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Hobbled by partners Dell and NetApp, where does Cisco go from here?

El Reg - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 3:44pm
A Trump-repatriated cash pile could give the borg acquisition hunger pangs

Analysis  While HPE and Dell are concentrating on being better on-premises data centre suppliers in a hybrid cloud world, IBM on becoming a cognitive computing software supplier, and both Oracle and Microsoft on a move towards cloud, what is Cisco’s gameplan?…

The Leap Week: Did Apple Really Have a Record Quarter?

Slashdot - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 3:20pm
An anonymous reader shares a blog post: Apple stated that Q1 FY2017 was an all-time record for quarterly revenue. The media dutifully and mostly uncritically spread this "great" news for Apple. Technically the claim is true, the revenue was an all-time record. True but misleading. Although Apple didn't lie as such, you might say there was a sin of omission, and a definite spin of the facts. Most Apple fiscal quarters are 13 weeks long. Once in a while, however, they need a 14 week quarter. You might call it a "leap quarter". There was a good explanation of this financial practice a few years ago in Slate. Apple's Q1 2017 was a 14 week quarter, for the first time since Q1 2013. John Gruber writes at DaringFireball, "Adjusted for the extra week, Apple actually had another down quarter."

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'The End Of The Level Playing Field'

Slashdot - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 2:40pm
Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson writes in a blog post: When the Internet came along in the early 90s, we saw something completely different. Here was a level playing field where anyone could launch a business without permission from anyone. We had a great run over the last 25 years but I fear it's coming to an end, brought on by the growing consolidation of market power in the big consumer facing tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, etc, by the constricted distribution mechanisms on mobile devices, and by new leadership at the FCC that is going to tear down the notion that mobile carriers can't play the same game cable companies played. It is certainly true that consumers, particularly low-income consumers, like getting free or subsidized data plans. There is no doubt about that. But when the subsidies are coming from the big tech companies, who can easily pay them, to buy competitive advantage over that nimble startup that is scaring them, well we know how that movie ends.

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Sage Business School founder imprisoned – but you wouldn't know it

El Reg - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 2:28pm
Associates of man accused by HPE of $17.5m fraud carefully whitewash over his jailing

Contractors working for jailed motivational speaker Peter Sage, who is accused by Hewlett Packard Enterprise of masterminding a $17.5m fraud against them, had to read The Register to figure out what had happened to their boss.…

Mesa 17.0-RC3 Released, Final Expected This Friday

Phoronix - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 2:15pm
Emil Velikov has kicked off the new release by announcing the third release candidate to the upcoming Mesa 17.0...

DiRT Rally On Linux To Support Mesa 13's RadeonSI Gallium3D

Phoronix - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 2:03pm
Last week Feral Interactive announced DiRT Rally is coming to Linux while now they've announced the system requirements...

97 Tech Companies Including Apple, Google, Microsoft Call Travel Ban Unlawful In Rare Coordinated Legal Action

Slashdot - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 2:00pm
An anonymous reader shares a WashingtonPost report: Silicon Valley is stepping up its confrontation with the Trump administration. On Sunday night, technology giants Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Uber and many others filed a legal brief opposing the administration's contentious entry ban. The move represents a rare coordinated action across a broad swath of the industry (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternate source) -- 97 companies in total -- and demonstrates the depth of animosity toward the Trump ban. The amicus brief was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which is expected to rule within a few days on an appeal by the administration after a federal judge in Seattle issued late Friday a temporary restraining order putting the entry ban on hold. The brief comes at the end of a week of nationwide protests against the plan -- as well as a flurry of activity in Silicon Valley, a region that sees immigration as central to its identity as an innovation hub.From a TechCrunch report: Notably absent from the list of 97 companies are several who met with Trump prior to his inauguration: Amazon, Oracle, IBM, SpaceX and Tesla. Although Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was highly critical of Trump prior to his election, he has not spoken out against the immigration policy. Oracle CEO Safra Catz is serving as an advisor to the Trump transition team, while SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has defended his decision to remain on an advisory council for Trump.

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Polish banks hit by malware sent through hacked financial regulator

El Reg - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 1:57pm
Thanks for nic, KNF

Polish banks are investigating a massive systems hack after malware was discovered on several companies' workstations.…

BBC and Snap. But, why?

El Reg - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 1:30pm
Vertical Millennials meet your Dad at the Disco

The BBC gave the controversial Silicon Valley tech IPO Snap a priceless publicity boost today, by bringing its Planet Earth II series “exclusively” to Snap’s app and nerd goggles before the show launches on terrestrial TV in North America.…

Redox OS, MINIX, Hurd & Genode Had Their Time At FOSDEM Too

Phoronix - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 1:02pm
While Linux is the most prominent operating system each year at the Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM), it's not a conference limited to just Linux. Once again there was a developer room dedicated to other operating systems like the Rust-written Redox OS...

