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Sun's sales stud defects to HP

Sun Microsystems has performed a sales shakeup in a bid to add some new life to its server business.

Heaven and Earth moved to slot Sun chip in IBM blade

Sun Microsystems has found an OEM partner wanting to give its UltraSPARC T2 chips a new home — inside an IBM BladeCenter chassis.
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Tech luminaries honor database god Jim Gray

In the early nineties, when David Vaskevitch decided that Microsoft should tackle the enterprise database business, the first thing he did was pick up the phone. He dialed the sharpest software minds he knew, and he asked each one who he should talk to about all things DB. They all gave the same answer: Jim Gray. And each described him in exactly the same way: Jim Gray, they said, is smarter than I am.
Cade Metz, 03 2008

Best Wireless Broadband modem option?

I have recently purchased myself a shiny new Dell XPS M1330 laptop. One of the options when I was configuring the machine was to include a Wireless Broadband card which was tied to Vodafone, but I already have a USB modem and contract with 3.
Jon Hume, 03 2008
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Bangladesh cuts off anonymous handsets

Mobile operators in Bangladesh this week cut off more than a million connections to customers who bought their SIMs anonymously, despite the fact that doing so was completely legal at the time.
Bill Ray, 03 2008

Intel releases 'Diamondville' Atom CPU

Computex Intel has begun shipping its 'Diamondville' Atom processor - the incarnation of the CPU series aimed at Small, Cheap Computers™ rather than mobile internet devices, which were the subject of April's original Atom launch.

Sim card reader takes cue from Toblerone

Register Hardware has come across a chocolate bar that lets you take as many bytes as you want, without ever causing you to put on a single pound.
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Virtualisation titles for virtually nothing

Virtualisation is the abstraction of resources such as servers and machines so that all detail is hidden from the end user but they still get the benefits of what can be offered. It is rapidly gaining prominence as a useful IT tool and we have a range of titles, both online learning and physical books, that cover various aspects of virtualisation in IT.
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Discovery docks with ISS

Discovery yesterday docked successfully with the International Space Station at 18:03 GMT, with mission STS-124 astronauts boarding at 19:36 GMT (see pic).
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ESA: space tourism greener than ordinary airline flights

Suborbital rocketplane flights of the type planned by Virgin Galactic - and other nascent space-tourism ventures - would have a lower carbon burden than ordinary airline journeys, according to the European Space Agency.
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Police protester snap did not breach rights

Police-ordered photography of an anti-arms trade protester did not breach the protester's privacy rights, the High Court has ruled. It is one of the few times that such alleged intrusion by the state rather than the media has been the subject of a UK ruling.

Asus announces 10in, HDD-equipped Eee PC

Computex Asus has announced the anticipated Intel Atom-based Eee PC - and a pair of new models that, the company claimed, boost battery life to more than seven hours. Oh, and they sport 10in displays, hard drives and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Samsung promises 'fastest' 256GB SSD by year's end

Samsung has pledged to put a 256GB laptop-friendly solid-state drive into mass-production by the end of the year.

Canon EOS 400D digital SLR

Review DSLRs were once the province of the professional, with prices to match. But the cost has fallen, so for roughly twice the price of a mid-spec compact you can now pick up a decent digital SLR.

Most 'malfunctioning' gadgets work just fine, report claims

People often return gadgets to the shop they bought them from because they think the gizmo’s faulty - but only five per cent of them actually are, according to new research.
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Tiscali subscribers to be sold to Vodafone tomorrow: report

The Italian board of Tiscali will tomorrow approve a Vodafone offer to buy its broadband businesses outright, according to a report.
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MOD spectrum under the spotlight

The UK Ministry of Defence has published its first consultation on the huge quantity of radio spectrum it has unfettered access to, though it turns out the usage isn't as exclusive as it first appeared.
Bill Ray, 03 2008

Cybercrooks plant phishing scam on crime reduction website

Phishing fraudsters hacked a Home Office crime reduction website to host an Italian phishing website on Monday.
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Brussels wants eID cards to work Europe-wide

The European Commission is running a three-year pilot project to get national identity cards to work in different countries.
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US imposes 72 hour pre-reg for Visa waiver travellers

Europeans and other potential enemies of the US are to be forced to deposit their personal details on the Department of Homeland Security’s computer system 72 hours before they get anywhere near the place.
Joe Fay, 03 2008
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Can Wi-Fi really compete with Bluetooth?

Intel isn't ready to give up on pushing Wi-Fi just yet, and is pitching the technology as a competitor to Bluetooth with demonstrations by Ozmo Devices scheduled for today at the Computex trade show in Taipei.
Bill Ray, 03 2008

Acer punts £199 Linux laptop

Computex Acer has launched its Eee PC wannabe, the Aspire One, pitching the product to Brits at just £199 including VAT - even though it's "not a low-cost notebook", according to the company.

