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DSSD hires ex-Violin player as hardware engineering veep

EMC’s flash racking developer DSSD has hired an ex-Violin Memory guy to be its veep of hardware engineering, EMC has now confirmed to The Register. The all-flash array startup has now hired Kevin Rowett, who was SVP of engineering and an advisor to Violin Memory from the beginning of 2010 to October 2013. He joined DSSD this …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2015

F# earns Syme top Royal Academy of Engineering award

The inventor of Microsoft’s F# programming language is among those being awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s prestigious silver medal. Susannah Clarke, the co-founder of Embody Orthopaedic and Andy Ward, founder of Ubisense, joined Don Syme, principal researcher at Microsoft Research, in picking up the accolade. Clarke …
Jennifer Baker, 02 Jul 2015

What the HEC? Microsoft resurrects its hardware engineering event – in CHINA

Microsoft is bringing back WinHEC – its erstwhile Windows Hardware Engineering Conference – and this time it's holding the event closer to where the action is. Redmond exec Matt Perry said on Friday that WinHEC 2015 will be held on March 18 and 19 in Shenzhen, China's booming tech capital, with a subsequent event to follow in …
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2014
BoxDEV 2015 in San Francisco

Why Box and not SharePoint? 'Everybody doesn't hate us' says Box engineering veep

BoxDEV Box announced a Developer Edition of its cloudy storage service at its developer conference in San Francisco this week. The name is misleading. This is not an edition for test and development, but rather a new type of Box account that lets you provision users within your application. The application calls the Box REST API to …
Tim Anderson, 24 Apr 2015

Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network

Elon Musk might have a tight timetable to get humans to Mars, but his SpaceX booster company is behind schedule on its current launch calendar, thanks to an engineering glitch. With minutes to go before launch at Cape Canaveral, SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket was shut down after engineers spotted pressure fluctuations in the unit …
Iain Thomson, 21 Jun 2014

Blighty promises £49m to get more British yoof into engineering careers

The British government plans to spend £49m on trying to encourage kids into engineering to make up the skills shortage in the industry. Professor John Perkins, chief scientific advisor to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), said that Blighty needed to "substantially increase the supply of engineers" in a …

Juniper Networks hires engineering expert as new CEO

Juniper Networks has hired a replacement for its CEO Kevin Johnson, who confirmed his plan to retire from the company in July this year. The job has been handed to Shaygan Kheradpir, who has been poached from financial services provider Barclays PLC, where he worked as chief operations and technology officer. Kheradpir …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Nov 2013
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Internet daddies win Blighty's 'Nobel for engineering'

The men who helped give birth to the internet have been awarded the first Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering at Buckingham Palace. Brit pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee, along with US computer scientists Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf and Frenchman Louis Pouzin will share the £1m spoils that come with the prize. A fifth prize winner, US …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Jun 2013

You'll never BELIEVE how this guy's using his engineering brains

Harmsel biz blog VMware alumni are known for turning up in diverse environments. Steve Herrod, who had 12-year long stint at VMware, and was its chief techie when he left, has joined this tradition. However, Herrod's move is perhaps a little more unorthodox - he has joined the venture capital community as a partner at General Catalyst Partners. …
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Facebook promotes engineering veep to CTO

Facebook has promoted its engineering veep Mike Schroepfer to the job of chief technology officer. The role had been left vacant since June 2012 when Bret Taylor quit the free content ad network within weeks of the company's public debut on Wall Street to do his own biz thing. Schroepfer now steps into Taylor's shoes, after …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Mar 2013
Reconstruction of past climate. Credit: Insititute of Geography, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

An official US government report just has recommended that further research should be carried out into various methods of "geoengineering" the climate so as to combat global warming. But one of its authors disagrees with himself, saying that giving such technology to the current US leadership would be "like giving a loaded gun …
Lewis Page, 11 Feb 2015
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Departing Ballmer shakes up Microsoft's top engineering boffins

Steve Ballmer has shuffled some Microsoft top boffins around, using his closing days as CEO to cement his massive summer re-org. Harry Shum, Bing engineering chief and ex Microsoft Research managing director for Asia, has been named executive vice president of technology and research. Shum replaces Eric Rudder who has been …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Nov 2013

Tin-rattlers want to digitise lady engineers' historic exploits

The UK's Women's Engineering Society (WES) is indulging in some light tin-rattling aimed at digitising almost 100 years of the Women Engineer Journal. WES was formed in 1919 as a response to female exclusion from engineering's professional bodies, and quickly published the first issue of what would become the quarterly Women …
Lester Haines, 02 Apr 2015

