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Electrical box fault blamed for GS2 data centre outage

A power outage at "Europe’s largest purpose-built data centre”, Global Switch 2 – which knocked one customer offline for two days – has been blamed on a high voltage fault. All customers lost access to services based in the GS2 data centre on Saturday 10 September, according to an interim incident report issued by hosting …
Kat Hall, 20 Sep 2016

Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

Analysis Analyst outfit CCS Insight issued a report about the innovation crisis in smartphones this week – and Apple has done little to address this with an iPhone update quickly labelled as incremental. At its main annual product event, Apple implicitly acknowledged the failure of the smartwatch to take off by repositioning the second …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Sep 2016

Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

Apple held court in San Francisco on Tuesday to announce updates for the iPhone and Apple Watch lines. Speaking to a hand-picked crowd at the Bill Graham Auditorium (The Register was not invited), CEO Tim Cook showcased the annual updates for both the smartwatch and smartphone pieces of Apple's lineup. A very swimmable Apple …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Sep 2016
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Publishing military officers' names 'creates Islamic State hitlist'

The Ministry of Defence has been accused of creating an Islamic State hitlist by publishing the names and ranks of Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force officers. Made available to the public since the 18th century, the Army and Navy Lists contain the names, service numbers, ranks and date of seniority of every serving officer …
Gareth Corfield, 06 Sep 2016
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Virgin signs up record ultrafast broadband subs

Sales at Virgin Media rose 3.2 per cent to £1.2bn for the UK broadband provider's second quarter compared with the previous year - as it signed up record ultrafast broadband subscribers. Operating income fell 24 per cent to £79m mainly due to "increases in related-party fees". Business sales rose 5.5 per cent to £167m, while …
Kat Hall, 05 Aug 2016
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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our Friday wallow in jobs that are nastier than yours. This week, reader “Earl” tells us that just this year he responded to “a Craigslist ad for a Novell NetWare Admin to figure out why .nlm files would not be loaded and fix the issue.” Earl says he “wrote back and told the person that I was very …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Aug 2016
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Google's multi-zonal cloud

Google has made a handy addition to its cloud: “Regional Managed Instance Groups” that spread virtual machines across its “zones”. Google's cloud operates “regions” such as US West or Europe. Within those regions are “zones”, discrete facilities that should operate independently if another zone goes down. Regional Managed …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2016
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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

The UK is “on target” for its new F-35B fighters to reach initial operating capability by 2018 – and will own a whopping 24 of the state-of-the-art jets by the year 2023, junior defence minister Philip Dunne told a briefing at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) this morning. Dunne was speaking to a morning briefing at …
Gareth Corfield, 08 Jul 2016
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One container to rule them all? No. Um, a plastic box* refresher

Analysis Containers are the cool toy meaning two things: new technology and hype. At heart, containers are simple: group the minimum set of files needed to run a particular program into a single directory tree, then run it with some kind of isolation mechanism, so that as far as that process is concerned, it's the only thing on the …
Liam Proven, 05 Jul 2016

ZTE Axon 7: A surprise flagship contender

Hands On Few people would have placed ZTE as being in the flagship Android race this year in Europe, but its Axon 7 makes it a surprising and strong contender. You'll know the script by now: buy a Chinese manufactured Android, get top-of-the-range features, and save £100-150 over a big brand HTC, Samsung or Sony flagship. Or even more …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jul 2016
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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

The first of the Royal Air Force's new F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jets landed on British soil last night, heralding a new era for the Royal Air Force. The supersonic Lightning II, as it will be known in RAF service, was flown across the Atlantic by RAF Squadron Leader Hugh Nicols, in the company of two US Marine Corps F-35Bs …
Gareth Corfield, 30 Jun 2016
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Microsoft and Salesforce strike up Lightning-Outlook love

Microsoft’s Outlook email client has had a Lightning makeover for Salesforce’s CRM. The companies on Tuesday announced Lightning for Outlook, integrating Microsoft’s popular email client with Salesforce’s new-ish CRM. Lightning is the HTML5-edition of Salesforce’s as-a-service platform and UI announced in October 2014. …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jun 2016
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Three men and a container engine: Let's commoditise this baby

Backgrounder Portworx Enterprise hits general availability in July to provide containerised storage for containers. The software runs on commodity servers, captures and aggregates their storage into a virtual SAN providing scale-out block storage, then provides storage for containers, at container granularity, and with a global namespace. …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2016
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AWS blames 'latent bug' for prolonging Sydney EC2 outage

