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Pivotal imbues Cloud Foundry with Windows-wrangling powers

Pivotal has popped out its quarterly Cloud Foundry update, and this time there's something notable: the ability to manage fleets of Windows Servers. PCF, as Pivotal calls its cut of Cloud Foundry, has long offered the chance to define a gold image of Linux and deploy it widely. If the gold image needs to be changed to add …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2017
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Australian Tax Office stays schtum on whether HPE outages report is complete

The PwC review on just what went wrong with the Australian Taxation Office's HPE storage is … well we can't say exactly what it is. And that's odd because commissioner of taxation Chris Jordan said in a speech delivered on March 16th that “This review will report back to me around the end of March.” And here we are on April …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2017
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There's no shame in VMware quitting the public cloud

Analysis VMware quitting the public cloud by selling vCloud Air to OVH looks like failure, but is the best possible sort of failure because the company still has excellent prospects to turn a quid from the cloud, without having to operate one. Which is not to say that VMware is out of the woods. It clearly thought it could run a public …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2017
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McAfee is McAfee again, promises security with kum ba yah

LOGO WATCH McAfee is McAfee again: the security company that Intel thought was worth US$7.68bn in 2010 and then sold 51 per cent of for $3.1bn in 2016 is now independent once more. McAfee LLC's new CEO, a chap named Christopher D. Young, has penned a letter setting out his stall. It's a minor masterpiece of ShinyHappyCorpSpeak™, …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2017
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Boeing details 'Deep Space Gateway' for Mars mission staging

Aerospace outfit Boeing has detailed the hardware it thinks humanity will need to stage a piloted mission to Mars. Boeing is already working with NASA to develop the Space Launch System (SLS), the very heavy lifter it's hoped will power a Mars shot. Now it's also offered up conceptual designs for other kit that it thinks will …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2017

Core Blimey! Azure moving from physical to virtual cores

Updated Microsoft's revealed that virtual machines in its Azure cloud will soon be defined by virtual rather than physical cores. Microsoft says the change “is a key architectural change in our VMs that enables us to unlock the full potential of the latest processors.” The post then names Intel's Broadwell E5-2673 v4 2.3 as the …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2017
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DataCore's Parallel Server is loose with 'lighthouse' customers

DataCore's long-touted Parallel Server has reached production at “lighthouse customers” and should formally go on sale later in 2017. So said the company's CEO George Teixeira, in a chat with The Register today in Sydney, Australia. Parallel Server sees multi-core x86 servers processing IO in parallel, an arrangement Teixeira …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2017
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Veaam says it's very attractive but isn't selling itself

Veeam has denied it is for sale, but not that it could be bought. The Register last week heard credible whispers to the effect that HPE fancies acquiring Veeam. Now Veeam has responded with a post by president and COO Peter McKay in which he says “Over the past few days, several media articles have circulated across the globe …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2017
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Facebook, Mozilla and Craigslist Craig fund fake news firefighter

Facebook, Mozilla and Craig Newmark from Craigslist are among the donors behind a “News Integrity Initiative” that has given itself the mission “advance news literacy, to increase trust in journalism around the world, and to better inform the public conversation”. Just how the Initiative will do that has not been disclosed, …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Apr 2017

Dell warns PC slowdown threatens transition to infrastructure sales

Dell has released its new Form 10-K, the annual warts-and-all disclosure of every possible risk a public company faces, and suggests that slowing PC sales are a risk to its strategy of becoming an infrastructure technology leader. Much of the stuff in a 10-K is boilerplate: just about every such document includes something …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Apr 2017

Banking group denied access to iPhones' NFC chips for alt.Apple.Pay

The four Australian banks that wanted to start their own mobile payments service using the near-field communications chips inside iPhones have been rebuffed, partly because Apple said that even if a ruling went against it the company would not have allowed them access to the chippery. The Australian Competition and Consumer …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Apr 2017

Assange™ keeps his couch as Ecuador's president wins election

Julian Assange will sleep easy tonight – assuming he sleeps at all – after Ecuadorian president Lenín Moreno Garcés retained power. Opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso, of the Creando Oportunidades, party, had pledged to evict Assange from Ecuador's London embassy within 30 days of an election win. Lasso's planned to find …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Apr 2017

