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Fasthosts' week to forget: 4-day virtual server summer bummer

Fri, 2017-06-23 08:13
VPS blinkenlights dim for some of the customers

Fasthosts hasn’t exactly draped itself in glory during this week of the summer solstice, what with the four day blackout of its virtual private server service and a partial eclipse of webmail.…

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

Fri, 2017-06-23 07:32
Wiping out the problem needed a brush and a pump, but didn't make a stink

ON-CALL Welcome yet again to On-Call, The Register's weekly column in which we take readers' tales of odd jobs in odd places, tart them up and present them to you as a bit of light relief on a Friday.…

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Red Hat dons hyperconverged headware

Fri, 2017-06-23 06:58
When is a server a hyper-server? When it bundles V12N, RHEL, Gluster and Ansible

Red Hat's having a crack at a hyperconverged software stack.…

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Facebook gives itself mission to 'bring the world closer' by getting people off Facebook

Fri, 2017-06-23 05:58
Zuckerberg preaches connectivity gospel, sends faithful to do good works

ANALYSIS Mark Zuckerberg's given Facebook a new mission statement: “To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together", in the process rediscovering The Social Network™'s original purpose and exposing web utopianism as hopelessly optimistic.…

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NASA? More like NASAI: Brainy robots 'crucial' to space exploration

Fri, 2017-06-23 05:01
Danger, Will Robinson!

Autonomous space robots are going to be key to making new discoveries and exploring the furthest reaches of our Solar System and beyond, according to NASA scientists.…

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

Fri, 2017-06-23 03:58
There's an opening and good will to use it, says Ecuadorian foreign minister

Ecuador's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says the country is working with the UK to find a way for Julian Assange to leave its embassy.…

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Amazon adds Hyper-V file support to its storage gateway

Fri, 2017-06-23 02:58
As Azure Stack's launch approaches, AWS bolsters its hybrid storage story

Amazon Web Services dominates the public cloud, but its hybrid cloud story is currently weak.…

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Qualcomm's server silicon has a cloud customer: Packet

Fri, 2017-06-23 01:58
Rival ARM-wrestling cloud Scaleway has added 64-core Caviums

Qualcomm looks to have a customer for the Centriq 2400 , the 48-core CPU it's aiming at the server market: the minor cloud player Packet has signed up “to introduce” the architecture to its customers.…

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Vblock tags in Vxblock: Move is a 'simplification' for punters

Fri, 2017-06-23 00:59
We drill into Cisco-Dell-EMC mini-shakeup

Dell EMC's converged infrastructure portfolio is changing. The Vblock – with its Cisco Nexus 1000v switch – is going away, while VxBlocks – with software-defined networking – are taking over.…

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Bye, bye, Vblocks – it was nice knowing you

Fri, 2017-06-23 00:59
RIP Cisco-Dell friendship?

Dell EMC's converged infrastructure portfolio is changing. The Vblock – with its Cisco Nexus switch – is going away, while VxBlocks – with software-defined networking – are taking over.…

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Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE, HTC accused of pilfering 'find my phone' tech

Fri, 2017-06-23 00:15
Military comms developer says Android and iOS are trampling its patents

A software company that makes tracking tools for military and 911 crews says some of the biggest mobile phone makers on the planet are stealing its technology for their own security tools.…

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Latest Windows 10 Insider build pulls the trigger on crappy SMB1

Thu, 2017-06-22 23:21
Redmond adds UI tweaks, more emojis and Edge enticements

Microsoft has released the newest build of Windows 10 Insider, version 16226, to developers on its fast-track release list.…

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WikiLeaks doc dump reveals CIA tools for infecting air-gapped PCs

Thu, 2017-06-22 21:12
Brutal Kangaroo jumps network breaks, according to leaked classified info

WikiLeaks has published online more top-secret documents it has obtained from the CIA describing the agency's hacking tools. This time the dossier details software codenamed Brutal Kangaroo that agents can use to infect targets' air-gapped computers with malware.…

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Let's go live to the 3rd circle of Hell – and see what Comcast and Charter are screwing up

Thu, 2017-06-22 20:52
Allegations of digging up rivals' cables, breaking promises

A Texas telco says Comcast sabotaged its cable network after it refused a buyout offer.…

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Breaking news, literally: Newspaper's quakebot rumbled for fake story

Thu, 2017-06-22 20:16
Software glitch led to algorithm emitting 90-year-old info

A Los Angeles Times article-writing bot sent shockwaves through the internet Wednesday – by falsely reporting a hefty 6.8M earthquake had hit Santa Barbara county, California.…

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Waymo: We've got a hot smoking gun in Uber 'tech theft' brouhaha

Thu, 2017-06-22 20:01
As taxi app maker staff demand T-Bone Kalanick is restored to the throne

Waymo has proof Uber execs knew their star engineer Anthony Levandowski was in possession of technology stolen from Waymo well before Uber acquired Levandowski's self-driving vehicle startup.…

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

Thu, 2017-06-22 18:38
Strangely lucid and lawyerly statement from Tweeter-in-Chief

President Trump has, in a tweet-burst today, backtracked on his earlier menacing claim that he may have secretly recorded his meetings with then-FBI boss James Comey.…

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Genoans flout terror ban with bumper basil hand baggage policy

Thu, 2017-06-22 16:32
Sauce on a plane

Heightened security at airports clearly doesn't apply to all liquids, at least not in Italy. An airport in Genoa is allowing flyers to travel with 500g jars of the local speciality sauce – pesto.…

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Microsoft PatchGuard flaw could let hackers plant rootkits on x64 Windows 10 boxen

Thu, 2017-06-22 16:02
Redmond shrugs, says PC would already need to be thoroughly pwned

Flaws in Microsoft PatchGuard create a means for hackers to plant rootkits on Windows 10, 64-bit OS devices.…

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

Thu, 2017-06-22 15:28
He'd have been aiming higher than the top of London's Shard to hit his mark

A Canadian sniper has reportedly shot dead an Islamic State terrorist from the astonishing distance of 3,450 metres – more than two miles away.…

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