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Palm Treo 700wx smart phone rings in Middle Earth

New Zealanders can now buy a Palm smart phone running Windows Mobile 5.0 in their own country, the handset maker has announced. Middle Earth's main telco, Telecom New Zealand, has now begun offering the EvDO-equipped Treo 700wx.
Hard Reg, 20 Oct 2006

Nvidia posts graphics code tweaking tool

Nvidia has updated its suite of programming tools for graphics-intensive applications running under 32- and 64-bit incarnations of Windows and Linux. The tools target OpenGL and Direct3D apps that will render 3D imagery on the company's GPUs.
Hard Reg, 20 Oct 2006

Intel to 'spend $300m' to push Centrino Pro

Intel will spend a whopping $300m to promote its upcoming Centrino Pro enterprise-oriented notebook platform, it has been claimed by sources from Taiwan's laptop manufacturer community. Intel will piggyback the launch on Windows Vista, they added.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2006

MS readies 100GB HDD for XBOX 360?

Microsoft has apparently said it intends to introduce a 100GB hard drive for its Xbox 360 games console. The scheme was announced yesterday at X06, an event dedicated to the console and held in South Korea.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2006
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TomTom seeks ban for Garmin's car products

Car navigation equipment maker TomTom has asked a Dutch judge to prevent the sale of Garmin's StreetPilot c300 and c500 series in Europe.
Jan Libbenga, 20 Oct 2006
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Lunar ice evaporates under glare of new studies

It now seems the moon could be dry as a bone, as two new studies have failed to find any sign of the ice that some have suspected to lie in the shadows of lunar craters.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Oct 2006
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Copiepresse continues copyright crusade

The organisation that won a Belgian ruling against Google and is negotiating with Microsoft's MSN will take action against Yahoo! as soon as it has the time, its head has said. Margaret Boribon told OUT-LAW Radio that she intends to open talks with Yahoo!
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Oct 2006
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Archos connects PMP PVR with Wi-Fi

Archos may not make the sexiest looking personal media players but by jimminy they cram in the features. In the case of the Archos 604, it's wireless networking that's top of the list, now added in to the already feature-rich PMP the company launched back in August.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2006
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Treasury fights to keep Gateway closed

The government has hired legal experts in an effort to block publication of Gateway reviews of the National Identity Card programme.
Kablenet, 20 Oct 2006
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Thomson dusts off MaLigne software

Thomson has polished up the SmartVision IPTV middleware it acquired from Thales last year, and put it together with VoIP technology and claims it is the world’s first integrated triple play engine.
Faultline, 20 Oct 2006
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Avoiding SOA standards-based chaos

SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) is apparently nice and easy to understand - a bit of WSDL, some XML, SOAP, and a simple UDDI directory to select your services from.
David Norfolk, 20 Oct 2006
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Tzero adds new investor for UWB product roll out

Tzero Technologies, a three year old UltraWideaBand (UWB) start up that supports the WiMedia Alliance variant of the technology, has taken another round of funding.
Faultline, 20 Oct 2006

Asus readies red, green gamer-oriented laptops?

Asus is preparing to ship its Lamborghini VX1 laptop in the US in a limited "Golden Edition" even as it gears up to release a pair of gamer-oriented laptops, if a series of allegedly leaked publicity shots are to be believed.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2006
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Bigger, longer, uncut: Oracle OpenWorld

After two years' buying other people's companies and merging Oracle World and Oracle Apps World, it can safely be said Oracle's annual call to Mecca has outgrown itself.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2006
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Hot technology agendas

What are the hottest infrastructure technologies as we look forward over the next two years?
Dale Vile, 20 Oct 2006
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Organised crime fails to stop skiddies

Comment About a year ago, I attended a top-level roundtable meeting of malware experts, where we discussed organised crime on the internet, and came to the conclusion that, in one sense, it might be a good thing for users.
Guy Kewney, 20 Oct 2006
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BOFH: Armageddon

Episode 35 Episode 35 "We've, ah, got a bit of a problem," the head of IT says, entering Mission Control. "What's that then?" I ask, always willing to help management out - particularly if they've just come in. "It's about that Top 500 IT-Savvy companies survey we did a few weeks back." "What's that then?" "The editor of the magazine …
Simon Travaglia, 20 Oct 2006
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MS and researchers split hairs over first IE7 flaw

A dispute has broken out over reports of the first security vulnerability in IE7 since its release earlier this week.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2006
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Microsoft assumes temporal dominion

Next week could see chaos as Microsoft assumes control of the fourth dimension, robbing UK businesses of a whole hour of work.
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Airbus revises A380 break-even point

