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Plan hatched to view Milky Way's black hole heart

A conference being held this week in Arizona will lay the groundwork for an attempt to visualize the supermassive black hole that resides at the heart of our galaxy.
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Another trans-Tasman link underway

The ditch between Australia and New Zealand is getting a lot more hectic with moves for another trans-Tasman cable link underway.
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Netgear ReadyNas Duo v2 network storage

Review Netgear’s ReadyNas Duo v2 appears to be identical to its predecessor from the outside, yet it actually represents a rather radical shift in hardware design for the company. This dual bay ReadyNas model does away with the Infrant Technologies IT3107 SPARC processor featured on earlier models and replaces it with a 1.6GHz ARM CPU in the form of a Marvell 88F6282.
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German ISP doesn't have to block foreign 'illegal' betting sites

A German internet service provider (ISP) does not have to block its customers from accessing foreign betting websites even if they are considered illegal in the country, according to reports.

Fans goad Valve for Half-Life 3 gen

Fans of Valve's groundbreaking FPS franchise, Half-Life, have taken to the net en masse to voice their frustration regarding a lack of information on the series' next installment, Half-Life 3.
Caleb Cox, 18 2012
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New stealthy botnet Trojan holds Facebook users hostage

A new strain of cybercrime Trojan is targeting Facebook users by taking over their machines and shaking them down for cash.
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NHS trust to digitise millions of patient records

The Heart of England NHS foundation trust has signed a five-year deal to digitise its patient records.
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Phages: The powerful new bio-ammo in superbug war

They're the most abundant form of life on Earth – they have astonishing properties – and we know bugger-all about them.
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Dizzy: the Ultimate Cartoon Adventure Part Deux

Antique Code Show For my money, one of the greatest games ever made for the Amstrad CPC was Fantasy World Dizzy. At age seven, I was positively ravenous for my fix of Dizzy's latest adventures, and my brimming fervour to play it was good training wheels for the likes of Sonic 2 and Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition.
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Five Koobface botnet suspects named by New York Times

Five suspected masterminds behind the infamous Koobface botnet have been unmasked in a move abetted by Facebook to put the heat on cyber-crimelords.
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Government launches hydrogen motoring task force

The UK government hopes Britons could be motoring in Hydrogen-powered cars as early as 2014, Business Minister Mark Prisk said today.
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A preview of SOPA: Web shut down before my eyes

Sysadmin blog On Saturday, 7 January, a Canadian DNS host named EasyDNS winked out of existence. This was a preview of what SOPA promises to be like.
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Russian boffins: US radar didn't fry Phobos-Grunt

Russian boffins have pooh-poohed the theory that duff Martian moon probe Phobos-Grunt failed to leave Earth's orbit because it had been knackered by US radar.
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Virgin Media broadband goes titsup for 3 hours

Virgin Media was hit by a major broadband service blackout early last night that affected an unspecified number of the telco's five million customers.

Samsung denies sniffing around RIM

A blog which reported Samsung was looking to buy RIM triggered a jump in the Canadian company's shares, before Samsung had the chance to deny it was interested in the company.
Bill Ray, 18 2012
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Google boots out OpenStreetMap-nobbling contractors

Google says it has kicked two unnamed contractors off its projects after OpenStreetMap alleged that someone working for the company had vandalised the free map service.
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Ten... laptop accessories

Product round-up Those of you with laptops will undoubtedly agree that even with all convenience of portable computing, there remain compromises aplenty. Yet add a gadget here and there and mobile working can be improved tremendously.
Caleb Cox, 18 2012
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Trevor explores Microsoft virtual training

I've spent quite a bit of time recently exploring Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). Putting aside the site's content, I think that the website design itself is worth a discussion.
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Homeless Intel science compo whiz off to see Obama

Intel science competition semifinalist Samantha Garvey has been invited to attend US President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

Alienware takes aim at consoles with mini PC

Alienware joined the mini PC biz this week, revealing a powerful games machine roughly the same size as an Xbox.
Caleb Cox, 18 2012
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Windows 8 hardware rules 'derail user-friendly Linux'

The question of whether Secure Boot technology in UEFI firmware could exclude Linux from PCs running Windows 8 has taken a fresh twist.

