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Hup Holland, viva España

Holland are favourites to win the World Cup according to The Reg's resident football stats expert Dr Ian McHale. But the football fan in him says Spain. Dr McHale, senior lecturer in statistics at Salford University, had Holland as favourites and Spain a close second before the tournament started. After the group stage Dr …
Robert Blincoe, 09 Jul 2010
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Holland slashes carbon targets, shuns wind for nuclear

In a radical change of policy, the Netherlands is reducing its targets for renewable energy and slashing the subsidies for wind and solar power. It's also given the green light for the country's first new nuclear power plants for almost 40 years. Why the change? Wind and solar subsidies are too expensive, the Financial Times …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Feb 2011
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'Holland wins World Cup' declares CBSNews

It seems that some US media outlets are still getting to grips with the finer points of football, declaring that it was the Orange-clad, yellow-carded Dutch who won last night. CBSNews/AP declared, in the early hours, that "The Netherlands Wins First World Cup and Ends 22-Year Streak Without a Title of Any Kind". CBSNews says …
Joe Fay, 12 Jul 2010

Dutch firm passes the world's first e-spliff to the left hand side

Do you want to be as stoned as Bob Marley but keep on jammin into your middle age? Then you're in luck, because a Dutch firm is riding high after introducing the world's first ever electronic doobie. The iSpliff is designed by Dutch firm E-Njoint BV and allows no-smoke-tokers to inhale liquid cannabis, using a similar method to …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Jun 2014

The ZOD FILES: Climate documents from 2007 'must stay SECRET'

The UK's Met Office has refused to release historic climate discussions dating from before 2007, even though such scientific discussions are required to be “open and transparent”. David Holland, the man whose FoI requests - refused by the Met Office - triggered the Climategate scandal, wants to see what scientists are discuss at …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2013
Alex Holland's boat-roofed shed

Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

Take one upturned wooden boat, a few old old windows and doors, a wood burner and some 12V solar-powered lights and you've got the recipe for the 2013 Shed of the Year - a magnificent construction which saw off over 1,900 rivals to sail to the pinnacle of sheddie glory. Alex Holland's boat-roofed shed Clinging to the side of …
Lester Haines, 05 Jul 2013

Cheeky LOHAN chaps in gutsy snatch at El Reg's paper spaceplane crown

In an audacious and extremely cheeky high altitude operation over the weekend, Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team members Dave Akerman and Anthony Stirk had a pop at our Guinness World Record for the highest-altitude paper plane launch. The SNOW aircraft The underside of the SNOW aircraft The pair's SNOW …
Lester Haines, 31 Dec 2013
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World Cup: Holland to win, Spain to slump

Spain is chewing on the chorizo of defeat thanks to Switzerland's 1-0 victory yesterday, and history shows this result is a major setback. In the last 40 years only one top 10 team has won a World Cup group after an opening game defeat. Only four have finished in the top two. The tournament favourites Spain now face a serious …
Robert Blincoe, 17 Jun 2010
Password Assistant

Top UK e-commerce sites fail to protect 'password' password-havers from selves

Top UK e-commerce sites are not doing enough to safeguard users from their own password-related foibles, according to a new study. A review of password security at the top 100 e-commerce sites found two in three (66 per cent) accept notoriously weak passwords such as “123456” or “password”, putting users in danger. The first …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2014
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Judges back Holland against Ladbrokes on online gaming

Ladbrokes has lost a long-running restriction of trade case against the De Lotto - the Dutch lottery and sports betting site - which objected to the company taking bets from Dutch citizens. The European Court of Justice has ruled that national authorities may restrict internet gaming if they so wish because laws on this issue …
John Oates, 03 Jun 2010
Artist's impression of thunder-thighs kicking a lesser dinosaur into touch. Pic: UCL

COMPLETE, FIFTY-FOOT DINOSAUR sold to MYSTERIOUS, reclusive bidder for £480k

A rare skeleton of one of the largest creatures ever to walk the Earth has been sold at auction for nearly half a million quid to a mystery buyer. A near complete 17-metre-long Diplodocus longus skeleton, aged 150 million years and widely thought to be a female, was sold for £480,000 ($779,856) on Thursday by Summers Place …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2013

Steady Antarctic ice growth 'limits confidence in climate predictions'

Boffins from NASA and the British Antarctic Survey have teamed up to investigate one of the great mysteries of climate science: why it is that the extent of sea ice around the south pole has actually increased steadily over the years. As the scientists note in their new paper, while the increase is not as big as the decreases …
Lewis Page, 12 Nov 2012
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'Netflix bitch': CEO of vid-streaming site taunts HBO chief over results

