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NetApp shares shocked by profit warning

In brief NetApp stock plunged nearly 20 per cent in after hours trading when the storage supplier warned first quarter revenue may be down further than previously expected.
Austin Modine, 03 Aug 2007
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Office 2008 for Mac succumbs to Redmond disease

Mac fans looking to Microsoft to deliver them from a three-year-old desktop productivity suite will have to wait a little longer.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Aug 2007
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Watching the watchers: high tech snooping

Black Hat Blog There are two rules in Las Vegas. One: everything is twice as big as you think it is and therefore twice as far away. Two: wherever you need to get to is across a casino.
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Charities turn to text to tackle gangs

Two organisations in Southwark are launching an SMS service designed to help people in gangs or those affected by gang crime.
Kablenet, 03 Aug 2007
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Info chief warns on audio recording

The Information Commissioner's Office is warning that CCTV must not be used to record conversations between members of the public.
Kablenet, 03 Aug 2007
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45nm chips for the Xbox on the cards?

Chartered Semiconductor has begun development of a 45nm CPU, prompting speculation that the chip could find its way into the Xbox next year. Chia Song Hwee, president of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, told analysts the firm that the market can expect a 45nm chip within 18 months.
James Sherwood, 03 Aug 2007
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Slickr player makes a bold promise

Venzero has created a multimedia-packed device which it claims "fulfils all your multimedia dreams". The Slickr measures 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.98cm, weighs 57g, and touts a 2.83in TFT QVGA screen capable of displaying 1.6 million colours - which is comparatively more colours than the iPod's 65,536.
James Sherwood, 03 Aug 2007
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Epilepsy-triggering advert given the green light

A television advert for watches which caused a woman to have an epileptic seizure has received the approval of advertising regulators. The advert, for watches from Dolce & Gabbana (D&G), has not been banned.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Aug 2007

BOFH: Dodging the auditors

Episode 27 Episode 27 "Oops," the PFY says, looking away from his screen guiltily. "What?" "I think I've just dropped the indexes from the financials database." "Ok," I say. "No need to panic, we can probably recreate the indexes on the fly from the table data." "Yeah, no." "No?" "I dropped the tables as well." "So what you meant …
Simon Travaglia, 03 Aug 2007

Emerging markets drive mobile shipments

A total of 258 million mobile phones were shipped worldwide in the second quarter, up 11 per cent on the same period in 2006. That's according to a Strategy Analytics, which reveals that the number of handsets shipped globally rose by four per cent from 247 million units in the first quarter of 2007.
Charlie Taylor, 03 Aug 2007
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Hitachi sees double with Blu-Ray camcorders

Hitachi has trumped recent rumours that it was prepping a Blu-ray camcorder by releasing a brace of devices using the technology. One model records HD content onto a Blu-Ray disc while the other also records onto a hard drive.
James Sherwood, 03 Aug 2007
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Vodafone pulls Facebook ads

Updated Vodafone has withdrawn advertising from Facebook following the revelation its campaigns were running alongside the British National Party's official presence.
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Cheesed-off spooks give up on duff spy-sat

Further admissions of expensive technical disasters have emerged from the United States' secretive spy-satellite agency, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).
Lewis Page, 03 Aug 2007
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BT tries French IT services outfit for size

BT said today it has put forward a €60m cash offer to buy a division of French IT services firm CS Communication and Systèmes.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Aug 2007
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Will the iPhone be iPwned?

LAS VEGAS - The Apple Store at the Fashion Show Mall has a solid crowd for a Monday afternoon and it's easy to pinpoint the favourite.
Robert Lemos, 03 Aug 2007

False positives run amok in Vista anti-virus tests

The first independent tests of anti-malware products on 64-bit Windows Vista revealed a rash of false positives.
John Leyden, 03 Aug 2007
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Oklahoma offers War on Terror numberplates

Residents of Oklahoma can exchange their dull old number plate for one which makes clear their support of Bush's "Global War on Terror".
John Oates, 03 Aug 2007
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Betfair tears up all bets on Polish tennis championship game

Peer-to-peer betting exchange Betfair has cancelled all bets taken on the tennis match between Nikolay Davydenko and Martin Vassallo Arguello yesterday.
John Oates, 03 Aug 2007
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Dancing to the tune of a company-sized cash register

The summer seems to be all about shopping for the tech industry this week. The sun has come out, and with it shareholders have approved takeovers, said yes to investors, and generally got on with the business of buying businesses.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Aug 2007

Wanna stick USB 2.0 to your network?

