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Switzerland says Uber's an employer, sends social security bill

Switzerland is the latest country to decide that in spite of its protestations otherwise, Uber is an employer – at least in public liability terms. It's only a single case, but public liability insurer The Suva has decided that a driver is an Uber employee rather than an independent contractor. The Suva is responsible for …
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Australia: Stop blaming Centrelink debts on its IT systems

Australia's welfare agency Centrelink is embroiling the government in a hugely damaging controversy, raising incorrect debts and auto-issuing threatening letters to citizens. The “pay up” letters are genuinely terrifying when the sums involved are often thousands of dollars, especially when even government officials admit that …

Don't believe the 5G hype! £700m could make UK's 4G better than Albania's

The government should ignore the 5G hype and invest its £700m funding earmarked for the technology on ubiquitous 4G technology instead, a top telecoms expert has urged. Professor William Webb, former director of the regulator Ofcom, has warned that there is no clear rationale for 5G's one-hundred-times-faster speeds, and one- …
Kat Hall, 05 Jan 2017

Google's Grumpy code makes Python Go

Google on Wednesday introduced an open-source project called Grumpy to translate Python code into Go programs. The company's front-end server for YouTube and its YouTube API are mainly written in Python, and run on CPython 2.7, as opposed to other implementations (Jython, PyPy, or IronPython). The issue for Google is …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Jan 2017
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IT ops doesn't matter. Really?

Listen to some DevOps evangelists talk, and you would get the impression that IT operations teams exist only to serve the needs of developers. Don't get me wrong, software development is a good competence to have in-house if your organisation depends on custom applications and services to differentiate its business. As an ex- …
Dale Vile, 19 Dec 2016
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WINNER! Crush your loved ones at Connect Four this Christmas

With Christmas Day within sight, it’s time to dust off your Monopoly set and concentrate on your Settler’s strategy. Or, maybe, consider some new board-game purchases. It’s not just me caught up in this wave of nostalgia – venerated institution the Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting a major board game retrospective. Of late, …
Lucy Orr, 15 Dec 2016

Cheap virtual box hosters – Amazon's Lightsail is out to destroy you (yes, you, Digital Ocean)

AWS re:Invent Now that it dominates the public cloud market, Amazon is setting its sights lower – on developers deploying small projects – in the hope that these customers will remain within the AWS ecosystem. In conjunction with AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Amazon introduced Lightsail, a service that allows customers to launch …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Nov 2016
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Mozilla hackers audit cURL file transfer toolkit, give it a tick for security

Mozilla has given the widely-used cURL file transfer library a thumbs up in a security audit report that uncovered nine vulnerabilities. Of those found in the free security review were four high severity vulnerabilities leading to potential remote code execution, and the same number of medium risk bugs. One low risk man-in-the …
Darren Pauli, 25 Nov 2016

Bulldozers, sportsters, bangers: Rack your brains, HPC kids

HPC Blog This is the most widely varied and exciting set of student cluster competition systems I've seen since the competition began ten years ago. We have fourteen different teams and fourteen different takes on which system configuration is best suited to take on the applications in this year's competition. We're seeing some changes …

Commish urges UK.gov to mean it when it talks about transparency

If the government wants to be transparent then it ought to make transparency a statutory requirement for its CCTV-wielding authorities, according to the Surveillance Camera Commissioner (SCC). The third annual report (PDF) of the incumbent SCC, Tony Porter, was laid before Parliament this morning. Among its polite …
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Origin of the beasties: Mirai botnet missing link revealed as DVR player

Security researchers have discovered a "missing link" in the Mirai botnet that may prompt a rethink in what makes up the zombie network. The release of Mirai's source code in early October revealed that malware scans for telnet before attempting to hack into devices, using a brute-force attack featuring 61 different user/ …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2016
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Google's crusade to make mobile web apps less, well, horrible

