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Joe Fay is group editor of The Register, and The Channel.
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Continuous Lifecycle Early Bird: Less than seven days left

There’s less than a week left to snag early bird tickets for Continuous Lifecycle, which will save you hundreds on three days of the best in Continuous Delivery, DevOps, Containerization and Agile. We’ve added more speakers to lineup, and another workshop, so there’s even more reason to join us in London from May 3 to 5. Just …
Joe Fay, 23 Feb 2016
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SAP’s Byzantine licensing leaves its customers feeling exposed

SAP’s complex and “opaque” licensing conditions means the majority of its users think they are exposed to “incalculable” financial risks when third parties dip into their systems. A survey of German SAP user group members by SAM specialist SecurIntegration showed that over half thought they were “possibly” or “very probably” …
Joe Fay, 19 Feb 2016
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Can DevOps be applied to the whole company?

Reg Events We’re crossing off the days until the early bird ticket offer for Continuous Lifecycle London closes, so if you want to hear from the likes of Etsy’s Katherine Daniels, and save hundreds into the bargain, you should really click now. Katherine will be discussing how much of DevOps to date has been about how to bring …
Joe Fay, 19 Feb 2016
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Ansible roadmap under Red Hat points towards Redmond

Ansible has celebrated its integration into Red Hat by outlining ambitious plans for integration into Windows environments. Opening Ansiblefest in London today, GM Todd Barr noted that Red Hat and Microsoft “are now friends”, something which he acknowledged many at the open source vendor had expected around the time Hell froze …
Joe Fay, 18 Feb 2016
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Ansible charges into network automation with Cisco, Juniper

Ansible claimed to cast its wings over the entire systems landscape today, as it brought automation of network infrastructure into its core platform. The move means networking guys can take full advantage of the Red Hat subsidiary’s automation platform even in multivendor environments – or that they have no escape from the …
Joe Fay, 18 Feb 2016
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Permies sitting pretty as fifth of contractors see rates cut

A fifth of of contractors saw their hourly rates cut last year, while 51 per cent saw rates rise, compared to 59 per cent of permanent IT staff who saw their salaries increase, with just 2 per cent experiencing a slide. The figures come from Dice - which also suggests both permies and contractors could probably improve their …
Joe Fay, 17 Feb 2016
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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
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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 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