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Swedish factory fined $3,000 for robot attack

ROTM Evil geniuses take note: a near-fatal robot attack only costs an organization about $3,000 in Sweden these days.
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String theory and the OS X AppKit

Mac Secrets Much of the time, we're off exploring some framework such as GraphKit or the media browser. This time it's the turn of AppKit itself, the framework that's guaranteed to be used by every self-respecting Cocoa app. Strange as it may seem, there are plenty of undocumented goodies here, too.
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Mitsubishi to release e-car in UK this year

'Leccy Tech While the global car market may be in the toilet, Mitsubishi has high hopes for its iMiEV e-car.
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Review After four and a half years, Wacom has finally updated its professional-class Intuos graphics tablets. About bloody time! The company has clearly been enjoying itself far too much during this period producing inexpensive but cool and clever tablets for the home-user market, such as the frankly fabulous Bamboo range. Now, the pros get a turn.
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UK graduates face bleak future as teachers

Final year students in the UK are steering well clear of jobs in banking, finance and property this year, and only one in three have got themselves a job offer.
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Top EMC exec jumps ship for HP

EMC storage division president David Donatelli is leaving EMC, in an abrupt and surprising move, to become HP's Executive Vice President for Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking.
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Swine flu spam clogs inboxes

Spammers are trying to flog dodgy pharmaceuticals on the back of the swine flu epidemic.
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Computacenter claims Q1 bounce back

Computacenter results for the first quarter of 2009 showed a real improvement on the same period last year, although revenues did fall slightly.
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No-go woe for doughnut co after Vo-Vo blow

An Australian biscuit maker has launched a legal challenge to a new doughnut by US manufacturer Krispy Kreme, claiming that the confectionery infringes its trade mark rights.
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IWF: Child abuse domains down, reports up

The Internet Watch Foundation's (IWF) Annual Report reveals an apparent fall of nearly 10 per cent in the number of international websites hosting child sexual abuse content.
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Privacy notices work best in tables, says US gov research

Bank customers best understand privacy and information sharing policies when they are structured as a table rather than as solid text, a study for the US government has found.
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Storage systems: Reg readers speak

Tech Panel During October- November 2008, Freeform Dynamics ran a survey in association with The Register. Some 1,125 people, from organisations large and small based in the UK, United States and a wide range of other countries took the time to let us know how IT systems are being used in their businesses. This article gives a brief summary of developments associated with storage solutions.
Tony Lock, 29 2009
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T-Mobile flips bird to alternative voicemail

T-Mobile is still charging punters using alternative voicemail systems, despite the fact that every other UK operator now includes such forwarding in bundled minutes.
Bill Ray, 29 2009
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Pig plague and Twitter: The terrifying truth

Comment As the world's media buries its snout into the swine flu trough with an enthusiasm not seen since its avian cousin threatened to kill all life on Earth and reduce our planet to a barren wasteland inhabited only by cockroaches and Daily Mail journalists, some news outlets have turned their attention to that most pressing of matters: Just what role is the internet playing in handling the apocalyptic Black Death 2.0?
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Pudsey Bear refused UK passport

A woman who changed her name to Pudsey Bear in order to raise cash for the Beeb's Children in Need has been refused a passport on the grounds of her "frivolous" new moniker.
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Microsoft releases Vista SP2 to manufacturing

Microsoft has blog-announced the release to manufacturing of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
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Patent granted for OLED biometric Flash drive

The development of a self-nuking Flash drive is already underway. But if you don’t fancy blowing up misplaced data in order to keep it secure, then you’ll soon be able to keep files safe with just one finger, or thumb.
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Orange hears his master's voice

Orange has signed a deal with HMV to put franchise operations into the high-street retailer's stores, emphasising how much mobile telephony has encroached on the media industry.
Bill Ray, 29 2009
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USAF slammed for pranging Predators on manual

A senior Pentagon official has delivered a stinging attack on the US Air Force, saying that its philosophy of using fully qualified human pilots to handle unmanned aircraft at all times has resulted in unnecessary, expensive crashes. By contrast, US Army drones with auto-landing equipment and cheaply-trained operators have an enviable record.
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HP launches stylish ProBook laptop line

