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QLogic's 3G CNA does three things at once

QLogic now has a third-generation network adapter that can run three network protocols at once, do virtual machine commas in a server, and deploy 1gigabit and 10 gigabit Ethernet ports from its single chip.
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Ubuntu 10.10: date with destiny missed

Review Canonical delivered the latest version of its Ubuntu Linux distribution on October 10. Releasing Ubuntu 10.10 on 10/10/10 might seem an auspicious idea, but after the overhaul that was Ubuntu 10.04, the latest release looks tame by comparison.
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Branson 'spaceship' successfully falls off mothership

Virgin Galactic, the nascent suborbital joyride company backed by bearded biz-lord Richard Branson, has announced a further milestone on its road to dominance in the exoatmospheric-excursion market. In a test yesterday, one of the firm's passenger rocketplanes was successfully dropped from a jet "mothership" at 45,000 feet to make a glide landing.
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Men suffer most in recession

Research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission found men are suffering more than women from the recession.
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Cambridge chap's todger topiary gets the chop

A keen Cambridge gardener was "stunned" by killjoy coppers who ordered him to take the shears to a novelty todger topiary - or face an £80 fine for the outrage against public order.
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Zork goes native on the Kindle

A web interface might be the easy way to get text adventures onto the Kindle, but those on the plane can now go native too.
Bill Ray, 11 2010
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Quantum's DXi big box boost

Quantum's latest deduplication product, the DXi8500, is twice as fast as the previous DXi7500 big box, but holds slightly less data.
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Doctor Who touches down in US of A

Doctor Who will touch down on US soil for the first time in the opener of Matt Smith's second outing as the Time Lord, the BBC reports.
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Red Wii, DS coming to UK this month

Nintendo's red Wii, coloured to commemorate the 25th anniversary of release of Super Mario Bros will be coming to the UK on 29 October.
Hard Reg, 11 2010
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Commission proposes new EU cybercrime law

The European Commission wants to harmonise the laws of EU member states dealing with cyber-attacks. It wants to create a new Directive on attacks on information systems, it said in a statement.
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Ballerina canned for flashing her assets

NSFW The Vienna State opera has given ballerina Karina Sarkissova her marching orders after she failed to heed a warning not to pose nude for men's mags.
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Malware forces Firefox to save passwords

Miscreants have developed a strain of malware that makes sure website passwords are recorded by a victim's browser.
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Unlimited CRB checks may fall away

The end of nanny state checking is imminent. Or is it?
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Flexi E Ink screen finds home in curved world time watch

E Ink isn't just for e-book readers, you know. Phosphor watches uses the low-power screen tech in its range of timepieces - which today got a new family member.
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One For All SV9380 Freeview HD indoor aerial

Review Most indoor aerials are priced between £10 and £20 but the One For All SV9380 is a different beast to most indoor aerials, selling for between £40 and £50. Whatever you pay, this boy needs to really deliver to justify its premium price. The first note of caution is that the packaging boasts of Full HD compatibility, a spurious claim given that there are no Full HD broadcasts, nor likely to be. But then if it can cope with Full HD it shouldn’t have any problems with standard definition or 1080i signals either.
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Hitachi GST catch up with 10K drive

Hitachi GST has caught up with its competitors, announcing a 600GB, 2.5-inch enterprise drive and claiming better power-efficiency than anyone else.
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LG UK blog lets slip Windows Phone 7 details

Windows Phone 7 gets its formal public launch this afternoon, but dear old LG has already - and accidentally - outed its Optimus 7 handset.
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Angry Birds tweet fury at Redmond

Microsoft has upset Rovio, developer of Angry Birds, by throwing the game's icon into a list of upcoming software for Windows Phone 7 - a platform with which few brands want to be associated.
Bill Ray, 11 2010
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Another huge ice discovery made in Asteroid Belt

Top space boffins say that they have discovered signs of ice on a second asteroid, indicating that water may be commonly found throughout the asteroid belt - which would be good news indeed for humanity's future in space, as well as offering an intriguing insight into the remote past of Earth.
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Microsoft says US staff must chip in for healthcare

Microsoft told its US staff on Friday that from 2013 they would have to pay contributions toward their healthcare costs.
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WinPatrol blames McAfee for lost business

Security software firm WinPatrol has criticised McAfee for a tardy response to a false positive problem that it claims might have lost it business.
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Kensington revamps laptop lock

Kensington has introduced a new laptop locking mechanism it hopes will ensure fewer of us lose our computers to the light-fingered.
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Navigon 70 Plus satnav

Review These days PND makers are having to offer more to keep the smartphone wolf from the door. Yet as dedicated devices they maintain appeal by delivering a superior range of navigation functions and a screen size that no phone can match. The Navigon's 70 series with a 5in screen is a case in point.
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Blackhat SEO 'cheats' Reddit

A London-based "blackhat SEO" has demonstrated a means of gaming the popular link-exchange site Reddit, using fake accounts to artificially boost voting on selected stories.
Cade Metz, 11 2010
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Redmond rumours over Massive kill

Updated Microsoft is reportedly set to close its in-game ad wing Massive Inc before the month is out.
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Where is your data?

