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Stab in the back

Infosys CEO quits, citing 'untenable atmosphere' created by critics

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka has resigned, effective immediately, but neither he nor the company's board are happy he's going. The former SAP executive's woes stem from anonymous sources accusing him of making lavish payouts to Infosys executives in order to secure their silence about improprieties on his watch. Some of Infosys' …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2017
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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

On-Call Friday means a few things at El Reg: a new BOFH. A couple of beers. And another instalment of On-Call, our weekly column in which we take reader-contributed tales of being asked to do horrible things for horrible people, scrub them up and hope you click. This week, meet “Newt” who a dozen or more years ago worked at a College …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2017

Who wants multiple virtual workstations on a GPU in a blade server?

NVIDIA's cranked up the virtual workstation caper by giving the world a new GPU that slots into blade servers, plus software to let it run multiple workstation-grade VMs. The new GPU is the TESLA P6 and uses NVIDIA's Pascal architecture, the company's current flagship. The P6 has 2,048 CUDA cores, 16 GB of memory and uses the …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2017
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Lenovo expects data centre profits in two years, if it can fix China

Lenovo has reported flat quarter-on-quarter revenue, but is content to have achieved that as it reflects stabilisation in its data centre and mobile businesses. CEO and chairman Yuanqing Yang today declared himself broadly satisfied with a Q1 2018 result that saw the company achieve revenue of US$10,015m, flat year-over-year …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2017
Strike a match

Where there's smoke there's a Galaxy Note: Refurbished Model 4 batteries recalled

Samsung's got another combustible phablets SNAFU on its hands, after the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the batteries used in its Galaxy Note 4. This time there's smoke but the fire's someone else's fault: the problem this time applies to “batteries placed into refurbished AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 4 …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2017
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Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryptocurrency

Australia has decided digital currencies need the same level of regulation enjoyed by other currencies. Justice minister Michael Keenan yesterday announced an intention to “strengthen the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act” and give more digi-dollar regulatory powers to the Australian Transactions and …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2017
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Ten spacecraft – from Venus Express to Voyager 2 – all tracked same solar flare

On October 14th, 2014, the Sun decided it was time for a coronal mass ejection, the irregular hiccups that see it belch out astounding quantities of magnetised plasma. And after careful analysis, we've now fingerprinted the plasma's passing using no fewer than ten spacecraft. The event and subsequent analysis are detailed in a …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2017
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New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

New analysis of images thought to depict wreckage from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 suggest the Boeing 777 came down to the north of the area searched during efforts to find the plane. A new document [PDF] released yesterday by Geoscience Australia (GA) detailed analysis of four images captured by the PLEIADES 1A …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2017
Man confused by laptop

Intel's 8th-gen CPUs are called Ice Lake. And so are the 9th-gen

Intel's leaked a little detail about its next-generation desktop chips. Chipzilla's codename deciphering page has of late added an entry for products called “Ice Lake” described as the “8th generation Intel Core Processor Family” and available only to early access users. A quick click on Intel's link to more information takes …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2017
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Read IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's letter to staff: Why I walked from Trump's strategy forum

In November 2016 IBM CEO Ginni Rometty wrote to then-president-elect Donald Trump with a list of ways IBM hoped to help the real-estate tycoon Make America Great Again. And today she wrote to IBM staff to let them know Big Blue has walked away from Trump's strategy and policy forum, which was closing down anyway, and agrees …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2017
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Lenovo thought PC salesfolk could sell servers and was wrong by about $500m

In Q3 2014m, the last period before offloading its x86 server business to Lenovo, IBM had server revenue of US$2.33bn, across x86 and its more exotic architectures. And in Q1 2017 IBM still had server revenue of $831.5m. Lenovo hauled in $731.5 which, once we do the math of IBM's old revenue minus Lenovo's current cash count, is …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2017
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Red Hat banishes Btrfs from RHEL

Red Hat has banished the Btrfs, the Oracle-created file system intended to help harden Linux's storage capabilities. The Deprecated Functionality List for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 explains the decision as follows: The Btrfs file system has been in Technology Preview state since the initial release of Red Hat Enterprise …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2017
Microsoft's view of the cloud workforce

