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IBM beefs blade server networks

As networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems last month hinted it would do, the company has launched a variant of its Nexus switch that can be tucked up inside of another server maker's blade servers. In this case, IBM has kissed and made up (sort of) with Cisco and is the first customer for the Nexus 4000 switch, which was rolled out by Big Blue as part of a networking refresh this week for its BladeCenter blade servers.
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Cisco facelifts all-purpose routers

Cisco has squeezed out an heir to its long-in-the-tooth Integrated Services Routers product line after sitting pretty with the old kit since 2005.
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O2 offers small biz small price support

O2 is offering its small business customers a variety of set-up and support services for mobile or other technology kit.
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Big Blue spruces big storage box

IBM has updated its high-end DS8000 monolithic storage array with a Power6-processor-based DS87000 model, meaning users will get data faster.
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Botnet click fraud at record high

Malware-infected computers are increasingly being used to perpetrate click fraud, according to a study released Thursday that found their contribution was the highest since researchers began compiling statistics on the crime.
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Apple Magic Mouse

Review For a company that pioneered the widespread use of the mouse as a computer controller, Apple has a surprisingly bad record at making good ones, particularly since the return of Steve Jobs and, with him, industrial design as the prime driver of product creation.
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Zurich Insurance admits big data loss

Zurich Insurance has admitted losing the personal account details for more than half a million people more than a year ago.
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Western Digital factories spin at top speed in Q1

Western Digital had a roaringly successful first fiscal 2010 quarter with revenues 15 per cent up year-on-year.
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WTF is this country called America?

FoTW You'd think that an elite special forces hack like our very own Lewis Page would be au fait with an atlas, but he's sadly not, according to one rather disgruntled reader.
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Data.gov.uk opens beta site for developers

The Cabinet Office has opened a pilot website making government data more widely available.
Kable, 23 2009
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Historian slams 'absolutely crazy' UK time zone

Noted historian Sir Alistair Horne has described as "absolutely crazy" Blighty's refusal to fall into line with the continental European time zone.
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Intel hindering USB 3.0 adoption, alleges industry insider

Intel has decided to wait until 2011 before it introduces PC chipsets with integrated USB 3.0 controllers. So a senior mole at a major PC maker has claimed, at any rate.
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TalkTalk-Tiscali merger proves fraught

Tiscali staff have turned to their lawyers after managers from TalkTalk arrived wielding the axe.
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Mozilla Labs opens umbrella with Raindrop prototype

Mozilla Labs has released a prototype conversation aggregator and Web 2.0-style communications platform for Firefox, Safari and Chrome users.
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Rapid7 penetrates Metaspolit

Vulnerability management firm Rapid7 has acquired Metasploit, the popular open source dual-use penetration testing and hacking tool. Commercial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Galileo satellite fleet apparently reduced

Indications have emerged of possible delays or cuts to the European Galileo satellite navigation system. Orders for several satellites, expected to be placed this year, have been placed on indefinite hold.
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Atheists smite online God poll

An online poll enquiring as to the possible existence of God has somewhat backfired on Christian outfit The Alpha Course, with 98 per cent of the popular vote currently saying he doesn't:
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Toshiba re-launches laptops

Updated Toshiba actually launched the Satellite Pro U500, L500 and L550 way back in July this year, but it's having another try now that the recession is easing and Windows 7 is out.
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Suzuki unwraps Mini-like plug-in hybrid

Leccy Tech Suzuki has whipped the dust sheets off its Swift plug-in hybrid at the Tokyo Motor Show.
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Musos demand Guantanamo Bay playlist

A coalition of musicians is demanding the US government cough a list of tracks allegedly used to torture inmates of Guantanamo Bay, as former prisoners claim they were subjected to the Bee Gees, Britney Spears and Sesame Street at "ear-splitting level".
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Pizza-making ATM hacker avoids jail

An Australian pizza store worker turned hacker has avoided prison after he was convicted of stealing A$30,000 ($28,000) from ATMs using computer hacking.
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Sharp Aquos LC40LE700E 40in LED-backlit TV

Review Like a faded 1970’s rock group, Sharp’s web site proudly proclaims that the company is ‘Big In Japan’. There’s more than a hint of irony in that claim, though, as Sharp is no doubt aware that it’s a relatively low-profile player here in Europe when compared with the likes of Sony, Samsung and Toshiba. However, it’s clearly hoping that the latest additions to its Aquos range of HD TVs will put it back on the map again.
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Apple sexes up Time Capsule

Apple has updated its Time Capsule and Airport Extreme Router products with an improved antenna leading to a 60 per cent performance boost with Snow Leopard. No news about improved capacitors though.
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El Reg launches 'Comment of the Week'

CoTW We're almost delighted this crisp October Friday to announce the launch of the El Reg "Comment of the Week" slot, in which the crème de la crème of the previous seven days' turdspurts and shoutpourings will be showcased for the reading pleasure of you, our beloved commentards.
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Apple confirms Windows 7 support for Mac OS X boot camp

