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Dell's vertical line issues lengthen

If you haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary, there might be a problem with your monitor. May we suggest you are a victim of the heavily caterwauled vertical line problem affecting several Dell laptops?
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Trusted storage specs near completion

The Trusted Computing Group has finalized a draft specification for implementing encryption and security services directly onto future storage devices.
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Hacking WoW and the pursuit of knowledge

USENIX Once upon a time, rising through the ranks in World of Warcraft was largely a matter of patience and stamina. For some beginners aspiring to online greatness, it meant spending hours in a virtual forest gathering leaves and later finding the elf who'd pay gold for them.
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American gamble or bluff: WTO members bet on Antigua

Analysis Antigua yesterday filed for formal trade sanctions against the United States, demanding $3.4 billion in compensation from the truculent, recalcitrant super power for failing to open its domestic market to remote gambling services. Antigua, as expected, was not alone; the hottest online gaming market in the world, the EU, also filed for sanctions.

Toshiba laptop line to go totally HD DVD in 2008

Toshiba has pledged to equip its entire laptop range with HD DVD drives next year. Right now, only one of its notebook's comes with a next-gen optical disc reader, with four more coming in a month or two.
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One in four web merchants do not know web shopping laws

Most internet shoppers do not know about their right to cancel and 28 per cent of UK-based online traders are not aware or only slightly aware of the laws applying to internet shopping, according to a report (pdf) published by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) yesterday.
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Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.10

Apple has posted Mac OS X 10.4.10, the first palindromic - well, sort of - version number to be applied to its Unix-based operating system. The update includes fixes and tweaks for both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs.
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Companies failing to exploit value of IP, says PwC

Over half of all technology companies do not extract the full value from their intellectual property, and 69 per cent of executives believe their IP management is too often treated as a legal issue, according to research (pdf) published by PricewaterhouseCoopers this week.
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NetSuite pitches at being easy

More evidence that the nature of applications development is changing has come with the announcement of the latest version of NetSuite's SaaS (Software as a Service) offerings, which take some significant steps along the road to bridging the gap between business users and applications development.
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Councils need performance management buy-in

Performance management in local authorities needs more buy-in from across the organisation, concludes a new report from the National Computing Centre.
Kablenet, 21 2007
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Harry Potter and the Pedant of CIX

Column What's the worst thing you can say about Harry Potter?
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Yahoo! buys! Rivals!

Yahoo! has bought college and high school sports site Rivals.com.
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No BlackBerries for Sarkozy cabinet, say French spooks

French ministers and other government bigwigs (perruques-grands?) will no longer be allowed to use BlackBerries, in sharp contrast to British MPs.
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Bush kills stem cell research bill

President Bush has used his veto to kill another bill that would have lifted some of the restrictions on research using human embryonic stem cells.

Nvidia GPGPU line sparks into life with Tesla

Nvidia has made its pitch for the hearts, minds and wallets of scientists and engineers with its first line of graphics chips designed not for games but for high-level number crunching: the so-called GPGPU - General Purpose Graphics Processing Unit.
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US car thieves floored by manual gearbox

Two US would-be car thieves failed dismally to make off with a Honda Accord after discovering it had a mysterious manual gearbox, RTÉ reports.
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Ofcom responds to threatened luvvies

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has published a supplement to its Digital Dividend Review, looking specifically at the needs of the entertainment industry, and presenting options which might preserve the wireless microphone in theatres and TV.
Bill Ray, 21 2007
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Levi's announces mobile phone

First Prada, now Levi's. The jeans maker is to launch a mobile phone, it said this week, but the doyenne of demin is remaining tight-lipped about many of the device's capabilites.
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Computerland racks up profits

Computerland PLC made pre-tax profits up 26 per cent to £2.80m, according to preliminary results released by the IT managed services firm.
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Eta Carinae brightens Chandra's day

NASA has released a striking new image of explosive neighbouring star Eta Carinae. The star is huge: somewhere between 100 and 150 times the size of our own sun. It is also consuming its fuel at a truly astonishing rate.