Amazon Web Services has explained the extended outage its Sydney services suffered last weekend, attributing downtime to a combination of power problems and a “latent bug in our instance management software”. Sydney recorded over 150mm of rain on last weekend. On Sunday the 5th the city copped 93 mm alone, plus winds gusting …
Darren Pauli, 09 Jun 2016
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Salesforce $50m upstart fund

Salesforce has set up a $50m incubator to finance startups using its Lightning development platform, and will give them free workspace in its San Mateo office in California. "Based in the Bay Area, the Salesforce Incubator will provide a space for select companies to innovate, collaborate, share best practices and interact …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2016
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Salesforce slaps UK Enterprise customers with 40% price hike

British Salesforce customers have been disproportionately hit by a price hike of the cloudy business' enterprise CRM system. The price for its Lightning Enterprise Edition software in the US increased by 20 per cent to $150 (£103) per month, while in Blighty prices rose 41 per cent to £120. One customer got in touch with The …
Kat Hall, 23 May 2016

Virgin's 500k FTTP lines

Virgin Media says it is on track to build 500,000 fibre-to-the-premise connections this year – half of its "Project Lightning" target. So far it has built 250,000. The announcement was part of Virgin's parent company Liberty Global's first quarter results. During the first three months of the year, Virgin posted sales of £1. …
Kat Hall, 10 May 2016

Venezuela tops world lightning conductor league

Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo has wrested the world's "maximum lightning activity" crown from Africa's Congo Basin, according to electrifying data from the joint NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). Using 16 years of detection data from the now-deceased TRMM satellite's …
Lester Haines, 03 May 2016
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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

Storage Architect A recent Register article reminded me that hard drive vendors are introducing warranty limits on their products for the amount of data that can be written to them in any one year. SSDs have always had this restriction; does the same now apply to HDDs? Solid state drives (SSDs) have always had this restriction because we know …
Chris Evans, 03 May 2016
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Flexi-Plexistor's software-defined memory roadmap

Comment Startup Plexistor's SDM software is said to run any application at near-memory speed by using caching and tiering. It has a file system that covers DRAM, NVDIMM-N (byte-addressable flash DIMMs fully mapped to memory space and accessed at cache-line granularity), NVDIMM-F (block-addressable flash DIMM on memory bus), forthcoming …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2016

Google broke its own cloud AGAIN, with TWO software bugs

A couple of days ago Google's cloud went offline, just about everywhere, for 18 minutes. Now the Alphabet subsidiary has explained why and issued a personal apology penned by “Veep for 24x7” Benjamin Treynor Sloss. And yes, that is Sloss' real title. Sloss says the problem started when “engineers removed an unused Google …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2016
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You keep using that word – NVMe. Does it mean what I think it means?

Tech explainer NVMe fabric technology is a form of block-access storage networking that gets rid of network latency delays, magically making external flash arrays as fast as internal, directly-attached, NVMe flash drives. How does it manage this trick? EMC DSSD VP for software engineering, Mike Shapiro, defines NVMe fabrics as: "the new NVM …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2016

Critics hit out at 'black box' UN internet body

The United Nations body that reviews how the internet is governed is facing criticism from some of its biggest supporters over its "black box" decision making. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an annual event that pulls everyone from governments to civil society to business and the technical community together to discuss …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Mar 2016
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She's coming... the Chief Data Officer

The chief data officer is on the rise. The number of CDOs appointed by major organisations rose from 400 in 2014 to 1,000 in 2015, according to Gartner. By 2019, 90 per cent will have a CDO, the analyst says. Their rapid emergence raises important questions about the role and position of the CDO in organisations. More …
Mark Samuels, 17 Mar 2016
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So you wanna build whopping pools of PCIe flash? Say no more, whisper Intel, Facebook

OCP Summit Intel will reveal a bunch of tech today at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, California – from NVMe storage blueprints and new Xeon D system-on-chips to processors with builtin FPGAs. The OCP, launched by Facebook in 2011, encourages hardware manufacturers to produce generic gear to the project's open …
Chris Williams, 09 Mar 2016