Apple confirmed yesterday that it will support Windows 7 with "Boot Camp" in its Mac OS X Snow Leopard platform within the next few months, for those fanboys with a strange inclination to mix and match their operating systems.
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'More than ever before' now studying Sci/Tech in Blighty

University admissions statistics reveal that more students than ever before in Blighty have enrolled on courses in science and engineering this year. Unfortunately this progress has been achieved at a grim cost, as far larger numbers of young people have as usual chosen to study law, business, management, psychology - and computer science.
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Anti-filesharing laws revive crypto fears for spooks

The UK's intelligence and law enforcement agencies fear the government's anti-illegal filesharing plans will lead to a rise in encryption, scuppering their own efforts to monitor the internet, it's claimed today.
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Operation Eagle Claw nets 18 Nigerian spammers

Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is promising to push the country out of the top ten for fraudulent emails thanks to arrests and proactive action to scan all emails.
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Computing website apologises for data gaffe

Venerable tech mag Computing has apologised to readers who clicked on a link in a marketing email only to find a completed form filled with someone else's account details.
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Remote IT support 'is harder'

Poll Results Perish the thought that we at Freeform Towers should try to over-simplify things, but from the whopping 465 of you who responded to this week's Reg survey, it is clear that there is more to 'remote support' than meets the eye.
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Microsoft Q1 sales pays price for Win 7 launch

Microsoft's first quarter was not as bad as expected, but still pretty bad compared to a year ago.
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Pregnant monkeys on crack - boffins investigate

Scientists in America have warned of a new threat to society, posed by a generation of middle-aged drug-addled monkeys with poor impulse control due to being exposed to cocaine in the womb 15 years ago.
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DNA database reports shows costs up, 'detections' down

Analysis Researchers looking to assess the effectiveness of DNA profiling in solving crime are unlikely to take much comfort in the recently released Annual Report of the National Policing Improvements Agency (NPIA).
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Citrix backtracks on XenDesktop 4 pricing

If you are trying to keep track of the different desktop and application virtualization options in the catalog of Xen-branded products offered by Citrix Systems, and figure out prices, the job just got a little tougher.
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Immigration authorities swoop on Currys depot

Immigration authorities this week arrested ten Currys staff at a depot in Newark near Nottingham because they were not legally entitled to work in the UK.
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Win 7 users shout: Where's my bloody ballot screen?

Several Register readers have been in touch because their early installations of Windows 7 have not come with a ballot screen offering them a choice of browsers to download.
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Hitachi GST clears out Simple clutter

Hitachi GST has updated its Simple line of external drives for EMEA, and given the G-Technology line an internal transplant with Hitachi GST drives being used in all its products.
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Google Reader burrows deeper into your web-addled brain

Mountain View has tweaked Google Reader to help tailor content on its Web 2.0 feed more neatly, by tracking a user's online habits.
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Ares I: What's the point?

The chairman of the committee tasked by president Barack Obama with reviewing the future of the US's human spaceflight programme has questioned the value of NASA's Ares I rocket, just days before its first test flight.
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VMware boasts a half mil vSphere downloads

Everyone is looking for bragging rights in the x64 server virtualization area now that the big three vendors - VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix Systems - have their latest releases in the field. Today, it was VMware's turn to play chanticleer.
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Belkin recalls fire-risk in-car iPod kit

Do you own a Belkin TuneBase in-car iPod dock? Did you buy it after 1 April this year? If so, Belkin would very much like to have it back.
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Karmic Koala RC drops into the wild

Can't wait a week to get your hands on Karmic Koala? Canonical on Thursday issued the release candidate of its latest Linux-based operating system, Ubuntu 9.10.
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Microsoft's Windows 7 buy early plan builds to climax

Price discounts and high channel expectations are paving the way for a healthy holiday shopping season for Microsoft.
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Is that the US space agency in your pocket or...?

If you've ever been enjoying yourself at the pub only to be seized by an uncontrollable urge to know the position of the International Space Station - right. this. minute. — sweet mobile relief has arrived courtesy the good ol' US of A space agency.
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Man gets 3 years in clink for eBaying Adobe prods

A 46-year-old Virginia man has been sentenced to over three years in prison for selling pirated Adobe software on eBay, the US Justice Department has said.
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Google Spanner — instamatic redundancy for 10 million servers?

Google’s massively global infrastructure now employs a proprietary system that automatically moves and replicates loads between its mega data centers when traffic and hardware issues arise.
Cade Metz, 23 2009
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Hotspot sniffer eavesdrops on iPhone in real-time

People who use public WiFi to make iPhone calls or conduct video conferences take heed: It just got a lot easier to monitor your conversations in real time.
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California pair charged with multistate credit card fraud

Federal authorities have accused a California pair of racking up more than $50,000 in fraudulent charges using more than 100 cloned credit cards.