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Joe Fay is group editor of The Register, and The Channel.
Containers

Docker users clock up 2 billion pulls since 2013

Docker has declared members of its Community have performed 2 billion pulls since 2013, a quadrupling of the total just a year ago. The containerisation vendor drew the figures from the Docker Hub, its “canonical platform for publishing and consuming Docker container images”. The hub has 400,000 registered members. As Docker …
Joe Fay, 11 Feb 2016
Pulling the plug

Automic grasps plug-in, reaches for OpenStack

Automation vendor Automic has clambered onto OpenStack with a plug-in to link its software to the open Cloud platform. The vendor said the plug-in would streamline the “deployment and provisioning of OpenStack resources and alongside application components and new versions, resulting in the Continuous Delivery of applications …
Joe Fay, 11 Feb 2016
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Irish kids get first-person view of 1916 uprising... via Minecraft

Irish schoolchildren will no longer have to experience the Republic’s blood and fire birth through grainy black-and-white pics and film reels - they can experience it through the full colour lumpenly pixelated reality of Minecraft instead. The Mindrising project is providing teaching materials to help Irish teachers, and other …
Joe Fay, 09 Feb 2016
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New Relic launches autism at work programme, signs up interns

New Relic has become the latest software company to take a good look at its recruitment and training programmes and see how it might help people on the autism spectrum into tech jobs. The analytics vendor launches an Autism at Work internship programme last week, which it said was designed “to help individuals on the autism …
Joe Fay, 08 Feb 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle London: Early bird tickets fly off in 21 days

There are 21 days until our early bird offer on tickets for Continuous Lifecycle expires, so if you want to save £100s on the best in DevOps, Agile Development and Continuous Delivery, consider yourself warned. Our early bird offers cover both the conference on May 3 and 4 and our workshops on May 5, so the more you learn, the …
Joe Fay, 08 Feb 2016
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Puppet CEO: No hype in DevOps... except for the overhyped bits

The DevOps market is not overhyped – except for container technology and other bits that are, the head of Puppet Labs told us last month. Depending on your point of view, the technologies of DevOps, Agile Continuous Delivery and digital transformation are worthy of slavish devotion, or are subject to egregious levels of hype …
Joe Fay, 08 Feb 2016

Head transplant candidate sells souvenirs to fund operation

A Russian man who has volunteered to undergo the world’s first head transplant has begun selling souvenirs to fund the op, after the world’s billionaires failed to pick up the tab. Valery Spiridonov, a 31 year old computer scientist who suffers from a rare degenerative wasting disease, is set to be the world’s first head …
Joe Fay, 05 Feb 2016
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Docker revs up Engine, hits 1.10

Docker pushed the latest version of its eponymous containerization platform out the door late yesterday, with a heavy emphasis on security. The latest version of Docker Engine finally drops the zero after the decimal point - yes, it's a whole 1.10 release. Companies in this space seem loath to actually commit to anything …
Joe Fay, 05 Feb 2016

Bats and badgers hold up Apple’s Irish data centre plans

Apple’s Irish operations have hit another little local difficulty this week, as it emerged that national authorities are still reviewing its plans for a mega data centre in the beautiful Galway countryside at the behest of local bats and badgers supporters. Plans for the $850m, 30,000m2 centre, outside the town of Athenry, …
Joe Fay, 05 Feb 2016
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Mall owner lays blame at Apple's door for dragging down sales

One of the US’s major mall operators blamed Apple for dragging down the performance of its high end properties, potentially compounding the discomfort for the i company. Last month Apple reported results that were - for the tech juggernaut - slightly lacklustre, precipitating a share slide that made it the former most valuable …
Joe Fay, 04 Feb 2016

Perforce boss: ‘I’m just the cook’, flips firm to private equity

Perforce Software’s founder has given up the reins of the company - and its privately held status - and sold the firm to group Summit Partners. As well as a lump of cash, the 21-year-old software lifecycle management outfit gets a new CEO, in the shape of industry veteran Janet Dryer. In a blog post, Perforce founder and …
Joe Fay, 02 Feb 2016

Plan B hoovers up NZ-based cloud outfit ICONZ

The UK’s Hip Hop and soul scene was left bereft today when it appeared that Brit award winning artist Plan B had coughed up an undisclosed sum to take over New Zealand-based ISP and hosting provider ICONZ. Fans of the East London rapper turned actor/director/soundtrack producer have been waiting almost six years for a follow- …
Joe Fay, 02 Feb 2016

CFEngine fixes default override irritants in 3.8.1 release

CFEngine has pumped out its latest update, v3.8.1, which should sort out some ongoing irritations with the def.json feature it introduced a couple of versions ago. The config management punter said it had introduced the def.json feature in version 3.7 for overriding the default configuration, mainly to make upgrades easier. " …
Joe Fay, 01 Feb 2016

