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IBM's SVC gets thin provisioning

One of the top block storage virtualization products, IBM's SVC, just got better. It is getting thin provisioning, confirming a virtual pre-announcement in April.
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EU security agency gets three more years

An EU agency that promotes information security best practices has been given an extended spell of life, telecoms ministers decided on Thursday.

IBM traps Captain Planet in a container

IBM wants to save the world one modularized data center at a time.
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PayPal ambushes users with mystery Skype charges

Vulture Central is keeping its eyes peeled for some sort of PayPal glitch or security breach, following reader reports their accounts were debited overnight to pay for Skype services they never ordered.
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DARPA pilot-ware unflappable in wing-fling damage test

Robot aeroplanes are rapidly learning how to do pretty much anything that a human pilot can. The droid flyboys can take off, land, follow people about and even do in-flight refuelling. Plans are afoot to teach them how to do a catapult launch and arrested deck landings on aircraft carriers, too, and to fly entire strike missions on their own.

UK prisoners offered data cabling training

UK lags will be offered training in networking skills in a bid to bridge the skills shortage in IT.
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Irish mobile numbers just too portable

The number portability system used by Ireland's mobile operators has been shown to allow someone buying a new SIM online to port any number to it, even if they neither own nor have access to the number.
Bill Ray, 13 2008

Nintendo Wii US sales 3x PS3, Xbox 360

Nintendo's Wii has once again outsold the combined total of PlayStation 3s and the Xbox 360s purchased in the US last month.

Intel preps low-cost two-, four-core challenge to AMD's Phenom X3

Intel will release new entry-level Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processor series next quarter, it has been claimed.

Scripting bugs blight security giants' websites

Security researchers have identified cross-site scripting (XSS) issues on the websites of three IT security heavyweights. Coding flaws on the websites of McAfee, Symantec and VeriSign create a possible mechanism for hackers to launch phishing or malware attacks, according to security watchdog XSSed.

UK appeal court dismisses mod chip conviction

The UK court of appeal this week ruled that games console mod chips do not bypass copy protection systems and are, therefore, effectively legal here.
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Discovery crew preps for Saturday landing

The crew of space shuttle Discovery are today making final preparations for a scheduled landing tomorrow at Kennedy Space Center, following a successful mission STS-124 which saw delivery, attachment and activation of the Pressurized Module of the International Space Station's Kibo laboratory.
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Bloke finds illegal immigrants living in loft

We dread to think what the Twat-O-Tron will make of it, but a chap in West Bromwich who'd just moved into a rented terrace house was somewhat surprised to find illegal immigrants living in the loft.
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Eccentric brain-chip admiral expelled by toff schools

A controversial ex-admiral, who warned last year of Western civilisation's possible 2035 destruction by revolting brainchipped middle-class flashmob Goths, has been ousted from his position as a public-schools chief*.
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BOFH: Shafting the consultants over the new layout

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Sharp pitches 'world's largest' LCD screen

Not happy with the size of your 32in LCD TV? If money's no object, get on phone to Sharp, which is now taking orders for a monster 108in screen ready for connection to your HD kit.
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Google preps net neut dowser

Innovation 08 In an effort to identify traffic discrimination by American ISPs, Google is prepping a suite of network analysis tools for everyday broadband users.
Cade Metz, 13 2008

Copan's bid for greatness

Analysis Copan has an infrastructure suited to thousands of customers when it has just over sixty. What is going on? Building for the long haul and a future as a billion dollar revenue company seems to be the end result of the script being used to drive the company.
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Ex-Sun chief to fight Davis in '42 days' by-election

Errant Tory MP David Davis’ campaign to force a debate on civil liberties in the UK looked in danger of descending into a tabloid farce this morning as it emerged that his only serious opposition was the former editor of The Sun.
Joe Fay, 13 2008
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Aussies deploy bovine facial recognition

Aussie scientists have launched an ingenious "cowcam" facial recognition system designed to identify animal species and keep unwanted riff-raff out of cattle watering points, the Guardian reports.

Shuttle lands one-of-a-kind Alone in the Dark PC

Small form-factor PC specialist Shuttle is cashing in on the imminent arrival of the next episode in horror game saga Alone in the Dark by punting a one-off - literally - machine kitted out in AITD imagery.
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Becta schools deal stuns British open-istas

The open source community is up in arms today following Becta’s decision to award its open source schools project to a little-known consultancy firm.

Pentax K20D digital SLR

Review The arrival of the Pentax K20D on our doorstep last week marked the end of an era - that of the venerable, battle-scarred Pentax LXs and MXs, which have over the last 20 years or so provided faithful service.
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FTC wants to hit the spyware guys where it hurts

The Federal Trade Commission told a US Senate committee it could bring new vigor to the fight against spyware by making spyware purveyors pay civil penalties.

