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Opera tells dev build where you are

Following in the footsteps of Mozilla and the latest Firefox beta, Opera Software has released a developer build of its Norwegian web browser that knows where you are.
Cade Metz, 27 Mar 2009
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Blizzard: Game designers aren't Shakespeare

GDC 09 Former World of Warcraft lead designer Jeffrey Kaplan told his fellow developers today to lay off the heavy text.
Austin Modine, 27 Mar 2009
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Opera plans Turbo mobile peek

Opera Software's recently announced browser-boosting Turbo looks like getting its first product incarnation with Opera Mobile 9.7.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Mar 2009
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Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope springs to beta

The Jaunty Jackalope edition of Ubuntu has been released to beta.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Mar 2009
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Why Dell's PS6000 isn't quite enterprise class

Comment Dell's EqualLogic storage is positioned as enterprise storage but lacks Fibre Channel connectivity and automated data tiering.
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2009
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Jacqui Smith pulls in another TV psych in violence probe

Jacqui Smith has beefed up the government's roster of TV psychologists advising politicians on society (or Paps) with the recruitment of Dr Linda Papadopoulos, a longtime provider of academic heft to the likes of GMTV and BBC 3.
Joe Fay, 27 Mar 2009
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Revo Blok

Review The sleepy Scottish market town of Lanark is best known for being the place where Mel Gibson William Wallace began his rising against the English is 1297 and as the home town of 1995 World Rally champion Colin McCrae. Well, Reg Hardware can now add to that list because it's also the home of Revo Technologies, a company that make some very interesting audio kit such as the Blok iPod dock currently sat on our desk.
Alun Taylor, 27 Mar 2009
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Indian boffins mull zero-grav bhajis

Indian scientists have been tasked with tackling a mission-critical part of their country's plan to get a man into orbit by 2015: Just how to cook up a decent space curry.
Lester Haines, 27 Mar 2009
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Tesla unwraps Model S

'Leccy Tech After months of speculation, Telsa has finally pulled the dust sheets of its eagerly anticipated four-door hatchback, the Model S.
Alun Taylor, 27 Mar 2009
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Software generated attendance letter about dead pupil

Capita is modifying its school management software after a letter about poor attendance was sent to the parents of a girl who had died.
Kablenet, 27 Mar 2009
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Wags barricade Jezza Clarkson in portable loo

Yes, it's juvenile and totally unnecessary, but this YouTube clip of Top Gear main man Jezza Clarkson confined to a portable bog at the recent Mallorca Classic Car Rally has proved a bit of a hit down at YouTube:
Lester Haines, 27 Mar 2009
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Cisco patch bundle lances multiple DoS flaws

Cisco has released a bundle of security updates, designed to fix a variety of flaws in its core IOS networking software.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2009
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BOFH: Defiling the profile

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Simon Travaglia, 27 Mar 2009
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EMC snips CEO pay

EMC has cut the pay of CEO Joe Tucci and four other senior executives by ten per cent. It also has an agreement with Tucci to secure continuity of his employment to the end of 2010 - but why?
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2009
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Skype 'coming to iPhone soon'

Skype is reportedly set to imminently release an iPhone version of its VoIP service.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2009
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Serial killer may have been conjured by DNA blunder

A 16-year hunt for a mysterious female serial killer by German police has seemingly ended in farce, as officials admitted they now believe a trail of DNA from 40 crime scenes could have been left by contaminated swabs.
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Asus slips out latest Eee netbook

Asus’ Eee PC netbook line has expanded once again with the online launch of the 1002H model.
James Sherwood, 27 Mar 2009
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Jobs go at Extreme

Extreme Networks told the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday that it is cutting more jobs.
John Oates, 27 Mar 2009
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Sony sketches downloads-as-standard PSP timeframe

Despite promising earlier this week that downloadable PlayStation Portable (PSP) games will become more commonplace in 2009, Sony executive John Koller has hinted that digital game downloads as standard are still several years away.
James Sherwood, 27 Mar 2009
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Street View ghost spooks Cardiff medium