Chrome Dev Summit At SFJazz – the first freestanding jazz arts center in the US – on Thursday in San Francisco, Google riffed on the virtues of Progressive Web Apps as a vehicle for efficient and engaging content delivery. "Our mission is to move the web platform forward," said Darin Fisher, VP of Chrome engineering, at the Chrome Developers …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Nov 2016
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In its current state, Ubiquiti's EdgeSwitch won't have much of an edge on anyone

REVIEW Members of the IT community rave about networking kit vendor Ubiquiti. You'll find praises sung both on Spiceworks and amongst vExperts for their UniFi devices. Unfortunately, my recent purchase of Ubiquiti's latest offering, their EdgeMax EdgeSwitches, has proven that Ubiquiti are also capable of putting out gear that is …
Trevor Pott, 27 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
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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

SSDs in the enterprise: It's about more than just speed

Enterprise solid state drives are gaining traction, but their predominant focus is still performance. The need for speed has driven SSDs into applications where HDDs previously reigned, but for those of us who aren’t high-frequency traders, solid state will need to demonstrate some other benefits. What are they, and how …
Danny Bradbury, 11 Oct 2016
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Turnbull's Transformers delete GitHub repo for federated ID project

What is going on at the Digital Transformation Office (DTO)? When The Register reported our concerns with the DTO's federated identity project, we asked the DTO's media office for responses and received none. The DTO isn't responding to the Australian Privacy Foundation's concerns with the project, the APF claims. It has, …
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Opera debuts free VPN built into desktop browser

Opera went live today with a VPN embedded into its desktop browser. Described as “free, no-log and easy to use,” the VPN uses 256-bit AES encryption to connect to one of Opera’s five data centres. With this move, Opera gives a fillip to those who need or want their online privacy. It is also a warning shot across the bows of …
Drew Cullen, 20 Sep 2016

The perimeterless, ever-shifting enterprise: What would a real, red-blooded IT team do?

If you work in a manufacturing, plant measuring productivity is simple: you measure the number of widgets produced in a given time frame. A person in this environment must not be the one holding up the production line. Nothing more, nothing less. But what does productivity mean for less tangible "knowledge work" occupations such …
Trevor Pott, 19 Sep 2016

Microsoft snubs alert over Exchange hole

Microsoft has downplayed the seriousness of an alleged Exchange auto-discovery vulnerability, saying that it sees no need to patch the reported security weakness. Redmond contends that its existing security advice covers the issue, a point disputed by flaw-finder Marco van Beek. Van Beek explains: “I recently discovered that …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2016
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Sports doping agency WADA says hackers lifted Olympic athletes' medical records

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has confirmed that its Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) database has been accessed by a “Russian cyber espionage group operator by the name of Tsar Team (APT28), also known as Fancy Bear.” The breach was made possible by spear phishing of an “International Olympic …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2016
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Microsoft: Why we had to tie Azure Stack to boxen we picked for you

Microsoft has explained the rationale behind last month’s announcement that you won’t be allowed to simply download Azure Stack and get going. In July Redmond informed fans the only way they’d be able to get Azure in their own data centres would be on hardware of its choosing. Specifically, Azure Stack will only come pre- …
Gavin Clarke, 15 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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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

The Big Review One year after the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has released the Anniversary Update, bringing new features as well as usability tweaks to the operating system. Windows 10 was always more than just another release. Notable innovations include the concept of Windows-as-a-service, with regular updates (free for consumer …
Tim Anderson, 02 Aug 2016
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Microsoft delays Azure updates so you can catch up with the cloud

In the cloud, we're constantly told, we won't have to bother about staying up to date with new versions of stuff. Our service providers will make non-disruptive upgrades for which we'll be non-disruptively grateful. Except when we're not, as Microsoft has just found out with two cloud service upgrades it has had to delay …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016

Powerful ARMs, heaving racks ... yes, of course it's this year's student cluster-building contest

HPC Blog It's time for our traditional video look at each of the teams in the ISC (International Supercomputing Conference) 2016 Student Cluster Competition. Let's take it alphabetically this time... Team Boston Green: They're one of two teams utilizing ARM processors to fuel their cluster. A lot of ARM processors, about 800 cores …
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Samsung to acquire Joyent

