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LARs to Microsoft: Please make deal reg programme that works

Microsoft is being urged by large account resellers (LARs) to take steps to speed up the deal registration process more than two months after launch. LARs continue to complain of the Partner Sales Exchange (PSE) – the centralised system underpinning the process – crashing intermittently, forcing Partner Account Managers to …
Paul Kunert, 12 Apr 2012

Xen says its security policies might be buggier than its software

The Xen project has asked for help to ensure future bugs aren't as disruptive as the XSA-108 flaw that saw major cloud operators reboot an awful lot of servers. XSA-108 emerged in late September and saw the likes of AWS, SoftLayer and Rackspace patch and reboot many servers. Such reboots are just the kind of thing that cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2014

UN report says killer bots could fight WAR WITHOUT END

The United Nations has called for the establishment of an international body to set guidelines for the development and use of lethal autonomous robotics (LARs), lest such machines go on a never-ending killing spree that plunges humanity into perpetual war. Judge for yourself if we're being colourful or exaggerating by reading …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2013
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Metallica's Lars Ulrich illegally downloads own album

Metallica drummer and notorious Napster naysayer Lars Ulrich has admitted he illegally downloaded his band’s latest album from a file-sharing website. The heavy metal rocker told US music channel VH1 he wanted to test how the process worked. “I sat there myself and downloaded ‘Death Magnetic’ from the internet just to try it,” …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Mar 2009

Microsoft trying to lock customers into volume deals

Microsoft has drawn its knife to slice and dice the fees handed to LARs in a bid to drive up the number of signed Enterprise Agreements. Redmond has already used price hikes to push more customers to renew volume licensing deals in the summer and now it is adopting a tried and tested method in the channel - using compensation to …
Paul Kunert, 19 Nov 2012
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Put down the (cod)piece and step away: Artist cuffed after sculpture cockup

A Swedish artist was involved in a dust-up with the local fuzz, who mistook his sculpture of a pistol loaded with steel penises for a real gun. Bengt Andersson planned to exhibit his work at the Ronnquist gallery last week but when he opened his case to show staff the offending article, he was seized by bodyguards. "I just …
Paul Kunert, 09 Sep 2013
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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

Vinyl has been the music format that wouldn’t die for the best part of three decades. Not since Kenneth Williams quipped “Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!” has a death scene seemed so protracted. Now, however, it seems the format is officially in remission. Pioneer PL-510 and PL-117D turntables The song remains the …
Steve May, 14 Nov 2014

Microsoft shaking up SPLA licensing channel

Microsoft is set to shake-up the way it sells Service Provider Licensing Agreements, The Channel can reveal. The software giant threw out a Request for Proposal (RFP) to existing and prospective distributors recently that need to be completed by today and an appointment is expected mid-August, the timeline sources say Microsoft …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2012

Goodbye HANA daddy, assorted cloud bods: SAP gets corporate

The cloud “talent” is leaving SAP and the suits are taking over. Is it time to panic for SAP? The mastermind of SAP’s Hana in-memory architecture has gone and so has yet another cloud hire. Vishal Sikka, executive board member of products and innovation, has left the giant immediately for "personal reasons". Sikka’s legacy is …
Gavin Clarke, 09 May 2014
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Google's JavaScript-slaying-improving Dart lets fly with version 1.0

Google has reached a significant milestone in the development of Dart, its JavaScript replacement language, with the release of the first production-ready version. Dart is designed to make it easier to develop complex web applications by avoiding some of the language shortcomings that make large JavaScript applications difficult …
Neil McAllister, 14 Nov 2013

Campaign to kick NSA man from crypto standards group fails

National Security Agency employee Kevin Igoe is to keep his position on the panel of an influential internet standards working group, the powers-that-be decided last weekend. Igoe, who co-chairs the Internet Research Task Force's Crypto Forum Research Group (CFRG), had been accused by those campaigning for his removal of pushing …
John Leyden, 08 Jan 2014
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MoD signs Microsoft mega licensing deal for 180,000 PCs

The Ministry of Defence renewed a three-year Microsoft Enterprise Agreement late on Friday with Software Box Ltd (SBL) for 180,000 seats in a deal that sources value at roughly £15m per year. SBL has held the Microsoft EA with the MoD for the past nine years and channel folk are not surprised the Large Account Reseller won the …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jul 2013
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Microsoft deal registration program backfires

