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Kirk's Khan nemesis beams up at 88

Ricardo Montalban, the actor who proved to be arguably the greatest nemesis of William Shatner's Captain - later Admiral - James T. Kirk, has died at the age of 88.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jan 2009
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Ruby, COBOL jump on Amazon cloud

Two different companies this week announced that they have created tools that allow for software written using two different application development environments - the relatively new Ruby on Rails and the relatively ancient (but still respected and used) COBOL - to be deployed on Amazon's Web Services compute and storage clouds.
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US woman says Ubuntu can't access internet

An American woman has told a TV station in Madison, Wisconsin that something called Ubuntu prevented her from joining online classes at her local technical college.
Cade Metz, 15 Jan 2009
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First case of sleep emailing documented

If you thought drunken email was a unwelcome recipe for embarrassment, now you can worry about the real possibility of emailing while sound asleep.
Austin Modine, 15 Jan 2009

Canon Digital Ixus 980 IS compact camera

Review There’s an ‘R’ in the month, so it must be time for another Canon camera. Okay, we exaggerate a little, but you have to admit, Canon does churn out new models at a rate of knots. At the time of writing, the 980 IS is the top-of-the-range Ixus, so what does it offer to earn this position?
George Cole, 15 Jan 2009
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Another miserable quarter for Dixons

Dixons Store Group International saw sales fall ten per cent in the 12 weeks ended 10 January because customers delayed buying TVs and computers until after Christmas, once the sales had begun.
John Oates, 15 Jan 2009
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Carphone results cheer

Carphone Warehouse managed to increase like-for-like sales by 6.5 per cent, and 8.3 per cent in the UK for the 13 weeks ended 27 December.
John Oates, 15 Jan 2009
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Motorola swings axe again

Motorola is to lay off another 4,000 staff, totalling more than five per cent of the workforce, in the face of still-declining sales attributed to the global financial position and the fact that no one wants a Moto phone these days.
Bill Ray, 15 Jan 2009
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MPs bitchslap MoD mega-IT architecture project

The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, famous for its stinging attacks on expensive government technology projects, has issued some relatively mild criticism of the ongoing Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) mega-IT push at the Ministry of Defence.
Lewis Page, 15 Jan 2009
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Phones don't cause eye cancer, finds study

Despite scare stories about developing a uveal melanoma - eye cancer, to you and me - from prolonged mobile phone use passing us by, a study’s confirmed that there’s no link between the two.
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2009
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HMRC advertises for new CIO

The new chief information officer of HM Revenue and Customs will initially earn up to £180k, according to the advertisement for the role.
Kablenet, 15 Jan 2009
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How to optimise your IT infrastructure

From time to time, we commission a whitepaper to tease out the implications of research conducted with members of the Reg Tech Panel. Here is an example: How to optimise your IT infrastructure.
Team Register, 15 Jan 2009
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Church of Scientology seeks 'ban' against HIV+ protesters

Opponents of the Church of Scientology have accused the controversial organisation of attempting to ban a pair of HIV-positive protesters.
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2009
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Brocade DCX product on the way?

A Brocade product called a DCX-4S has been tested and awarded a GS-Mark by TÜV Rheinland Product Safety, an authorised institution in Germany for testing product safety and quality. What is it?
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2009
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Blade server systems - back to the old school?

Comment What do you call a large and integrated piece of hardware and software that runs hundreds of virtual machines running Linux? That's easy, it's an IBM mainframe. But hang on, it could be a blade server system running VMware. What's the difference?
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2009
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Cops taser JCB thief in 'slowest police chase ever'

A Surrey man who stole a JCB, provoked the "the slowest police chase ever", shrugged off a tasering and was cuffed only when the mechanical digger shed its tracks was earlier this week convicted of the vehicle's theft and dangerous driving, the Surrey Advertiser reports.
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2009
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Archos dates, prices netbook

