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Cloud computing hysteria paralyzed by bolt of reality

Interop 2008We've seen more than enough folks all atwitter and wetting their shorts over cloud computing at Interop 2008 Las Vegas. So it was a bit of a surprise to catch a panel at the show with Google and Amazon reps discussing what keeps businesses from embracing the technology.
Austin Modine, 01 May 2008

HP pulls memory Missing Link from bottle of beer

More than 35 years ago, when the world assumed that circuits were crafted from three basic building blocks, a man named Leon Chua predicted the existence of a fourth.
Cade Metz, 01 May 2008

Adobe lifts Flash and AIR development restrictions

Adobe Systems is throwing open its Flash and AIR file formats to speed delivery of Rich Internet Applications to billions of mobile devices with its tools and players.
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2008

Google readies for action against Dutch smut site

Google is girding its loins for action against Pornoogle.nl, a Dutch site which indexes 26,000 movies from 11 Dutch online porn companies and shows previews.
Jan Libbenga, 01 May 2008

Regulator slams MoS premium rate promo

Telecom Express, who ran the premium-rate line for the Mail on Sunday's Great British Treasure Hunt, has been slapped by PhonepayPlus for making the competition too difficult to enter.
Bill Ray, 01 May 2008

Whitehall kick starts digital strategy

A new Cabinet committee on IT and information security is aiming to publish a digital strategy for government this summer.
Kablenet, 01 May 2008

Texas man tries to cash $360bn cheque

Forth Worth police earlier this week slapped the cuffs on a 21-year-old music biz wannabe who decided the best way to raise some venture capital was to cash a dodgy cheque for $360bn, NBC 5 reports.
Lester Haines, 01 May 2008

'Space gemstone' meteorite crashes at auction

A "magnificent" 420kg meteorite crammed with "spectacular olivine crystals" failed to move buyers at Bonhams New York yesterday and went unsold, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 01 May 2008

Every Italian's tax bill published online

The British government might be useless at keeping our data safe, but the outgoing Italian government has gone one better - it has published the tax details of every single Italian on a website and made them available to anyone interested.
John Oates, 01 May 2008

iTunes to offer movie downloads on day of disc release

Apple will today announce that almost all of the major movie publishers will begin offering new titles as iTunes downloads on the day the films are released on disc.
Tony Smith, 01 May 2008

Watchdog bares teeth at mobile premium rate scams

Dodgy premium rate mobile services are to face a probe by PhonepayPlus, after the watchdog this year saw a big increase in the number of complaints it receives and the fines it slaps on operators.
Christopher Williams, 01 May 2008

Holes in London Mayor websites leave them open to 'e-gaffes'

Ethical hackers have discovered potentially serious vulnerabilities on the websites of the two principal candidates in today's London Mayoral election.
John Leyden, 01 May 2008

RIM clamshell BlackBerry spied on web

Research in Motion (RIM) has developed a clamshell BlackBerry - and pictures of the new email handset have already been pushed onto the web.
James Sherwood, 01 May 2008
HMRC Her Majesty Revenue and Customs

How many staff has HMRC caught snooping on records?

Over 610 civil servants at HMRC have been disciplined or dismissed for inappropriately accessing tax records since the department was formed by the merger of Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue three years ago.
John Oates, 01 May 2008
Windows Vista teaser

MS misses restart button on desktop auto-updates

Microsoft has been forced to halt automatic updates to Vista service pack one (SP1) because of glitches with its Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS), which has already laid waste to XP SP3.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 May 2008

NFC fails to find its killer app

VingCard and Lancaster University have been crowned winners of the NFC Forum's Touch the Future competition, to reward the most compelling NFC applications around the world.
Bill Ray, 01 May 2008

Micro Focus buys NetManage

UK enterprise application company Micro Focus is buying a Silicon Valley rival for $73.3m.
John Oates, 01 May 2008

Converting Groovy to Ruby

In this post, Glen Stampoultzis posts a very interesting and clever sequence of steps by which he converts a piece of Java code into idiomatic Groovy code. I thought it was a nice article, so I'll do a very short spin on it: taking Glen's final Groovy code and converting it into idiomatic Ruby.
Charles Nutter, 01 May 2008

Kodak EasyShare M893 IS compact camera

ReviewKodak founder George Eastman coined the phrase 'You press the button, we do the rest', and his slogan remains spot on when it comes to digital cameras like the Kodak EasyShare M893 IS.
George Cole, 01 May 2008

AT&T goes with the FLO for mobile TV

AT&T is to launch its mobile broadcast TV service this Sunday, with a couple of new handsets to receive it and coverage in 58 markets including all the usual suspects.
Bill Ray, 01 May 2008

Pain ray really killer ray gun, many goats dead, says 'expert'

The US military's pain ray, aka the Active Denial System, is a certified excrement magnet. In March Reg readers learned that the US Air Force wonder weapon is still being pitched as a game changer in Iraq, a prediction that's never even been close to being tested.