European Patent Office extends olive branch to furious trade unions

In an effort to defuse increasing tensions at the European Patent Office (EPO), trade unions will for the first time be given legal status at the organization. The move is an olive branch after years of infighting at the intergovernmental organization, and comes after a letter from the Board of the EPO's Administrative Council …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Feb 2016

European Patent Office heads rapidly toward full meltdown

The European Patent Office (EPO) is heading toward a full meltdown, with its president reportedly refusing to accept an official censure over his recent actions. A leaked version of a letter from the board of the EPO's Administrative Council (B28) highlights the depths to which the organization's relationship with its …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Feb 2016
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SAP buys 'all the pretty data' firm Roambi

SAP has bought a data presentation specialist to paint its data feeds in a shade more like Salesforce. The software giant this week bought “key assets” of Roambi, founded in 2008 and specialising in mobile BI and analytics. SAP announced the Roambi buy while saying its Predictive Analytics also now works with Spark – the open …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Feb 2016
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Z-z-ZAP! Salesforce.com reveals Lightning release and price hikes

Salesforce.com has revealed new and more expensive versions of its products. The crown jewel is a new release called “Lightning” that adds integrated VoIP, the better to help sales folk make calls fast and have them logged for managerial approval. There's also more analytics, tied to email if required, to help send more and …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Feb 2016

We Googled the ex-Google guy and Google said he was clean, says Wikimedia

Hours after receiving the dreaded football manager’s vote of confidence from his board, Wikimedia’s newest trustee has quit. Tesla’s VP of Human Resources, Arnnon Geshuri, was appointed to the board of the Wikimedia Foundation over Christmas, but community members registered their disquiet with the decision.An open vote of no …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2016
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SanDisk struggles to fatten itself up ahead of WD takeover

A final growth quarter but revenue declines on the annual compare, amid falling annual revenues, end a tough year for SanDisk as it prepares to be acquired by WD. Final 2015 quarter revenues were $1.54bn, 11.5 per cent on the year-ago quarter, although they were 6.2 per cent higher than the third 2015 quarter. This beat Wall …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2016
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AMD emits fresh open-source GPU tools for HPC, game devs

AMD has fleshed out its notion of an openly defined GPU architecture, GPUOpen, with the launch of a bunch of open-source tools on GitHub plus a shiny new website. The move has been welcomed by the gaming press, but GPUOpen is not all about blasting people in 3D death matches – AMD also has the high performance computing (HPC) …

Bungled storage upgrade led to Google cloud brownout

Google's 'fessed up to another bungle that browned-out its cloud. The incident in question meant Google App Engine applications “ received errors when issuing authenticated calls to Google APIs over a period of 17 hours and 3 minutes.” The cause, Google says was that its “... engineers have recently carried out a migration of …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2015
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Scality hires ex-Cisco chief marketeer

After quite a lengthy search, Scality has appointed ex-Cisco man Syed Hoda as its chief marketing officer. The object storage startup has got itself a Cisco veteran who left in 2013 to join ParStream as its CMO, only for that IoT Big Data analytics firm to get bought by Cisco in October. Before that Hoda had been with Cisco in …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2015
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How to build a real lightsabre

As even casual Star Wars fans will know, lightsabers are probably the coolest weapon ever to make an appearance on the big screen. Lightsaber fights are so elegant that they are almost hypnotic and, even though not all of us might have a strong enough flow of Force running through our veins, a lightsaber in the right hands is …
Gianluca Sarri, 15 Dec 2015

Silicon Valley's Congresswoman comes to the defense of Tor

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, who represents a big slice of Silicon Valley, has gone to bat for the anonymizing Tor service. In a letter [PDF] sent this week to the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Lofgren has asked some pointed questions about the role that the DHS played in a recent high-profile case where a …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Dec 2015
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Hacked Japanese space probe sends back first pictures of Venus

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released the first photographs of Venus taken by its much-delayed Akatsuki planetary probe. Akatsuki (meaning Dawn) was due to have been in orbit five years ago, but its main engine failed as it was making its final maneuver, off around the Sun. Years of careful rocketry from …
Iain Thomson, 09 Dec 2015
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Japanese hack gets space probe back on track

It took five years of painstaking work but the Japanese space agency has got its Akatsuki probe back on track. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has confirmed that a careful combination of telematics, testing, and tentative orbital corrections have put the atmospheric probe into orbit around Venus, albeit half-a- …
Iain Thomson, 07 Dec 2015

