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IBM digs in with Eclipse for weapons

IBM Rational has released an Eclipse-based tools package taking the unit back to its roots serving embedded software in an area it's calling “complex” systems – otherwise known as weapons systems.
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Police give up on lost CDs

UK police are to stop searching for the missing child benefit CDs early next week.

AMD confirms short-term GPU roadmap

AMD has confirmed its graphics chip release plans, including the launch of the mainstream-oriented 'RV620' and 'RV635' GPUs, and the high-end 'R680'.

Wii shortage costs Nintendo dear, analyst claims

The global Christmas Wii shortage may have saved individual gamers a few quid, but one analyst thinks it’s cost Nintendo up to $1.3bn (£637m/€888m).

Microsoft surprises itself with six-month late Hyper-V beta

Microsoft surprised itself this week by delivering a delayed beta of its Hyper-V virtualization software, less late than once expected.

Close the gap between analysis and design

Book extract, part 3 To get from use cases to detailed design (and then to code), you need to link your use cases to objects. The technique we describe in this chapter, robustness analysis, helps you to bridge the gap from analysis to design by doing exactly that.

Nvidia rolls out 'tri-SLI'

Nvidia has launched its anticipated 'Tri-SLI' technology as "3-way SLI", allowing gamers to connect not one, not two but three graphics cards in co-operative rendering harmony.
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Microsoft unveils Xbox 360 HD DVD drive emulator

Microsoft yesterday launched software that emulates on a PC HD DVDs played on its Xbox 360 add-in drive. It's a move that could give the software giant de facto control of the next-gen optical disc format.

BBC pinches hot new columnist from Microsoft

Bill Gates has used his own column at the BBC to unlock the secrets of how you too can become an unimaginably wealthy nerd whose sperm is craved by Chinese women.

Sun's Rock chip waves goodbye to 2008 ship date

You'll all be shocked to learn that Sun Microsystems appears set to delay the release of the Rock processor.
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BOFH: Balancing the budget...

Episode 42 Episode 42
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Warner Bros to remake Clash of the Titans

Further evidence, were it needed, that Hollywood is increasingly incapable, or unwilling, to invest in original material comes with the announcement that Warner Bros is to remake 1981 adventure Clash of the Titans.
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Update glitch derails Kaspersky

Update 2 Problems in updating Kaspersky Lab anti-virus software led to some machines locking up.The Russian anti-virus firm said the problem was due to an error in a threat signature update issued on Thursday, which are now resolved. It apologised for problems caused by the SNAFU, which were severe for those affected.

UGC Renegade gaming chair

Review Want to feel closer to the action? Want to feel like you're parked in a Pontiac, engine purring, poised, ready to burn rubber, racing through the streets of some still-asleep city? Then the racing-style Renegade games chair could be the console accessory you're looking for.
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German air passenger quaffs litre of vodka

A 64-year-old German air passenger almost popped his clogs earlier this week after quaffing a litre of vodka officials told him he couldn't take on the aircraft.
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UK anthrax victim infected by drum skin

The 50-year-old man who died in 2006 from anthrax probably caught the disease while "playing or handling West African drums", the BBC reports.

The transistor turns 60

Forgotten Tech The transistor, the ubiquitous building block of all electronic circuits, will be 60 years old on Sunday. The device is jointly credited to William Shockley (1910-1989), John Bardeen (1908-1991) and Walter Brattain (1902-1987), and it was Bardeen and Brattain who made the first working point-contact transistor on 16 December 1947.
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New Jersey scraps death penalty

New Jersey's state assembly yesterday voted 44-36 to abolish the death penalty - the first state to do so since Iowa and West Virginia scrapped the punishment in 1965.

Traffic snags on Juniper router glitch

Juniper has published a security update designed to fix a bug involving its router software.

Yes! It's the the wireless USB Missile Launcher

Good news, office warfare fans - the USB Missile Launcher is back, in a new, flashier wireless version that makes for the strategic siting of remote batteries.
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Microsoft delays reduced, Dell goes to the High Street and all is well with AMD

Microsoft regifts Hyper-V delay When Microsoft promises a "holiday surprise", you want to pay attention. Will Redmond dish out a massive patch that will keep admins working overtime on Christmas Eve? Or perhaps we'll all find a gaping security hole in the stocking this year.
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BBC redesigns and 'widgetizes' homepage

The BBC has launched the first redesign of its homepage in five years, and it's gone well web 2.0.
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Brit workers: The Xmas skive starts today

A poll of 2,500 Brit workers has confirmed what most of us already knew: the Xmas holiday starts tonight at 5pm as a third of the UK's workforce will "mentally switch off" in advance of next week's pre-Yule skive.
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Botnets linked to political hacking in Russia

Security researcher Jose Nazario has uncovered circumstantial evidence of the use of botnets in politically-motivated denial of service attacks.

Nintendo Wii said to 'attract cockroaches'

If you’re not a fan of creepy crawlies then you may want to turn your Wii off. The latest theory crawling through the gaming world is that the console actively attracts cockroaches.
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Google kicks Wikipedia in the googlies

Whatever you think about the kooks at Wikipedia - the crazed Goths banning chunks of Utah, a COO prone to drunken rampages and embezzlement, and a Roi Soleil answering to himself - one thing is in no doubt. The project has saved Google's original business.

Groovy: XML without the bloat

Hands on, part 1 You may find this hard to believe, but there was a time before XML hell, when the idea was that XML was going to solve just about every tricky problem in software development. From swapping data between applications or platforms, to storing complex data structures in a portable format - XML was the answer.
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Paris Hilton goes for gold while crims are pretty in pink

Comments Hello and welcome to the last comments roundup of the year. It's been a good one, with many wits and twits showing how wise or otherwise they are. We start with the latest news on a person who has become something of an institution around here (no, not amanfromMars).
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Americans can swear at toilets, judge rules

In what will undoubtedly be viewed by future generations as an landmark ruling, the Pennsylvania housewife charged with disorderly conduct for letting forth a stream of abuse during an overflowing toilet emergency has been acquitted, AP reports.
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Skills shortage: it's mind over matter

The IT skills shortage is like global warming - you either believe it exists or you don't. Either way, one thing's for certain - the debate refuses to lay down and die.
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S&M blogger outs web host malware attack

A moment of narcissism by a blogger who covers kink, multiple sex partners and other topics has uncovered a sophisticated attack that secretly installed malware on end user machines by compromising thousands of websites maintained by a large webhost and ginning search results on Google.