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Red Hat: OpenStack big, getting bigger, OpenShift fatter than Linux

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:59:07 GMT

IBM does help, too

OpenStack drove a chunk of Red Hat’s largest deals during the fourth quarter, with cloud proving more lucrative than its trademark Linux business.…




RIP: Antivirus veteran Raimund Genes, 54

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:17:15 GMT

Trend Micro CTO suffered fatal heart attack

Colleagues and friends are mourning the sudden death of distinguished antivirus industry veteran Raimund Genes last Friday.…




Ex-broadband biz 186k hit by major outage

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:49:57 GMT

You mean they still have some customers left?

Long-suffering customers of troubled hosting provider 186k are unable to access the firm's hosting and email services in what appears to be a major outage.…




EE scrap connection fee... to hike broadband and telly packages

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:34:04 GMT

Due to investment in content, it reckons

Mobile operator EE has confirmed it will be hiking the prices of new customer contracts on its broadband and TV packages.…




Oracle doing due diligence on Accenture. Yep, you read that right

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:03:06 GMT

Big Red hires consultancies to eye up consultancy

Exclusive Oracle has hired global specialists to explore the feasibility of buying multi-billion dollar consultancy Accenture, sources have told us.…




Apple squashes cert-handling bug affecting macOS and iOS

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:38:06 GMT

Flaw posed remote code execution risk

Apple has resolved a certification validation vulnerability affecting both macOS and iOS users.…




People may have been wrongly sent back to prison over faulty tags

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:06:46 GMT

'G4S has introduced further quality checks'

Offenders may have been wrongly sent back to prison because of faulty electronic tags supplied by G4S, the government admitted today.…




Supermicro rack-wrangles a fix for a few data centre PITAs

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:04:10 GMT

Server, storage and networking wrap

Orchestrating, deploying and managing thousands of servers, storage shelves and switches can provide a persistent PITA*. Server white box supremo Supermicro has a Rack Scale Design (RSD) fix for service providers, telecoms, and Fortune 500 companies dealing with this.…




ICO fines Flybe, Honda for breaking data rules. They were, um, trying to comply with GDPR

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:34:08 GMT

Protip: Don't ask customers if they want to be contacted by email… by email

The Information Commissioner's Office is baring its teeth as we rocket towards the EU's General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect.…




DevOps hype? Sometimes a pizza really is just a pizza

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:01:08 GMT

Differentiating between commercial partners, coevolution and clutter

Opinion Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Four friends are sitting on a sofa, and one says to the others, “I’m hungry, I want to learn how to make pizza.”…




Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:56:11 GMT

Judge Brennan fines Eircom after litany of screwups

A judge has hit Irish telco Eircom with a €16,500 fine, after the former incumbent left a nursing home for retired nuns without phone service for weeks, then overcharged the sisters for the privilege.…




World+dog had 1.4 BEEEELLION of its data records exposed last year

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:25:10 GMT

That's 86% up on 2015... and it's mostly identity theft

Almost 1.4 billion data records were compromised worldwide during 2016, a whopping increase of 86 per cent compared to the year before.…




Google and pals plough $27m into tiery-eyed storage startup Avere

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:07:05 GMT

Adding better public cloud facilities to users' hybrid world

Avere, the filer and public cloud storage accelerator supplier, has scored a $27m E-round of funding, with Google proper providing some of the funds.…




Microsoft beefs up Skype for Business as Amazon Chimes in

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:31:13 GMT

Corporate comms face-off

Microsoft is rounding out its Skype for Business Cloud PBX.…




Mobile network Three inks Cisco Jasper deal, eyes the IoT market

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:01:14 GMT

It's a connected land grab of things

Mobile operator Three has announced a deal with Cisco Jasper, the switchzilla's newly acquired IoT arm.…




Brit telcos will waive early termination fees for military personnel

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:32:05 GMT

Good news for those posted to Benbecula or Mount Pleasant?

British military personnel will no longer face swingeing cancellation fees on broadband packages if they are posted abroad.…




Miss Misery on hacking Mr Robot and the Missing Sense of Fun

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:00:11 GMT

He's both the sharpest tool AND two spanners short

Stob Are you lolling dolefully? Then I'll continue. The TV show Mr. Robot deals with the life and adventures of Elliot Alderson, a twenty-something New York devop and cyber-vigilante. He and his circle of chums, seeking to inflict revenge on a mega-corporation for a hushed-up industrial accident, stumble towards bringing e-civilisation to a sticky end.…




Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:34:14 GMT

What Mozilla's browser rewrite means to... Mozilla

Open source insider Mozilla has been rolling out a major change to Firefox during the last year, the results of what the company calls its Electrolysis project. Electrolysis gives Firefox something Chrome has had for years now – multiple processes (in the best case scenario that's per tab). The change is a boon for speed – somewhere Firefox has been lagging lately – and it improves stability and security.…




