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Bionic-boosted eyes go hi-def

AAAS A new version of an electronic implant which restores visual capabilities in blind people holds untold promise, those gathered at a meeting in San Francisco heard today, as the technology behind the device is taken to the next level.
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BEA options re-statement hits $400m mark

BEA Systems will restate almost a decade's worth of earnings to the tune of nearly $400m thanks to misallocation of stock to employees.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2007
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Employee fired for probing bad guys awarded $4.7m

A jury has awarded a former security analyst for Sandia National Laboratories $4.7m after he was fired for conducting his own investigation into computer attacks and taking his findings to authorities of a separate agency.
Dan Goodin, 16 Feb 2007
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Start-up throws Liberty, Integrity and HP at IBM's lawyers

Analysis A quick stroll through Platform Solutions Inc.'s (PSI) data center reveals why IBM has sued the start-up. There's a hulking HP Superdome system with a tiny PSI label on it, and this box promises to do much of a mainframe's work for a fraction of the cost.
Ashlee Vance, 16 Feb 2007
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Mono on the Mac: Time to look beyond Linux?

As you’ll no doubt be aware, the Mono Project is an ambitious, open-source initiative, largely coordinated by Novell. The aim is to build a complete suite of ECMA- compliant .NET tools (C# compiler, runtime, class frameworks, etc) which work across all supported platforms, including Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. For more background on the project, check out “Mono (software)” on Wikipedia.
Uncle Mac, 16 Feb 2007
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Wiki can link to controversial documents, judge rules

Drugs giant Eli Lilly has failed in its bid to restrict a wiki from linking to documents that could be damaging to its business. The ruling of a New York court said the court could not rule against the internet "in its various manifestations".
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Feb 2007

Intel 'Bearlake' said to deliver 15% performance boost

Intel insiders have claimed that the combination of the chip giant's P35 and G35 chipsets - aka 'Bearlake' - and its Core 2 processors will yield a performance boost of 15 per cent at a given clock speed.
Tony Smith, 16 Feb 2007
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Only some data thieves face two-year prison threat

The Government's planned two-year jail sentence for information thieves will not apply to people who steal or trade in personal information from most manual filing systems. Apart from some Government files, the penalties will only apply to electronic databases.
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Feb 2007
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PowerColor preps 'golden pig' graphics card

Tul has marked the coming commencement of Chinese New Year with a limited-edition Year of the Pig PowerColor graphics card. The card's based on an AMD ATI Radeon X1650 Pro with a 600MHz core and 256MB of GDDR 3 video memory clocked to an effective 1.4GHz. The big difference, though, is the gold, pig-shaped cooling fan.
Tony Smith, 16 Feb 2007

Analyst sounds AMD cash-flow warning

A US analyst has expressed "increasing concerns" that AMD is heading toward a cash-flow crisis even a shareholders' ears prick to whispers that a private equity company is looking to buy a stake in the chip maker - or even the whole kit and kaboodle.
Tony Smith, 16 Feb 2007
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EC earmarks €50m for online scientific data storage

The European Commission has set aside €50m this year to support the establishment of digital repositories for storing scientific data.
Charlie Taylor, 16 Feb 2007
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Net vultures circle Joss Stone TV train crash

Updated The internet is a cruel mistress, and no messing. Pity if you will poor old Joss Stone, whose performance at the Brit awards earlier this week might have been consigned to the dustbin of history were it not for YouTube
Lester Haines, 16 Feb 2007
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Japan scrubs spy satellite launch

Bad weather has forced Japan to postpone the launch of a new spy satellite. Japanese space agency JAXA scrubbed the launch shortly before the rocket carrying the satellite was due to blast off from Tanegashima island.
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Feb 2007
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MySpace for sports shoots out of the starter's block

Isporty.com is a MySpace for sports fans where you can set up a page for your team or sports club, or a personal page showing your sporting interests - whether it's football, fishing or darts.
John Oates, 16 Feb 2007
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Most spiked drink victims actually legless

Researchers at Wrexham Maelor Hospital who tested wobbly hospital patients who claimed their drinks had been spiked found most were simply legless, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 16 Feb 2007
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iSoft in talks with Aussie firm

Troubled health provider iSoft is in talks with Australian company IBA Health about a possible takeover, but says it is still looking at other options.
John Oates, 16 Feb 2007

BOFH: The Brotherhood

Episode 7 Episode 7 The boss is late and everyone's noticed. And when I say everyone's noticed I really mean no one's noticed, but it has been two days and when someone's been on a weekend junket then doesn't show within a day or so word gets around... ... It's day three before the boss finally wanders into work with the unpressed …
Simon Travaglia, 16 Feb 2007
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Busty eBayer deploys mammary display stand

NSFW Thanks very much to reader Nick L for alerting us to a rather strange eBayer who has decided to deploy her not inconsiderable assets as a sort of mammary display stand. Try this "auction" for a Panasonic CD player front panel:
Lester Haines, 16 Feb 2007

Samsung shows Mobile WiMAX kit

Samsung is getting ready for the day when Mobile WiMAX - also known as 802.16e - services become widespread an users want to connect their computers to the network. This week it demo'd a USB key that provides both WiMAX and 3G HSDPA connectivity.
Hard Reg, 16 Feb 2007
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IP - it's complex, but it's here to stay

Comment Fifteen years ago a plethora of different network communications protocols were being used for computer communications. Getting computers to talk to each other was a complex business and vendors like Novell made a good living enabling them to do so.
Bob Tarzey, 16 Feb 2007
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TomTom beats to the distant sound of whalesong

