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Facebook hit two billion users today and SugarCRM reminded us you are Zuck's product

Facebook's hit two billion users. Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his creation on Wednesday to share the news. The company later revealed that “Each day, more than 175 million people share a Love reaction, and on average, over 800 million people like something on Facebook. More than 1 billion people use Groups every …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jun 2017
Network scientists

VMware prepping NSX-as-a-service running from the public cloud

The content catalog for VMworld 2017 has appeared and as usual offers a few hints about announcements at the show and the company's future plans. Perhaps most interesting are the sessions pertaining to VMware's partnership with Amazon Web Services. One is titled “VMware NSXaaS - Secure Native Workloads in AWS”. The session …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jun 2017

Mozilla dev and Curl inventor Daniel Stenberg denied travel to USA

All Daniel Stenberg wanted to do was endure about fifteen hours of air travel from Sweden so he could spend a fun week talking code at Mozilla's all-hands meeting in San Francisco. But the Moz developer and maker of the Curl data transfer tool was denied boarding in Stockholm, en route to London and then The City By The Bay. …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jun 2017
Fire Extinguisher

Hot news! Combustible Galaxy Note 7 to return as 'Galaxy Note FE'

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is about to make its comeback. Several of the infamous phablets burst into flames, leading airlines to ban the device and Samsung to recall the device. Doing so saw the company's balance sheet flame out. Samsung's review of the device found it had put battery-makers' feet to the fire in an effort to …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jun 2017
NASA's Low Boom Flight Demonstration aircraft

Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

NASA says the preliminary design review of its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) project suggests it is possible to create a supersonic aircraft that doesn't produce a sonic boom. We've been able to build supersonic passenger planes for decades, but they're tricky things. Russia's Tupolev Tu-144 proved highly unreliable. …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2017

India's Martian MOM clocks up 1,000 days circling the red planet

India's Mars Orbiter Mission – aka MOM – has celebrated its 1,000th Earth day in orbit around the red planet. The probe arrived on November 5, 2013 and last week ticked over into four figures. The mission cost a pittance or, as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) puts it, MOM “is credited with many laurels like cost- …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2017
Superhero team

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube create anti-terror group

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have created a super-team to tackle terrorism. The fearless foursome currently face a tricky foe: public and government sentiment that their social licence could be revoked if they don't do something about their platforms being used to spread hate speech that radicalises users and …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2017
Linus Torvalds flips the bird

Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at grsecurity

Linux lord Linus Torvalds thinks he'll be able to give the world version 4.12 of the Linux kernel next week. In his post to mark the release of 4.12 release candidate seven, Torvalds wrote “It's fairly small, and there were no huge surprises, so if nothing untoward happens this upcoming week, this will be the final rc.” “But …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2017
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Humanity is doomed: We watch 45 BILLION hours of YouTube a month

Google's revealed just how perilous humanity's future existence has become, by shedding a light on our YouTube viewing habits. “1.5 billion logged in viewers visit YouTube every single month,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, blogged last week. “That’s the equivalent of one in every five people around the world! And how much do …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2017
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UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

The Parliament of the United Kingdom has admitted it experienced a “sustained and determined cyber attack” over the weekend and says <90 email accounts have been compromised as a result. The event struck on Saturday and late that evening Parliament issued a ”Statement regarding cyber incident” admitting that “We have …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2017
SpaceX barge

SpaceX nails two launches and barge landings in one weekend

No matter what you did over the weekend, you'll struggle to top Elon Musk's after his space trucking venture launched 11 satellites atop two rockets, both of which stuck perfect landings on barges. Mission “BulgariaSat-1” kicked off the fun with a Friday launch of a geosynchronous satellite that will improve telecommunications …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2017
Steaming bowl of hot food with spoon

VMware's security product to emerge in Q3 as 'App Defence'

VMware's long-expected security product will emerge in Q3 under the name “App Defence”. Virtzilla has pondered a security play since at least 2013 when NSX Daddy Martin Casado and RSA people started talking about how their respective disciplines - security and network virtualization - might usefully work together. The kernel …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jun 2017
Toilet with smiling loo paper

PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

On-Call Welcome yet again to On-Call, The Register's weekly column in which we take readers' tales of odd jobs in odd places, tart them up and present them to you as a bit of light relief on a Friday. This week, meet “Gary”, who once had a trouble ticket land on his desk stating that “the PC would reset every time the customer flushed …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2017

