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Why you should care that Jimmy Wales ignores reality

Comment Even if the colonel were disobeying a Twenty-seventh Air Force order by making you fly more missions, you'd still have to fly them, or you'd be guilty of disobeying an order of his. And then the Twenty-seventh Air Force Headquarters would really jump on you. - Catch-22
Cade Metz, 06 2008
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Hackers find clever new way to hose Google users

Updated Hackers have found a new way to get Google to point to malicious websites with the help of unwitting websites such as TorrentReactor, ZDNet Asia and several other CNET-owned properties.

You don't know disk about storage failures

Knowing just what breaks a storage box is of obvious interest to data center admins. It's quite reasonable to conclude the blame should be heaped on the 80-some platters spinning all day at 7200 RPMs.
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File-swapping Icelanders slapped on wrists

Nine Icelanders were convicted this week for sharing movies on the popular DC++ file sharing network. Eight of the defendants were sentenced to two years' probation while the principal defendant, Bjarki Magnússon, was given a 30-day suspended sentence at a hearing before Reykjavík District Court. The nine face legal bills estimated at ISK 2.6 million (£19,800/€25,800/$39,000), Iceland Review reports (in English).
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Microsoft plays IE 8 interoperability pick and mix

Mix 08 Microsoft has defended an Internet Explorer 8 roadmap that gambles on the successful completion of unbaked standards and qualified support of W3C initiatives.

Intel Atom said to gain second core in Q2

Intel's Atom processor family looks set to go dual-core in the third quarter of this year, the latest leaks coming out of Taiwan imply.
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Two centuries of Hansard to move online

Parliament hopes to place all Hansard reports - from 1804 to 2004 - online by the end of this year.
Kablenet, 06 2008
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BlackBerry inventor escapes UK patent fees

Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind BlackBerry mobile devices, will not have to pay patent licence fees to a rival email software company after the High Court ruled that the rival's UK patent was invalid.
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Palm OS-based Centro arrives in UK

Palm has rolled out the Palm OS-based Centro smartphone in the UK, pitching the £199 handset as a yoof-oriented alternative to its more 'serious' Treo phones.
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Fujitsu Siemens turning off life support for old folks PC plan

CeBIT Fujitsu Siemens has pulled the plug on its efforts to push a locked down Linux box at older customers.
Joe Fay, 06 2008
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Government set to 'destroy' UK radio astronomy

The Government’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is proposing to axe the annual £2.5m public funding for "e-Merlin" - an upgrade to the Multi-Element Radio Linked Interferometer Network between the UK's seven radio telescopes, the Times reports.

AMD lets Puma release date out of the bag

AMD's would-be Centrino-beater, its 'Puma' platform for laptops, will debut in June in notebooks you can actually buy, the chip maker promised this week.
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Acer trumped Dell in Q4 07 world laptop sales

Acer nudged Dell into third place in the world notebook sales chart for the last quarter of 2007, but the market leader, HP, and up-and-coming Asus experienced the most growth.
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EU preps Google-DoubleClick rubberstamp

European competition watchdogs will give Google's $3.1bn acquisition of online display ad network DoubleClick an unconditional go-ahead next week, according to reports.

Pure Highway in-car DAB radio

Review If rumours are to be believed, Ford will soon be fitting DAB as standard on some vehicles. But the retro-fit market still has massive potential and to fill that gap digital radio specialist Pure has come up with a really neat little gadget: the Highway.

Taking the piste: Wii to bring skiing to the living room

If you’re bummed about the coming end of the skiing season, then video games are the answer - in particular a skiing game that uses the Wii’s new Balance Board add-on to send you sliding down the mountainside, virtually speaking.
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Bill Gates loses richest man crown

Bill Gates is no longer the richest man on the planet. Investment guru Warren Buffett has knocked him off the number one spot for the first time in over a decade.
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Stamen punts new approach to data aggregation

Etech: "Give me everything," says Tom Carden, a programmer and designer at Stamen Design. Stamen takes huge amounts of data and turns them into images you can interact with. Let the data choose the questions, he said, rather than the other way around.
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Adware package tops malware charts for first time

An adware program - not a virus - topped malware charts for the first time last month.
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Nokia gets the upper hand in global IPR wrestle with Qualcomm

Comment While we are not saying that the long-running battle between Nokia and Qualcomm is actually over - anything but - there are signs that Nokia’s position is a lot stronger than many observers first thought.
Faultline, 06 2008

Asus to offer Linux-less Eee PCs globally

Asus has formally announced it will begin offering outside of Japan its tiny Eee PC laptop with Windows XP pre-installed in place of the Linux distro it's offered to date.
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Has your shifty foreign neighbour got 16 mobes?

The Metropolitan Police have launched an intensive media onslaught aimed at advising Londoners just what to do if their shifty-looking Arab next door neighbour is packing mulitiple mobes, trading SIMs with the men in black turbans, taking delivery of binary liquid explosives, photographing CCTV cameras, or generally acting in a manner likely to undermine the security of the state:
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Will the US 700 MHz auction be remembered for dismembering wireless?