The launch date, price and official specifications for the Archos 10 netbook have finally been confirmed by the French manufacturer.
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2009
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Prisoner star Patrick McGoohan dies at 80

Patrick McGoohan, creator of The Prisoner and star of Danger Man, has died after a short illness in a hospital in Santa Monica, California, aged 80.
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2009
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'Interfering' BT Vision attracts campaigner glares

Campaigners complaining about interference generated by BT's Vision product have financed independent tests to show that the kit BT is pushing fails to conform to the appropriate EU standards, prompting a complaint to trading standards officers.
Bill Ray, 15 Jan 2009
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Prototype Sony Ericsson phones pilfered

A man has been arrested after several high-value prototype handsets were swiped from Sony Ericsson’s offices in Lund, Sweden.
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2009
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Brit forces get hoverstare ducted-fan droid

The British armed forces are purchasing innovative backpackable ducted-fan hoverbots, intending to use them for checking ahead of ground convoys on the dangerous roads and tracks of Afghanistan.
Lewis Page, 15 Jan 2009
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Google slices and dices recruiters, engineers, products

Google has admitted it’s not immune to the brown shoots of deterioration strangling the world economy – the internet giant plans to axe 100 staff in its recruiting division, shuffle its engineers around and axe some products.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2009
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No military mobile bill-waiver from O2 and Virgin

If you're planning to take part in any of the various wars in which the UK is embroiled, you might like to make sure your mobile phone contract isn't with O2 or Virgin - they alone amongst UK operators don't offer serving military contract suspensions by default.
Bill Ray, 15 Jan 2009

Honda shows off Insight hybrid

Honda has already made it clear that it doesn't hold with all this plug-in battery powered vehicle malarkey but sees the future belonging to good old petrol-hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell power.
Alun Taylor, 15 Jan 2009
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US nuke boffins: Multicore CPU gains stop at eight

US nuke boffins say they have seen the future of multicore computing, and it is troubled.
Lewis Page, 15 Jan 2009
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China's three-horse mobile bet: Repeating America's mistakes

Column China has just awarded 3G contracts - three of them. The numbers of subscribers there already is huge, with ten times as many mobile subscribers as there are people in the UK, and twice as many as there are people in the US. But China's decision to bless three different technology standards is a puzzling one.
Cat Keynes, 15 Jan 2009
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Big Blue to ship RDX removable drives

That's it - with IBM joining the RDX party, there is now effectively only one business-class removable disk drive technology in town for backup, and that's ProStor.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2009
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UK.gov prepares for filesharing fracas

None of the government's ideas on how to address widespread copyright infringement via peer-to-peer networks has won support from both the rights holder and internet industries, it admitted today.
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HTC Touch Viva budget Windows Mobile smartphone

Review Of all the many and varied iPhone challengers out there, HTC's Touch series has probably come closest to the Apple handset in terms of versatility and ease of use.
Dave Oliver, 15 Jan 2009
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Nortel UK goes into administration to save itself

Nortel UK, and most of the comms giant's European operation, has gone into administration a day after its Canadian parent filed for bankruptcy protection.
John Oates, 15 Jan 2009
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Vodafone next-gen 3G trial hits 16Mb/s

Vodafone has successfully trialled a mobile broadband connection technology that could, theoretically, double existing download-to-phone speeds.
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2009
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Prolific worm infects 3.5m Windows PCs

A prolific new worm has spread to infect more than 3.5m Windows PCs, according to net security firm F-secure. The success of the Conficker (AKA Downadup) worm is explained by its use of multiple attack vectors and new social engineering ruses, designed to hoodwink the unwary into getting infected.
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2009

HDTV 'pointless' without perfect peepers

If you’re about to decorate your living room with a 50in plasma HD TV, Freesat HD box subscription and a Blu-ray Disc player, you’d be wise to add an eye test to your checklist. You won’t get the benefit if your eyesight’s iffy, it’s been claimed.
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2009
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419ers take Canadian for $150,000

