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Gartner's seers pass judgement on storage industry leaders

Gartner has published a distributed file systems and object storage magic quadrant with the top three suppliers being Dell EMC, followed by IBM and Scality. The research consultancy defines distributed file systems and object storage as "software and hardware solutions that offer object and/or scale-out file technology to …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016
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Hardware ain't hard, money is: Crowdfunding, bootstraps and startups

Radbot Our quiz on startup branding revealed that a worrying number of you are not to be trusted with a hot iron - branding, soldering, or even wool setting, it seems. I made a slight oversight in that while in banking I did not "put aside" (as a friend calls it) the megabucks to become a gentleman of leisure and science, so we need …

Dirty COW explained: Get a moooo-ve on and patch Linux root hole

Code dive Patch your Linux-powered systems, phones and gadgets as soon as possible, if you can, to kill off a kernel-level flaw affecting nearly every distro of the open-source operating system. Dubbed Dirty COW, the privilege-escalation vulnerability potentially allows any installed application, or malicious code smuggled onto a box, …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2016

Scality flogs RING

Scality grew its RING object storage software revenues 100 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter, with indirect sales accounting for 86 per cent of the revenue. COO and Prez Erwan Menard said: "The open source S3 Server has been a huge success with more than 400 weekly downloads and 3000 downloads since June." Scality …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016
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Mesosphere half-year pledge: Fresh DC/OS open source baking

Mesosphere will open-source new features in its container and cluster management fabric as a leg-up to startups - "Y-Combinator" types. Ben Hindman, Mesos’s creator, told The Reg that DC/OS 1.9, due by year’s end, would be “almost completely” open - with version 1.10 next year 80 per cent so. “Every single review cycle we are …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2016

Who killed Cyanogen?

Analysis Does European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager's team pay close attention to the tech news? If not, perhaps they should. Last week there was barely a murmur after Cyanogen Inc scaled back its ambitions. “Throwing in the towel” may be harsh – but the Android software company said it would henceforth be trying to …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Oct 2016

This speech recognition code is 'just as good' as a pro transcriber

Microsoft on Tuesday said that its researchers have "made a major breakthrough in speech recognition." In a paper [PDF] published a day earlier, Microsoft machine learning researchers describe how they developed an automated system that can recognize recorded speech as well as a professional transcriptionist. Using the NIST …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Oct 2016

HomeKit is where the dearth is – no one wants Apple's IoT tech

It's been four months since Apple half-launched its smart-home/internet-of-things service through the introduction of a new app in iOS 10 called "Home." At the time, we asked "where are the products?" and unfortunately it's a question we're still asking in the lead-up to what should be a holiday push for the smart home. One …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Oct 2016
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Open-source storage that doesn't suck? Our man tries to break TrueNAS

Review Data storage is difficult, and ZFS-based storage doubly so. There's a lot of money to be made if you can do storage right, so it's uncommon to see a storage company with an open-source model deliver storage that doesn't suck. I looked at TrueNAS from iXsystems, which, importantly, targets the SMB and midmarket with something …
Trevor Pott, 18 Oct 2016

You work so hard on coding improvements... and it's all undone by a buggy component

Nearly all (97 per cent) of Java applications contain at least one component with a known vulnerability, according to a new study by app security firm Veracode. Veracode reports year-over-year improvements in the code organisations write, a positive finding somewhat undone by the increasing proliferation of risk from open …
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2016

Audit sees VeraCrypt kill critical password recovery, cipher flaws

Security researchers have found eight critical, three medium, and 15 low -severity vulnerabilities in a one month audit of popular encryption platform VeraCrypt. The audit is the latest in a series prompted by the shock abandoning of TrueCrypt in May 2014 due to unspecified security concerns claimed by the hitherto trusted …
Darren Pauli, 18 Oct 2016

The answer to Internet of Things madness? Open source, of course!