Microsoft's Partner Sales Exchange (PSE) deal registration tool, designed to safeguard large account resellers (LAR) from rivals pilfering business at the eleventh hour, seems to be causing more problems than it is solving. The program was already beset with problems before it launched, with implementation delayed from October …
Paul Kunert, 24 Feb 2012

Microsoft promises big shiny tool to cheer glum Windows resellers

Microsoft has vowed to end its reseller partners' woes by fixing the unstable website used to register customer sales: by the end of next month Redmond's deal-registration website will be upgraded and will include a new business intelligence and analytics tool. The online system for inputting deals with IT buyers was launched …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jan 2013
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If you're pondering a startup, go for big data. This VC might fund you

Enterprise software venture capital firm Atlantic Capital Partners backs a number of up-and-coming startups, including Amplidata, Racktivity and Torch, the firm behind data analytics tool Graylog2. But what makes the firm's partners decide which firms to take a gamble on? ACP was founded in 2010 and invests, at the growth stage …
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Live blog: Facebook's 'screw you' to Google revealed at last

Facebook has called the world's press down to its headquarters in Menlo Park, and El Reg has braved the Death Race 2000 zone that is California's freeway system at commute time to be here. Speculation has been running wild about what the Behoodied One will announce. Theories have included a Facebook smartphone or tablet, an …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jan 2013
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Microsoft blesses elite brotherhood to service big customers

Microsoft has anointed a secret guild of Large Account Resellers to service its biggest licensing customers in the UK. Under a re-classification, all 18 UK LARS will be authorised to sell to global customers, termed by the vendor as major accounts. But only a select band will qualify for the incentive programme kicking off on 1 …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jun 2011
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Microsoft delays LAR deal registration programme

Microsoft has delayed implementation of its deal registration programme for Large Account Resellers (LARs) until March as the systems required to make it work are not ready. Redmond had planned to launch the programme from 1 October to coincide with sweeping changes being made to the fee structure from that time, but teething …
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2011
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SAP shuffles execs to chase cloud success

It is time for musical chairs at SAP, and the desire to ramp-up products that run on the cloud and sell more of them is calling the tune to which the executives are dancing. The German software giant said in a statement that Lars Dalgaard, head of its entire cloud operations and the founder and CEO of SuccessFactors, was leaving …

Tiny trackers untangle bee secrets

UK researchers have used radar tracking - very small radar tracking - to help shed light on bumblebee navigation. Since there's long been an obsession about the bumblebee's supposed inability to fly, getting them airborne with a backpack seems something of a feat. The results of the research, described in this PLOS article, …
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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

Italian entrepreneur Andrea Rossi has surfaced again to restate his claim that his E-Cat low energy nuclear reaction kit puts out more energy than goes in. And so it is that the “cold fusion” debate will be re-ignited – this time with new voices in Rossi's corner. Giuseppe Levi and Evelyn Foschi (Bologna University, Italy); …
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Nordic telco CEO strolls in aftermath of Uzbek spectrum doodah

Lars Nyberg resigned as CEO of TeliaSonera, the main telco of Sweden and Finland, following accusations that he and the board failed to properly investigate the Uzbekistani business with whom TeleSonera worked when expanding into that country. Nordic lawyers Mannheimer Swartling carried out the investigation, at TeliaSonera's …
Bill Ray, 04 Feb 2013
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Star Wars fanboys to restore Tatooine Homestead

Last year a bunch of Star Wars fanbois went on a pilgrimage to the Lars homestead on Tatooine - or rather the part of Tunisia in which George Lucas shot the movies. Many film buffs will remember the iconic 'igloo' as the moisture farm Luke Skywalker was raised on. The igloo is still there, in Tunisa. Due to harsh winds and …
Caleb Cox, 27 May 2011
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Mysterious Facebook product plumps up shares on Wall Street

Facebook's stock went north on Wall Street - reaching $32 a share yesterday for the first time since July 2011 - basking in the glow of the free content ad network's imminent product announcement. The company sent out invites to the press last week to "come and see what we're building". Surprisingly, the details of what will be …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2013
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Microsoft licensing hike sparks UK piracy, bankruptcy fears

Reseller NCI Technologies has urged Microsoft to shelve the planned pricing overhaul that could see UK customers paying between 20 to 35 per cent more for volume licences. Redmond will align volume licence pricing in the EU - except for academic programmes - to the euro currency from 1 July in a bid to drive some consistency …
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2012
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Google Maps daddy defects for Facebook