Community vid reveals demos of vSphere-on-AWS cloud concoction

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:27:10 GMT

Right-click to vMotion VMs between on-prem and AWS

VMware's revealed some demos of its planned hybrid cloud service running inside Amazon Web Services.…




As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:02:09 GMT

iOS 10.3 lands, complete with heavily encrypted Apple File System

Apple today released iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2 (14W265), the first two of all of which bring some pleasing extra functionality to iThings, But the main attraction in the new release is Apple File System, because it adds comprehensive encryption to the iPhone and Apple Watch.…




If you can't beat AI, join it: Boffinry biz baron Elon Musk backs brain-machine interface biz

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:01:07 GMT

Computers wired into our minds. What could go wrong?

Three years ago, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, mused that artificial intelligence represented humanity's biggest existential threat.…




CompSci boffins propose scheme to protect privacy in database searches

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:02:09 GMT

Queries indicate your intentions, so they're worth hiding

From stock searches to map directions, any time a user queries a database, they tell the database owner something valuable.…




AWS emits EnginFrame 2017 for cloudy HPC

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:04:05 GMT

Simpler cluster config

Amazon Web Services' 2016 acquisition of NICE Systems is bearing fruit, with AWS lifting the lid on the next iteration of a high performance computing service called EnginFrame.…




Redmond takes a small step towards opening Service Fabric

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:43:09 GMT

No runtime yet, but two developer repos have landed

Last year, Microsoft offered up its first public beta of Azure Service Fabric for Linux. This month, it quietly took another step with the fabric by partly open-sourcing it.…




nbn™ builder prioritises easy premises, because it must work like that

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:09:55 GMT

Don't criticise CEO Morrow for keeping the build moving

Stop me if you've heard this one: nbn™, builder and operator of Australia's national broadband network (NBN), is being accused of polishing its rollout figures by fast-tracking areas that are easy to service.…




Green software blacked out Australian State

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:27:00 GMT

Wind-turbine-ware defaults didn't handle exceptional weather events

Something good is going to come out of last year's “Black System” in the Australian State of South Australia: the global wind power industry has learned how to do better modelling for systems under attack from repeated failures.…




Samsung plans Galaxy Note 7 fire sale

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:33:08 GMT

Flaming phablet stockpile to be refurbished, resold, rented and/or broken up for parts

Samsung's revealed it will soon start selling the Galaxy Note 7 again.…




Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:02:27 GMT

First step, smart bulbs and sensors

Analysis Ikea has just announced the entry of smart home technology into the mainstream with a new range of lights that can be activated by motion or smartphone app.…




FYI Docs.com users: You may have leaked passwords, personal info – thousands have

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:56:53 GMT

Just call it Doxx.com

Thousands of netizens inadvertently shared passwords and other highly private information with the rest of the planet – via Microsoft's publicly searchable Docs.com service.…




Angular framework's grand ambition: Not breaking anything

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:28:05 GMT

Google's web app scaffolding seeks recognition as platform

Angular, the popular web application framework, reached version 4.0.0 last week, having skipped version 3 entirely.…




Astroboffins clock thriving stellar nursery nestled in violent supermassive black hole

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:20:49 GMT

First time star formation seen in such extreme conditions

Astronomers have for the first time found stars forming within the violent outflows of material ejected from a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy.…




LastPass scrambles to fix another major flaw – once again spotted by Google's bugfinders

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:42:16 GMT

Ormandy sets snowflakes off over disclosure

For most of us, Saturday morning is a time for a lie in, a leisurely brunch, or maybe taking the kids to the park. But for some it's bug-hunting time.…




Ex-military and security firms oppose Home Sec in WhatsApp crypto row

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:30:14 GMT

'We are in real trouble if we apply blunt weapons to this'

UK government ministers calling for increased surveillance abilities in the wake of last Wednesday's terrorist attack have encountered opposition from a somewhat unexpected quarter.…




Happy Motherboards day: Here's some (Optane) memory

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:00:13 GMT

No benchmarks available from 2D launch of 3D XPoint memory

Hot on the heels of the Optane DC P4800X data centre SSD announcement, Intel makes a move on PC motherboard memory.…




Northamber's Phillips ponders non-exec role after nearly four decades

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:50:15 GMT

Profitability? Not just yet...

