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How Google translates without understanding

Column After just a couple years of practice, Google can claim to produce the best computer-generated language translations in the world - in languages their boffin creators don't even understand.
Bill Softky, 15 May 2007
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NetApp offers de-dupes with less hoops

Network Appliance will soon be offering its data de-duplication technology for corporate storage systems, regardless of the data management software being used.
Austin Modine, 15 May 2007

No end in sight for Vista's Long Goodbye

Seven weeks ago, when we first reported Vista was causing many machines to stall indefinitely while deleting, copying and moving files, we were sure the problem was caused by a bug that would be fixed relatively quickly. After all, Vista is Microsoft's flagship product. It's also an operating system. And everyone knows deleting, copying and moving files are among the most basic tasks any operating system can set out to do.
Dan Goodin, 15 May 2007
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Space Shuttle slated for early morning roll call

NASA has nearly completed repairs to the space shuttle Atlantis' tank, which took a battering in a hailstorm earlier this year. Space Program managers are so pleased with the progress that they have decided to roll the shuttle back out in preparation for its eventual launch. All being well, the craft will start its journey at 4am, local time.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 May 2007
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Info Commissioner audits HBOS

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is conducting an audit of Halifax Bank of Scotland's (HBOS) data security procedures after it was revealed that the bank was putting customers' financial documents in ordinary bins.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 May 2007
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OGC claims e-auction success

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has reported that a group of councils and NHS trusts saved almost 50 per cent of the previous cost of IT hardware in an electronic auction.
Kablenet, 15 May 2007
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Yes! It's the jellybean USB Flash drive

Definitely an add-on to keep well away from young kids, it's the jelly bean USB Flash drive from Hong Kong-based Brando - though the company reckons its more like a pill than a sweetie.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2007
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Green issues overlooked in IT procurement, survey says

Most large companies ignore environmental issues when buying IT solutions, according to research.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 May 2007
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Surveillance state can't monitor itself, says US

It would be impractical for the US to monitor how its border guards use the massive databases it is building on European citizens, US Homeland Security Security secretary Michael Chertoff told the European Parliament yesterday.
Mark Ballard, 15 May 2007
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Acer turns to nature to inspire Aspire

Acer yesterday parted the seas to reveal the first of a new line of "nature inspired" consumer-friendly laptops, the Aspire 5920 with its "gemstone" design, a curvy casing with a pebble-like shine.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2007
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The Semantic Web comes to ApacheCon

Column As the latest ApacheCon conference in Amsterdam fades into memory, I take a moment to ponder the themes discussed.
Nick Kew, 15 May 2007
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Dataupia: a utopian vision for databases?

Over the course of the last few months I have written a couple of times speculating on the development of appliances that might be more generally deployed than the very specific products we have seen to date.
Philip Howard, 15 May 2007
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Intel to revamp Core 2 Duo processors on 22 July?

Intel's next big round of desktop price cuts will come on 22 July, a day that will see the debut of revamped Core 2 Duo processors and a faster four-core Core 2 Quad, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2007
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PePWave links LANs to city Wi-Fi

Hong Kong-based Wi-Fi developer PePWave claims that its two new pieces of hardware will enable service providers to cover areas they couldn't cover before because of access control and cost issues.
Bryan Betts, 15 May 2007
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Cluster spies reformed shock wave

Twenty years ago, physicist Vladimir Krasnoselskikh predicted that the Earth's bow shock wave, formed by the solar wind building up against our magnetosphere, would break and reform, just as waves on the ocean do.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 May 2007
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Walruses shake off Danish migrant-watchers

A plan to monitor Atlantic walruses using satnav bugs shot into their hides from crossbows or CO2 guns has run into trouble.
Lewis Page, 15 May 2007

Fujitsu roadmaps slimline laptop HDD

Fujitsu will bring to market an slimline 250GB hard drive for notebooks sometime in July, August or September, it announced today.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2007
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Devon villagers chip in for mobile coverage platform

Community leaders in a south Devon village are planning to build a concrete platform so those wanting to use their mobile phones can climb up and use it to pick up a network signal.
Bill Ray, 15 May 2007
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Spammers stuff PlusNet email accounts (again)

