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Apache and Google airbrushed from Oracle's Java victory

If you haven't heard of Google or the Apache Software Foundation, don't worry. It seems the flacks writing Oracle's press releases haven't heard of them either.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Dec 2010
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Google backs 'Chromoting' remote access for web-bound OS

Google has confirmed that it will offer remote access software with Chrome OS, the browser-based operating system now due for official release in the middle of next year.
Cade Metz, 08 Dec 2010
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US DoD plumps for Appro CPU-GPU hybrids

Supercomputer maker Appro International today announced that it has landed its first contract with the US Department of Defense and will build and install hybrid CPU-GPU machines that will be deployed in five supercomputer centers that have recently bought quite a lot of gear from Cray.
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Google Books spanked by Amazon Kindle

First Look On Monday, Google announced its semi-eponymous Google eBooks offering — its effort to challenge competitor Apple and chip away at the ebook dominance of Amazon.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Dec 2010
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SGI puts modular data centers on ICE

In the past, Silicon Graphics didn't sell containerized data centers — but the company that swallowed it and took its name nearly two years ago, Rackable Systems, did. And the new SGI is now taking its third stab at the idea.
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NASA sells PC with restricted Space Shuttle data

NASA officials failed to wipe sensitive agency data from computers before releasing them to the public, a violation of procedures that are part of the plan to securely end the Space Shuttle program, an audit released on Tuesday said.
Dan Goodin, 08 Dec 2010
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The year's best... console games

2010: It's a Wrap 2010: It's a Wrap How was your gaming in 2010? Which console games will you remember most when you're through overindulging and it's time to carelessly box up the tangle of Christmas lights and decorations? Which stand-out moments will you recount as you drunkenly belt out Auld Lang Syne and resolve to make these New Year's …
Andrew Bailey, 08 Dec 2010
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How to improve your information management

Webcast Today Everyone is expected to be responsible for making informed decisions. IT is no exception. But it usually has the additional task of decking out the entire company with the info they need too – wherever they are and whenever they think they might need it. Sounds fun.
Phil Mitchell, 08 Dec 2010
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Storage shop ships storage for storage

Storage specialist LaCie's latest offering is storage in the broadest sense of the word. It's certainly solid state, too - but it's not a drive.
Tony Smith, 08 Dec 2010
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EU will change e-signatures laws to boost electronic invoice usage

The European Commission will revise the E-Signatures Directive in 2011 in a bid to encourage businesses to make more use of electronic invoices.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Dec 2010
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Vodafone scores soapy company deal

Vodafone will be supplying 50,000 mobile phones, equipping around a third of Unilever's staff, as part of a deal to make the company more mobile as well as more communicative.
Bill Ray, 08 Dec 2010
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Massive online database of bird calls unveiled

Twitchers among the Reg readership – and there must be a few of you, it's a hobby based on obsessive knowledge of minutiae and enhanced by gadgets – take heed. A massive online database of bird calls has been made available free online for your listening enjoyment.
Lewis Page, 08 Dec 2010
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Rim tempts tablet coders with freebie PlayBooks

Want a free Rim BlackBerry PlayBook? Then develop an app for it.
Tony Smith, 08 Dec 2010
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Personalised power cuts and pricey meat: Grey Britain in 2030

It's full steam ahead for a low carbon Britain, the UK Committee on Climate Change says in its fourth report, published today.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Dec 2010
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Police appeal for missing Taser

The Metropolitan Police ia appealing for the return of a Taser and four cartridges that were left on the roof of a police car, which was then driven away...
John Oates, 08 Dec 2010
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Geeks Guide2 Christmas 2010 - Part III

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Register Books, 08 Dec 2010
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Orange overhauls app store

Orange's Partner Connect is promising a 48-hour response for developers submitting applications, though for the moment they'll need to be using Android, and only interested in selling to the French.
Bill Ray, 08 Dec 2010
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Microsoft spins out Visual Studio SP1 beta

Microsoft began pushing out the first test service pack for its Visual Studio 2010 software product yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Dec 2010
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Eircom launches streaming and MP3s bundle

Exclusive Sky Songs may have failed, but ISPs are apparently undeterred from having a dabble with streaming music services. Irish ISP Eircom will today launch a range of music bundles starting with free Spotify-style streaming for all of Eircom's broadband subscribers, up to a paid-for option that includes a bundle of 40 MP3s for €12.99. (Ireland is still in the Euro as of press time.)
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Dec 2010
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Pro-Wikileaks hacktivistas in DDoS dustup with patriot contras

Online hacktivist collective Anonymous, operating under the banners Operation:Payback and "Operation Avenge Assange" have launched a series of DDoS attacks against organisations and people seen as being opposed to Wikileaks and its spokesman Julian Assange.
Lewis Page, 08 Dec 2010
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Ad man offers fine drugs and finer print to Macbook thief

A Philadelphia ad exec is offering a "fabulous drug stash" reward in a bid to get back the Macbook he foolishly left in his unlocked car.
Joe Fay, 08 Dec 2010
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Gartner hands out end of year grades to ECB storage market

Gartner has fingered three storage fliers and five followers in its latest quarterly report on the external controller-based (ECB) storage market.
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2010
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Windows Phone 7 unlockers let off with a warning

