Friday, 21 December 2018

'Year-long' delay to UK 5G if we spike Huawei deals, say telcos

O2 presses on with Chinese supplier

Mobile network operators have reportedly said that tearing up their contracts with Huawei would set Britain's 5G back "by nine months to a year" – so they're ploughing on despite pressure.…


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Ready for Glasto-net? Cheap, local low-power networks up for grabs

Ofcom proposes shakeup of spectrum bidding process

Some technologies lurking under the 5G umbrella promise to reshape the entire communications sector, creating new uses and businesses we can't imagine today. Ofcom showed it was hip to a few of these this week with a radical new way of opening up the airwaves.…


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Thursday, 20 December 2018

What's this under the Christmas tree? A gift-wrapped Mellanox, for Microsoft? Say it ain't so

Windows giant mulls gobbling up network kit maker, according to anon insiders

Microsoft is considering buying Mellanox, according to a report on Wednesday by an Israeli financial newspaper.…


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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Sticking with one mobile provider gets you... Oh. Price rises, big exit fees, and lovely, lovely lock-in

UK competition bods threaten action against 'loyalty penalty'

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has issued an urgent call for action against mobile providers that rip off loyal customers with high prices even once handsets are paid off.…


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Cloudflare speaks out amid allegations it safeguards banned terror gangs' websites

We can't run away when there's free speech to protect, says biz's top lawyer

Analysis  Cloudflare found itself underfire this month for seemingly allowing officially designated foreign terrorists to use its website protection services. Which, under US law, would be a big no-no.…



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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Ofcom: More spectrum for all the good boys and girls. Except you, EE. You've had your fill

UK mobile networks had better open their wallets

Ofcom has revealed plans to offer more of the airwaves to mobile networks, increasing capacity by around 22 per cent overall, and by 62 per cent in the more attractive sub-1GHz portion of the spectrum.…


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BT: Soz about that £1.3m CEO bonus vote, shareholders. Friends?

We're listening, insists company right before new chief exec takes post

BT has belatedly given its shareholders a public pat on the head for not voting down departing chief exec Gavin Patterson's £1.3m bonus.…


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Still using Azure Scheduler? Schedule in 30 September 2019 'cos it's being euthanised

Hi! I'm a task scheduler! Nobody really knows what I do until I stop doing it...

Another long-in-the-tooth Azure service was put on notice this week.…



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Monday, 17 December 2018

O little town of Bethlehem, Georgia. How still we see your internet lie... US govt throws another $600m at rural broadband

Money in form of loans and grants – but will it work or be wasted?

Analysis  The US government has added another $600m to the pot of money that is supposed to expand broadband internet access to rural areas of America. But it remains far from clear how effective the program will be.…


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Friday, 14 December 2018

One year on after US repealed net neutrality, policymakers reflect soberly on the future

Don't be daft, of course they haven't, we're still in Crazytown

One year ago today, the FCC passed a controversial measure that undermined its own rules, passed just two years earlier, over net neutrality.…


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Fed up with Oracle's Sith, AWS wades into Big Red's lawsuit over Pentagon JEDI contract

Long-standing cloud enemies to do battle in the courts

AWS has intervened in Oracle's lawsuit against the Pentagon's plans to award a $10bn cloud contract to a single vendor.…



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Ofcom asks networks, ISPs: Hey, wouldn't it be nice if you let customers know the best deal once their contract's up?

You know, they've paid for the phone a few times over now...

UK regulator Ofcom wants ISPs and networks to tell customers when their contract is up and inform them of better deals. The consultation (PDF) was launched today alongside a review of broadband prices.…


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If most punters are unlikely to pay more for 5G, why all the rush?

5G is like 3G, except this time they mean it

Analysis  5G is a technical and economical miracle that you cannot help but admire. Soon our streets will be drenched in high-speed connectivity as all kinds of far-out radio boffinry get commercialised, productised, and deployed for something useful. Many billions of pounds of other people's money will be spent here. But the mobile networks are haunted by an awkward economic reality: for all the 5G razzle-dazzle, most punters just won't pay more for it.…


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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Webinar: Supermicro and Intel offer a taste of cloud innovations

Test your own workload at their Cloud Center of Excellence

Promo  Server giant Supermicro recently teamed up with Intel to set up its Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) at its logistics hub and manufacturing facility in the Netherlands.…



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Qualcomm all ye faithful: 5G's soon triumphant... like 2020 soon. Really

We just modem down with that headline (OK maybe not)

As the chip supplier to almost half the phone market, Qualcomm should be able to make a decent guess about when 5G will condense from vapourware into something more solid.…


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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

It's just not fair on profit-making companies otherwise

Analysis  ISPs should be paid to provide slower internet speeds to poor people.…


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Salesforce has named a chief ethics officer and yes, the job description is appropriately woolly

What's she going to do? 'Engage' with people

Mega-bucks CRM titan Salesforce has appointed a loftily titled "chief ethical and humane use officer" to counteract the problems of being a tech giant in 2019.…



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Oracle takes its gripes about Pentagon's JEDI contract to federal court

Great way to make friends during procurement for a $10bn contract, eh Larry?

Fresh from defeat at the hands of the US Government Accountability Office, Oracle has taken its battle against the single-vendor Pentagon cloud contract to federal court.…



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The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and other identify lots of problems, few solutions

If ever there was doubt that 2018 is the year of fear, it was confirmed by a panel discussion involving the two men that are credited with inventing the internet and the world wide web.…


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Monday, 10 December 2018

This ain't over, Viasat snarls as tribunal rules in satellite rival's favour

EU Aviation Network wrangle set to continue

US satcom provider Viasat has declared it will appeal a British tribunal ruling that rival European operator Inmarsat had not breached its licence by becoming part of an EU-wide satellite broadband network.…


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App-happy SAP Santa offers partners free access to Cloud Platform

All the better to lock customers into its fluffy white services

So desperate keen is SAP to lure more developers to write apps using its cloud tools that it is promising them a year's worth of platform access for free.…



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BT to 'sunset' Apache CloudStack cloud, customer demand went AWOL

We don't want to be an IaaS about it, but...

