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'External experts' replace Oracle on £13.2m Uni IT project

Oracle consultants implementing a £13.2m University of Glasgow student IT project have been asked to leave campus, replaced with a team of unnamed "bespoke" external experts.
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NASA and Rackspace open source cloud fluffer

NASA and Rackspace have joined forces to open source a new platform for building so-called infrastructure clouds. Known as OpenStack, the platform is available under an Apache license, and when completed – possibly by the end of the year – NASA and Rackspace will ditch their current infrastructure cloud platforms, which don't scale as they would like.
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Academics must check contracts' effects on user rights

The use of contracts and technologies to bypass copyright law and users' rights must be investigated by academics, a review of contract and copyright law by a government advisory body has said.
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Steve Jobs death-grips iPhone 4 reality

Comment A.E. Housman: But it's all true.
Cade Metz, 19 2010
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Treasury pulls plug on Wiki-cutback site

The Treasury has pulled the plug on its website created to crowdsource suggestions for government cutbacks.
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Data Domain gets Nehalem boost

We understand Data Domain is introducing a new top-end mainstream product, more than twice as fast as HP's D2D4312 StoreOnce deduplication offering.
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MS confirms Windows shortcut zero-day flaw

Microsoft has confirmed the presence of a zero-day vulnerability in Windows, following reports of sophisticated malware-based hacking attacks on industrial control systems that take advantage of the security flaw.
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NASA's WISE eyes skies

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has completed its first survey of the entire sky, having spent six months snapping over one million images of the heavens.
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BT hikes call charges

BT will lean on its home phone customers as it staggers out of the recession with a 10 per cent rise in daytime call rates.
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LG readies 3D laptop

LG will release its first 3D notebook next month.
Hard Reg, 19 2010
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YouTube, iPlayer on a TV? Simples

Simple solutions usually beat over-engineered ones, and a UK software startup I've met might have solved a couple of the biggest headaches of watching web video. I came away from the demo wondering why people hadn't thought of doing this before.
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The terror beyond the firewall

Workshop “The office” is fast becoming, for many organisations, a thing of the past – at least in terms of the expectation that it is the only place people go to work. If Ricky Gervais remade the series now, he’d have characters on trains trying to conduct negotiations over dodgy mobile signals, and web conferencing between people sitting in their underpants or loading the dishwasher.
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Xmas kicks off on 2 August

The Xmas season will this year begin on 2 August - at least in one corner of London's Oxford Street.
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Mozilla sextuples bug bounty to $3,000

Mozilla has increased the bug bounty it pays security researchers sixfold to $3,000.
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Steve Jobs morphs into Darth Vader

Vid Those of you who are thoroughly hacked off with the Judas Phone saga and could use some light relief are directed towards the following vid by Taiwanese wags NMA News. There's no English version, but it doesn't really matter:
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Ten... Premium iPod Speakers

Product Round-up Audiobores... er.. philes will be the first to tell you that the quest for decent home audio is one best not started with an iPod in one hand and a wad of cash in the other. Apple’s DACs may not be quite the full shilling, and the lack of support for Flac hardly helps the company’s standing among those who have no gods before sound quality.
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UK retailers want more XBox 360 stock. Now!

Looks like UK launch day for the Xbox 360 S on Friday was a commercial hit, with retailers selling out shipments within hours of opening.
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UK.gov may cut BBC licence fee in 2012

Culture minister Jeremy Hunt reiterated over the weekend that the BBC’s licence fee could be cut in recognition of the “very constrained financial situation” the country currently faces.
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Vatican Google-bombed over weekend

The Vatican was Google-bombed over the weekend, with searches for the Holy See directing unwitting punters to a mysterious site called www.pedofilo.com.
Joe Fay, 19 2010
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German webcam hack perv suspect cuffed

An alleged pervert has been arrested in Germany over allegations that he used malware to hack into webcams and spy on schoolgirls.
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The Register comment guidelines 2010

1. Firstly and perhaps most importantly: Moderation is at our discretion. We publish what we feel is fit for publication. We accept the vast majority of all comments posted, and we try to be broad-minded and consistent - but in the end if we don't want it published on our site, it doesn't go up. Correspondence will rarely be entered into on individual decisions.
Sarah Bee, 19 2010
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Well-behaved comms industry bad for Ofcom coffers