Faultline has not covered much of the 700 MHz auction, not wanting to read into it too much, and seeing that it is not yet clear how much of it is directly about networks which carry video or other forms of entertainment, which is our chosen territory.
Faultline, 06 2008
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'Boil a frog' ID card rollout to continue until 2012

The latest stage in the long slow death of the UK ID scheme became official this morning, as Home Secretary Jacqui Smith unveiled a two-pronged revised delivery plan, aimed first at selected groups of workers and teenagers. This effectively confirms the strategy proposed by the leaked ID scheme Options Analysis earlier this year, and kicks back the widespread issuing of the cards until 2012.
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Adidas coaches Samsung on phone design

People have been walking and talking with mobile phones ever since the devices' mass adoption in the late 1990s, but Samsung and Adidas now want users to jump up to running and talking. They've launched an "exercise phone".
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Garmin touts new Nuvi range

CeBIT Garmin has given GPS enthusiasts a sneak peek at its upcoming satnav-cum-portable TV. It also unveiled its latest range of entry-level models this week.
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Intel plans power cuts for Harpertown

CeBIT Intel said it would begin shipping its Harpertown low voltage processor in the next few weeks as it wrings out everything it can from its 45nm architecture before it begins the shift to 32nm next year.
Joe Fay, 06 2008
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Cisco hops onto patching treadmill

Cisco has taken a leaf out of Microsoft's book by adopting a regular patch release cycle. However, the change will apply only to security bugs involving its core IOS software and not all its products.
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New York's Freedom Tower to depend on RFID

The concrete base of the 541 metre Freedom Tower, being built on the site of New York's former World Trade Centre, will be embedded with RFID tags to make sure it's setting properly and can sustain the pressure of 14,000 psi the tower will exert.
Bill Ray, 06 2008
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DAB: A very British failure

Emergency talks to save digital radio are taking place in Manchester today, the FT reports. Unloved, unviable, and often unlistenable, DAB is a technology the public clearly doesn't want; so it comes as no surprise to learn that coercion will be used to persuading the public to get on board. With DAB, we're expected to pay for the stick that beats us up.
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Tories call for big changes to cybercrime offences

Civil servants who lose public data could be prosecuted under proposals announced by the Conservative Party. It's one of a number of measures touted, as the Tories call for major changes in how the UK deals with cybercrime and data protection.
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Caution - FBI fit-ups of Muslim patsies in progress

The trial of ex-Navy signalman Hassan Abu-jihaad took merely a week, ending with the bang of a one-day deliberation in which Connecticut jurors found the man guilty, sending him over for providing material support to terrorists.
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Small businesses aren't worried about technology

Small businesses in the UK have an optimistic view of the future, according to the Annual Small Business Survey, with 65 per cent looking to grow their business over the next 12 months, and less than 30 per cent expecting to shut up shop, or sell out, over the same period.
Bill Ray, 06 2008
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IT industry needs more women

The European Commission (EC) is calling for more women to consider careers in the IT industry because the growth in the number of female graduates in relevant subjects continues to fall. But the US is seeing the first signs of a turnaround in declining numbers of people studying for careers in IT.
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Silverlight 2.0 data and web services explained

Mix 08 Microsoft Silverlight team member Eugene Osovetsky has explained to a packed Mix 08 session how Silverlight 2.0, released as beta on Wednesday, interacts with external data and web services.
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Paranoid partners to get GPS snooper

If you’re suspicious about the missus’ daily movements or wonder exactly which 'old friend' your hubby is meeting for dinner, then you’ll be glad that a GPS gadget’s been made available to help you track their movements.
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Google mistakes search for teleportation

Update Google is now including search boxes in its search results.
Cade Metz, 06 2008
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Intel rejects investor call to give up its hopes and dreams

"Have you ever thought about being like Philip Morris?"
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Pentagon attackers stole 'amazing amount' of sensitive data

A network intrusion at the Pentagon nine months ago resulted in the theft of an "amazing amount of data" that continues to pose a threat to national security, the CIO of the Defense Department said earlier this week.

Japanese bank sues IBM over 'difficult' system overhaul

A Japanese bank is suing IBM for $107m over a systems contract it abandoned because Big Blue's proposal was too difficult to carry out.
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Microsoft indemnifies Novell Moonlight users

Mix 08 The Novell-sponsored project porting the Silverlight cross-browser plug to Linux is getting patent protection from Microsoft, indemnifying users from aggressive patent holders and litigators such as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Alabama admits developing country status

Birmingham, Alabama may soon join the third world.
Cade Metz, 06 2008

Ghosts of the 128KB Mac haunt the iPhone, Touch

Comment Are mobile gadgets tools, or just toys? There's one way to find out of course, the hard way. Throw something at the market in a recession, and see if it finds a use. Apple has created a wonderful new user interface for its iPhone, iPod Touch and Mac notebooks that should be the basis for a generation of consumer products.
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Intel shoves Larrabee and visualization goldmine to 2010

Intel wants to visualize like it's 1999.
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3Com delays buyout vote again

In brief 3Com says it needs 14 more days to smooth out US security concerns before the company can take its pending $2.2bn sellout to a vote.
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Man cuffed for lamppost sex outrage

The suspicion that sexual assaults against inanimate objects, including bicycles and hoovers, are on the rise is confirmed by the disturbing news that a man was last month cuffed for "allegedly simulating a sex act with a lamppost", as the Wiltshire Times puts it.
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Ballmer pledges PHP love in Microhoo future

Mix 08 Microsoft has committed to becoming a mixed ASP.NET and PHP shop for the "foreseeable" future should its proposed Yahoo! acquisition succeed, rather than convert popular services like Yahoo! mail to Microsoft's .NET architecture.
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US electronic surveillance bill trapped in political limbo

A controversial bill to expand the government's electronic surveillance authority has once again been delayed from coming to the floor of the House of Representatives as politicians wrangle over the granting immunity to AT&T and other telecommunications companies.