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Russia plans asteroid-defence space mission to Apophis

Russia may deploy defensive spacecraft against the Apophis asteroid, which is almost certainly not going to hit the Earth, according to remarks by the head of the country's space agency.
Lewis Page, 31 Dec 2009

Arise, Sir Peter of Middle Earth

Lord of the Rings maker Peter Jackson has been knighted in his native New Zealand, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 31 Dec 2009

Orange punts quality calling

Orange UK is upping the quality of voice calls over the next year, branding the development "HD Voice" in the ongoing search for market differentiation.
Bill Ray, 31 Dec 2009

Lithuania hits off switch on nuclear plant

Lithuania will tonight shut down its single Soviet-era nuclear power plant - a facility which supplies up to 80 per cent of the country's electricity but must go as a condition of the country's membership of the European Union.
Lester Haines, 31 Dec 2009

Sex in the Noughties: How was it for you?

CommentWhen it comes to sex, New Labour claims that the last decade has been about the rights of sexual minorities and support for victims. In the last few years, however, that view has been challenged by a gathering dissent that includes many supposed beneficiaries of such liberalism.
Jane Fae , 31 Dec 2009

Welcome to the out-of-control decade

CommentBack in the turbulent 1960s, the anti-establishment rabble was often derided as being "out of control." Fast-forward 50 years to the 2010s, when that same phrase will soon be back in vogue.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Dec 2009

US word czars unfriend shovel-ready toxic assets

Michigan's Lake Superior State University has issued its 2010 manifest of 15 words and phrases consigned to the lexicographical dustbin in the 35th "List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness".
Lester Haines, 31 Dec 2009

Vevo to strip content from YouTube API

Music video website Vevo will soon see its content stripped from YouTube's API, in a move to block third parties using it without the firm's permission.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Dec 2009

Tobacco biofuel to solve energy/ environment crisis?

Boffins in Philadelphia, America have come up with a radical new plan for biofuels. Rather than the cars of tomorrow running on various forms of alcohol, sunflower oil, algae etc, the scientists propose that they should instead be fuelled by burning tobacco.
Lewis Page, 31 Dec 2009

iSlate? I spy more control from Cupertino

Apple is probably going to launch some sort of tablet PC next month, probably on January the 26th, but is this a revolution in computing or a revolution in control?
Bill Ray, 31 Dec 2009

Today is not New Year's Eve - or the end of the decade

El Reg would like to apologise to all its readers for the recent spate of ill-timed end of the decade articles, which it, along with the rest of the media have been tacking on to the close of 2009.
Jane Fae , 31 Dec 2009

Tories swallow Web 2.0, spit out £1m crowdsource prize

The Tories are waving a £1m taxpayer-funded crowdsourcing prize under the noses of developers to produce a website that can "harness the wisdom" of voters to "resolve difficult policy challenges".
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Dec 2009

Oregon profs plan giant robotic space cockroach warriors

Human traitors in Oregon are planning the construction of fearsome robot cockroaches physically superior to mankind.
Lewis Page, 31 Dec 2009
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Dell crowned Bad Santa computer maker by angry customers

Dell customers are furious at the computer maker after it failed to deliver products in time for the holiday season, and instead offered a "Holiday Card" to place under their Christmas trees to replace undelivered gifts.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Dec 2009

Hacker rattles 21,000 iPhone unlockers

Hackers have mailed 21,000 customers of iPhoneUnlockUK to remind them the company uses unlicensed software, and that their details have been compromised.
Bill Ray, 31 Dec 2009

US feds squeeze bloggers for posting TSA orders

At least two bloggers who posted the latest Transportation Security Administration security guidelines have received visits from the feds. One had his laptop confiscated and was served a subpoena. The other just received the subpoena.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Dec 2009

FCC rescues American football fans

The US Federal Communications Commission has stepped in to bring a temporary halt to a dispute that had threatened to disrupt that most cherished of American institutions: watching young men attempt to bash each other senseless over the possession of an inflated ersatz pig bladder.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Dec 2009

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