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Vendors suspend tech orders as Brexit slaps Brit pound

BREXIT If there is one thing the IT industry despises it is uncertainty and there was lashing of the stuff poured across the UK following the Brexit vote. Most major vendors already came out in favour of the Remain camp - including Microsoft, IBM, HPE, SAP, EMC, Cisco and many others - the result was so unexpected for the community …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2016
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Juniper preps global policy manager for OpenContrail

Juniper Networks seems to have big plans for its OpenContrail SDN controller: it would like to see it act as a kind of “meta-controller” for multiple cloud and data centre controllers. It's quietly pushed up the first code of what is, for now, dubbed “project Ukai” at Github. The alpha-level code has two top-line aims: to run …

Stuxnet was the opening shot of decades of non-stop cyber warfare

The famous Stuxnet attack against Iran is credited by some as forestalling the alternative: a bombing raid by Israel against Iran’s nuclear facility. The use of such cyber-weapons in the future, however, may mean more countries end up in low-level conflicts more or less continuously. Military strategists are still grappling …
John Leyden, 22 Jun 2016
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Fedora 24 is here. Go ahead – dive in

Review Fedora 24 is here, packing not just the standard group of changes familiar to any distro update, but also changes to fundamental elements. The biggest news in the default desktop version that I looked at – called Fedora Workstation 24 – is GNOME 3.20 and the continuing improvements to support for Wayland, the graphic stack …

Dr Craig Wright lodges 51 blockchain patents with Blighty IP office

Wannabe Bitcoin creator Dr Craig yeah Wright has filed more than 50 patent applications relating to the crypto currency with the UK Intellectual Property Office. Dr Wright submitted the paperwork in the UK through EITC Holdings registered in Antigua. EITC Holdings filed 25 patents with the Office last week. These bear titles …
Darren Pauli, 22 Jun 2016

Top boffins detail how to save the open internet from breaking itself

Analysis The internet could go one of three paths in the next decade, according to an elite group of policymakers: open and global; unequal and uneven; or dangerous and broken. And the path to righteousness? It's contained in the recommendations of the 140-page report that the grandly named Global Commission on Internet Governance ( …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jun 2016
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New storage upstart Versity offers S3 object storage interface

Versity is an archiving software startup using multi-threaded SAM-QFS. It was founded in March 2011 by CEO Bruce Gilpin, with a VC background, and CTO Harriet Coverston. She is the tech brains of the outfit and worked at LSC (Large Storage Configurations) from 1986, which developed QFS (Quick File System). QFS grouped disk …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2016
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Intel-supported Open HPC stack to land in Q4

Along with its Knights Landing chips landing, Intel has unveiled its first implementation of the Open HPC environment. The Intel HPC Orchestrator is a validated software stack designed to give big iron admins the kind of out-of-the-box support more familiar to the enterprise server customer. It wraps up the Open HPC software …
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Quantum is shutting down sync'n'share biz Symform in July

Storage firm Quantum bought the Symform cloud consumer/small business file sync and share business in August 2014 – and is going to close it down on July 31. It has gone from acquisition to closure in 23 months. Why? According to a Quantum FAQ: "Quantum is discontinuing the Symform service due to its strategic business focus …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2016
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When DIY is not enough: Web-snack firm Graze has an offline awakening

“Graze is doing the reverse of most companies,” co-founder and chief technology officer Edd Read tells me. “We started online and we are going offline. We started with bespoke home-made technology and we are beginning to adopt the opposite.” Started in 2008 Graze has done everything considered “normal” in today’s startup …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jun 2016
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Astroboffins' discovery gives search for early life a left hand. Or right

For the first time, astronomers have made an interstellar observation of a molecule that can exist in left- and right-handed versions – which could help unravel how life can come to exist. The discovery was made using two radio telescopes: Green Bank in the USA, and Parkes in Australia. What Brett McGuire (US National Radio …
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Raspberry Pi distributor Premier Farnell in £792m Swiss buyout deal

Premier Farnell, British Raspberry Pi distribution firm, is set to be purchased by Swiss group Dätwyler Holding for £792m. In a letter to investors released today Premier Farnell said an agreement had been made to allow Dätwyler to take over the company, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval. Leeds-based Premier …

