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Deep-sea worm recalls Star Wars favourite

A deep-ocean research mission along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge has yielded up an oddity: an invertebrate that called to mind the venerable Jedi, Yoda.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Oct 2012
World of Warcraft Cataclysm

WoW cities wiped out by 'exploit'

World of Warcraft players in Europe experienced an unpleasant Sunday afternoon, after an "exploit" resulted in the death of every character in several cities.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2012

IT shops boycott Bangalore strike

India's IT capital, Bangalore, ground to a halt on Saturday after protests over the allocation of water.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2012
The Google Credit Card

Google launches credit card in UK

Businesses in the United Kingdom have become the first in the world to have the chance of obtaining a Google credit card.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2012

EU green-lights 'copyright land grab' law on orphan work

EU ministers backed new laws to allow libraries, museums and universities - among other organisations - to digitise works that have become "orphaned" from their creators.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Oct 2012

Psst! Don't tell anyone, but HP is silently improving its IBRIX filer

HP has quietly released a three-times faster IBRIX filer, the X9730, replacing the previous model.
Chris Mellor, 08 Oct 2012

Don't panic, but UK faces BLACKOUTS BY 2015

The UK risks energy shortages by 2015 or 2016, energy regulator Ofgem has predicted. The shortages will primarily be caused by EU environmental legislation forcing the early closure of coal and oil-fired power stations, it said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Oct 2012
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The Big Data revolution: Big Bang or loud noise?

AnalysisAnyone currently employed in any area of the IT business will be aware, however reluctantly, of the considerable amount of effort being put into marketing ‘Big Data’. Well brace yourselves, there's more of this to come.
Tony Lock, 08 Oct 2012
Sony Vaio T13 Ultrabook

Sony Vaio T13 Ultrabook review

It’s only natural that manufacturers want to show off their biggest (or in this case, smallest) and best but Sony has spotted the flaw in this plan. By thrusting their fabulously lean but powerful sexy bits in your face all the time, Ultrabooks have gained a reputation for being the Page 3 girls of computing: naughty, vigorous and lustworthy… but frankly out of your league, you leery old bastard.
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Oct 2012
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Target Silicon Valley: Why A View to a Kill actually made sense

Bond on FilmA View to a Kill is generally regarded as one of the least successful Bond movies. Yet it stands out for two things: a suave villain who is deranged in an entirely believable way, and a villainous plot that appeared both logical and plausible.
Joe Fay, 08 Oct 2012

Windows 7 overruns NHS Scotland

NHS Scotland has snubbed open source alternatives to re-engage with Microsoft after signing an Enterprise Agreement covering the deployment of Windows 7 on nearly 100,000 desktops.
Paul Kunert, 08 Oct 2012

Amazon to buy its Seattle HQ from Paul Allen for over $1bn

Colossal etailer Amazon is going to buy its corporate headquarters in Seattle for $1.16bn, according to a company filing.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 Oct 2012

Stars spotted dancing superfast tango around black hole handbag

Astroboffins have found a star whipping around our galaxy's central supermassive black hole so fast that it completes a circuit in just 11.5 years, which could help test Albert Einstein's theory of relativity.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 Oct 2012

Man charged over alleged April Jones Facebook trolling

Lancashire police arrested a man on Saturday for allegedly offensive remarks he posted on Facebook about missing five-year-old April Jones from Machynlleth, Wales.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Oct 2012

Iran X.25 terrorists actually BANKERS

An innocent explanation has emerged after a security expert linked a group of Islamic extremists to Iran after supposedly discovering the crew on a list of state-sanctioned leased telephone lines in the Middle East nation.
John Leyden, 08 Oct 2012
Motorola Atrix Lapdock

Motorola whacks laptop-like phone dock

No one wants laptop-style keyboard accessories for their phones. Or, rather, no one wants Motorola Mobility’s version. The Google-owned handset maker last week admitted it had canned the product.
Hard Reg, 08 Oct 2012

Brussels 'set to clear' state cash for UK broadband deployment

Europe's competition commissioner has reportedly signalled that he will allow state investment by the UK to improve rural broadband within the next few weeks.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Oct 2012

UK's first 4G network just switched on - and it's not from EE

While EE's 4G mobile network won't be switched on until the end of October, Blighty's other 4G network went live over the weekend.
Bill Ray, 08 Oct 2012

Skydiver Baumgartner's 120,000ft spacesuit leap delayed by bad wind

Titanium-testicled skydiver Felix Baumgartner is poised to make his attempt on the world's highest free-fall record.
Lester Haines, 08 Oct 2012

Zynga cracks open can-o-gloom all over 2012 outlook

Zynga's shares took a dive after the social gamer announced that it was writing off half the value of OMGPOP, the developer of Draw Something acquired earlier this year.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 Oct 2012
Giant Red Hat shadowman logo in field, with message, "Calling all enterprisers"