Make America Wait Again: Trump hasn't stopped H-1B visas

Applications for the United States' H-1B visas open tomorrow, as usual. Which isn't what many expected after president Donald Trump made reform of skilled workers visas one of his key campaign promises. H-1B visas allow those with a bachelor’s or higher degree in a specialty field, and an employer willing to take them on, to …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Apr 2017
The first A319 takes to the skies

Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

Airbus and Boeing have both debuted new commercial jets. Boeing's 787-10 took to the skies over South Carolina last Friday and spent four hours and fifty eight minutes strutting its stuff. The 787-10 is the biggest variant of the 787, also known as the “Dreamliner”. The plane boasts the same 60m wingspan and 574cm cross- …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Apr 2017

DDR5 to jump off the drawing board in 2018

The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association has revealed that a full standard for DDR5 memory will arrive in June 2018, along with a new NVDIMM-P standard to house the memory, connect it to computers and protect the contents of RAM. DDR5 has been under development since late 2015, when Samsung and others tossed in some cash …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Apr 2017

PC survived lightning strike thanks to a good kicking

ON-CALL The sun came up, the world kept turning, another Friday rolled around and so, therefore, did another edition of On-Call, The Register's weekly recount of readers' reminiscences about odd jobs. This week we'll start with “Frank”, who told us about the time a client called with news of a PC gone TITSUP* after a lightning strike …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2017

Researchers steal data from CPU cache shared by two VMs

A group of researchers say they can extract information from an Amazon Web Services virtual machine by probing the cache of a CPU it shares with other cloudy VMs. A paper titled Hello from the Other Side: SSH over Robust Cache Covert Channels in the Cloud (PDF) explains the challenges of extracting data from CPU cache, a very …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2017

VMware to end support for third-party virtual switches

UPDATE VMware's let vSphere users know that it will end support for third-party virtual switches. Virtual switches let you handle traffic generated by virtual machines. They've been a part of vSphere for years, because it just makes sense to have a virtual switch connect VMs rather than send traffic out of a host, into a physical …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2017
NBN Co fixed wireless antenna

nbn™ to offer 100Mbps fixed wireless service

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has announced it will launch a 100Mbps fixed wireless service in 2018. Demonstrated to The Register at a trial site in Ballarat today, the service will require subscribers to update their aerial and modem. Hitting 100Mbps for downloads, and …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Mar 2017
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VMware, Citrix to have a crack at desktops on docked smartphones

VMware's going to have a crack at delivering desktops through smartphones. The new Samsung Galaxy S8, launched today, features new software called “DeX” that, when the phone is plugged into a dock of the same name, allows the phone to connect to mouse, keyboard and monitor. When the phone is docked, DeX can also offer what The …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2017
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Microsoft wants screaming Windows fans, not just users

Microsoft's revealed it doesn't just want Windows users, it wants Windows fans. As in queue-all-night, constantly-offer-unsolicited-feedback, faint-at-the-sight-of-pop-stars fans. News of Redmond's ardor comes from a post by Yusuf Mehdi, corporate veep of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group. Mehdi writes of the attending …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2017
Oxia Planum, one of two possible landing sites for the ExoMars 2020 mission

ESA picks final two ExoMars landing site candidates

The European Space Agency has narrowed its candidate list of landing sites for the ExoMars rover to two choices. ExoMars should fly in the year 2020 and will carry a rover and a stationary observer to the Red Planet. The big question is where to land both. The ESA prefers locations that offer opportunities to explore hitherto …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2017
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What a time to be alive: drone pooper-scoopers are a thing now

Finding dog poo in public places and picking it up before it can besmirch a sole probably isn't high on the list of things humanity needs to get better at, but that hasn't stopped Dutch folk throwing two drones at the problem. Dog enthusiast website and an outfit called Space53 cooked up the idea of a “Watchdog 1” …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2017
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It's ESXi time for critical VMware patches

VMware's reported three bugs that probably deserve your urgent attention. The three are lumped under bulletin VMSA-2017-0006, but there's four CVE's to consider. The first bug is a heap buffer overflow and uninitialized stack memory usage in SVGA that impacts VMware's ESXi, Workstation and Fusion products. “These issues may …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2017

Court smacks Telstra over wholesale pricing

Australia's Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is crowing today after the nation's Federal Court agreed with its ruling on how much dominant telco Telstra can charge for wholesale services on its fixed line networks. In 2015 the Commission decreed that Telstra must cut wholesale prices by 9.4 per cent. The …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2017

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