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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
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Tintri snaffles NetApp ONTAP engineering veep

+Comment Execs come and execs go but some moves seem to illustrate the zeitgeist – and this is one such move. Tony Chang has left his NetApp ONTAP engineering VP role to join Tintri as an executive veep, not as a senior VP but an exec VP for Tintri’s engineering of its VM-aware systems. Chang has left the NetApp comfort blanket, where …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 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
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NetApp wades into UK engineering pool, crowns first local techie officer

The chief-techie-shaped hole at the top of NetApp’s UK ops is no more: the hard-pressed storage giant has plucked veteran engineer Grant Caley and pinned the Principal Technology Officer’s badge to his lapel. We are told that Caley will spend his time “enhancing the business and technical relationships with customers, with a …
Paul Kunert, 10 Dec 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
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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
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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
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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
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Google to deep six dodgy download buttons

Google has taken aim at another class of internet scumware: the deceptive download buttons that infest advertising on places like free software directories. “Your computer is out of date!” ads and the like that take the unwary either to adware and/or malware installers - or worse - are in Google's sights. Lucas Ballard, the …
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Rise of the handy machines: UK gears up for first Robotics Week

The UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network) tentacle of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is inviting humans to get involved in the first UK Robotics Week, scheduled to run from 25 June - 1 July 2016. The event - supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of …
Lester Haines, 18 Nov 2015
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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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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

Reverser laments crypto game protection, says wares dead after 2018

A top video-game cracker says cryptographic anti-reverse-engineering technology could put an end to the prolific rate of game piracy. The Chinese reverser, known affectionately as Bird Sister, Phoenix, or Fifi, has published a short blog noting that the encryption technology protecting the popular Just Cause 3 title. " …
Darren Pauli, 07 Jan 2016

Airbus, Boeing aero parts maker loses $54m in cyber-stick-up

An Austrian engineering firm is counting the cost of poor IT security after admitting €50m ($54m) has gone missing from its accounts following a "cyber fraud." FACC Operations makes airplane parts for giants like Airbus and Boeing, and is majority owned by a Chinese holding company. It insists its intellectual property, …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jan 2016
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'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

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
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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
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Tor wars: CMU says FBI came not with cash, but a subpoena

Carnegie-Mellon University has fired back in the TOR war, saying that it wasn't paid by the FBI to reveal its de-anonymisation research outputs. The university's statement on the matter is here and includes the following: “There have been a number of inaccurate media reports in recent days regarding Carnegie Mellon …

Your boss yells 'build a secure IoT gadget' and you don't know where to start. Take a look at this

A 101 introduction to designing secure Internet-of-Things devices and similar systems has been published today by the MIPS-cheerleading Prpl Foundation. The illustrated guidebook is not tied to the aforementioned processor architecture: it can be understood by anyone dabbling in ARM, x86 and MIPS-based embedded engineering. …
Chris Williams, 07 Jan 2016

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 …

Science Museum trumpets Da Vinci expo

London's Science Museum is trumpeting its forthcoming exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius, which opens its doors on 10 February next year. A view of the da Vinci exhibition Right now and for £10 (£7 concessions), you can grab a ticket for the "visually stunning" extravaganza which "highlights the immense …
Lester Haines, 24 Nov 2015
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Continuous Lifecycle London: More speakers, more sessions

Reg Events The schedule for Continuous Lifecycle London is filling up, with 24 speakers now announced and more to be revealed shortly for our DevOps, Continuous Delivery and Agile conference. The latest tranche include two of our program committee members, Pearson's Chris Jackson and Dave Farley. Dave can rightly claim to be a thought- …
Joe Fay, 15 Jan 2016
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Hi, compsci undergrad. See that AI robot over there? It's your advisor

IBM and the University of Michigan have launched a $4.5m project to replace some human roles in education by developing a cognitive system to function as an academic adviser for undergraduate compscis and engineers. Dubbed Project Sapphire, the collaboration will see eight computer science and engineering faculty members, …
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Probe launched after mischiefmaker invades US spyboss's Verizon broadband account

An investigation is underway after someone managed to infiltrate webmail and home broadband accounts belonging to the family of US spymaster James Clapper. It's believed a hacker got hold of the surveillance chief's personal phone number, delved into his wife's Yahoo! mail inbox, and gained control of the couple's Verizon FiOS …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jan 2016
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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

LOHAN takes the stage at Oz Linux shindig

Our Oz readers attending the forthcoming linux.conf.au 2016 shindig in Geelong might like to catch Andrew Tridgell's presentation on "Helicopters and Rocket-Planes", which will include a look at our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane. As regular readers know, Linux guru Tridge has been working on …
Lester Haines, 19 Jan 2016
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Fake Flash update malware targets gullible Apple users

Security watchers have spotted a shareware scam targeting Apple users that features malicious code signed with a legitimate Apple developer certificate. The dodgy software poses as an Adobe Flash update, typically presented to potential marks as a pop-up reminder. Those who fall for the ruse will end up unwittingly …
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2016
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Could NetApp's purchase of SolidFire see the end of ONTAP?

