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HP wings Pelikan with patent lawsuit

HP has filed a lawsuit against Germany-based Pelikan Hardcopy Deutschland for patent infringement of HP printer cartridges.
Austin Modine, 04 May 2007
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Cash-for-grade probe may result in felony charges for 84 students

As many as 84 people could face felony charges for participating in a bribery scandal in which student employees of a community college in Northern California charged as much as $600 per grade to change their classmates' computer transcripts. There's no word yet if administrators who failed to police their networks will take a whack as well.
Dan Goodin, 04 May 2007
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ClearSpeed finds PCIe floating point booster

Those of you desperate for a floating point speed up have another accelerator option thanks to a new product from ClearSpeed.
Ashlee Vance, 04 May 2007
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Boffins to UK.gov: Don't muck around with science teaching

A group of prominent UK scientists is warning that changes to the way science is taught in schools are being made too fast, and without proper consultation.
Lucy Sherriff, 04 May 2007
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Chaos in Sussex as 'bat monitor' mistaken for bomb

Twitchy coppers brought paralysis to the roads and evacuated villagers from their homes after a piece of bat-detecting equipment was mistaken for a deadly terrorist bomb.
Lewis Page, 04 May 2007
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Tories plan open door for open source

A Tory strategy to make more use of open source software in the public sector is likely to tackle the culture of secrecy in government procurement, according to early details released to The Register.
Mark Ballard, 04 May 2007
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P2P start-up snags almost every film in Hollywood

Comment Every news source that covers digital media this week followed the Wall Street Journal in heaping praise on start-up Vudu that has managed to get most of Hollywood, not counting Sony, to give it access to major motion pictures for downloading over the web, using a peer to peer architecture.
Faultline, 04 May 2007
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Oyster-Barclaycard hybrid passes first technical trials

Transport for London (TfL) and TranSys have said they have successfully completed the first technical trials of the combined Oyster and Barclaycard.
Kablenet, 04 May 2007
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Tribunal forces opening up of ID card 'gateway' docs

The Information Tribunal has forced the disclosure of strategic reviews of the identity cards system by the Office of Government Commerce, which opposed the disclosure of the information.
Mark Ballard, 04 May 2007
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British Library wants to archive your emails

The first public project to record email messages is requesting examples of romance, humour, and complaints.
Kablenet, 04 May 2007
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Operations management for developers

Editors' Blog Almost 30 years ago when I first did my IT training, part of it was spent in ops, mounting tapes and trying to keep important systems operating efficiently.
David Norfolk, 04 May 2007
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Voting the old way in the UK...on paper

Comment There's an old saying that a true patriot, in receipt of a valid parking ticket, rejoices that the system works. And that's how I feel so far.
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Virgin Airlines drops in-flight 9/11 conspiracy movie

Virgin Airlines has pulled a controversial internet documentary on 9/11 from its in-flight entertainment system after complaints from bloggers and radio shows.
Jan Libbenga, 04 May 2007
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Super-fast RDF search engine developed

The next generation of the internet is a step closer thanks to a major breakthrough in "semantic web" research in Ireland.
Ciara O'Brien, 04 May 2007
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Spanish vultures in bovine bloodbath

Huge flocks of starving vultures have begun attacking live farm animals in northern Spain.
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Wiretaps, no-fly lists, and suing AT&T

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AMD Phenom X2, X4, FX processor specs leak

Details are beginning to come through about just how AMD will roll out its next-gen desktop 'star' processors - so called because of their astronomy inspired codenames. While Q3 appears to be the key launch point, the shift extends through Q4 into Q1 2008.
Tony Smith, 04 May 2007
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BEA, IBM get social too early

Earlier this year, both BEA and IBM announced upcoming additions to their middleware offerings that would extend the ability to incorporate Web 2.0 functionality, such as creating mashups.
Martin Banks, 04 May 2007
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Robbers superglue naked man to exercise bike

South African robbers have shunned traditional gaffer tape and deployed a new weapon to subdue their victims: superglue.
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BOFH: Somebody know this body?

Episode 15 Episode 15 "Ah, Simon, Steven, there's a man here from security wants a word with you?" the head of IT asks nervously. "Really?" the PFY says. "What's he want?" "Found a body," security says, stepping into Mission Control from behind the head. "A body?" the PFY says, in his well-practised innocent manner. "A body," …
Simon Travaglia, 04 May 2007
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O2, Vodafone first in UK with BlackBerry Curve

O2 and Vodafone today became the first UK carriers to take on Research in Motion's consumer-friendly BlackBerry Curve. The handset itself was launched yesterday.
Tony Smith, 04 May 2007
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Critical DNS fix stars in upcoming Patch Tuesday

Updated Microsoft plans to release seven patches next Tuesday as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
John Leyden, 04 May 2007
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Scottish elections scuppered by e-counting meltdown

The Scottish elections have been marred by an electronic counting fiasco.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 May 2007
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Was Gerry Adams in the IRA? Don't ask Wikipedia

