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Joe Fay is group editor of The Register, and The Channel.
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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 15 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
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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