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How can I play Blu-ray Discs?

Do I need a special player to watch Blu-ray Discs? Or will they play on a normal DVD player?

MS admits Halo 3 'disc unreadable' errors

Microsoft has refused to reveal the cause behind a fresh wave of disc problems affecting Halo 3. The company told Register Hardware that it's aware of a problem which stops the game from loading correctly, but refused to give any further explanation.
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Primary care trusts offered data analysis service

A new supplier framework could provide primary care trusts with data analysis services.
Kablenet, 08 2007
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Why UML won't save your project

The project's been wobbling along for 18 months. A bottle of champagne just went to the tester who logged the one millionth bug in TestDirector (and everybody cheered), the lead programmer looks like a raccoon that's discovered a departed junkie's heroin stash buried beneath a tree, half the programmers have quit, and the customer believes everything's fine... Although it does strike him as odd that all he's seen so far are static screenshots and Gantt charts with every single task stuck at "90 per cent". The project's in trouble.
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The Misfit Geek and AJAX acceptability

If you had any doubts about just how far Ajax has come, you had only take a look at the speakers list for the recent AJAXWorld Conference in Santa Clara, California.
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Law & Order takes on Second Life

The blurred lines between virtual worlds and the real world have been examined in a recent episode of US drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
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Eircom moves closer to split

The Irish Department of Communications has confirmed reports that Eircom has made a submission regarding splitting the company.
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Lords to rule on overseas credit card protection

A forthcoming decision by the House of Lords could seriously dent confidence in cross-border e-commerce. The Lords have been hearing arguments in the case this week.

Cheap PS3 won't help Blu-ray, claim HD DVD backers

Sony's plan to cut the price of the PlayStation 3 in Europe will have "minimal" impact on the adoption of next-generation optical disc formats, the group promoting HD DVD over here has claimed.

iPod Nano in airport trouser conflagration horror

An Atlanta airport worker claims his iPod Nano burst into flames while stashed in his personal region. The trouser-based blaze was apparently so severe the hapless victim was immolated up to chest level, though reportedly he sustained only superficial injuries.
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The RIAA will come to regret its court win

Column You can understand why an unpublished writer might resort to blooking; but when a successful author with a best-selling business title behind him gives away a chapter a week, it piques curiosity.
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El Reg triumphs in media battle of the wits

The Register emerged triumphant and almost upright from a pub quiz which pitted the cream of London media against each other.

Apple updates iPod software

Apple has updated the software resident on its iPod Classic and third-gen iPod Nano - reviewed here and here, respectively - that's said to improve the players' Cover Flow performance.
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SMS-enabled solar parking meters for Eastbourne

The Sussex coastal town of Eastbourne is soon to receive a new hi-tech boon, in the form of solar-powered armoured parking meters which can send text messages.
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Nuclear accident messier than we thought

The amount of radioactive fallout from the Windscale nuclear accident half a century ago was grossly underestimated, according to new research.

SAP splashes out on BO

Updated: SAP is offering €4.8bn (£3.3bn) for Business Objects - a strategy change for the German company which usually develops technology inhouse rather than making big purchases.

MPs call for ID theft czar

UK politicians are calling for the creation of an identity theft "czar" to lead the fight against the growing form of crime.
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Genetics boffins on the verge of artificial bacteria

Genetics entrepreneur Craig Venter claims his team is on the verge of creating the first artificial lifeform.
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Stem cell prof wins Nobel prize

Cardiff University professor Martin Evans has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his research on embryonic stem cells.

New product code points to revamped Wii?

Nintendo has set tongues wagging with its registration of a second Wii universal product code (UPC). The move is prompting the console's fans to speculate that it could signal the arrival of a new version of the machine.

Clap-controlled TV consigns remote to bin of history

Losing your TV's remote control down the back of your sofa could soon become a thing of the past. JVC has its sights on replacing traditional TV operation with hand movements and sounds.
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Get a grip, file-sharing freeloaders: you've never had it so good

Comment Last week, the ailing sound recording industry in America found someone even dumber to pick on. Kazaa user Jammie Thomas had got on the internet, and was doing just what the adverts and mass media say you should do once you're there - fill your boots with free stuff.
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Info chief shrugs off Bluetooth regulation

The Information Commissioner will no longer regulate the use of Bluetooth mobile technology, prompting fears of a wave of "Bluetooth spam".
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Boeing robo-chopper for DARPA's super-spyeye

Arms'n'airliners behemoth Boeing has announced that its autonomous robotic stealth chopper, the A160T, will be the initial carrying platform for a new US airborne surveillance payload. The radical new spy system will not be so much an aerial camera as an all-seeing insect-style compound bugeye able to simultaneously look at many different things.
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McDonald's goes McWireless

Proletarian fryhouse McDonald's has announced it will offer free Wi-Fi in its 1,200 UK burger outlets by the end of the year.

