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What took you so long, Twitter? Micro blogging site takes on the trolls

Twitter is seeking to stamp out the anonymous bullies and trolls who blight the “social” media site. Today the company announced the Twitter Trust & Safety Council, comprising more than 40 organisations and outside experts. In a statement today, Twitter’s policy boss Patricia Cartes said the council was a "new and foundational …
Drew Cullen, 09 Feb 2016
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Amazon UK boss is 'most powerful' man in food and drink

"He doesn’t run any supermarkets and his market share in groceries is minuscule. But Chris North gives grocery the shivers.” So says The Grocer, a trade magazine, which has named the Amazon UK boss as No.1 in the The Grocer’s 100 Power List, beating out more orthodox names such as Aldi UK boss Matthew Barnes, who ranks no.2. …
Drew Cullen, 09 Feb 2016
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Those converged infrastructure vendors are cannibals, I tell you

Commodity server shipments are booming but there is a sting in the tail for specialist vendors, who are seeing their hardware sales cannibalised. Instead of buying storage arrays or network appliances, for example, tech customers are buying or developing specialist software that runs on cheap boxes. So there is more than hype …
Drew Cullen, 08 Feb 2016

Government hails superfast broadband deal for new homes

The Government has brokered a deal between BT Openreach and The Home Builders Federation (HBF) which means “new build homes [are] to have superfast broadband connectivity”. This is a tad optimistic as there is no legal compulsion for house builders to comply with the new arrangement. BT Openreach is making easier for …
Drew Cullen, 08 Feb 2016

Wanted! A browser to replace Xombrero

Readers' corner Not a mainstream request this one perhaps, but over at El Reg Forums, 1980s coder is seeking some advice. Guys, what do you reckon? I'm looking for an alternative to the Xombrero web browser, now that it seems to be virtually unmaintained, and becoming increasingly out of date. I liked it because it worked well without a …
Drew Cullen, 02 Feb 2016
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UK IT pros love OpenStack. Who says so? SUSE says so

A SUSE survey landing on our desk reveals some 80 per cent of senior IT pros in the UK plan to move or have already move their private cloud to OpenStack. The finding is based on interviews with 110 respondents in the UK and 813 across the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and the Nordics. A snapshot of SUSE's …
Drew Cullen, 02 Feb 2016
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IBM buys two digital ad agencies in a week

One for the record: IBM is buying an online creative ad agency – the second in a week – for an undisclosed sum. This one is a 300-strong company Aperto, which is headquartered in Berlin and counts Airbus, Volkswagen and Siemens among its customers. The company will become part of IBM’s IX – as in "interactive experience" – …
Drew Cullen, 02 Feb 2016

This gun says you ain’t leaving until my PC is fixed

On-call ABDUCTION 151228046, 2700 block of S. Grove Street. At approximately 11:00 a.m. on December 28, a male subject refused to let a computer technician leave the residence until his computer was fixed. The suspect allegedly had a gun in his possession and threatened to kill the victim. Joseph Nestor Mondello, 50, of Arlington VA was …
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2016
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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

Google is to pay £130m to settle a tax dispute with the British Government over how it account for revenues booked in the UK. More importantly for Treasury coffers Google will now "pay tax based on revenue from UK-based advertisers, which reflects the size and scope of our U.K. business,” a Google spokesman wrote in an email …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jan 2016
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Is hybrid cloud fundamental for your organisation? Tell us, readers!

We write about cloud computing so often that some readers have taken to our forums to accuse us, as one put it, of flag waving for "cloud, cloud, cloud, nothing but cloud and how good it supposedly is." The reader would like us to expand our horizons to cover "businesses who shun the cloud and the strategies they have to do …
Drew Cullen, 22 Jan 2016
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Women account for just one fifth of the EU’s 8m IT jobs

The European Union has totted up all the IT jobs in the region for 2014 and this is what it found: nearly eight million ICT pros employed in the 28 member states and more than 80 per cent are men. They are also well-educated, with more than half completing tertiary education. Techies occupied just 3.7 per cent of all jobs - “a …
Drew Cullen, 21 Jan 2016
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Blighty's Parliament prescribed tablets to cope with future votes

The UK Parliament – the Mother of Parliaments – is treating itself to a slice of modern technology: its votes will be counted with the help of computer tablets. The overhaul is due "in the very near future", Therese Coffey, deputy leader of the UK House of Commons, announced today in response to a question by Labour MP Meg …
Drew Cullen, 21 Jan 2016