Over-the-top video streamer Netflix finished the year with over 43 million subscribers, almost all of whom pay, the company reported yesterday. Netflix recorded revenue of $1.1bn in Q4 2013, including its legacy DVD-by-post business, and a slender net income of $48m. It's still going for growth, though, with 10.93 million …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2014
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Miniature Baumgartner jumps from 128,000ft

On Sunday, Austrian Felix Baumgartner leapt into the record books when he skydived from 128,100 feet (39,045 meters), possibly going supersonic as he plunged earthwards over New Mexico. Simultaneously, somewhere in Holland, his diminutive twin made his own bid for glory, albeit from a slightly less heady height: Good stuff. …
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2012

Drug gang hacks into Belgian seaport, cops seize TONNE of smack

Police in the Netherlands and Belgium have seized a tonne of cocaine, a tonne of heroin and a suitcase stuffed with €1.3m after uncovering a massive drug smuggling operation that used hackers to break into the systems of shipping companies. According to the Netherlands public prosecutor (statement here in Dutch), a Netherlands- …
John Leyden, 18 Jun 2013
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No, we're not in an IT 'stockapoclyse' – boom (and bust) is exactly what tech world needs

Is this the stockapoclyse, as tech shares crater into the ground and no more money gets invested into the sector? Or is that 20 per cent fall in the largest internet-based companies – Netflix, Flicker and Twitter – that $275bn drop in collective value over the last month, just an overdue correction to recent price run ups? Well …
Tim Worstall, 09 Apr 2014
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Secret UN 'ZOD' climate deliberations: UK battles to suppress details

Can the Internet help climate scientists? Not everyone thinks so. "The Internet is a double-edged sword," Met Office scientist Peter Stott told a London courtroom last week. "There's a whole cacophony of voices on blogs, people with different opinions and people very motivated to dig around. But not in the 'big picture' details …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 May 2013
Modern Warfare 2

Activision banned me from Call of Duty gig, says exotic performer

Dutch adult entertainment star and - apparently - avid gamer Kim Holland was uninvited from a VIP Call of Duty bash after Activision discovered what she does for a living. The erotic artiste was overjoyed at her emailed invitation to a party celebrating the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Who wouldn't be? Guests who …
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2011
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Virgin on London Underground Wi-Fi: O2's company, Three's a crowd

Mobile network O2 has become the latest to offer its customers access to free wi-fi on London's Tube platforms. It joins EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media in offering internet access on the Underground, leaving Three customers as the only mobe users who can't connect while commuting. However, Virgin hasn't managed to conquer the …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Apr 2013
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Annular solar eclipse LIVE!

Today, folks living in remote parts of Australia's north and some Pacific islands will experience an annular eclipse, the type of eclipse just one grade below a total eclipse. That means the sun will just remain visible as the moon passes between it and Earth. The result will be a view of a “ring of fire” as Sol's hellish …
Simon Sharwood, 09 May 2013
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Alta Vista launches in France and Holland

Alta Vista is continuing its European roll-out with local language sites for France and Holland. They join country versions for the UK, Germany and Sweden. The new sites are located at: www.altavista.fr www.altavista.nl
Drew Cullen, 03 Mar 2000

What'll we do tonight, Kieran? Same thing we do every night, Tintri....

Hybrid VM-aware array upstart Tintri is adding array-side, per-VM replication in a version 2.0 VMstore product software release, hoping to enjoy the success established storage player NetApp has had in purpose-built storage systems for virtual machines. CEO Kieran Harty says Tintri has been having phenomenal quarters, replacing …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2013

Speaking in Tech: 'Calling it a cloud doesn't make it so'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise In this week's enterprise techcast, Ed Saipetch is steering the ship solo - live from Amsterdam. The lucky sod is in North Holland for Structure:Europe 2012, and has left Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela languishing in the States while he tears up canal-lined streets in the …
Team Register, 17 Oct 2012
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Tech firms face massive tax bill if Dutch vote to end loopholes

US corporations including Dell, Yahoo!, and Google could be facing an extra $90bn in taxes if the Dutch government presses ahead with plans to stop the country being used as a conduit for companies looking to avoid paying local revenue officials. "We should not be a tax haven," said Ed Groot, a parliament member from the Labour …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2013
Fighting Fantasy: Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Citadel of Chaos