BT’s Cloud of Clouds (CoC) field of vision is about to narrow. Its open-source cloud software platform, based on Apache CloudStack, will be "quietly withdrawn", The Reg can confirm.…



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Friday, 7 December 2018

The curious tale of ICANN, Verisign, claims of subterfuge, and the $135m .Web dot-word

DNS overseer faces probe over decision to award TLD to dot-com giant

Analysis  An ugly struggle over the .Web top-level domain may soon spill into public view again, after one of the companies vying for control of the dot-word demanded an independent review of DNS overlord ICANN's handling of the saga.…


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It's a, it's a, it's a SYN flood: Quick, ditch that packet

Networking nuggets from the week that was

Networks roundup  What if all you had to do to block SYN-based denial-of-service attacks was drop the first incoming SYN packet?…


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Expired cert... Really? #o2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

Incompetence is a kind of malware

Comment  It's a bit of a cliche that "everything’s connected", but O2's stunning outage yesterday – chalked up by Swedish kitmaker Ericsson to an expired software certificate – is a reminder of how true that is.…


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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request

Beijing demands US 'correct' Meng detainment pronto

The arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou earlier this week is sending shockwaves through both the US and China.…


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Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

Swede Jesus!

Ericsson says an expired software certificate was responsible for the outage that left tens of millions in the UK unable to call or text from their mobile phones on Thursday.…


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Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

Ohhhh-that-TOO! Network issue pinned on 'third party suppliers'

Customers of O2, GiffGaff and virtual operators who use Telefonica's network in the UK have been hit by a spectacular outage across the country. Transport information services have also been affected.…


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Huawei CFO poutine cuffs by Canadian cops after allegedly busting sanctions on Iran

Exec could face trial in the US for 'cutting deals' with White House's Middle East bĂȘte noire

The chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of Huawei has been arrested in Canada – and could face extradition to the US on charges of violating trade sanctions against Iran.…


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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

UK's BT: It's not unusual to pull Huawei from our core mobile networks

It came with the package when we swallowed EE

BT and Huawei said today that reports the Chinese kit-maker's products would not be used on EE's 3G and 4G core mobile ops – and that it was out of the running for any bids for the 5G core – should surprise no one.…


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After all that! Ofcom proposes BT as only broadband universal services provider

Just 8 telcos applied, most didn't meet critera

BT will likely remain the sole broadband universal service provider for most of the UK because smaller ISPs didn't meet Ofcom's qualification criteria and Hyperoptic pulled out of the running.…


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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Sing it loud and sing it proud: It's all about the cloud for Microsoft

And AI, DevOps and, of course, the edge

Connect();  Because it wouldn't be a Microsoft event without the Azure drum being banged loudly and often, there were a slew of reveals related to Redmond's cloudy product line at today's Connect();.…



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Accenture in doghouse after NHSmail mass outage cuts off 1m+ UK health staff

Users locked out of emails for almost a day due to data centre upgrade – reports

Accenture is reportedly facing major financial penalties after a failed upgrade took down the email system used by about 1.2 million staffers at the UK's National Health Service this weekend.…



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BT pension scheme will stay on RPI interest rates for now

Court of Appeal nixes telco's £14bn deficit reduction effort

BT has lost its legal bid to cut its £14bn pension deficit by slashing interest rates for 83,000 members of its post-privatisation pension scheme.…


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Monday, 3 December 2018

European fibre lobby calls for end to fake fibre broadband ads

If you think you have a full-fibre connection, you probably don't

The UK's fibre industry wants European regulators, who meet in Brussels today, to get tougher on misleading broadband claims. Topping its complaints is "fake fibre" – the practice of calling broadband connections digital "fibre" when they contain plain old copper.…


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Save the date: Cloudera, Hortonworks set merger vote for 28 December

'Twas 3 nights after Xmas and all through the house, shareholders mulled sending the deal south

Cloudera and Hortonworks shareholders will be asked to sign off on the companies' uneven merger on 28 December.…



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Friday, 30 November 2018

Tasty SYN-SYN-ACKs: Juniper gobbles HTBASE, ADTRAN's Oz NBN win and more

Plus standards news from ETSI, 3GPP

Networks roundup  Juniper Networks has announced it wants to bolster its Contrail enterprise multicloud solutions by chugging down software vendor HTBASE.…


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NHS supplier that holds 40 million UK patient records: AWS is our new cloud-based platform

EMIS upgrade will punt GP system into the fluffy stuff

One of the NHS's major suppliers is upgrading its GP records system and moving millions of patient data to Amazon's cloud.…



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Thursday, 29 November 2018

Stats model: UK small biz overpays for stealth mobile plans

Obscurity hides margin, so we called in the CMA – comparison bods

Business mobile plans are notorious for their complexity and obscurity, so if you're a UK SME, how do you know if you're being ripped off?…


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OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

Wonderful, wonderful

It is OneDrive's turn to get a beating with the stick of fail as the service took a tumble this morning.…



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Huawei gets the Kiwi 'yeah nah'* as NZ joins the Chinese kit-ban club

Doubt cast on Spark's 5G build, despite minister saying ban isn't really a ban

Reports emerging from New Zealand suggest local carrier Spark has been blocked from buying Huawei kit for its 5G rollout. The Kiwi national security minister, however, has given the report a lukewarm denial.…


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Nutanix uses quarterly results to spill its multi-cloud future beans

From hyper-converged infrastructure appliances to a multi-cloud hypervisor

It's been a busy Wednesday for Nutanix: a new tie-up with tier-two vendor Juniper Networks, the general availability of the Xi Cloud services confirmed, and deepening losses in its latest financial figures.…



