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Supers get greener

The Top 500 ranking of the world's supercomputers, put out by a group of performance-loving nerds, came out a few weeks ago. Now a few efficiency-loving nerds have added power-consumption figures to the Top 500, resorted the list, and have created the Green 500 supercomputer ranking.
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Ricoh Aficio GX 3000S

Review The main problem with shoehorning inkjet printers and all-in-ones into the office environment is the time it takes for the ink to dry. Faster drying ink means higher print speeds, so Ricoh’s Gelsprinter technology that utilises gel-based inks, is designed to offer high-speed documents, with the benefits of the large colour gamut of liquid ink.
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2009
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Long wait for health records

The government has confirmed that we will need to be patient in waiting for patient care records.
John Oates, 15 Jul 2009
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Three brothers jailed for credit card factory

Three brothers have been jailed for a total of 12 years for making fake credit and debit cards.
John Oates, 15 Jul 2009
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Save journalism, online newspaper publishers beg EC

Newspaper publishers have asked the European Commission to look into "improvements" in the copyright protection afforded to newspaper content. Their submission claims that a refusal by the Commission to help could endanger journalism.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Jul 2009
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DNA database swells despite human rights ruling

An average of 40,000 profiles per month have been added to the National DNA Database since judges ruled the retention of samples from innocent people was illegal under human rights laws.
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PC market to shrink for first time since dot com crash

iSuppli thoroughly dampened any PC industry euphoria in the wake of Intel's happy results yesterday, predicting that this year will show the first overall contraction of PC shipments since the dot com crash.
Joe Fay, 15 Jul 2009
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Sony whips up fresh Walkman players

Sony has unveiled a pair of new "entry-level" Walkman music players.
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2009
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New CEO to Tiscali TV: 'Show me the money'

The new owner of Tiscali, Carphone Warehouse CEO Charles Dunstone, has told the Financial Times that he's prepared to give Tiscali TV a chance to demonstrate that its video-on-demand service can make money for the company.
Bill Ray, 15 Jul 2009
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Blade pioneer dies

We're very saddened to hear of the death of Reg friend Chris Hipp, who has died suddenly aged 49.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jul 2009
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Toyota to punch out second hybrid in UK

Leccy Tech Toyota has revealed that a hybrid version of its Auris hatchback will be built at its UK plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire from 2012.
Alun Taylor, 15 Jul 2009
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Dell strives to fill storage holes

Dell will likely make storage supplier acquisitions to fill holes in its offerings, the company has told analysts.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2009
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Zero-day fixes star in MS Patch Tuesday

Microsoft released six bulletins - three covering critical flaws - on Tuesday as part of its monthly Patch Tuesday update cycle.
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2009
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Google Voice gets Android guestlist

Google Voice has arrived on Android and BlackBerry as a dedicated application - despite the service still being an invitation-only gig.
Bill Ray, 15 Jul 2009
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New Zealand set to join internet blocking club

New Zealand is preparing to join the list of internet blockers. From last week, New Zealanders who want to know what is in store for them can access a useful new online resource - "the Compleat Thomas Beagle" - which includes a FAQ providing in-depth coverage of political and technological issues involved.
Jane Fae , 15 Jul 2009
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Chrome OS: Windows killer?

Google’s announcement last week concerning its plans to bring out a fully fledged operating system was inevitably going to put the cat amongst the twitterati. “Let’s see,” asked the pundits, “who else makes operating systems?”
Jon Collins, 15 Jul 2009
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Microsoft store crumples as Win7 promo kicks off

Microsoft kicked off its massive pre-order promo for Windows 7 today, and promptly saw its European online store decide it was time for a little lie down.
Joe Fay, 15 Jul 2009
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Rackspace adds API access to its hosted clouds

Cloud service host Rackspace is adding API access to its hosted clouds, to give cloud service suppliers more control and flexibility over their hosted servers.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2009
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Acer Tempo M900

Review With the launch of the M900, Acer's assault on the smartphone market comes to a halt. Well, at least until its first Android or WinMo 6.5 handsets emerge blinking into the cold light of day. Joining the ranks of the dual SIM DX900, 2.8in screen X960 and 3.8in F900, we now have a Windows Mobile handset with a slide-out Qwerty keyboard.
Alun Taylor, 15 Jul 2009
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Gaza youth 'corrupted' by aphrodisiac chewing gum

An Israeli military source has dismissed Hamas claims that its intelligence service is offloading aphrodisiac chewing gum on Gaza Strip youth in some form of cunning sex-based plan to destabilise the Palestinian territory.
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2009
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MP asks UK.gov: Why are you still using IE6?

Tom Watson MP has spent the last few days asking government departments when they intend to upgrade their web browsers from IE6. Yes, that's Internet Explorer 6.
John Oates, 15 Jul 2009
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Plod offered SIM confiscation powers by Tories

Young people accused of anti-social behaviour could soon see their SIM cards summarily confiscated by police for up to a month, using new powers proposed by the Tories.
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Cocaine-smuggling golfer fails 'what's your handicap' test

A 23-year-old Sussex woman's cunning plan to smuggle cocaine into the UK concealed in the shafts of golf clubs fell apart, when she mistook suspicious customs officials' quizzing about her handicap for a request for information as to whether or not she was disabled.
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2009
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Kent Police clamp down on tall photographers

Updated Kent Police set a new legal precedent last week, as they arrested a photographer on the unusual grounds of "being too tall".
Jane Fae , 15 Jul 2009
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MPs shown 'email evidence' of wider NotW snooping

