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Partners tearing their hair out over Dell EMC invoice system borkage

El Reg - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 1:29pm
Unable to raise orders following database merge few weeks ago

The merger between Dell and EMC has caused havoc for partners attempting to raise invoices with the borg, as its "new combined customer base" is having problems issuing purchase order numbers.…

Khronos Publishes Finalized glTF 2.0 Specification For Portable 3D Assets

Phoronix - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 1:00pm
The Khronos Group has released the ratified glTF 2.0 specification this morning as their transmission format for portable 3D assets. glTF 2.0 can be integrated now not only within Khronos graphics API using applications/games but also within Direct3D and Metal...

Moving On From Fire Phone Turmoil, Amazon Plans New Android Smartphones: Report

Slashdot - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 12:35pm
Reader joshtops writes: Amazon plans to have another go at selling its own branded smartphones, according to a new report. The ecommerce giant, which killed off its Fire Phone in 2015, is working on a new lineup of smartphones branded as 'Ice', the report said, citing unnamed sources. Unlike the Fire Phone -- for which Amazon focused largely on the US and a couple of other western markets -- the company is eyeing emerging regions like India for selling its new phones. Amazon's upcoming smartphones run the latest version of Google's Android operating system with Google Mobile Services (GMS) such as Gmail and Google Play, the people said. Incorporating Google Mobile Services in its devices is a major change in strategy for Amazon, which currently offers a range of Android tablets without Google apps on them. The smartphones are being referred to as 'Ice' internally, in what could be a move to distance itself from the disastrous Fire Phone brand, though it's not clear if Amazon will eventually bring the devices under the Ice name. A source cited in the story said the phones will ship with Alexa, Amazon's AI assistant.

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Oil and lube firm offers to ease pains of frustrated office workers

El Reg - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 12:32pm
Emo Oil targets overheated marketeers and frigid FM specialists alike

If you're worried that your fellow office workers' productivity is being compromised because they're boiling over with "frustration", Northern Ireland's Emo Oil is promising to relieve their plight with its selection of oils and lubricants.…

NetApp puts everything it's got into a hyperconverged box

El Reg - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 12:01pm
'NetApp HCI' takes all of its best bits and wraps them around compute and vCenter

NetApp has finally revealed its long-promised hyperconverged appliance. Named “NetApp HCI”, the product pours almost everything the company does into a 2U box, along with four unnamed servers, a cloud-style pay-as-you-go pricing plan and a vCenter plugin so you can manage it without having to learn new tools.…

Can Twitter Survive By Becoming A User-Owned Co-Op?

Slashdot - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 11:30am
What's going to happen now that Twitter's stock price has dropped from $66 a share to just $18? An anonymous reader quotes Salon: A small group of shrewd Twitter users and shareholders have come up with proposals to fundamentally restructure the way Twitter is controlled, to turn the company into a public service by removing the need to feed investors' ceaseless appetite for hitting quarterly growth benchmarks... Sonja Trauss, a Bay Area housing policy activist, and Twitter shareholder Alex Chiang proposed earlier this year a resolution for the company's recent annual shareholder vote to promote ways to get Twitter users to buy stock in the company, such as offering ways to buy shares directly through the Twitter website and mobile app. If many individual Twitter users each owned a small piece of the company, then they could participate collectively (through the annual shareholder voting process) in steering the direction of the company. The idea makes sense from a labor standpoint. Twitter's value comes from user's tweets, which provides the backbone for digital advertising revenue. Twitter also sells this user-generated data to third parties that use it mainly for market research. This bloc of user-shareholders could theoretically overtake the control major institutional shareholders...have over the company. Because a lot of owners of a few shares of the company would have little to lose if the stock price doesn't grow or wavers, Twitter would be less beholden to meeting Wall Street's often brutal expectations.