The wisdom of reliance on Wikipedia as an information source has been further questioned.
Lewis Page, 04 May 2007
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Computacenter execs give cautious Q1 assessment

Computacenter, the UK's biggest IT reseller, has announced mixed results for the first quarter of 2007.
Lewis Page, 04 May 2007
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Intel web tablet SoC to cut power consumption by 20x

Come 2010, UMPCs will consume only a twentieth of the power last year's models did and a fifth of the company's next-generation UMPC platform, Intel forecast last night.
Tony Smith, 04 May 2007
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Google gaffes, Tories love Linux, no one loves road pricing

Google gaffes Google's reputation for flawless delivery of new products has always been helped by launching beta services on the quiet. But this week's move to an improved personal homepage, or iGoogle, left the search giant with a lot of angry users. Data and personal settings were lost when the updated service was introduced …
John Oates, 04 May 2007

Core to command all of Intel chip output by 2008

Intel's Core architecture will be the foundation of all Intel's x86 processors by the beginning of 2008, CEO Paul Otellini said last night at the chip giant's spring financial conference.
Tony Smith, 04 May 2007
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Nominet board vote passes off without cockups

Nominet, the top level registrar for .uk addresses, which administers the system for dealing with disputes over domains, has elected two new non-executive directors to its influential board.

iSoft CTO quits

Troubled healthcare provider iSoft is saying goodbye to Ravi Kumar, its chief technology officer.
John Oates, 04 May 2007
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British Gas security scare as payments page springs a leak

A British Gas website that allows homeowners to pay bills leaves consumers exposed by inviting them to submit credit card information across an unencrypted link.
John Leyden, 04 May 2007
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Takeover rumour orgy hits Reuters, EMI and Yahoo!

Three major takeover rumours are sending stock markets into a tizzy this afternoon.
John Oates, 04 May 2007
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YouTube starts paying 'select' uploaders

Google clip dump YouTube is to trial revenue sharing with normal users by adding some of its favourite uploaders to its partnership programme.
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Vonage denied retrial in patent case

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone company Vonage has been refused permission to have its patent case re-heard, but can introduce a new Supreme Court ruling in its appeal.
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 May 2007
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MIT eggheads plan Israeli airstrike on Iran nuke factories

A pair of postgraduate students at MIT have produced a detailed assessment of the Israeli Air Force's ability to destroy Iran's potential nuclear weapon manufacturing plants.
Lewis Page, 04 May 2007
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RIM can work with Outlook '07

RIM's engineers have fixed an incompatibility flagged up by BlackBerry-toting Reg readers - allowing them to demonstrate their indispensability and show off their early-adopter credentials, both at the same time.
Bill Ray, 04 May 2007
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Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P1610

Review Laptops come in all shapes and sizes, from super-big, hernia-inducing desktop replacements to mega-dinky ultra-portables. The Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P1610 sits firmly at the smaller end of the scale, with a footprint barely larger than an A5 sheet of paper.
Will Head, 04 May 2007
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American inventor builds jet-propelled crapper

An American inventor has gained belated media recognition for a truly stunning achievement - building and operating a jet-propelled portaloo.
Lewis Page, 04 May 2007
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Tesco Telecoms faces mis-selling probe

Ofcom has launched an investigation into practices at Tesco's Telecoms unit.
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Solaris served on the Rocks

Sun Microsystems has put more pressure on itself to make two rather large bets pay off.
Ashlee Vance, 04 May 2007
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Bull delivers 16 cores in pizza box

Bull continues to flirt with the high performance computing crowd via thin, 1U systems.
Ashlee Vance, 04 May 2007
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Irate New Mexican workers ward off alien attack

Letters So, we're safe from Alien attack, thanks to some engineers in the US. Oddly, few of you felt very reasssured by the plans. Can't imagine why. Oh, wait: you've explained why in great detail:
Lucy Sherriff, 04 May 2007
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Latest AACS crack 'beyond revocation'

Hackers have found a way of circumventing the AACS copy prevention technology used by next-generation DVD disks. Unlike earlier breaks, the latest crack can't be papered over simply by pushing key revocation updates.
John Leyden, 04 May 2007

Sun's chip gurus theorize about obliterating IBM and Intel

When you have companies such as IBM and Intel looking to destroy your business, it's nice to have a fella like Ivan Sutherland stored away in a back room.
Ashlee Vance, 04 May 2007
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NetGear adopts an Infrant

Put on your best bib and tucker, hombre, it's time for an end-of-week storage M&A roundup.
Austin Modine, 04 May 2007
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Army tells soldiers they can blog after all

The Army is downplaying its own regulations requiring soldiers to get their commander's approval before blogging or sending email after the restrictions raised concerns about free speech on the net.
Dan Goodin, 04 May 2007
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Lax security led to TJX breach

A wireless network that employed less protection than many people use on their home systems appears to be the weak link that led TJX Companies, the US-based retailing empire, to preside over the world's biggest known theft of credit-card numbers.
Dan Goodin, 04 May 2007