Articles about Ambitions

China will see you on the dark side of the moon

Behold: Huawei evokes always-wise God Cloud – with Terminator users

Huawei Connect Tech metaphors are getting ever more explicitly spiritual. Take Huawei, for example. Today Huawei waxed ontological as one of its time-sharing CEOs described a “digital brain… always wise, never aging ... evolving in real-time.” That sounds like a God-cloud. But will it, we mused, be a harsh God-cloud or a forgiving God-cloud …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2016
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UK military buys third £4m Zephyr drone for 'persistent surveillance' trials

The Ministry of Defence has bought a third solar-powered Zephyr-S surveillance drone for £4.3m, and says it “performs more like a satellite than a conventional UAV”. With its 25 metre wingspan covered in solar panel cells, this latest Zephyr-S is the third unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to be delivered as part of the MoD's £13m …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Aug 2016
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Happy Anniversary: What’s new, what’s missing in Microsoft’s giant mobile update

Microsoft has begun to roll out the Anniversary Update of Windows 10 to phones. The business-friendly update gathers up hundreds of minor but useful changes, and it’s hard to single out some as more important than others. Some of the subtle design changes do make the whole thing look less amateurish, however. The 10.0.14393. …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Aug 2016
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Chip giants pelt embedded AI platforms with wads of cash

Analysis Artificial intelligence and machine learning engines are underpinning many emerging applications and services, from making sense of big data for enterprises, to supporting hyper-personalized consumer content, or virtual reality gaming. The current challenge is to move AI from the supercomputer to the mobile device, supporting …
Wireless Watch, 17 Aug 2016
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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

Comment Turkey has hinted it may try to leave NATO – which could cause difficulties for the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme because the country has signed up to buy 100 of the advanced jet fighters. Speaking to state news agency Anadolu, Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, hit out at both NATO and the EU over their lack of …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Aug 2016
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Perlan 2: The glider that will slip the surly bonds of Earth – and touch the edge of space

Euro airliner firm Airbus is sponsoring a glider capable of soaring to greater altitudes than the famous SR-71 Blackbird spy aircraft. The Perlan 2 project aims to get a conventional sailplane up to altitudes of 90,000 feet, surpassing the SR-71's declared service ceiling of 85,000ft. Sponsored by Airbus, the Perlan 2 glider …
Gareth Corfield, 04 Aug 2016
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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

The Big Review One year after the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has released the Anniversary Update, bringing new features as well as usability tweaks to the operating system. Windows 10 was always more than just another release. Notable innovations include the concept of Windows-as-a-service, with regular updates (free for consumer …
Tim Anderson, 02 Aug 2016
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China decrees it will grow world-class enterprise vendors by the year 2025

China has decreed it will grow several more world-class, multinational enterprise technology vendors by 2025. The executive of the Middle Kingdom's State Council met this week, and issued some new policy pronouncements along the way. The key one for the global information technology industries is called the “Outline of …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2016
Ronan Dunne, CEO of O2

Ronan Dunne jumps O2 ship

Head of O2 Ronan Dunne - he of "sending staff to Capita is better than redundancy" fame - has stepped down from the biz after eight years. Dunne will be replaced by chief financial officer Mark Evans, who has been CFO since 2012. Dunne will step down from the board on 31 July, but will continue to "support the business with …
Kat Hall, 15 Jul 2016

ZTE Axon 7: A surprise flagship contender

Hands On Few people would have placed ZTE as being in the flagship Android race this year in Europe, but its Axon 7 makes it a surprising and strong contender. You'll know the script by now: buy a Chinese manufactured Android, get top-of-the-range features, and save £100-150 over a big brand HTC, Samsung or Sony flagship. Or even more …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jul 2016
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Atlantis retreats to core VDI software and appliance market

Atlantis Computing, the software house that produced a VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) offering and then expanded into general virtual server acceleration and on into hyper-converged appliances, is scaling its product line back to workspace software and hyper-converged appliances, with consequent job losses. Its current …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2016

Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency wants to collect links to social network accounts of people visiting the Land of the FreeTM. Under new proposals, each traveler filling out an I-94 travel form or applying for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) visa will be asked for "information associated …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jun 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CTO, CCO to call it a day