Chef reviews internal update plans after 'degradation incident'

Chef fans faced going hungry on Friday afternoon as the automation vendor’s hosted service degraded itself by having a little lie-down in the back pantry. Chef issued a mea culpa explaining the “Hosted Chef Service Degradation Incident”, which saw users presented with 404 errors at the end of “successful” Chef Client runs, or …
Joe Fay, 01 Feb 2016
Old Sun computers in the PSA

Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

When Simon Sharwood revealed that an Aussie operator has just retired a server that been running flawlesssly since 1997, we figured it would prompt a slew of one-upmanship comments, and we were right. What we weren’t quite prepared for were the diversions that one aging server prompted into the nature of time, space travel, …
Joe Fay, 29 Jan 2016
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Chef plugs Ruby vulns with Server release

Chef pushed version 12.4.0 of its Server out the door this week, and plugged a number of security vulns in the process. The Mary Berry of config management software vendors said it had updated the version of Ruby on Rails in its oc-id authentication to fix a range of CVEs. The same update apples to its Management Console, …
Joe Fay, 29 Jan 2016
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Cloudbees banks on Jenkins 2.0 to help double revs this year

Cloudbees is looking to build out its services partner lineup as it banks on further growth in the enterprise space this year, when the Jenkins platform it bases its business on finally hits version 2.0. The continuous delivery specialist delivered an update yesterday in which it hailed the signing of 13 new partners in the …
Joe Fay, 29 Jan 2016

Former tech PR Jeremy Hunt MP ordered by judge to delete tweet

The Secretary of State for Health (and former technology PR) Jeremy Hunt, got himself into a bit of bother with a judge after sending a tweet during the Frances Cappuccini manslaughter trial. On the only the second day of the trial, Hunt had used the microbabble platform to link to a news report of the case, and commented that …
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Feds slap Rentboy.com boss with further charges

Rentboy.com founder and CEO Jeffrey Hurant has been hit with Federal charges of promoting prostitution and money laundering after failing to cut a deal with prosecutors. The not totally surprising outcome comes five months after agents first smashed the doors in at the self-styled largest male escort site in the world, and …
Joe Fay, 28 Jan 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle: Bursting with DevOps and CD goodness

The conference schedule for Continuous Lifecycle is virtually complete, with something for everyone - as long as they want to get deep into DevOps, Continuous Delivery, Agile and Microservices. We’ve had a steady stream of additions to the programme over the last week, with talks covering databases and devops, going deep into …
Joe Fay, 28 Jan 2016
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Ansible says Galaxy app store revamp is really real

Ansible has peeled the beta label off its revamped Galaxy App store, after giving fans six weeks to play around with it. Galaxy is the vendor’s hub for pre-packaged automation modules for its config platform. Ansible launched Galaxy 2.0 - the beta - in December, and opted to highlight tighter integration with Github and Travis …
Joe Fay, 27 Jan 2016

Walmart takes its DevOps platform and piles it high on GitHub

Walmart has delivered on low-price promise and taken a swipe at soon to be arch enemy – by serving its OneOps platform onto Github. The massive grocer – which owns Asda in the UK – promised last year that it would open source the platform, which it is pitching as a way to avoid cloud vendor lock in. It duly announced yesterday …
Joe Fay, 27 Jan 2016
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IBM dons winter gear, gives Emperors and Rockhoppers a refresh

IBM’s Linux on the mainframe portfolio has had a mid-winter brush up, with new tools and a 50 per cent increase in the number of Linux flavours it supports. The vendor said it would optimise two of its recently acquired technologies for LinuxONE: Cloudant, the enterprise grade NoSQL database it bought in 2014, and Strongloop, …
Joe Fay, 26 Jan 2016

US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

A US rapper has embarked on a mammoth tweet fest to correct at least 500 years of misinformation that the world is not flat, slamming amateur and professional astronomers in the process. BoB, also known as Bobby Ray Simmons Jr, has occasionally pontificated on matters astral in the past, but some time on January 24 kicked into …
Joe Fay, 26 Jan 2016
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Holy sh*t week forces Twitter top brass to go on ‘retreat’

Twitter’s top execs - what’s left of them - are expected to go on a retreat today as they look for inspiration on how to pull the microblogging service out what is looking less like a slump and more like a nosedive. The claim, tweeted by CNBC, is just the latest bizzaro development after a weekend that has already seen five …
Joe Fay, 26 Jan 2016
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DevOps darling GitLab has hit those difficult 50s already

