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Linux life savers for paranoid penguins

Best of Linux So far, in my look at Linux compared to Mac and Windows, I've covered music players, photo organizers, and video editors. But all those apps – and all the documents they create – are lost if your hard drive crashes, your laptop takes a spill, or some other catastrophe strikes.
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Steve Jobs chucks Apple server biz from pram

Comment Like any other billionaire — or three-year-old — Steve Jobs does exactly what he wants to do, and stops doing it when he's no longer interested. Last week, Jobs pulled the plug on Xserve machines, and though companies that depend on Apple's servers and related Xsan2 clustered file systems may have been a bit shocked when it happened, they should remember the on-again, off-again history of Apple in the server racket.
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Dell to double enterprise sales by 2014

Dell is getting tired of just being a box wrapper or manufacturer of other people's enterprise wares. And it is telling Wall Street and its IT customers and rivals that it has a plan to double its enterprise sales to $30bn in the next four years.
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Google Chrome OS: unlike Android, it's open source

Unlike Android, Google Chrome OS is open source.
Cade Metz, 08 Nov 2010
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Garmin Nüvi 3790T satnav

Review With the Nüvifone M10 Garmin seemed intent on making a phone like a PND. Now with the 3790T it's going the other way, making a PND that looks and feels like a phone complete with a capacitive glass screen, super-skinny profile and hefty £300 price tag.
Alun Taylor, 08 Nov 2010
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Caravan-swiping suspect spotted on Street View

Derbyshire Police have issued a Street View snap of a possible caravan thief.
John Oates, 08 Nov 2010
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Laptops heat up your balls

Men who put laptops on top of their laps heat up their testicles - even when wearing clothes. This is bad for sperm quality, which in turn could affect fertility.
Drew Cullen, 08 Nov 2010
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Symantec under pressure to split up?

Symantec faces being split up by activist investors, according to the New York Post.
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2010
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Equality Act flaw 'undermines compromise agreements'

A flaw in the just-enacted Equality Act makes it impossible for an employer and an employee to settle all their differences through a compromise agreement, according to employment lawyers and the Law Society.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Nov 2010
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Exploit toolkit latches onto IE flaw

Support for an unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer has been added to a popular cybercrime toolkit.
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2010
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Toshiba outs and touts mSata SSDs

Toshiba has introduced a trio of micro Sata (mSata) solid-state drives of the type Apple has adopted for the new MacBook Air.
Tony Smith, 08 Nov 2010
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USB fanboys teased with 16-port hub

Do you have at least 16 USB devices you'd like to connect to your computer at the same time? Look no further: gadget retailer Brando has a USB 2.0 hub with exactly that number of input ports.
Hard Reg, 08 Nov 2010
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Project managers: fall-guys or heroes?

Project management Most project managers do a difficult job, but what are they really like?
Ken Young, 08 Nov 2010
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Cisco converts Welsh rugby stadium to HD

Cardiff's Millennium Stadium has been retrofitted with Cisco's StadiumVision networked giant screen and TV system in a £3m project.
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2010
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Former student jailed for US political hack attacks

A US student began a 30-month sentence on Friday after he was convicted of using a network of compromised PCs he established to flood the websites of conservative politicians and pundits.
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2010
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Canadian boffins make blood from human skin, put it into mice

Canadian boffins say they have managed to make human skin turn into blood: and, cleverly, they have avoided the possible pitfall of the new blood tending to cause cancer in mice.
Lewis Page, 08 Nov 2010
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StumbleUpon adds apps to its recommendation list

Discovery engine StumbleUpon will now recommend Android applications too, offering users some help in navigating the quagmire of mediocrity that is the modern app store.
Bill Ray, 08 Nov 2010
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How to improve productivity in the workplace

Webcast Struggling with system, workflow or general productivity bottlenecks and break points? El Reg may have just the fillip.
Team Register, 08 Nov 2010
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EC lobs grenades at copyright's Ancien Régime

The leading digital Eurocrat Neelie Kroes has taken aim at copyright middlemen, implicitly comparing them to the pre-Revolution French monarchy.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Nov 2010

