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Future war, what it is good phwoar? asks Crysis skin-paint babe

Crysis 3 goes on sale this coming Friday, and in a blatant bid to arouse interest among gamers, developer Crytek and publisher EA has sprayed some leggy lass called Ashley Roberts with hi-tech body art. Said skin paint job represents the sci-fi suit worn by Crysis 3's protagonist and is a more skintight variant on the usual …
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LG to cut greenhouse gas output by 4kg per handset

Green Tech LG is to use "eco-magnesium" in future mobile phones, ending the emission of some very nasty greenhouse gases in the process. Eco-magnesium is an alloy of the metal. LG said that "practically no" sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) is released during its production - not the case with the magnesium alloy LG is currently using. "The …
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Official: Playboy back cat stashed on hard drive

NSFW We've heard of guys stashing away their pr0n collections on a covert external storage device, safe from prying eyes, but if you get your mitts on this one, your passion for the pudendic will be immediately obvious to all. US publishing outfit Bondi Digital has released a 250GB drive containing - we pull your plonker not - a …
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Sony qicks off Qriocity streaming service

God save us from the branding 'specialists' who came up with "Qriocity", the name Sony has selected for its movie streaming service, which is now live in the UK. Qriocity is, of course, intended to be pronounced 'curiosity', which is a daft enough name for a video-on-demand service even when it's spelled correctly. It's a word …
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ISPAs 2008: Music can save broadband

These are relatively dark days for the ISP business. With the market saturated, fewer and fewer new broadband customers are scrapped over by fewer and fewer players. All the while, bandwidth costs are on the increase, fired by the success of the BBC's streaming iPlayer, and the price consumers are willing to pay for internet …
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Presenting the inaugural Vulture Central Hall of Lame™

Quotations It was the Greek dramatist Sophocles who once wrote: "A short saying often contains much wisdom." And Marlene Dietrich said: "I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognised wiser than oneself." Hmmm. What guff. Here at Vulture Central we …

Queen commands Samsung to supply 100 TVs

The Queen has ordered one hundred Samsung flat-panel TVs to be installed in Buckingham Palace, the South Korean giant announced yesterday. But it's not able to claim its products come 'by appointment' to the monarch of all she surveys - for that, its screens have to be under the royal gaze for the next five years. According to …

ATI pitches CrossFire certification scheme

Computex 2006 ATI has launched a website it claims will make it easier for its fans to choose CrossFire-enabled hardware. The site list the 90-odd graphics cards, mobos, PSUs and memory that have passed the company's CrossFire compatibility certification procedure, it said today. The website, www.aticrossfire.com specs out sample PC …
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People want services with IQ, says IB

Information Builders’ UK MD has called for the Government to expand its view of the kind of services it should be offering people online. Speaking at the eGovernment conference in London last week, Jim Irving said that although the government’s plans to get its services online by 2005 were well underway, it needed to go beyond …
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'We have your water supply, and printers' – Brumcon report

Brumcon this year was held at the Brittania hotel in Birmingham, the agenda was as varied as one can expect when h4xors, Phreeks, geeks and assorted wannabes get together to discuss the interweb thing and how abusing computers is more phun than abusing yourself, writes Arthur Barnes. The whole thing kicked off with a …
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Telstra, Ballmer Dizzy with the Spin

Ever since Australia's biggest company cozied up to Sun, America's biggest company has been looking for a good damage control story. After two weeks denying that Steve Ballmer's mid-October visit to Australia was an attempt to stop the telco defecting to StarOffice, Microsoft and Telstra shared the stage to launch the Pocket PC …
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Apple dumps Aussie PR after news coup

Over the years, Apple has become accustomed to bad news. Now it gets the flutters when there's good news. And so, the company has sacked its PR manager in Australia after she mistakenly issued a good news press release. The trouble started when Myrna van Pelt, a four-year Apple veteran in the Australian office, sent out a press …
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You've got Blogs! AOL buys into homegrown media

"AOL gets it! Steve Case gets it!" beamed Dave Winer today, after brokering a deal that sees two hundred of the most popular weblogs become part of the AOL-Time Warner publishing empire. The media giant has acquired rights to many of the most popular blogs including Instapundit, USS Clueless, and many hitherto unheard-of sites …
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WinXP Pro with .NET Server performance? Forget it…

