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Leonard Nimoy in 'no more Spock' shock

Leonard Nimoy has announced his retirement - and this time he means it.
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EMEA server racket no longer crashing

If the numbers coming out of box counter IDC are any indication, then the server market in EMEA has stopped crashing and may even level off with the possibility of actual growth in the coming years.
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Porky Visual Studio way over the hill

So, Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2010. The latest incarnation of Visual Studio had a difficult gestation, with critics pointing to the slowness and instability of the beta release.
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HP: last Itanium man standing

Comment Make no mistake: If Hewlett-Packard had not coerced chip maker Intel into making Itanium into something it never should have been, the point we have come to in the history of the server business would have got here a hell of a lot sooner than it has. But the flip side is that a whole slew of chip innovation outside of Intel might never have happened.
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Pillar juices Axiom software

Pillar is adding four features to its Axiom software to make arrays protect data better and operate more efficiently.
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Ten Essential... Netbook Accessories

Product Round-up The arrival of second-gen netbooks with Intel's 'Pine Trail' Atom chips has seen the breed come of age. Not only can the latest 10in machines from Samsung, Dell and Acer run for up to eight hours on a full charge, but the combination of Windows 7 Starter and the N450 processor has finally brought a decent lick of speed and an up-to-date Microsoft OS to the table. This has brought a sea change in mobile computing to those who previously didn't want to lug a full-size laptop around for reasons of size, weight, cost, or fear of loss or damage.
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High availability systems design

Webcast - Live Now! At 11am today, The Reg's own Tim Phillips will be hosting a live webcast with our old mucker Jon Collins, from Freeform Dynamics, and Microsoft supremo Andrew Driver. The three of them will be talking about how to think about high availability systems architecturally, taking into account the service delivery and manageability aspects to ensure the availability and performance of specific applications and the infrastructure as a whole.
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Nimbus intros diskless storage array

Nimbus Data Systems is introducing a diskless, all-flash unified file and block storage product starting at less than $25,000. Oh, and it does inline deduplication.
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Morse merger is go

The proposed takeover of Morse by 2e2 looks set to go ahead - the companies have agreed final terms.
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Paddy Power takes bets on Streetfighter IV slugfest

You gotta love Paddy Power, the Irish bookmaker, for the ingenuity with which it dreams up new gambling hooks to reel in the punters.

Workload selection on mixed server estates

Workshop Over the last year or so Freeform Dynamics has asked Reg readers if the new flexibility in deploying workloads in virtualised server infrastructures makes it possible to manage application delivery effectively while minimising the costs associated with delivering services.
Tony Lock, 26 2010
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Hawking: Aliens are out there, likely to be Bad News

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has repeated his long-held belief that intelligent aliens are likely to exist, and that a visit by them to present-day humanity would probably have unfortunate consequences for us.
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Gizmodo faces visit from cops over 'found' iPhone

A tech blog that paid five grand to the finder of a prototype iPhone is under police investigation, as it seems buying found property is against the law.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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Usain Bolt endorses I-bling

The world's fastest man is lending his moniker to a gold-plated iPod Touch mod.
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Carphone Warehouse fills up in Q4

CarphoneWarehouse shares hit a year high this morning after it posted strong growth for the fourth quarter.
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'Code theft trader' denied bail

The man accused of stealing proprietary computer code from Societe General was refused bail last week because the court feared he was a flight risk.
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Virgin Media fires up movie streaming service

Virgin Media today begins offering "hundreds" of movies on demand, offering a stack of recent and older films to stream for under four quid a pop.
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Tech disties get clean bill of health from ratings agency

Ratings agency Fitch has given the IT distribution market a "stable outlook", predicting modest sales growth this year as corporate IT demand ticks up.
Joe Fay, 26 2010
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Gene that allows growing a new head identified

British boffins say they have identified the key "smed-prop" gene which allows Planarian flatworms to regenerate any part of their body following an injury - even their brains. The discovery is seen as a step towards regeneration therapy for humans in future.
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Opera Mobile comes to the desktop

Opera has released a desktop version of its mobile browser, so developers can see how their pages will look on a mobile phone and even create a widget or two.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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Microsoft FAT patent appeal upheld in Germany

A German appeal court has upheld Microsoft’s controversial patent that describes the means used to store long filenames on FAT file systems without flouting compatibility with old applications.
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Samsung announces SuperSpeed USB 3.0 HDD

Samsung has upgraded its Story Station series of external desktop hard drives with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity.
Hard Reg, 26 2010
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Israel unbans Apple iPad

Israel's Communications Ministry will no longer demand incoming citizens and visitors hand over their iPads.
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Vodafone confirms Google Nexus One availability, pricing

Vodafone will put Google's Nexus One smartphone on sale on Friday, 30 April, the cellco said today.
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Rethinking security