Comment NetApp has finally bitten the bullet and bought an AFA vendor, plumping for the technology-driven SolidFire as opposed to some of the marketing-driven competitors in the space. At less than a billion dollars, it appears to be a very good deal for NetApp and perhaps with an ever-decreasing number of suitors, it is a good deal …
StorageBod, 22 Dec 2015
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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
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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
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Twitter boss ‘personally’ grateful as five Twitter execs walk

Jack Dorsey waved goodbye to five senior Twitter execs over the weekend, and didn’t disappoint avid company-watchers when he issued yet another memo worthy of Oscar Wilde. Engineering boss Alex Roetter, HR chief Skip Schipper, media head Katie Stanton and product head Kevin Weil have “all chosen to leave the company”, Dorsey …
Joe Fay, 25 Jan 2016
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Watch: SpaceX Dragon capsule breathes fire during crucial hover test

Vid SpaceX has released video showing the hovering capabilities of its Dragon 2 crew capsule that could eventually eliminate the need for astronauts to land using parachutes. The test took place at SpaceX's engineering facility in McGregor, Texas and saw the 6,000-kg (13,228-lb) spacecraft suspended from a cable before the eight …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jan 2016
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Big Ben belittled by Infosys' plans for enormous erection

Infosys, which reckons its Mysuru education centre is the world's largest corporate university, says it's going to build a 135-metre clock tower there. The massive erection would shade London's 96 metre Big Ben, California's 87m Hoover Tower and Cornell's 53m McGraw Tower, says India's Economic Times. Why does Infosys need …

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
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Deutsche Bank to axe 'excessively complex' IT, slash 9,000 jobs

Deutsche Bank is re-engineering its "excessively complex" IT – including slashing the number of its operating systems from 45 down to four – as part of a sweeping strategic overhaul. Under its major rationalisation plans the bank will also pull out of 10 countries and cut 9,000 jobs globally. Part of that will also include …
Kat Hall, 30 Oct 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

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

LOHAN entertains the crowd at Oz Linux shindig

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission took to the stage at the linux.conf.au 2016 in Geelong last Friday, as Linux guru and Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot wrangler Andrew Tridgell gave an entertaining speech on his currently UAV endeavours. Tridge kicked off his presentation (video here) with a look at the …
Lester Haines, 08 Feb 2016
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Blocking out the Sun won't fix climate change – but it could buy us time

The Paris climate talks hope to set out how we can reduce the amount of carbon we’re pumping into the atmosphere. But emissions cuts alone may not be enough. Atmospheric CO2 is the blanket that keeps our planet warm and any further emissions will mean more global warming. Observations in recent years show that warming is …

Juniper slurps packet-optical outfit BTI Systems

Juniper Networks has announced it's going to acquire BTI Systems. Once a packet-optical specialist, BTI Systems spent much of 2015 positioning itself into the software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV) markets. That work included giving its 8700 Series the ability to work with OpenDaylight SDN …
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Scality given $10m funds from partner HPE. Plans to polish RING

As noted before, HPE and Scality have formally announced a partnership, with, according to a source close to the companies, HPE making a $10m investment in Scality. This enhanced relationship on the October 2014 announcement, when Hewlett Packard began packaging Scality RING software with its Apollo 4000 and ProLiant servers …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2016
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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 …

Google cloaks Android in Red Screen of malware Dearth

Google has extended its anti-social engineering Chrome tool to Android, making big efforts to reduce blacklists bandwidth costs along the way. The Red Screen of malware Dearth officially branded Safe Browsing has long been a feature of Chrome desktop platforms where bandwidth and processing requirements are much less …
Darren Pauli, 11 Dec 2015

Apple killed our app say Chaos Computer Club

The Chaos Computer Club is claiming that Apple has rejected an app that would stream security talks from its Chaos Communications Congress event because researchers there have previously hacked iOS. The Congress is Europe's largest hacker confab, regularly attracts more than 10,000 delegates and has run for 31 years. The event …
Darren Pauli, 02 Nov 2015
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BT appoints new CIO Howard Watson

BT has appointed Howard Watson as its group chief information officer - in a game of internal musical chairs that will see incumbent CIO Clive Selley head up Openreach. Watson is currently BT's chief architect, having joined the giant telco in 2011 from consultancy Cartesian where he was managing director. Prior to that he was …
Kat Hall, 19 Jan 2016
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Intel hires Qualcomm's compute leader to lead new mobile push

File this one under "if you can't beat 'rm, hire 'em": Intel has hired Doctor Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala. The new hire was until recently executive veep and president of Qualcomm's mobile and computing division, in other words Intel's nemesis as Chipzilla tried and failed to make a dent in mobile devices. For having pulled …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015

Xitore slings 4 million IOPS box under its arm, strides out into the light

Flash DIMM startup Xitore is exiting stealth before it has raised a dime and is looking for funding. The company was started up in March 2014 by CEO Mike Amidi and CTO Hossein Hashemi. Amidi has worked at STEC, SMART, Netlist, and WD, where he was director of the program management office in the Solid State Storage BU. At …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2016