Sysadmin blog For the past 20 years, computing resources have been available via three approaches: client/server, Software as a Service (SaaS) and thin client. Organisations typically chose one approach, and did not tend to provide services using multiple different techniques. This is changing.
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Symantec dips toe into hardware water

Symantec is almost in the hardware business; the Huawei-Symantec joint-venture is launching one networking and two storage boxes today.
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Royal Navy running-jump method confirmed for F-35B

A US military contract announcement suggests that the UK Ministry of Defence still plans to purchase the F-35B stealth jumpjet for operations from the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers. Lockheed, maker of the aircraft, has received an $18m deal to integrate the UK-developed "Shipboard Rolling Vertical Landing" (SRVL) method into the new fighter.
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The changing face of branch offices

Workshop It is not only data centres and computer rooms that have started down the path of the “strategic consolidation” of resources. Whilst organisations rightly rate their people as amongst their most valuable assets, many have also begun to optimise the accommodation that they make available to their workers.
Tony Lock, 11 2010
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Health records get clean bill of health

A government review of the controversial Summary Care Records (SCR) scheme has found no compelling reason to abolish the project.
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Correction

On Wednesday, 6 October, we reported that a Wikipedia admin, RodHullandEmu, had added erroneous information to the Wikipedia entry on Norman Wisdom. In a revised version of the story we reported that RodHullandEmu had not added the erroneous information, but had "preserved" it. We accept that both of these statements are incorrect, and apologise for any inconvenience or embarrassment caused.
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Telcos don't tell about disabled policies

Telecoms companies do not do enough to tell users with disabilities what facilities are available for them, research by regulator Ofcom has found. The telecoms and media regulator conducted 'mystery shopper' tests and found UK networks lacking.
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UK gov could not procure its way out of a paper bag

Sir Philip Green's review of government efficiency has found... no evidence of efficiency.
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'Big Four' lose filesharing case against Irish ISP

A major ISP in Ireland has won a landmark illegal music downloads case against the ‘Big Four’ record labels today.
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Stephen Fry eats humble pie for Windows Phone 7

"I'm not being paid to be here," said voiceover artist Stephen Fry, a guest at the London launch of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7*.
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Windows Phone 7: 'Different, delightful'... and unfinished

Updated Microsoft has unveiled Windows Phone 7, stressing the phone's difference from other touchscreen devices, such as the iPhone and Android handsets.
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Hefty physicist: Global warming is 'pseudoscientific fraud'

Updated A heavyweight American boffin has dubbed the global warming movement "the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist", and resigned in protest from the American Physical Society, saying that the society has deliberately stifled debate on the subject.
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Microsoft shows Venue Pro smartphone for Dell

Say hello to the Dell Venue Pro, and oddly named handset but one the PC giant hopes will win it business thanks to the slide down BlackBerry-style Qwerty microkeyboard.
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MS pledges Windows Phone 7 '1.1' update early 2011

Microsoft's WinPho 7 isn't even out yet - handsets go on sale in ten days' time over here - but the company has already announced the OS' first update.
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Stratus adds Hyper-V virt to fault tolerant servers

While server virtualisation and live migration give customers flexibility and a certain amount of disaster recovery and high availability, some customers - particularly in financial services and healthcare - still need fault tolerance. And that is why Stratus Technologies still exists.
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Hands on with Windows Phone 7

Analysis Will Windows Phone 7 succeed? That's difficult to say, but Microsoft can at least claim that it has come up with something different.
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Marathon everRun MX: 'major' multicore virty breakthrough

Marathon Technologies, the clustering spinout founded by some ex-DECers back in 1993, continues to tweak its everRun line of high-availability and fault-tolerant clustering products for x64 physical and virtual servers. And with the new everRun MX release, the fault tolerance for XenServer-based virtual machines can now span machines with multiple cores and multiple processors rather than confining a virtual machine to a single processor core.
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HP cutting 1,300 (more) UK jobs, union claims

Unite, the UK's largest labor union, says that Hewlett-Packard plans to axe an additional 1,300 British jobs — a move that Unite decries as "butchery".
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IBM backs Oracle against Apache and Google's Android

Oracle is no longer totally isolated on Java — IBM now stands with the giant, in a move that potentially stymies Google's Android.
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Microsoft plays favorites in Windows Phone 7 cloud picks

Microsoft is betting its future on the cloud, we‘re told, and using Windows Phone 7 to lure customers in for their business, as well as personal, lives.
Bill Ray, 11 2010
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TV numbers sink as iOS usage rises

Prime-time television is shedding audience at an increasing clip, with the most recent decline due not to crap shows such as High Society or The Marriage Ref, but to Apple.