Airbus parent company EADS has announced a new break-even point for its troubled A380 programme - 420 aircraft as opposed to the previous 270, the BBC reports. Current orders for the A380 stand at 159.
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2006

Venturing online in Ireland

Comment I'm flattered by the number of Reg readers who have spotted the change in my byline and taken the time to ask if I've moved permanently. And for the record, yes; I and my lovely wife and dear little boy have emigrated from the USA. And yes, we're very much pleased to be here.
Thomas C Greene, 20 Oct 2006
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Sun in a box and IE7 out of the box

Vodafone walks own path The trouble with the technology business is that no sooner is there a bandwagon then everyone is on it. So it's nice to see a company ignore what the rest of the industry is doing and walk its own path. While every mobile phone company is keen to sell us broadband services, cable telly, video messaging …
John Oates, 20 Oct 2006
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YouTube deletes 29,549 copyright-busting files

Industry predictions that Google may have bought itself a whole heap of copyright trouble when it recently acquired YouTube for a modest $1.65bn, appear to be coming true as media companies worldwide move to protect their assets from illicit online dissemination.
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2006
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Morgan Stanley in billing boo-boo

Thousands of Morgan Stanley credit card customers were shocked this week to find the bank had multipled their debt by a factor of 100.
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N Korea cancels further nuke tests

It appears Chinese pressure on North Korea not to carry out further nuclear tests has succeeded, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2006
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Proprietary coders complain about OS study

Proprietary software makers have complained to the European Commission that they have not been given enough time to review a report on the economic role of Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS), and accuse the commission of being "intolerant to opposing comments" regarding the research.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Oct 2006
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Spamhaus-style service aims to curb click fraud

A UK-based service aims to emulate Spamhaus' success in helping organisations block spam by tackling web advertising fraud.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2006
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What type of person is accident-prone?

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Stephen Juan, 20 Oct 2006
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From what height can you survive a dive into water?

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Stephen Juan, 20 Oct 2006
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Why do you sometimes lose bowel function when scared?

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Stephen Juan, 20 Oct 2006
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What happens when you are executed by electrocution?

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Spam Cube signs Amazon.co.uk for British debut

Amazon.co.uk is due to offer Spam Cube's automatic anti-malware home-network gadget to British buyers before this coming Christmas, the hardware maker revealed today.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2006
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Google Earth goes to pot

As regular readers know, we here at El Reg have had hours of fun playing with Google Earth. We've found marauding insects, mysterious scale reproductions of bits of the China/India border, not to mention swastikas and black helicopters too numerous to link to.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Oct 2006
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McAfee hoping MS will live up to 'hollow' promises

The latest in the never-ending ding-dong between Microsoft and Vista-twitchy security vendors was another snipe from McAfee yesterday, swiftly followed by the inevitable backbitching from Redmond today.

Abit AW9D-Max 975X-based mobo

Review Abit was synonymous with top-performance motherboards, but of late its products have been less than impressive. Abit has set out to correct this with its latest line-up of boards, including the AW9D-Max, designed to be a top-of-the-range Core 2 Duo mobo based on Intel's 975X chipset. But does it live up to the expectation?

Mystery surrounds Easynet 'robbery'

Updated Easynet suffered a large and embarrassing robbery earlier this week and is doing its best to keep what happened under wraps.
John Oates, 20 Oct 2006
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Meteor totals German cottage

German police today announced that a fire which swept through a cottage near Bonn, in the process injuring a 77-year-old man, was probably caused by a meteor.
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2006
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GPS units lose cloaked shipping containers

Letters Sun announced this week that it plans to sell shipping containers. Something of a departure, perhaps, except that these containers will be stuffed with half a million dollars worth of kit that sysadmins can stack in the company car park:
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Oct 2006
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US court denies request to suspend Spamhaus domain

A US judge has denied a request to order internet registrars to suspend Spamhaus's domain, easing concerns that the spam blocking service might be interrupted.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2006
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Is archiving the answer to compliance?

Storage Expo Disaster recovery is more important than regulatory compliance and organisations are using archiving to answer both needs, according to a survey of business managers and IT staff.
Bryan Betts, 20 Oct 2006
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Beer fingerprints to go UK-wide

The government is funding the roll out of fingerprint security at the doors of pubs and clubs in major English cities.
Mark Ballard, 20 Oct 2006
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'Violent net-porn killer' has conviction quashed

The man convicted of murdering a Brighton school teacher has had his conviction quashed by appeal court judges.