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Thai police strapped with Hello Kitty armbands

A new punishment awaits rule-breaking Thai police officers: Hello Kitty armbands.
Cade Metz, 09 2007

Management vs. the virtual server

LinuxWorld Virtualization is certainly creating a lot of buzz in the industry, but despite the technology's hefty promises of cost cutting and consolidation, the vast majority of businesses are still running on physical hardware.
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Hacker cracks Netflix copy restrictions

A hacker has found a way to crack digital rights management restrictions in major movies streamed by Netflix, allowing those with a valid account to save, copy and share the videos.
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Shall I compare thee (code) to a summer's day?

Book review Beautiful code? Well, we've all seen plenty of ugly code in our time. If we're being honest, we'd probably even admit to have written some dog-ugly code at one time or other (no doubt with every intention to refactor it later so that it's a bit less brutally repulsive). But code that's beautiful? What does that even mean?
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XML upgrade assessments needed for higher ed

A new report has warned that urgent work is needed to assess the best way for higher education institutions to upgrade to XML based file formats.
Kablenet, 09 2007
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Ban texting while driving, say Americans

Nine out of ten Americans think that texting while driving is dangerous and should be banned, but over half admitted to indulging in the act behind the wheel.
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Pentagon chief: no more oil for blood, man

Biofuels have been taking a bit of a bashing lately, with people suggesting that maybe they aren't so green after all. And this is not to mention the fact they could require unacceptably large amounts of cropland to produce, so driving up food prices.
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Is AV product testing corrupt?

I had a conversation a month or two ago with someone high up in one of the IT security companies. He was bemoaning the fact that his company's AV product had performed poorly in tests run by AV-Test.org. He was deeply suspicious of the results anyway because his company actually provides its AV engine to another company that had performed better in the test. He didn't see how that could be, unless a mistake had been made in running the tests.
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PC buyers: 'Vista Capable' machines weren't Vista capable

How misleading was Microsoft's "Windows Vista Capable" campaign? Misleading enough for a judge to approve a federal trial. On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that two PC buyers, Dianne Kelley and Kenneth Hansen, can proceed with a lawsuit that accuses Microsoft of deliberately deceiving the public.
Cade Metz, 09 2007
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Discovery expands mobile offering

Discovery Channel has launched mobile phone-friendly versions of two more TV channels, Discovery Turbo and Animal Planet, so you'll be able to get your fix of Meerkat Manor wherever you are.
Bill Ray, 09 2007
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Space Shuttle Endeavour heads for the skies

Endeavour lifts off. Credit: NASA NASA has described the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour as "flawless". The shuttle blasted off from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida late last night (UK time), starting its 14 day mission to the International Space Station without a hitch. The space agency's top dog Michael Griffin …

High drama at Evesham, but the Yangtze Dolphin puts it all in perspective

As far as the UK channel was concerned, the big story was the demise (or not) of Evesham Technology. At first, everything looked rosy with El Reg reporting that Tahir Mohsan, founder of TimeUK, was investing $22m in the company through a Dubai-based business called PCC Technology.

Malware license agreement tells it straight

You normally need a law degree and the patience of Job to make sense of End User License Agreements (EULAs).
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Offender tracking database could be binned

Spiralling costs have prompted an urgent review of the government's new end-to-end National Offender Management Service database, it has been revealed.
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Vodafone hedges bets with WiMAX Forum membership

Vodafone has signed up to principal membership of the WiMAX Forum, the organisation dedicated to the promotion of WiMAX interoperability and adoption, though it's not giving up on 3G any time soon.
Bill Ray, 09 2007
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Shooting stars to dazzle in September...

Diary marker This year, we have a rare chance to see the alpha Aurigids, the remnants of the ancient Comet Kiess.
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BBC to advertise to foreigners

UK public broadcaster the BBC is adding advertising to broadband-delivered video news service when it is delivered outside the UK.
Faultline, 09 2007

PDF spam tsunami hits email inboxes

An aggressive spam campaign designed to ramp up the share price of a convenience store firm led to a 30 per cent increase in the volume of spam circulating across the net at its peak on Tuesday, according to net security firm Sophos.
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Project Hostile Intent plans 'non-invasive' DHS brainscan

The great problem besetting the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is, of course, how on Earth to spend its mountains of federal pork on vaguely security-related stuff. One approach is to build gear which is only tangentially about security, but which might work - for example cryogenic superconductor power lines for New York. Another plan is to build something which is silly and unlikely to ever work, but which would be handy for security forces if it did - eg, handheld chunder rayguns.

LG brings the cinema to your living room

LG Electronics has created a home cinema system with enough power under the hood to ensure you could start holding screenings in your own front room. The HT902TB boasts 1000 watts of listening power and is also sleek and stylish to boot.

