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Microsoft loves SUSE Linux (true!)

The bad news is raining thick and fast on Red Hat, the dominant Linux distro, what with Oracle last week seeking to undermine its server revenues, and Microsoft today seeking to undermine, its customer base, anointing Novell's SUSE as its Linux distro-in-waiting.
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Totalitarian threat looms

Totalitarian regimes teach us important lessons about the consequences of letting nosy state authorities use surveillance to keep their people in check, delegates were told at the Data Protection and Privacy Commissioner's conference in London yesterday.
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BT flirts with Eircom SMEs

BT Ireland is looking to woo SME customers away from Eircom with the launch of new all-in-one telecoms packages.
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Blair: science is not just for boffins

Tony Blair is set to deliver a speech in Oxford today calling for Brits to "stand up for science", in a bid to make scientific careers more attractive to young people.
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Boots in Sarah Jessica Parker prophylactic shocker

The couples among you who feel you are not quite ready for the responsibility of children should pop down to Boots the chemist where they have a novel suggestion for how to avoid unwanted pregnancies:

Chips sellers lifted by September sales total

World chip sales hit $21.4bn in September, up 4.2 per cent on August's total and 9.3 per cent on September 2005's tally, the US-based Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said yesterday. The month's sales brought the quarterly total to $64.1bn.
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UK touts itself as online gambling haven

The UK will set itself up as an online gambling haven but will extradite executives to the US if asked, according to Sports Minister Richard Caborn.

Nintendo: 4m Wiis to ship by year's end

Nintendo cocked a snook at Sony yesterday by announcing it will ship 4m Wii consoles around the world from the machine's US launch on 19 November to the end of the year.
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Suffering from bugger overflow? McAfee can help

Those among you concerned that your lovingly-crafted software may be vulnerable to malicious attack are advised to get straight down to McAfee's Free Tools page where you can avail yourselves of Hacme Travel 1.0:
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NASA confirms next year's Shuttle missions

NASA has confirmed plans to launch three Shuttle missions next year as it continues preparations for the final Shuttle launch of 2006.
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Where do you store master data?

Comment At IBM's recent Information on Demand conference (which was excellent, incidentally) the company presented its view of master data management (MDM). I am glad to say that this has advanced significantly since its Barcelona conference in May and the company has now recognised that you need to take a flexible approach to MDM.
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MOD 'fesses up to car-molesting radar

The MOD has finally come clean about the car-molesting radar installation in Norfolk which made merry with passing motorists' electronics, the Evening Standard reports.

Taiwan, Hong Kong to get PS3 before Europe

Presumably having satisfied itself Hong Kong-based online games hardware retailer Lik-Sang.com is now safely out of the way, Sony has said the PS3 will go on sale in the territory on 17 November. Taiwan will get the next-generation console on the same day too.
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Employee privacy versus employer policy

Your organisation has a computer and internet use policy. Fine. It's been reviewed by corporate counsel, approved by senior management, and implemented over the years. The policy is comprehensive - it includes policies on expectations of privacy, employee monitoring, and the ownership of corporate electronic assets.
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MS climbs down over Vista licensing

Microsoft has backed down to fierce criticism over proposed licensing terms for Windows Vista to allow users to uninstall the forthcoming operating system and install it on another PC.
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WHO issues bird flu warning, warns on Tamiflu research

The World Health Organisation has warned that there is no guarantee that a pandemic strain of the H5N1 virus will be less deadly to people. The report, published this week, contains the findings of a meeting of flu experts held last month.
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Nvidia ships final ForceWare drivers for Blu-ray Disc, HD DVD

Nvidia has updated its ForceWare 90 drivers package, it said yesterday. The company touted the new version's support for its PureVideo HD video-image processing system - essential, it said, for anyone keen to add an HD DVD or Blu-ray Disc drive to their PC. So far, PureVideo HD has been supported in pre-release beta drivers.
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BOFH: Data wiping hell

Episode 37 Episode 37 It's early-ish morning and the Boss is stalking around the workplace on a mission. What that mission entails is anyone's guess but his stalking is purposeful, which means sooner or later he's going to end up here. The PFY and I know it's only a matter of time, but why rush into confrontation? I quietly lock the …
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Spanish judge says downloading is legal

A judge in the northern city of Santander in Spain dismissed a case against an anonymous 48-year-old man who downloaded digital music from the net.

Greeks says Asus media centre PC is a joke - literally

Asus would been well-advised to check the brandname of its latest media centre PC system with a linguist before announcing the product to the world this week. According to Reg Hardware readers, Asus' Asteio brand means 'joke' in Greek.
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'Sexist' Austrian urinals dumped on eBay

Four "sexist and misogynist" urinals have been removed from a public toilet in Vienna and offered for sale on eBay, Reuters reports.
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US prepares for killer prayer bead WMD attack

Did you know you can buy a WMD on eBay? It's true. Right here.
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Dell pulls rug from under resellers

Although famous for its direct sales model Dell has always sold a fair amount of kit through the channel - dealers and systems integrators.
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Imperial College launches new BioIncubator

London's Imperial College has opened a new incubator facility that will help its academic staff commercialise their research.
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Dismissal scam spam targets medical centre

