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Great Australian Firewall may be optional

The Australian government may be backing away from plans of enforcing its proposed internet filtering regime with legislation.
Austin Modine, 27 May 2009
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BNP pleads for cash after reported DDoS assault

Updated The website of the British National Party is back online following a reported distributed denial of service attack over the weekend.
John Leyden, 27 May 2009
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Canon Pixma MX330

Review Recent offerings suggest a handful of printer manufacturers are trying to move inkjet technology into the lower-end small office, SoHo space, by targeting those wanting the superior colour inkjets can produce, without all the glossy photo facilities of family and photo-buff models.
Simon Williams, 27 May 2009
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Coppers prowl Sheffield's Letsby Avenue

The news yesterday that the good burghers of Butt Hole Road, South Yorkshire, had got a tad irritated with living on an international laughing stock provoked a few Reg readers to offer their particular fave street names.
Lester Haines, 27 May 2009
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Donatelli can start work at HP

A Massachusetts court that said ex-EMC storage head David Donatelli could not start work at HP has changed its mind.
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2009
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Elbonia: Your next (and only) music destination?

The EU's competition commissioner has stepped up the war of words on authors' and composers' collection societies, ahead of their biennial copyright summit next month. It's the latest in a long-running saga over pan-European licensing of online content, now into its second decade. Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes says French collection society SACEM will offer pan-European licenses for music, AP reports.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 May 2009
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Brusa weaves sexy, sporty Spyder

Leccy Tech Buddy's Metro was the only production e-car unveiled at the recent Electric Vehicle Symposium in Norway, but it certainly wasn't the prettiest. That accolade’s almost certainly been won by Brusa's Spyder.
Alun Taylor, 27 May 2009
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eBay not obliged to protect trade marks, says High Court

Online auction site eBay has "no legal duty" to protect other companies' trade marks or stop its sellers from infringing them, the High Court has said.
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Getting real about Linux on the desktop

Reg Tech Panel Few topics in the IT industry are more contentious than the prospect of putting Linux on the corporate desktop. Opinions range from the religious view at one end, promoting a fundamentalist belief in open source as the saviour of mankind, to the reaction of corporate conservatives at the other, dismissing Linux as irrelevant to serious end user computing.
Dale Vile, 27 May 2009
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Vodafone does close-up magic on roaming charges

Vodafone's magnanimous gesture in waiving roaming charges over the summer amounted to a nifty bit of misdirection - few noticed that it also slipped out some radical changes to the price of data for the traveller who can't be without their email.
Bill Ray, 27 May 2009
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Microsoft announces Zune HD

Recent rumours that Microsoft has been secretly working on a new Zune Portable Media Player (PMP) were true, because the firm’s officially unveiled the range’s latest model.
James Sherwood, 27 May 2009
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Microsoft squirts out Vista SP2

Microsoft spat out the second and final service pack for Windows Vista yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 May 2009
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Boffins develop interstellar alien ocean-spotting tool

Astronomy boffins say they have developed new techniques which could use the space telescopes of tomorrow to detect oceans on alien worlds orbiting other suns.
Lewis Page, 27 May 2009
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Ocarina makes waves with lossless image compression

Interview Ocarina, the deduplication startup, is making waves with its partnerships with storage vendors, due to its unique lossless image compression technology. Yet the Ocarina founders were not wedded to image deduplication when they started up the company. How did it come about?
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2009
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GTA IV's second update confirmed

Grand Theft Auto IV’s developer, Rockstar, has taken the wraps off of the title’s second update, to be called The Ballad of Gay Tony.
James Sherwood, 27 May 2009
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Accenture switches tax havens

Accenture, the outsourcing giant, is switching its accounting base from Bermuda to Ireland, amid growing policial hostility towards tax havens and tax avoidance.
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Riverbed accelerates AutoCAD again

AutoCAD users with tortoise-like WAN file transmission across Riverbed optimised networks can breathe a sigh of relief: AutoCAD 2010 files sprint across the network like hares on steroids.
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2009
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Vatican blesses iPope app for Jesus Phone

Those of you who simply can't wait for Benny 16's latest pearls of wisdom on AIDS in Africa and Angels and Demons will be delighted to learn that his Holy Big-Hattedness is now available direct to the Jesus Phone and iPod Touch.
Lester Haines, 27 May 2009
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Extra ISS crew blasts off from Baikonur

Expedition 20 to the International Space Station lifted off today at 10:34 GMT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Lester Haines, 27 May 2009
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ICO tells cops to behave on CCTV

The Information Commissioner's Office is poised to tell the Home Office to rein in police demands that pubs and clubs install CCTV cameras as a pre-condition of their licences.
John Oates, 27 May 2009
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Sage reseller goes titsup?

