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You won't see that headline in Nature Video  Astronomers have spotted a brown dwarf almost-star glowing with a dazzling display of aurora similar to the Northern Lights and Southern Lights here on Earth – but hundreds of thousands of times brighter.…

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Larry's Unix to support cross-platform containers with unique Solaris features Oracle is the latest company to get on the Docker bandwagon, having announced support for the application container technology to come in a future version of Solaris Unix.…

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Backdoored code slung at officials, journos etc Malware used to attack Ukrainian government, military, and major news agencies in the country, was distributed from the Russian portal of encryption utility TrueCrypt, new research has revealed.…

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Year-long publicity effort hits bullseye ... in a way The internet is reeling today at the "news" that a rare make of computer-aided gunsight can under certain circumstances be hacked into, permitting a hacker to interfere with a suitably-equipped rifle's aim.…

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Results for acquisition target Telecity look limp in comparison Net income at US data centre outfit Equinix jumped to $59.5m (£38m) for the company's second quarter of 2015, up from $11.3m (£7.2m) in the same period last year. Meanwhile, sales rose 10 per cent to $666m (£426m) for the three-month period.…

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Disks in large enough numbers are volatile; they break... Comment  New storage technologies are needed for exabyte-munching exaflop supercomputers. The same-old-same-old disk tech used for supercomputers won’t do for the exaflop generation promised by President Obama’s US leadership supercomputing order. This is Obama’s moonshot, the equivalent of President Kennedy’s man on the moon vision…

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Disk units and revenues spin down as desktop market declines Are the glory days gone for good? Will the PC market ever come back? AS WD rues the damage that declining PC disk sales have done to its revenues, that’s a question that will be exercising its product strategists as they ponder its latest results.…

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Possibility of Beijing-sponsored triple hack makes industry sit-up, gulp, take notice United Airlines was hacked by same Chinese group that also breached health insurer Anthem and the US government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM).…

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Data watchdog advises eager Gallic singles to say 'Non' to naked selfies French privacy watchdog CNIL has spanked 13 dating websites for abuses of data protection law.…

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Super generous state monopoly? Fat chance – it's in their contract Both BT and the Ministry of Fun – or the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, if you prefer – have spun BT’s toeing-the-line-of-a-contractual-obligation as unbridled generosity towards taxpayers.…

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Chipmaker adds Israeli company's bolt-on protection to its bulging armoured sack Chipmaker ARM has sealed a deal to buy Israeli Internet of Things (IoT) security specialist Sansa Security. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were not officially disclosed. However, the WSJ previously reported that around $75m-$85m was on the table.…

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Not perfect, but way better than IE and it gives Chrome the willies Review  Microsoft Edge, the new web browser that comes with Windows 10 – released on Wednesday – isn't just a browser, it's a kind of atonement. Microsoft, it seems, wants to apologize not just for its recent Windows 8, but for the entirety of Internet Explorer. And, surprisingly, Edge turns out to be a great apology.…

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Rejoice, petrolheads – team of boring old men back to act like prats again Amazon Prime has signed up Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for a car show intended to rival Top Gear on its streaming service.…

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Intel/Micron tech looks to force its way into the memory storage spectrum XPoint memory is a spectrum-invading cuckoo. Spectrums are great ways to describe a range including different items with differing characteristics. Everyone gets used to the range, then something comes along and forces its way into the spectrum, making existing items shuffle up and down.…

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Smartphone giant feeling mobe market saturation sqeeze, suffers after supply shortage Samsung Electronics posted an eight per cent fall in profits for its second quarter results, as sales of its Galaxy S6 failed to gain any traction.…

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Mass surveillance exercise nowt to do with actual policing, didn't catch one crim Leicestershire Police has revealed the facial recognition technology it rolled out at Download Festival had no policing utility. Instead it was an experimental assessment opportunity, paid for – and carried out for the sole benefit of – software vendor NEC Corporation.…

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Think of the children! Wait. Er... DON'T think of the children Prime Minister David Cameron has declared himself "determined to introduce age verification mechanisms to restrict under 18s' access to pornographic websites" and he is "prepared to legislate to do so if the industry fails to self-regulate."…

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Consumer monies up, mostly off the back of price-hiked telly packages BT had a mixed quarter, buoyed up mainly by TV subscriptions - and it has taken its results announcement as an opportunity to shore up its broadband position.…

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Pork experiment elicits baffled awe from fellow scientists A team of Harvard scientists has paved the way for a deadly laser pig weapon by demonstrating that, with a little encouragement, pig fat cells can be made to lase.…

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Let’s lose this ‘worst app in the world’ title Dear Reg reader. Do you have an Android phone? Maybe you downloaded our Android App? Found it wanting - a lot? Help us make it better by joining our beta testers group. it is easy-peasy although you do need a G+ account.…

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Funds for 'logical qubit' development, no less Nay-sayers may nay-say, but America's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) reckons research into quantum computing is advanced enough to warrant a five-year program to kick things along.…

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Think you're alright because it was all over years ago? HAH, you fool The British Government closed a window of opportunity for tax-efficient folk about a year ago that was beneficial to, and widely used by, contractors: the Extra Beneficiary Trust.…

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Riding that software-defined wave SANs and filers are facing decline because of the sudden rise of hyper-converged systems and enterprises seeking IT silo simplification.…

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Desktop gaming in every sense of the phrase Antique Code Show  The last couple of months have seen the release of MotoGP and F1 2015. Just round the corner is the new Xbox exclusive Forza 6, so there are plenty of driving games around if you feel the need for speed.…

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Readership turns to Microsoft as one and asks 'what are you DOING?' Mailbag  “Clearly the first year of ‘free’ is really beta testing – what should a sensible IT manager do?” asks one Reg reader Down Under. I’ve heard this from a few of you and collected your thoughts.…

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