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Madoff geeks charged for writing book-cooking code

A federal grand jury has indicted two computer programmers on fraud and conspiracy charges for developing programs used by Bernard Madoff to cook the books in his billion-dollar ponzi scheme.
Dan Goodin, 18 Mar 2010
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Energizer battery rechargers still haunted by trojan backdoor

"It keeps going and going and going" may be the slogan coined for Energizer batteries, but the same holds true for a nasty trojan backdoor that mysteriously slipped into software used to monitor rechargeable versions of the product.
Dan Goodin, 18 Mar 2010
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Steve Jobs' latest honors: TV, icons, fromage

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is no stranger to adulation. Recent honors include Fortune's CEO of the Decade, the Harvard Business Review's world's best-performing CEO, and the Wall Street Journal's Person of the Decade. But a new trio of tributes takes Jobsian worship to new heights.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Mar 2010
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Hidden Windows 7 costs worry upgraders

Microsoft - if not IT pros - can breath a sigh of relief, as Windows 7 has given businesses a reason for not defecting to competing desktop systems.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2010
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Dell Vostro V13

Review You know where you stand with business-oriented laptops. They're chunky, dull-looking machines with all the pizazz of a rainy afternoon in Chester. Dell's Vostro range has been a case in point: a collection of low-power, low-charisma laptops likely to appeal only to the most frugal of IT department bean counters.
Dave Stevenson, 18 Mar 2010
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Police National Database will have audit trail

A code of practice for the forthcoming Police National Database says that an audit trail will be created to tackle abuse.
Kable, 18 Mar 2010
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Do ERP projects ever end?

Workshop In some organisations, the ERP system represents the biggest single entity within the IT environment. This is particularly the case in industries such as manufacturing, distribution and others that are heavily manpower- or goods-centric. Even if ERP in itself doesn’t account for a lot of the infrastructure per se, it is one of those applications (or suites of applications) a lot of other stuff needs to be plugged into. It's therefore not something you can easily put to one side and forget about.
Dale Vile, 18 Mar 2010
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Dealing with the virtual hype

Lab There are few if any technologies that have garnered as much industry coverage as virtualisation has enjoyed over the last few years. Okay, maybe ‘Cloud Computing’ has too, but that’s more vendor talk than action right now. As far as real-world activity goes, virtualisation is a hotbed of activity and a magnet for vendors to prove their worth/disprove the worth of others and help/hinder those trying to harness the technology to benefit their organisations.
Martin Atherton, 18 Mar 2010
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Signal Lake rescues InPhase

Collapsed holographic storage maker InPhase is being resuscitated.
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2010
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'Google TV' plants Chrome on Android set-top

Google has joined forces with Intel and Sony to build a television set-top box based on its Android mobile operating system and Chrome web browser.
Cade Metz, 18 Mar 2010
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Yahoo! buys! fantasy! sports! site!

Yahoo! is making another attempt to strengthen its weak social networking products by buying Citizen Sports.
John Oates, 18 Mar 2010
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Making life easier for the road warrior

Workshop In the past decade we have witnessed the use of laptops in organisations reaching similar levels to those of desktops. All the signs are that the penetration of such machines will soon exceed that of their immobile siblings. Today, they are more than status symbols. They are established as essential business devices, without which many users would find their jobs difficult, if not impossible, to perform adequately.
Tony Lock, 18 Mar 2010
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'Death knell' for Eye-o-Sauron™ US border stare-towers

Plans to erect a chain of tall towers topped by all-seeing eyes along the US southern border - for the purpose of detecting inbound huddled masses, rather than troublesome hobbits - have perhaps been torpedoed at last, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 18 Mar 2010
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Sex.com auction delayed

The auction of the controversial domain name sex.com has been delayed, after some of its owner's creditors stepped in with a bankruptcy claim.
Kevin Murphy, 18 Mar 2010
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Amazon posts Kindle for Mac

