Articles about Disruption

Cyanogen Inc 'axes 20%' staff

Cyanogen Inc, which develops an alternative flavour of Google's Android, has reportedly laid off a bunch of staff. The Seattle-based US startup takes code from the open-source CyanogenMod project, adds in some proprietary features, and tries to get phone makers to ship the package with their handsets. Basically, it seems, that …
Team Register, 23 Jul 2016
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Please don't upgrade NSX just now, says VMware

VMware is advising users of its NSX network virtualisation not to upgrade it to the version 6.2.3 released in early June. The update addressed CVE-2016-2079, a vulnerability that allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information. In other words, just the kind of thing you probably want to patch, not least because NSX is …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016

HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

There is "general resistance" among both the public and private sectors to plans that would shift responsibility for ensuring that third party contractors are paying the right employment taxes from the individual to public sector employers, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has found. Employers surveyed by HMRC were concerned …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Jul 2016

UK's digital strategy must account for Brexit, say MPs

The UK government must explain how its long-awaited new digital strategy will be impacted by the country's decision to leave the EU, a committee of MPs has said. The Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee in the UK parliament made the call in a new report on the digital economy in which it also said there is a need to …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Jul 2016

Los Desaparecidos di Disruption: The Final Days of Conservative 2.0

¡Bong! Special We’d been jeered, we’d been jostled. Overnight, we’d become un-people. Now in this dank, windowless subterranean concrete cell, I cast an eye around my companions again. Loyalists and traitors alike had been thrown together. Lords Feldman and Finkelstein. Matthew Hancock. Ed Vaizey. Oliver Letwin. Dangling by hooks through his …
Steve Bong, 20 Jul 2016
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Pokemon Go DDoS claim

An online group has claimed responsibility for launching a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against Pokemon Go. The DDoS-disruption group says it overloaded the game's servers over the weekend, causing players across the world to be kicked back into the real world. Pokemon creator Niantic has not commented on the …
Team Register, 17 Jul 2016
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EU operators’ 5G manifesto misses the point

Never before have events coincided so neatly to demonstrate the gap between mobile operators’ thinking about 5G, and how future networks will really be deployed for disruptive effect. While Europe’s leading MNOs were presenting a backwards-looking "5G Manifesto" to the European Commission, veiling pleas for net neutrality …
Wireless Watch, 13 Jul 2016
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Replacement IT at 'high risk'. Squeaky bum time for UK tax folk

Risky plans by UK taxmen to overhaul their expensive £10bn IT systems with Capgemini – which underpins government's £500bn in annual revenue collection – have been flagged as high risk of failure. In its annual report by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, the body rated the £600m project as amber/red, meaning the …
Kat Hall, 07 Jul 2016
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John Lewis CIO commands brand-new super-group role

Exclusive Iconic British retailer John Lewis has elevated its chief of IT Paul Coby to a brand-new role, overseeing the entire John Lewis Partnership. John Lewis Partnership covers the John Lewis retailer and Waitrose chain of supermarkets and employs 91,500 staff. Companywide that’s 396 physical shops; it’s a major step up for Coby …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Jul 2016
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Telstra's business network in six-hour collapse

Telstra is red-faced yet again, after suffering a long outage centred in Victoria. The TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance) began around 2pm on June 30, and it was six hours before Telstra reported services back online. On the way, the outage forced airline Jetstar to manually process passengers at …
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Post Brexit tech spending to rise like a lead balloon

Yet another analyst has delivering a damning forecast for tech spending following last week’s UK referendum decision to leave the European Union as major suppliers prepare staff for what could months of slowing sales. Channel-watcher Canalys projected local sales spending of $90bn to $100bn for the year before Brits voted to …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2016

Grappling with the future? Sometimes the answer is simpler than you think

PROMO The future is complicated, with a myriad of platforms and solutions promising to help you deal with disruption in any industry you choose to name. Faced with that degree of complexity sometimes the best response is the simplest – sit still, listen, then think before acting. That’s why, to mark the launch of its Hyper Converged …
David Gordon, 23 Jun 2016
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Considerate CTERA comes running to tell us of a Nasuni outage

