25th > November > 2011 Archive

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Microsoft to Aussie gov: Privacy rules stifle e-Health

Microsoft has told the Australian government that its focus on storing electronic health records within Australia’s borders “could have a detrimental effect” on security.
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Oz ISPs propose copyright enforcement trial

Australia’s Communications Alliance has released a discussion paper covering a proposed scheme for dealing with copyright infringement on the Internet.
Amazon Kindle Fire e-book tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire

Review You might think it odd for a UK-based publication to review a product only available in the US, but such is Amazon's global reach that it's only a matter of time before the Kindle Fire is officially released over here.
Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2011
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Ex-NASA space shuttle to touch down on aircraft carrier

In a move sure to delight aerospace fans everywhere, it has been announced that one of NASA's retired space shuttles will make a landing in the harbour of New York City next year – onto the deck of an aircraft carrier.
Lewis Page, 25 Nov 2011
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Shock: Council dumps data wad - doesn't break any laws

Surrey county council has launched a website which brings together a wide range of information on the area.
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Our roving reporter snaps Tenerife sex dangle

Our shock report earlier this week into the middle-aged Brit tourist who ended up dangling naked from the stairs of a Tenerife apartment block after a sex-based mishap prompted several readers to admit they were having trouble picturing just what a naked middle-aged Brit tourist dangling from the stairs of a Tenerife apartment block looks like.
Lester Haines, 25 Nov 2011
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Apple iPhone owners are the most loyal smartphone buyers

iPhone owners are more loyal to their chosen handset than Android fans are to theirs.
Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2011
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Rock star physicist Cox: Neutrinos won't help us cheat time

Fire up the DeLorean and grab the almanac, time travel is here... or maybe not.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2011
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Cabinet Secretary: Freedom of Info law stifles policy confabs

Sir Gus O'Donnell told a committee of MPs on Wednesday that FOI laws had a "very negative impact on the freedom of policy discussions".
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Nov 2011
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LOHAN fondles substantial concrete buttocks

We're obliged to the many readers who offered to suggestions as to how to put together a home-made vacuum pump for our forthcoming Rocketry Experimental High Altitude Barosimulator (REHAB) test.
Lester Haines, 25 Nov 2011
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PS Vita will play all PS3 games remotely

Sony's PS Vita will be able to play PS3 games remotely.
Hard Reg, 25 Nov 2011
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Thumbs Up Desktop Phone

Accessory of the Week I use a USB handset with Skype on my Mac, and I’ve been looking for something similar to use with my iPhone when I’m in the office. Bluetooth headsets just make me feel silly, so I’ve opted for the distinctly low-tech and unpretentious Desktop Phone from Thumbs Up instead.
Cliff Joseph, 25 Nov 2011
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Capita seeks 99 heads for chopping block

Capita IT services biz is bowing to economic pressures by seeking voluntary redundancies just weeks before Christmas.
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2011
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Hot pixelated Mac action to stuff fanbois' Xmas stockings

The woman behind the Mac icons that once decorated the desktop of every Apple computer around the world has published a book of her pixel art designs.
Anna Leach, 25 Nov 2011
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First third-party app to get Siri support demo'd

Coders are beginning to take advantage of the Siri proxy server released last week to hijack Apple's voice assistant for other apps. First out the gate: FastPdfKit developer MobFarm.
Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2011
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ISP outcry halts cybercops' automatic .UK takedown plan

Plans to allow Blighty cops to "switch off" websites used by criminals have been delayed following pressure from internet firms and campaigners, who claimed such a move would hamper freedom of expression online.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Nov 2011
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T-Mobile boasts budget smartphone for less than £100

T-Mobile officially unveiled a fresh self-branded blower this morning, putting Android smartphones in pockets for under £100.
Caleb Cox, 25 Nov 2011
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ALL US pro basketball to be played by topless strippers

A former NBA superstar was been tugged in by a bunch of hoop-shooting strippers as their head coach ahead of the launch of a basketball league comprised entirely of topless dancers.
Team Register, 25 Nov 2011
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It's the ALL NEW FUTURISTIC WEAPONS Black Friday Roundup!

