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EnterpriseDB revs Postgres database

The Postgres Plus database peddled by upstart EnterpriseDB was revved this week with the fifth tweak of its Oracle compatibility layer, bringing enhanced compatibility of key features in generations of Oracle databases and enabling the Postgres Plus Advanced Server database to mimic Oracle databases, particularly when coping with errors.
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EchoStar stumped in Tivo patent prosecution

Time is running short for EchoStar to figure out an acceptable workaround to Tivo's DVR patent.
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AT&T rethinks iPhone 3G S upgrade fee

Apparently, the howls of hurt from early iPhone 3G buyers reached the heights of AT&T's bean-counting management. The company announced Wednesday that it would let iPhone 3G owners buy into new two-year iPhone 3G S contracts at a less punitive rate.
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Microsoft open-source license finds (some) love

A home-cooked Microsoft license has carved out a small but growing following among the open-source community in less than two years.
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HDS adds thin provisioning to mid-range

Being miserly with disk space allocation is goodness these days, and all the array suppliers are offering thin provisioning, with applications getting disk capacity as needed instead of it being allocated up front and all at once. HDS has extended its version, Dynamic Provisioning, to its AMS 2000 mid-range storage products.
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Koenigsegg e-sportster moves closer to reality

Leccy Tech When Register Hardware first clapped eyes on the Koenigsegg Quant leccy hyper-car back in March, we never thought the vehicle would see the light of day. Yes it will, a company mole has insisted.
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Roll up for the TechNet virtual tech conference

Last call for Microsoft’s TechNet's first virtual conference for the UK tech community.
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Shuttle XPC SX58H7

Review Shuttle has managed a feat of engineering with the XPC SX58H7. It has shoehorned a Core i7 motherboard into a small(ish) form-factor case - it measures 325 x 208 x 189mm - of the kind we've seen on models such as the SP45H7.
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Home Office kicks ID cards into touch

The Home Office confirmed yesterday it is delaying awarding the key contract for the national ID card project - actually making the cards for UK citizens.
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LaCie rolls into array business

LaCie looks set to enter the disk drive array business through an OEM deal with Xyratex.
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New green and quiet jet-engine test results announced

Paris Airshow US jet-engine colossus Pratt & Whitney have announced the test-programme results of their (ahem) revolutionary new PurePower™ Geared Turbofan (GTF) at the Paris Airshow. Unsurprisingly, P&W consider that the GTF will become the new standard in commercial jet engines, significantly greening the aviation industry.
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Apple wilts under iPhone upgrade strain

Owners of Apple's iPhone, desperate to be the first to upgrade to version 3 of the OS, are hitting certification problems. Some are reporting that their beloved handsets refuse to work after an attempted upgrade.
Bill Ray, 18 2009
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PETA pronounces on Obama fly-swat

Animal rights outfit PETA has finally pronounced on the matter of Barack Obama's shock fly-swat, following considerable press pressure for clarification if the savage act of executive violence merited comparison with the Armenian Genocide.
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Facebook facing regulator crackdown

Facebook is facing a difficult future as it tries to exploit user data to turn a profit - European regulators are considering sweeping reform of data regulations to prevent social networks from over-exploiting the private data of their users.
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LG promises three Android phones for '09

LG has said it plans to launch three Android-based smartphones during 2009.
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How to speed up the iPhone 3.0 update process

Having trouble getting your iPhone to activate while applying the shiny new 3.0 firmware update? Fret not - Register Hardware has the answer.
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Phorm incinerates $50m in 12 months

Phorm was forced into deep cost-cutting after its controversial battle to monitor and profile web users burned through an average of more than $4m per month last year, its financial results today reveal.
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HP sees techies living in a box

HP has revealed its own POD containerised data centre at its Technology Forum in Las Vegas.
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Intel tears up CPU branding scheme

Intel is to ditch its Core 2 and Core 4 brands, along with their Solo, Duo and Quad sub-brands in favour of, simply, Core.
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Digital Britain dithers over spectrum plans

Digital Britain Lord Carter's report on Digital Britain has quite a lot to say on spectrum allocations, though there are still significant gaps to fill before we have a radio spectrum master plan.
Bill Ray, 18 2009
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Man dressed as dead mother to scam $1m

A 49-year-old Brooklyn man faces up to 25 years' jail for allegedly dressing as his dead mother to scam $1m in benefits and loans, the New York Daily News reports.
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Royal Navy sailors hurl Ronald McDonald into Chilean harbour

Two Royal Navy sailors have appeared in a Chilean court for stealing a life-sized plastic statue of Ronald McDonald from an outlet of the popular animal-products-in-a-bun globocorp. The mischievous matelots were thought to have hurled the tasteful icon of American capitalism into the harbour.
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Game laws to make underage selling illegal

Digital Britain The Government has abandoned its hybrid approach to age-rating computer games in favour of a single system. One method will now be used to rate all games in the UK and a new law will give regulators statutory power over game rating.
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9/11 hero mutt cloned

The teary-eyed owner of 9/11 hero Trakr - the dog who pulled the last survivor from the rubble of the World Trade Center - has been presented with five clones of his beloved mutt, AFP reports.
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ITU calls for cooperation in keeping kids safe online