UK regulator Ofcom isn't making as much money as it used to, thanks to the lack of radio auctions and irritatingly-law-abiding broadcasters.
Bill Ray, 19 2010
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Secret sub tech hints at spooks' TEMPEST-busting bugs

Farnborough British boffins have devloped a cunning new method of transmitting high bandwidth data - plus power - through tough solid barriers such as submarine hulls or tank armour. The tech is being touted as a way of adding modifications to subs or armoured vehicles cheaply, but it seems that there are also other, highly secret, government applications.
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Sky in talks to sell Easynet, claim insiders

Exclusive Sky has held talks to spin off its networking business Easynet, according to insiders.
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Seagate intros networked storage for the home

Seagate has introduced GoFlex Home as a home networked storage system. It is a single drive product with no protection against it crashing.
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Nokia (Siemens) snaps up Motorola (infrastructure)

Nokia Siemens, the infrastructure parts of Nokia and Siemens, is spending $1.2bn on Motorola's infrastructure business, further consolidating an already oligopolistic industry.
Bill Ray, 19 2010
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Nine nations to get Apple iPad on Friday

Apple's iPad will arrive in nine more countries this coming Friday.
Hard Reg, 19 2010
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Government WEEE's advisory board on quango bonfire

The government is set to scrap four business quangos costing over £8.6m a year to run as part of the coalition’s death march to rein in public sector costs.
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HP, Red Hat chase Solaris shops

Server maker Hewlett-Packard and commercial Linux juggernaut Red Hat have teamed up to help shops using Oracle's Sparc/Solaris platforms make the jump to Linux-based x64 iron.
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Tim Kring and Nokia pose interactive tale of good vs ludicrously evil

The audience are the actors in writer Tim Kring's latest adventure. In his famous creation, the TV show Heroes, people discover they have superhero powers, and go off and battle Evil. In his latest, people go and battle Evil, and discover they have been given Nokia smartphones.
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Flaw could expose 'millions' of home routers

Millions of household routers are susceptible to a flaw that creates a handy means for hackers to hijack surfing sessions or hack into home networks.
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Pirate Bay owners fined by Dutch court

The three Swedish owners of The Pirate Bay will have to pay €50,000 a day for failing to shutter the service in the Netherlands, an Amsterdam Court ruled on Friday.
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Phonemakers cry foul on Steve Jobs 'We're all alike' attack

Steve Jobs may have calmed some of the Antennagate ruckus with his spirited defense of the iPhone 4 on Friday, but he also stirred up a hornet's nest of response from other phone manufacturers, including RIM, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, and HTC.
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Symbian puts another deck chair on the Titanic

Symbian has taken a step forward in its strategy of trying to siphon off iPhone and Android developers.
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Blog service shut down by order of US law enforcement

A blogging service with 70,000 users has been forced to permanently close its doors under orders from unidentified law enforcement officers, in a case that raises questions about free speech and due process on the internet.
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RNA rejiggers server memory pooling

Since early 2009, RNA Networks has been selling memory virtualization and pooling software to help companies get around memory bottlenecks in their standalone systems. Now it's taking another whack at the market with a rejiggered product lineup, more sensible packaging, and simpler pricing.
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IBM zEnterprise 196 mainframe due July 22

The System z11 mainframe announcement date has been set for July 22, as expected, and Rod Adkins, general manager of IBM's Systems and Technology Group, and Steve Mills, general manager of Software Group, will host a shindig in New York debuting Big Blue's so-called "system of systems."
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HP files webOS tablet trademark

HP has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office to protect what may very well be the name of its upcoming webOS-based tablet: Palmpad ... or PalmPad. Who knows, since the application simply reads all-caps PALMPAD.
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IBM wrings more profit from revived IT market

Looks like all of those pink slips IBM handed out in the first quarter and the improving global economy is going to yield some big fat bonuses for the bigwigs thanks to a steady second quarter financial performance and the ongoing march to higher profits for Big Blue.
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Microsoft's Iron languages embrace 'official' open source

Microsoft has cracked open .NET a little further and surrendered some control over its development platform to the open-source community.