Wanted: 1,400 sales jockeys to flog Oracle Cloud

Oracle today unveiled a massive EMEA recruitment drive for its “cloud sales work force”. The enterprise software giant wants to hire 1,400 new salespeople in six locations: Amsterdam, Cairo, Dubai, Dublin, Malaga and Prague. It's also building new sales centres in Amsterdam and Cairo. They will get 600 cloud apps along with on …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jan 2016
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Who's laughing now, doubters? Cloud makers rake in £75bn in sales

Global cloud revenues jumped 28 per cent year-on-year to reach $110bn (£75bn) in the 12 months to September 2015. Totting up the numbers is Synergy Research, which tracks vendor revenues in six cloud services and infrastructure areas. These are: Public IaaS/PaaS, Private and Hybrid, SaaS, UCaaS, Public Cloud, Private Cloud. …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jan 2016

The designer of the IBM ThinkPad has died

The ThinkPad’s answer to Johny Ive has died. Richard Sapper, a German industrial designer who orchestrated the look of the iconic laptop for IBM, was 83 years old. He designed lots more stuff - you can read his obituary here. We shall focus our commemoration on the IBM ThinkPad, which hit the business world in 1992 and …
Drew Cullen, 06 Jan 2016
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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth appears to be using Windows XP. The ship is a year from completion, so there is plenty of time yet to bin it for a more up-to-date and secure version of the venerable operating system. The Ministry of Defence is not returning our calls, but this could always be, as one …
Drew Cullen, 15 Dec 2015
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Dell to offload Perot Systems for $5bn: report

For sale, Perot Systems, just two careful owners - a bargain at $5bn. All reasonable offers accepted. Dell nearly sold its IT services business Perot Systems to Tata Consultancy Services but talks collapsed over the price. The company quietly put Perot on the block for more than $5bn three months ago and has hawked the firm to …
Drew Cullen, 14 Dec 2015

Rack servers drive $120bn data centre infrastructure market

How many rack servers are there in the world? Umm … we can tell you this: about $10bn-worth were sold in Q3 this year or 34 per cent of a global data center infrastructure market worth $29bn in the quarter. So says Synergy Research Group, which compiled the numbers: its definition of data center infrastructure includes servers …
Drew Cullen, 14 Dec 2015
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This is how you count all the trees on Earth

The Earth has three trillion trees and this is seven times more than was thought, until very recently, to exist. It is also half the number that existed before humanity went to work on the environment. We can deduce this through algorithms used to crunch reams of photographic data captured by satellite. But the headline figure …
Drew Cullen, 09 Dec 2015
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Open source Gov.UK is 'example of UK soft power'

El Reg joined 13,000 registrants to attend the first day of HPE Discover at the ExCel centre in London's Docklands and what a huge affair it is. We have already covered the first big news announcement (on "composable infrastructure") and in this article we zoom in on the keynote delivered to a packed auditorium by CEO Megan …
Drew Cullen, 01 Dec 2015
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Iomart, Logicalis and VIRTUS buy data centre firms

The data centre sector witnessed a flurry of mergers and acquisitions activity today with three DC firms changing hands. Let’s start with Iomart, which is paying up to £11m for United Communications Ltd, a managed hosting firm based in Hemel Hempstead, with about 6500 mostly small business customers. Iomart is paying £7.5m in …
Drew Cullen, 01 Dec 2015
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Cray hoists Docker containers into supercomputers

SC15 Everyone loves Docker, including Cray, which today announced the addition of container-based virtualization to its official software stack. The supercomputer builder is rolling the technology first to Cray XC customers and in 2016 to Cray S400, CrayXE and Cray XK systems. The inclusion will aid wider productivity, chief …
Drew Cullen, 18 Nov 2015

Rip up secretive patent royalty deals, says new tech'n'biz coalition

Did you know that about $60 of the cost of a $400 smartphone goes to holders of something called "standards-essential patents" (SEPs)? And, when you consider that up to 250,000 patents could affect smartphones, you can see why there are such rich pickings for patent trolls ... more politely known as non-practicing entities. …
Drew Cullen, 17 Nov 2015

IBM bets POWER8 processor farm on hardware acceleration

SC15 For 50 years, Moore’s Law held good. The axiom, formulated by Intel founder Gordon Moore in 1965, stated that overall processor power would double every year. In 1975 this was revised to every two years. But in July this year, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed in an earnings call that in the wake of the introduction of 14nm …
Drew Cullen, 16 Nov 2015

Acer chief exec Stan Shih: Exiting the PC market? Not us!

