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Aussie censor bans Dead or Alive

The Australian classification board has bowed to pressure over the rating of Nintendo 3DS title Dead or Alive: Dimensions, revoking its initial PG certificate and banning it from sale in Australia.
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Bitcoin slump follows senators’ threats

As any investment adviser will tell you, it’s a bad idea to put all your eggs in one basket. And if Rick Falkvinge was telling the truth when he said all his savings were now in Bitcoin, he’s been taken down by a third in a day.
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Site appeals feds' unprecedented domain seizure

The Spanish operator of a website related to sports has petitioned for the return of two domain names seized by the US government in an unprecedented campaign that confiscates the addresses without first giving owners a chance to defend themselves in court.
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Xeround reinvents MySQL atop Amazon cloud

Upstart database maker Xeround has taken the wraps off the 1.0 release of its flagship product, but you can't install it in your local data center. It's only available as a service, from public clouds like Amazon's EC2.
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Intel, AMD in HP notebook smackdown

In early May, HP released a flurry of updated, redesigned Intel-based business notebooks. Now, AMD – Intel's microprocessor rival – will power these machines as well.
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Intel 510 250GB Sata 3 SSD

Review Having recently covered Crucial’s new M4 SSD, it seemed only natural to go further in-depth with it’s Intel counterpart, the 510 series. Both of these drives feature Marvell’s 88SS9174 controller, with the Intel drive using the BKK2 revision, and a SATA 6Gb/s interface.
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Patrick Byrne: 'See, I told you America's economy was busted'

Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne has declared another victory in his six-year fight to expose fundamental flaws in the American financial markets.
Cade Metz, 14 2011
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Teen sells Perl cloud startup to ActiveState

Meet Daniil Kulchenko. He was an HTML programmer at age six. He was a freelance Linux systems administrator at 11. And at 15, he founded his first business: Phenona, a platform-as-a-service for building and hosting Perl applications.
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Big data can be deduplicated

Opinion Ronaldo Yamashita, an ESG analyst in Brazil, took exception to the Isilon view that big data is not compressible and sent El Reg his reasoning why he thinks this is the case.
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Nokia and Apple bury patent beef

Nokia and Apple have settled their patent dispute, with Cupertino handing over an undisclosed lump sum and agreeing to ongoing royalties.
Bill Ray, 14 2011
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Microsoft squeaks on Google Nortel sale

Microsoft is worried that any sale of Nortel's patents could endanger the worldwide agreements it had with the company.
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Metro Bank in schoolboy email error snafu

Metro Bank, the newly established UK retail bank, has irked its customers with a schoolboy email error.
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Samsung pips rivals with 1TB internal 2.5-inch drive

Samsung is the first disk drive vendor to launch a 1TB, internal, 2-platter, 2.5-inch hard drive, leap-frogging the other four HDD suppliers.
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Businesses believe tribunal system favours employees

Almost all employers think the current Employment Tribunal system favours employees over businesses, a new survey has found.
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LulzSec hacks US Senate

Hacker tricksters LulzSec is baiting US lawmakers with its latest attack on the US Senate.
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Dam Busters dog dubbed 'Digger'

Scriptwriter Stephen Fry has announced he's successfully tackled the thorny problem of just what to call Guy Gibson's dog in Peter Jackson's upcoming remake of The Dam Busters.
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BT ramps up fibre-optic roll-out plan

BT Openreach is to connect a further 66 exchanges - together feeding almost 1m houses and office premises - to its fibre-optic network between now and the end of 2012.
Hard Reg, 14 2011
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Dolphin Browser HD

Android App of the Week There’s not much wrong with the stock Android web browser but if you fancy something a bit more capable you might want to consider Dolphin HD as an alternative.
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Wassup with systems and service management?

