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Early Sun middleware fans seek Oracle refuge

Settlers on a long-forgotten Sun-Microsystems middleware island are expected to turn to open-source in greater numbers rather than stick with new master Oracle.
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Microsoft buys hot-shot Xbox dev team

Microsoft was so impressed with the "caliber of talent and innovation at BigPark", a Canadian start up games developer, that it bought the company.
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Ocarina turns detective with extended online dedupe

Startup deduplication vendor Ocarina has extended its deduplication technology such that NAS vendors can use it to detect objects within and between files and compress them - something Ocarina says block-level deduplication can't do.
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UK gov squeezes 'best pricing' pledge from MS

Buying Solutions, the procurement arm of the UK government, yesterday proclaimed a new, better licensing deal with Microsoft. By securing best pricing terms for public sector bodies whatever their size (our italics), The Government could save us £75m over five years.
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EU calls for tougher data laws

European Commissioner Viviane Reding said she will push member states to adopt a proper data breach notification law - something the Information Commissioner in the UK has failed to get.
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DVLA issues double tax discs

The DVLA has apologised to customers who have received multiple copies of car tax discs in recent weeks.
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Coyote Systems Mini Coyote

Review Whether you want regular reminders to keep your speed down or simply love breaking the speed limit, the Mini Coyote is here to help. And with a built-in GPRS module, you’ll get regular updates without the need for a PC, as well as real-time information on nearby mobile speed traps submitted by fellow users.
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Electronics giants raise ruckus over Project Canvas

Project Canvas, the joint venture of the BBC, ITV and British Telecom, must be up to something good considering that some makers of consumer electronics (CE) gear are squealing "foul".
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Carphone Warehouse buys Tiscali UK

Carphone Warehouse has bought Tiscali's UK businesses for £236m after lengthy on-again off-again negotiations.
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US Forces 'black' budget = 2nd biggest military on Earth

There's controversy already in America regarding the first Obama administration detailed Defense budget plans, announced yesterday. Some are painting the plans as a cuts package, others disagree. What's clear is that the US military's top-secret (or "black") budget is now on the same level as the whole of UK defence spending - and the UK has the second biggest defence budget in the world.
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Next Grand Theft Auto to reward good behaviour?

A videogame survey’s hinted that Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar could be considering a “karma system” for the videogame’s next instalment.
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Palm Pré to launch right ahead of iPhone 3.0?

A leaked Sprint document shows that the carrier could be gearing up to launch the Palm Pré in four weeks' time.
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NASA sticks to 2010 shuttle retirement

NASA is apparently sticking to its plans to retire the venerable space shuttle fleet in 2010 - despite political pressure to keep it flying, pending development of homegrown replacements to supply the International Space Station.
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Google's email goes titsup (again)

Updated Google's popular free email service failed this morning at about 11am.
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Eight Scots convicted of child abuse charges

Eight Scottish men have been convicted of various charges relating to child sexual abuse and conspiracy.
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Too much sunshine makes you commit suicide

It is not gloom and darkness but sunlight which drives people to kill themselves, according to new research. A study of suicides in Greenland has found that suicide rates increase sharply in summer, worsening with increased northerly latitude and round-the-clock daylight.
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Researchers release Win 7 rootkit exploit code

Security researchers have released a proof-of-concept rootkit for Windows 7, in the hopes that its availability will assist in the prompt development of an antidote.
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Panasonic knocks $20,000 off enormo plasma telly's price

Got 33 grand going spare? Then this Panasonic 103in plasma telly could be yours, assuming you can get it into your living room, of course.
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Sikh coppers request bulletproof turbans

Sikh police officers are asking for "special bulletproof turbans" which would allow them to serve in firearms units, the Guardian reports.
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Oompa-Loompa v Tinky Winky: Shock scrap pic

The shock news earlier this week that an Oompa-Loompa, Tinky Winky and Spiderman had been cuffed after a nasty bout of fisticuffs at a Devon holiday camp prompted readers to demand an answer to that most pressing of questions: When the Tellytubbies and the Chocolate Factory employees go head-to-head, who's the last man standing?
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Three short papers about SQL Server

Virtualisation, data networking, enterprise storage, security - and Microsoft SQL Server. The same topics crop up time and again as reader faves in The Reg Library. So here are three of the most popular papers concerned with one aspect of SQL Server or another from the Reg Library.
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Atlantis set for Monday lift-off

Space Shuttle Atlantis is good to go for its launch next week to the Hubble Space Telescope - the final servicing trip to the orbiting 'scope.
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PSP phone could happen, says Sony Ericsson chief

Rumours of a PlayStation Portable (PSP) phone have been notably absent of late, but recent comments by Sony Ericsson’s President has suddenly brought them back to life.
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Open Office 3.1 hits Malta, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea

The latest version of the open source alternative to Microsoft's Office suite has been released.
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Ireland bucks trend with anti-blasphemy law

Take the Lord’s name in vain and if the lightning bolt doesn’t get you, the Irish Government soon will.
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Clickfree creates credit card-sized external SSD

