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Popular open source DHCP program open to hack attacks

The makers of the internet's most popular open source DHCP program have warned that it's vulnerable to hacks that allow attackers to remotely execute malicious code on underlying machines.
Dan Goodin, 07 Apr 2011
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Dell samples shrooms for server shipping

Dell will begin shipping its PowerEdge R710 rack server in übergreen packaging made from – wait for it – mushrooms.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Apr 2011
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Air Video 2.4.6

iOS App of the Week My continuing quest for an app that will allow me to play Flash video content from UK-based sites such as LoveFilm has proved fruitless thus far, so I’ve recently found myself playing with Air Video once more.
Cliff Joseph, 07 Apr 2011
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Penguin chief: Linux patent and copyright FUD 'not relevant'

Fear ye not, Linux faithful. Thy software is no more susceptible to patent or copyright attack than any other piece of closed source software.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Apr 2011
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How to manage server workloads

Broadcast 11am In our broadcast today, at 11:00BST, The Register's Tim Phillips is joined by Tony Lock, from Freeform Dynamics, and Ray Jones from IBM's mainframe division to discuss modern server workloads. You can join us here.
Phil Mitchell, 07 Apr 2011
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My desktop is always there for me

Desktop virtualisation can be an asset to an organisation, but what happens when something goes wrong? In a conventional non-virtualised desktop system, users with a downed network or crippled server could perhaps still work on something locally.
Robin Birtstone, 07 Apr 2011
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Europe adopts RFID privacy framework

Europe has adopted a new radio-frequency identification (RFID) privacy framework.
Bill Ray, 07 Apr 2011
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Carphone Warehouse makes Motorola Xoom cheaper

Carphone Warehouse has reduced the price of the upcoming Motorola Xoom 3G: it now wants a colossal 20 quid less for the 10in Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet than it did yesterday.
Tony Smith, 07 Apr 2011
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HP suing ex-exec over secrets

Reuters reports HP is suing its ex-Asia enterprise sales head to stop him revealing allegedly stolen secrets after joining Oracle.
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2011
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BBC iPlayer coming to Panasonic tellies

Panasonic has confirmed that BBC iPlayer is coming to some of its internet-connected HD TVs.
Hard Reg, 07 Apr 2011
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Tosh intros small but SmartNAND chips

Toshiba is replacing its current 32nm process flash chips with 24nm SmartNAND: flash with on-chip error correction.
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2011
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Wii gets customised with water coolers

We've seen all sorts of console customisation over the years but this Wii mod is certainly up there as one of the coolest.
Caleb Cox, 07 Apr 2011
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Wind power: Even worse than you thought

A new analysis of wind energy supplied to the UK National Grid in recent years has shown that wind farms produce significantly less electricity than had been thought, and that they cause more problems for the Grid than had been believed.
Lewis Page, 07 Apr 2011
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Soyuz hooks up with ISS

The International Space Station's Expedition 27 crew was brought up to full strength last night when Andrey Borisenko, Ron Garan and Alexander Samokutyaev were welcomed aboard the orbiting outpost.
Lester Haines, 07 Apr 2011
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HP and Violin build Oracle Exadata killer

HP is using flash from Violin Memory to create Oracle Exadata-killing high-performance data base systems.
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2011
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UK.gov opens Red Tape Challenge regulation-slash website

The Coalition government has decided that a website can make us free – free, that is, of foolish red tape stifling British biz and productivity.
Lewis Page, 07 Apr 2011
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Microsoft warns asks WP7 users to wait for the real thing

Hacking the NoDo update onto your Windows Phone 7 handset could prevent you getting later updates, and even brick the handset, but that's OK, 'cos the files have vanished anyway.
Bill Ray, 07 Apr 2011
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Assange gets appeal date

Wikileaks spokesman Julian Assange has been granted an appeal hearing against his extradition to Sweden.
John Oates, 07 Apr 2011
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Office for Mac 2011 SP1 calendar won't sync with Apple MobileMe

Microsoft has taken a swipe at Apple for making changes to its MobileMe service, which effectively blocks Office for Mac 2011 users from synchronising their Outlook calendars with their iPhones and iPads.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Apr 2011
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Commodore USA prices up revived C64, VICs

It's official: the new Commodore 64 - well, new innards, old casing - is a nettop.
Tony Smith, 07 Apr 2011
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Nintendo game roll-out pace plunges

A famine of first-party Nintendo Wii titles over the coming months means the Wii 2 release is imminent, it has been suggested.
Caleb Cox, 07 Apr 2011
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Toyota and Microsoft ink e-car deal in a cloud of telematics

Toyota and Microsoft have announced a $12m joint investment on including Microsoft's Azure cloud platform in upcoming Toyota vehicles for better telematics.
John Oates, 07 Apr 2011
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Named: Ten towns with slowest mobile broadband

Want to avoid snail pace 3G downloads? Steer clear of Milton Keynes and nine other UK towns named as Britain's mobile broadband blackspots.
Tony Smith, 07 Apr 2011
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MPs criticise banks on online fraud despite declining losses

A House of Commons Treasury Select Committee report has criticised banks for failing their customers in the fight against online fraud.
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2011
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Ofcom up for freeing more frequencies

Ofcom has proposed removing licence requirements from a range of radio frequencies, permitting some innovative spectrum use and perhaps saving a few lives too.
Bill Ray, 07 Apr 2011
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BBC IT project to save £17.9m cost it £38.2m net

