Articles about beer

Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

When you're stuck in the middle of the Central African Republic (CAR) trying to protect the wildlife from armed poachers and the Lord's Resistance Army, then life's pretty tough. And now Microsoft has made it tougher with Windows 10 upgrades. The Chinko Project manages roughly 17,600 square kilometres (6,795 square miles) of …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jun 2016
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Eject button hit: UK overlords of tech distribution split

What a week it has been for high level UK departures, with three major tech distributors – Arrow ECS, Ingram Micro and Wick Hill – parting with a big cheese. First up is Nick Thurlow, veep of north west Europe at Arrow, who confirmed to us he is leaving at the end of this month a little over three years after he joined from …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2016
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'Australia tax' doesn't apply to Azure

Microsoft is offering unintentional discounts to Azure users. The discounts are available if you pre-pay for a year of Azure. If you do so, Microsoft kindly trims your bill by five per cent once you spend a certain amount. If you're billed in US Dollars, that threshold spend is US$6,000. If you choose another currency, …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2016

DDOS-as-a-service offered for just five dollars

Freelancer-finding site Fiverr has booted out users offering distributed denial of service attack for-hire groups for as low as US$5. Fiverr is a service that connects buyers with professionals like designers and developers, many of whom offer their services for not much more than the price of a beer. Incapsula security wonks …
Darren Pauli, 26 May 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle London: What we saw, what we learned

Video If you ever wondered what would happen when some of the leading lights of the software development world came together with a couple of hundred very real world users, you really should have been at Continuous Lifecycle London earlier this month. The event, brought to you by Situation Publishing, the people behind The Register …
Joe Fay, 20 May 2016

Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

On-Call If it's Friday it must be time for On-Call, our regular reader-written romp through fun times at work. This week, reader “Oswald” shared the story of the time he worked “for the IT company that looked after a well known football club.” Oswald's a Brit, so when he says “football” he means soccer. The club was his employer's …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2016
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The case for ethical ad-blocking

When is ad-blocking ethical? How about when the adtech industry is behaving so unethically it destroys people’s livelihoods? Musician and music rights campaigner David Lowery last year made the incendiary suggestion that musicians should encourage their fans to block the advertising running on music-streaming sites – even …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2016
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MIT launches campus lunch bug bounty

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has joined the growing number of large organisations and agencies to offer a bug bounty. The program is in an experimental phase and is open to current MIT students and affiliates, and includes a limited number of domains. Those submitting severe bugs will have money dropped into MIT …
Darren Pauli, 26 Apr 2016
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Linux is so grown up, it's ready for marriage with containers

Linux is all grown up. It has nothing left to prove. There's never been a year of the Linux desktop and there probably never will be, but it runs on the majority of the world's servers. It never took over the desktop, it did an end-run around it: there are more Linux-based client devices accessing those servers than there are …
Liam Proven, 07 Apr 2016
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Three MEELLION satellite snaps now free for all

NASA and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry have announced that all Earth imaging data from the ASTER instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft are now free-as-in-beer. ASTER – the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Radiation radiometer – was Japan's contribution to the instruments aboard Terra, and it's been …

When should you bin that old mainframe? Infrastructure 101

It's very easy to forget that buying kit for your infrastructure is just the first step on a long, long road. It's also easy to forget that everyone keeps their infrastructure kit going for years longer than their accountants depreciate it: we've all got something in the comms room that's still clinging to life. And this is …
Dave Cartwright, 31 Mar 2016
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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “You know what they say about people with small hands?” Yes I do: according to the Museum of Carry On Jokes, they are favoured by women with small breasts. Or men with a tiny schmeckel. It must be frustrating to be excluded from high society for having smaller-than-average hands. For example, did you notice the glaring paucity …
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Mar 2016

Error checks? Eh? What could go wrong, really? (DoSing a US govt site)

Line Break It's time for your dose of Line Break, our Wednesday column of coding nightmares that have haunted Register readers at one time or another. This also means we're already halfway to Friday. Judging by some of these following tales, we can only assume one too many developers out there are already half cut by this point in the …
Chris Williams, 23 Mar 2016
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Irish shun beer, whiskey in favour of … wine

Amateur drinkers will be cramming into Irish pubs the world over tonight to slurp Guinness and neck whiskey (with an e) in honour of St Patrick. But the citizens of the Emerald Isle will be as likely to toast their patron saint with a full-bodied Shiraz or a well-oaked Chardonnay, shocking research revealed this week. An …
Joe Fay, 17 Mar 2016
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Beer-powered bid to build mobile network goes flat

