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SETI's mega alien hunt shovels more data onto IBM's cloud

The SETI project, which hunts for alien life and has generated hundreds of terabytes of data every day, has poured its bits over IBM’s cloud for citizen scientists to pick over. SETI – the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence – is releasing 16TB of radio telescope transmissions drawn from the Allan Telescope Array to …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Sep 2016
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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

Admit it. You were tempted to fulfil your sci-fi fantasy – no, not that one – and apply to Mars One Foundation to become a Red Planet pioneer three years back. That call saw 202,586 put their names forward to join a one-way trip starting in 2025. Elon Musk this week undercut Mars One, promising he’d land 100 pioneers on the …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Sep 2016
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Microsoft's chums Dell, HPE and Lenovo give Azure Stack a shout-out

Cloud isn’t what it used to be. Amazon’s AWS began life like open source, with the same net result: a developer secret that became an infrastructure fact. Well, the days of furtive downloads are dead and the suits are coming. Microsoft demonstrated that last month, letting people down by saying Azure Stack won’t be something …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2016
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Oracle's Coach Larry needs Microsoft plays to beat Amazon

Analysis SAP. Crack! IBM. Snap! Salesforce. Bang! Workday, I can see you - come over here... In the locker room that is Oracle’s quarterly conference calls with Wall Street, somebody’s ass is always on the receiving end of a sharp thwack from the towel of head coach Larry Ellison. Ellison has zinged his verbal towel off many a noble …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2016
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Metalogix punts out cloudy collab coliseum for canny IT craftsmen

Metalogix has launched a content management platform for cloud work and collaboration. Content.ly spans Microsoft’s Office 365, Salesforce, Box, Dropbox and Google for Work. Metalogix reckons this amounts to 4.6 million “collaboration points.” The software-as-a-service provides document and data migration and synchronization …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Sep 2016
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Microsoft paid me $650 to scrub Windows 10 from my grandpa's PC, says man

Microsoft has paid the relative of an Alzheimer’s patient for having to scrub his PC clean of Windows 10. Jesse Worley said he'd received a cheque for $650 from Microsoft – seen by The Register – which he told us he'd received after threatening the giant with court action over an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade. Tech consultant …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Sep 2016
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Mark Zuckerberg and the $3bn cash fling: He's not your father's tech kingpin

Lou Gerstner, Ray Noorda, Lew Platt. Remember them? Ever even heard of them? Anybody with a memory or knowledge of the tech industry will know them as former, if anonymous, leaders of IBM, Novell and Hewlett-Packard. Newbies and the average person outside tech won’t without a quick Google. I recently visited the London …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Sep 2016
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Jeremy Clarkson and Co. rise to top for Great British Bake Off replacements

Two weeks after Channel 4’s £75m grab of Great British Bake Off from the BBC, the broadcaster has a big marquee but no filling. Mary Berry has joined puckish Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc in electing to stay with the BBC, meaning three quarters of GBBO’s presenting line up evaporated. It was Berry who mitigated the unvarnished …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Sep 2016
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EU's one-time antitrust hammer Steelie Neelie had 'offshore interests'

The EU's former top corporate enforcer sat on a Bahamas-based business without declaring her interest. Neelie Kroes was a director of a firm called Mint Holdings between July 2000 and October 2009 while also serving as commissioner for competition – 2004 – 2010. Kroes also served as Commissioner for the Digital Agenda from …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Sep 2016
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My God, I've got nothing on! Microsoft's $200m Wunderlist is down

Mobile to-do list Wunderlist, bought by Microsoft for a reported $100m-$200m, is down with no immediate prospect of recovery. The firm claims to have more than 13 million users and has blamed problems with synchronization and task creation on all platforms. The service, when it works, runs on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Sep 2016
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Oracle confirms Java EE 8 is delayed for 'major enhancements'

Java Enterprise Edition 8 is delayed yet again, Oracle has conceded. The next enterprise Java will ship at the end of 2017 – moving back at least six months from Oracle’s last rescheduled date that it named in June, of “first half” of next year. Anil Gaur, Oracle’s vice president for Java EE and application server development …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2016

Ubuntu tees up OpenStack on IBM's iron

Canonical’s OpenStack spin has landed on IBM’s Power hardware as part of zSystems' Linux stack. The Ubuntu shop’s cloud has been released for IBM’s zSeries IBM LinuxOne and on IBM Power Systems. Canonical’s cloud will run on IBM’s planned LC servers, announced in April. The servers run OpenPOWER – from the group building …
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Stripped and ready to go: Enterprise Java MicroProfile lands

