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'I knew the company was doomed after managers brawled in a biker bar'

On-Call theregister.co.uk Welcome again to On-Call,The Register's regular... hang on, isn't On-Call a Friday thing? Why yes it is, but in the week before Christmas there's so little news around we need something to run on the site. And it's only fair that we empty out the On-Call mailbag, which is full of fine stories that aren't …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2017
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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

On Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Reg’s Friday column celebrating readers’ stories of being asked to fix the unfeasible. We usually anonymise the names of those who contribute On-Call stories, to protect the guilty and save some recriminations. But this week’s story came from a chap named Jason and that’s relevant to his story. …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Dec 2017
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Xen Project says new version 4.10 has found balance between security and novelty

The Xen Project has released version 4.10 of its hypervisor. Maintainer boss Julien Grail wrote that "As in Xen 4.9, we took a security-first approach for Xen 4.10 and spent a lot of energy to improve code quality and harden security." "This inevitably slowed down the acceptance of new features somewhat and also delayed the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Dec 2017
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Cable Labs gives OpenStack, and itself, some help on the edge

CableLabs, the organisation that figures out to help pay TV operators sweat their networks, has launched OpenStack installers for its software-defined networking and network function virtualization efforts. The organisation has had its eye on this for a while with an effort called “SNAPS” the “SDN & NFV Application Platform …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Dec 2017
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Microsoft plans Hyper-V-and-other-clouds-to-Azure migration tool

Microsoft has revealed the Azure Migrate tool it announced as supporting lift and shift from on-prem vSphere to Azure will also become capable of doing the same for on-premises Hyper-V applications and applications in rival clouds. But the company’s stayed schtum about the identity of the mystery VMware partner that has helped …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2017

IBM reminds staff not to break customers in pre-Xmas fix-this-now rush

Bosses at IBM's Australian outpost have been forced to remind staff to do their best work during the pre-Christmas rush – that time of year when outsourced clients want a lot of stuff done in a hurry before much of the world shuts down to overeat. Internal communications seen by The Register this week state that human error by …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2017
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Australian central bank says 'speculative mania' and crime fuel Bitcoin

The governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia has opined that cryptocurrencies are most useful “to those who want to make transactions in the black or illegal economy, rather than everyday transactions” and concluded that current enthusiasm for the instruments therefore “feels more like a speculative mania than it has to do with …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2017
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Transaction Processing Performance Council to deliver AI benchmark

The Transaction Processing Performance Council has decided the world needs a benchmark for systems running artificial intelligence workloads. Raghunath Nambiar, chairman of Council's (TPC's) TPC-AI Working Group told The Register that interest in AI means users need the kind of comparison tools in which the organisation …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2017
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NASA says New Horizons' next stop might have a moon

NASA's hypothesised that MU69, the Kuiper Belt object that is the New Horizons probe's next destination, has a moon. To figure out what awaits New Horizons at MU69 we've peered at it with telescopes, a process that yielded a hypothesis that the object is one rock that looks a bit like a duck, or might even be two rocks …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2017
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Lights, camera, 802.11ax-ion!

Chip-maker Marvell has claimed it will be the first to offer WiFi chipsets that bring the 802.11ax standard to the world. 802.11ax hasn't been signed off yet, but promises to send WiFi towards 10 Gb/s thanks to its use of both multi-user multiple-input and multiple-output (MU-MIMO) and the new Orthogonal frequency-division …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2017
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India sets up second new CERT in a year, this time for government

India has decided it needs a third computer emergency response team, to protect government digital services. The nation already has two CERTs, in the form of CERTin which has a familiar mission to serve as a national agency for detecting and advising of new threats and Fin-CERT, added earlier this year, for its financial …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2017
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Tenable's response to folks upset at AWOL features: A 150-emails-a-minute spam storm

Tenable Security has given itself two problems, by releasing a product its users don't like, and then adding them all to a support email group that's sending uncomfortable volumes of messages. The new product is Nessus Professional v7, which Tenable has declared is just fabulous thanks to new licensing, improved reports, and …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2017
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Kaspersky dragged into US govt's trashcan as weaponized blockchain agile devops mulled

