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Microsoft says LinkedIn will make Trump, Brexit, voters feel great again

Microsoft says buying LinkedIn will help to address the middle class discontent that saw Britain vote to leave the European Union and America vote to leave politics as we know it behind by electing Donald Trump. The company has expressed that sentiment in its post announcing the European Commission's approval of its …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2016
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Watch your back, Netflix: Viu on track for 10 million subs next year

Analysis Hong Kong pay TV operator PCCW Media claims it has racked up 4 million active users on its OTT video service, Viu, after just one year of activity. An uptake of this pace presents Netflix, which recently made its belated entrance into South East Asia, with an almighty mountain to climb. Viu has every chance of surpassing the …
Faultline, 05 Dec 2016

Cheap virtual box hosters – Amazon's Lightsail is out to destroy you (yes, you, Digital Ocean)

AWS re:Invent Now that it dominates the public cloud market, Amazon is setting its sights lower – on developers deploying small projects – in the hope that these customers will remain within the AWS ecosystem. In conjunction with AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Amazon introduced Lightsail, a service that allows customers to launch …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Nov 2016
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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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systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

The self-proclaimed “Veteran Unix Admins” forking Debian in the name of init freedom have released Beta 2 of their “Devuan” Linux distribution. Devuan came about after some users felt it had become too desktop-friendly. The change the greybeards objected to most was the decision to replace sysvinit init with systemd, a move …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2016
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HPE: We're 'opening floodgates' for Synergy orders... a year after launch

Hewlett Packard Enteprise's composable infrastructure is going into mainstream distribution in January, a year after the covers were first lifted off the machine – with some added fluffy white stuff and hyper-converged extensions. Synergy was made public at HPE's Discover event in London in December 2015. It offers IT bosses a …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2016

Blu Vivo 6: Top value trendsetter marred by Chino-English mangle

Review Does anyone buy phones purely on specs? If so, this one might interest you. If software updates, support, and overall fit and finish can be ignored, then perhaps Blu, a Miami-based phone brand might make you pay attention. That’s because Blu enters the UK market with a £229 5.5-inch model, which on the surface looks an …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 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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NetComm kicked to the curb by nbn™ for fibre-not-quite-to-the-home

Nearly 20 years after it was a supplier to Optus' hybrid fibre coax build, Australian comms-kit-maker NetComm will help replace the network. The company yesterday announced it's won a contract to supply one-port and four-port nodes for the National Broadband Network's Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) services. In NetComm's …

Hyperconvergence 101: More than a neatly packaged box of tricks

In a world of complex technologies and unforgiving business environments, simplicity in IT is good. Technology teams want to get the job done with as little fuss – and as little drain on management resources – as possible. Hyperconvergence promises to deliver that simplicity, but how does it differ from more traditional …
Danny Bradbury, 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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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

Comment Facts all come with points of view Facts don't do what I want them to Talking Heads The internet is filled with things that aren’t true, the world discovered this week. Gosh. Who would have thought it? The platforms’ propagation of bogus “news” is the latest "blame anyone except us" theory to account for the election of …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2016
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HPE tape library permits unauthorised remote access

HP Enterprise has warned that its StoreEver MSL6480 Tape Library is at risk of allowing “remote unauthorized disclosure of information.” As the MSL6480 can store up to 8.4 petabytes when all 560 of its slots are filled with LTO-7 tapes, that's rather a lot of data at risk. The problem isn't entirely HPE's fault: it derives …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2016
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Has Linux got OpenStack licked? The Vanilla 'Plus' strategy

No man is an island, nor is OpenStack removed from the fates of two of its – until recently – best-known names. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise was once the largest single contributor to OpenStack. Now, HPE is getting rid of its OpenStack engineers as it turns over responsibility for its OpenStack work to MicroFocus under a deal …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Nov 2016

Google's neural network learns to translate languages it hasn't been trained on

The gap between human and machine translators could be narrowing as researchers find a new way to improve the learning capabilities of Google Translate’s neural network. On the same day that Google announced its translation services were now operating with its Neural Machine Translation (NMT) system, a team of researchers …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Nov 2016
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HDS has HCI – but it's not hyper-converged infrastructure

HDS has announced Hitachi Content Intelligence, software which can search for and read content in multiple structured and unstructured data silos and analyse it. HCI can extract data from the silos and pump it into workflows to process it in various ways. Users of HCI can be authorised so that sensitive content is only viewed …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2016
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UK NHS 850k Reply-all email fail: State health service blames Accenture

National Health Service Digital has tried to blame IT outsourcer Accenture for its ongoing email Reply-all woes, even though the cause is almost certainly a combination of user error and a trouble-inviting system config update. On Monday morning, the NHS' internal email system was brought down by a test message sent by "R," a …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Nov 2016
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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

Updated A test email sent by accident to 850,000 NHS workers has caused utter chaos after being sent from an apparently incorrectly configured* email distribution list. The sender, whom The Register will identify only as R, sent the blank message with a subject line that simply read "test" to a distribution list called …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Nov 2016
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Google: If you think we're bad, you should take a look at Apple