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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Amazon's self-driving AI robo-car – THE TRUTH (it's a few inches in size)

Cloud cash cow expands its menu with accelerator chip, machine learning stuff, and more

re:Invent  Rent-a-cloud biz AWS has cooked up a melange of still more AI-oriented bit bundles to serve pay-as-you-go customers, topped with the promise of AI-enhancing hardware and a throwable self-driving car.…



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Gigabit? More like, you can gigabet the US will fall behind on super-fast broadband access

Fresh report reveals China opening can of whoop-ass

America is going to fall drastically behind the rest of the world, particularly China, when it comes to high-speed broadband internet access, according to a new report.…


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Tape vendors feel the cold, clammy hand of AWS on their shoulders. Behind them grins the Glacier Deep Archive

Plus on-premises cloud, Windows file systems, and other bits and bytes

re:Invent  A bunker-busting bomb just exploded in the tape business. Amazon today announced during its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas deep cloud archive storage a quarter of the price of its existing Glacier system.…



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'Massage parlour' location looks like Amazon stealth-testing secret new wireless network

Happy ending? Nope. Big seller, small cells – report

Evidence suggests Amazon could be pretending to be a massage parlour to avoid attracting attention to a new network it is testing in Silicon Valley, applying for radio permits under a variety of names.…


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Reckon you can build the next Netflix? AWS has a cloud for you

Amazon's chomps at edges of broadcasters' pies

re:Invent  Media distribution is the next market in AWS's sights at its re:Invent conference, with the announcement of a media "ingestion and distribution" service, another step in monetising the company's global network for on-cloud customer traffic.…



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Come buy our kick-aaS products! Pretty please, says HPE boss man Neri

No big surprises in CEO's keynote

HPE Discover 2018  HPE chief exec Antonio Neri reckons what the corporate world really wants is to have a nice cloud "experience," which is an interesting way of saying "please, please, buy our cloud-as-a-service".…



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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

It doesn't work with Docker, K8s right now, but everyone's going nuts anyway for AWS's Firecracker microVMs

If it's good enough for Lambda and Fargate, it's probably good enough for you

re:Invent  Pay-or-else compute biz AWS lit the fuse for Firecracker, the virtualization technology it uses to power its serverless Lambda offering and its Fargate managed container contrivance.…



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Amazon's homegrown 2.3GHz 64-bit Graviton processor was very nearly an AMD Arm CPU

A little bit of history and a little more info on customized SoC

re:Invent  Amazon Web Services' customized Graviton processor, revealed this week, was very nearly an Arm-based chip from AMD, The Register has learned.…



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We all fall together. Azure MFA takes a tumble for the second week running

Microsoft and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

In a touching show of solidarity with its Exchange Online cousin, Microsoft’s Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) service has fallen over and is struggling to get back up. Again.…



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Linux lobby org joins with RISC-V bods to promote open chip spec

Two foundations find common cause promoting in populist processor plan

The Linux Foundation, the non-profit funded by for-profit tech firms to promote the open source operating system, has begun working with the RISC-V Foundation, another non-profit backed by well-heeled companies, to encourage adoption of the open source RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA).…



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AWS will keep your traffic on-cloud – for a fee, of course

Also: Transit Gateways and big bandwidth for C5 instances

re:Invent  Earlier this month we covered ThousandEyes' report into cloud networking performance, in which the metrics outfit observed that Amazon offloads cloud traffic from its network at the first opportunity, compared to competitors like Google.…



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Microsoft suffers the Tuesday shakes as Exchange Online continues to be wobbly for UK users

Issue addressed for the many, but what of the few and their precious Outlook inboxes?

Microsoft's on-again, off-again relationship with the Outlook clients of UK Office 365 subscribers has entered its second day, and some users found themselves still unable to access their email.…



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Capita seeks new networking chief: Up for it?

Outgoing head congratulated for role in division's transformation

Capita is looking for a new networks chief.…


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A rumble in Amazon's jungle: AWS now rents out homegrown 64-bit Arm server processors

A1 'Graviton' instances available right now, can work out cheaper than x86 virtual machines

re:Invent  Amazon has designed its own Arm server processors, dubbed Graviton, and is right now renting them out on AWS.…



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Telstra told by regulator to keep copper for an extra five years

Competition needs come first

Australia's competition watchdog has announced the regime that regulates Telstra's copper network should remain in place until at least 2024.…


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Roll up, roll up, HPE's composable infra charabanc is coming

Is your IT department full of monsters? HPE seems to think so

HPE Discover 2018  HPE is updating its wares to reduce the skill level needed to deploy its so-called composable infrastructure. That's its fancy term for pools of networking, storage, and compute resources, all managed as one platform through software and automation, and not necessarily all on-premises. It looks like hyperconverged infrastructure if you squint enough.…



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Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours

Breakdown in MFA's cache, response, and event handling all contributed to TITSUP

Microsoft has delivered its postmortem report detailing the failures that led to unlucky folks being unable to log into its cloud services for 14 hours last week.…



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Monday, 26 November 2018

Openreach names 81 lucky locations to be plugged into its super-zippy Gfast pipe

Take a look up the railtrack, from Barking to Faversham

UK fibre flinger Openreach has announced plans to bring its ultrafast broadband service to another 81 locations, thanks in part to the joy of Gfast.…


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Office 365 Exchange enjoys a less than manic Monday. Users? Not so much

Microsoft has a post-weekend problem

Happy Monday, everyone! Microsoft is apparently celebrating this made-up Cyber Monday "holiday" by giving Office 365 users a break from all that pesky email, with Exchange services currently still out of whack.…



