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Second Life sex shows benefit glorious nation of Vista

Exclusive People quick to buy Microsoft's new Vista software face a dilemma never before seen in the operating system kingdom – Do I let my new lesbian "girlfriend" know that I am really a man?

Vista: long-term burn, not short-term sizzle

Analysis Microsoft's $500m Windows Vista launch on Monday was the culmination of months of heavy sell intended to persuade the company, as much as everyone else, that not only is the operating systems is essential to users' computing needs, but also that it will translate into sales gold.

Script wreaks havoc on MySpace

A handful of enterprising people - at least one of them a teen - has devised a Javascript that allows its owner to temporarily access the browser's MySpace account, according to a security professional who was among the first to publicly write about the service.
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FTC spanks Sony BMG, porn operator

It's been a good day for the Federal Trade Commission, which has spanked Sony BMG for its surreptitious installation of nasty-ware and an adult Web site that - gasp - was responsible for the sending of x-rated spam.
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IT waste extracted from UK.gov

The British government has admitted to Parliament that its IT projects have over-run by more than £260m in the last five years.
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Vista is here...and so are the books!

Site offer Vista has finally arrived. As of 30 January, Microsoft's new operating system was released to the general public.
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The perils of pair programming

Column The streets of London are busy, especially at lunchtime. Strolling along dodging the slow-moving pedestrians occasionally makes me wonder: how do these people ever get anywhere? And how do they cope with the glacial slowness of taking all day just to reach the far street corner, without their heads exploding from the anticipation?
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Ofcom comes down hard on 'silent calls'

Ofcom has slapped susbstantial fines on four UK companies for "causing annoyance to consumers through the making of silent or abandoned calls" in contravention of the Communications Act 2003.
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Scotland says nay to the big bad wolf

A study released today by the Royal Society proposes the reintroduction of wolves into the Scottish Highlands - 240 years after they were hunted to extinction.
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Sony rolls out 'drop-safe' laptop

Sony today unveiled its latest business-centric Centrino laptop: a 1.12kg, 12.1in model built out of carbon-fibre laminate. It's all about strength and portability - the Vaio G11 can withstand drops of almost a metre, the company claimed.

SFO raids Torex addresses

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has raided three addresses connected to Torex Retail, the troubled software supplier already facing investigation from the London Stock Exchange (LSE), after a shock profit warning on 26 January.
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Intel injects life into digital health

Intel is partnering with Irish universities to set up a digital health research centre that will investigate the challenges of independent living for the elderly.
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EU Commissioner warns US on gambling ban

The European Union's internal market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy yesterday accused the US government of protectionism in the way it is dealing with online gambling.

Intel, AMD jostled for market share in 2006

AMD lost market share to arch-rival Intel in 2006, but the smaller chip-maker nonetheless managed to make small gains in the desktop and laptop segments, the latest figures from market watcher Mercury Research reveal.
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Aardman and Dreamworks part company

Aardman Animations and Dreamworks have ended their five-film distribution deal after just three productions, the BBC reports.

Intel's Socket P Core 2 Duos due May?

That the next generation of Intel's Centrino laptop platform, 'Santa Rosa', will introduce new, tweaked versions of the chip maker's current 'Merom' Core 2 Duo mobile chip line-up is well known. They'll be pin-incompatible with current Meroms. But it's now looking like the updated CPUs will ship in May.

Nokia N-Gage resurfaces at secret meetings

Nokia is about to rejuvenate its N-Gage mobile games console, if online reports are correct. The Finnish phone giant has apparently begun to evangelise new models to the industry.
Bill Ray, 31 2007

Seagate pitches phone-friendly mobile hard drive

First Agere, now Seagate has launched a portable hard drive platform with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and capable of being controlled by a mobile phone. Seagate calls its incarnation of an idea long ago touted by Intel, Dave - Digital Audio Video Experience.

Vista raises the bar for flaw finders

Microsoft launched its latest operating system - Windows Vista - on Monday, a move that will make finding easily exploitable vulnerabilities a lot harder, according to security researchers.
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Doctor Who Tardis USB hub materialises

Assuming, of course, it doesn't suddenly pop off into the vortex where time and space are one, taking all your peripherals with it, we'd say this here Tardis four-port USB hub's a dinger and a must for the Doctor Who fan in your life. Now available from Firebox.com for a mere 20 quid, this hub not only flashes its light and …

PC World says death to floppies

PC World’s marketing department declared the death of the floppy disk yesterday, generating a wave of publicity that even rivalled Bill Gates’ touting of Vista.
Joe Fay, 31 2007
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123-Reg denies problems

Domain name provider 123-Reg has denied it has any customer service problems, despite several complaints from Register readers, an increase in moaning bloggers, and new websites set up to collect complaints about the company.
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LG pulls TV-PDA-GPS combo gadget out of pocket

LG has re-invented the PDA as a portable telly. Or maybe it's re-invented the handheld TV as a Personal Digital Assistant. It's hard to tell - this boy does it all. Called the N1, has DMB digital satellite TV reception, Windows Mobile 5.0's personal information management and internet access tools, GPS courtesy of a SiRFStar …

