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Solaris, OpenSolaris, and the Oracle wall of secrecy

Sometimes, Google's search engine does a better job of telling us about IT vendors than the vendors' own public relations and marketing machines, which are often there mostly to deflect questions rather than answer them. So it is with the next commercial and development iterations of Oracle's Solaris Unix operating system.
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FSA: Of course customers don't read contracts

Companies should not reject customer complaints because they ticked a box saying they had read and understood an unfair contract, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Jun 2010
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Ten Essential... iPad Games

Product Round-up It’s hard to pick out a ‘top ten’ list of iPad games as new titles are being released on a daily basis. Not surprisingly, most of these first-generation games are straightforward conversions of existing iPhone games, with long-lasting chart-toppers such as Angry Birds and Plants Vs Zombies featuring strongly.
Cliff Joseph, 21 Jun 2010

WIN! a Panasonic DMP-BD65EB Blu-Ray Disc Player

Competition Top marks to Panasonic: the purveyor of fine plasma TVs has kindly provided Reg Hardware with an example of its rather nice DMP-BD65EB Blu-ray Disc player so we can help one lucky reader get the Full HD experience for free.
Hard Reg, 21 Jun 2010
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Government delays ContactPoint closure

The Department for Education (DfE) has said it will temporarily maintain the controversial children's database but scale back its use.
Kable, 21 Jun 2010
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ICO spanks Kent Police for data loss

Kent Police has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner's Office and has promised to improve policies following the loss of private data from the back of a car.
John Oates, 21 Jun 2010
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A Rumba with a Roomba

Stob Don't tell me. I've heard it already. You've got the iPadFever. Or Obsession for iPhone 4. Or iMac Mini Madness.
Verity Stob, 21 Jun 2010
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Ocarina courts OEMs for embedded dedupe software

Specialised data reduction software startup Ocarina wants OEMs to embed its software in their products.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2010
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Making sense of the new business of IT

Lab You may be heartily sick of hearing that ‘change is the only constant’, ‘everything’s getting faster’ and ‘business is more competitive than ever’. However, a direct consequence of what’s happening today is that the expectations placed on IT to help the business thrive in the midst of all this ‘change’ has never been greater.
Martin Atherton, 21 Jun 2010
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Toshiba intros dual-screen, keyboard-less netbook

Hands On Toshiba thinks it has trumped the Apple iPad with a compact micro laptop that comes across as the mutant offspring of a netbook and a Nintendo DS.
Tony Smith, 21 Jun 2010
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Toshiba unveils ARM, Nvidia-based smartbook

Hands On Toshiba's dual-screen Libretto palmtop may be a gimmick, but its AC100 smartbook, also announced today, is the business.
Tony Smith, 21 Jun 2010
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Humax to re-transmit firmware update for older DVRs

Set-top box maker Humax is to rebroadcast the long-anticipated firmware updates for its Freeview DVRs this week.
Hard Reg, 21 Jun 2010
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Sealed drive storage firm preps for emergency 'rebirth'

Atrato, the startup selling Velocity arrays based on sealed drive canisters, is facing revenue problems with layoffs, a new strategy, and a quest for more funding.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2010
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Apple iOS 4 update due today

Apple is set to release the newly named iOS 4 for some existing iPhones and iPod Touches today.
Hard Reg, 21 Jun 2010
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Son of Transputer powers new Amiga box

There was only one place to be for Amiga enthusiasts this weekend: a tent at Bletchley Park. Saturday saw the unveiling of the first dedicated Amiga box for some time, in the shape an unusual and technically advanced system that maintains the Amiga's bleeding edge reputation.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jun 2010
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Striking workers will curb network upgrades, claims BT

The summer of strikes threatened by BT staff over pay could hamper the firm's efforts to improve its aged network, according to the man in charge of the work.
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iPhone 4 fever takes hold. Again

The first pre-ordered iPhone 4s are shipping, ahead of the launch on Thursday which will see O2 holding back stock for customers while Best Buy pitches pre-sales to the queue.
Bill Ray, 21 Jun 2010

'Toothed' condom hits rapists where it hurts

NSFW A South African doctor unveiled an anti-rape device designed to hit assailants where it hurts - the Rape-aXe biting condom.
Lester Haines, 21 Jun 2010
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Antarctic glacier melt maybe 'not due to climate change'

British and international boffins, having probed an Antarctic glacier which is thought to be a major cause of rising sea levels worldwide, report that increased polar ice melting may not be driven by climate change.
Lewis Page, 21 Jun 2010
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Australian firewall wobbles under pressure from all sides

The future of the great Australian firewall is beginning to look decidedly shaky, as electoral calculations and widespread condemnation from politicians and industry alike begin to take their toll.
Jane Fae , 21 Jun 2010
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Apple accused of hushing up security update

Apple has been accused of secretly adding a security update to its operating system without telling users, or anyone else.
John Oates, 21 Jun 2010
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iPhone mag-stripe reader stalled

Square, the breakthrough business launched by twitter-founder Jack Dorsey, won't be shipping as scheduled. It seems that taking credit card payments is more complicated than anticipated.
Bill Ray, 21 Jun 2010
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Getting women's phone numbers a matter of mood music

