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Seagate sells R&D group to Xiotech

Seagate is selling its Advanced Storage Architecture (ASA) research and development group to SAN vendor Xiotech in a rather secretive deal.

HP goes octal with workstations

In the bad old days, you had to plod along with a workstation running on a creaky 400MHz chip. Now companies like HP are cramming up to 8 cores worth of speedy Xeons into a single desktop.

Microsoft invades 'city of friendly people'

No desperate city is safe from the data center builders employed by Microsoft and Google.

Prosecutor concludes opening in Reiser trial

The prosecutor in the Hans Reiser murder trial wrapped up more than two days of opening arguments Thursday by telling jurors a mound of evidence shows the well-known Linux developer killed his wife.

Fat or thin: an insider's view on Java's destiny

QCon I was fortunate to be a member of this week's QCon panel billed as the event where "influential leaders of the software development community" would debate Java's future.
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16,000 namesakes cry foul over US terror watch list

You may put 'em on the list — you may put 'em on the list; And they'll none of 'em be missed — they'll none of 'em be missed! - The Mikado
Cade Metz, 09 2007

15 years ago: the first mass-produced GSM phone

Forgotten Tech Fifteen years ago tomorrow, ladies and gentlemen, Nokia launched the world's first commercially available GSM digital phone, the Nokia 1011, the model number coming from the launch date: 10 November 1992.
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BT Vision misses customer targets (by a shedload)

BT Vision, our national telco's IPTV service, which launched at the end of 2006, will miss its targets by tens of thousands of customers.
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Trading Standards comes a calling on Cardiff's software sellers

Trading Standards and the Federation Against Software Theft teamed up for the first time today to start cold calling on software resellers in Cardiff to check their stock.
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Government postpones company law reforms

The date when significant parts of the Companies Act come into force has been put back a year. It will now be 1 October 2009 instead of 1 October 2008, according to the UK Government.
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Dublin designer branches out with 'tree' PC

An innovative tree-shaped PC that allows users to upgrade parts of the computer separately when required, has won a major design award.

Resellers get shirty over FixITlocal

FixITlocal received a mixed reception at the Professional Computing Association's (PCA) annual conference, with IT channel resellers questioning how they could sell the new service to customers.

Tech spending fears hit Qualcomm shares

Qualcomm made revenues of $2.31bn in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007, ended 30 September, 15 per cent more than the same three months of last year.
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Living brain in powerful robot body tech goes live

In a development offering hope to slain hero cops everywhere, Arizona boffins have wired up sensors to a living brain, then connected the hookups to a machine body hugely more powerful than the brain's own.
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The Government wants to copyright my thoughts!

Hive Mind Healthwatch "They're coming to take me away - ha haa!" - Napoleon XIV
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Chinese boffins in copper nanotubes acronym outrage

We're awarding today a much-coveted Vulture Vulgar Acronym trophy (VULVA) to China's Dachi Yang, Guowen Meng, Shuyuan Zhang, Yufeng Hao, Xiaohong An, Qing Wei, Min Yeab, and Lide Zhanga for a truly breathtaking contribution to the genre in their snappily-titled Electrochemical synthesis of metal and semimetal nanotube–nanowire heterojunctions and their electronic transport properties.

Sony CEO: format war in 'stalemate'

The two next-gen optical disc formats - Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD - are running neck and neck, Sony CEO Howard Stringer has conceded. And he admitted yesterday that Paramount's move to favour HD DVD has hindered Blu-ray's pitch.
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Blank media levy breaches should be criminal, say authors

Breaches of the European copyright levy system on blank media should be criminalised, a report by an authors' group says. The report is an attempt to convince the European Commission not to scrap the levy.

Queues start a day ahead of UK iPhone arrival

Despite utterly miserable conditions last night in London, die-hard umbrella-armed iPhone aficionados began lining up outside Apple's flagship store on Regent Street yesterday morning.