Fujitsu UK calls time on Entatech distie deal

Fujitsu has given Entatech their marching orders following a review of the UK line-up designed to tackle over-distribution, but it has granted a reprieve to Ingram Micro and Arrow ECS to get their act together. Kevin Matthews, UK sales director for Fujitsu’s Technology Products Group, said the review criteria involved sales, …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2016
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JFrog's marriage made in ... well: Internet of Things, meet DevOps

CD vendor JFrog has proclaimed the Internet of Things (IoT) is the next frontier in DevOps as it ponders how to spend the $50m investment shot it received earlier this year. The vendor announced a raft of alliances and product tweaks at its user conference in Napa at the end of last month, including binary and container …
Joe Fay, 14 Jun 2016

Tell us, evil phisherfolk: What's wrong with Angler Exploit Kit?

Crooks behind exploit kits have switched from using the Angler to favouring Neutrino in recent attacks. “Angler EK has almost completely disappeared,” according to Malwarebytes, a net security firm that has made a name for itself in closely tracking malicious advertising (malvertising) attacks. “We see Neutrino EK take centre …
John Leyden, 13 Jun 2016
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Labor's broadband policy decides 39% fibre is healthy NBN diet

Australia's opposition Labor Party (ALP) has released its national broadband network (NBN) policy (PDF) the centrepiece of which is a pledge to replace as-yet-unbuilt fibre-to-the-node sites with fibre-to-the-node. Labor's policy does five things. Firstly it's an attack on the incumbent Libera/National coalition government's …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2016
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Government regulation will clip coders' wings, says Bruce Schneier

Infosec 2016 Government regulation of the Internet of Things will become inevitable as connected kit in arenas as varied as healthcare and power distribution becomes more commonplace, according to security guru Bruce Schneier. “Governments are going to get involved regardless because the risks are too great. When people start dying and …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2016
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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

Microsoft has created its own cut of FreeBSD 10.3 in order to make the OS available and supported in Azure. Jason Anderson, principal PM manager at Microsoft's Open Source Technology Center says Redmond “took on the work of building, testing, releasing and maintaining the image” so it could “ensure our customers have an …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Jun 2016

Microsoft's BITS file transfer tool fooled into malware distribution

Researchers at Dell SecureWorks have spotted a new and dangerous way to misuse of Microsoft's Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS). While working on a customer clean-up project, SecureWorks staff found that attackers had created self-contained BITS tasks that didn't appear in the registries of affected machines, and …
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Elephant in the room: Doug Cutting on Hadoop and core enterprise tech going open source

Interview In a side room of this year's Strata + Hadoop conference at the ExCel centre in London, Hadoop creator Doug Cutting spoke to The Register about finding proprietary value in the open-source world, and Cloudera's “not entirely commercial” opposition to the Open Data Platform. Cutting created Hadoop, which was named after his son …

Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

An Australian sysadmin frustrated with his business' sudden loss of performance has sparked a conversation about whether Windows 10 is behaving badly on network connections. To jump well into the discussion thread that points the finger at Microsoft: “We have had reports now from several people, not all our clients, reporting …
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Sparkling new Spark distribution spurs MapR to reduce MapReduce

And on the sixth day (of June) MapR announced its new streaming distribution would use Spark and not MapReduce – though this will complement rather than replace its Hadoop distro. Although San Jose-based MapR tips its hat to MapReduce by name, the increasing obsolescence of Google's 2004 framework – and the public enthusiasm …
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Dell finds liquid cooling tech on eBay, now wants you to buy it

Dell is getting into the water-cooled server business for hyperscalers with an offering called “Triton” that it developed for eBay. Dell says it's keen on water cooling because it's cheap: data centres nearly always have a cooling tower that lower the temperature of water so it is sensible to put that cool water to good use. …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jun 2016

Aquaboffins sink lost Greek city theory

Greek and British scientists have announced that submerged remains off the Ionian island of Zakynthos bearing an uncanny resemblance to a lost city are in fact natural formations. Professor Julian Andrews, of the University of East Anglia's (UEA) School of Environmental Sciences, explained: "The site was discovered by …
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2016
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Eject button hit: UK overlords of tech distribution split