Azure Stack will need special sysadmins, says Microsoft

Microsoft reckons its forthcoming Azure Stack on-premises cloud needs a special breed of sysadmin to keep it humming. The company describes that worthy as a “ Azure Stack Operator” and says they will be “Responsible for operating Azure Stack infrastructure end-to-end – planning, deployment and integration, packaging and …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2017
Black holes come together to produce gravitational waves in a visualisation

Swinburne Uni slings SGI, picks DellTel for new 4,140 core super

Australia's Swinburne University has signed up for a new supercomputer, to help spearhead efforts to detect gravitational waves. OzSTAR will be composed of Dell PowerEdge R740 servers each packing a single 18-core, 36-thread Xeon Gold 6140, a pair of NVIDIA Tesla P100 12GB GPUs and 192GB RAM. Eight of the 115 nodes in the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2017
Travis Kalanick, Uber's CEO

Oh, boy! Uber investors behind CEO sueball say Travis Kalanick won't let the company grow up

Uber investor Benchmark Capital has written a letter to the company's employees in which it suggests the company's culture may be even more rotten than is widely known and that former CEO Travis Kalanick is obstructing efforts at reform. The letter [PDF] opens by declaring “Uber is the most important and promising company of …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2017
VMware nutella

VMware in premature release of joyful liquidity

VMware has admitted its core vSphere business is in long-term decline. This little thing called “cloud” seems likely to make some of its products less relevant in coming years, while Azure Stack and containerisation highlight other weaknesses. Yet VMware today announced preliminary results for Q2 2018 that suggest it is …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2017

Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

Google's become the latest company to let alt-right site The Daily Stormer know it's not welcome to register its domain. GoDaddy yesterday gave the site 24 hours notice to move on after it published vile comments about Heather Heyer, the woman killed during protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. A Google statement says the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2017
nbn™ CEO Bill Morrow

nbn™ cracks the $1bn revenue barrier, cracks whip on tardy retailers

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has reported annual revenues of AU$1,001m for the year ending June 30, 2017, and says it's ahead of target for construction and uptake. The company says that as of June 30th it had 5, 713,350 premises ready for service, of which 2,443, …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2017
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Microsoft does something unusual in Australia: Names the bit barn hosting Azure

Microsoft's cooking up a government-grade cloud in the Canberra, Australia's capital city. The two planned “Australia Central” Azure data centres will come online some time in 2018. True to form, Microsoft's not saying anything about capacity or the instance types it will offer at launch. Nor will it confirm what services it …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2017
God of Cloud

'Other' may yet become the biggest and most useful cloud

COMMENT In recent weeks I didn't write stories about splashing down in 15 new nations to start an edge compute service, or the plans that Tata Telecoms shared with me to expand its data centre footprint by targeting partnerships with users of its submarine cables. I skipped them both because the companies concerned are …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2017

GoDaddy gives white supremacist site its marching orders after Charlottesville slur

Domain name retailer and hosting outfit GoDaddy has given a right wing web site that describes itself as “The World's Most Genocidal Republican Website” 24 hours to find a new hosting company. GoDaddy's decision came after activists pointed out that a site called The Daily Stormer made extraordinarily vulgar and disparaging …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2017
Car made of clouds

Toyota, Intel, Ericsson team to get cars talking to the cloud

Toyota, Intel, Ericsson, with friends, have formed a new “Automotive Edge Computing Consortium” to “develop an ecosystem for connected cars to support emerging services such as intelligent driving, the creation of maps with real-time data and driving assistance based on cloud computing.” Nippon Telegraph and Telephone …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2017
Cthulhu concept

Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

Boffins from the University of Edinburgh's School of GeoSciences have found 91 previously unknown volcanoes beneath the West Antarctic Ice Shelf, a total that suggests it might be the most volcanic region on Earth. In a paper [PDF] titled “A new volcanic province: an inventory of subglacial volcanoes in West Antarctica”, …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2017
The Village People

SoundCloud: You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music

SoundCloud has avoided collapse, announcing that it has secured “the largest financing round” it's ever secured. The audio storage and streaming site laid off forty per cent of staff in July and batted away rumours that it had just a few weeks worth of cash to hand. The company's strife saw it become an exemplar of the risks …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Aug 2017
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On the interactive web conference, nobody will hear you are a dog

Cisco's updating the old internet anonymity maxim - "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog" - by training its WebEx conferencing wares to recognise sounds. The company says that "in the next couple of weeks, sounds like knocking, typing, sirens, and barking dogs are classified as background noise by WebEx." Artificial …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Aug 2017

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