Martin Fink, the chief techie straddling Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s global Labs is quitting just as the prototype of his most ambitions project to date, The Machine, edges closer. In a blog note today, CEO Meg Whitman confirmed the CTO will be “retiring” at the end of the year after more than three decades at the company. “ …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2016
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Pull on your branded rival T-shirt, it's time to party with Nutanix

Here I am sitting at a bar at 4:50am (jet lag is my friend) after the Nutanix's annual event, .NEXT. I’m attending the event with a backpack I received at PureAccelerate (rival Pure Storage's event). I’m not carrying it with me because I want to publicize Pure, I actually love it because it is a sturdy bag and solves my day-to …
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Grab a pick: Space mining's the next generation gold rush

Space may be the final frontier, but it’s also site of the next landrush for the more buccaneering end of humanity, as new technology and new money change the dynamics of space exploration. Whether the prospect of Bezos and Musk reaching out beyond the planet thrills or appals you, it’s unquestionable that space is becoming a …
Joe Fay, 20 Jun 2016
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Forget about Brexit – let's talk Orbits, Digits, Robots

If you’ve had it up to here with politicos arguing how we should redefine our relationship with Europe, join El Reg at our summer lectures where we’ll be discussing how to redefine the relationship between Earth, space, technology and humanity itself. This year’s run will be kicked off by International Space University’s Prof …
Joe Fay, 13 Jun 2016
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Modi hints at H-1B unease

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has addressed a joint sitting of the United States Congress, and offered a couple of barbs. As is customary on such occasions, Modi's speech heaped praise upon his hosts. He also pointed out that India is one of the reasons the USA is praiseworthy. “Connecting our two nations is also a …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Jun 2016

Space exploration: Are Musk and Bezos about to eclipse Gagarin and Armstrong?

Once upon a time exploring space required a mix of the “right stuff” and some serious aeronautical chops. Nowadays you’re as likely to need an out of this world ego and background in Silicon Valley financing. At least that’s one take on the modern era of space exploration - and you can explore the subject in depth and enjoy a …
Joe Fay, 07 Jun 2016

ISS pump-up space podule fully engorged

The International Space Station (ISS) grew by 16m3 on Saturday as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was successfully inflated at the second attempt. Time-lapse images of the BEAM inflation. Pic: NASA TV Success: The ISS gains 16m3. Pic: NASA TV NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams spent around seven hours gradually …
Lester Haines, 31 May 2016

The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

Special Report We stroll down Memory Lane and ask: was this The Ultimate Curse of Fry? Spring cleaning the other day, my wife found a Windows wristband. It was in a box where ten year old 4MB MMC cards went to die, along with paperclips, odd screws and a lot of dust. Keep or chuck? Chuck, I said, before looking closer, and realising that it …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 May 2016

Should space be a biz-free zone? Join us on June 22 to find out

Wait. Can you hear it? Yes, it’s final countdown for The Register Summer lecture series, bringing space and robots to a connected home near you. Actually, the venue is the Yorkshire Grey, just down the road from the Reg offices. But we can definitely guarantee spending an evening with us will leave you a lot more clued up our …
Joe Fay, 27 May 2016
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SoftLayer prices vSphere

IBM's cloud outfit SoftLayer has outlined the prices it will charge to run vSphere. The price list is here. Items of interest include “Call us” pricing for VSAN, rather than a listed figure, and US$11/month/CPU for VMware integrated OpenStack. VMware's banking on SoftLayer to give it the global cloud it decided it could not …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2016
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India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor

India has successfully launched a scaled-down model of a planned “Reusable Launch Vehicle” (RLV). Today's launch was dubbed the “hypersonic flight experiment” (HEX) and saw a 6.5m, 1.75 tonne model of a winged spaceplane hoisted aloft atop a modified sounding rocket using the S9 engine India uses as an auxiliary for its PSV …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2016
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Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

A trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of patients who have been declared clinically dead has been approved. Reanima Advanced Biosciences aims to use stem cells, injections of peptides, and nerve stimulation to reverse “brain death as noted in clinical examination or EEG”, a project which at least scores …
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CONFIRMED: Google bakes custom data centre chips

Google's long-rumoured efforts to build its own silicon have come to fruition. The Alphabet subsidiary today revealed it has baked a custom ASIC it calls a “Tensor Processing Unit” (TPU) and has been using them for a year for the machine learning applications that fuel many of its services. “TPU is tailored to machine …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2016

