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Oracle must eat Red Hat or fork, says Ubuntu man

Oracle's decision to trigger a Linux turf war has thus far produced the exact results Larry Ellison desired. Red Hat investors freaked out, and Red Hat customers gained a new avenue for putting pricing pressure on their Linux supplier. Despite such concrete turns in the Linux market, Oracle's support plan continues to be more bluster than muster, according to Mark Shuttleworth, whose company Canonical oversees Ubuntu Linux.
Ashlee Vance, 10 Nov 2006
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NEC adds VoIP to thin clients

Why provide thin clients only with remote access to applications, when you can give them a full VoIP-enabled Windows XP environment on which to run standard PC software? That's the question posed by NEC with its Virtual PC Centre, or VPCC, which combines thin clients with VMware and VoIP.
Bryan Betts, 10 Nov 2006
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Software developer asks Lords to hear patent appeal

Neal Macrossan is seeking leave to appeal to the House of Lords after his application for a patent was rejected by the Court of Appeal.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Nov 2006
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IPTV/VoD: The world that's on its way

Industry comment A lot of frustration is levelled at content providers and it's very easy to see why. Dealing with the studios and production companies can be like pulling teeth if the approach isn't correct.
Alex Cameron, 10 Nov 2006
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Eclipse dreams up new schemes of disruption

After turning the Java tools market upside down and putting more than a few people out of work in its first five years, Eclipse hopes to cause more mischief during its next five.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Nov 2006
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BPI lobbies Gowers for a 'private right to copy'

The UK's main recording industry body wants to authorise UK music buyers to copy CDs for personal use. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has recommended to a government investigation that a private right to copy be created.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Nov 2006
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Web touts face £5,000 fines

Touts selling football tickets on websites will be liable for a £5,000 fine under new legislation passed yesterday. The Violent Crime Reduction Act outlaws the internet sale of the tickets.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Nov 2006
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UPC Ireland grows broadband customers by 20%

UPC Ireland, the parent company of NTL Ireland and Chorus, has brought nearly 8,000 new broadband customers into its fold in the third quarter of 2006.
Deirdre McArdle, 10 Nov 2006
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Voda lays bare broadband bundle

Vodafone unveiled details of its broadband bundle this morning. We can probably expect its rivals' complaints to the Advertising Standards Association to be in by this afternoon.
Joe Fay, 10 Nov 2006
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Covert coppers reach for surveillance lead

One of the UK's top covert coppers has defended his record of spying on citizens as privacy officials wonder whether surveillance technology is giving him too much power.
Mark Ballard, 10 Nov 2006
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Britain wide open to alien invasion

The British government is shockingly underprepared for an attack by extraterrestrials, an ex-MoD man has claimed.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Nov 2006
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Former Bond girl in laptop-lobbing outrage

WSA Former model and Bond girl Denise Richards had a bit of a Naomi moment when she lost her rag with paparazzi and chucked two laptops from a second floor balcony, news agencies report.
Lester Haines, 10 Nov 2006
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MS preps six fixes for November Patch Tuesday

Microsoft plans to deliver six patches next Tuesday, at least two of which are critical, as part of its regular patch Tuesday update cycle.
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2006
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IBM boss parachutes into virtual Devil's Island

IBM is packing chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano off to Second Life.
Joe Fay, 10 Nov 2006
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Hornby rescues Airfix

Model train manufacturer Hornby has rescued plastic kit legend Airfix from oblivion, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 10 Nov 2006

BOFH: Dessert storm

Episode 38 Episode 38 "Oh this is bad," the PFY says. "Yep, this is bad," I concur, looking at the pile of rubble a floor below what used to be the floor of our 'Operations Rest and Recreation facility' - or to be more technically correct, the cleaner's room the floor below Mission Control that we had walled in by an accommodating …
Simon Travaglia, 10 Nov 2006
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Reg unveils a new look bookshop

Site News Hold on to your hats and prepare for lift-off. The Reg has given its Cash 'n' Carrion bookstore a major facelift.
Team Register, 10 Nov 2006
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The myth of the home-bake terror nuke 'cookbooks'

Analysis Predictably, the Nov. 3 New York Times revelation that sensitive documents on a-bomb design, recovered from Saddam Hussein's regime and released on-line, became a political football. If there was value in it, as opposed to red meat for Democrat blogs, it was swept away by the mania inspired by a Times source, one anonymous diplomat, who was quoted as claiming them to be a "cookbook" of methods.
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BBC in Radio 4 messageboard punch-up

There's a bit of a punch-up going on down at a BBC Radio 4 Today messageboard, after the corporation announced some "important changes" to the same:
Lester Haines, 10 Nov 2006
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Set the TiVo: NASA plans HDTV broadcast from space

Next week, NASA will make the first ever high definition TV broadcast from space, in a collaboration with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency and Discovery HD theatre.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Nov 2006
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IBM rolls in Clover with Dell

The inevitable has happened: following Dell's winning of the "first to announce Clovertown servers" race, the other contenders have now joined in. IBM, for example, has chipped in with four new servers – two rack systems and two towers – together with a Clovertown BladeServer.
Martin Banks, 10 Nov 2006
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UK science minister steps down

