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Relive that sphincter-loosening moment all over again Let us pause for a moment and reflect on the fact that 20 years have passed since Windows 98 memorably blue screened during a Bill Gates presentation at Comdex.…

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Relive that sphincter-loosening Blue Screen of Death Video  Let us pause for a moment and reflect on the fact that 20 years have passed since Windows 98 memorably fell over during Bill Gates' presentation at Comdex.…

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Vessel charts a course to pirate tax haven A Playmobile pirate ships's journey to the Caribbean sea risks being scuppered as its supplies run low.…

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Plenty of laser research already going on – but there's more than one way to melt a drone The EU is planning to build a laser cannon with double the power of Britain's under-construction Dragonfire zapper, according to reports – but the general state of the tech doesn't automatically mean Europe will be trying to snaffle Brit raygun smarts.…

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What a time to be alive Wireless charging is becoming an ever more popular way to juice up consumer gadgets, but an international team of scientists may have figured out how to scrap the mat too.…

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Still firmly in Dell Technologies' clutches Pivotal has set its initial public offering share price at $15, with hopes of raising $555m and an anticipated $14-$16 price band. The shares are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange from today.…

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Ask for clear budgets, better training and yup, public engagement The state of the NHS's digital infrastructure and a lack of clear budgets risk holding back the UK’s efforts in genomic medicine and research, MPs have said.…

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Ups charges for picture-takers, just in time for your parents' hols Mobile operator Three UK is celebrating the approach of British summer by, er, hiking its charges for some of its services.…

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At least 100 out, R&D hit hardest – sources Troubled private-equity-owned Veritas started making layoffs in the UK yesterday as its parent continues to implement cost-cutting measures.…

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Almost 23,000 requests in first half of 2017, as Redmond reject higher proportion than ever Government requests for user data from Microsoft fell to the all-time low of 23,000 in the last half of 2017, as Redmond's rate of rejecting the requests rose to a high of 17 per cent.…

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Comparison shopping websites won't use Chocolate Factory fix Calls are mounting for the European Commission to issue a non-compliance notice against Google over attempts to address complaints about its market dominance.…

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And garners industry attention Buoyed by the usual high quality feedback from readers, the office automated beer delivery service has taken a step towards reality with a suitable moniker.…

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Bros gig, smellies, branded socks... Here are our tales. Tell us yours Some tickets to a Bros reunion gig in return for a favourable article? £1,500 to do a straight rewrite of a press release? Or some "free" man perfume from Kaspersky called Eau d'Eugene. Just what would you accept as a bribe gift to do someone's corporate bidding?…

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Grumble grumble where's me suet pudding in Bovril etc Something for the Weekend, Sir?  Blank faces abound. No, not all are blank: some are horrified, revolted even. What did I say?…

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Secretive company talks up the need for open community Apple has open-sourced FoundationDB, a distributed ACID-compliant NoSQL datastore, three years after acquiring the company that developed the technology.…

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When the dotcom bubble burst, the surviving techies learned the true meaning of just-in-time training ON-CALL  Welcome again to On-Call, The Register’s Friday column in which readers share tales of tricky tech support tasks.…

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We’ve done everything you asked - even implemented SAP - pleads Chinese vendor ZTE has hit back at the United States’ newly-imposed ban on American companies selling to the Chinese networking vendor.…

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Oh no, wait, that is the news. Except the cheap part Pic  Water that once flowed across the surface of Mars caused the formation of mud cracks that were spotted by NASA's Curiosity rover, scientists have confirmed.…

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And a plan to have users of Sun hardware upgrade to get Solaris 11.4 and proper patches Oracle will deliver “update releases” of Solaris every northern Summer, under a new plan it revealed this week along with news of the Solaris 11.4 beta and a hurry-along for users of old Sun hardware.…

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Let’s get up to date on the crazy world of reverse mergers The “what will Dell to/with/for/about VMware” rumour mill has started spinning again.…

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Chip designer pushes hundreds out the door in cost-cutting drive Qualcomm says it is planning to eliminate more than 1,200 positions in an attempt to cut overhead costs.…

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Java fixes lobbed out, Spectre Solaris patches issued Oracle this week emitted its April security update, addressing a total of 254 security vulnerabilities across dozens of products.…

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Cloud tech tweaks end anti-censorship workaround Google has made technical changes to its cloud infrastructure that have caused collateral damage to an anti-censorship technique called domain fronting.…

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.UK registry not entirely sure what the fuss is about The operator of the .uk domain-name registry has outlined the changes it plans to make to its Whois domain registration system to bring it in line with incoming European privacy legislation.…

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Closer to human beings than previously thought, clearly A new study reveals that male fruit flies enjoy the sensation of ejaculation, and are more likely to turn to alcohol when sexually frustrated. Sound familiar?…

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