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Boeing embraces Embraer to take off in regional jet market

Aerospace giant Boeing looks to have addressed a weakness that Airbus exposed last year, by proposing a joint venture with Brazilian plane-maker Embraer. The deal's about regional jets, passenger planes with about 100 seats and ranges up to 5,000km. Neither Airbus nor Boeing make such planes – the former’s A318 and the latter’ …
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IBM Cloud’s elasticity stretches and stretches (Big Blue's credibility?)

IBM’s cloud is having a bad day. An incident that kicked off at 19:48 UTC on Thursday, July 5th, saw “long provisioning times [for virtual servers] … observed through monitoring systems,” leading to a warning to the effect that “At this time, customers may experience longer than normal times for provisioning new services.” …

Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

Who, me? Special Welcome to a special edition of “Who, me?” The Register’s opportunity for readers to get their worst mistakes off their chests. We’re usually here on Mondays, but with the United States Independence Day making for slow news days, we decided to keep The Register’s servers red-lining by running an extra column. When we sneak in …
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Gentoo GitHub repo hack made possible by these 3 rookie mistakes

The developers of Gentoo Linux have revealed how it was possible for its GitHub organization account to be hacked: someone deduced an admin’s password – and perhaps that admin ought not to have had access to the repos anyway. The distro’s wiki has added a page describing the SNAFU. It describes the root cause of the cockup as …
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IBM wins five-year whole-of-government deal with Australia

IBM and Australia’s federal government have signed a billion-dollar five-year whole-of-government procurement deal. Big Blue’s spinning it as a win because it runs for five years and means that government agencies who don’t already work with IBM now have a way to buy from the company without needing to strike new contracts. …
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Xen 4.11 is over a month late and its devs are mostly cool with that

The Xen Project has missed the deadline to ship version 4.11 of its hypervisors by almost five weeks, sparking debate among developers about the length of its release cycle but not worrying the Projects leaders. Xen 4.11 was due to ship on June 1st, 2018, after a testing effort announced on April 18th and which envisaged five …
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US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

UPDATE Facebook’s content-cleansing bots have flagged the United States Declaration of Independence as hate speech. The Liberty County Vindicator, a newspaper serving Liberty, Texas, posted “small bites” from the Declaration on its Facebook page in the leadup to the USA’s Fourth of July Independence Day, “to make it a little easier …
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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

Dell’s started selling a pair of “mobile workstations” with specs that wouldn’t disgrace low-end servers. Both the Precision 7530 and Precision 7730 can run a six-core Xeon E-2176M at 2.70GHz and can ship with up to 64GB of RAM (but can handle 128GB if Dell gets around to shipping 32GB DIMMs for the four-slot beasts). The …
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Google releases lite PC-snooper, 'cos full mobile management is hard

Google’s released a Chrome extension that lets admins snoop on the state of PCs accessing its cloudy productivity and infrastructure products. The “Endpoint Verification” extension works on Chrome OS, MacOS or Windows devices. The latter two platforms need a “native helper” too. Once installed, the software lets admins create …
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India tells WhatsApp to add filters, ASAP

India has warned Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp to do something about abuse of its service that has led to murders. A July 3rd statement from the nation’s Ministry of Electronics & IT says “Instances of lynching of innocent people have been noticed recently because of large number of irresponsible and explosive …
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New Android P beta is 'very close', 'near-final' but also just 'early'

Google has emitted a new beta of Android P, but it's not obvious how excited to get about it. We’re conflicted because Google has described the new release as "an early release candidate build" and says the full release is due "later this [northern] summer". Which suggests this release could probably be skipped given the …
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Dell is still a work in progress as it seeks to dominate all data

Analysis Why has Dell Technologies gone public again? In an interview with CNBC, CEO and chairman Michael Dell’s answer was “Well uh look I think aaahhh … it was the best option to simplify the capital structure.” Yes, I know I’m being unfair here. My own appearances on live television have not been glorious and everyone uses audible …
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Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