Northamber chairman David Phillip signalled his intention to take more of a backseat as he announced interim results that suggested profitability remains just tantalisingly out of reach for the veteran distie for now.…




DevOps brings your teams to delivery faster and with better quality

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:42:10 GMT

Start with DevOps today across all platforms, tools, and methodologies used

Promo DevOps is a fast-growing market trend, but one that is still not universally understood. Specialist software vendor Clarive has produced an essential eBook guide for organisations interested in DevOps projects but unsure of how to approach them.…




Micron making mucho memory moolah

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:01:05 GMT

Quarterly results show a boomtown rat raking in dollars

DRAM and flash fabber Micron had a damn good second fiscal 2017 quarter, raking in increased revenues and a $0.9bn profit on the back of strengthened DRAM and NAND prices.…




UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:00:13 GMT

Rudd's message to Hancock must've been intercepted...

Digital minister Matt Hancock has praised the "crucial role" of encryption in today's society, just a day after Home Secretary Amber Rudd called for an encryption ban on applications such as WhatsApp.…




HPE starts 'SimpliVity-fying' products, eyes hyperconverged buyers

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:42:06 GMT

Pumps out SimpliVity 380 in little, medium and big all-flash versions

HPE is looking to grab a much bigger share of the hyperconverged systems market now it has SimpliVity in its mitts and the SimpliVity 380 is the first product makeover resulting from that acquisition.…




iPhone-havers think they're safe. But they're not

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:18:37 GMT

Growing mobile threats affect iOS

Mobile malware is at the highest level yet recorded, infecting 1.35 per cent of all mobile devices in October, according to a study by Nokia out today. The high water mark in October compares to figures of 1.06 per cent in April 2016.…




Activist investor buys Toshiba stock hoping for long-term price rise

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:44:12 GMT

We for one, welcome your advances – investors

A Singaporean activist investor has sunk its teeth into Toshiba, and the financial community appears to be seeing it as a vote of confidence instead of a disruptive force.…




Boffins name 12 new types of cloud in first Cloud Atlas since 1986

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:21:06 GMT

Actual fluffy things in the sky found by digicam-wielding masses, but hosted in AWS

The World Meteorological Organisation has published the first new edition of its Cloud Atlas since 1986 and in so doing named eleven new types of cloud, some identified by digital-camera-wielding citizen cloud wonks.…




UK.gov departments accused of blanket approach to IR35

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:02:41 GMT

Confusion reigns as some departments apply massive crackdown

Government departments have been accused of applying a blanket approach to tax changes under IR35, meaning the majority of contractors are being found within the scope of the legislation by default.…




Manufacturers reject ‘no deal’ Brexit approach

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:33:11 GMT

Access to both the single market and the customs union 'key', says EEF

The representative group for manufacturers is calling on the government to reject a "no deal is better than a bad deal" approach to Brexit, warning the UK’s manufacturing sector would bear the brunt.…




How Ford has slammed the door on Silicon Valley's autonomous vehicles drive

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:00:09 GMT

Owning the smartphone-dashboard interface

Detroit and Silicon Valley aren't just 2,000 miles apart – they're on different planets, culturally speaking. One is the home of America's automotive industry, a heavily regulated, ultra-conservative sector focusing on high-volume, low-margin sales. The other houses companies that deal in high-margin information and digital services, acting first and begging forgiveness later. They are also in competition to own what some are calling the next personal computing platform: the car.…




Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:43:13 GMT

We live in 'cloud time' too, says jet-lagged author in speech

A jet-lagged Douglas Coupland, recently departed from "The Lab" in Paris where he was "artist-in-residence" at that mysterious wing of the Google Cultural Institute, whatever that is, declared in a pre-written speech that "the future is already here".…




The 'data driven enterprise' is actually just the enterprise

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:21:06 GMT

Making the qualitative quantitative

Many, many moons ago – OK, more than 25 years ago – I studied computing science at university. Yet there are still many instances in my modern life where I find myself thinking back to something I was taught in the 1980s. One recent example was a flurry of conversations and articles about the “data driven” enterprise.…




USA can afford golf for Trump. Can't afford .com for FBI infosec service

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:55:09 GMT

So guess what spoofers are doing with the fake site? Yup – getting dupes to log in

InfraGard.org is supposed to be one of the United States' defences against online criminals. But the FBI-led service is currently the subject of a typosquatting and email attack that could see organisations seeking protection instead send their personal data straight to parties unknown.…




BT hit with £42m fine for Ethernet compensation delays to competitors

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:26:02 GMT

Will fork out estimated £300m to rivals who leased unfixed lines

Updated BT has been smacked with a £42m penalty for its failure via Openreach to compensate other telecoms providers for delays to fixing leased line "Ethernet" services, in a decision from Ofcom today.…




Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:02:09 GMT

AI isn't ready to find planet beyond Kuiper Belt. So you - yes you - have the chance to scour thousands of images

The Australian National University (ANU) is recruiting citizens to look at hundreds of thousands of images, in case they can find the mooted-but-not-yet-discovered “Planet 9”.…