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NetSol's email goes titsup

In brief Network Solutions Inc says it's working to fix an outage which has left its business email customers high and dry for most of today.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 May 2006
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Dell: 'We'll cut prices and ... er, cut prices'

Following one of its worst quarters in memory, Dell has vowed to enact a process of renewal. The company will overhaul its products and customer support services, while at the same time cutting prices in a bid to attract more business in the long-term.
Ashlee Vance, 19 May 2006
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MRSA-stomping antibiotic discovered

Doctors may have a powerful new weapon in the battle against deadly drug-resistant bugs. A compound isolated from South African soil samples offers potency against all the big hospital killers.
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Vendors can't stop giving at JavaOne

Oracle has used Sun Microsystems' JavaOne conference as a springboard for announcing a number of contributions to open source projects supporting Web 2.0.
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2006
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Last call for feedback on SOA

The latest Reg Reader study on SOA is closing today, so if you haven't had your say yet, now's your last chance.
Team Register, 19 May 2006
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Patent Office to reconsider Amazon's 1-Click patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office ordered a re-examination of Amazon.com's controversial 1-Click patent on Friday following a New Zealander's discovery of what he believes to be prior art.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 May 2006

Intel to prune Core Duo prices - report

Intel will cut its Core Duo processor prices on 28 May, an online report has claimed. If true, the move will knock up to 33.6 per cent off the price of the 65nm, dual-core notebook-oriented chips. It also paves the way for the anticipated arrival of the 2.33GHz T2700 next month.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2006
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Dining out on the ID card fiasco

When they make the film of the great ID card fiasco, it may well open with a dinner at the National Liberal Club, where the Great and Good of the IT industry (and your Register correspondent) warn of impending doom.
Dominic Connor, 19 May 2006

Abit spills Nvidia nForce 570 SLI beans

Motherboard maker Abit has announced a board based on Nvidia's as-yet-unlaunched nForce 570 SLI chipset. The mobo, the KN9 SLI, supports AMD's upcoming Socket AM2 interconnect and the "newest dual-core AMD processors".
Tony Smith, 19 May 2006
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The evolution of integration platforms

Comment Once upon a time there were ETL (extract, transform and load) tools and then, quite separately, products for data cleansing and matching started to appear.
Philip Howard, 19 May 2006
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SAP boss flirts with... nearly everyone

SAP flashed a bit of thigh today, with one of its co-founders saying the company could just possibly be open to being bought and then detailing his three most likely suitors.
Joe Fay, 19 May 2006

Intel Woodcrest Xeon DP 5100 series to 'ship 25 June'

Intel will launch 'Woodcrest', the Xeon DP server processor based on the chip giant's 65nm next-generation architecture, on 19 June and ship the chip almost a week later, on 25 June, Taiwanese motherboard-maker moles have claimed. The new chip will debut as the Xeon 5100 series.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2006
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Tesco offers rum as contraceptive

Anyone wondering why the UK's sink estates are full of 12-year-olds pushing prams while their asboed-up 15-year-old boyfs throw fridges onto decorated war veterans from the top of abandoned 1960s tower blocks, should look no further that Tesco's ecommerce tentacle for the shocking answer:
Lester Haines, 19 May 2006
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Gremlins halt BT's 8 meg upgrade

The migration of thousands of people onto higher speed broadband services has been put on hold after BT admitted that a key system has been floored by a software glitch.
Tim Richardson, 19 May 2006

Apple countersues Creative

Apple has responded to Creative Technology's patent infringement allegations by claiming the MP3 player maker has violated its own intellectual property. It has filed a formal complaint against its rival in the Wisconsin District Court.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2006
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Web vigilantes seek MS anti-piracy quarry

Earlier this month we reported on an audacious Microsoft anti-piracy initiative which consisted of sending customers a stone in a box.
Lester Haines, 19 May 2006
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Poll: reliability key to storage end users, vendors coming up short

Storage vendors are landing short of the mark when it comes to providing answers to their clients' storage needs. A Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) survey has shed light on the challenges faced by network professionals.
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First Big Brother golden ticket surfaces on eBay

Updated It was only a matter of time, and here it is: the first Big Brother golden ticket has been duly extracted from a KitKat bar and immediately placed for sale on eBay:
Lester Haines, 19 May 2006
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Dr Who episodes now online

Geek TV "Forward-thinking is part of Sci Fi's DNA," says Sci Fi Channel president, the bodaciously-named Bonnie Hammer. Roughly translated from Bonnie’s native Klingon, this means: "Geeks will be geeks".
Jane Hoskyn, 19 May 2006

BOFH: Power down blues

Episode 17 Episode 17 So I get into work to find out that one of the cleaners has switched my bloody desktop off overnight, again, in the interests of power saving. No matter how many times I tell them not to the order is countermanded by the head of the cleaning staff, whose extensive and ongoing work with the intricacies of the …
Simon Travaglia, 19 May 2006
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Telcos wish to deny mass snooping

BellSouth has demanded that USA Today must retract its story fingering the telco in the Bush Administration's mass domestic dragnet of phone records.
Thomas C Greene, 19 May 2006
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Slovenian brewer reveals miracle properties of beer

The beer drinkers among you already know the truth - the nectar of the gods fights cancer and heart disease, promotes intelligence and a slimline physique and bestows riches upon the quaffer.
Lester Haines, 19 May 2006
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Symantec moves to slap Redmond with Vista injunction

Symantec is suing Microsoft over the Volume Manager software it acquired in its Veritas purchase last year. The suit was filed yesterday in the Seattle district court.

