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VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe

In brief Volkswagen-owned Audi has suspended two engineers after it emerged the luxury brand's diesel engines had emissions test cheatware installed. In early November, the US government's environmental watchdog accused VW of adding the standards-evading software to its three-litre V6 engines, which have been used in flash Audi and …
Chris Williams, 27 Nov 2015

Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

Volkswagen America CEO Michael Horn has played the "rogue employee" card to explain how and why his cars' engine software cheated in pollution tests. While being grilled by the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Thursday, Horn said he only learned of the existence of the so-called emissions-hoodwinking "defeat device …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Oct 2015

HP Services engineer dispatch tool 'broken', say engineers

An automated service call system pilot at HP – which we are told cost $72m to develop – is fundamentally flawed because it often relies on patchy web connectivity, engineers are complaining. The "enhanced dispatch" is expected to replace the existing "resource control" call centre in Bulgaria towards the end of there year, but …
Paul Kunert, 02 Mar 2015

Google hires engineers to run Android OS on virtual reality gear – report

Google has padded out a team of engineers to beaver away at an Android operating system to power virtual reality devices, it has been reported. According to the Wall Street Journal, the ad giant plans to follow its well-worn OS smartphone path, by releasing a VR version of its platform that will be freely available online. …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2015

Telecity's engineers to spend SECOND night fixing web hub power outage

Updated Telecity engineers will tonight make a second attempt to fix broken power systems at its critical Sovereign House internet facility. They will be working 24 hours after their first efforts failed and resulted in a second power outage. The internet service giant had planned to repair and fully fix the power supply in the early …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Nov 2015

BLAME ENGINEERS: Workstation sales soar by 8.9 per cent a year

One of the more prized wins in reseller-land is a sale of workstations, because the heavy lifting such machines perform generate lots of data. That means a chance to talk storage, networks and many other topics, making workstations a fabulous foot in the door. Plenty of folks will therefore be rather happy that market-watcher …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2015
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Engineers 3D-print ROBOT SEAHORSE, then SMASH it with rubber mallets

A thing you may not have known: the tail of a seahorse is a square prism rather than the typical cylinder shape normally expected in tails. Researchers have now investigated what mechanical performance advantages this may provide, and reckon it has immense robotic applications. Clemson University boffins have found the ideal …

Tin-rattlers want to digitise lady engineers' historic exploits

The UK's Women's Engineering Society (WES) is indulging in some light tin-rattling aimed at digitising almost 100 years of the Women Engineer Journal. WES was formed in 1919 as a response to female exclusion from engineering's professional bodies, and quickly published the first issue of what would become the quarterly Women …
Lester Haines, 02 Apr 2015
Stanford concept graphic indicating quantum electron interference holograms shovels £15m into training new quantum engineers

The government is flinging £15m at training "the next generation" of quantum engineers through investment in "skills hubs". Implicitly suggesting the existence of a current generation of quantum engineers, the Department of BIS hopes the investment will support the building of "innovative new products like 6G smartphones." As …

Ex-VMware engineers chuck $4.5m and OpenStack at AWS

A pod of former VMware engineers armed with OpenStack and $4.5m in venture cash have thrown their hats into the ring against Amazon’s AWS. The virty giant’s ex-coders have removed their company, Platform9, from startup mode, announcing they’d landed the money from Redpoint Ventures. Manning Platform9 are Sirish Raghuram, …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Aug 2014
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Internet Explorer LIVES ON, cackle sneaky Microsoft engineers

Microsoft is rumoured to have killed off its nearly 20-year-old Internet Explorer browser – but the firm has told The Register there's life in the old code yet. At the Microsoft Convergence conference in Atlanta, US, on Monday, Microsoft's marketing chief Chris Capossela appeared to suggest the recently announced Project Spartan …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2015
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Tired of arguing with suits? Get ready to argue with engineers!

