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But the absence of one can Worstall @ the Weekend  What with another budget just coming up, to correct the one that chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne kidded everyone with before the election, it might be time to answer the question of whether deficits really matter?…

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'White House DIDN'T ask secret court for 90-day extension' Edward Snowden supporters were claiming victory for the privacy of millions of US citizens today, after the Obama administration seemingly decided not to seek a 90-day extension to allow g-men to collect bulk phone records.…

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Plus: NetApp 'operationalises' 500 staffers right out of a job QuoTW  This week brought with it cruddy security, an expensive business opportunity and a free lunch.…

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Weird behaviour never before seen in our Milky Way Scientists have observed odd features present in a supermassive star in our galaxy that they have somewhat appropriately dubbed Nasty 1.…

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[Johnnycab rolls his eyes] Oculus has been slapped with a lawsuit from a rival, which claimed that the Facebook-owned Virtual Reality outfit's founder broke a confidentiality agreement about its head-mounted display.…

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Looking for a husband? This Irish no-frills spud-based stodge can help "Really dad?" It was with a slightly exasperated raise of the eyebrow that my daughter Katarina greeted the news last weekend that we were about to tackle classic Irish spud-based nosh boxty, the better to increase her chances of acquiring a suitable husband* when the moment arises.…

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Seemingly, 'unlimited' means access to a frozen screen Furious Formula One fans are fed up with the glitzy motor racing contest's official mobile app, which spews out inaccurate driver information and regularly buckles on customers.…

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A wholesome family adventure that stays the right side of cloying Film Review  I don’t think there’s ever been as Disney-esque a movie as Disney’s new offering, Tommorowland, from writers Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and Damon Lindelof (Lost).…

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A touch of class for tech travellers Product Round-Up  If you’ve been promising yourself a new laptop holdall for ages, why not use this Bank Holiday weekend to get yourself, as the saying goes, a brand new bag? We’ll be looking bags for women tomorrow, so everyone can get kitted out with something chic, but first the swanky stuff for men.…

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Myth and mischief-making in fact and fiction Page File  El Reg bookworm Mark Diston is joined by Vulture South's own Simon Sharwood and Vulture Central's Nigel Whitfield to pore through the latest from the publishing world. William Davies examines the current political and corporate obsession with wellbeing. Neal Stephenson's latest sci-fi tome adds a satirical spin to saving the world and Ms Lonelyheart Rosy Edwards gives an amusing kiss-and-tell account of her trials and tribulations using the addictive dating app Tinder.…

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Media recording is boring as f**k Something for the Weekend, Sir?  Last week, I promised you I’d rip my two mighty appearances on Granada Plus’s The Computer Channel (later relaunched as .tv) in 1997 from VHS. Well, a promise is a promise, if only half-kept. Here for your viewing curiosity is just one of my BAFTA nomination-worthy performances for a short-lived night-time satellite TV programme that was watched by literally tens of viewers.…

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Crims could smuggle nasties in files 'downloaded' from web souk eBay is racing to fix a second serious security flaw that may allow criminals to spread malware through files seemingly hosted by the online tat bazaar.…

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Tinker, tailor, soldier, Silicon Valley wonks A high-level private meeting between Silicon Valley execs, spies and others was held in the UK this month: on the agenda, the state of government surveillance, and what limits should be put on it.…

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Can you beat off the stiff competition? Have you got what it takes? Find out As Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously said about pornography: "I know it when I see it." What he may not have envisioned was that 50 years later, people would make a living from doing just that.…

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Benioff doesn't get out of bed for less than $70bn Microsoft wanted to buy cloud giant Salesforce.com for $55bn, it is reported.…

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Fine-control brain-powered technology with a solid-use case Video  Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have developed a brain-controlled prosthetic arm that can perform fine motor movements – perfect for drinking a beer without spilling it.…

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Snooping on calls? Stalking people in the streets? Surely some mistake US Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) wants America's mobile networks to reveal the types of customer information they share with Uncle Sam.…

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TED Talk Man gives the Ministry of Justice a rude nickname Page File  There are two interesting sides to Steve Hilton, the former political advisor once called “Cameron’s Brain”. One is a kind of Holy Fool, who in Government asked questions nobody else dare ask.…

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Irritatingly stable firm just trundles along like a vintage Volvo Brocade's second quarter fiscal 2015 revenue was $547m, up two per cent year-on-year and down five per cent sequentially, as is Brocade's seasonal pattern. Net income was $77m, monstrously better than the $14m loss it announced a year ago.…

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New Cabinet Office Minister lavishes fulsome praise on Maude’s fiasco Be afraid. The previous government’s “elite digital team” which so brilliantly borked most of Whitehall’s websites, and that failed to meet its own targets, may be put in charge of handling real money: your money.…

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Ok so reseller recruitment was slow but we want to bed other partners too Huawei intends to hop into bed with nearly 50 per cent more partners this year in order to boost its sluggish enterprise sales in Europe.…

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Quick, before Skynet takes control of the Five Eyes Research by American and Israeli academics has lead to the development of Astoria, a new Tor client specifically designed to spoil spooks' traffic analysis of the surveillance-dodging network.…

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I think we should see other processors The latest top-of-the-range phone from handset maker and rising dragon Xiaomi will use the ambitious ten core Helio X20 processor from semiconductor company MediaTek.…

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We so love FC and FICON still Cisco has introduced a new Fibre Channel fabric switch to better connect virtualised servers to all-flash arrays, seeing a rise in back-end array connection port-counts and speed needed to satisfy all-flash array IO demands.…

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No e-autions or fixed line broadband included, sorry Crown Commercial Services has rung the bell on the mega ICT for Education framework, with 21 suppliers passing the entrance exam, one more than was originally planned for.…

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