Amazon has rolled out the Mac version of its Kindle-on-a-computer application, and it's open to e-book buyers in the UK.
Tony Smith, 18 Mar 2010
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Ex-worker blamed for car immobilisation hack

A disgruntled worker allegedly caused chaos after he hacked into a vehicle immobilisation system and remotely disabled cars, Wired reports.
John Leyden, 18 Mar 2010
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Bare-chested Shetlander welcomes Google with open fingers

The Shetland Islands are proving fertile ground for Street View tomfoolery, and hot on the heels of yesterday's Incredible Hulk revelation we have this chap offering Google's Orwellian black Opel the traditional local welcome:
Lester Haines, 18 Mar 2010
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Facebook faces Home Sec over lack of 'panic button'

Updated Facebook will today meet with Home Secretary Alan Johnson to explain its refusal to publish a "panic button" that would refer users to CEOP, the national online anti-paedophile agency.
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Google extends ARM to browser natives

Google has told the world that Native Client - its native-code browser plug-in - can now run on ARM chips.
Cade Metz, 18 Mar 2010
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Apple bins iPhone covers

Apple has stopped selling screen protectors, arguing that the iPhone and iPad should be tough enough without them.
Bill Ray, 18 Mar 2010
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HTC 'disagrees' with Apple patent theft claim

HTC has said it "disagrees" with Apple's claim that it has ripped off the iPhone maker's intellectual property - currently the subject of a legal battle between the two companies.
Tony Smith, 18 Mar 2010
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Berners-Lee says rate countries by data sharing

Tim Berners-Lee is calling for governments to do more to open up access to the data they collect.
John Oates, 18 Mar 2010
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Minister: Banks should give ID cards to people with no money

Home Office Identical Minister Meg Hillier has hit on a brilliant wheeze that could solve all her social exclusion problems. Banks need proof of ID when you open an account, right? Banks give people free stuff when they open an account, right? Sooooo... banks could give people free ID cards when they open accounts!
John Lettice, 18 Mar 2010
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Peer 1 Hosting puts up for Reg space mission

Site News International managed hosting provider, PEER 1 Hosting, today announces its sponsorship of the UK’s Next Space programme which will witness the exciting launch of a high-tech paper plane, named Vulture 1, into space.
Team Register, 18 Mar 2010
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Supersonic stealth jumpjet achieves its first mid-air hover

Vids The F-35B supersonic stealth jumpjet has achieved its first hover in flight testing. British test pilot Graham Tomlinson held aircraft BF-1 stationary in midair 150 feet above the runway yesterday before executing a slow 70-knot rolling landing.
Lewis Page, 18 Mar 2010
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Net downloads cause 'millions of lost jobs'

A study for the international chamber of commerce reckons 2.7 million jobs have been lost since 2004 in Europe because of unlicensed internet downloads, and warns economic losses could treble to €32bn by 2015. The report is backed by trade unions, including the TUC.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Mar 2010
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Two jailed for smutty texts

An Indian couple have been jailed for three months each for sending smutty text messages in Dubai.
John Oates, 18 Mar 2010
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Nashville cops trade fire with leprechaun

Tennessee cops yesterday shot dead two fugitives - one dressed as a leprechaun - after the pair robbed a branch of the First State Bank in Nashville.
Lester Haines, 18 Mar 2010
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One in four UK schoolkids admits hacking

One in four UK youngsters have tried hacking into Facebook or webmail accounts, according to a new survey.
John Leyden, 18 Mar 2010
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Aussie smoko-proofing drug prevents ill effects of cigs

Australian boffins have developed a treatment which allows mice to smoke cigarettes without the usual negative health consequences. The method could potentially allow gasper-loving humans to sidestep some of the self-destructive results of their habit.
Lewis Page, 18 Mar 2010
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FCC shows off spectrum map

