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First World War soldiers, source: IWM

WWI historical project will catalog eight million life stories

The UK's Imperial War Museums has kicked off a massive social networking project that will seek to catalog the lives of more than 8 million people who served or were killed in The Great War.
Shaun Nichols, 13 May 2014
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NO, Microsoft hasn't given up on .Net, and YES it's all about cloud

TechEd 2014Developers who were worried that Microsoft was retreating from .Net can breathe easier, as the software giant had a host of .Net-related announcements to make at its annual TechEd North America conference this week.
Neil McAllister, 13 May 2014
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Archos ArcBook: An Android netbook for a measly hundred-and-seventy clams

French tablet, smartphone, soon-to-be-smartwatch, and "connected objects" maker Archos has announced an Android-powered netbook that will be available this June for the low, low price of "under $170" – and yes, as you might have guessed, that means $169.99.
Rik Myslewski, 13 May 2014
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Nvidia upgrades PGI 2014 accelerator compile suite

Just a few months after first releasing its PGI 2014 set of compilers and tools, Nvidia subsidiary The Portland Group (PGI) has expanded OpenACC C++ support in the high-performance computing compile suite, and put older versions of Windows on the EOL list.
Richard Chirgwin, 13 May 2014
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Dogecoin

Supposedly secure Dogecoin service Dogevault goes offline

Dogevault.com, a site that claims to hold the cryptocurrency Dogecoin in conditions of optimal security, has gone down.
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2014
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Dark matter map

Boffins search for dark matter in abandoned Australian mine

Australian physicists are looking at an unused gold mine in the Victorian town of Stawell to see if it's a suitable spot for a dark matter detector.
Richard Chirgwin, 13 May 2014
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Canuck cops cuff teen suspect in swatter-for-hire case

A 16-year-old Canadian teen has been arrested for allegedly placing up to 30 fraudulent "swatting" emergency calls that sent armed cops to would-be hostage and bomb threats at schools across North America.
Darren Pauli, 13 May 2014
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Parliament House Canberra by Flickr user OzMark17 used under CC Share and Share alike licence

Australia targets software maintenance costs with Drupal plan

Software maintenance costs Australia's government will today hand down its annual budget, a document that is expected to result in the closure and/or merger of around 70 government agencies as part of an austerity drive designed to reduce government debt.
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2014
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Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars

The stars of a new Godzilla film have rallied round its big-boned monster star after cruel Japanese bullies renamed it Fatzilla.
Jasper Hamill, 13 May 2014
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Greenwald alleges NSA tampers with routers to plant backdoors

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist responsible for funnelling many of Edward Snowden's revelations to the world, has penned a book in which he alleges the NSA intercepts routers before US manufacturers can export them, in order to implant backdoors.
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2014
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Finacle manacled as Infosys spins out products and platforms

The evolution of India's IT services companies continues apace, with news that Infosys has decided to step away from its products, platforms and services (PPS) business.
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2014
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Google bouncer

Droid malware cloak outwits Google Bouncer and friends

Google's Bouncer Android defence tool is one of a dozen malware detection platforms that can be flawlessly skirted by malware employing smarter heuristics, researchers have found.
Darren Pauli, 13 May 2014
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Indian climate boffins: Himalayan glaciers are OK, thanks

Top Indian physicists have concluded Himalayan glaciers show little sign of retreat – in one of the largest studies of its type ever carried out.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2014
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Jersey cow

Internet of Stuff: Cleaner washing, more milk ... fewer COW FARTS?