Toshiba HD-E1 HD DVD player

Review While other manufacturers flap about trying to decide what format to back in the HD DVD/Blu-ray Disc war, Toshiba has been solidly behind HD DVD since the start. The HD-E1 is the first consumer-oriented standalone HD DVD player available in Europe, so you can now feed your HD telly something decent.
Will Head, 31 2007
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Oughton to leave OGC

The chief executive of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has announced he is moving on.
Kablenet, 31 2007
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Fring brings Skype and Symbian together

Just as Skype declares that the market isn't right for a mobile client, Fring releases one which works seamlessly with its service.
Bill Ray, 31 2007
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Please don't burn or stone women, pleads Canadian town

The town of Herouxville in Quebec, which boasts one immigrant family among its 1,300 inhabitants, is at the centre of a race-relations rumpus after issuing a town council declaration on culture which reminds newcomers that "stoning [women] in public, burning them alive, burning them with acid, circumcising them etc", is an absolute no-no.

Seagate to ship 'data mover' external HDDs next month

Seagate will next month ship a set of external hard drives aimed at folk who want to take all their data with them wherever they go and access through any handy computer.
Hard Reg, 31 2007

Allied Telesis punts low-cost Gig PoE switch

Powered Gig Ethernet just got cheaper. Allied Telesis said its new AT-GS900/8POE switch provides eight Gigabit ports plus a fibre uplink option, all the ports are powered - either eight at 7W each or four at the full 15W - and it's only £230, so around £30 a port.
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School tasers naked, oil-smeared student

A Ohio high school student who decided it was a "good idea" to strip naked, anoint himself with grapeseed oil and "run amok" in the school's canteen earned himself a double tasering for his trouble, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
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Google loses European GMail trademark battle

Google has failed to win the right to register the term "Gmail" as a wide-ranging European trademark.
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Comms sat launch goes off with a bang

The launch of a communications satellite from a converted oil rig in the Pacific ended in a fireball on Tuesday when the rocket exploded on the launch pad, New Scientist reports.
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Russian loses wife in poker game

A Murmansk gambler lost his wife in a poker game when he ran out of cash and laid his other half on the table, Ananova reports.
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UK domainers start up industry association

A new association representing UK domain name resellers is due to be launched this Friday.

Casio extends Exilim digicam line

Casio has updated its Exilim digital camera range with a pair of models that improve upon products the company released last year. In particular, both support new, 14:9 widescreen 2.6in displays. The 10.1 megapixel EX-Z1050 also features a motion analysis system that can choose the best sensitivity and shutter speed for snapping moving subjects.
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Vista DRM broken already?

Two controversial aspects of Microsoft's Vista were conspicuous by their absence at yesterday's launch event - neither digital rights management nor the way Microsoft will shut down or reduce the functionality of software it considers to be an illegal copy were mentioned.
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Schools need consent to fingerprint kids?

The Information Commissioner has declared that schools should ask for the consent of children and parents before they take pupil's fingerprints, despite there being no legal obligation for them to do so.
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Vista sends PC prices sky high

Vista only hit the shelves yesterday, but Microsoft's new operating system has already sent shockwaves through the PC retail industry.

3Com adds Linux blade to routers

Interoperability and openness will be the keys to the network in the future, 3Com claimed, as it announced Linux-based blades for its 6000-series routers that will let them run third-party apps.

Fujitsu and union in jam over strike

Fujitsu has declared that its dispute with Amicus, the UK's largest private sector union, has got stuck in the mud because it refuses to allow the union to represent IT workers who do not want their representation.
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UK bank exposes details of 75,000 accounts

An Aberdeen woman found a novel way to receive highly confidential information on 75,000 clients of the Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS): she simply requested her statement.

Cisco goes power-crazy

Cisco has announced a bunch of Gigabit and Power-over Ethernet (PoE) switches at its annual Networkers beanfest in Cannes.
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What a tangled mesh we weave

While the promise of free-for-all municipal Wi-Fi networks remains on the horizon for most – and a Googly mess for others – mesh wireless, the technology that utopians fancy will float us away on a cloud of education, is making practical progress.
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HP and SAP go industrial

Hewlett Packard has put its formidable weight behind SAP's version of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) with the announcement this week of a bagful of new services under the banner of SAP's Enterprise SOA. The new services will extend HP's existing Adaptive Infrastructure to work alongside SAP's NetWeaver Portal and aim to make it easier for HP's SAP customers build service-based applications.

Michael Dell ousts Rollins, back in charge

After 30 months at the helm, Kevin Rollins is leaving Dell, following years of decline that might rival the great fall of the Roman empire. The disclosure came as the company said its fourth-quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates.
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Intrepid hack drinks up gambling extravaganza

House of Cards The dust has finally settled after a week of debauchery in London.
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Google fails to excite on revenue surge

Google's income nearly tripled over the Christmas holiday period, boosted by growing online advertising, but failed to excite investors.