Microsoft and FBI storm ramparts of Citadel botnets

The ZeuS-derived Citadel botnet, which rose to public prominence last year, is being progressively disabled by Microsoft and the FBI is on the hunt for its masters. Microsoft says Citadel was used to raid bank accounts around the world and netted more than $US500m. Redmond's Digital Crimes Unit says 1,000 of the estimated 1,400 …
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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. Yoda purpurata – that is, purple Yoda – is one of three new species of acorn worm the mission discovered, as reported in the current issue of Invertebrate Biology. Don't whisper in …
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Acer to centralise distribution in Holland

Acer plans to consolidate its worldwide warehouse operations into one plant in Holland. The vendor said it would stop shipping notebooks from its Taiwanese base to warehouses in each individual country from January, and PCs from mid-2000. Instead, it intends to send incomplete product from Taiwan to its assembly plant in Tilburg …
Linda Harrison, 22 Oct 1999
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Spotify: If musicians don't give us their stuff they get pirated more

A study by economist (and occasional Reg contributor) Will Page sheds new light on the relationship between streaming services and piracy. Artists who withhold from Spotify may suffer from increased piracy, he finds. Since Page works for Spotify, the words of the great prophet M'andee-rice Davies spring to mind - but it's worth …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jul 2013
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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

A disabled French driver was taken on a 200km/h white-knuckle ride by his "insane" Renault, as a quick shopping trip turned into a high-speed, 210 km jaunt to Belgium. Frank Lecerf, 36, left Pont-de-Metz, close to Amiens, in his Renault Laguna 3 to hit the shops in nearby Dury. His route took in a short section of the A16 …
Lester Haines, 15 Feb 2013
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NATO proclaimed winner of Locked Shield online wargame

NATO has – not surprisingly – been named the winner of the Locked Shield online wargames held last week at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia. The 48-hour exercise, which has been held annually for the last five years, simulates a coordinated attack by "Red" forces (a continuing …
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2013
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Euro 2012: England is semi-final probability

Ahead of the first ball being kicked at the Euro 2012 tournament, England is the third-ranked team and has a 68 per cent chance of getting out of the group stage according to the UK's top academic soccer statistician. You read that right. With one of its best players unavailable for the first two matches, a manager who's had his …
Robert Blincoe, 08 Jun 2012

Nextgen on the block as Leighton seeks cash

Some prime pieces of Australian IT&T real estate are on the block, with construction company Leighton Holdings announcing that it intends to sell network subsidiary Nextgen Networks. The company’s decision will also put its Metronode data centre business and Infoplex IT arm, while Leighton’s will retain its network construction …
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Major £30m cyberheist pulled off using MOBILE malware

Cybercrooks swiped £30 million (€36m) from the banks accounts of 30,000 customers in Italy, Germany, Spain and Holland over the summer using an elaborate mobile banking fraud scam. The malware-based attack targeted both corporate and private banking users, performing automatic transfers that varied from €500€ to €250,000 to …
John Leyden, 07 Dec 2012

Finance CIOs sweat as regulators prepare to probe aging mainframes

Could the watchful eyes of regulators soon come to rest on the old and often creaking IT systems that run the back offices of the UK’s leading banks? Among CIOs in the sector, there’s a palpable concern that they will. It’s no secret, after all, that most retail banks rely on decades-old technology for their core banking systems …
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Freedom of Information Act inquiry ducks FOIA requests

An academic inquiry which recommended that scientists respond more honestly to FOIA requests has found a creative way to evade FOIA requests. The University of East Anglia set up the Independent Climate Change Email Review to examine serious charges of academic misconduct by its scientists. An archive containing emails, code and …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2011
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.eu is a Euro domain, for Euro people - top legal bod

Only businesses established in the EU can register trademarks as web addresses in the '.eu' domain, a legal advisor to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said. Businesses based outside of the EU cannot contract with other companies based within the trading bloc to register trade mark domain names at the .eu domain on their …
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 May 2012
Cloud Storage arrays

Just how solid is cloud storage in 2014

Searching the Reg' for "Cloud + Storage" mentions in 2013 gets you 44 pages of results. So let's take it as read that it's a hot topic. We're not bothering with private clouds here; they're enterprise IT re-branded, re-tooled and re-priced but they are still private enterprise IT resources. No, it's the public cloud, accessed …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2014
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Pfizer takes on Viagra spam in Holland