IDC analyst Tom Mainelli put the cat among the pigeons with his prediction last week that two of the top 10 PC vendors – but not the top four – will shutter their operations within the next two years. His prognosis stung Asustek CEO Jerry Shen yesterday to proclaim his company’s allegiance to the PC market. Today, Acer …
Drew Cullen, 12 Nov 2015

Apple to add 1000 jobs to Cork payroll

Apple is expanding its Cork, Ireland manufacturing plant - where it builds its iMacs - and will hire up to 1000 more people in the next 18 months. CEO Tim Cook announced the move today in an address to students at Trinity College Dublin. The company already employs 5000 at its Hollyhill campus - a 25 per cent increase over the …
Drew Cullen, 11 Nov 2015
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Simpler ERP for all! Well, if you're a SAP S/4HANA customer

SAP is updating its next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite, SAP S/4HANA. But is it enough to get the company’s huge installed SAP V3 base to bet the farm on an entirely new code base? The company took the floor at its annual shindig TechED in Barcelona this week to introduce several “key simplifications and …
Drew Cullen, 11 Nov 2015

GCHQ goes all Cool Dad and tags the streets of Shoreditch with job ads

Spotted in Shoreditch, London's Hipster Central as well as the beating heart of Tech City, witness the labours of a GCHQ advertising team hoping to go viral. It's working, as you can see. Shoe-leather advertising Let's hope the tagging team avoids the mistake that IBM made in 2001 when it stencilled the streets of San …
Drew Cullen, 11 Nov 2015

Tax bill could kibosh Dell-EMC deal

Dell could be landed with a $9bn tax bill for buying EMC - a deal-breaker. That’s what Dell insiders are telling the Silicon Valley publication Re/Code. At the heart of their concern is how the Internal Revenue Service will treat the tracking stock in VMware, an EMC subsidiary, that Dell plans to issue to help fund the …
Drew Cullen, 11 Nov 2015

NHS IT must spend a fortune to save a fortune, says McKinsey

The NHS must bolster its IT budget by up to £8.3bn over the next five years – in order to produce savings of possibly £13.7bn, said the management consultancy McKinsey. Get this right and the prize is huge; the £30bn NHS funding shortfall – estimated at £30bn by 2020-21 – could be cut by a quarter. But, get it wrong ... The …
Drew Cullen, 10 Nov 2015
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Rackspace beats The Street with strong Q3

Rackspace topped analyst expectations for Q3, pulling in $509m revenue, up 10.7 on same time last year and net income of $37m or 26c a share. Consensus analyst forecasts were 20c a share. Net margin was 7.2 per cent, up from 5.6 per cent in Q3, 2014. Shares climbed 8.3 per cent in after hours trading. For the full year …
Drew Cullen, 10 Nov 2015

Safe-mail.net goes titsup. Storage failure blamed

The secure email service Safe-mail.net has been out of action since Wednesday, Nov 4, following a “major storage hardware crash”. No further technical details are available. About 80 per cent of user data was unaffected “as we had already moved it to a new system during the last few months,” the Israeli company said in a …
Drew Cullen, 07 Nov 2015
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Red Hat buys Ansible for DevOps loveliness

Red Hat is buying Ansible, a big wheel in the DevOps tools scene, for an undisclosed price. But the gossip is $100m or so, a tidy sum for a company with just 50 employees. Ansible does IT automation and will sit in nicely with Red Hat’s so-called “hybrid management portfolio” – that means it joins OpenStack and containers. …
Drew Cullen, 16 Oct 2015
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Companies grow faster when they buy more IT. Yes they do

Dell has taken a digital leaders vs. digital laggards angle for its second Global Technology Adoption survey, which finds companies that buy and use new stuff - cloud, big data and mobility - grow faster than slow-spending sluggards. Some 82 per cent of respondents said they use the cloud - but the survey does not reveal what …
Drew Cullen, 13 Oct 2015
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New cloud bookings are a thing for SAP in Q3

It's all about the cloud for SAP in its Q3, 2015 results announcement today, with the company posting cloud subscription and support revenues of €600m, up 116 per cent on last year - and a slightly less heady 90 per cent at constant currencies. Even less heady, new acquisition Concur delivered €149m of the growth. New cloud …
Drew Cullen, 13 Oct 2015
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NoSQL pioneer Basho stamps its mark on time stamp data with Riak TS

The Riak NoSQL database is now available in a version capable of processing vast gobbets of Internet of Things data sources at high speed. Its creator Seattle-based Basho Technologies says the new product Riak TS (as in time series) incorporates the high availability and scalability of its nippy sister Riak KV, short for key- …
Drew Cullen, 06 Oct 2015
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Amazon Web Services customers love hybrid clouds (true)

The public cloud is the only cloud and anything else is a pale imitation, according to Amazon. But customers appear seem unconvinced, with most running or intending to run a mixture of private and public clouds sourced from multiple vendors. That's what a survey of IT professionals who attended AWS summits in San Francisco and …
Drew Cullen, 05 Oct 2015
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IBM buys top Workday channel partner