What a week it has been for high level UK departures, with three major tech distributors – Arrow ECS, Ingram Micro and Wick Hill – parting with a big cheese. First up is Nick Thurlow, veep of north west Europe at Arrow, who confirmed to us he is leaving at the end of this month a little over three years after he joined from …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2016
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Want a job that pays at least $90,000 a year? Get into ransomware

An analysis of the finances and operation of a ransomware outfit has shown it's entirely possible to bankroll a modest-sized crime gang on victims' payoffs. Dark web monitoring firm Flashpoint has been following a ransomware-as-a-service campaign organized by Russian crooks since December 2015, tracking the recruitment of …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jun 2016
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Go Comparex: Microsoft house counts cost of dealing with Gov.uk

The cost of righting historic accounting wrongs and winning lower margin or empty calorie government business has left Microsoft licensing slinger Comparex UK nursing losses. The firm piled on the British Pounds in the year ended 31 March 2015, growing turnover organically by a whopping 31 per cent to £41.95m, P&L accounts …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2016
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OnePlus: No more rationing

Budget phone star OnePlus is discarding the rationing system that has infuriated wannabe buyers for two years. Creating scarcity in a world of ubiquity originally helped put OnePlus on the map. But the Shenzhen outfit's third flagship OnePlus mobile phone launches on June 14, with immediate availability, and no invitation is …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jun 2016
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Coho Data goes blocky

Coho Data supports block storage with DataStream 2.7. The new software enables customers to host both block- and file-based workloads on the same platform, and incorporates support for OpenStack on DataStream. Coho says DataStream is scale-out and for virtual and non-virtual workloads. It provides network-optimised workload …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2016
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Brexit? Cutting the old-school ties would do more for Brit tech world

Opinion In the early 2000s the United Kingdom was the powerhouse of European science and innovation. For many young, aspiring scientists from continental Europe, this meant coming here to world-leading institutes and universities to pursue research not possible in the constraints of their home countries. In comparison to, especially, …
Boris Adryan, 31 May 2016
Containers

The B-side of storage containerisation

Blog B as in back-end, of course... My attraction to this technology started when it was first introduced on Sun Solaris and I had the opportunity to work with it. Now, of course, it is more appealing and portable than back in 2005. Indeed containers are quickly becoming one of the most compelling revolutions to hit IT in the last …

NASA firms up Space Launch System nanosat manifest

NASA has announced three more CubeSats which will travel on the first mission of the Space Launch System (SLS), slated for lift-off in 2018. A total of 13 CubeSat berths are available aboard Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), which is primarily intended to dispatch an Orion capsule "to a stable orbit beyond the moon to …
Lester Haines, 27 May 2016
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UK distributor Steljes goes titsup

Specialist audio visual distributor Steljes Ltd has called in the administrators after liquidity dried up in what was its 29th year of commercial life. The company had “suffered from severe cash flow difficulties over the past year”, a rep at insolvency practitioner AlixPartners, which is managing the end of life process, told …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2016
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DMA Locker: One time joke, now next big ransomware threat

A new complex and dangerous ransomware strain has been detected. A Malwarebytes researcher known as "Hasherezade" says the "DMA Locker" ransomware is already being slung by the popular Neutrino exploit kit. "The recently observed changes suggest that the product is preparing to be distributed on a massive scale," Hasherezade …
Darren Pauli, 24 May 2016

Cock fight? Not half. Microsoft beats down Apple in Q1

Microsoft won bragging rights over Apple in Britain’s biz slab sales stakes following the first full quarter the two rivals went head to head with their Pro devices. The iPad Pro, released in last October, sold 107,000 units in the UK in Q1 versus 275,000 Surface Pro devices, which was up on the 83,000 units Microsoft flogged …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2016
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Facebook's turbo-charged Instant Articles: Another brick in the wall

Facebook recently opened up its Instant Articles platform to all publishers after an early test run with an anointed few publishers. In a nutshell, it strips out everything a publisher has festooned across their site. In its current form, it uses a specially crafted RSS feed to reformat articles for Facebook. The result is a …
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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

Analysis We have a new phone company today, and it’s European. And the badge says Nokia. So is Nokia back in the phone biz? Yes and no. It won’t spend a penny on either making or marketing phones - even at arm’s length. All that is going to be the job of a new entity, HMD Global Oy, run by present and past Nokians. From HMD we can …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2016
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Catz: Google's Android hurt Oracle's Java business

