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The Nuna6 during a recent test run in Australia. Pic: Nuon Solar Team

El Reg follows World Solar Challenge

WSC At almost 3000km in length, the Stuart Highway is the world's longest road. The highway traverses the middle "strip" of Australia, connecting Darwin in the north with Adelaide in the south, and cuts through hostile terrain, mostly desert and mostly flat.
Drew Cullen, 11 Oct 2011
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Get your numbers right, NBN Co tells Economist

The Economist Intelligence Unit, which The Register had reason to criticize back in February, is still on the attack regarding Australia’s planned National Broadband Network.
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iPlayer founder launches next big TV thing-Zeebox

The tech wizard behind Kazaa and the BBC’s iPlayer, Anthony Rose, has unveiled his long awaited next project – Zeebox.

Nanotubes, sulfur expand battery storage

The group that last year gave the world the unexplodable lithium battery is back, this time using a combination of nanotubes, sulfur and an electrolyte additive to achieve what they say is a tenfold improvement in capacity.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro Qwerty Android smartphone

Review Sony Ericsson may not be churning out Android handsets in the bulk of HTC or Samsung, but its has produced some consistently good phones recently in its Xperia range. Building on last year’s X10 Mini Pro, this new version adds a slightly bigger screen, faster processor and Gingerbread, the latest version of Android for mobiles.
Dave Oliver, 11 Oct 2011
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XIO tosses the dice one more time

Comment Neither-fish-nor-fowl storage supplier XIO is looking to server virtualisation for growth spurt that has so far eluded it. If this fails then all XIO's bets could be off.
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2011
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Would you let your car insurer snoop on you for a better deal?

Having your driving style assessed by a back-seat black box of tricks sounds galling – but if it can shave money off your insurance premium, a beancounting firm reckons you'll put up with it. Particularly if you're an 18-year-old pimple-faced lad.
Anna Leach, 11 Oct 2011
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UK patent office spawns free search site

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a new online service to reduce the cost to business of requesting patent documents.
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Half of Whitehall's websites axed in a year

The government has claimed to have almost halved the number of Whitehall websites over the past year. Its annual Central Government Websites report, published by the Cabinet Office, says that 444 are now open compared with 820 a year ago.
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Smut oglers told to opt in to keep web filth flowing

Grubby smut gazers will be forced to "opt in" to view porn under government-backed restrictions to be imposed on ISPs.
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2011
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BlackBerry users back online after outage

RIM has been issuing a flurry of apologies for yesterday's network outage, which knocked out connections in Europe, the Middle East and India, and assures us that everything should be tickety boo by now.
Bill Ray, 11 Oct 2011
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YouTube ships movie rental service to UK

YouTube has brought its movie rental service across the pond to Blighty.
Caleb Cox, 11 Oct 2011
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VeriSign demands website takedown powers

VeriSign, which manages the database of all .com internet addresses, wants powers to shut down "non-legitimate" domain names when asked to by law enforcement.
Kevin Murphy, 11 Oct 2011
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MS kills, un-kills kills Zune player line

Zune hardware really is dead. Microsoft has re-posted the end-of-life notice it put up on its website last week and then took it down a day later.
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2011
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Viz Profanisaurus

Android App of the Week First published in 1998 Roger’s Profanisaurus is a compendium of words and phrases inspired by the lexicon and philosophy of Viz comic’s foul-mouthed northern TV reporter Roger Mellie.
Alun Taylor, 11 Oct 2011
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Cloudy challenge looms over networking

This cloud computing thing has legs. The announcements from the Build conference confirms what we have known for a while: that Microsoft has bet the farm on it.
Trevor Pott, 11 Oct 2011
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CyanogenMod 7.1 brings 24 Android phones into fold

Android smartphone owners, rejoice! CyanogenMod, one of the better custom phone firmware offerings has been updated, adding support for 24 more handsets.
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2011
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IBM preps boost for Power Systems

Big Blue is getting ready to do a bunch of enhancements on its Power Systems lineup either this week or perhaps next week, but don't expect any kickers to the current eight-core Power7 processors, which first made their debut in February 2010 and were rolled out through the summer of last year.
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The rise of the modular Cloud?