IBM is beefing up its human resources software roster by buying Meteorix, a Boston MA reseller with more than 200 Workday consultants. Financial terms are undisclosed. Workday competes directly with Oracle for finance and HR software business in large enterprises – IBM’s heartland too. The SaaS provider is on a roll, …
Drew Cullen, 29 Sep 2015
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MemSQL makes it easier to hook up to Apache Spark

Apache Spark may be the fastest data processing engine around for big data, but unless you are conversant in Scala or Java, this cluster computing framework can be a pain to set up and manage. So here is some help from MemSQL, the in-memory database start-up: a way of letting organisations use Spark without writing code, the …
Drew Cullen, 24 Sep 2015
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How to build a server room: Back to basics

Readers' corner Dave Cartwright, an IT operations manager for a telecom company, recently compiled a list of dos and don’t for IT infrastructure buyers for El Reg. The article was well received but… ”the writer obviously moves in better circles than I do”, says Reg reader Hatless Pemberty In response, Hatless - we can call him that, can't we …
Drew Cullen, 22 Sep 2015
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Red Hat raises guidance after good Q2

Red Hat rode on the back of rising cloud subscriptons to turn in a good Q2. Revenues for the quarter ended 31 August, 2015 were up 13 per cent year to $504m ($445,9m) – and 21 per cent on a current currency basis. Net income was $51.8m ($6.8m) The open source vendor reports an annualised run-rate of $100m for its certified …
Drew Cullen, 22 Sep 2015
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Ouch! Microsoft sues recycling firm over 70K stolen Office licenses

They were supposed to be destroyed, but up to 10 workers at an Arizona computer recycling firm instead sold 70,000 copies of Office 2010 on the black market. Now Microsoft is suing their employer, Global Electronics Recycling, for restitution in full. In a lawsuit, filed last week in the U.S. District Court of Western …
Drew Cullen, 21 Sep 2015
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MariaDB bakes native encryption into 10.1RC - with some Google loving

MariaDB is beefing up security with the latest upgrade of the open source database, MariaDB 10.1, courtesy of encryption technology donated by Google. The upgrade can be downloaded today as a release candidate and general availability is slated for October. By migrating to 10.1, current MariaDB and MySQL users can natively and …
Drew Cullen, 16 Sep 2015
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HP overtakes Cisco in cloud infrastructure revenues

HP sells more cloud infrastructure equipment than anyone else, including Cisco, which was shunted into second place for the first time in Q2, 2015. Cisco is unlikely to be too dismayed, as both companies are recording "stellar growth in the burgeoning market", running at some $16bn a quarter and growing 25 per cent year on …
Drew Cullen, 10 Sep 2015

Chef to take DevOps 'mainstream' with $40m funding round

Chef, the IT automation software vendor, has secured $40m and three new investors in the latest round of funding. The valuation of the company is undisclosed. The new investors are DFJ Growth, which led the Series E round, Millennium Growth and - taking a "strategic investment" - HP Ventures. In other words DFJ put in the most …
Drew Cullen, 10 Sep 2015

NFV vendors of the world unite! Or maybe work together?

Light Reading, the insider’s publication for the comms industry, is calling on vendors to join the world’s first interoperability tests for Network Function Virtualization (NFV). The online magazine has teamed up with the European Advanced Networking Test Center, based in Berlin, as its test partner to evaluate "which products …
Drew Cullen, 11 Aug 2015
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Wanted: beta testers for El Reg’s Android app

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. 1. Apply to join the private G+ community group El Reg Alpha Test. 2. Once accepted you can download the …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jul 2015
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Red Hat bolts the stable with RHEL 6.7

Enterprises are rarely in a rush to upgrade their operating systems – they want others to do the battle testing for them first. As is the way with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, released in June 2014. Red Hat has many customers on the “stable, proven and predictable” RHEL 6.xx and is living up to its 10-year support pledge with …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jul 2015
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HP recruits Intel for Top 100 supercomputer push

Interview To the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, where we caught up with Bill Mannel, general manager of HP’s freshly minted HPC and Big Data group, a business unit within the server division. HP’s HPC and big data hardware revenues include blade servers and some Superdomes in the mix. But the company is …
Drew Cullen, 17 Jul 2015

Microsoft customers on the great (hybrid) cloud migration

Microsoft’s enterprise customers are adopting its cloud software in droves, a survey of delegates at the vendor’s Ignite 2015 conference in Chicago reveals. Nine in ten of the 267 delegates polled said their organisations are utilising cloud-based technologies and 84 per cent are currently using Microsoft Cloud. Office 365 …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jul 2015