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Intel stretching Thunderbolt

Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 tech is about to stretch. Today, Thunderbolt can deliver 40 gigabit super second connections but only over short cable runs. Today at Computex Intel said it will soon certify cables that include booster bits that allow 40gbps cables to reach two metres. That’s a long way short of making Thunderbolt a …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jun 2016
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Scrum.org hacked, may have lost crypto keys and some user data

Scrum.org, the Scrum certification and training site run by Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber, appears to have contacted users to warn them of a nasty security breach. Reg reader "KB" has sent us an email sent to Scrum.org members and customers that says "On May 26, 2016, we noticed an issue with the Scrum.org website outgoing …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2016
Xeon E3-1500 v5

You don't need no STEEENKING GPU, says Intel

Intel's again trying to make the argument that integrated graphics trump dedicated graphics processing units, by cooking a new Xeon tuned to processing video. Chipzilla's been here before: its Iris Pro graphics made it into last year's Xeons. This year's Xeon E3-1500 v5 is pitched at those who want to stream 4K video. It's …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2016
Wiwynn's ST7110-30P JBOF based on Facebook designs

Facebook's newest JBOF can be yours for Christmas

Taiwanese server-maker Wiwynn will bring Facebook's latest JBOF (just a bunch of flash) devices to all comers by Christmas. The ST7110-30P is a 2U machine that can house 60 solid-state disks or 30 NVMe drives. Facebook's packed it full of PCIe interfaces – 16 version 3.0 ports to be precise – because that's how the device …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2016
Diane M. Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group

Intel's new plan: A circle that starts in your hand and ends in the cloud

As predicted by The Register, Intel has created an x86-powered reference platform for home gateways that makes the box you use for broadband services an Atom-powered target for virtual machines delivered by carriers. Announced today at Computex in Taipei, the new AnyWAN GRX750 is a system-on-a-chip that can serve as the basis …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2016
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'Australia tax' doesn't apply to Azure

Microsoft is offering unintentional discounts to Azure users. The discounts are available if you pre-pay for a year of Azure. If you do so, Microsoft kindly trims your bill by five per cent once you spend a certain amount. If you're billed in US Dollars, that threshold spend is US$6,000. If you choose another currency, …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2016
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

North Korea clones Facebook, forgot to change default creds

North Korea appears to have created a Facebook clone. Internet management outfit Dyn spotted the site late last week and helpfully provided the screen shot below for the site, which could be found at www.starcon.net.kp/. North Korea launches globally accessible Facebook clone (hosted in North Korea!) https://t.co/EbwSH8Zzc9 …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2016
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ASUS' domestic robot

ASUS has announced a domestic robot named "Zenbo" that looks like the mutant offspring of the desk-lamp iMac G4 and vacuum cleaner. Revealed on Monday at Computex in Taipei, Zenbo can take photos, play music and includes a Siri-and-Cortana-like voice interface/persona. Zenbo packs a camera it can use for sentry duty or for …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2016
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Snowball's chance of escaping cloud data migration hell

FIRST LOOK VIDEO Moving data into and out of clouds is expensive and slow. Which is why Amazon Web Services (AWS) started rolling a Snowball, a box packing up to 50 terabytes of data. Snowball works in two ways: You fill it with data and ship it to AWS, which then uses its Ethernet ports to shove it directly in cloud storage; You ask AWS to …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2016

HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

On-Call What's that it says on the calendar? It's Friday! Yoinks! That means it must be time for On-Call, our end-of-week stroll through readers' memories of odd office occurrences. This week, meet “Anj”, a reader whose Christmas was once ruined when, on December 1st, he and his colleagues were told their department at a broadcasting …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016

We see what you're up to, Intel, with your eye-o-tee vision

Intel reduced to a component supplier to auto-makers? Don't rule it out, readers, or rate it a cut-rate fate for Chipzilla, because the company has just made a bet in just that field. The bet is the acquisition of a company called Itseez Inc, “an expert in Computer Vision (CV) algorithms and implementations for embedded and …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016
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Telstra's confession to DNS-messin' explains broadband borkage

Australia's dominant carrier, Telstra, has revealed that a botched fix for a DNS service is the reason for a week-long outage that has taken some of its broadband customers offline. The company has explained that a seemingly-innocuous software update to Domain Name Servers (DNS) caused some of them fail and Telstra's DNS …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016
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Mars' poles shrink during ice ages, boffins say

