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Reseller'n'hosting specialist offshores jobs

2e2, which recently bought Morse, is considering sending its support desk jobs to India.
John Oates, 28 Jun 2010

Privacy watchdogs: Silence isn't cookie consent

Advertisers are wrong to say that websites can comply with a new law governing internet cookies by relying on a user's cookie settings, Europe's privacy watchdogs have said. The Article 29 Working Party has published its interpretation of the new law.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Jun 2010

Maude calls for public choice on open data

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has invited the public to comment on what government data sets should be released.
Kable, 28 Jun 2010
X-Mini Max II

Ten Essential... Travel Speakers

Product Round-upWith summer galloping towards us with unjustifiable confidence, the thoughts of young men an women turn towards kit that will work alfresco. With this in mind, today I'm taking a shufti at travel speakers.
Alun Taylor, 28 Jun 2010

Does business really care about security?

Workshop Poll ResultsI once read a book that said, among other things, “You can never truly give money away.” The point it was making was that the act of giving has a certain responsibility – if you hand a large wad of cash to a charity, for example, you will want to know that the money is being spent wisely.
Jon Collins, 28 Jun 2010

Oklahoma granny sues cops over tasering

An 86-year-old Oklahoma woman is suing the El Reno police department for tasering her in her sick bed, local koco.com reports.
Lester Haines, 28 Jun 2010

Moz tweaks extension crash controls in Firefox

Mozilla has tweaked the crash protection features in Firefox with a new release of the open source browser.
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2010

BT boss brands Britain illiterate

BT's chairman Sir Mike Rake has joined Tesco and M&S in slamming standards in British schools.
John Oates, 28 Jun 2010

Southpaws up in arms over iPhone 4

Apple has brought down the wrath of the UK's lefthanders after Steve Jobs' insensitive advice on how to use the firm's brand new on-again-off-again iPhone 4.
Team Register, 28 Jun 2010

Google can kill or install apps on citizen Androids

Google has the power to not only remove applications from users' Android phones, but remotely install them as well.
Cade Metz, 28 Jun 2010

'Industry giant' fragged UK games developer tax break

Why did the Liberal Conservatives can a plan to give UK games developers tax breaks? Because "one of the biggest games companies in the world" persuaded them not to.
Tony Smith, 28 Jun 2010

Amazon slips video into Apple's e-books

Kindle books will now come with embedded video and audio content, but only for those who eschewed the Kindle hardware for Apple's iOS alternatives.
Bill Ray, 28 Jun 2010

128GB BD-R disc is go

A proposed four-layer, 128GB recordable Blu-ray Disc has become part of the official BD specification.
Hard Reg, 28 Jun 2010

Indian firm offshores to Belfast

Indian systems integrator and software developer L&T Infotech is opening its European headquarters in Belfast which will eventually employ 85 people.
John Oates, 28 Jun 2010
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WTF is... Project Canvas?

The BBC Trust announced on Friday that it had approved Project Canvas, the internet-connected TV specification that’s backed by the BBC along with the other public service broadcasters, plus telcos Talk Talk and BT, and transmitter overseer Arqiva.
Nigel Whitfield, 28 Jun 2010
Dell Streak

Dell punts SIM-free Streak

Quite fancy Dell's Streak MID - reviewed here - but don't relish the prospect of being tied to O2? This will be good news, then: Dell is now selling the big phone/small tablet (delete as applicable) unlocked.
Tony Smith, 28 Jun 2010

BT Vision signs contract for Sky Sports channels

BT has agreed terms with Sky to offer its premium sports channels, after Ofcom forced the satellite broadcaster to offer them to rivals at capped prices.
Team Register, 28 Jun 2010

Duff French missiles for Royal Navy finally fixed

Problems with the primary armament of the Royal Navy's new, £1bn+ Type 45 destroyers have been rectified, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 28 Jun 2010

