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Pound's plunge opens UK's tech SMBs to foreign buyouts - analyst

The £24bn purchase of Brit tech success ARM Holdings by Japan giant Softbank this summer was a contentious affair. The new government claimed it demonstrated that post-EU referendum Britain is “open for business”, although it has also voiced concern about British assets falling to overseas buyers with talk of a more focused " …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2016

Talend CEO: Profit? We're a few years off... But we're cash-flow positive

Interview Founded in France in 2005, Talend made its initial public offering on the NASDAQ in July, listing as a French company although it's now headquartered in Redwood City, south of San Francisco. It was only the fifth technology IPO of the year, raising questions as to how fruitful the listing might be. But Talend raised $94m, and …
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Alternative Networks joins Daisy chain gang: Hungry rival snaps it up for £165m

Telecoms business Daisy is poised to gobble Alternative Networks for £165m - the latest deal in its seemingly insatiable appetite for acquisitions. IT and telecoms biz Alternative employs 600 people and reported a turnover increase of 9 per cent to £146.8m for the full-year 2015. However, Philip Carse, analyst at Megabuyte, …
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2016

Bong: Let me talk to Trump

¡Bong! The Mar-a-Lago Club is like the 1960s. If you can remember it, you weren't there. Let me be clear: I have no memory at all of any long, debauched evenings at the luxurious Miami mansion belonging to Donald J Trump. Not one. So that's cast-iron proof, if any is needed, of my uniquely close personal relations with America's new …
Steve Bong, 15 Nov 2016
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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

Sysadmin Blog Gentlemen of IT, I think it's time we talked. I hate people who use spaces to indent their code instead of tabs. I don't mildly dislike them. I am not uncomfortable or annoyed by them. I hate them. A goodly number of you have some technical pet peeve that is similar, and that's a huge part of what's wrong with IT. This is not …
Trevor Pott, 07 Nov 2016

Benioff on being hacked: We're looking into some next-gen fax machines

Marc Benioff is many things. But a whiner is not one of them. Asked on stage today at the Intel Capital Global Summit about the hack of Salesforce board member Colin Powell and the resulting release of the company's highly confidential mergers and acquisition strategy, Benioff was surprisingly upbeat. "On one level, it was …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Oct 2016

Data integrity and failover in the hybrid cloud

Discussions of information security tend to revolve around keeping confidential information confidential: preventing intruders from compromising the protection of the systems and gaining access to data they're not entitled to see. But there's more to security than just keeping information secret: it's a three-pronged concept. …
Dave Cartwright, 19 Oct 2016
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HPE is mulling 'tuck-in' buys of cloud firms, gros fromage says

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is sat on pile of cash that will be used to fund “tuck-in” buyouts, with cloud services a potential hunting ground, the company’s number two has told The Register. Antonio Neri, also exec veep and GM for the Enterprise Group, said the major structural work that has seen the PC and print units spun …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2016
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CA blows on fingers, grasps testing vendor BlazeMeter

Veteran software outfit CA has hoovered up Israeli testing outfit BlazeMeter to burnish its DevOps and testing credentials. The buy is the latest example of CA’s ability to surf the tides of software fashion, which over the last 40 years has seen it waft from mainframe utilities, to PC productivity apps to storage to whatever …
Joe Fay, 21 Sep 2016

Googler mad over cop scrap

A Google engineer is promising to take legal action after he says he was knocked about by police. Ali Afshar, Google engineering manager and former CTO of Microlink, claims he was driving in Silicon Valley (he wouldn't name the city or police department) when he spotted a man in handcuffs surrounded by four police officers. …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2016

Hacking mobile login tokens tricky but doable, says reverse-engineer

Mobile apps that generate on-screen tokens for two-factor authentication can be examined and cloned by malware, a security researcher warns. Fraudsters and crooks can take these clones and generate the codes necessary to login into bank accounts and other online services as their victims. Banks are increasingly relying on …
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2016

Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

Coding curmudgeon Linus Torvalds has gone off on yet another rant: this time against open-source-defending lawyers and free software activist Bradley Kuhn. On a mailing list about an upcoming Linux conference, a discussion about whether to include a session on the GPL that protects the open source operating system quickly …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Aug 2016

