until the big World Cup kick off. There's just one problem. To fit in over 60 matches in a one month period means a number of daytime kick offs, when most of us are stuck at work.

Palm launches Palm OS Treo 700 in US

Palm has announced the eagerly awaited Palm OS version of the Treo 700 it launched earlier this year with Windows Mobile on board. The US version of the 700p builds on the existing Treo 650 by adding support for the US 3G system, EVDO.
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Cab drivers lecturing on lawsuits

A taxi driver writes The funny thing isn't the cab driver. It's the total, absolute lack of interest in the issue of the ID card.
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Create improved human, win prizes

Competition Here's a challenge for all you Photoshop jockeys: create an improved human for the chance to win Reg t-shirts and goodie bag overflowing, cornucopia style, with the fruits of Vulture Central.
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C&W bosses in line for massive payday

Bosses at Cable & Wireless (C&W) could be in line for fat cat salaries if a new bonus package worth up to £220m gets the go-ahead.

Sony set to unveil UMPC?

Is Sony about to announce its entry into the UMPC arena? If pictures and specification posted on the web yesterday are anything to go by it will, but the presence of an HD TV-oriented HDMI port on the handheld and does almost everything a dream UMPC might be hoped to do.
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SoftBank denies Apple iPhone partnership

Japan's SoftBank has formally distanced itself from claims it's working with Apple to develop a mobile phone based on the iPod. In a terse statement, the company dismissed the allegations, reported last week, as unfounded guesswork.
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Ireland, Oz and NZ top world loneliness index

It's official: the good burghers of Dublin are the world's loneliest, narrowly beating Oz's Melbourne into second spot, with Auckland in NZ securing third place in the index of human misery and despair.
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Blair backs animal testing petition

Tony Blair has come out in strong support of animal testing by signing the online “People's Petition”, which hopes to give a voice to a “silent majority”, who it says back research.
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DoJ intervenes in 'warrantless' wiretapping lawsuit

The US government is seeking to quash a lawsuit against file by privacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) over a controversial "warrantless" wiretapping program.
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Police probe BT break-in

BT has denied that a load of broadband TV kit has been nicked from its R&D centre at Adastral Park in Suffolk.

Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT surfaces

Club 3D has become the first graphics card vendor to tell Reg Hardware it has launched a board based on Nvidia's new GeForce 7300 GT chip. Hints that Nvidia would announce the part this week emerged just six days ago.

Motorola sees red for Bono's AIDS charity

Motorola has launched a red SLVR handset to tie in with Bono's Product Red AIDS awareness charity, as expected. The company said five per cent of the money it makes each month from selling the device will go to the charity. But the real question is, does the handset have Edge support?
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Kodak EasyShare V610 6Mp camera

Review The twin-lens V610 follows on from Kodak's wide-angle lensed V570, which provided ultra-wide angle dual-zoom optics. Here, the V610 provides two lenses in a single, slimline body. Both lenses provide a 38-380mm, 10x optical zoom range...
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AOL Germany for sale?

Time Warner is to sell its German subsidiary AOL Deutschland, according to financial news agency DPA.
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Hospital phone charges 'extortionate' say patients

Nine in ten patients say the cost of using bedside phone systems in hospital are "extortionate" and that prices must come down.
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UK lawyers net £19m from software piracy case

A software piracy case cost the UK taxpayer more than £19m in legal aid last year.
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CA catches z/OS data for encryption

CA has announced a new foray into mainframe tape encryption. Brightstor Tape Encryption encrypts and decrypts any z/OS application data on its way to and from tape, without recourse to JCL changes.

Sony to ship 17in Blu-ray Vaio next month?

Sony's first Vaio notebook to ship with a Blu-ray Disc optical drive could hit the UK by the middle of June, it has emerged. A variety of European resellers are already beginning to list the product. Some are even starting to advertise the 17in machine.
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Football vigilante tackles air rage vixen

WSA Flying British Airways these days can be a perilous affair, and no messing. First up, you're in the Heathrow VIP lounge when Snoop Dogg and his entourage kick off, then no sooner have you settled into your seat than some booze-fuelled Swedish clotheshorse starts giving it the "don't you know who I am?" treatment.
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RAF admin system takes off

RAF personnel, frustrated with having their pay messed up by a new computer system, can relax after seven weeks of errors and uncertainty.
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Telewest scores HDTV deal for World Cup

Telewest is offering its TV viewers the chance to watch the World Cup in glorious high definition (HD) clarity following an agreement with ITV and the BBC.
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Bill Gates builds massive booze factory

Unimaginably rich nerd Bill Gates is to build a plant in Oregon to produce 35m gallons of liquor annually.

Hitachi touts notebook-oriented 'drive of steel'

Hitachi's Global Storage Technologies operation today said it had begun shipping what it claims is the world's most "technically advanced" 2.5in hard drive, the 160GB Travelstar 5K160. The drive uses perpendicular recording technology - Hitachi modestly called its version of the technique "super-perpendicular" because it's so "impressive". Apparently.
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Botnet implicated in click fraud scam

Botnets are being used for Google Adword click fraud, according to security watchers.

Corsair confirms Nvidia's nForce 590 SLI

Corsair has let slip Nvidia's name for the chip maker's upcoming chipset series. The Memory company today announced a pair of DDR 2 DIMMs "fully optimised to work with new motherboards based on the upcoming Nvidia nForce 590 SLI".

US man jailed for hacking supervisor's PC

A former US government computer security specialist has been jailed for five months for hacking. Kenneth Kwak, 34, of Chantilly, Virginia, admitted unauthorised access to his former boss's computer at the Department of Education. In addition to his spell behind bars, US District Judge Royce Lamberth last week sentenced Kwak to five months home detention, a fine of $40,000 and a three year supervision order.
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Apple updates to defend against OS, app and QuickTime flaws

Apple last week advised users to upgrade following the discovery that various versions of Mac OS X, Safari web browser, Apple Mail, and other products are affected by multiple security vulnerabilities. Users of Apple Mac OS X version 10.3.9 (Panther) and version 10.4.5 (Tiger) are confirmed to be at risk.

Sun's storage boss offloaded in reorg

In its first major shift since Jonathan Schwartz took over as CEO, Sun Microsystems has reworked its hardware organization in an obvious bid to revitalize a flagging storage business.
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McDonald's wants to fatten Asians on Web 2.0

Congratulations go out this week to McDonald's which has pushed racial stereotyping into the Web 2.0 era.