HP has unveiled its latest series of all-singing and all-dancing laptops with a snazzy selection of words certain to attract the attentions of potential buyers, including “merlot”, “minimalism” and, of course, "multimedia".
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Ubuntu's Koala food hits open-source supermarket

After hitching a ride on the new Ubuntu, Eucalyptus has followed the Koala-fixated Linux distro into the world of commercialized open source.
Cade Metz, 29 2009
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SAP won't give outlook but continues jobs cuts

SAP balked at providing a financial outlook today and confirmed ongoing job losses, as it unveiled first quarter financials that showed a massive slide in software revenue for the ERP giant.
Joe Fay, 29 2009
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Police want new remote hard drive search powers

Cyber cops want new laws to allow remote searches of seized hard drives in the hope they will help reduce long digital forensics backlogs - of up to two years for some forces.
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Nvidia, Intel up, AMD down as Q1 GPU shipments jump

The figures for graphics chip sales during Q1 are in, and it seems both Intel and Nvidia gained a little at AMD's expense during the quarter.
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UMD-less PSP to get E3 games show launch?

Sony will launch a redesigned PlayStation Portable (PSP) at this year’s E3 videogames show in Los Angeles next month, industry moles have revealed.
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Justice Dept to take long hard look at Google Book deal

Google is facing an investigation by the US Justice Department, after signing a controversial deal with the Author's Guild, which will see it censoring books included in its digital archive in the same way it censors videos on YouTube.
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Acer DX900 dual-SIM Windows smartphone

Review Over the past few years, Taiwanese smartphone maker E-Ten managed to carve out a small but decent business making reasonably cheap Windows devices under its Glofiish brand. Last year, it was gobbled up by Acer to, in effect, become the giant's mobile phone division. Now we have the first fruit of the union: the dual-SIM Acer DX900.
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Microsoft opens up for Office SP2

Microsoft has announced a second service pack for Office 2007, providing performance boosts for Outlook and SharePoint Server, plus support for PDF and ODF file formats.
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Man quits job using videogame

There are various ways to resign: calling your boss into a meeting room, sending them an email, or playing their head like a bongo drum while you shout 'I quit!' But one Australia-based games developer decided to quit his job using a videogame.
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Security salaries hold up during economic gloom

Information security salaries are holding up well during the economic downturn but capital spending projects are feeling the axe, according to a pair of surveys from training organisation (ISC)2 and specialist recruitment consultant ISS.
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Microsoft answers EU antitrust charges

Microsoft has formally responded to European Commission concerns about bundling of its web browser Internet Explorer with Windows operating systems.
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ElcomSoft poster provokes PGP apoplexy

Infosec A row broke out at the Infosec conference on Tuesday after PGP objected to the content of a poster on password recovery firm ElcomSoft's stand, and lodged an objection with conference organisers Reed Exhibitions.
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Windows 7 might rock up in 2009, says MS veep

A senior Microsoft wonk has hinted that Windows 7 could hit the shelves in time for Christmas.
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RIAA settles for $7,000 after 4 years pursuing NY mum

The recording industry has accepted a paltry $7,000 to settle a long-running federal music piracy lawsuit it brought against a family in New York four years ago.
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Prince of Wales extends Thermageddon deadline

The heir to the British throne, HRH Prince Charles has told the Italian Parliament there are 99 months left to save the world from environmental disasters - including runaway global warming. That would put our last date for avoiding Thermageddon at July 2017. But it's a considerable improvement on Charles' predictions last year.
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Jobs bloodbath at Brit, Danish wind turbine factories

International wind-turbine maker Vestas has announced that it will lay off 1900 employees including 600 in the UK. The news was well received by markets, with Vestas raising £700m in a Danish share issue the next day and announcing investments in Chinese plants.
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I7500 pictures and video released online

Eager to get your hands on Samsung’s recently announced first Android-based handset? Well someone already has, and they’ve been kind enough to release pictures and a video of their experience.
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Americans will need credit cards for Nokia's door

Reuters is reporting that Nokia has failed to arrange operator billing for the Ovi store in the USA, leaving Americans having to pay by credit card while the rest of the world gets purchases added to their phone bill, though Nokia insists that negotiations continue.
Bill Ray, 29 2009
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Edison Chen sex snap thief found guilty

