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Google has a canary problem: One clocked off and crocked its cloud

Google's explained why new cloudy virtual machines in its cloud engine couldn't connect to the world for a couple of hours in January: a canary didn't fall off its perch, so the company was unaware of a problem. The incident wasn't major: for a tick over two hours on January 30th newly created Google Compute Engine instances, …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2017

Departing Autodesk CEO says he became dumber and less funny the moment he quit

Carl Bass says quitting will mean people stop laughing at his jokes as we noted in passing yesterday, Autodesk's Carl Bass has stepped aside as CEO. And now he's penned an unusually sincere missive explaining why. Bass writes that “When I first became CEO, people asked me what it was like and I joked 'I immediately became …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Feb 2017
Dyantrace's UFO DevOps lamp

To do DevOps right, beam down a UFO says Dynatrace

Application performance monitoring outfit Dynatrace is getting into the flying saucer business. The company today unveiled a UFO – actually a UFO-shaped lamp – that dangles from your ceiling. The idea is that it will help software development teams to “visualize pipeline health” by flashing its 36 LEDs in different colours and …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Feb 2017
Concorde at Aerospace Bristol museum

Last Concorde completes last journey, at maybe Mach 0.02

VID The last Concorde to take to the skies, G-BOAF (216), has come to a stop for the final time in the soon-to-open Aerospace Bristol museum. The supersonic passenger plane first flew on 20 April 1979 and touched down for the last time on 26 November 2003. The plane was the last Concorde to roll off the production line and the …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2017

Rackspace unplugs 250 staff to chase hot new products

Rackspace has revealed plans to trim six per cent of its workforce in the United States, and plenty of people elsewhere. CEO Taylor Rhodes blogged the decision in a post titled “Hard Things: Cutting Current Costs to Invest in Our Future”. The CEO positions the firings as a re-balancing act “focused mainly in areas where our …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2017
Money cloud

Cloud price wars resume as Microsoft cuts by up to 51 per cent

Microsoft has made another round of cuts to its cloudy costs, for both virtual machines and storage. Microsoft's F-series VMs, which offer cores on a Xeon E5-2673 v3, are down by up to 23 per cent for Linux and 18 per cent for Windows machines. The A1 Basic VM, Microsoft's second-wimpiest cloud server, is down by up to 42 per …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2017
Slough and London on a map

Equinix slurps IO's London bit barn

Equinix has revealed that it quietly acquired a data centre operated by US outfit IO. IO's Slough data centre has been renamed “LD10”, making it a sibling to Equinix's LD 4, 5 and 6 which also reside in fabulous Slough, home of the fictional Office made famous by Ricky Gervais. LD 10 has “350 cabinets of sold capacity and a …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2017

Quest Software appoints new Asian leadership

LEAK The Register has learned that Quest Software has taken “an opportunity to shape the APJ organisation in a way that will create a greater focus on our customers, improve productivity and provide each of you with more opportunities for personal and professional growth.” That quote comes from an email penned by Quest CEO and …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2017
Chairman Mao exhorting chinese workers to do their utmost for the nation

China announces it wants more immigrants, better diplomats and science-led industry

While the United States wrestles with president Donald J Trump's attempt to suspend refugee intakes and ban visits from citizens of seven nations, China's decided it's time to make it easier to become a permanent resident, beef up its diplomatic corps, elevate the role science and technology plays in its economy and even improve …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2017

Why don't you all just f-f-f-fade away, Kaspersky asks generation SocMed

If things look awful c-c-cold on social networks and you no longer dig what we all say online, Kaspersky Labs have cooked up a novel software-as-a-service product that will let back up your accounts before you decide to you f-f-f-fade away. Dubbed “FFForget” and promised to launch as a “closed beta in early 2017”, the free …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2017
Jupiter's South pole. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

Juno how to adjust a broken Jupiter probe's orbit?

