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Joe Fay is group editor of The Register, and The Channel.
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Continuous Lifecycle: The final countdown

There’s barely a month to go until Continuous Lifecycle London, and if you’re thinking of joining us, act now, as tickets are running out fast. Which is hardly surprising given the breadth and depth of our speaker lineup. Jez Humble will kick off proceedings on May 3 with a keynote speech that will show “how to use continuous …
Joe Fay, 01 Apr 2016
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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

A Brighton woman made it to the peak of Ben Nevis wearing shorts and trainers and wielding a selfie stick, but had to be helped off the Britain’s highest mountain by rescuers after it turned out it’s still winter at 4,411 feet. Sarah Albone, a 28 year old from Brighton, made a spontaneous decision last Saturday to interrupt …
Joe Fay, 31 Mar 2016
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Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

Outraged villagers in Bucks have forced the local council to ditch plans to shift a millennia-old boulder they believe was originally part of the Devil’s foot. The Soulbury Boot is believed to have been cut off from Satan’s lower quarters in an ancient fight between Lucifer and the locals in Chapel Hill, Soulbury. It is also …
Joe Fay, 31 Mar 2016
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Twistlock drafts in industry veterans for strategy and sales posts

Container security outfit Twistlock has drafted in a DevOps luminary as a strategic advisor and an experienced industry insider as chief revenue officer. San Francisco-based Twistlock shipped its Container Security Suite in November, and claims it is the only “dev-to-production” security product on the market today. It said …
Joe Fay, 29 Mar 2016
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Atlassian finally gives users Bitbucket code search

Atlassian has finally delivered code search for its Bitbucket code management product, putting an end to a multi-year, increasingly grumpy wait for its users. The feature will appear in Bitbucket Server, the enterprise version of the product, but should appear in the vendor's cloud product before too long. Jens Schumacher, …
Joe Fay, 24 Mar 2016
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GitLab upgrade takes aim at Kubernetes

GitLab claims to have smoothed deployment to Kubernetes and introduced “confidential issues” in the latest release of its code management platform, 8.6. Top of the list of features in the latest rev is deployment from GitLab CI direct to Kubernetes, with the integration of Redspread’s CLI tool Spread. GitLab said this will …
Joe Fay, 23 Mar 2016
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Tracy Emin dons funeral shroud, marries stone

Ground-breaking British Artist Emin Tracy has announced she has married a large stone in the South of France. The ceremony is detailed in The Art Newspaper, which reports that “Last summer, under an olive tree in her garden in France and wearing her father’s white funeral shroud, Tracey Emin married a large ancient stone.” As …
Joe Fay, 23 Mar 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle: Making a big noise about microservices

They may be small, but microservices are having a real impact on the way real world organisations are developing, deploying and maintaining their software. That’s why we’ve got thought leaders and real world users discussing the impact of microservices architectures at Continuous Lifecycle London from May 3 to 5. Electric …
Joe Fay, 23 Mar 2016

Micro Focus spends $540m to add Serena its software brand museum

Micro Focus International is splashing out $540m to scoop up Serena Software – or more specifically, its recurring maintenance revenues, to add to its stable of once great, now slightly dusty software brands. LSE-listed mainframe specialist Micro Focus is simultaneously raising $216m in a placing to help pay for the deal, …
Joe Fay, 22 Mar 2016
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Pope kicks off Easter week by triumphal entry into ... Instagram

The pope has celebrated the most solemn week in the Catholic calendar by expanding his social media presence and signing up to Instagram. In the process, he has also perhaps flagged up where Apple and Google are going wrong in their own social media efforts. Pope Francis has already continued his predecessor’s social media …
Joe Fay, 21 Mar 2016
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Irish shun beer, whiskey in favour of … wine

Amateur drinkers will be cramming into Irish pubs the world over tonight to slurp Guinness and neck whiskey (with an e) in honour of St Patrick. But the citizens of the Emerald Isle will be as likely to toast their patron saint with a full-bodied Shiraz or a well-oaked Chardonnay, shocking research revealed this week. An …
Joe Fay, 17 Mar 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle: We can hardly containerise ourselves

You can’t deny the explosion of interest in container tech this year, whether or not you believe it is the definitive solution to software, the universe and everything. So, if you want to get an in-depth introduction to Docker and other flavours, or want to learn how to take your container strategy to the next level, you …
Joe Fay, 17 Mar 2016
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New Relic offers security researchers cred – not cash – for bug reports

