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Scientists prep robo-Freud for depressed astronauts

In space, nobody can hear you trying to reconcile your latent mother issues. Science is still working on that one.
Austin Modine, 28 Oct 2008
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Student charged after alerting principal to server hack

A 15-year-old high school student in New York State has been charged with three felonies after he allegedly accessed personnel records on his school's poorly configured computer network and then notified his principal of the security weakness.
Dan Goodin, 28 Oct 2008
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Microsoft could block popular Azure apps

PDC That sudden drop in customers your Windows cloud application is experiencing could be because it's too popular and Microsoft is blocking your traffic.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Oct 2008
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Anti-white-space lobby enlists God, Dolly Parton

As part of an ongoing effort to bar internet devices from the country's television white spaces, Goosoft-battling government lobbyists have rolled out two pillars of the American heartland: God and Dolly Parton.
Cade Metz, 28 Oct 2008
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Parcel mules scam exposed

Fraudsters are increasingly using middlemen to handle goods fraudulently purchased online. These so-called parcel mules are being recruited through dating sites by unscrupulous conmen posing as potential partners for the lonely and gullible or via bogus job adverts.
John Leyden, 28 Oct 2008
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Berkeley boffins save Moore's Law

Berkeley researchers think they have found a way to keep Moore's Law in action and get chip features down to the sub-10 nanometre level.
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2008
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London consumers trounce corporates in wireless security

London homeowners are more careful about defending their wireless networks against trespassers than their corporate counterparts. One in five business networks fail to use any form of wireless encryption while 90 per cent of Londoners use encryption of some kind at home.
John Leyden, 28 Oct 2008
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3PAR partially makes its mind-up on SSD

3PAR is going to add tier zero solid state drive (SSD) storage to its arrays. Its InServe array software can use it now.
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2008
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MoD pledges greener buying

Secretary of State for Defence John Hutton and defence biz execs yesterday signed a Sustainable Procurement Charter intended to make the UK's military-industrial complex more green.
Lewis Page, 28 Oct 2008
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SAP profits fall, abandons full year forecast

SAP managed to increase revenues in the third quarter but saw net income fall five per cent.
John Oates, 28 Oct 2008

The netbook newbie's guide to Linux

Episode Two This is a series about the Linux OS on netbooks, but we need to remind ourselves that these devices aren't personal computers. The personal computer is a machine you work on. Netbooks are essentially machines you work through, out into the Cloud.
Chris Bidmead, 28 Oct 2008
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French map out digital economy

The French government has published a report on how it intends to become a digital economy, starting with the auction of the analogue TV bands by the end of next year.
Bill Ray, 28 Oct 2008

Asus' sexed-up Eee PC 1000-series netbook spied on web

Snaps of Asus' upcoming Eee PC 1002HA have popped up online, straight out of the manufacturer's marketing department, to confirm the new model looks exactly like the recently announced Eee PC S101.
Tony Smith, 28 Oct 2008
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Microsoft's Azure means dark days for storage vendors

Comment Another huge heaving grunt of a move as Microsoft shifts its great fat rear to sit more comfortably on the changing furniture of the computing industry and offer cloud computing services. It could be very bad news indeed for the storage industry.
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2008
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Humax names Freesat HD DVR debut date

Humax is to release its long-awaited Freesat-branded HD-capable DVR next month.
Tony Smith, 28 Oct 2008
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Sun, Fujitsu launches entry quad-core Sparc box

Fujitsu and server partner Sun Microsystems will today roll out an entry server based on the quad-core Sparc64 VII processor created by Fujitsu.
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Home Office guides plods on photography

Terror Laws due to be passed this autumn, could provide Police with a new and significant power to stop individuals taking photographs.
Jane Fae , 28 Oct 2008
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The New Green Aristocracy

Comment An aristocracy is a form of government by an elite that considers itself to possess greater virtues than the hoi polloi, giving it the right to rule in its own interests. Aristocrats were referred to as 'the nobility', or 'nobs'. These days we prefer decisions to be made democratically – the idea being that we can judge for ourselves which ideas serve our interests, thank you very much, ma'am.
Ben Pile, 28 Oct 2008
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Harman Kardon brings high-end media centre to Blighty

