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Tories release MP office raid footage

Video footage of counter-terrorism police searching the parliamentary offices of MP Damian Green has been released on the Tory party's WebCameron website today.

Intel, Lenovo to foil laptop thieves

Chip maker Intel, computer manufacturer Lenovo, and security-software publisher Absolute Software today announced a joint program to equip select Lenovo laptops with anti-theft technology.
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Eclipse bets on Vista rivalry and cloud wave

The Eclipse Foundation has published a roadmap putting a strong emphasis on Web 2.0, cloud computing, and rivalry with Windows — particularly Vista.
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Watchdog eyes copyright safety for iPhones, YouTube

A landmark exemption to US copyright law allowing Americans to unlock their cell phones should be strengthened to prevent trampling on the right of companies that recycle and refurbish handsets, their attorney told the Librarian of Congress Tuesday.
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Former! AOL! chief! reportedly! mulling! Yahoo! bid!

Former AOL chief Jonathan Miller is reportedly trying to raise cash to buy Yahoo!, giving the search engine's beleaguered shares a shot in the arm late Tuesday.
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Red Hat and SpringSource square up on Tomcat

Red Hat and SpringSource are squaring up on enterprise Servlet containers, both pressing Apache's Tomcat into action.
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Overstock's Byrne deciphers Economic Meltdown Civilization Deleveraging

Radio Reg Patrick Byrne doesn't call it an economic meltdown. He calls it "the de-leveraging of a civilization."
Cade Metz, 03 2008
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Online payment site hijacked by notorious crime gang

Updated Online payment service CheckFree lost control of at least two of its domains on Tuesday in an attack that sent customers to servers run by a notorious crime gang believed to be based in Eastern Europe.
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White space debate comes to Blighty

While the FCC is happy to let consumers in the USA make use of the space between TV channels, in the UK the debate is only just beginning.
Bill Ray, 03 2008
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Stratus fault tolerants embrace cut-rate VMware

Fault tolerant server maker Stratus Technologies today said it is now supporting VMware's entry Infrastructure 3 Foundation and midrange Standard editions running in conjunction with its ftServer boxes.
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LIVE 11am GMT today: Effective IT advice for mid-market companies

Regcast The Reg panel returns to your monitors at 11am GMT today with practical real world advice and tips on effective IT use to help medium sized companies drive their businesses.

Logitech Digital Video Security System

Review We’ve seen a number of PC-based home security systems in the past, but they all tend to share one common – and fundamental – flaw. The standard approach is to use motion-detection software running on a PC to tell the camera to record video footage of anyone that’s sniffing around your home or office without your permission.
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Is there any good external HDD encryption software?

I have a Seagate 750GB external hard drive. All the data on it isn't secure. How do I ensure that, if I lose the drive and somebody 'finds' it, they can't access my files?
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Micron becomes Fusion follower

UPDATE Micron is developing a PCIe-connected solid state storage card four times faster than Intel's X25-E. This is the first competitor to Fusion-io's PCI-e-connected ioDrive.
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Dell opens up on NAS gateways

Dell is to produce a NAS gateway for its EqualLogic PS iSCSI-attach block storage arrays.
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EU flags up wrinkly nuke-boffin knowhow loss threat

The assembled member states of the European Union have warned that the continent's nuclear boffins are getting old, and not being replaced fast enough. The EU says this problem should be addressed by all nations - even those that don't fancy nuclear power - training more specialists and allowing them to move about more freely, probably by adopting a common qualification scheme.
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S60 knows where you're at

A new application for S60 phones opens the possibility of making every application location-aware, in a very primitive form, and promises to demonstrate the potential of today's GPS-enabled devices.
Bill Ray, 03 2008
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Credit Suisse and HSBC announce job cuts

Back-office and IT staff are among those leaving Credit Suisse and HSBC after the banks announced job cuts yesterday.
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Microsoft opens Vista SP2 testing window

Microsoft has unfurled a test version of Windows Vista Service Pack 2, intended for hardcore tech developers and fans only.
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Competition watchdog bounces BBC, ITV and C4's web TV plan

A plan by the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 to offer their shows in one location on demand on the web received a major blow today when the Competition Commission said the plan would "restrict competition".
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McKinnon gets date for final showdown

A judicial review of the Gary McKinnon extradition case is being scheduled for 20 January, the same day Barack Obama assumes the US presidency.
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What's wrong with tape backup?

