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Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'

Linux daddy Linus Torvalds has dropped GNOME 3 in favor of the Xfce graphical desktop interface, dubbing GNOME 3 an "unholy mess".
Cade Metz, 05 Aug 2011

Spamford Wallace charged for hacking 500,000 Facebookers

One of the first figures to plaster the internet with millions of spam messages before being driven underground has been criminally charged for hacking some 500,000 Facebook accounts, stealing their personal information, and sending 27 million unwanted advertisements.
Dan Goodin, 05 Aug 2011

‘Pitstops’ can inhibit viruses

A compound dubbed the “pitstop” has been proposed as offering a new way to defend the body against invaders such as viruses and cancers.
Richard Chirgwin, 05 Aug 2011

Microsoft preps 13 updates for August Patch Tuesday

Microsoft is fuelling up 13 bulletins for release next week, including an update that guards against critical flaws in Internet Explorer.
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2011

End user productivity: is technology a help or a hindrance?

Reg ResearchJudging by the number of supporting technologies that are available, and the claims made for their efficacy, end user productivity issues have long been a thing of the past. But we all know that in real life, it isn’t like that at all. The question remains, though: to what extent can technology help address productivity issues, and at what point does it start getting in the way?
Martha Bennett, 05 Aug 2011
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Insight blames public sector for sales dip

A strong currency tailwind lifted Insight Enterprises's second quarter sales to growth in Europe as spending cuts in the public sector started to bite.
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011
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STEC stamps its mark on PCIe flash

STEC has introduced Kronos and Kronos Turbo, their dynamic PCIe server flash duo. Actually STEC is launching triplets as there is a Kronos Bi-Turbo – two Turbos ganged together – and there is also flash caching software.
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2011

Travelodge blames 'vindictive individual' for email database breach

Travelodge UK has confirmed that a customer database security breach was behind the recent run of spam emails to its customers.
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2011

Directing Fibre Channel storage traffic over Ethernet

Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) has a hard act to follow. Fibre Channel storage fabrics accomplish an amazing feat, making shared storage arrays equivalent to direct-attached disk drives to the many servers accessing them.
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2011
Octovo Solis

Octovo Solis e-book reader lamp

Accessory of the WeekNo question, the Octovo Solis is the snazziest clip-on e-book reader light I've seen, and possibly the one that's the most practical to use too.
Tony Smith, 05 Aug 2011
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Fusion-io flash results explode

Fusion-io's first quarterly results since its IPO show revenues exploding, and it is buying IO Turbine for virtual server caching software on the back of that.
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2011

Stream vids to your laptop ON A PLANE ... but prepare to pay

American Airlines is to start offering to stream video to passengers' own kit, as long as that kit is a laptop computer and the passenger doesn't mind paying for the experience.
Bill Ray, 05 Aug 2011

Microsoft vs Google patent ding dong gets stuck on repeat

Microsoft and Google are still engaged in a war of words over what Mountain View has claimed is a "conspiracy" against its Android platform.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Aug 2011

Murdoch accused of operating illegal US air force

Rupert Murdoch may soon have his front door kicked in by the US's Federal Aviation Administration, amid accusations that News Corporation has been operating an illegal air force.
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2011

E-petitions site: Death wish FAIL

The Coalition government's E-petitions website remains open for business today but has been flooded with wishy-washy anti-hanging advocates.
John Oates, 05 Aug 2011

Logica profits hit by misers in public sector

Logica is continuing to shift its order book from the public sector toward the commercial markets following a tough first half-year that challenged margins and gave operating profits a pounding.
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011

DOH! Housing contractor loses unencrypted stick down the pub

A contractor who lost an unencrypted memory stick with confidential data during a visit down the pub has landed two London housing bodies in trouble with data privacy watchdogs.
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2011
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

PlayStation phone prices plunge

Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play has followed in Nintendo's 3DS footprints, experiencing a dramatic drop in price with some online retailers lowering it by almost 50 per cent.
Caleb Cox, 05 Aug 2011

12% of UK don't carry cash

Two-thirds of you don't like using cash, and one in eight has stopped carrying it entirely, according to Barclays, which (unsurprisingly) reckon cards are the way of the future.
Bill Ray, 05 Aug 2011

Can you handle LOHAN's substantial globes?

