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Commodore 64 reincarnated as quad-core Ubuntu box

The Commodore 64 has been reincarnated as a 3GHz quad-core PC with 3D graphics, Gigabit Ethernet, a DVD-RW drive, and a 500GB hard disk. All that's left is the built-in keyboard. And the name.
Cade Metz, 25 Mar 2010
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iPhone, IE, Firefox, Safari get stomped at hacker contest

CanSecWestCanSecWest It was another grim day for internet security at the annual Pwn2Own hacker contest Wednesday, with Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox and Apple's Safari and iPhone succumbing to exploits that allowed them to be remotely commandeered. Like dominoes falling in rapid succession, the platforms were felled in the fourth year of the contest, which has come to underscore the alarming insecurity of most internet-facing software. To qualify for the big-money prizes, the exploits had to attack previously undocumented vulnerabilities to expose sensitive system data or allow the remote execution of malicious code.
Dan Goodin, 25 Mar 2010
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QLogic spans Dell's InfiniBand

When Dell sells servers to an HPC customer, QLogic wants to be the network interconnect provider of choice when it comes to the InfiniBand protocol.
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Don't blame Willy the Mailboy for software security flaws

There's a low rasp of a noise being made in the software world. Customers want software vendors to hold programmers responsible if they release code containing security flaws.
Matt Stephens, 25 Mar 2010
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Dell Mini 10

ReviewReview As every netbook maker worth its salt hurries to replace its existing line-up with second generation models using Intel's new Pine Trail chipset, we are clearly going to have to get used to being presented with an ever increasing slew of machines which frankly are pretty much the same as the ones they replace.
Alun Taylor, 25 Mar 2010
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Darling confirms telephone line tax

Yesterday's budget confirmed Labour's intention to tax every phone line in the UK to the tune of 50 pence a month, providing funds for connecting the disconnected by 2017.
Bill Ray, 25 Mar 2010
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Dell OEMs Data Domain and Celerra

Dell is broadening its storage product range by OEMing EMC's Celerra and Data Domain products, and developing its own object storage product.
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2010
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Domain registrar follows Google out of China

Domain registrar GoDaddy is ending business in China after the country introduced new rules on registering internet domains.
John Oates, 25 Mar 2010
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Toshiba announces world's biggest 2-platter drive

Toshiba has announced the highest-capacity twin platter laptop hard drive in the world at 750GB, as well as a 1TB, three-platter laptop drive.
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2010
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French suspect grilled over Obama Twitter hack

A French suspect has been arrested over accusations he hacked into the Twitter accounts of President Obama and other public figures, the BBC reports.
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2010
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Belkin hopes apps buzz will boost latest broadband boxes

Never one to miss an opportunity, Belkin has launched a set of new 802.11n broadband wireless routers. Taking note of World+Dog's interest in iPhone and Android apps, Belkin is pitching the devices' functionality as a series of "apps", each with its own small, square icon.
Tony Smith, 25 Mar 2010
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First WiMAX handset launched, again

Americans will get a 4G handset in the summer from HTC and operating over WiMAX, though even America's WiMAX operator admits that LTE is technology of the future.
Bill Ray, 25 Mar 2010
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Selecting an ERP supplier - the pitfalls and practicalities

WorkshopWorkshop The selection of an ERP system is a pretty strategic decision for most companies. Software of this kind tends to operate at the core of your organisation, and can therefore have a big impact on business robustness, efficiency and flexibility. Furthermore the time, resources and disruption generally associated with ERP implementations, not to mention the bandwidth consumed from a management and key personnel perspective, mean you don’t want to be revisiting your decision too frequently. Whichever way you look at it, ERP commitments are for the longer term.
Dale Vile, 25 Mar 2010
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Met launches net café spy operation

Internet café owners are being asked to spy on their customers as part of the Met police's terrorism prevention efforts.
Team Register, 25 Mar 2010
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Google blames glitch not hacker for 'Chinese' bio bug

Google has blamed a snafu that resulted in an executive biography page for senior execs at the search engine giant rendering in Chinese for some on an unspecified glitch, rather than politically motivated hackers.
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2010
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Complete ACTA text leaked online - at last

After weeks of extracts of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) being published on the interwebs, a French digital rights group has finally leaked a complete copy of the deal online.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Mar 2010
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Power monitoring across the desktop estate

WorkshopWorkshop Despite the pressure on organisations to operate to more “green” agendas, the reality is that for many the reasons they actually fund anything are related to a desire to save electricity or to meet external requirements, usually legislative. So far the majority of “green” projects have usually been focussed on reducing electricity consumption and thereby saving operational costs. To date, the majority of such power reduction projects have focused on data centres and computer rooms. Considerably less attention is paid to the electricity needed to operate often extensive desktop estates. Is there any evidence that this could be about to change?
Tony Lock, 25 Mar 2010
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Expedition to seek out 'alien' ocean-abyss life sets sail

Seagoing British boffins are about to plunge deeply into hot Caribbean bottom vents using a long, cigar-shaped, battery powered device. They expect the probings to offer valuable insights into the behaviour of alien life.
Lewis Page, 25 Mar 2010
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MPs criticise government's climate of fear

