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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

The Register - 5 hours 15 min ago
Guangzhou skyscraper denizens to hold on to hats

Hitachi has unveiled plans for two express lifts which will rocket up a China skyscraper at speeds in excess of the genteel 30mph (48kmph) British speed limit.…

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Only a WEEK left to sign up: Meet the tech heavyweights at AWS Enterprise Summit 2014

The Register - 5 hours 29 min ago
Live in London on 29 April

Promo On Tuesday 29 April, Amazon Web Services will be at London’s ExCel Centre, where it will host the 2014 Enterprise Summit.…

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TalkTalk's catch-up telly fib silenced by ad watchdog

The Register - 5 hours 35 min ago
'Misled' folk by exaggerating access to Beeb iPlayer, et al services

Budget telco TalkTalk has been barked at by the Advertising Standards Authority after the company wrongly suggested that a whole host of TV channels were available via its catch-up service.…

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Who's 'Next'? Customers are stepping up for AT&T's no-contract plan

from News.com - 5 hours 38 min ago
A surprisingly high number of customers are opting to pay for their own smartphones in monthly installments, avoiding a two-year contract. And that's good news for AT&T.

Categories: Open Source

<i>Vulture 2</i> rocket motor heater a non-sizzling success

The Register - 6 hours 23 min ago
LOHAN keeps things safely toasty at 28,000m

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is toasting a toasty success today after reviewing the data from our recent Judy test flight, which carried the rocket motor heater rig designed to stop our Vulture 2 spaceplane's mighty thruster from catching a nasty cold.…

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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Slashdot - 6 hours 32 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "Game design is one of those jobs everybody thinks they can do. After all, they've played a few games, and they know what they liked and disliked, right? How hard could it be? Well, professional game designer Liz England has summed up the difficulty of the job and the breadth of knowledge needed to do it in what she calls 'the door problem.' Quoting: 'Premise: You are making a game. Are there doors in your game? Can the player open them? Can the player open every door in the game? What tells a player a door is locked and will open, as opposed to a door that they will never open? What happens if there are two players? Does it only lock after both players pass through the door? What if the level is REALLY BIG and can't all exist at the same time?' This is just a few of the questions that need answering. She then goes through how other employees in the company respond to the issue, often complicating it. 'Network Programmer: "Do all the players need to see the door open at the same time?" Release Engineer: "You need to get your doors in by 3pm if you want them on the disk." Producer: "Do we need to give everyone those doors or can we save them for a pre-order bonus?"'"

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My software-defined life: Boss of MCS-flasher Diablo chats to the <i>Reg</i>

The Register - 6 hours 48 min ago
The flash DIMM software angle looks interesting

Diablo Technologies now licenses its Flash DIMM technology to SanDisk, which acquired the licence through buying SMART Storage. So far IBM and Supermicro have signed contracts with SanDisk to use its ULLtraDIMM technology in some of their X86 servers but its likely just the beginning.…

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Sat comms kit riddled with backdoors for hackers – researcher

The Register - 7 hours 22 min ago
Right, shipmate, identify yourself. LOL? What's your meaning?

Security researchers claim to have uncovered myriad security problems with satellite communication systems. But while major manufacturer Iridium said the security weaknesses identified by security researchers at IOActive were in hand, Thuraya, another satellite comms service, has criticised the report as inaccurate.…

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom slims down S4 Zoom in leaked pics

from News.com - 7 hours 24 min ago
We're a week away from meeting the photo-focused Samsung Galaxy K Zoom cameraphone, and new snaps give us a glimpse of how it's changed.

