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MPs want to postpone ID

The government has been advised to further postpone the introduction of ID Cards until it can be sure the scheme will work.
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People still too human for Stephen Hawking

"Did you have fun with your robot buddy?" --Homer Simpson to Lisa Simpson, on Stephen Hawking's departure
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Sun tempts corporate JBuilder users

Sun Microsystems is targeting Borland Software's corporate developers in its campaign to encourage JBuilder users to migrate applications to NetBeans.
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FSA prepares for website pressure

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is upgrading its websites to handle surges of enquiries about food scares.
Kablenet, 04 2006
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World chip sales slip

In the first half of 2006, some $118bn worth of semiconductors were sold. In H1 2005, the figure was $109bn, yielding a year-on-year increase of 8.3 per cent.
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In the beginning was the mainframe...

Comment Some say the technical platform future lies with commodity-based blade computers.
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AOL prepares to slash staff

Time Warner’s struggling AOL business is to cut over a quarter of its 19,000 staff as part of its latest self-reinvention.
Joe Fay, 04 2006

Attackers pass on operating systems

The disappearance of easy-to-find flaws in the major operating systems has pushed vulnerability researchers to branch out from finding security issues in core system software and instead concentrate on the device drivers and client-side agents present on all PCs, security experts said on Wednesday at the Black Hat Briefings.

Apple to bring Core 2 Duo to MacBook Pro this month?

Expect Apple to upgrade its MacBook Pro to include Intel's mobile Core 2 Duo microprocessor - better known by its codename, 'Merom' - at the end of the month or early September, Mac buyers have been told.
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IBM System p5: bigger, better, faster

Comment IBM has announced the latest high-end servers in its System p family, the IBM System p5-590 and System p5-595, both equipped with POWER5+ processors, and up to 32 cores and 64 cores respectively.
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Apple may need to restate last 15 quarters

Apple is "likely" to restate its financial results from 29 September 2002 onwards following the discovery of further evidence of "irregularities" concerning stock options granted between 1997 and 2001, the company warned yesterday.

HTC's 'Muse' music phone played out?

HTC has knocked its 3G music phone, codenamed 'Muse', on the head, it has been alleged. The handset first surfaced in November 2005 as an HSDPA-equipped device with 4GB of built-in Flash memory for music storage.
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Secret agents on fire and Microsoft feels the love

Letters Excuse us, but what colour is the sky out there? Is this Earth? Have we stepped through some kind of Stargate-esque parallel universe mirror? The reason we are so confused, is that so many of you have written in in support of Microsoft. Yeah. Really. Mindboggling stuff.
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Horizon scoops up e-learning biz

Horizon Technology has bought a fellow Irish IT company WBT Systems Ltd.
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The game maker's apprentice

Book review Subtitled "Game Development for Beginners", The Game Maker's Apprentice is just that, a guide to developing your own games using the free Game Maker games development software (available for download here, if you don’t buy the book).

Kinpo preps second-gen iDo smart phones

Taiwanese gadget maker Kinpo launched its iDo smart-phone brand in July 2005 and is preparing a trio of new devices to supersede its launch product, the S600. One, dubbed Saturn, features a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard not unlike the one on the T-Mobile Sidekick III or the HTC TyTN.

Norton smites ecclesiastical app

A faulty definition update from Symantec left vicars in a quandary after it identified a popular ecclesiastical application as spyware.
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BOFH: Bastard gets fired

Episode 26 Episode 26 "BUT I DILIGENTLY BACKED MY FILES UP!" the user wails. "TWO YEARS AGO!" I respond, not feeling the slightest bit of sympathy for my caller. "It's still a backup!" "No, what you wanted was an archive, not a backup." "But the system let me backup the files and didn't warn me not to!" "The system would also let …

Creative draws bead on iPod Nano with second-gen Neeon

MP3 player maker Creative this week upgraded its Zen Neeon line of Flash-based digital music players with a second-generation product that sports a bigger display and more storage capacity but at the cost of a shorter battery life.
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ISPs suffer in the summer

Law, law is jaw jaw The US House of Representatives has got a bee in its bonnet about social networking sites such as MySpace, so it has passed a law making it illegal to access such sites from public institutions. Why are these sites such an evil? Because they are used by paedophiles to contact children, apparently. But in …

Acer Ferrari 5000 dual-core AMD laptop

Review Acer's Ferrari-branded notebooks have always favoured AMD-made engines, and the very latest model, the 5000, features the latest Turion 64 X2 twin-core processor. This fifth-generation Ferrari laptop brings yet more features, as well as higher performance, but like the titular sportscars, you'll need quite deep pockets to be able to buy one...
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Reg plan to take over Ireland thwarted

And we thought we'd got away with it.
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Northerners in hard boozing shocker

A study has revealed drinkers in the north are guzzling their way to an early grave compared to their rosé-sipping southern counterparts.
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How to clone the copy-friendly biometric passport

Analysis At Black Hat yesterday, security consultant Lukas Grunwald of German company DN-Systems demonstrated the cloning of a biometric passport, observing beforehand to Wired that the "whole passport design is totally brain damaged." But should we be surprised? Not exactly, because that's precisely what it says on the tin.
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Will eating crusts make your hair grow curly?

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Does thumb-sucking run in families?

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How do I taste things?

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e-passport cloning risks exposed

A security consultant has shown how to clone electronic passports based on internationally agreed designs due to begin distribution this year.
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Was human skin really used in book binding?

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Orange SPV M31000 pops up on carrier's UK site

Orange's upcoming 3G, QWERTY-keyboard equipped smart phone, the SPV M31000, has appeared on the carrier's UK website, something its predecessor, the M3000, never managed. The new model is listed as 'coming soon', but alas there's no pricing information yet.
Hard Reg, 04 2006
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Pipex, Tiscali and TalkTalk problems

Worried Pipex customers who pay by direct debit can relax - they are not about to be cut off.
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Man strip searched for packing overactive thyroid gland

A man who had receieved radiotherapy set off alarms at US airport security and was detained, interrogated and strip searched.

Lenovo moves into the black

Lenovo bounced back into the black in Q1 – just. But a slump in European sales took the shine off an otherwise reasonable quarter for the world's number three PC maker.

UK universities love open source

UK colleges and universities routinely consider open source solutions to IT problems - even when official policy might not support it.
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No prison break on BT prices

Prisoners rights campaigners have accused BT of profiteering on the back of the UK's prison population.
Joe Fay, 04 2006
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Thai police crack credit card wiretap scam

Tourists from Australia and New Zealand are among an estimated 48,000 victims of a highly-organised credit card fraud ring in Thailand.
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Team Three Pair go code complete

Imagine Cup We're down in Reading at the moment, flying out to India tomorrow morning for the Imagine Cup World Finals.
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Back from the dead, Silicon Valley icons hitchhike across the US

Into the Valley A new, rather high mark has been set for those hoping to secure lasting fame here in Silicon Valley. You have to die, be modeled out of wood, have a GPS device secured to your back and hitchhike your way around the country.