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June 30, 2016: The day the US will hand over control of the internet

It is going to take until the end of June next year for the US government to formally hand over control of the top level of the internet. That’s according to the CEO of the organization that runs the IANA functions that keep the 'net glued together, and which is expected to take over the job on a more permanent basis. Speaking …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jun 2015

Even Apple doesn’t mess with Taylor Swift

Analysis Tech oligarchs aren’t supposed to say sorry. And no, Apple hasn’t formally apologized to the music community for demanding that it works for Apple for free, Apple still comes out of it with plenty of credit. Ten days ago, the contracts for Apple’s new Spotify-ish streaming service leaked out, and they contained an unprecedented …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jun 2015
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Cheeky upstart Mangstor hungrily eyes Fusion-io's pots of gold

Developer of flash storage solutions and startup Mangstor is developing PCIe flash cards usable both as direct and shared flash storage, with figures indicating SanDisk has some work to do if it wants to return Fusion-io to the top of the performance tree. The base MX6300 flash card technology uses non-volatile Everspin ST-MRAM …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2015

Docker unfurls software-defined networking, plugin blueprints

DockerCon 2015 As its DockerCon conference kicks off today in San Francisco, Docker has announced new features for its software container technology, including software-defined networking (SDN) and a swappable plugin architecture. The SDN features are a direct result of Docker's acquisition of SocketPlane in March but were developed with …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jun 2015
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Docker and chums unveil standards org for software containers

DockerCon 2015 Docker has joined forces with the Linux Foundation to create a new organization that will oversee and manage open standards for application containers. Announced at the DockerCon conference in San Francisco on Monday, the Open Container Project (OCP) will maintain and develop a common container runtime and image format based in …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jun 2015
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Fujitsu shrinks SMB file transfer metadata traffic jams

Fujitsu has found a way round repetitive metadata ops that delay CIFS and SMB transfers from remote file-sharing sites. It's developing a WAN optimiser product using this software tech. File metadata is sent too many times in a transfer session, slowing data transfer. What Fujitsu engineers found was that, with a large number of …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2015
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Breqwatr breqs hyper-converged mould with all-flash box

Breqwatr? What on Earth is a Breqwatr? It looks like someone is trying too hard to get attention with bad spelling.* In fact, it's a company making the Breqwatr Cloud Appliance, a turnkey, all-flash, scale-out, hyper-converged appliance for private cloud deployments. This BCA v2.0 product is built on OpenStack's Juno release, …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2015

Facebook and Twitter queen Taylor Swift: Facebook and Twitter are RUBBISH

Taylor Swift has told her millions of Facebook and Twitter fans they should not pay any attention to, er, Facebook or Twitter - via the good old fashioned medium of a TV interview. Swift has already demonstrated her mighty power in bringing big tech companies to their knees, having managed to get Apple to capitulate on its music …
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2015
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Virgin Media starts its broadband-of-the-gaps fibre rollout

Virgin Media has started work connecting customers to the fibre broadband infill it announced in February. The £3bn programme significantly larger than anything planned by BT and represents a growing trend among companies to provide higher speed broadband than available with the UK incumbent. Virgin offers a 152Mbps service, …
Simon Rockman, 22 Jun 2015
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Phone-home service Lebara launches prepaid TV offering

Low-cost mobile virtual network operator Lebara is following the non-virtual operators in a step towards quad-play with a TV offering — and for the moment at least skipping broadband and fixed. As with the existing phone service, Lebara Play will be prepaid, with customers topping up their allocation at a local corner shop. …
Simon Rockman, 22 Jun 2015
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GCHQ didn't illegally spy on Brit NGOs, tribunal rules

Privacy International and Liberty failed today to convince the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) that GCHQ had unlawfully intercepted the communications of, and snooped on, UK-based human rights groups. The IPT, in its third and final judgment relating to the spying activities of Blighty spooks, said in its ruling on Monday …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jun 2015
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Docker-ed vessel Portworx takes three Ocarina folk aboard

Startup Portworx is providing elastic scale-out block storage natively to Docker containers, so containerised apps can execute directly on the storage infrastructure and containers persisted and scheduled fluidly across machines and clouds. It says its PWX software product "enables the rapid deployment of stateful, distributed …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2015
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Polish airline LOT was grounded after 'IT attack' took hold

An unspecified IT attack has left 1,400 passengers of Polish flag carrier LOT Polish Airlines stuck in Warsaw, after the company discovered it was unable to file flight plans for its departing aircraft. Reuters reports that the airline's ground computer system — used to issue the flight plans — had been "hacked" on Sunday …
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Giganto French telco merger: Altice makes eyes at Bouygues

