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Forget your RTO*: Real world Disaster Recovery needs garbage bags and bubble wrap

On-Call If it's Friday morning it must once again be time for On-Call, El Reg's end-of-week meander down memory lane to explore readers' reminiscences of jobs that went bump in the night. This week, reader “Olaf” shares his experience in Thailand's 2011 floods. Yup, those floods that left Western Digital's hard disk factory under …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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Salesforce slurps uptime startup Coolan for global infrastructure scale-out

Salesforce.com has acquired a startup called Coolan that builds tools “to track and analyze infrastructure reliability for increased uptime and optimized efficiency.” Coolan co-founder Amir Micahel revealed the deal, saying it was done so that his company can “help Salesforce optimize its infrastructure as it scales to support …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016

Juno's 1,300-pic Jupiter vid

NASA's Juno probe has uploaded 1,300 images captured during its approach to Jupiter. And NASA has assembled them into the video below. If you have three minutes to spare, you'll catch glimpses of the Jovian moons Io; Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. And of course there are some lovely views of Jupiter itself. Youtube Video The …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016

Apple, Facebook and Coinbase coughed data to finger alleged pirate king

The United States case against alleged Kickass Torrents (KAT) boss Artem Vaulin is built on data obtained from Apple, Facebook and Coinbase. The criminal complaint (PDF) against Vaulin details how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a lengthy online probe into the alleged …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016

Gartner's hype cycle turned upside down to assess Brexit

Gartner veep and fellow Mark Raskino has applied the analyst firm's famed Hype Cycle to Brexit. Gartner's Hype Cycle plots technologies' fortunes, asserting that after birth they ascend to a “peak of inflated expectations” before descending into a “trough of disillusionment.” The market eventually figures out what a technology …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
Study Confirms High Effectiveness of Low Speed Autonomous Emergency Braking

Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

Elon Musk has revealed a letter from a Tesla driver offering an account of the Model S braking in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian. Musk Tweeted the letter, complete with claim that the incident is confirmed by analysis of the car's logs. Musk has recently attempted to verify accounts of a fatality which is alleged to have …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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Please don't upgrade NSX just now, says VMware

VMware is advising users of its NSX network virtualisation not to upgrade it to the version 6.2.3 released in early June. The update addressed CVE-2016-2079, a vulnerability that allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information. In other words, just the kind of thing you probably want to patch, not least because NSX is …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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nbn™ talks up HFC upgrades to gigabit speed

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has started to talk up the scalability of the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) networks it will use to provide services to many Australians. The company commissioned analyst firm Ovum to research the role of HFC in broadband around the world. In what …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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OpenStack bronze for Fujitsu

Fujitsu wants to become one of the top three contributors to OpenStack. The company's keen on the open source cloud because it thinks it's an important tool when big business tries to “digitise” processes and applications so they can compete with whichever startup is trying to eat their lunch. The company's using CloudFoundry …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
MH 370 Search Zone

We're not looking for MH370 in the wrong place say investigators

Dutch geosciences company Fugro has denied that the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been conducted in the wrong place. Reuters yesterday quoted Fugro figures as saying that the chosen search area assumes the plane met a sudden end, but that if the crew were awake the plane could have glided well beyond …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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Selfie-proof smartmobes will hit stores for Christmas

Corning has revealed version 5.0 of its Gorilla Glass, the ubiquitous covering for smartphones. And this time around it says the substance has been toughened up again and will now remain intact “up to 80 percent of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 meters onto rough surfaces”. The 1.6m figure is an improvement on …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016
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Facebook's billion sheeple

Facebook says one billion people now use its Messenger service each month. To thank that herd of sheeple, it's created a floating balloon emoji it says will “add a touch of whimsy and delight to any conversation.” Maybe even conversations about your chats being turned into ads? ® Facebook app for Windows Phone
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016
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Microsoft delays Azure updates so you can catch up with the cloud

