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The route of the MAREA submarine cable funded by Microsoft and Facebook

Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

Construction of Microsoft and Facebook's jointly-funded submarine cable has ended. The two companies, along with construction and operation partner Telxius, revealed the project in May 2016 and promised a 160 terabit per second link across a 6,600 km route linking Virginia Beach, USA, and Bilbao, Spain. Cable-laying work …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2017
David Caruso as famously sunglasses-lowering cheeseball crime scene investigator Horatio Crane in CSI: Miami. Photo copyright CBS

Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

On-Call Can you feel it? The weekend's just over the horizon, so it's time for On-Call, The Register's Friday column in which we share readers' tales of literally incredible jobs that produced improbable feats of sysadminnery. This week, meet “Ron” who told us he used to work for a government agency and sent us a story about how, on “ …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2017
Patents, image via Shutterstock

Red Hat pledges patent protection for 99 per cent of FOSS-ware

Red Hat says it has amassed over 2,000 patents and won't enforce them if the technologies they describe are used in properly-licensed open-source software. The company has made more or less the same offer since 2002, when it first made a "Patent Promise" in order to "discourage patent aggression in free and open source …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2017
Disk drive with cloud reflected on platter

Cloud washes Dell off perch atop storage market

Sales of purpose-built backup appliances have dropped markedly, with year-on-year dips of 16.2 per cent by revenue and 14.9 per cent by capacity, according to analyst firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker for 2017's second quarter. IDC's research manager for storage systems Liz Conner said: "The …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2017
CAT TELLS OWNER THEY'RE LATE. PHOTO BY SHUTTERSTOCK

Java SE 9 and Java EE 8 arrive, 364 days later than first planned

Java SE 9 and Java EE 8 have arrived. Version 9 of the Java development kit was supposed to ship on September 22, 2016, but delays and a dispute over the "Jigsaw" Java Platform Module System saw the release date pushed out to Thursday, September 21. Which is precisely when Oracle announced that the two new versions of Java …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2017
Wallisellen, Switzerland - 30 January, 2016: sign on the wall of the Cisco Systems GmbH office.  <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-1322746p1.html?cr=00&pl=edit-00">Denis Linine</a> / <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/editorial?cr=00&pl=edit-00">Shutterstock.com</a>

Cisco puts UCS director on death row, to be replaced by cloudy 'Intersight'

Cisco has announced that UCS Director will ascend into the cloud as part of a new infrastructure management service named “Intersight”. Due to launch in Q4, 2017, Intersight is the product spawned by Cisco's "Starship" server management project and will eventually gain all of UCS Director's and UCS Central's features. For …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2017
Librem 5 smartphone mockup

GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

The GNOME Foundation has backed efforts to create a "freedom-oriented" smartphone that protects users' privacy and runs only open-source software. The Librem 5 promises to run privacy-centric Debian derivative PureOS by default and to support "most GNU+Linux distributions". Purism, a maker of laptops running PureOS for the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2017

BlackBerry's QNX to run autonomous car software

As BlackBerry's handset business died an increasingly rapid death, execs told The Register that the company had a fabulous operating system and secure messaging to fall back on. Perhaps they were right, because parts-maker Delphi Automotive has selected BlackBerry's QNX as the OS for its autonomous driving platform. Delphi …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2017
Bill Gates

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

Bill Gates has said that if he could decide again, he would not have chosen CTRL-ALT-DEL as the keypress to interrupt a PC's operations. Speaking at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, as recorded from about the 8:30 mark in this video, Gates looked a bit amused when Carlyle Group co-founder and CEO David Rubenstein asked …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2017
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Toshiba sells memory biz for $18bn, becomes the Bain of Western Digital's existence

Toshiba has picked a Japanese-American consortium assembled by Bain Capital Private Equity as the buyer of its memory business. Jilted suitor Western Digital has immediately tried to stop the transaction happening. This story starts in the year 2006 when Toshiba acquired Westinghouse Electric in the hope it could grow a …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2017
Homer Simpson

CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

Cisco's security limb Talos has probed the malware-laden CCleaner utility that Avast so kindly gave to the world and has concluded its purpose was to create secondary attacks that attempted to penetrate top technology companies. Talos also thinks the malware may have succeeded in delivering a payload to some of those firms …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2017
Angry man bites a smartphone

Google blows $1.1bn to hire HTC's Pixel people, forming one big happy handset team

As rumoured since early September, Google has decided to splash out over a billion dollars and hire the HTC team that designs and builds its Pixel phones. The ad giant's announcement stated "a team of HTC talent" that has "already been working with [Google] closely on the Pixel smartphone line" will join the company. Rick …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2017
The new Dell EMC SCv3000 entry level array

