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Study: Idiots may cause data-center apocalypse

A new study warns that ignorant data center managers switching to high-density devices are facing a "capacity crisis" that may increase the number of costly server outages.
Austin Modine, 01 May 2007
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Owners of E-Gold indicted for money laundering

Updated [This story was updated on May 1 to include comments from E-Gold strenuously denying the charges.]
Dan Goodin, 01 May 2007
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Hotmail's antispam measures snuff out legit emails, too

Hotmail users and email server admins, beware: you may be unknowingly caught in the crossfire of Microsoft's war on spam. Unintended casualties include legitimate emails from domains with well-established reputations, which are systematically blocked with absolutely no notice and little recourse.
Dan Goodin, 01 May 2007
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Observers forced to 'negotiate' for evote access

Independent observers are being blocked from properly observing the trials of electronic voting at the UK's forthcoming local elections.
Lucy Sherriff, 01 May 2007
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Orange becomes more like bank: launches overdraft facility

Mobile phone customers signing up to Orange's new Speakeasy pre-pay tariff can get themselves £2.50 worth of overdraft facility to keep them connected when their credit runs out, though they'll have to pay £1 to sign up for it.
Bill Ray, 01 May 2007
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DoubleClick redefines the rainbow paradigm

LogoWatch Google's recently-acquired adserving tentacle DoubleClick has pulled off a bit of a rebranding coup in completely redefining the rainbow paradigm for its reworked logo.
Lester Haines, 01 May 2007
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Why Last.fm isn't sweating the RIAA's royalty hike

Last.fm, the popular custom radio and music network, will press on with expansion plans, despite the threat to internet radio from the record industry lobbyists in the US.
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Ann Summers love egg fails to crack Cyprus

Cypriot readers in search of some "serious clitoral lovin" in the form of a remote-controlled "deceptively powerful matt silver love egg" featuring "three speeds and four pulse settings", are advised not to bother looking for tablecloth-clenching ecstasy down at Ann Summers:
Lester Haines, 01 May 2007
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MoD encourages SMEs

Small IT suppliers could have a better chance of winning defence business under new advertising rules.
Kablenet, 01 May 2007
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Silverlight glow dimmed by cross-platform concerns

MIX07 Microsoft has been taken to task for harming the web by going solo on technology and standards and not adopting a more open development approach.
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2007

Corsair deploys Bond-friendly Flash drive

On the off-chance you want to take a USB Flash drive up Everest or down the Amazon, memory specialist Corsair has launched Survivor, an "ultra-rugged" storage tool that's drop-proof and water resistant to a depth of 200m.
Tony Smith, 01 May 2007
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MPs criticise combat ID systems

MPs have said poor progress in developing combat identification technology is compromising the safety of military personnel.
Kablenet, 01 May 2007
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Sony eyes add-on camera for PSP

Sony is to offer a clip-on camera for PlayStation Portable punters this month, allowing them to get snapping months ahead of PS3 owners, whose Eye cam, announced last week, doesn't debut until the summer.
Tony Smith, 01 May 2007
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Second Life: the campaign for real life

Comment I received an email yesterday from the IBM analyst relations which read:
Robin Bloor, 01 May 2007
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'Rally my inflated ego', declares Nicolas Sarkozy

A French TV subtitler has been given the boot for translating presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy's call to arms as an appeal to voters to "rally my inflated ego", news agencies report.
Lester Haines, 01 May 2007
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Reuters snaps up search company

News provider Reuters is buying privately owned search company ClearForest to make its content more usable.
John Oates, 01 May 2007
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eBayer unleashes defecating dog to punt kayak

Regular readers will know that there are few holds barred down at eBay when it comes to attracting attention to some must-have item.
Lester Haines, 01 May 2007
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Living optical fibres found in the eye

It is an old question: how does light make its way through all the retinal layers to finally strike the light sensitive cells at the back of the eye?
Lucy Sherriff, 01 May 2007
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Scots stump up £3.5m for Highland broadband