Shell pulls out of Thames Estuary mega-windfarm

Oil giant Shell has pulled out of the world's biggest windfarm project, in a move which has cast doubt over the scheme's future.
Lewis Page, 01 May 2008

HD media future may be Blu, but it's not rosy

AnalysisSales of Blu-ray Disc players have not benefitted from the end of the format war, it seems. This week US retail market watcher NPD said player sales grew just two per cent in the month after Toshiba tossed in the towel.
Tony Smith, 01 May 2008

3G LG clamshell opened for scrutiny

Details of an upcoming 3G clamshell handset from LG have been revealed through the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website.
James Sherwood, 01 May 2008

BSI faces High Court challenge over OOXML U-turn

The UK's Unix User Group (UKUUG) has convinced the High Court to carry out a judicial review of the British Standard Institute's decision to vote in favour of Microsoft's controversial Office Open XML (OOXML) specification.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 May 2008

30 years of Spam - and we ain't finished yet

Spam celebrates its 30th birthday on Saturday (3 May).
John Leyden, 01 May 2008

Motorola movie-making banana phone arrives in UK

Motorola has finally launched its Z10 movie phone into the UK, over four months since the Z8 "kick-slider" successor first appeared, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
James Sherwood, 01 May 2008

Nokia puts brave face on 'Comes Without Profits'

Nokia has defended its "Comes With Music" giveway and insists it will make money from the promotion. Somehow.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 May 2008

Police likely to ignore Brown's cannabis changes

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) wants to keep flexibility in how it deals with people caught in possession of cannabis, despite Gordon Brown's apparent desire to reclassify it.
John Oates, 01 May 2008

DARPA reveals 2009 hyperplane test schedule

Further details of the US military hypersonics programme have emerged, with confirmation of planned tests above the Pacific in 2009.
Lewis Page, 01 May 2008

Songwriters score victory over AOL, Yahoo! and Real

Songwriters could be as much as $100m better off after a court ruled they should be paid more money for online performances of their music.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 May 2008

GTA IV PS3 fights off resolution woes in the UK

Gamers from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 camps rejoiced when it was confirmed that Grand Theft Auto IV would be available on both consoles. But fans have begun complaining that the game’s resolution on the PS3 is lower than it is the Xbox 360.
James Sherwood, 01 May 2008

Boffins develop OLED screen life extender

A Singapore research firm has invented a plastic film that it claims boosts the durability of OLED displays by reducing the penetration of oxygen and water - both which can shorten a screen’s lifespan.
James Sherwood, 01 May 2008

Virgin Media distances itself from Phorm 'adoption' claims

Virgin Media today sought to publicly clarify its relationship with Phorm, amid concerns that spin from the controversial ISP adware company has worried many of its customers.
Christopher Williams, 01 May 2008

US warez sitemaster jailed for 30 months

A US man has been jailed for 30 months for copyright infringement over his involvement in the warez scene.
John Leyden, 01 May 2008

EMC's Mozy storage service is going global

EMC's Mozy operation is building out a global set of inter-connected data centres to support multi-national enterprise customers and others.
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2008

Linux-guru's conviction fuels ReiserFS debate

Linux developer Hans Reiser's conviction for first-degree murder has re-ignited the debate about the future of Linux's various file systems.
Phil Manchester, 01 May 2008

eBay declassifies classifieds-happy Craiglist suit

You could say that eBay has declassified its Craigslist lawsuit. But that might cause some confusion.
Cade Metz, 01 May 2008

Ballmer's board broaches beefier bid

MicrohooMicrosoft's board of directors has at least toyed with the idea of increasing its bid for Yahoo!.
Cade Metz, 01 May 2008
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Your personal data just got permanently cached at the US border

Now that US customs agents have unfettered access to laptops and other electronic devices at borders, a coalition of travel groups, civil liberties advocates and technologists is calling on Congress to rein in the Department of Homeland Security's search and seizure practices. They're also providing practical advice on how to prevent trade secrets and other sensitive data from being breached.
Dan Goodin, 01 May 2008
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Intel puts another foot into 10GbE

Interop 2008With a sweep of the Interop 2008 Las Vegas show floor, it's clear that vendors are confident that 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology is moving beyond the early adoption phase and into more storage networks and data centers.
Austin Modine, 01 May 2008

Sun cushions slumping Q3 with layoffs

A rather humbled Sun Microsystems blamed waning US technology spending for its third quarter loss.
Ashlee Vance, 01 May 2008

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