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A phone call from Islamabad

"We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Pakistan at this time due to the very high threat of terrorist attack and the unpredictable security situation." – Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Bill Ray, 20 2006

Startup takes Reg's coveted 'Top FLOP' award

SC06 SiCortex has bucked one of the more disturbing supercomputing trends - the disconnect between form and function.
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Vodafone fesses to premium rate SMS overcharging

Vodafone has been charging its pay as you go customers an extra 12p for texting premium rate numbers.

Software market will double between 2003 and 2010, says expert

The market for large enterprise software is set to grow at up to nine per cent a year until 2010, but the software support service will suffer a slump in growth, according to market research company Ovum.
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The real time reporting utopia?

The so-called big four global accounting firms, together with two of the major second tier firms, have recently proposed that the current historic reporting of corporate financial results, quarterly or half yearly, should be replaced by real time reporting.

Toshiba unveils fastest 8GB SDHC

Toshiba has announced what may be the world's second 8GB SDHC memory card. Alas, Pretec announced just such a product back in September, but Toshiba's card is faster. It's a Class 4 device - Pretec's was a Class 2.
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Murdoch in ITV takeover spoiler

It emerged over the weekend that media bounder Rupert Murdoch had bought up a slice of ITV, putting the kybosh on Richard Branson's dreams of moguldom.
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Bank boss joins HP board

The chairman and chief executive of Wachovia – the fourth largest retail bank in the US – is joining the board of HP.

Intel said to be preparing Pentium price cuts

Intel may be set to slash the prices of its current Pentium 4 processors in January 2007, it has been claimed by Chinese PC manufacturer sources. The allegation essentially re-iterates claims we reported on back in September.
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Cambridge incubator spawns spinoffs aplenty

A trip to St John's in Cambridge (England) provides an opportunity to see innovation in action. And one of the pioneers of Cambridge Technology - Dr Herman Hauser of Amadeus - was there this year to explain how it all came about - and to take modest credit for the effect.

Nvidia preps Q1 2007 debut for G84, G86?

Nvidia will bring its DirectX 10-compliant unified shader graphics chip architecture to the mid-range and entry-level market segments in Q1 2007. That's the timeframe for the company's G86 and G84 GPUs, Taiwanese graphics card maker moles have alleged.
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eBay in Children in Need charity appeal outrage

We're obliged to reader Spenno who this morning popped down to eBay UK and noted that the online tat bazaar was doing its bit for the BBC's Children in Need charity appeal.
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Check Point bids $586m for PointSec

Check Point has made a bid to acquire Protect Data, the holding company for mobile security firm PointSec Mobile Technologies, in a cash deal valued at $586m (SEK 4,152m).

HTC announces 'Herald'

HTC today unveiled its latest smart phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, this time driven by a spring-loaded mechanism. Dubbed the P4350, it appears to be the same device phone supplier Dopod announced earlier this month as the C800M.
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Linux-running PS3 offered on eBay

Want to run Linux on the PlayStation 3 but can't be bothered with the hassle of installing it? Then head over to online auction site eBay where one of Sony's next-generation consoles is on offer pre-loaded with Fedora Core 5 Linux.

Adobe boss won't rule out suing over Vista

Adobe chief executive Bruce Chizen will not rule out suing Microsoft over the "save as pdf" feature of Vista, the operating system slated for arrival next year.
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Bushies push NSA wiretap extravaganza

Comment True freedom is protecting Americans by letting the NSA monitor their email and phone calls by the millions without a warrant, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales explained to Air Force Academy cadets in a speech last week.

Nintendo to ship DS Lite MP3 player on Wii day

Nintendo will next month ship software that will turn its DS Lite handheld games console into an MP3 player, the company's UK wing said late last week. The app will ship on 8 December - the same day the Wii goes on sale over here.
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Microsoft makes claim on Linux code

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that every user of the open source Linux system could owe his company money for using its intellectual property. The statement will confirm the worst fears of the open source community.
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E-Ten guns for HTC with Glofiish M700

Taiwanese handheld maker E-Ten's Glofiish X500 PDA phone went on sale in the UK today even as the company gears up to announce its second Glofiish-branded device: the first model in the range to offer a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. E-Ten is clearly out to try and beat HTC at its own game.

Man buys PS3, smashes it with sledgehammer

Updated with video Two Canadians last week won their 15 minutes of fame by standing in line for two days to splash out CAD550 on a 20GB PS3s - only to take the machine straight out of the store and destroy it with a sledgehammer.
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Thus turns a profit

Scottish telco Thus today told investors it is cautious about the broadband business in the current climate of fierce competition, as it revealed margins on its internet services have been squeezed down to 29 per cent from 44 per cent a year ago.

Worm creates havoc on Second Life

Virtual world Second Life was forced to shut up shop for around 15 minutes on Sunday to clean up after a computer worm attack brought servers run by parent company Linden Labs to a virtual standstill.

NetApp brings StoreVault to Blighty

NetApp is bringing its StoreVault line for small and medium-sized business to the UK in a distribution deal with storage specialist Hammer.
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Aussie cops deploy Lethal Weapon email server

Unlikely as it may seem, we have just acquired evidence that the cops in Western Australia have gone and got themselves a sense of humour. For proof, check out this search which reveals the mail server used by Australia's finest, viz: riggs.police.wa.gov.au.

ADS touts iPod, PSP friendly USB video accelerator

Fed up with the hours it takes to encode video into the iPod- and PSP-friendly H.264 format? If so, the answer, according to video peripherals maker ADS Tech, is an H.264 encoding accelerator and, by sheer coincidence, it has one it would like to sell to you.
Hard Reg, 20 2006
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Bank-card PINs 'wide open' to insider attack

Security researchers have highlighted how corrupt bank insiders might be able to obtain bank card PINs using as little as one or two guesses.
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Moglen: How we'll kill the Microsoft Novell deal

Interview If Microsoft is aiming for a courtroom collision with the world of free software, it may be disappointed.
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HP's newest board member a pretexting veteran

HP's freshest board member Ken Thompson won't need to take the company's Pretexting 101 course offering. As Wachovia's CEO, Thompson has become well acquainted with the legal concerns surrounding phone record fraud.
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Craigslist ruling: Why the EFF is right to be pissed

Silicon Justice Is this the dawning of the age of the defamation take-down notice?

Clusters get personal, while workstations go silent

SC06 A couple of smaller time hardware players made a big impression on us during last week's supercomputing conference, showing their ability to extend out of just the high performance computing market. If you're in the market for speedy, compact x86 kit, then you want to check out both VXTech and Microway.