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Apple pen-tablet plan revives Newtonian handwriting

An Apple patent filing may point to pen-based handwriting recognition in Cupertino's oft-rumored tablet/netbook/media-pad/ebook/whatever.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2009
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Will HP 3PAR high-end storage arrays?

Comment What is the future for HP's high-end XP storage arrays? Which way will incoming HP server-networking-storage boss David Donatelli jump?
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2009
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NASA preps Mars rover rescue plan

NASA has come up with a plan to extricate their stuck rover Spirit that's been bogged down in a Martian sand trap since April.
Austin Modine, 13 Nov 2009
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EU 'optimistic' Oracle will see reason on MySQL

The European Union's competition chief has said she's "optimistic" a settlement can be reached with Oracle over its proposed $5.6bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Nov 2009
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Europe clamours for data centre capacity

Data centre outsourcing in Europe is booming, with market revenues forecast to more than double from 2010's €3.3bn to €7.2bn in 2015.
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2009
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Google gives Voice to 'open standard Skype'

Google has acquired VoIP startup Gizmo5, intending to roll the company's engineers into the team that develops the telephony application/controversy magnet known as Google Voice.
Cade Metz, 13 Nov 2009
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Lite-on ETDU108 slim DVD drive

Review So ubiquitous has DVD burning become that when Lite-on sent us its ETDU108 slimline external optical drive, we naturally assumed it could write DVD±R/RW discs. It was only when we tried unsuccessfully to burn one that we realised our assumption was incorrect.
Nick Hawkesmoor, 13 Nov 2009
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Corel receives bigger buyout offer

Corel has told regulators in Canada that it has received an improved offer to buy the firm, and the board has not yet decided what to do.
John Oates, 13 Nov 2009
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Tax regime fails to help UK technology sector, says PwC

Despite the wide range of tax relief available, over two thirds of UK technology companies do not believe the current tax regime fuels enterprise in the UK, according to a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Nov 2009
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3UK shapeshifts on traffic shaping

UK mobile operator 3 has insisted hardly anyone will be affected by the traffic shaping regime it will bring in on Monday.
Bill Ray, 13 Nov 2009
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German boffins produce sim of 'invisibility carpet' in action

Remorseless German boffins have developed a simulator which can show how so-called "invisibility carpets" fashioned of metamaterials (in fact more likely to appear in the form of invisible sheds, according to top boffins) would actually appear to the human eye. According to the simulation, the invisible sheds would produce curious ripples and distortions, fairly easily spotted.
Lewis Page, 13 Nov 2009
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Activision leaps into Modern Warfare 2 sales figure fight

The publisher of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has waded into the conflict surrounding the game’s day-one sales, claiming that 4.2m copies of the videogame were shifted within 24 hours.
James Sherwood, 13 Nov 2009
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Samsung retracts Symbian support snub

Samsung has denied its plans to drop support for the Symbian platform, proving only that the Korean company is getting better at western politics.
Bill Ray, 13 Nov 2009
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Dirty, dirty PCs: The X-rated picture guide

Ventblockers Our shock picture last Friday of a Quatermass-style lifeform lurking inside a PC prompted a flurry of snaps forwarded by readers who had similarly confronted unspeakable horrors.
Lester Haines, 13 Nov 2009
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Police sitting on forensic backlog risk, says top e-cop

The UK's top e-cop believes the forensic backlog in seized IT kit poses a serious risk to ongoing criminal investigations.
Robert Blincoe, 13 Nov 2009
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Reg readers on: Stuff you run vs stuff you run it on

Workshop Thanks to everyone who took part in our latest mini-poll, which teased out some insights on how you balance the requirements of the teams that build and operate the resources and capabilities running in the server room.
Martin Atherton, 13 Nov 2009
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Novell targets netbooks with latest OS

Novell has released openSUSE 11.2, just a few short weeks after Ubuntu 9.10 - aka Karmic Koala - landed.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Nov 2009
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Atlantis crew gears up for Monday launch

The crew of space shuttle Atlantis has arrived at Kennedy Space Center ahead of Monday's slated launch of mission STS-129 to the International Space Station.
Lester Haines, 13 Nov 2009
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BOFH: Slab happy

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Simon Travaglia, 13 Nov 2009
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Last call: HTC Hero up for grabs