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Friday, 23 November 2018

Mobile networks are killing Wi-Fi for speed around the world

And that means smartphones will need to get smarter

Ofcom's top tech bod, Mansoor Hanif, recently gave the Wi-Fi industry a roasting, telling them to shape up to 5G or face sliding into irrelevance. New network data from around the world shows that slide has already begun.…


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Lush scrubs its card-processing servers squeaky clean

Cash-only Thursday as soap seller's tills go TITSUP*

Soapnotes  Lush, high street peddler of lotions and potions for the pampered, lost the ability to perform card transactions yesterday due to a bath bomb dropped in the server room.…



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Black(out) Friday for HSBC: iOS and Android banking apps on the fritz

Christmas soon, probably best you don't look anyway

UK customers of HSBC hoping to check their balances before heading to the pub for a Friday beverage or eight found themselves out of luck today.…



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Excuses, excuses: Furious MPs probe banking TITSUPs*

*Terrible IT Threatens Services, Users, Pound

MPs have stuck a probe in banking IT crises after an "astonishing" number of failures, saying "measly apologies and hollow words" aren't good enough.…



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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Cisco snaps up Brit networking software bods Ensoft

From main customer to owner

Cisco is buying UK software house Ensoft for an undisclosed sum. The Harpenden-based outfit’s speciality is software for enterprise-grade routers and networking equipment.…


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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Holograms to Match of the Day: Huawei shindig shows 5G is still playing all things to all people

But whatever, you can expect phones next year

Roundup  After years of interminable waffle, 5G is almost upon us, and Huawei wants to tell us what works – and what must wait. At this stage, the wrinkles are as valuable as the milestones, because 5G is a vast smorgasbord of different technologies and aspirations.…


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TalkTalk's £1.5bn 3-million home fibre broadband hopes on ice for now

FibreNation might exist but the expected sack of cash is yet to be announcned

TalkTalk's 3 million-home fibre splurge now has a name – FibreNation – but can no longer say it has £1.5bn at its disposal for the venture.…


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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Oracle sued by app sales rep: I made tens of millions for Larry, then fired for being neither young nor male – claim

Women harassed, driven out while worse performing men keep jobs, lawsuit claims

A former Oracle application sales rep is suing the database giant, alleging gender and age discrimination, sexual harassment, and violations of US labor laws after being fired.…



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A 5G day may come when the courage of cable and DSL fails ... but it is not this day

Tech issues and rivalries can slow this down

Analysis  5G has the potential to make cable and DSL as antiquated and pointless as using a horse and a cart to drive to the supermarket. And it's already here.…


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UK's national Airwave terminal procurement framework awarded to Motorola and Sepura

Emergency services need Tetra devices for at least three more years thanks to 4G delays

Motorola Solutions and Sepura are to build a centrally managed procurement framework for the UK's radio network, Airwave.…


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As losses narrow, nbn™ says business will drive growth in ARPU (that'll be how much it extracts from each punter)

Oz broadband network-builder quarterly revenue bests half-billion mark

The outfit building Australia's National Broadband Network has outlined how it plans to achieve the per-user revenue mix that underpins its eventual profitability.…


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Monday, 19 November 2018

Microsoft confirms: We fixed Azure by turning it off and on again. PS: Office 362 is still borked

Redmond battles TITSUP multi-factor auth logins (yes, that's Total Inability To Support Users' Passcodes)

Microsoft appears to be recovering from a particularly bad case of the Mondays that left many of its cloud service users unable to use multi-factor authentication.…



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Using a VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your personal data to President Xi?

Majority of sketchy free apps can be traced to China, study finds

Many popular VPN apps are sketchy Chinese operations with dubious privacy policies, according to research.…


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Azure goes super-secure by borking multi-factor authentication in Europe and Asia

Microsoft's cloudy service finds Mondays just as hard as the rest of us

Happy Monday, everyone! Azure Multi-Factor Authentication is struggling, meaning that some users with the functionality enabled are now super secure. And, er, locked out.…



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Friday, 16 November 2018

Amazon tries to ruin infosec world's fastest-growing cottage industry (finding data-spaffing S3 storage buckets)

AWS comes up with blanket policies to smother public-facing cloud silos

Amazon Web Services is taking steps to halt the epidemic of data leaks caused by the S3 cloud buckets it hosts from being accidentally left wide open to the internet by customers.…



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Pick three people you think will replace Google Cloud CEO Greene, then forget them – because it's Thomas Kurian

Ex-Oracle man gets top job as another experienced woman exec quits web ads titan

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene has quit the online ads giant, and will be replaced by ex-Oracle executive Thomas Kurian.…



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The week in networking? It's SD-WAN all the way down

Also: Huawei cloud lands in Africa, Nokia OpenStack, Cisco Nexus BIOS bugs

Riverbed made two announcements covering its SteelHead SD-WAN solution this week – a bunch of enhancements, and subscription pricing options.…


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Oracle snaffles up a chunk of SD-WAN market with Talari Networks buyout

As shareholders sign off on Big Red's big pay packet for first time in seven years

Oracle is to slurp up software-defined WAN provider Talari Networks for an undisclosed sum.…


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EE, Virgin Media hit with £13.3m fine: Squeezing users for fees for early contract termination not OK

EE: We're sorry, Ofcom. Virgin: Why, that's... unjustified and disproportionate!

The UK's comms watchdog claims to have slapped a £13.3m penalty on EE and Virgin Media for fleecing customers who wanted to exit their broadband or mobile phone contracts before they were due to expire.…


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Brits shun country life over phone not-spot fears

Says company that sells switching services

Millions of Britons unwilling to be parted from their urban broadband and not-too-shabby mobile phone reception are shunning rural living, according to a survey.…


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Thursday, 15 November 2018

5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1... Runty-birds are go: 12,000+ internet-beaming mini-satellites OK'd by USA

FCC signs off on broadband-in-space plans, plus connections to Europe's GPS

America's broadband and telly regulator, the FCC, today approved a vast expansion in satellite networks around Earth.…


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Red Hat talks upgrades and bare metal with its new OpenStack Platform

Just don't mention those three Big Blue letters, OK?

