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Linux chief calls for FAT-free Microsoft diet

Microsoft and TomTom might have settled over patents, but that hasn't stopped one Linux advocate from calling on manufacturers to adopt a "FAT-free diet".
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Google advises flushing your website

Web 2.0 Expo Steve Souders is the sort of person who spends his Saturday afternoons measuring website load-times. "You might watch football games," he says. "I watch websites load."
Cade Metz, 03 2009
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Clearwire gives devs free WiMAX sandbox

In a clear bid to exploit WiMAX's time-to-market advantage over LTE - its 4G wireless-broadband competitor - Clearwire will offer free WiMAX service to developers in Silicon Valley.
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Super Talent flashes the big whopper

Solid state drive supplier Super Talent has added a PCIe-connected 2TB flash SSD, the RAIDDrive, to its product line, with versions for gamers, workstation and enterprise users.
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How gov scapegoats systems for man-made errors

If you want to understand what is wrong with public policy when it comes to IT in the UK, look no further than the recent tragic case of the letter sent by a school to the parents of dead schoolgirl Megan Gillan, demanding that she improve her attendance.
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White wine stains your teeth too

Dental boffins in New York have carried out groundbreaking research indicating that white wine, counterintuitively, stains your teeth.
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BT gets 8 NHS trusts in south

NHS Connecting for Health has agreed that BT will take responsibility for the Cerner Millennium installations at eight acute trusts in the south of England.
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Xbox 360 update released

Unwilling to let Sony steal all the limelight with its newly unveiled PlayStation 3 firmware update, Microsoft too has launched new software for its console.
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Radiohead and chums demand copyright 'fair play'

A pop stars' pressure group has called for copyright in sound recordings to be extended beyond the current 50-year term, but has said that artists should be given control of the copyright after 50 years.
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Wacky DS gadget sounds playing-too-long warning

If you're the sort of person who worries that sitting too close to the will strain your eyes, you're likely to be concerned that playing too long on your Ninendo DS will likewise addle your optics.
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Obama gives Queen iPod

Apple has received a royal warrant, sort of – thanks to US President Barack Obama’s recent gift to the Queen.
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Ofcom gets puffed out over wind turbines

UK regulator Ofcom has been looking at the way wind turbines affect microwave radio transmissions and radar signals, and has concluded that we just have no idea if it would be safe to put more turbines near radio connections.
Bill Ray, 03 2009
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Fighting Thermageddon just got £1 trillion cheaper

As if by magic, a trillion pounds has been shaved off the estimated cost of Global Warming regulation in the UK overnight. Parliament has yet to be informed of this numerical feat.
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Mandy ditches red tape pledge

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform is ending its regulatory budgets scheme to consider the cost of red tape imposed on British businesses.
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Locking up the cloud

A Cloud Security Alliance has popped up and will show itself at an RSA security conference on April 21.
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Asus Eee Linux-based Skype Videophone

Review Appearing a somewhat solitary member of the Asus Eee product family, the unique AiGuru SV-1 Videophone stands alone in more ways than one. At around 25cm tall, with curves akin a to Brancusi sculpture, this tabletop unit bearing a widescreen 7in LCD features built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and a rechargeable battery to deliver round-the-home portability.
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G20 Summit: All the action caught on camera

It's been quite a week in good old London Town, what with international big cheeses rolling in to solve the world's economic woes at a stroke and restore our beloved planet to its happy pre-crisis condition of nothing more worrying than some bothersome developing world hunger and the occasional light war to entertain the masses.
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Orange unveils Tabbee family organiser

Undoubtedly unhappy about rival operator O2 stealing all the limelight with its Joggler "family organiser", Orange has taken the wraps off its own home-focused kitchen-friendly internet device.
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Conficker zombie botnet drops to 3.5 million

The "activation" of Windows machines infected with the latest variant of the Conficker worm has allowed security watchers to come up with a far more accurate estimate of how many machines are infected.
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China goes gung-ho for EVs

'Leccy Tech The number of China-related 'Leccy Tech stories seems set to increase. Why? Because the Chinese government apparently wants to see 500,000 – yes, half a million – hybrid and electric cars and buses roll off the nation's production lines by the end of 2011.
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Bucks village repels Street View spycar

The Buckinghamshire village of Broughton has, for the time being, been spared the attentions of Google's all-seeing Street View, after locals repelled the advance of one of the search monolith's Orwellian black Opels.
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Students Union reps vote to ban cheap booze for students

More politicians-gone-wild news today, as reports have it that Students' Union delegates have voted against cheap beer.
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Lloyd-Webber calls for clampdown on ISPs

Musical theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd-Webber has railed against ISPs in the House of Lords for profiting from internet piracy, and urged the government to clamp down hard.
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British steam car completes final testing

The British Steam Car Challenge - which aims to break the 127mph record for a steam-powered car - has finished its final public tests before being shipped to the US for the record attempt.
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Google makes Gmail search accessible to all comers

Google has released a new Gmail search tool that provides suggestions for messages, attachments and even file names in a move to degeekify its email service.
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Harvard Prof. praises 'file-sharing Radiohead'

Has Charlie Nesson been at the magic mushrooms again? The hippy head of the Berkman Center, the influential New Age techno-utopian think tank that's attached to Harvard Law School, wants to enlist Radiohead in his fight against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
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Verizon promises 4G for every American

Verizon has promised to connect up the whole of America with 4G technology based on LTE, at 700MHz, belittling Sprint's WiMAX efforts on the same day that Telefonica demonstrated the first LTE calls and Nokia finally gave up on WiMAX.
Bill Ray, 03 2009
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BBC fined £150k over Manuelgate

The BBC has been fined £150,000 over the Manuelgate scandal, Ofcom has confirmed.
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French pass 'three strikes' file-sharing law