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Foxconn, Amazon, Apple join Toshiba chip plant feeding frenzy

El Reg - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 11:28am
Meanwhile, Tosh shoves WDC's stake back, mutters 'keep it'

Apple, Amazon and Foxconn are preparing to "chip in" for ailing Toshiba's NAND flash memory chip-making division, according to reports.…

First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

El Reg - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 11:03am
Um. Who put production credentials in onboarding doc?

"How screwed am I?" a new starter asked Reddit after claiming they'd been marched out of their job by their employer's CTO after "destroying" the production DB – and had been told "legal" would soon get stuck in.…

Russian data scientist unable to claim £12,000 prize in Brit competition

El Reg - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 10:37am
Defence Science and Tech Lab accused of 'discriminatory' rules

A data scientist claims the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) diddled him out of a £12,000 research competition prize because he is Russian – despite assurances he'd be able to claim the money.…

Vulkan 1.0.51 Released

Phoronix - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 9:41am
What better way to celebrate the Phoronix birthday than a new Vulkan update!..

The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

El Reg - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 9:30am
It's not the velociraptor you can see that kills you

One of the key principles of designing any high availability system is to make sure only vital apps or functions use it and everything else doesn't – sometimes referred to as KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid).…

Clever girl! It's not the velociraptor you can see that blows your systems

El Reg - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 9:30am
The hidden problems of criticality bloat

One of the key principles of designing any high availability system is to make sure only vital apps or functions use it and everything else doesn't – sometimes referred to as KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid).…

Enterprise patching... is patchy, survey finds

El Reg - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 9:00am
How difficult can it possibly be? Very, apparently

Delays in updating software and operating systems are putting organisations at greater risk of attacks, according to research by Duo Security.…

IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

El Reg - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 8:38am
Forget 'value or biz justification' says UK GTS chief

IBM UK and Ireland has told the Global Technology Services team that all travel to customer sites must be approved by divisional general manager Tosca Colangeli irrespective of "value or business justification".…

EU wins approval to waste €120m on pitiful public Wi-Fi

El Reg - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 8:01am
€120m for the bin...

Opinion  A group of European governing institutions has approved a programme to invest €120m (£105m, $134.7m) in public Wi-Fi hotspots in over 6,000 municipalities in all European Union member states by 2020.…

WSJ: There's An 'Inexorable' Trend Towards Working Remotely

Slashdot - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 7:30am
The Wall Street Journal reports that the trend towards remote working "is inexorable" in America's labor force, with 43% of workers now doing at least some of their work from home (up from 39% in 2012), and 20% now working entirely from home (up from 15%). An anonymous reader writes: Besides lowering an employer's rent, telecommuting also makes employees happier, which helps with both recruiting and retention according to the Journal. Automattic, maker of WordPress, is able to have an almost entirely remote workforce of 558 employees spread across more than 50 countries. But it depends on getting the right set of tools. Automattic uses Slack for conversations, Zoom for videoconferences, "and its own internal system of threaded conversations for documenting everyone's work and for major decisions." One of the company's "happiness engineers" even says online communicaton has created "radical transparency," since it's possible to read and search through internal communcations. Just remember that not every job can work remotely, according to Dell's chief human resources officer. "Engineering, leadership, R&D, sales and customer support -- those are roles that don't lend themselves very well to remote work." It'd be interesting to hear the experiences of Slashdot's readers. Anyone want to share their own experiences with working remotely -- or of working with remote co-workers?

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The open source community is <i>nasty</i> and that's just the docs

El Reg - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 6:58am
Survey of ~6,000 contributors also finds widespread harassment, gender imbalance

The open source community is nasty in many ways, according to a survey of over 6,000 contributors to open source projects.…

Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

El Reg - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 5:58am
'Maxx Interactive Desktop' lets you relive the workstation wars and maybe do serious work

Those of you yearning for the experience of running a 1990s-vintage graphics workstation are about to have a good day: a developer named Eric Masson has resurrected the IRIX Interactive Desktop that shipped on Silicon Graphics Workstations and now offers it as a Linux desktop alternative.…