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ReviewGolfers are a funny lot, many of them play with superstitions or simply have faith that their perseverance will eventually win out. Yet I know that the perfect swing is not all technical and mechanical, but it’s also about feeling perfectly balanced and believing that the club in my hands is just an extension of my mind's eye. When these things come together in a simple relaxed swing, it’s a Zen moment that produces perfection.
James Cumpsty, 02 Jul 2010
Cat 5 cable

World Cup meltdown fails to materialise

Fears that network infrastructures would crumble during the World Cup as fans flocked to video streaming sites to watch games online have failed to materialise.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2010

Gartner cuts tech spending forecast

Analyst house Gartner has lowered its prediction for growth in the European technology market, blaming sovereign debt which is likely to push down public sector spending.
John Oates, 02 Jul 2010

Numara Software blows asset tracking trumpet

CommentNumara Software has released a report whose findings, it argues, demonstrate a need for more use of asset management software by IT professionals.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2010

Beeb reinstates teaboy in Pestogate scandal

Its fair play to the Beeb this morning as it appears to have brought the Pestogate image scandal to an end by giving El Reg a two-finger salute*:
Lester Haines, 02 Jul 2010
Buffalo Dualie

Buffalo ships iPhone/HDD dock

Buffalo has released Dualie, which may sound like a fancy toaster but is actually a dock for iPods and external hard drives.
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2010

Microsoft's past - the future to Android's iPhone victory

The desktop market was won by Microsoft in large part because of its appeal to the broadest segment of the developer population — cue the Steve Ballmer fight song, complete with sweat stains and manic enthusiasm.
Matt Asay, 02 Jul 2010
Sony Dash

Sony tweaks Twitter gadget for UK users

Sony's US operation has removed software that prevented its Dash "personal internet viewer" from starting up and running in other countries.
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2010

Popular apps don't bother with Windows defences

Many popular software applications have avoided including security protection mechanisms built into the latest versions of Windows. The omission leaves these applications at greater risk of hacker attack, according to a study by security patching and notification firm Secunia.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2010

Strato-droids to mate in upper atmos, exchange vital juices

Flying robots can more or less do it all. They can take off, navigate, land themselves, shoot missiles at other aircraft while in flight, mow down hapless fleshies on the ground beneath, follow people about and drop leaflets. So far, though, they have not yet managed - all on their own - one of the most difficult piloting feats of all: air to air refuelling.
Lewis Page, 02 Jul 2010

Paraguayan model to strip if team wins World Cup

NSFWA Paraguayan model has promised to run naked through the streets of Asunción, painted in her team's colours, if the South American country triumphs in the World Cup.
Lester Haines, 02 Jul 2010

BCS votes to keep spending secret

The Extraordinary General Meeting of the BCS yesterday voted in favour of the wide-ranging reforms recommended by its current management, but revealed a substantial rump of angry rebels remains.
John Oates, 02 Jul 2010
Mobile Broadband - 3

Three intros bumper phone tariff

Three has introduced what it claims is "the simplest, most competitive [mobile phone] tariff ever offered in the UK".
Hard Reg, 02 Jul 2010

Google's remote Android app installer explained

Why has Google given itself the power to remotely install applications on citizens' Android phones? It will eventually offer a desktop-browser-based version of its Android app marketplace, allowing netizens to install apps on their Android phones using a browser on their PC.
Cade Metz, 02 Jul 2010

Last shuttle mission shifted to Feb 2011

NASA has announced that the last space shuttle mission - Endeavour's STS-134 to the International Space Station - will now lift off on 26 February next year.
Lester Haines, 02 Jul 2010
server room

Microsoft goes AC/DC with Instaload battery tech

Microsoft bigged up a technology yesterday that simplifies the battery installation process by forgoing the need to lopsidedly peer at the plus and negative signs on the energy gizmo.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jul 2010
Apple iPhone 4 pre-order

Apple iPhone 4

ReviewLet's be honest here, what really makes the the iPhone 4 stand out is its new 'Retina Display'.
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2010

