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Gilded Perkins puts ego yacht up for sale

It looked to us like Tom Perkins could afford the dinner bill. But, we guess, times are tougher than we thought even for Silicon Valley's elite.
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Endeavour space shuttle returns home

The space shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member crew landed safely at NASA's Kennedy Space Center late Wednesday evening, ending the 16-day mission to the International Space Station.

AMD announces tri-core, tweaked quad-core Phenoms CPUs

AMD has formally unwrapped its three-core Phenom X3 8000 series, along with new versions of its existing quad-core Phenom X4 processors, now known as the 9050 line.
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Kent bloke buried under 3,000 congestion charge receipts

A Kent tradesman who ill-advisedly decided to pay the London congestion charge online was buried by a 3,000-receipt tsunami for his trouble, the BBC reports.
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El Reg offers cut-and-paste comments service

It's come to our attention that a certain kind of story will invariably provoke a Pavlovian response in certain Reg commentators who, in lieu of salivating at the sound of a bell, will suffer an immediate figurative jerking of the knee.

LG brings 6x Blu-ray, HD DVD drive to Blighty

LG's 6x speed external Blu-ray Disc burner and HD DVD reader, the BE06LU10, is about to arrive on UK soil, the Korean company chirped today.

Asus Eee PC 900 flips one at MacBook Air with multi-touch input

Asus' next-gen 8.9in Eee PC 900 will come complete with a MacBook Air-style multi-touch touchpad, documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have revealed.

Spending slowdown hits Oracle third quarter

Oracle's third quarter has proved even a rapacious acquisition strategy can't render you immune to a slow down in customer spending.
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Byron review calls for computer game ratings

The Byron Review will today call for cinema-style age ratings for computer games to protect children from violent or sexual content.

Royalties are the admission price, Microsoft tells freetards

Let's be perfectly clear. Everything is up for negotiation and nothing is off the table when it comes to Microsoft's dealings with open source. Except for one thing: patents.
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Hutton: UK must become world No 1 in nuclear power

The Brown government has revealed plans for a massive resurgence in the UK nuclear power industry, not just a replacement of existing infrastructure.
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DWP extends staff criminal record checks

The Department for Work and Pensions, which manages personal data on virtually every adult in the country, plans to check whether new staff have criminal records.
Kablenet, 27 2008
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Cassini sniffs Enceladus's 'surprising organic brew'

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sampled a "surprising organic brew" erupting from Saturnian moon Enceladus's south polar region comprising "volatile gases, water vapour, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, as well as organic materials".
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Privacy chief says biometric concessions not good enough

Proposed Europe-wide rules governing biometric passports are still unsatisfactory despite some concessions, according to the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).
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First 'Facebook harassment' defendant cleared

A Birmingham man has been cleared of harassing his ex-girlfriend over Facebook in the first prosecution to specifically cite the social networking website.

AMD readies two-GPU Radeon HD 3850 X2

AMD will roll out a dual-GPU version of its ATI Radeon HD 3850 graphics chip in May, it has been claimed. The X2-branded board would sit below the current 3870 X2.

Psychologist calls for movie-style ratings for games

A government-ordered investigation into the potential risks of videogames and the internet to children has recommended that computer games be rated like movies. The review has also recommend the creation of a UK internet safety body.
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XCOR challenges Virgin with the Lynx effect

Californian aerospace outfit XCOR has thrown its hat into the space tourism ring with the announcement that its two-seat Lynx suborbital spaceship will be carrying paying customers aloft within two years.

Modern technology killing seaside postcards

Video may have killed the radio star, but a new report has found that emails and picture messaging could be killing off the traditional holiday postcard.
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Ticked-off former Motorola 'insider' gives his two cents

An individual claiming to be a former advisor to deceased Motorola CMO Geoffrey Frost has attacked the mobe giant's management, accusing them of missed opportunities and closed minds.
Bill Ray, 27 2008
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China takes big (yard)stick to mapping websites

China has announced it will come down hard on "mapping websites and other online geographical information" which it believes may pose a threat to national security.

Mozilla plugs 10 security holes in Firefox

Mozilla coughed its latest Firefox update this week and patched ten flaws – five of which were critical vulnerabilities – in the latest version of its browser.

Wii 2.1 sound system

Review It's well known that a speaker set of reasonable quality can substantially enhance your gaming experience, but if a high-end hi-fi system doesn't yet live in your lounge, this 2.1-channel Wii-friendly speaker set might make a superb substitute.
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Transgender man prepares to give birth

A Oregon man who was born a woman claims to be preparing to give birth in July.
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Cisco unleashes IOS patches

Cisco has kicked off its biannual patching frenzy by revealing five vulnerabilities to IOS, the operating system on which its routers run.

Cheap as chips wind-up MP3 player

Trevor Baylis’ hand-cranked media player was a technological innovation upon its release. However, you can now bag yourself a cheaper alternative - provided you don’t mind losing some features.

