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PC sales outlook improves: Now terrifying instead of catastrophic

There's no sunrise in sight yet, only a slightly paler night: IDC reckons a lame uptick in convertibles and slim laptops will slow the PC market's collapse. Convertible and slim, sorry, “ultra slim” laptops will make up 63 per cent of notebook shipments by 2020, IDC reckons (by that time, Vulture South wonders, how many new …
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'Significant' number of HPE OpenStackers flung to SUSE

A "significant" number of Hewlett Packard Enterprise staff are accompanying OpenStack code going to SUSE Linux. The Linux shop is taking them along with software and people for HPE's Platform as a Service and its Cloud Foundry efforts. SUSE would not reveal financial terms of the deal nor how many HPE staff are shifting. …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Nov 2016
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Spinning rust supply chain seizes up after BIG disk demand spike

Storage analyst outfit Trendfocus says that the hard disk industry has just posted its best growth in seven years, but that it comes with its own problems. The firm classifies Q3 2016 as having delivered the industry a “strong rebound in demand”, thanks largely to demand for nearline storage. But the disk-counters says …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2016

Oh no, software has bugs, we need antivirus. Oh no, bug-squasher has bugs, we need ...

Flaws in security products are among the most commonly encountered desktop software vulnerabilities, according to a new study. Eleven of the 46 products that made it into monthly top 20 most vulnerable product charts between August and October were security packages, Secunia reports. Products from vendors including AlienVault …
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2016

AWS milking its cattle to herd code into an updated Chalice

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has quietly flicked the iteration counter on its Chalice Python serverless development framework to 0.4 and 0.5. First offered in July, Chalice still counts as a developer preview while Amazon rounds out its feature set. Today's additions are local testing; and multifile application support. So devs …

Half-ton handbuilt CPU heads to Centre for Computing History

A 42,000-transistor CPU weighing half a ton and built by hand from full-sized components has been installed at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, England. James Newman’s Megaprocessor, a super-sized CPU big enough to walk through, was born as a result of a 2012 work discussion. "There was a conversation at work …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Nov 2016
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India added 240m phones/year build capacity in just one year

Between September 2015 and October 2016 India opened 38 new mobile phone factories with a combined peak output of 248m handsets a year. So says a Department of Telecommunications report (PDF) into the nation's “Make In India” effort to kickstart a manufacturing industry. Of the 29 companies responsible, Reg readers may …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2016
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EU puts out prescription for smart hospitals

An EU agency has grappled with thorny issues surrounding the adoption of IoT technology in hospitals to draft a series of best practice guidelines. The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) study engaged information security officers from more than 10 hospitals across the EU, painting a picture of …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2016
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You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "That member is the wrong way around," confides the gym receptionist in hushed tones, nodding towards a middle-aged fellow ambling into the cardio room. I stare after him, trying to guess how his member might be incorrectly attached. Dressed unfashionably and, I suspect, quite accidentally in a sleeveless side-boob vest, split …
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Nov 2016
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IBM pays up after 'clearly failing' DDoS protection for Australia's #censusfail

Australia's census all-but failed due to a combination of poor design, bad operational decisions, human error and numerous lazy and/or bad decisions that could have been avoided had warnings about corporate culture been heeded, or Australian government agencies properly educated about what it takes to deliver digital services …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2016
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It's a nice day for a Net wedding: Macom buys Applied Micro Circuits

Connectivity collaborators Macom and Applied Micro Circuits have decided to tie the knot, with Macom laying out US$770 million in cash and shares to seal the deal. In September, the two companies got together with BrPhotonics to show off a 100 Gbps pulse amplitude modulation (PAM4) module running on a single wavelength. Macom …
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Rumble in the off-the-shelf server jungle: HPE comes out swinging

Backgrounder HPE has the biggest cojones in the server business, bending tin, designing silicon and pushing photonics, all the while mixing it in the rough and tumble of the COTS jungle. It has a multifaceted range of servers varying by processor architecture and type, processor carrying card form factor, and chassis design and intent. We' …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2016

Even big data devs make big data security gaffes

Apache Big Data Europe Big data application programmers routinely download and execute unverified code, opening the door to information-stealing hackers, a security researcher has claimed. Olaf Flebbe, chief software architect at European software integrator Science+Computing, is upset that software engineers have got into the habit of insecurely …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2016
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Put down the org chart, snowflake: Why largile's for management crybabies