Updated Lord Sainsbury has stepped down as science and technology minister, saying he wants to spend more time with his businesses and charities.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Nov 2006
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Linux gets loved up while BBC gets trashed

Larry and Bill love Linux This week saw a big Linux investment from Microsoft – it is putting $348m into Novell. The money pays for vouchers for SUSE Linux. The company is also spending over $90m in marketing the open source software. It's good news for Novell – the deal represents about quarter of its annual revenue – but less …
John Oates, 10 Nov 2006
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Humans taste of bacon, says gourmet robot

RoTM There's a commonly-held belief that just about every animal on Earth tastes of chicken* - except, of course, those which taste like steak, or bacon.
Lester Haines, 10 Nov 2006
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Democrats win majority in US Senate

Analysis It was only by a whisker, but Democrats managed to pull off a clean sweep of Congress in the midterm election. Two exceptionally tight Senate races, in Montana and in Virginia, ended yesterday with the Republican candidates conceding.
Thomas C Greene, 10 Nov 2006
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Bush taps ex-CIA man to head DoD

Analysis "It was a thumpin'," President George W Bush said of the mid-term elections, as he made Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld his first burnt offering to a Democratic Congress.
Thomas C Greene, 10 Nov 2006
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Trojan pervert jailed for child abuse

A pervert who used computer malware to prey upon young girls has been jailed for ten years.
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2006
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How can objects in the same room be different temperatures?

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Stephen Juan, 10 Nov 2006
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Does eating fish improve brain function?

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Stephen Juan, 10 Nov 2006
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What is a Cro-Magnon man?

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Stephen Juan, 10 Nov 2006
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Why are some people more attractive to mosquitos?

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AMD: Don't blame Dell for our problems

Chip maker AMD has admitted it is suffering from inventory problems but is hopeful they'll be sorted out in the next few weeks. There has been speculation that AMD has been throttling supplies of chips to smaller manufacturers to bolster relations with its newest love Dell.
John Oates, 10 Nov 2006
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Outlook takes 136 years to sync email

Microsoft has again found itself at the heart of a time-related SNAFU.
Tracey Cooper, 10 Nov 2006
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Security rivals tried to 'castrate' Vista - Gates

Despite antitrust pressures and complaints from competitors, Microsoft will be able to ship Vista without dropping features, according to Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. Gates told reporters attending Microsoft's TechEd conference in Barcelona that the software giant had discussed features in the next version of its operating system "every step of the way".
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2006
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Biometric ID cards an insecure menace, says EU ID outfit

The EU-funded FIDIS (Future of Identity in the Information Society) project has warned that implementation of the current generation of biometric travel ID will dramatically decrease security and privacy, and increase the risk of identity theft. In the Budapest Declaration, which derives from FIDIS' September meeting in Budapest, FIDIS calls for short-term damage control measures to be taken (because biometric ID is already being rolled out), and for "a new convincing and integrated security concept" to be developed within the next three years.
John Lettice, 10 Nov 2006
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Alien pope abductors want open Wi-Fi access

Letters Let's start the letters bag with some good news from a couple of weeks ago. We've got masses of grumbling, papal madness and alien invasions to come, so we thought we'd start with an easy one. Hands up who wants some free money? Then get down to the west, where a cash machine in Bristol was handing out £20s instead of £10s. Nice.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Nov 2006
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ITV-NTL merger talks confirmed

Sir Richard Branson has given his backing to, er, Sir Richard Branson's plan to become a TV mogul by merging NTL with ailing end-of-the-pier telly outfit ITV.
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Cassini snaps extra-terrestrial hurricane

Cassini has sent back incredible images of a monster storm that has developed at Saturn's South Pole.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Nov 2006
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Pennsylvania court says viewing child porn 'not illegal'

A US court has ruled that viewing child pornography on a website without deliberately saving it to a computer is not a crime. The judge said that the state penal code was ambiguous, so he must rule in favour of the defendant.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Nov 2006
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Googling yourself fitter?

Can you do science with just 26 case studies? Two doctors in Australia seem to think so.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Nov 2006
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Free software still legal - judge

Silicon Justice Daniel Wallace certainly gets points for effort and determination.
Kevin Fayle, 10 Nov 2006
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SMC WSKP100 Skype phone

Review It’s getting difficult to move for Wi-Fi Skype phones here at Vulture Central. Belkin has announced its Wi-Fi Phone for Skype and Lars has reviewed the Netgear SPH101 and now we have the SMC WSKP100. The Belkin and SMC products appear to use the same Accton handset so there is precious little to tell them apart and to date the most interesting implementation of the handset looks to be the Edge-Core WM4201 which uses the two contact pins on either side of the USB and headphone ports to connect to its WA4101 recharge cradle.
Leo Waldock, 10 Nov 2006
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Sun polishes off St. Pauli Girl blade

Sun Microsystems' mainstream Niagara-blade approacheth.
Ashlee Vance, 10 Nov 2006