Uncivil engineering: US society skewers self-published science

If you thought civil engineers were one of society's more conformist cohorts, think again: according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, they're rampant copyright pirates. Their crime is to publish full versions of their own research papers online, once those papers have been published by the ASCE's journals, and they've …
The Register breaking news

UK's 'Nobel prize for engineering' given to 'inventors of the interwebs'

Update The would-be British based "Nobel Prize of engineering" - aka the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, whose recipients can be of any nationality - has been awarded for the first time. The winners are described as the "five engineers who created the internet and the World Wide Web". According to the official announcement: …
Lewis Page, 18 Mar 2013

Penn State University network sacked by China malware blitz

Penn State University has had to take networks in its school of engineering offline after falling victim to a malware attack traced partially to China. Acting on an FBI tip, the school found that PCs on the network of its College of Engineering were infected with malware that appeared to be trying to harvest research data and …
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2015

Shabby but persistent espionage group turn tables on researchers

Researchers investigating an active online espionage group have themselves been targeted in persistent social engineering attacks. Eyal Sela and Cedric Pernet of ClearSky and Trend Micro say the attackers from the Rocket Kitten group targeted an unnamed security bod at the former company with social engineering Facebook …
Darren Pauli, 03 Sep 2015

Sexy sock puppets seduce security suckers

Phishers have been targeting security researchers with fake LinkedIn profiles built on re-purposed photos of models and company logos, according to F-Secure hacker Sean Sullivan (@5ean5ullivan). The threat-finding bod said that would-be recruiters, linked to a network of phoney cryptographers and security types, were …
Darren Pauli, 07 Sep 2015
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John Fowler survives latest chapter of Oracle's Game of Thrones

The confusion over whether John Fowler will remain at Oracle, now that incomer David Donatelli has an executive vice-president role that includes Fowler's responsibilities, is over. Fowler is staying. Oracle spokesperson Deborah Hellinger has told The Reg "with John's continued focus on engineering and with the addition of Dave …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2015
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Microsoft seeks Skype for Xbox engineering gang

Microsoft's plans to bring Skype to the Xbox appear well underway, if job postings for positions in a new "Skype Xbox Engineering Team" are anything to go by. The software giant is seeking a software development engineer and an engineering manager to join the London-based team. After acquiring Skype for $8.5bn in 2011, you'd …
Caleb Cox, 20 Apr 2012
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£1m 'Nobel prize of engineering' named after the Queen

Britain will play host to a biennial £1m engineering prize which it's hoped will come to confer the same status as a Nobel award. The cash is being coughed up by British industry and the trophy will be known as "the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering", but recipients can be of any nationality. The prize will be run by the …
Lewis Page, 17 Nov 2011

Post-Stuxnet hack group builds formidable LinkedIn phish network

An accomplished Iran-based attack group known as "Cleaver" has created a network of at least 25 well-developed LinkedIn profiles to assist a social engineering campaign hitting targets across the Middle East. The group is alleged to have formed in the wake of the Stuxnet attacks against Tehran's Natanz Uranium enrichment plant …
Darren Pauli, 08 Oct 2015

Hey techies! Ever wanted to adopt a Congresscritter? Now's your chance

A former US congressional staffer has created a campaign to put people with technology backgrounds in a position to work with US lawmakers. The Tech Congress fellowship would put people with backgrounds in computer science and engineering on Capitol Hill working with members of congress and congressional committees to help …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Oct 2015
Phytoplankton bloom captured by Envisat

Ocean-seeding experiment re-ignites geo-engineering debate

German researchers have re-ignited debate over geo-engineering by saying that “seeding” oceans with iron is an effective way to lock up CO2. While the principle behind seeding is simple enough – the iron acts as a fertilizer for phytoplankton, which multiply and consume carbon dioxide as they grow – the topic is fiercely debated …
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Sunk by 'patent troll': Iron Speed director asks 'anyone want to buy us?'