Red Hat stalks VMware in field sport ambush

Drew Cullen, 08 Oct 2012

Crazed Microsoft robot accuses BBC kids' channel of Win8 piracy

Microsoft falsely branded BBC CBeebies, CNN.com and other websites as Windows 8 piracy haunts - and ordered Google to remove them from search results.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Oct 2012

Register SPB hacks mull chopping off feet

Weary special-projects-bureau operatives at El Reg have decided the time has come to consider exclusively adopting the International System of Units (aka SI Units), and ditching the mile, pound and related measurements.
Lester Haines, 08 Oct 2012

Assange chums must cough up £93,500 bail over embassy lurk

While Julian Assange™ continues to sun himself under a SAD lamp in London's Ecuadorian Embassy, the supporters who put up his bail money - and so kept him out of British custody and free to hole up in the embassy - have been ordered to cough their cash up.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Oct 2012
Pano Logic's Pano Device "zero client" - front

I can't wait for Pano to thrust some hard 3D love into size-zero models

Sysadmin BlogAround this time last year I reviewed Pano Logic's Zero Client Solution, a sort of super-thin-client set of kit. I was test-driving the company's first-generation hardware and a software suite two versions behind the latest release. I've now had a chance to review the second-generation hardware with its latest software, and I remain impressed with what they can deliver.
Trevor Pott, 08 Oct 2012

Guidelines issued for Qi wireless gadget charging in cars

The Wireless Power Consortium has published its recommendations for plugless in-car charging, primarily aimed at ensuring key fobs don't warm up and that phones don't become projectiles.
Bill Ray, 08 Oct 2012

Only buy Huawei or ZTE if you like being SPIED ON - US politicos

Huawei and ZTE, China's top makers of telecoms kit, should be locked out of the US market because their technology poses a security risk, a US House of Representatives group said today.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 Oct 2012

Lancashire man JAILED over April Jones Facebook posts

A young man was jailed for 12 weeks today, after confessing to posting "grossly offensive" comments on Facebook about missing five-year-old April Jones.
Team Register, 08 Oct 2012

Swivelling Eye-of-Sauron style WiFi maker preps $100m IPO

Wi-Fi signal booster biz Ruckus Wireless has set in motion a $100m stock market debut, and hopes to be listed early next year.
Bill Ray, 08 Oct 2012
VMware's monster VM

VMware brings out new madly complicated enterprise buyer plan

VMware wants to leverage its dominance in server virtualization inside of corporate data centers into juggernaut status for enterprise private clouds, and to help that process along the company is rolling out a new enterprise purchasing agreement that will presumably get some grease to the skids and the palms as companies look to install VMware's wares more widely and deeply.

Stem cell discoveries land Nobel gong for Brit, Japanese boffins

Blighty's Sir John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan have won this year's Nobel Prize for medicine or physiology for reprogramming adult cells.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 Oct 2012

Bing is the most heavily poisoned search engine, study says

Bing search results are more affected by poisoning than those of other search engines, according to a study by SophosLabs.
John Leyden, 08 Oct 2012

Foxconn denies factory labor strike reports

Foxconn has denied reports that a mass strike last week shut down its Zhengzhou, China factory, one of two Chinese plants where the Taiwanese manufacturing giant assembles Apple's latest iPhone.
Neil McAllister, 08 Oct 2012

10 million iPad minis to 'outshine' their big brother this quarter

Reports have surfaced that Apple is planning for over 10 million iPad minis – or whatever they'll be called – to be available in the fourth quarter of this year, and that the design of the new 7.85-inch fondleslab could "outshine" its bigger brother, the iPad itself.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Oct 2012

Cisco drops ZTE after claims of sanction-busting Iran sales

Cisco has confirmed that is has ended all sales agreements with ZTE, reportedly in response to an internal investigation into whether the Chinese firm was selling American hardware to Iran in defiance of sanctions.
Iain Thomson, 08 Oct 2012

SpaceX confirms Falcon rocket suffered engine flame-out

VideoSpaceX has confirmed that one of the engines on its Falcon rocket flamed out mid-flight during the launch of its resupply mission to the International Space Station.
Iain Thomson, 08 Oct 2012

Tech rivals team up for free web dev docs

Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft may seem like strange bedfellows, but the four have joined forces with six other organizations to create Web Platform Docs, a community-driven site that aims to be a one-stop shop for free web-developer documentation.
Neil McAllister, 08 Oct 2012

Turnbull upends bucket on data retention proposal

Australia’s opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull has made his strongest statement yet against the proposed data retention regime, asking an audience in Melbourne whether people are casting themselves into a “digital dungeon”.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Oct 2012

Lunar water-prospecting rover rolls closer towards launch

Astrobotic Technology, a privately funded spacecraft developer, has announced that its has completed a full-size prototype of its second Moon rover, Polaris, which is scheduled to fly in October 2015 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Oct 2012

40,000 sign petition to oust Rep. Paul 'pit of hell' Broun

A petition asking from the removal of Representative Paul Broun (R-GA) from the House Science, Space and Technology Committee has garnered well over 40,000 signatures in the two days since a video of his views on the topics he oversees was made public.
Iain Thomson, 08 Oct 2012

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