Red Hat used this week's OpenStack Summit to announce the impending arrival of its OpenStack Platform 14. We had a chat with Red Hat's Nick Barcet about cadence, Kubernetes, and most definitely not IBM.…



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HPE Aruba's 510 line of campus routers support 802.11ax. Which in plain English is Wi-Fi 6, duh

Of course they've crammed some AI in there too

HPE Aruba today released a line of wireless routers supporting next year's 802.11ax/Wi-Fi 6 standard – and then immediately sullied them by applying the AI marketing buzzword.…


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Openreach v Ofcom dark fibre legal bill bounced back to Competition Appeal Tribunal

Court of Appeal rules it's wrong to assume regulator should pony up for cases it loses

The Court of Appeal has ruled that legal costs from BT Openreach's dark fibre bunfight against UK telcos will be reconsidered by the Competition Appeal Tribunal.…


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Oracle's JEDI mind-meld doesn't work on Uncle Sam's auditors: These are not the govt droids you are looking for

Federation snubs Larry Ellison's bid to break up $10bn winner-takes-all contract

Oracle's bid to halt the Pentagon's JEDI $10bn winner-takes-all cloud IT contract has been turned down.…



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Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?

Ok, we have Amazon. Anyone else?

Analysis  If regulators ever do get around to reining in the ecommerce steamroller that is Amazon, this week's announcement of his new headquarters may be the spark.…



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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

'My entire company is without comms': Gamma's Horizon cloud PBX goes DOWN

Great hulk of a system not working after 'emergency works'...

Biz broadband comms provider - in name at least today - Gamma is suffering from web wobbles this morning, reportedly across the UK, as customers can’t access its Horizon service.…


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Empire state of mind: NYC scatters palm leaves for Bezos' cloudy web shop juggernaut

Landmark lit up in orange, New Yorkers underwhelmed

New York's finest building* has turned orange to welcome Amazon to town.…



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Oi! Not encrypting RPC traffic? IETF bods would like to change that

RPC over TLS: you know it makes sense

An Internet Engineering Task Force group has turned its attention to how Remote Procedure Calls (RPC) travel over the internet, and decided a bit of (easy) encryption is in order.…


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Ethernet patent inventor given permission to question validity of his own patent

Well, if anyone knows if he fudged it, it would be him

The inventor of two patents that covers Ethernet switching products has been given permission to question the validity of his own invention.…


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OK Google, what is African ISP Main One, and how did it manage to route your traffic into China through Russia?

Sub cable biz raises hand, 'fesses up to causing BGP hijack drama

Monday's prolonged Google cloud and websites outage was triggered by a botched network update by a West Africa telco, it is claimed.…


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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Cloud zeta: Google's data-transfer boxen hit beta in Europe

Rival AWS fluffs US govt cloud, pops up in Italy

Playing catch-up with AWS and Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud has pulled the EU dust covers off its cloud onboarding appliance.…



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New appliances from Cisco aim to make branch SD-WAN easier

Optimised Office 365 performance also on cards

Cisco has claimed to be "bringing intent-based networking into every domain", the latest being branch offices which need software-defined WAN capabilities and security.…


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NBN satellite user waiting for extra gigabytes? Keep waiting

Relief is coming next year, CEO promises

Remote Aussies getting their broadband from nbn™'s SkyMuster satellites have been promised a bit of bandwidth relief, with the company deciding to bundle some 'net traffic for free.…


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France: Let's make the internet safer. America, Russia, China: Let's go with 'no' on that

Blighty, Germany, Australia also missing from 'Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace'

America has aligned with China and Russia to scupper a France-led initiative to improve the internet's security. However, French president Emmanuel Macron has promised to battle on.…


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Big Q. Tch, what could have persuaded Intel to bring forward 5G chip production six months?

Clue's in the headline. And more importantly: Will anyone but Cupertino care?

It looks as though Apple's iThings may get 5G connectivity in 2020 – after Intel promised production of its 5G modem will start in the second half of 2019, and ship in the first half of the following year.…


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OK Google, why were connections to your cloud hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

BGP attack committed 'grand theft internet'

Breaking  People's connections in the US and elsewhere to Google – including its cloud, YouTube and other websites – were suddenly rerouted through Russia and into China in textbook a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijacking attack.…


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Friday, 9 November 2018

FCC Commissioner slams San Jose mayor for not approving 5G cells… then slams him for approving them

I'm best, you're worst, cries telecoms watchdog man

If you ever had any doubt that the triumvirate of FCC Commissioners – the Pai Men – who decide America's federal telecoms policy are always right, it was confirmed Friday.…


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In the cloud, Mumbai is a long way from Asia

Net metrics collectors ping performance pain points in a multi-cloud world

Sending packets from Singapore to Mumbai over AWS? Fetch a coffee, the latency is horrible – according to cloud performance data released yesterday.…



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Bloodbath as Broadcom slashes through CA Technologies personnel

I liked it so much, I bought the company – and fired 40 per cent, 2,000, of its US staff

Broadcom has confirmed to The Register that staff have been axed in its just-acquired CA Technologies business, though declined to reveal numbers.…


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Master of Arris: Network giant CommScope downloads broadband modem biz for $7.4bn

Brace for cost, job cutting in the aftermath

Network infrastructure giant CommScope has decided to buy some growth, shelling out US$7.4bn (£5.67bn) for broadband and video gear slinger Arris International.…


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Thursday, 8 November 2018

In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype

Net neutrality probe finds it's not the end of the world, though

Analysis  US cellphone networks are all throttling video to some extent, providing lower-quality stream to their customers, and some are purposefully undermining Skype as an alternative to their services.…


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Abu Dhabi drops sack of cash into UK broadband challenger Hyperoptic

How much? They won't say – but they now have a board seat

The Abu Dhabi government has taken a minority stake in alternative Brit broadband bods Hyperoptic through its state-run investment firm.…


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VMware and Lenovo are about to hit go-go on Project Dimension beta

Software-defined, hybrid cloud components, sold as-a-service that's delivered on-prem? WTF?