Win! An Altec Lansing inMotion im320 portable iPod speaker

Giveaway We have here one of Altec Lansing's inMotion Compact iM320 portable iPhone speaker docks, worth sixty quid, and we're giving it away.
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Ballmer cuts stake in Microsoft with shares sale

Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer cut his stake in the company by about 12 per cent late last week, after selling $1.3bn worth of shares.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Nov 2010
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NetApp pushes FlexPods at data centres

In a we-can-do-it-too move, NetApp is partnering with Cisco and VMware to produce FlexPod for VMware, an integrated server-network-storage offering for data centres moving cloudwards.
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2010
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Cameron promises a 'right to data'

The Cabinet Office will demand proper transparency from all government departments and move to a "right to data" for the British public.
John Oates, 08 Nov 2010
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NetApp slips into some fresh arrays

NetApp has replaced its FAS6000 and FAS3100 storage arrays with FAS6200 and FAS3200 arrays featuring faster controllers, more I/O ports, and higher capacities.
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2010
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Police get ready for body parts audit

UK police forces are steeling themselves for an audit of body parts. The grim task will enable forces to take stock of the parts collected as evidence over the years and release to relatives those parts no longer needed for legal purposes.
Jane Fae , 08 Nov 2010
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Nexus One to get Gingerbread OS?

It seems that the venerable Nexus One might be the first phone to get Gingerbread, if tweets from the Open Handset Alliance are to be believed.
Bill Ray, 08 Nov 2010
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Don't let China hold rare-earths to ransom again

Opinion We're all screwed over this China rare earths thing, aren't we? After five weeks of withholding shipments, the Chinese seem to have let some of them go again, but if they can keep their precious cargo to ransom once, they can do it again, can't they?
Tim Worstall, 08 Nov 2010
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Security major strops over MS free scanner auto-downloads

Trend Micro has cried foul over plans by Microsoft to offer its Security Essentials freebie scanner as an automatic download.
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2010
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Apple MacBook Air 13in late 2010

Review When Apple introduced the MacBook Air in January 2008, one of the biggest price hikes in its build to order options was the choice of a 64GB SSD. Those with slightly shallower pockets for this slimline ultraportable wouldn’t hesitate to opt for the 80GB hard drive version instead. Yet if you’re tempted to take the Air today, you’ll have no choice apart from capacity, as it’s SSD all the way.
Bob Dormon, 08 Nov 2010
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GCHQ goes Google

Britain's digital spies have turned to Google for help making sense of the floods of data now inundating their powerful computing resources.
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3 starts killing off 2G coverage

3 has started to switch off roaming onto Orange's 2G network in locations where it reckons its own coverage makes the 2G partner redundant.
Bill Ray, 08 Nov 2010
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Hadron Collider switches to heavy ions, tinfoilers wet pants again

Particle-punishing boffins at the Large Hadron Collider - the most outrageously powerful matter-rending apparatus and largest machine of any kind assembled by the human race - have switched ammunition. The colossal superconductor massdriver cannons of the LHC are now firing "fully stripped" ultrahypervelocity lead projectiles rather than comparatively insubstantial hydrogen ones.
Lewis Page, 08 Nov 2010
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Roman 'Leatherman' spied on web

And there you were tinking that the Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife in your pocket was a relatively modern invention. Not so - the Romans had multi-tool gadgets too.
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Government will shred ID card data

The IPS plans to order Thales and 3M SPSL to shred the hard disks and back-up tapes holding the personal information on the National Identity Register (NIR), according to a document released through Parliament's library.
Kable, 08 Nov 2010
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RockMelt browser slithers onto interwebs

A beta of a new "social" web browser named RockMelt, which is based on Google’s open source Chromium code, was splashed onto the interwebulator today.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Nov 2010
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John Lewis pitches 80-quid colour e-book reader

If Samsung's 7in Galaxy Tab is too big for you - let alone Apple's 9.7in iPad - then how about this 5in "colour e-book reader" that the middle classes' favourite retailer, John Lewis, will be offering this Christmas?
Tony Smith, 08 Nov 2010
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NetApp adds SSDs and 2.5-inch drives