Another week, another rummage through Reg Whitepapers. This time we delve into enterprise storage for your delectation. Let's kick-off with an ideological onslaught against tape backup for multi-branch operations.
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Windows Live Web 2.0 facelift is go

Microsoft climbed on board the wobbly social networking bandwagon yesterday when it began rolling out changes to it Windows Live services worldwide.
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MS claims US weekend sales victory in console war

Is Sony regretting its decision to keep the PlayStation 3's price where it is? The latest sales data from the States suggests it might well be.
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Iomega intros external drive for bondage buffs

If you’ve got a bucket-load of PC files that could land you in hot water in the wrong hands, then Iomega has the cure: a portable HDD able to password-protect itself.
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Thought-operated game controller delayed

Launch of a headset that lets gamers control videogames using their brainwaves has been delayed, because the device doesn’t... er... work as planned.

Merseyside plant to punch out Chevy Volt

'Leccy Tech The Chevy Volt looks set to be made in the UK at the Vauxhall production line at Ellesmere Port, it has been claimed.
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Business ISP blunders on BNP list

Zen Internet has apologised for including a link in its latest newsletter to a website hosting a "find your nearest BNP member" search box.
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Supersonic fighters could snuff out hurricanes

A Russian professor at an Ohio university has applied to patent a method for snuffing out hurricanes by flying jet fighters around the eye of the storm at supersonic speeds.
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Queen's speech targets bankers, unemployed, and immigrants

The government put overhauling the financial sector and underpinning the British economy at the top of the agenda in the Queen's speech today.
Joe Fay, 03 2008
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LG FA163DAB 160W iDock micro hi-fi system

Review Once a real power-player in the world of hi-fi micro systems, LG's standing has suffered as portable players have grown in popularity. In a spirit of 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em', LG is now looking to unite the world of portable MP3 and the micro.
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Fraunhofer boffins: Laser printers safe after all

Scientists from Germany's renowned Fraunhofer institutes have concluded that the much-hyped issue of laser printers emitting deadly toxic clouds of toner particles is essentially bunk. Printers do emit small amounts of volatile organic chemicals, but so do toasters.
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High-end Eee Box to gain HDMI, standalone GPU

So first we hear about Asus Eee Box desktops using Celeron rather than Atom processors. Now comes word the company's preparing a high-end model with a standalone GPU.

Apple anti-virus advice was nothing new

One of the more famous Get a Mac ads boasted that Apple systems, unlike Windows boxes, didn't need anti-virus software. So when an article on an Apple support site encouraged the use of anti-virus software on Macs it seemed like news. In truth the article reiterated long-standing, though little publicised, advice from Apple.
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New .tel domains bid to be world's phone book

The latest top level domain extension - .tel - opens for business today with a new twist on the DNS.
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There's gold in green: profiting from climate change

Imagine an unpopular, impotent, and fragile UK Government, trying to make political capital out of a looming crisis. To avoid being embarrassed by criticism of its shallow policies, it appoints an independent panel of experts, to which it defers controversial decisions. Now imagine that the panel proposes measures from which its members and their associates will directly benefit.
Ben Pile, 03 2008
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Japanese first to mass-produce tiny 'safe' lithium battery

Japan's Ulvac has become the first company to put solid-state thin-film lithium batteries into mass production, it claimed this week.
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Inverness to host UK's most eco-friendly datacentre

Highland data hosting outfit Alchemy Plus is planning to use the Scottish winters to cool servers at a new datacentre in Inverness, piping the heat to nearby offices, shops and a hotel, while utilising the green energy that abounds north of the border.
Bill Ray, 03 2008
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Budget airlines break new rules on opt-in website pricing