"Open is always going to win," states Ed Hemphill, CEO of WigWag, a company that hopes to make sense of the ever-expanding and ever-more-complex Internet of Things market. WigWag is named after the traditional flags used by the US military's Signal Corps to communicate messages. Hemphill and his cofounder Travis McCollum both …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Oct 2016
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Apple hires CMU AI guru Russ Salakhutdinov to lure over more talent

Apple has hired Russ Salakhutdinov, an associate professor in the deep learning department at Carnegie Mellon University, to oversee its AI research and improve relations with academia. Salakhutdinov says he is excited to join Apple as a director of AI research, even as he continues his work at CMU. He also extended an …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Oct 2016
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Linux Foundation whacks open JavaScript projects umbrella

A project fostering JavaScript’s panoply of projects has been established by the Linux Foundation. The JS Foundation will cultivate JavaScript application and server-side projects. The thinking is to create a centre that drives broad adoption and development of JavaScript technologies and that fosters collaboration. It should …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Oct 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle 2017: Meet the committee...

If you’re still working up your proposals for our Continuous Lifecycle London conference next year, you might want to consider the calibre of tech pro who’ll be perusing your proposals. Whether you’re a prospective speaker, or attendee, you’ll be pleased to know we’ve got a mix of Continuous Lifecycle London veterans and some …
Team Register, 17 Oct 2016

Hello |FNAME|, this is the Obama-bot Drupal chat module speaking

The White House has open-sourced the bot that president Obama uses to automatically respond to messages sent on Facebook Messenger Yours for the forking on GitHub the bot is, says White House chief digital officer Jason Goldman, “a Drupal module, complete with easy steps and boiler plate code.” “This will enable Drupal 8 …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2016

More than half of Androids susceptible to ancient malware

One of the world's most prolific Android malware instances is still the most prevalent piece of malware more than two years after it first emerged. The capable trojan known as Ghost Push infects Android up to version five, aka Lollipop, still employed by about 57 per cent of all users. Ghost Push won't run on Android version …
Darren Pauli, 17 Oct 2016

Instagram open sources iOS UI crash fix

Instagram's latest open source drop is its answer to a difficult iOS bug – a UI component crashing when users scroll through updates. At the same time, its offering should shrink apps for developers trying to push updates to users, with faster diff (difference) processing. Explaining its IGListKit project, Instagram engineer …

Open Sorcerers: Can you rid us of Emperor Zuck?

OX Summit Back in the dot com heyday, around 1999 and 2000, Linux and open source conferences were huge events: they were packed and brimming with excitement. There was optimism, new initiatives in every conceivable direction, and anything seemed possible. Move over, Grandad: everything traditional was going to be up-ended by open source …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Oct 2016
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Google TensorFlow AI bots drafted into Ocado call centre service

Like so much in Britain, you can credit the weather for this. Ocado has rolled out AI using Google’s open-source TensorFlow to improve service at its customer call centre. The online food retailer took six months to build and install a system based on machine learning., using Python, C++, Kubernetes on Google Compute with …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2016

Dutch govt ordered to use open standards for comms from 2017

Government bodies in the Netherlands will have to use open technology standards for communications after next year, following a vote by the nation's parliament. The requirement for open document standards has already been adopted by the Netherlands Senate, but a motion by Member of Parliament Astrid Oosenbrug has now unified …
Iain Thomson, 14 Oct 2016

Euro politicians are hyping the terror threat to steal your privacy

OX Summit European politicians are using a bogus terror threat to coerce their populations, says Open-Xchange founder Rafael Laguna. It’s a year since we caught up with the always-quotable CEO, and he hasn’t mellowed. “Privacy Shield is a band aid on a wound that won’t heal,” he said. "It's just a Band Aid on a wound - the wound is …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Oct 2016
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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

Comment “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means." So British Prime Minister Theresa May told her party’s conference last week. Home secretary Amber Rudd laid out plans at the conference to make it harder for British employers to hire …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Oct 2016

Google offers baseball bat and some chains with which to hit open source software

For a while now, Google's Chrome team has had a fuzzing tool to help them find bugs in the browser before bounty hunters do. Now, Mountain View has decided the same techniques can be applied to open source software in general. The company's emitted the first generalised version of its OSS-fuzz software at GitHub. A quick …

Oz gummint's de-anonymisation crime is as mind-bendingly stupid as we feared

The text of the government's proposed bill outlawing data re-identification looks worse than researchers feared. Apart from the legislation's maximum two-year stretch for anybody that cracks whatever key an agency applies to the data, there's also the points that government agencies are exempted from the bill (giving them what …
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Oracle DB admins urged to swap their gas guzzler for an electric car