In the cloud, we're constantly told, we won't have to bother about staying up to date with new versions of stuff. Our service providers will make non-disruptive upgrades for which we'll be non-disruptively grateful. Except when we're not, as Microsoft has just found out with two cloud service upgrades it has had to delay …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016
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New Google cloud bit barn

Google's thrown the switch on a new cloudy data centre. The Oregon Cloud Region (us-west1) currently only offers Google's Compute Engine, Cloud Storage and Container Engine, plus two Compute Engine zones to support high availability applications. Google reckons that users in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016
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Data retention grants still not flowing to Australia telcos

Australia's telcos and internet service providers still have not been told when they will receive promised grants to help them implement mandatory metadata collection. Australia passed metadata retention laws in 2015 and they came into force on October 13th, 2015, albeit with a two-year grace period in which to satisfy the …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016
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Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

Microsoft has announced it will add five new features – some experimental - to the TCP stack it will ship in Windows Server 2016 and the Anniversary Update to Windows 10. Redmond says the following five features will make it into its new TCP stack: TCP Fast Open (TFO) for zero RTT TCP connection setup. IETF RFC 7413 Initial …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016
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Prometheus 1.0 rises

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation's second project, Prometheus, has hit version 1.0. Prometheus is a white box monitoring tool designed to simultaneously monitor lots of different parts of the stack making up a cloud-native application. That's important, explains core Prometheus developer and SoundCloud engineer Björn …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016
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VMware/Cisco software-defined spat thaws as ACI comes to vSphere

When VMware acquired Nicira and released its NSX product, it looked like Virtzilla and Cisco were on a collision course. But now Cisco has added a vCenter plug-in to the new version of its own software-defined networking (SDN) software, one of several signs that the two companies are working together while also competing to …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016
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What's big and red and squashes 276 bugs, 19 of them critical?

Oracle has emitted its quarterly patch payload, along the way claiming an unwanted record by squashing an all-time-high 276 problems across 84 products. That's Oracle's biggest bug list to date. Worse still, plenty of them with CVSS scores of 9.0 or above that indicate the problem is critical. Among those nasties are 19 9.8- …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016
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VMware executive shuffle

VMware has made a couple of executive changes. Cloud native applications general manager Kit Colbert has become CTO of the company's Cloud Platform Business Unit. The new gig, we're told by a VMware spokesperson, will mean Colbert “will be able to focus on his passion for technology, strategy and customers, while extending …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016

Governments Googling Google about you more than ever says Google

Google has published its latest “Transparency Report”, the disclosure in which it reveals how many times governments asked it to cough data on users. And this time around there's mixed news. In the “yikes!” column is the fact that governments asked Google for data 40,677 times between July 1 and December 31 of 2015, and asked …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
Do the right thing on the internet of things

If managing PCs is still hard, good luck patching 100,000 internet things

Internet of Things (IoT) hype focuses on the riches that will rain from the sky once humanity connects the planet, but mostly ignores what it will take to build and operate fleets of things. And the operational side of things could be hell. “IT can barely keep their desktops patched,” Splunk chief technology officer Snehal …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
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Netflix scores new Trek tellie

Netflix has won the rights to stream the new Star Trek television series. The new series will be shown on CBS's streaming platform in the United States and Canada. Netflix has picked up streaming rights for the rest of the world, plus rights for the entire Trek-on-tellie back catalog. Don't get too excited: kids these days …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
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Xen roadmap hints

Xen Project chairperson Lars Kurth has revealed some future directions for the open source virtualisation project. In a new Q&A to mark the recent 4.7 release, Kurth said he expects future versions will continue to offer big revisions to core features. “Some new capabilities, such as restartable Dom0’s, and additional …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
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VMware promises multi-cloud connection and management products

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger has dropped a very strong hint that the company plans to get into multi-cloud connectivity and management. In prepared remarks during the company's Q2 earnings call today, Gelsinger said the company plans to offer “unparalleled connectivity, security and visibility across multi cloud IT resources …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016