VMware and Lenovo intend to run beta tests of Project Dimension from next month – think of it as VMware's infrastructure-as-a-service cloud that runs on a customer's data centre on-premises and at edge locations.…



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4G slowcoach Three plans network and IT overhaul to get foot in the door with 5G

The future's... made of ... virtual insanity

Hutchison's Three UK has detailed an ambitious network and IT overhaul as it paves the ground for 5G.…


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Qualcomm: Welp, there's a $5bn-ish Apple-shaped hole in the books, but at least we have other chip buyers

Chinese mid-tier phone-makers, 5G hype to the rescue

Breaking up is expensive: losing Apple as a customer meant Qualcomm missed out on 50 million cellular modem chipset sales for the latest batch of iPhones, and slipped into a net loss for its fiscal 2018. However, the chip designer insisted the worst is over.…


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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Six lawsuits against FCC's 5G idiocy – that $2bn windfall for telcos – is bundled into one appeals court sueball

Tenth Circuit wins lawsuit lottery over terrible policy

Six lawsuits filed against controversial new 5G rules drawn up by America's communications watchdog have been bundled into one, and will be heard at the Tenth Circuit of Appeals.…


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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Mobile ops and Wi-Fi set to scrap for spectrum in the glorious 5G future

To the death? Not necessarily, but the gloves are off

As the world's boffins prepare to carve up the airwaves again next year, the mobile industry has stepped up the lobbying war over spectrum, fearing a crushing 5G disappointment.…


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British fixed broadband is cheap … and, er, fairly nasty – global survey

Though you get what you pay for, mostly

Brit consumers get a broadband bargain, but pay for it with poorer performance than other European countries.…


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SaaSy Salesforce's EMEA arm hands over £5m to Brit taxman

Tax efficient biz makes 1.73 pre-tax profit % on £1.508bn local sales in fiscal '18

Salesforce's European limb last year coughed £5m in tax to the UK government - the business is registered in Blighty - as it made a 1.73 pre-tax profit percentage on a turnover of £1.51bn.…



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Oracle 'net-watcher agrees, China Telecom is a repeat offender for misdirecting traffic

Network admins really need to mind their MANRS

Oracle has backed claims that China Telecom Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) announcements regularly take internet traffic on an unwanted tour of the Middle Kingdom.…


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Cisco swings the axe on permanent staff – several hundred laid off worldwide this week

Switchzilla's Customer Experience division experiences brunt of HR's 'limited restructuring'

Exclusive  Cisco has confirmed to The Register that it has launched a round of layoffs, slashing its Customer Experience (CX) team, after affected staff alerted us to the cuts.…


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Cisco swings the axe on permanent staff - major layoffs worldwide

Hundreds gone from Switchzilla's Customers Experience division

Exclusive  Cisco has confirmed to The Register that it has launched a round of layoffs, slashing its Customer EXperience team, after some affected staff got in touch with us.…


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Uncle Sam, D-Link told to battle in court over claims of shoddy device security: Judge snubs summary judgment bids

No spittin', no cussin', either, Cali judge rules

America's trade watchdog's case against network device maker D-Link will go ahead next January – after a district judge rebuked the two sides for wasting money drawing up and filing demands for summary judgments.…


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Monday, 5 November 2018

Nokia's open SDN, SoC-it-to-me open 'Chiplets', Verisign exits the DDoS protection biz, and more

Quantum boffinry, SS7 acquisition, Arista results

Roundup  Nokia this week announced an SDN-based open optical transport management suite of products for optical transport management, WaveSuite.…


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Friday, 2 November 2018

Cisco firewalls under attack – and there's no patch: Too many SIPs and they drown in data

Denial-of-service flaw exploited by miscreants in the wild, networking kit giant warns

Cisco says miscreants are actively exploiting a SIP vulnerability in its networking gear that it disclosed on Wednesday.…


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Thursday, 1 November 2018

While everyone coos at the promise of 5G, UK network Three asks if it can tempt you with 4G+

Need to up dem data rates

Hutchison's UK network Three has upgraded 2,700 urban sites to support faster 4G data.…


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The great and powerful Oz (broadband network): Revs rise, but nbn™'s exec bonuses don't

And competition regulator sees 5G clouds on the horizon

The company building Australia's National Broadband Network turned in what was mostly a dull but worthy set of financials, and it's put something of a squeeze on its executive bonuses.…


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Cisco chucks its hat into the 400Gbps ring

Low power, low latency, backwards-compatible PHY interfaces, all the buzzwords

Cisco has made its long-awaited entry into the 400G space, today announcing four switches pitched at webscale, high-end enterprise, and service provider customers.…


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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

It's been a week since engineers approved a new DNS encryption standard and everyone is still yelling

DoH or DoT? Punch-up time!

Last week, amid some acrimony, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) formally adopted a new encryption standard for the internet naming systems.…


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If you have inner peace, it's probably 'cos your broadband works: Zen Internet least whinged-about Brit ISP – survey

As for you, Virgin Media...

Virgin pipped BT to be the most-moaned-about UK ISP in Whinge Which? magazine's most recent survey of British broadband.…


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Spectrum-starved Wi-Fi vendors look at DSRC band, sharpen knives

FCC reckons 5.9 GHz coexistence can Pai

A mostly-unused slice of radio spectrum set aside for connected cars in 1999 could soon be shared with Wi-Fi, with the Federal Communications Commission seeking comment on the future of the 5.9 GHz band.…


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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

It's been a week since engineers approved a new DNS encryption standard and everyone is still yelling

DoH or DoT? Punch-up time!

