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Microsoft Xbox 360 HD DVD player

Microsoft Xbox 360 HD DVD player

Review The shops are jam packed with HD tellys in the run up to Christmas, but there's surprisingly little HD content available in the UK at the moment. Sky and Telewest customers are sorted - for a somewhat large fee - but other than that there's little else to show off your brand spanking new set for a reasonable price. Until Microsoft joined in, that is...
Will Head, 22 Dec 2006
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El Reg presents the great End of Year Quiz

Quiz of the year The party's over, the lights are dim, and you're wondering whether to buy that bumper pack of Alka Seltzer. What to do with those last precious moments of the year?
John Oates, 22 Dec 2006
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Online criminals threatened with sex offenders' register

Internet and email users can be added to the sex offenders' register for a whole slew of new offences after the Home Office drastically increased the number of relevant offences.
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Dec 2006
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ORDB bids a long goodbye

The Open Relay DataBase, the spam fighting organisation that lists open relays historically exploited by spammers to send junk mail, is to close down at the end of the year, five and a half years after it was first established.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2006

VMware opens Mac virtual machine tech to public

Virtualisation software specialist VMware has posted a pre-release version of 'Fusion', the Mac version of its desktop virtualisation software. The public availability of the beta release was accompanied by VMware competitor Parallels' posting of a update to its own Mac virtualisation tool.
Tony Smith, 22 Dec 2006
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Glu Mobile files for $92m IPO

Mobile phone games publisher Glu Mobile has filed for an IPO on the Nasdaq; looking to raise up to $92m in the new year. The money will be used to pay off $12m of current debt, with the rest funding European expansion.
Bill Ray, 22 Dec 2006
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The Screwpole emails

Episode 1 This is the first in a series of articles tracking the attempts of demonic senior consultant Screwpole to steep his naive young nephew Mugwort in the ways of IT project failure.
Phil Rice, 22 Dec 2006
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Revenues up for loss-making 3Com

3Com has reported a second-quarter net loss of $4m for its second fiscal quarter.
Charlie Taylor, 22 Dec 2006
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Venice Project nears liftoff

Reports are beginning to come in thick and fast from the beta program for the Venice Project, the code name for the P2P streaming TV player designed by the same people that wrote Kazaa and Skype.
Faultline, 22 Dec 2006

AMD opens next-gen chip tech think-tank

Come 2013, AMD will start to leverage the efforts of the chip maker's Advanced Architecture and Technology Lab (AATL) in its processor and chipset products. AMD announced the foundation of the forward-looking technology team yesterday, locating it in Redmond, Washington - the home of a certain software giant...
Tony Smith, 22 Dec 2006
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2006: The year of broadband, PSP and PS3

2006 in review Just over a year ago, Faultline made some of what we described as outlandish predictions. Partly this was tongue in cheek because we hear so many predictions from research outfits that appear ludicrous, and partly these were trends we were genuinely expecting. Some of them weren't particularly outlandish, so we admit they were safe bets.
Faultline, 22 Dec 2006
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US town bans Santa

The Pennsylvania town of Hazleton has declared its intention to enforce controversial illegal immigration legislation by banning Santa from its boundaries this Xmas.
Lester Haines, 22 Dec 2006

Intel anticipates Vista-led IGP sales boost

Intel appears to be anticipating strong demand in the next quarter for its 965 chipset driven by the demands imposed upon PC hardware by Microsoft's Windows Vista. Certainly, Taiwanese industry moles claim the chip giant plans to boost shipments by 50 per cent in Q1 2007.
Tony Smith, 22 Dec 2006

Nintendo denounces Wii Remote lawsuit

The class action lawsuit launched in the US this week against Nintendo is entirely meritless, the videogames pioneer has claimed. The lawsuit alleges Nintendo breached its own product warranty by shipping its Wii games console with a Remote wrist-strap that breaks even when used as directed.
Tony Smith, 22 Dec 2006
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IPTV/VoD: Fast forward to Christmas future

