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VMworld security asked to probe theft of anti-Nutanix schwag

Scandal has struck VMworld 2017 this week: hyperconverged software vendor Maxta says someone stole marketing material in which it was less than kind to Nutanix. Chief marketing officer Barry Phillips told The Register that parties unknown entered the staff-only section of its VMworld stand and that after their visit, more than …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2017
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China to get its very own cut-price cut-down cut of vSphere

VMworld 2017 VMware's created a special cut of vSphere just for mainland China, and another for scale-out applications. The mainland-China-only* product is called “vSphere Basic” and offers just a hypervisor, vMotion and high availability features, all sold with a single CPU licence. Data protection, vShield endpoint security, fault …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2017
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Google, VMware and Pivotal team for on-premises Kubernetes

VMworld 2017 Google, VMware and Pivotal have teamed to let you run Kubernetes in the safety of your own data centre. The joint effort has seen Pivotal create the new Pivotal Container Service (with the acronym PKS, for some reason), a commercial cut of the open source Project Kubo that Google and Pivotal developed together to manage the …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2017

MongoDB quits Solaris, wants to work on an OS people actually use

MongoDB has killed off its Solaris development efforts. The company's director of platform engineering Andrew Morrow calls the decision “bittersweet,” but says “lack of adoption among our user base” made the decision easy and necessary. “Of our commercial users, we knew of only a handful who had ever been running on Solaris, …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2017
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Dangle a DVR online and it'll be cracked in two minutes

Criminals are constantly attempting to log into digital video recorders by using their default credentials, the SANS Institute has found. The organisation revisited recorders because their lack of security helped the Mirai botnet run riot in October 2016, thanks to its modus operandi of logging into devices using their default …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2017
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Fujitsu Australia cloud outage leaves lifeguards' members exposed

Fujitsu's Australian limb is saying nothing of substance about the outage that last week saw users advised of likely data loss. A company spokesperson today sent The Register the following comment: “Our first priority has been to ensure the restoration of services. We are conducting a thorough review of the cause of the issue …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2017
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Australians still buy 100,000 feature phones a quarter

Vendors shipped 2.16 million mobile phones in Australia during 2017's second quarter, 100,000 of which were feature phones. So says an analyst from IDC's Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, which says this year's total topped Q2 2016 by 330,000, for 18.4 per cent year-on-year growth. The feature phones were 3G‑capable, a …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2017
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VMware-on-AWS is live, and Virtzilla is now a proper SaaS player

VMworld 2017 VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger last week introduced the company's second quarter results by saying the company has embarked on a “multi-year journey from a compute virtualization company to offer a broad portfolio of products driving efficiency and digital transformation.” And today at VMworld the company began to explain what that …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2017
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Dell's flagship XPS13 – a 2-in-1 that may fatally frustrate your fingers

Hands-on When my kids were very little, they'd do something a tiny bit naughty and I'd wiggle my index finger as if to threaten a tickle for their naughtiness. They'd then make a great show of running away shrieking. And now I've discovered that finger has another power, namely making a premium laptop look bad. Said laptop is Dell's …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2017
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KVM plans big boosts to storage and nested virtualization

The Kernel-based Virtual Machine is making waves. Better known as “KVM”, the open source hypervisor runs Google's cloud and Cisco's using it as the hypervisor for its network function virtualization efforts. It is widely used by OpenStack users while Nutanix uses it to power the Acropolis code it hopes will see its users ditch …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2017
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PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years

Analyst firm IDC has issued a forecast for PC sales from 2016 to 2021, and the news is bad: shipments slipping from 2016's 435.1 million units to 398.3 million in 2021, for five-year compound annual growth rate of -1.7 per cent. “Shipments could pick up if accelerators like economic conditions, adoption of gaming, VR, and …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2017

Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

On-Call Hey, hey, it's Friday! Which means weekend frolics aren't far away once you get through this edition of On-Call, The Register's weekly reader-contributed tales of workplace woe. This week, meet “Craig,” who shared a story of working for a small IT services company that hired a new “team leader”. Craig used italics because …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2017
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VMware has cracking Q2, explains how it will beat Azure Stack

