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Sony confirms 160GB, 320GB PS3s coming to Blighty

Sony has confirmed a 160GB PlayStation 3 is on its way, along with a 320GB model too.
Hard Reg, 18 Aug 2010
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IBM whips out its TPC-C...cluster

At the last minute, as it was rolling out the low-end and high-end of its Power7-based server lineup on Tuesday, IBM rushed out a new TPC-C online transaction processing benchmark. No surprises there. And there are no surprises that Big Blue has pushed the OLTP benchmark, showing it could put a box into the field that can do more than 10.3 million transactions per minute.
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Asus rolls out 'executive' netbooks

Asus has sexed up its Eee PC netbook line, adding USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0, a metal-look casing, the latest in Atom chippery, a full version of Windows 7 and even a fingerprint reader.
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2010
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Retailer serves up Monty Python 'waffer thin' mints

It had to happen: the grotesque Mr Creosote from Monty Python's Meaning of Life has inspired a new 'waffer' thin mint.
Sally Season, 18 Aug 2010
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Apple iMac 21.5in 2010

Review While rather overshadowed by the mighty iPhone and iPad in recent months, Apple’s iMac desktop machines are still selling well and the company has just refreshed the entire product line ahead of the Christmas spending spree.
Stephen Dean, 18 Aug 2010
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Sony to bring ITV to PS3

Sony will be bringing ITV's catch-up service, ITV Player, to the PS3. It will also be adding Mubi, a movie streaming service.
Hard Reg, 18 Aug 2010
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Street View hauled into Spanish court

A Madrid judge has ordered Google's legal representative in Spain to appear in court in October over charges that Street View's clandestine Wi-Fi slurping operations may have breached the country's privacy laws.
Lester Haines, 18 Aug 2010
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Iran clamps down on mullets

As part of its audacious bid to become the first nation to ban absolutely everything, Iran has reportedly taken exception to the infamous mullet, meaning footballing legend Chris Waddle will have to cancel that Tehran weekend break he was planning.
Lester Haines, 18 Aug 2010
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ISS ammonia pump 'working well'

The ISS's new ammonia pump module is "working well", according to NASA, as the agency prepares to return the orbiting outpost to "normal configuration for standard operations by Thursday".
Lester Haines, 18 Aug 2010
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Michael Dell snubbed by quarter of his shareholders

A quarter of Dell's shareholders have withheld support for reinstating company founder Michael Dell as chairman of the company.
John Oates, 18 Aug 2010
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Nokia: Ovi developer price plunge permanent

Nokia has confirmed that the price drop for Ovi developers is permanent, losing the "beta" label previously applied and making Ovi the second cheapest app store to get on.
Bill Ray, 18 Aug 2010
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Adobe to patch Black Hat bugs on Thursday

Adobe plans to release out-of-sequence updates on Thursday (19 August) designed to patch security holes in its Acrobat and Reader PDF software revealed at the Black Hat conference earlier this month.
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2010
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Intel supercharges storage Atoms

Intel has tweaked a pair of Atoms meant for storage applications, giving them more cycles and support for newer memory.
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2010
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Malware protection for the rest of us

Sysadmin blog I have been writing about ways of dealing with web-based malware threats: my last blog focused on DNS blacklists. The basic idea is sound; but not in all cases. Roaming users, home users or simply smaller organizations that don’t host their own local DNS would all be left out in the cold.
Trevor Pott, 18 Aug 2010
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Booze makes you clever, having none makes you stupid

Drinking wine makes you brainier, according to the latest research - and going on the wagon makes you stupider, at least in the case of women.
Lewis Page, 18 Aug 2010
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Clickjacking threat punts Facebook survey scam

Miscreants have unleashed a new type of clickjacking worm onto Facebook.
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2010
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Acrobatic pilot survives loss of wing

Vid Argentinian acrobatic pilot Dino Moliné survived the dramatic structural failure of his aircraft on Sunday, thanks to a full-plane parachute system which returned him gently to earth.
Lester Haines, 18 Aug 2010
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IBMer blames mistress for making him mis-talk

Robert Moffat, once tipped for the top job at IBM, has blamed his mistress for encouraging him to give her information which she used for insider dealing.
John Oates, 18 Aug 2010
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Police slam internet justice - then use it themselves

Opinion Police and the courts are losing their patience with overenthusiastic net citizens, whose "helpful" sleuthing has caused trials to be abandoned and wasted tens of thousands from the public purse.
Jane Fae , 18 Aug 2010
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Wikileaks clambers aboard Pirate Party network

Wikileaks has done the inevitable and coupled with Sweden's Pirate Party.
Joe Fay, 18 Aug 2010
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Samsung sprinkles Anobit with gold

The Flash Memory Summit has a focus on multi-level cell (MLC) flash and Samsung has just played an Anobit card, giving the tiny Israeli startup a tremendous boost.
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2010
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Croydon Advertiser blows lid on 'sinister' brothel

The Croydon Advertiser has done a bit of a Hull Daily Mail in an exposé of a "sinister" brothel "operating in the same building as a charity for the elderly".
Lester Haines, 18 Aug 2010
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BCS creates Truth Commission to heal wounds

The BCS is setting up a committee to deal with members' concerns about the current management's modernisation and rebranding project, even though it won the vote on the issue.
John Oates, 18 Aug 2010
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People have NO BLOODY IDEA about saving energy