Boffin seeks US Blu-ray, mobile phone import ban

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has named 30 companies it intends to investigate to see if products they import into the States are guilty of patent infringement.
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MPs: Axe Nimrod subhunters to balance MoD budget

As the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) confronts yet another looming annual budget shortfall, Parliament's Defence Committee has issued its 2008 report into British military kit procurement. The oversight MPs say bluntly that it is time for the MoD to start axing major equipment programmes, rather than spreading its cash ever-thinner across too many projects. They give a strong hint that the troubled Nimrod MRA4 subhunter plane should go.
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DIY satellite TV installer shoots wife dead

Officials are pondering whether to charge a Missouri DIY satellite TV installer who decided that the best way to punch a hole through the wall was with a .22 calibre handgun, and in so doing accidentally shot and killed his wife.
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Brit TV company blamed for Peruvian tribal deaths

Indigenous tribes in southeastern Peru are demanding film and TV crews be banned from their territories around the Madre de Dios river after attributing the deaths of four members of the Matsigenka tribe to flu carried by a visiting British TV production company.

Telly addicts developing web addictions

The internet is now so addictive that many of us can’t bear to be parted from it, even while we’re watching telly – according to a report on Britain's couch potatos.
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Tokyo 250Mbps mobile supernetwork speeds into life

Japan's largest operator has built a mobile network offering massive download speeds of 250Mbps.
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MPAA copyright punch up knocks out TorrentSpy

The operators of TorrentSpy, once the most popular BitTorrent tracker, have been forced to permanently shutter the site after losing a battle with rights holders.

Blu-ray 'to bloom', now HD DVD's dead

Expect demand for Blu-ray Disc technology to explode this year, with 29.4m homes around the globe owning a BD player by the end of the year, it has been claimed.

Wii Remote raised to defuse explosive situations

The number of additional uses for the Wii console and its components are exploding – literally. Bomb disposal boffins have equipped warzone robots with Wii Remotes so they can be controlled more accurately.

Fayrewood gains pounds from new skinny look

IT distie Fayrewood PLC has returned to the black in 2007 after slimming down its biz units.

First permitted in-flight mobile call made

UK communications regulator Ofcom yesterday cleared the way for mobile phone calls to be made on board aircraft, but airline Emirates has already begun allowing passengers to phone home from the wide blue yonder.

How safe is VMware's hypervisor?

CanSecWest VMware researcher Oded Horovitz got an earful when he told a group of security buffs his company's virtualization software was theoretically impenetrable. Speaking at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, his hour-long presentation, titled Virtually Secure, included a slide titled "VM Escape" that carried the following bullet point:
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T5 opening turns into Airplane 3.0

The opening of BAA’s Terminal 5 today was marred by the disappearance of passengers’ baggage followed by the disappearance of entire planes as the terminal’s sole occupant, BA, threw up its hands in despair.
Joe Fay, 27 2008
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The Baying of the Hounds

Book extract Today marks the publication of Headspace - Reg contributor Amber Marks's exploration of how the state and private sectors are trying to exploit the science of smell to watch and control citizens.

Apple orders 10m 3G iPhones - analyst

Apple says it expects to have sold 10m iPhones by the end of the year, and if one market watcher's claim proves correct, it might even double that total.
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Picketers maul IBM in Sadville

"I can't believe that governments are going tolerate these changes in power balance that online communities create," gasped Brian Eno last week, in conversation with Clay Shirky. The two were at the ICA in London, marvelling (picture below) at the "emergent" power of networks *. But will global corporations soon be cowering before the mighty, virtual mob too?
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Denmark signs up for wind powered electric car switch

Denmark has become the second country to sign up to Shai Agassi's ambitious plan to wean the world off petrol-driven transportation, with the announcement of a deal between Agassi's Project Better Place and Danish utility Dong Energy. As with the Israeli deal announced in January, the latest venture will involve mass production of electric vehicles and the rollout of an extensive recharging and battery swap infrastructure.
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Apple grants Windows PCs the right to run Safari for Windows

In a sudden about-face, Apple has allowed Safari for Windows to run on Windows PCs.
Cade Metz, 27 2008

Adobe opens Photoshop for freetards

Adobe today launched a free version of Photoshop online.

Reality crashes Google hippie code fest

You've almost got to feel sorry for Google. It tries to do something cool with its annual Summer of Code program, but some sourpusses just have to spoil the idyllic 60's vibe.
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Amazon's cloud now less prone to failure

Amazon's utility computing-style EC2 service just got more muscular. Thanks to a pair of new options, customers can take steps to ensure their applications keep running when system failures or network disruptions occur.
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Dutch MP releases anti-Islam movie

The Dutch cabinet is holding an extraordinary session this evening to discuss the release of the film Fitna by the anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders.

Buggy Flash code continues to plague the web

CanSecWest More than three months after researchers documented serious vulnerabilities in Flash content that left tens of thousands of sites wide open to attack, few webmasters have bothered to remove the buggy files, a security expert from Google said.
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Red Hat cheerleading purges Q4 profits

Red Hat's profit rose 7 per cent during its fiscal fourth quarter, with a healthy bump in revenue offset by the open source software distributor's increased sales, marketing, and R&D expenses.