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Amazon boss finds Apollo 11 engines on seabed

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's adventurous CEO, says his organization has found the F-1 rockets used briefly by Apollo 11 and he wants to salvage them for American museums.
Iain Thomson, 29 Mar 2012
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PM launches Oz network three-year 3.5m premises rollout

The first large-scale rollout of Australia’s National Broadband Network has been announced, with the government and NBN Co announcing that 3.5 million premises (including homes, businesses, schools and hospitals) are to receive their connections by 2015.
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Tim Cook, Chinese vice PM agree IP pact

Apple boss Tim Cook met Chinese vice premier Li Keqiang during his visit to the People’s Republic this week and reportedly managed to come away with a commitment from the future prime minister to strengthen intellectual property protection for it and other firms in the country.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Mar 2012
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Lucy in 3.4 million-year-old cross-species cave tryst

The statement from the abstract is as prosaic as it gets: “A newly discovered partial hominin foot skeleton from eastern Africa indicates the presence of more than one hominin locomotor adaptation at the beginning of the Late Pliocene epoch.”
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Microsoft says scale-out storage not needed for big data

Infrastructure vendors’ vision of big data rigs based on scale-out NAS won’t come to fruition, according to the Microsoft executive heading the company’s big data push for SQL Server 2012.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2012
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Acer set to unleash 15in fibreglass MONSTER

Taiwanese hardware giant Acer is set to continue with its plans to target Intel’s super-skinny laptop segment with the launch of a new 15in fibreglass Ultrabook in the next couple of months.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Mar 2012
Digitech iPB-10 guitar effects pedalboard for iPad

Digitech iPB-10 guitar effects pedalboard for iPad

Review When the Digitech iPB-10 arrived, I duly dispatched an e-mail to a muso mate with a link to this ultimate iPad guitar pedalboard. The wag replied: Nice machine you're reviewing, but I don't know whether 87 pedals, 54 amps and 26 cabinets is quite enough for me...
Bob Dormon, 29 Mar 2012
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With this ring, I thee frag

A female employee of Australian internet service provider Internode has used the February 29th loophole that says women can propose to men to pop the question – inside Team Fortress 2 (TF2).
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2012
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ZTE profits crash 37 per cent in 2011

Chinese telecoms equipment maker ZTE has had a mixed 2011, with revenue surging by almost a quarter to 86.3bn yuan (£8.6bn), but profits were down by a whopping 36.6 per cent and concerns linger over its links to Iran.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Mar 2012
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Chinese to burn iPads in upcoming celebrations

Chinese people will burn paper replicas of iPads next week at an annual ceremony called the tomb-sweeping ritual during the Qingming (Pure Brightness) Festival, which celebrates the dead.
Anna Leach, 29 Mar 2012
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Gov IT contractors hire staff in India to work on benefits system

Hundreds of computer technicians in India are being hired to help develop an IT system for the government's universal credit welfare programme, work potentially worth hundreds of millions of pounds, despite promises that large data projects would remain in the UK.
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Gridiron keeps DRAM tight lid on boxes of flash chips

Blocks and Files Gridiron, the flash array startup that announced a million IOPS from its coming box of MLC flash chips, won't give us any flash details of its existing TurboCharger appliance, keeping its basic capacity and IOPS ratings to itself.
Chris Mellor, 29 Mar 2012
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Everything you thought you knew about cybercrims is WRONG

Assumptions about cyber-criminals are all wrong, according to a study that argues many fraudsters are middle aged and possess only rudimentary IT skills - contrary to the elite bedroom teen hackers portrayed in movies.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2012
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A million TVs to go dark across London

Next week analogue TV will be switched off across London, knocking out an estimated one million TV screens which haven't made the jump to digital yet.
Bill Ray, 29 Mar 2012
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Raspberry Pi supplier coughs to ship date delay glitch

A "system auto-generated error" left hundreds of eager would-be Raspberry Pi owners fuming yesterday after they were told their prized micro-computer boards wouldn't arrive until the summer.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2012
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NSA's top spook blames China for RSA hack

The director of the US National Security Agency has named China as the country behind last year's high profile hack against RSA that resulted in the extraction of data related to SecurID tokens.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2012
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Third European supply podule docks with space station

Europe's ATV cargo ship Edoardo Amaldi successfully docked with the International Space Station last night, marking the third ATV mission to restock the ISS.
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Warner, Sony commit to UltraViolet in UK

