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Climate change linked to EXTREME weather surge

A pair of climate scientists has examined the thorny question of whether the cluster of recent extreme weather events has been caused by increasing global temperatures. Their answer? No proof, but it seems likely.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Mar 2012
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James Cameron back from dive to world's deepest point

Filmmaker James Cameron has made it back from his first excursion into the deepest point on the Earth's surface, the bottom of the Challenger Deep at nearly 36,000 feet below the ocean waves.
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2012
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Apple's Tim Cook visits China, meets officials

Apple boss Tim Cook has made his first visit to China as CEO, something his illustrious predecessor never managed to do, but faced renewed calls from NGOs and unions to improve pay and working conditions at the tech giants’ suppliers.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2012
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Decision delayed for 100-petabyte Oz research storage cloud

Australia's Research Data Storage Infrastructure Project (RDSI) has delayed the announcement of its preferred vendors by a month.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2012
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Female Chinese astronauts must have no scars, straight teeth

More than a quarter of the astronauts on China’s next manned space mission will be women, but they were selected according to a strict set of criteria which rules out any with pronounced body odour or bad teeth.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2012
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Twitter a poor predictor of movie success

Twitter users' reviews of movies are kinder than those found on other social networks, but none are good predictors of how a film will fare at the box office.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2012
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Apple New iPad 3 Wi-Fi + 4G

Review Let's face the elephant in the room first. The 'New iPad Wi-Fi + 4G' as Apple calls it - I'll use iPad 3 - may be branded 4G but that's eff-all value to us Brits. The tablet's cellular radio doesn't work with the frequencies being proposed for UK 4G communications.
Tony Smith, 27 Mar 2012
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Scality opens Ring for close scrutiny

It seems to be a world first: public and independent assessment of object storage performance compared to hard disk drive (HDD) block-based SAN arrays. The object storage supplier is Scality and the assessor is tech analyst ESG, which finds that Scality's Ring has performance comparable to, if not better than, high-performance file and SAN storage arrays.
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2012
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Sitting down all day is killing you

A study of more than 220,000 people aged 45 or more has come to a startling conclusion: sitting down all day is killing you.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2012
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OFT warns wallet-raiding debt collectors over web ads

Debt management companies have been warned over their use of the internet and social networking when promoting themselves or their services to consumers.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Mar 2012
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EC tears duvet off Universal-EMI mega-music romp

As expected, Eurocrats are anxious to probe the mega-merger of Universal EMI, fearing the effect on digital music markets. The merger sees the world's largest record label (and the largest music publisher) Vivendi-owned Universal Music, take over the fourth-largest label EMI – with the EMI publishing business spun out to Sony.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2012
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Oz regulator to Apple: Don’t call it 4G if you can’t connect

Updated: Apple will refund As with most jurisdictions that aren’t America, Apple’s new iPad, which is only associated with the number “4” as in “4G”, can’t connect to 4G networks in Australia. That’s disturbed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which is taking Apple to court over the issue.
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Cleversafe pumps up object store, slaps on big data sticker

Object storage supplier Cleversafe is claiming its new arrays have the lowest cost/TB of any disk-array on the market, and the lowest watt per terabyte too.
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2012
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Norfolk lobs out top council gigs on Twitter

Norfolk county council has started publishing all of its contract tenders on Twitter.
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Size DOES matter: Nokia snubs Apple's royalty-free nano-SIM

Apple has reportedly offered to waive its patent fees in order to get its new design of SIM accepted as a standard, removing a roadblock to adoption which never really existed.
Bill Ray, 27 Mar 2012
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Everything Everywhere's 4G monopoly stalled by Ofcom

Ofcom has extended the deadline for those responding to its proposal for Everything Everywhere to deploy 4G early, giving the competition more time to get its retaliation in.
Bill Ray, 27 Mar 2012
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Wii U graphics said to be no better than current consoles

Nintendo's next-gen console, the Wii U, will present visuals to match, not exceed, current-generation rivals. The new machine's display resolutions and textures will be no better than those supported by the Xbox 360 or PS3, it has been claimed.
Caleb Cox, 27 Mar 2012
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Spooked spooks made Symantec end Huawei fling - new claim