A Cardiff medium has been well and truly spooked by a Victorian "ghost" captured in the city's Tiger Bay by Google's all-seeing Street View:
Lester Haines, 27 Mar 2009
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Boffins: Atlantic temperature ruled by dust, not CO2

American scientists say that variations in atmospheric dust levels affect the temperature of the Atlantic ocean far more than global warming. Research indicates that 70 per cent of the change in Atlantic temperature over recent decades has resulted from reduced dust, rather than climate change.
Lewis Page, 27 Mar 2009
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FalconStor's flying backup accelerator

IP storage software, deduplication and virtual tape library supplier FalconStor is introducing a backup accelerator for its VTL at SNW on 6 April.
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2009
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Fabric and loathing in Vegas: what happened at MS Mix

Radio Reg Microsoft's Mix was intended to introduce developers to the company's cloud platform - Azure Services Platform. Just days before, though, Azure suffered its first outage - 22 hours of darkness.
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Nvidia countersues Intel in licensing spat

Nvidia filed a countersuit against Intel for breach of contract yesterday, in which it alleged Chipzilla had made misleading statements in an effort to weaken the graphics chipmaker's licensing rights.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2009
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Skypocracy under fire

It's one of the world's most popular communications systems. But the company jealously guards its closed, proprietary technology, shunning well-established open industry standards. No, it's not Microsoft and the system isn't Exchange. It's Skype - but the parallels are spooky.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2009
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Pentax Optio E70L

Review A credit crunch camera or a model aimed at the digital beginner? You can take your pick when it comes to the Pentax Optio E70L. This budget camera costs less than £100, which is nice, but there’s a big difference between offering a low price and good value for money. Buying cheap can be an expensive mistake, so where does the Optio E70L sit?
George Cole, 27 Mar 2009
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Motion-powered phone details unmasked

Posh Swiss watch firm Ulysse Nardin has broken its silence about its upcoming motion-powered phone, releasing specifications for and pictures of the exclusive handset.
James Sherwood, 27 Mar 2009
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Leaked memo says Conficker pwns Parliament

Updated The House of Commons IT systems has reportedly been infected by the infamous Conficker superworm, which has previously infected millions of Windows PCs and affected the operation of hospitals, military and large corporate systems.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2009
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Fresh tech hiccup for V-22 tiltrotor fleet

The famous V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, which flies like a plane but tilts its props upwards to land and take off like a helicopter, appears to have hit yet another technical snag.
Lewis Page, 27 Mar 2009
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Plants cry out for water... by Twitter

Keeping houseplants alive can be a tiresome job. Has it had too much water? Does it need a little more? Why are some leaves brown and the others green? Well, now plants can tell you what they need using Twitter.
James Sherwood, 27 Mar 2009

U2 song whacked my hard drive

We're not sure how seriously to take this. According to Mexican hardware hackers, Acer's hugely popular 8.9in Aspire One netbook will zap its own hard drive if you play music through it too loudly.
Tony Smith, 27 Mar 2009
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WiReD UK: ET found in 19 years

Good news for Reg correspondent aManfromMars - he'll no long be punning alone. WiReD magazine UK editor David Rowan reckons ET will have been discovered within 19 years.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2009
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Latest MSI Wind netbook blows in

MSI has released official specifications for the latest addition to its Wind netbook family – the Atom-powered U123.
James Sherwood, 27 Mar 2009
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EMC offers Quantum solace

EMC has given struggling tape, disk and deduplication vendor Quantum a sorely-needed $100m financial lifeline.
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2009
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MacBooks set to join hardware giveaway

Orange is reportedly in talks to add a MacBook to the range of subsidised hardware network operators are handing over these days, equipping the mobile executive for only a small monthly commitment.
Bill Ray, 27 Mar 2009
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Fujitsu staff clash with bosses over pay freeze

Fujitsu Services employees are up in arms after the company's management announced a pay freeze.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2009
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Germans announce: Revenge is inefficient

In development which should strike fear into the hearts of action-movie scriptwriters and BOFHs everywhere, remorselessly efficient German economists have calculated that revenge is inefficient.
Lewis Page, 27 Mar 2009
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Orange to sell MacBooks?