The matter of our LOHAN's substantial globes has kicked off a right old debate among you, our beloved readers, as rival viewpoints on just how to launch the Vulture 2 aircraft from beneath helium-filled funbags battle for our attention.
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2011
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Nikon D5100 16.2Mp DSLR

ReviewSitting somewhere in the middle of entry-level scale, Nikon’s D5100 represents a considerable leap from its predecessor the D5000 and can be seen in some respects as a smaller, cheaper-built D7000. From its bigger brother it inherits the 16.2 DX-sized CMOS sensor; the Expeed 2 processor with 14-bit Raw shooting, the extensive ISO range and the higher 920k screen resolution.
Catherine Monfils, 05 Aug 2011

Ofcom bows to Google lobby

The rubber-stamping of Ian Hargreaves "IP Review" and other news yesterday represents a lobbying triumph for Google, and shows the creative industries they need to learn some lessons.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Aug 2011

LinkedIn smashes through dire economy with HUGE sales jump

LinkedIn posted its first financial numbers on Thursday, after going public earlier this year, and surprised (almost) everyone by pinning a giddy revenue increase of 120 per cent on its Q2 results.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Aug 2011

Mr Bean prangs £650k McLaren

Blackadder star Rowan Atkinson narrowly "cheated death" last night after pranging his £650k McLaren F1, and crawling from the supercar's burning wreckage.
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2011

Finding the black-spots in service delivery

RegcastIT nowadays is so complex that even the best systems, operated by the best people in the game, can have black-spots when you bring them together to deliver a service to your customers. You've no doubt experienced the problem. You're sitting in IT looking at your systems management dashboard admiring the green lights, whilst the phones are ringing and the directors are on your case because the services aren't meeting expectation.
Phil Mitchell, 05 Aug 2011

Spanish unfurl Benny 16 banana bog roll

Spanish bog roll outfit Renova has come up with a novel way for locals to welcome Pope Benny 16 to Madrid later this month – a limited-editon arse paper combo in a fetching Vatican colour scheme.
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2011

Kinect space saver on its way

The problem with Xbox Kinect - aside from a decent range of top-drawer titles - is the inability to play without a large living room and yards of space.
Caleb Cox, 05 Aug 2011

Police procurement deal means cops pay more

West Midlands Police Authority has cast doubts on Home Office claims about the savings offered by the controversial Sprint ii IT procurement framework and plans to minimise its use.
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011
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Ray of hope for smartphone projectors

A components manufacturer claims to have made the industry's smallest aspherical glass lens which has potential to kit-out smartphones with built-in projectors.
Caleb Cox, 05 Aug 2011

Cisco warns over warranty discs of EVIL

Networking giant Cisco has warned customers that a CD-ROM it supplied with its kit automatically took users to a site that was a known malware repository.
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2011

A mixed bag for IT jobs in July

The US economy added more jobs than economists had projected in July and the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its latest jobs report that it had also revised the number of net new people added to the workforce in May and June. This number was slightly higher than originally reported, the bureau said.

HTC swallows cloud app biz Dashwire

Smartphone maker HTC has taken time out from its long-running patent battle with Apple to bid $18.5m for US web-based application developer Dashwire.
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011

Facial recognition tech proves Randi AND Mark are the same Zuck

World ExclusiveAfter spending literally minutes researching photos of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his older "sister" Randi on the interwebs, The Register can exclusively reveal that the siblings are in fact ONE AND THE SAME person.
Muck Kerb Grazer, 05 Aug 2011

NASA's Juno roars off to Jupiter

NASA's Juno spacecraft blasted off this afternoon from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at the beginning of its five-year journey to Jupiter.
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2011

Acer founder: 'Tablets, ultrabooks just a fad'

Those tablets and razor-thin "ultrabooks" that are grabbing all the headlines these days are just passing fads, says the founder of PC-maker Acer.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Aug 2011

Apple, Walmart, and you: Making money in mobile

Open...and ShutMobile is top-of-mind for every developer and every business, but it's not yet reaching stuffing-of-wallet for much of anyone.
Matt Asay, 05 Aug 2011

Google erects master API for linking web apps

Google is developing an über-API meant to facilitate interaction between web applications, and it plans to integrate the project – known as Web Intents – with its Chrome browser and Chrome OS browser-based operating system.
Cade Metz, 05 Aug 2011

Shagbook won't take Facebook thrust lying down

The "hottest place to hook up with local singles for no strings attached adult dating" is fighting back against Facebook's demand that it change its name.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Aug 2011

DIY aerial drone monitors Wi-Fi, GSM networks

DefconHobbyist hackers have built a DIY flying spy drone that's capable of intercepting communications over remote Wi-Fi and cellular networks and beaming them to snoops located half a world away.
Dan Goodin, 05 Aug 2011

Google points finger at human after robo car accident

One of Google's self-driving cars has driven into another car. But Google says it wasn't driving itself at the time.
Cade Metz, 05 Aug 2011

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