Anyone fed up with having to plug peripherals into their laptop - or run a desktop PC as a peripheral server on the network - could find a USB network server useful, according to Keyspan.
Bryan Betts, 03 Aug 2007
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Stem cell fraudster made 'virgin birth' breakthrough

The investigation into frauds committed by Korean scientist Hwang Woo-Suk has revealed that he unwittingly made a sought-after stem cell breakthrough.
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Genetic researchers fill 1TB a week

Fresh from its recent sinister triumph, the Wellcome Trust says that its research into genetic diseases is generating such huge data volumes that it has had to buy an extra 42TB of SATA disk arrays, 30TB of which are already full.
Bryan Betts, 03 Aug 2007
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BigFix drops freebie patch advisory service

BigFix is to cease support for the long-running consumer version of its Fixlet Central security patch advisory service from the end of August.
John Leyden, 03 Aug 2007
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US considers $33bn sci/tech funding package

The US House of Representatives has called for $33.6bn of funding for science and technology research. The cash is part of the "America Competes Act" (seriously, who names these things?), which was waved through by a thumping 367-57 vote.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Aug 2007
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Sony recalls 350,000 cameras

Sony has announced a recall of 350,000 digital cameras. But there's no need to reach for your fire extinguisher, because this time the recall is focused on the metal casing of one model that has the potential to cut or scratch users.
James Sherwood, 03 Aug 2007
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Meng cops plea in CHIP-ICE 'ware espionage bust

An alphabet soup of federal plods claimed a first yesterday, as one-time Cupertino resident and former Chinese national Xiaodong Sheldon Meng copped a plea to illegally exporting military software.
Lewis Page, 03 Aug 2007
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Google builds own phone

Google is trying pull US telcos round to its way of thinking with plans for a handset optimized for its online services. The precocious Silicon Valley company has reportedly spent millions of dollars prototyping cell phones tailored to its search, email and a planned new browser.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Aug 2007
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Nokia to jump on music download bandwagon?

Nokia is on the verge of launching its own iTunes-like music downloads service, if rumours are correct. Online reports suggest the handset vendor is to unveil the service later this month, alongside two new music-oriented handsets.
James Sherwood, 03 Aug 2007
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Origins of the assault rifle

What is an AK47? In short, it’s an assault rifle: and this is just the first of many misleading death-tech terms we’ll encounter. (Gun bureaucrats of all nations seem to delight in confusing the outsider.) For those not up on the history of shooters, here's an introduction.
Lewis Page, 03 Aug 2007
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El Reg meets Gen Kalashnikov

The Register spoke to the General through his translator, Anna, when he visited the UK in 2004 to launch his AK-branded tipple.
Scott Snowden, 03 Aug 2007
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AK47: the open-source weapon that took the world by storm

Feature Sixty years ago, a former tank sergeant named Mikhail Kalashnikov submitted an assault-rifle design to the Red Army for trials. It was selected as the new personal weapon for most Soviet soldiers, and designated Automat Kalashnikova 1947 – AK47 for short. That designation went out of official use in 1959, but to this day “AK47” is probably the world's most widely-known gun name. Just as open-source Linux - the "communist" software, according to Steve Ballmer - has made Linus Torvalds famous, the genuinely communist open-source AK has given Mikhail Kalashnikov a profile at least as high. The AK47 and its successor designs are the most widely-used firearms on the face of the planet.
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That sinking into a vat of beer Friday feeling

It's Friday afternoon. The sun is shining. And everyone is down the boozer when they should be at their desks getting through all that ugly paperwork before the 5pm bell sounds.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Aug 2007
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Scientists explain Saturn's mysterious, moonless ring

Saturn's gauzy G-ring is being swept into its orbit, grain by grain, from a region of icy chunks on its inner edge. So say researchers working on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft in the 2 August issue of the journal Science.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Aug 2007
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IBM goes to Princeton Softech

Technology services behemoth IBM said it has signed an agreement to acquire privately held Princeton Softech Inc for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Aug 2007
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Free Wi-Fi aims to snag Mondeo man

