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Crime agency asks kids to explain social networking

A government crime agency will investigate the effects of social networking sites on children in an attempt to better understand the new phenomenon.

Sony preps sliver-like USB Flash drive

Sony UK today unveiled its smallest Micro Vault Flash drive yet - a 2.4mm-thick SD Card-like unit that clips into any free USB port. The 1.5g, 3 x 1.5cm Micro Vault Tiny ships in capacities of 256MB to 2GB, but ships with what Sony calls Virtual Expander software to compress the card's contents boosting storage capacity almost threefold.
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Music industry sues Yahoo! China

The music industry is suing Yahoo! China over links the company allegedly provides to illegal music downloads.
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Delayed Discovery takes to the skies

The Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off successfully yesterday evening from the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral at 2.38pm local time (7.38pm BST).
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Metadata is not enough

Comment Classically, at least in software terms, reverse engineering is the ability provided by a data modelling tool to inspect an existing database schema and derive entities and relationships from that schema. Hence the use of "reverse" - more usually you use such a tool to build entity-relationship diagrams from which you can generate a schema.
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Old lamps for new

Letters A couple of items in Reg Developer have prompted responses that continue a theme raised here before – that old software technologies that were developed years ago to solve perennial business management problems are still probably the best solution and should therefore be resuscitated - or perhaps unknowlingly re-invented.
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Cristiano Ronaldo on eBay transfer list

Updated As any true Englishman knows, our national football team's traditional crash-and-burn in the World Cup is never as a result of our own shortcomings.

Next-gen Nvidia one-chip chipset gets PCI-E thumbs-up

Nvidia's upcoming MCP61 single-chip integrated chipset has been certified as being compatible with the PCI Express standard. The part's certification suggests it's finished and nearing shipment - indeed, the part has been rumoured to be scheduled for an August debut.
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Finally, a condom for your mobile

A Dutch company is selling water, sweat, and blood-proof condoms for mobile phones to painters, butchers, plasterers and masons.
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Vote here for your fave IT support anecdote

Reg Poll Our Reg Reader Research tentacle recently carried out a survey on behalf of Numara Software, part of which asked long-suffering support operatives for their best work anecdotes.
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Wi-Fi network limits 'unlimited' access package

European Wi-Fi hotspot network The Cloud has made good on its promise to introduce an all-you-can eat wireless internet access tariff. Commit to spending £12 a month and you get "unlimited" internet connectivity, or you can buy it by the week on a pay-as-you-go basis, again for £12 a pop.

Sony slams '150k PS3s for UK' allocation claim

How easy will it be to buy a PlayStation 3 on 17 November, the day it launches in the UK and the rest of Europe? Tricky, reckons the Official PlayStation Magazine, which expects an initial stock allocation of "in the region of 150,000 units".
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Elonex sold to stationer

Administrators have sold Elonex Plc to Newcastle based stationery and printer cartridge remanufacturing firm Afic.

Ubiquity wins multi-million dollar supplier deal

Ubiquity software has signed a multi-million dollar deal with US firm Global Crossing that will see it become the preferred supplier of Session Initiation Protocol Application Server (SIP A/S) technology for Global Crossing's IP network.

Universal readies back-to-basics CDs for iTunes era

Universal Music Group is to bring no-frills CDs to the UK in a bid to match the iTunes Music Store's price point. The scheme targets old, back-catalogue releases rather than new or recent titles.
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Oz domain name scammer declares bankruptcy

Australian domain name scammer Bradley Norrish has declared himself bankrupt.
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Industry, government downplay nuclear safety worries

Sources in the nuclear industry and government have downplayed reports claiming cracks in ageing reactors are causing safety fears.
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Heat eases pain: official

Got a painful stomach cramp? Stick a hot water bottle on it, and smile in the knowledge that science is on your side. A group of physiologists at University College, London, has proven that heat can reduce internal pain.

Apple kills off the eMac

Apple has begun shipping an education-oriented version of its 17in Intel-based iMac - replacing its last remaining CRT-fitted all-in-one machine, the eMac.
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NHS database? No one asked me!

Letters Last week's story on the latest fiasco to hit the troubled NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) prompted this letter from a concerned reader:
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Trend Micro CEO in SEC probe

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is considering enforcement action against the chief executive of Trend Micro, Eva Chen, involving her husband Daniel Chiang and the trading of stock in SINA Corporation, the Chinese online media and wireless services firm. Chiang is former co-chairman of SINA Corporation.
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Spam zombies give UK ISPs the fear

The potential disruption of service and risk posed by compromised, zombie PCs spewing spam is putting fear in UK ISPs, according to a survey conducted by security firm StreamShield Networks.

Maxfield brings movie player to Blighty

German media-player maker Maxfield has begun shipping its handheld video player, the Max Movie, in the UK, the company said today.
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Online shopping = rubbish customer service

Buying gadgets online can be a troublesome pursuit, according to a new survey.

Samsung ships GDDR 4 chip

Samsung has begun shipping GDDR 4 memory chips in volume, the company said today, more than eight months after it began sampling the parts.
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BECTA snuffs National Grid for Learning

Education technology quango* Becta (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) has eliminated the prime minister's prized National Grid for Learning (NGfL).
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Get your Mac, it's raining Trojans

Security firm Sophos has issued a call for home computer users to ditch the Windows operating system and switch to Macs for the sake of their safety online.
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The Alienware Aurora ALX has arrived on Earth

Review In a month when laptops outsold desktops for the first time, it's a brave move to launch a desktop that weighs more than your fridge.
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Tech giants floored by monsoon

Seasonal rain in India has left some of the biggest names in IT stranded today.