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If at first you don't succeed, try, try again Comcast may have given up trying to acquire Time Warner Cable, but junior US telco Charter now looks set to swoop with a deal of its own.…

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IBM Model 1401 can hash, will produce a Bitcoin some time after the Sun explodes Vintage hardware enthusiast Ken Shirriff has shown that a model 1401 mainframe, which IBM announced in 1959, can mine Bitcoin. If, that is, your definition of mining includes “chugging away at the problem until pretty close to the heat-death of the universe.”…

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Meanwhile registry's charitable trust is propped up with exiting Board members Despite having claimed the scalp of his predecessor and a former chair – and almost forced a government takeover of the company – the new CEO of .UK registry Nominet, Russell Haworth, will look into how his organization is structured.…

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Comic actor and acclaimed astronomer extraordinaire Feature  It’s 80 years since Gainsborough Pictures released the comedy Boys Will Be Boys, the movie that finally established ex-music hall performer Will Hay as a British film name – during that same year of 1935 he also published an accomplished astronomy book Through My Telescope. Hay was now a rising star in both senses of the word and in 1936 film exhibitors would vote him one of the UK’s Top Ten film performers.…

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Blighty's Jeep – done in a thoroughly British way Geek's Guide to Britain  We all know there’s only on one true Land Rover: the Defender. A cheerful, competent, boxy-shaped device that’s been in production since 1948, inspired by the Jeep, the Allies' WWII workhorse.…

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Fading glory for Google, Microsoft and Amazon go-betweens? For decades, we’ve survived quite nicely using on-premise storage. According to industry research, though, that may be changing as cloud-based storage emerges. A Tata Communications survey last year found that within ten years enterprises will store 58 per cent of their data in the cloud, compared with 28 per cent today.…

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Final avionics test flight in honour of the late, great Sir Terry The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is gearing up for one final test flight, codenamed PRATCHETT in honour of the late and great Discworld author Sir Terry.…

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100 lucky premises to test standard BT says might hit 500Mbps Businesses and researchers around Swansea are going to get the chance to fool around with what will probably be copper's last hurrah, the VDSL-successor G.fast.…

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All in the name of customer service, natch The economy of Luxembourg is about to shrink by a few billion pounds, with Amazon bowing to UK pressure and announcing it'll book UK sales through its British branch.…

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'Resist gratification', says says super-GNU-man freedom fighter Linux GNU firebrand Richard Stallman says Windows and Mac OS are malware, Amazon is Orwellian, and anyone who trusts the internet-of-things is an ass.…

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Mars? Been there, done that Russia couldn't promise the moon, it seems, so India has lots interest in a joint probe project scheduled for 2022.…

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Cheaters cheated, then fleeced by premium SMS 'malware' removal tools ESET researcher Lukas Stefanko says a whopping 2.8 million users have downloaded malicious Minecraft Android applications.…

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And its Chinese developers just scored US$52m of VC to sniff more passwords China's internet services aren't stellar, which is why the nation's State Council recently decided to spend US$182bn on network construction in an effort to speed up local connections.…

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'Firefox experience' will play some low-key gigs in private beta The Mozilla Foundation reckons it has found a way to sneak its Firefox browser into Apple's walled garden.…

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Possible prank sees trojan that lifted $300 million suggest Kremlin as controller Trend Micro researcher Maxim Goncharov says one of the world's most sophisticated and dangerous bank-robbing trojans is now pointing to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).…

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Nash and wife, Alicia, die in New Jersey taxi accident A car accident in New Jersey has claimed the life of Nobel Prize-winning mathematician and subject of the book and movie A Beautiful Mind, John Forbes Nash.…

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Review sets 2016 target for faster, simpler spectrum handling regime Australia's government is moving ahead with its planned revamp of spectrum management, in the hope of replacing today's fragmented management of the RF spectrum with a single regime.…

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The People's Front of Judea would be proud of this rebranding exercise The Internet Society of Australia has changed its name to Internet Australia, but kept the name Internet Society of Australia for official purposes.…

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Enterprise Services needs to find $2bn of savings, but s'ok, got 3 years to do it Just when the folk at HP Enterprise Services thought the multi-year cost cutting timetable was almost at an end, along comes another plan to lop $2bn off the expenses bill.…

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404bhp worth of twin-turbo Ferrari V6 is no error Vulture at the wheel  When Joe Walsh sang “My Maserati does 185, I lost my licence so now I don’t drive”, he was lying. In 1978 no Maserati could do that speed.…

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Biz fomerly known as RIM desperately seeking profits from device unit Blackberry is to axe workers across its loss-making hardware division to lighten overheads, the ailing Canadian smartphone maker has confirmed.…

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Man who did it actually calls himself 'mad scientist'. Presumably says 'AAHahahaha' A Google patent spotted by tech law firm SmartUp seems to describe a toy which will look at and talk to your children, then update a remote media device, depending upon the child's feedback.…

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Plus: 'Why should I care if my taxi's insured or not?' CoTW  What's that lumbering over the horizon, groaning theatrically? Yes, it's the late, unlamented corpse of Comment of the Week, reanimated for your reading pleasure, dear commentards!…

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One for young maritime fans Theatre Review  There's no sign of Captain Pugwash as I make my way through the streets of Greenwich to the National Maritime Museum, although I do surprisingly spot several swashbuckling Jack Sparrows.…

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Fashionably great Product Roundup  I’ve long sung the praises of the Longchamp Le Pilage. Stylish and hardwearing, this super light bag weighs in at just 225g. Yes, you have to add your own laptop sleeve, but what’s not to love? Yet in the daytime commute, women everywhere now haul this stalwart bag. A First World problem it might be, but who wants to be one of the homogeneous bunch?…

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