Workshop Ask any IT manager, business leader or regulator and they will tell you that IT security is important - that much goes without saying.
Tony Lock, 26 2010
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Kent police bring obscenity charge over online chat

Kent Police have charged an individual with nine offences under the Obscene Publications Act 1959 (OPA) in a case that could potentially see online chat in the UK subjected to a much stricter regulation regime.
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UK data watchdog to quiz Google on Streetview Wi-Fi database

Sharp criticism of Google in Germany has today prompted the UK's privacy watchdog to quiz the firm over data its Street View cars have collected about Wi-Fi networks.
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Ridley Scott talks up 'nasty' Alien prequel

Sir Ridley Scott has been talking up his Alien prequel, promising a "really nasty" 3D treat which he described as "the dark side of the moon".
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CD habit buoys up UK recorded music

The hard-to-kill CD helped revenue from the sales of recorded music in the UK last year stay much where it was in 2008, according to figures released by the BPI today.
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NFC not just for Apple

Apple has been busy patenting all things NFC, but according to silicon manufacturers it will be Android handsets that bring short-range wireless into the mainstream first.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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McAfee offers cash for clunkers

Anti-virus firm McAfee is reimburse people who have spent money getting their computers fixed after they were damaged by last week's security update.
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Boobquake fails to destroy planet

Planet Earth has not (yet) been destroyed by today's terrifying Boobquake experiment - one Indiana student's response to Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi's insistence that immodestly dressed women provoke earthquakes.
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RIM unwraps the BlackBerry Pearl 3G

RIM today announced the BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone, its smallest phone to date.
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Murdoch newswire sues over 'hot news'

News agency Dow Jones Newswires is suing an online news distributor based on US law's controversial 'hot news' doctrine. The court-created right came into being in 1918 and has recently been revived in internet cases.
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Revealed: Public sector's web gravy train

Even printing money might not save the Web 2.0 gravy train from hitting the buffers. Data released through Freedom of Information requests shows that the average council spent twelve times as much money as the average UK business on websites. And despite the recession, council spending on external web gurus actually rose in 2009.
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Scammers plunder gullible iPad owners' backdoors

Malware scammers are trying to trick early iPad buyers into installing backdoor software on Windows machines, according to a security firm.
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Microsoft discloses fuzzy online Dynamics roadmap

Microsoft made lots of noises over the weekend about the general availability of its Dynamics CRM Online software, which will hit 32 markets across the globe in the second half of this year.
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Users' passwords exposed by Splunk

Updated Splunk, a kind of Google for business technology that boasts it can help reinforce your security, has exposed the details of major customers to hackers following a web site slip up.
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Steve Jobs snuffs App-Store-for-Mac rumor

Mac OS X users won't be limited to Apple-approved apps as are users of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. So says no lesser light than Steve Jobs himself.
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Google nixes Nexus One on America's largest wireless network?

Updated Mountain View appears to have backtracked on plans to offer a version of the Googlephone for America's largest wireless provider.
Cade Metz, 26 2010
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Platform kicks out HPC Enterprise Edition

Platform Computing may have rejiggered its grid and workload management software so it can be used to manage clouds of virtualized servers or clusters running latency-sensitive financial services applications, but it has not forgotten its roots in high performance computing. And today Platform is whipping up a more extended set of tools, called Platform HPC Enterprise Edition, to keep supercomputer shops buying its wares instead of looking elsewhere.
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Craigslist faces scrutiny over thriving red-light district

Craigslist is expected to boost revenue by a whopping 22 percent this year thanks in large part to fee-based postings in its adult services section, a new report concludes.
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Cops raid Gizmodo editor in pursuit of iPhone 4G 'felony'

Gizmodo editor Jason Chen has been raided by Silicon Valley's computer crime force in hot pursuit of the case of the missing iPhone prototype. According to a bulletin published by Gizmodo today, they broke down the front door to gain entry, and departed some hours later with a truck containing Chen's computer equipment.
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Stick a fork in floppies - they're done

Stop us if you've heard this before: the floppy drive is dead. Sony has announced that it will stop selling the long-running storage medium next year.
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Ubuntu floats 12,000 clouds (and counting)

Canonical - the commercial entity behind the Ubuntu distribution of Linux - is taking to the clouds. But will cloud builders take to the new Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and its Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud variant? It sure looks like it, if the early results with UEC are any indication.
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Lucid Lynx fights 'major' X-Server memory leak

Update The Ubuntu 10.04 release candidate contains a "major" X-Server memory leakage bug that "causes the computer to get slower and slower over time."
Cade Metz, 26 2010
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Investors bullish on report HP will acquire McAfee

Wall Street investors showed new optimism in the shares of anti-virus provider McAfee after financial analysts speculated it may be acquired by Hewlett-Packard.