A committee of MPs was presented evidence on Tuesday that several News of the World journalists were involved in illegal mobile phone hacks, piling further pressure on News International which maintains that only one rogue reporter was involved.
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2009
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World's oldest mum pops clogs

María del Carmen Bousada de Lara, the Cadiz woman who controversially had twins at 67, has died of cancer aged 70, the Diario de Cádiz reports.*
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2009
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CRB drops fees ahead of expected vetting surge

The Criminal Records Bureau has dropped its fees ahead of an expected massive increase in business come October.
Joe Fay, 15 Jul 2009
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No green shoots for 3PAR

Installation delays and lowered demand have depressed 3PAR's quarterly results, and it sees no green shoots of recovery looking ahead.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2009
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Government promises low carbon future

Energy Secretary Ed Miliband has outlined our bright, green future in the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan which aims to cut emissions by 34 per cent of 1990 levels by 2020.
John Oates, 15 Jul 2009
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BlackBerry snoopers can explain everything

Etisalat, the United Arab Emirates operator who recently pushed snooping software to its BlackBerry-using customers, has explained that it's all in the interests of network compatibility.
Bill Ray, 15 Jul 2009
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Explosive French workers threaten second factory

Nortel workers have taken a leaf from the book of their New Fabris comrades and threatened to blow up their company's Yvelines factory unless the telecomms outfit treats them with a bit more respect and to a bit more redundancy cash.
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2009
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Microsoft hosts Feynman lecture series

Forget Windows 7, the most useful thing that Microsoft will do this year is host the videos of a famous lecture series given by Nobel prize winning physicist Richard Feynman back in 1964, so anyone can watch them and see a brilliant man engaged with the workings of the physical world and the people he is trying to get hooked on physics.
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Fancy dropping into Pitetsbkrrh?

Grant Tower, a Pittsburgh landmark topped with a radio mast and a flashing light spelling out the city's name in Morse, has instead been spelling out the word "Pitetsbkrrh" for some time.
Bill Ray, 15 Jul 2009
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Juniper wraps remote types in security blanket

Juniper has stretched its enterprise security mechanisms to better protect all those machines logging into corporate networks from remote locations.
Cade Metz, 15 Jul 2009
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O2 caught in smartphone virus outbreak

O2 in Germany has stopped sending out Toshiba TG01 smartphones, which have been inadvertently infected with malware.
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2009
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Apple's iPhoneware update snuffs tethering hack

Apple released its iPhone Software 3.1 beta 2 on Tuesday, and today, the web is alive with reports that the release has disabled a hack that allowed fanbois to use the iPhone 3G and 3GS as wireless broadband modems for laptops and PCs.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jul 2009
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Visa dings teen for $23-quadrillion restaurant charge

Visa says a technical glitch is responsible for a rash of notices warning customers their accounts are overdrawn to the tune of $23 quadrillion.
Dan Goodin, 15 Jul 2009
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Nehalem and Atom save Intel's Q2 cookies

Intel's decision late last year to hold back the launch of the 'Nehalem EP' Xeon 5500 processors for servers until the end of the first quarter of this year seems to have played out exactly as planned, as the chip maker's financial results reported yesterday bear out.
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New York nips facelift firm for astroturfing

A facelift firm is being slapped with a $300,000 fine by New York state for flooding the internet with fake positive reviews about itself.
Austin Modine, 15 Jul 2009
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Microsoft invests $1m in IT girls

Microsoft has made its second million-dollar grant to the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) to support the advancement of women in IT.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jul 2009
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Apple ends Palm Pre's iTunes charade

Updated Apple released an update to its iTunes music-management app on Wednesday that prevents Palm's Pre smartphone from appearing to be an iPod when connected to a Mac or PC.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jul 2009
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HTC smartphones vulnerable to Bluetooth file sniffing

If you own a mobile phone made by HTC and connect using Bluetooth, there's a decent chance security researcher Alberto Moreno Tablado can rummage through sensitive files stored on the device using a critical bug in some of its wireless device features.
Dan Goodin, 15 Jul 2009
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Ingres punts dev software bundle wrapped in Oracle fears

Open source database vendor Ingres is working hard to take advantage of any uncertainty over the fate of MySQL once Oracle gets its hands on Sun.
Austin Modine, 15 Jul 2009
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Microsoft stores to get in Apple's face this autumn

WPC Microsoft will open its promised retail outlets this Autumn right next door to Apple's shops, in what sounds like a Nietzsche-style test of corporate will and destiny.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2009
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Bull to do homegrown Nehalem EX chipset

French server maker Bull is getting serious about the server racket, and is doing the engineering needed to back up its ambitions.
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Endeavour heads for ISS on sixth try

Space shuttle Endeavour has finally blasted off on its mission to the International Space Station.
Austin Modine, 15 Jul 2009
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Twitter's underwear exposed after Google Apps hack

An unidentified hacker has exposed confidential corporate and personal information belonging to microblogging site Twitter and its employees after breaching electronic accounts belonging to several people close to the company.
Dan Goodin, 15 Jul 2009
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IT admin sentenced for sabotaging employer's network

A former support admin was sentenced to one year in prison after admitting he shut down the servers of a large IT company a few months after his employment ended there.
Dan Goodin, 15 Jul 2009
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Microsoft apes Spotify with ad-stuffed tune streaming

Microsoft is on the verge of mimicking Spotify, the UK-based music streaming service that serves up audio ads alongside free tunes.
Cade Metz, 15 Jul 2009