An attempt by Filipino giant San Miguel Corporation to create a mobile phone business has gone flat. San Miguel is best known as brewer of a beer* bearing its name, but also build infrastructure, generates electricity and refines oil. The latter activities reflect its desire to diversify and grow, an ambition that last year …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle London: Less than eight weeks to go

You may have missed the early bird pricing, but there are still plenty of good reasons to snap up some of the remaining tickets for Continuous Lifecycle London. The programme is fairly well set now, with a broad range of speakers taking you from the theoretical end of the continuous delivery pipeline right through to the nitty …
Joe Fay, 10 Mar 2016
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Google rocks up to Facebook's DIY-data-center party with six pack of rack blueprints

OCP Summit Rather than loiter at the fringes of Facebook's Open Compute Project, Google has decided to enter the game. Google was, until now, a peripheral acquaintance of the project. Now it's turned up to the party with the enterprise IT equivalent of a six pack of beer: server blueprints. The Open Compute Project encourages hardware …
Chris Williams, 09 Mar 2016

'Microsoft Office has been the bane of my life, while simultaneously keeping me employed'

Line Break Welcome back to Line Break, our weekly roundup of terrible code you've seen in the wild. Over the past six weeks, we've featured all sorts of broken or ugly source – from insecure web apps to write-once-read-never-again scientific programs. Now we turn to ... the monthly report. The sort of thing you automate ASAP with a handy …
Chris Williams, 09 Mar 2016

Brit brewer opensources entire recipe archive

Scottish brewer BrewDog has agreeably released its entire recipe back catalogue, encompassing the 215 beers developed during its almost 10-year history. From humble home-brewing origins, James Watt and Martin Dickie have grown BrewDog to an international craft beer operation. Along the way, they've claimed the "world's …
Lester Haines, 26 Feb 2016
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Ansible charges into network automation with Cisco, Juniper

Ansible claimed to cast its wings over the entire systems landscape today, as it brought automation of network infrastructure into its core platform. The move means networking guys can take full advantage of the Red Hat subsidiary’s automation platform even in multivendor environments – or that they have no escape from the …
Joe Fay, 18 Feb 2016

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

It's February, and the weather's crap this side of the equator, so travel with us if you will to South Africa's sunny Cape Town for a wobbly dining experience so substantial it's more of a team sport than a post-pub dining exercise. Yes indeed, prepare to get your laughing gear round the "Gatsby", recommended by reader Simon …
Lester Haines, 12 Feb 2016

Major Hollywood studio eyes Paint Drying sequel

The Register can exclusively reveal today that a top Hollywood studio has optioned a sequel to Paint Drying - the 607-minute minimalist masterpiece designed to try the patience of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). A Tinsel Town source close to the project confirmed yesterday that Paint Drying director Charlie …
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2016
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Containers! Containers! Containers! And RHEL 7.2. Employ as you wish

Review Red Hat closed 2015 with an update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) that bumps the venerable distro to version 7.2. That might sound innocuous but don't let the minor version number fool you, with huge leaps in software versions, a newfound love of all things cloud container and systemd updates under the hood, this is one of …
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Newly minted DevOps consultancy roams world, looking for CIOs in pain

London-based DevOps consultancy Contino has merged with a US-based counterpart with the combined entity getting a $30m cash boost from investment group Columbia Capital. The combined group will be making a play for the digital transformation business that has become an increasingly lucrative part of the Agile and DevOps game, …
Joe Fay, 21 Jan 2016
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Afraid of getting your iThing pwned? Get yourself iOS 9.2.1

Apple has posted an update for iOS, including patches for 13 CVE-listed security flaws. The Cupertino giant said that the iOS 9.2.1 update bundles the security fixes with a patch for a bug in the Apple Mobile Device manager that had prevented some iOS devices from installing apps. Note that this update will not fix the weird …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jan 2016

Smartphone hard, dudes, like it’s the end of the world!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Welcome back. Just think, it’s been a week already since glum users began reluctantly re-occupying seats that had been blissfully empty during most of Christmas and New Year. No doubt your Monday was spent dealing with forgotten-password requests, Tuesday helping the same users who had already forgotten the replacement password …
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Jan 2016
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UK universities unveil £28m hub for Internet of Things

