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Bombardier C-series and Airbus A320

Aviation industry hits turbulence as Airbus buys into Bombardier’s new jetplanes

Airbus has struck a deal to buy a majority stake in Canadian plane-maker Bombardier's C Series Aircraft in a deal that will mean a shakeup for the global aviation market. Bombardier's C Series are regional jets with between 100 and 150 seats. Neither Airbus nor its main rival Boeing currently compete in this market. Airbus …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2017
Neon sign says 'Open'

Toshiba smacks down down 'ransomware killed flash factory' report

Toshiba has denied a report alleging its NAND flash factories were felled by ransomware. Taiwan's Digitimes, which often finds news from deep in the supply chain, on Monday reported that Toshiba halted production for three to six weeks while it sorted out a ransomware mess. Doing so, the report suggested, saw production of 100 …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2017
Migrating birds in the cloud

Nutanix launches VMware-to-Acropolis migration tool

Nutanix has taken another shot at VMware, this time with a virtual machine migration tool that takes VMs from ESXi to its own Acropolis hypervisor. Changing a VM's format is not rocket science, because VMs are described by metadata. Nutanix reckons “Xtract for VMs” therefore goes beyond the basics, “by automatically injecting …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2017
Australian money at a crime scene

Deloitte to wind up Plutus Payroll, promises contact with contractors 'within 20 biz days'

The Supreme Court of the Australian State of New South Wales has appointed liquidators to Plutus Payroll, the payroll services provider that lured thousands of IT contractors with a free service but has since been alleged to be a tax-skimming scam. The appointment means that contractors who have not yet heard from Deloitte …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2017
elon musk

Elon Musk says Harry Potter and Bob the Builder will get SpaceX flying to Mars

SpaceX, Tesla and Boring Company CEO Elon Musk has suggested Bob the Builder and Harry Potter will help his space exploration efforts. In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session dedicated to the Big F**cking Rocket, but which quickly veered into discussion of the Big F**cking Spaceship (BFS) he plans to fly to Mars, the magnate …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2017

Linus Torvalds lauds fuzzing for improving Linux security

Linus Torvalds release notification for Linux 4.14's fifth release candidate contains an interesting aside: the Linux Lord says fuzzing is making a big difference to the open source operating system. Torvalds' announcement says Linux kernel 4.14 is coming along nicely, with this week's release candidate pleasingly small and “ …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2017

Assange thanks USA for forcing him to invest in booming Bitcoin

Endurance couch-surfer and WikiLeaker-in-chief Julian Assange has thanked US authorities for the banking blockade that made it hard to donate fiat currencies to his organisation, because it inadvertently enriched the organisation. The blockade first appeared in 2010, after the United States expressed its ire at WikiLeaks' …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2017

Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

Canada's transport minster has told drone operators to stay away from airports after a remotely piloted craft bonked a passenger plane during its final approach to Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City. Minister Marc Garneau hasn't revealed the model of the drone, but we do know that it hit a plane operated by …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2017
Twitter flock

Twitter to be 'aggressive' enforcer of new, stronger rules

Twitter has reacted to last week's criticism arising from its suspension of actor actress Rose McGowan's account, after she strongly criticised alleged sex fiend Harvey Weinstein – by announcing it will soon implement and aggressively police new community standards. The micro-blogging network's co-funder and CEO Jack Dorsey …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2017
Resignation letter

Samsung Electronics CEO resigns over bribery scandal

Samsung Electronics vice-chairman and CEO Kwon Oh-hyun has announced his resignation, citing the “unprecedented crisis” of the bribery scandal that saw Samsung vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong jailed for bribery. Oh-hyun's statement on his resignation says he thinks the company needs to renew its management. “I believe that time …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2017
Upside down user

Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register's weekly wander through readers' recollections of tech support traumas. This week, meet “Alan” who once had a gig as “both sysadmin and developer in charge of an image analysis system linked to microscopes for analysis of bacteria in a University hospital.” “These systems consisted of a …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2017
Swiss army knife in cloud

Cisco's ACI adds multi-site support, multi-cloud coming next year

Cisco's popped out version 3.0 of its software-defined networking Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) product, but there's a more significant update coming early next year. ACI lets NetAdmins create and manage virtual networks, all obeying pre-set policies about what traffic can go where and when. While rival software- …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2017
European Union cloud

Citrix switches on nuage français, deutsche wolke, nube española

Citrix has opened a new cloud region somewhere inside the European Union. The company's justification for the new region is “to meet the business requirements of enterprises based or operating in Europe.” The company's clearly doing so by adding French, German, and Spanish to the user interface. Storing data locally and …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2017
Trying to catch money in a net

