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Scale-up SSDs buck the scale-out trend

El Reg - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 4:30pm
Daisy-chaining for scale-up SATA SSDs

Well, this is unfashionable: UK-based Integral Memory and Korean Flash storage provider Novachips have co-produced a SVR-PRO SATA III SSD suited for scale-up use.…

Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 Creators Update, Coming in Early 2017

Slashdot - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 4:10pm
Microsoft today announced Creators Update for Windows 10. The company said Creators Update will release with a slew of new features at no charge in early 2017. From a report on Fortune: The Windows 10 Creators Update lets users on mobile devices take three-dimensional photos by scanning an object as they walk around it. It also allows for 3D graphics in Microsoft's popular PowerPoint presentation software, and a new "Paint 3D" application lets people edit photos and other designs in three dimensions. Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive vice president for the Windows and devices group, said the update was tailored for gamers who are increasingly interested in augmented and virtual reality experiences. "Windows 10 will be your platform for gaming glory," he said at a product launch event in New York.

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Password1? You're so random. By which we mean not random at all -

El Reg - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 4:00pm
Campaign says #thinkrandom, but experts demand cyber-security rethink

The UK government has renewed its efforts to persuade consumers to pick stronger passwords.…

20 years to get Amiga Workbench 3.1 update, and only a fortnight to get first patch

El Reg - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 3:43pm
What will happen if this momentum continues?

After 20 years, Workbench, the graphical file manager for AmigaOS, received its first update earlier this month, and it's only taken a fortnight to get its first bugfix too.…

Those Facebook Live Videos From Space That Are Going Viral Are Fake, NASA Confirms

Slashdot - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 3:30pm
Earlier this morning, a Facebook Live video allegedly showed a live feed of the International Space Station (ISS). The video has gone viral on the internet, with more than 17 million views, two million likes, and 400,000 shares. The only problem: that video feed is fake, a NASA spokesperson told Mashable. It said, "there is no spacewalk being conducted outside the International Space Station today." The video was shared by UNILAD, Viral USA, and Interstinate Facebook pages. From the report: NASA announces it whenever a spacewalk is expected to occur on the station, and they don't have anything about a spacewalk on their schedule for today. If the livestreams are showing spacewalks, that's a big hint they're fake.Good thing Facebook insists it isn't a media company.

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Beer, security by design and actual revenue: HPE shows off IoT offerings

El Reg - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 3:24pm
Modular Edge servers and augmented reality too

IoT World Congress  Beer-as-a-service at American football games is just one of the things Hewlett Packard Enterprise has brought to the Internet of Things playground, its chief IoT technologist, Colin I’Anson, told The Register this morning.…

Hammer hopes to nail software-defined future for Commvault

El Reg - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 3:03pm
Adds analytics + biz process automation as losses narrow

Commvault has software-defined storage and business process automation in its future, as it announces a $600,000 net loss on revenues of $156.3m in its latest quarter. The firm is hoping this sets it up for a sustained turnaround.…

Microsoft Announces Paint 3D, the Biggest Update Ever To the Classic App

Slashdot - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 2:50pm
Microsoft is releasing a revamped and modernized Paint app for Windows 10 that let people draw and convert things in 3D. The company announced the app at its keynote today where it stressed the future of making things in 3D. The Verge adds:Users can take photos and easy turn portions of the photo into 3D objects. Along with the app, users can also share work in a new community online that comes with a focus on Minecraft. People can directly export from the game and 3D print whatever they make. The new version of the Paint app was put online earlier this month and available for anyone to download. The app is a Universal Windows app that comes with pen and touch-friendly features, as well as support for 3D objects. The new app stays true to the original Paint app in that it's a basic editing and creating app but with some added 3D effects.

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Gov.UK goes TITSUP

El Reg - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 2:49pm
Workers wait with Whitehall whiteout

The website for the British government has suffered a little TITSUP, that is a total inability to support usual politicking.…

Rise of the photon clones: New method could lead to 'impenetrable' comms

El Reg - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 2:21pm
New tech aims to boost security and range of quantum cryptography

Physicists have produced "near-perfect" clones of quantum information that can be used to send and retrieve information securely over long distances through quantum cryptography.…