The project for a lightweight and modular enterprise Java suited to microservices has hit general release. MicroProfile 1.0 has now hit general availability, just over two months after the project was unveiled by representatives of IBM, Red Hat, Tomitribe, Payara and the London Java Community on June 27. A formal announcement …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2016
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Idris Elba thrashes Night Manager Hiddleston for James Bond job vacancy

Pity Tom Hiddleston. Not only finished with, er, publicity-shy popstress Taylor Swift but ruled out of contention for the next James Bond film. According to you, the former Night Manager’s tight buns won’t be shaking and stirring their way through the next 007 flick. A Reg poll on who should follow Daniel Craig as the next …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2016
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Mirantis grabs Kubernetes maestro to orchestrate OpenStack inversion

Mirantis has bought a Kubernetes master to fulfil its common goal with Intel and Google: to wrap up OpenStack for micro services. The OpenStack flinger has bought TCP Cloud, a 30-person specialist in running managed services on OpenStack, OpenContrail and Kubernetes. The purchase buys TCP Cloud’s open-source MK.20 technology …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2016
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Oracle: Delayed Java Enterprise Edition 8 to land 'within the year'

Oracle has committed to deliver the delayed Java Enterprise Edition 8 “within a year.” Bill Shannon, architect at Oracle, sketched out the goal in an email to Java community members sent on August 22 and seen by The Reg. The current date for Java EE 8 is “first half of 2017” - pushed back this year from JavaOne 2016, which …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2016
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Great British Great Bake Off gets new judge

Poll Long weekends cooped up in a cramped sweaty workplace, grappling with unstable materials, your work critiqued by an harsh and judgemental boss. No - not your job hacking PHP or flogging some piece of dead tin in the data centre but the life of the average contestant on the Great British Bake Off. Most of your colleagues …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2016
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Google tries to lure .NET devs with PowerShell cloud bait

For all its highs and lows over the recent years, one thing Microsoft has always had in its favour is developers – millions coding, first for Windows, then .NET. The jury’s out on Microsoft’s Azure cloud, first as a platform and secondly due to Microsoft’s embrace of so many non-Microsoft languages and runtimes. Many have …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Sep 2016
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Kneel before Zod! OpenText claims mighty Documentum from Dell

Dell has finally sold Documentum, one of the oldest and best-known names in storing and retrieving corporate information. Documentum is going to the relatively small OpenText for $1.62bn, as part of Dell’s Enterprise Content Management (ECM) division. That price compares to $1.7bn EMC paid for Documentum in 2003. Dell …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Sep 2016
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'Jet blast' noise KOs ING bank's spinning rust servers

Sound waves equal to a jet fighter taking off, generated by fire fighting equipment during testing, has been blamed for taking down ING's banking operations. Card and ATM transactions, internet banking and ING’s website were all felled in Romania for 10 hours on Saturday by the freak occurrence, according to Vice's Motherboard …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Sep 2016
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Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

Plusnet has been slammed by its customers for failing to acknowledge or explain the cause of a nationwide broadband service outage. Twitter is stuffed with complaints from around 7am on Friday morning that service has not been resumed following an apparent maintenance period. Plusnet’s service has been struck down across the …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Sep 2016
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Investors resist Larry Ellison's $9.3bn NetSuite deal

Influential investors are opposing NetSuite’s $9.3bn acquisition by Oracle for selling their firm short. The cloud pioneer’s single largest unaffiliated shareholder, T Rowe Price Associates, has written to NetSuite’s board in a letter here explaining why it won’t hand over its stock for the deal. It raises a major question …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Sep 2016
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Little boxes made of ticky-tacky: What Dell's record-busting $67bn EMC deal means

Dell’s acquisition of EMC is large by several measures: a $67bn purchase price – the most ever paid in tech. The claimed joint revenue for Dell and EMC is $74bn and the current joint workforce is 140,000 – with 40,000 being sales staff. Even the statements as to “why” Dell is buying EMC are big – yuuuge - with Michael Dell at …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Sep 2016
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Microsoft takes shot at Amazon as it wraps up UK cloud data centres

Microsoft has opened the doors on UK data centre facilities for local customers with a chip at Amazon. The giant’s Azure and Office 365 services are being hosted as options at locations in London, Cardiff and Durham. Dynamics CRM Online will be available from the UK data centres in the first half of next year. Until now, UK …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Sep 2016
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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

Star Trek @ 50 Thirteen films, TV spin-offs, millions of loyal fans and the ultimate of accolades for any work of science fiction – spoofs. Confirmation indeed of Star Trek's status as a cultural force. Fifty years ago this week, the genesis of that legacy played to unsuspecting and uninitiated US viewers. Star Trek the original TV series …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Sep 2016