Blighty's universities have teamed up to today unveil a £28m "Internet of Things" research hub in a bid to make the UK a "world leader" in the much-hyped technology. The Hub is a consortium of nine universities and 47 partners from industry and the public sector. Funding for the Hub includes a £9.8m grant from the Engineering …
Kat Hall, 06 Jan 2016
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IBM union: OK guys, you've beaten us down, we give in

The sole unionised outpost trying to give a voice to IBM workers Stateside has frozen campaigns, citing sustained job cuts and a resulting drop in membership as the reasons. Alliance@IBM was set up in 1999 to organise protests against redundancies as Big Blue started to move more roles, particularly in manufacturing and …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jan 2016
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Etsy’s DevOps supremo to take the stage at Continuous Lifecycle

Re Events We’re really chuffed to announce that Etsy’s Katherine Daniels will be joining us at Continuous Lifecycle London next May as one of our keynote speakers. Katherine is a senior operations engineer with Etsy, overseeing systems that support 54 million members, 1.4 million active sellers, and 19.8 million active buyers. To keep …
Team Register, 05 Jan 2016

NetApp needs more than SolidFire: Slip Simplivity into your Xmas stocking

Comment NetApp’s SolidFire acquisition is necessary – but not enough on its own. There is still a hole, a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance shaped hole, in NetApp’s storage market coverage. Sunnyvale-based NetApp is saying SolidFire won’t do much for its revenues. William Blair analyst Jason Ader told his subscribers: “From a …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2015
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CIOs, what does your nightmare before Christmas look like?

CIO Manifesto We gathered 14 of the UK’s finest IT leaders in a secure bunker (elegant room in the Soho Hotel -Ed.) for the last Register Round Table of 2015 to hear their tales of when good IT goes bad. The short version is the thing they fear most is you, dear reader, your screw-ups, your documentation, your thefts, your dodgy code, your …
Joe Fay, 22 Dec 2015
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There's an epidemic of idiots who can't find power switches

On-Call If it's nearly Christmas and there's not much news about, it must be time for some extra inbox-clearing On-Call columns, in which we share tales of the things readers are asked to do at unpleasant times and/or out-of-the-way places. Today, we're again riffing on our November story about the politician who had a techie drive …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2015

The Register's Australian technology headline predictions … for 2017!

December is the time when vendors' Australian outposts try to position their managing directors as sages and oracles, and rain down predictions on El Reg's antipodean outpost. Vulture South trashes them all promptly, secures supplies of amber fluid and starts thinking a year further ahead, to the year after next. After due …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Dec 2015

Name that HPE boozer: Last orders please

Our call for potential names for Hewlett Packard Enterprise's private London drinking club has prompted the expected rush to the bar from readers. The paradigm-busting green rectangle formerly known as HP or Hewlett Packard or whatever will serve up booze and music to punters at its new City of London HQ at 1 Aldermanbury …
Lester Haines, 11 Dec 2015
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UK gov sinks £25k into Pi-powered cyberdesk

A London furniture design outfit has trousered a £25k Innovate UK grant to prototype "the office desk of the future". "Open-making" champion Opendesk - which offers downloadable designs you can knock up yourself or hand to a local manufacturer* - is tasked with hewing a customisable cyberdesk from the living plywood. …
Lester Haines, 25 Nov 2015
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Coffee fixes the damage booze did to your liver, study finds

If your liver's packing it in after a lifetime of boozing, changing your poison may yet keep you alive a little longer. So says Dr Alex Hodge, a consultant gastroenterologist and liver disease specialist at Monash Health, a unit of Australia's Monash University. Hodge and her colleagues studied 1,100 patients with either …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2015
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Get 'em out for the... readers: The Sun scraps its online paywall

Rupert Murdoch's flagship British tabloid, The Sun, is to abandon its paywall in search of greater web traffic as it seeks to compete with big online news hitters such as the Daily Mail. According to the Guardian, the move was set to be officially announced on Friday and implemented by the end of November. Back in July 2013, …
Gareth Corfield, 30 Oct 2015

Ex-Microsoft craft ale buffs rattle tankard for desktop brewery

US home-brew tech outfit PicoBrew has raced past its Kickstarter fundraising target for its Pico "fully automatic craft beer brewing appliance". The device will produce five litre batches of "fresh personalized craft beer" in 5-7 days with minimum hassle, thanks to "convenient pre-packaged ingredient PicoPaks produced by …
Lester Haines, 28 Oct 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Podcasting from a Pub Down Under