Lars Rasmussen—– who built the original Google Maps alongside his brother Jens before helming the ill-fated Google Wave — has parted ways with Google. And according to one report, he's bound for Facebook. Rasmussen revealed his departure from Google on his Facebook page. Lars and Jens Rasmussen joined Google in 2004, after the …
Cade Metz, 31 Oct 2010
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Search and rescue: Why Facebook AND Yahoo! need Microsoft

A surprising rumour suggesting that Yahoo! had been in talks with Facebook about a possible search deal popped up in the British Sunday press yesterday. It then quickly catapulted its way to Silicon Valley - only to be almost immediately pooh-poohed as nonsense. The Sunday Telegraph reported that Yahoo! chief Marissa Mayer had …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Nov 2012
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Report: Microsoft tried and FAILED to offload Bing on Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly declined to take Microsoft's Bing off the software vendor's hands last year. According to a New York Times report about Facebook and Microsoft's recent patent deal that once again underlined the strategic partnership between the two outfits, some Redmond execs were super-keen to offload its search …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Apr 2012

Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

The lovely thing about this year's Nobel Prize in Economics is that it entirely borks the case for a Robin Hood Tax - a levy on the financial sector's transactions, in other words. Not that the judging panel's decision will stop efforts to implement the tax; everyone's moved beyond intellectual arguments to instead howl in the …
Tim Worstall, 15 Oct 2013
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Huawei picks Android for new tablets and smartphones

Huawei is betting on Android with its launch of four new smartphones and two tablets all running Google's OS, albeit with a customizable interface dubbed "Emotion" that the Chinese networking giant is opening up for customer's suggestions. "We have made our choice," the company's decidedly non-Chinese vice president Lars- …
Iain Thomson, 31 Aug 2012
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Opera boss walks off stage, citing musical differences

Jon S von Tetzchner is leaving Opera, the browser company he co-founded back in 1995 and headed until last year. The company and its former CEO put a bland spin on his departure at the close of last week, but this was rapidly overtaken by the leak of his valedictory email to staff and subsequent comments to the media. "It is of …
Joe Fay, 27 Jun 2011

Google's JavaScript assassin: Web languages are harder than VMs

The problem with programming languages is that everybody’s got an opinion - just ask Lars Bak, the Virtual Machine guru who is building Google’s planned (by Google at least) replacement for JavaScript. Bak has spent 15 years working on object-oriented VMs (virtual machines) at Google and Sun Microsystems and notched up 50 …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jan 2013
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Microsoft dismisses reseller critics of Office 365

Resellers need to re-engineer their business model for the cloud services era rather than trying to turn back time, Microsoft has warned. Office 365 hit the market this week but a cross section of the US software vendor's channel remain concerned about the client engagement model: Microsoft hosts the service and bills the …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jul 2011
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Facebook wunderkind admits share price Zuck-up on stage

In his first big interview since taking Facebook onto Wall Street with all the savoir-faire of a tramp in a dirty Santa outfit, internet billionaire Mark Zuckerberg has confessed that his company must do better. He added that performance of the free-content ad firm's stock "has obviously been disappointing". The 28-year-old exec …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Sep 2012
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Kelway gulps down Microsoft reseller, plots march on Europe

Serial acquirer Kelway has swallowed Irish corporate and public sector reseller Business & Scientific Services (BSS) Ltd for an undisclosed sum, bagging Microsoft top-tier certification in the process. Founded in 1985, BSS – which Kelway claims is Microsoft's largest large account reseller (LAR) in Ireland – has offices in …
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2012
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SAP fluffs up cloud biz with $3.4bn buy

SAP is shoring up cloud computing capabilities with the acquisition of SuccessFactors, a human resources software firm, for $3.4bn cash. SAP is paying a hefty premium for SuccessFactors - some 52 per cent above the closing price on Friday, December 2 (the day before the acquisition was announced) and some 10 times revenues. But …

Google's 'JavaScript killer' marks first birthday with update

Just over a year after it first unveiled the Dart language for large-scale web programming, Google has announced that its purported "JavaScript killer" has hit its first major milestone. "Today, after plowing through thousands of bug reports and feature requests from the web community, a new, more stable and comprehensive …
Neil McAllister, 16 Oct 2012

