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IT failure downs Stansted systems

Stansted Airport is getting back to normal this morning after an IT failure caused the closure of internet and automatic check-in systems earlier today.
John Oates, 10 May 2010
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Oracle soothes Sun StorageTek tape users

Oracle is giving a huggy-huggy message to StorageTek tape users, telling them not to worry because Oracle believes in tape.
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2010
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Aussie MP slapped with $10k phone bill

An Australian politician was slapped with a $10,500 phone bill after his 12-year-old son downloaded soccer and AFL games on his iPhone.
Drew Cullen, 10 May 2010
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Secret forum reveals Oz firewall backroom dealing

Australia’s plans for a firewall to protect its population from smut on the internet are rapidly evolving from farce to total chaos. Weekly revelations on bulletin boards suggest that Stephen Conroy, the man behind the big idea, does not know what forthcoming legislation on the topic will say, when it will be introduced or how the firewall will work in practice.
Jane Fae , 10 May 2010
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US prosecution of McKinnon 'spiteful', says ex-top cop

The senior former policeman in charge of the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit squad which first arrested Gary McKinnon has described the ongoing US prosecution of the Pentagon hacker as "spiteful".
John Leyden, 10 May 2010
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Facebook hires big antitrust lawyer

With antitrust and privacy investigations already underway, Facebook has hired a big legal gun to fight back against regulators' increasing interest in its business.
John Oates, 10 May 2010
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ParaScale brings direct access to the cloud

Cloud storage software provider ParaScale supports applications running directly on storage nodes - not accessing their data across the cloud. Isn't this contradictory?
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2010
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No 15K 2.5-inch drives from Western Digital

Western Digital does not intend to bring out an enterprise 15,000rpm 2.5-inch disk drive despite arch rival Seagate having plans to do so.
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2010

Thomas Cook offers World Cup Sim card deal

Thomas Cook is running a World Cup promo for South Africa-bound football fans on pre-paid Sim cards, courtesy of a partnership with GO-SIM.
Hard Reg, 10 May 2010
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O2, Vodafone list simple iPad data deals

UpdatedUpdated O2 has followed Orange and announced its 3G data plans for the iPad. So has Vodafone.
Tony Smith, 10 May 2010
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Mafia Wars dons deprived of pit bulls

Aficionados of Facebook punch-up Mafia Wars will no longer be able to deploy pit bulls as part of their arsenal, following intervention by whale-hugging animal rights outfit PETA.
Lester Haines, 10 May 2010
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Sony revamps pricey Vaio P netbook

Sony has updated its Vaio P netbook, despite the original's notebook-level pricing and the availability of cheaper netbooks from the same supplier.
Tony Smith, 10 May 2010
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QinetiQ lends PARIS a helping hand

We’re delighted to announce today that QinetiQ has splendidly agreed to allow the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team access to its hypobaric chamber, allowing us to test a highly-classified Vulture 1 release mechanism.
Lester Haines, 10 May 2010
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Xsigo scales down server I/O virtualizer

The rack is becoming the new chassis for IT infrastructure, despite the best efforts of the major blade server providers to have their own blade enclosures (incompatible with others' tools and form factors) become the unit of control for a bunch of servers and their switches. Which is why upstart server I/O virtualizer Xsigo Systems is cutting back its I/O Director to deliver an entry box that is suitable for a single rack.
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Microsoft ad R&D veep beams self to AOL

A Microsoft veteran has reportedly left the software giant and taken on the role of chief technology officer at AOL.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 May 2010
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WiGig gets spec and Alliance endorsement

WiGig is open for business, with a published specification and promotional agreement to push home and office networking up to 60GHz.
Bill Ray, 10 May 2010
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Apple iPad

ReviewReview Curse those Icelanders and their volcanoes. I wasn’t surprised when Apple delayed the iPad's UK launch, as friends in the US had told me that the initial shipments in their local Apple Stores had sold out very quickly.
Cliff Joseph, 10 May 2010
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Wireless Gigabit set to become next-gen Wi-Fi?

The Wireless Gigabit Alliance, developer of a wireless data technology that operates in the 60GHz band, has signed up the Wi-Fi Alliance to manage its hardware interoperability programme. The move positions WiGig as a key candidate for the next version of Wi-Fi.
Tony Smith, 10 May 2010
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iPad, iPhone driving 'renaissance' in nuclear reactors

The world-renowned Jesus mobe and its new, selectively crippled large version the iPad are well known to be generally the choice of your arty, creative, polo-necked right-on type.
Team Register, 10 May 2010
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The evolving role of the IT security manager

Workshop Poll ResultsWorkshop Poll Results Security has long been the poor cousin of IT. As any security professional knows, the way we have traditionally implemented security is tantamount to a technological afterthought. Through the years we have attempted to block holes, protect the periphery and lock down access rights for running systems, in the knowledge that IT security is all too often too little, too late.
Jon Collins, 10 May 2010
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Asus pitches 9in netbook

After years spent telling us 10in netbooks are what we want, Eee PC maker Asus has relaunched its old 8.9in machine, the Eee PC 900.
Tony Smith, 10 May 2010
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Physicist unmasks 99-year-old mistake in English dictionaries

An Australian physics prof has discovered a 99-year-old error in the Oxford English Dictionary - repeated in most dictionaries worldwide - and is having it corrected.
Lewis Page, 10 May 2010
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Ofcom hands out free radio spectrum

15MHz of abandoned radio spectrum will be given away by Ofcom, despite being right beside the 3G frequencies. The same slice of spectrum pulled in more more than £3m in a recent auction in Germany, but in the UK looks set to be handed over to wireless camera operators - for the time being at least.
Bill Ray, 10 May 2010
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EMC tempts storage buyers into its federation