Industry comment It's the Friday before Christmas. The very first thing I hear at 6am is the latest Crazy Frog jingle at full volume that's been remotely programmed into my alarm clock as a hilariously mischievous prank by my girlfriend.
Alex Cameron, 22 Dec 2006
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Access isn’t a relational database

Database myths and legends (Part 6) This is a great example of a myth/legend that is both true and false; it all depends on how you define relational.
Mark Whitehorn, 22 Dec 2006
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Websites fog up as office passions rise

So the rest of the team are battling their way to Euston or Paddington, or sitting somewhere on the M40. You're the last one in the office – again – you know someone's left a crucial project unfinished, and you've got four hours to nail it down before you get to enjoy your Christmas.
Joe Fay, 22 Dec 2006

BOFH: Looting Christmas treasure

Episode 43 Episode 43 "Check it out!" the PFY gasps, pointing at a large basket of goodies sitting on the secretary's desk. "Bonus!" I cry, looking for a card. "Is it for us?" "No, it's for the Boss," Cathy the secretary sighs before putting the basket into a large cardboard box beside her desk. "The third present he's got today." " …
Simon Travaglia, 22 Dec 2006
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Red Hat drops profits

Linux distributor Red Hat made a $15.5m GAAP profit in the last quarter, well down on the profit of $24.6m it made for the same period last year.

Dear Santa...

Compo winners Earlier this month, we asked you to tell us about the ideal gadget you'd like to wake up to on Christmas morning - and explain why. Here are the technologies that tickled us the most...
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Germany jails €12m porn Trojan scam duo

Two members of a German gang who infected more than 100,000 PCs as part of a premium rate telephone scam that netted fraudsters €12m ($15.8m) have been jailed.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2006
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Japanese boffins hook giant squid

Scientists from Japan's National Science Museum are highly pleased with themselves after hooking a 3.5-metre, 50kg "giant squid" specimen, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Dec 2006
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Partying Miss Nevada stripped of title

Miss Nevada 2007 was yesterday stripped of her title after pictures appeared on the internet showing 22-year-old Katie Rees "kissing other young women, exposing one of her breasts and pulling down her pants to show her thong underwear at a party in Tampa", AP reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Dec 2006
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BMA may seek NHS records system boycott

Doctors will be advised to refuse to use the NHS's computer system unless the Department of Health (DoH) changes its mind on behaviour which the British Medical Association says is unlawful.
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Dec 2006

Self abusing operators fail to offset emissions

Letters Wikipedians have been illustrating some of the online encyclopedia's pages with some charming photography of things they made themselves. While it is always nice to see people being creative, we're not sure if home-made tosspots were strictly neccessary:
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Dec 2006
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Enraged locals drive blogger from Barrow-in-Furness

Enraged locals have driven a chocolate shop manager from Barrow-in-Furness after he branded the town a "s***-hole" on his Myspace blog, the Online Press Gazette reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Dec 2006
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YouTube clip leads to arrest in Canadian murder hunt

A video clip posted on YouTube has helped Canadian police in the investigation of a nightclub murder.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2006
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Lost laptops, zero-day vulns and RFID chips

2006 in review If 2006 had an information security epitaph it would probably be the year of the missing laptop.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2006
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CafePress wilts under DDoS assault

CafePress.com, the site which allows users to open up their own online store selling customised merchandise such as t-shirts and mugs, has been hit by a denial of service attack.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2006
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Reg vulture collides with flying reindeer

Site news The Reg Vulture has got his funny hat on and is telling us it’s time to evacuate Vulture Towers for the duration. We’ll be dimming the lights until December 27, when we’ll probably be publishing a sack load of letters from unhappy e-commerce site buyers. Until then, we’d like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas.®
Joe Fay, 22 Dec 2006
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Merry Christmas to all our readers

The Reg Hardware are powering down our PowerBooks and preparing to tuck into the vast pile of mince pies awaiting us at home. Or going down the pub. Or daydreaming about the Hardware Widow. Take your pick. We'll be back on 27 December but until then we'd like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas. But careful with those Wii Remotes, OK? ®