In response to our piece on NTSwitch earlier this week, reader David Bazile was sufficiently fired up to try the routine. NTSwitch purports to demonstrate that there are relatively minimal differences between Microsoft server and workstation operating systems by allowing you to switch between, say Win2k workstation and server, …
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Netcraft Web Server Survey – October 2001

Top Developers Developer Sept '01 Share Oct '01 Share Change Apache 19279109 59.51 18851352 56.89 -2.62 Microsoft 8895343 27.46 9607363 28.99 1.53 iPlanet 1319271 4.07 1278720 3.86 -0.21 Zeus 783261 2.42 775438 2.34 -0.08 Active Sites Developer Sept '01 Share Oct '01 Share Change Apache 7924169 60.86 7781145 61.36 0.50 Microsoft …
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Netcraft Web Survey: August 2001

Top Developers Developer July 2001 % August 2001 % Change Apache 18382308 58.73 17874757 58.08 -0.65 Microsoft 8099757 25.88 8146372 26.47 0.59 iPlanet 1345566 4.30 1321544 4.29 -0.01 Zeus 793587 2.54 811406 2.64 0.10 Active Sites Developer July 2001 % August 2001 % Change Apache 7314577 60.53 …
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Netcraft's July 2001 Web Survey

The Netcraft Web Server Survey is a survey of Web Server software usage on Internet connected computers. We collect and collate as many hostnames providing an http service as we can find, and systematically poll each one with an HTTP request for the server name. In the July 2001 survey we received responses from 31,299,592 …
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Net over power lines concept is back

Trials are underway in Germany and Spain to provide broadband Internet over electricity cables at speeds up to 45Mbps. Testing is still at an early stage but if successful a full service could be introduced by the end of the year. Exact details of the trial are being kept under wraps. However, Denis Murphy, VP and MD EMEA of …
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Adobe's legal attack dogs savage open source KIllustrator

Adobe's carefully cultivated 'nice guy' image has been found lacking in Germany. This is thanks to its law firm which is charging people on Adobe's behalf for the privilege of getting a stiff legal letter, writes Paul Nesbitt. Adobe is demanding that a German professor and part time open source programmer stop using the name …
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Netcraft posts June 2001 Web survey

The Netcraft Web Server Survey is a survey of Web Server software usage on Internet connected computers. We collect and collate as many hostnames providing an http service as we can find, and systematically poll each one with an HTTP request for the server name. Top Servers Server May 2001 (%) June 2001 (%) Change Apache …
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Netcraft posts May 2001 Web survey

The Netcraft Web Server Survey is a survey of Web Server software usage on Internet connected computers. We collect and collate as many hostnames providing an http service as we can find, and systematically poll each one with an HTTP request for the server name. In the May 2001 survey we received responses from 29,031,745 sites …
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Netcraft releases April 2001 Web server stats

Netcraft's latest Web Server Survey results have been published. Netcraft did not release a report for the March 2001 survey, which only saw small changes in share for the top servers. Instead this April 2001 survey has been released early. The full data can be view at Netcraft's survey site (http://www.netcraft.com/survey/). …
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Free software would have prevented foot and mouth, BSE, Hatfield rail crash – RMS

Foot and Mouth, BSE and the Hatfield rail crash could all have been avoided if the British government had the right approach to information sharing, at least according to Richard Stallman. He reckons that all three disasters were largely to do with bad attitudes to data, and that if ministers understood how free software works …
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Reg SETI group sweeps all before it

Hello, is there anybody out there? Vulture Central, the Reg SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) group, has raced to number one in the league table of Top 200 Government Organisations helping search for aliens. This feat was achieved in less than a week, writes Andrew Thomas. Vulture Central was originally formed …
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Apple's special OS X marketing ploy

Cupertino Apple boss Steve Jobs claims that within "a few weeks of MacOS X shipping on Saturday 24 March there will be hundreds of thousands of early adopters" loading the new operating system on their Macs, writes Paul Hoffner. This is despite it costing $129 to buy and having very few native applications to run. Sure, it's a …
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Interview with a Net pedophile

