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Rackable goes after Sun's white trash data center biz

Rackable Systems has signed on as a willing participant in the white trash data center movement.
Ashlee Vance, 26 Mar 2007
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Satnav plunges £96k Merc into river

The driver of a £96k Mercedes SL500 had a lucky escape after her satnav directed her down a winding track and straight into the River Sence in Sheepy Magna, Leicestershire, the Leicester Mercury reports.
Lester Haines, 26 Mar 2007
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Dispute resolution procedures are failing, says DTI

Workplace dispute resolution procedures are flawed and have caused poor results, according to a review (pdf) commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The review has called for the complete repeal of the current procedures.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Mar 2007
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Experts dampen mobile mast health fears

Electromagnetic fields generated by mobile phones and base stations don't cause cancer or have adverse effects on health - yet.
Ciara O'Brien, 26 Mar 2007
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Tiny moon ruining Saturn's day

If you were trying to work out how long a day on Saturn is, you wouldn't expect to find your best efforts scuppered by a tiny moon. After all, you can still see the planet, right?
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Mar 2007
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US lifts lid on world's largest toilet

We all know that everything in the good old US of A is bigger, but surely this is dragging the concept of supersize to hitherto unplumbed depths:
Lester Haines, 26 Mar 2007
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How green is my vendor?

Environmental issues are becoming a big concern for those involved in managing IT and communications. You can tell this because just about every other supplier is touting their green credentials.
Rob Bamforth, 26 Mar 2007
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Relisys has stopped trading, administrator confirms

Begbies Traynor released a statement late on Friday confirming that monitor maker Relisys Digital went into administration on 21 March 2007.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2007

WIN a Sony PlayStation 3

Competition Sony's PlayStation 3 - possibly the most eagerly anticipated games console yet - has arrived in the UK. You can read Register Hardware's review here - then try and win one of your own.
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Laptop-lob 'paparazzi scum' sue Denise Richards

Two paparazzi who allegedly got on the wrong side of former Bond girl Denise Richards are suing the highly-talented actress and Playboy model, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 26 Mar 2007
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Centagenarian secures 25-year mortgage

A 102-year-old UK man has secured a £200,000 interest-only mortgage which will cost him £958 a month until he makes the final payment at 127, Ananova reports.
Lester Haines, 26 Mar 2007
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Canada puts its mounted booties down

House of Cards House of Cards Canuckia gets tough The controversy in Canada surrounding the expansion of online gambling took another turn this week as the attorney general of Alberta weighed in on the recent attempt by the Alexander First Nation to begin offering the same online gambling services as the Kahnawake tribe in Quebec.
Burke Hansen, 26 Mar 2007

Tiny iRiver media player flows into UK

It's been some time since digital music player maker iRiver made a splash in the UK, but its Flash-based X20 might just be the device to make waves in this iPod-dominated nation.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2007
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Blunkett cashes in on ID card experience

David Blunkett, the man who pioneered the UK government's ID cards proposals, has taken a job with a security company which works on Spain's ID card and could even be in the bidding for UK contracts.
John Oates, 26 Mar 2007

iTrip updated for second-gen iPod Nano

The latest incarnation of accessory maker Griffin Technology's iPod-friendly FM radio transmitter, iTrip, is now available to buy. The new model is designed to work with the second-generation iPod Nano.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2007
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Aussie boffins warn on glacial melting

Australian scientists are warning that the planet is nearing a tipping point beyond which polar melting will be irreversible in some areas, triggering a rise in sea levels of metres.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Mar 2007
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Fire marshal quits over psychic emails

A Wisconsin fire marshal has resigned after 22 years of service after admitting that he consulted psychics to advise with office politics.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Mar 2007
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UK gov to control the causes of crime

Ten years since the Prime Minister suggested that social inequality would have to be addressed in order to prevent crime, he is expected to propose a technology-led programme of rehabilitation, intervention and control to tackle the causes of crime.
Mark Ballard, 26 Mar 2007

Dragon's Lair revamped for Blu-ray play

Dragon's Lair, the now 24-year-old animated video game developed by one-time Disney animator Don Bluth for laserdisc players, is back, remastered for the HD era and now available to buy on Bluth-ray Disc - sorry, Blu-ray Disc.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2007
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Symbian speeds up smartphone OS

Symbian gave public details of a major new version of its eponymous phone OS today, touting significant performance improvements.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Mar 2007
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LG Prada KE850 touchscreen phone

Review You can tell a lot about a device from the state it arrives in after its been pawed over by heaven knows how many sweaty-palmed handset hacks. It's clear LG's KE850, co-designed by Italian fashion house Prada, has not had an elegant time of it.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2007
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PC World repair job leaves family seeing blue

PC World is at the centre of a row after animal porn was found on a hard drive installed during a repair to an 11 year-old's laptop
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2007
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BT 'secures regulatory approval' in Pipex carve-up

More Pipex sell-off rumours squeaked out of the over the weekend, but provided little clue as to which of the big players will scoop up its punters.
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Mozilla: security researchers have too much power

Mozilla's security chief has stepped into the debate about the disclosure of security bugs by saying that software developers are at the mercy of bug hunters.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2007
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Foundry launches high density WLANs

