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AMD unleashes open-source 3D code

AMD has released "the fundamental Linux code" needed to develop open-source 3D-acceleration drivers for its R600 and R700 ATI graphic-processors series.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Dec 2008

Clickfree Backup external hard drive

Review Anything that can make backing up your files a simpler task has got to be good. Spending time recreating important information after accidents is no fun, but like belting up before driving, not everybody does the sensible thing. Clickfree is like an airbag to back-up tools' seat belts.
Simon Williams, 31 Dec 2008
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Private firm may run UK spy über-database

A private sector firm may be given the job of maintaining a proposed super-database tracking the telephone and internet records of Brits.
John Leyden, 31 Dec 2008
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Android runs (on) free(runner)

Google's mobile phone platform, Android, has been ported to the OpenMoko's open-sourced hardware platform, though it's not quite the perfect combination as yet.
Bill Ray, 31 Dec 2008
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2008: A year of cowboys in IT security

Security pundits are fond are characterising personalties in information security with reference to Westerns - hence hackers wear either a "black hat" or a "white hat" like their cowboy counterparts.
John Leyden, 31 Dec 2008
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Columbia disaster 'not survivable', NASA concludes

NASA's comprehensive final Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Report (pdf) has concluded that the 1 February 2003 space shuttle disaster was "not survivable by any currently existing capability".
Lester Haines, 31 Dec 2008
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RIM sues Motorola

Research in Motion is suing Motorola for not allowing laid-off employees to seek work with the owner of the Blackberry brand, who is hoping to scoop up some cheap engineers now that Motorola is shedding so many.
Bill Ray, 31 Dec 2008
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Terry Pratchett knighted for services to literature

Terry Pratchett has admitted he's "flabbergasted" to be awarded a knighthood for services to literature in the New Year Honours list.
Lester Haines, 31 Dec 2008
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UK gov to issue child boozing guidelines

The government is to tackle the potential menace posed to society by kids boozing at home - legal from the age of five under "parental supervision" - by issuing guidelines offering "clearer health information for parents on how drinking alcohol at a young age can affect children and young people".
Lester Haines, 31 Dec 2008
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What the Freetard Photo book tells us

Powerful aristocrats throughout history have commissioned portraits by master artists to immortalize their achievements. Now amateur photographer and Creative Commons advocate Joi Ito is offering that immortality to bloggers, bureaucrats, coders, CEOs, and other obscure Free Software functionaries, in an expensive limited- …
Charles Eicher, 31 Dec 2008
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DECT wireless eavesdropping made easy

Conversations relayed through cordless household phones might be far easier to snoop upon than previously suspected.
John Leyden, 31 Dec 2008
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Dell replaces execs in global reorg

Two high-level Dell execs are leaving the PC maker as part of a Meltdown-battling global reorganization.
Cade Metz, 31 Dec 2008
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Viacom to remove Time Warner's Spongebob Squarepants

Media giant Viacom is threatening to remove its 19 cable TV networks from Time Warner Cable if the operator doesn't agree to a carriage fee increase by midnight Eastern time tomorrow. Viacom's networks include MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon.
Cade Metz, 31 Dec 2008
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Microsoft plague threatens 30GB Zune extinction

Updated It would appear that a Microsoft software bug has put the world's 30GB Zune population on the verge of extinction.
Cade Metz, 31 Dec 2008
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Atom challengers poised for 2009 debut

2009 promises to be the Year of the Dual-Core Netbook, what with low-power dualies from Freescale, AMD, and VIA Technologies poised to join Intel's dual-core Atom 330.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Dec 2008
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Is Google's culture grab unstoppable?

Google dealt itself a powerful piece of the future in the proposed settlement of the "Google Books" case in 2008.
Chris Castle, 31 Dec 2008
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SexSearch not responsible for underage hookup (again)

A US appeals court has once again ruled that websites aren't responsible for the stupidity of its users. And as a legal bonus, it has also verified that "your honor, her profile said she was 18" won't get a man off the hook.
Austin Modine, 31 Dec 2008