Intel to chop 1066MHz FSB CPUs earlier than expected?

Intel wants to get us all computing over a 1333MHz frontside bus pronto and to that end is to drop a stack of 1066MHz-only processors through Q3 and Q4, Taiwanese motherboard maker moles have claimed.

Who needs an iPhone when you can get married by a robot?

There may still be more than a week to go before the launch of the iPhone, but there's no way of avoiding it. The damn thing is everywhere even though it isn't officially anywhere yet. Apart from in Steve Jobs' pocket - and Eric Schmidt's.
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Chileans mislay large lake

The Chileans have rather carelessly mislaid an entire lake in the Magallanes region of Patagonia, Reuters reports.
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United grounded by computer failure

An as-yet-unidentified computer failure grounded all departing United Airlines flights on Wednesday morning.

Manhunt 2 rated 18+ in US

Rockstar Games' Manhunt 2 may have been banned for sale in Britain, but it has been rated Adults Only (AO) in the US, the developer's publisher, Take-Two Interactive, has confirmed.
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Iraq collapse may pose new WMD threat, say UN monitors

As soon as 63-year old Russell Defreitas was arrested in early June for an alleged plot to destroy JFK through fuel explosions, terror beat journalists couldn't resist their favorite hobby: telling stories about how everything in the US is at risk. The description "elderly patsy" immediately came to mind when eyeballing Defreitas, but AP described him, with no apparent sense of humor, as an "accused mastermind." "Unthinkable devastation" would have resulted, had his plan not been nipped in the bud.
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Sun loses UK head

Sun Microsystems' UK managing director Trudy Norris Grey has left the firm after nearly two years' service.
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Police deploy thin Bluetooth line

Police in West Yorkshire are planning to use Bluetooth to alert people that criminals are lurking behind every tree and they should lock their doors and windows.
Bill Ray, 21 2007
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Torex takeover angers shareholders

Shareholders in Torex Retail have reacted angrily to news that the company has been sold in a private equity deal which will see the banks get paid off but leave little for ordinary shareholders.
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Atlantis ready to come home

The space shuttle Atlantis is packing up and heading for home. The bird is due to land at Florida's Kennedy Space Centre this afternoon, but the exact time of the landing will depend on weather conditions.
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NZ couple fight to name kid '4Real'

A NZ couple are fighting the powers that be for the right to name their son "4Real", the New Zealand Herald reports.
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LG locates Google phone in Europe

It's here, it's the Google phone. Yes, LG's KU-580 handset, which incorporates Google Search, Google Mail and Google Maps - watch out, iPhone - has come to Europe.
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Sony NAS-50HDE Gigajuke audio system

Review Of late, the compact Hi-Fi system has struggled to find a place in the affections of consumers keener on more sophisticated home cinema audio rigs. However, the technology that looked like it was about to drive the last nail into the compact Hi-Fi coffin is set to breath new life into the format as products like the Gigajuke deliver the playback quality of a Hi-Fi combined with the storage capacity of a hard drive.
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Dell's vertical line issues lengthen

If you haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary, there might be a problem with your monitor. May we suggest you are a victim of the heavily caterwauled vertical line problem affecting several Dell laptops?
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CSC to slash hundreds of jobs

Up to 300 UK staff at outsourcing colossus CSC face the sack on Monday, as the firm ramps up a programme of brutal cutbacks.
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Registration open for reality TV style Mars mission trial

The European Space Agency (ESA) has formally opened registration for wannabe Mars-mission astronaut guinea pigs, willing to spend up to a year and a half in a "hermetically sealed" spaceship simulator with strictly limited communications.

Wind-powered phone-charger coming to market?