Iron Speed, a firm which provided a rapid application development tool for creating .NET apps, is shuttering itself thanks to "litigation with a patent troll", according to a letter sent to customers by co-founder and chairman Alan Fisher. The Iron Speed designer enabled developers to create applications for web, cloud and …
Tim Anderson, 07 Sep 2015

Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

XDA comments screen shot App hacker Randy Westergren has outed the application developer at Sandwich kingpin Subway as a serious security nerd. The hacker set sights on the Subway Android app, which allows uses to order and pay for sandwiches from their devices, in a bid to uncover possible vulnerabilities. He instead …
Darren Pauli, 13 Jul 2015
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO

LinkedIn INKED IN with Facebook Lean In push for more women in tech

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has buddied up with social-network-for-suits LinkedIn to push for more women in technology as the number of female engineering students continues to shrink. "Careers in computer science and engineering are great for women (and men) – the work is high-impact, flexible, well-paid, and exciting. Yet …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Feb 2015
Robots emulate natural locomotion of water strider insects. Pic credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University


Vid Scientists have created a leggy microrobot that mimics the actions of a water strider. They wanted to replicate the movement of the semi-aquatic insects to try to have a better understanding of how they are able to jump from watery surfaces with the same amount of force and height as a leap from rigid ground. Boffins from …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Aug 2015
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PGP Zimmermann: 'You want privacy? Well privacy costs MONEY'

IP EXPO 2015 Delivering a keynote in London today, the famous inventor of PGP complained that consumers want privacy for free, forcing his company Silent Circle to focus on selling secure telephony to enterprises - while he would like to see it more widely employed. Silent Circle, the cryptographic communications firm at which Zimmermann …

NetApp gets a new CTO – after saying it wouldn't get a new CTO

NetApp has recruited an ex-Symantec CTO to be its new CTO, replacing the retired Jay Kidd. Mark Bregman was CTO and an EVP at Symantec from July 2005 to August 2011, and held the same titles at Veritas from September 2004 to July 2005, being Veritas EVP Product Operations from February 2002 to September 2004. He was with IBM …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2015

EMC/DSSD swallows Graphite Systems, begins technology digest

EMC’s DSSD unit bought a stealth-mode startup developing an ultra-high performance flash array in August this year. DSSD is developing a flash array connected to servers via a high-speed NVMe fabric interconnect operating at PCIe buys speed, and with the flash logically resident in the accessing servers’ memory address space …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2015
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MariaDB seeks home-grown CEO for Oracle bout

Exclusive MariaDB is going after Oracle in its own back yard with plans for a fresh CEO drawn locally in order to tap funding from A-lister venture capitalists. Patrik Sallner is stepping down as MariaDB Corp’s chief executive for a new job, with the firm’s management now interviewing replacements, The Reg has learned. There are a …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2015
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Struggling AMD re-orgs graphics groups as Radeon Technologies

AMD has done a rethink of how it approaches graphics chips and has reorganized its various visual computing groups into a new, unified division called Radeon Technologies. Leading the new group as its senior VP and chief architect is Raja Koduri, who until recently served as AMD's VP of visual computing – one of several execs …
Neil McAllister, 09 Sep 2015
E-ink parking sign in Sydney

Sydney adopts 'world's first' e-ink parking signs

The Australian city of Sydney has adopted e-ink-equipped parking signs. Slovenian vendor Visionect says the State of New South Wales' Road and Maritime Services (RMS) agency has adopted its digital signage to ease the chore of changing signs to reflect coming events. As Vulture South well knows, Sydney's sclerotic roads …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2015

Hold on to your hats: LOHAN'S PRATCHETT mission launch imminent

Our US allies at Edge Research Laboratory are as we speak on the ground at Colorado Springs East Airport preparing for the imminent launch of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) PRATCHETT mission. Lift-off is scheduled for around 13:30 Mountain Daylight Time (19:30 GMT), and all being well, you should be able to …
Lester Haines, 13 Jun 2015
Death Star

World-beating TWO-QUADRILLION-WATT LASER fired by boffins

Nuclear fusion researchers at Osaka University in Japan claim they have made history by firing the world's most powerful laser – emitting a two-quadrillion-watt beam albeit for a very, very brief period of time. The two-petawatt beam was formed using the huge LFEX (Laser for Fast ignition EXperiments) system developed by the …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jul 2015
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Google buys malware analysis and reverse engineering firm Zynamics

Google has bought reverse-engineering and analysis tools firm Zynamics. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were undisclosed. Zynamics is led by Thomas Dullien, a respected white-hat hacker better known by his online handle, Halvar Flake. The acquisition further strengthens Google's security team, which already …
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2011
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TOP500 Supers make boffins more prolific

A comparative analysis of supercomputer ownership by US universities seems to suggest that TOP500-class iron gives institutions a quantifiable edge in physics, chemistry, civil engineering and evolutionary biology. In the kind of rational decision-making that will upset HPC sales teams, the Clemson University research is …
High-altitude snap from Dave Akerman's Cloud 7 payload

