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Mozilla mimics Google's native code demo in JavaScript

Velocity Mozilla believes that its JavaScript engine isn't that far from matching the performance of Google's Native Client plug-in, which eschews web standards to run native code inside the browser.
Cade Metz, 25 Jun 2010
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Chipzilla: Standards void threatens cloud future

Structure 2010 Chipzilla is sweating. Intel is worried that without software standards, cloud computing could hit the buffers and curtail the serious amounts of money it stands to make.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2010
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Insurers must keep employers' liability policies

Insurers will need to maintain a database of all employers’ liability (EL) policies they have written or renewed since 1st November 1999 under proposals published by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) this month.
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Jun 2010
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Google outs source code for Android 2.2

Google released the source code for Android 2.2, aka "Froyo", was released on Wednesday, and it's using an over-the-air update to load the new version on existing Nexus One phones.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Jun 2010
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Vauxhall Ampera extended range e-car

First Looks The first left-hand drive pre-production examples of the Vauxhall/Opel Ampera extended-range e-car have arrived in the UK. To illustrate the benefits of range extension, one of them was driven from the Vauxhall Heritage Centre in Luton to the assembly plant in Ellesmere Port where Reg Hardware was on hand to take it for a spin.
Alun Taylor, 25 Jun 2010
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UK told to strengthen data protection, again

The European Commission has told the UK government to beef up data protection in order to bring safeguards for British citizens up to European standards.
John Oates, 25 Jun 2010
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Cybersecurity bill clears Senate committee

A controversial cybersecurity bill passed a key Senate committee on Thursday after backers made concessions aimed at blunting widespread criticism the measure would give the US president broad authority to shut down key parts of the internet.
Dan Goodin, 25 Jun 2010
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Big Blue sues exec for joining Oracle

IBM is suing Joanne Olsen - a 31-year veteran of the company who used to be general manager of its services division.
John Oates, 25 Jun 2010
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You can't know it all

Sysadmin Blog I pride myself on my depth of knowledge. I read quickly, and I read profusely. I study everything from medicine to technology, physics to music. For reasons that are likely part genetic, part neurotic hangover from my upbringing, I have an irresistible requirement to learn and understand everything.
Trevor Pott, 25 Jun 2010

RISC OS runs on fastest hardware ever

RISC OS is alive and well and running on the fastest hardware it's ever been on – and the kit only costs £120. But "kit" is the operative word...
Liam Proven, 25 Jun 2010
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Suicide Girls whip out iPhone 4

NSFW In an absolutely shameless piece of bandwagon-jumping self promotion, the internet's leading repository of female tattoos and body piercing has taken the latest manifestation of the Jesus Phone out for a spin (link NSFW).
Lester Haines, 25 Jun 2010
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AMD hots up GPU wars with FireStream

Blog AMD trotted out its latest entry in the GPU wars yesterday: the FireStream 9350 and 9370 accelerator boards.
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Adobe hurries out PDF app Flash fixes

Adobe has confirmed plans to release critical security updates for Reader and Acrobat next Tuesday.
John Leyden, 25 Jun 2010
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Chinese ecommerce comes to US

Chinese small business trading site Alibaba has made its first US acquistion - buying Vendio Services which provides eBay listing tools, ecommerce and online selling platforms for small firms.
John Oates, 25 Jun 2010
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Info Commissioner must justify why stats data are personal

Sadly, there is more data protection case-law arising from the conflict over requests for personal data made under freedom of information (FOI) legislation, than there is when there is a data protection conflict.

HP buys iTunes jailbreaker

HP has bought one of the more interesting music startups for an undisclosed sum. Melodio's nuTsie software looks up what's in your iTunes library, including the playlists, then matches it against a catalog of music on its own servers, from where the music is then streamed.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jun 2010
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Belkin bridges Xbox 360, PS3 and... iMac

Accessory maker Belkin has come up with a gadget that will allow you to, say, play Blu-ray Discs on an iMac. Or use the Mac's screen for your PS3 games.
Tony Smith, 25 Jun 2010
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Consumer tech pollutes enterprise IT

People who work for big companies are consistently ignoring the security policies of their employers to use banned social networking apps and their own phones and computers at work.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2010
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NVIDIA blog bitchslaps Intel