There's a stink growing out there in agile land: a debate over how to scale up agile in large organisations. Should we put frameworks like SAFe or the most awesomely named DAD in place to scale it? How about LeSS? These "agile in the large" frameworks have been on the ascent in recent years. A 2015 Gartner survey found that …
Michael Coté, 21 Nov 2016
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Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

In March, when Microsoft announced plans to release SQL Server for Linux, Scott Guthrie, EVP of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, said, "This will enable SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud." The release of the first public preview of SQL …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Nov 2016
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Microsoft's development platform today: What you need to know

Connect 2016 At the Connect event under way in New York, Microsoft laid out its plans for developers targeting its platform – though what the "Microsoft platform" means has changed radically from what it used to be. The slogan today is "Any developer, any app, any platform," whereas a couple of years ago the theme was "Windows everywhere …
Tim Anderson, 17 Nov 2016

NetApp's regeneration could be deep surgery or anti-wrinkle cream

Analysis NetApp's long story short – customers aren't buying the old stuff and don't like the new stuff much either. In its second fiscal 2017 quarter, revenues of $1.34bn were 7.6 per cent down on $1.45bn the year before. They were 3.9 per cent higher than Q1 2017's, though. Profits (net income) of $109m were 4.4 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2016
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Facebook Telecom Infrastructure Project starts chucking rocks at mobile model

Analysis Nine months after announcing its Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP), Facebook has held its first summit and unveiled new partners and a first concrete project, a white box transponder/router for fibre backhaul, called Voyager. This is an indication, if any were needed, that the social media giant was not just tub-thumping …
Wireless Watch, 17 Nov 2016

Lenovo intros monster disk box

Lenovo has announced the mother of all disk drive enclosures at SC16 – the D3284 JBOD, a 5U enclosure holding up to 84 3.5-inch disk and/or solid-state drives. The box has an upper and a lower section, each holding, we understand, 42 drives. You could combine 7,200rpm nearline SAS disk drives with SAS SSDs to provide a …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2016
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YANG: Coming soon to a router near you

It's about time the world had one: a proposal to pull the world of router configuration into the warm embrace of the popular YANG protocol. Reading the RFCs so you don't have to, this one caught the Vulture South eye, because given the scale of networks some sysadmins have to work with, it's the start of something big. Since …
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Chinese giants give world another SDN and NFV platform

If you didn't think the world needed another Software Defined Networking (SDN) project, bad luck: you've got one anyway: it's called Open-O and hopes to put SDN and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) in the same yoke. If that sounds familiar, it's because AT&T also wants to lead the open source world into a combination SDN/ …
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Hadoop for joy? ODPi 2.0's available, but questions persist

The Hadoop standardisations body, ODPi, has today made its 2.0 release generally available. Formerly the Open Data Platform initiative, now known only as ODPi, the second iteration of the Hadoop interoperability program will include updated specifications for runtime. Where its previous release had established standards for …
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Samsung flings $8bn at buyout of connected car biz Harman

Samsung is splashing out $8bn on buying US connected car tech firm Harman Industries, it announced this morning. The deal is for $112 in cash per share, a premium of just over a quarter on Harman’s closing share price at the end of last week. In its first quarter of fiscal year 2017 Harman sold $1.8bn worth of its “connected …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Nov 2016
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GitLab to dump cloud for its own bare metal Ceph boxen

Git repository manager and developer playground GitLab has decided it is time to quit the cloud, joining Dropbox in concluding that at a certain scale the cloud just can't do the job. GitLab came to the decision after moving to the Ceph Filesystem, the new-ish filesystem that uses a cluster running the Ceph objects-and-blocks- …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2016
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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

Something for the Weekend, Sir? This week, I have been worried about getting it to stand up. The more I worry, the greater the difficulty in ensuring a sturdy erection that doesn’t immediately flop over. I hope you understand that this has never happened to me before. Perhaps I could try again in a few minutes? Ah, there we are. Nice and stiff and thick …
Alistair Dabbs, 11 Nov 2016
Speed

Iguazio: Made from Kia parts but faster than a Ferrari with 1,000 drivers

Backgrounder We introduced Iguazio in September. Assembled hacks were given a deep dive into the company at its Herzliya, Israel HQ this week. The name refers to the Iguazu falls in South America; it means big water, and we had a technology drenching, some of which I remembered when I came up gasping for air. The starting …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2016