Dell EMC refreshes its entry-level arrays

Dell EMC has refreshed its cheapest storage appliance by giving us the SCv3000, a successor to the SCv2000. The new machine is an entry-level unified SAN, but boasts some pretty impressive specs. There's a six-core Xeon E5-2603v4 at 1.7GHz, either 16 3.5” or 30 2.5” drive bays, two hot-swappable controllers and each machine …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2017
Vantara Logo

Hitachi Data Systems is no more! Arise the new 'Hitachi Vantara'

Hitachi Data Systems is no more: the venerable storage vendor has been subsumed into a new outfit called “Hitachi Vantara” that says it “helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society.” The new organisation remains a Hitachi …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2017

Chap tames Slack by piping it into Emacs

Emacs enthusiast Artur Malabarba has put the text editor to work taming Slack. Malabarba likes Slack and feels it's a fine tool for intra-office chat, but also feels that “it’s also a powerful source of distractions.” But he can't turn it off all day, so decided to “keep the spam in check.” Doing so proved quite simple. …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2017
Larry Ellison on stage at Oracle's cloud pricing announcement

Oracle promises SLAs that halve Amazon's cloud costs

Oracle chair and chief technology officer has pledged to undercut Amazon Web Services pricing by 50 per cent for infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service, in part by increasing use of automation. Big Red staged a Cloud event on Tuesday, at which Ellison said that the primary cost of running platform-as-a-service ( …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2017
Samsung Galaxy Note S8

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

First fondle Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is everything you'd expect in a premium handset, but the stylus doesn't appear to add huge value. The Register was today offered the chance to get hands-on with the new phablet at its formal Australian launch. My immediate impression was that there's now very little distinction between a Phablet and a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2017
IBM's Cloud Mass Data Migration

IBM packs 120TB into a carry-on bag, for snow-balling cloud uploads

IBM has decided to join AWS and Google in the appliances-to-haul-data-into-the-cloud market, by launching an appliance called “IBM Cloud Mass Data Migration”. Readers familiar with AWS' Snowball or the Google Transfer Appliance already know what this box is all about: there's 120TB of disk inside, a couple of Ethernet ports, …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2017
Taj Mahal with WiFi logo

Google India launches payment service that sends money as sound

Google's launched a payments service called “Tez” for India and plans to take it to other nations soon. Tez, the Hindi work for “fast”, requires users to possess either an iOS or Android device equipped with a microphone and speakers, download an app and then link their device to their bank accounts and the Unified Payments …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2017
HP Inc's EliteOne all-in-one PC

What do you call an all-in-one PC that isn't? 'Upgradeable', says HP

All-in-one PCs look pretty and make for tidy desks but don't often feature in business settings because bonding a monitor and a computer reduces maintenance options. HP Inc's therefore had a crack at what it's calling an “upgradeable” all-in-one that – erm – isn't really an all-in-one at all. The company last week gave the …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2017
Salvador Dali Persistence of Memory pastiche

AWS can now bill us if you read this far. This bit will cost us, too

Amazon Web Services has switched on per-second billing for EC2 Instances and elastic block store volumes. The new offer applies to On-Demand, Reserved, and Spot instances running Linux. With the average person reading about 200 words per minute, if The Register ran a general purpose M4 large EC2 instance for each user, at list …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2017

Veritas considers 'restructuring' another two offices, with 350+ pink slips possible

“Veritas” is the Latin word for truth, a fact we mention because data management software vendor Veritas has offered The Register a revised explanation for the closure of its support desk in Sydney, Australia, after we received information that told a different story. That document was a workforce plan dated July 2017 and, in …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2017
reverse gear

WordPress has adverse reaction to Facebook's React.js licence

Automattic, the company behind hosting service WordPress.com, has decided to stop using Facebook's React.js library, citing legal concerns. WordPress' founding developer Matt Mullenweg – who also founded WordPress.com – explains the decision by noting that Automattic has used React since 2015, when it put the code to work in …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2017
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Microsoft teases web-based Windows Server management console

Microsoft's Ignite gabfest kicks off in a fortnight and Redmond will use it to show off a shiny new Windows Server admin GUI that includes tools previously only available in PowerShell. Project “Honolulu”, as the tool is known for now, appears to address two issues for Microsoft. One is that it says Windows Server users say “ …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2017
Jabra evolve 80 noise canceling headphones

Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

Ears-on test The Register's Sydney eyrie will soon be demolished, so Vulture South needs a new office and we're probably going to nestle into a shared workspace. Which is why I decided to try out the Jabra Evolve 80, a pair of noise-canceling headphones that feature red lights on the earpieces designed to warn people you do not wish to be …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2017

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