A Canadian man who fell for a 419 scam was taken for $150,000 by advance fee fraudsters who conducted a textbook operation to fleece their victim.
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2009
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Desperate NFC Forum extends competition deadline

The Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum's annual search for a reason to exist competition has been extended by a month in attempt to get some more entrants, with a prize of €5,000 being offered to the winners.
Bill Ray, 15 Jan 2009
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Palm's new OS finds the sweetest spot

Analysis If necessity is the mother of invention, maybe it helps to be really, really needy when you have to come up with something great. That would seem to apply to Palm, which was considered down and out when it was developing its new mobile operating system, webOS. But as further details of the system and development process emerged this week, it looks like a very smart design choice indeed.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2009
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Mozilla delays third Firefox 3.1 beta

Mozilla Corporation has pushed back the release of the third, and possibly final, beta for Firefox 3.1 by a week to allow the firm to fix some bugs in the upcoming version of its open source browser.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2009
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LibDem cheeky boy rides to Segway's rescue

Lembit Opik, the Liberal Democrat MP who functions as the House of Commons' own taxpayer-funded clown, has used parliamentary time to campaign to make Segways street-legal in the UK.
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Czech team demos paperback-sized digital photo album

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Sacked worker faces jail over malware revenge attack

A sacked worker has admitted planting malware on his former employer's computer network in a revenge attack.
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2009
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Asus confirms Eee phone

It’s all systems go for the Eee phone, Asus has officially confirmed.
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2009

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Indian government will not bail out Satyam

The Indian government has ruled out any bailout of struggling outsourcer Satyam.
John Oates, 15 Jan 2009
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Royal Navy warships lose email in virus infection

The Ministry of Defence confirmed today that it has suffered virus infections which have shut down "a small number" of MoD systems, most notably including admin networks aboard Royal Navy warships.
Lewis Page, 15 Jan 2009
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Robot set to replace science teachers

The day when robots overthrow the human race has taken one step closer with the launch of a break-dancing mechanoid designed to teach our offspring about physics, maths, biology and engineering.
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2009
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MS punts gaming guide for parents

In an effort to stem the ongoing debate about the effect of violent videogames on children, Microsoft has launched a US website designed to bring parents up to date with consoles.
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2009
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Microsoft sharpens axe as PC sales drop?

Fresh reports of Microsoft's first-ever job cuts are again circulating, with the Wall St Journal writing that the company is reviewing its options.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jan 2009
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HP gooses virtualization for servers

System management software tuned for server platforms and created by the server's maker has been a key account control factor in the server market for more than a decade. While nothing beats the old-fashioned legacy application lock-in of mainframes and proprietary systems of days gone by, the hassle of using multiple and not necessarily compatible system management tools gives about as much account control as the modern IT market will accept.
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Web entrepreneur accused of massive data heist

Consumer rating service Angie's List has accused a web entrepreneur of plundering thousands of its records so he could start a rival company that offers a similar service.
Dan Goodin, 15 Jan 2009

Apple moves to unify its OS and interface

Two recent reports indicate developments in Apple's efforts to transform itself from a second-tier computer company into a top-level consumer-electronics powerhouse.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jan 2009
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Judge OKs webcast in RIAA music file-sharing case

A federal judge has agreed to allow streaming internet video coverage of a key hearing next week for the US recording industry's file-sharing $1m lawsuit against a Boston University graduate.
Austin Modine, 15 Jan 2009
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New Yahoo! CEO's former company cuts and restructures

Oh, the irony. Autodesk has announced it will cut 10 per cent of its workforce and has lowered its fourth-quarter earnings forecast.
Austin Modine, 15 Jan 2009
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Intel profits sink 90% in Q4

Investors had time to brace themselves for Intel's atrocious fourth quarter earnings, since the chip maker warned of revenue drops twice in the past three months.
Austin Modine, 15 Jan 2009