China hits back at EC dumping probe

China has criticised a European Commission probe into pricing policies for wireless wide-area network modems.
John Oates, 02 Jul 2010
graph up

Dell orchestrates Scalent buy

Dell has expanded its data centre tool kit by snapping up Scalent, a supplier of data centre control and co-ordination software.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2010

'Unlimited' ads are dumb and misleading, says 3

3's UK boss Kevin Russell UK has called for an overhaul of mobile broadband marketing, particularly misleading "unlimited" allowances.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jul 2010

US $250m superbomber 'almost as good' as $8m robot

General David Petraeus - the famous US officer who oversaw the "surge" in Iraq and is now set to take over the war in Afghanistan - has delivered a stinging bitchslap to the US Air Force's fleets of heavy manned bombers. Petraeus says that a mighty 200 tonne, quarter-billion-dollar B-1 "Lancer" is "almost" as good as having a much cheaper unmanned aircraft.
Lewis Page, 02 Jul 2010

Computer grads can't even get jobs offering personal services

Computer science graduates have even less chance than media studies grads of being in gainful employment six months after leaving college, government figures show.
Joe Fay, 02 Jul 2010

Extreme porn now illegal north of the border

If you thought you could hide your extreme porn stash in a secluded location north of the border – think again. For this week, the Scottish Parliament finally fell into line with its English counterpart south of the border, passing laws - included within the Criminal Justice Bill - making it a criminal offence to possess images that were extreme and pornographic in nature.
Jane Fae , 02 Jul 2010

'Huge airships to carry freight starting 10 years from now'

The long-touted idea of using airships to replace cargo aircraft is in the news again, courtesy of former head government boffin Professor Sir David King, who says "this is something I believe is going to happen".
Lewis Page, 02 Jul 2010

Apple denies iPhone 4 antenna glitch, blames inaccurate signal bars

Apple has denied that its recently released iPhone 4 has any problems with the antenna, as reported by many disgruntled customers of the company’s latest device.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jul 2010
iPhone 4

Apple speaks out on iPhone 4 signal slippage

The iPhone 4's signal loss woes - caused, it seems, by the way people hold their handsets - is a software problem, Apple has claimed.
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2010

OFT to disqualify unwitting directors to deter competition abuses

Directors who should have known that their companies were breaking competition laws will be just as likely to be pursued for disqualification as those who actively committed offences, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Jul 2010

Scroogle's future in doubt

The long-term future of proxy server Scroogle is seriously in doubt, according to operator Daniel Brandt. Scroogle has scraped Google pages since 2002 by piping results through an anonymizing server. By using the service surfers could remain anonymous, but more importantly use Google without the compulsory 40-year cookie.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jul 2010
fingers pointing at man

Why we love to hate Microsoft

Microsoft watcher Mary Branscombe has an excellent ZDNet post on Why do we (love to) hate Microsoft, and asks:
Tim Anderson, 02 Jul 2010

OpenOffice gets Ubuntu-media friendly

OpenOffice has adopted the Ubuntu-friendly GStreamer media framework to reach a broader swath of Linux and Unix users.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jul 2010

Apple's iPhone 4 denial: insulting or ignorant?

CommentApple released a surreal missive on Friday morning that said the only thing wrong with the iPhone 4 is the way it calculates signal-strength bars. That letter is either an honest explanation or total bullshit — and it's high time that a competent, unbiased antenna-engineering team found out.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jul 2010

Robotic cargo spacecraft misses rendezvous with ISS

An unmanned Russian cargo ship missed its scheduled rendezvous with the International Space Station on Friday after a telemetry lock between the two spacecraft failed. Engineers are scrambling to figure out why.
Dan Goodin, 02 Jul 2010

IT insider admits stealing info for 2,000 bank employees

A former IT worker for the Bank of New York has admitted to stealing personal information of 2,000 employees and using it to steal more than $1m from charity bank accounts, city prosecutors said.
Dan Goodin, 02 Jul 2010

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