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Mathematica man brews 'AI' Google Killer™

Stephen Wolfram - the lovable George Costanza of the mathematics community who developed the invaluable Mathematica suite and wrote the much talked about but quickly forgotten "A New Kind of Science” - is trying his hand at artificial intelligence.
Ted Dziuba, 17 Mar 2009
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Opera chief: Microsoft's IE 8 ‘undermines’ web standards

If Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 8 this week — as expected — then the company will likely be congratulated by many for doing the right thing and finally adding support for web standards to its browser.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2009
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Nvidia pitches OpenCL as 'market builder'

Multicore Expo Yes, OpenCL is an open standard. But from where Nvidia's sitting, it's also a way for making money.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Mar 2009
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Sun lands Sparc-Xeon super on Cape Town

With Cisco Systems launching its first server/system product today, the other server makers of the world were looking around to see what kind of news they could scrape up. Over at Sun Microsystems, the news today is that the South African Department of Science and Technology has funded a hybrid Sparc-Xeon supercomputing cluster based on Sun iron that will weigh in at 27 teraflops.
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Pratt changes name to Bruce Willis

A supermarket shelf-stacker whose bosses ordered him to remove a name badge declaring he was "Bruce Willis" defied the ban by legally changing his name to that of the Die Hard star.
Lester Haines, 17 Mar 2009
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Great Aussie firewall claims first victim

The great Australian Firewall might be struggling to make political progress, but regulators are already using its blacklist to threaten local websites with fines.
John Oates, 17 Mar 2009
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Come on, Sir Tim!

Stob It is twenty years since Tim Berners-Lee, then a humble techie at CERN, sent a memorandum to his manager entitled Information Management: a Proposal.
Verity Stob, 17 Mar 2009
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Worm burrows into Church of England email system

The Bishop of Manchester has been unable to send or receive email messages for ten days following a computer virus infection.
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2009
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Sony Ericsson Walkman W705 music phone

Review No mobile maker has been as prolific as Sony Ericsson at churning out music mobiles, largely because it commandeered the Walkman brand.
Phil Lattimore, 17 Mar 2009
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Commission repeats call for single EU patent

The European Commission has reiterated its demand for the creation of a single European patent. It said the absence of such a protection is hindering the growth of technology companies in the European Union.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Mar 2009
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VIA pushes netbook reference design

VIA continues to pitch its C7-M processor at netbook makers, despite evidence they favour its Nano chip, and has launched a new reference design in the hope they'll opt for the older chip.
Tony Smith, 17 Mar 2009
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The Register Security Webcast is available on-demand

Regcast The Register's most recent live broadcast, an expert look at the IT security issues affecting medium sized businesses, is now available on demand.
Jamie Bodkin, 17 Mar 2009
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UK supplier intros 8.9in, SSD netbook as world goes 10in, HDD

UK system builder CMS Computers has unwrapped its latest netbook, the Zoostorm Freedom, and an entirely unexceptional item it is too.
Tony Smith, 17 Mar 2009
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ISS spared space junk avoidance manoeuvre

Crew aboard the International Space Station were yesterday told they would not have to perform a "debris avoidance maneuver"* after NASA deemed a 10-centimetre piece of the destroyed Russian Cosmos 1275 satellite posed no threat to the orbiting outpost.
Lester Haines, 17 Mar 2009
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WIN! 20 copies of Iolo System Mechanic up for grabs

Competition Iolo Technologies has teamed up with Register Hardware to bring 20 lucky readers the latest version of Iolo's System Mechanic 8.5 - software designed to ensure your PC hardware always runs at maximum efficiency.

Ericsson quickens up cable broadband

Ericsson has taken the 100Mbit/s VDSL2 telephone cable broadband standard and made it go five times faster.
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2009
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Dell MacBook Air Adamo officially launched

Following months of teaser specifications, pictures and videos, Dell has finally decided to launch its slim'n'sexy Adamo laptop.
James Sherwood, 17 Mar 2009
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Ex-Star Wars boffins build mosquito-blasting raygun

Here on the Reg raygun desk, we like a deadly laser cannon designed to rid the skies of airborne assailants as much as the next man - indeed, perhaps rather more so. On some days our simple pleasure is spoiled, however, by the thought that humanity is merely wasting its resources on engines of destruction, and doing little to make the world a better place.
Lewis Page, 17 Mar 2009
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Dragons' Den winner infringed own patent, IPO rules

A man whose invention caught the attention of millions of television viewers may have infringed a patent he applied for himself ten years ago. A contestant on the Dragons' Den TV programme may have to defend his invention from legal action.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Mar 2009
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T-Mobile pushes consumer mail

T-Mobile is inviting UK consumers to join the pushy set by offering genuinely-pushed email to a custom client, for a small consideration of £3.50 a month.
Bill Ray, 17 Mar 2009
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Kraft puts foot in big pot of yoghurt?

