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Can Geoff Barrall help rescue Overland?

Comment Overland Storage is still walking the tightrope. Its share price is back down where it was when a reverse stock split took place to evade the jaws of a Nasdaq delisting trap ($2.00). It's not down so low as to threaten its Nasdaq listing again but since April 9 it seems headed that way.
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HTML5 'unhinged from reality,' say Javascripters

Javascripters are trying to rescue HTML5 from video junkies and hypesters, saying the term is being misused - just like AJAX and Web 2.0.
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Samsung Monte smartphone

Review Samsung says the Monte provides the style and performance of a high-end handset at an affordable price. Oh really? Sure, the headline features are quite impressive. HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, motion sensor, an emphasis on social networking with support for Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Bebo. There's MS Exchange ActiveSync support for business users and a capacitive touchscreen too.

SGI rolls out (more) data center containers

Containerized data centers are like blade servers. Both are ideas that seem to have obvious technical merit, and both are taking a lot more time to go mainstream than many had expected. Undaunted by the slow uptake of its ICE Cube containers, Silicon Graphics still thinks there is money in dense-pack IT gear crammed into 20 and 40 footer shipping containers, and today, it is broadening the lineup so it can host a wider variety of gear, not just the super-dense half-depth servers designed by the former Rackable Systems.
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BBC iPlayer to run on iPads. Eventually

Yesterday the BBC announced version 3 of its iPlayer catch-up service, which allows viewers to stream programmes for up to seven days following their initial broadcast, or to download them to keep for up to 30 days on supported platforms.
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Galactic pile-ups feed supermassive energy output

NASA's Swift satellite appears to have confirmed one reason why a small percentage of supermassive black holes throw out vastly elevated levels of energy: it's provoked by violent collisions between galaxies.
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Europe exposes new data share deal with US

The European Commission has issued its draft mandate - setting the ground rules to negotiate with the US to create a data sharing agreement.
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Information versus the silos

Lab The idea that ‘information is important and we want to do more useful things with it’ transcends technology by virtue of it having been true long before IT vendors wanted to talk about it.
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Cops cuff coke-smuggling lingerie model

Argentinian cops have cuffed the Colombian former lingerie model accused of running a "Charlie Angels" drug-smuggling racket.
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BT quotes pensioner £150,000 to get broadband

BT has quoted a pensioner £150,000 to install a broadband line to her home in rural Wales.
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Acer CEO whips out iPad rival

Acer has shown off an Android-based iPad alternative.
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German bank robbers in Italian Job moment

We in the El Reg Bootnotes secretariat need little excuse to make reference to classic Brit movie The Italian Job, so it's with great pleasure that we bring you news of German bank robbers who, in attempting to blow the doors off a rural bank, managed to destroy the entire building.
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X-51 hypersonic scramjet test: Flameout at Mach 5?

US government aerospace agencies have achieved the world's first hypersonic scramjet flight using hydrocarbon fuel. The test did not go perfectly, but further flights will follow; organisers said they were "ecstatic" with progress thus far.
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Nokia updates N900 firmware

Nokia has released new system software for its Maemo-based N900 smartphone and it's a mandatory update if you want your N900 to remain compatible with the Ovi Store.
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Teletext licence holder fined for killing service early

Media watchdog Ofcom has fined Daily Mail & General Trust £225,000 for withdrawing the Teletext TV service prematurely.
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Facebook simplifies controls but continues exposing users

Analysis Facebook was praised for simplifying its privacy controls on Wednesday, but critics say the moves fail to restore users' trust in the appropriate handling of their information.
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HMRC mails wrong private info to 50,000 taxpayers

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs apologised today for sending out private information to 50,000 tax credit recipients.
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Queuing for an iPad? Why?

