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Windows 10 nags, Dirty Cow, Microsoft's Linux man love: The Reg's big ones for 2016

Systems got bigger and more removed from ordinary mortals during 2016 as West Coast tech firms centralised more and more computing on server farms. Google, Facebook and Microsoft wanted us to slap on virtual reality goggles and ask artificial intelligences to serve our voice-activated commands. Cars, lorries and taxis minus …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Dec 2016
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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

Oracle is massively ramping up audits of Java customers it claims are in breach of its licences – six years after it bought Sun Microsystems. A growing number of Oracle customers and partners have been approached by Larry Ellison’s firm, which claims they are out of compliance on Java. Oracle bought Java with Sun Microsystems …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Dec 2016
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Red Hat feels the need – the need for OpenStack speed

Red Hat’s released its dual-support mode OpenStack Platform 10, for rapid cloud adoption. The branded OpenStack box continues Red Hat’s drive to reduce the headache of installing and running the open-source cloud for those of us who are not rocket scientists. But OpenStack Platform 10 also accompanies a shift in build, …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Dec 2016
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AWS' UK cloud hitched to British-based iron

Amazon has opened its long-awaited AWS jumping off point for UK cloud customers by renting racks in two separate third party-run British-based bit barns. Up to now, AWS customers in Britain were served by company-owned server farms in Dublin, Frankfurt and one on the east coast of the US, but the business acknowledged demand …
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Microsoft skates over Surface Hub sales data

Microsoft has released highly selective figures on sales of the Surface Hub, its Windows-10 powered multi-touch whiteboarding wall. The software giant claimed to have shipped Hubs to 2,000 customers with an average deal size of 50 units. It claimed one large order of 1,500. Microsoft did not release any financial data. …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Dec 2016
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Bill Gates joins $170bn climate change investment club

Bill Gates is leading a $1bn climate-change venture with a roll-call of tech’s biggest names. Microsoft’s co-founder has joined Breakthrough Energy, described as investing in “reliable, affordable, zero-carbon energy, food and products for the world.” The first investment is reported to be in clean tech. Gates is reported to …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Dec 2016

Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

Folks using Windows 10 and 8 on BT and Plusnet networks in the UK are being kicked offline by a mysterious software bug. Computers running the Microsoft operating systems are losing network connectivity due to what appears to be a problem with DHCP. Specifically, it seems some Windows 10 and 8 boxes can no longer reliably …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Dec 2016
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Earth days are getting longer – by 1.8 milliseconds per century

We know the Earth’s rotation is slowing, hence leap seconds, but by how much? Now we have a new number: 1.8 milliseconds per century for the last 2,720 years. That's the average figure the solar day has increased by since 720BC according to researchers at the Durham University and the UK’s Nautical Almanac Office. The boffins …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Dec 2016
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90 per cent of the UK's NHS is STILL relying on Windows XP

The NHS is still running Windows XP en masse, two and a half years after Microsoft stopped delivering bug fixes and security updates. Nearly all of England NHS trusts – 90 per cent – continue to rely on PCs installed with Microsoft’s 15-year-old desktop operating system. Just over half are still unsure as to when they will …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Dec 2016

Sage evaluates sale of North American payments biz

Accounting and payroll firm Sage may offload part of its North American business. The UK firm is evaluating what it called “potential strategic options for the North American payments business", including sale. “There can be no certainty that this evaluation will lead to any transaction,” the firm said in a statement. The …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2016

England OUT (of Euro 2016, not the EU) tops Twitter year

Britain’s shock Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland was the UK’s most tweeted event of the year, according to Twitter. The humiliating event ran at 128,000 tweets per minute at 9.51pm on June 27, the social network said Tuesday, announcing its most popular tweets of the year. England’s loss scored nearly 20 per cent more than the …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Dec 2016
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Stung by Dynamics 365 hike? Microsoft has a deal for you... just don't expect much

Microsoft is cutting deals for CRM Online customers in the UK stunned by the price hike when moving on to Dynamics 365. CRM Online users will be offered transitional deals as their existing contracts come to an end. But don't expect something off the shelf or clear to understand – what you pay will be determined by what you' …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Dec 2016

Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update

Lenovo server admins should disable Windows Update and apply a UEFI fix to avoid Microsoft’s November security patches freezing their systems. The world’s third-largest server-maker advised the step after revealing that 19 configurations of its x M5 and M6 rack, as well as its x6 systems are susceptible. Lenovo’s machines are …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Dec 2016
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Woman rescues red pepper Donald Trump from vegetarian chilli