Future World SymposiumRegulating cow farts to control the greenhouse effect? That’s the thing about the Internet of Things – and technology in general: you can never tell where your work will end up.
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2014
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Gigabyte Brix Pro

Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

ReviewPC sales maybe on a downward trend, but it seems there will always be an interest in an alternative to buying into the console wars. Enter the Gigabyte Brix Pro, just one offering among over a dozen from manufacturers that have committed to releasing Steam gaming machines this year.
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Google CAN be told to delete sensitive data from its search results, rules top EU court

Google and other search engines can be held responsible for the type of personal data that appears on results pages it serves up, the European Union's Court of Justice ruled in a landmark case this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2014
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Simplifying your IT setup with cloud apps. Interested? Watch this

Reg Live TVLots of you are considering cloud apps, but find it hard to figure out what’s most important when making decisions. We’re here today to help with that.
David Gordon, 13 May 2014
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IBM Elastic Storage Vid

IBM intros Elastic Storage ... as used by human-crushing HPC brain Watson

BM has announced Elastic Storage as a component of its software-defined storage portfolio, and it's actually a repackaging and renaming of the venerable GPFS product.
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2014
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Virtually yours: Microsoft unveils Windows-as-a-service

Microsoft has uncanned its desktop-a-service, giving mobile users a preview edition of Windows apps on the go.
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2014
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Addonics NASU2 NAS adaptor

Do you use NAS drives? For work? One just LEAKED secret cash-machine blueprints

Some personal desktop storage devices are leaking top corporate secrets to the internet – in one case, the designs for a hole-in-the-wall cash machine.
John Leyden, 13 May 2014
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Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

Saddening news from US researchers who have demonstrated that quaffing red wine doesn't confer some of the alleged benefits attributed to the tipple, specifically the ability of the antioxidant resveratrol to "reduce deaths, cardiovascular disease or cancer".
Lester Haines, 13 May 2014
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The Boeing CST-100 space capsule

Boeing shows off 7-4-heaven SPACEPLANE-for-tourists concept

Boeing has revealed a concept design for a spacecraft aimed at getting paying tourists into space.
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2014
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C'mon... lower the drawbridge, NetApp: You could explore Amazon – and Azure

Blocks and FilesNetApp has a closed cloud strategy – no OpenStack opening and limited third-party array support. But there is a way its engineers could remedy this – providing its product and corporate marketing strategists and CTO concurred – and that would be to use FlexArray technology as an on-ramp.
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2014
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Botched SAP billing system helps Npower reach No 1 on gripes list

Failure to fix problems with an SAP-based customer billing system has seen UK energy giant Npower earn the most complaints for a power supplier during 2013.
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2014
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Robot catching arm

Now that's PROPER SCIENCE: Boffins teach robo-arm to catch flying beer bottle

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Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 May 2014
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Angry woman on mobile

We'd switch mobile networks, but we can't be bothered – survey

Inertia is a principle well-known in insurance and personal banking circles, but the mobile phone industry has always behaved as if subscriber loyalty were governed purely by discounts and phone upgrades.
Simon Rockman, 13 May 2014
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Where are your rich friends? Facebook's Zuck sued for NOT BEING SOCIAL ENOUGH

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is being sued by a property developer who accuses him of backing out of an alleged deal to introduce him to all of the social network billionaire's rich friends.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 May 2014
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Sony bosses will return bonuses as firm preps for BILLIONS in losses

Sony's top brass are set to return their bonuses as the limping Japanese company struggles with predicted billion-dollar losses.
Jasper Hamill, 13 May 2014
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Credit: Kelly Reeves https://www.flickr.com/photos/misskelly/5291975972/ CC-by-nd

Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

FeatureReports suggest Apple is in talks to buy Beats Electronics, which was founded by hip-hopper André Young, aka Dr Dre, for an astronomical amount of money. At the same time Pono, founded by another Young, namely Neil, promises to transform music delivery. John Watkinson, aka JR Cool Dubbya, wonders what is going on.
John Watkinson, 13 May 2014
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Scotland

Tick-tock, Jock: Dock schlock for mock-stock in ad-hoc shop squawk

As the great and the ghastly of Britain's political class row over which currency Scotland will use if it splits from the kingdom, one firm has proposed a way to settle the argument.
Jasper Hamill, 13 May 2014
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Become invisible offer on Ebay

Google ECJ case: No commish, it means we don't need right-to-be-forgotten rewrite

CommentBrussels' Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding claimed that today's EU Court of Justice's landmark search engine case, which stunned Google, served as a "strong tailwind" for her draft rewrite of the 28-member state bloc's 19-year-old data protection rules.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2014
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Did hackers scoop source code from DayZ zombie game brains?