HPE to open private London drinking club

It has come to our attention that megacorp Hewlett Packard Enterprise is planning to open a private drinking establishment in its new London nerve centre, for the benefit of "employees, officers, guests and persons attending bona fide private functions". Earlier this year, the then-HP signed a 15-year lease on 1 Aldermanbury …
Lester Haines, 26 Nov 2015
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End in sight for wireless power standards war as field shrinks to two

ICGS The battle for wireless power supremacy is now a straight fight between two groups following the merger of the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) into the Airfuel Alliance. "AirFuel technology is the next step in fast-tracking the commercialization of wirelessly charged products," said Ron …
Iain Thomson, 03 Nov 2015

Ice 'lightning' may have helped life survive Snowball Earth

The ice sheets and glaciers that extend over roughly 11 per cent of the Earth’s land mass are home to a surprisingly abundant source of life. Sections of liquid water beneath and inside the ice provide a habitat for a genetically diverse variety of microbes. And studying these organisms gives us some clue what life may have …

Google snaps Dutch woman completely taking the piss

NSFW Google has moved with its usual lightning speed to erase an entertaining street scene captured by one of by its Street View prowlcams in the in the Dutch town of Almere. Our censored version of the Street View woman No sooner had the apparently worse for wear micturator been splashed across Live Leak than expert blurring …
Lester Haines, 02 Nov 2015

Reg reader escapes four-month lightning-struck Windows Vista farm nightmare

On-Call This week's instalment of On-Call, our regular reader-contributed tale of things that go pear-shaped in the small hours, comes from Carl who tells us that “a couple of years ago I had just been made redundant”. Carl's the kind of chap who sees opportunity in adversity, and so felt it was his time to step up from sysadmin to IT …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2015

El Reg keeps pushing Apple's buttons – its new Magic Keyboard

Hands-on Sometimes Apple's timing is just right. Its "magic keyboard" has been due a refresh and literally last week, your humble hack's keyboard stopped working. It's hard to tell what precisely has gone wrong, but it is definitely something to do with the connection from the two AA batteries that the keyboard used to power itself. …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Oct 2015
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Your storage environment will be toast in... 8... days

Comment You are about to run out of SAN capacity and your sales order booking system will fail its response time limit in five days. Not a nice message to get, but it's much better knowing in advance and being able to do something about it than hearing about your storage systems crashing on the day. Such predictive analytics are being …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2015
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Testing CarPlay with Apple’s most expensive ever accessory

Vulture at the Wheel Apple’s CarPlay – which we got the chance to test with the ultimate iPhone accessory, a £200,000 Ferrari California T – is fighting a standards conflict against Google’s Android Auto, in what seems to be a replica of the war between Android and iOS. There will be a separate review of the car later, but for the moment it’s …
Simon Rockman, 03 Oct 2015
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Asus ZenPad 10 Z300C: Cheap tab, dock combo you can turn up to 11

Review If you want a top-notch Android tablet and keyboard package, buy the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. It's very good. But at £499 it's also very expensive. If money is tight, Asus can now offer you a superficially not dissimilar package for two hundred quid. That £300 saving suggests some major compromises, so is the Asus a bargain …
Alun Taylor, 02 Oct 2015
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Get ready for a grim future where BEES have SHORTER TONGUES

Humanity may have to live in a terrifying future where bumblebees have shorter tongues unless the menace of global warming can be abated, a new scientific study suggests. Ace bumblebee researchers reveal to a flabbergasted world today, courtesy of the learned journal Science: We found that in two alpine bumble bee species, …
Lewis Page, 25 Sep 2015
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SAP pitches Cloud Foundry real-time customer service

SAP has become the latest enterprise giant to promise real-time “insight” into customers, via the cloud. Europe’s tech giant is re-serving the Hybris e-commerce platform it bought in 2013 with a shot of Cloud Foundry, the open-source project it joined in 2014. Hybris has been updated with the addition of two modules, SAP …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2015
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Here they come: Salesforce unleashes Wave analytics tools

Salesforce has announced new apps and ISV partners for its real-time analytics-as-a-service Wave cloud. A year on from announcing its great Wave cloud, Salesforce introduced Wave Actions, Lightning Reports and Dashboards, and Wave embedded dashboards. Actions are tools that let you create actions based in information or data …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Sep 2015