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'Super rogue wave' scuppers Lego pirate

Video (.mov) Pity the poor Lego pirate in the video below: there he is, placidly riding over tiny waves, when a rogue wave arrives and upends his vessel.
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IT urine bandit fired and charged

An IT worker caught on camera urinating on the chairs of female colleagues has turned himself into local police and been charged with criminal offences.
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SharePoint 2010 now supports Chrome, Firefox

Microsoft has made a small-but-useful change to SharePoint 2010, as the popular collaboration suite now supports Firefox and, for the first time, Chrome.
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Ice age end was accelerated by CO2

A new global study of ice core samples and underwater sediment suggests that rising atmospheric CO2 preceded the ending of the last Ice Age – not the other way around.
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Digital inbox players go postal over names

Australia Post has failed to convince the Federal Court that aspirant rival Digital Post Australia has a dodgy name.

Scientists plan 3D printable robots for the home

A team of academics has won a $10m grant for a five-year project to develop robots that can be designed and manufactured by anyone within 24 hours.
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Sedna shrinks after new measurement

Dwarf planet wannabe Sedna is considerably smaller than previously assumed, according to a new study of Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs).
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Intel goes back to school with StudyBook tablet

Intel is set to follow-up on its Classmate PC for school kids with a tablet for the education market, currently dubbed the StudyBook.
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Netgear Powerline Nano 500 Ethernet-over-mains adaptor

Review When a vendor puts a colour-coded performance guide LED onto a powerline Ethernet product and admits that "best" throughput - the light is green, natch - is "greater than 80Mbps", you immediately realise how big a gap lies between the technology's reach and its grasp.
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Asian recruiters on the prowl for IT managers

The technology jobs market in China, Hong Kong and Singapore is picking up in 2012 despite continued uncertainty for firms exporting to the US and Europe, with growing opportunities for ex-pat IT pros, according to recruiters.
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Anonymous turns its fire on China

Hacktivist group Anonymous has finally turned its attention to the People’s Republic of China, claiming to have defaced more than 480 web sites over the past few days including government sites, whilst urging Chinese hackers to join its cause.

TfL tosses another $33m at CSC

Transport for London (TfL) has extended its outsourcing agreement with CSC.
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Sync 'n' share startups hawk safer BYOD file-sharing

Dropbox file synchronisation and sharing is very popular but insecure. That's the cry from start-ups pushing their sync 'n' share products to business users.
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Apple tells staff to 'capture' iPad 3s with Wi-Fi troubles

Apple is investigating the growing number of claims that the New iPad - aka the iPad 3 - suffers from weak Wi-Fi woes.
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Lords give automatic smut censorship bill the once-over

Internet service providers (ISPs) would be required to prevent customers accessing pornographic images unless those customers actively notify the ISPs that they want to access the material if draft new UK legislation being proposed receives backing.

LSI's Nytro bombshell blows roof off next-gen PCIe flash

LSI has launched its new Nytro rebranding and inadvertently pre-announced upcoming PCIe MLC flash cards.
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Zanther Taposé

iOS App of the Week Oh the irony. Microsoft cancelled plans for its Courier tablet when Apple launched the iPad, but the Courier’s two-screen design has now found a home on the very device that killed it off, courtesy of Taposé from developer Zanther.

Samsung rolls out ultra high-speed microSD cards

Samsung has launched a four times faster microSD card for tablets and LTE smartphones.
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Tesco's Blinkbox gets Disney films

Tesco's Blinkbox movies-on-demand service has signed Disney. It will offer the Mickey Mouse company's films for rent or purchase.
Hard Reg, 05 2012

United Nations gifts NORTH KOREA with tech worth $50k

HPC blog The UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is looking to gift the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the bad Korea) with a little over $50k worth of hardware and peripherals, plus some training, with the goal of modernising North Korea’s patent and trademark applications.
Dan Olds, 05 2012
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Ofcom calls for end to 0800 charges on mobiles

Brits calling freephone numbers for government helplines should be able to make those calls for free from their mobiles as well, Ofcom has said.
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Apple and publisher pals hold up US and EU watchdogs

Apple and two major publishing houses are holding out on settling the ebook price-fixing investigations from the US and Europe.

StorSimple in swerve towards biz data

Cloud storage gateway appliance StorSimple has changed direction, replaced its marketing head, and refreshed its product line.