Foundry Networks has launched wireless Lan (WLAN) access points and software to help increase the capacity and security of enterprise wireless networks, and has added a new location management offering.
Wireless Watch, 26 Mar 2007
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Ericsson deals blow to unified 4G dream

Comment Ericsson was never going to welcome WiMAX, given its potential cannibalisation of the Swedish giant's strongest market, UMTS/HSPA, but it was mellowing towards the technology last year as it sought to diversify its customer base and be less dependent on cellcos, moving towards multi-network convergence and managed services for its growth.
Wireless Watch, 26 Mar 2007
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IPS explains plan to make copied biometric passports useful

The Home Office has repeatedly disputed claims that the new biometric passport has been 'cracked', and spokespeople have argued that in any event, none of the exploits so far reported has compromised security. Last week, however, Identity & Passport Service executive director Bernard Herdan inadvertently revealed that the UK was planning to implement a border control system that could make entry on a copied biometric passport easier.
John Lettice, 26 Mar 2007
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CMMI, practically speaking

London was recently host to a conference showcasing CMMI process improvement. Primarily sponsored by the consultancy Lamri, the conference was held on 19-20 March.
David Norfolk, 26 Mar 2007
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Intel chooses China for new chip plant

Intel has announced plans to build a $2.5bn wafer fabrication plant in China.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2007
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DMCA architect lambasts music moguls

Bruce Lehman, key architect of the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), has admitted that copyright protection law is failing.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2007
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Verizon wins injunction against Vonage over patent battle

US phone company Vonage has been ordered to stop using technology which a court has ruled violates patents held by mobile phone company Verizon.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Mar 2007
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Researchers link human skull size and climate

Humans grew bigger brains as the climate they lived in got cooler, according to researchers at the University at Albany, New York.
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Mar 2007
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UK kids to get free calls and texts in return for ads

A mobile phone start-up will offer UK teenagers free phone calls and texts in return for listening to adverts from this summer.
John Oates, 26 Mar 2007
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Compuware launches overseas model factory

Offshore applications testing is already big business, but for the client of such services there is always concern about whether they are getting the best possible mix of service level and cost.
Martin Banks, 26 Mar 2007

Image spam fattens junk mail

The bandwidth occupied by spam is increasing as spammers punt products with pictures or graphics instead of just text.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2007

Nvidia launches nForce 680i LT SLI chipset

Nvidia has rolled out a cut-down version of its nForce 680i SLI top-of-the-line chipset for Intel processors. The new logic's key differentiator from its parent product: Nvidia's reduced the maximum clock speed of SLI-specific memory.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2007
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Fayrewood sells shares in ComputerLinks

Computer hardware and software distributor Fayrewood plc has today sold its shares in ComputerLinks AG.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2007
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SRS confirms unannounced O2 media player handset

Sound enhancement technology developer SRS has confirmed mobile phone network O2 is to release the XDA Flame portable media player style phone in the coming months - even though the carrier has yet to announce the product.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2007

Rival bid forced EMC to 'pay too much' for RSA - CEO

After devouring more than 20 companies since 2003, storage company EMC has a half-billion dollar tummy-ache.
Austin Modine, 26 Mar 2007
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SANS to certify programmers for security nous

The SANS Institute has assembled a coalition of security vendors to create a secure coding assessment and certification exam for programmers.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2007
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NEC and Stratus find fault tolerance with each other

NEC and Stratus have made good on their intellectual property marriage, pumping out a new, beefier fault-tolerant server.
Ashlee Vance, 26 Mar 2007
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California cuts off aid to ID thieves

The California secretary of state's office has shut down portions of its website after it was discovered it had been selling hundreds of thousands of public documents containing social security numbers and signatures, a practice that lasted for years. Several other states have also made available materials that reveal personal information, although it's not clear which, if any, have curbed the policy.
Dan Goodin, 26 Mar 2007
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As gold fever hits Macau, Ho's still in the money

The prohibitionist cult in America that has wreaked havoc on foreign gambling companies recently turned its guns on one of America’s own – casino behemoth MGM Mirage, the second largest gambling company in the world.
Burke Hansen, 26 Mar 2007
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RIAA invites students to settlement barn dance

Like a Bizzaro World Ed McMahon, the RIAA pursues colleges across the US with pre-litigation settlement letters.
Austin Modine, 26 Mar 2007
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Of ICANN and the registrar zombies

ICANN Lisbon ICANN Lisbon 2007 officially opened today, although in true ICANN style work has been going on all weekend - it's just the public part began today, with the usual welcoming speeches by Chairman Vint Cerf and CEO Paul Twomey.
Burke Hansen, 26 Mar 2007
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Sun's dim grid a developer thang now

Three years into its grand supercomputer rental experiment, Sun Microsystems has found that developers, developers, developers have more interest in the program than big spending businesses.
Ashlee Vance, 26 Mar 2007
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Vista's long goodbye

Windows Vista suffers from a bug that causes many machines to stall while deleting, copying and moving files, a flaw that has provoked consternation in online forums.
Dan Goodin, 26 Mar 2007