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Restaurant takes the piss, recycles it as fertiliser

A Melbourne restaurant is collecting its patrons' urine and turning it into fertiliser.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2012
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Everything you ever wanted to know about private cloud

The idea of cloud computing usually suggests vast server and storage resources delivered by external providers. The benefits, we are told, are legion: you pay only for what you use, you scale up to what you need, procurement costs are minimal, operational overhead reduced, and so on.
Jon Collins, 08 Mar 2012
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SimCity to return after 10-year holiday

Electronic Arts has announced it will bring out the first new version of its iconic game SimCity in a decade, with the new build due out in 2013.
Iain Thomson, 08 Mar 2012
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GRAIL lunar orbiters get down to business

NASA reports that its twin Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft in orbit around the Moon have begun sending back data.
Iain Thomson, 08 Mar 2012
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Disaster preparation gamified for Oz kids

Australia's Federal Government has released an iOs game, Before the Flood, to teach ten to fifteen year olds what to do when water levels start to rise.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2012
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Australia considers national digital archive

Australia's Legal Deposit requirement, which compels publishers to send copies of all books to the National Library, may be extended to digital works.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2012
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Inside Sony's Home Entertainment HQ in Japan

Feature Sony is getting back to basics in an effort to revitalise its underperforming TV division. After haemorrhaging cash for eight long years, a fresh management team are betting the farm on new display technologies and a return to core values in order to turn things around.
Steve May, 08 Mar 2012

Lingerie-clad she-devils romp past watchdog

NSFW The Advertising Standards Authority has rejected a complaint that an Agent Provocateur video featuring a pack of lingerie-clad she-devils menacing another woman is "disturbing and misogynistic".
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2012
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Top Brit authors turn flamethrowers on barmy IPO

Britain's best-loved storytellers turned their fire on the People's Revolutionary Council of Newport yesterday – otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Office. The IPO wants to use the power of the state to rob authors of the right to see any royalties from sales into education.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2012
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Ofcom supremo dreams of filling WORLD'S cracks

Ofcom's chief executive has been telling Brussels about the importance of White Spaces, and how Europe should be leading the shift to dynamic spectrum allocation rather than following behind the Americans.
Bill Ray, 08 Mar 2012
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Crims fall back on old-school cons to avoid anti-fraud tech

Crims are returning to more traditional cheque and telephone banking fraud techniques according to stats from the UK Card Association.
Paul Kunert, 08 Mar 2012
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Poynt

iOS App of the Week iOS App of the Week With the price of petrol hitting yet another all-time high, I decided to try and find an app that could save us all some money when we fill up our tanks.
Cliff Joseph, 08 Mar 2012
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Hands on with the Apple iPad 3

First look Last night, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the company’s latest tablet. It’s the new iPad, folks. And this year it’s just called "the new iPad", not iPad 3 or iPad HD. To some, it means that 2011’s model, the iPad 2, sounds newer than the latest, 2012 one. But more important than the name, should you buy one?
Oscar Milde, 08 Mar 2012
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Proview demands 'new iPad' sales halt in China

Ailing monitor biz Proview has done its best to spoil the third-gen iPad party by ordering Chinese distributors to not sell the shiny new tablet due to Apple’s unresolved trademark dispute with the firm.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Mar 2012
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Chinese tech firms fingered for military collaboration

The People’s Liberation Army is actively arming and developing its soldiers with advanced information warfare capabilities which would represent a “genuine risk” to US military operations in the event of a conflict, a new report has alleged.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Mar 2012
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Banks toss $8bn into Facebook's lap ahead of IPO

Facebook has admitted that some of its 845 million accounts might be fake or duplicated user identities, but that doesn't seem to be worrying the banks since they have doubled the social network's loans to $8bn to take care of its market debut.
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Sky excludes Android with F1 app

Sky has risked the wrath of F1 fans by revealing there are no plans to launch an Android version of its forthcoming Formula 1 iPad app.
Caleb Cox, 08 Mar 2012
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New iPad 4G data connection will only work in America

One of the main new features in Apple's just-announced third iPad is 4G mobile networking: but keen fanbois planning to purchase it should note that the new fondleslab will only be able to achieve 4G connection in North America for the foreseeable future. Even in the States it won't be able to change networks.
Bill Ray, 08 Mar 2012
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Telefonica flashes cash, jangles office keys to lure UK startups

Telefonica will provide offices on Tottenham Court Road to 20 startups, along with funding of up to €50,000 (£41.8k), pushing entrepreneurs to develop ideas, but mostly to make more money.
Bill Ray, 08 Mar 2012
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IBM shines light on terabit-per-second optical chip