Postgres Vision At the Postgres Vision 16 conference taking place in San Francisco this week, Ed Boyajian, president and CEO of EnterpriseDB, tried to convince attendees to abandon their Hummers for electric cars. Boyajian wasn't moonlighting for Tesla. Rather, he was peddling a metaphor in which expensive gas-guzzlers represent traditional …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Oct 2016
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Red Hat tosses Ansible Galaxy into the open source gale

Red Hat has open sourced its code repository for Ansible to run DevOps. The Linux flinger has released to GitHub its Galaxy code repository for Ansible. Now it is an open source project you can create your own Galaxy servers, while Galaxy stands to benefit from new features and enhancements that flow in. Tim Cramer, head of …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Oct 2016

What’s the link between Brexit, cloud and open source?

Sometimes the thought of walling yourself off from the outside world and just focusing on the technology can be quite tempting. But like it or not, life in IT is obviously affected by what’s going on in the business, and that, in turn, is driven by what’s going on in the big wide world around us. So, a throwaway line from a …
Dale Vile, 12 Oct 2016

Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface

Analysis There was a distinct whiff of the retro about Google’s launch of its Pixel smartphone. Exclusives with selected large mobile operators; yet another attempt to create a unified Android experience; even the clear focus on Apple as the primary competition – all these should be issues of the past. "Premium is a very important …
Wireless Watch, 12 Oct 2016

Snowden investigator slams leaker-detector background checks

A former top US Government investigator looking into classified document leaks by Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden has criticised the effectiveness of background checks - saying such checks will not prevent further leaks. Keith Lowry, formerly US chief of staff to the deputy under secretary of defense for Human intelligence …
Darren Pauli, 12 Oct 2016
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Pocket C.H.I.P. makers go Pro with cloud-linked ARM-flexing module for IoT gizmo builders

Pics The team behind the popular $9 C.H.I.P. single-board-computer has come up with a version for engineers, startups, and larger organizations to embed in their products. Essentially, if you're an aspiring gadget maker and you want to stick a small Linux-flavored computer into your thing and sell it, the C.H.I.P. Pro aims to be …
Chris Williams, 11 Oct 2016
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Tencent makes first foray into open source

Chinese giant Tencent is dipping a toe into the open-source world, with its own hot-patch system for Android apps. As it notes at its newish GitHub repo, its Tinker hotfix framework “supports dex, library and resources update” without the user having to restart the app. It's targeted at app developers: they add the plugin to …
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Make yourself presentable, upstart: We're going out

Part Three You’ve got the talent, you’ve the idea for something that resembles a product. But, as Steve Jobs said "real artists ship", and art isn’t something that comes just like that. In this case we’re talking architecture, we’re talking tools, we’re talking interface and UI – not necessarily things you were thinking about were they? …
Trevor Pott, 10 Oct 2016
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Adventures in (re) naming your business: Fire up the 4-syllable random name generator

Radbot Our goal as a company is to get hundreds of millions of our smart devices out there, in the hands of Joe Public. Saving money and carbon, and mental energy for the things in life that normal people actually care about. But, as I’m learning, we can't do it all at once: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" …
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Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn't look like beating Intel

Linus Torvalds believes ARM has little chance of usurping x86, because the latter has built an open hardware ecosystem that the former just doesn't look like replicating. Torvalds voiced his opinions in a fireside chat with David Rusling, chief technology officer of ARM tools vendor Linaro, at the end of September. Rusling …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2016
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French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules

Nexedi, an open source software company based in France, has filed a lawsuit against Apple in Paris alleging that Apple's App Store contract is unfair. In a blog post, founder and CEO Jean-Paul Smets and UI designer Sven Franck said that the company has undertaken the lawsuit to force Apple to improve its support for the …
Thomas Claburn, 07 Oct 2016
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Building iRODS to take load off scientists' back

Panasas and Western Digital are combining high-speed data access and low-cost, bulk data storage for life sciences researchers through a partnership and integration exercise centred on the open-source data management software iRODS. The use of the systems is described here. This is how it works: Lab equipment generates data …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2016
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Russian government ponders open source purchasing preference