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's a special episode of El Reg's techcast this week, with your host Greg Knieriemen, recorded live in Gold Coast Australia with an all-star panel who talk about Dell, data retention, "cloud washing" and Virtuestream. Special guests include Sam Johnston, CTO, CSC ANZ; Ben …
Team Register, 28 Oct 2015
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Snakes in the aircon, killer crocs in the river, virtualisation for apps

The eXpat Files Just over two years ago, your correspondent finished covering the 2013 World Solar Challenge, the solar car race between the Australian cities of Darwin and Adelaide. We decided not to go again this year because twice is probably enough. But reader Scott Knights lives near Darwin, in a spot called Humpty Doo, and kindly sent …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2015
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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

Worstall @ the Weekend So here's a fun little game for a Sunday morning: what was, or is, the third great invention of all time? I have a candidate for it and it's very much to do with what youse guys do all day. But I'm not entirely sure that it is the proper winner of third place: certainly, most economists wouldn't rate it there at all. Of course …
Tim Worstall, 18 Oct 2015
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Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet

There's worry out there that the spread of ad blockers will kill off the internet. Or at least, the idea that people are paid to create stuff for it but that people aren't charged to look at it. You know, like, umm, El Reg. This has all come up as Apple has allowed the technology in iOS9, and people started to offer the …
Tim Worstall, 14 Oct 2015
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HPC cluster-wrestling challenge: Come on students, light my PyFR

Reconfigure This! Here’s some more content from last summer’s blockbuster International Super computing Conference (ISC) 2015 student cluster competition, which has the youngsters battling to build a small cluster of their own design on the exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and …

Siege of Shoreditch was like Stalingrad, but with Froot Loops Bloopers

¡BONG! FRONTLINE DISPATCH Tsunami survivors say the first sign of impending disaster is that the tide goes out a very long way. One minute you're on the beach with water lapping at your feet. The next, there's nothing as far as you can see. That was how the start of the "Breakfast War” felt, too. One moment I was in the Jedward Twins' Cereal Killer …
Steve Bong, 02 Oct 2015
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Gold bugs, concrete bog roll holders and frolic-friendly furniture: What IS it with designers?

100% Design The 100% Design Show is all about innovation. This year there's a strong emphasis on things pretending to be other things, and furniture made out of stuff you wouldn't normally expect it to be made out of. Some of it's even quite comfortable... App One Design App One don't make apps, which is confusing in itself, but rather …
Steve Caplin, 25 Sep 2015

A krayshee sexy Dutch post-pub nosh neckfiller: Stamppot

Our elite post-pub culinary team has decided to enjoy a short break from the pots and pans and bugger off on holiday, so we'd like to take the opportunity to hand over cooking duties this week to reader Pascal Harris. Pascal got in touch to say that, inspired by our previous neckfillers, he'd knocked up Dutch classic stamppot …
Lester Haines, 19 Sep 2015
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Germany loosens liability laws to promote WiFi hotspots

Germany has signalled it will ease laws that make it hard for local organisations to operate public WiFi hotspots. Current laws in the Bundesrepublik make hotspot operators liable for their users' activities. Fearing they'll be held accountable for copyright infringement or other offences, Germany's cafes, hotels, airport, …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2015
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Should take down mean stay down? EU’s Big Internet quiz leaks

Brussels wants to know if you think Silicon Valley’s giant internet plantations do business fairly in Europe – and is inviting views on Big Internet’s biggest legal loophole. A leak of the European Commission’s imminent platforms consultation, seen by The Register – it’s one of several – wants Europeans' views on whether “take …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Sep 2015

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Fancy a ham and cheese 'dry tree trunk' sarnie?

We have no idea how it happened, but during a recent review of our previous post-pub nosh neckfillers, we realised that not since our crack culinary team constructed the fantastical and frankly mind-boggling Portuguese Francesinha in December last year, has one dish featured a nice bit of steak. This simply won't do, so for …
Lester Haines, 12 Sep 2015

What time is it Oxford Dictionaries? How about almost ‘beer o’clock’

The online tentacle of Oxford Dictionaries has earned itself some big up rispek from El Reg by including "beer o'clock" in its latest quarterly update of new terms muscling their way into our beloved lingo. As regular readers know, down here at Vulture Central beer o'clock is always, if it hasn't actually chimed, mere minutes …
Lester Haines, 28 Aug 2015