Container pioneer and Sun alumni lair Joyent has been bought by Samsung. Since the buyer is a world-spanning industrial powerhouse, the acquisition is too small for Samsung to have to talk about the price. Joyent's probably most famous as the first corporate steward of node.js and one of the language's largest users. It's …
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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

Soda drinks are under attack in the US and the UK, but the weapons employed on the two fronts are different. In the US, San Francisco enacted a law last year that requires advertisements for soda and sweetened drinks to alert consumers: “WARNING: drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth …
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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

Microsoft has created its own cut of FreeBSD 10.3 in order to make the OS available and supported in Azure. Jason Anderson, principal PM manager at Microsoft's Open Source Technology Center says Redmond “took on the work of building, testing, releasing and maintaining the image” so it could “ensure our customers have an …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Jun 2016

IBM warns of 'bug poachers' who exploit holes, steal info, demand big bucks

At least 30 companies have been hit in the past year by so-called "bug poaching," where hackers break into corporate servers, steal data, and then demand a fee for showing how it was done. The technique, spotted by IBM's Managed Security Services researchers, involves miscreants breaking into a corp's servers, typically using …
Iain Thomson, 01 Jun 2016
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Whitman deletes another chapter in HP history as CSC and ES borg

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is dismantling another legacy bequeathed to her by a predecessor as she waves goodbye to Enterprise Services. The first lady of Palo Alto has already closed the chapter opened by one-time CEO Carly Fiorina who had signed off the buy of Compaq, only for HP's PC business to be ejected …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2016
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Microsoft .NET Core update asks developers: How you doin'?

Microsoft has released RC2 (Release Candidate 2) of .NET Core and ASP.NET Core, the next-generation version of the .NET platform which is open source and cross-platform. This is a bigger update than the RC2 name implies. Since the release of RC1 in November, Microsoft has introduced new command-line tools for .NET Core, called …
Tim Anderson, 17 May 2016
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Australia copies UK's Google tax on 'contrived' dodges

Australia has copied the United Kingdom's Government Digital Service and has now decided the UK's Google-busting Diverted Profits tax is also worth replicating. Australia's national budget was delivered on Tuesday and treasurer* Scott Morrison's speech introducing the year's planned government expenditure promised “a new …
Simon Sharwood, 05 May 2016

UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

Exclusive The UK government's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has admitted it simply made up an official justification for 10-year jail sentences for copyright-infringing file sharers. In response to a freedom of information request by The Register asking for details on the "unpublished research" that was cited in defense of the …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 May 2016
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Is VMware the power it once was?

Sysadmin Blog It is commonly held that if an article asks a question in the title or lede, you can safely answer no and avoid reading the body of the article itself. While not always true, the aphorism is accurate enough to be considered reliable. With that in mind, I have been asking myself, "is VMware the focal point of power in IT that …
Trevor Pott, 27 Apr 2016

Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)

Analysis The UK government will insist on jail sentences of up to 10 years for illegal file sharing, despite its own public consultation saying the opposite. In an act of almost unparalleled Whitehall hubris, the decision was announced in the foreword to a report [PDF] that revealed only two per cent of respondents agreed with the …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Apr 2016

Utah declares 'war on smut'

The US state of Utah is trying a different approach to its long-standing campaign against online smut, passing a resolution that says pornography is a “public health emergency”. The rationale for the bill, according to its main provisions, is that “pornography is a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual …

Linux-fight! Dev's plan to bundle kernel patches sparks debate

Linux developer Sasha Levin has kicked off a project in which he proposes gathering up kernel security fixes under a single tree. The rationale behind the “Linux-stable security tree project”, he explains, is that sysadmins in large, complex deployments find following kernel upgrades is daunting. “Quite a few users of the …

Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

The Royal Mint has begun pumping out the fetching 12-sided pound coins which will hit the UK's streets in March next year. The retro-styled nugget - which pays homage to the classic threepenny bit - is rolling off the production line at the rate of 4,000 a minute. It's heralded as "the world’s most secure coin in circulation …
Lester Haines, 01 Apr 2016