Russia's State Duma is currently considering a bill that would force government agencies to acquire only open source software, for reasons of national security, economic development and cost. The Bill, which after some online translation service fun we think is called “On the Specifics of procurement of proprietary (closed) …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Oct 2016
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ISP GMX attempts the nigh impossible: PGP for the masses

Internet service provide GMX claims to have overcome the notorious usability problems of PGP with the launch of a new email service that offers end-to-end encryption. The new email security works across all devices and platforms: including laptops, tablets, smartphones and web browsers, according to GMX, which says that the …
John Leyden, 06 Oct 2016
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Hyperledger chain gang man explains Penguins' blockchain play

LinuxCon, Berlin Jim Zemlin raises an eyebrow when I say Hyperledger is rather outside Linux Foundation's usual domain, being a bit, er, consumery. “It’s totally enterprise,” the Foundation's executive director tells me. “It’s infrastructure.” Just like Linux, he reckons. Hyperledger is the layer above the operating system, above Linux. Linux …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Oct 2016
Money down the drain

RethinkDB closes

MongoDB wannabe RethinkDB will close. "We worked very hard to make RethinkDB successful, but in spite of all our efforts we were ultimately unable to build a sustainable business," writes founder Slava Akhmechet, who adds that he's trying to figure out how to take the company's code to an open source licence. Several …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Oct 2016

What's not to love about IoT – you can spy on customers as they arrive

IPExpo Siloed databases will be the downfall of your Internet of Things venture, warned Avaya’s chief technologist Jean Turgeon on stage at IPExpo Europe today. Turgeon’s talk, titled IoT: Forget the hype, this is reality, didn’t really live up to the promise of its name, though he did make a few good points in amongst the subtle …
Gareth Corfield, 05 Oct 2016
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Drop, no, wait, deploy Anchore: Security code plunges into containers

Schrödinger's cat, as described in a famous thought experiment formulated to explain the indeterminacy of quantum states, sits in a steel box, at once alive and dead. It's conceit that depends on the opacity of the box. Such blindness is anathema in the information technology industry, where compliance rules demand knowing …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Oct 2016

Catching Cubesat chatter? There's an app for that!

Radio ham with an interest in free software and satellite signals? Pop over to the GitHub repo run by Daniel Estévez, and take a look at his GNU radio decoders. Estévez's gr-satellites project provides a collection of applications to decode satellite telemetry. The focus here is on micro-satellites and cubesats. Currently, …
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Let's not meet up with JPEG 2000 – researchers find security hole in image codec

Researchers are warning about a newly discovered security vulnerability in a popular open-source JPEG 2000 parser that could let corrupted image files trigger remote code execution. Cisco-owned security firm Talos warns that by embedding a malformed image file into a web page, PDF file, or email message, an attacker could gain …
Shaun Nichols, 04 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

Dell EMC 'backs' Huawei open-source management disrupter

LinuxCon Berlin Huawei today announced OpenSDS, an open-source project to replace vendor-specific storage controllers with the weight of enterprise and external storage number-one Dell EMC behind it. It’s understood OpenSDS was presented to Linux Foundation reps on a recent visit to China. The idea is that vendors’ products would plug into …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Oct 2016
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‘Andromeda’ will be Google’s Windows NT

If you were to design a client operating system with the goal of being used by two billion people, what would it look like? We might soon find out what Alphabet’s looks like. Today’s announcement’s from Alphabet’s Google is expected to reveal "Andromeda", the merged Android/Chrome OS. Executives have been hyping today’s event …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Oct 2016

@WalmartLabs applies Electrode to get current with web dev

@WalmartLabs – which practices deviant punctuation and develops software for the retail giant that bears its name – on Monday released Electrode, an open-source platform for building universal React/Node.js applications. now runs on Electrode, at least in part. Since January, @WalmartLabs has been helping Walmart. …
Thomas Claburn, 04 Oct 2016

MariaDB: MaxScale 2.0 given the full SSL streaming Monty

MariaDB has this afternoon made version 2.0 of MaxScale, its database proxy, generally available. The new version of the database proxy arrives with additional features for streaming, security, scalability and availability, which it provides while sat between the application client and the database. Consisting of a generic …