Analytics firm New Relic has coupled up with vuln disclosure firm HackerOne as part of a “responsible disclosure program” for bugs. But while it pledges not to take legal action against anyone spotting a hole, it won’t be ponying up cash for them either. Instead, New Relic is banking on researchers, or just the curious, being …
Joe Fay, 16 Mar 2016
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Think you’re a Jenkins expert, wise guy? You can prove it in May

Cloudbees will go live with its certification program in May, giving wannabees eight weeks to swot up if they want to be the first to take the exam. The continuous delivery vendor has developed two schemes, reflecting the split between its own platform, and the Jenkins project it is built on. You can choose to be a Certified …
Joe Fay, 15 Mar 2016
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Brits shun nightclubs and CD-ROMs for lemons, coffee and woman’s leggings

Modern Britons would rather sit at home in a pair of lady’s leggings quaffing Baileys, downloading computer games and sucking lemons than grab a ham roll down the pub before going to a nightclub. At least that’s the image suggested by the latest rejig of the shopping basket of goods and services that the Office for National …
Joe Fay, 15 Mar 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle: Want to get your hands dirty? Try our workshops

We’ve got almost 40 conference sessions running at Continuous Lifecycle, but if you really want to get deep into the key issues you should really consider our Day 3 workshop program. Each of our workshops will deliver an all day, hands-on, deep dive into the topic at hand. Your only problem will be choosing which one to sign …
Joe Fay, 15 Mar 2016

Hollywood could learn a lot from software devs, says GitLab founder

Hollywood will be turning to the worlds of DevOps and Continuous Delivery to make movies in the future - at least they will if GitLab is right about where developer collaboration tools are heading. Sytse Sijbrandij, co-founder and CEO at GitLab, emphasised the product’s Continuous Integration and collaboration features when …
Joe Fay, 15 Mar 2016

Computacenter eyes investment plans for growing cash mountain

Computacenter's centre of gravity shifted eastwards in 2015, as the mega reseller’s German operation fired on all cylinders while its UK box-shifting business sputtered. At the same time, its CEO and chairman both seemed to suggested it could be looking even further afield as it ponders what to do with its enormous cash pile …
Joe Fay, 11 Mar 2016
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Hashicorp redraws Atlas interface, isolates tools, polishes price list

App delivery firm Hashicorp has given its Atlas application delivery platform a wash and brushup, and thrown in an overhaul of its pricing plan to boot. The platform’s UI has been given “clearer navigation and organizational elements” and “consistent design elements across all portions of Atlas”. HashiCorp said the look and …
Joe Fay, 10 Mar 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle London: Less than eight weeks to go

You may have missed the early bird pricing, but there are still plenty of good reasons to snap up some of the remaining tickets for Continuous Lifecycle London. The programme is fairly well set now, with a broad range of speakers taking you from the theoretical end of the continuous delivery pipeline right through to the nitty …
Joe Fay, 10 Mar 2016
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Cloudbees draws up qualification plan for worker bees

Continuous delivery outfit Cloudbees is to join the certification game before the summer, debuting an accreditation scheme for its Jenkins-based platform. The vendor has a busy few months ahead, with the launch of its private cloud service, and preparation for version 2.0 of Jenkins sometime in Q2. When asked by the Reg …
Joe Fay, 03 Mar 2016
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Bill Gates can’t give it away... Still crazy rich after all these years

Tech billionaires dominate the upper reaches of the Forbes Rich list this year, which proves that while he’s good at many things, Bill Gates just ain’t cutting it at throwing away cash. Gates came in top again, with a whopping $75bn fortune. The second spot is taken by Zara boss Amancio Ortega, with $67bn, while Warren Buffett …
Joe Fay, 02 Mar 2016
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Tutum technology bobs back to surface as Docker Cloud

The Tutum technology Docker borged late last year has resurfaced in the form of Docker Cloud. Docker bought NY-based Tutum back in October, for an undisclosed sum. At the time, Tutum had under ten employees, and was pushing its service as a "limitless" free beta. Back then, Docker described its new buy as a complete platform …
Joe Fay, 01 Mar 2016
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Shippable dives into pipeline to get beyond continuous integration

DevOps and conitnuous integration outfit Shippable has restyled itself as an end-to-end delivery platform, with tighter Git integration, container support and expanded cloudy options. The vendor has been pushing its platform into the continuous integration space for a couple of years, and recently bolstered its top ranks with …
Joe Fay, 01 Mar 2016
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Stick it in your pipeline: Jenkins finally goes full alpha

The first alpha builds of Jenkins 2.0 have been released, setting the open source continuous integration project on track for a Spring release. The project flagged up the new build’s Pipeline as Code functionality, which it said would allow users to define configuration as code, making it “easier to create simple ‘build and …
Joe Fay, 01 Mar 2016

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