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Site auto-trawls embarrassing Facebook posts

A new site illustrates the privacy perils of users who leave their public updates searchable outside of Facebook.
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Emulex and QLogic both claim to be best

Emulex and QLogic have both released statements saying they are winning in Fibre Channel adapter-land, and it's emerged that Emulex's claim to FCoE adapter leadership might be flaky.
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Big Blue's big iron: The Biggening. Screening 2010

IBM, like other server makers, has rolled out a bunch of new iron this spring, but still has a ways to go to completely revamp its product lineup in 2010, as it plans to do.
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Met Police new HR technology broken, bloated, absent

An attempted programme to modernise the Metropolitan Police's human resources systems is behind schedule and over-budget.
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Grow-lamps roast Yorkshire dope farmer in his sleep

A West Yorkshire cannabis grower died of hyperthermia after halogen lamps in his illicit indoor dope plantation heated his house to a fatal 38°C, the Sun reports.
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Simpana getting object storage, added de-dupening

CommVault is readying a major release of its Simpana software, adding object storage and enhancing deduplication.
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Five in slammer over iTunes/eBay card-laundry caper

Five UK residents were jailed on Friday over a conspiracy to launder money using iTunes gift vouchers.
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Cops back in on BT/Phorm case

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has called in City of London Police to assist as it decides whether to go to court over BT's covert trials of Phorm's web interception and profiling system.
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Samsung offers $2.7m of grease for wrestling Bada devs

Samsung likes to play the tart when it comes to a mobile OS, but the Bada Developer Challenge for its in-house environment shows where its affections really lie, with a top prize of $300,000.
Bill Ray, 17 2010
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Flash! Enterprise SSD looming at HP

HP will soon introduce enterprise-class solid state drives (SSD) with a 6Gbit/s SAS interface for its servers.
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Atlantis 'nauts suit & boot up for bolt release spacewalk

Atlantis mission specialists Steve Bowen and Garrett Reisman are due to exit the International Space Station this afternoon for the first of three STS-132 mission spacewalks.
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Gov beats BOFHs to snatch worst-for-service crown

Government services have come last in a survey of how easy various services and service providers are to contact by the public.
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Ten Essential... Android Games

Product Round-up If there is one thing that iPhone owners can be smug about it's the number of quality games available from the iTunes App Store. But Android owners needn't feel too badly done by - the Android Market has a few choice gaming applications all of its own.
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Vulture 1, Eyjafjallajökull nil (half time)

From the Ash Cloud If the latest tranche of volcanic ash has cut off chunks of the UK from Europe again, it certainly didn't hit the traffic of the M25 yesterday morning.
Joe Fay, 17 2010
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BI for real people: Information delivery today

Webcast When business intelligence (BI) technology first appeared on the landscape the image (and reality) we got was that it was a ‘big ticket project’ and ‘for the favoured few’. The idea of putting all your data in one place and running reports on it was fair enough, but for many, especially smaller businesses, the perception of traditional BI became one of an expensive way to find out what you did, some time after you did it.
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Microsoft TechNet blogs go into stasis for revamp

Microsoft has disabled comments on its TechNet blogs for the next week while it upgrades the system.
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Vodafone shocks data users with roaming price rise

Vodafone is to change how it charges phone and laptop users to connect to mobile broadband services overseas. Its customers are not best pleased - heavy data users could see prices rise fivehold.
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Software liability ruling: 'Supplier beware', says IT brief

Analysis A software developer's assertion that it wasn't liable for the shortcomings of its software has been rejected by the UK High Court in a case that has implications for other vendors and channel partners.
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UK border security ring-o-steel flagged 48,000 travellers

The £1.2bn e-Borders security system flagged more than 48,000 travellers for intrusive background checks last year, it has emerged.
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Logitech Squeezebox Touch Wi-Fi music streamer

Review Following on from the Squeezebox Duet, Boom and Radio models, the Touch is Logitech's latest wizard wheeze to help liberate your digital music files. Like the Duet, the Touch acts as a bridge between your PC and your hi-fi by hooking the two up using a Wi-Fi network. However, you can't use it as a stand alone music player, as you can with the Boom and the Radio.
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Seagate brewing bizarre Flash/Platter chimera

A Greek website is reporting that a combined solid state and spinning disk drive may be on the way from Seagate.
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Budding Bonds offered disguised spycam

Attention all Bond enthusiasts! Asian gadget seller Brando is now selling Disposable Lighter Spy Camera Camcorders at just $20 (£14) a pop.
Caleb Cox, 17 2010
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Mobile Office 2010: Free, and worth every penny

Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 is now available for those using Windows Mobile 6.5: a nice enough upgrade considering it's free, but you wouldn't want to pay for it.
Bill Ray, 17 2010
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The IT security blame game

Workshop Poll The word “governance” is one that tends to make most peoples’ eyes glaze over. But whether we are talking about running a corporation, managing an IT department or dealing with IT security, there has to be a mechanism in place for making sure that the right things are taken care of in an acceptable manner. And cutting through all the theory, that’s basically what governance boils down to. A big part of this is being clear on who is responsible for what, and who carries the can when it all goes wrong. And this is the subject of this week’s poll. So if you have a few minutes to spare get clicking below:
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Lost Planet 2