Repository manager GitLab has spat out version 50 of its platform, showing how the release numbers pile up fast these days. The milestone comes with version 8.4, which it slipped out late on Friday and announced in a blogpost by vp of product, Job van der Voort. Key new features include the inclusion of Elasticsearch, to cut …
Joe Fay, 25 Jan 2016
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Twitter boss ‘personally’ grateful as five Twitter execs walk

Jack Dorsey waved goodbye to five senior Twitter execs over the weekend, and didn’t disappoint avid company-watchers when he issued yet another memo worthy of Oscar Wilde. Engineering boss Alex Roetter, HR chief Skip Schipper, media head Katie Stanton and product head Kevin Weil have “all chosen to leave the company”, Dorsey …
Joe Fay, 25 Jan 2016
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Apple's Tim Cook rocks up at Vatican - one week after Schmidt

The leader of one the world’s biggest religions was due to meet the pope today, leaving some Vatican watchers wondering if the pontiff has discovered a new form of Friday self-sacrifice. Apple Tim Cook was due at the Vatican around 11.30 local time for a 15 minute chinwag with Pope Francis. Cook’s visit comes hard on the heels …
Joe Fay, 22 Jan 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle: Want to get deep? Welcome to our workshops

The schedule for Continuous Lifecycle London is filling up, and today we’re pleased to announce four all-day workshop sessions on May 5 for those of you who want to drill really really deep on DevOps, Agile and CD. Each of these sessions is designed to give you a deep understanding of the topic in question, and hands-on …
Joe Fay, 22 Jan 2016
Two dollars

JFrog flicks out tongue, hauls in $50m for DevOps splurge

Software delivery automation vendor JFrog has snagged $50m in investment, in what it claims is the biggest single investment in any DevOps company so far. The Israel-based firm immediately blew some of the cash on a hyperbolic press release that both justified its existence and took a not particularly subtle pop at some of its …
Joe Fay, 22 Jan 2016

IRA’s former political wing takes aim at Apple over back tax

Ireland’s republican party Sinn Féin has declared it has no intention of giving Apple any wriggle room over an upcoming European ruling that could leave it liable for billions in back taxes. Ireland is braced for an election - and starting 100th anniversary commemorations of the Easter 1916 rising against British rule. Some …
Joe Fay, 21 Jan 2016
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Newly minted DevOps consultancy roams world, looking for CIOs in pain

London-based DevOps consultancy Contino has merged with a US-based counterpart with the combined entity getting a $30m cash boost from investment group Columbia Capital. The combined group will be making a play for the digital transformation business that has become an increasingly lucrative part of the Agile and DevOps game, …
Joe Fay, 21 Jan 2016

Puppet Labs guards cash pile, gets chilly over IPO plans

Puppet Labs has laid out plans to scale up its R&D and sales operations, after tapping a credit line and apparently putting plans for a Spring IPO on ice. The IT automation vendor said last May that it expected to hit revenues of around $100m in 2015, and to make a stock market debut this spring. However, while last year saw …
Joe Fay, 20 Jan 2016
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Red Hat plants containers as Jboss EAP 7 bursts into beta

Red Hat has kicked open the beta program for its Jboss Enterprise Application Application Platform 7, and planted containers right at the heart. The vendor has deployed a panoply of keywords around the launch of the beta program, which it says will mirror enterprises movement “towards new application approaches that include …
Joe Fay, 18 Jan 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle London: More speakers, more sessions

Reg Events The schedule for Continuous Lifecycle London is filling up, with 24 speakers now announced and more to be revealed shortly for our DevOps, Continuous Delivery and Agile conference. The latest tranche include two of our program committee members, Pearson's Chris Jackson and Dave Farley. Dave can rightly claim to be a thought- …
Joe Fay, 15 Jan 2016

Er, what sort of Docker experience were you expecting?

Docker has cited an explosion in job postings looking for Docker experience as a reason for techies to get hands-on with its containerization platform. In a blog post, the containerization vendor’s Mano Marks cited a chart from job-listings site Indeed that shows a sharp increase in Docker-focused job postings worldwide. …
Joe Fay, 13 Jan 2016
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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

BBC 2 has shrugged off the rising android-rights movement to reboot Robot Wars, the mechano pugilistic punch-fest which enlivened many hungover Sundays* in the late '90s. The broadcaster has commissioned six one hour episodes of the new series from Mentorn Scotland, which it reckons will exploit “a raft of technological …
Joe Fay, 13 Jan 2016
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Ansible dumps Van Halen product names for Led Zeppelin references

Ansible has released version 2.0 of its eponymous automation platform, marking what it claims is its “most ambitious” release to date by switching its code name conventions from Van Halen songs to Led Zeppelin tracks. Thus the new release is dubbed “Over the Hills and Far Away”. Which at least is less ominous perhaps than …
Joe Fay, 12 Jan 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle London: Speakers, sessions announced