Nvidia doubles profits as sales exceed $1bn

Nvidia last night reported record revenues - for the first time it passed the $1bn mark - when it announced its third-quarter financials. The graphics chip maker's profits were up more than double what they were in the year-ago quarter.

O2 relaunches XDA Orbit smartphone

O2 has announced the XDA Orbit 2 PDA phone, a year after it launched the original handset.
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BitTorrent site Demonoid.com downed by Canadian record industry

Popular BitTorrent site Demonoid.com has been taken offline after legal threats to its webhost by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA).
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Six-month hangover for 60-pint Scotsman

A 30-year-old Glaswegian has suffered what may go down in history as the greatest hangover west of the Mississippi - a six-month headache induced by sinking 60 pints over four days.

Apple hit with another class action

Apple is facing another class action suit, this one from a man in Florida who alleges Apple is trying to create a monopoly in digital music by illegally tying iPods to its iTunes music service.

Asus to launch desktop Eee PC next year

Asustek is developing a desktop version of its ultra-compact Linux-based laptop, the Eee PC, the company's marketing chief has said. It wants to get the mini machine into shops sometime next year.
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Bacteria to blame for global warming?

Researchers from the University of Arizona's Department of Climatology, and the Department of Atmospheric Physics at Gothenburg University have published research they believe will overturn the consensus view that man's activities are causing global warming.

Sapphire unwraps entry-level AMD 2900 GPU

AMD has quietly rolled out the ATI Radeon HD 2900 GT, a mid-range card that sits right at the bottom of the 2900 series, displacing from that position the 2900 Pro, which was launched only a month ago.

UK anti-fraud firms pool resources

Surrey-based anti-fraud firm the 3rd Man Group has bought merchant-focused anti-fraud firm Early Warning as part of a plan to offer a more comprehensive service to tackle internet fraudsters. Terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were undisclosed.
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Mandelson tells US to change online gambling laws

EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson told the US it needs to change anti-gambling laws which discriminate against European companies.

RIM sues LG over Chocolate, Shine brand

Research in Motion (RIM) has begun legal proceedings in the US against LG, claiming the South Korean company's Black Label brand is too close to its own BlackBerry trademark, Bloomberg reports.
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Wave power prototype sinks after seven weeks

A prototype wave power installation has sunk off the Oregon coast. The company which designed the equipment described the project as "highly successful".
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UK gov offers £100m for innovation

John Denham, Secretary of State at the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, yesterday launched a £100m fund for research and innovation.
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The iPhone: Everything you needed to know

It's just a few hours to go till Apple, O2 and Carphone Warehouse throw open their doors to anyone wanting to buy an iPhone.
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Lily Allen gets 'social networking' TV show

In news that makes us want to sob gently, some bright spark over at yoof TV channel BBC Three has decided to give faux-reggae pop strumpet Lily Allen a load of cash and her own TV show. Based on social networking.

Vodafone dials up 7.2Mb/s HSDPA USB dongle

Vodafone has rolled out Pebble - the nickname by which it's latest HSDPA modem is known. Officially the USB Modem 7.2, the Pebble provides 'super 3G' connectivity for PCs and Macs at up to 7.2Mb/s.
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Warner Brothers snaps up UK gaming firm

Warner Brothers is buying TT Games, the owner of Traveller's Tales, the UK company behind LEGO Star Wars.
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Only the iPhone can save mankind

Identify yourself, on the cheap The cost of the UK government's planned ID card scheme has dropped to a bargain £5.6bn the government's latest six monthly report into the project's progress reveals. The newly slashed figure covers the total cost of providing ID cards and biometric passports to UK and resident Irish citizens, …
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Second Skynet satellite to launch tonight

The second Skynet 5 UK military communications satellite is to launch today at 2204 GMT from Kourou in French Guiana, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. It will share the ride with a Brazilian telecomms bird.