Review Red-Eye, the Railway Gun, or just Episode 3, Chapter 3. Call it what you want, but you won’t find a more defining moment in Lost Planet 2. It’s a level that will stick in the mind for a long time to come - unfortunately for all the wrong reasons.
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Costa Rican elbows out South African as UN climate boss

A Costa Rican bureaucrat is set to take the top job at the United Nations climate convention after a mini-revolt from small island states.
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Siphon Wars: Pressurist weighs into Gravitite boffin

We've just had a missive from a US reader regarding that most pressing scientific question of the moment: Just how do siphons work?
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US military chokes on stream from robots' fat pipes

A lack of decent software means that information harvested from unmanned aerial drones in Afghanistan is not being used properly.
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Steelie Neelie batters at China's Great Firewall

China's Great Firewall is acting as a block to international business and should be tackled by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), according to European Competiton Commissioner Neelie Kroes.
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Samsung tellies get Lovefilm on-demand movies

Lovefilm's on-demand movie streaming service is now available on Samsung net-connected tellies and not just Sony ones.
Hard Reg, 17 2010
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The Remote Access arsenal

Of all the tools in a system administrator’s arsenal, perhaps the most important are those related to remotely managing and administering the systems under their care. Just as computers span dozens of processor architectures and operating systems so to are the tools to manipulate these systems equally diverse. The rise of the graphical user interface (GUI) to become the primary method of interaction with modern computer systems has brought with it a requirement to administer these various systems remotely through their native GUIs.

Where to use Remote Access

The ability to remotely access computers has become a ubiquitous tool used by individuals ranging from systems administrators to roaming business users and the proverbial Aunt Tilly. This is not about accessing the hosted services of a computer (such as a webpage) remotely, but rather remotely accessing the graphical user interface (GUI). It is through the GUI that we access our documents, fire up our word processors, web browsers or downloaded movies.
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Daleks poised to invade tour UK

Fans of Doctor Who will later this year be able to enjoy Doctor Who Live - the arena manifestation of the BBC hit which promises "the same excitement, adventure and suspense that viewers have come to expect from the TV programme".
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European PC racket's rocket rebound

Home PC buyers have done their consumerist duty and bought lots of new machines in the first quarter of 2010, helping the PC biz in Western Europe get on with a recovery.
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HTC unwraps Wildfire Android 2.1 smartphone

HTC has introduced yet another Android handset, this one clearly set to be pitched at the less well-heeled if the spec is anything to go by.
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Shock! Facebook cycle-slut smutvid is adware front

Facebook users should suppress any temptation to check out a link supposedly touting the "world's sexiest video", which is slutting its way around the social network.
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Symantec fires off false alarm on WoW update

Updated World of Warcraft denizens are complaining that an anti-virus update published by Symantec over the weekend falsely labelled a component of the game as potentially malign.
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Microsoft, martyrs, and the sizzle of Natal

Radio Reg Sure, Microsoft has just released the latest installment in its multi-billion-dollar Office story, but it's not Microsoft's most exciting launch of 2010.
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Getting your head around mainstream mind mapping

RegCast If you haven't heard the term ‘mind mapping’ before, you could be forgiven for thinking it was something sinister from 1984, or perhaps some high tech secret service interrogation technique.
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Security guard admits he hacked hospital PCs

A former security guard has pleaded guilty to compromising more than a dozen computers that belonged to the hospital he was supposed to be protecting and posting some of his exploits on YouTube.
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Atlantis 'nauts wrap boltastic first spacewalk

Atlantis spacewalkers Steve Bowen and Garrett Reisman wrapped their first STS-132 mission spacewalk at 19:19 GMT today, having spent seven hours and 25 minutes outside the ISS.
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CA rechristens self CA Technologies

CA has finally conceded that its name is rather silly if you're not the state of California. The company's new top brass have decided that from here on out, we should call it CA Technologies.
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Most browsers leave fingerprint that can ID users

The vast majority of people surfing the web leave behind digital fingerprints that can be used to uniquely identify them, research released Monday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation suggests.
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Hadoop takes Big Data beyond Java

Apache Hadoop, the open-source version of Google's MapReduce architecture named after a kid's stuffed elephant, is still working to tame the 1.0 beast.
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Juniper rolls out multi-product attack on Cisco

Juniper Networks rolled out an aggressive set of hardware, software, and services Monday morning, and while doing so it accused networking megacompetitor Cisco Systems of being yesterday's news.
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Vision Solutions does a Double-Take

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo snapped up the three major players in the high availability clustering and data replication business for IBM's proprietary Power-based midrange systems in 2006 and 2007, and now the resulting company the equity firm put together, Vision Solutions, has been given a $242m bag of cash by its sugar daddy to buy Double-Take Software, which also does clustering and replication on x64 servers running Windows and Linux.