The FCC has launched a beta version of its proposed Spectrum Dashboard, showing who owns which airwaves and where in an easy-to-use format.
Bill Ray, 18 Mar 2010
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BBC launches massively parallel Tweet-in

The BBC is hosting a "six hour snapshot of a global conversation as it unfolds" today, simultaneously translating Web2.0rhea contributions into several languages including Chinese, Arabic and Persian.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Mar 2010
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Fed skewers Google over Tweetbookish Gmail mod

An outgoing commissioner with the US Federal Trade Commission has laid into Google for the privacy-envelope-pushing launch of Google Buzz, that web-based thingy that turned Gmail into a Tweetbookish social networking service.
Cade Metz, 18 Mar 2010
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'Racist' job ad sparks investigation

An advert for an IT professional "preferably of Indian origin" is being investigated after complaints were made to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.
John Oates, 18 Mar 2010
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UK net 'more resilient' than other EU states

The UK's internet infrastructure is better prepared to withstand attack or natural disasters than many European nations', a Lords committee has found.
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Dell bars Win 7 refunds from Linux lovers

Dell has told a Linux-loving Reg reader that he can't receive a refund on the copy of Windows 7 that shipped with his new Dell netbook because it was bundled with the machine for "free".
Cade Metz, 18 Mar 2010
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Boffins peg co-polymers for cheap chip construction

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a potential chip-making technique that is the molecular equivalent of Doodles for Fun, a 1970s toy which kids used to make pictures by stretching coloured rubber bands on a pegged board.
Tony Smith, 18 Mar 2010
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VMware cuts entry vSphere prices

Paul Maritz, ex-Microsoftie and current president and chief executive officer at VMware, is learning just how much fun it is to compete against his former employer.
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Hobbit cameras start rolling in July

Filming on the two Lord of the Rings prequels will kick off in July, according to Sir Ian McKellen, with helmsman Guillermo del Toro already in New Zealand while the script "proceeds".
Lester Haines, 18 Mar 2010
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Telmap links up with BlueSky

Telmap has integrated its software with BlueSky's GPS-on-a-SIM technology, providing location-based mapping on low-end phones just as soon as they can find a distributor.
Bill Ray, 18 Mar 2010
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Facebook warns over password reset scam

Facebook has taken the unusual step of warning users about a bogus password reset scam designed to trick victims into downloading a password-stealing Trojan.
John Leyden, 18 Mar 2010
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ISS pair return to terra firma

The International Space Station's Expedition 22 commander Jeff Williams and flight engineer Max Suraev returned to Earth earlier today, touching down in Kazakhstan aboard their Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft.
Lester Haines, 18 Mar 2010
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IBM chops high-end Power6 server tags

IBM has been mum about when its high-end servers based on the eight-core Power7 processor are going to come to market.
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Apple board member Jerry York dies at 71

Jerome York, the financial mind and turnaround expert who most recently shared his business acumen as a long-serving member of Apple's board of directors, died Thursday morning of a brain aneurysm suffered Tuesday. York was 71 years old.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Mar 2010
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Windows Server to get dynamic memory with R2 SP1

Microsoft and Citrix Systems hosted a virtual desktop love-in Thursday, talking about how their respective desktop virtualization products mesh well and how the companies will continue to cooperate in the future. Microsoft also lifted the veil on upcoming service packs for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, which have features to improve server and desktop virtualization.
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Court bars charges against teen who posed semi-nude

A federal appeals court rebuked a Pennsylvania district attorney who threatened to file felony child pornography charges against teens who were photographed semi-nude unless they attended an "education program."
Dan Goodin, 18 Mar 2010
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Palm: revenues up, expectations down

Despite a surge in sales, Palm CFO Doug Jeffries predicts that the smartphone maker's immediate future won't be a happy one.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Mar 2010
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Windows Phone 7 Series gets Timotei rinse

Microsoft has airbrushed the Windows Phone 7 Series into a Timotei-style web commercial that glosses over the operating system's limitations.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2010