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The $5,600 Tablet

Slashdot - 7 hours 46 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "Tablets have come a long way in the past few years, and it has become possible to find a capable device for under $200. But what about the tablets pushing toward the high end of the spectrum? Xplore Technologies sells a line of tablets that top out at $5,600. Who on earth would pay that much? The military, of course. 'The DMSR models both have handles and are encased in tough protective covers. They can be dropped more than 2 meters onto a plywood floor and 1.2 meters onto concrete, and can operate in temperatures between -30 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (-34 to 60 degrees Celsius). They've been tested to the U.S. military's tough MIL-STD-810G standard for extreme conditions. The tablets run Windows and come with Intel's latest Core i5 or i7 Haswell processors. Solid-state drive options extend to 480GB. ... They display images at 1024 x 768 resolution. That's less than some cheaper Windows tablets, but Xplore claims to offer excellent LCD visibility in sunlight thanks to a display luminescence of 1,300 NITS. The tablets have internal fans but can still run for up to eight-and-a-half hours on a 10-cell battery, Xplore said. They weigh a hefty 2.4 kilograms.'"

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Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call

The Register - 7 hours 56 min ago
Decent phone calls and signal quality ... what a FEATURE

What do you want in a smartphone? A premium build quality? A high-resolution display that looks the business whether you’re watching a movie or reading a book?…

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Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

The Register - 8 hours 25 min ago
Hands-on blonde shows how to sell hot kit

Pic We're obliged to veteran Reg reader Chris Winpenny for nominating what he believes to be a worthy successor to Asus' famous blonde beach babe – last seen enjoying an Eee Pad Transformer Prime before the sun set on her PC-punting career:…

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Facebook, Google, Twitter in new scrum over mobile app ad gold rush

from News.com - 8 hours 34 min ago
What once was Facebook's private mine has created a gold-rush effect with Google and Twitter also now seeking more mobile riches. But there's only so much money to go around.

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EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

The Register - 8 hours 54 min ago
Wait 'til this one hits your pension fund where it hurts

Hurrah! The European Union has decided to save us from the perils of automatic trading! Also known as High Frequency Trading (HFT) or algo trading, this is simply the practice of writing a piece of code to do the buying and selling faster than a human being can possibly do it.…

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The OnePlus One is a sexy $299 flagship Android smartphone (photos)

from News.com - 8 hours 57 min ago
We go hands-on with the very new OnePlus One smartphone from China to see just what the big deal is.

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Enterprise storage will die just like tape did, say chaps with graphs

The Register - 9 hours 27 min ago
Wikibon prognosticates, says we're all doomed

The Wikibon biz tech consultancy thinks that the era of networked filers and SANs is going to end with server SANs replacing them. SANs and filers will have largely died away by 2027, it reckons.…

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EE &amp; Vodafone will let you BONK on the TUBE – with Boris' blessing

The Register - 9 hours 54 min ago
Transport for London: You can pay, but don't touch

London Underground commuters will soon be able to pay for Tube journeys via contactless credit cards thanks to EE, Vodafone and Transport for London.…

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Think-tank to infosec: You're doing it wrong

The Register - 10 hours 24 min ago
Cyber risks 'similar to 2008 crash'

Tomorrow's Internet is a scary, scary place, according to think-tank The Atlantic Council, so much so that we're all apparently on the brink of “a cyber sub-prime meltdown”.…

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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

Slashdot - 10 hours 39 min ago
New submitter JImbob0i0 writes: "Back in January, Linksys/Belkin made a big deal about their new router, the WRT1900AC, which they claimed was a successor to the venerable WRT54G, and how they were working with OpenWRT. They released it this week, but their promises have fallen far short. You need to apply patches (which don't apply cleanly) and compile yourself in order to get it to work... so long as you don't need wireless support. There has not been much response from Linksys on the mailing list to criticism of the improperly formatted patch dump and poor reviews as a result."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Last call: Getting Started with Microsoft Azure – TODAY at 9.30am

The Register - 10 hours 56 min ago
Spinning up Windows Server 2012 virtual machines in a one-hour webcast

Promo Windows Azure is a cornerstone of Microsoft's technology for the cloud. Find out more in "Getting Started with Azure" – Microsoft's free webcast on Wednesday, 23 April at 0930 BST. In this one-hour broadcast, Steve "Planky" Plank will guide you through the step-by-step process for spinning up Windows Server 2012 virtual machines, building virtual networks, and installing Active Directory.…

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