Lucky Draw The Register is giving one lucky reader the chance to get his or her mitts on HTC’s latest Android phone — the HTC Hero, complete with a copy of CoPilot Live 8 with UK and European maps. But hurry: the lucky draw closes tomorrow.
Team Register, 13 Nov 2009
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Microsoft defends Hotmail's cookie requirement

Microsoft has said its new policy of requiring users to accept third party cookies to log out of Hotmail improves security.
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Swiss roll Street View into court

Switzerland's head of federal data protection has announced that he's taking Google to court after the search monolith refused to comply with several privacy requests regarding its Swiss Street View service.
Lester Haines, 13 Nov 2009
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Bishop calls for Priests 2.0 to evangelise on the net

A French Bishop has called for the Vatican to unleash a cadre of crack Web 2.0 trained priests to push the Church of Rome's message on the internet.
Joe Fay, 13 Nov 2009
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Wii to receive dedicated iPlayer feed

The UK's Wii owners will get a dedicated BBC iPlayer channel on their connected consoles next week, it has been confirmed.
James Sherwood, 13 Nov 2009
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Sophisticated parcel mule scam unpicked

Details of a sophisticated re-shipping scam that tricked US residents into working as freight-forwarding middlemen for eastern European crooks, have been exposed by security researchers at RSA.
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2009
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Windows Mobe Marketplace sets its stall out

Windows Phone Marketplace is now available on the web, and has new DRM too, allowing everyone to see the impoverished selection of apps that are now harder to steal.
Bill Ray, 13 Nov 2009
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'F-22 Raptor stealth coatings are crap' case goes to court

Updated A former Lockheed stealth-tech engineer has alleged that radar-invisibility coatings on the USA's F-22 "Raptor" ultrasuperfighter are "defective", and that Lockheed supplied them knowing that this was the case. It has now been confirmed that Darrol Olsen's whistleblower lawsuit will be heard in federal court.
Lewis Page, 13 Nov 2009
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Olympus PEN E-P1 Micro Four-Thirds camera

Review Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. We used to looked back at past technologies with fond memories, but be grateful that we lived in the modern world. Now, it seems, some of us want a piece of both the past and the present, with gadgets combining an old exterior with a modern interior.
George Cole, 13 Nov 2009
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US judge rules quadriplegic can bear arms

A US judge has ruled that a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic, who is "physically unable to hold a gun or pull a trigger", can have a firearms permit allowing him to bear arms.
Lester Haines, 13 Nov 2009
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Office 2010 beta sneaks onto wild wild web

A beta version of Microsoft’s Office 2010 software package has unsurprisingly tipped up on some BitTorrent sites ahead of its expected official release next week.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Nov 2009
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Michael Jackson planned 'robot duplicate' of himself

Famous dead pop legend Michael Jackson intended to construct an eerily-lifelike robotic duplicate of himself, according to reports. Detailed three-dimensional scans of the deceased globo-celeb's body were made, and the super-accurate body maps are now said to be on sale for a million dollars.
Lewis Page, 13 Nov 2009
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Play.com leaves Modern Warfare 2 buyers empty handed

Updated Online retailer Play.com has failed to reach out to many Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 buyers it left in the lurch after failing to live up to its guaranteed launch-day delivery promise.
James Sherwood, 13 Nov 2009
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Border guards get first dozen ID card readers

The Home Office has introduced a dozen identity card readers as part of a pilot scheme, having had none earlier this year.
Kable, 13 Nov 2009
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Morgan Computers: Your memories

Last week's coverage of the shuttering of Morgan Computers, the mini-chain of cheap computer dealers, sparked memories of first computers and other odd bits of kits from you lot.
John Oates, 13 Nov 2009
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Revealed: The amazing premise behind Ridley Scott's Monopoly

The man who apparently persuaded Ridley Scott to helm a film based on Monopoly has described the amazing premise which reeled in the director.
Lester Haines, 13 Nov 2009
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Overland languishes in intensive care

There were signs of hope for the ailing Overland Storage last quarter, but these have been comprehensively dashed by the latest results. Can it still be saved?
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2009
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Casio designs camera for golfers

