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Epic tale of idiot sysadmin and the trek to clean up the mess left behind On-Call  Reg readers are awesome and none more so that JT Smith, who sent us an epic tale of the time he was called out to solve a backup problem.…

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But just not in the way you think Worstall @ the Weekend  We have a nice little empirical proof that Adam Smith really was right about us all being guided by that invisible hand. Yeah, I know, you're sooo tired of the free market maniac telling you that governments are all wet and laissez faire is where it should be.…

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Could 'GG1' bring yet more Glassholes? Google has been quietly beavering away at a new Bluetooth-enabled product with the not-exactly discreet ID tag of A4R-GG1.…

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Pay $5 shipping fee and the viewer is all yours. Or not Google's virtual reality face goggles, dubbed Cardboard, were being given away for free, plus shipping by OnePlus. Until – that is – the smartphone maker sold out of the devices*.…

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Our Vulture locks the two in a cage together Review  Over the last few years, the market for e-readers and books has managed to both consolidate and grow. Many more people have an e-reading device, or use tablets to read, while at the same time the number of players has shrunk.…

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And all that SNES ... Vid  A precious prototype of what appears to be a Nintendo-Sony Playstation has been paraded online, after the console was discovered languishing in a "box of junk".…

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Substantial Dutch trough for the culinarily challenged We're obliged to readers who answered our recent call for post-pub nosh neckfiller suggestions, and rest assured we now have a extensive menu planned for the coming months, based on your input.…

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How the cloud kept me in the clouds for 17 soul-crushing hours The Airbus A380 has a range of 15,200km, but the longest scheduled commercial flight using the aircraft is the 13,804km Dallas (USA) to Sydney (Australia) jaunt flown by Australia's Qantas.…

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Burn baby burn, kitchen inferno Something for the Weekend, Sir?  Want a new driveway? No problem, mate. Fix your garage door? Sorted. Oh, what, you want the the garage door to open on to the driveway? Oh no no no no, no can do, pal, that’s not done, they is sep’rate. Tell you what, though, I got a mate who could build you a shortcut so you can get the car from the drive to the garage through the back garden.…

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Ethical hacking undergrad from Northumbria Uni falls foul of 'ethics board' An ethical hacking student at the University of Northumbria has claimed that the university's ethics board and the Wassenaar Arrangement have forced him to delete some references to exploits from his final year dissertation.…

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Echoes from the ghosts of sTec and OCZ's past A storage memory appliance to process massive Big Data sets in real-time is being developed by startup Levyx, with help from Toshiba and the reviving OCZ business in the flash department.…

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Madagascarine Mirzas' mighty nads equivalent to grapefruit sized on human chaps Scientists are marvelling at a lemur with testicles so large that were a human chap to carry equivalent plums in his trouser department, they'd be the size of a couple of grapefruit.…

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Tests show key processes will be undisturbed come 2100 Those who fear that the oceans and their ability to support life on Earth may be doomed by rising CO2 – take heart!…

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Not so hard without your horses and dogs, are ya? Eh? EH? Shaken members of a Cambridgeshire sports club have recounted a terrifying ordeal at the jaws of a rampaging fox.…

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'Didn't make any such plea anyway, what everr', tweets Wikileaks Assange: Can I come and live in you, pretty please? France: No, you can’t come and live here! Assange: Never wanted to anyway!…

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“Are we socially responsible and honest? Hell, no. We’re Wikipedia” Just as we predicted only yesterday, Wikipedia has proclaimed a famous “victory” over something that was never going to happen.…

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'Urban transport revolution' crushed by Madame la Republique Ride-sharing app Uber announced on Friday that it was ditching its French service.…

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MVNO offers ‘sincere’ apology to customers. Cheers for that MVNO Vectone Mobile's service has been down for days, with the company offering no indication as to when it might resume, or any public statement acknowledging the depth of the problem.…

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DDN and HDS lead the high-end market, but others will join in soon Comment  I love the concept of hyperconvergence. Who doesn’t? An IT infrastructure built out of relatively balanced (and small) nodes, all contributing together to a large pool of computing and storage resources, which can linearly scale just by adding more nodes.…

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It plugs a whole, but where are the profits? Loss-making cloud biz Outsourcery has managed to tap up Vodafone for a £4m loan under a partnership deal.…

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Mobe firm tinkers a bit and promises to do better Ofcom has whacked EE with a £1m fine for failing to comply with the regulator's rules on handling customer complaints.…

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Golden Balls doesn't ask about the price. Why would he? Fashion model and former one-footed footie ace David Beckham walks into a phone shop and finds it all rather confusing, or so a new US television commercial for mobile operator Sprint would have us believe.…

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Engineers batter tentacles with rubber mallets A thing you not have known: the tail of a seahorse is a square prism rather than the typical cylindrical shape normally expected in tails. Researchers have now investigated what mechanical performance advantages this may provide, and reckon it has immense robotic applications.…

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Build 10162 also features a new way to buy Wi-Fi access Microsoft's "Windows Insider" fast track is finally living up to its name, with build 10162 released yesterday, making it three builds in four days since 10158 appeared on 29 June.…

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Who wants to live forever? Film review  Director Tarsem Singh has something of a fascination with technology and medicine. His first film, The Cell, posited using a virtual reality mind meld system and his latest, Self/Less, is all about swapping minds though the power of high tech.…

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