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Fabric7 beats Sun to x86 SMP smack-down

Fabric7 has tried to steal the high-end x86 server limelight from Sun Microsystems by announcing a number of upgrades to its gear just ahead of Sun's eight-socket server launch.

Sun takes the Opteron highroad

At long last, Sun Microsystems has concocted an x86 server line that all customers can take seriously. The company today rounded out its Opteron-based gear with three, new systems that stretch from "compact" blades to bulkier eight-socket boxes.
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Cable & Wireless likely to suspend file-sharers' accounts

The 42 Cable & Wireless customers accused by the music industry of unauthorised file-sharing look likely to have their accounts withdrawn in line with a demand from industry body the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
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Astronauts complete second space walk

The crew of the space Shuttle Discovery have completed their second space walk, spending just over six and three quarter hours outside the shelter of the Shuttle.
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Government ready to go nuclear

The government is set to give its blessing to the construction of a new generation of nuclear power plants when it publishes the results of its energy review.

Apple moving to metal iPods?

Apple may be planning to ship its upcoming higher-capacity iPod Nanos in iPod Mini-like metal casings, it has been claimed. The move is said to be all about making the product less susceptible to scratching and to make the line-up more colourful.

Microsoft 'iPod clone' makes an appearance

Is this the face of Microsoft's alleged own-brand iPod clone? That's certainly what a number of gadget websites are claiming. It's said to be codenamed 'Argo' and to have the go-to-market name 'Zune', but there's little else that can said about it.

Pebble micro MP3 player renamed 'Oomi'

UK digital music device specialist Advanced MP3 Players has updated its tiny Pebble player, boosting the gadget's storage capacity to 2GB, adding support for DRM-protected WMA-encoded tracks and changing the name to Datasafe Oomi.

Who are you? Can you prove it?

You've probably heard the stories of employees who are prepared to part with logon and password information for a free café latté, Easter egg or some other form of instant gratification.

Seagate readies SOHO-friendly 1TB NAS box

Seagate will ship a 1TB version of its twin-drive, RAID-enabled Maxtor Shared Storage II network-attached storage (NAS) box later this month, the company announced yesterday.

Patent litigation treaty renews software patents battle

A new battle over software patents in Europe is set to begin this week as the European Commission begins hearings into the establishment of a new European Patent Court.

LG, Samsung clamshells coming for O2's i-mode

Two more handsets - from LG and Samsung - are coming to bolster UK carrier O2's i-mode phone line-up later this month, Reg Hardware has learned.
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Home Office stands by ID cards

The Home Office has denied claims that the national identity card programme is on the skids.
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More Carphone CRM goes online

Following on from last year's deal with the Opal Telecom division of Carphone Warehouse, online business management provider NetSuite has snaffled a bit more work from the UK telecoms company.
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Anti-Hacker’s Toolkit

Book review Sometimes it just pays to think bad thoughts. And, sometimes, it might even be a good idea to act on those bad thoughts. No, that doesn't mean you go out and shoot your boss. It does mean thinking bad thoughts about security. It means thinking like a hacker (no, not that sort of hacker, the sort that attacks your software/server/system).
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Lucent to cull 9,000 staff

Lucent is to cut some 9,000 jobs from its global workforce following its planned merger with French telecoms firm Alcatel.

Hitachi goes virtual

Hitachi has launched a new virtual tape solution for large scale enterprise storage.

i-Steroid 2 valve amplifier and speakers

Review The i-Steroid promises the warm sound quality you only get with old-style valve amplification, and there, clear for all to see, plugged in and powered up is the speaker set's single valve, glowing with sheer thermionic joy. The question is, does it make a difference to the sound, or is it simply there for show?
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Mobile search is the new battlefield for Google

Comment The debate over net neutrality rumbles on in the US, with Google firing the latest shot, saying it would not hesitate to file anti-trust complaints against broadband ISPs.
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BT merges networking dealers

BT has folded two data networking resellers, bought last year, into one company.

Datatec makes BEEline for SA merger

Datatec, the South African-owned networking dealer, is merging its home country operations with a black-owned business, African Legend Technologies (ALT). The enlarged group is to be called African Legend Indigo (ALI) and has pro forma annual revenues of R800m (c. £61m)- of which Datatec contributes 500m (£38m) and ALT the rest.
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Passports and car tax go offline

The Passport Service's online application system has been suffering technical problems which have delayed 5,000 passports.

Microsoft ends support for Windows 98

Microsoft is to end customer support for its Windows 98 and Millennium Edition operating systems from Tuesday as part of its product lifecycle policy.
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PlusNet obliterates customer emails

Exclusive PlusNet has deleted hundreds of gigabytes of its customers' email during a storage update. The blunder also left about half its 140,000 punters unable to send and receive new email until this morning.
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Register men defy machine IQ threat

Letters Last week, we ran a piece based on a chat we had with futurologist-in-chief at BT Group, Ian Pearson. It provoked quite a response - unsurprising, since Pearson was suggesting that men (specifically programmers) would be put out of work by the Rise of The Machines:
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DCC Sercom trading picks up

DCC, the Irish distie conglomerate, had its AGM yesterday. It says it's too soon since the last announcement in May to add much to market guidance, but it is "pleased with trading results in the first quarter and in particular the continuing pick up in the results of DCC SerCom", its IT wholesaling arm.
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Reg reporter pledges to sort out internet

McCarthy 2006 Worried about the way the internet is going? Frustrated at secret deals done behind closed doors? Well, worry no longer because The Reg's very own Kieren McCarthy has pledged to sort it out by standing for one of the three board positions that have opened up at internet overseeing organisation ICANN.

IBM begins third phase of Power5+ journey

IBM appears set to underwhelm customers once again with a sprucing of its Power5+ - based server line.

Tunnel of death interrupts Ballmer

Seven thousand people sat in a Boston conference centre listening to a live band play soft rock while they waited for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to deliver his opening speech at the MS Worldwide Partner Conference this morning.
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PowerSellers slam eBay 'ballsup'

British traders have slammed an unexpected move by eBay to prune the range of payment methods it accepts. On Friday morning, Pacific Time - Friday evening in Europe - eBay declared that Nochex, a Leeds-based payment gateway, was no longer acceptable as a payment mechanism. Google's new Checkout service also found itself in the sin bin.
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Half of mobile data virgins say never again

Almost half of the people who used mobile phone data for the first-time during the 2006 World Cup say they won't use mobile data again, a survey has found. Mobile operators certainly had some success in luring newcomers to try their data services, the numbers suggest. But converting them into regular data junkies is going to be much harder.
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Microsoft finally puts date on hosted CRM

Microsoft will next year launch a hosted customer relationship management (CRM) service while insisting it's not competing with Salesforce.com, SAP and Oracle.

Dell hands out plug for Sun CEO

One of the few redeeming qualities Dell had left was its home base in Central Texas. The Lonestar State angle backed up Dell's hard-nosed, direct model approach to selling computers. The Texas toughness helped explain Dell's behavior over the years when the vendor ignored namby-pamby customer complaints in favor of always lowering prices.