The "permanent state of emergency" over terrorism since 9/11 has blocked debate over whether the dozens of new laws introduced to combat the threat are justified, according to a cross-party group of peers and MPs.
Christopher Williams, 25 Mar 2010
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German cable operators told to tighten up

A German court has ruled that any interference to cable TV services is the cable operator's problem, and can't be used to delay the Digital Dividend auctions in the country.
Bill Ray, 25 Mar 2010
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YouTube does a Lindsay and takes a tumble

YouTube was having a little lie-down this morning, as its home page served up an error message to fans of cute kittens and falling-down Hollywood types everywhere.
Joe Fay, 25 Mar 2010
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Unified Communications and the productivity debate

WorkshopWorkshop The word ‘productivity’ is a somewhat wearied term that is perhaps too readily associated with the benefits that Unified Communications (UC) brings to a business. To some extent this has arisen out of necessity. After all, when companies are trying to put together a business case around UC they need tangible, positive outcomes to help justify the investment, and vague terms such as ‘more efficient communication and collaboration’ just aren’t good enough. Discussions around productivity benefits have helped to overcome natural resistance to a solution aimed at addressing a problem that typically isn’t explicitly acknowledged or understood, ie that of communications fragmentation. There is, however, a need for more precision when articulating the benefits.
Josie Sephton, 25 Mar 2010
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Brown's website as mad as he is

The Ten Downing Street website has a rather odd collection of meta-tags including entries for piercing, tattoos, Israel, Ada Lovelace and Sarah Brown.
John Oates, 25 Mar 2010
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Corduroy cuffed, banged up for teaching while drunk

A teacher in Southern California has been arrested and jailed for being drunk in charge of a class of schoolchildren.
Lewis Page, 25 Mar 2010

Freetards storm Westminster

The Open Rights Group held its demonstration against the Mandybill after work yesterday, and here's a photo diary. It was held at Old Palace Yard opposite Parliament. We arrived a few minutes after the scheduled start time of 5:30pm. The ORG had cleared their first hurdle: finding 25 stewards requested by the Police. The protesters had gathered back away from the road, and with their black trenchcoats looked like a surly Austrian school group of sixth formers. London is full of surly sixth formers at this time of year - all that was missing was a worried-looking language teacher.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Mar 2010
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WD stage whispers up new AV surveillance drive

Western Digital has a new disk drive for audio-visual applications with a claimed best-in-class reliability which is far below enterprise drive reliability levels.
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2010
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Microsoft tickles Bing with feather duster

Microsoft has given its Bing search engine a spring clean and added status data from geolocation outfit Foursquare into its maps service as an app.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Mar 2010
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Reseller exposes Opteron 6100 speeds and prices

Ohio computer components reseller Provantage accidentally let slip pricing information for the forthcoming "Magny-Cours" eight- and 12-core Opteron 6100 series of processors for two- and four-socket boxes.
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News TVs, set-top boxes to get Sky Player

Telly makers Cello and 3View are to build Sky's Sky Player online viewing app into their offerings, the satellite broadcaster said today.
Tony Smith, 25 Mar 2010
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Mozilla site to offer multi-browser add-on security check

Mozilla plans to expand the reach of its web-based Plugin Check service so that it monitors whether add-ons on browsers from other suppliers are up to date and secure.
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2010
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Biometric harvest network can handle just 700k a year

Home Sec Alan Johnson gave another insight into how big a trickle of applications for ID cards the government expects when he revealed the full extent of its biometric enrolment network yesterday.
Joe Fay, 25 Mar 2010
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Intel online software stores set to conquer world

Intel has expanded the beta versions of its online Windows 7 and Windows XP netbook-software storefronts to include Moblin 2.1 in the US and Canada. It has also announced it will soon move across the pond to offer Windows and Moblin 2.1 apps to anyone whose currency is denominated with a £ or €.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Mar 2010
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Hackers hit where they live

The countries of hackers originating malware-laced spam runs have been exposed by new research, which confirms they are often located thousands of miles away from the compromised systems they use to send out junk mail.
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2010
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Whitehall coughs £250k for Bletchley Park pothole repairs

Famed World War II codebreaking centre Bletchley Park has been given £250k by the British government - which owes its existence to work performed at the site - for urgent repairs.
Lewis Page, 25 Mar 2010
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Google booted from China's number two carrier

China's second largest wireless carrier - China Unicom - has said it will remove Google's search service from the Android phones it developed in tandem with the web giant, citing the company's decision to reroute Google.cn to uncensored servers in Hong Kong.
Cade Metz, 25 Mar 2010

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Hard Reg, 25 Mar 2010

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Hard Reg, 25 Mar 2010
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Hacker's record credit card theft fetches 20-year sentence

Confessed TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for orchestrating one of the largest thefts of payment card numbers in history.
Dan Goodin, 25 Mar 2010

HPC propped up server sales in 2009

The economic Meltdown certainly curbed the appetite for HPC systems last year, according to a recent analysis by IT market watchers at IDC. But as bad as things were in the HPC server segment, with sales down 11.6 per cent to $8.6bn, the situation could have been worse.
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Apple director 'disgusted' by Jobsian health secrets

The web is abuzz with instant replays of Thursday's revelation by the Wall Street Journal that recently deceased Apple board member Jerry York told the paper that he was "disgusted" with CEO Steve Jobs' secrecy over his health problems.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Mar 2010