VMware's delivered the market-beating second quarter it foreshadowed last week, hauling in US$1.90 billion of cash and GAAP net income of $334 million, both ahead of forecasts. VMware's long had a strategy to create new growth businesses in the expectation its core server virtualization products would wane due to a combination …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2017
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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

Those of you who can remember trigonometry can feel free to forget it, because ancient Babylonian mathematicians had a better way of doing it – using base 60! That's the conclusion of a new paper, Plimpton 322 is Babylonian exact sexagesimal trigonometry, in the new issue of the journal Historia Mathematica. The “Plimpton 322 …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2017
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India's Aadhaar national biometric ID scheme at risk after Supreme Court rules privacy is a right

India's Supreme Court has ruled that the nation's constitution gives its citizens a right to privacy, a decision that clouds the future of the country's Aadhaar biometric identification scheme. Aadhaar will see every Indian citizen identified by a 12-digit number after a process that sees their faces photographed, along with a …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2017
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SUSE pledges endless love for btrfs, says Red Hat's dumping irrelevant

SUSE has decided to let the world know it has no plans to step away from the btrfs filesystem, and plans to make it even better. The company's public display of affection comes after Red Hat decided not to fully support the filesystem in its own Linux. Losing a place in one of the big three Linux distros isn't a good look for …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2017
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ThoughtWorks acquired by British private equiteers Apax

Software development consultancy ThoughtWorks has been acquired by “funds advised by Apax Partners”, a British venture capital and private equity outfit. Both organisations are at pains to say the deal won't change anything for ThoughtWorks, other than giving it what Guo Xiao, the company's CEO and president, calls fuel for “ …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2017
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ASUS smoking hashes with 19-GPU, 24,000-core motherboard

The Register doesn't really cover motherboards, but when one comes along with 19 PCIe slots – yup, nineteen, ten plus nine, so it can run 19 GPUs – it's hard not to want to share the news. ASUS this week teased the new “B250 Mining Expert” which boasts all those slots because – as the name implies – its role in life is mining …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2017
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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

Video The oldest Boeing 747 capable of flight has been shelved. The 747-100 was the 25th to roll off the production line and entered service in 1970 with long-defunct Pan American Airlines, which flew it more than 18,000 times before selling it to GE Aviation in 1991. GE used it as a flying testbed for new engines, a role the 747 …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2017
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CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper

Code42 Software, operator of the Crashplan cloud backup service, has decided it's had enough of providing its services to consumers. The company, based in Minnesota, US, has not said why other than it's reached a decision to “focus all our efforts on the business and organisation market” and to “shift our business strategy to …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2017
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IBM likely to close Australian data centre

IBM's Australian tentacle is considering the closure of a data centre in 2019, The Register has learned. The data centre is an oldie but a goodie, located at the company's Cumberland Forest facility in Western Sydney. Vulture South hack Richard Chirgwin recalls touring it in the mid-1980s. Documents seen by The Register say …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2017

Microsoft, Red Hat in cross-platform container and .Net cuddle

Red Hat and Microsoft have extended their partnership with a containerised cross-cloud cuddle. The deal will see: Red Hat allow Windows Server containers to run on its Kubernetes-powered OpenShift container platform Microsoft’s Azure cloud run OpenShift Dedicated, The two team to get SQL Server running on Red Hat …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2017
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VMware's desktop plan: On your command line, unleash hell!

VMware's refreshed its Workstation and Fusion desktop hypervisors, which are now in version 14 and 10 respectively. To the jaded, cynical minds strapped to The Register's virtualization desk, the most eyebrow-raising new feature is a Network Latency Simulator in Workstation. The tool lets users unleash hell on virtual networks …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2017
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Microsoft spikes GigJam collaboration tool before it leaves Preview

Microsoft has spontaneously and ephemerally killed GigJam, a collaboration tool it billed as empowering “people with a co-working mindset” to “spontaneously and ephemerally involve others in your work.” Redmond only revealed the GigJam preview in June 2016, promising it would soon become a new member of the Office family and …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2017
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Sofa-jockeys given crack at virtual Formula 1 world championship

Formula 1 has announced it's getting into “e-sports”, the preferred phrase for competitive computer gaming, with a new “Formula 1 Esports Series” that will see a virtual F1 champion crowned later this year. Many gamers think their pastime’s enormous following and facilitation of networked competitions makes a legitimate sport …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2017

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