Last week, amid some acrimony, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) formally adopted a new encryption standard for the internet naming systems.…


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Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

Reports of online 'productivity' suite going AWOL

Microsoft's Office 365 has been giving some users cold sweats. No matter how hard they try to log in, they simply can't access the service and haven't been able to for hours – others say it has wobbled for days.…



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Budget 2018: Landlords could be forced to grant access for full-fibre connections

Currently 'no incentive' for telcos to chase lazy 'uns who ignore requests, admits UK.gov

Up to 40 per cent of UK landlords ignore telcos’ requests to connect properties for full-fibre broadband, the government has said, and current laws incentivise operators to exclude those tenants rather than press for access.…


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Aussies: Want gigabit NBN? We've got good news and bad news

It's coming, but only for enterprise customers

Australian businesses will soon get retail offers for the kind of National Broadband Network services consumers pine for: symmetrical gigabit-per-second Ethernet access, delivered over fibre.…


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McAfee says cloud security not as bad as we feared… it's much worse

Quick takeaway: most everyone sucks at IaaS

The average business has around 14 improperly configured IaaS instances running at any given time and roughly one in every 20 AWS S3 buckets are left wide open to the public internet.…



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Monday, 29 October 2018

Oz spy boss defends 'high risk vendor' ban

Huawei, ZTE are threats to critical infrastructure. Super Micro servers? No problem

The head of the Australian Signals Directorate, the Down Under equivalent of America's NSA, has said Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE would be a threat to critical infrastructure if they were allowed to take part in building the country's 5G networks.…


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Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

The world according to FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly

Comment  It has long been a sad truth that Washington DC lives within its own distorted universe, but even by DC standards a recent speech by federal regulator Michael O'Rielly is a wonder to behold.…


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IBM sits draped over the bar at The Cloud or Bust saloon. In walks Red Hat

Thirsty for cloud? Let's have a drink

Analysis  IBM has spent a good long spell slumped at the bar in the last chance saloon for businesses figuring out how to make a mark in the public cloud arena. The proposed buy of Red Hat is supposed to change all that.…



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Don't dismiss that imperfect candidate

Over the years I've hired a lot of amazing people, from basic IT support staff through to highly qualified developers, network engineers, infrastructure admins and managers. Some of the most valuable hires I've ever made were candidates who failed to have a perfect educational history or a slick CV...

Read the full article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dont-dismiss-imperfect-candidate-sean-ferigan/

Friday, 26 October 2018

Super Cali goes ballistic, net neutrality hopeless? Even Ajit Pai's gloating is something quite atrocious

US govt's legal challenge halts rollout of internet safeguards

The US state of California has agreed to put its controversial net neutrality law on hold pending a legal challenge against it from the federal government.…


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What can I say about this 5G elixir? Try it on steaks! Cleans nylons! It's made for the home! The office! On fruits!

Yeah, everyone's getting fed up with next-gen wireless hype

Once in a generation, a technology comes along that changes everything: how we work, communicate, trade, live.…


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Nokia layoffs possible, Broadcom waves new network silicon, Arista goes 400G and more

The week in networking

Roundup  Nokia is sharpening the axe again, looking for €700m in savings after turning in net sales of €5.45bn for Q3 2018, and a net loss of €54m, in what president and CEO Rajeev Suri said was a solid result.…


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Openreach hacks full-fibre broadband prices for developers... Property developers, that is

Sorry, programmers. No bowel-moving discounts for you

BT's Openreach has said it is dropping the price of installing fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband by around three-quarters as the race to install high-speed internet connections across the UK continues.…


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Our brave El Reg vulture sat through four days of Oracle OpenWorld to write this cracking summary just for you

Blurred lines, blurred sales figures, killing robots in the cloud, and much more

Analysis  Cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud. Oracle – the IT giant once known for its derision of the off-premises tech – spent its four-day annual conference waxing lyrical about how it is now great at the fluffy stuff.…



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Amazon is at this point a money-printing cloud machine with a grocery store by the parking lot

$3bn-a-month in profit and most of coming in from AWS

Amazon, a global cloud compute provider with a gift shop on the side, is slipping in the stock market despite posting another solid quarter.…



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If you saw a Google ad recently, know that it helped pay off one of its 'sex pest' executives

Revenue: up. Profit: up. Number of managers booted for being creeps: a dirty dozen

If Google parent Alphabet was hoping its financial results for the third quarter of 2018 would result in a flood of positive coverage on Thursday, it was in for a disappointment. A slew of stories about execs sexually harassing staff stole headlines instead.…



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Thursday, 25 October 2018

BT's new chief exec Philip Jansen to trouser £3.9m+ from telco

Former Worldpay chief to start January next year

BT has hired former Worldpay boss Philip Jansen as its CEO, handing him an annual pay packet worth £3.9m for his first year of service – if he lasts longer, his compensation will swell further.…


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EU Citrix Cloud users experiencing non-virtual problems starting up their virtual desktops

Engineers too busy looking for missing-in-action SD-WAN 10.1.1?

Using Citrix Cloud in the EU? You might want to consider taking a longer lunchbreak as the virtualisation service is having a bit of a moment.…



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Have you ever, ever felt like this? Have strange things happened? Is your high-speed data going round the twist?

Oz boffins swivel light to cram up to x100 more data in fiber

One of light's stranger characteristics – the ability to give its wave propagation a “twist” – has taken a step closer to practical application, and could be used to increase fiber-optic network speeds a hundredfold.…


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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

NetApp: Public cloud, public cloud we really love the... you're going to keep some things on-premises, right? Right?

