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AMD and Intel take potshots in dueling court complaints

AMD's anti-trust trial against Intel hasn't even started yet, and the companies are already pinching, scratching and pulling hair.
Austin Modine, 27 Apr 2007
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$1bn lawsuit takes novel approach in fighting spam

A group opposed to spam is taking a novel approach to fighting the scourge by using a mountain of data and a $1bn lawsuit to go after email harvesters who make possible all those penis-enlargement solicitations in the first place.
Dan Goodin, 27 Apr 2007
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MPAA chairman promises legal DVD copying, interoperable DRM

With all the debate about whether or not music actually requires the use of any Digital Rights Management at all, it's worth getting the collective opinion of the Motion Pictures Association of America on the subject. And if we believe the word of MPAA Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman this week, DRM is definitely here to stay when it comes to films and TV.
Faultline, 27 Apr 2007
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IAB raises touchy subject of internet audience measurement

The Interactive Advertising Bureau this week sent letters to the two major Internet audience measurement services, comScore and Nielsen NetRatings, asking them to submit to a third-party audit of their measurement processes.
Faultline, 27 Apr 2007
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Congress may loosen noose on internet radio

A bill introduced in Congress today could nullify the new rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) which advocates say would put webcasters out of business.
Austin Modine, 27 Apr 2007
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Rackable's margins enter witness protection program

Rackable Systems' start-up glory days have officially ended courtesy of some shockable first quarter results.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Apr 2007
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Payroll specialist fails to pay staff

Payroll specialist Northgate has failed to pay its staff.
John Oates, 27 Apr 2007
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MPAA veteran Jack Valenti dead at 85

Former Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Chairman Jack Valenti is dead following complications of a stroke suffered in March. The voice of the MPAA for nearly 40 years, Valenti's public career began during the Johnson administration, when he served as an advisor and confidant to the late President.
Thomas C Greene, 27 Apr 2007
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Nominet board election is go

The candidates in this year's Nominet elections have published their manifestos on what they would do with a seat on the board.

Dell finally switches on PC network in Glasgow schools

Dell has finished a managed education service piped to schools in Glasgow a mere four weeks after it was due.
Mark Ballard, 27 Apr 2007
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Rep. Barney Frank takes a gamble on online wagering

House of Cards It's official- outspoken Massachusetts representative Barney Frank unveiled sweeping legislation yesterday that would not only repeal the unpopular Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) but also provide clear-cut regulation for an industry that has been expanding rapidly outside of the United States or gone underground within American shores.
Burke Hansen, 27 Apr 2007
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Man snaps up Sea Harrier on eBay

A Somerset man has picked up a Falklands war vintage Sea Harrier for a bargain £10,000, the Mirror reports.
Lester Haines, 27 Apr 2007
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US Army to fund Stanford-led supercomputing team

The US Army is to fund a five-year, $105m supercomputing initiative led by Stanford University.
Lewis Page, 27 Apr 2007
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Survey: young Brits ready to embrace evoting

As Britain braces for its latest foray into the world of electronic, remote and even internet voting, a survey has found that almost half of us think we'd be more likely to vote if we could do it online.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Apr 2007
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MPs warned about e-health records

The government has been accused of ignoring concerns about the privacy of the NHS e-care record.
Kablenet, 27 Apr 2007
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PlayStation pioneer hangs up his joypad

It's sayonara to Ken 'Father of the PlayStation' Kutaragi, who has announced he will stop working for Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), at least on a day-to-day basis, from 19 June.
Scott Snowden, 27 Apr 2007
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From managed chaos to coherent infrastructure

Reg Reader Workshop Over the past few weeks, we have been exploring various aspects of business intelligence delivery through a series of workshops and polls. For the last poll in our series, we pulled it all together and asked where you are now and where you want to get to in terms of infrastructure and solutions.
Dale Vile, 27 Apr 2007
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Nintendo pledges to pour out more Wiis

Nintendo has admitted it hasn't punched out sufficient Wii games consoles to meet demand. But it pledged to pull its finger out and start producing more and "fix this abnormal lack of stock".
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2007
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'As I watch England turn into a quivering pile of dung'

FoTW There's nothing quite like a bit of reasoned analysis to set one up nicely for the weekend. Accordingly, we're obliged to Bill (who we suspect might be American) for his take on the revelation that Iran is not, in fact, about two weeks away from nuking Israel, but rather eight years off having any kind of operational nuclear weapon at all:
Lester Haines, 27 Apr 2007