Since time immemorial, IT professionals have been told they must serve their employers by delivering infrastructure that ensures both uninterrupted operations and delivers competitive advantage within moments of a new product or service being imagined. The reality is rather messier, leading to endless commentary to the effect …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Feb 2014
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Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable

LinuxCon 2014 The Linux Foundation on Wednesday introduced two new certification programs aimed at connecting employers with qualified Linux administrators and engineers. "The supply of labor has been far outpaced by the demand for Linux," said Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin, addressing the audience at the annual LinuxCon …
Neil McAllister, 20 Aug 2014
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Want to boost your payslip? Get DevOps on your business card

Getting DevOps onto your business card can make a serious difference to your standard of living, if a salary report from Puppet Labs is anything to go by. The automation vendor’s 2015 Salary Report also said that teams using DevOps practices – such as continuous integration and, er, automated testing – tended to be “higher …
Joe Fay, 18 Nov 2015

How ICANN pressures 'net engineers to give it behind-the-scenes control of the web

Behind-the-scenes efforts by ICANN's lawyers to force the internet community to grant it perpetual control of critical internet functions have been exposed. Citing a cultural default of openness and transparency, negotiation teams from both the regional internet registries (RIRs) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 May 2015

Dell thuds down low-cost lap workstation for cheap frugal creatives or engineers

Dell has introduced an entry-level mobile workstation, the 15.6-inch Precision M2800, to fill the gap between business-level laptops and top-of-the-line mobile workstations such as the 17.3-inch Dell Precision M6800 and HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation. Dell Precision M2800 mobile workstation Yes, it's a Core i5 or i7 laptop – …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Mar 2014

Telecity fails with car park net rescue plan. In fact, things got worse. Again

Internet hub Telecity has failed to overcome the recent power fault responsible for frying computer hardware and denting UK internet traffic. The data centre and colocation centre provider's plan was to employ a static transfer switch to transfer load to a mobile DR system installed especially in the Sovereign House car park, …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2015

Rise of the handy machines: UK gears up for first Robotics Week

The UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network) tentacle of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is inviting humans to get involved in the first UK Robotics Week, scheduled to run from 25 June - 1 July 2016. The event - supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of …
Lester Haines, 18 Nov 2015

US students prevail in rocket-powered egg challenge

A group of Alabama students claimed the International Rocketry Challenge crown in Paris last week, pipping their British and French rivals into second and third places, respectively. The seven students from the Russellville City Schools – competing as RCS Engineers – were pitted against the UK's "Team Terminator", from James …
Lester Haines, 22 Jun 2015

Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

Comment Two highly qualified Google engineers who have spent years studying and trying to improve renewable energy technology have stated quite bluntly that renewables will never permit the human race to cut CO2 emissions to the levels demanded by climate activists. Whatever the future holds, it is not a renewables-powered civilisation …
Lewis Page, 21 Nov 2014
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NOxious VW emissions scandal: Car maker warned of cheatware YEARS AGO – reports

Volkswagen was reportedly warned about rigging emissions tests on its vehicles years ago, not only by one of its suppliers but also the German car giant's own engineers. According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper, VW's technicians flagged up concerns about the engine management software the company was …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2015
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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

A study carried out by psychology researchers in Sweden has shown that people who go into engineering are less caring and empathetic than those who enter professions such as medicine. Trick-cyclist Chato Rasoal and his colleagues determined this by surveying 200 students from six different study programs, using a "well- …
Lewis Page, 21 Jan 2013
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Herbie goes to a hackathon: Mueller promises cheatware fix

Volkswagen is going to spend up big getting rid of its troublesome cheatware, the company has announced. Reuters reckons auto industry analysts reckon the fix could cost as much as US$6.5 billion. At less than $600 for each of the 11 million affected vehicles, that's a snip, and should get engineers somewhere a bonus (but …

Fingers crossed tomorrow morning for Telecity's third repair shot

UK internet hub Telecity on Thursday plans its third shot at fixing a power systems problem that fried customers' servers. According to an email seen by The Reg, Telecity’s chiefs have scheduled a three-hour window between 01.00 – 04.00 GMT on 26 November to fix wonky power phasing at the firm's Sovereign House data centre. …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2015
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A Dyson car? Don't rule it out. We're suckers for innovation, says CEO

Dyson's chief executive has hinted at the British technology company's interest in entering the crazy world of automobiles. Known for its vacuum cleaners, hand dryers and digital motors, the company's chief executive hinted at Dyson's interest in cars in an interview with the Telegraph. Announcing its annual financial results …
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Apple scrambled to hire iOS 6 maps engineers DAYS before launch