It's official: if you want to extract a woman's phone number, then picking the right soundtrack for the attempt will significantly increase your chances of scoring.
Lester Haines, 21 Jun 2010
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Security firms taking days to block malware

Anti-malware vendors can take up to 92.48 hours to block malicious sites, potentially leaving clients in blissful ignorance of threats to their systems in the meantime.
Team Register, 21 Jun 2010
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Creative ZiiSound D5 wireless speakers

Review The performance of Bluetooth stereo headphones has improved noticeably over the last couple of years and can now give ordinary wired headphones a good run for their money. However, Bluetooth hasn’t achieved the same rate of progress when used in standalone speaker systems.
Cliff Joseph, 21 Jun 2010
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Kim Jong-Il in radish inspection shocker

The Telegraph has today answered those most pressing questions of the age: just what does Kim Jong-Il inspecting a radish look like, and when he inspects a radish, what conclusion can be drawn from the encounter?
Lester Haines, 21 Jun 2010
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The Reg guide to Linux, part 1: Picking a distro

One of the common complaints about Linux is that there are too many different editions (or “distributions”) to choose from, and only a hardcore nerd can tell them apart.
Liam Proven, 21 Jun 2010
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Palm still designing new phones, despite HP's doubts,

Since the announcement that it would be acquired by Hewlett-Packard, Palm has scarcely figured in any discussions of the smartphone landscape.
Wireless Watch, 21 Jun 2010
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Giving poor kids computers, internet makes them stupider

Hundreds of efforts to reduce the so-called "digital divide" could be in trouble today, as new research has revealed that giving children universal home computers and internet access actually widens achievement gaps in maths and reading between rich and poor - and causes an overall skills decline across society to boot.
Lewis Page, 21 Jun 2010
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Supporting multinationals – are mobile operators really up to the job?

Tech Panel Historically, the perception of mobile operators in the eye of large multinationals has been variable, to say the least. Ad hoc feedback from some multinational corporations (MNCs), along with situations where requirements were fairly one-dimensional, might have pointed to adequate service, for example for simple voice connectivity at a local level.
Josie Sephton, 21 Jun 2010
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iPhone app fridge magnets spied on web

Oh 'appy days, the iPhone has inspired popular culture yet again.
Caleb Cox, 21 Jun 2010
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BCS trustee threatens rebels with libel action

Rebel members of the BCS have been threatened with libel action unless they withdraw claims that appear to question the probity of the organisation's Trustees.
John Oates, 21 Jun 2010
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dotMobi to win you over with hosted web service

dotMobi, owner of the underutilised .mobi top-level domain, has launched a we'll-do-everything service, hoping someone will rent space in its dusty corner of the internet.
Bill Ray, 21 Jun 2010
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Zuckerberg advises UK.gov on using Facebook

The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt today met Facebook's main node Mark Zuckerberg.
Team Register, 21 Jun 2010
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Third of all nicked laptops stolen from homes

Lock away your laptop when you go on holiday this summer, or you could find yourself among the 32 per cent of British notebook computer owners who've had their machines swiped from their homes.
Hard Reg, 21 Jun 2010
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Copyright wally of the week

Andrew's Mailbag At El Reg we're happy to license our copy, and if you ask nicely, you might even get use of it for free. But this is the most unusual request I've ever received.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jun 2010
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Voltaire kicks out top-of-rack 10-Gig Ethernet switch

If you're starting up a hedge fund, Voltaire has a new 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch that you probably want to take a look at as you set up your gear in a co-location facility near the New York, London or Tokyo stock exchanges.
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Twitter on a ZX Spectrum

Photo Diary Britain's first Vintage Computing Festival took place over the weekend at Bletchley Park, which was the perfect excuse to visit the National Museum of Computing, a recent addition to the Park site. All three are a tribute to the passion of volunteers – the state has only very recently saw fit to give any money to the historic site, and the Museum is a private venture.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jun 2010
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Facebook in 'solid net profit' shocker

Facebook pulled in a $700 to $800 million in revenue during 2009, according to a report citing two sources familiar with the situation.
Cade Metz, 21 Jun 2010
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Cloudera plugs Oracle into Google's bastard grid child

Cloudera — the commercial Hadoop outfit — has teamed with Oracle-tools shop Quest Software to offer an Oracle connector for its stuffed-elephant distro.
Cade Metz, 21 Jun 2010
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Apple's iOS 4 beams into unprepared world

First Look Apple's much-vaunted iOS 4 arrived Monday morning a few minutes after 10am Pacific time, and nearly an hour and a half later, we were finally able to complete downloading and installing Cupertino's latest and greatest mobile OS onto our iPhone 3GS.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Jun 2010
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30 states may join probe of Google Wi-Fi snoop

As many as 30 states may investigate Google for surreptitiously sniffing traffic traveling over open Wi-Fi networks over a three-year span, Connecticut's top law-enforcement official said on Monday.
Dan Goodin, 21 Jun 2010
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Amazon slashes Kindle price to $189

Amazon dropped the price of the smaller of its two Kindle ebook readers to $189, just hours after primary competitor Barnes & Noble lowered its Nook reader to $199.
Cade Metz, 21 Jun 2010
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Mobile group drops Java price against Apple and Android

Mobile phone providers are fighting back against Apple and Google by cutting the cost of doing business using Java on mobile.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jun 2010