An email from my friendly NVIDIA rep called my attention to this recent blog post from Andy Keane, head GPU honcho at NVIDIA.
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Jobs tells iPhone users to get a grip

iPhone users having reception problems are just holding the phone wrong, according to Apple, which have released an official fingering guide for those who want to be able to make calls.
Bill Ray, 25 Jun 2010
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UK.gov preps bonfire of the vanity websites

Hundreds of taxpayer-funded websites will be unplugged in a savings drive that the government says will cut millions from departmental budgets.
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Middle-aged sex: The X-rated photo guide

NSFW Our recent sobering piece on middle-aged sex, indicating that after 45 it's downhill all the way between the sheets, prompted some of you to request, nay demand, the traditional El Reg guide.
Lester Haines, 25 Jun 2010
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Survey scammers offer fake Doctor Who clips

Miscreants are exploiting interest in the season finale of Doctor Who by posting fake episode clips, spoilers and dubious download offers.
John Leyden, 25 Jun 2010
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'Biggest thing in farming for 10,000 years on horizon'

Agro-boffins in America say that mankind could be on the verge of the "biggest agricultural breakthrough in 10,000 years", as researchers close in on "perennial grains".
Lewis Page, 25 Jun 2010
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Samsung shines light on lamp-less LED projector

Samsung today introduced a lamp-less projector, equipped instead with an LED display.
Hard Reg, 25 Jun 2010
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Nokia loses top tech brain

Exclusive One of Britain's top technologists is leaving Nokia. Charles Davies, Psion's first employee in 1981, became MD of Psion Computer before leaving to join Symbian as CTO in 2003. Since Nokia acquired the Symbian staff two years ago, he was heading up the strategy and architecture team for Nokia R&D.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jun 2010
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Mobile API standard puffs on last cigarette

Operator talking shop the Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP) has sketched out its last three papers before it gets absorbed into the Wholesale Application Community.
Bill Ray, 25 Jun 2010
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Original 'Echelon' secret UK-US spookery treaty published

Old news in the world of surveillance and spookery today, as the original 1946 secret treaty between the UK and US which set up the famous "Echelon" listening system is finally published.
Lewis Page, 25 Jun 2010
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Laid-off public sector techies better get flexible to survive

Ex-government developers and other tech staff will need to accept the different culture of working in the private sector if they want to find jobs.
John Oates, 25 Jun 2010
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Ex-Brocade CEO Reyes gets 18 months for stock back-dating

Disgraced ex-Brocade CEO Greg Reyes, who appealed in 2007 against a 21-month prison sentence for stock option backdating, has been given an 18-month term in the slammer plus a $15m fine.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2010
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Sorting out the jigsaw that is business mobility?

Workshop Most businesses tend to find themselves arriving at a point where they have accumulated a bunch of mobile stuff. Some of it has been brought into the business in a premeditated fashion, while other bits have crept in, in response to personal or group pressure.
Josie Sephton, 25 Jun 2010
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Crucial releases really skewed cheap flash drive

Lexar has announced a 64GB version of its Crucial RealSSD flash drive with enormously skewed read and write rates.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2010
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Olympus PEN E-P2 Micro Four-Thirds camera

Review Not long after Olympus introduced it first Micro Four-Thirds camera, the PEN EP-1, a second in the digital PEN series appeared. While the PEN EP-2 is essentially the same as the PEN EP-1 reviewed last year, it does have some extra features to entice seasoned photographers to the fledgling Micro Four-Thirds format. With Register Hardware’s review of the latest Olympus PEN, the PL-1 coming soon, a peek at the EP-2 seemed in order to see just what’s on offer in this lookalike range.
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Student's brilliant idea: A peer-to-peer social network

Comment Benjamin Birt, a CompSci student at the University of St Andrews, has announced a new type of social network, which he calls PeerBook. We note that there are some folks in Hamburg who might want to chat to him about the name and an international academic working group who might like a quiet word about this being a whole new concept, too.
Liam Proven, 25 Jun 2010
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Council of Europe condemns teen-bothering Mosquito

The Council of Europe has voted to 'ban' the Mosquito anti-youth device, despite having no power to enforce the ban, as the device's manufacture is keen to point out.
Bill Ray, 25 Jun 2010
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News gatherers urge court to protect 'hot news' doctrine

Major US news organisations have filed papers with a New York court arguing that the controversial 'hot news' doctrine should be preserved and that they should be able to sue anyone who republishes their news quickly.
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Jun 2010
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Windows 7 SP1 'beta' leaks, hits torrents