It's Thanksgiving again, the time of year when denizens of our former American colonies - alas, still in a distressingly successful and prolonged state of rebellion against their rightful sovereign - like to assemble as families and fortify themselves for a punishing day of shopping by scoffing a mountain of tuck while watching men in protective equipment running into one another on TV.
Lewis Page, 25 Nov 2011
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Global warming much less serious than thought - new science

Climate scientists funded by the US government have announced new research in which they have established that the various doomsday global warming scenarios are in fact extremely unlikely to occur, and that the scenarios considered likeliest - and used for planning by the world's governments - are overly pessimistic.
Lewis Page, 25 Nov 2011
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Cheap-as-chips kit smashes Intel's HD video encryption

German boffins have pulled off a successful attack on HDCP copy protection – using cheap hardware and a lot of clever coding.
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2011
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Europe: warning, these Angry Birds CAN KILL KIDS

The Europan Commission has issued a stern warning: some Angry Birds could kill a child.
Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2011
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Punters even more dissatisfied by Virgin Media's package

Ofcom survey Ofcom's latest customer satisfaction report is out and it doesn't look good for Virgin Media, which languished at the bottom of two lists representing its core business.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Nov 2011
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Bloke claims ex swiped his sperm to make twins

A Texas man claims his ex-girlfriend stole his sperm to inseminate herself three months after they broke up.
Team Register, 25 Nov 2011
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Wonder tonic keeps mobiles pumping web for longer

Finnish boffins have developed a proxy to reduce the power required for mobile web access by up to 74 per cent, taking that consumption of power into the cloud instead.
Bill Ray, 25 Nov 2011
Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 Micro Four-Thirds camera

Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1

Review The Olympus PEN Mini is a no-fuss, interchangeable lens camera created for the casual photographer that wants the respectable image quality of a Micro Four Thirds system at the price and size of a compact.
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Will Mars rover Curiosity be the last of its nuclear kind?

When the Mars rover Curiosity takes off tomorrow, it'll be packing a plutonium battery to power its myriad scientific instruments, but it could be one of the last to do so if NASA's next budget doesn't get approved.
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Samsung to 'exit netbooks'

That's it for netbooks then - so far as Samsung is concerned.
Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2011
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Bone boffins find remains of ancient tuna dinner

Bone-bothering boffins have discovered that Man's taste for tuna sarnies may have developed a lot earlier than previously thought.
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Demon Currys iPad showered kids with HARD-CORE smut

Dixons Retail has issued a grovelling apology after a demon fondleslab possessed with porn beamed smut directly into the eyes of children at a Currys store in Surrey.
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2011
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AT&T poised to kick T-Mobile USA out of bed

AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have given the first signal that they might give up on the marriage proposal for T-Mobile USA after heavy opposition from the US government.
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Shock claim: Playing Elder Scrolls WILL MAKE YOU GAY

Many of you will take to the pad this weekend, bashing away at fantasies, wiggling the necromancer, whacking demons and enjoying all else that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has to offer.
Caleb Cox, 25 Nov 2011
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'That is the best tattoo of James May on a leg I have ever seen'

Quotw This was the week when Apple's plans for a Black Friday sale on pretty much everything except its iPhone were leaked to the web and speaking of iPhones, rumours were once more circulating about the elusive number 5 and how well-endowed it will be.
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How Apple beat IBM in Steve Jobs' first retail war

The Golden Age of Computer Sales surely must have been Christmas 1984. The Macintosh had just been released, Compaq and IBM offered powerful new CPUs, but the real action was a massive Christmas sales battle between the Apple//c and the IBM PCjr. I remember it well, I was working at ComputerLand in Los Angeles, and I was at the very center of the battle.
Charles Eicher, 25 Nov 2011
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London Fire Brigade issues voracious tambourine warning

The London Fire Brigade is asking the public to be a bit more careful around letterboxes, shredders and tambourines as it issues a breakdown of 417 incidents where it was obliged to "release people, or body parts, which had become trapped in objects or machinery".
Lester Haines, 25 Nov 2011
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Anonymous: 'We hacked cybercop's email'

The Anonymous hacking collective's AntiSec group has launched a fresh assault on law enforcement agencies with the release of what they claim are personal emails stolen from a Californian cybercrime investigator.
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2011
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Max Mosley sues Google to block 'orgy' vid searches

Max Mosley is suing Google after it snubbed requests from the ex-Formula One boss to pull content about his sex life from the company's search engine results.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Nov 2011
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Cruel new punishment for hackers: Twitter, Facebook bans

Fraudsters and hackers could soon get slapped with social media bans as the government plans to encourage judges to dish out online punishments for online crime. The online tagging system is one of several recommendations announced today in the 2011 Cyber Security Strategy.
Anna Leach, 25 Nov 2011
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Ubuntu tells dumped CouchDB: It's not you, it's me