Security biz Symantec called time on a joint venture with Chinese telecoms equipment goliath Huawei because it feared the tie-up would prevent it from gaining access to classified US intelligence on cyber-threats, according to a new report.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2012
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Mobe hackathon contest spits out Wi-Fi-by-bonk app wonder

Updated The weekend's NFC hackathon turned out 17 working applications, 16 of which could just about have been done with barcodes, and one which will see two strangers going into business together.
Bill Ray, 27 Mar 2012
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BMW recalls 1.3m motors over fire risk

BMW has recalled more than a million cars across the globe because a battery cable they contain might malfunction. It it did, it could cause a fire, the company said.
Caleb Cox, 27 Mar 2012
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Judge orders O2 to name suspected smut burglars

A top judge in Blighty has ordered telco Telefonica to hand over the names of O2 broadband customers suspected of sharing porn online.
Anna Leach, 27 Mar 2012
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Android App of the Week It’s two-for-one this week as I take a look at the Dijit remote control app and Griffin Technologies' Beacon accessory, which connects to your phone over Bluetooth and then operates your home entertainment kit.
Alun Taylor, 27 Mar 2012
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Goldman Sachs in email muppet hunt

Goldman Sachs has launched an investigation into its corporate email following accusations from a former senior employee that there is a “toxic and destructive” culture at the merchant bank.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2012
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Force Google to black out searches in new privacy law - MPs

Google should be forced to block content via its search results where a court in Blighty has found that such material breaches an individual's privacy, MPs and peers cautioned in a lengthy report published today.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2012
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Devs spanked for touching vulnerable open-source packages

Developers are sucking buggy open-source programming frameworks off the web unaware that newer fixed versions exist, according to a new report.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Mar 2012
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Cameron flaunts footage of pristine, featureless bottom

Celebrity mega-auteur James Cameron, fresh from his partially successful submarine mission to the deepest recess of the oceans, has stunned the interwebs with the release of some video showing the "featureless" seabed which he reached after such great efforts.
Lewis Page, 27 Mar 2012
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Egypt ponders smut suppression

Nerds planning the ideal vacation destination may soon be forced to strike Egypt off the list. The nation's government plans to impose a ban on internet pornography.
Caleb Cox, 27 Mar 2012
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Friends Reunited rebrands as memory bank for oldsters

Friends Reunited is relaunching itself as a "share the memories" site, inviting users to remember and post about everything from Winston Churchill to the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Di and chewing on the sickly fruitiness of Refresher bars from the school tuck shop.
Anna Leach, 27 Mar 2012
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Bio student thrown in the clink for Muamba Twitter rant

A Welsh biology student was jailed today for tweeting racist abuse at footballer Fabrice Muamba after the Bolton midfielder collapsed during a match.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2012
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AMD plots an end run round Intel with SeaMicro's 'Freedom'

Analysis As last week was winding down, Advanced Micro Devices took control of upstart server maker SeaMicro, and guess what? AMD is still not getting into the box building business, even if it does support SeaMicro's customers for the foreseeable future out of necessity.
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Spain donates Enigma gear that kick-started Brit code-breaking

A pair of historic Enigma machines used during the Spanish Civil War have been donated to Britain.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2012
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The Register channels jobs into jobs channel

Recently we slipped out a new editorial channel to cover work issues. It's called "Jobs" and you can find a link on the main nav bar which appears at the top of every page of The Register.
Drew Cullen, 27 Mar 2012
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AVG nukes stalking ads at press of BIG SHINY BUTTON

AVG is adding active “Do Not Track” technology to its security suites in a move designed to give consumers more control over their online privacy.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2012
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'Ugly' MongoDB defies NoSQL death rumour

Open ... and Shut Someone clearly forgot to tell the MongoDB crowd that they lost. Ever since an anonymous poster on HackerNews called the MongoDB baby "ugly", I've been watching to see if MongoDB's early rise would taper off and fall.
Matt Asay, 27 Mar 2012
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Plastic that SELF-REPAIRS using light unleashed by prof