Apple posted job adverts for six iOS map engineers within the past ten days, perhaps preempting the storm of criticism over the controversial new map app in iOS 6. Any effort to boost the software's team could be seen as too little, too late after fanbois and fangrrls across the world branded the new satnav-like service as …
Anna Leach, 21 Sep 2012

Demon Internet goes TITSUP: Outage borks ancient ISP

Updated Demon internet broadband users are currently unable to connect, with the company reporting a complete outage of its services. The internet provider first reported problems at 08:43 this morning. According to Demon, engineers have localised the issue and further engineers have been despatched to a network site. "Our focus …
Kat Hall, 15 Jan 2015
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SAP in search of autistic software engineers who 'think different'

SAP wants to hire engineers diagnosed with autism - or people who "think differently" in the words of the enterprise software giant. In a big push to fill out its ranks of developers, testers and bods involved in data quality assurance, SAP has turned to Specialisterne, a group dedicated to finding work for those with autism. …
Gavin Clarke, 23 May 2013
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Dr Alex Moulton: 'An inspiration for generations of engineers'

Obit Dr Alex Moulton, the engineer and inventor famous for designing small-wheeled bicycles and car suspension gear, has died at the age of 92. Moulton pioneered full-suspension small-wheel bikes, which were super popular in the 1960s and are still being built by hand in Bradford on Avon by The Moulton Bicycle Company. He also …

Need discrete encounter with some hardware? Of course, we mean AMD's new Embedded Radeons

When you think AMD, you might think: "Oh yeah, those peeps doing the graphics chips in the Nintendo XboxStation 4." Or maybe: "Err, those peeps, the ones keeping the M word away from Intel and Nvidia." Or perhaps: "Um, the ones El Reg keeps telling us to pray for?" Right now, AMD would like you to think of them as those peeps …
Chris Williams, 29 Sep 2015

Ex-Valve engineers raise begging bowl for 3D holographic-like goggles

Two former engineers from gaming giant Valve have launched a fundraiser for an ambitious holographic-like augmented-reality display technology. The KickStarter for the "castAR" technology was launched on Monday by Valve technologists Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson, who are seeking funds to take their invention to market. The …
Jack Clark, 14 Oct 2013
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Who gets Teslas made and throws Apple shade? It's… MUSK!

Billionaire business mogul Elon Musk is taking some time away from his electric car and space exploration ventures to slag off Apple. Speaking in an interview with Germany's Handelsblatt Global Edition, the Tesla founder said that employees who left the automaker to take up positions in Apple were anything but important pieces …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Oct 2015
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Mexican Zetas ENSLAVING engineers to run crimelords' radio net

Engineers are being kidnapped in Mexico, not for ransom but to build and maintain Los Zetas' radio network, as criminal gangs need reliable connectivity just like everyone else. InSight Crime reports on the spate of kidnappings, which haven't resulted in the usual ransom demands and do seem to have been targeting engineers …
Bill Ray, 02 Nov 2012
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Oracle scoops staff from failed OpenStack startup

Oracle's senior veep for cloud Peter Magnusson says the company has hired about 40 engineers from failed OpenStack startup Nebula. Nebula put itself out of its misery in early April, citing an immature market as inimical to its future operations. Magnusson told re/code Oracle's scooped about 90 per cent of Nebula's engineers. …
Simon Sharwood, 08 May 2015

Eclipse staggers to feet, gets smacked by second DDoS

Internet provider Eclipse has been hit by a DDoS attack, the second wave of an attack which began on Monday. In an email sent to customers seen by The Register, Eclipse said: "We are currently experiencing another occurrence of the DDoS attack which occurred on Monday the 23rd. This means that internet based services may not …
Kat Hall, 25 Nov 2015

Soyuz docks with ISS, delivers trio of fresh 'nauts

The Soyuz capsule carrying the Kazakh Space Agency's Aidyn Aimbetov, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov successfully docked with the International Space Station this morning. The mating followed a fly-around of the orbiting outpost, during which the TMA-18M onboard …
Lester Haines, 04 Sep 2015

World's most complex cash register malware plunders millions in US

The world's most complex sales till malware has been discovered ... after it ripped millions of bank cards from US retailers on the eve of post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzies. The ModPOS malware has pilfered "multiple millions" of debit and credit cards from the unnamed but large retail companies incurring millions of dollars …
Darren Pauli, 24 Nov 2015