Panasonic sharpens system cam selection with snappy GF5

Panasonic sharpened its photography range this week with the launch of the Lumix GF5, a compact interchangeable-lens snapper with the world's fastest autofocus, according to Panasonic.
Caleb Cox, 05 2012
Aliens theatrical release and special edition Blu-ray disc set

Aliens Blu-ray disc set

Review James Cameron is often credited with turning science fiction from a cult or B-movie genre into a one that earned not just big money but critical success too. The breakthrough film was Aliens and the year was 1986.
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Fake cop Trojan 'detects offensive materials' on PCs, demands money

Security firms are warning about a rash of police-themed ransomware attacks.

UK top dog for home Wi-Fi usage... almost

Britain is second only to South Korea when it comes to the proportion of homes that have their own wireless network, we learned today.
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Google's Page: Dying Jobs called ME, I didn't call him

Larry Page has been back at the helm of Google for a year now, but so far his second tenure as the Chocolate Factory boss has been marred by his blinkered focus on overhauling the company to become much more of a social property online.
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California judge hauls in Samsung CEO, bigwigs for Apple to grill

Apple's lawyers have won the opportunity to give Samsung chief Gee Sung Choi the third degree in the US patent battle between the tech giants.

FCO splashes millions on Johnny Foreigner's energy 'awareness'

Comment John Stuart Mill described the British Empire as "outdoor relief for the middle classes". The phrase "indoor relief", at the time, referred to the state-sponsored workhouse programme, which invented jobs for the poor to prevent them being idle. Mill was implying that the Empire was a gigantic job creation scheme.
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Motorola brings 3G to Xoom tablets

Motorola improved the connectivity of its Xoom 2 range this week, with the launch of 3G compatible versions of its 10.1in and 8.2in tablets.
Caleb Cox, 05 2012
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PLASMA GERM BLASTER GUN invented for cleaning skin

A handheld plasma blaster that can beam away 17 layers of bacteria could be used in medical emergencies to clean skin and wounds, said a physics boffin presenting the device in the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics today.

IBM ramps up to catch up with undisclosed Netezza demand

IBM has taken steps to ensure the growing demand for its Netezza data warehouse appliance doesn’t mean that Big Blue runs out of boxes in 2012.
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550,000-strong army of Mac zombies spreads across world

The Mac-specific Flashback Trojan created a zombie army of 550,000 Mac machines by exploiting a Java hole that Apple only patched on Tuesday, six weeks after Microsoft plugged it up on Windows machines.
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Asda knocks out Kobo e-reader for £49

Asda has knocked the basic Kobo e-reader to just under 50 quid.
Hard Reg, 05 2012
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HP Labs chief Prith Banerjee departs

Prith Banerjee, the head of HP Laboratories, has resigned for undisclosed reasons and is joining Zurich-based power and automation tech outfit ABB.
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Apple has 7.85in 'iPad Mini' in its labs

Well-connected Apple blogger John Gruber reckons Cupertino's other tablet company - the iPad guys, not the ones working on Amazon's Kindle - are indeed messing around with 7.85in iPad prototypes.
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A month to go on Cookie Law: Will Google Analytics get a free pass?

Analysis Website operators in Blighty have been continuously perplexed by the upcoming enforcement of the EU's cookie law on 26 May.
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Minecraft maker plots ultimate videogame for coders

Minecraft designer Markus 'Notch' Persson has revealed Mojang's latest project, 0x10C, a Sci-Fi themed universe set billions of years in the future that allows gamers to code and share their own computer software.
Caleb Cox, 05 2012
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Gorging Dell crams Canadian legacy-app rebore outfit into cakehole

Michael Dell is on a binge. Not drinking, but buying software companies. Dell has made its second acquisition of the week aimed at legacy applications running on proprietary mainframe and minicomputers from IBM by snapping up Make Technologies. This is Dell's third acquisition this week, and the fifth in the past month.
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CSC, NHS extend jaw-jaw on disaster deal: 500 jobs go

The NHS and IT contractor CSC can't agree on the terms of their amputated contract so have pushed a decision on the deal back two months, leaving a temporary arrangement in place.
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Sky News admits two counts of computer hacking

Sky News, which is partially owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International, has admitted that it twice authorized journalists to hack the email accounts of people it was researching for stories.
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Viacom's anti-Google copyright case rises from the dead

The class-action lawsuit filed by Viacom, the English Premier League, and others against Google has risen from the dead, thanks to a reversal of lower court decisions by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Sophos shutters partner portal after hack attack

Sophos has shut down its portal for partners after finding two software packages on its servers designed to allow access to them – and possibly to user data stored there, as well.
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Apple's stock price swells above stuttering Google

There used to be a running joke – and perhaps one with more than a little truth to it – that one of the reasons the late Steve Jobs didn't split Apple's fast-rising stock was that he wanted to someday see it pass Google in per-share price.