A CTERA spokesperson kindly got in touch to tell us cloud storage gateway Nasuni's customers had an outage last week. Nasuni says you have to be a real service provider to have an outage. CTERA's spokesperson said: "Last week, enterprise storage company Nasuni, suffered a multi-day outage. This resulted in customers with no …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2016
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Supermassive black hole devours star and becomes X-ray flashlight

Astronomers have identified a sleeping black hole that sprung back to life – after trapping a nearby star to be later consumed – due to the black hole firing X-rays into space, according to research published today in Nature. Black holes have a strong gravitational pull on any nearby objects, and if anything ventures past its …
Katyanna Quach, 22 Jun 2016
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Kaminario 'shelves' future. Between you and NVMe, it could get flashy

Analysis All-flash array vendor Kaminario has been in business a year longer than Pure Storage but is some way behind in sales, size and funding. However, it has begun expressing a technology vision that could accelerate its growth dramatically. We don’t know what Kaminario’s revenues from its K2 scale-up and scale-out arrays built …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2016
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Workers rejoice! Marx’s vision will become reality, argues SAP veep

Marx’s vision of the lumpen proleteriat casting off their alienating shackles to become masters of their own destiny could be about to become a reality – just as soon as they sign up as Uber and Airbnb vendors. That was the argument put forward by SAP's Eric Verniaut, senior vice president for industries EMEA, at Huawei’s …
Joe Fay, 15 Jun 2016
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Digital adaption, you're doing it wrong. STEM education needs rethink

With surprising timing, the Productivity Commission has dropped a report during the election campaign, criticising the widespread belief that science, technology, maths and engineering (STEM) education is an employment panacea in the digital era. In a report likely to be dismissed by both sides of politics, the commission also …
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Half of Brit small biz hit by cyber crime. 10% spend zilch on infosec

Almost half (48 per cent) of Britain's small businesses were hit by cyber-crime in the last year, with 10 per cent targeted many times. Despite this only one in five see cybersecurity as a business priority, and just 15 per cent are confident that they have adequate measures in place to prevent cybercrime, according to a …
John Leyden, 14 Jun 2016
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Don’t let the Barmy Brexiteers wreck #digital #europe

¡Bong! I have always considered myself an internationalist. Expensive Swiss private school. Los Angeles rehab clinic. East London loft workspace and incubator. My assistant มาลัย (which means "Garland of Flowers" in Thai) is from somewhere in Indo-China. My refreshments are Colombian. I am a borderless child of John Perry Barlow, of …
Steve Bong, 10 Jun 2016

Scality waggles finger, shows off sixth RING

Scality's sixth RING object storage software version adds S3 compliance to Active Directory and AWS identity and access management support. It says it's the object storage supplier with all this so you can have enterprise production deployments of S3-based apps. We're told object storage deployments have been limited to date, …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2016
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AWS Sydney's outage shows the value of a walk in the cloud

To understand the lessons of this week's Amazon Web Services outage in Sydney, which took down the local AWS cloud for a few hours, take a walk down Huntley Street, Alexandria, an unlovely street in a light industrial suburb. Huntley Street is interesting because its footpaths are riddled with an unusual concentration of …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jun 2016
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US military tests massive GPS jamming weapon over California

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is warning aircraft to stay a few hundred miles away from the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, California, because the military is testing a new gizmo that disrupts GPS – and may also mess with flight control systems. gps jamming map Like Bob Marley, the US military is jammin …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2016

AWS endures extended outage in Australia

Sysadmins in Sydney had a horrible Sunday, while their CEOs bent their attention to wondering why their Foxtel Rugby sportscasts weren't working. The Amazon Web Services AWS "power event" AP-SOUTHEAST-2 Region was almost certainly caused by a massive storm system that ran from Brisbane to the NSW South Coast, leading to a …
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WANdisco does cloudy dance

WANdisco, whose technology replicates data, has joined forces with Bridgeworks to speed replicated data on its way to the cloud. Bridgeworks PORTrockIT software will now be available for WANdisco Fusion’s replication technology, to move transactional data to the cloud, at petabyte scale, with no downtime or data loss. …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2016