DIY white iPhone 4 guide posted

Want a white iPhone 4 but can't face the wait until the end of July? Then make your own.
Hard Reg, 28 Jun 2010

Brazilian banker's crypto baffles FBI

Cryptographic locks guarding the secret files of a Brazilian banker suspected of financial crimes have defeated law enforcement officials.
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2010

Skype boosts results for exclusive operators

Good news for operators like Verizon Wireless, which have thrown their lot in with Skype rather than fighting the open web tide. The pioneer of cellco-Skype deals, 3 UK, claims the arrangement has brought it a massive boost to earnings.
Wireless Watch, 28 Jun 2010
Packard Bell Easynote LM

Packard Bell EasyNote LM 17in laptop

ReviewBack in May I reviewed Packard Bell’s dot S2 netbook and was disappointed to find it was little more than a Aspire One 532h rebranded from parent company Acer. I was therefore pleased to see the new EasyNote LM looks totally unlike any of Acer’s 17in Aspires and Timelines.
Will Stapley, 28 Jun 2010

Daily Mail breaks iPhone 4 recall scoop

The Daily Mail yesterday reported Apple may recall the iPhone 4. It based the story on “confirmation” from a Steve Jobs Twitter account clearly marked as a spoof.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jun 2010

Apple feels heat from Germany for geo-tracking i-customers

Germany’s justice minister has reportedly demanded that Apple “immediately make clear” what data it grabs up from customers who use the company’s products, and for what purpose.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jun 2010
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Knowing your GPPs from your GPSes

Sysadmin BlogIn my last set of articles I discussed why managing systems via Group Policy Objects (GPOs) is easier, especially for junior administrators who either don’t know the scripting languages or the ins and outs of the operating systems and applications they manage.
Trevor Pott, 28 Jun 2010

Power line tech could crash aircraft and shut down the Archers

An extensive study commissioned by Ofcom concludes that power line networking could crash aeroplanes and block Radio 4, but that technology will probably solve the problem before that happens.
Bill Ray, 28 Jun 2010

Dell in late payment Hall of Shame

Direct computer seller Dell has been entered into a late payments Hall of Shame for unilaterally adding an extra 15 days to the time it aims to settle invoices.
John Oates, 28 Jun 2010
Apple iPhone 4 pre-order

Apple: we've sold a lot of iPhone 4s

Can 1.7m punters be wrong? That's how many folk had snapped up Apple's iPhone 4 by close of play Saturday, 26 June - three days after the handset went on sale.
Tony Smith, 28 Jun 2010

Observer columnist in online porn mixup

You might think being a Sunday newspaper columnist is a pretty easy gig.
Christopher Williams, 28 Jun 2010
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Does anyone really want to embed dedupe code?

CommentWhich storage OEMs will embed Ocarina or Permabit deduplication code in their products?
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2010

Microsoft PR boss sweats in face of Apollo Creed Apple, Google... world

Microsoft’s top flack has been physically and metaphorically running up hills in the last few days in an effort to find out what’s gone wrong at Redmond HQ.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jun 2010

Chinese military banned from blogging

China has issued an edict banning its 2.3 million military personnel from blogging or creating homepages or websites, AP reports.
Lester Haines, 28 Jun 2010

Comet-bomb interceptor makes low pass above Atlantic

A NASA space probe famous for bombing a comet five years ago made a final "flyby" past Earth last night, changing its orbit around the Sun with the aid of the planet's gravity. The renamed "EPOXI" craft (formerly "Deep Impact") swooped low just 19,000 miles above the South Atlantic at 11pm UK time last night.
Lewis Page, 28 Jun 2010
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Plastic Logic still ain't got a Que

The Que e-reader from Plastic Logic has been postponed, again, as the company struggles to get a product out while there's still a market for it.
Bill Ray, 28 Jun 2010
International Cricket 2010

International Cricket 2010

I don't like cricket... oh, no... oh, actually, wait a minute, I really don't like cricket.
Andrew Bailey, 28 Jun 2010
Samsung N230