Despite Margrethe Vestager – the EU’s anti-trust supremo – railing against telco mergers earlier this month, French mega-company Altice has made a €10bn bid for the telco part of rival Bouygues. Altice has made the bid thorough Numericable-SFR, formed when Numerical bought the SFR network from Vivendi last year for €17bn. A …
Simon Rockman, 22 Jun 2015
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Failing to zap bogus reviews about your biz is illegal, snarls regulator

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority is cracking down on companies publishing fake reviews or taking cash for unmarked promotional content. The CMA said it has opened an investigation using its "consumer enforcement powers" into a number of companies over non-disclosure of paid endorsements. The regulator said it is also …
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2015
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Facebook SSD failure study pinpoints mid-life burnout rate trough

Facebook engineers and Carnegie Mellon researchers have looked into SSD failure patterns and found surprising temperature and data contiguity results in the first large-scale SSD failure study. In a paper (PDF) entitled A Large-Scale Study of Flash Memory Failures in the Field they looked at SSDs used by Facebook over a four …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2015
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Can Said Ouissal really cut Violin’s sales mustard?

Has Violin’s new worldwide sales head Said Ouissal got what it takes to lift sales at the recovering all-flash array company? He comes to the SVP position with no prior direct sales management experience, and told us he joined Violin in April last year to be SVP for product management and strategy. He came from Juniper Networks …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2015
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Post Office launches mobe service for aged greybeards

The Post Office has launched its own mobile phone service. The organisation plays hard on the value for money that its new pre-pay tariffs offer, but in practice the market is so competitive it’s hard to make that stand up. While the headline prices are cheaper, many rivals – notably Tesco Mobile – offer top-up bonuses, which …
Simon Rockman, 22 Jun 2015
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How should you manage your network's traffic performance?

On Demand Register here to watch a few experts give you the information (including demos)you need, to take control of your network traffic. Register for the on-demand here here, and watch the replay action, of this special three part Regcast at your own convienience. Handy synopsis for you Business can be won or lost based on your …
David Gordon, 22 Jun 2015
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Mellanox wants to prise OEMs loose from Broadcom

Mellanox is putting itself forward at the heart of faster Ethernet data centre networks, with both chips and switches pitched at 25 Gbps, 50 Gbps and 100 Gbps deployments. Speaking to The Register ahead of the launch, the company's VP of marketing Gilad Shainer said the silicon provides “the only non-blocking 100 Gbps switch in …

SGI to flick switch on new Japanese super

Japan's Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP) at the University of Tokyo is the latest win for SGI, which is to pull the big red switch on a 2.65 petaflop system on July 1. The system will be a hybrid of Intel Xeon processors and NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPUs, the company says in its canned statement. The SGI ICE XA will have 1,872 …
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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

Taylor Swift has come out swinging against Apple's "shocking" decision not to pay musicians or composers a penny during a three-month music-streaming trial period. The pop star took to her Tumblr account today to confirm that she would be withholding her album – 1989 – from Apple Music to show her support for young songwriters …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jun 2015
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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

Microsoft has been forced to quietly edit a misleading blog post that seemed to suggest that anyone could get their mitts on Windows 10 for free – if they first installed a test version of Redmond's upcoming operating system for PCs. The only caveat appeared to be that folk had to use a Microsoft Account (MSA) that's connected …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jun 2015
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Supermarket tweet: Twitter ankles balloon in product, places shopping frenzy

Twitter has began testing new shopping features on the micro-blogging site and app as the firm seeks more ways to bolster its revenue. The San Fancisco-based company said in a blog post on Friday that it was playing around with two new functions to "make it easier for you to discover rich and relevant content about products and …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jun 2015
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Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet

It's now been three years since Julian Assange slipped into the Ecuadorian embassy claiming political asylum, and now the president of the Ecuador has said he's welcome to stay for the rest of his life if need be. Ecuador's president Rafael Correa said Assange hadn't overstayed his welcome, but that the situation could easily be …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2015
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Connected Data's Transporter private-cloud-in-a-box hooks up with the office NASties

Connected Data's Transporter stores and shares files over the network like a Dropbox-style private cloud. Now it can hook up with any supported NAS system, thanks to its Network Storage Connector. Transporter is a peer-to-peer sync'n'share storage device that doesn’t expose files to any public cloud, and thus avoids the need for …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2015

Google: Help us! Our search engine is STUFFED FULL of your 'revenge smut' pics

Google has promised it will yank from its web search results links to "revenge porn" pics – which are typically sexy snaps leaked online by jilted exes – if the subjects of the images ask nicely. The ad giant said people whose nude photos have been published without their consent will be able to file requests via an online form …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 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

OK, forget DNS for a sec. Why not shift IP addresses and protocols away from Uncle Sam?