Anyone logging onto one of the UK Wi-Fi locations run by free-hotspot.com and online-4-free.com this summer can expect to have to wait through a video advert for the new Ford Mondeo, before they get the promised free internet access.
Bryan Betts, 03 Aug 2007
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Brian May going for astronomy PhD

Proving that it does take brains to play in magnificent rock bands, Queen guitarist Brian May is to submit his doctoral thesis this week. What is the subject you ask? Why, the formation of zodiacal dust clouds, of course.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Aug 2007
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Fun with passports and paperclips

Black Hat Blog The best tax is the tax the other guy pays; the best hacks are the ones that only affect the other guy; the funniest technical glitches are the outages of the other guy's microphone. No such luck: David Thiel is exploring the ways that downloaded media files can be hacked. You have nothing to fear but your bittorrent habit.
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EU monitors roaming compliance

The EU is providing an easy reference for customers wanting to see if their network operator is offering minimal compliance with the new Eurotariff, or if they're one of the lucky few who are exceeding the newly mandated caps on European roaming charges.
Bill Ray, 03 Aug 2007

TimeUK mounts $22m Evesham bail-out

Updated Troubled British PC maker Evesham Technology has been thrown a $22m lifeline by TimeUK founder, Tahir Mohsan. Evesham, which blamed the closure of the government-backed Home Computing Initiative (HCI) for landing it in financial hot water, said most of its stores will close under the restructure.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Aug 2007
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Red Hat delays Global Desktop

Red Hat is tapping the breaks on the release of its Global Desktop Linux operating system to put in more tricks. The company announced today the software's once expected July roll-out has been delayed until at least September.
Austin Modine, 03 Aug 2007
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Mingling requirements

More moves are in train to bring Requirements Management (RM) out of its fusty corner of esoteric technical argument and into the mainstream of applications development planning.
Martin Banks, 03 Aug 2007
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The Scouts go grid

The Scouts are getting into grid computing - yes, it seems that "Dyb dyb dyb" now means "donate your bits". Scouts all around the world are being encouraged to join a team that's donating its spare CPU cycles to the World Community Grid, which provides processor power for medical research.
Bryan Betts, 03 Aug 2007
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Ban the internet! It's full of worms and iPlayers

Comments The internet is a blight on our fair society. The iPlayer, viruses and The Register are testament to that fact. The Professional Teachers Association has voted to ban the internet and Wi-Fi from schools. It's a sensible proposal from a sensible organisation. You seemed to think otherwise:
Robin Lettice, 03 Aug 2007
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Tibco backs Ajax with message bus

Tibco Software has increased its open source credentials by handing over the core of its PageBus messaging software to the Open Ajax Alliance. The move follows last October's release of its General Interface Ajax application toolkit as a free open source package.
Phil Manchester, 03 Aug 2007
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Pirate Bay to resurrect Suprnova.org

Swedish anti-copyright group Pirate Bay will reopen Suprnova.org, which used to be the most popular BitTorrent indexing site.
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Amazon joins Google in assault on eBay's PayPal

As eBay continues to fight off calls for the addition of Google Checkout to its online marketplace, here comes another big-name PayPal alternative.
Cade Metz, 03 Aug 2007
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Coding legend Antony Jameson gives supercomputers wings

Meat Cast If you're on a flight and Antony Jameson's code crashes, hold on tight. You're in for a wild ride.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Aug 2007
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Lenovo moves to the country

Flushed with a nearly 13-fold income jump in its first quarter, Lenovo hopes to extend its lead in China by targeting the country's poor, but expansive rural market.
Austin Modine, 03 Aug 2007
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Yahoo! to stream web-only US Prez debate

Not to be outdone by Google and YouTube, Yahoo! will soon host the first web-only U.S. presidential debate.
Cade Metz, 03 Aug 2007

SPEC dishes out MPI test

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) has released a new benchmark suite that measures the performance of clusters running the much-loved - and much-despised - Message-Passing Interface protocols.
Austin Modine, 03 Aug 2007
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Music industry rebuffed across Europe on file-sharing identifications

A German court has refused to order ISPs to hand over user details to the music industry. The incident is not the first in Germany, and follows the opinion of a European Court of Justice Advocate-General backing the stance.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Aug 2007