Need to get a lot of data - and I mean a lot of data - around your system? Look no further than this new chip from IBM: a part capable of shifting one trillion bits every second.
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2012
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Web 2.0 cash wad surge spunked on telly ads in UK

TV advert spending went up in the UK last year, fuelled partly by telly slots bought by web firms that mostly make their money from online advertising.
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Renault Mégane 265 Trophy 2.0 turbo

Review Review Lap times around the fearsome 13 mile Nürburgring have become a touchstone for performance road cars in recent years. Renault’s new Mégane 265 Trophy has been hustled around in 8m 08s, which is the current lap record for a front-wheel drive car.
Alun Taylor, 08 Mar 2012
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Anonymous takes down Vatican website

Italian hackers affiliated with hacktivist collective Anonymous pushed the Vatican's website offline last night. The hack was in "retribution" for the child abuse scandals in the Catholic Church and Vatican-endorsed acts going back thousands of years, the group claimed in a message.
Anna Leach, 08 Mar 2012
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Virgin TiVo iPad app out in September

Virgin Media will finally release its long-promised TiVo-tapping app for the iPad in September, the cableco's CEO has revealed.
Hard Reg, 08 Mar 2012
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SUPERCOMPUTER vs your computer in bang-for-buck battle

HPC blog A couple of weeks ago I posted a blog here (Exascale by 2018: Crazy...or possible?) that looked at how long it took the industry to hit noteworthy HPC milestones. Chatter in the comments section (aside from the guy who assailed me for a typo, and for not explicitly calling out ‘per second’ denotations) discussed what these massive systems do and why they’re necessary.
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NASA to blast 5 rockets in 5 min in jet stream test

NASA is planning to light up the night sky in the next month, sending five rockets at the same time to the edge of space to find out more about the jet stream winds that circle the planet.
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Netflix lets Apple TV owners subscribe on screen

When Apple ships the new Apple TV on 16 March, owners of the small set-top box will be able to sign up for Netflix on screen and pay for the subscription streaming service through their iTunes account.
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2012
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Sky has lots in Store for Anytime+

Sky has veered away from the Box Office setup, integrating it into a new Sky Store within the company's video on-demand service, Anytime+.
Caleb Cox, 08 Mar 2012
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SOPA poked an angry bear and set it loose on the net

Interview I'm not defending greedy bastard corporations, says author Rob Levine, and you don't have to either. But we need something better than a broken digital economy.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2012
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PlayStation Network to be flooded with freemium games

The PlayStation Network may soon be awash with free-to-play games, after Sony announced its interest in the freemium approach and keenness to tap into the casual games market.
Caleb Cox, 08 Mar 2012
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Stratfor email hackers were tricked into using Feds' server

WikiLeaks – and Julian Assange – could get caught up in the investigation into the LulzSec takedown saga because it published the internal emails of Stratfor, the private global intelligence firm that was attacked by Anonymous hackers, it has emerged.
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2012
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New iPad: Crack open your wallets, fanbois, here's what it'll cost

The new iPad that was revealed to feverish fanbois last night in San Fran will be on UK shelves in about a week's time - 16 March. Yes, Brits, you can pre-order one now, or grab a sleeping bag and start making your way to Regent Street.
Anna Leach, 08 Mar 2012
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Pollster charts rise and rise of the e-book reader

Nearly a third of adults in the US now read books on a tablet or e-book readers.
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2012
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Job-seeking IT pro? Head for China

China’s explosive economic growth has led to a boom in job opportunities for ex-pat IT managers who fancy a new challenge, although the market remains intolerant of those without the requisite language skills or cultural know-how, according to a leading recruiter.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Mar 2012
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Orange 3G data network goes titsup

Some Orange customers are without data at the moment as a network fault of some sort has knocked out 3G across the country - and the cause isn't known.
Bill Ray, 08 Mar 2012
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MYSTERY programming language found in Duqu

Security researchers are appealing for help after discovering that part of the Duqu Trojan was written in an unknown programming language.
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2012
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Huawei erects channel flag in Europe

Huawei Enterprise aims to accredit a large army of foot soldiers after taking the covers off a channel programme and IT pro training camp.
Paul Kunert, 08 Mar 2012

World's Raspberry Pi supply jammed in factory blunder

Shipments of the long-awaited and heavily fought over Raspberry Pi boards could be delayed thanks to a manufacturing cock-up.
Chris Williams, 08 Mar 2012
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US Justice Department threatens Apple and publishers with court battle

The US Justice Department has warned Apple and five big publishing houses that they may be seeing the inside of a courtroom for allegedly inflating the prices of ebooks if they can't settle the issue between themselves.
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Commtech Distribution to set up UK beachhead