Intel Announces Atom E3900 Series - Goldmont for the Internet of Things

Slashdot - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 2:10pm
Intel has announced the Atom E3900 series. Based upon the company's latest generation Goldmont Atom CPU core, the E3900 series will be Intel's most serious and dedicated project yet for the IoT market. AnandTech adds: So what does an IoT-centric Atom look like? By and large, it's Broxton and more. At its core we're looking at 2 or 4 Goldmont CPU cores, paired with 12 or 18 EU configurations of Intel's Gen9 iGPU. However this is where the similarities stop. Once we get past the CPU and GPU, Intel has added new features specifically for IoT in some areas, and in other areas they've gone and reworked the design entirely to meet specific physical and technical needs of the IoT market. The big changes here are focused on security, determinism, and networking. Security is self-evident: Intel's customers need to be able to build devices that will go out into the field and be hardened against attackers. Bits and pieces of this are inerieted from Intel's existing Trusted Execution Technology, while other pieces, such as boot time measuring, are new. The latter is particularly interesting, as Intel is measuring the boot time of a system as a canary for if it's been compromised. If the boot time suddenly and unexpectedly changes, then there's a good chance the firmware and/or OS has been replaced.

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He ain't heavy: OpenStack 16 cloud bros share LAMP interoperability load

El Reg - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 2:01pm
Float prospect of federated alternative to AWS

Openstack Summit  OpenStackers have sought to alleviate concerns that applications on rival clouds are locked in and not portable.…

‘We have many IoT customers’ says Huawei CTO

El Reg - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 1:39pm
Czech 'em out

IoT World Congress  “Our customer base is growing very fast,” Huawei CTO Wu Chou told The Register at IoT World Congress in Barcelona yesterday. The firm is long on smart Czech streetlights but short, it seems, on customers.…

Vatican and musicians at odds over appropriate use of crematorium leftovers

El Reg - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 1:01pm
Six feet under or on your album shelf? The choice is yours...

The Vatican has put itself on a collision course with the rock music industry, after banning the spreading of human ash-ley remains.…

Google Fiber Pauses Operations, CEO Leaves, and About 9 Percent of Staff Is Being Let Go

Slashdot - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 1:00pm
The future of Google Fiber has been shaky ever since Google's parent company, Alphabet, was founded. The original plan was to expand Fiber's blazing fast internet service to more than 20 cities, with the goal of eventually delivering nationwide gigabit service. However, Alphabet hit the reset button on those plans Tuesday. Not only is Google Fiber CEO Craig Barratt leaving, but about 9 percent of staff is being let go. That translates to about 130 job losses, since the business has about 1,500 employees. Bloomberg reports: Barratt wrote in a blog post that the company is pulling back fiber-to-the-home service from eight different cities where it had announced plans. Those include major metropolitan areas such as Dallas, Los Angeles and Phoenix. Moving into big cities was a contentious point inside Google Fiber, according to one former executive. Leaders like Barratt and Dennis Kish, who runs Google Fiber day-to-day, pushed for the big expansion. Others pushed back because of the prohibitive cost of digging up streets to lay fiber-optic cables across some of America's busiest cities. "I suspect the sheer economics of broad scale access deployments finally became too much for them," said Jan Dawson, an analyst with Jackdaw Research. "Ultimately, most of the reasons Google got into this in the first place have either been achieved or been demonstrated to be unrealistic."

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Burgundian iPhone wrecker hit with damages, suspended sentence

El Reg - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 12:40pm
Begloved Dijonaise Mac fan attacked Apple store with outsized metal ball

A bellicose Burgundian has been served a six-month suspended sentence and a pile of damages after being driven to distraction by a glitchy iPhone and taking revenge on his local Apple store with a shiny metal ball.…

Seagate bowls out fattened-up spinner

El Reg - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 12:20pm
Ups Enterprise's capacity, speeds up data streams

Seagate's sixth generation Enterprise Performance disk drive ups its capacity by 50 per cent to 900GB and increases data transfer speed past 300MB/sec.…

RadeonSI Gallium3D Re-Enables SDMA For Sea Islands, Carrizo

Phoronix - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 12:14pm
The latest Mesa Git code has re-enabled SDMA support in the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver for Sea Islands and Carrizo hardware...

Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

El Reg - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 12:00pm
What went wrong?

Analysis  Santa may have an empty sack this Christmas, crushing the dreams of fanbois (and fanfilles). Apple admitted yesterday it was unable to meet the demand for its iPhone 7.…

'Non-state actors*' likely to blame for Dyn mega-attack – US intel chief

El Reg - Wed, 26/10/2016 - 11:40am
Pesky kids

A senior US intelligence chief has said that "non-state actors" – bored kids or crooks* – are likely behind the high-profile attack on DNS provider Dyn last week.…