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Cray has ups and downs in Q3

High-end parallel supercomputer maker Cray, which has been trying for the past year to round out its business by peddling entry-level HPC gear, is still not quite making it up in volume. But some big deals and system upgrades, as well as an expanding custom engineering business and the entry-level HPC product line are making Cray feel pretty pumped about 2010.
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Giant iPhones invade Florida

A trio of Floridians have created a pair of Halloween costumes sure to melt the hearts of even the most jaded Apple fanbois: working, wearable, human-sized iPhones.
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Oracle sees future in Sun's GlassFish

Oracle's drip feed of promises on Sun Microsystems' software has now extended to middleware, open-source, and tools.
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Intel opens cloud fluffing school

Intel has opened its very own cloud-fluffing school.
Cade Metz, 30 2009
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Ares 1-X booster rocket dented in test flight

The first stage booster rocket used in the Ares I-X test flight was found to be badly dented when it was recovered from the Atlantic Ocean.
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Nokia 6303 Classic

Review While Nokia continues to push at the boundaries of mobile phone technology, it also has its eye on the voice-as-primary-function mainstream. This is where its bread and butter lies, and a market well served by the stalwart and very popular 6300. Now meet its successor, the 6303 Classic.
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Ericsson designs gadgets of 2020

Eleven years from now we will be embedded with GPS chips at birth, drive flying cars and struggle to remember what was so great about the iPhone – right? Sort of, according to Ericsson, which has forecast which gadgets will be making headlines in 2020.
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Non-Latin web addresses approved

ICANN has voted, as predicted, in favour of non-Latin web addresses.
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Are you mulling new ways of refreshing desktop and laptop estates?

Workshop In this week’s poll we asked if people were rethinking their desktop strategies, and what options they were considering. So what is really happening – is anyone actually considering refreshing their desktop and laptop estates? Well when we asked you “Have you been given pause for thought about your own desktop strategy for any reason?”
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Numonyx wiggles out of PCM scaling trap

Intel and Numonyx announced a way to build vertical stacks of Phase Change Memory arrays without losing performance.
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Climate Fools Day rallies the heretics

On my way to a climate conference yesterday, I wondered what £6m worth of TV advertising might look like if it climate sceptics dominated the political and media elites, rather than environmental activists. This campaign would obviously be targeted at the small minority of people who think that their lifestyles affect the climate.
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eBay.co.uk blocked for smelling phishy

Online tat bazaar ebay.co.uk was blocked for much of yesterday because OpenDNS wrongly labelled auction pages on the site as phishing pages.
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State attorney nabbed in car with stripper, Viagra and sex toys

A South Carolina deputy assistant attorney general who claimed he was on his lunch break, but was actually entertaining a stripper in his SUV, has been given his marching orders.
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DARPA issues balloon-hunting $40k 'Network Challenge'

Famed US military bonkers-boffinry bureau DARPA, in order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the internet, has issued a zeitgeisty "Network Challenge". The first person or team to correctly locate ten large red balloons scattered across the USA will win $40,000.

World Wii sales slump by 43%

Nintendo has admitted that Wii sales have “stalled” after reporting a 43 per cent drop in global sales of the console during the first six months of the firm’s current financial year.
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IBM erects fedware for The Man 2.0

IBM is sinking its teeth deeper into government IT today with a new software framework that joins the company's expansive middleware portfolio into a neat package for The Man 2.0.
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BOFH: The stupidity criticality

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Comparison shopping sites not wicked after all, says Google

Google is adding "AdWords Comparison Ads" to its armoury of weapons designed to squeeze even more money out of advertisers "make ads more relevant and useful".
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Facebook to share more user data with advertisers

Facebook has rewritten its privacy policy to cut out legal jargon and has indicated it plans to broaden the types of user data it shares with advertisers.
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Somerset council resigns over blog

Eleven councillors from a rural Somerset town have resigned their posts having had a bellyful of a local blogger who waged a concerted online campaign against them.
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DJ Hero sets up, scratches down in Blighty

Strumming is out and spinning is in, at least according to videogame developer FreeStyleGames, which has today launched DJ Hero as a rival to Guitar Hero.
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Koreans, Apple frolic through mobile recession

Mobile phone market estimates show progress by the two Korean giants and Apple - but make grim reading for everyone else in the hardware business.
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The Register Downloads channel is live and kicking!

Site news The Register has teamed up with Betanews.com, the US online tech publication, to launch our very own software downloads channel at http://downloads.theregister.co.uk. We trust you will find it useful.
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Nikon D3000 digital SLR

Review The D3000 is the new entry-level DSLR from Nikon and it’s aimed at the complete beginner with high-performance ambitions. It replaces the best selling D60 and marks a much needed and anticipated upgrade. The basic kit includes an 18-55mm lens and comes in at £429, stirring up competition for its main rivals the Canon EOS 450D, the Sony A330 and the Olympus E520.
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Whitehall mulls new police leak investigations

The head of the civil service is considering calling police in over leaks from parts of the government that deal with national security issues.
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Charlize Theron to travel Mad Max's Fury Road

Charlize Theron will star in the fourth outing of the Max Max franchise - Fury Road - alongside Brit thesp Tom Hardy of Black Hawk Down fame.
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Asus CEO signals Q1 2010 smartbook launch

Asus will launch a netbook based on ARM chippery during Q1 2010, the company's CEO, Jerry Shen, promised this week.