Sony snapper to see further with 6x optical zoom

Sony will next month upscale the optics of its Cyber-shot S series of digital cameras - 'S' for 'solid', if ours is anything to go by - with a 6x optical zoom lens.
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2007
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'Traffic Taliban' moots speed cameras in cats' eyes

North Wales Police's anti-speeding campaigner Richard Brunstrom - aka the "Traffic Taliban" to those who oppose his zero-tolerance approach to excess velocity - has suggested the possibility of deploying miniature speed cameras in cats' eyes, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 27 Apr 2007
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Canada announces monster solar plant

Canada has announced it will build North America's biggest solar power plant - a 40MW project covering 365 hectares with around one million solar panels, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 27 Apr 2007
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Sky+ Anytime, but not last time

A software upgrade sent out to Sky+ boxes to support the new Sky Anytime service has left some punters bereft of all their recorded TV programmes.
Bill Ray, 27 Apr 2007

iSymphony tunes up Bluetooth wireless hi-fi

Will you please welcome iSymphony's latest music centre, a wall-mounted or shelf-stacked - the choice is yours - hi-fi that can connect to any Bluetooth device capable of streaming stereo sound wirelessly.
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2007
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UK airline pilots spot giant UFO

Two experienced airline pilots at the controls of separate flights have reported seeing a mystery object "up to a mile wide" hovering off the coast of Alderney on Monday, This is Guernsey reports.
Lester Haines, 27 Apr 2007
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Engineers write defence against aliens manual

A group of American aerospace engineers have written a book on how to defend the earth against alien invasion.
Lewis Page, 27 Apr 2007
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Apple TV hackers called to create open source set-top

Neuros Technology has called on Apple TV hackers to join it and develop a next-generation open source set-top box to prevent IPTV falling into the hands of the Man.
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2007
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Japan wants levitating trains by 2025

Japan says it is going to roll out (or possibly levitate out) a network of "maglev" trains by 2025. It will be the first commercial magnetic levitation line anywhere in the world outside of China, which has one line running in its Shanghai province.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Apr 2007
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Nominet gets academic on abuse

UK top level domain registry Nominet has tapped boffins at Oxford Brookes University to help it tackle spam and data theft aimed at .uk domains.
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Spectrums and Sea Harriers: ah, those were the days

Betting on a gambling ban The controversy over online gambling just won't go away. This week saw Greece ignoring recent European legal decisions and arresting three internet cafe owners who allowed gambling on their machines. Six customers were also arrested. Meanwhile in the US, congressman Barney Frank is set to introduce …
John Oates, 27 Apr 2007
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BOFH: Fishbowl this

Episode 14 Episode 14 "You want to WHAT?!?!" the PFY gasps, beating me to the draw by microseconds. "Move the computer room?" the Boss responds, surprised that there's any objection to his latest brainwave. "You've got to be kidding!" "Not at all," the Boss asks, still not aware of the enormous upheaval he's proposing. "I've been …
Simon Travaglia, 27 Apr 2007
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Fujitsu threaten one redundancy

The amicable resolution of a long-running dispute between Fujitsu Services and employees at its Manchester office could be in jeopardy after the firm threatened to make one employee redundant.
Mark Ballard, 27 Apr 2007
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Sage chairman leaves after seven months

The chairman of UK-based accountancy software group Sage has quit, citing irreconcilable differences with the board.
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Free BBC HD satellite TV service given green light

The BBC has been given the go-ahead to partner with ITV to launch a free-to-view digital TV service transmitted by satellite. The service will include HD programming.
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2007
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A hosted 'Web 2.0' requirements management experience

I make no secret of the fact that I think requirements management and analysis are just about the most important parts of the development process. If you understand the business requirements, producing a system that can be shown to satisfy them (or miss some out) is comparatively trivial. In fact, it’s programmable – the process can be automated (although producing a usable, maintainable, well-performing system is less trivial, without skilled manual intervention, of course).
David Norfolk, 27 Apr 2007
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IBM touts complete IPTV systems

IBM aims to kick some life back into the sputtering market for IPTV by making it easier for European ISPs - desperate as they are to differentiate themselves from their rivals - to buy and build Internet video services.
Bryan Betts, 27 Apr 2007
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Hawking amazed by weightlessness

Stephen Hawking is back on solid ground after completing eight "zero gravity" plunges aboard the vomit comet.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Apr 2007
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Wal-Mart denies cheap HD DVD deal