The Scottish Executive is to meet with companies interested in providing connectivity to the last remaining spots of the Highlands, and has £3.5m burning a hole in its sporran to pay for it.
Bill Ray, 01 May 2007
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Bug brace menaces Adobe Photoshop

Security researchers are warning of a brace of unpatched flaws in Adobe Photoshop that allow hackers to gain control of vulnerable PCs.
John Leyden, 01 May 2007
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Fifa's 'wranking cock' shown red card

We're very much obliged to Jonathan Horner for alerting us to some suspect file naming down at footie governing body Fifa's homepage, which "keeps tripping our internet filter alerts", as he puts it:
Lester Haines, 01 May 2007

Dell Linux is go

Dell has finally chosen a Linux distribution to offer on its desktop and laptop machines. Following news that Michael Dell was running Ubuntu on his personal laptop, the company has followed suit and from late May Dell machines will ship with Ubuntu 7.04 as an option.
John Oates, 01 May 2007
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Vote for sale on eBay

We can't imagine this will be up for long, but for anyone who is disenchanted with this thing we call democracy, point your browse over here for a giggle.
Lucy Sherriff, 01 May 2007
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Sling throws in Mac-friendly SlingPlayer

Sling Media has released the Mac version of its SlingPlayer viewing application. It's only nine months or so behind schedule, but better late than never we say. More to the point, the UK version is available from day one.
Tony Smith, 01 May 2007
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Institutional investors push Google on China

The man who advises five New York public pension funds is calling on Google to stop caving in to Chinese censorship demands.
John Oates, 01 May 2007
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Estonian/Russian statue riots spill online

Civil unrest in Estonia over the removal of Soviet era memorials has been accompanied by attacks against the Baltic nation’s internet infrastructure.
John Leyden, 01 May 2007

Brits pitch 'extreme conditions' video cam

Looking for something to store on your extreme-conditions USB Flash drive? British electronics company Persides has an answer: its VEEcam take-up-a-mountain, carry-under-water video player/camera combo.
Tony Smith, 01 May 2007
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Kutaragi to pilot PlayStation development?

Whether Ken 'Father of the PlayStation' Kutaragi will get to work on the PlayStation 4 remains to be seen, but he's certainly talking like he is. And the PS5. And the PS6.
Tony Smith, 01 May 2007
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Home Office promises proactive powers for info commissioner

The Home Office has promised to give the Information Commissioner powers to make spot inspections on people's databases to determine if they have complied with the Data Protection Act.
Mark Ballard, 01 May 2007

Nokia N95 multimedia slider phone

2007's Top Products It's the Swiss Army Knife of mobile phones: a compact handset that does everything. Music, video, mobile and wireless broadand, photography, satnav, email, blogging, office work, web surfing, messaging - heck, it'll even help you talk to people over long distances. But is Nokia's top-of-the-range N95 trying too hard to be too many things?
Tony Smith, 01 May 2007
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IT firms band together to shrink carbon footprint

A group of UK IT firms has banded together to form The Green Initiative, a forum dedicated to helping companies learn more about how they can reduce their environmental impact.
Lucy Sherriff, 01 May 2007
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Orange doles out an IOU to Christian pareidolians

Letters Iran, the US of A, and WMDs. If there are any subjects guaranteed to garner a response from you lot, they'd be up there. This time, it was the flame of the week that got you fired up:
Tracey Cooper, 01 May 2007
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China's largest ecommerce site set to float

Alibaba.com, China's largest ecommerce site, is to float on the stock market in what is likely to be the largest ever initial public offering by a Chinese internet firm.
John Oates, 01 May 2007
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BEA issues profit warning

Middleware developer BEA Systems revealed a Q1 misfire today, warning investors it would miss its targets because of falling license sales.