Broadcast Dr Phil Richards from Loughborough University heads into The Reg studios on October 20th at 10am (BST) to tell us how he's building modular hybrid clouds.
Phil Mitchell, 11 Oct 2011
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Spotify's rising revenues gobbled by royalties blackhole

Streaming services face a brutal few months, but leader Spotify can at least point to solid revenue. Spotify UK, which was responsible for the bulk of the music company’s global business until last month, saw its revenues increase to £63.17m in 2010, up from £11.32m in 2009, the first year of its rollout.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2011
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Dark Souls

Review Plunging from a treacherous rampart, slowly succumbing to the poisonous bite or bludgeoned by a monstrous ice giant – Dark Souls wants you dead. And it doesn't care how.
Andrew Bailey, 11 Oct 2011
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Sneak peek: Revamped Opera gets turboboost

Pictures Oslo: Opera has lifted the lid on a range of new technology today – and is making fresh versions of the Mobile and Mini browsers available to world+Android-using dog this afternoon. The first alpha version of version 12 for the desktop follows on Thursday. We had a sneak peek at them all in Oslo this morning.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2011
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Feds slurp WikiLeaker's email with secret court order

Information about WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum’s emails could already be in the hands of the US government after wonks obtained secret court orders against Google and Sonic.net.
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Pay Jobs due respect - by crushing the empire he created

Open ... And Shut In all the eulogies dedicated to the remarkable Steve Jobs, people seem to be overlooking his legacy: the push to "think different". Rather than buying into his declaration that we should not "waste [our lives] living someone else's life" – namely, his – we see far too many products that seek to ape Apple, not beat it.
Matt Asay, 11 Oct 2011
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Ten... Freeview HD recorders

Product Round-up The UK’s ongoing digital switchover means that Freeview HD has probably now rolled out to a transmitter near you. If you’re using old digital TVs or set-top boxes, you won’t get the four – soon to be five – high-def channels through your aerial, alongside the standard line-up.
Ian Calcutt, 11 Oct 2011
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NHS IT spending: The winners and losers

The pot of dosh dished out by NHS Connecting for Health to IT suppliers evaporated in fiscal 2011. Integration giants were the biggest losers as resellers gained ground.
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2011
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Royal Navy halts Highlands GPS jamming

Following complaints from local fishermen, the Royal Navy has suspended satnav signal jamming during its ongoing Joint Warrior naval exercises, despite making every attempt to let people know.
Bill Ray, 11 Oct 2011
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Oracle's Sparc T4 prices mask improved value

Analysis When Oracle announced the eight-core Sparc T4 processor and the four systems that make use of the new chip to run Solaris workloads two weeks ago, the one thing that was missing on announcement day was pricing for the systems. Having lived through Oracle OpenWorld, El Reg figures now is a good time to circle back and take a look at packaging and pricing for the Sparc T4 machines and how they stack up to prior generations of Sparc T-class iron.
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Trusteer rebuffs bank security bypass claims

Trusteer has downplayed the significance of reports that it might have been possible to bypass its anti-keylogger online banking protection technology.
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2011
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Wall Street protest app Vibe is secure enough, cries dev

That new "anonymous Twitter" app we wrote about last week? It is more anonymous than Twitter – but it isn't actually very anonymous.
Anna Leach, 11 Oct 2011
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Dubstep ringtone wins Nokia compo

Nokia has selected a winning ringtone, and either we're way too old to understand what the young things are listening to these days or Nokia has lost it completely.
Bill Ray, 11 Oct 2011
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BlackBerry BBM, email offline AGAIN

BlackBerry services are offline again after a burst of precious uptime that followed 20 hours of fail yesterday.
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Infosec 'needs warrior cryptoboffins' to beat hackers

RSA Europe The infosec industry needs to move beyond "faith-based security" to an evidence-based approach that takes ideas from battlefield combat if corporations are ever to get ahead of hackers and keep security spending down to manageable levels.
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2011
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Hard-up OpenOffice whips out begging-cap website