Gotwind, the organisation behing the wind-powered mobile phone recharger prototypes Orange will be spinning at this weekend's Glastonbury gathering, has said it may put the product into production - if there's a demand for it.
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Citizen Kane declared greatest US movie

It's official: Citizen Kane is the greatest US movie of all time, pipping The Godfather into second spot.
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Alaskan man guilty of flogging seal penises

An Alaskan man faces a possible one year's jail and a $20,000 fine after pleading guilty to one count of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act, viz: flogging 100 fur seal penises, aka "oosiks", to a gift shop "that intended to sell the items as an aphrodisiac".
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Teenagers prefer mobiles to sex

One in three people would want £1m to give up their mobile, and those aged between 16 and 24 would prefer to give up sex for a month than do without their handset, according to Carphone Warehouse's Mobile Life survey.
Bill Ray, 21 2007
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VoIP firm launches headset smashathon

As part of a Skype-bashing push to cast-off VoIP's image of PC-bonded geekery, Jajah has launched a bid to find the most creative way to destroy a headset.
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UK firm pays biggest ever fine over 'pirate' software

An unnamed UK firm has agreed to pay a record fine of £250,000 ($498K) for running unlicensed software.
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Israeli futurologist predicts terror horror

Western nations have less than 20 years to prepare for the next generation of terror threats, according to Dr Yair Sharan, director of Tel Aviv University's Interdisciplinary Centre for Technology Analysis and Forecasting.
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Toshiba 'world's lightest' laptop wafts down

Toshiba has bulked up its Portégé notebook range, albeit only slightly, with the unveiling of the R500 - a 779g featherweight that the company claims is the world's lightest laptop.
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Ebuyer in hard-drive warranty debacle

Online retailer Ebuyer.com has many disgruntled customers knocking at its door after a cock-up with the manufacturer warranty on some of its Seagate hard-drives.
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Czech authorities report bird 'flu at turkey farm

The European Commission has announced that an outbreak of bird flu at a turkey farm in the Czech Republic appears to be of the the virulent H5N1 strain. The farm is in the Pardubicky Region, district Ústí nad Orlicí, in the centre of the country.
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Blogosphere is the net spawn of Satan: official

It's official: "folksonomy", "blogosphere", "netiquette" and "blook" are among the net-spawned terms which should be cast down into the eternal fires of hell, AFP reports.
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Creative rocks on with Zen Stone... Plus

Coinciding product launches with significant dates is nothing new, but Creative's Zen Stone Plus launch today comes on what is - apparently - European Music Day.
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Congress chops economy-class nuke programme

The US Congress has decided not to fund development of new nuclear warheads until a firm US nuclear-weapons roadmap is in place.
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Austrian domain registrar 'aids' phishers

Anti-spam organisation Spamhaus has taken the unusual step of putting an entry for Austrian Domain Registrar Nic.at on its Spamhaus Block List (SBL).
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SiCortex sticks to Summer supercomputer ship

USENIX Tied to such a bizarre supercomputer design, SiCortex seemed certain to miss its product ship target. Not so, according to engineer Win Treese, who promised the boxes will arrive this Summer (beta systems out now) as planned, during a speech here at the Usenix conference.
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AMD chief condemns Intel 'abuses'

AMD boss Hector Ruiz today called for an end to “illegal abuses” by Intel - the AMD competitor that controls 80 percent of the worldwide x86 microprocessor market.
Cade Metz, 21 2007
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A Mariner from Serena

Ever since I first read Geoff Reiss’ Programme Management Demystified, I’ve felt there was something wrong with most conventional approaches to IT project management – most IT projects aren’t discrete units of work but share resources (including people) with other projects - including past projects, now in “maintenance”. And, real projects generally don’t end, they go into maintenance.
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Google goes global with new-fangled ad engine

Google has extended its Pay-Per-Action ad beta to non-US advertisers, giving them the option paying only when they get results.
Cade Metz, 21 2007
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About those 844 security breaches... 'fess up, Congress tells DHS

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