EMC is going to federate globally distributed storage arrays into a single system using VPLEX front-end virtualising boxes, and is presenting this as a big step towards private cloud computing.
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2010
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Dodgy Facebook pages used to power 'spam a friend' joke scam

Dubious Facebook pages host rogue Javascript code that creates a means for miscreants to spam people on a user’s friends list, security researchers warn.
John Leyden, 10 May 2010
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Oz filmmaker to flog virgins for TV doco

An Australian filmmaker is taking a bit of stick over his plan to make a documentary in which participants auction their virginity, Oz's Daily Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 10 May 2010
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Doctors aim to have Chief Medical Officer struck off

Doctors will this week mount a court battle for the chance to have Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer, struck off for his role in a disastrous computer system.
Christopher Williams, 10 May 2010

Obama planning a Dept of Truthiness?

Is the Obama Administration preparing the ground for a Ministry of Truthiness? The President's latest wide-ranging speech at Hampton University made a halt at a very strange outpost, before moving on to education. Obama, it seems, is vexed by the idea of conspiracy theories. Apparently people aren't thinking the right thoughts.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 May 2010
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Managing storage: drivers and solutions

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Team Register, 10 May 2010
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Airport plods seize man with electric vibro-pleasure shoes

Bumbling Pakistani security operatives have detained a man at Karachi airport for attempting to board a plane with a pair of electrical vibro-massage shoes.
Lewis Page, 10 May 2010
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Standards and interoperability: Are you backing the right horse?

LabLab IT can sometimes seem like a long, drawn-out process of making things work with each other. Whether it’s getting back-end systems to exchange information, or trying to open a file that has been sent in an unexpected format, most who work with technology will be familiar with the challenge. But surely standards are supposed to help here, right? Nobody could doubt their importance: certain facets of computing have settled on particular protocols and formats for example, without which we would not have the Internet or, by extrapolation, the Web. For every standard that succeeds however, many fall by the wayside, and there doesn’t seem to be any link between the amount of effort put into standards development and the likelihood of success.
Jon Collins, 10 May 2010
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Twitter bomb joker found guilty

UpdatedUpdated A man who jokingly threatened to blow Doncaster airport "sky high" back in January has been found guilty of sending a threatening message.
John Leyden, 10 May 2010
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NFC will help you find your car - if you're next to it

The search for a problem that only Near Field Communications can solve now sees an NFC-equipped key fob which can interact with a mobile phone to report a car's mileage, fuel level, tyre pressure and location... or what it was last time the fob looked.
Bill Ray, 10 May 2010
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Belkin intros Kindle-illuminating e-book light

Belkin has created a clip-on reading light for Amazon's Kindle e-book reader.
Caleb Cox, 10 May 2010
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Alleged Jobsian email promises iPad printing

According to Steve Jobs, one of the iPad's more-glaring deficiencies - its inability to easily print - will be remedied. Someday.
Rik Myslewski, 10 May 2010
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Evaporating Adaptec sells RAID business

Adaptec is selling its RAID channel storage business to PMC-Sierra for $34m, but will keep its Aristos ASIC technology business as it looks for ways to invest its $400m cash pile.
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2010
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BI benchmark outs HP Superdome 2 details

More details of HP's forthcoming Tukwila Itanium 9300 servers have come to light thanks to TPC-H data warehousing benchmark test results that HP has just published.
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HP's webOS tablet 'due in Q3'

HP will release a tablet based on Palm's webOS in the third quarter, according to a report citing an "HP insider."
Cade Metz, 10 May 2010
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White House devs overlooked gaping Drupal vuln

A researcher has uncovered a potentially serious vulnerability in the open-source content management system used by the White House website and thousands of other sites. The XSS, or cross-site scripting, bug resides in the Drupal Context module, a plug-in that Whitehouse.gov and about 10,000 other sites use to manage how content is viewed on their sites. According to an advisory published Monday by researcher Justin Klein Keane, the flaw allows attackers to inject malicious scripts into login pages that will reset the site's administrative password.
Dan Goodin, 10 May 2010
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Followers vanish as Twitter tw*ts tweet bug

Twitter has squashed a bug that allowed users to force any other Twittering netizen into "following" them on its popular micro-blogging service, and in doing so, its engineers temporarily removed follower lists, leaving countless people feeling extremely unpopular.
Cade Metz, 10 May 2010
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Ubuntu Unity interface flashed for speed freaks

Canonical has unveiled a streamlined Ubuntu-Linux interface for those wanting almost instant web gratification.
Gavin Clarke, 10 May 2010
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Cloud to drive a quarter of server sales

The cloudy infrastructure bandwagon is so crammed full of server makers and cloud hosting providers that no one can see where it is heading. And so the box counters at IDC grabbed the reins this morning and gave them a good firm yank.
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Brocade notches up EMC Ethernet win

EMC aims to supply a converged network product set, featuring Ethernet products from Brocade and Cisco.
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2010
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Code-execution bug found in Apple Safari

The latest version of Apple's Safari browser contains a critical bug that allows attackers to install malware on end user machines, security researchers have warned. The flaw in the way Safari handles parent windows can be exploited "to execute arbitrary code when a user visits a specially-crafted webpage and closes opened pop-up windows," vulnerability tracking service Secunia warned here.
Dan Goodin, 10 May 2010
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Mozilla spills plan for, yes, Firefox 4

Mozilla has confirmed that the next major upgrade to its open source browser will be known as Firefox 4.0.
Cade Metz, 10 May 2010