Pond-dwelling crooks tried to trick users into visiting a website hosting Trojan keylogging malware via a spam campaign that claimed recipients had been fired.
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Microsoft loves Linux, Vista licenses, CA boss goes to jail

Microsoft's Linux moves It's been a weird couple of weeks for Linux. Last week we saw Larry Ellison's Oracle dive into the server business by offering to resell Red Hat server products for less than Red Hat itself sells them. This week we saw Microsoft get involved through a deal with arch rival Novell. Microsoft will work to …
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NAC's looming identity crisis

Current network access control (NAC) technologies are not persistent enough, a security vendor has warned.
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419ers cut to the chase

We really are getting worried about the Lads from Lagos. All of the joie de vivre seems to have gone from their previously entertaining efforts to part fools from their money:
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Is it true that fewer boy babies are born in hard times?

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Does TV watching in childhood trigger autism?

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Why do I have an extreme fear of needles?

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Orange shouts about Bluetooth stereo loudspeakers

If you can do it with an iPod, you can do it with a music phone. Orange is pitching a stylish set of Bluetooth speakers at phone owners who want to be able to hear the music on their handsets out loud and not just through earphones. The set's made by speaker specialist Acoustic Energy, and it's easy to pair up your phone and …
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UK charity has minor attack of rebranding madness

LogoWatch Ok, it's not a full-blown Powerpoint-driven attack of rebranding madness, but UK charity The Meningitis Trust has clearly been exposed to at least an quick burst of whalesong.
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Apple iPod Shuffle 2G

Preview The first iPod Shuffle was something of a surprise. Apple had already said it didn't think too much of Flash-based, low-capacity players, though that's just what the Shuffle was. It didn't even have a screen, unlike so many of its rivals, forcing many an observer to wonder who'd buy the thing. People did though, and the compact player proved remarkably popular...

Apple ships second Red iPod Nano

Apple has followed its initial Product Red 4GB iPod Nano with a second model that offers twice the song-storage capacity of the first one. The upshot: buyers now have two 8GB colours to choose from: black and red.
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Pure plays Marshall amp-styled digital radio

It's a bloody funny movie, but Spinal Tap has a lot to answer for, specifically all that consumer electronics kit that attempts to appear cooler than it is by including a volume knob that goes up to 11, Tufnel-fashion. The latest in this ignominious list is DAB specialist Pure's Marshall Edition Evoke-1XT digital radio, …
Hard Reg, 03 2006
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Questions of legality: googly, genetic and Vulcan

Letters There was some serious news this week, but before we get to that, we must return to the stunning, nay, shocking news that Vista has been further delayed. By 18,000 years:
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FBI-led probe nets phishing gang

Seventeen members of an alleged international phishing and carding gang have been arrested in the US and Eastern Europe following an FBI investigation.
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Republicans post nuke cookbook on line

The persistent delusions of senior Republicans in Congress and the President have led to the leaking of sensitive documents on nuclear weapons via the Web, the New York Times reports.
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SkypeIn not in right now

Skype, the popular VoIP service, has been having technical difficulties with its SkypeIn service which enables Skype users to have a real phone number and receive normal phone calls through their Skype service.
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Aigo lifts sleeve, reveals MP4 wristwatch PMP

Why carry a huge, heavy personal video player when you can wrap one around your wrist? That's what Aigo want to know, and its ultra-light F029 video player is here at last to help you answer. It's not much good for telling the time, but hopefully you'll be so engrossed squinting at episodes of Torchwood you won't care anyway.
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Big labels are f*cked, and DRM is dead - Peter Jenner

Interview Few people know the music industry better than Peter Jenner. Pink Floyd's first manager, who subsequently managed Syd Barrett's solo career, Jenner has also looked after T.Rex, The Clash, Ian Dury, Disposable Heroes and Billy Bragg - who he manages today. He's also secretary general of the International Music Managers Forum.
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Cryoserver goes titsup

Cryoserver Ltd, the UK-headquartered email archiver, is in liquidation (See note, below*) The company was today clearing out of its London offices.
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How a virus crashed Homeland Security

A computer virus that infected computers connecting the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) US-VISIT border screening system last year first passed through the backbone network of the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement bureau, according to documents obtained by Wired, following a year long legal fight.
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Read novels on your mobile super-quick

A British company claims that its software enables users to at least double their reading speed by making use of the way the brain interprets text. It says reading speeds as high as 1200 words per minute (WPM) are possible, compared with a typical speed off the page of 150 WPM.
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Veeam monitors 64-bit VMware

With VMware's fully 64-bit versions of ESX Server and VirtualCenter gaining ground fast - and VMworld in Los Angeles just a weekend away - Russian software outfit Veeam said it has ported its VMware monitoring software to 64-bit Windows.
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Wikipedia Blaster 'fix' points to malware

Hackers have hijacked links on a Wikipedia article to trick users into downloading malware.
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Sun CEO doesn't know what a bubble looks like

Leave it to a veteran technology reporter like the New York Times' John Markoff to start a conversation just right.
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FTC fines notorious adware firm $3m

The company formerly known as 180Solutions has been fined $3m for using drive-by downloads to smuggle adware on the PCs of unwary Americans and for offering no way to remove the software.