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Laos bans Galaxy S7

Now Samsung's in trouble: the world's 116th-ranked nation by gross domestic product, Laos, has banned importation and distribution of the Galaxy Note 7. The nation's 7m inhabitants are responsible for 3.7m mobile subscriptions. But about half of the nation's villages are not connected to a navigable road, the monthly minimum …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Sep 2016
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These five weird tricks will help you manage your hybrid cloud

When you get to a certain age, and you've been in the IT industry for enough years, you start to get an idea of what auditors are looking for when they descend on you and ask you pointed questions about your systems. And I don't just mean security auditors: if your company has an annual financial audit the team that come and …
Dave Cartwright, 28 Sep 2016
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IBM hopes its tailored Swift will lure you onto BlueMix cloud

Swift, the second-most-loved programming language by Stack Overflow's estimation, has showed up on IBM's BlueMix cloud platform, dressed for general availability. She began performing as a runtime on BlueMix in February, when IBM provided a way to load a Swift binary into Linux containers, to build it as an application, and to …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Sep 2016

New LITE working group takes up ARMs against the IoT

Linaro, the collaborative engineering effort focused around Linux for ARM-based devices, has spawned a new working group to develop open reference platforms for connected products, with an inevitable eye on the Internet of Things (IoT). Dubbed the Linaro IoT and Embedded (LITE) Segment Group, the new initiative is launching …
Dan Robinson, 27 Sep 2016
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Hyperconvergence: Where is the technology, and the CIO, going?

Hyperconvergenced computing offers some advantages for CIOs, but the advantages don’t exist in a vacuum. Companies have to predict what kind of environment their appliances will be running in, four or five years from now, and how they can prepare for it. Hyperconvergence is the convergence of storage and compute infrastructure …
Danny Bradbury, 27 Sep 2016
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Mozilla wants woeful WoSign certs off the list

Mozilla wants to kick Chinese certificate authority (CA) WoSign out of its trust program. As well as being worried about the certs issued by WoSign, Mozilla accuses the company of buying another CA, StartCom, without telling anyone. In this lengthy analysis posted to Google Docs, Mozilla says its certificate wonks have "... …
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Scale-out sister? Unreliable disks are better for your storage

Storage Architect Recently I was asked to review a document that used as a reference a piece of work from Google (PDF) which talked about the need to relax the resiliency levels of hard drives and SSDs. The premise is interesting: hyper-scalers claim they could do a better job in managing performance and availability if the HDDs they use were …
Chris Evans, 26 Sep 2016
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Earliest ever recording of computer-generated music is restored

Audio Kiwi boffins have claimed to have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, from 1951. The recording, released today by the Guardian, opens with what the Guardianistas describe as the "staunchly conservative" national anthem, God Save the King. It was made by the BBC at the University of Manchester in …
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Desktop virtualisation kit-calculator goes open source

Virtualisation identity Andre Leibovici has open-sourced his desktop virtualisation (VDI) infrastructure calculator. Leibovici works for Nutanix these days, but his calculator pre-dates that entanglement having first emerged in 2010. The Register's virtualisation desk is satisfied it's not a Nutanix-centric shill. The tool …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Sep 2016
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Xen 4.5 maintenance release

The Xen Project has released version 4.5.5. of its hypervisor, a maintenance release. It's a recommended upgrade for all users of version 4.5, because it fixes an information leak on AMD CPUs, just one of 104 fixes or minor improvements. There's 18 Qemu fixes, too. Don't be alarmed by this release: Xen's maintenance policy …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2016

Dell stages SAP HANA love-in, squeezes out engineered system

Dell is all about engineered systems, or so its CEO Mickey D said recently, but actions speak louder than words and today the Texan infrastructure baron rolled out a box targeting firms running SAP HANA. The Dell EMC Validated Systems for SAP HANA v.4.1 is an updated version of Dell’s ready-built system for scale-out …
Dan Robinson, 21 Sep 2016
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UK.gov's Digital Catapult wheels out Central London IoT network

The government-backed Digital Catapult wheeze has launched an “Internet of Things network” across London to titivate the lives of the eight million poor souls trapped within the M25. We are told that 50 LoRaWAN base stations will be deployed to “overcome issues including infrastructure provision, traffic and transport services …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Sep 2016
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Lack of Hurd mentality at Oracle OpenWorld: Co-CEO's cloud claims fall flat live on stage

