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Senators to NASA: Get your ass to Mars

NASA lacks a clear vision for the future of US human spaceflight, US Senators told the space agency's chief on Wednesday.
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Novell: Linux finally breaks even

Well, that only took six years and change.
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Windows server revenue outpaced Linux in Q4

In Gartner's assessment of the server market in the fourth quarter of 2009, X64 servers and blades in particular were singled out as the growth engines. With IDC's similar, but different, report Thursday we learn that the Windows platform was the real beneficiary of the bump in sales.
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Fanboi Opera lovers get 10.5 beta

You still can't run Opera on the iPhone. But Opera-loving Apple fanbois can take some comfort from the fact that a beta version of the Norwegian browser maker's latest desktop creation is now available for the Mac.
Cade Metz, 26 2010
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Gmail error hops on POP

Google grappled with erratic Gmail behavior this morning for a "significant subset" of users who receive their mail via POP from external mail providers into Gmail.
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More workers poisoned by supplier for Apple, Nokia

The Taiwanese company that provides displays and electronic components for Apple, Nokia, and others has admitted that more employees than previously reported have been poisoned by an industrial chemical used in its manufacturing facilities.
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ICO to investigate surveillance for Parliamentary report

Privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) will report to Parliament later this year on the degree to which UK citizens are put under surveillance.
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Marathon reels in another $6.5m

Fault tolerant and high availability clustering software maker Marathon Technologies has received the second part of a $13.5m round of equity funding that the company lined up late last year.
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Pentax K-x

Review The Pentax K-x is arguably one of the smallest and more accomplished entry-level DSLR cameras on the market. The K-x inherits the compact body and the simple layout of the K-m while squeezing in quite a few of the high-end features of its bigger brother, the K-7.
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ID cards: the first year report

Sir Joseph Pilling, the ID commissioner who oversees the ID card scheme, said he is generally satisfied with progress after the first year but it was too soon to give it a clean bill of health.
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Virgin Media admits broadband upgrade 'confusion'

Virgin Media has denied claims from broadband customers that it is cheekily charging them more to upgrade their cable broadband packages than it asks new punters to pay up.
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Experts rubbish iPhone for health use

Two NHS mobile equipment specialists have said that the short battery life of Apple's iPhone makes it unsuitable for use in health work
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Lara Croft walks rings round Derby City

By popular acclaim, Lara Croft is to have a road named after her in Derby, the city in which the computer game character was created.
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Cleversafe beats RAID/replication scale trap

Cleversafe has improved the hardware it sells to distribute slices of data around a network, reckoning this is much cheaper at the PB scale than a RAID and replication combination.
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Supersonic stealth jumpjet makes 'short landing'

Vid The F-35B Lightning II, world's first supersonic stealth jumpjet and successor to the famous Harrier, has carried out its first "short" landing. Test pilots are currently making slower and slower flights with the aircraft, progressing gradually towards hovering vertical landings.
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Patterned storage media almost sewn up

Comment Patterned media is stepping closer with Molecular Imprints announcing and selling a system for pilot and low-volume manufacture.
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Final shuttle rocket test goes without a bang

The final test firing of a space shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM) went without a bang yesterday, as NASA prepares to retire the shuttle fleet.
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BBC to cull radio stations, halve websites in painful biz review

The BBC reportedly plans to axe its 6 Music and Asian Network radio stations, cull 50 per cent of its websites and reduce spending on American TV shows next month.
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Latvian hacker tweets hard on banking whistle

A hacker has become a popular hero in the Baltics, and scourge to the authorities, by leaking information on the finances of banks and state-run firms to Latvian TV.
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IBM offers voluntary redundo - two days into 'consultation'

IBM is offering staff voluntary redundancy just two days into the consultation period.
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Sony ships Freeview HD Bravia TVs

Sony's first tellies capable to tuning into Freeview HD will go on sale this weekend, the consumer electronics giant said today.
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Bringing P2P in from the cold

Interview Attorney Chris Castle has worked for the original Napster ("one of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century"), Snocap and in digital licensing for Sony and A&M. In the first installment of our annual catch-up, he wondered whether Google may have annoyed so many rights holders that it's rethinking its strategy. Here, he talks about how he tried to bring P2P in from the cold at Napster, then Snocap.
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Computer boffin on NHS Spine: Get out while you can

A leading computer scientist has sounded a warning over an NHS data collection plan, urging patients to opt out.
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Mandy accused of screwing small biz

Web design and consultancy firms have reacted with outrage to Lord Mandelson's latest attempt to get more British small businesses online.
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Microsoft slams nails in Windows Vista, XP SP2, 2000