Juniper warns of bitter 3rd quarter due to cloud sales crash

Juniper Networks has issued preliminary results for its third quarter and the news is bad: forecast revenue of between US$1,290m and $1,350m won't happen and the company instead believes it will score between $1,250m and $1,260m. We'll know just how badly the company has missed its targets and why on October 24th, the date of …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2017
Identical twins in pink and blue suits

Gartner says back-to-school PC sales failed. IDC says they worked

Analyst outfits Gartner and IDC have reached opposing conclusions on the same set of events. Both chose Tuesday to release their quarterly count of PC sales for the year's third quarter. Gartner's principal analyst Mika Kitagawa proclaimed the quarter was a “very weak back-to-school sales season” and the firm reported a 3.6 …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2017
Avaya CEO Jim Chirico

Avaya thinks it's found a new voice, by singing the same old song

INTERVIEW “Avaya”, the company's newly-minted CEO Jim Chirico tells The Register, is “a company that promises solutions for what the customers demand we need to be.” The company used to be easier to understand: a heritage in carrier-grade comms gear and PABXs made moves into the contact centre, IP telephony and unified comms (UC) …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2017

Workday says it's got a PaaS in its pocket and is ready to party

Workday says it's got APIs in its pocket and is ready to join the PaaS party HR-centric enterprise SaaS concern Workday will enter the platform-as-a-service business. Workday founder CEO and founder Aneel Bhusri teased a PaaS play in July 2017, but in a Wednesday keynote at the company's “Rising” conference revealed that the …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2017

BlackBerry's new Motion will move you neither to tears of joy nor sadness

First Fondle BlackBerry's new "Motion" handset is a solid Android with some nice touches that, if it lives up to its battery life promises, will be a solid contender for mid-to-premium handset buyers. The Register got its claws on the phone today at GITEX, the Dubai tech expo where the phone was revealed yesterday. There's nothing …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2017
Raining money

Splunk acquires rival Rocana and some of its techies

Splunk has announced the acquisition of a rival company named Rocana with which it once fought a bitter blog-fuelled legal battle. The fun started in 2015 when Rocana published a guest post by journalist David Spark, titled “Rocana vs. Splunk: IT Operations Showdown”. Splunk took exception to the post, Rocana fought back and …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2017
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in VR

Zuck shows Virtual Empathy by visiting Puerto Rico in VR

Updated Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has visited Puerto Rico in virtual reality. The timing of his virtual visit isn't entirely altruistic: Facebook's VR conference, Oculus Connect 4, kicks off on Wednesday US time. Zuck's video includes him saying he will “announce some stuff I am not going to announce now” at the conference. To …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2017
Wide angle image makes the moon look much bigger than the earth

Moon trumps Mars in new US space policy

The United States' National Space Council Policy has met for the first time in 25 years and issued a new “Policy for Future American Leadership in Space”. The Council was revived by president Donald Trump in a June 2017 executive order, after it stopped operating in 1993. Re-establishing the Council was a Trump policy. The …
Cliqz recommendations

German Firefox users to test recommendation engine 'a bit like thought-reading'

POLL Mozilla has decided to experiment on its German users by opting-in around one per cent of them to a search recommendations service that slurps their browsing histories. The recommendations will come from Cliqz GmbH, an outfit in which Mozilla has made a “strategic investment”. Cliqz says its browser offers optimal privacy but …
Loon balloon

FCC gives Google's broadband balloons 'experimental license' in Puerto Rico

Alphabet's Project Loon broadband balloons will be allowed to attempt broadband services in Puerto Rico, as the unincorporated United States territory continues to recover from hurricane damage. Project Loon uses balloons that reach around 65,000 feet above sea level, from where they beam LTE signals back to Earth. The …

Support team discovers 'official' vendor paper doesn't rob you blind

On-Call Hello, Friday. And hello, therefore, another instalment of On-Call, The Register's week-ending reader-contributed tales of support jobs that occasionally work out for the best. This week, meet “Ben”, who told us that “In the early 'noughts I worked for a large tape/disk vendor.” In his early training some of the tape support …
YouTube India logo - not official

India's national internet registry breached, but says heist was trivial

Indian antivirus and endpoint vendor Seqrite claims the nation's internet registry has suffered a data breach, but the registry's parent organisation says while it was attacked the information obtained was trivial. Seqrite says its researchers noticed “an advertisement on DarkNet announcing secret access to the servers and …

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