Load DynamiX ties knot with Virtual Instruments

Load DynamiX, a storage workload monitoring and simulating company, and Virtual Instruments, a Fibre Channel/Ethernet tapper and monitoring business, are merging after the tapper ran out of meaningful growth room. The merged entity will be called Virtual Instruments (VI), and Load DynamiX (LDX) CEO Philippe Vincent will be its …
Chris Mellor, 29 Mar 2016
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SanDisk stockholders book a table, prepare for Western Digital gobble

SanDisk shareholders have voted in favour of Western Digital buying their company. At SanDisk's special stockholders' meeting today, 98 per cent of the votes were in favour of the sale to WDC. WDC shareholders, via more than 90 per cent of the votes cast, have separately approved WDC issuing more shares (common stock) to help …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2016

FBI says NY judge went too far in ruling the FBI went too far in forcing Apple to unlock iPhone

The US Department of Justice has appealed a decision by a New York judge to refuse the FBI access to an iPhone: one part in a wider legal battle between law enforcement and Apple. The New York case is separate from the San Bernardino case in California, over which Apple and the FBI have been very publicly fighting. However the …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Mar 2016
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'$5bn for Slack?! I refuse to pay!' You don't pay – and that's its biggest problem

Comment That thing you love so much – no, not pizza, or reruns of Game of Thrones on Netflix – wants more money from you. Workplace collaboration tool Slack is reported to be once more casting about for funding, somewhere between $150m and $300m. Unnamed sources, presumably either Slack or those same titans from Sand Hill Road lubing …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2016
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Netlist NVDIMMS shine bright in SuperMicro's flashy boxen

Applications will run faster when SuperMicro servers are fitted with Netlist NV4 non-volatile DIMMs, the firm says. The two suppliers showed a speed increase with NoSQL Key-Value store application data stored in these NVDIMMs, thus avoiding disk, SSD or PCIe flashcard data accesses. In fact the NVDIM system was 200 percent …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2016
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WD CEO: We ain't getting Unisplendour's $3.8bn. But we'll buy SanDisk anyway

Western Digital is facing an investor revolt over its SanDisk buyout and has had the $3.8bn wad it expected from Unisplendour halted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Unis (Unisplendour) is a Chinese corporation, owned by the Tsinghua Unigroup, that proposed to invest $3.8bn in WD thus getting a 15 …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2016
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Norks stabilise non-threatening space speck ... for about five minutes

North Korea briefly got its tumbling satellite under control, but before the satellite made any transmissions it started tumbling again. If there was any purpose to the satellite other than to provide a rationale for the launch of the three-stage Unha rocket that lifted it, that purpose won't be fulfilled. As we reported on …
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Hortonworks: Fly, my channel army, fly (oh, and help us turn losses into profits)

Hadoop challenger Hortonworks is formalising links with channel folk to spread open source gospel to a wider audience – and maybe, just maybe, help it turn losses into profits. The developer of Big Data wares already has 1,500 partners trade customers including ISVs, independent hardware vendors, consultants and resellers. …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jan 2016
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Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!

Stob Functional Programming is the great paradigm shift that is sweeping through software development. The object-oriented era of coding is at last drawing to an inevitable and shameful close. We can – and we must! – all join hands and skip gaily into a brave new world, where sloppy state and careless side effects are excised …
Verity Stob, 13 Jan 2016
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Fujitsu ushers another ex-HPer into channel ranks

A enclave of former HP execs is amassing at Fujitsu with Paul McLean the latest to turn up at the company as enterprise boss for indirect sales in the UK and Ireland. This is the first appointment that Fujitsu’s channel overlord Kevin Matthews - who once ran HP’s British partner business for some years - has made since rocking …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jan 2016
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After safe harbour: Navigating data sovereignty

Max Schrems has a lot to answer for. The Austrian is single-handedly responsible for bringing down a key transnational data agreement that has left cloud service providers scrabbling for legal counsel. This is either a good thing, if you’re a privacy activist concerned about intrusive US surveillance policies, or a confusing and …
Danny Bradbury, 17 Dec 2015