How to make a fortune in space? Start with one here on Earth…

We all know the ambition of Silicon Valley’s finest know no bounds - not even gravity. So it’s no surprise that some of the world’s finest business minds are training their brain power and considerable fortunes far beyond our own, rather limited world. That’s why on June 22, International Space University’s Prof Chris Welch …
Joe Fay, 12 May 2016

El Reg Summer Lectures: Space, robots and digital homes

It’s time to light up your brains for the summer, with a series of Reg lectures that will power you from your robot infested home all the way to the solar system and beyond. It’s a great lineup of speakers with not one, not two, but three bona fide professors to exercise your grey cells, and get your brain beach ready. In …
Joe Fay, 26 Apr 2016
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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

Canonical will today (April 21st) launch version 16.04 of its Ubuntu Linux distribution, Xenial Xerus, the new long-term-support version of the project. As the name suggests, long-term support versions of Ubuntu get, er, long-term support, a guaranteed five years from today to be precise. The Xenial Xerus will therefore be …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Apr 2016

You Leica? P9 certainly is a Great Leap Forward in imaging... for Huawei

Review Huawei has grabbed the headlines with its audacious partnership with Leica – but does it measure up? Here’s the verdict on the P9: that is, the regular 5.2 inch model, not the larger P9 Plus, which has a few tricks of its own. Once you leave the hype behind – the P9’s dual-camera imaging is good, but not that good. I had hours …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Apr 2016

Dell/EMC will rule the cloud, for a while

Once Dell gobbles EMC for good, the combined company will rule the cloud. That's The Register's conclusion after grabbing analyst firm IDC's abacus and having somee fun with its latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, the data it publishes after combining sales of servers, storage, and Ethernet switches by …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2016
Academic Complex of IIT Guwahati, including all the departments and centres,  on the bank of River Brahmaputra. Photo by Satyadeep Karnati

India continues subsidising elite IT schools

India has decided to continue very generous subsidies of the nation's Institutes of Technology (IITs), elite IT training colleges intended to produce a stream of high-quality graduates who build the nation's information technology industries. IITs are among the hardest tertiary education institutions to enter, anywhere in the …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2016
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VMware dumps vCloud Air from user group and home lab code bundle

UPDATE VMware's written to members of its user group (VMUG) and subscribers to its EVALExperience program to advise they're being booted out of its cloud. VMUGs offer a program called VMUG Advantage, a US$200/year affair that offers discounted licences and certification exams. EVALExperience offers trial software licences for nine of …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2016

Nutanix cracks its first $100m quarter

Nutanix has cracked US$100m in quarterly revenue for the first time. The magic number - $102,697,000 to be precise, emerged in amended pre-float documentation it has lodged with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The amended Form S-1 now includes the quarter to January 31st, 2016. That quarter was a beauty …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2016
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SoftLayer reveals per-CPU VMware pricing

SoftLayer's pricing for VMware-as-a-service has emerged and the IBM outfit has scored a deal for per-CPU licences. VMware and SoftLayer teamed up earlier this year in a deal that looked good for Virtzilla which, having more-or-less abandoned ambitions to build its own globe-spanning cloud, recognised that SoftLayer could get …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2016
IRS

Carving up the IT contract behind £500bn of annual tax collection is a very risky move

Analysis The thankless nature of IT service provision is often demonstrated by the fact users only tend to notice it when it goes wrong: if there's no screaming, then it's working fine. In that respect, at least, HM Revenue and Customs' £10bn IT contract with Capgemini and Fujitsu has been a success. Particularly if one considers the …
Kat Hall, 04 Apr 2016
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Apple Fools: Times the House of Jobs went horribly awry

Apple at 40 Today marks the 40th anniversary of Apple's official establishment. Since 1976, the House that Steves Built has pushed out some of the most beloved personal electronics products in the world. There will no doubt be plenty of articles waxing poetic on the many successes that have dotted the last four decades for the Cupertino …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2016
Microsoft's Scott Guthrie announces new Azure features at Build 2016

Microsoft announces Azure Functions, encrypted cloud storage

BUILD 2016 Day two of Microsoft's Build conference was focused on Azure, the company's cloud platform, with new features announced and preview features moving to general availability. Top of the list is Azure Functions, a new service which lets you write code that runs in response to various triggers, such as an HTTP request, a file …
Tim Anderson, 01 Apr 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