Harman Kardon has begun selling its high-price 250GB media centre system in the UK.
Tony Smith, 28 Oct 2008
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Reding demands super-regulator to thwart US telco domination

EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding has been telling delegates at the Summit of the European Telecommunications Networks in Venice that letting the EU regulate their industries will save €20bn a year, and is just what the Americans want.
Bill Ray, 28 Oct 2008

How storage can save the world

Whitepaper It's a shame storage is so boring - or at least, that it is perceived as such by anyone that isn't actually into storage. A cursory glance from the balconies at Olympia, at last week's Storage Expo would suggest it's anything but dull - there are indeed plenty of people who have a deep interest in all things relating to how information is retained, maintained and ultimately destroyed - and they certainly seemed to be having an animated time of it all, particularly when the cases of beer were cracked open about 4pm on day one.
Jon Collins, 28 Oct 2008
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IT contractor broke law in data raid on playground firm

An IT contractor who was part of a raid on a company, copied all of its electronic business records and locked staff out of computer systems, infringed copyright and database rights, the High Court has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Oct 2008

WD Caviar Black 1TB vs Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB

Review Western Digital offers its Caviar desktop drives in three varieties that are identified by a handy system of colour coding. Caviar Green is cool, quiet, eco-friendly and - to be frank - lacking in performance. In the mid-range, we have Caviar Blue, which offers performance and reliability with up to 16MB of cache and a maximum capacity of 750GB.
Leo Waldock, 28 Oct 2008

VIA, MS fuel China-led low-cost laptop invasion

VIA today launched an initiative to encourage Asian netbook and notebook makers to build mobile machines based on its 64-bit putative Atom-smasher, the Nano processor, rather than Intel technology.
Tony Smith, 28 Oct 2008
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Plymouth nurse punted panties on eBay

A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing yesterday considered the case of a Plymouth nurse who punted clean and soiled underwear on eBay while on duty at the city's Derriford Hospital, the local Herald reports.
Lester Haines, 28 Oct 2008
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Immature tech likely to get lucky in credit crunch

The credit crunch is likely to produce changes in IT spending priorities that may create additional security risks.
John Leyden, 28 Oct 2008
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Plasma rocket space drive in key test milestone

NASA spinoff firm the Ad Astra Rocket Company has announced a key milestone in ground testing of its prototype plasma drive technology, Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR).
Lewis Page, 28 Oct 2008

UK Govt claims lead in 'green motoring revolution'

'Leccy Tech More details about the Government's £100m plan for developing a 'leccy car infrastructure in the UK have now emerged.
Alun Taylor, 28 Oct 2008
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YaGoogleSoft! adopt voluntary 'code of ethics'

The US's Center for Democracy & Technology has announced that after two years of negotiations, Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft will in the next few days adopt a voluntary code of ethics "intended to safeguard online freedom of speech around the world".
Lester Haines, 28 Oct 2008
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Android security, market place under fire

The security of Google's Android is under fire from security researchers who reckon they've identified a browser flaw that could compromise the platform.
Bill Ray, 28 Oct 2008
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NHS IT project pulled up by hiatus hernia

The £12.7bn National Programme for IT which aims to transform health service technology and provide electronic records for all patients is not dead in the water and delays are inevitable in such a large project.
John Oates, 28 Oct 2008
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Official who lost secret al-Qaeda report pleads guilty

The senior civil servant who left government documents detailing intelligence on al-Qaeda on a commuter train in June has pleaded guilty to a breach of the Official Secrets Act.
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Microsoft faces second 'black screen' lawsuit

A second Chinese man has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft demanding it remove a notice from his computer accusing him of using illegally copied software.
John Oates, 28 Oct 2008
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Led Zeppelin plan Plant-free tour

Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has told the BBC that the band is planning to tour and hit the studio - but without frontman Robert Plant.
Lester Haines, 28 Oct 2008
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Apple prices iPhone at $666, says analyst

The Jesus phone costs carriers a diabolic $666 on average, one Wall Street analyst has claimed. That figure brings Apple enough margin to hack prices and "take over the smartphone market".
Tony Smith, 28 Oct 2008
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Beeb cans TOTP Xmas special

The BBC has decided to can the traditional Top of the Pops Christmas Special in favour of eight "special" episodes of the archive spin-off TOTP2, the festive fun-busting corporation reports.
Lester Haines, 28 Oct 2008
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Peaches Geldof cops a severe shoeing