Reader poll "Do more with less" springs to mind when describing the conflicting demands placed on IT: new devices, more services with better performance, not to mention making it all nice and secure too. And, oh, we want all that at a lower price please.
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ARM server hero Calxeda lines up software super friends

With Intel's top brass bad-mouthing ARM-based servers, upstart server chip maker Calxeda can't let Intel do all the talking. It has to put together an ecosystem of hardware and software partners who believe there's a place for a low-power, 32-bit ARM-based server platform in the data center.
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Cable & Wireless in talks to acquire 2e2

Cable & Wireless Worldwide has opened acquisition talks with systems integrator 2e2, according to industry insiders.
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Neal's Yard Remedies its supply chain

Video Video Neal's Yard is famous for its natural remedies sold in distinctive blue bottles. But how do the perishable and rare ingredients get to the factory, and how do the products of this £20m business get to market?
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Anonymous vows to attack Federal Reserve

Infamous hacktivist collective Anonymous has served notice that it intends to attack the websites of the Federal Reserve.
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Guy spills on girl in weird Huawei tablet teaser

Chinese comms kit maker Huawei has posted a "sneak peek" video of its MediaTab tablet - and rather a curiosity it is too. The video, not the tablet.
Hard Reg, 14 2011
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Creationists are infiltrating US geology circles

Creationists are infiltrating US geology circles in an attempt to push the theory that the Earth is no more than 10,000 years old and that recognised geological phenomena which appear to contradict this idea can be accounted for by Noah's Flood and similar Bible stories.
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Carphone Warehouse considers retailing future

Despite good results from its US expansion, and turning a French loss into a profit, annual figures from Carphone Warehouse show its ambitious plan to change European retailing is consuming a good deal more cash than anticipated.
Bill Ray, 14 2011
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Quantum recruits sales heavy hitter

Quantum has recruited a heavy-hitting sales VP to cope better with the complex deals and extended sales cycles it is seeing.
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BT earmarks 66 more exchanges for fibre-to-the-cabinet upgrade

BT's Openreach wholesale division announced this morning the next 66 exchanges that it plans to upgrade as part of its fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband rollout.
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Capgemini goes French

Capgemini is in advanced talks to buy Prosodie from Apax Partners and its senior managers.
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NFC pioneer packs in proximity payments

Having failed to find a business model that worked, the pioneering proximity payment company Bling Nation has stopped processing payments – although it claims the move is temporary while it finds a workable business model.
Bill Ray, 14 2011
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VMware unfurls fresh Spring Java 'vFabric'

VMware has unveiled a new version of its vFabric platform, a collection of software tools for building, deploying, and running SpringSource Java applications atop VMware hypervisors.
Cade Metz, 14 2011
Duke Nukem Forever

Duke Nukem Forever

Review In a game bursting with 1980s macho-movie quotes and in-jokes, one line resonates far beyond Duke Nukem Forever’s puerile script. Besieged by an alien invasion, the President of the United States ignores calls to beg the eponymous meathead to save the planet, lamenting, “Duke, you’re a relic from a different era.”
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EA: early Battlefield 3 buyers will gain no advantage

EA has denied claims that gamers who pre-order Battlefield 3 will gain an advantage in play over those who don't.
Caleb Cox, 14 2011
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Facebook hurls insults, punctuation at growth slump report

Facebook flacks are up in arms about a report that pointed to usage growth slumping in the company's more mature markets such as the US, where six million people recently switched off from the world's largest social network.
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Stand by for more big, windfarm-driven 'leccy price rises

Analysis The National Grid has released a report into the way things are headed for the UK's electricity supplies in the coming decade, and it's not good news for anyone who finds their 'leccy bill to be a noticeable expense.
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Facebook value hits $100bn, to go public in Q1 2012

Facebook's valuation grew even larger yesterday, after a CNBC report suggested that share-watchers on Wall Street expected to see the company's planned IPO pop the $100bn mark.
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Cambridge startup launches world's first white space radio

Neul, the Cambridge startup staffed by some of the UK's top radio boffins, has started manufacturing a white space radio, despite the fact that there isn't a single country where such a thing would be legal to use.
Bill Ray, 14 2011
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Yorks PC maker goes titsup owing £1m+