Online Pedophilia This is the first in a series of stories examining firsthand how pedophiles use the Internet. So much noise has been made about the dangers to children from on-line sexual predators that The Register felt it necessary to go underground, as it were, and see for ourselves. We hung out in IRC for several days and nights using a …
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Reg boost for SETI project

Hello, is there anybody out there? When we reported on the launch of the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) project almost two years ago, (see Aliens: Coming to a house near you soon), 250,000 users had signed up for the project, contributing over 500 years of CPU time, writes Andrew Thomas. Today, those totals …
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How Cyberpunk lit influenced technology

Interview with Cyberpunk author Pat Cadigan No less than Gillian Anderson, Scully in the X-files, once called American author Pat Cadigan "The Queen of Science Fiction." Her novels Synners and Fools both won the Arthur C Clarke Award, writes John O'Reilly. Along with William Gibson and Bruce Sterling in the 80s she was a …
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Icy You…Juicy Me – page 2

by Pat Cadigan Well, of course he knew. The camera was probably in plain sight, like any other camera among the multitude of cameras in New York City. Every large city had them for traffic or police surveillance, and now, finally, for the entertainment of web surfers. Kremlin Cam-beautiful view, but too distant for Darcy's …
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Icy You…Juicy Me – page 3

by Pat Cadigan Darcy looked down at herself and burst out laughing. So he saw her. At forty, she actually wasn't half bad-Pilates had been invented for prisoners, even the virtual kind. But all that aside-he was a crazy guy. Who knew what he saw, or what he thought he was seeing? Maybe he only thought he was seeing her, period …
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Icy You…Juicy Me – page 4

by Pat Cadigan The words seemed to hang in the air around her. Like on the old Groucho Marx show she'd seen tapes of. You Bet Your Life. That funny bird that came down: Say the secret word and win an extra hundred dollars. Well, you just said it. It's a whole bunch of words, but call it an adjustment for inflation. The calm …
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Cyberpunk webcam Net lit

Short Story Here's The Reg's third stab at bringing culture and literature into our readers lives. We're giving you yet another exclusive tale from The New English Library Book of Internet Stories. Our author this time is Pat Cadigan. She's been described by The Guardian as the "The Queen of Cyberpunk", and X-files' Gillian Anderson once …
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Apache regains ground lost to MS

Internet-oriented researcher Netcraft has released its latest survey of the world's Web servers and the software they use, writes Mike Prettejohn. Top Developers Developer January 2001 Percent February 2001 Percent Change Apache 16207982 58.75 16871744 59.99 1.24 Microsoft 5903512 21.40 5523943 19.64 -1.76 …
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Corel Linux sale ‘best thing’ for OS, claims exec

Corel's recently announced spin-off of its Linux distribution is the "best thing for Linux", according to Rene Schmidt, Executive VP for Corel's Linux Product Group. Of course, it could also be said to be a very good thing for the company as well, writes Bruce Tober. "With our spin-off, Corel is unleashing the power of Linux," …
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Mandrake takes training, support open source

MandrakeSoft, France's long-time favourite boxed Linux distribution in terms of retail sales is now also number one in the US, according to company officials citing PC Data figures at the Third Annual Linux Expo in Paris last week, writes Bruce Tober. As a result of its "phenomenal growth" the company has just opened an EMEA …
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HP scales up Euro Linux support

Hewlett-Packard's announcement of major amounts of Linux support at the New York LinuxWorld Expo was supplemented at the Linux Expo in Paris last week with the announcement of preloaded Linux distributions on some of its server products and the formation of support and training teams throughout EMEA, writes Bruce Tober. In New …
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MS claws back Web server share from Apache

Internet-oriented researcher Netcraft has released its latest survey of the world's Web servers and the software they use, writes Mike Prettejohn. Top Developers Developer Dec 2000 Percent Jan 2001 Percent Change Apache 15414726 60.04 16207982 58.75 -1.29 Microsoft 5027023 19.58 5903512 21.40 1.82 iPlanet …
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Intel to hijack world with InfiniBust – analyst