Mac administrators brace for big changes to Apple-powered fleets

Special report A looming set of changes to the macOS has some administrators worried that the way they manage and configure Apple systems will need switching up. Those changes, which have only been partly revealed by Apple, will see a new file system implemented in the OS and, in the process, a lockdown of key components of the operating …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Nov 2016
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Trump's taxing problem: The end of 'affordable' iPhones

Comment It's tempting and all too easy to sneer at Silicon Valley for being out of touch with not just the world but the US as well. Huge salaries, a high concentration of a single industry and a self-referential culture oblivious to how its ideas could do anything but change mankind don't help either. The sight of tech's leaders …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Nov 2016
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European F-35 avionics to be overhauled at Sealand, says UK.gov

The UK's Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA) will be overhauling European nations' F-35 fighter jet avionics at a collection of sheds in a busy enclave of north Wales. DECA won the £2bn "global repair hub" contract, which will last until 2040. The agency will be partnered with BAE Systems and US company Northrop …
Gareth Corfield, 08 Nov 2016

'Trust it': Results of Signal's first formal crypto analysis are in

Encrypted SMS and voice app Signal has passed a security audit with flying colours. As explained in a paper titled A Formal Security Analysis of the Signal Messaging Protocol [PDF], published by the International Association for Cryptologic Research, Signal has no discernible flaws and offers a well-designed and compromise- …
Darren Pauli, 08 Nov 2016
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Chinese chap in the clink for trying to swap US Navy FPGAs with fakes to beat export ban

A Chinese national starts a 15-month stretch behind bars for trying to swap reprogrammable chips destined for the US Navy with fakes, and smuggle the real gear out of the country. Xianfeng Zuo, 38, was sentenced on Friday in Connecticut after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods. Zuo, of Shenzhen, …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Nov 2016
Drought

What the Dell? NAND flash drought hits Texan monster – sources

Dell EMC doesn't have a magical NAND storage tap after all – the business, like its major rivals, has delayed shipping dates on certain drives by months after succumbing to shortages. Last week El Reg lifted the lid on supply chain woes caused by a flash chip drought that forced Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cisco to extend …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2016

Arista fends off Cisco attack, reports growth

Arista may be fighting Cisco's legal fires in the USA, but it's still managed to post increasing revenue and profit. The company reported its Q3 2016 on Thursday, with the highlights being an 8 per cent year-on-year uptick in revenue to US$290.3 million; GAPP profit up year-on-year from $28.7 million to $51.3 million; and non- …
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Look out, SpaceX et al – China's Long March-5 rocket blasts off

Pic China has successfully launched its first Long March-5 rocket, a heavy lifter that is going to be pivotal to the Middle Kingdom's ambitions for a space industry of its own. The rocket lifted off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province at 2043 local time, Thursday, and delivered its payload into …
Iain Thomson, 04 Nov 2016
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Power to the (outsourced) people – globalisation starts small

Radbot Pleading poverty, we don't have huge quantities of cash to throw at the necessary elements of a crowdfunding campaign such as the main video and its fleet of videolets for social meeja channels. Yes, we're cheap. Or "efficient": quick, find me a CFO to make it sound better! So one way to get this material made is to have …

Your weekends may be safe, admins – IT giants tout 'zero outage' tech

Tech's big names have jumped into bed together to create an industry standard that's supposed to make products less prone to failure in the cloudy era. Founding members include HPE, Cisco, Brocade, HDS, Dell EMC, Fortinet, Juniper, NetApp, SAP, SUSE and integrator T-Systems. The plan is to work on a Zero Outage framework …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2016

Microsoft puts Windows Updates on a diet with 'differential downloads'

Microsoft will begin public trials of a new update system it says will dramatically reduce the size of Windows updates. The Unified Update Platform (UUP) will be available to Windows Insider users with the Windows 10 14959 build, and will eventually be offered to all supported versions of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Nov 2016

Str-NAND-ed: Flash chip drought hits tech world

A biting shortage of NAND flash has upended the storage chip supply chain, forcing vendors to quote customers elongated lead times – in some extreme cases by more than four months. Semiconductor marketplace DRAMeXchange warned weeks ago the component shortfall that surfaced in 2016's third quarter was likely to worsen in the …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2016
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Cisco: This $200k UCS S-Series is cheaper than AWS S3 after 13 months

Cisco has designed a storage server that it claims is 56 per cent cheaper over three years than paying out for Amazon's S3 service. The networking giant also reckons it's the first fully modular server architecture in the industry. The S-Series is designed for data intensive workloads such as big data, streaming media and …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2016

Hey Tintri. Mac? Rack? No, I said what's happening with my stack?