Why I Run Fedora Linux On My Main Production System

Phoronix - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 12:50pm
With the Linux benchmarks at Phoronix there is a wide-range of Linux distributions (as well as BSDs, macOS, and the occasional Solaris and Windows) tested, but the operating system I end up running on my most-important production system is still Fedora Workstation. Recently I was interviewed by Fedora Magazine about my thoughts on the Red Hat backed distribution and more...

Dell Technologies grabs giant spanner, begins the Great EMC Retool

El Reg - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 12:47pm
Details emerging of re-org tweaks to get business closer to customers

Following on from an exec-level re-org and top table resignations in December, and layoffs in January, lumbering tech monster Dell Technologies is again ringing the divisional changes in a bid to reduce reporting lines move up the sales dial.…

Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business

El Reg - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 12:23pm
Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft join battle

Updated  The world of Big Tech has joined the legal showdown over Donald Trump's immigration ban, with a joint filing that argues the ban is not only illegal but would damage their businesses.…

DRM Company Denuvo Forgets To Secure Its Server, Leaks Two Years Of Emails

Slashdot - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 12:04pm
Denuvo "left several private directories on its website open to the public," TorrentFreak wrote Sunday, calling it "an embarrassing blunder" for the digital rights management company. "Members of the cracking community are downloading and scrutinizing the contents," the site reports, with one of the finds being an 11-megabyte text file which apparently contains every message sent through Denuvo's web site since 2014. An anonymous reader writes: There's a message from Google's security team, one from Capcom Japan, and "dozens of emails from angry pirates, each looking to vent their anger," according to TorrentFreak. Ars Technica reports that there's also a 2015 message from Microsoft about "an upcoming initiative," as well as messages several game studios, and even one from the producers of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. "Combing the log file brings up countless spam messages, along with complaints, confused 'why won't this game work' queries from apparent pirates, and even threats (an example: 'for what you did to arkham knight I will find you and I will kill you and all of your loved ones, this I promise you CEO of this SHIT drm')." "Since Denuvo's contact page does not contain a link to a private e-mail address -- only a contact form and a phone number to the company's Austrian headquarters -- the form appears to also have been used by many game developers and publishers." And in addition, "much of Denuvo's web database content appears to be entirely unsecured, with root directories for 'fileadmin' and 'logs' sitting in the open right now." In addition, there's also a slideshow -- which has since been uploaded to Imgur -- bragging that "With over 300 man years of development experience among us, we clearly know what we're doing."

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FireEye execs exit, following hundreds of staff restructured into redundancy

El Reg - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 11:34am
Board chair and CFO resign

FireEye has bid farewell to two of its top executives, who are departing on the heels of the hundreds of staff who left following CEO Kevin Mandia's restructure of the business last year.…

A non-Standards Soviet approved measure of weight? Sod off, BBC!

El Reg - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 11:06am
Our 1,600 KiloJubs beat your 23 Kelpies

An eagle-eyed Reg reader has spotted a dastardly BBC attempt to muscle in on the Reg Standards Soviet’s turf – by devising a new and highly unauthorised measure of weight.…

GNU's ddrescue For Disk Recovery Updated With New Options

Phoronix - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 10:05am
GNU ddrescue continues work on being a capable data recovery tool for copying data from a file or block device to another, doing more than just the dd command. GNU ddrescue 1.22 was released over the weekend as the newest version of this tool...

BT's ball-juggling routine can only go on so long

El Reg - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 10:04am
Will Global Services finally be put out to pasture?

Analysis  Former state monopoly BT is juggling so many regulatory, financial and operational balls it’s a wonder it has a free hand to get on with the day-to-day business.…

Ubuntu Linux daddy Mark Shuttleworth: Carrots for Unity 8?

El Reg - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 9:36am
Of risk, re-invention and doing what's good for you

New year, new Linux – or, in the case of Ubuntu, two. As in years past, Canonical's distro gets two updates in 2017 – the spring and autumn releases numbered and named respectively 17.04, Zesty Zapus, and 17.10 – name TBD, actually.…

This many standards is dumb: Decoding 25Gb Ethernet and beyond

El Reg - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 9:09am
Cease this silliness with haste

Sysadmin Blog  The 25 and 50Gb switching standards have finally been ratified. Switches from various manufacturers have been available for some time, but now there's a better than average chance they'll interoperate with one another. While more speed is generally good, the 25 and 50Gb standards will complicate things for data centre administrators by making us have to think carefully about which 100Gb switches we buy.…

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