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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 6:21pm
Workers of the world, you have nothing to lose but your train seats

Video  So, Jeremy Corbyn recorded a message in which he was sitting on the floor of a train traveling between London and Newcastle, claiming it was "ram-packed" (as exampled by his floor sitting) and that was why all of the trains needed to be renationalised.…

Blizzard blighted by another DDoS storm

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 5:32pm
Someone likes fragging servers

Blizzard, the game developer behind World of Warcraft and Overwatch, was hit by another DDoS attack on Tuesday.…

Veeam: You know what's not a disaster? Our software mega-update

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 4:25pm
DR firm's VI-part VAS, VAL, VAM, VAO, VAC and VCC embiggening

The backup and disaster recovery firm Veeam has announced an updated Availability Suit, and the Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud.…

Syncsort inhales Cogito, ergo Big Data and Big Iron can be friends

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 3:35pm
Bridging the gap with Brit software biz gobble

Big iron, big data and cloudy tools biz Syncsort has bought UK software biz Cogito to help it bring IBM mainframe database data into Big Data analytics, and to make the mainframes run better.…

EU ministers look to tighten up privacy – JUST KIDDING – surveillance laws

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 2:54pm
No phone taps on WhatsApp is whack, moan spymasters

European ministers are debating a clampdown on encryption and a further increase in surveillance in response to mounting terrorist threats.…

Simplivity delivers storage quadruplets: Meet all-flashery and better DR

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 2:05pm
And app-aware SQL Server backup, double VDI count

SimpliVity has announced an all-flash hyper-converged system and upped its single system VDI count from 2,000 to 4,000.…

Microsoft, Lenovo cross-licensing love-in: Android mobes knocked up with... Office apps

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 1:24pm
Locked and loaded baby

Lenovo’s signed a second patent licensing agreement with Microsoft, loading Redmond’s productivity software on its Android devices.…

DCIG mid-market array guide: Why we left those companies out

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 12:34pm
Three levels of in and out filtering used to produce buyers' list

Analysis  Conversations with DCIG have revealed why seemingly obvious companies and their products were left out of a mid-range storage array buyers' report.…

NASA tried turning lost spacecraft STEREO-B off and on again... but it didn't work. True story

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 11:35am
But Deep Space Network brought her back online

NASA has managed to reestablish a connection with the STEREO-B spacecraft after contact was lost in October 2014.…

Ireland's govt IT: Recession and job cuts forced us to adapt

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 10:58am
The road from 2008 bust, bailout and 'no new staff'

Ireland was hit hard by the global financial crunch of 2007 and 2008. It was the first of the EU member states to slip into recession immediately following the bursting of the economic bubble.…

The TPC-C/SPC-1 storage benchmarks are screwed. You know what we need?

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 10:34am
Another benchm... WAIT! I mean a workable, realistic...

Comment The storage benchmarking world is broken because there are no realistic and pratical storage benchmarks with realistic workloads customers can apply to systems.…

Data-viz biz Tableau Software brings ex-AWS exec to the table

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 9:51am
Hopes for tasty earnings as it dines out on share spike

Data-visualisation business Tableau has announced that a former AWS executive, Adam Selipsky, is to come in as the new president and CEO in September as the company seeks to transform itself into a grown-up business.…

Beardy Ed Vaizey: 'I can't let go. I like the tech sector'

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 9:01am
Wants to see a department for digital. Good luck with that

Interview  One month after Theresa May swept into government, former culture and digital minister Ed Vaizey is relatively sanguine about getting the sack.…

Ovation claps together private cloud storage service with HGST, Versity basis

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 8:02am
Entertaining archival store for media and oil-slinging types

An Ovation Data Services private storage cloud for media and entertainment and oil and gas industries is based on HGST's Active Archive System and Versity Storage Manager.…

Kaspersky launches its own OS on Russian routers

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 7:42am
Four-year build results in OS that aims to secure industrial control systems, мы думаем

Kaspersky Labs has finished building its eponymously-named operating system after four years of quiet development.…

Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 7:22am
Seven new logo candidates run from Monsters Inc to completely mad

LOGOWATCH Poll  Mozilla's attempt to find a new logo has reached the point at which it is willing to share seven new hot spring/summer looks with the world*.…

'NSA' hack okshun woz writ by Inglish speeker trieing to hyde

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 6:58am
Linguist says perps of zero day dump wanted to pose as gramatically-incorrect aliens

The perpetrator behind the dumping of tools penned by the probably-the-NSA hacking squad called"Equation Group" appears to be a native English speaker, according to linguistic data researcher Shlomo Argamon.…

Crims share vulns but vendors don't. This needs fixing

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 6:28am
Centrify's strategy man says attack re-use is an opportunity for better security

Interview  Attackers like to re-use code, but vendors don't find out because they don't share, according to Centrify's David McNeely.…

Cisco's upsell plan: tell you <i>your</i> old kit is not as secure as <i>its</i> new kit

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 6:01am
Sales conference leaks also hint at mightier UCS and new customer portal

Cisco is having its super-colossal global sales conference this week and some of the 20,000 staff are letting some details of future Borg strategies slip onto social media.…

Google to block web views from using its OAuth

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 5:29am
Deprecation starts in October

Google's decided that web-views should no longer be able to use OAuth requests, and is deprecating them in Android, iOS, Windows and OS X as of October.…