Hamburg-based open-source project OpenOffice will embark upon a major fundraising campaign this week to defend itself against a looming shutdown.
Jan Libbenga, 11 Oct 2011
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Oak Ridge changes Jaguar's spots from CPUs to GPUs

The mystery surrounding the architecture of the future "Titan" supercomputer to be installed at Oak Ridge National Laboratories and funded by the US Department of Energy is over.
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'Buggy' Facebook iPad app finally emerges

Merely one year, six months and a week after the iPad was launched in April 2010, the Facebook app for iPad has finally hit the iTunes app store.
Anna Leach, 11 Oct 2011
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HP extends reseller rebate changes into fiscal 2012

HP is again extending its linear Pay For Results compensation model for Enterprise Server, Storage and Networking (ESSN) resellers as the economy continues to limp along.
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2011
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Privacy watchdog: Some things just aren't personal

Organisations do not have to issue all the information stored in complaint files in order to comply with individuals' personal data access requests, the UK's data protection watchdog has said.
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Android apps now playable on Windows PCs

Bluestacks has released an alpha-test version of software which allows Android apps to be run on Windows machines.
Caleb Cox, 11 Oct 2011
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RSA defends handling of two-pronged SecurID breach

RSA Europe Two groups from the same country teamed up to launch a sophisticated attack against RSA Security's systems last March, EMC's security division said.
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2011

Steve Jobs death certificate: 'respiratory arrest'

Steve Jobs died at home from respiratory arrest and a pancreatic tumor, according to his death certificate, which was obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Oct 2011
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Sutter: C++11 kicks old-school coding into 21st century

There's a new C++ in town: C++11 has been approved and published by international standards chiefs.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Oct 2011
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IBM nabs Platform for cloud control freakery

If you want Big Blue to buy your software company some day, you can increase the odds by moving it near Toronto – that location just did the trick for Platform Computing.
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Microsoft flags Firefox and Chrome for security failings

Microsoft has unveiled a website aimed at raising awareness of browser security by comparing the ability of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome to withstand attacks from malware, phishing, and other types of threats.
Dan Goodin, 11 Oct 2011
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Overland to ring Nasdaq bell, tease products

Overland, the always-struggling-to-not-go-bust-and-not-get-delisted-from-Nasdaq storage company, is going to ring the Nasdaq opening bell on Friday, October 14. Wherefore this return to Nasdaq grace?
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2011
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'iTunes in the Cloud' has arrived in iTunes 10.5 update

Updated Apple has released iTunes 10.5, adding "iTunes in the Cloud" support in preparation for Wednesday's scheduled launch of the long-gestating iCloud service and iOS 5 mobile-device operating system – and downloading previously purchased songs is already up and running.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Oct 2011

High-frequency traders attract regulator’s interest

Financial authorities in the UK and US are considering a new batch of regulations to limit the use of high-frequency trading computer systems by investment houses.
Iain Thomson, 11 Oct 2011
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Crims prefer old exploits: Microsoft

While media around the world are excited by the announcement of every new zero-day vulnerabilities, attackers yawn, according to Microsoft.
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Hundreds of websites share usernames sans permission

Home Depot, The Wall Street Journal, Photobucket, and hundreds of other websites share visitor's names, usernames, or other personal information with advertisers or other third parties, often without disclosing the practice in privacy policies, academic researchers said.
Dan Goodin, 11 Oct 2011
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Billion dollar telescope snaps galactic head-on

The first images are in from the immense ALMA radio-telescope array, under construction at 16,500 feet in the Chilean desert, and they reveal a galactic collision of near-unimaginable violence and equally mind-boggling beauty.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Oct 2011
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Mnet shares mobile smarts with LA

Adelaide-founded mobile development company Mnet has opened its first US office in Los Angeles to build on its existing mobile advertising business with Yahoo! and work on new mobile and multi-channel solutions.
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Australian National Broadband Network secures backhaul

The islands of access fibre* to be built for Australia’s National Broadband Network will be dark fibre provided by Telstra, at least in the first instance.
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Riverbed extends archiving to Azure, OpenStack clouds

Riverbed is stretching its Whitewater appliances – which automatically back up data to online storage clouds – to cover more clouds, and increasing the number of programs on servers that can feed data to them.