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IBM greenlights Eclipse paid support

IBM is introducing paid support for users of development tools using Eclipse, while expanding its own products running on the open source framework.
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Red Hat heads security initiative

Red Hat is leading an initiative allowing software companies to brief users of a US government-backed security database on how far vulnerabilities affect their products.
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Researchers scale world's tallest tree

Researchers in California have found what they reckon is the world's tallest tree - a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) standing at a mighty 378.1 feet (115.2 metres), Reuters reports.
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Russian ICBM test ends in premature splashdown

A test launch of a next-generation, submarine-launched Russian ICBM ended in failure yesterday when the missile crashed into the White Sea shortly after launch, news agency Novosti reports.
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Global mobile phone connections hit 2.5bn

The total number of mobile connections in the world reached 2.5bn on Thursday, having passed the two billion mark just 12 months ago.
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HP phone log black op tapped nine reporters

HP's spy fiasco went from bad to catastrophic yesterday, as the company admitted to having tapped the phone logs of nine reporters.
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Tech companies oppose WIPO treaty on TV rights

Dell, HP, AT&T, Sony and others have joined forces to oppose a plan that would give broadcasters a whole new set of intellectual property rights over television programmes. They will fight to stop the UN proposal being adopted internationally.
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When open source is not enough

There was some interesting buzz about the state of open source going around ApacheCon in Dublin.
Nick Kew, 08 2006
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Flexispy release causes legality debate

A piece of software which allows a user to track another person's mobile phone use would be almost impossible to use in the UK without breaking the law, according to a surveillance law expert.
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Earth-like planets could litter the galaxy

Would-be galactic colonists got a boost this week when a paper in the journal Science suggested that Earth-like planets might be more common than previously thought.
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Galaxy of saboteurs trashes 'Save the Blair' petition

What does the embattled loyalist do when the Dear Leader is on the ropes, bombarded by round-robins from party and former friends demanding his head before the local elections, before Christmas, now, if sooner than that isn't possible? Why, set up a supporters site and get people to sign a petition, of course.
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BT and Virgin announce broadcast TV over DAB

Virgin has announced an October launch for its Lobster 700TV handset, which can receive video and radio over the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) network.
Bill Ray, 08 2006
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Just how buggy is Firefox?

Security researchers that carried out a code analysis of popular open source browser Firefox using automated tools, have discovered scores of potential defects and security vulnerabilities despite coming to the conclusion that the software was generally well written.
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Exhausted panda mum crushes cub

A giant panda at a zoo in China's Chongqing municipality is inconsolable after she nodded off and crushed one of her two-day-old twin cubs to death.
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BenQ launches compact camera duo

BenQ has launched two very similar compact digital cameras.
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Reg readers give forth on mobile email

Thank you to all who took the time to comment on the recent article "Mobile email: Let's have a heated debate." Although there are some differences of opinion, nearly all our commentators felt that mobile email is a valuable tool.

IBM takes 'Broadway' to the Nintendo stage

IBM is to start shipping its "Broadway" PowerPC processor to Nintendo for use in its Wii games console.
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SMART-1 smashes into moon mountain

The first grainy images of SMART-1's lunar crash landing have been released by the European Space Agency, and suggest that the probe ended its days on the side of a lunar mountain.
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Foxconn enters the graphics card market with a bang

Taiwanese component manufacturer Foxconn has announced a range of Nvidia chipped cards that stretch from a GeForce 7950 GX2 down to a 7100GS, with the whole gamut of 7900, 7600 and 7300 models in between.
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BOFH: Retirement plan

Episode 30 Episode 30 So the PFY and I are having a quick three hour lunch at the pub across the road when George, our faithful cleaner, walks in looking a little bit despondent. "Everything all right George?" the PFY asks, noticing his unhappy visage. "What? Oh, no, not really." "What's the matter?" "They're, uh, forcing me to …

T-Mobile pushes into email

T-Mobile has expanded its range of email devices with the addition of the Nokia E61 and BlackBerry Pearl.
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Government dummies and HP's black ops

Storage standards ahoy! An array of storage stories this week, sorry, – thanks to Storage Networking World in Frankfurt. There are mutterings over specifications which are meant to make more storage kit interoperable. Who could object to that you say? Well, if two people agree in the computing world it's either an industry …
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Intel plotting vPro for Apple

Intel's brand new vPro desktop platform started shipping in business PCs yesterday and could already be on its way for Macs.
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Massive lands ad deal with EA Games

It didn't take long before Microsoft's ownership of in-game advertising network Massive has opened a few doors and the company has landed its first game deals with gaming giant Electronic Arts Games (EA).
Faultline, 08 2006
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The box that broke Enigma code is rebuilt

Enthusiasts have succeeded in rebuiling a Nazi code cracking device, signaling the culmination of a 10-year project.
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Samsung Telecom plays unwilling host to Trojan

The Samsung Telecom's site is inadvertently hosting malware, according to web security firm Websense.
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MySpace music deal poses multiple threats

Comment News Corp's MySpace may just have found a way around the piracy laws that dog the sale of online music, and may, as a result, throw up the most likely candidate to challenge iTunes.
Faultline, 08 2006
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Terrorists could attack aircraft with gel-filled bras

In the time-honoured Register tradition of offering terrorists top tips* on how to bring down airliners, we'd like this afternoon to draw al-Qaeda's attention to two possible ways of getting binary liquid explosives through security: gel-filled bras and KY Jelly.
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Stuff your own ballot with children's fingerprints

Letters The government confirmed this week that schools can fingerprint children without asking parents for consent. This is such hideous news that Brown and Blair had to stage an immediate "coup attempt" to divert media attention from the issue.
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Welsh company makes crap greetings cards

A Welsh company has won a £20,000 Millennium Award for turning sheep droppings into "greetings cards and gifts", the BBC reports.
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Formac adds Performance trio

Formac has added three 19inch TFT displays to its range. These fall under a new category of Performance models which is added to the existing range of Professional models.
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MPs condemn NHS IT

Two members of the Public Accounts Committee have condemned the centrally-run management of the National Programme for IT and called for a return to local decision making and procurement.
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Foghorn McLeghorn threatened with Asbo

A Scottish council is pursuing a cock with the threat of an Asbo if it refuses to cap its ear-splitting doodle-dooing.
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Why can't I remember my own birth?

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Why do some people feel the cold more than others?

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Why don't we suffer from E. coli all the time?

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Can you become intoxicated by the power of suggestion?

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Albatron takes off with speedy graphics card

Albatron has been quick off the mark with its new GeForce 7950GT. The core is clocked at 550MHz and the 512MB of DDR3 memory runs at an effective 1.4GHz, so it's a reference design through and through.
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Trekkies hit Seattle for show's 40th birthday

Star Trek fans and cast members are assembling in Seattle for a three-day shindig to celebrate the show's fortieth Birthday.
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Akasa Integral P2 LAN

Review Network attached storage – or NAS as it’s widely known – isn’t the easiest thing to set up, but it can be very useful, especially if you want to be able to share data between several computers in an easy and affordable manner. Enter NDAS - Network Direct Attached Storage – a much simpler way of getting shared storage onto your network. The Akasa Integral P2 LAN is one of the first products to hit the UK market, but will it live up to the promises of NDAS?
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Facebook mods controversial 'stalker-friendly' feature

User protests have forced social network site Facebook to radically re-design its controversial News Feed feature, which critics argue is a Godsend for stalkers.
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CEO Hurd responds to spy scandal with HP ad

HP today released a message from CEO Mark Hurd that vaguely addresses the company's ongoing spy scandal. The missive serves more as an advertisement than a real confrontation with the issues affecting HP.