Self-repairing plastic that can heal cuts and scratches on its own surface has been presented at a meeting of the American Chemistry Society.
Anna Leach, 27 Mar 2012
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Harry Potter e-books go on sale

Fans of JK Rowling's student sorcerer will be pleased to know the Pottermore Shop - the only place to buy Harry Potter e-books and audio books - is now open for business.
Hard Reg, 27 Mar 2012
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Zombie LulzSec brags of exposing loved-up privates

A group claiming to be the re-animated corpse of the LulzSec hacking group is getting its lulz from messing up the love lives of army personnel. The personal details of tens of thousands of servicemen and women may have been exposed following a hack on a US-based military dating website.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2012
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Panasonic talks up TV for the blind

Panasonic has announced that its 2012 Viera TVs will speak out to blind and optically challenged folk and tell them what the sets are showing.
Hard Reg, 27 Mar 2012
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Microsoft partner centre: X-IO storage bricks really stack up

The Microsoft Partner Solutions Center is raving about X-IO's ISE storage brick performance, saying it outperformed all other storage systems that the centre has tested over the past three years.
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2012
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Privacy campaigner blasts FTC's federal limpness

The American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is making a mistake by leaving web and data companies to regulate themselves, privacy campaigner the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) said today.
Anna Leach, 27 Mar 2012
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Arista juices switch with x86 server, FPGA, atomic clock

Upstart switch-maker Arista Networks, founded by serial entrepreneur Andy Bechtolsheim, is at it again, mashing up new kinds of iron to tackle problems in the data center. This time, Arista is bundling an atomic clock, a baby x86 server, flash memory, and field programmable gate arrays into its Ethernet switches to create what it is calling an "application switch".
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Solar power towers overpower PV panels by 20X

A group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed 3D mounting techniques for photovoltaic cells that can increase power output per footprint by up to 20 times over that of fixed flat panels.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Mar 2012
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High school student expelled for dropping F-bomb in tweet

An Indiana student has been expelled from school after sending a profane – if rather witty – tweet from his personal account.
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2012
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Amazon names date for Kindle Touch touchdown

Amazon has announced the release data for the second of its latest-generation Kindles in the UK: the Kindle Touch.
Tony Smith, 27 Mar 2012
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Hollywood studios line up to kick Kim Dotcom

In what could almost be seen as a vote of no-confidence in the FBI’s battle with Megaupload and founder Kim Dotcom, two content owners are filing civil lawsuits against the company and its extravagant boss.
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RightScale: Hybrid clouds on the rise

"The hybrid cloud is a little bit like sex in high school," explains RightScale CEO Michael Crandell. "Everybody is talking about it, but not everybody is doing it – except us."

Visa shows off data centre 'moat'

Credit card company Visa has boasted that one of its US data centres possesses the ultimate security feature – a moat designed to trap would be ram-raiders from accessing the facility.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2012
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Los Alamos fires BLOODY BIG MAGNET

They call it their own “moon shot”, but there isn’t – unfortunately – any “oh wow” visual when you fire a 100-plus Tesla magnet: just a powerful new instrument to use in physics and materials science.
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UC interoperability still a bad joke: Gartner

Unified Communications systems still don’t play together nicely, and Ken Agreess, a Research Director with Gartner IT Professionals Research, says vendors’ attitudes of asking value-added resellers to fix problems they create is a “failure”.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2012
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RIM punts annual investors meeting until 'later this year'

Reeling Research in Motion has raised another red flag, postponing its annual investors' confab until an unspecified date later in the year.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Mar 2012
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European Parliament votes against ACTA legal review

The European Parliament (EP) has voted overwhelmingly not to refer the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) for judicial review, but instead to strike while the iron is hot and vote on the treaty this June.
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2012
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Sky boffins: The Moon is not Earth's only natural satellite

The Moon is not alone in its role as the Earth's natural satellite, although its companions are tiny fellows who usually don't stay long.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Mar 2012