Red Hat dons hyperconverged headware

Red Hat's having a crack at a hyperconverged software stack. The company's play has seen it bundle its very own Linux, Red Hat Virtualization, the Gluster network filesystem and Ansible automation tool into a package capable of running on lots of servers, or one. Red Hat is hanging this product on two ideas. The first is its …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2017
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Facebook gives itself mission to 'bring the world closer' by getting people off Facebook

Analysis Mark Zuckerberg's given Facebook a new mission statement: “To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together", in the process rediscovering The Social Network™'s original purpose and exposing web utopianism as hopelessly optimistic. The new old direction was given to the world of Facebook on Zuck' …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2017

UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

Ecuador's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says the country is working with the UK to find a way for Julian Assange to leave its embassy. Espinosa is attending the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Cancun and told reporters there that Ecuador and the UK are talking about doing something …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2017
Cloud storage

Amazon adds Hyper-V file support to its storage gateway

Amazon Web Services dominates the public cloud, but its hybrid cloud story is currently weak. Microsoft, by contrast, is gaining strength in the cloud by the day and its Azure Stack looks like re-defining hybrid cloud by making the on-premises portion indistinguishable from Azure. Azure Stack's preview releases suggest that …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2017
Arm wrestle - Intel vs. ARM

Qualcomm's server silicon has a cloud customer: Packet

Qualcomm looks to have a customer for the Centriq 2400 , the 48-core CPU it's aiming at the server market: the minor cloud player Packet has signed up “to introduce” the architecture to its customers. Packet bills itself as a cloud for developers and has been running Cavium's 48-core ARMv8-A ThunderX processors since November …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2017
his low-angle self-portrait of NASA&#39;s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called &quot;Buckskin.&quot; The MAHLI camera on Curiosity&#39;s robotic arm took multiple images on Aug. 5, 2015, that were stitched together into this selfie. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Humanity uploaded an AI to Mars and lets it shoot rocks with lasers

In late 2015 NASA gave the Curiosity Mars rover a software upgrade to let it operate autonomously. The Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS) code was uploaded because the rover can't be told what to do during the long periods communication with Earth is not possible. A little autonomy, NASA reckoned, …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2017
Netflix logo with Kevin Spacey, or is that other way around?

In the week Uber blew up, Netflix restates 'No brilliant jerks' policy

In 2009, Netflix published what became an influential slide deck explaining its culture, including a policy of not hiring “brilliant jerks” because the benefit of their moments of excellence are outweighed by the cost of their other behaviours. Now Netflix has updated the document with a new explanation of how it aims to make …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2017
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ITU thinks Blockchain and pals need interoperability

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has decided the time is ripe to start talking about what standards might be developed for distributed ledgers, aka Blockchain and fellow-travellers. The august body will therefore convene the The ITU-T Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology (FG DLT) for the …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2017
Rainbow cloud

Cisco to reveal 'Starship' ride to cloudy server automation heaven

Cisco will next week reveal something called “Project Starship” that it promises will allow greater and easier automation of UCS servers and its HyperFlex hyperconverged appliances, no matter if they run in the data centre, remote office or a small business. Details are scarce at the time of writing, but next week's Cisco Live …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2017
Lenovo&#39;s new ThinkSystem servers

Lenovo re-launches data centre range with two new ThinkThing lines

Lenovo reckons its data centre range has never had a refresh quite like it: 25 new products, a couple of new brands and a new CPU to play with as well. The CPU is Intel's forthcoming Xeon Scalable Family, about which we're all more or less in the dark. So move along, nothing to see here until it debuts in a month or three. …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2017
Travis Kalanick, Uber&#39;s CEO

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, according to The New York Times. The Grey Lady reports that Uber's biggest shareholders sent Kalanick a letter titled “Moving Uber Forward” in which they demanded change in leadership, not just the leave of absence the now-former CEO announced last week. Kalanick consulted with Uber …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2017
His master&#39;s voice

Anyone want a private YouTube collab-o-tron? Microsoft hopes you do

Microsoft's launched “Stream”, a cloud service perhaps best understood as a private YouTube, with extras. Stream was announced last year and has taken over a year to debut formally. In its final form the service lets you upload videos, whereupon Microsoft will automatically transcribe them and figure out who is speaking when …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2017

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