NASA's revealed that its Juno probe has made another close pass around Jupiter, but sadly remains in a longer-than-planned orbit that means it spends more time a long way away from the gas giant. On February 2nd the probe sailed just 4,300 kilometres (2,670 miles) over the gas giant's cloud tops, capturing lots of lovely …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2017
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Javapocalypse soon! Oracle warns devs to bin plugins, fast

Oracle's warned developers who still expect browsers to run code developed for Java plugins to get busy finding an alternative. The developers behind all major browsers have decided the NPAPI framework invented last millennium by Netscape has had its day, because there are now better ways to do multimedia and other fun stuff …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2017
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If Linus Torvalds works well in airports, Linux 4.10 will land next week

Last week Linus Torvalds suggested Linux kernel developers should hurry up and calm things down, because he worried that version 4.10 might take longer than he wanted to complete. And this week he's all-but recanted that request, because he thinks he may not have time to finish the job. “Hey, look at that,” Torvalds wrote on …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2017
Parliament House Canberra

HPE SAN causes four-day outage at Australian Tax Office

Updated HPE's crack repair squad has laboured for over four days to replace kit at Australia's Taxation Office, with no guarantee that the Office's online services would be back online come Monday. HPE and the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO's) troubles started in mid-December 2016, when some ATO services went offline The ATO named …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2017
Cool dude with big hair and thumbs up like Arthur Fonzarelli

Super-cool sysadmin fixes PCs with gravity, or his fists

ON-CALL Welcome to another Friday and therefore to another edition of On-Call, The Register's regular recycling of readers' recollections! This week, meet “Donald” [Why did that pseudonym come to mind? - Ed] who shared a tale that riffs on last week's dark, magical On-Call. Donald's tale starts with a late eighties gig “doing tech …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2017
Paisley skull

Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down

The tablet computer market has slumped into “spiraling decline”, according to box-counter IDC. The firm defines tablets as either a “slate”, like the iPad, or a “detachable” that offers a first-party keyboard like a Microsoft Surface device. The firm's totted up all the sums from a year's worth of its Worldwide Quarterly …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2017

ServiceNow pals up with Palo Alto and ties up with Tanium

ServiceNow has made some new friends in the information security industry and will use them to tell you how fast to panic about intrusions. The SaaSy trouble ticket tsar has offered a security operations product for just under a year. The idea, as with all of ServiceNow's offerings, is to put proper processes around common IT …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2017
Mr T

VMware reveals a semi-secret cut of NSX aimed at DevOps types

VMware has revealed a new cut of its NSX network virtualization product, called “NSX-T”. The Register's virtualization desk understands the “T” stands for “transformers”, to denote the fact that this cut of the product signals VMware plans to brings NSX's powers to containers and microservices, the ideas fuelling …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2017 luckily found lost data on a staging server, the wannabe GitHub alternative that yesterday went down hard and reported data loss, has confirmed that some data is gone but that its services are now operational again. The incident did not result in Git repos disappearing. Which may be why the company's PR reps characterised the lost data as “peripheral metadata …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Feb 2017
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Amazon's cloudy desktops now tiptoe across hot sand

Amazon Web Services has found another way to make its “Workspaces” desktop-as-a-service offering more attractive: as of today the cloudy Windows instances run on solid state disks instead of ye olde spinning rust hard disks. The change doesn't change AWS' price for the service. The new disks are AWS' general purpose SSDs, so …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Feb 2017
1980 olympics weight-lifting champs. By RIA Novosti archive, image #484445 / Dmitryi Donskoy / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals to be made from old electronics

The organising committee for the Tokyo 2020 Summer and Paralympic games has announced that medals at the games will be made from recycled electronics. The committee has “invited the Japanese population to give to the organising committee its discarded or obsolete electronic devices in order to use the metal in the production …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Feb 2017

Citrix looks like it has escaped 'not dead yet' status

In 2015 Citrix was in trouble: the company fired 900 employees and warned it would miss guidance on earnings, endured a profit slump and cleaned out its C-suite. While the company could still point to annual revenue grazing towards US$3bn, software companies don't often improve their health after bad years. With VMware …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Feb 2017 melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail

Source-code hub is in meltdown after experiencing data loss as a result of what it has suddenly discovered are ineffectual backups. On Tuesday evening, Pacific Time, the startup issued a sobering series of tweets we've listed below. Behind the scenes, a tired sysadmin, working late at night in the Netherlands, had …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Feb 2017
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VMware's enterprise mobility management tool can p0wn itself

VMware's AirWatch enterprise mobility management service has two flaws that means the software needs ran update ASAP. In an emailed security advisory, VMware warns that “Airwatch Agent for Android contains a vulnerability that may allow a device to bypass root detection during enrollment.” “Successful exploitation of this …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2017
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Australia to review effectiveness of ISPs' copyright-defending website blocks

Australia's government will conduct a “future review” into Section 115a of the nation's Copyright Act, the amendment introduced in 2015 that requires internet service providers to block websites. Section 115a requires Australia's Federal Court to rule that a site's primary purpose is piracy. The first case to test the section …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2017