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PETA cooks up gory game in Cooking Mama protest

Animal Rights group PETA has designed a gory cooking videogame that’s definitely not for vegetarians, because it’s intended to shame the Cooking Mama videogame series which the group’s claimed is too meat focused.
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Happy Birthday, Turing's universal machine

It's just 71 years ago this month that a seminal paper from Alan Turing was published, which helped pave the way to today's multi-billion dollar IT industry and confer on Turing the title of father of modern computer science.
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French record labels sue, um, SourceForge

The French music industry is suing four US-based companies for distributing P2P applications that can potentially be used to illegally share music.

25 years of Macintosh - the Apple Computer report card

Part One In two short months, Apple's Macintosh will turn 25 years old. My, how tempus doth fugit.
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Jerry! Yang! to! quit! as! Yahoo! CEO!

Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang is quitting the company's CEO post, five months after rejecting a $47.5bn takeover bid from Steve Ballmer and Microsoft.
Cade Metz, 18 2008
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Adobe CTO calls for JavaScript coordination

Adobe MAX Adobe Systems' chief technology officer has placed his faith standards bodies to help overcome Balkanization in an important web technology, despite losing a recent round of vendor combat.
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Feds prep gov domains for net address server swap

The US federal government is showing tangible progress as it works to meet a January deadline to implement a sweeping overhaul of its internet address servers, a move designed to harden them against attacks that could send millions of users to impostor sites run by scammers.
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Gartner: open source software 'pervasive'

It is a wise manager that does not make decisions based on the survey data put together by the major IT market researchers. But sometimes a skinny bit of survey data is all you have to start with, and that data is better than no data at all - particularly if you're trying to make a case to upper management either for or against the deployment of a specific bit of hardware or software.
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Privacy watchdog issues guidance on FOI exemptions

Public authorities who want to keep information secret to protect the commercial interests of companies they work with must explain exactly what damage will be done by disclosure, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.
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agámi sales VP casualty finds home

Michael McGuire, described as an ex Sun VP for Americas storage sales, has joined Nexsan, where he becomes the grandly titled Chief Commercial Officer. In fact he joins from the data highway road kill that was once known as agámi.
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Virgin Mobile Lobster 621 budget phone

Review Virgin’s bizarrely named Lobster brand of youth-oriented mobiles tends towards the cheap and cheerful an the emphasis on value for money rather than specs with big numbers.

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 spec finalised

USB 3.0 is complete, the group of companies behind the project announced last night. The specification is now officially at version 1.0.
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Chips are down for Transmeta

The low power chip company Transmeta has been sold to Novafora - the VC-backed "video processor" firm.
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Adobe, profs working on web time-machine app

A collaborative effort between Adobe and the University of Washington intends to offer a new web archiving and search app called Zoetrope, which would allow users to search past versions of the web as well as what is out there at the moment.
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Roachzilla menaces Florida

University of Florida scientists have warned that several species of imported giant cockroach, favoured by reptile owners as an alternative to putting crickets on the menu, could escape and thrive in the state's roach-friendly climate.
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NASA images LA wildfires

NASA has released an image captured on 16 November by its Aqua satellite, showing the extent of the California wildfires which, the BBC estimates, had by yesterday destroyed a total of 800 homes and razed roughly 22,000 acres (8,900 hectares):
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Intel Core i7 'Nehalem' CPUs go on sale

Intel's first 'Nehalem' processors, the desktop Core i7 series, is now on sale, but that hasn't stopped it adding new Core 2 Quad chips to its roadmap.
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Apple releases MacBook trackpad fix

Apple has finally pulled its finger out and released a firmware update to fix issues with the multi-touch glass-covered trackpad on its new MacBooks.
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Carphone Warehouse plans for split after pre-tax loss

Carphone Warehouse boss Charles Dunstone has launched a "formal review of the group's corporate structure" which could lead to the breakup of the telecoms group.
Bill Ray, 18 2008
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Kim Kardashian in Miami beachslapping

Since Kim Kardashian is now officially El Reg's stand-in celebutard - assuming vital no-IT-angle-whatsoever duties whenever Paris Hilton drops off radar - we think it only right and proper to bring you news that the amateur grumble flick star had her not insubstantial derrière shifted off a Miami beach over the weekend after gatecrashing a Victoria's Secret photoshoot.
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The Long Fail: Web 2.0's faith meets the facts