If you're looking to improve your golf swing, then ditch Fujitsu’s mobile phone app and consider Casio’s latest compact camera.
James Sherwood, 13 Nov 2009
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Quickening satellite quickens pulses at ESA

Baffled Boffins at the European Space Agency (ESA) are hoping that today's Earth fly-by of the Rosetta satellite will shed light on a problem of significant gravity.
Pratik Desai, 13 Nov 2009
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Adobe Flash attack vector exploits insecure web design

An unpatched security risk involving Adobe Flash creates a possible mechanism for hackers to load exploits onto websites.
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2009
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Spanish region teaches kids how to crack one off

Spain's autonomous region of Extremadura has sparked a bit of a rumpus by issuing an educational leaflet entitled Pleasure is in your hands, detailing the best way to achieve solo satisfaction.
Lester Haines, 13 Nov 2009
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HP: Q4 will be better than expected

In the wake of Hewlett-Packard's $2.7bn deal to take over networking player 3Com earlier this week, HP's top brass announced preliminary results for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, ended in October. The numbers are better than expected - in large measure because of an business upswing in China.
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To horse! It's Comment of the Week

CoTW Fortified as I am by the greasiest, kebabingest TechnoWrap™ Soho has to offer and a generous nip of desk brandy, I suppose I can just about stomach a traipse through your scintillating contributions to modern discourse. Welcome back to Comment of the Week, your new favourite Reg regurgitationfest.
The Moderatrix, 13 Nov 2009
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Feds pinch two Madoff geeks

The FBI has arrested two programmers in connection with falsifying records at Bernie Madoff's investment firm.
John Oates, 13 Nov 2009
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Taser gang targets 'high value' Heathrow computer consignment

A gang of robbers targeted a delivery van carrying "high value computer equipment" near Heathrow Airport on Monday night by setting up a fake police checkpoint.
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Mantis Reaper-clone drone flies

UK-headquartered arms globocorp BAE Systems has announced completion of initial flight trials by its large, twin-engined "Mantis" unmanned aircraft above Australia.
Lewis Page, 13 Nov 2009
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ISS piss recycler packs up again on eve of Atlantis visit

The International Space Station's buggy urine-recycling unit has packed up again, according to reports. With the shuttle Atlantis due to visit shortly, temporarily boosting the number of people at the orbiting outpost to 12, it's feared that areas of the station may begin to fill up with containers of astronaut piss awaiting treatment.
Lewis Page, 13 Nov 2009
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Dell confirms first Android-based smartphone

Dell has officially announced its first branded smartphone – the Mini 3i.
James Sherwood, 13 Nov 2009
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iPhone worm hacker gets death threats, job offers

The creator of the rickrolling iPhone worm has spoken of possible job offers and death threats since the release of the Jesus Phone malware last weekend.
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2009
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Google Chrome OS due next week, says someone

Google will offer downloads of its Chrome operating system any day now, according to an internet rumor.
Cade Metz, 13 Nov 2009
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Microsoft opens Windows 7 to advertisers

Microsoft has cracked open Windows 7 to commercial sponsorship with desktop themes from advertisers.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Nov 2009
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NASA: the Moon is a hydrated mistress

NASA's LCROSS probe has confirmed the presence of water on the lunar surface, including buckets of the stuff in a shadowed crater near the moon's south pole.
Austin Modine, 13 Nov 2009
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Apple snuffs iPhone app for too much Appleness

A longtime Mac developer has walked away from the iPhone App Store after Apple's app police spent three months deciding to reject the developer's application for using Apple images meant specifically for developers.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2009
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Boffins fight pacemaker hacks with ultrasound security

Researchers are looking to ultrasound waves as a way to prevent attacks on radio-controlled pacemakers.
Dan Goodin, 13 Nov 2009
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HPcom spells 'IT disaster,' says UK firm

A UK-based IT service company is warning that HP's acquisition of 3com could "spell IT disaster" for existing 3com customers.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2009
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Google Docs set for 'get rid of' Office moment

By next year, Google says, its web-happy word processor will be so effective, most enterprises will be able to "get rid of [Microsoft] Office."
Cade Metz, 13 Nov 2009
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Microsoft admits Win 7 tool violated GPL

Microsoft will soon release a Windows 7 tool under the GPL, after admitting the product violated the terms of the popular open-source license.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Nov 2009