Pfizer Netherlands has started a radio campaign against Viagra spam, warning consumers that 97 per cent of the pills offered are counterfeit. Radio commercials on public broadcast radio and Sky Radio also warn purchasers that many of the illegal drugs are unapproved and may not contain the real chemical. Pfizer is citing a …
Jan Libbenga, 15 Nov 2005
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Court shuts down site that circumvents Pirate Bay blocks

A Dutch anti-piracy group has won a court order forcing the operator of a proxy website to shut the site down after it was used to circumvent blocks to illegal file-sharing site The Pirate Bay. BREIN won the ruling at the Court of The Hague, according to a report by the Torrent Freak website. The operator of the 'tpb.dehomies.nl …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Mar 2012
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Fujitsu TS axes channel boss role

Fujitsu Technology Solutions has removed a layer of management after head of channel Martin Smith left the firm to join former colleagues at Microsoft. Talking to El Reg, Fujitsu TS boss Michael Keegan insisted Smith had opted to leave after six years of service, but that he was using the opportunity to shed some costs and will …
Paul Kunert, 06 Oct 2011
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ISS 'naut shoots first ever 3D footage in space

The European Space Agency (ESA) is chuffed as ninepence to release the first ever 3D video shot in space. The vid, which can be viewed in all its glory using a 3D TV or conventional red/blue stereo specs, was shot by NASA astronaut Ron Garan aboard the International Space Station using a futuristic shoebox-sized camera developed …
Lewis Page, 19 Aug 2011
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World Cup Stats Prof: I was right all along

Spain's extra time goal against Holland in the World Cup final denied our resident stats expert victory in predicting the tournament winner. Or did it? Before a ball had been kicked Dr Ian McHale, senior lecturer in statistics at Salford University, had modelled the teams' performances in the run-up and had Holland as favourites …
Robert Blincoe, 13 Jul 2010
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Man could face prison over six second 'extreme porn' clip

A man has been warned he faces a custodial sentence after pleading guilty to possession of what prosecutors described as "extreme porn" at Mold Crown Court last week. Campaigners against the extreme porn law are now waiting with some concern to see what the court decides when the accused, Andrew Robert Holland, of Coedpoeth, …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 22 Mar 2010
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Bird flu fears see Holland's hens ordered inside

Dutch authorities have ordered that all farmers must keep their poultry indoors, in a bid to prevent the country falling victim to a new infection of bird-flu. Most birds reared for food are grown in battery farms, and so are kept indoors anyway. But starting today, the Netherlands' approximately 5 million free-range chickens, …
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2005
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Fourteenth century timekeeper turns up in Queensland

The second-oldest known British scientific instrument in existence is going to auction next month after spending decades in a farm shed in Queensland. The “equal hour horary quadrant” – a timepiece for calculating time of day from the sun – is dated 1396, carries the badge of Richard II, and seems to have ended up in Australia …
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Extreme porn law on the ropes

A stunning reversal for police and prosecution in North Wales may herald the beginning of the end for controversial legislation on possession of extreme porn. The case, scheduled to be heard yesterday in Mold Crown Court, was the culmination of a year-long nightmare for Andrew Robert Holland, of Coedpoeth, Wrexham, Clwyd as the …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 06 Aug 2010
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Symantec boss puzzles over McAfee Intel deal

Symantec's head honcho has confidently predicted the security firm will not suffer the same acquisition fate as arch-rival McAfee, which Intel agreed to buy in a surprise $7.68bn blockbuster deal back in August. The McAfee deal is only the high-water mark in a wave of acquisitions that have swept the information security market …
John Leyden, 07 Oct 2010
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MacTel data centre build slips

Macquarie Telecom has pushed back the original opening date of its new AU$60 million data centre. The new data centre, called Intellicentre 2, was scheduled to be completed in late 2011 but is now slated for an early 2012 opening. The development of the North Ryde-based data center has been supported by the New South Wales …
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Schmidt still scanning the skies 50 years after defining the quasar

Fifty years ago this Friday Dutch astronomer Maarten Schmidt revolutionized his field with a paper on quasars, the energy sources that now act as terrestrial guide points in our exploration of the cosmos. His initial 1963 paper was disputed by some of the biggest names in astronomy, got him on the cover of Time magazine (joining …
Iain Thomson, 15 Mar 2013
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Heathrow facial recognition tech stalled by borders fiasco

Heathrow airport may now not get facial recognition technology at all five of its terminals in time for the Olympics as planned, according to the Financial Times. Plans for BAA to install 'e-gates' facial recognition technology at the airport to allow registered non-EU nationals to use electronic self-service immigration …