Wal-Mart has denied it is working with a Chinese manufacturer to build millions of budget HD DVD players, a move that could prove decisive in the battle with rival next-gen optical disc format Blu-ray Disc.
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2007
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Nokia N93i camera phone

Review The Nokia N93i isn't quite sure if it's a phone, a camcorder, or something in between. Flip it one way and it appears all phone-like, but swivel the display around and it feels like you're holding a mini-camcorder.
Will Head, 27 Apr 2007
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Firm offers Indian maths graduates by VoIP

The chairman of an online-tutoring startup connecting Indian graduates to Western schoolchildren by VoIP says he is not engaged in outsourcing education.
Lewis Page, 27 Apr 2007
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Man demonstrates extreme geekiness, reviews 105 PSUs

How do you tell a real hardware geek from a crowd of dilettantes? The genuine article will be found reading a review of over a hundred PC power supply units. As for the true hardware geek, he's the guy that wrote it...
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2007
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Virgin lays down case against Sky

Virgin Media has submitted documents to the High Court accusing Sky of abusing its monopoly position, despite that monopoly only being in Pay-TV - an area not previously considered an industry in its own right.
Bill Ray, 27 Apr 2007
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Fungus fingered in US honeybee wipeout

Scientists may have fingered a possible major contributory cause to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) - the hitherto unexplained disappearance of millions of honeybees in Europe, the US and seemingly Taiwan.
Lester Haines, 27 Apr 2007
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Enraged AC Milan fan eBays goalie Dida

A disgruntled AC Milan fan attempted to eBay the team's Brazilian goalkeeper following the poor bloke's series of blunders which saw Manchester United celebrate a 3-2 win in the first leg of the Champions League semis, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 27 Apr 2007
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BT slammed in broadband cut off battle

BT was rapped by a County Court judge this week after it failed to overturn an injunction taken out by a mortgage company which had been left without internet access by a bodged engineering job.
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Schools ban iPod cheaters

A school in Meridian, Idaho, is banning students from taking Apple iPods into exams because two kids were overheard discussing how to use them to cheat.
John Oates, 27 Apr 2007
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Virtual overdoses of chocolate Wi-Fi

Letters Let us begin by addressing one of the subjects that caught your attention this week: killer Wi-Fi. Is being bathed in a sea of wireless data whizzing around from computer to computer going to kill us, or is it all dark mutterings that have no scientific back up? Either way, we argued, we should find out for sure rather than making statements with hazy, if any, foundation. You had some thoughts:
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Apr 2007
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IBM servers get 10 Gig boost

10 Gig Ethernet specialists Chelsio and NetXen are targeting IBM servers - and in particular IBM's BladeCenter systems - for network acceleration and virtualisation.
Bryan Betts, 27 Apr 2007
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Thai insurgents move to keyless-entry bombs

Insurgents in southern Thailand have begun using keyless-entry systems from cars to trigger bomb explosions after authorities took to blocking mobile-phone signals.
Lewis Page, 27 Apr 2007
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Acer acquisition will be bigger than a breadbox, smaller than Gateway

Acer still won't say which PC vendor it plans to acquire, but it will give us a few hints.
Austin Modine, 27 Apr 2007
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Cause of global warming found

A particularly astute individual has put two and two together to gain a major new insight into the cause of one of mankind's most pressing crises. Remarking that last month was the hottest March since the beginning of last century, the resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, was quick to pinpoint the cause in a letter published by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Dan Goodin, 27 Apr 2007
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HP: 'IT, as we know it, is over'

Analysis HP this week put an end to information technology. You're now meant to slot all things IT under the Business Technology (BT) umbrella. HP's declaration does little for The Register's slogan. Thanks a lot.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Apr 2007

Reg readers total 3,238 years against cancer

After almost seven years of harnessing volunteers' unused CPU cycles to find a cure for cancer, Grid.org is shutting down operations. The organization said today it has completed its mission to demonstrate the viability and benefits of large-scale internet-based grid computing and will retire from service. Grid.org was the largest public interest grid venture ever attempted and has spawned dozens of similar projects.
Austin Modine, 27 Apr 2007
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Apple releases MacBook battery update

Apple is recommending an update be installed on all MacBook and MacBook Pro computers and extra batteries purchased between February 2006 and April 2007.
Austin Modine, 27 Apr 2007