Channel vet Mark Walker is to front Irish wholesaler Commtech Distribution's expansion into the UK.
Paul Kunert, 08 Mar 2012
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Microsoft tech turns any object into a touchscreen

Microsoft's research team has revealed a shoulder-mounted projector-cum-detector that can turn any surface in front of you into a gesture-sensitive display.
Caleb Cox, 08 Mar 2012
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Elgato's Thunderbolt SSD goes on sale

TV tuner specialist Elgato's surprise foray into storage goes on sale this week.
Caleb Cox, 08 Mar 2012
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SECRET of the flashing Amazon jungle Drobo EXPLAINED

Drobo, the stylish desktop and small rackable storage box supplier, is finally adding flash drives to its rack-mounted box plus Amazon cloud storage for backup.
Chris Mellor, 08 Mar 2012
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3D: 10% of LCD TVs in 2011, 25% in 2012

Still think 3D TVs are popular? We hate to say it, but only ten per cent of LCD TV panels that shipped in 2011 were 3D capable.
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2012
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Cisco outs third gen UCS blades and racks

When Intel launched its "transformational" "Nehalem-EP" Xeon 5500 processors for two-socket boxes three years ago, Cisco Systems picked that moment to jump into the server racket and got pole position on the announcements. It's three years on now and while Cisco is not yet a tier-one server maker, it has built a business with a $1.3bn annual run rate and now 11,000 customers and has to be taken seriously. And, it can lay back a day or two and wait for the roar to die down about a new Intel processor to talk about its new machines that make use of it.
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Titanic director James Cameron prepares for deep sea dive

James Cameron, the man behind water-logged blockbusters like Titanic and The Abyss, has announced his intention to dive alone to the deepest point in the ocean in the next few weeks and bring back some of the alien creatures that live there.
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Lenovo recalls 160,000 all-in-one PCs after blaze warning

Lenovo wants punters to send back a grand total of 160,000 ThinkCentre all-in-one desktop PCs because the machines' power supplies might overheat and burst into flames.
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2012
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'The new iPad' selling out at AT&T

If you're planning to preorder your "The new iPad", you better get cracking – some models of Apple's revamped "magical and revolutionary" fondleslab are already on backorder.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Mar 2012
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Tim Cook's post-PC iPad domination dream crushed by reality

Despite Tim Cook's declaration that we live in a post-PC world as he presented the new iPad to the world, analysts at Gartner forecast that demand for PCs will accelerate in the next two years.
Anna Leach, 08 Mar 2012
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HD glitch for Apple TV punters

HBO isn't giving up its box seat for anybody – not even Apple.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2012
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Microsoft rolls over as Uniloc wins decade-long war

Uniloc, the Australian software developer that has been embroiled in a decade long legal battle with Microsoft over copyright infringement, has reached settlement terms with its bete noir.
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NOAA picks IBM for supercomputer storm chasing

Updated The server executives at Big Blue are probably breathing a bit easier now that the company managed to survive a competitive bidding process on a monster supercomputer contract at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the climate modeling arm of the US Department of Commerce. As a result, IBM has the potential to reap $502m in rewards building and supporting supercomputers for NOAA through 2021, if all the contract provisions are extended and activated.
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Solar storm arrives, nobody notices

If you notice the complete absence of global catastrophe, it’s because the solar storm that arrived after this week’s series of eruptions from the Sun only struck the Earth a glancing blow.
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Microsoft talking turkey with OnLive over Office to iPad

Microsoft has said it is "actively engaged" in discussions over licensing terms with OnLive over its service streaming Office to iPads.
Iain Thomson, 08 Mar 2012
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NICTA mines for hot rocks

Drills are set to be dumped for sophisticated data analytics in a $AU5 million initiative featuring geothermal university experts from across four states working with Australian research facility NICTA, in the pursuit of geothermal energy targets.
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NASA: The future of space is public/private partnerships

The future of space exploration is going to be dependent on a mix of public and private money, and it's likely that the first Mars colonization missions will be commercial operations.
Iain Thomson, 08 Mar 2012
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Flying Spaghetti Monster's works spotted in space

Astrophysicists have found that galaxies can produce tails of “filamentary structures” with a noodle-like appearance.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2012
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Apple to Google Maps: ‘Get lost’

Thanks heavens it’s only for photo-tagging: Apple has tossed yet another gauntlet onto the ground in its ongoing spat with Google, dropping Google Maps out of iPhoto for iOS and opting for OpenStreetMap instead.
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NetApp reveals Exadata backup plan

NetApp has quietly announced, through its blogs and user community, a backup solution for Oracle's Exadata appliances.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2012