Back-up specialist Clickfree has launched a solid-state drive that's the size of a credit card.
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Acer Aspire One 751

Review The new Acer Aspire One 751 has a screen that measures 11.6in on the diagonal with a resolution of 1366 x 768 and that’s mighty big for a netbook. As it happens, we were told a few months back that Intel has strict rules about the sale of Atom N-series processors to avoid cannibalising the sales of Core 2 and Centrino products.
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Black hole swallows Barbarella rehash

The planned rehash of 1968 sci-fi romp Barbarella is no more - thanks to German intervention.
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Larry Ellison: SPARC buy means we're just like Apple

Larry Ellison promised to hang onto Sun's hardware business yesterday, saying he wanted Oracle to be like Apple and Cisco.
Joe Fay, 08 2009
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Call for heads to roll over failed spook IT system

Jacqui Smith has been urged to sack intelligence officials responsible for the failure of a secret major IT project after tens of millions of pounds had already been spent.
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Solar gadget keeps you cool

With summer just around the corner, what’s the geekiest way to keep cool? It could just be the Solar Hat Fan.
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US prof says 'bioelectric' cars much better than biofuel

Analysis A prof in California has made the unsurprising observation that you can produce more transport miles from an acre of cropland by growing biomass for generators and using electric vehicles than by burning crop biofuels in ordinary engines.
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US job cuts slow in April

In what is probably the first good news on the jobs front that the US economy has seen since last spring, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported its unemployment figures for April.
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Arnie pops up in Terminator Salvation

Fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator will be pleased to learn the Governator puts in a brief appearance in Terminator Salvation - albeit electronically, since the 61-year-old thesp was too busy running California to shoot new footage.
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Sun sale: Pillar checks itself

Interview Is Pillar Data threatened by Oracle's purchase of Sun? El Reg talked with Bob Maness, Pillar Data's worldwide marketing VP, about business, flash memory and Oracle's Sun acquisition.
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XSS flaws poke ridicule at entertainment industry

Cheeky crackers used a cross-site scripting flaw on the web sites of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to inject listings from controversial torrent links site The Pirate Bay.
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Plod called in on MPs' expenses leak

Police have been called in to investigate the apparent presence of a mole in the Parliamentary fees office.
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Sphinx - text search The Pirate Bay way

In 2001, Andrew Aksyonoff had an itch. He ran a website that indexed song lyrics and allowed users to search them. At the time, none of the open source options for text search worked. Lucene, the standard response at an engineering team meeting when the problem of search comes up, was still a baby. Indexing took too long, and it was a bear to install on anything other than a Lucene developer's machine.
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Microsoft’s Silverlight 3 delivers decent alternative to Adobe

Review Silverlight's future looks bright, which is just as well.
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Renault-Nissan signs Singapore e-car deal

Leccy Tech Hard on the heels of Renault's unveiling of its latest EV prototype, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced yet another leccy car infrastructure development project, this time in Singapore.
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Sun shareholders act to block Oracle deal

Larry Ellison might be expressing his love for Sun Microsystems' Sparc, but there's no guarantee the architecture will actually finish up in his arms.
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No sacred cows in NASA spaceflight review, chairman says

The chairman of a panel appointed by the Obama administration to take a new look a NASA's human spaceflight program said he plans to lead an independent review that will keep an open mind on the agency's long-term plans, including whether its next-generation rocket plans should be modified or scrapped.
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Voltaire's sales plummet in Q1

InfiniBand switch maker Voltaire had a pretty terrible thirteen weeks in the first quarter, with sales down 53.6 per cent to $7.7m, and even after driving up gross margins the company reported an operating loss of $5.9m, more than double the operating loss from the year-ago quarter. Net losses increased to $6.1m, up from a $5.5m loss a year ago.
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Hulu recognizes Blighty existence

Hulu - that online video extravaganza juiced by three of the four American TV/movie giants - has suddenly recognized the existence of Blighty.
Cade Metz, 08 2009
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Apple bars 2.0 code from App Store

Apple will no longer approve any iPhone application that isn't compatible with its upcoming iPhone 3.0 operating system.
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Sun: 'We may have violated bribery laws'

Sun Microsystems, which is in the middle of a $5.6bn acquisition by software giant Oracle, said in its 10-Q quarterly financial filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it may have broken bribery laws overseas. The 10-Q filing also put some numbers on what Sun will have to pay if the Oracle acquisition does not go through.
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Oracle 'faster, cheaper' with VMware

Oracle's database performs better under VMware than in a more expensive Real Application Cluster (RAC).
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Site schools world+dog in browsing history pilfering

A new website aims to draw increased attention to one of the web's longest-running privacy defects: The ability for any site owner to effortlessly steal a compete copy of your recent browsing history.
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US states mulling Google book-scan pact

A group of US state attorneys general recently held a conference call to discuss Google's $125m digital book settlement with the US Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers.
Cade Metz, 08 2009
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iPhone compass evidence surfaces

It appears that at least one upcoming iPhone will include a digital compass in support of Apple's ongoing fascination with location-based services.