If this headline was a security warning, 90% of you would ignore it

Developers, advertisers, and scammers be warned; boffins say your pop ups will be almost universally ignored if they interrupt users. The work examined how users respond to web-based messages during times of varying concentration and found users who are engaged deeply in some task will ignore pop ups. The university quintet …
Darren Pauli, 18 Aug 2016
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Summer of Salesforce: CRM cloud swallows tiny pattern-recog firm

Salesforce has made its second acquisition of the month, and its fourth since June. The CRM-as-a-service player is buying business analytics provider BeyondCore for an undisclosed sum. BeyondCore examines data sets using pattern-recognition technology using a set of patented algorithms that combine machine learning and …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Aug 2016
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Hybrid cloud: Deciding the right mix for your workloads

Blog Anyone who's read much of what I write for The Reg will know that I'm a believer in hybrid cloud – using the cloud for some elements of your world whilst retaining components on-premises too. But precisely which elements? We'll look at how you might decide what belongs where: on-premises, in the private cloud, or in the public …
Dave Cartwright, 09 Aug 2016
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PC pioneer Gary Kildall's unpublished memoir revealed

The Computer History Museum has revealed part of an unpublished memoir by Gary Kildall, a programmer and entrepreneur who made critical contributions to the personal computer industry in its formative years. Kildall died aged just 52, in 1994, but in his short life he earned fame for developing CP/M, an operating system that …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Aug 2016
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Washed out summer? Fear ye not: DVDs for DevOps droogs

Stob Hurrah! Summer is at last well under way, so how better to pass the weekends than pulling the curtains on the rainscape, lolling on the sofa and inhaling a few dozen hours of downloaded TV? I am aware that such an introduction sets up certain expectations. However, rather than treat you to ill-informed speculation regarding …
Verity Stob, 26 Jul 2016

Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

Interview Two American writers have attempted to grapple with the rise of “populism” exemplified by Donald Trump and Brexit, with both starting (if not finishing) from the Left. Both Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges and The New Class Conflict by Joel Kotkin both make uncomfortable reading for the complacent chatterati. Both …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jul 2016

Wealthy youngsters more likely to be freetards than anyone else – study

The well-groomed throng of bourgeois protesters that shunned the weekly Waitrose shop and headed for London’s Parliament Square on Saturday had something in common other than a common desire to remain in the EU. The demographic that closely mirrors keen Remain voters is more likely to download content illegally than any other UK …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Jul 2016
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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

Comment I'm just about old enough to remember the 1975 Europe referendum. Old enough to remember leaflets thudding onto the doormat (for every 'NO', there were three for ‘YES’). Most vividly of all I remember my father and our Austrian GP, who lived a few doors down in Teesside, discussing the EEC as he walked his dog past our house. …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jun 2016
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Salesforce eyed up LinkedIn

Microsoft’s record $25.4bn acquisition of LinkedIn might have been pipped at the post by Salesforce. The CRM-as-a-Service provider was, however, unable to compete with the huge premium Microsoft stumped up for LinkedIn. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told ReCode: "It's the season of M&A... We gave it a solid look.” He reckoned a …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jun 2016
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Who's to blame for the NHS drug prices ripoff?

The NHS has been hit by a new scandal – overpaying for generic drugs. It’s a cracking story, and all credit to The Times for breaking it. The Thunderer reports how the NHS buyers continued to acquire drugs at eye-gouging prices, using prices set by the marketing middleman, when much cheaper alternatives could have been …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jun 2016

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

Hands-on In its most recent quarterly earnings report, Microsoft highlighted its increasingly popular Surface line as the growth leader in its More Personal Computing line of business. Surface led the category with 61 per cent growth in constant currency, a rise driven by the top products in the line, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and the …
Addison Snell, 27 May 2016
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Lenovo: Markets for our products 'will remain challenging'

Mergers and acquisitions and restructuring costs led to Lenovo booking its first annual loss since 2009, but crappy demand for PCs and smartphones didn’t exactly help to wax the bottom line either. The Beijing HQ’d biz reported sales for fiscal ’16 ended 31 March of $44.9bn, down three per cent year-on-year, after ending the …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2016
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Sick of storage vendors? Me too. Let's build the darn stuff ourselves

StorageBod Any half-way competent storage administrator or systems administrator should be able to build a storage array themselves these days. It’s never really been easier and building yourself a dual-head filer that does block and network-attached storage should be a doddle for anyone with a bit of knowledge, a bit of time and some …
StorageBod, 16 May 2016

FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

Vid FBI director James Comey today suggested the Feds paid security experts over a million dollars to crack a San Bernardino killer's iPhone. While speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in the UK, Comey was asked how much his agents paid hackers to break into Syed Farook's iPhone 5C. "More than I will make in the remainder of this …
Chris Williams, 21 Apr 2016
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Ah, so that's why Adapt wasn't put in the shop window in 2015

The reason why Lyceum-backed Adapt remains Lyceum-backed is contained in their latest set of annual profit and loss accounts - company growth stalled and so a sales process was halted. The London-based outfit was expected to come onto the market last last year and tasked M&A and corporate finance advisor ARMA Partners with …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2016
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I am sending pouting selfies to a robot. Its AI is well buff

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I like to pick roses on a summer’s day and meeting friends. I dearly wish for world peace. I hope to work with children, just as soon as I have completed my doctorate in astrophysics. Not really, but I am in training. I am about to enter a beauty contest. At the risk of slipping back into my default double-entendre mode, it’s …
Alistair Dabbs, 15 Apr 2016

Ruckus: A strong buy for Brocade, but leaves Juniper isolated again

Comment Pity poor Juniper. The networking company’s alliance with Ruckus Wireless last summer raised hopes that it would strike it third time lucky in the Wi-Fi market, filling the gaping wireless gap in its platform. Now Brocade has snatched carrier Wi-Fi leader Ruckus from under its rival’s nose with a $1.2bn acquisition. It's the …
Wireless Watch, 13 Apr 2016
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Managing infrastructure, a newbie's guide: Simple stuff you need to know

We all have IT and telco infrastructure equipment that's getting older. Time marches on and few of us have the funds or resources to renew everything when it reaches its official point of being written off by the bean-counters. We all, then, have some kind of legacy kit clinging onto its existence – even if it doesn't quite …
Dave Cartwright, 07 Apr 2016

Kik opens bot shop, promises world+dog access to teen market

Kik, the company behind the eponymous teen messaging platform, has kicked open its doors for bot developers. The Canadian company has launched its bot shop, which has three categories – entertainment, lifestyle, and games – and 16 bots currently available. Developers are encouraged to submit more bots for the messenger app, …
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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

IT is perceived in mixed ways by users. Some look on the amazing stuff it does and think there must be witchcraft going on in there somewhere. Others think that because they configured their Wi-Fi printer and Sky box at home, they're a genius of computing. If you're to preserve order, security and governance in the use of your …
Dave Cartwright, 06 Apr 2016

OK, so the users want corporate apps on the move. Don't Panic

People want to be able to do their job from wherever they happen to be. It's understandable – if you don't need to be in an office chained to your desk then why not work somewhere more convenient? Let's look at five ways to make this achievable. Remote access to local apps At the most basic level you have the traditional …
Dave Cartwright, 30 Mar 2016

Okay IT pros, change happens. But here's your Reg guide to staying in control

When I started my IT career, the organisations I worked with didn't really do formal change management. And that wasn't really a problem: either they were small enough for it not to matter (we just told the handful of users: “We're about to upgrade X”), or the departments I worked in were sufficiently small and autonomous that …
Dave Cartwright, 23 Mar 2016
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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

Something for the Weekend, Sir? A friend has the willies. He even went on Facebook to tell us about his willies. He’s not normally the kind to get the willies, but willies is what he has. American readers of this column may be disappointed to learn that my friend is neither a fellow of loose morals nor is he, as far as I am aware, multitudinally …
Alistair Dabbs, 18 Mar 2016
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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

Ten years ago, Oracle was mid-snack, taking a break between swallowing PeopleSoft for $10bn and Sun Microsystems for $8.5bn. Microsoft had settled a long-running feud with Sun over something petty involving Java for $20m and had begun designing its vision of how the internet should be programmed with its new BFF, IBM. …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2016

Blah Blah blah ... I don't care! To hell with your tech marketing bull

Sysadmin blog Last week was the hardest time in recent memory for me. My best friend of over a decade, a feline companion by the name of Prometheus, has just passed away. While such a personal event might not seem relevant to things technological, it has served as something of a focusing effect for me. Trying to think through the haze of …
Trevor Pott, 07 Mar 2016
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SMBs? Are you big enough to have a serious backup strategy?

