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HP marries Cisco's Infiniband switches with clusters and blades

HP has added more Cisco networking gear options to its pre-packaged cluster product line.
Ashlee Vance, 25 May 2007

Strange spoofing technique evades anti-phishing filters

A Reg reader has produced screen shots that demonstrate a powerful phishing technique that's able to spoof eBay, PayPal and other top web destinations without triggering antiphishing filters in IE 7 or Norton 360. Plenty of other PayPal users are experiencing the same ruse, according to search engine results.
Dan Goodin, 25 May 2007
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Revenues up at C&W

Cable & Wireless has played down suggestions of a planned takeover as the firm announced that it more than doubled its annual pre-tax profits to £249m.
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CMSG gets ITIL

Editor's blog The British Computer Society Configuration Management special interest group (the BCS CMSG) has rather an oxymoronic name perhaps - who's interested in CM? Well, I am. I was interested enough to go to its bi-annual conference last week, and so, probably, is anyone actually involved in doing CM.
David Norfolk, 25 May 2007
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'Partial nudity' said to hinder M-rated Halo 2 release

An "obscure content error which includes partial nudity" is allegedly behind the set-back Microsoft this week made to the Windows Vista version of Halo 2, originally due 8 May, then 22 May and now 31 May.
Tony Smith, 25 May 2007
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EU extends TV law to the internet

The European Council has passed a law which extends the laws governing television broadcasters to companies providing video content online regardless of how it is transmitted.
Mark Ballard, 25 May 2007
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Vodafone claims Spanish ISP in quad play push

Comment One story that sneaked past us at the end of last week was the fact that Vodafone has managed to outbid other mobile operators for the Spanish ISP Ya.com. We feel the deal presages a quadruple play move by Vodafone within the year.
Faultline, 25 May 2007
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Brown dwarf cools its jets

Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) VLT have found jets coming out from a 24 Jupiter-mass brown dwarf, or failed star, similar to the jets that are found coming out of young, but fully fledged stars.
Lucy Sherriff, 25 May 2007

QWERTY keypad, HSDPA Walkman phone surfaces

Sony Ericsson's as yet unannounced W999 Walkman slider phone has appeared on the web in an official capacity, turning up among the GSM Association's list of HSDPA-compatible handsets.
Tony Smith, 25 May 2007
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A primer on SOA governance

Interview TIBCO's Stefan Farestam talks with Reg Developer about the ground rules of SOA governance.
David Norfolk, 25 May 2007
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Attack of the terror casinos, volume 2

House of Cards The second and final day of The Growth of Gambling and Prediction Markets: Economic and Financial Implications began with a very interesting session led by Ricardo Siu of of the University of Macau about whether or not gaming markets are a productive economic sector in the purely economic sense of that word: namely, are they capable of indefinite and sustainable growth?
Burke Hansen, 25 May 2007
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Apple set to axe Mac Mini?

Apple's diminutive Mac Mini is due to be discontinued, it has been claimed, quite possibly the victim of the even smaller but no less Mac OS X friendly Apple TV.
Tony Smith, 25 May 2007
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MySQL chief: being open source is not enough

Open source startups can hit profitability sooner than it took closed source incumbents, as long as they steer clear of rivals' costly business practices.
Gavin Clarke, 25 May 2007
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Info chief to clamp down on silly FOI requests

Information Commissioner Richard Thomas is to announce plans to deter vexatious requests made under the Freedom of Information Act.
Kablenet, 25 May 2007
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Internet users unfazed by spam: study

The volume of spam arriving in Americans' personal and workplace inboxes is rising, but email users are less bothered by it than they once were.
Charlie Taylor, 25 May 2007
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Mobile phone rays paralyse cars

Nissan has warned its customers not to let their keyless-entry devices touch cellphones, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 25 May 2007
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Facebook taunts MySpace with open book policy

Facebook, the mainstream media web darling du jour, has opened up its development platform to allow other firms to develop applications to run on top of the site, broadening the range of features available to users.
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Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 hard drive

Review Hitachi's 'world's first' 3.5in terabyte desktop hard drive looks much like any other hard drive currently available, but it packs in five platters and ten read/write heads for an exceptional data storage capacity.
Leo Waldock, 25 May 2007
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BOFH: Lost licences

Episode 18 Episode 18 "I've lost some documents!" the Head of IT gasps, bounding into Mission Control with beads of sweat dotting his puffy red brow. "Documents?" the PFY asks. "Yes, I scanned our licence agreements into the computer and now they're gone!" "Gone from your computer?" the PFY sighs, firing up the backup software. "No, …
Simon Travaglia, 25 May 2007