LG premieres world's first phone with built-in Bluetooth headset

LG has launched a sliderphone handset with an integrated Bluetooth earpiece - a world first, the company claimed.
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UK's first caller ID-spoofing service shuttered after five days

Spookcall, the UK's first caller ID-spoofing service available to the general public, has decided to close less than one week after launch.

Yahoo! Messenger! Trojan! false alarm!

Check Point's personal firewall software falsely identified a component of Yahoo! Messenger as a Trojan this week.
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Biggles battles Yanks for right to sport tash

An RAF pilot has won the right to sport his traditional handlebar whiskers while on a posting with a US squadron by citing Queen's regs at a tash-hostile American general, the Telegraph reports.

Boffins: Roadrunner hypercomputer could drive a car

American nuke boffins who have just fired up the world's first petaflop hypercomputer* are extremely excited, and contend that the machine may enable them to accurately simulate important segments of the human brain. Conceivably, the mighty "Roadrunner" - as the computer is known - may exhibit capabilities verging on human cognition.

IBM 'advises' staff to opt for a Microsoft Office-free world

Big Blue’s 20,000-strong techies have been advised to ditch Microsoft Office and use open standards software such as Lotus Symphony instead.
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UK culture sec wants a public service web

The UK government is cracking its knuckles for a more hands-on attitude to ensuring the quality of internet content, which could put it somewhat at odds with its own regulator.
Joe Fay, 13 2008

Ransomware Trojan code break 'impractical'

Updated A cryptographic expert has questioned the practicality of a code breaking initiative geared to cracking the key used in the dangerous Gpcode-AK ransomware virus.
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Reding threatens to cap data roaming in July

EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding put the frighteners on operators and national regulators today, by reiterating her July 1 deadline to cut data roaming rates and making a grab for the digital dividend.
Bill Ray, 13 2008
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Blackswift hyperplane hits trouble in Washington

The most ambitious hypersonic aircraft project known to exist - the Mach-6-barrelroll "Blackswift" proposal - has run into stiff opposition from politicoes in control of Washington purse-strings, according to reports.

OpenSolaris still has some Linux copying to do

Review Sun has made good on its promise to deliver OpenSolaris, the company's Unix-based answer to Linux, with a company-supported, commercial update arriving in mid-May. Although far from a complete product, the latest OpenSolaris is impressive and in the long run could prove a viable alternative to Linux.
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MySpace hides in bathroom ahead of make-over

MySpace will be given a Facebooklift next week – a move seen by many as News Corps’ latest attempt to force the social networking website to earn its keep.

Nokia, Verizon ready Dark Knight batphone

Verizon will begin selling a Batman-themed version of Nokia's 6205 clamshell this coming Sunday to "celebrate" the release of The Dark Knight movie a month or so down the line.
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Metro suspends Euro fantasy football game

UK freesheet newspaper Metro has temporarily suspended its Euro 2008 fantasy football competition.

Next year critical for Sun's 'Project Copy Linux'

The next year will be a critical time for OpenSolaris, according to Ian Murdock, the founder of Debian brought in by Sun Microsystems last year to lead its OS operation.

AVG scanner blasts internet with fake traffic

Exclusive Early last month, webmasters here at The Reg noticed an unexpected spike in our site traffic. Suddenly, we had far more readers than ever before, and they were reading at a record clip. Visits actually doubled on certain landing pages, and more than a few ho-hum stories attracted an audience worthy of a Pulitzer Prize winner. Or so it seemed.
Cade Metz, 13 2008

Disgruntled admin gets 63 months for massive data deletion

An IT manager who sought revenge for an unfavorable job evaluation was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison after being convicted of intentionally triggering a massive data collapse on his former employer's computer network.
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Bill Gates cried to make the world a better place

Radio Reg Is there a connection between an alleged coke-addicted CEO with a prostitute lair and open source? You bet there is - on Open Season.
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US Senate to probe Goo-Hoo!

The US Senate's Antitrust Subcommittee will investigate Yahoo!'s Ballmer-battling search tie-up with Google.
Cade Metz, 13 2008
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NASA previews future astronaut threads

NASA is banking on a new lead contractor to design the next generation of space suits worn by astronauts on future moon missions.
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Microsoft: 'We will save America from foreign domination'

Innovation 08 Microsoft has a plan for sending high-speed net traffic over America's television white spaces. And it's sure the country will eat some serious foreign dust if this plan gets snuffed.
Cade Metz, 13 2008