OpenWorld Once again, Oracle's co-CEO Mark Hurd was in a prognosticative mood during his OpenWorld keynote, but the crowd of attendees wasn't buying it. As he did last year, Hurd made some predictions as to where the industry was going on cloud computing by the year 2025, including that two companies would control 80 per cent of the …
Iain Thomson, 19 Sep 2016
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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

The “ready for combat” F-35 has run into headwinds again, with 15 of the F-35A variant grounded in America because cooling line insulation is cracking up. Various reports state that the problem is non-conforming insulation in lines carrying coolant in the plane's wings. The F-35 passes its poly-alpha-olefin (PAO) coolant …
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'We already do that, we’re just OG* enough to not call it DevOps'

At this point in the innovation curve for something like DevOps it’s fashionable to start asking “Where's the Return On Investment?” Answering that question is always tedious. For the hopeful, starry-eyed practitioner, spitting up the ROI figures is akin to the irrelevant water-carrying and wood-chopping trials imposed by a …
Michael Coté, 13 Sep 2016

Are storage vendors turning over a new leaf?

Reader survey Storage vendors suck; at least that's what many of you have told us over the years through various surveys and comments on articles. Sometimes gripes have been concerned with the technology they provide, but most of the time your complaints relate to sales behaviour and commercial practices. Specific beefs include: Dressing …
Dale Vile, 13 Sep 2016
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Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

Plusnet has been slammed by its customers for failing to acknowledge or explain the cause of a nationwide broadband service outage. Twitter is stuffed with complaints from around 7am on Friday morning that service has not been resumed following an apparent maintenance period. Plusnet’s service has been struck down across the …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Sep 2016
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Citrix slurps Norskale

Citrix has acquired a company called Norskale, a privately-held user environment management (UEM) concern it fancies for its "holistic view of the workspace that includes the user, application, desktop and underlying system resources." That's apparently something Citrix would like to bolt on to Xen App and Xen Desktop, so that …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Sep 2016
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Hitsniffer customers hit by outage over former colleagues' ownership spat

Customers of analytics business Hitsniffer have been left in the lurch following its collapse after arguments over ownership of the service. Peter Laird, who runs the financial side of Hitsniffer, and Armin Nikdel Kourkah, its programmer, are engaged in a dispute over Hitsniffer's holding rights, leaving customers without any …
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IBM loses chunky ATM contract, reaches for staff eject button

IBM is to pull the flusher on Technical Support Services staffers in the UK after losing a meaty ATM maintenance contract with Produban, Grupo Santander’s tech arm, which designs and operates the bank's infrastructure. In a note sent to staff - seen by us - Big Blue’s Tim Frisby, TSS UK service delivery business ops manager, …
Paul Kunert, 07 Sep 2016
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Union: Telstra seeking 120 redundancies in network ops team

Telstra's 2015 miss on major National Broadband Network (NBN) construction contracts is biting the carrier's networks delivery operation, and the Communications Workers Union (CWU) says there are to be 120 redundancies as a result. The union says it's been notified by Telstra that the redundancies will be voluntary. However, …

Is it time to unplug frail OpenOffice's life support? Apache Project asked to mull it over

The Apache OpenOffice project has limited capacity for sustaining itself in an energetic manner. The retirement of the project is a serious possibility. Those are the words of Dennis Hamilton, the volunteer vice-president of OpenOffice who advises the Apache Software Foundation board. Yesterday, he publicly floated the idea of …
Chris Williams, 02 Sep 2016
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What do microservices do to data stores? Netflix is built on them and had no idea!

Microservices are the new black for developers, but even one of their world's biggest and most prominent users – Netflix – has said they're a bugger to manage. “As Netflix runs thousands of microservices, we are not always aware of the traffic that bundled microservices may generate on our backend systems,” write the company's …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Sep 2016
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Get ready for Cloud 3.0, the age of Platform-as-a-Service

Promo Cloud computing is evolving rapidly, and new ideas about “Cloud 3.0” will be featured this week at Huawei Connect 2016, the company's flagship conference in Shanghai. Huawei characterises the mid-2000s boom in server virtualisation as Cloud 1.0. Cloud 2.0 was all about infrastructure-as-a-service, with special emphasis on …
David Gordon, 31 Aug 2016
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Windows 10 Anniversary on a Raspberry Pi: Another look at IoT Core