Opinion As the UK braces itself for tomorrow's iPad launch, one might wonder what the device is good for beyond providing entertainment during today's lacklustre TV shows.
Bill Ray, 27 2010
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Ballmer will not appear at Apple conference

Update: Microsoft says that Steve Ballmer will not be appearing at Apple's WWDC Conference. "Steve Ballmer not speaking at Apple Dev Conf. Nor appearing on Dancing with the Stars. Nor riding in the Belmont. Just FYI," the company said in a post to Twitter.
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UK.gov issues death warrant for ID cards

ID cards will be history within 100 days, the government said today as it published laws to destroy the scheme.
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Site news: Track this forum

This week we introduced "Track this Forum", a membership feature for commentards and lurkers on El Reg and reghardware forums.
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The practicalities of unified comms implementation

On-Demand Webcast Earlier this week we published the first part of our Unified Comms video series. Today, in Part Two, we're looking at the practicalities of a unified comms implementation.
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Japanese police cuff Hentai smut scam suspects

Japanese police have arrested two men over suspected involvement in a Hentai-themed malware scam campaign.
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Universal Tech MyXerver Pro MX3800

Review It was only a matter of time before someone thought of putting Wi-Fi connectivity into a network-attached storage (Nas) drive for small networks. Come to think of it, we must have thought of it at least three years ago, but at the end of last year, Universal Tech lay claim to being the first to bring the idea to market.
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Contractors dodge ID cards axe

The two biggest contractors on the doomed ID cards scheme will escape any serious financial impact, as the government will not cancel their deals.
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Israelis build floating electric hover platform

Israeli war-tech engineers are planning to build electrically driven hover platforms which would float like balloons tethered to ground- or vehicle-mounted energy sources by long power cables.
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£15 a month for legal P2P?

Over a quarter of file sharers would pay £14.50 a month for a legal P2P service, according to new survey of UK downloaders. A quarter also agreed with ISPs blocking web sites as a countermeasure against infringement. But around a third of pirates (34 per cent) reckoned that ISP threats would make no difference at all to their download habits. Yarr.
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Ye olde London comes to the iPhone

The Museum of London has launched a free iPhone application showing what London used to look like way before the iPhone was invented.
Bill Ray, 27 2010
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Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid e-car

Review The three major Japanese car makers are taking a distinctly different approach to the imminent arrival of the electric car. Nissan has jumped in with both feet and will launch Leaf, its battery-powered e-car, at the end of the year. Toyota is putting its eggs in the true hybrid basket - its Prius is capable of both battery- and petrol-powered drive.
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NetApp comes up trumps with fat annual profit

NetApp vindicated its middle-of-the-road virtualisation and cloud service provider stance with a sixfold increase in annual profits.
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Google misses German regulator Street Car Wi-Fi data grab deadline

Google has failed to hand over some data it inadvertently collected from Wi-Fi networks to German regulators.
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Android phones get free video calling

A new version of identity-aggregation application Fring brings video calling to Android handsets, despite the company's ever-lacking business model.
Bill Ray, 27 2010
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Mozilla sidesteps iPhone code ban with Firefox Home

Mozilla won't submit a Firefox browser to Apple's iPhone App Store. It has no intention of taking its browser where "it's not wanted." But the open source outfit is developing an iPhone incarnation of Firefox Sync, the browser bookmark-syncing service formerly known as Weave.
Cade Metz, 27 2010
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Oracle kills AMD Opteron on Sun iron

Oracle is abandoning AMD's Opteron processors, according to a person familiar with the company's server plans.
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Apple picks death not compliance for open source iPhone game

Apple has removed an application from the iPhone App Store after the Free Software Foundation complained that the store's terms of service undermined the application's open source license.
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Windows, Linux propel Q1 server sales

Sales of servers perked up considerably in the first quarter, according to statistics put together by IT market researcher IDC, with revenues at the factory level among server makers rising 4.7 per cent to $10.42bn. While that is arguably against a very easy compare, considering the dramatic downdraft of worldwide server revenues thanks to the economic meltdown early last year, this is the first quarter of growth on an annual basis for seven quarters.