Microsoft will kill support for its unloved Windows Vista operating system a few months ahead of its Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 planned end-of-the-road-for-updates deadline.
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EU rattles sabre at Street View

The head of EU data protection agencies has told Google it must warn people of the impending arrival of its Orwellian Street View spymobiles.
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US Navy SEALs' new airlock minisub - made in Blighty

A groundbreaking new miniature submarine in use by the US Navy's secretive, elite frogman-commando special operations force was actually designed and built in old Blighty, the Reg can reveal.
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Twitter hits fan as scams smite banks, cabinet ministers

The Twitter phishing attacks from earlier this week stepped up a gear on Friday with huge volumes of spam from compromised accounts, some of which belonged to UK cabinet minsters and even a bank.
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Cyberspooks sceptical on UK.gov's IT cost-cutting plans

Exclusive Whitehall IT chiefs have been warned by the intelligence agency GCHQ that security problems with cloud computing could foil their plans to use the technology to slash the cost of public services.
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Microsoft inks IP licensing exFAT deal with Panasonic

Microsoft has dropped yet another Intellectual Property deal into its bulging patent bag, this time in an agreement with Panasonic over its use of its Extended File Allocation Table, aka exFAT, format.
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Suits 2.0 will survive BBC's 'purge'

Comment Bureaucracy is the one sure winner in the BBC's strategic review - the suits and wonks. It's sort of like natural selection turned upside: in a changing environment, the most useless survive.
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Bulgarian airbag absorbs semi-automatic rifle round

A California woman caught up in a fatal shooting may have been saved by her D-cup breast implants, one of which took a round from a semi-automatic assault rifle, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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NatWest suffers calamitous online banking breakdown

NatWest customers struggled to access the company's online banking, ATMs, telephone and even branch systems in the past few hours, after it was hit by a unspecified "technical issue" this morning.
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Fujitsu strike is off

Fujitsu and the Unite union have agreed terms to end the planned strike at the services giant.
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Jobs: I'll decide what to do with Apple's $40bn cash pile

Steve Jobs has told shareholders not to complain about the Mac maker's $40bn and growing cash mountain as he could decide to do something interesting with it at any time.
Joe Fay, 26 2010
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Ofcom decides it can't decide on spare spectrum

Following six months of consultation Ofcom has decided it can't decide what to do with 8MHz of sub-1GHz spectrum, so will do nothing until after the general election.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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'Promiscuous slapper fruitfly sluts prevent mass extinctions'

NSFWFI Hot hot news from the world of insects this week, perhaps with insights to be gleaned into the conduct of human relations.
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O2 revamps Sim-only tariffs for end-of-contract iPhone owners

O2 is looking to win over eBay buyers who've picked up a second-hand iPhone or another make of smartphone. Today it launched new 'Simplicity' Sim-only tarrifs aimed at people who aren't looking for a new handset.
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O2 intros 'light use' mobile broadband deal

O2 has adjusted its Mobile Broadband monthly subscription rates, adding a 1GB data transfer limit package for more casual users.
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eBay Germany faces PayPal probe

eBay Germany is being investigated by competition authorities concerned that its tying of PayPal to certain eBay purchases is in breach of consumer law.
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Samsung joins the Skype-TV crowd

Samsung has joined LG and Panasonic in embedding Skype into its high-end TVs, putting video calling firmly into living rooms.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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Microsoft and the Windows Phone 7 noise machine

Radio Reg Critics of the company and Web 2.0 fashionistas frequently assert that Microsoft is no longer "relevant," in an era of Google and open source.
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IBM quietly shoves ISS wares into Tivoli

IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS) products have quietly been booted from Big Blue's global services business and into the ever-expanding Tivoli brand product line, The Register has learned.
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Gay site says bank shut account over 'objectionable' blog

Citibank - the third largest holding bank in the US - has apologized to a gay social networking website after its founder claimed the bank had blocked his account due to "objectionable content" on the site's blog.
Cade Metz, 26 2010
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Parallels fondles Steve Jobs' bare metal

Parallels has introduced a bare-metal hypervisor for servers built by the Jobsian cult.
Cade Metz, 26 2010
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Microsoft warns over rogue Security Essentials

Microsoft has warned Windows users to be on their guard against a piece of rogue antivirus software passing itself off as Microsoft Security Essentials.
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Facebook patents user news feed

Facebook has been awarded a patent on displaying news feeds of users' activities, creating an interwebs stir that basic social network functionality could soon fall prey to Facebook IP rights.
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Apple uncovers child workers in its plants

Apple has found children were hired to help build some of its products, with one employer in its Mac, iPod and iPhone supply chain falsifying records.