Google has responded to the European Commission's complaint that it is abusing its market power with the Android mobile phone operating system by griping that Microsoft and Apple are worse. The ad and search giant points out in a neat animated GIF that of the 39 bundled apps on an iPhone, all 39 of them stem from Apple; on a …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Nov 2016

Retiring IETF veteran warns: Stop adding so many damn protocols

A retiring veteran of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has left the organization with a departing piece of advice: stop creating so many protocols. Ross Callon was one of just 21 engineers who attended the first IETF meeting in San Diego in 1986 and has missed only a handful of the 95 subsequent meetings it has held …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Nov 2016

Weka.IO – a stealthy startup swimming against the tide

Analysis Liran Zvibel sits across the table from me in a Tel Aviv restaurant eating pork chops. This is a man who doesn't mind going against the grain. He's co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Weka.IO, a stealthy startup that is swimming against two perceived tides. Storage folklore these days says that file systems generally can …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2016
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Why Oracle's Larry Ellison shelled out $9bn for NetSuite

Analysis NetSuite's 18-year run as an independent ERP SaaS provider is over after shareholders approved Oracle's $9.3bn acquisition of the firm. Larry Ellison scraped up a narrow majority of unaffiliated shares to land one of Silicon Valley's early SaaS pioneers. Ellison got 53.21 per cent of unaffiliated shares, 21,775,553. Oracle's …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Nov 2016
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Mythbuntu busted as last two devs working on media centre distro quit

The developers behind Mythbuntu, a Linux distribution dedicated to melding the open source digital video recorder MythTV with Ubuntu Linux, have called it quits. The project's death notice offers a simple reason for the distro's demise: the team working on it has shrunk from ten to just two, the remaining maintainers want to …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2016

Brit cops cuff 14 in £11m money-laundering malware ring sting

The UK’s National Crime Agency has arrested 14 people suspected of using the Dridex and Dyre malware to launder £11m in stolen cash. The 13 men and one woman, some of whom were not British nationals, were aged between 23 and 52. A dozen were arrested in London, and the other two in Daventry and West Bromwich. Cash, mobile …
Gareth Corfield, 04 Nov 2016
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New Zealand carrier says Cu later, copper: we're giving customers a glassing instead

While Australia's nbnTM presses ahead with its Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) strategy, Kiwi carrier Spark wants to give up on copper entirely. Spark is what used to be the remnant of Telecom New Zealand after the incumbent was split at the start of the government's UFB (ultra-fast broadband) strategy, and it's not happy with the …

HP Enterprise, Mirantis sack couple of hundred OpenStack engineers

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Mirantis have laid off roughly 200 OpenStack developers in recent weeks, calling into question the appeal of OpenStack, the open source project for cloud computing infrastructure. HPE spokesperson Meghan Fintland in an email confirmed the layoffs, noting HPE does not provide details about the …
Thomas Claburn, 02 Nov 2016
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VMware stubs its toe again: NSX has another VM-flattening bug

VMware says its NSX network virtualisation product is growing fast … perhaps too fast, because it's again been found to have a nasty bug. Virtzilla struck trouble with NSX 6.2.3, which was first declared unsuitable for implementation and then pulled from distribution entirely. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger described that incident …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2016
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Microsoft open-sources half-baked Azure servers to boost OCP innovation

Microsoft thinks the Open Compute Project (OCP) moves a bit too slowly, so has tossed out some half-baked server designs in an effort to speed things along. “Project Olympus”, as Microsoft modestly calls its new effort, is both “our next generation hyperscale cloud hardware design and a new model for open source hardware …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2016
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KCL out(r)age continues: Two weeks TITSUP, two weeks to go

Exclusive We are two weeks into the outage issues at King's College London, and a communiqué from IT has warned staff that those issues won't be completely resolved for at least a fortnight more. As of this morning, KCL's internal website and its software distribution system are still down, while library services and (vitally) payroll …
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Northamber almost strikes cheery note, warns profit a year off

Veteran distie Northamber almost introduced a note of cheeriness as it unveiled its full year results today. Almost. The firm still unveiled a slip in revenues, increasing losses compared to last year, and said profitability is probably at least a year away. In his statement, chairman David Phillips said that as it continued a …
Joe Fay, 28 Oct 2016
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NYSE halts trading in Violin Memory shares

The NYSE has suspended trading in Violin Memory shares and is delisting the stock because it has not maintained an average global market capitalisation of at least $15m over 30 consecutive trading days. NYSE_VMEM_trading_halted_note NYSE Violin Memory stock quote showing Halted status This requirement is noted in Section …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2016

BlackBerry design boss tells El Reg: 'We're not getting out of phones'

Analysis The more BlackBerry explains its phone strategy, the more people insist there will never be another BlackBerry. Which must be annoying. Headlines a month ago that the company had “hung up on its handset business” were only half right. Executives reaffirmed to us this week that they expect to see more BlackBerry phones rather …
Andrew Orlowski, 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
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Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