In a decision that is likely to alarm file-sharers worldwide, an almost empty French National Assembly has finally voted through its "three strikes law" designed to clamp down on file-sharing and illegal downloads.
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Security's golden rules

Episode 6 In this the last Regcast looking into the state of the security market, our panel return to discuss the lessons learned and the key points to be taken from the series.
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Ready or not, IPv6 is coming

Analysis Google last week touted the benefits and ease of switching to IPv6, the next generation internet protocol, while the IT world in general remains resolutely indifferent about the technology.
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Twitter not yet in 'late stage' talks with Google

The interwebs have been abuzz with rumours Google is in "late-stage" talks with Twitter over a possible buy-out of the micro-blogging site, but the original source of the story has already played down the prospect of an early deal.
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Man gets life for killing game-obsessed partner

A man has been sentenced to life in prison after killing his partner, who’d become hooked on Grand Theft Auto.
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UKBA to exchange fingerprints with US

The UK Border Agency plans to start exchanging fingerprint data with the US, Canada and Australia in the near future
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Next-gen iPhone to sport 3.2Mp camera?

The next iPhone could have a 3.2Mp camera on board if leaked details concerning an alleged Apple camera contract are to be believed.
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BT cuts phone charges for prisoners

Payphone charges for prisoners in England and Wales have been cut after long-running campaigns by the Prison Reform Trust and the National Consumer Council.
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Unpatched PowerPoint flaw spawns Trojan attacks

Microsoft has confirmed that hackers are using an unpatched flaw in PowerPoint to assault vulnerable systems.
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MSI prices up Eee Top-style all-in-one PC

MSI’s ultra-quiet all-in-one PC will be available to buy in the UK next month, the firm’s announced.
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EMC could refresh Symmetrix on April 14

The much-anticipated EMC Symmetrix refresh could be announced on April 14 with the expected DMX-5 product code-named Tigon.
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Boffins invent automatic net-hookup roboffinry machines

Perturbing news from the world of robotics and automation broke today, with scientists on both sides of the Atlantic revealing that they have developed machines which can replace scientists. The prospect of a runaway self-sustaining science and technology revolution/singularity/human-obsolescence style affair now seems imminent.
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AMD ATI Radeon HD 4890

Review The new AMD ATI Radeon HD 4890 is heavily based on the HD 4870 but it has some changes in its architecture that allow it to run substantially higher clock speeds.
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U.S. unemployment rate jumps to 8.5 per cent

The monthly batch of bad news came out of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning, which reported that companies in the United States chopped 663,000 jobs from their payrolls in March, boosting the unemployment rate to 8.5 per cent.
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We can save the world, claim mobile operators

A modest pitch from the mobile industry - stop restricting use of spectrum and we'll save the world economy, except that restricted spectrum use is exactly what the companies are actually asking for.
Bill Ray, 03 2009
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Tories fear legal dodge over comms überdatabase

Laws mandating a massive central database of email, web browsing, telephone and social networking data may already have been passed without proper scrutiny by MPs, according to the Conservatives.
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Sky broadcasts live 3D pop concert

Sky claims to have become the first broadcaster to have successfully televised an event in 3D using a domestic 3D-ready TV.
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Do we get the IT security we deserve?

In recent weeks we have run a number of connected "articles" about IT security. In this, the last article in the series, we reflect on security as a whole, and reviewing some of your feedback.
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Parallels conducts Extreme Nehalem workstation wooing

Virtualization hypervisor wannabee Parallels has released the latest version of its desktop - not server - hypervisor aimed at high-end workstations.
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Why the iPhone's megapixelage alone won't matter

Don't go getting all excited by reports that the camera in Apple's upcoming, new iPhone will be of the 3.2-megapixel variety.
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The Messaging is The Medium: survey results are in

Reg Tech Panel Messaging is a thread that runs through IT from top to bottom, from humans exchanging information with each other, down to software and even hardware exchanging status messages and information packets. This report, which is based on feedback from readers of The Register provided during our last annual Barometer Survey, concentrates on asynchronous information exchanges where at least one human is involved. This enables us to rule out synchronous activities such as IP telephony and videoconferencing and the more technical message exchanges which are hidden from human view.
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Google brewing 'offline' web office apps

Web 2.0 Expo Embracing the web's next-generation "markup language" - HTML 5 - Google is prepping versions of its online office apps that also work offline. Up to a point.
Cade Metz, 03 2009
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Japan talks lunar 'bots as commies go hot

As North Korea preps a ballistic missile launch over Japan, the Japanese are grandstanding back with promises of robots walking on the moon by 2020.
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IBM cuts internet comp for work-at-homers

IBM's newest cost-cutting scheme is eliminating its program that lets employees working from home claim internet access as a business expense, according to InformationWeek.
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iPhone VoIP tussle heats up

Skype and its allies are fighting back against telcos that disallow or cripple its voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) service.
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SAP promises maintenance metrics 'soon'

Disgruntled SAP users should next week find out how they can see whether its support is up to scratch, following a maintenance price hike.
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Gnome answers Linux critics with 'big' vision plan

The Gnome Foundation has laid out a roadmap saying it's time to depart from incremental updates.
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Google force feeds Web 2.0 to US gov

Web 2.0 Expo When uber-Googler Andrew McLaughlin joined the Barack Obama Transition Team, charged with prepping the new administration for inauguration day, he had dreams of "bringing Web 2.0 to Washington."
Cade Metz, 03 2009
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Massive Sun cuts planned as IBM focuses on software trio

If IBM purchases Sun Microsystems - as expected - the fallout will be brutal.
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AMD to spend $50m cutting costs

There's more bad news for AMD stockholders - $50m (£33.7m) worth of bad news, to be exact.