Zero-day bug hangs over Oracle database

Security researchers warn that Oracle 10g databases may be open to attack as a result of an unpatched vulnerability.

iPhone 'killers' stand up and be counted

Today may be iPhone Day across the UK, but Apple’s must-have handset isn’t the only cutting-edge touchscreen beauty available in Blighty.
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Black holes blamed for super-charged cosmic rays

You've always suspected it*, and now some properly clever boffins think they've found the data to prove it. Yes, a rare breed of supermassive black hole, otherwise known as active galactic nuclei, are the most likely source of the super-charged cosmic rays that batter our tiny planet from time to time.

Iomega eGo 160GB external hard drive

Review News of this...er, "designer" hard drive first appeared on Register Hardware back in June , and it’s the latest product in a growing trend of making once ordinary-looking hard drives a little more interesting – the LaCie Golden Disk is another great example.
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Synergy gone mad - travel agents to enrol for £100 ID card?

The estimated cost of the UK national ID card scheme continues to climb, with the combined card-&-biometric-passport price now passing £100. And IPS chief executive James Hall suggests that Post Offices and travel agents may be recruited to enrol people to the scheme.

Nintendo confirms Wii DVD support coming

Any gamers hoping to cosy-up on the sofa this Christmas and watch films with their Wii are set to be disappointed. Nintendo has confirmed that DVD playback won’t be added to the console this year.

AMD hit by birth defects lawsuit

Chip giant AMD was yesterday slapped with a lawsuit from a former worker who claims that exposure to hazardous chemicals during pregnancy had caused multiple birth defects in her son.
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BOFH: How dangerous are your users?

BOFH Userometer Simon is resting this week. So we are republishing a quiz from 2004, this time with added interactive mojo.
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Orbital tourism industry holds spacewear fashion show

Space crumpet In the airless vacuum of space, fashion choices are limited. But the California Space Authority - an industry body - was having none of that this week, as it hosted a fashion show at its annual conference. Many of the outfits modelled seemed more suitable for somewhere more hospitable than actual space, though perhaps quite warm.
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Christmas Doctor Who exhibition at UK Space Centre

Diary marker The Tardis is set to land at the National Space Centre in Leicester next week for a Doctor Who exhibition that will run from November 13 to January 6.
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Alicia Keys hit by MySpace Trojan hack

This story was updated on Saturday, 10th November 2007 00:21 GMT to report additional details.
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Battery firm: iPhone could melt your brain

Exradia has launched a range of replacement batteries for popular models of mobile phones which incorporate its special magic circuit to interfere with the bad RF coming from your handset, but iPhone users, with their non-replaceable battery, will just have to suffer.
Bill Ray, 09 2007
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Winona Ryder to suckle Spock in Star Trek XI

The roster of thespos lined up to grace the eleventh celluloid outing of Star Trek now boasts Winona Ryder as a young Spock's mum, the BBC reports.
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Analysts talk telephone numbers on mobile games

Mobile and gaming - two platforms touted heavily by vendors and analysts as no brainer-target markets for the enterprising developer.
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Oracle hunger fallout: Will Red Hat survive?

Radio Reg Why let the Oracle/BEA spat die when you can open a hulking can of gasoline and pour fuel over the fire?
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Ballmerized Nigerian PCs might run Mandriva after all

Those Nigerian PCs might run Mandriva after all.
Cade Metz, 09 2007
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Botmaster owns up to 250,000 zombie PCs

An American computer security consultant on Friday admitted using massive botnets to illegally install software on at least 250,000 machines and steal online banking identities of Windows users by evesdropping on them while they made financial transactions.
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AMD datacenters more loyal but rare

Intel chips may power the majority of data center boxes, but the brand doesn't warm the cockles of hearts like it does for the AMD-loyal, according to a recent poll by Gabriel Consulting Group.

I'm a walking billboard .... bitch

On Wednesday, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg boasted that the "next 100 years" of advertising began here.