It's feared source code for the apocalyptic zombie game DayZ may have fallen into the hands of hackers after an alleged security breach at publisher Bohemia Interactive.
Darren Pauli, 13 May 2014

Software biz founders cough up $5.8m after insider trading brouhaha

Three software company founders must cough up $5.8m to settle insider-trading charges brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 May 2014
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Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System footprint

Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

Russia is about to shut down American GPS stations on Russian soil – not as a reaction to the Crimean crisis, but instead in response to Washington's failure to agree to host ground stations for the Russian GLONASS system.
Simon Rockman, 13 May 2014
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NHS chiefs' claims exposed: GP-data-grab boss claimed fattest expenses of the lot

An evangelist for the state to extract and share private data made the largest claims of any NHS board member, according to information released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2014
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Kinect for Windows

Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

On June 9, Microsoft will sell a cut-price Xbox One for $399 – without the Kinect voice and gesture controller.
Iain Thomson, 13 May 2014
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Moto E pops up with £89 price tag – alongside new LTE Moto G cuz

Hands onMotorola has followed up its hit Moto G comeback smartphone with a 4G version, and an even cheaper variant, the 3G Moto E, both revealed today.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2014
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4 racks of V7000 boxes

'Behold my creation: Postgres-XL' bellows TransLattice

Database upstart TransLattice has burped out a new free version of the Postgres database, based on tech it acquired from StormDB. It claims the softweare is ideal for supporting modern web-based applications.
Jack Clark, 13 May 2014
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Patch Tuesday: Adobe outdoes Microsoft, swats 18 bugs in latest update

Administrators and end users are being advised to update their systems following a set of Patch Tuesday releases from Microsoft and Adobe, which address more than 30 security flaws combined.
Shaun Nichols, 13 May 2014
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HR Giger

The weird and wonderful mind of H.R Giger is no more

ObitHans Rudolf Giger, the Swiss artist and designer who scared a generation of movie-goers witless with his Alien creations, has died at the age of 74 after a falling accident at his Swiss home.
Iain Thomson, 13 May 2014
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Survey: Patent litigation skyrocketing, trolls top 10 sueball chuckers

A new survey confirms what your own good common sense has already told you: 1) patent-infringement cases are increasing, ii) the most litigious plaintiffs are patent trolls, and C) the most-sued company is Apple.
Rik Myslewski, 13 May 2014
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Red Hat burps out cloudy OpenStack beta distribution

OpenStack SummitRed Hat has released a beta of a new OpenStack distribution that gives customers greater choice over the types of networking systems they pair with the project's troubled Neutron component.
Jack Clark, 13 May 2014
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BlackBerry opens devices to third-party management – including its new, sub-$200 Z3

Ailing BlackBerry has launched its first new mobe since John Chen took over as CEO in November, and to help drum up interest in its flagging handset business, it says it will for the first time let customers use other companies' software to manage BlackBerry devices.
Neil McAllister, 13 May 2014
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Oracle horns in on Red Hat's OpenStack party with own distro

OpenStack SummitNever one to be outdone by rival Red Hat, Oracle has unveiled its own distribution of the OpenStack cloud control freak on the same day that Shadowman opened its latest beta distribution to the public.
Neil McAllister, 13 May 2014
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Teardowns confirm $1,500 Google Glass hardware is DIRT CHEAP

Yet another analyst firm has placed a low price tag on the hardware comprising Google Glass headsets.
Shaun Nichols, 13 May 2014
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HP: OpenStack's networking nightmare Neutron 'was everyone's fault'

OpenStack SummitHP has admitted that the networking component of OpenStack sucks, and that the community needs to have a serious think about how to develop it in the future.
Jack Clark, 13 May 2014

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