West Yorkshire-based Cube Enterprises has gone under owing more than £1.2m to trade and expense creditors, the Reg has learned.
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Video vigilantes in trouble again

Video vigilante service Internet Eyes is in trouble with data protection regulators again.
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Careless tweets cost lives, warns MoD

The Ministry of Defence has knocked together a couple of videos warning just how a careless tweet or unguarded Facebook comment could end up with someone on the wrong end of an AK-47.
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Quantum pounces on Pancetera

Quantum is buying virtual machine backup specialist Pancetera for a measly $12m.
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Commons hit by rash of laptop thefts

The House of Commons' perennial theft problem has become increasingly high tech, with sporadic thefts of computers in recent years turning into a veritable run on laptops, according to the latest figures.
Joe Fay, 14 2011
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VMware eats Digital Fuel

Server virtualization juggernaut and cloud plumbing supply provider VMware has acquired Digital Fuel Technologies, a company that has created online applications for doing IT costing, budgeting, planning, showback and chargeback. Digital Fuel has also built systems for implementing service level agreements for IT infrastructure and tracking key metrics to give IT managers performance anxiety.
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European Council: Creating hacking tools should be criminal across EU

The making of hacking tools and computer viruses should be a criminal act across Europe, EU ministers have said.

A sysadmin's top ten tales of woe

Mission Critical Get enough people of any profession in one room and the conversation drifts inexorably towards horror stories. Everyone loves a good “…and then it all went horribly sideways” yarn, and we all have more than one.
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No Gingerbread snack for Desire owners, says HTC

HTC today told Desire smartphone users they won't be getting a Gingerbread update after all because it didn't put enough memory in its handsets. Oops.
Caleb Cox, 14 2011
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Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decade

What may be the science story of the century is breaking this evening, as heavyweight US solar physicists announce that the Sun appears to be headed into a lengthy spell of low activity, which could mean that the Earth – far from facing a global warming problem – is actually headed into a mini Ice Age.
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Duke Nukem sniffs out a number one

Despite an influx of bad reviews, Duke Nukem Forever has clawed its way into the top spot of the UK's videogame charts for all consoles.
Caleb Cox, 14 2011
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AMD promises 10 teraflop notebooks by 2020

Fusion Summit AMD has demoed its next-generation "Trinity" processor, promising 10-teraflop notebooks based on follow-ons to its new A-series "Liano" APUs by 2020.
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World's biggest ad agency keelhauls 2000 'pirate' sites

Advertising giant GroupM will stop buying advertising space on more than 2,000 global sites said to offer pirated or unlicensed content.
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Malware abusing Windows Autorun plummets

Microsoft saw a sharp drop in malware infections that exploit a widely abused Windows Autorun feature almost immediately after it was automatically disabled in earlier versions of the operating system.
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Citigroup hack exploited easy-to-detect web flaw

Hackers who stole bank account details for 200,000 Citigroup customers infiltrated the company's system by exploiting a garden-variety security hole in the company's website for credit card users, according to a report citing an unnamed security investigator.
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Google Instant Pages: Search sites rendered before you click

Google has unveiled several new desktop and mobile search tools, including a Chrome service known as Instant Pages that attempts to accelerate your searches by rendering pages before you actually click on them.
Cade Metz, 14 2011
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IBM: Palmisano mulls Big Blue line of succession

It's no coincidence. As IBM celebrates its 100th anniversary, the Wall Street Journal is running a vague story about IBM president, CEO, and chairman Sam Palmisano "seeking advice" on how to handle the transition to a new set of executives. IBM's age has got Wall Street thinking about how old Palmisano is – and who will be running the company when he steps down.
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NBN downstream wholesale arrives, courtesy of Nextgen

One of the criticisms of Australia’s National Broadband Network – a case prosecuted by Internode founder Simon Hackett, among others – is that product suites offered by NBN Co don’t suit smaller ISPs.
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'Harmony' for open source contributors on horizon

A controversial push to establish clear-cut rules for contributing to open source projects is nearing completion.