The computer repair shop worker accused of copying and distributing 1,300 compromising images of Hong Kong film star Edison Chen has been found guilty on three charges of "obtaining access to a computer with a view to making dishonest gain".
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Plan to publish court sentences launches in farce

A high profile effort to publish criminal sentences was launched by Jack Straw today, but at time of writing the URL was serving up only server errors.
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Star Trek halted by pig plague

Paramount has postponed the scheduled 8 May Mexican launch of JJ Abrams' Star Trek, although the rest of the cinematic "major territories" will get to enjoy the film on that date, whether potential customers are still alive or not.
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Brown finally wins something

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has achieved a great victory.
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Trend taps Third Brigade for security and compliance tech

Internet security firm Trend Micro has acquired security and compliance firm Third Brigade. Terms of the deal, announced Wednesday and expected to close in the second quarter of 2009, were undisclosed.
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Samsung takes the strain out of filming

Two ergonomic and stylish camcorders have been designed by Samsung that, it's claimed, help take the strain out of, well, you know, filming stuff.
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Emulex' earnings fall as it fights off Broadcom

Emulex has announced figures showing a fall in third quarter earnings and a loss, emphasising its weak position facing the Broadcom bid.
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Nokia focuses strategy, again

Nokia is once again focusing its strategies and streamlining internal IT operations - this time to the tune of 450 employees around the world.
Bill Ray, 29 2009
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IBM's dynamic infrastructure taking shape

Big Blue's is in the process of revealing its Dynamic Infrastructure, an IT infrastructure package presented as being lean, mean and green.
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Verizon calls for public access to D Block

Steve Zipperstein, Verizon's vice president for legal and external affairs, has called on the FCC to hand over the D Block of spectrum to public safety bodies instead of trying to auction it off again.
Bill Ray, 29 2009
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IBM doubles Power Rewards to chase Sun gear

After having snubbed Sun Microsystems last month, leaving it to be acquired by database and application software powerhouse Oracle for $5.6bn, IBM wants to do its best to make sure that the Sun that Oracle gets perhaps by summer is as weak as possible. And hence, it is ratcheting up the marketing pressure.
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Hacker behind P2P botnet gets no jail time

A hacker who confessed he created one of the world's first botnets to use peer-to-peer technology won't spend any time in prison because of the assistance he's provided to prosecutors.
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OpenOfficers pitch Oracle on life after Sun

OpenOfficers have begun lobbying for their future in the event that Oracle succeeds in purchasing Sun Microsystems.
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NASA micro-satellite eyes space bacteria

NASA is preparing to launch a tiny satellite loaded with yeast and anti-fungal drugs early next month in order to better understand how bacteria becomes nastier in space.
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US military's cyberwar rules 'ill-formed,' says panel

The United States government has yet to form a coherent policy for engaging in warfare that involves attacks on a country's electrical power grids and other critical infrastructure, according to a non-profit group of scientists and policy advisors.
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'iPhone lite' and the business of world domination

Comment Recent iPhone rumors and tablet-Mac musings are best met with a sober analysis of money-making opportunities and technology roadmaps.
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Cell phones trace family tree to rocket beams

Happy Birthday, IC "Inventing new things," says Alfred Cho, "is all about combining one technology with another to create a third."
Cade Metz, 29 2009
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Growth in developer population set back

The population growth of working developers will take a major hit during 2009 in most industrialized economies, according to analyst Evans Data.
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SAP extends unpopular support window, caps prices

SAP's given customers more time to swallow its unpopular enterprise support price increases, while promising to cap what you pay for a five-year period.
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Minnesota calls for 200-site net gambling blockage

Minnesota officials have ordered 11 internet service providers to block all computers in the state from accessing nearly 200 online gambling sites.
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Google beefs health record lobby

Why is Google lobbying the US Congress over the webification of the nation's health records? It won't say. But lobbying it is.
Cade Metz, 29 2009
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EMC sues Donatelli over HP move

EMC and its ex-executive VP David Donatelli are entangled in legal disputes over him joining HP and competing with EMC.