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Sun looks beyond MARS for NetBeans scripting

PHP is the latest language getting the NetBeans treatment, with a PHP version of Sun Microsystems' open-source environment hitting early access today.
Gavin Clarke, 05 May 2008

Sun's 'Project Copy Linux' goes commercial

The first supported first version of Sun Microsystems' OpenSolaris, AKA Project Indiana, makes its debut today with additional backing from Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 05 May 2008
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Lords linger over extreme porn definition

The camel that is the UK Government’s answer to what it terms "extreme porn" lumbers onward. Although, by the time it escaped the Lords last week it really was beginning to look like a particularly moth-eaten dromedary.
Jane Fae , 05 May 2008

Alienware ships 'most powerful' 15in laptop to Brits

Alienware's first gaming laptop designed from the ground up by the company itself, the Area 51 m15x, is now on sale to British gamers.
Tony Smith, 05 May 2008
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Police go slow with encryption key terror powers

New powers to force terror suspects to hand over encryption keys have been used in only eight criminal investigations, prompting fears that police could be bypassing courts by spooking suspects with the mere threat of extra jail time.

Read, test, don't repeat - how to avoid code complexity

Book extract, part four Redundancy, testability and readability are key to building simple and maintainable code. In the fourth extract from his book, Emergent Design: The Evolutionary Nature of Professional Software Development, published by Addison Wesley, Scott Bain tackles the problems and principles involved.
Scott Bain, 05 May 2008
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US court orders online advertiser to use 'negative keywords'

A US court has ordered a company to use 'negative keywords' to avoid being associated with another firm's trade mark. The innovative order was one of a series of measures ordered by the judge.
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 May 2008

FCC reveals biometric HTC handset

An upcoming HTC handset equipped with a fingerprint reader has made its first public appearance thanks to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website.
James Sherwood, 05 May 2008

Server theft knocks Peter Gabriel off the web

Peter Gabriel's online music empire is reduced to a holding page, following the theft of servers from his web host over the weekend.
Drew Cullen, 05 May 2008
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AT&T giveth free Jesus Phone WiFi

For several days, AT&T was offering free WiFi to anyone with a Safari browser and a little common sense. But it seems the company has put a stop to such generosity.
Cade Metz, 05 May 2008

IBM's Zeitler retires

IBM is reshuffling its senior management team, following the retirement of two company warhorses.
Drew Cullen, 05 May 2008
Hard Drive

How to destroy 60 hard drives an hour

Disk drives are extraordinarily resilient. I've seen one that had been run over, dropped in a toilet and then thrown out of the window of a seven-storey office block. It looked unusable. Kroll Ontrack managed to recover virtually all the data on it by drying it and taking it apart.
Paul Roberts, 05 May 2008
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Deutsche Telekom mulls Sprint takeover

Deutsche Telekom is interested in buying Sprint Nextel, a move that would give it the top spot in the U.S. wireless market.
Cade Metz, 05 May 2008

AMD now has 'more than allegations' against Intel

As Intel and AMD near the end of the discovery process in their US antitrust battle, the two companies have begun fighting over whose testimony will make it to the big dance. In a legal filing, AMD has pointed to the employees at some of the technology world's biggest names - HP, Dell, IBM and others - who it thinks will help make its case. Intel has responded in kind, and it's now up to a judge to decide on the strength of the vendors' arguments.
Austin Modine, 05 May 2008