New analysis of Mars' poles suggest they get bigger when the red planet's not experiencing an ice age. A new paper, An ice age recorded in the polar deposits of Mars, reaches that conclusion after analysing data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Shallow Subsurface Radar (SHARAD). As NASA explains, during Martian ice ages …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016
China will see you on the dark side of the moon

China confirms moonshot

China has announced that its Chang'e 5 mission to visit the Moon and bring back some samples will take place in the second half of 2017. Chang'e 5 has been slotted for 2017 since at least 2013, but China's never set a firm date. It's now done so. Oddly, the Chang'e 4 moonshot and rover mission is scheduled for 2018. China's …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016
China will see you on the dark side of the moon

China gets big data fever, backed by security push

Chinese premier Li Keqiang has graced an otherwise obscure big data conference with his presence and outlined a new national analytics strategy. Speaking at the Big Data Industry Summit & China E-commerce Innovation and Development Summit in Guiyang this week, Li said China will accelerate efforts to share information between …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016
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Queen guitarist Brian May releases virtual reality viewer

Queen guitarist Brian May is an enthusiast for stereo imagery, the Victorian-era 3D craze for viewing photos through a stereoscope in order to be awed by the illusion of depth in static images. May's put his money where his eyes are, operating the London Stereoscopic Company to promote the technology. Now the shaggy-haired one …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016

ARIN under DDoS attack

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has warned that it is experiencing a distributed denial of service (DDoS attack). “This was and continues to be a sustained attack against our provisioning services, email, and website.” the organisation outfit says. As ARIN assigns internet numbers, operates WHOIS services …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016

HP Ink joins DMTF board

HP Inc. has joined the board of the Distributed Management Task Force, the body that sets manageability standards for PCs and thin clients. HP says it needs to be on the DMTF to make sure its products appeal to businesses. The Reg imagines it is also keen to be in the room when standards are set, because rivals Dell and Lenovo …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016
The route of the MAREA submarine cable funded by Microsoft and Facebook

Microsoft and Facebook, swimming in the sea,
N-E-T-W-O-R-K-I-N-G

Microsoft and Facebook have decided to fund a submarine cable together. The MAREA cable will run from from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain. Virginia's new territory for trans-Atlantic cables, so Microsoft and Facebook are talking this up as adding resiliency to traffic between the USA and Europe. Bilbao's already a …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016
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SQL licences go Azure

Microsoft has made it possible to use your existing SQL server licences in Azures ... if you have an Enterprise Agreement. As Microsoft explains here, " Microsoft Enterprise Agreement customers can bring existing licenses to run SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines. Since the launch of Azure Virtual Machines, customers can …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016
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Two weeks ago Salesforce had an outage. Now it's outsourced to AWS

Fresh from its embarrassing data loss incident in North America, Salesforce has announced it will start to run some of it software in Amazon Web Services. Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, App Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud and more will soon run in AWS bit barns. Heroku, Marketing Cloud Social Studio, SalesforceIQ, and the …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2016
Raspberry Pi Official Case

Android might be on the way to the Raspberry Pi

Android might just be coming to the Raspberry Pi. Evidence for the development can be found here in the recently-created android/device/pifoundation/rpi3 directory at android.googlesource.com. It's an empty tree and has been since its creation on April 19th, 2016 by someone called Thomas Joseph Avila who has a google.com …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2016
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SoftLayer prices vSphere

IBM's cloud outfit SoftLayer has outlined the prices it will charge to run vSphere. The price list is here. Items of interest include “Call us” pricing for VSAN, rather than a listed figure, and US$11/month/CPU for VMware integrated OpenStack. VMware's banking on SoftLayer to give it the global cloud it decided it could not …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2016
Assange

Sweden decides Julian Assange™ 'remains detained in absentia'

Sweden's judiciary has decided it would like to keep Julian Assange “detained in absentia” as it feels he still has questions to answer. The Stockholm City Court decided this week that “Julian Assange will still be detained, suspected on probable cause for rape, less serious crime.” The court has promised to release an …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2016
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vCenter bug squashed

Oh the irony: VMware has just revealed it will move vSphere clients to HTML5, but has today revealed a new bug in the existing vSphere web client. VMSA-2016-006 contains a “a reflected cross-site scripting vulnerability that occurs through flash parameter injection". VMware says an attacker “can exploit this issue by tricking …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2016