Windows Phone 7 devices that have been jailbroken using the ChevronWP7 aren't getting locked up again by Microsoft - at least not yet.
Bill Ray, 08 Dec 2010
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Google Docs offline feature to return wearing HTML5 overcoat

In among Google's underwelming announcements about its delayed Chrome OS platform the company also confirmed yesterday that its Docs 'offline' feature was making a comeback.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Dec 2010
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DAB traffic info axed

The DAB-only Traffic Radio service is to be shut down, leaving literally dozens of drivers stranded. The Highways Agency quango said the UK government will no longer fund the service once the contract expires in August 2011, RadioToday reports.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Dec 2010
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Salesforce gets super chatty with Heroku buy

Salesforce.com has agreed to buy Ruby-hosting giant Heroku for $212m in cash.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Dec 2010
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Samsung dangles £200 lure at iPad-eyeing punters

Samsung is giving away £200 worth of digital content in a bid to tempt tablet buyers to take its 7in Galaxy Tab this Christmas.
Tony Smith, 08 Dec 2010
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New NASA model: Doubled CO2 means just 1.64°C warming

A group of top NASA boffins says that current climate models predicting global warming are far too gloomy, and have failed to properly account for an important cooling factor which will come into play as CO2 levels rise.
Lewis Page, 08 Dec 2010
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Flatscreen makers fined €649m for price fixing

The European Commission has fined six LCD panel makers €649m for fixing the price of their screens.
John Oates, 08 Dec 2010
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Anthony Rose leaves YouView

The man who revived the BBC's new media fortunes, Anthony Rose, is to step down as CTO of the YouView venture, formerly known as Project Canvas.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Dec 2010
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Walmart falls in with Washington's war on terror

The US Department of Homeland Security has joined forces with the most relentless and observant patrol force available in the US - Walmart shoppers.
Joe Fay, 08 Dec 2010
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NetApp sympathetic to CommVault's Simpana

Blog There is talk of a possible OEM or reseller deal between NetApp and CommVault next year.
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2010
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Google sees printing in the cloud

While demonstrating Chrome OS, Google also slipped out its cloud printing solution, which might be the future, though for the moment you can't print anything other than a test page.
Bill Ray, 08 Dec 2010
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Mastercard downed by Anon-Assange-fans

Mastercard is feeling the wrath of the internet this afternoon - its website and at least part of its payment systems have apparently been brought down by a denial of service attack.
John Oates, 08 Dec 2010
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Elon Musk's Dragon capsule reaches orbit successfully

The Dragon space capsule built by SpaceX, the American private space company bankrolled and directed by famous PayPal nerdwealth tycoon Elon Musk, launched successfully from Cape Canaveral today.
Lewis Page, 08 Dec 2010
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French woman chased up tree by wild pigs, rescued by copter

A French woman was set upon by a herd of wild pigs on Monday, only escaping from them by clambering up a tree, from which she was later plucked by a rescue helicopter.
Team Register, 08 Dec 2010
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US Air Force studies fruit-flies to build killer insect swarm drones

The US Air Force is engaged in wacky research on fruit flies manoeuvring within a heavily instrumented "simulation tunnel" in order to develop tiny, potentially murderous insect-sized flying robots.
Lewis Page, 08 Dec 2010

Diary of a server failure

Sysadmin blog I recently experienced a major server failure. This article is my post-mortem.
Trevor Pott, 08 Dec 2010
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PayPal banned WikiLeaks after US gov intervention

Updated A PayPal executive said his company's decision to suspend payments to Wikileaks came after the US State Department said the whistle-blower site was engaged in illegal activity. The comment came shortly before PayPal agreed to release the remaining funds in the WikiLeaks fund-raising account.
Dan Goodin, 08 Dec 2010
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SpaceX Dragon bathes in the Pacific

The Dragon has landed.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Dec 2010
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EMEA server market grows some legs

Selling servers in Europe is no easy task these days, and probably not just because some of the economies in the region are wobbly or crashing. EMEA server buyers have always reacted a little differently when recessions hit, often getting out on the vanguard of where the rest of the world eventually follows. Such was the case with the rapid uptake of so-called open systems - what we now call Unix servers - nearly two decades ago.
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EU telecoms to Apple, Google: 'Pay up!"

European telecoms want Apple, Google, and bandwidth-sucking service providers such as video streamers to help pay for improvements needed to support steadily increasing loads on their networks.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Dec 2010
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Bashing the bandwidth bandits

Off we trot to the Reg Library for our occasional shufti through the whitepaper section. This week we present a couple of security reports, the first inspired by our own difficulty in researching SSL certs.
Team Register, 08 Dec 2010
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WikiLeaks payment service threatens to sue Visa, MasterCard

WikiLeaks' Iceland-based payment processor says it will take immediate legal action against Visa and MasterCard for suspending service to the renegade whistle-blowing website, according to ZDNet UK.
Dan Goodin, 08 Dec 2010
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Google defends native code Chrome play

Google has defended its decision to run native code inside its Chrome browser, while calling its Native Client plug-in a "very important part" of the company's Chrome OS strategy.
Cade Metz, 08 Dec 2010