Samsung intros long-life mini-laptop

Want a netbook that will run for (almost) up to 14 hours? That's what Samsung is promising its new 10in N230 can deliver.
Tony Smith, 28 Jun 2010

FTC kills ingenious micro-payment scam

US consumer watchdogs have closed down a lucrative credit card scam that ran undetected for up to four years.
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2010

Sepaton's virtualisation surge

With its latest software release Sepaton is providing virtual ES2 arrays to departments in private clouds and customers in public clouds. It also has a roadmap to turn its grid-architecture high-end ES2 deduplicating secondary storage array engines into virtual machine appliances.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2010

Spoof beer ad mocks England footie flops

It's good to see that following yesterday's football debacle, disappointed fans have responded as is the local custom, with a resigned shrug and a few pops at the expense of the lamentable England football team. Here's our fave, which just slipped into the Bootnotes inbox:
Lester Haines, 28 Jun 2010

Chrome squeaks past Safari in US

Google Chrome and Apple's Safari have swapped spots in their skirmish to determine which browser can capture one-third the US market share of Firefox and one-sixth that of Internet Explorer.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jun 2010

Nokia demos finger flicking exercise for iPhone 4 users

Nokia has latched onto its key advantage over arch-rival Apple's iPhone 4: you can hold the Finns' phones virtually anyway you want.
Joe Fay, 28 Jun 2010
Apple iPhone 4 pre-order

iPhone 4 parts cost $188 says pre-hyped report

Having taken a brand new 16GB iPhone 4 to bits, market watcher iSuppli reckons all the component parts together cost fiddly-small-change less than $188 (£125).
Tony Smith, 28 Jun 2010

First MeeGo Linux needs love and scrub up

ReviewMeeGo is a big deal. Devices plus cloud is the big trend right now and MeeGo has seen two industry giants - Intel and Nokia - combine efforts to create a Linux offering capable of competing with Windows on netbooks, Apple and Google on phones and tablets, and embedded operating systems on just about anything else from TVs to cars.
Tim Anderson, 28 Jun 2010

CPU, GPU makers gussie up their wares for Hot Chips

The annual Hot Chips symposium on high-performance chips will be hosted by the IEEE at Stanford University this August 21-23, and heavyweights in the microprocessor and other chip rackets will be on hand to talk up their latest innovations. As usual.
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Hybrid hard drives: what's not to like?

Flash-based SSD drives may be bloody fast, but they're also bloody expensive. For some road warriors, price is immaterial, but for most mortals — or for their employers — price is everything.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2010

More iPhone 4 angst: fanbois howl over head sensor

As they complain of yellow splotches, screen scratches, and left-hander discrimination, disillusioned fanbois are also howling over problems with the not-so-holy handset's proximity sensor.
Cade Metz, 28 Jun 2010

Yes, software can be patented, US Supremes say

The US Supreme Court on Monday preserved the right of inventors to patent software and other intangible business methods in a highly anticipated ruling that disappointed critics who say such patents stifle competition and innovation.
Dan Goodin, 28 Jun 2010
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Oracle refreshes Sun Xeon server lineup

As El Reg has been telling you it would, Oracle revamp its x64 servers in June and Advanced Micro Devices was not invited to the announcement party.

Rancid IE6 'more secure' than Chrome and Opera US bank says

Microsoft's creaking Internet Explorer 6 is more secure and popular than either Google's Chrome or Opera US banking giant Chase has determined.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jun 2010

Verizon slashes Microsoft Kin phone prices

Verizon has slashed the prices of Microsoft's ill-conceived and ill-received not-so-smartphones with the Dr. Seussian names of Kin One and Kin Two.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jun 2010

Secrecy fetish drove Steve Jobs' analytics bust

An exec with the analytics firm that "pissed off" Steve Jobs so mightily that the Apple CEO banned all such data-gathering software has said that Apple's concerns were more about secrecy than privacy.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jun 2010

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