Reg Events We’re thrilled to announce the first tranche of speakers and conference sessions for Continuous Lifecycle London – the DevOps, agile, and continuous delivery conference being staged by The Register and Heise from May 3-5. By the time we closed our call for papers in December, we’d had almost 150 proposals for conference …
Joe Fay, 12 Jan 2016
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Jenkins issues code of conduct to keep rowdy automation fans in line

Jenkins has warned its more boisterous contributors that they face banishment from the automation server community if they fall foul of the code of conduct it finally got round to publishing this week. The project's board has consciously followed in the “footsteps of other projects like the Apache Software Foundation...and …
Joe Fay, 08 Jan 2016

2015 chip market battered by everything bar earthquakes and nuclear war

Worldwide semiconductor sales slid last year, as chipmakers were hit by sliding currencies, slumping PC shipments, and supply gluts in key markets. Gartner’s just published take on the 2015 semiconductor market shows overall revenues slipping 1.9 per cent to $333.7bn. Just to really rub it in, this compares to 2014’s 7.9 per …
Joe Fay, 07 Jan 2016
IBM's new mainframe

Compuware promises mainframe DevOps as old programmers croak

Compuware is attempting to bring big iron software into the 21st century by allowing developers to use DevOps tools to manage mainframe code. It’s literally a life or death issue, as the industry fears that people who really know about mainframe code are about to retire – if they haven’t already expired altogether. Meanwhile, …
Joe Fay, 05 Jan 2016
Iraq hostage and SQL programmer Peter Moore in still from a Reg Christmas lecture he gave in 2015

Does life as a hostage change your attitude to life as an IT contractor?

Reg Lecture It’s rare that the Register has to give a “trigger warning”, but it was necessary when former Iraq hostage Peter Moore brought our Winter Lecture series to a close this month with a 60-minute account of his two-and-a-half years in captivity. After all, how often do we get a bunch of readers together in a pub to hear a talk …
Joe Fay, 24 Dec 2015
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Oracle beefs up container credentials with Five Guys buyout

Oracle bounced back from a disappointing Q2 with a cunning plan to ease its way into the containers/DevOps space - by quietly taking over a five person Austin-based startup called StackEngine. The database giant slipped in a filing to the SEC over the weekend announcing it had taken over StackEngine, and the share option …
Joe Fay, 22 Dec 2015
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CIOs, what does your nightmare before Christmas look like?

CIO Manifesto We gathered 14 of the UK’s finest IT leaders in a secure bunker (elegant room in the Soho Hotel -Ed.) for the last Register Round Table of 2015 to hear their tales of when good IT goes bad. The short version is the thing they fear most is you, dear reader, your screw-ups, your documentation, your thefts, your dodgy code, your …
Joe Fay, 22 Dec 2015

City of London cops in Christmas karaoke crackdown shocker

The City of London Police will spend the festive period wading through 1000s of karaoke classics after it “dismantled a gang” suspected of uploading tens of thousands of voiceless backing tracks from the likes of Beyonce, Gaga, Kanye and Kylie. The arrests have sent shockwaves through the UK’s underground karaoke scene, with …
Joe Fay, 22 Dec 2015
Nick Reed Delivers Reg Lecture on Driverless Cars

Drivers? Where we’re going, we don’t need drivers…

Reg Lecture Whether or not you’re currently filled with horror at the prospect of driving home for Christmas, again, you have to admit the internal combustion engine has been one of the key shapers of our current culture. So, what happens once the open road is something that is navigated by silicon, not us? Those were the sort of topics …
Joe Fay, 21 Dec 2015
Jamie Bartlett delivering Register Summer Lecture

You’re clever? But are you clever enough to give a Reg lecture?

The Register Lectures The Register is looking for speakers who are as fascinating and knowledgeable as our audience and as good at story-telling as our writers. Over the last year our Register Lectures have covered topics as diverse as Big Data, interplanetary exploration and the chequered history of GCHQ, the future of driverless cars, and the …
Joe Fay, 21 Dec 2015
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Assembly of tech giants convene to define future of computing

A flurry of the tech world’s great and good signed up the Cloud Native Computing Foundation yesterday, and kicked off a technical board to review submissions – which will be tested and fattened up on a vast Intel-based “computer farm”. Vendors declared their intent to form the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) earlier …
Joe Fay, 18 Dec 2015
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From alchemy to brain-hacking: How to be better, forever

Reg Lecture It’s the time of year where we stop to think about how we could make ourselves better people. Well, if you spare around 50 minutes of your time to watch our first 2015 Reg Winter Lecture vid, you’ll find out how to be better not just next year, but for centuries. At least that’s the possibility if Anders Sandberg, of the …
Joe Fay, 18 Dec 2015