The International Telecommunications Union has issued draft guidelines to help keep kids safe online.
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Student leader demands lectures be 'put against the wall'

The leader of the UK's students has declared that "come the revolution", lectures would be put up against the wall and shot in favour of virtual teaching.
Joe Fay, 18 2009
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Xerox Phaser 6280V/DN

Review The sales ratio of colour to mono laser printers continues to swing towards colour, and not just in the SoHo market. If you want to buy a colour machine for a small business or a reasonably-sized workgroup, say four or five people, then the Xerox Phaser 6280V/DN certainly deserves a look.
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Vodafone lets slip Nokia 'N97 Mini'

The N97 – Nokia’s new flagship handset – has barely been available in the UK, but Vodafone has hinted that a second version of the touchscreen handset has been designed.
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Alcatel-Lucent to eject '1,000 IT staff' into HP

Alcatel is to transfer about 1,000 workers to HP as part of a ten year "alliance" between the two firms that will see the Californian firm take over most of the French telecoms company's IT operations.
Joe Fay, 18 2009
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Bristol crim caught with mobile up jacksie

A 22-year-old Bristol master criminal will spend eight weeks in prison for attempting to smuggle a mobile phone into prison by "concealing it internally", as the Bristol Evening Post delicately puts it.
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Be broadband denies BitTorrent ban

Be broadband has denied accusations from customers it is blocking access to popular BitTorrent trackers including Pirate Bay and Mininova.
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January's Windows 7 hole still open

A security hole in Windows 7, highlighted by a blogger back in January, is still wide open and Microsoft is showing very little interest in closing it.
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Fiancée discovers boyf is grumble flick stud

A bride-to-be has cancelled her fairytale church wedding after discovering her "romantic, thoughtful and passionate" fiance had been putting it about for the benefit of grumble flick cameras.
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Oz comms minister cops Internet Villain jibe

Australian communications minister Stephen Conroy's attempts to clean up the web Down Under have been officially recognised by British ISPs - with a nomination for their Internet Villain of the Year Award.
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Reg reader bombarded by 3 sales calls

Sales calls from operators are common enough, but 3UK seems to be overdoing it slightly after calling one El Reg reader ten times within a couple of hours on Monday evening.
Bill Ray, 18 2009
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Sweden: IP numbers are personal...unless you're a pirate

A ruling from a Swedish court that IP numbers should be considered personal data will not have any impact on the country's recently passed anti-piracy law.
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T-Mobile names next Android handset

T-Mobile has announced the name of its second Android-based handset.
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Canucks buy 300 teraflops Blue iDataPlex super

The University of Toronto's SciNet consortium, which provides supercomputing oomph for colleges, universities, and research hospitals across Canada, will today announce that it has selected IBM's iDataPlex servers using Intel's new "Nehalem EP" Xeon 5500 processors to create the most powerful supercomputer in Canada.
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Collecta - real-time search in real-time

Following the (semi-)success of Twitter's self-search engine - meant to tell you what the world is thinking right now - there's no shortage of web-happy outfits scrambling to crack so-called real-time search. That includes everyone from Google and Facebook to Web2.0rhea-loving startups like Tweefind and Twingly. Yes, Tweefind and Twingly.
Cade Metz, 18 2009
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Microsoft kills Visual Studio's Oracle data connection

Coders have reacted with disappointment and frustration to Microsoft's decision to cease development of a connector to Oracle in its .NET Framework, a move that looks like another budget cut.
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US city demands FaceSpaceGooHoo log-ins from job seekers

Updated If you apply for a job with the City of Bozeman, Montana - a mid-sized burg halfway across these United States - you're forced to surrender usernames and passwords for every account you've set up with websites of the "social networking" variety.
Cade Metz, 18 2009
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EC calls for one world internet governance

The European Commission is once again calling for the United States to let go of ICANN and place it under international supervision.
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Sun kicks out VirtualBox 3.0 beta

Just after Oracle closes its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in about a month's time, one of the things it's going to have to sort out is a hodgepodge of virtualization products that Oracle and Sun have amassed. But in the meantime, Sun's VirtualBox development team is still at it, rolling out the first beta of VirtualBox 3.0.
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Google accused of avoiding YouTube revenues

Google acknowledges that YouTube is still losing money. But according to an opinionated San Francisco IT research and consulting firm, it's not losing as much as it wants you to believe.
Cade Metz, 18 2009
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Economists say P2P file-sharing fuels art

A pair of economists have released a report arguing that file-sharing doesn't stifle the creation of music, films, and books. On the contrary, they say, weaker copyright protection has benefited society.
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Ballmer not so bullish on Bing

After the launch, the hype. But one individual is not buying into the idea that Bing is a done deal or that Google is scared. That person is the one with the most at stake: the normally tough-talking and excitable Steve Ballmer.
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Canadian bill forces personal data from ISPs sans warrant

Canada is considering legislation allowing the country's police and national security agency to readily access the online communications and the personal information of ISP subscribers.
Cade Metz, 18 2009