Budget airlines Ryanair and easyJet are failing to comply with European laws that ban pre-checked boxes on websites that sell flight tickets. New rules provide that optional price supplements must be accepted on an 'opt-in' basis.
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Sage turns in solid '08, cautious on future

Sage had to restrain itself from sounding too optimistic today as it announced full year results that showed revenues and profits up on the year.
Joe Fay, 03 2008
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Speaker distances himself from police raids on MP

The Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin has confirmed that he was not asked for permission for the Metropolitan Police, who had no search warrant, to raid Tory shadow minister Damian Green's office in the House.
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Windows patching abysmal, and getting worse

Fewer than one in 50 Windows PCs are fully patched, according to stats from users of Secunia's new patching tool, which suggest surfers are becoming even more slipshod with applying patches over the last year.
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FCC plan for mobile contingency fails

An FCC plan that would see every US mobile-phone base station equipped with eight hours of backup power has been rejected by the White House, on the grounds that the regulator failed to consult properly on the proposal.
Bill Ray, 03 2008
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Making project management work

Every now and then we run a poll with the Reg audience, and we know we’ve hit a nerve. On this occasion it was a simple set of questions about what tools and practices you had in place to support tasking and reporting of activities. There’s plenty of sometimes-great project management theory out there, but the tendency can be to believe that it’s only by adopting one methodology over another that can make a difference.
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Microsoft opens arms to Firefox with OXML plug-in release

Microsoft has today released a plug-in for Firefox that allows Open XML documents to be viewed within the popular open source browser.
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DARPA seeks Hitchhikers Deep Thought program

Pentagon boffinry chiefs are seeking to develop radical AI software capable of boiling down information from the news, overhead spy planes, wiretaps and so on "into a form that is more suitable for human consumption". Specifically, this means using the data to produce "a cohesive story that is germane to the goals of a decision-maker".
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Berlusconi plans to use G8 presidency to 'regulate the internet'

Italian president and media baron Silvio Berlusconi said today that he would use his country's imminent presidency of the G8 group to push for an international agreement to "regulate the internet".
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Windows 7 first beta due January 2009

Microsoft has dashed hopes of a December release for Windows 7's first beta, having created initial confusion on this important code drop.
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HP, EDS slash internal spending

HP owes EDS more than a little thanks for its respectable fourth quarter. But that hasn't stopped the IT giant from putting the financial squeeze on its new acquisition.
Cade Metz, 03 2008
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SonicWALL licensing snafu short-circuits protection

SonicWALL has apologised for a license server outage that left some customers without firewall or email filtering protection for hours yesterday.
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IDC: Q3 server sales were crap

When you are very sick and you are trying to find out what is wrong, you get a second opinion from another doctor - and so it is with the quarterly market statistics tracking server shipments and sales. Gartner usually comes first, and then IDC follows in quick succession with a slightly different set of public stats. Together, the Gartner and IDC figures give those of us on the outside of vendor walls a sense of how healthy or sick the server business is.

Appletops may get juice pump

The latest Apple patent to surface points out that the upcoming mobile round of Intel's Nehalem chips may require more cooling mojo than the current Penryn line.
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AMD tweaks 2009 chipset roadmap

AMD updated its chipset schedule for 2009, adding plans for a new low-end, integrated graphics processor chipset based on the 780G architecture catering to budget DirectX 10 gaming.
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VMware and SpringSource integrate on virtual Java roadmap

VMware has expanded its relationship with SpringSource to support an unfolding virtual appliance roadmap utilizing Linux and open-source Java.
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Agassi drives 'lectric car empire across Pacific

After conquering San Francisco, Shai Agassi has bounded across the Pacific, expanding his electric car empire onto the islands of Hawaii.
Cade Metz, 03 2008
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EFF seeks shelter for iPhone mobile 'jailbreakers'

Yesterday, the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) - that 18-year digital-freedom superhero - filed a pair of petitions with the United States Copyright Office, seeking to protect mobile-phone jailbreakers, unlockers, and digital-media masher-uppers from the slings and arrows of outrageous lawsuits.