People who make an effort to be eco-friendly - for instance by recycling glass bottles, turning off lights and unplugging cellphone chargers - have no idea what they're on about, according to a new survey. Those who don't bother are more likely to know what actually saves energy and what doesn't.
Lewis Page, 18 Aug 2010
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Shopping mall mulls Supreme Court bid to back no-speaking ban

A California shopping mall may ask the State Supreme Court to defend its ban on its patrons speaking to one another except to ask where the toilet is.
Joe Fay, 18 Aug 2010
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Spotify-style streaming beats piracy, boosts sales - survey

The music business is beaten up for lots of reasons. One quite justifiable reason is its level of knowledge about what we actually do on digital networks. When a bigwig makes a statement about music consumption, it's invariably based on hunches rather empirical evidence. This item might help.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Aug 2010
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Monday Night Combat

Review “Gnarlacious,” drawls Mickey Cantor, Monday Night Combat's fittingly exaggerated commentator, as he rouses the crowd for another explosive competition. And he's right.
Andrew Bailey, 18 Aug 2010
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Minister hints that libel reform will create privacy law

A justice minister has said that there is "consensus" that a privacy law is needed, though he stopped short of committing the government to introducing one. A fellow senior Liberal Democrat said Parliament needed to "get hold" of privacy law.
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Aug 2010
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Giant vulture menaces Scottish skies

Pilots over Scotland have been warned to keep a sharp eye out for a Rueppell's Griffon Vulture which is currently awol from a Cumbernauld bird of prey centre and poses "a genuine threat to airplanes".
Lester Haines, 18 Aug 2010
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Dawn raids catch 9 for massive iPhone 'fraud'

Eight men and one woman were arrested during dawn raids this morning at addresses across the UK connected to an alleged million-pound phone fraud.
John Oates, 18 Aug 2010
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Project Canvas prompts new Ofcom complaint

IP Vision has lodged a formal complaint with Ofcom over Project Canvas, the broadcaster-owned platform for next-generation, internet-connected TV set top boxes.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Aug 2010
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Google plots pre-Christmas Chrome OS iPad killer

Google will have a spec-tastic, low-cost, possibly even free Chrome OS tablet in punters' hands a month before Christmas, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2010
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HMRC staff fired for racism over benefits

Seven HMRC staff in Belfast have been fired for tampering with computer records to stop ethnic minorities receiving benefits.
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FringOut phones home

Fring is trialling its own version of SkypeOut, the innovatively named FringOut, allowing Fring users to call fixed lines even if they still can't speak to Skype users.
Bill Ray, 18 Aug 2010
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Jackal novelist blames NSA for wife's laptop hack

Novelist Frederick Forsyth has accused heavy handed US cyber-spies of destroying his wife's computer in an attempt to tap into copy he was filling for the Daily Express from West Africa.
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2010
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Boffins baffled by 'magnetar': Ought to be black hole, but isn't

Applecarts are pinwheeling through the air in the world's astronomy departments today as top boffins have revealed that stars lying within a certain range of ginormity do not, as had been supposed, turn into black holes. Rather, it seems, they instead become an exceptionally rare and puzzling space thing known to the astrocognoscenti as a "magnetar".
Lewis Page, 18 Aug 2010
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Ads watchdog: PS3 graphics 'discernibly' better than Xbox

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this week announced that the PS3 produces better quality pictures that the Xbox 360 - at least in Final Fantasy XIII.
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2010
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Amazon challenges cloudy startups

Amazon Web Services had announced its fourth annual startup challenge contest, a means of recognizing startups built on Amazon's so-called infrastructure cloud.
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Facebook login page still leaks sensitive info

Facebook's login system continues to spill information that can be helpful to phishers, social engineers and other miscreants attempting to scam the more than 500 million active users of the social networking site.
Dan Goodin, 18 Aug 2010
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Shuttleworth spears Natty Narwhal for Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth has selected a codename for Ubuntu 11.04, due in April.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Aug 2010
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Mozilla man: Firefox 4 will leapfrog JavaScript rivals

Mozilla director of web platform Chris Blizzard says that when Firefox 4 debuts, its JavaScript performance will be "one generation" ahead of all other browsers.
Cade Metz, 18 Aug 2010
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Apple yanks music streamer from App Store

The iPhone app of popular music-streaming service Grooveshark was summarily yanked by the App Store police after a mere week of availability.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Aug 2010
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Woman sues to force exposure of YouTube bullies

A business consultant is seeking a court order forcing Google to turn over the names of YouTube commentards who called her a whore and posted unauthorized videos of her.
Dan Goodin, 18 Aug 2010
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New code-execution bug found in Windows and 40 apps

Microsoft Windows and about 40 applications that run on it are vulnerable to remote-code execution attacks that are "trivial" to carry out, a noted security researcher warned Wednesday.
Dan Goodin, 18 Aug 2010
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AIX 7.1 moves forward to Power7 iron

A new server lineup needs a new operating system to match it, and so next month will see the debut of AIX 7.1 from IBM. And about a month earlier than expected, too.
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Google spanked for bidding on its own ad auctions

Google likes to argue that its search advertising empire is immune to anti-trust claims because it doesn't set ad prices. AdWords, the company says, is an auction where advertisers bid for the placement of paid links. But the reality is far more complicated.
Cade Metz, 18 Aug 2010