Netflix releases reflected XSS audit tool for biz

Netflix has continued its contribution to the open source security community with the release of a tool to better help developers and admins identify cross-site scripting. The Sleeping Puppy tool joins Netflix's released security tools including Fully Integrated Defense Operation automated incidence response platform, the …
Darren Pauli, 03 Sep 2015
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Your CAR is the 'ultimate mobile device', reckons Apple COO

Apple has admitted to eyeing up the automotive market, with chief operations man Jeff Williams describing cars as "the ultimate mobile device". Responding to a question about industries the mega cash-rich company is looking at, Williams told the Code Conference 2015: “The car is the ultimate mobile device,” adding, “We’re …
Kat Hall, 28 May 2015
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Fujitsu shrinks SMB file transfer metadata traffic jams

Fujitsu has found a way round repetitive metadata ops that delay CIFS and SMB transfers from remote file-sharing sites. It's developing a WAN optimiser product using this software tech. File metadata is sent too many times in a transfer session, slowing data transfer. What Fujitsu engineers found was that, with a large number of …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2015
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Trio of 'nauts thunder towards International Space Station

The Kazakh Space Agency's Aidyn Aimbetov, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov are en route to the International Space Station following their successful dispatch heavenwards from Baikonur Cosmodrome earlier today. The Soyuz TMA-18M launches to the ISS. Pic: ESA / S. …
Lester Haines, 02 Sep 2015
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German engineers demo ROBOT APE

Balance is relatively easy for humans because we spent millennia evolving into walking upright, but it's difficult for robotics researchers. Researchers at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence have decided to skip bipedism in favour of a robot that walks like an ape. The 18 kg robot, dubbed iStruct by its …
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Can your code survive crappy 2G? This open-source traffic controller will test it

A two-year project inside Facebook has culminated in the release of software to test how well applications and servers work under degraded network conditions – all the way down to rickety 2G. The idea behind Augmented Traffic Control, open-sourced on GitHub, is to improve the delivery of material on under-performing networks. …
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IEEE hopes to standardise e-health communications

The IEEE has set to work on standardisation in the e-health device market, and to help the project, it's signed an agreement with medical research nonprofit the Regenstrief Institute. The institute is home to a key standard medical dictionary, Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC), which is used to exchange …
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NASA rover coders at Intel's Wind River biz axed – sources

Exclusive Intel-owned Wind River – the maker of the VxWorks software used in NASA rovers, spacecraft, military computer systems, and industry – has laid off a number of its most experienced staff, sources tell The Register. We've learned that some of the engineers hit by this quiet "reduction in force" have been with the Alameda, …
Chris Williams, 24 Sep 2015

Big mistake, Google. Big mistake: Chrome OS to be 'folded into Android'

Google is apparently going to "fold" Chrome OS into Android, potentially killing the development of a secure, lightweight desktop OS in the process. The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, claims engineers at the Mountain View giant have spent the past two years merging Chrome OS into Android. The end result will …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Oct 2015

C For Hell: Data centre meltdown for irate customers as C4L GOES TITSUP

Updated C4L has been battling a major outage for the best part of a day and customers are becoming increasingly angry about the lengthy downtime. The Bournemouth-based colocation and cloud provider, which switched its network over to Juniper kit in October last year, said it was working with the vendor to resolve the outage. C4L said …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Aug 2015
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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

A Google employee named Ken Shirriff has delved into computing history by reverse-engineering the code running Sinclair Radionics' 1974 scientific calculator. Shirriff's story of the calculator's genesis notes that in the early 1970s a scientific calculator was an expensive and extraordinary tool for which the likes of HP could …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Sep 2013

TalkTalk website hit by outage, broadband customers also KO'd

Updated Internet provider TalkTalk has once again been hit by an outage, which has brought its own website down and is reportedly affecting a number of broadband customers. At 3.30pm, outage website Down Detector recorded a spike reports of issues with the provider. The provider's website says: The TalkTalk website is unavailable …
Kat Hall, 21 Oct 2015

Calamity cargo capsule DOOMED: Space station pod in fireball re-entry

Vid Roscosmos has written off the Progress supply capsule that was supposed to deliver tons of cargo to the International Space Station. The Russian space agency said the out-of-control craft will burn up within days as it falls back to Earth. Youtube Video Igor Komarov, head of Roscosmos, told a press conference on Wednesday that …
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2015