Guest opinion Guest opinion The Long Tail has just had another run-in with large amounts of real-world data, and again come out the worse for wear. Tens of millions of music transactions were analyzed by economists and the shape of the sales distribution shows no resemblance to the Pareto (or Power) Curve, 1/x^n of the Long Tail, but a …
Tom Slee, 18 2008
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Capita goes hunting in economic gloom

Capita Group Plc has issued a bright and breezy outlook for 2009 and said it expects the full-year results will be in line with predictions.
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SSH sniffer attack poses minor risk

UK security researchers have discovered hard-to-exploit cryptographic weaknesses in the Secure Shell (SSH) remote administration protocol.
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Smut email hubby claims iPhone glitch

A cheating hubby who apparently emailed the extramarital object of his affections a candid snap of himself via his iPhone claimed the whole thing was a glitch after his missus rumbled his dirty dealings.
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British pilots ramp up opposition to ID cards

The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) is meeting this weekend to decide what action to take over the government's decision to force airside staff at two airports to carry ID cards.
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MPs grill BBC heads over Manuelgate

MPs at a meeting of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee have been giving BBC bosses a bit of a hard time over the Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross Manuelgate scandal, the corporation reports.
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Mobile phones will 'cut off' Al Qaeda

Michael Chertoff, the US Secretary of Homeland Security, reckons that putting boarding passes onto mobile phones will stop terrorists boarding planes with forged documents, and make the skies a safer place for all.
Bill Ray, 18 2008
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First self-inflicted identity donor cards to ship in late 2009

A "small number of citizens" will be issued ID cards in late 2009, says the Home Office. These will be the throngs of people who can't wait for ID cards discovered by Jacqui Smith earlier this month, when she said she wanted to "find a way to allow those people who want a card sooner to be able to pre-register their interest as early as the first few months of next year."
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Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 dual-GPU graphics card

Review The thinking behind the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 seems quite clear. One 4870 and a bunch of GDDR 5 is the basis for a decent graphics card that costs £200-240 but lacks the grunt to take on the GeForce GTX 280. Join two 4870s together on a single card and you have the "fastest gaming graphics card in the world", allegedly.
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Microsoft rolls out online Exchange and Sharepoint for the US

Microsoft added another rung to its online rope ladder yesterday with the general release of its web-based Sharepoint and Exchange products aimed at business customers in the US.
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Palin webmail 'hack' trial delayed

The trial of the student accused of breaking into the email account of Sarah Palin in the run-up to the US presidential election has been pushed back to next May.
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EC slams national cybercrime responses as inadequate

The European Commission has launched a consultation on how it can strengthen the European Union's response to computer attacks. The Commission is canvassing views ahead of a debate early next year about an EU-wide coordination of computer security.
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Christmas NXE comes early

Microsoft has released its New Xbox Experience (NXE) earlier than expected, but only to gamers signed up to the preview scheme.
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Kodak sues LG, Samsung over camera patents

Kodak has filed a lawsuit against LG and Samsung in which it claims the duo have trampled over some of its digital camera patents.
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HP beats street on Q4 but reins in Q1 outlook

HP made some rivals realise just how badly they're doing when it today announced preliminary fourth quarter results that showed it edging ahead of analysts' forecasts.
Joe Fay, 18 2008
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BNP membership list leaks online

The British National Party has lost its membership list - the whole thing has been published online.
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Mobe firm gives birth to pair of kid tracking phones

Not in the least discouraged by the abject failure of the last two attempts, Mobile Please has announced two new handsets aimed at paranoid parents while styled for their kiddies.
Bill Ray, 18 2008
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InfiniBand and 10GbE break data centre gridlock

Analysis Data centre network pipes are getting choked up. Imagine Germany minus the autobahns or the US without interstate highways and you get the picture - cities trying to send goods and people by road to other cities and the single carriageway roads jamming up, consigning everybody to gridlock.
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DARPA seeks 'Machine Reading' AI auto-analysis bot

The US military is seeking revolutionary new AI software which would be able to read text - and so effectively do research - in the same way that humans do. The so-called "Machine Reading" ware would initially be used for such tasks as automated military-intelligence analysis, but it would have wide consequences in civilian life as well.
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Endeavour pair prep for ISS spacewalk

Endeavour mission STS-126 specialists Steve Bowen and Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper will this afternoon venture outside the International Space Station for the first of four planned spacewalks on this shuttle jaunt to the orbiting outpost.
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Wacky Jacqui's £12bn gIMP could be unleashed by 2012