Pipex invites customer to get 'c**ted'

NSFW Automatic password suggestions are naturally something of a crapshoot, but do we detect a foul-mouthed ghost in the machine at Pipex?
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Mediaroom: Microsoft's 'operator friendly brand'

Comment A briefing last week from Microsoft's Christine Heckart, the general manager of marketing for Microsoft's freshly named Mediaroom TV business, attempted to straighten out one or two misconceptions about the new name, and additional features added recently to the software.
Faultline, 09 2007

Buffalo's USB HDDs get bigger, faster

Buffalo Technology has launched two new external hard drives, with storage capacities ranging up to 1 Terabyte. The MiniStation and DriveStation models also include a USB Turbo feature to help boost data transfer rates.
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Jilted Apax gets second bite at GFI Informatique

Private equity group Apax Partners has closed in on leading French reseller GFI Informatique, having taken a 15 per cent stake in the firm.

Get your Ultra Wide Band from Monday

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has legalised the use of UWB in the UK from Monday, 13 August.
Bill Ray, 09 2007
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French teen held over online Potter translation

French police have arrested a 16-year-old accused of posting an unauthorised translation of the final Harry Potter book onto the net before the official translation comes out.
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Segway builders develop speedy swim fins

The company which gave the world the Segway has developed a revolutionary new set of swim fins, twice as efficient as the ones worn by divers today.
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UK punters love music on the move

UK music fans are taking their music with them, with 45 per cent of the population listening to an MP3 player more than four times a week, according to research from Frukt.
Bill Ray, 09 2007

Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet

Review Lenovo supplies its X series ThinkPad as a regular laptop and also as a reversible Tablet in both X60 and X61 variants, so that's four basic models, but there are so many options and variants that it's almost impossible to list them in a tidy way - but we'll give it our best shot.
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Sunspots make the world hot and wet

News that paleoclimatologists at Paul Smith's College in New York state have found a link between sunspot activity and rain reaches us on the same day that other mathematicians at the University of Washington have uncovered a correlation between variations in the global temperature and the cycle of solar activity.

Xbox 360 Premium to get HDMI?

HDMI connectivity could soon be extended beyond Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Elite to other versions of the gaming platform. Online reports claim that a Microsoft representative has confirmed that HMDI will soon feature in at least one additional version of the console, potentially the Premium edition.
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NZ parents may lose battle to keep baby '4real'

Kiwis Pat and Sheena Wheaton may be forced to abandon their brave battle with authorities for the God-given right to name their son "4real", but have announced similarly creative backup plan.
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Evesham ex-employee registers Geemore.com

Disillusioned ex-Evesham Technology workers now have a new website where the 150 or so redundant staff can vent their spleens, look for new jobs and talk about the good old days at the firm.

Home Office pops open ID procurement porkbarrel

The UK government has formally launched the selection process which will choose a contractor to run the controversial National Identity Card scheme. Details of the "opportunity" were posted online (pdf) this afternoon.
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Blockbuster reels in MovieLink

In its ongoing tit-for-tat battle with online movie-rental pioneer NetFlix, Blockbuster has acquired MovieLink, the web-based download service founded by the big-name Hollywood studios in 2002.
Cade Metz, 09 2007

Dell Ex-CEO Rollins to get $48 million cash

Former Dell CEO Kevin Rollins will be making bank after all.
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Dutch police arrest six in 419 scam

Six men with ties to a West African crime network have been arrested in the Netherlands over an internet scam that bilked a man of $1.5m, according to police.

Microsoft plans six critical patches

Next week's Microsoft patch fest will include nine security updates, spanning a wide range of products. Six of them earned a rating of critical, reserved for the most severe vulnerabilities and apply to Windows, Internet Explorer and Office.
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Rackable wraps Al Gore around new storage kit

LinuxWorld Rackable Systems has turned to patriotism and Al Goristics to sell its latest line of storage systems. Yes, disk has turned emotional.

IBM Information Server Blade tackles data integration

IBM is cooking up a server blade that combines grid computing and virtualization to aid consolidating massive amounts of information across a business.
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Red Hat nails Dell as JBoss dealer

LinuxWorld Dell and Red Hat have solidified their long-running partnership with a new deal centered around the JBoss application server.

AMD passes the collection plate again

AMD is hoping to keep the debt collector at bay by selling $1.5bn worth of convertible senior notes.

American sent to the slammer for faking Windows certificates

On Wednesday, an American man was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for pirating copies of Microsoft's Windows operating system - and Redmond wants the world to know about it.
Cade Metz, 09 2007
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Universal Music Group invests in rap competition site

Universal Music Group has acquired a stake in the hip-hop music marketing site Loud.com.
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Symantec security products less than secure

In a world where digital gremlins seem to lurk in almost every shadow, many of us feel safer using an internet security package. But for those using many Norton security products who haven't updated recently, that feeling is a false sense of security.