Q. What do you call a sales-growing letdown? A. Pure Storage

All-flash shipper Pure Storage delivered higher-than-expected revenue for its first fiscal 2017 quarter, but also had the first quarter-on-quarter revenue decline in its history since the IPO. Analysts thought it could have done better. Is this seasonality emerging for the first time or was there some other reason its turbo- …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2016
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ENISA / Europol almost argue against crypto backdoors

While the FBI, in the person of James Comey, continues its campaign to persuade the tech sector that mathematics isn't that big a thing and therefore backdoors are feasible, The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and Europol have tip-toed around the issue, issuing a joint statement that both …
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Half of EU members sidle up to EC: About the data-sharing rules. C'mon. Chill out

Ministers from half of the European Union's 28 member states have signed a letter asking the EU Commission to drop its “barriers to the free flow of data”. The letter was sent to the EU's digitally focused folk ahead of Wednesday, when the commission will publish the findings of its inquiry into online platforms (“search …
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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

If you have ever travelled on an aeroplane, the chances are you have experienced some form of turbulence. For those of us who fly infrequently, it can be alarming and unnerving, but rest assured that for the pilots and crew who experience turbulence every day, it is business as usual. You will normally receive a message to …
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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

Draconian new regulations on vaping come into effect today – but for many vapers, it won’t feel like a crackdown, at least, not right away, Written into the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive were new rules restricting the supply, manufacture and promotion of things which aren’t tobacco products at all, but which have …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 May 2016

Destroying ransomware business models is not your job, so just pay up

COMMENT It's not your job to defend the world against criminals, so the decision to pay a ransomware demand is all about business. The likes of FBI Cyber Division deputy chief James C. Trainor disagree. The Bureau recently advised organisations not to pay lest they "embolden" criminals and encourage others to take start using …
Darren Pauli, 17 May 2016

Australian Greens don't believe Silicon Valley can save the world

If there's one thing that Australia's two main political parties agree on, it's that replicating Silicon Valley on local shores is a Very Good Thing. The governing Liberal/National coalition and opposition Labor party are both advocating more spending on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching and back …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2016
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GCHQ plugs DevOps

Eavesdropping agency the Government Communications Headquarters has published a DevOps research paper titled Boiling Frogs. Feeling technological disruption "as much as other government departments" the secretive unit has offered "this internal research paper publicly, not to present policy or guidelines, but to stimulate …
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A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions

Analysis The pace of fibre broadband deployment in the UK remains a highly contentious issue. But the current lack of fibre isn't our biggest problem: it's the absence of any national strategy. To put our fibre-to-the-premise broadband infrastructure into international perspective, FTTP services are only available to two per cent of UK …
Kat Hall, 11 May 2016

Lending Club CEO booted out for dodgy deals

The CEO of online money merchant Lending Club, Renaud Laplanche, has been fired, raising more questions over tech startups and how far from business norms - and the law - they have strayed in an effort to make money. Laplanche resigned this week after an internal investigation revealed the company - a lauded startup "unicorn" …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 May 2016
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Experian Audience Engine knows almost as much about you as Google

We have grown so used to credit reference giants like Experian knowing almost as much about us as Google, but unlike Google, they put this information up for sale. This is perhaps why we have forgotten that Experian could form the basis of one of the most powerful personal intelligence systems in the world. And that it is a …
Faultline, 09 May 2016

Arrow ECS top dog parades $200m (run rate) cloudy biz

Cloud computing is on track to be a $200m plus annual business for Arrow ECS, the enterprise IT distie's big boss has claimed. The reliably boring firm - in a good way if you are an investor - notched up its umpteenth straight quarter of expanding sales, jumping nine per cent to $1.8bn for Q1 of fiscal ’17 ended 2 April. …
Paul Kunert, 04 May 2016
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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

A Reg reader has passed on the most beautiful email exchange we've seen this year, between himself and UK backup business Monster Cloud, after the company suddenly bumped up its prices mid-contract. The London-based reseller came under fire from customers earlier this month when customers who had paid £50 for a year's worth of …