LogoWatch exclusive On 17 February, international nosh monolith Kraft revealed a new logo for Kraft Foods - a "global identity... that it hopes will drive the company forward in its second year of a three-year turnaround plan".
Lester Haines, 17 Mar 2009
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Lights out, Britons told - we're running out of power

Exclusive Carbon quango The Energy Saving Trust has come up with a new reason for Britons to save energy in the home. Our power stations will soon close, and you'll need to do your bit.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Mar 2009
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Mozilla hangs fire on Firefox 3.5 till June

Mozilla has further delayed the release date for the next version of its Firefox web browser.
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2009
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Ofcom makes network operators carry mis-selling can

UK regulator Ofcom has made good on its promise to punish network operators who allow their services to be mis-sold, insisting that operators take responsibility from September this year.
Bill Ray, 17 Mar 2009
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US woman attacks missus with sperm-filled syringe

A Massachusetts woman has appeared in court on a domestic assault and battery rap after allegedly attempting to impregnate her wife with a plastic syringe containing her brother's sperm.
Lester Haines, 17 Mar 2009
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Nokia to fire 1,700 staff

Nokia's UK offices will be among the hardest hit in a global round of 1,700 redundancies, announced today.
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Sony Ericsson crafts miniature boombox

Boombox days are long gone – thankfully – but one mobile phone firm wants to bring them back and has launched a miniature version of the 1980s classic.
James Sherwood, 17 Mar 2009
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Terry Waite backs McKinnon

Former Beirut hostage Terry Waite has spoken out against attempts to extradite self-confessed Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon to face a US trial.
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2009
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Nintendo wins Wii patent case

Many a patent infringement lawsuit has been brought against Nintendo and its Wii console, but the Japanese gaming giant has now prevailed in one without the need for a jury trial.
James Sherwood, 17 Mar 2009
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British Korea ambassador in 'diplomatic' blog shock

Her Majesty's Ambassador to North Korea, Peter Hughes, is under fire for a blog posting he made which appeared to some as a whitewash job for the dictatorship of Kim Jong Il.
John Oates, 17 Mar 2009
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Samsung PB22-J 256GB SSD

Review The catchily named Samsung PB22-J MMDOE56G5MXP-0VB weighs in at 256GB and is the biggest SSD we've seen to date. Biggest, that is, in terms of capacity. Physically, it follows the usual 2.5in hard drive form-factor and measures 100 x 70 x 9.5mm. Cosmetically, it’s an attractive drive that has a brushed metal finish but, let’s face it, once the drive is installed, you couldn’t care less what it looks like.
Leo Waldock, 17 Mar 2009
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Put down your pens: Cartoons next on censor block

Comment Proposals to make it a criminal offence to possess cartoons depicting certain forms of child abuse are heading back to the House of Commons, and elsewhere in the UK and across the atlantic, it's becoming clear there is an appetite in certain quarters for a much wider clampdown on freedom of expression.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 17 Mar 2009
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'Louis Vuitton'-edition 'Moto Aura' launched

Motorola’s wacky flip-around mobile phone, the Aura, is supposedly the pinnacle of handset style. But a third-party’s designed a knock-off model that's crucially much, much cheaper.
James Sherwood, 17 Mar 2009
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HM Treasury website traffic goes into recession

The government demonstrated just how much its brave efforts to battle the economic downturn have captured the nation's imagination yesterday, coughing to a yearlong slide in traffic to HM Treasury's websites.
Joe Fay, 17 Mar 2009
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Google phone OS to transform Linux netbooks, says researcher

Google's Android will be the saviour of the Linux netbook, and we'll start to see small, cheap computers based on the phone-oriented operating system later this year.
Tony Smith, 17 Mar 2009
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BMW, Fiat partner to dominate small e-car biz?