WTF is... 802.11ac?

Wireless networks are never fast enough, but for the moment at least they are generally quicker at shifting packets of data than the broadband connections they're typically linked to.

Symantec 'fesses up: 'Code theft worse than we thought'

Symantec has backtracked on its previous assurances about a recent source code theft, admitting its network was breached and code for a larger number of products than previously thought was swiped.
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George Lucas: 'No more Star Wars'

George Lucas has announced his retirement from the movie business.
Caleb Cox, 18 2012
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Clearwire and China Mobile link up for 4G time-div trials

As part of the Global TD-LTE Initiative US-based Clearwire and China Mobile are joining forces to test time-divisioned networks in both countries, though we'll likely see the technology in the UK too.
Bill Ray, 18 2012
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Apple wants to OWN YOUR VERY SOLE

Clothes that track your every move could fill Apple fanbois' wardrobes after the fruity tech titan patented new wearable technology. The designs, approved yesterday, describe "smart garments" with embedded sensors and a two-way communications link to an external database.
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Mars attacks! Morocco pelted with rocks from the Red Planet

Excited boffins have confirmed that a meteorite shower over Morocco last July dumped about 7kg of Martian rocks on our planet.
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Alleged Muscovite cybercrime daddy hauled in to face US court

A suspected Russian cyber-crook has arrived in the US to face charges of security fraud, computer hacking and ID theft following his deportation from Switzerland.

Peeking up the skirt of Microsoft's hardy ReFS

As reported this past fortnight, Microsoft's new Storage Spaces for Windows 8 is only half the story; the operating system builder is also throwing in a new Resilient File System (ReFS) while retaining most NTFS features and semantics.
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Xio shells data centre citadels with barrels of disks

Xio, under fresh new executive management, is renewing its assault on computer data centres, convinced that this time, with a better, more focused business structure, it can breach the big data centre citadel walls it has been assaulting time after time.

Cisco boasts of 10,000th server customer

The jury is still out as to whether Cisco Systems' foray into servers hasn't done more harm than good to its overall business, but one thing seems certain: the business is growing. Cisco's iron is competing and the Unified Computing System blade and rack servers cannot be called a failure.

Nexenta scores another $21m

Privately held startup and ZFS zealot Nexenta has snagged $21m in a C funding round and, as the self-proclaimed fastest-growing growing company in enterprise storage, is ready to power on to IPO-land and Croesus-level riches for its backers – or so they wish.
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The Register to publish other sites' blacked-out content in SOPA protest

Updated As many Register readers will be aware, websites across the internet have pledged to black out all or part of their content as a protest against the proposed US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
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LightSquared accuses government of ‘rigged’ interference tests

LightSquared has issued a public protest over the results of GPS interference testing by the US government of its planned LTE mobile network, claiming the tests have been “rigged” to fail.
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Two PROTECT IP sponsors drop support for their own bill

Two of the co-sponsors of the PROTECT IP anti-piracy bill currently working its way through Congress have dropped support for the legislation.
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Facebook ANZ boss unfriends gig

Facebook downunder is without a leader following the announcement that after less than three years in the country, Facebook Australia and New Zealand leader Paul Borrud will leave the house of Zuckerberg next month.

Chocolate Factory moves into the fridge

It’s hard to decide which is worse: the breathtaking triviality of the patent, or the idea that Google doesn’t just want to see your fridge, it wants to track changes of ownership.
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Atlassian get top G'day gong

Australian softwar darlings Atlassian has been recognised by the Australian government for its achievements, securing a G’Day USA Excellence in Innovation Award.
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Australia, US agree to space junk talks

Australia and America have decided that Europe’s moves against the half-a-million items of space junk might be a good thing.
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Red Hat guns for VMware with RHEV 3.0

Red Hat has built a $1bn company, more or less, predicated on the idea that open source Linux is cheaper than Windows or Unix and that open source Java application servers are cheaper than commercial alternatives like WebLogic and WebSphere.