Gaffe-prone ISP PlusNet has had its email database stolen and its users' accounts bombarded by spammers.
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Gone in 120 seconds: cracking Wi-Fi security

Interview WEP is dead - and here's the proof.
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Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB external hard drive

Review You can go too far to be consumer friendly. Making a device straightforward to set up and get running with some clear, simple guidance is all very well, but it's easy to overdo it and come across chirpy and brainless. Seagate has come perilously close with its FreeAgent Pro external hard drive.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2007
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Immigrant data protected from EU police

The European Parliament voted last night to build the world's largest biometric database, but only after ensuring that the police would not have free access to it.
Mark Ballard, 15 May 2007
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Software piracy rates remain stubbornly stuck

Use of unlicensed software by UK businesses remains stuck at around 27 per cent, according to the latest study by the Business Software Alliance (BSA).
John Leyden, 15 May 2007
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Sacred blogging bovine turns camgirl in sympathy push

Hindu monks campaigning to save a sacred bull from being slaughtered under animal health regulations have ramped their media push up a notch.
Lewis Page, 15 May 2007
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Gloves come off in George Bush buttplug rumpus

NSFW There's nothing our American cousins like more than a bit of light litigation, and it appears that two US websites are about to unleash the lawyers in an unholy scrap over copyright on a rubber George Bush figurine which disgruntled Democrats can stick where the sun don't shine.
Lester Haines, 15 May 2007
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Shaken student recounts geese mugging ordeal

A traumatised law student has joined the swelling ranks of those mugged for their mobiles after being relieved of his phone in a mob-handed anserine attack, The Sun reports.
Lester Haines, 15 May 2007
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Pipex to shutter UK Bulldog call centres

Updated: Struggling ISP Pipex is closing UK call centres serving subscribers to Bulldog, the broadband provider it bought from Cable and Wireless last year.
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BBC culls Jam staff

The BBC will cut all staff posts at its suspended online education portal, BBC Jam. Around 200 job slots will disappear.
Lewis Page, 15 May 2007
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Amazon.com snaps up Dpreview.com

Ecommerce behemoth Amazon.com went shopping itself on Monday with the acquisition of UK-based digital photography review site dpreview.com for an undisclosed amount.
John Leyden, 15 May 2007
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Scottish coppers ask bosses to drop trousers

Scottish police officers are not best pleased with their new "uncomfortable" and "ill-fitting" crime-busting trousers, The Scotsman reports.
Lester Haines, 15 May 2007
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Bloggers are crap, declares Blooker Prize judge

The Blooker Prize for books which began life as online ramblings has been won by My War: Killing Time in Iraq, by Colby Buzzell.
Lewis Page, 15 May 2007
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BBC flashes Kylie Minogue's minge at innocent kiddies

We're obliged today to the concerned Reg readers* who alerted us to the latest example of why licence-fee-driven TV is nothing more than a vehicle to punt pornography to impressionable minds who might otherwise be out riding their bikes and playing conkers:
Lester Haines, 15 May 2007

Alcatel looks forward to retro-styled 'vintage' slider

Alcatel Mobile Phones' latest offering may not appeal to phone fans looking for the latest technology, but it looks a solid enough handset for consumers with more modest needs.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2007
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Useless government IT adds self-nomination features

Although the New Statesman magazine's annual New Media Awards (NMA) don't quite match up to the EFF's annual Nepotism Award - nothing quite does - they're still a rich source of humour and embarrassment.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 May 2007
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Making Java Groovy

It is increasingly important to differentiate between Java the programming language and Java the platform.
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Apple tweaks MacBook specs

Apple has updated its MacBook line of consumer computers, upping the processor specifications, setting the base-line memory configuration to 1GB and making 802.11n wireless networking a feature rather than an upgrade.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2007

Wacom out to plant Bamboo on consumers' desktops

Tablets aren't just for digital artists and graphics pros, you know. So tablet maker Wacom would have us believe, and it's made Bamboo just to show us.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2007
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UK gov mulls prison for those employing illegal immigrants