Exclusive BDE International Ltd lost its reseller partner status with software giant Sage on 15 May, and told around 100 staff to go home just three days later, The Register has learned.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 May 2009
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HP pumps out Mini PC trio

In an effort to satisfy customers' appetites for small and portable PCs, HP has expanded its Mini laptop line with the addition of three “information snacking” models.
James Sherwood, 27 May 2009
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Cameron wants techies to open up Parliament

Tory leader David Cameron would welcome some key technological changes to the way that Parliament makes its business available to the public.
Jane Fae , 27 May 2009
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Netgear EVA9150 Digital Entertainer Elite

Review The EVA9150 is the latest addition to Netgear's Digital Entertainer family of media streamers and it picks up pretty much where its predecessor - the EVA8000 - left off. The main draw of the EVA8000 - providing you were running latest beta firmware version and not the shipping release - was its ability to chew through almost any file format you chose to throw at it and spit out decent quality video.
Will Head, 27 May 2009
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LG shines light on world's brightest 3D TV

While some manufacturers are still grappling with designs for their first 3D TVs, LG has surged ahead with creation of what it’s claimed is the world’s brightest 3D-capable telly.
James Sherwood, 27 May 2009
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Junk email volumes hit high

Nine in ten emails in circulation are spam, according to the latest stats from email security services outfit MessageLabs.
John Leyden, 27 May 2009
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Twitter suffering chronic banality, diagnoses Dr House

Brit thesp and House star Hugh Laurie has told the BBC he's not that impressed with microblogging Web 0.2 phenomenon Twitter, even though he maintains a profile there.
Lester Haines, 27 May 2009
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What Exchange 2007 can't do

This week we rummage through the Reg Library for papers about email and archiving and stuff. We kick off with the corporate daddy, Exchange 2007.
Team Register, 27 May 2009
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Top Avon and Somerset cop up before the beak

Avon and Somerset villains may be breathing easier this week as the local constabulary devotes ever more of its time to the vexed question of whether to lock up their own Chief Constable, Colin Port.
Jane Fae , 27 May 2009
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Streaming rates cut to lure back YouTube, Pandora

Online services have welcomed a new rate schedule that will cut the cost of music streams in the UK.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 May 2009
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BNP DDoS 'mega-assault' not actually mega in the least

A supposedly massive denial of service attack against the British National Party website has been exposed as a gross exaggeration.
John Leyden, 27 May 2009
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HP CULV notebooks inbound?

In its rush to get CULV-based notebooks onto the market, it’s been rumoured that HP has resorted to using chassis designs from existing notebooks.
James Sherwood, 27 May 2009
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Ovi still bouncing on and offline

Nokia's Ovi store is suffering from more teething problems as the site can't seen to keep itself online - though the company claims that users coming in direct from devices aren't experiencing problems.
Bill Ray, 27 May 2009
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IBM lets HPC storage get some sleep

IBM has updated its high-performance computing storage array - so it can go to sleep.
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2009
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Greenpeace pushes Ballmer to intervene on climate

The efforts of climate activists to turn the CEOs of international IT megacorps into atmosphere-hugging greenies are having little impact, according to Greenpeace.
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Summer debut for Judge Dredd computer smart-rifle

US Army officials have announced that the high-tech XM-25 computer smartgun, intended to let soldiers shoot at and hit enemies hiding around corners, will enter field trials this summer. The "counter defilade" gun, similar in size to existing infantry weapons, is expected to reduce the number of controversial airstrikes used in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Lewis Page, 27 May 2009
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Intel: Nehalem EP ramp is steep

As part of its preview of its "Nehalem EX" processor for high-end servers yesterday, Intel cushioned the blow in delaying this chip by showing how well its baby brother, the "Nehalem EP" chip for two-socket boxes, was doing in the market.
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BT Global Services' own Clouseau bags massive bonus

The man who piloted BT's Global Services division into a cliff and ensured the wider group made losses that prompted thousands of job cuts trousered £2.85m for his efforts, investors were told today.
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Epson inkjet tech promises larger OLEDs