Church slams cathedral gun battle game's Bafta nomination

The Church of England is pleading with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) to remove PlayStation 3 game Resistance: Fall of Man (RFOM) from its Video Games Awards because the game depicts the alleged desecration of Manchester Cathedral.

Slingbox Solo TV-over-the-net device

Review Sling Media's Slingbox Solo is for all those folk who already have a digital TV set-top box and don't fancy forking out for a local network and internet video streaming gadget that has an on-board tuner of its own.
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UK's future depends on science and technology

Lord Sainsbury has called for an overhaul of the way science and technology is taught in Britain, saying that without a new approach we risk losing our place in the global economy. He says more specialist science teachers must be trained or recruited, and that science students must be given better careers advice.
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Japanese in exoskeleton ancestor-respect scheme

Most people who follow robotics and exoskeletonry are aware of the superannuated surge projected for the Japanese population in coming decades, and the governmental plan to mostly have robots look after the burgeoning blue-rinsed hordes.
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Interpol launches worldwide hunt for abuse pics man

Interpol has launched an unprecedented international appeal for information in the hunt for a man featured in child abuse pictures whose face was obscured using graphics software.
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Operators show Nokia who wears the housut*

Exclusive Nokia is being handed a sharp lesson in business basics: don't compete with your biggest customers.

VMware makes storage fluid

Fresh off a blockbuster IPO and its user conference, VMware has divulged details around upcoming additions to its flagship software.
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Government websites invaded by smut and spyware

A slew of government organisations and corporations are unwittingly helping hackers promote porn sites.

Tax man praised for owning up to lost laptop

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has become the latest organisation to apologise to clients as the result of a lost laptop.
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Do you want a high-score with that?

Proletarian grill joint Burger King has announced its intention to broaden its brand into mobile phone games, to be developed by Mobliss and promoted in US branches.
Bill Ray, 08 2007

BT offers £1K for Wi-Fi application

BT is offering £1,000 to the best mobile phone application that uses a Wi-Fi connection for something, anything, in an attempt to work out just what such connections are for.
Bill Ray, 08 2007

T-shirt helps geeks detect Wi-Fi networks

Booting up your laptop only to find there are no Wi-Fi networks nearby is a pain. Thankfully, geeks everywhere can now find a signal for surfing by simply looking down at their apparel.
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Canadian prof develops drunk-driving sim

A new videogame has been developed which aims to simulate the experience of drunk driving. The game, named "Booze Cruise", was coded as an academic project aimed at social betterment, rather than a sick commercial stunt to cash in on the worst aspects of human nature.

Reborn Teradata bets on the unexpected

Okay, it's not exactly the slip of the tongue a CEO wants one week after taking his company public. Teradata chief Michael Koehler appeared before close to 4,000 people here at the company's user conference and talked about Teradata's excellence with "datawastes" – er make that databases.
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Intel asks EC to relax deadline

Intel is asking the European Commission for more time to respond to antitrust charges.

ID thieves bring ease of use to trafficking forums

As cyber crime goes mainstream, a working knowledge of English is no longer a required skill for identity thieves trafficking in stolen credit card numbers and other personal data. Just ask Matthew Miller, a pharmacist from Pennsylvania, who recently learned miscreants had translated some of his personal details into French before blasting them out to a discussion group frequented by online con artists.
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ITU pools experts to thwart cybercrime

Experts from around the world gathered in Geneva last week to discus how to fight cybercrime through international co-operation. The meeting, held under the auspices of the International Telecommunication Union, also sought to promote cybersecurity, in general.
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Google and IBM push cluster computing on colleges

Google and IBM want their future employees to have large-scale cluster computing chops, so they're investing several million to get them while they're young. The companies are teaming up to promote the study in academia.
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Fujitsu to buy Swedish reseller

Fujitsu Services is buying Mandator, the Swedish reseller, for $78m in cash - roughly one times annual revenues. The price, three Swedish crowns per share, represents a 30 per cent premium on Mandator's stock price in the ten days before the offer was announced.

Kiddie coders embrace Facebook as new-age dev platform

Reid Hoffman believes that Facebook has a big future as a development platform, arguing that many fresh-from-college coders will turn to the popular social networking site when building their next Web-based entertainment application. But he questions whether the Facebook "friends list" - or "social graph" - is suited to business applications and other tools that go beyond entertainment.
Cade Metz, 08 2007