Google’s free distribution of Android damaged Oracle’s business – according to Oracle. The database giant reportedly told a US federal court that giving Android to handset makers for free destroyed the revenue it could have made on licensing Java. Oracle's co-chief executive Safra Catz reportedly told a San Francisco jury …
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2016

First ATM malware is back and badder than ever

Cybercriminals have retrofitted a strain of ATM malware first discovered in 2009 to create an even more potent threat. Skimer was the first malicious program to target ATMs*. Seven years later, Russian cybercriminals are reusing the malware – but both the crooks and the program have evolved, to pose an even more potent threat …
John Leyden, 17 May 2016
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Mega UK distributor DCC Tech: 2016 was our annus horribilis

The once seemingly unstoppable distribution juggernaut DCC Technology hit some unmovable barriers in fiscal ’16 caused by slumping tab and smartphone sales and the loss of a retail gig. The parent of UK trading arm Exertis admitted today it had endured a "very difficult year". The LSE listed firm still managed to bump up …
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2016
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AT&T buys OTT partner

AT&T is hoping to boost its streaming TV services after the telco giant agreed to acquire Quick Play Inc. The US phone giant said that QuickPlay and its 350 employees will help support both AT&T U-Verse streaming and the upcoming DirecTV over-the-top (OTT) video services. Quick Play has previously worked with AT&T "We intend …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2016

ZFS comes to Debian, thanks to licensing workaround

The ZFS file system has come to popular Linux distribution Debian, but in a way the distro's backers think won't kick up another row over compatibility of open source licences. Ubuntu 16.04 added ZFS, despite pre-release grumblings from Richard Stallman to the effect that anything licensed under the GNU GPL v2 can only be …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2016
Containers

Virtuozzo to build full container stack, target the data centre

Virtuozzo is going to build a comprehensive stack of tech for containerised computing. The company is the server virtualisation bits of the now-devolved Parallels, which kept its name for a spin-out devoted to desktop hypervisors. The company's cloud automation assets were sold to Ingram Micro and the Plesk service desk …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2016
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Sino the times: MSN to pull Chinese portal

Microsoft's MSN China portal will farewell the Internet in June of this year, signalling a further withdrawal of the country's content presence in the Middle Kingdom. The decision was first reported in Chinese media, according to Nikkei, with Redmond to pay more attention to hosting, Windows 10, and its R&D operation. The …
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A modest proposal: dump the NBN mess on Telstra

Because Australia is now in an election campaign, various hopefuls are holding their breath in case (a) the NBN becomes A Serious Election Issue, and (b) the opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP) advances an alternative policy that brings fibre closer to the premises. The depressing truth is this: (a1) because of the …
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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

Hey, YouTube: Pay your 'workers' properly and get with the times

Analysis The latest record industry middleman takes more than ever from the mouths of musicians, at least compared with the old record industry middleman. Head of the recording industry trade group BPI Geoff Taylor says that video music consumption doubled, but revenue only rose by 0.5 per cent. Taylor contrasted this with a 70 per …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2016

Miscreants tripled output of proof of concept exploits in 2015

Hackers collectively tripled the production of Proof-of-Concept exploits last year, according to a new study out on Thursday. Researchers and black hats develop proof-of-concept (PoC) exploits for research or demonstration purposes. These PoCs are developed for a various reasons – to demonstrate that software is vulnerable, …
John Leyden, 05 May 2016

BT Sport takes Elemental step of software encoding

Analysis BT has been as bold over distribution technology as the content itself for its sport channels, but then it had to be given Sky’s entrenched position in sports rights in the UK. BT Sport succeeded in at least ruffling Sky’s feathers and arguably making serious inroads firstly by biting into the English Premier League pie and …
Faultline, 05 May 2016

X-IO and Pivot3 talks stall

Talks between X-IO and Pivot3 about IP licensing, engineering services and potential X-IO staff moving to Pivot3 have stalled. X-IO has been talking to Pivot3 and other companies about providing staff, IP, engineering services and other things such as product supply as a result of deciding to refocus its efforts away from …
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2016