Analysis Santa may have an empty sack this Christmas, crushing the dreams of fanbois (and fanfilles). Apple admitted yesterday it was unable to meet the demand for its iPhone 7. Six weeks after the launch, Apple’s own online store is still showing long delays for several configurations of the iPhone 7. These will continue into December …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Oct 2016
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EU ruling restricts rights to resell back-up copies of software where originals are damaged, destroyed or lost

Software companies must enable customers that acquire an unlimited licence to use their product to download a copy of that software to replace originals that have been damaged, destroyed or lost, the EU's highest court has ruled. The right to access a replacement for damaged, destroyed or lost software exists in this way under …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Oct 2016
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Akamai rides on the botnet's back to US$584 million quarter

Cloud computing security has driven a 6 per cent year-on-year revenue growth for Akamai, up from $US551 million last year to $584 million for Q3 2016. The company's third quarter financial report shows its performance and security business unit turned in $345 million in revenue, 19 per cent higher than for the same quarter in …

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

SUSE: Question. What do you call second-place in ARM enterprise server linux? Answer: Red Hat

ARM TechCon SUSE is claiming victory over Red Hat by announcing – and these caveats are all crucial – "the first commercial enterprise Linux distribution optimized for ARM AArch64 architecture servers." In plainer English, SUSE has developed an enterprise-grade Linux distribution that runs on 64-bit ARM servers (should you happen to ever …
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
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Judge orders FBI to reveal whether White House launched 'Tor pedo' torpedo exploits

A US judge overseeing an FBI “Playpen case” has told agents to reveal whether or not their investigative hacking was approved by the White House. The case is one of several the Feds are pursuing against more than 100 alleged users of the child sex abuse material exchange network called the Playpen. The prosecutions have become …

Clinton, Trump actually agree on something – blocking AT&T's Time Warner mega-buy

AT&T's proposed $84.5bn acquisition of Time Warner is already facing a gauntlet of opposition from government officials and activists. With the announcement of the deal less than 48 hours old, both leading presidential candidates have indicated they would oppose the merger after taking office due to concerns of over- …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Oct 2016

Gravitational lensing event could provide ideal conditions for planet hunting

A rare gravitational lensing event will give researchers a precious chance at hunting new planets in Alpha Centauri in 2028, astronomers have predicted. Research published [PDF] in Astronomy & Astrophysics shows that data taken from the European Southern Observatory’s telescopes has led researchers to predict a gravitational …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Oct 2016
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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

Life is to get a lot more expensive for Microsoft customers from the start of next year with currency linked, double-digit price hikes looming for cloud and on-premise software. Software resellers, integrators and cloud service providers were warned about the price rises late on Friday afternoon and told us they expected a …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2016
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AT&T buys Time Warner for US$85.4bn or 1.25 Dell-EMCs

AT&T has agreed to acquire Time Warner for US$85.4bn. Time Warner is a content company that owns HBO, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, cable news channel CNN, celebrity gossip outfit TMZ.com, DC Comics, major sporting web sites and plenty of other brands. AT&T is the United States' leading mobile carrier, and also operates …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2016
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Acronis: Yep, we're using blockchain for backup now

Acronis's Storage software product for businesses and service providers uses blockchain technology to prove data has not been altered. Acronis, known for its backup software, uses the Storage product in its own cloud infrastructure, which has 12 data centres around the globe, protecting over 50PB of hot and cold data for more …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016
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Will rush for New Radio compromise 5G quality?

Analysis The US operators have ended their long love affair with sub-1 GHz spectrum, which was so important to their LTE coverage roll-outs, and are leading the world in harnessing high frequency bands to address the challenge of the expected capacity demands of the 5G era. While regulators and operators in some areas – many in Europe …
Wireless Watch, 20 Oct 2016
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China's LeEco eyes up US, takes on, er, Apple, Samsung, Netflix, Tesla

Pics Chinese tech maker LeEco (pronounced Le Echo) has made its entrance into the US market – with a lavish press conference in San Francisco that showed the Middle Kingdom isn't afraid to take on some of the biggest names in technology. The giant unveiled a high-spec smartphone that massively undercuts rivals Apple, Samsung, and …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2016
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Google's crash canaries' muted chirping led to load balancer brownout

Google has revealed that it broke its own cloud again, this time because of two failures: a software error and alerts that proved too hard to interpret. The problem hit Google's cloudy load balancers on Thursday, October 13, causing them to produce HTTP 502 (Bad Gateway) responses. At first, two per cent reported the problem. …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2016

Facebook is writing a Mercurial server in Rust. This is not a drill

Between Git and Mercurial, the two most popular distributed version control systems in use today for managing software development, Git gets most of the attention. Git was created by Linus Torvalds, which gives it a pedigree. And it has benefited from the popularity of commercial services built around the technology, like …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Oct 2016
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Open-source storage that doesn't suck? Our man tries to break TrueNAS

Review Data storage is difficult, and ZFS-based storage doubly so. There's a lot of money to be made if you can do storage right, so it's uncommon to see a storage company with an open-source model deliver storage that doesn't suck. I looked at TrueNAS from iXsystems, which, importantly, targets the SMB and midmarket with something …
Trevor Pott, 18 Oct 2016