The government Interception Modernisation Programme (gIMP), a plan by spy chiefs to centrally collect details of every phone call, text, email and web browsing session of every UK resident, could be in place by 2012, according to a Home Office minister.
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PC virus forces three London hospitals into computer shutdown

Three London Hospitals shut down their computer systems on Tuesday in response to a computer virus infection.
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Lord Ahmed faces dangerous driving charge

A Labour Peer has been charged with dangerous driving after allegedly sending text messages shortly before hitting a car on the M1 on Christmas Day, 2007.
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iPhone backup battery case launched

Using the iPhone 3G to its full potential can quickly drain the battery. So accessory firm Incase has launched a case-cum-battery to provide the talker with a power reserve.
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World needs mobile phone wallets, cries trade body

Everyone should be able to use their mobile phone like a wallet as soon as possible, the world’s trade group for the mobile industry has demanded.
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Big Apple's Times Square gets eco-billboard

New York’s Times Square is going eco-friendly, sort of. A giant billboard powered by solar and wind energy is to be installed at the city’s famous landmark.

Chrysler: the future's bright, the future's electric

'Leccy Tech Lou Rhodes, Chrysler's VP of Advanced Engineering, has said electric cars are central to the motor company's future and key to "a long-term viable business for Chrysler."
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NXE fans tempted with refurb Xbox HDD offer

The impending New Xbox Experience will require 128MB of storage when you download it. So Microsoft’s launched a storage upgrade offer to ensure gamers without HDD-equipped consoles can still join in.
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EMC launches Data Protection Advisor

For EMC users, the tape backup world is not enough. These days, data is backed up to disk, deduplicated, and - horror of horrors - EMC shops might have NetApp and Data Domain boxes in them. So EMC has upgraded its Backup Advisor product to reflect these facts of life.
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Tron sequel already in production

Tron - quite possibly the best example of a movie that could benefit from a legitimate sequel - is finally getting one. And who knew? A few dedicated - and better informed - film buffs maybe. But for the rest of us sci-fi supporters, certainly on this side of the Pond, it remained a secret.
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Intel celebrates Core i7 launch with Dell and Gateway

Intel celebrated the official launch of its Core i7 processor at an event last evening in San Francisco, featuring the first high-end desktops running the next-generation micro architecture.
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Michael Dell heralds supercomputing fourth wave

SC08 The annual Supercomputing 2008 trade show kicked off this morning in Austin, Texas with a sales call keynote by local billionaire and sometime HPC player, Michael Dell. As chairman and once again chief executive officer of a company that's trying to make a more substantial run at the HPC area, he can be forgiven (perhaps) for giving a keynote address that at times seemed to be more of a commercial for his company than a revelation about HPC (as supercomputing is now called).
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Visual Studio 2010 - reading the Redmond runes

Preview Visual Studio is locked so closely to Microsoft's platform that it cannot be prised apart and assessed in isolation. The forthcoming Visual Studio 2010, for better or worse, continues this tradition.
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Dead network provider arms Rustock botnet from the hereafter

McColo, a network provider that was yanked offline following reports it enabled more than half the world's spam, briefly returned from the dead over the weekend so it could hand-off command and control channels to a new source, security researchers said.
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Sun measures HPC backorders in petaflops

SC08 Hot on the heels of job cuts that will see some 5,000 to 6,000 company employees given pink slips, John Fowler, the executive vice president in charge of the newly constituted Systems Platforms group at Sun Microsystems, was on hand at the SC08 supercomputing trade show to give a preview of products that Sun will be rolling out in the coming months.
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Adobe's Flex Builder to woo Microsoft C# developers

Adobe MAX The next version of Flex Builder will help Windows developers slap an Adobe-authored front-end on data-centric .NET applications.
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Apple rescinds version change App Store ban

Apple's iPhone caprice continues.
Cade Metz, 18 2008
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Feds shutter one-stop stalker shop

Federal watchdogs have shut down a website that advertised a comprehensive snooping service that included a stealthy trojan, online support, and a database that sorted and stored the confidential passwords, chat transcripts, and activities of those being stalked.
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Amazon's cloud spreads into content delivery

Amazon's ever-cumulating cloud is today rolling into the business of speedy Internet content delivery.
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Victoria & Albert overwhelms museum SAN

London's Victoria & Albert museum has overwhelmed its original SAN with digitised images of its collection and is moving to a new one with room to grow more than 50 times larger.