MSI takes aim at Asus' Eee

Computex MSI has officially launched its Wind notebook, the latest attempt to steal a slice of the Small, Cheap Computer™ craze ignited by Asus’ Eee PC series.
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T5 Transformers t-shirt bust: Shock snap

The shock news yesterday that if you're travelling via Heathrow's splendid Terminal 5 it's probably best to leave the Transformers t-shirt at home prompted widespread condemnation of the UK's terror-busting airport security protocols.
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Oz parliament enjoys multiple orgasms

An Oz Liberal backbencher secured his place in Austrlian parliamentary history by suffering multiple, genetically-modified orgasms while addressing the house yesterday, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Nvidia launches next-gen laptop graphics chips

Computex Nvidia has taken the wraps off the next incarnation of its notebook-oriented graphics chip line, dubbed unsurprisingly the GeForce 9M series.

$8.2m study to probe medical benefits of videogames

The alleged negative effects of videogames have been well documented. But a multi-million dollar research fund has been created to discover if they could be used as an alternative form of clinical therapy.

MSI unveils tiny eco-friendly desktop PC

Computex If MSI hasn’t blown you over with its Wind miniature notebook then the manufacturer’s got another offering up its sleeve: a dinky desktop PC claimed to be both quiet and energy efficient.
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Hidden messages buried in VoIP chatter

Polish researchers have revealed the many ways you can hide messages within the bit stream of Voip phone calls.

Intel lengthens first-gen 'Nehalem' CPU shelf life?

Intel's roadmap continues to show the arrival of its next-generation processor architecture, 'Nehalem', in Q4 this year, but the latest update shows that subsequent versions of the chip may appear later than anticipated.

Yahoo! bitchslapped Ballmer's $40 a share offer

Yahoo! did its best to stymie a takeover by Microsoft, even when it offered $40 a share, because chief executive Jerry Yang let his heart rule his head.

Hi-tech couch, coffee table pitched at modern sloths

Getting up from the sofa to play a DVD or turn on the stereo is such a pain, isn’t it? One designer thinks it is, so he’s sketched plans for a concept coffee table that plays DVDs.

Intel launches P45 chipset, says it's OK to overclock

Computex Intel is to give free rein to overclockers to tweak the settings that can be applied to its 'Eaglelake' chipset, the P45, the chip maker has revealed.
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Disconnected O2 punters to lose connections again

UK operator O2 has admitted a power failure yesterday cut off customers in an area east of Edinburgh, and could do so again this evening while a permanent solution is installed.
Bill Ray, 03 2008
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Oz TV advises CO2-emitting children to die early

Carbon Cult sickos are under fire for an interactive website that tells children they should die because they emit CO2.

Over half of US HD TV owners blurry on Blu-ray

Fewer than ten per cent of US HD TV owners plan to buy a Blu-ray Disc player, local market watcher NPD has said.
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Hackers hijack hacking tools website

Crackers briefly hijacked hacking tools website Metasploit on Monday.
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Gates' last act: frees IE 8 and Silverlight second betas

TechEd 2008 Bill Gates has announced the next betas of Internet Explorer 8 and Silverlight 2 while outlining plans from Microsoft on development services. He also took the opportunity in his valedictory keynote at TechEd in Orlando, Florida today to unveil a Steve Ballmer 'bot.
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Time Warner gives America metered internet

Time Warner Cable is two days away from rolling out metered internet service in the Gulf Coast town of Beaumont, Texas.
Cade Metz, 03 2008

Windows XP given additional resuscitation

Looks like the Small, Cheap Computer™ craze has yet again broken Microsoft's nerve to completely kill off Windows XP.

'Untraceable' phone fraudsters eye your credit card

Scams involving email and fake banking websites may get all the attention, but a recent rash of fraudulent phone calls shows criminals haven't given up on more traditional tools for tricking people into surrendering credit card numbers and other sensitive information.
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World realizes Google home page is 'illegal'

Five years later, an army of privacy-minded watchdogs has suddenly realized the Google home page is illegal.
Cade Metz, 03 2008

Sun stretches for Flash dance

Sun Microsystems is completely smitten by Flash memory technology. The company today has vowed to start rolling out Flash-based products by the second quarter of 2008, and plans to offer SSDs in its entire server lineup in only two years time.

SanDisk makes sub-SSDs for sub-laptops

Computex SanDisk is prepping a new line of diminutive solid-state drives (SSDs), designed specifically to fit the cramped quarters of low-cost PCs and laptops.
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Online payment standards fall on deaf websites

We see a lot of lip service paid to the importance of complying with payment card industry standards when merchants accept credit and debit cards. But it seems plenty of websites still can't be bothered to follow the rules, which are designed to protect their customers against fraud and identity theft.

AMD manages to ship 'Budapest' for single socket boxes

AMD's four-core chip aimed at single socket servers has finally made its way to market.