The director general of regional internet registry APNIC, Paul Wilson, has called for a staggered transition of the critical IANA contract away from the US government. Rather than be forced to wait until the controversial and complex issue of domain names is decided, Wilson proposes that the two other key elements of the …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jun 2015
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Take that NATS! Jocko IT is also totally rubbish. BOOM!

Scottish nationalists have a lot more in common with their Sassenach cousins than they'd like to admit, with both nations seemingly equally crap at IT. A report by the country's spend watchdog Audit Scotland found the government "Continue[s] to encounter difficulties" in managing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) …
Kat Hall, 19 Jun 2015
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Donatelli's Oracle arrival leaves Fowler in corporate no man's land

An Oracle EVP has become a non-person after David Donatelli was appointed EVP for converged infrastructure at Larry’s Redwood Shores palace. Donatelli will be responsible for Oracle’s infrastructure offerings, including engineered systems, server, storage, networking and tape products, and help the company respond to customer …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2015
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Cambridge’s HPC-as-a-service for boffins, big and small

Cambridge University has been involved in high performance computing for 18 years, starting with a “traditional” supercomputer, before a major restructuring eight years later led to what would now be considered high-performance computing (HPC). We read much about how IT needs to become a profit not a cost center. Well, as part …

Apple! and! Yahoo! fight! the! man!, claims! EFFing! daftness!

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has pushed out its fifth annual "Who Has Your Back" report, claiming to chart tech companies' commitment to "the next frontier of user privacy". The EFF's categorisation of what constitutes effective privacy standards for data controllers has seen it award full marks to Apple, Yahoo! and …
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California über alles? Is MEP Reda flushing Euro copyright tradition down the pan?

Interview + update The European Parliament this week made one of its strangest ever decisions, endorsing the replacement of the European cultural tradition with American ideas. Author and academic Robert Levine thinks Pirate MEP Julia Reda’s copyright reform* proposals are the policy equivalent of photo-bombing, and MEPs haven’t really twigged …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jun 2015
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Oracle confirms David Donatelli hired to head hardware unit

Oracle has confirmed its rumoured hire of former EMC and HP man David Donatelli, and given him the job of running its converged infrastructure business. The exec actually landed at Oracle at the end of March, though the company refused to acknowledge his presence back then - it’s always nicer to work out if the face fits before …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2015

Google endures wobbly Wednesday in the cloud

Google's endured a wobbly week in the cloud, suffering three brown-outs of varying severity. On Wednesday, the company's App Engine had trouble with its task queues that meant some users had trouble deploying applications. Later that day, the Big Query streaming API struck trouble. Next came trouble connecting to Cloud SQL. The …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2015
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Open-source Linux doesn't pay, said no one ever at Red Hat

Red Hat's sales jumped 14 per cent, year-on-year, in the quarter that ended May 31, thanks to contracts with government and cloud providers. The GNU/Linux distro maker recorded US$481m in sales in its first quarter of its fiscal 2016 year, and a net income of US$48m, up 26 per cent on the year-ago period. The 44 cents per share …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2015
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Verizon promised to wire up NYC with fiber... and failed miserably – audit

New York City authorities have thumped Verizon for apparently reneging on its promises to wire up the Big Apple with super-fast fiber internet. In 2008, the city signed a deal with Verizon in which the telco promised to give every resident access to a fiber-optic broadband connection by July 2014. In return, the city reduced the …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jun 2015
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Joyent and Umbongo union jilts VM at cloud altar

Canonical has partnered with Joyent to spin up Ubuntu clouds minus the virtualisation. The firms are today expected to announce a version of Ubuntu certified to run with Joyent’s Triton Elastic Container Infrastructure. Triton, released this week, lets you run software built specifically for containers like Docker where Linux …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jun 2015

US govt: Am I the only one around here who cares about DNS security and stability?

The US government has signaled its concern yet again over plans to give ICANN full control of the vital mechanisms that keep the internet held together. In a blog post, published just days before a meeting of domain-name overseer ICANN in Buenos Aires, Uncle Sam's assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling repeated his …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jun 2015
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FBI says in secret that secret spy Cessnas aren't secret

The FBI has told Congress not to worry about its shell-company-owned surveillance aircraft, which are decked out in the best surveillance tech, as they are engaged in an unclassified operation - which they were unwilling to talk about in a Congressional briefing. The snooping Cessnas were spotted over Baltimore during the …
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Twitter joins Skynet arms race with terrifying acquisition of Whetlab

Twitter has acquired artificial intelligence start-up Whetlab, probably to assist with what it considers "barriers to consumption" by foisting machine-curated content on unsuspecting tweeters. Confirmed in less than 140 characters, Twitter announced its capture of the machine learning startup on Wednesday (June 17). The …