NetApp is adding solid state drives (SSD) and 2.5-inch disk drives to its FAS arrays to speed data access and increase power efficiency, but is not providing automated data movement - yet.
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2010
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Shhh... Opera holds the web's most valuable secret

Without anybody noticing, Opera has amassed one of the world's most valuable commercial resources. And the funny thing is, it isn't going to do anything evil with it. Marketing, new media and technology pundits may have to rethink a few things once they digest the size of Opera's well-kept secret. It is possible the gurus may have spent years barking up the wrong tree.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Nov 2010
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Small biz doubts red tape claims

Small business owners are deeply doubtful that the coalition government will follow through on its promises to cut red tape.
John Oates, 08 Nov 2010
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Australia claims it invented cutting-edge tech before rest of world

Australia has laid claim to being the country that first invented a quite literally game-changing piece of cutting-edge technology - to wit, the stone axe with edge ground for greater sharpness.
Lewis Page, 08 Nov 2010
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Promise roars into mid-range with Jasper Forest

Promise, a tier 2 supplier of RAID arrays, has catapulted itself into the mid-range courtesy of Intel's Jasper Forest processor.
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2010
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Hacker sinks Royal Navy website

The Royal Navy's main website has been taken offline following claims by a Romanian hacker that he broke into the site, swiping the login credentials of administrators in the process.
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2010
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Harrods blings up Android tablet, quintuples price

If you've got more than two-and-a-half grand going spare and no taste, posh people's store Harrods has a custom Samsung Galaxy Tab with a back clad in 5700 Swarovski "crystals" that you can buy.
Tony Smith, 08 Nov 2010
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UK.gov plans net surveillance by 2015

Government measures to massively increase surveillance of the internet will be in place within five years.
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Nokia grabs control of Symbian, downsizes Foundation

Nokia is taking over the governance of Symbian, leaving the non-profit Foundation as a vestigial organisation in name only.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Nov 2010
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Firefox extension detects FireSheep snoop software

Researchers from security firm Zscaler have published free software that detects when users' web connections are being monitored by a controversial tool that steals log-in credentials from Facebook, Google and dozens of other websites.
Dan Goodin, 08 Nov 2010
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Facebook serves '23% of all US display ads'

Facebook now serves up more display ads than any other outfit on the US web, according to the latest numbers from market-research outfit comScore.
Cade Metz, 08 Nov 2010
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Bank insiders charged in ZeuS cybercrime smackdown

Six corrupt bank insiders turned ZeuS money mule suspects have been arrested in Moldova.
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2010
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iPhone glitch gets US fanbois up on wrong side of bed

US-based iPhone users who rely on their handset's alarm clock got a rude awakening on Monday unless they took precautions against a glitch that failed to account for a time change that set clocks back one hour over the weekend.
Dan Goodin, 08 Nov 2010
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Burglar cuffed after crime scene MySpace blunder

A Florida teen was arrested for burglary after he left himself logged into his MySpace account at the scene of the crime.
Dan Goodin, 08 Nov 2010
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Google punts free in-flight Wi-Fi for holiday travelers

Google's Chrome browser team is offering free in-flight Wi-Fi to holiday travelers flying on a trio of US airlines.
Cade Metz, 08 Nov 2010
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Microsoft floats Hyper-V iron cloud alliance

Microsoft and six of its server chums have joined forces to inflate so-called private clouds with pre-validated hardware running Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2010

Cray's Q3 biz very unsuper

Supercomputer maker Cray was supposed to announce its financial results for the third quarter back on October 28, but it pushed the date out to today for reasons that Cray did not explain in its conference call with Wall Street analysts. The company did say that sales in the period fell by 26.9 per cent, to $42.8m. That was a bit lower than the $50m that Cray was expecting, and puts that much more pressure on the fourth quarter for Cray to make its revenue and profit goals for the year.
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Ellison grilled on $4bn SAP 'theft' claim

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was cross examined on Monday during the ongoing cat fight between Oracle and rival SAP.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2010