Tintri has updated its Tintri OS and is adding a vRealize Orchestrator plug-in, container and cloud support, serving notice it is to extend predictive analytics to include host compute and memory resources. lastly, it seems to be looking to add a chatbot interface. The company sees storage arrays, whether all-flash or bybrid, …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2016
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F-35 'sovereign data gateway' will stop US reading pilots' personal data? Yeah right

Lockheed Martin, designers of the super-expensive F-35 fighter jet, is working on a system claimed to reassure foreign customers that the US won't be able to read their pilots' personal data. According to Flight Global, Lockheed Martin is working on a sovereign data gateway (SDG) to reassure F-35 customers that the US won't be …
Gareth Corfield, 31 Oct 2016

Boffins one step closer to solving nanoscale computer challenge

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara have developed a design of a working nanoscale computing device that could complete the Feynman Grand Challenge. Richard Feynman’s famous talk “Plenty of Room at the Bottom” is considered a precursor to the boom in nanotechnology. Although there has been much progress …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Oct 2016
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Crashed Schiaparelli lander's 'chute and shields spotted

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has sent home fresh snaps of debris from the European Space Agency's (ESA's) failed Schiaparelli lander, offering a few more hints about what went wrong. The image below shows the failed lander's front heatshield, parachute and rear heathshield. The ESA says it's confident the image …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2016
Surprised by smartphone

Not call, Intel – not call: Chipzilla modems in iPhone 7s fall short

Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with one of two cellular modems, Qualcomm's MDM9645M modem or Intel's XMM7360 modem, depending upon the associated mobile carrier. In ideal conditions, the two modems perform equally well. But research firm Cellular Insights claims that at the edge of cell coverage areas, where signal …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Oct 2016
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Beer, security by design and actual revenue: HPE shows off IoT offerings

IoT World Congress Beer-as-a-service at American football games is just one of the things Hewlett Packard Enterprise has brought to the Internet of Things playground, its chief IoT technologist, Colin I’Anson, told The Register this morning. I’Anson also said that, as far as IoT goes, HPE will not be signing any exclusivity deal with partners …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Oct 2016
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He ain't heavy: OpenStack 16 cloud bros share LAMP interoperability load

Openstack Summit OpenStackers have sought to alleviate concerns that applications on rival clouds are locked in and not portable. Sixteen companies have demonstrated a model LAMP enterprise application running uniformly and without a hitch across OpenStack distributions and public clouds. It was deployed using Ansible and Shade with a second …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Oct 2016

Low-power transistors hint at alternative to battery bonfires

Since 1965, transistors have followed a path predicted by Gordon Moore, becoming more densely packed year after year. The result has been a steady improvement in CPU performance. Batteries, however, haven't advanced at the same pace. As Fred Schlachter, a physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, put it in a 2013 …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Oct 2016

What has 500,000 thumbs and is no longer being sued by HP? Panasonic

HP says that Panasonic will no longer be a target in its optical drives lawsuit – after the two sides reached a settlement deal. The companies announced the arrangement yesterday in a filing to the California Northern District Court, where Judge Richard Seeborg is presiding over HP's claim that a group of optical drive makers …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2016

ARM: Hold my beer, we'll install patches for your crappy IoT gear for you

ARM TechCon Processor designer ARM will squirt security fixes directly into internet-connected gadgets to hopefully keep them defended from hackers. Manufacturers of Internet-of-Things gizmos and other embedded products have complained that updating gear in the field is too much hard work. That means devices are rarely patched when …
Chris Williams, 25 Oct 2016
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Existing security standards are fine for IoT gizmos in electrical grids

IoT World Congress Putting Internet of Things sensors into electricity distribution grids works just fine - and security is catered for by existing broad standards, Luc Hossenlopp, CTO of Schneider Electric’s energy division, told the Internet of Things World Congress today. Addressing a packed auditorium at the Fira de Barcelona conference …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Oct 2016