The minions of the Satan Clara chip factory may be busy at work weaving a fabric to ensnare the entire computing and networking industries, but according to a leading industry analyst, this fabric has a few Rambus-sized holes in it. InQuest Market Research reckons InfiniBand - for which silicon and software began sampling this …
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The Benchmark's Bunk – BAPCo a ‘Front’ for Intel

The two most widely used industry CPU benchmarks are effectively bunk, as they are under Intel's thumb, a rival maker claims. Speaking at last week's Platform Conference held in San Jose, Randall Kennedy, the Director of Research for Competitive Systems Analysis, stated that BAPCo, the organization responsible for the most …
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Everquest class action threat over auction spat

EverQuest players who tried to sell characters or in-game items, only to have their online auctions cancelled, are being invited to join a class action law suit against publisher Sony, writes Andrew Smith. A web site set up to announce the suit, which also targets developers Verant, eBay and "any other service" which has …
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Duke Nukem on screenshot search and destroy

Updated Games developer 3D Realms looks set to impose restrictions on the use of screenshots from its next game, Duke Nukem Forever, writes Andrew Smith. During an impromptu chat at the PlanetCrap.com forum, 3D Realms owner/producer George Broussard said that use of screenshots in printed strategy guides would be prohibited. This will …
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Fashion house fashions suit suited for Palm

And what will the chic geek be wearing this season? asks Lucia de L'Astique, fashion correspondent. Japanese couture house Onward Kashiyama's Palm Computing suit, of course. OK's limited edition two-piece features a breast pocket design to the exact specification's the best-selling 'pocket' computer, geddit?!?. And because it …
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Nvidia GeForce 2 DXTC bug exposed

In the last few months I have run many test and benchmarks on PC video cards. Although Voodoo 5 is now, unfortunately, passing into history, my attention was grabbed by two cards in particular: the GeForce 2 and ATI's Radeon, writes Fuad Abazovic. While many hardware sites and magazines have looked at these cards in some detail …
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An End To Hunger – page 2

by China Miéville I still own it, Aykan's guerrilla software, his illicit work of art. I still play it. Two years on I'm still discovering new levels, new layers. Later, before he disappeared, Aykan translated the scrawled title for me: We Deserve Better Than This. Aykan's occasional emails to me often included web addresses …
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An End To Hunger – page 3

by China Miéville I called Aykan. He was incandescent. 'I've seen the site,' I told him. 'Bit gruesome, isn't it?' 'Gruesome?' he shouted. 'It's fucking sick is what it is. It's fucking beyond beyond, man. I mean, forget politics lite, this shit couldn't be parodied.' 'I keep getting emails recommending it,' I told him. ' …
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An End To Hunger – page 4

by China Miéville 'I keep watching them, man,' he told me in one of his irregular phone calls. 'I swear they are so on my tail. I'm going to have to be really fucking careful. This could get very fucking nasty.' 'Stop talking rubbish,' I said, exasperated. 'You think you're in some cheap thriller? You're risking jail for …
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Diablo II hacked and cracked

Players of the online fantasy game Diablo II must wait almost a week for their characters to be restored after a hack attack, developer Blizzard Entertainment revealed this morning, Andrew Smith writes. Hackers reportedly exploited a weakness in Blizzard's servers to gain access to player accounts. By repeatedly attempting to …
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The Reg brings you more top notch Net Lit

Short Story Our last effort to bring culture and literature to our readers was such a success we've decided to do it again. So here's another exclusive tale from The New English Library Book of Internet Stories. This story is by China Miéville, author of the acclaimed novels King Rat, and Perdido Street Station. You can check out the …
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Gemstar fends off monopoly probe

The Office of Fair Trading has refused to investigate VideoPlus-creator Gemstar for alleged anti-competitive practices, despite two anti-trust cases in the US and complaints of monopolistic behaviour in the UK, Andrew Smith writes. Gemstar created and controls the rights to the VideoPlus system which allows easy recording of TV …
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Cold wind blows through Games Web sites

Life is tough nowadays for gaming web sites, and the signs are that it's only going to get tougher, Andrew Smith writes. When CNET announced last week that it was to pull the plug on its Gamecenter Alliance, owners of gaming sites sat up and paid attention. The one network that was expected to survive beyond all others will, at …