Updated President Donald Trump has signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, which includes a ban on products from Kaspersky Lab running in US government agencies. Section 1634 of the law specifies that: No department, agency, organization, or other element of the Federal Government may use, whether directly or through …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2017
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US authorities issue strongly worded warnings about crypto-investments

The chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a strongly worded Statement on Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings that recommends extreme caution for anyone contemplating any kind of involvement in such investments. The main thrust of Chairman Jay Clayton's words urged individual …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2017
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Do you suffer from the shame of 'Scroll Jank'? Help is at your fingertips

Microsoft says it will fix "scroll jank" because Edge needs it and Chrome sorted it ages ago. The Register had not heard of it until Microsoft posted news of a fix coming to its Edge browser. A little searching later and we learnt that scroll jank is when a computer can't keep pace with a user scrolling down a web page. Users …
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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

On-Call The working week's winding down once again and that means it's time for another edition of On-Call, The Register's Friday tech support tale recounted by readers. This week, meet “Tim” who in the 1980s worked for Data General. Yes, that Data General, the one that EMC acquired for US$1.1bn in 1999 so it could make hay with the …
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Cisco acquires Cmpute.io to find low-cost cloud deals

Stop us if you've heard this one before, but Cisco's just made an acquisition. The Borg's latest prey is called Cmpute.io and runs a SaaS platform that lets users save money by figuring out when it makes sense to place workloads in AWS spot instances, Amazon's short-term server rental offering. The SaaS service can automate …
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VMware and Carbon Black: you complete me, no you complete me

VMware and Carbon Black have joined forces to enhance each other's security wares. Virtzilla is a recent entrant to the security market with its App Defence product that basically creates a whitelist of the things it expects to see in a VM. If something else appears, App Defence assumes it deserves the very lowest level of …
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Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time

It has been the week of long-lived space hardware: first came the news of Voyager 1's thrusters working after 37 years without use and now NASA's cautiously suggested that the Opportunity rover on Mars will be fit to roll into its 14th year of red planet operations. Two big threats imperil Opportunity's ongoing operations. The …
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'Drunk' developers delay software vendor's release

Russian software vendor Arusoft claims it delayed a product release because its developers were drunk. Arusoft's mission, according to its web page, is “... to crack a variety of disc protection especially for 4K UHD, so that people's audio-visual life will be more convenient.” In the service of that goal it makes a Blu-Ray …
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Games-mart Steam halts Bitcoin payments

Online games-mart Steam has stopped accepting Bitcoin payments. A Wednesday post from the service said the cryptocurrency's volatility made it just too hard to use. “Historically, the value of Bitcoin has been volatile, but the degree of volatility has become extreme in the last few months, losing as much as 25% in value over …

VMware adds management to its Cloud Foundation

VMware's added management wares to its hybrid cloud bundle, Cloud Foundation. If it seems a little odd to suggest that a cloud of any sort can do without management, know that Cloud Foundation already offered the basic management tools that come with the three products – NSX, vSphere and VSAN – that come under its umbrella. …
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VW's US environment boss gets seven years for Dieselgate scam

Former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt has been sentenced to 84 months in a United States federal prison for his role in the “dieselgate” software scandal that saw vehicles deliver test results that indicated their emissions met US standards when in fact they were smoke-belching jalopies. Schmidt was general manager of …
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The search for the 'next billion' users also targets the first billion

Google's efforts to find its “next billion” users has been revealed to also be an effort to build services for the first billion. The Chocolate Factory's revealed this in a few ways of late. Last week it announced that it's taken a mobile-data-number-crunching app called “Datally” from the Philippines to the world. The …

OVH goes TITSUP again while trying to fix its last TITSUP

European web hosting outfit OVH has reported its second major outage and Total Inability To Support Usual Performance* in a month and admitted the new outage was caused by its attempts to fix the cause of the last one. OVH's attributed its November outages to power problems and cable cuts. But this incident notice filed by …

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