Sod Sony’s 11in XEL-1 OLED telly, Seiko Epson has perfected a technology that it’s claimed could pave the way for 37in and larger OLED TVs.
James Sherwood, 27 May 2009
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Dell claims Latitude E4300 glitches 'fixed'

Dell is on a collision course with some disgruntled customers after it insisted problems with a components shortage in the vendor's Latitude E4300 models had now been resolved.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 May 2009
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Intel plays down netbook 'cannibalisation'

An Intel exec claimed today that the dive in computer sales many have blamed on cheap-as-chips netbooks was currently at about 20 per cent, "less than speculation".
Kelly Fiveash, 27 May 2009
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Designer pitches high-tech gadget treasure chest

Summer trips to the beach always present the same problem: where can you safely store your gadgets while taking a dip? Well one designer reckons he’s got the perfect solution – a high-tech clam that you literally bury in the sand.
James Sherwood, 27 May 2009
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Apple tweaks 13in MacBook specs

Without any fanfare, Apple has updated the specifications of its 13in MacBook.
James Sherwood, 27 May 2009
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Ingres and Red Hat unite to thwart Ellison's Sun love

Open source database vendor Ingres might stand a better chance at taking on the enterprise with Oracle fixing to swallow developers' favorite MySQL along with Sun Microsystems. To help, it's begun forging alliances with open-source operating-system companies.
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Google opens Java-soaked cloud to world+dog

Google I/O Google's Java-fied App Engine is now open to world+dog.
Cade Metz, 27 May 2009
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Apple offers free iPods, upgrades MacBook

Apple has launched its annual buy-a-Mac, get-an-iPod Back to School program in the US, and confirmed to The Reg that the same program will be available in the UK from Thursday, May 28.
Rik Myslewski, 27 May 2009
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Google toys with plug-in free YouTube

Google I/O Google has mocked up a version of YouTube built around the HTML5 video tag, playing mini-movies inside a browser sans plug-ins.
Cade Metz, 27 May 2009
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Seminal password tool rises from Symantec ashes

More than three years after Symantec unceremoniously pulled the plug on L0phtcrack, the seminal tool for auditing and cracking passwords is back with a set of new capabilities.
Dan Goodin, 27 May 2009
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Obama stimulus means windfall for Wi-Fi

Wireless kit providers will get an enormous boost from President Obama's economic stimulus package if they concentrate on healthcare, education and especially the homeland security market.
Austin Modine, 27 May 2009
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Google punts self cut-and-paste

Google I/O Google has launched an online service designed to facilitate the addition of various Google stuff onto your webpages, including Google Maps maps, Google News feeds, and YouTube videos.
Cade Metz, 27 May 2009
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Cisco polishes ISR and Catalyst nuts and bolts

Cisco has seasoned a stew of integrated-service routers (ISRs) and Catalyst network switch announcements with customer backing.
Rik Myslewski, 27 May 2009
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Fraud guardian uses 'unfair business practices', Judge rules

Fraud-prevention service LifeLock engages in unfair business practices because it violates parts of a federal law governing the safeguarding of consumer credit reports, a federal judge has ruled.
Dan Goodin, 27 May 2009
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NASA explores 'Curiosity' for nuclear-powered Mars rover

A 12-year-old girl from Kansas has chosen the name of NASA's nuclear-powered Mars Science Laboratory rover.
Austin Modine, 27 May 2009
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SATA Revision 3.0 released

The eagerly awaited new specification for hard-drive interconnects was released today, promising file-transfer speeds of up to six gigabits per second.
Rik Myslewski, 27 May 2009
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Sun's Java body to open smoke-filled rooms

More than a year after coming under pressure to break its corporate bias and to woo individuals, the Java Community Process has responded.
Gavin Clarke, 27 May 2009
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AT&T, not ready for 3G, lobbies for 3G Palm Pre

AT&T chief Randall Stephenson warned that US wireless networks aren't ready for a deluge of 3G traffic, while noting he'd like his company to start selling the 3G Palm Pre once Sprint's exclusive contract runs out.
Austin Modine, 27 May 2009
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Cisco touts self as Unified Computer System pioneer

Cisco Systems has been talking about its Unified Computing System, code-named California, so much for months now that it is hard to remember sometimes this mega product is still not shipping.
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AT&T may have influenced American Idol final vote

Telecom giant AT&T stands accused of attacking the very foundations of American suffrage after allegedly tainting the results of the country's largest democratic election - voting for American Idol.
Austin Modine, 27 May 2009