A beta version of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has apparently leaked onto the torrent networks, if you're exceptionally brave and fancy installing a knock-off version of a major OS update.
Liam Proven, 25 Jun 2010
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Governments mull net censorship grab

Governments working within ICANN are pondering asking for a right of veto on new internet top-level domains, a move that would almost certainly spell doom for politically or sexually controversial TLDs.
Kevin Murphy, 25 Jun 2010
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Venus home to lost cities left by long-dead aliens, says ESA

Venus could once have been a living world with watery surface oceans, according to the European Space Agency. The ESA says that data from its Venus Express probe in orbit above the second planet indicates that it "may even have begun its existence as a habitable planet similar to Earth".
Lewis Page, 25 Jun 2010
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BBC Trust approves Project Cartel Canvas

The BBC's self-regulatory body, the BBC Trust, has approved the Beeb-led set top box Project Canvas with certain conditions.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jun 2010
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England versus Germany: Quaff real ale

The Royal Society of Chemistry is advising England fans to avoid overanxiety on Sunday, as their team goes out on penalties to slaughter ze Germans, by drinking real ale.
Lester Haines, 25 Jun 2010
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Spanish firm raided in logic-bomb backdoor probe

Three managers at an unnamed Spanish software developer have been arrested over allegations they planted 'logic bombs' in software that meant clients were obliged to pay for disruptive repairs and extended maintenance contracts.
John Leyden, 25 Jun 2010
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Iomega Prestige Portable 1TB

Review There's no doubt but that the Iomega Prestige is a looker. And with 1TB of hard disk storage on board, it's at the current peak of portable hard drive capacity.
Tony Smith, 25 Jun 2010
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EMC gets busy with dedupe, compression code-base

EMC has been developing its own deduplication and compression code-base, entrusting the effort to a team code-named Viper.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2010
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Obama Twitter hacker avoids jail

A French hacker has avoided jail after he was convicted of breaking into the Twittier accounts of US presdent Barack Obama and other public figures and celebrities.
John Leyden, 25 Jun 2010
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Nimbula puffs up 'cloud operating system'

Two of the techies at Amazon.com who helped do the coding behind the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) cloud computing service have got together, grabbed a big bag of venture funding, and created Nimbula, a company that has created what they are billing as a cloud operating system.
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Google Chrome consummates Adobe Flash marriage

Google has released the latest stable build of its Chrome browser, and it integrates what Steve Jobs hates.
Cade Metz, 25 Jun 2010
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US lawmakers grill Apple on location tracking changes

US lawmakers are grilling Steve Jobs over recent tweaks to Apple's privacy policy allowing the company and its partners to collect and share "precise location data" of all iTunes and App Store customers.
Dan Goodin, 25 Jun 2010
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Ex-MySQL chief puts open source in its place

Structure 2010 What's bigger than open source? Cloud computing. Plus it's a force for positive change.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2010
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Azul goes virtual with Java appliance

Upstart Java acceleration hardware appliance maker Azul Systems is no longer a startup, but it does have a problem. If cloud computing is the future – by which is meant a mix of utility-priced, x64-based shared infrastructure as well as internal private infrastructure based on heaven knows what – then you cannot teleport an Azul hardware appliance across data centers like you can a virtual machine. And so, Azul has created a virtualized version of its hardware appliance, called Zing, that runs on the x64 architecture, thus freeing itself from the physical limits of its own iron.
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Linux game-time refined with latest Wine

Review Wine, the project that lets Linux users run Windows apps within Linux, has released a major update that fixes a number of bugs and includes 64-bit support.
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Pakistan set to ban more web blasphemy

Pakistan announced Friday that it will monitor Yahoo, Google, MSN, Hotmail, YouTube, Amazon, and Bing, and will block links and content that it deems anti-Islamic.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Jun 2010
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Neuroscientist: iPhone 4's 'Retina display' not bullsh*t

Updated An America retinal neuroscientist has focused his boffinistic eye on the iPhone 4's much-touted high-res display, and has come to the conclusion that Apple's claim that the "Retina display's pixel density is so high, your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels" is true.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Jun 2010
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Mozilla: We're not 'on board' with Google's plugin spice

Mozilla says it has "no official position" on NPAPI Pepper, the revamped browser plug-in API developed by Google for use with Native Client, a plug-in that runs native code inside its Chrome browser.
Cade Metz, 25 Jun 2010