Pic It was just an ordinary evening for Janet Ayers in Portsmouth, preparing a vegetarian chilli for dinner. Ingredients included a trio of peppers – red, green and yellow – from Waitrose. So imagine Janet’s horror on slicing the red Capsicum to find the twisted and toothy mug of US president elect Donald Trump screaming at her. …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Dec 2016
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'Significant' number of HPE OpenStackers flung to SUSE

A "significant" number of Hewlett Packard Enterprise staff are accompanying OpenStack code going to SUSE Linux. The Linux shop is taking them along with software and people for HPE's Platform as a Service and its Cloud Foundry efforts. SUSE would not reveal financial terms of the deal nor how many HPE staff are shifting. …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Nov 2016
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Pound's plunge opens UK's tech SMBs to foreign buyouts - analyst

The £24bn purchase of Brit tech success ARM Holdings by Japan giant Softbank this summer was a contentious affair. The new government claimed it demonstrated that post-EU referendum Britain is “open for business”, although it has also voiced concern about British assets falling to overseas buyers with talk of a more focused " …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2016
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There's gold in them thar hills! Rackspace latest firm to join Frankfurt data centre rush

Rackspace has chosen Germany as home for its first data centre in mainland Europe. The managed cloud provider, which is to become an AWS and Microsoft Azure support partner, will jointly build and open a centre in Frankfurt next year. Rackspace is the latest to set up shop in Frankfurt, Germany's centre for finance and fifth …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Nov 2016
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Four IBM data centres planned for Big Blue UK cloud

IBM is expanding its UK data centre footprint, tripling the number of facilities in the region. Big Blue plans four new centres to drive adoption of its various cloud-based services for development and enterprise deployments. It currently operates just two UK data centres. Notably, neither of the first two DCs we know about …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2016
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Microsoft promises 'equal access' to LinkedIn to get EC green light for acquisition

Microsoft is offering to crack open access to LinkedIn to secure European Commission approval for its $26bn purchase of the social network for suits. The software giant is reportedly offering competition regulators the continued prospect of open access to LinkedIn’s APIs as well as “allowing” OEMs to install LinkedIn on their …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2016
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Happy days for second-hand smartphone sales

Falling sales, burning batteries – but not everything associated with smartphones is bad The market for used phones is exploding by comparison, according to analyst IDC. IDC predicts that sales of used smartphones will hit 222.6 million units by 2020, a compound annual growth of 22.3 per cent. The used-phone market will be …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2016
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Dyn Dyn Dyn – we have a buyer: Oracle gobbles Internet of Things DDoS victim

Oracle is buying Dyn, the internet infrastructure outfit whose A-list customers were struck by a global DDoS from internet-attached "things" in October. The software giant is buying Dynamic Network Services (Dyn) to speed up cloud computing traffic. Financial terms were not disclosed Dyn's platform controls and optimises …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Nov 2016
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Apple offers drained iPhone 6s users... a free battery

Apple is offering iPhone 6s customers free replacement batteries after it emerged phones had been mysteriously shutting down. The fruity firm said the fault had affected smartphones sold between September and October 2015 within a “limited serial number range”. “This is not a safety issue,” Apple said in a statement. Number- …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Nov 2016

Salesforce claims it's on track to become a $10bn company next fiscal year

Salesforce, the once self-styled antithesis of a software company, reckons it's on track to become a $10bn software company in its next fiscal year. Chief executive Marc Benioff made the claim as he announced third-quarter revenue growth of 25 per cent to $2.14bn for the three months to 31 October. Deferred deals grew by 23 …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Nov 2016
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Alibaba misses Java seat as MicroProfile champ lands a first

Web commerce giant Alibaba has failed in its bid to steward Java in an election that largely returned a familiar blend of members. Jack Ma's firm failed to win enough votes to secure a place on the Executive Committee of the Java Community Process (JCP), receiving just 5 per cent of the 983 votes cast. The firm's JVM team …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Nov 2016
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Has Linux got OpenStack licked? The Vanilla 'Plus' strategy

No man is an island, nor is OpenStack removed from the fates of two of its – until recently – best-known names. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise was once the largest single contributor to OpenStack. Now, HPE is getting rid of its OpenStack engineers as it turns over responsibility for its OpenStack work to MicroFocus under a deal …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Nov 2016

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