Warner Home Entertainment has revealed that all its future Blu-ray Discs will tap into Hollywood's UltraViolet cloud-based movie locker to provide punters with downloadable copies of films they buy.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2012
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Behold! Or rather, don't: Bendy see-through DRAM

Boffins at Rice uni in the States have devised bendy transparent memory chips using pure silicon crystals.
Chris Mellor, 29 Mar 2012
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London ambulances on second try with CommandPoint 999 software

The London Ambulance Service has quietly phased in its CommandPoint 999 dispatch system.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Mar 2012
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New Google tool lets you PROBE YOURSELF

Google may want to silently worm its way into everything people do online: but it's now offering a tool that allows users of its services to see some of what Google sees about them.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Mar 2012
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HP offers contractors a choice: 5 per cent pay cut ... or 100 per cent

HP has told some IT contractors to expect at least a five per cent pay cut as it looks to eke out cost savings across the organisation.
Paul Kunert, 29 Mar 2012
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iOS App of the Week There’s no end of messaging apps available for the iPhone and iPad, not to mention the built-in email and SMS/IM apps included in iOS itself. But that over-abundance of apps can actually be something of a problem: you can often find yourself fiddling with multiple apps and services when all you want to do is fire off a quick message with the minimum of fuss.
Cliff Joseph, 29 Mar 2012
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Wags unroll Twitter toilet paper

A startup has crapped-in on the social network fad, offering toilet paper custom-printed with the Twitter feed of your choice.
Caleb Cox, 29 Mar 2012
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Adobe auto-update eases Flash update chore - on Windows only

Adobe has introduced an auto-updater for its Flash software packages that reduces the chore of updating the widely-used application by automating the process for all supported browsers on Windows machines. Previously users had to apply individual updates to Chrome, Firefox and IE add-ons and plug-ins, a process that often went neglected, leaving systems open to attack.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2012
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PlayStation 4 'Orbis' pegged for 2013 release

Details of Sony's next-gen console flooded the web today, with the PlayStation 4 - apparently codenamed Orbis - set for a Q4 2013 release, it has been claimed.
Caleb Cox, 29 Mar 2012
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Facebook to halt secondary market trading ahead of IPO - report

Facebook is reportedly set to freeze secondary market trading next week ahead of its plan to take the company public in May.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Mar 2012
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Nintendo DSi sends child abuser to the slammer

A paedophile has been jailed after his victim used her Nintendo DSi to covertly photograph his assault.
Caleb Cox, 29 Mar 2012
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Microsoft: Keep Moto vid codec patent fight in US, not Germany

Microsoft has filed a motion in the US to stop Motorola Mobility from enforcing an injunction it may win in a German court next month.
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Quitting your job? Here's how not to do it

You can't take it with you... There is a tradition of “off-site backups” for handy bits of code and data that you’ve worked with at your current employer. At most firms you could fit every line of source code together with a complete customer list on the free USB stick you got at a conference. This is a really dumb thing to do …
Dominic Connor, 29 Mar 2012
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NDS says Beeb's Panorama emails were 'manipulated'

TV crypto company NDS says the BBC misled viewers in a Panorama investigation broadcast on Monday. The former Murdoch company, which was acquired by Cisco earlier this month, has released what it says are the original emails.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Mar 2012
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Ukrainian cops silence old-skool virus tinkerers' playground

Ukrainian cops have shut down a long-running malware exchange website frequented by old-school virus writers.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2012
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UK government says no to turbo e-bike

The government today confirmed that an electrically powered bicycle, may not be sold in this country because its top speed exceeds legal limits.
Caleb Cox, 29 Mar 2012
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World IT sales up 15 per cent in Q4 ... er, 5 if you remove Apple

The tech sector fared well in Q4 largely due to channel bullyboy Apple's unstoppable sales juggernaut - but IT distributors are missing out on this boom.
Paul Kunert, 29 Mar 2012
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Dot-word TLD registration closes tonight, maybe for many years

Today is the last chance for organisations that want to own their own top-level internet domain names to register their interest with ICANN.
Kevin Murphy, 29 Mar 2012
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Osborne+ and Schmidt+ say 'the internet' = 8.3 per cent of UK GDP

The UK's part-time Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne+ has again drawn attention to the Conservative leadership's cosy ties with the predatory American advertising giant Google. Yesterday, the Financial Times ran an op-ed piece jointly-bylined to Osborne+ and Google chairman Eric Schmidt+.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Mar 2012
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Brush up your Microsoft skills, win date with Ferrari