Sonos slims multi-room digital music bundle price

Multi-room music system specialist Sonos has cut the price of its introductory hardware bundle by ten per cent to £699 from £779.
Tony Smith, 25 May 2007
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Vista upgrade revisited

Comment It's been a while since I decided to be brave and upgrade my ThinkPad laptop from Windows XP to Vista Ultimate, along with upgrading Office XP to Office 2007.
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Father of LCD dies at 74

Obituary French Nobel laureate Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, a pioneer of the liquid crystal display (LCD), died last week at the age of 74.
Jan Libbenga, 25 May 2007
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Sage names new chair

Software vendor Sage has appointed Tony Hobson as its new chairman.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 May 2007
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Toshiba, Canon delay SED TV debut - again

Toshiba has put back the debut of SED (Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display) TVs. Most recently earmarked for a Q4 introduction, when the TVs will now appear is anyone's guess - Toshiba certainly isn't saying.
Tony Smith, 25 May 2007
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BetonSports pleads to racketeering

House of Cards BetonSports pleaded guilty earlier today to racketeering charges.
Burke Hansen, 25 May 2007
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G8 ministers call for IT biz help against child porn

G8 justice and interior ministers meeting in Munich have called for private sector assistance in battling online child porn.
Lewis Page, 25 May 2007
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The flaws in the control order 'fantasy prison' mind game

In the wake of three more escapes from control order regimes, Home Secretary John Reid has been coming under fire for failure to keep closer tabs on supposedly dangerous terror suspects. And returning fire with threats to abandon more freedoms in order to keep us free. But a reality check of control orders is long overdue here - these dangerous terror suspects are, the government assures us, not particularly dangerous terror suspects, hence the relatively relaxed supervision regime, and hence there's no need to go into a frenzy about dangerous maniacs being on the loose.
John Lettice, 25 May 2007
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Your space, MySpace, everybody's space

It has recently been reported that Attorneys General from about a dozen US States, including Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania have demanded that News Corporation's social networking site MySpace voluntarily deliver a list of all sex offenders who have registered for or used the MySpace social networking service.
Mark Rasch, 25 May 2007
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Microsoft vouchers, Cisco security, and throttling Branson

This voucher is not redeemable Businesses using Linux were warned this week that Microsoft and Novell's legal protection program isn't worth the trouble. The indemnity vouchers on offer to SuSE Linux users promise a safe haven if the patent wars between Microsoft and free software turn nasty (only last week Microsoft executives …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 May 2007
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Oz cops cuff Darth Vader on his 30th birthday

Fans of Star Wars were treated earlier this week to a marathon 17-hour screening of all six films in celebration of the franchise's 30th birthday.
Lester Haines, 25 May 2007
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Abbey in bank holiday meltdown

Abbey's business banking systems have taken an extra long weekend and been completely unavailable since yesterday, leaving customers unable to fulfil critical payments ahead of the spring bank holiday.
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MS update patches patching

Microsoft this week pushed out a patch to resolve a flaw in its patching system.
John Leyden, 25 May 2007
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Dragon marauds London, escapes arrest

Software company Nuance's dragon mascot narrowly escaped arrest this morning. The fanged and winged - but very green and fluffy - creature was prancing around London's Leicester Square when two police officers approached, asking: "You're not with Fathers-4-Justice, are you sir?"
Bryan Betts, 25 May 2007
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Phoenix shareholders say yes to ICM bid

Phoenix shareholders have given the proposed acquisition of ICM Computer Group an enthusiastic thumbs up.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 May 2007
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'Last man standing' flees AOL Europe exec team

AOL Europe's CTO Colin McQuade, described by one insider as "the last man standing", has quit the firm, which is struggling for a niche after flogging its broadband customers to Carphone Warehouse.
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Florida battles rats the size of cats

US authorites have just begun the final phase of a two-year offensive to eliminate the non-native Gambian pouched rat from the Florida Keys, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 25 May 2007
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Telstra in Second Life 'Ayers Rock' kerfuffle

The administrators of Uluru - the sacred rock formerly known as Ayers - are "investigating" images of the outcrop which Oz telecoms outfit Telstra has slapped on its Second Life island, news.com.au reports.
Lester Haines, 25 May 2007

Intel shows skinny laptop, world's media goes ape a month later

The world's media today began falling over themselves to point their readers to BusinessWeek's report on the Intel-sponsored 'Metro' laptop, a 0.7in thick, low-weight concept design with an E Ink sub-display. Sound familiar? Reg Hardware had the skinny on the slimline notebook more than a month ago...
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Oz Big Brother in dead dad ding-dong