MS posts PC Vista-viability tool

Microsoft has specified what kit you'll need to run Windows Vista, with and without the upcoming operating system's fancy Aero user interface. It has also posted an application that will assess your system for its Vista suitability.
'ard Reg, 19 May 2006
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Virgin Mobile offers free beer and kebabs

Virgin Mobile is offering its gig-going punters free beer and kebabs this summer as part plans to be nice to its customers.
Tim Richardson, 19 May 2006
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EU regulation attacked as censorship

Update Libertarians have got a bee in their bonnet over European Commission proposals to regulate commercial audio and video broadcasts over the internet and mobile phones.
Mark Ballard, 19 May 2006
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Japanese lab recreates Mona Lisa's voice

A Japanese laboratory claims to have recreated the voices of the Mona Lisa and Leonardo da Vinci using "methods employed in criminal investigations", Physorg.com reports.
Lester Haines, 19 May 2006
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Which comes first: imagination or fantasy?

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Stephen Juan, 19 May 2006

What is the difference between a chromosome and a gene?

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Stephen Juan, 19 May 2006
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What are chromosome abnormalities and how often do they occur?

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Stephen Juan, 19 May 2006
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Intel EOLs virtualisation-friendly Pentium 4s

Intel is to discontinue production of its two Virtualisation Technology-equipped Pentium 4 processors, the 662 and 672, the chip maker has told its customers. The two 90nm, LGA-775 chips only debuted in November 2005.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2006
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LibDems attack NHS IT programme

Speaking in Parliament, the Liberal Democrats claimed the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT), said to be the world's largest civil IT project, was failing to meet the government's own targets.
Kablenet, 19 May 2006
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Brocade results set to warm Wall Street

Brocade's latest set of financials exeeded analysts' expectations yesterday, sending shares in the storage firm up 8 per cent on the Q2 news in pre-Wall Street opening dealing.
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NAO urged to investigate identity fraud

An MP has called upon the National Audit Office (NAO) to look into allegations that organised criminal gangs paid civil servants to steal thousands of people's identities from government databases.
Kablenet, 19 May 2006
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Sky HD installs delayed

Sky has delayed the installation date for thousands of its customers who are hoping to tune into High Definition (HD) TV in time for the World Cup.
Tim Richardson, 19 May 2006

US State Dept pulls Lenovo PCs

The US State Department has yanked computers made by China's Lenovo from networks that provide access to information vital to national security, it has emerged. The move follows fears the kit could be used by China to spy on the US.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2006
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Government wants encryption key offence in force

The government plans to bring into force a controversial power that can require the disclosure of an encryption key on pain of five years' imprisonment. The power has lain dormant for six years; but its time has come, Home Office Minister Liam Byrne said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 May 2006
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.xxx registry sues US government

The company behind the unsuccessful bid for a new .xxx domain for internet pornography, ICM Registry, has embarked on a legal fight-back.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 May 2006
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Acer n311 Wi-Fi PDA

Review The introduction of the smart phone may be slowly killing off the PDA, but there are times when you need the larger screen of the handheld. The Acer n311, part of the n300 series, offers plenty of other interesting features too, but are they enough to make you want to splash your cash?
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GPU shipments up 25 per cent in Q1

Intel grew its share of the graphics chip market during Q1, along with ATI and Nvidia, the latest figures from market watcher Jon Peddie Research reveal. The losers were VIA, SiS and Matrox, all of which registered sequential market-share declines.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2006
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Parkies get police intelligence

Police intelligence records could be opened to frontline council workers under a draft plan being considered by Downing Street.
Mark Ballard, 19 May 2006
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The UK's Imagine Cup team on film

Imagine Cup Yesterday we had a visit from our main man at Microsoft, the guy himself, Mark Johnston! Mark spent the day with us going over our entry and discussing how we were managing our daily development plan. We talked about our presentation and what we need to put into it. He also kindly reminded us of the hundreds upon thousands of times we're going to have to demonstrate it to people.
Team Three Pair, 19 May 2006

Demise fears boosts traffic for AllofMP3.com

What's the best way of boosting your share of the music download market? For Russian song supplier AllofMP3.com, three days' downtime appears to be the best bet, it seems. According to online traffic data, the website's share of the internet audience more than doubled as news of its possible demise broke.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2006
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Dell takes care of Wall Street, not customers with AMD move

Analysis Dell's decision yesterday to start shipping an AMD-based server sent a strong signal that investors and not customers come first for the company's current management team.
Ashlee Vance, 19 May 2006

Apple shunned superstar chip start-up for Intel

Exclusive Did Apple make a mistake by switching to Intel? We may never know, but Apple had more options than has been previously reported, The Register can exclusively reveal.
Ashlee Vance, 19 May 2006