Who, me? Hello? Anyone there? We understand that plenty of you in the northern hemisphere might not bother this week. For those of you who are still working, welcome to another instalment of “Who, me?”, The Register’s confessional column in which readers reveal their worst mistakes. This week meet “Rick” who told us that in the mid- …
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Disk firmware can kill a whole cluster how exactly? Cisco explains

Cisco’s issued a Field Notice warning that its USC servers and hyperconverged HyperFlex kit could be brought low by disk drive firmware. The Notice says “A drive firmware issue on select Self-Encrypting Drives”. The Register counts 16 different disk SKUs that could cause problems on UCS servers and one for HyperFlex. Cisco …
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Ding dong! Dell about to go public again – report

Dell is about to reveal a plan to go public again, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke to The Wall Street Journal. The paper reported that Dell intends to swap shares in itself (which are held privately) with the “tracking stock” it created when buying EMC. The tracking stock was created to do two things: …

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

On-Call Welcome once more to On-Call, The Register’s Friday foolishness in which readers recount tales of tech support jobs that went pear-shaped. This week, meet “Harry” who wrote to tell us of a job he was asked to do in the early 1980s. Harry was just 19 years of age at the time and tells us he was “pony-tailed and headband- …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2018
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SD cards add PCIe and NVMe, hit 985 MB/sec and 128TB

The SD Association, the industry body behind the SD card memory spec, has announced a new version 7.0 spec for its tech that makes the postage-stamp sized memory cards rather more interesting. The new spec has two big updates. One is called “SD Ultra Capacity” and expands the maximum capacity of SD cards to 128 terabytes, …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2018
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Azure storage adds static HTML website hosting

Microsoft’s Azure Storage service has added an option to host static websites comprised of not much more than HTML, JavaScript and other client-side goodies. AWS has had this since February 2011. The new Azure service is also very similar to AWS’ effort: both ask you to pop some files in the cloud, tell the bucket they’re in …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2018
Lawsuit stamp 404s mentions of F5 Networks

References to F5 Networks have vanished from Citrix’s web page, and The Register understands a possible lawsuit is the motivation for the deletions. F5’s portfolio includes the BIG-IP application delivery controller, which competes with Citrix’s NetScaler. F5 has suggested BIG-IP can do a job improving the performance of …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2018
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Amazon’s Snowball snowballs as Google's clone gets real and IBM's comes to Europe

IBM and Google have each announced a competitor for Amazon Web Services’s “Snowball”. Amazon’s Snowball is a rugged box full of disk that it ships to users so they can fill it with tens of terabytes of data. Once full, the Snowball rolls all the way to an AWS bit barn where its contents are transferred into Amazon’s cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jun 2018

New Python update slithers into release

Version 3.7 of anything probably doesn’t seem that notable, but stick with us here because Python 3.7, released on June 27th, 2018, is the programming language’s first big update in 18 months and adds plenty of new features. Improving speed was one of the aims for this release and Python’s keepers proudly report that the new …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jun 2018
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Two different definitions of Edge Computing arrive in one week

The world’s just been given two new definitions of Edge Computing, in the service of making it easier to talk about the topic. But another debate is already considering more definitions for the term! One of the definitions came from the Open Fog Consortium, which this week was pleased to let us all know that its OpenFog …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jun 2018
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Microsoft releases new containerised cut of Windows Server

Microsoft’s released a new version of Windows called “windows” that ships as a container image. Why does the world need a new Windows? Because Microsoft’s chats with developers have taught it that they want something with more functionality than either Nano Server or Windows Server Core. Microsoft’s Lars Iwer, a program …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jun 2018
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Press 1 for automagic K8s cluster. Press 2 or 3 for complex Kubernetes

VMware’s announced a new container play called “VMware Kubernetes Engine” (VKE) that will be offered as SaaS on AWS and soon on Azure too. The product offers vanilla Kubernetes, but automates provisioning, management and maintenance. It does that because VMware’s concluded that many developers want to adopt Kubernetes, but …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2018
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Google kills AdWords!

LOGOWATCH When announcing its first quarter results for 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai focussed on what he called "our three big areas, cloud, YouTube and hardware". As we noted at the time, that left the company’s biggest source of cash – ads – off the front page. Pichai did, however, say that the company is “excited by the still …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2018

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