'Leccy Tech Will 2011 see the release of new electric Minis, Isettas and Topolinos? It's just possible if news from Auto Express is to be believed.
Alun Taylor, 17 Mar 2009
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Obesity witchhunt is a 'moral panic' - sense out of Texas

Comment A lone researcher has dared to speak up against the obesity health insanity outbreak, one of several sweeping the western world as medical professionals attempt to shift blame for rocketing healthcare costs onto their customers.
Lewis Page, 17 Mar 2009
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Euro ion-rocket sat launch success

The European space agency's dart-shaped GOCE satellite, designed to skim through the extreme upper atmosphere using ion drives to compensate for air drag, has launched successfully from Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia.
Lewis Page, 17 Mar 2009
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Hong Kong supplier punts Mac-alike netbook

If Apple won't make a Mac-style netbook, someone else will. And if you can't face waiting for the Asus Eee PC 1008HA, how about this fine piece of trademark infringement from Hong Kong?
Tony Smith, 17 Mar 2009
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Boffins finger reason for non-aligned cows

The scientists who brought the world proof that, in keeping with ancient lore, cows really do graze along a north-south axis, have found the reason they sometimes fail to display their natural animal magnetism.
Lester Haines, 17 Mar 2009
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Cisco's uncharted territory: Here be storage dragons

Comment Cisco's California may be a Unified Computing System, but it sure isn't unified storage.
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2009
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Samsung's first Android phone spied online?

The image of a phone said to be Samsung’s first foray into the Android OS market has appeared online.
James Sherwood, 17 Mar 2009
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California: Cisco gives out some details, finally

Yesterday's launch of the California blade system by Cisco Systems was a little short on the feeds, speeds, and pricing information. But if you want someone to buy a funky new data center gadget, you have to be a little more specific, and luckily Cisco has some server people who understand this.
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Dell bringing SSDs to the EqualLogic party?

A revamped Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SAN storage array product line could be just around the corner, according to documents seen by El Reg.
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2009
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Man turns finger into storage

The line between man and machine is now slightly more blurry, thanks to one Finnish bloke’s decision to replace a missing digit with a USB Flash drive.
James Sherwood, 17 Mar 2009

Apple iPhone sales tally tops 17m

Apple has sold more than 17m iPhones since the gadget first went on sale in June 2007, the company has revealed.
Tony Smith, 17 Mar 2009

Obama CIO a confessed petty thief

America's first CIO once pleaded guilty to a petty theft charge, according to Maryland state records.
Cade Metz, 17 Mar 2009
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Reverse engineering Apple's OS X

Mac Secrets A number of folks have asked me what tools and techniques I use to reverse engineer Cocoa executables. I thought it would be worth taking some time out from documenting undocumented APIs to show you how easy it is to do the same thing for yourself.
Dave Jewell, 17 Mar 2009

iPhone 3.0 adds cut-and-paste, search, new dev toys

The new iPhone 3.0 software will introduce copy-and-paste options, spotlight search, background notifications, stereo Bluetooth, MMS messages, and third-party access to the device's map application.
Austin Modine, 17 Mar 2009
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Card-sniffing trojans target Diebold ATM software

Security researchers from Sophos have discovered sophisticated malware that siphons payment card information out of automatic teller machines made by Diebold and possibly other manufacturers.
Dan Goodin, 17 Mar 2009

Amazon sued by cable TV giant over Kindle ebooks

Life-science-obsessed cable TV giant Discovery Communications has sued Amazon.com over its Kindle ebook devices, claiming patent infringement.
Cade Metz, 17 Mar 2009
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Microsoft dumped after India PM's emails go AWOL

The office of the Indian Prime Minister has reportedly ditched Microsoft's Outlook for open-source email following a computer virus that caused a massive breakdown in communications.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2009
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Irish ISPs rally against record label anti-piracy threat

A coalition of Irish ISPs has rebuffed the music industry's attempts to force a "three strikes" disconnection policy on all of Ireland's major internet providers.
Austin Modine, 17 Mar 2009
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Google in Chrome rebetafication

In December, just three months after a much-ballyhooed release, Google took the beta tag off its open-source Chrome operating system browser. It was an unexpected move by the Mountain View Chocolate Factory, which typically holds onto beta tags for most of eternity.
Cade Metz, 17 Mar 2009