Green Berets get wearable combat smartphones

It would seem that the American Land Warrior wearable war-smartphone system, once reviled by troops and cancelled by top brass, is now firmly on the road to military fashionability. The ultimate kit accolade - used by special forces - now appears to have been bestowed on the digi-trooper gear.
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3PAR shows not so sub-par results

3PAR has announced modestly improved results beating expectations and set against a still-depressed customer spending environment.
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New Doctor Who is 'simply the best'

Doctor Who lead writer Steven Moffat has classified Matt Smith as "simply the best" Time Lord of the bunch - a brave statement as the 27-year-old actor prepares to receive the Tardis keys from David Tennant.
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HTC says no to Android HD2 to aid Windows Mobile

Despite being the first firm to launch an Android-based smartphone, HTC has hinted that its upcoming HD2 won’t be given a Google OS makeover.
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Hack slots hotspots into Windows 7

An unfinished project to fit Windows 7 with virtual Wi-Fi devices makes every laptop into a hotspot with the smallest of patches.
Bill Ray, 30 2009
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Thieves target BT cables as scrap value rises

Thieves in Sussex made off with more than half a mile of BT cabling in an overnight operation that cut off 800 homes and businesses.
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NBA launches live game streaming app

The National Basketball Association (NBA) hopes to score a slam dunk with a hi-tech application that will let fans watch live games on their mobile phones.
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Microsoft in Bing jingle kiddie vid outrage

Microsoft may well find itself sharing the dock* in The Hague with Radovan Karadzic on a crimes against humanity rap after unleashing a "terrifying" video punting its Bing search thing:
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NASA chuffed with super-accurate new map of universe

NASA and an international boffinry alliance are chuffed to announce that they have successfully updated the map grid of the entire universe. Just as old-time sailors used the stars to navigate the Earth's oceans, spacecraft plying the infinite void of space - and astronomers probing it - will use quasars a billion lightyears away as reference points.
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Norway warns Amazon against Kindle launch

Norway's Consumer Council reckons the Kindle breaches Norwegian law, and will have to change radically before any local launch.
Bill Ray, 30 2009
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Samsung redesigns colour e-paper

Samsung has gone back to the drawing board to improve the resolution of its colour-capable electronic paper.
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Moffat leaves IBM after insider trading arrest

Bob Moffat - IBM's top server, storage, and chip exec - has left the company following his arrest for alleged involvement in an insider trading scam.
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Facebook awarded $711m in 'Spamford' Wallace case

Facebook has been awarded $711 million in damages against the infamous junk mail merchant, Sanford "Spamford" Wallace, who gained access to numerous accounts on the social website and sent phony messages to their friends.
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California man accused of DOSing site he founded

Federal prosecutors have accused a co-founder of YouSendIt.com of repeatedly launching web attacks against the popular upload site.
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vBulletin denies busting downloads in paid-up protester ban

Updated Forumware giant vBulletin has vehemently defended its decision to ban paying customers from its own support forums after they complained about its new licensing scheme.
Cade Metz, 30 2009

Wintel 7 machines freeze out iPhone

Updated If you're having trouble syncing your iPhone with a PC based on the Intel P55 chipset and running Windows 7, you're not alone.
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Cisco thinks twice on Norwegian video borg

Cisco may walk away from its $3 billion offer to buy Norwegian video conferencing specialist Tandberg amidst resistance from a block of shareholders.
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DDoS attacks topple 40 Swedish sites

Swedish authorities have few leads in their investigation of a massive denial-of-service attack on Thursday that downed about 40 websites belonging to police and media outlets.
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Microsoft smothers Sage and Intuit challenger

Microsoft's Office Accounting software, used to challenge Sage and Intuit, has become the latest victim of corporate cuts.
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Shsssh! Google Voice has 1.4 million users

Despite the fact that Google Voice remains an "invitation only" service, it has grown to well over 1.4 million users with a cool 570,000 folks using it daily.
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NASA to irradiate monkeys for science

It's good to see NASA getting back into the old spirit of space exploration these days. After years of settling for what are essentially low orbit field trips, the space agency is not only setting sights back on the moon, it's reintroducing the neglected trade of doing strange and unusual things to moneys for science.
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P2P snafu blows lid on secret Congress probes

A confidential memo from one of the most secretive panels in Congress was leaked on a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, publicly detailing sensitive probes involving more than 30 lawmakers and aides.