Apple has already blessed us with white, black and aluminium MacBooks. But it’s now rumoured that an Orange MacBook could be on its way, thanks to a tie-up with the UK network provider.
James Sherwood, 27 Mar 2009
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Google Voice forbids itself

The chocolate factory's latest service, Google Voice, expressly forbids using the service for voice mail - despite that being one of the most promoted features of the service.
Bill Ray, 27 Mar 2009
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'Cybercrime exceeds drug trade' myth exploded

A leading security researcher has unpicked the origins of the myth that revenues from cybercrime exceeds those from the global drug trade, regurgitated by a senior security officer at AT&T before Congress last week.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2009
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Wallace and Gromit get patent-happy at Science Museum

A Wallace and Gromit exhibit aimed at guiding students through the world of cheese-fuelled innovation will open its doors at the Science Museum in London tomorrow.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2009
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Smoking power supply alarms net brokerage house

The data center at online brokerage house TD Ameritrade in Jersey City, New Jersey handled more drama yesterday than the usual ups and downs of the market, after a smoking power supply in a blade server caused fire suppression systems to kick in and the building to be evacuated.

LG fu**ed off with swearing

LG has launched a website where customers can submit their weird and wacky ideas for futuristic TV features, such as a telly that replaces swear words with baby laughter.
James Sherwood, 27 Mar 2009
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EA: No DRM for Sims 3

After taking one on the chin for Spore's overbearing DRM protection schemes, Electronic Art's is going back to tried-and-true disc-based authentication for the next installment of the The Sims.
Austin Modine, 27 Mar 2009
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Acer sued for shipping Vista-book with GB of memory

Two Middle Americans have sued Acer over its low-cost Aspire notebooks, claiming that the Taiwanese PC giant pre-installed Windows Vista on machines ill-equipped to run Microsoft's latest OS.
Cade Metz, 27 Mar 2009
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Amazon to shutter distribution center trio

Amazon is shuttering three of its distribution centers.
Cade Metz, 27 Mar 2009
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Ousted Fusion-io boss lands at VC

Don Basile, the recently ousted CEO of Fusion-IO, has become the managing director of Iron Capital Partners, a small venture-focussed investment bank which may, if rumours are right, be getting involved with Fusion-io competitor Violin Memory.
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2009
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How Dead Space got EA's groove back

GDC 09 If the alien infestation in EA's Dead Space didn't scare you, maybe the mega-publisher's sudden, uncharacteristic willingness to tackle new IP did.
Austin Modine, 27 Mar 2009
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The Pirate Bay punts BitTorrent cloaking device

The Pirate Bay's swashbuckling Swedes have launched their very own VPN service, hoping to combat a new Swedish law that would force ISPs to cough up the personal details of suspected copyright infringers.
Cade Metz, 27 Mar 2009
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Apple sizes iPhone for dog's nose

Apple has filed a patent application for a set of techniques to enhance security of iPhones and laptops using biometric sensing and other technologies.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Mar 2009
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AT&T to warn online music rustlers

AT&T, the US's largest ISP, will cooperate with the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) in tossing written warnings at downloaders of copyrighted material.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Mar 2009
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Interweb Chuck Norris infiltrates Netflix, Tivo

Researcher Lance James has been busy devising ways to play tricks on some of the world's bigger websites using an exotic attack known as CSRF, or cross site request forgery. While his exploits amount to little more than pranks, they point to the very sobering realization that the net isn't a very secure place.
Dan Goodin, 27 Mar 2009
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IBM turns back on server history

As odd as this may seem, IBM is not thinking about servers any more. Well, not in the way you might think.
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Apple follows AT&T with no-contract iPhones

Apple and AT&T have each launched their own effort to shovel existing iPhone 3Gs out the door in preparation for the increasingly likely launch of a new iPhone - or iPhone line - early this summer.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Mar 2009