Hands on Microsoft has released Windows 10 Anniversary for IoT Core, a version of Windows which runs on Raspberry Pi 2 or 3, Dragonboard or Minnowboard. The company has also announced support for Intel Joule, an Internet of Things (IoT) compute module launched at the August 2016 Intel Developer Forum, though Windows software for this …
Tim Anderson, 30 Aug 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

Salesforce's NA14 nods again

Salesforce's NA14 instance, the naughty one that crashed and caused data loss has wobbled again. It had a three-hour wobble on Wednesday, US time, during which “a subset of customers may have experienced delays in asynchronous processing including Web-to-Case, Web-to-Lead, Email-to-Case and dashboard refreshes.” Salesforce …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2016
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Google broke its own cloud by doing two updates at once

Google has explained an August 11th brownout on its cloud as, yet again, a self-inflicted wound. At the time of the incident Google said App Engine APIs were unavailable for a time. It's now saying the almost-two-hour incident meant “18% of applications hosted in the US-CENTRAL region experienced error rates between 10% and …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2016
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Your colleagues will lie to you: An enterprise architect's life

Enterprise Architects … well, among other things they design and build corporate infrastructures. It's very easy, though, for these highly technical masters of electronic wizardry to concentrate on making the technology work at the expense of the more tedious corporate governance stuff. Here are my favourite five things that …
Dave Cartwright, 10 Aug 2016
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Reactive? Serverless? Put to bed? What's next for Java. Speak up, Oracle

The future of Java Enterprise Edition is on many developers' minds. After the community came to the conclusion that the platform’s progress has come to a standstill, a plethora of initiatives has arisen with the goal of encouraging Oracle to pick up the work on Java EE 8 again. It's time to take inventory. The bone of …
Markus Eisele, 10 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

Microsoft has stopped cutting sales fees for resellers? Yep

Microsoft has quit hacking into fees paid for channel software sales, and reselling clouds is getting more profitable – these seemed to be the major takeaways from top brass at Insight Enterprises in an enterprising Q2. Revenue at group level went up two per cent to $1.46bn, but this top line expansion was driven purely by the …
Clodagh Doyle, 04 Aug 2016
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EMC now spruiking PCs and thin clients, not Compellent

The Dell/EMC transaction's yet to formally conclude, but the two companies are already starting to behave as one if the agenda for a forthcoming EMC event is any guide. The Register was yesterday invited to the Australian iteration of of the EMC Forum, the single-day event at which the company talks up its latest and greatest …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Aug 2016
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$67M in bitcoin stolen as hacking typhoon lashes Hong Kong's Bitfinex

One of the world's most popular Bitcoin exchanges Bitfinex has been torn apart with hackers making off with around US$65 million (£49 million, A$87 million) in the cryptocurrency. The Hong Kong company replaced its homepage with a statement on the hack but did not detail losses or the means by which the site was breached. It …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2016
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OK, we've got your data. But we really want to delete it ASAP

Storage is a big deal for IT people and beancounters alike. For the IT team the story is pretty consistent: there's never quite enough, and the users seem to eat it up and an amazing rate. For the finance team it's a seemingly endless queue of IT people asking for funds for yet more storage because the rate of growth in stored …
Dave Cartwright, 02 Aug 2016

Black Hats control Jeep's steering, kill brakes

Black Hat video Car hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have again hacked a 2014 Jeep Cherokee, this time by physically linking a laptop to commandeer its steering and kill the brakes. The duo have captured the hack to be presented at Black Hat Las Vegas this week in video proof-of-concept demonstrations. The compromise requires …
Darren Pauli, 02 Aug 2016

US state sues Comcast for $100m in row over 'worthless' repair plans

Washington state is suing Comcast and demanding $100m in damages for allegedly misleading customers. At a press conference on Monday, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson claimed the US cable giant's Service Protection Plan (SPP) had cheated at least 500,000 people out of their money. People who take out the optional $4. …
Iain Thomson, 01 Aug 2016
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Avoiding Liverpool was the aim: All aboard the world's ONLY moving aqueduct

Geek's Guide to Britain There are several fine examples of Victorian engineering still working in Blighty. Tower Bridge in London is one of my personal favourites. I was surprised to discover that another was on my doorstep. Well, 4.34km (2.7 miles) from my doorstep to be more accurate. The Grade II-listed Barton Swing Aqueduct in Salford was built …
Alun Taylor, 28 Jul 2016
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Hyperconvergence: Designing for failure