Facebook shoves biz pal Microsoft aside, unzips new Graph Search

Facebook took a major step away from Microsoft on Tuesday by confirming it had built a search product for its network without any involvement from its Redmondian biz partner, which has a $240m stake in Mark Zuckerberg's ad empire. While it remains the case that Microsoft's Bing continues to power web search on Facebook, the …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jan 2013
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Swedish boffins: An ICE AGE is coming, only CO2 can save us

A group of Swedish scientists at the University of Gothenburg have published a paper in which they argue that spreading peatlands are inexorably driving planet Earth into its next ice age, and the only thing holding back catastrophe is humanity's hotly debated atmospheric carbon emissions. "We are probably entering a new ice age …
Lewis Page, 09 Nov 2012
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Next-gen Atom benchmarks show big boost for GPU

Netbooks based on Intel's upcoming 'Cedar Trail' Atom CPUs - the N2600 and N2800 - may not show a big processing performance leap over their predecessors, but they will sport smart graphics core. So say benchmark tests carried out on the new Atoms for VRZone by erstwhile Reg Hardware Reviews Ed Lars-Goran Nilsson. 3DMark 06 …
Tony Smith, 30 Aug 2011
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SAP tosses out stock-linked sweeteners to staff

SAP employees will continue to bag cash incentives in the form of phantom stocks as the enterprise computing behemoth works harder to hang onto valuable talent. “I do believe it makes a lot of sense to have incentive programmes for the employees as well, which make them interested in the share price of the company and give them …
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Opera co-founder and CEO quits

Opera's CEO and co-founder, Jon von Tetzchner, has stepped down from his role at the company. The Norwegian browser maker said yesterday that von Tetzchner will be replaced by Lars Boilesen as Opera's new boss. Plain-speaking von Tetzchner co-founded Opera in 1995, since when he has served as the firm's CEO. Boilesen had …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jan 2010
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Debian, Ubuntu patching up rocky romance

The recent FOSDEM was great this year, and Belgium still had beer left before, during and after. Still lots of people, though with an extra building open – it was a little less crowded. There were over 400 sessions on themes from Mozilla, Java, cross-distro and embedded to Ada and law. There was lots of Debian at FOSDEM, and I …
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Report: Facebook working to improve its 'search' technology

Facebook is reportedly working on an overhaul to its clumsy search option. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, which cites two people familiar with the project, the company is attempting to improve the feature. Lars Rasmussen - who built the original Google Maps alongside his brother Jens before taking charge of the unloved …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2012
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Google sacks Eric Schmidt memo leaker

Google has fired the employee who leaked the Eric Schmidt memo announcing a 10 per cent pay raise for the company's entire staff, according to a report citing multiple anonymous sources. So, that pay raise isn't going to everyone after all. CNNMoney reports that within hours of the memo being leaked to Business Insider and …
Cade Metz, 10 Nov 2010
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Google shoots Dart at JavaScript

Google has previewed what could be a JavaScript killer while denying the new language is designed to rid the internet of JavaScript. Two of the Google engineers behind Dart unveiled the search giant's new language at the opening of the Goto Conference in Denmark on Monday. Dart has been built by Google's language experts to …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Oct 2011
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Bytes swallows Security Partnerships

Surrey-based Bytes Technology Group has swallowed Security Partnerships (SP) in a bid to start reducing its software division's reliance on Microsoft licensing. Bytes has forked out for a couple of Xerox concessionaires in the past half decade, buying Xclusive in 2006 and Planflow Systems two years later, but has been relatively …
Paul Kunert, 02 Aug 2011
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Google brings out new programming language

Google has built a brand-new programming language for "structured web programming", one that appears to be suited to browser-based apps. Two of the search giant's engineers will discuss Dart, Google's new language, at the Goto international software development conference next month. News of the new language was posted to the …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Sep 2011
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Google Wave limps on until year end and beyond (maybe)

Mountain View will keep its Google Wave engine running until at least the end of 2010. The ad broker confirmed on Monday that its unpopular Wave product, which Google ditched in August, would limp on for the next few months. "We're looking at ways to continue and extend Wave technology in other Google products, open sourcing …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Sep 2010

Oracle and SAP are Big Software, but for how long?

When Oracle announced disappointing third-quarter results in March 2013, executives at the company were quick to blame poor sales execution for a two per cent decline in new software licences and cloud software subscriptions. It wasn't a symptom, they insisted, of underlying problems with the company’s product portfolio - or …