EMC makes a LEAP forward with Virtustream and more

EMC World The first day of EMC World in Las Vegas caused announcement overload, with the Unity array top of the list, closely followed by a Virtustream storage cloud and more. The Virtustream Storage Cloud (VSC) is for enterprises and service providers to store data in the cloud, mission-critical data, says EMC. The data can come from …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2016
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Slack pulls leaked creds

Messaging system Slack has plugged last week's chatbot vulnerability. As disclosed last week by Detectify, Slack developers creating custom corporate chatbots were leaving login access tokens in source code uploaded to Github. Slack has sent a response to Detectify, here, in which it says it is permanently deactivating the …
Team Register, 01 May 2016
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Oz gummint seeks public input on 'site block' guidelines

The Australian government has decided it could do with some public input regarding the use of a controversial site-blocking law. No, it's not the “block the pirates” law that came into force last year. Rather, it's Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act, a provision that received little attention until the Australian …
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The case for ethical ad-blocking

When is ad-blocking ethical? How about when the adtech industry is behaving so unethically it destroys people’s livelihoods? Musician and music rights campaigner David Lowery last year made the incendiary suggestion that musicians should encourage their fans to block the advertising running on music-streaming sites – even …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2016
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MIT launches campus lunch bug bounty

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has joined the growing number of large organisations and agencies to offer a bug bounty. The program is in an experimental phase and is open to current MIT students and affiliates, and includes a limited number of domains. Those submitting severe bugs will have money dropped into MIT …
Darren Pauli, 26 Apr 2016

Silicon Valley, season 3: CEO Richard learns humility, tech style

Recap While everyone was getting excited about a sexy witch turning into a distinctly unsexy witch over on Game of Thrones, the true nerds tuned in last night to catch the season 3 opener of Silicon Valley – Mike Judge's caustic and hilarious satire on our favorite den of disruption. It did not disappoint. It's been nearly a year …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Apr 2016
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Rackspace hit by outage

Rackspace's Hosted Exchange 2007 platform has been hit by an outage. The problem began at 5am UK time and was flagged as a "system disruption" at the time of writing. One customer got in touch to report that no ETA of service resumption had yet been given. ® Putting text-reading robots to work. Arthur_Caranta, CC BY-SA
Kat Hall, 20 Apr 2016
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Snafu! BT funnels all customers' sent email into one poor sod's inbox

The UK's biggest broadband provider BT redirected its customers' outgoing emails to a single account for three hours on Tuesday. The telco said the flooded inbox was an internal account it uses for test purposes and not a random unlucky subscriber. While BT did not provide details on the reason for the disruption, it appears …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2016

Swedish air controllers debunk cyber attack disruption theory

Sweden's civil aviation administration (LFV) has concluded that radar disruptions that affected services in Stockholm and Malmö last November were down to the effects of a solar flare, scotching rumors reported by El Reg and others earlier this week that a hacker group linked to Russian intelligence might be to blame. Radar …
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2016

Seagate revenue numbers rain on cloud after market misses

+Comment Seagate has issued an early warning that its third fy2016 quarter revenue will be off by $100m from its forecast of $2.7bn. The company expects to report revenue of approximately $2.6bn and non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 23 per cent, for the quarter which ended April 1 – no, this is not a late April Fool joke. The …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2016

Russia sends exploit kit author to the GULAG for seven years

The author of the infamous "Blackhole" exploit kit has been sentenced to seven years in a Russian penal colony, local media report. Dmitry Fedotov, 29, also known as Paunch, was sentenced 12 April along with six other hackers who received between five-and-a-half and eight years for fraud offences, TASS news reported. Fedotov …
Team Register, 15 Apr 2016

Can you hear me now – over the picket line? Verizon workers strike

The workers who handle Verizon's wireline services in the Eastern US have gone on strike. At 6:00am local time Wednesday morning, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) said that members in districts ranging from Maryland and Delaware up through New York and New England were officially on strike barring failed …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Apr 2016
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Symantec.cloud portal limps back online after day-long TITSUP

Symantec.cloud’s portal is back online following a day-long outage. However, sysadmins report a continuing inability to perform basic functions such as adding new email accounts for new starters at the corporate firms they manage. Problems with the system followed a database crash on Monday morning that dragged on until …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2016