Hyperconvergence is one of those relatively new names for something that many of us having been doing for years: consolidating sprawling infrastructures into tight, largely virtualized setups that vastly reduce the number of devices one has to manage (not to mention the number of things to spend maintenance fees on, and the …
Dave Cartwright, 28 Jul 2016

Salesforce's data-losing NA14 instance is still a bit naughty

Salesforce.com's troubled NA14 instance has had another brownout, by our count the third in recent weeks. You might remember the N14 instance because it lost data back in May, after an exotic series of failures that led to an eleven-hour outage. Now the instance is wobbling again: Salesforce reported that on Wednesday the …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2016
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Cisco busts ransomware rodent targeting bitcoin, cryptocoin subreddits

The eager-but-pwned net menace behind the JigSaw ransomware has been found targeting Reddit users with multiple malware in a bid to snare victims. The VXer is thought to be behind three ransomware variants, including the well-known Jigsaw which sports iconography from the Saw film, each lurking behind websites that foist the …
Darren Pauli, 27 Jul 2016
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Crashed and alone in a remote location: When paid help is no help

This Damn War This Damn War image via Shutterstock I took the plunge and became a freelance IT consultant in 2001. Through an unlikely series of coincidences (former colleague from London goes to travel show in France and bumps into two guys from Yorkshire who are looking for a software and database architect) I ended up in North Yorkshire …
Dave Cartwright, 25 Jul 2016
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Clash of Kings hack: 1.8m hit

The forums for hit mobile game Clash of Kings have been hacked, with 1.6 million usernames, email addresses, IP addresses and access tokens swiped, apparently. Account passwords were also taken but they were stored salted and hashed, we're told. The forums have since been taken offline for "maintenance." Clash of Kings is …
Team Register, 23 Jul 2016
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XtremIO heading for the bin? Total BS, thunders CTO Itzik Reich

Storage industry jungle drums heard by El Reg suggest EMC is axing XtremIO product line development and putting it into maintenance mode due to scalability and data availability issues. EMC vehemently denies this, saying it's absolute FUD. Three independent sources say XtremIO is headed for a maintenance-only retirement home …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2016
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BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

BT customers in the UK are once again banging their heads against their keyboards this morning: a power outage has thrown them offline for the second day running. Today the issue is a power outage at Telehouse North in London. An email message from BT Wholesale, with the subject line 'Major Service Interruption' – seen by The …
Kat Hall, 21 Jul 2016
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Kaminario flashes service guarantees

Kaminario, the all flash storage array vendor, has come up with six individual guarantees - assurances - that build on its original 2013 Perfomance Consistency Guarantee programme. Basically, Kaminario says you're safer buying K2 arrays in performance and maintenance cost terms than other arrays. These kinds of flash array …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016
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Really Scary Telecoms Stuff? Nah – telephony's just an app

In 2009, I moved to Jersey to become the network and telecoms manager for a multinational company. It was tremendous fun, as I had a variety of kit to play with. I tended to favour the Mitel 3300 ICP range (still do, actually) that supported about half of our offices, and I did the various engineer courses and exams for the …
Dave Cartwright, 20 Jul 2016
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Electric Cloud offers cautious corporates Canary choice

Electric Cloud has promised a raft of new deployment options in the latest release of its application deployment platform as it looks to bring the joy of DevOps to even the most crusty and sprawling customers. The San Jose-based firm is one of the most vocal standard bearers for DevOps and Continuous Delivery, and having …
Joe Fay, 20 Jul 2016
Do the right thing on the internet of things

If managing PCs is still hard, good luck patching 100,000 internet things

Internet of Things (IoT) hype focuses on the riches that will rain from the sky once humanity connects the planet, but mostly ignores what it will take to build and operate fleets of things. And the operational side of things could be hell. “IT can barely keep their desktops patched,” Splunk chief technology officer Snehal …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016

Shelfware wars should be conceded, admits Microsoft compliance boss

The UK head of Software Asset Management (SAM) and Compliance at Microsoft, Mark Bradford, admitted at a recent seminar held by one of its enterprise licensing sellers Bytes that Shelfware issues “should be conceded”. Bradford said his group, responsible for working with channel firms to perform reviews of customers, didn’t …
Martin Thompson, 18 Jul 2016