Peaches Geldof's career as a magazine columnist may the shortest-lived in the history of hackery after her first piece for the website of fashion mag Nylon copped one of the severest shoeings theoretically possible before the sheer intensity of reader anger causes the entire internet to permanently implode.
Lester Haines, 28 Oct 2008
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Home Office acts to kick out Iceland's hate preachers

Just weeks after the UK government used the 2001 Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act to seize all of the IOUs in British branches of Icelandic banks, tough-talking Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has made it clear that Britain will no longer be a safe haven for terror preachers from Iceland. Or indeed from Norway or Liechtenstein.
John Lettice, 28 Oct 2008
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Big Blue to build DARPA cat-brain machine

US military attempts to develop "programmable neuromorphic" electronic artificial mouse- and cat-bonce brain podules have now moved into gear, with IBM scooping a $5m contract award.
Lewis Page, 28 Oct 2008
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Intel misses Competition Commission deadline

Intel has missed the deadline to respond to the Supplementary Statement of Objections sent by the European Competition Commission in July.
John Oates, 28 Oct 2008
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Pipex upgrade causes email snafu

Some Pipex customers have been without email access for several days due to an platform upgrade that meant their settings were wrong.
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Windows 7 early promise: Passes the Vista test

PDC Windows Vista is better than its reputation, but its reputation is pretty bad. During the press briefing for Windows 7 at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC), corporate vice president for Windows product management Mike Nash insisted Microsoft had learned from the Vista experience.
Tim Anderson, 28 Oct 2008
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Microsoft unveils 'lightweight' Office for Web

PDC Microsoft has finally announced a version of its Office productivity applications for the web with the next full edition of its suite.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Oct 2008
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IT credit crunch comes home to roost

The weakening global economy and the tightening of credit for both companies and consumers is making it tougher for IT vendors to rely on a common tool - equipment leasing - to grease wheels and get sales. Defaults on tech leases - and indeed all kinds of capital equipment leases - are on the rise in the United States, and IT makers are starting to feel the pinch at both ends as some deals go south and it gets harder to make new deals.
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'Series of Tubes' Senator convicted of corruption

Alaska Senator Ted 'Series of Tubes' Stevens was convicted Monday on seven felony counts for lying about hundreds of thousands of dollars in free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy oil contractor.
Austin Modine, 28 Oct 2008
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Google settles Book Search suit for $125m

Google has agreed to pay $125m to settle a three-year-old class action lawsuit that accused the ad broker of infringing publisher and author copyrights with its library-digitizing Book Search project.
Cade Metz, 28 Oct 2008
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Windows 7 borrows from OS X, avoids Vista

PDC When it comes to Windows 7, Microsoft hasn't just learned from the mistakes of Windows Vista. It has picked up a thing or two from Apple's OS X, judging by first impressions.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Oct 2008
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TSA vows relaxation of carry-on liquid limits

Airline passengers on both sides of the Atlantic could be free to carry larger bottles of liquids in carry-on luggage under a two-year plan to relax current security rules that sharply restrict the amount of shampoo, hand lotion, and other types of liquids that can be brought in a plane cabin.
Dan Goodin, 28 Oct 2008
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Carmack's rocket wins $350,000 in mock moon mission

John Carmack, creator of the childhood-innocence-purging video games Doom and Quake, has finally lead his team of rocketeers at Armadillo Aerospace to victory in the annual Northrop Grumman Lunar Landing challenge.
Austin Modine, 28 Oct 2008
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Intel sees little trouble in big China

What does Intel's investment arm look like waving off the current economic gloom? A bit like it does when making new "cleantech" investments in China, laying down $20m funding for the solar energy kit provider, Trony Solar Holdings.
Austin Modine, 28 Oct 2008
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E-voting fears run high as election day looms

USA '08 With just a week to go before the US presidential election, academics, politicians, and voters are voicing increased distrust of the electronic voting machines that will be used to cast ballots.
Dan Goodin, 28 Oct 2008
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Google sends 'Duke of Data Centers' to Land of Oz?

Google has apparently dispatched its self-styled "Duke of Data Centers" to the land of Oz, as it considers whether Australia is worthy of Project Will Power.
Cade Metz, 28 Oct 2008