The UK government is considering increasing fines and introducing prison sentences to encourage employers to act as immigration police on their own staff.
Mark Ballard, 15 May 2007
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NASA moon-dirt robodigger compo ends in chaos

A NASA competition between robots designed to shovel up moon dirt has ended in failure.
Lewis Page, 15 May 2007
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Captain Cyborg pushes kid chipping via Maddy abduction case

It is with heavy heart and grim sense of inevitability that The Register and its long-time readers note the attachment of the Captain Cyborg agenda to the McCann abduction investigation.
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Amazon 'misled Congress' over 1-Click patent

When Amazon.com's chief lobbyist testified before Congress in June last year, he made a bold claim.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 May 2007
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Hewitt ditches online job applications for doctors

Widely loved and respected health secretary Patricia Hewitt has been forced to ditch the online job application system for junior doctors, the Medical Training Application Service (MTAS).
Lucy Sherriff, 15 May 2007
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Former Oracle VP pays $200K to settle insider dealing rap

A former Oracle vice-president has stumped up $200,000 to settle insider trading charges.
John Leyden, 15 May 2007
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Sun warns Microsoft - 'You'd be wise to listen to your customers'

Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz has blunted whatever public niceties existed between his company and Microsoft with a revealing attack on Redmond's lawsuit threats around open source software.
Ashlee Vance, 15 May 2007
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Fox releases hounds over O.J. Simpsons spoof

Fox has cried foul at a parody of The Simpsons that stars acquitted murder suspect O.J. instead of loveable lazybones Homer.
John Leyden, 15 May 2007
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SAP and Novell cosy up on support

SAP and Novell have expanded their relationship in a deal expected to benefit both companies attract and retain cost-conscious enterprise customers.
Gavin Clarke, 15 May 2007
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Force10 barks at Cisco's Cat 4500

Force10 Networks has introduced a midrange chassis switch, called the C300, which it is pitching against Cisco's popular Catalyst 4500.
Bryan Betts, 15 May 2007
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SF Wi-Fi plan with Google and Earthlink shelved until July

Analysis San Francisco's plan to tap the resources of Google and EarthLink to blanket the city with free, sluggish Wi-Fi has faced another delay, as members of the Budget and Finance Committee voted to postpone proceedings until July 11.
Dan Goodin, 15 May 2007
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Vista goes gangbusters

Windows Vista is out-shipping Windows XP, with 40 million copies hitting the streets so far, Bill Gates told hardware engineers today.
Gavin Clarke, 15 May 2007
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Start-up piggybacks on flat panel TVs for solar sell

Thanks to Al Gore's blow hard proficiency and government subsidies purchasing the raw materials needed to harness solar power proves more expensive than buying black market kidneys. So, a Silicon Valley start-up has stepped in hoping to reduce the cost of solar energy by tapping the manufacturing know-how behind flat panel TVs.
Ashlee Vance, 15 May 2007
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US seeks to criminalize 'attempted' piracy

The US Department of Justice is proposing stiffer penalties for software copyright violators, such as the criminalization of "attempted" piracy and foregoing the necessity of patent registration before prosecution.
Austin Modine, 15 May 2007
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Half of stored files will never be accessed

Research released Tuesday by email archiving firm Waterford Technologies has shown that over 50 per cent of files stored by companies are never accessed again.
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IBM courier crashes. Sensitive tapes go AWOL

Add IBM to the growing list of ostensibly tech-savvy organizations that has been bitten by its failure to encrypt sensitive information.
Dan Goodin, 15 May 2007
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Torvalds weighs in on Microsoft's patent dance

Linus Torvalds has reportedly piled into Microsoft after its senior legal eagle after claimed the Linux operating system violates hundreds of the company's patents.
Gavin Clarke, 15 May 2007
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Alcatel-Lucent wants more Microsoft money

Alcatel-Lucent is not satisfied with the $1.5bn Microsoft has been ordered to pay for violating two MP3 patents, and is seeking additional damages.
Austin Modine, 15 May 2007