Sonnet add-in to tune UK MacBook Pros into to eSATA

Mac add-on specialist Sonnet has launched its Tempo Serial ATA ExpressCard in the UK. Aimed at Apple's MacBook Pro line, the card allows laptop users to hook up a pair of eSATA-enabled hard drives.
Tony Smith, 01 May 2007
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RFID-tracking Segways unleashed on hoi polloi

Come the Rise of The Machines, our mechanised overlords are going to need ways to track their subjected population, and what better way than using RFID-reader-equipped Segways to roam city streets logging the chips embedded in every slave human.
Bill Ray, 01 May 2007
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Malaysian astronauts told: Space is no bar to prayers

As Malaysia prepares to send its first astronaut to space, the country's space agency planners find themselves facing an unusual problem: when your religious observances are dictated in large part by the sun, how can you keep the faith while orbiting the Earth?
Lucy Sherriff, 01 May 2007
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BlackBerry finds Outlook 2007 an upgrade too many

Some early adopters who've jumped to Outlook 2007 are finding that Research in Motion's (RIM) desktop software, for synchronisation with BlackBerry devices, won't support the latest version of Microsoft's PIM (Personal Information Manager).
Bill Ray, 01 May 2007
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Joost on brink of adding commercial breaks

Joost, the telly-over-the-internet service set up by Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, is soon to launch commercially.
John Oates, 01 May 2007
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Velocity Micro buys Overdrive PC

Velocity Micro, the US PC maker, has acquired Overdrive PC, a small Georgia-based rival which specialises in highly overclocked PCs for the gaming market. Terms are undisclosed.
Drew Cullen, 01 May 2007
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Gateway ships quad-core desktop into US stores

Gateway let slip a quad core desktop into some major US retail outlets today. It's called the Gateway FX, it costs from $2099.99 and - as you will guess from the price tag, it is aimed at the PC enthusiast and "digital creation" markets.
Drew Cullen, 01 May 2007
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'It'll be ugly when half the software industry goes away' - pundit

Analysis An imploding software industry could be just what customers need. You're going to end up with cheap, specialized software and all kinds of wonderful services to support the code.
Ashlee Vance, 01 May 2007
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VeriSign will ship two-factor authentication for debit cards

VeriSign has announced plans to integrate two-factor authentication technology into ATM and credit cards, a move that would give customers significantly more protection against scammers without requiring them to go through the hassle or expense of using a stand-alone security token.
Dan Goodin, 01 May 2007
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Disappointed Glastonbury fans spammed by rival festival

Glastonbury festival organisers have a substantial amount of egg on their faces today after El Reg learned of a data protection cock-up with the live music firm's registration system.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 May 2007
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Microsoft puts some iron into Ruby

MIX07 Microsoft has released IronRuby, an implementation, an implementation of the fast-growing scripting language Ruby, on the .NET Framework. IronRuby follows Microsoft's implementation of Python, called IronPython, released last year on .NET.
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2007
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Microsoft polishes the Silverlight

MIX07 Despite the early batch of criticism that Microsoft’s Silverlight has already generated, there is still much to interest applications developers in its arrival as a beta product, as well as issues for them to ponder, not least being whether Flash is still the better option for now.
Tim Anderson, 01 May 2007

Microsoft super sizes multi-threaded tripe

Comment Herb and pepper crusted Kobe steak medallions presented on a bed of arugula and baby spring greens tossed in a lemon fennel vinaigrette with baby red and yellow pear tomatoes; haricot verts; toasted sweet and spicy walnuts and crumbled Point Reyes blue cheese presented on the side; and a garnish of puff pastry triangles topped with a balsamic reduction. That's what we were eating when Craig Mundie told us that Microsoft would have tons of multi-threaded software ready for Intel and AMD's upcoming, multi-core chips.
Ashlee Vance, 01 May 2007

'IE8 compatible' - the cure for web standards headache?

MIX07 It took Microsoft six years to move Internet Explorer versions from 6 to 7. IE8 should be along a little quicker - it is slated for release within two years, less than three years after IE7's October 2006 debut.
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2007