LogoWatch We here at El Reg like to think that our LogoWatch strand has done much to rid the world of Powerpoint presentation-weilding Strategy Boutiques - redefining brand frontage paradigms and delivery mission-critical synergistic solutions to better represent the brand proposition companies represent to their end user demographic while blasted off the planet on Bolivian marching powder.
Lester Haines, 16 Feb 2007
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Aussie outfit to ship wristphone next month

Many, many wristphones have been announced, but few if any have come to market. According to Aussie company SMS Technology, that will change next month when it ships the M300, a tri-band GSM/GPRS wristwatch phone, in its native land.
Tony Smith, 16 Feb 2007
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UK Treasury knew of US hunt through British bank data

The Bank of England told HM Treasury about the secret US surveillance of international banking transactions as long as five years ago.
Mark Ballard, 16 Feb 2007
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Intertrust offers cut price DRM patents for OMA and Marlin

DRM intellectual property business Intertrust has issued a license price for its patent portfolio that is designed to totally undermine the existing MPEG LA patent pool for the Open Mobile Alliance DRM 2.0 system, although it’s being very careful not to say that out loud.
Faultline, 16 Feb 2007
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Two defendants in German warez case admit charges

Two of the three main defendants in the FTPWelt trial, which opened this week at the District Court of Mühlhausen in Germany, have admitted that they offered bootleg software, games and movies through a high speed download service Ftpwelt.com.
Jan Libbenga, 16 Feb 2007

Logic3 i-Station Traveller portable speakers

Review Years ago, long before the iPod Revolution of 2001, somebody somewhere came up with the ingenious idea of packing portable speakers and then plugging their Discman in so they could listen to music in a hotel room, as very few hotel rooms had stereos of any sort.
Scott Snowden, 16 Feb 2007

Twenty Logic3 i-Station Traveller iPod speakers up for grabs

Competition Logic3's i-Station Traveller is the iPod-accessory maker's latest on-the-move out-loud audio offering. You can read Register Hardware's review of the gadget here, but why not try and win one too? We've got 20 of 'em Logic3 tells us we have to give away...
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3GSM rules the roost, alongside cockfighting Amazons

3GSM madness Once again, the Reg team has been hard at work serving up a banquet of tasty news from all corners of the world. Much of the focus this week was on the mobile convention 3GSM in Barcelona. While fighting for a place in the news there, T-Mobile announced to the world that VoIP would not affect its revenues, but …
Dan Ilett, 16 Feb 2007

Vista OEM 'Express' upgrades stuck at the gate

Europeans who bought a new PC in time for Christmas and were persuaded that they would get a Vista upgrade soon after the rollout by redeeming a voucher, are learning that demand for the upgrades far outstrips "supply".
Thomas C Greene, 16 Feb 2007
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iPod spares nude model's blushes

Here's a Friday afternoon poser for you: what do you do if you're on a beach doing a swimwear shoot for Sports Illustrated and your bikini inexplicably falls off and you're left sprawling butt-naked on the golden sands with your ample charms exposed to the snapper's sweaty lens?
Lester Haines, 16 Feb 2007

Lexar announces high-speed SDHC

Lexar's 4GB SHDC card isn't the first of its kind to be rated Class 6 for speed - Transcend won that accolade in October 2006 - but it's no slouch for that. Class 6 devices have a guaranteed minimum data transfer rate of 6MBps, and Lexar said its card has a minimum write speed of 20MBps - hence the 133x speed.
Tony Smith, 16 Feb 2007
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Japanese whaler adrift in stormy seas

Japanese whaling vessel the Nisshin Maru - partially evacuated yesterday following an engine-room fire - is still wallowing powerless in Antarctica's stormy Ross Sea, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 16 Feb 2007
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EU police database on Brussels agenda

The European Council has endorsed a pan-European police database that was established by a small club of countries outside the European framework last year.
Mark Ballard, 16 Feb 2007
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Ingram Micro blames Brazil and Germany for so-so results

Ingram Micro made sales of $8.85bn in the fourth quarter ended 30 December 2006, an increase of 11 per cent on the $7.96bn the distie made in the same period of 2005.
John Oates, 16 Feb 2007
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Lights, camera, action

When it comes to preparing a pitch you can always go for the ‘Industry Standard’ PowerPoint, but these days you can also push the boat out and take a more integrated approach. It’s a bit like whether you drive a sensible family car or – like Jeremy Clarkson – yearn to drive something a little sportier. They both get you from A to B but with Mr Clarkson’s jalopy you get to travel with a bit more style.
Brian Heywood, 16 Feb 2007
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Ballmer downplays Vista sales

Steve Ballmer has played down the hype surounding Vista sales saying some analysts have taken an overly optimistic view.
John Oates, 16 Feb 2007
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Designing intelligent petitions too taxing for Brits

Letters Tony Blair has his finger on the button and is preparing to fire. Fortunately, there are no weapons of mass destruction, only emails of mass dissemination, as New Labour preps a reply to the 1.5 million people who don't want road tax priced by the mile:
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Feb 2007
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Brocade intros McDATA-capable SAN switch

Brocade has introduced its first Fibre Channel switch that can be used within both Brocade and McDATA SANs.
Bryan Betts, 16 Feb 2007
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Genes offer excuse for beer fear

AAAS Geneticists are shedding light on why some people can't handle their beer, or rather may eschew a noble chalice of foaming chestnut ale in favour of a less challenging sweeter beverage.
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Dell snakes Motorola's mobile man

Dell has done some Zandr poaching, grabbing Motorola's handset chief to run its consumer products unit.
Ashlee Vance, 16 Feb 2007