Compo Microsoft is offering you the chance to cruise the streets of Britain in a Ferrari and all you have to do is get more tech skills.
Competitions, 29 Mar 2012
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'Half baked' Brussels data law fails to thrill

Viviane Reding's proposed overhaul of Europe's 1995 data protection law needs clarification and improvement, an independent advisory group urged today.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Mar 2012
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Dell blows Clouds of love into the channel

Dell is belatedly lifting the covers off a cloud services and solutions certification track for channel partners from mid-April.
Paul Kunert, 29 Mar 2012
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Kelihos zombies erupt from mass graves after botnet massacre

Security researchers have warned that the resurrected Kelihos botnet blasted off the face of the web yesterday is still alive.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2012
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ALL Visa cards blab punters' names - not just Barclaycards

Channel 4 News has been bothering contactless bank cards again, and managed to wirelessly extract the customer's name from ANY Visa-branded card within a few centimetres.
Bill Ray, 29 Mar 2012
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This interactive wind map is a Big Data lava lamp

If you're reading El Reg you're obviously taking a little break from your workday [au contraire - you're enriching your portfolio of business-critical knowledge in a fashion which your boss would heartily endorse - Ed]. And if you want to amuse yourself with how a big data set with proper visualization can not only change your understanding of that data but also turn out to be absolutely hypnotic, then you need to check out the wind map.
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Panasas kingpin: What's the solid state state of play?

Interview What can NAND flash do now for high-performance computing (HPC) storage and how will it evolve? Garth Gibson, the co-founder and chief technology officer for Panasas, the (HPC) storage provider, has definite views on it. Here's a snapshot of them.
Chris Mellor, 29 Mar 2012
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EXTREME weather blown away from unexpected direction

Comment Allegations of a "surge" in "extreme" weather events has been quashed by a surprising source - the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Mar 2012
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Apple's Cook tops Page, Otellini in 'Favorite Boss' survey

Apple CEO Tim Cook ranked number one among US CEOs in employee esteem, according to voluntary responses to a survey which asked the simple question, "Do you approve of the way this person is handling the job of leading this company?"
Rik Myslewski, 29 Mar 2012
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Munich's mayor claims €4m savings from Linux switch

Christian Ude, the mayor of Munich and occasional political cabaret artist, is trumpeting the cost savings made by switching from Windows to Linux, claiming his city has saved over €4m over the last year alone.
Iain Thomson, 29 Mar 2012
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Apple slapped with second Siri senility lawsuit

Apple has been slapped with a second class-action lawsuit alleging that its ads for the iPhone 4S's Siri voice-activated search feature constitute false advertising.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Mar 2012
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West Australian WiFi mesh sniffs out bushfires

A team of researchers from Edith Cowan University's (ECU’s) Centre for Communications Engineering Research (CCER) has built sensors which can sniff out a forest fire, then use WiFi to tell the world.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2012
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Intel: Xeon E5s to surf impending server upgrade wave

You could say that Diane Bryant, the new general manager of Intel's Data Center and Connected Systems group, which makes server, storage, and networking chips and the platforms that employ them, was lucky in that she took over the job just as the chip giant was getting ready to launch its Xeon E5-2600 workhorse processors for servers.
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Apple fires up Antennagate settlement payout

If you bought an iPhone 4 – the model that sparked the now famous "You're holding it wrong" Antennagate dust-up – and you didn't accept Apple's free wraparound Bumper, it's now time to collect your fifteen bucks from Cupertino.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Mar 2012
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Harvard bio-boffins build gut-on-a-chip

Engineers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have built an experimental synthetic intestine using currently available chip technology.
Iain Thomson, 29 Mar 2012
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Obama gets the big data bug

Six US federal government agencies are putting more than $US200 million to try and wrap their heads around the dizzying world of “big data”.
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Tweet to the archive

Victoria’s Public Records Office (PROV) flew this one mostly under the radar: it’s seeking comment on a policy covering the archiving of public employees’ use of social media.
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Balsillie bails as RIM reports terrible quarter

Former co-CEO of RIM Jim Balsillie is to leave RIM's board of directors, along with two other senior executives, after the company reported a thumping $125m loss for the last quarter.
Iain Thomson, 29 Mar 2012