MPs have given the BBC a kicking over its Digital Media Initiative, a technology development programme that was meant to deliver a "benefit" of £17.9m but ended up costing it a net £38.2m.
Joe Fay, 07 Apr 2011
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Welsh scientists 'barcode' native flora

Welsh scientists are working towards a complete DNA "barcode" record of the country's 1,143 flowering plants.
Lester Haines, 07 Apr 2011
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BT reveals fibre-to-the-cabinet plans for 156 exchanges

BT has earmarked 156 more exchanges for its ongoing rollout of faster broadband, none of which will benefit from the company's 100Mbit/s downstream service.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Apr 2011
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Trusteer vows to fight 'baseless' code-theft lawsuit

Transaction security firm Trusteer has vowed to fight a US lawsuit filed by rival developer Blue Gem Security which alleges code theft.
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2011
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FCC considers mandatory data roaming across the USA

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is voting today on extending its mandatory intracountry roaming to data services, but when operators can just extend negotiations forever it hardly seems worth it.
Bill Ray, 07 Apr 2011
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Swedish newlyweds enjoy lively honeymoon

A pair of Swedish newlyweds enjoyed what must rate as the liveliest honeymoon on record, in the process landing themselves firmly at the bottom of the list of travelling companions of choice.
Lester Haines, 07 Apr 2011
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Robo-warship sub hunter: Free DARPA crowdsauce game

No doubt regular readers will recall the US military's cunning plan to develop unmanned submarine-hunting robotic frigates - warships which would prowl the oceans like automated Mary Celestes, remorselessly tracking enemy submarines regardless of how their pale, sweaty, malodorous captains* might twist and turn.
Lewis Page, 07 Apr 2011
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IBM paints the cloud-scape blue

IBM has backed the creation of a standards body that comprises 40 "leading cloud organisations" but none of its main rivals in the battle to dominate the next big thing in computing.
Joe Fay, 07 Apr 2011
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Seven... SSD sizzlers

Product Round-up While there’s no escaping the fact that solid-state drives are still expensive, they are steadily getting cheaper and the capacities are increasing. For the average PC user to be convinced that it is a must-have upgrade, the performance benefits would really need to be experienced.
Shaun Dormon, 07 Apr 2011
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Fujifilm adds touch of flash to FinePix range

Snapper specialist Fujifilm has beefed up its FinePix range with the latest fashion-centric point and shoot, featuring an all-new sensor and touchscreen capabilities.
Caleb Cox, 07 Apr 2011
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Sony denies PSP 2 setback

Sony's successor to the PSP, the "Next Generation Portable" (NGP), will not be delayed by the Japanese earthquake and should be rolled out in all regions by the end of the year.
Caleb Cox, 07 Apr 2011
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Sex Party's down-under struggles with dominant Catholic priests

The Australian Sex Party has called for state and federal electoral commissions to stop using church properties for electoral purposes, after apparently running into problems with the putting up of posters.
Jane Fae , 07 Apr 2011
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Dell offers prefabricated chunks-o-cloud

Do you build your own PC from a box of parts when you order that PC from Dell? Of course not. So why should you have to build your own cluster when you want to do server virtualization on Dell PowerEdge servers?
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Vatican hails hacking culture, Wikis

A Vatican magazine argues hackers of the Linux coding and hardware modification type are on a mission from God.
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2011
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Energy crisis over - for 250 years?

The "Energy Crisis" is over, according to some analyses, with new gas discoveries securing supplies for as much as 250 years.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Apr 2011
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Dell's vStart is only a start

Dell's pair of vStart converged IT stack products, announced Thursday, will be joined by larger and smaller configurations as well as application-specific ones.
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2011
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Intel set to reveal Itanium's fate?

Intel should have made a stronger statement than it did about its Itanium processor at this week's launch of the "Westmere-EX" Xeon E7 high-end server processors, considering the bashing that Oracle has given the chip in recent weeks.
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Google plans cheapo YouTube programs

Google is planning a "major overhaul" of YouTube, with changes said to include professionally produced programming.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Apr 2011
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Facebook 'open sources' custom server and data center designs

Facebook has "open sourced" the specifications and design documents for the custom-built servers, racks, and other equipment used in its new Prineville, Oregon data center, the first data center designed, built, and owned by the company itself.
Cade Metz, 07 Apr 2011
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Banana-bender beer boffins drop drops for science

No, it’s not April 1: according to wire service AFP, there really are beer researchers at the Queensland University of Technology, and they’re working on a project to brew a beer suitable for consumption in space.
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BitTorrent plays nice with content

BitTorrent is trying to get over its bad rep with the content industry by leveraging the vast audience of its downloaders for good instead of evil.
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Australian senate slaps data retention proposals

An Australian Senate Committee has raised concerns about the government’s plans to implement a data retention regime (which would be required should this country endorse the European Convention on Cybercrime).
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Google juices Chrome OS with fondleslab smarts

Google is plugging away at developing a tablet version of its browser-based Chrome OS it originally discussed in February 2010, but details remain scant despite recent changes in the Chrome OS source code.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Apr 2011
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FCC forces data roaming on US wireless giants

The US Federal Communications Commission has approved roles that would let smartphone users affordably access the internet using their rival provider's network.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Apr 2011