One of the TLAs* we come across all the time in IT is CIA. It's not, in this context, a shady American intelligence force: as far as we're concerned it stands for Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability – the three strands you need to consider as part of your security and data management policies and processes. Most …
Dave Cartwright, 02 Mar 2016
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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

Video A photographer in a public place was called a “lunatic”, "detained" by private security guards and had the police called on him after he videoed a wall outside the Port of Tyne. Footage posted to YouTube by 24-year-old media production graduate Alan Noble shows two security guards employed by the Port of Tyne remonstrating …
Gareth Corfield, 01 Mar 2016
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Crowd-funded OpenShot 2.0 delivers graphic Linux package

Review It's been nearly two and a half years since the OpenShot video editor released an update. The long-awaited OpenShot 2.0 was beginning to feel like vaporware until a Kickstarter campaign raised more than $45,000 and promised a cross-platform release. The Kickstarter backers got their first look at OpenShot 2.0 beta at the end …
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Truncated Q4 helped send Ingram Micro sales down 19 per cent

Sales at Ingram Micro went into a power-dive in calendar Q4, tumbling $2.7bn on the same period a year earlier. But on an organic basis the state of play was not nearly as bad as the topline number indicated. The world’s largest distributor - which is being slurped by Chinese conglomerate HNA Group for $6bn - filed turnover of …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2016
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Like those independent DevOps vendors? They might not be for long...

Enjoy those scrappy IOT and DevOps startups while you can, as many will not be able to resist the siren call of cash rich traditional vendors or the stock market this year, 451 Research has predicted. The analyst firm’s Tech M&A Outlook report has predicted “billions in investment” in a number of hotspot technology areas. This …
Joe Fay, 25 Feb 2016
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Wanna buy an MSP? Attenda hangs 'for sale' sign round its neck

App hosting, co-lo and managed service provider Attenda is coming onto the market for sale in what is already shaping up to be another year of frenzied M&A activity in the UK tech industry. The Staines-based organisation was due to be put up for sale by owner Darwin Private Equity last year but postponed proceedings amid talk …
Paul Kunert, 22 Feb 2016

Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'

Microsoft has bought the British software company SwiftKey, the company we once described as "the UK's stealthiest startup". It's best known for its predictive software keyboard, and the deal is worth $250m, the Financial Times reports. SwiftKey was founded in August 2008 by two Cambridge graduates and was perfectly placed to …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Feb 2016
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Squeeze the banana to log into this office Wi-Fi

In some offices, you have to ask around for the Wi-Fi password, or find it written down on a bit of paper. In others, you do it by poking a banana. Danish network engineer Stefan Milo constructed his fruity authentication system by wiring a piece of fruit to a Makey Makey board and a Raspberry Pi mounted on acrylic glass. The …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2016
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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

Facebook started 2016 with the bold claim that it intends to eradicate phone numbers and replace web browsing, but the Social Network has a mountain to climb before Facebook Messenger becomes the centre of our online world. That’s the stated intention of the Zuckerberg empire – to replace all our myriad internet communication …
Bill Ray, 20 Jan 2016

Boffins tentatively fire up grav wave sniffer

European Space Agency (ESA) scientists have begun to fire up systems aboard the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft - designed to "test the technology needed to develop future space-borne gravitational wave detectors". The LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) Pathfinder is now on its way to its final destination orbiting Lagrange …
Lester Haines, 13 Jan 2016
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IBM's $16bn software supremo Mills reportedly exits

One of IBM’s most powerful executives is reportedly stepping down. Steve Mills, executive vice president software and systems, is said to have retired on New Year’s Eve, tidily in time for the end of IBM's fiscal year. He joined IBM in 1973. IBM did not respond for comment at the time of writing. Mills added the “systems” …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Jan 2016
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Microsoft in 2016: Is there any point asking SatNad what's coming?

Looking Ahead Microsoft has never had to deal with a grumpy activist shareholder criticising the leadership – a grump activist who just happens to be its biggest shareholder ... and its former CEO. Steve Ballmer won't let go. He thinks the cloud KPIs Microsoft gives out are "bullshit", and its mobile strategy is fatally flawed. If Ballmer …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Dec 2015
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13,000 Comcast customers complain to FCC over data caps

More than 13,000 people have complained about Comcast's imposition of a new 300GB monthly data cap, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed. The request was filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by the Cut Cable Today blog, and the response includes more than 2,000 letters about the cap that was …
Iain Thomson, 17 Dec 2015