Zorawar Biri Singh lands Cisco CTO post as firm shuffles its top brass

Cisco has swapped one high-profile chief technology officer for another as incoming CEO Chuck Robbins expands his collection of new top brass. The company named Silicon Valley cloud whisperer-turned-venture capital influencer Zorawar Biri Singh as its CTO for platforms and solutions on Monday. His appointment comes as CTO and …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jul 2015

New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

A new study into causes of the scarcity of women in technical and scientific fields says that it is not discrimination by men in the field keeping the ladies away. Nor is it a repugnance felt by women for possibly dishevelled or unhygienic male nerds. No, the reason that young women don't train in Science, Technology, …
Lewis Page, 27 Jul 2015
Chemist at work

Black and Latina boffins regularly mistaken for janitors, study finds

A survey of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers has found that black and Latina boffins are being mistaken for janitors. The study [PDF], conducted by California's Hastings College of Law, found that women in STEM careers continue to face sexism and discrimination, with women of color …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jul 2015
Don Basile in 2013

Look out, Silicon Valley – Don Basile is back to kick ass and chew gum

Ex-Violin Memory CEO Don Basile has emerged as an investor in Cumulus Logic. It’s great to have one of the most colorful people in storage back on the scene. Cumulus Logic is building a cloud-based multi-tenant real-time analytics platform. It is a stealthy startup founded in 2014 by Iqlas Ottamalika, its CEO, who was a …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2015
Satya Nadella and Stephen Elop

BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

Ex-Nokia chief Stephen Elop is officially out of Microsoft. Redmond announced the cull of top execs at the software company in the past hour, and Elop is the most high-profile victim of the bloodletting. Elop, Kirill Tatarinov and Eric Rudder will be leaving Microsoft following a handover period at the firm. It means that the …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jun 2015

Accenture extends tentacles with €25m Dublin R&D centre

Accenture is the latest company to expand its base into low-tax Ireland, opening a €25m (£16.5m) R&D centre in Dublin and hiring 200 new bodies. The move by the consultancy and outsourcing biz will apparently focused on cognitive computing, the "internet of things", advanced analytics, security and digital marketing, according …
Kat Hall, 01 Oct 2015

Phoenix burns engineering and Northampton call centre jobs

Phoenix IT Group has told HQ-based call centre staff and a bunch of field engineers that their jobs are at risk of redundancy, insiders have told The Channel. The headcount reduction is part of a phased plan to chop 300 workers, and is understood to have led to some rationalisation in sales and marketing including the exit of …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2012

Mohawk Valley, NY to become the new Silicon Valley in fab fab deal

A deal between SUNY Poly (State University New York), the state of New York, GE and Austrian sensor and analog IC company AMS will see an East Coast US chip fab built to research and make nano-scale devices. AMS is putting an initial $2bn into their venture, which the state will top up with $200m. GE will stump up $200m and …
Simon Rockman, 24 Aug 2015
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Dyson sinks £1.4m into Cambridge engineering chair

Vacuum-maker James Dyson has plunged over a million pounds into funding engineering research at Cambridge University. And he doesn't just want the funded boffins looking at vacuum cleaners. One of the billionaire's stipulations for the post is that it will encourage speculative research into areas that may not be commercially …
Anna Leach, 24 Nov 2011
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LOHAN's final test flight set to honour PRATCHETT

Our search for a suitably snappy title for our forthcoming final Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) test flight has ended agreeably with a reader poll coming down firmly in support of PRATCHETT. Alex Carlton's "Planes Reactive Airborne Tests Checking Heuristically for Extreme Technological Tantrums" ran away with the …
Lester Haines, 19 May 2015

Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

10 years of Facebook Facebook's hardware development lab is either a paradise, a business opportunity, or a hell, depending on your viewpoint. If you're a hardware nerd who loves fiddling with data centre gear, ripping out extraneous fluff, and generally cutting the cost of your infrastructure, then the lab is a wonderful place where your dreams are …
Jack Clark, 05 Mar 2014
Archer cracks the ISIS mainframe's password

Webmail password reset scam lays groundwork for serious aggro

Symantec has warned about a new password recovery scam that tricks users into handing over webmail account access, possibly setting the stage for more serious security issues. Crooks behind the social engineering ruse need only knowledge of a prospective mark’s email address and associated mobile phone number before attempting …
John Leyden, 19 Jun 2015