Microsoft adds 'non-security updates' to security patches

Updated Microsoft has added “non-security updates” to an Update Tuesday patch. MS16-023, billed as a “Security update for Internet Explorer” and issued on March 8, includes six “General distribution release (GDR) fixes”. Five are innocuous as they address glitches like “Empty textarea loses its closing tag in Internet Explorer 11 …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2016
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Cisco plans routers that are servers, or vice-versa, with KVM aboard

Cisco will shortly announce enhancements to its integrated service routers that will make it hard to know if they're a networking appliance or a server. Or a hybrid of both. Cisco already offers the UCS E-series servers, small form factor machines that can plug into devices like the 4000-series integrated service routers. …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Mar 2016
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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

Microsoft has announced a cut Windows 10 IoT Core for the Raspberry Pi 3. The new Insider Preview of Windows 10 IoT Core, yours for the downloading here, supports the new Pi. Windows 10 IoT Core is a long way short of full Windows comparable to Windows Embedded rather than efforts like Windows 8.1 with Bing intended to run on …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Mar 2016

Microsoft's Red Hat Ansible love-in gives birth to DevNetCLOps

As we know, Hell froze over a while ago: Red Hat and Microsoft are now friends. The latest chapter saw Red Hat point its newly acquired Ansible IT automation technologies towards networks, clouds and Windows environments, because who wouldn’t want a slice of the Azure pie now that Microsoft loves Linux? Red Hat’s penchant for …
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You say you're an Ansible expert, wise guy? Come and prove it

App automation bods Ansible will launch a formal training and certification program in May, making it a little easier for employers to work out who really does know their onions when it comes to the continuous delivery platform. Companies are reportedly looking for expertise in skills like DevOps, Automation, and Continuous …
Joe Fay, 24 Feb 2016
National Library of Australia

Budget cuts bite National LIbrary of Australia's digital archiving ambitions

Malcolm Turnbull's all-digital, all-agile government's cuts to the National Library of Australia will probably lead to a scaling back of its digitisation efforts. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that a memo has gone out to the NLA's 415 staff saying that 22 jobs – a little over five per cent of total staff …

Cisco wants net admins to become programmers so they'll buy its SDN kit

Cisco Live For a company specializing in making 80 per cent of the world’s networking kit, Cisco ought to be good at transmitting its corporate plans – but that's not the case when it comes to Cisco's software-defined networking (SDN) ambitions. Over the past few years, observers have commented that SDN poses an existential threat to the …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2016
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Hazy outlook for Verizon cloud storage after compute gets axed

Comment The Grand Old Duke of Verizon has marched his troops up the public cloud storage hill; is it time to march them down again? In January 2014 Verizon was going to use Amplidata’s object storage known as Himalaya in a public cloud storage offering. Amplidata was subsequently bought by HGST in March 2014. At the time Verizon …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2016

Andreessen stokes the Facebook Free Basics ‘colonialism’ row

Venture capitalist and Facebook board member Marc Andreessen has stoked the growing row about banning a free data service that gets impoverished rural Indians online. On Monday, India’s telecomms regulator TRAI effectively outlawed the Facebook Free Basics service, which offers a basic data service to rural communities in over …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Feb 2016

Sir Michael Lyons tells .uk registry Nominet: Time to grow up

A long-awaited review into the future of .uk registry operator Nominet by former chairman of the BBC Trust has told the company it's time to grow up. Sir Michael Lyons' review [PDF] was completed and sent to Nominet's Board in October, but was only published Thursday along with the Board's response [PDF] to his 19 …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Feb 2016
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Criminal records checks 'unlawful' and 'arbitrary' rules High Court

Mandatory pre-employment criminal record checks have been ruled unlawful in the UK, following a ruling today in the High Court. Lord Justice McCombe and Mrs Justice Carr today declared the government's disclosure scheme is incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The High Court heard the …
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How to save Wikipedia: Start paying editors ... or write for machines

Comment Imagine that one giant manufacturer dominated the car market. The cars it made weren’t very good, but they were much cheaper and easier to buy than cars from anyone else, so the car company had ended up dominating the market. These cars would often break down, spew noxious gasses, and a lot of the time, didn’t go where you …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jan 2016