NoSQL contender CouchDB's been dropped by Ubuntu's ambitious cloud synchronisation service.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2011
Need for Speed: The Run

Need for Speed: The Run

Review Releasing a driving game into an already congested market is a risky endeavour for any developer. So it follows that releasing two within six months could be considered careless. But to release three within a year, as EA has now done, seems at best illogical and, at worst, pure cannibalistic folly.
Andrew Bailey, 25 Nov 2011
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Boffins find new 2012 glyph on 'secret' Mayan brick

The Mexican archaeology institute says that a second possible reference has been found to a date in December 2012 as the end of a 5,200-year Mayan calendar cycle after which "the cosmos is regenerated". Reportedly the glyph in question is carved into the back of a brick found in ancient temple ruins - suggesting that it was a hidden secret, not meant to be seen.
Lewis Page, 25 Nov 2011

Climategate: A symptom of driving science off a cliff

Analysis I got some pushback from readers on the more skeptical side of the climate issue for describing Climategate as 'a tragedy'. There was clear evidence of cynicism and dishonesty, they argue - doesn't this let them off the hook? Not at all. But we need the bigger picture. Let's try this as a thought exercise.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Nov 2011
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Disk drive prices swell 5% every DAY in floods aftermath

Price comparison site Idealo.co.uk has revealed that disk drive prices were rising by more than 5 per cent a day in the aftermath of the crisis in Thailand that sent supply chains into a tailspin.
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2011
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Judge tosses Netflix, Walmart conspiracy claim

Netflix and Walmart did not conspire to dominate the DVD-by-post market, a US judge has ruled.
Hard Reg, 25 Nov 2011
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Scareware slingers stumped by Google secure search

Last month Google made secure search the default option for logged in users – mostly to improve privacy protection. But there is a beneficial side-effect - it is harder for fraudsters to manipulate the search engine rankings of scam sites.
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2011
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Penguin e-books back in libraries – but no new titles

Penguin's e-books have been put back on the virtual shelves of America's libraries, a week after they were yanked for unexplained "security" reasons.
Anna Leach, 25 Nov 2011
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Falklands, Cardiff lie beneath track of rogue Phobos-Grunt

The UK space agency has warned that Russia and Kazakhstan will be responsible for any damage resulting from the probe Phobos-Grunt plummeting to Earth, and outlined in detail those locations at risk: that is, most of the inhabited world apart from remote northern and southern regions.

Office 15 beta ready for fondling by early 2012

Microsoft will spin out its first test build of Office 15 in January next year.
Team Register, 25 Nov 2011
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NASA's nuclear laser tank will hunt down any life on Mars

While tales of UFOs and alien abductions are still being greeted with snorts of derision, NASA really is searching the skies for signs of extraterrestrial life, though it's not little green (or grey) men the agency is looking for, it's signs of life - most probably not above the microbial level - on Mars.
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Huge mob swarms phone launch – but it's a BLACKBERRY

The global launch of a new smartphone brought a huge mob of thousands of desperate punters to the doors of a shopping centre on Thursday night - ahead of Friday's grand unveiling. By the time staff unlocked the doors there was a 3,000-strong crowd, a huge crush surged forward and several people fainted.
Anna Leach, 25 Nov 2011
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Flinging Facebook insults at Thai monarchy earns fat jail terms

Facebook users in Thailand, who take to the site to grumble about the Thai monarchy, have been warned that tough lese majeste laws will be brought against them.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Nov 2011
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Tablets need permanent Black Friday price slash to triumph

Punters could be tempted to buy a non-Apple fondleslabs, but only if prices tumble – and that could be about to happen, say analysts.
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2011
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Beware the software security scare silly season

Open ... and Shut The software risk silly season is upon us again. Every so often a big trend washes over the industry, and soon afterwards well-intentioned people start telling us why we should be afraid to dip our toes into the water. Or perhaps they are not so well-intentioned...
Matt Asay, 25 Nov 2011
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Slip of a lad to play James Bond's Q

Brit thesp Ben Whishaw will play Q in forthcoming Bond outing Skyfall, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 25 Nov 2011
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Amazon cloud rival adds object storage service

Amazon cloud competitor Joyent is going to add an object storage service which will be a good testbed to see if the cloud could be an object storage launch ramp.
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2011