The Oz version of human zoo Big Brother has copped flack for not telling a contestant her dad has died, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 25 May 2007
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Google plays cat and mouse with regulators

Google has faced down one European probe into what it does with people's personal information, only to be challenged with another.
Mark Ballard, 25 May 2007
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RegisterFly domain transfer imminent, ICANN reports

ICANN has finally found a registrar with a track record to take over renegade registrar RegisterFly's domains.
Burke Hansen, 25 May 2007
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IBM flaunts green credentials

As part of its sustained PR campaign to persuade the IT industry that it is greener than David Cameron, IBM invited a bunch of tech journalists to see its new, tree-loving data centre at its London HQ this week.
Lucy Sherriff, 25 May 2007
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Notorious car clamper facing Asbo

An employee of a car-clamping outfit which has "brought misery to visitors to a Yorkshire tourist village" looks likely to be immobilised himself - by an Asbo.
Lester Haines, 25 May 2007
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Mercury astronauts join al-Qaeda?

We're not sure what John Glenn will make of it, but NASA's Image of the Day is currently showing a rather unflattering 1960 snap of the seven original Mercury astronauts:
Lester Haines, 25 May 2007
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Tide goes all out for New Orleans with soap-styled iPod

Washing powder buffs, rejoice. Buy a Tide-brand T-shirt before 25 June and you could win a Tide-brand iPod Nano and $50 worth of iTunes content. Oh yes.
Tony Smith, 25 May 2007
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Home Office discusses thief-proof phones

The UK Home Office yesterday met with handset manufacturers and mobile networks to identify ways in which mobile phones could be "secured by design".
Bill Ray, 25 May 2007
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Son of Star Wars tests this weekend

Analysis The US intends a further test of its ballistic-missile defence system, as haggling over budgets and where ground stations will be based continues.
Lewis Page, 25 May 2007
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Technorati knocks itself out. Again

Technorati, the comically inept search engine, has redesigned itself again - knocking itself out in the process.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 May 2007
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Interoute sells virtual servers

European telco and managed services provider Interoute has launched a hosted virtual server service - but unlike smaller hosting companies which use the likes of Virtuozzo to generate virtual webservers, it's using a full VMware ESX set-up.
Bryan Betts, 25 May 2007
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YouTube pulls London rooftop shag vid

YouTube has pulled a "steamy" vid of a London couple indulging in rooftop rumpy-pumpy.
Lester Haines, 25 May 2007
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Don't Forget The 'C' in Objective-C

Last time round, we looked at the way an unnamed developer had used Cocoa routines to chop up a simple C-string in order to determine whether or not it contained a particular, named OpenGL extension name.
Dave Jewell, 25 May 2007
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Missing German doctor reappears after 22 years

A German doctor who went missing 22 years ago has been found - as a mummified skeleton under the rafters of his garage roof, The Guardian reports.
Lester Haines, 25 May 2007
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Dominatrix steals 'Sex Hacks' show with live demo

NNNNSFW San Francisco - birthplace of the gangbuster "startup" culture - also breeds alternative sexual communities and practices. Where better to host a small symposium on Sex Hacks? (And where better to encounter loyal Register fans crawling out of the woodwork to introduce themselves?).
Bill Softky, 25 May 2007
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Pirates Trojan keel-hauls surfers

Spam messages exploiting the publicity surrounding the release of the latest instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise are being used to trick users into installing Trojan horse malware.
John Leyden, 25 May 2007
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HP, er, raids partner Hitachi for storage chief

HP has corralled a new storage chief in the form of David Roberson.
Ashlee Vance, 25 May 2007
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Linux fans go nuclear over Microsoft's patent teasing

Comments A week has passed and we're back with another Best of Comments feature. You've been busy, and as a consequence, so have we. So let's get started.
Robin Lettice, 25 May 2007
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Gone phishing with eBay

There I was, on Monday night, scanning eBay for car bits. This is not a problem. I have this under complete control. I can give up buying worn out parts and rusty bits of bodywork at any time. Really.
Mark Whitehorn, 25 May 2007
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Apple patches more than a dozen holes in OS X

Apple has released an update that patches more than a dozen OS X vulnerabilities, several of which can lead to the remote execution of malicious code.
Dan Goodin, 25 May 2007
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Why do robot experts build such lousy robots?

In Silicon Valley, any conference calling itself the "Best of the Best" promises more fluff than stuff. But a recent Churchill Club event which promised the cream of the robotics industry confirmed the sceptics' worst fears. Consumer robotics is a business built mostly on play, hope and tinkering - rather than profit or technical accomplishment - to the point that huge, obvious, deal-breaker truths are never even mentioned.
Bill Softky, 25 May 2007