Flashes AWS and Azure cloudification, ONTAP as cloud abstraction layer

At its Las Vegas Insight event, NetApp was quick to assure customers they could have the public cloud and NetApp products both – and that indeed, the two are better together.…



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BT, beware: Cityfibre reveals plan to shovel £2.5bn under Britain's rural streets

Full fibre deployment shifts up a gear

Privately-owned broadband biz CityFibre declared this morning that it would spend £2.5bn on building out full-fibre connections to British homes.…


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Bad news: Juniper to pass Trump's China tariffs onto customers. Good news? It'll be about 4%, hopefully

Meanwhile: Q3 sales slid downwards, profits pointing up

Juniper Networks has confirmed its margins will be squeezed in 2019 by US President Donald Trump's tariffs on Chinese electronics and components coming into America.…


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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

US congress-critters question prime directive of Pentagon's $10bn JEDI cloud contract

These are not the vendors you're looking for, republicans suggest in demand for probe

A pair of US congressmen are calling for an investigation into the Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor IT contract dubbed JEDI – aka the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure.…



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Well, it is the Empire of enterprise IT... Oracle's Ellison plans 'Star Wars cyber defense' for his second-generation cloud

Does he mean some farm boy with just womp rat experience can destroy the whole thing?

OpenWorld  Oracle reckons it has “fundamentally” rebuilt its cloud architecture to boost security, promising full separation of customer software and cloud control code.…



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Monday, 22 October 2018

Microsoft Azure looks to make cloud-native payments SWIFTer

Financial messaging to get a bit more, er, agile

Microsoft and money-message flinger SWIFT have announced a proof of concept aimed at demonstrating that Azure could be a good fit for the financial network’s infrastructure.…



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Alibaba pulls dust covers off its new London cloud presence

Can Chinese cloudy crowd check rise of AWS?

Alibaba Cloud has launched in the UK, the Chinese cloud purveyor has declared, as it prepares to take on dominant player AWS and the other also-rans.…



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Saturday, 20 October 2018

Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

All working now says biz. No, no, no, no, say customers, it is NOT!

An unspecified and “unexpected load” on its infrastructure broke the Smart Living Home app for a day, an apologetic Yale Security UK confirmed to customers yesterday - however the smell of failure still lingers today.…



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Friday, 19 October 2018

F5: Don't panic but anyone can log into our load balancers, thanks to libssh's credentials-optional security goof

Also: AWS talks how to avoid TLS state machine slips

Network box maker F5 says it has shipped load balancers that are vulnerable to the libssh authentication-bypass bug – meaning anyone who can reach the devices over the network or internet can potentially dive in simply by asking nicely.…


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Ericsson's very good bad quarter, Mozilla encrypts SNI, new TIP projects, and more

Your weekly dose of networking

Coming off a long string of losses, Ericsson probably hoped to turn in some good news, but at its latest financial results, the company announced the sacking of 50 people in response to a corruption scandal.…


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Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

All working now says biz. No, no, no, no, say customers, it is NOT!

An unspecified and “unexpected load” on its infrastructure broke the Smart Living Home app for a day, an apologetic Yale Security UK confirmed to customers yesterday - however the smell of failure still lingers today.…



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Ex-Huawei man claims Chinese giant is suing his startup to 'surpass' US tech dominance

Both parties accuse each other of IP theft

CNEX Labs co-founder and CTO Yiren Ronnie Huang have accused Huawei and its subsidiary Futurewei of engaging in industrial espionage to steal CNEX's SSD intellectual property.…


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F5: Don't panic but anyone can log into our load balancers, thanks to libssh's credentials-optional security goof

Also: AWS talks how to avoid TLS state machine slips

Network box maker F5 says it has shipped load balancers that are vulnerable to the libssh authentication-bypass bug – meaning anyone who can reach the devices over the network or internet can potentially log in simply by asking nicely.…


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Thursday, 18 October 2018

UK Home Office admits £200m Emergency Services Network savings 'delayed'

Oh, and the £1.1bn Airwave extension hasn't yet been triggered

The fine minds behind Britain's bungled Emergency Services Network comms system have admitted that its projected £200m savings might not kick in until 2020.…


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Come on, Cisco bug-hunters: No terrifying critical vulns? Are you saving for Halloween?

(It's good news, really)

Good news, Cisco admins: there are no bugs rated “critical” in this week's batch of security patches – but there are seven that copped a “high” rating, and four of those are remotely exploitable.…


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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Battling a multi-cloud deployment? Get our expert IT advice in this handy catch-up video

There are many mistakes you can make – learn how to avoid them from gurus

Webcast  For those of you who missed out on our live online broadcast on the the seven deadly sins of multi-cloud last week, fear not, a catch-up video is available now.



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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

IBM spits out one cloud manager to rule them all

Cross-platform? Sure, but there's still no place like home

IBM has trotted out tech it reckons will ease management of services over a variety of cloud infrastructures, including Microsoft and Amazon's as well its own.…



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Amazon Prime Music turns the volume down a little too much

Users face hours without tunes as streaming service trips up mid-dance move

In a reminder of a golden age when we still had physical media, Amazon Music decided to pop on its headphones and chill out to some Harold Budd this morning, leaving users unable to access the streaming service.…



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Fujitsu: We love Microsoft Azure, we're training 10,000 bods on it

Er, one-tenth of the human capital AWS is throwing at its public cloud

Fujitsu may have given up the ghost on its own K5 cloud, but it is promising to throw a ton of human resources at selling and managing Microsoft Azure – its public cloud service of choice.…



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Emergency Services Network delays to cost public purse £1.1bn, Home Office reveals

Police forces have 'real anxieties' about incremental uptake, dodgy 4G coverage

The Home Office has admitted a three-year delay to the rollout of the UK’s new 4G Emergency Services Network will cost £1.1bn – but insisted it will still demonstrate value for money.…


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Mobe networks battle to bring comms back after Hurricane Michael smashes US Gulf Coast

'Unprecedented' fibre damage from deadly storm, says Verizon

Verizon and AT&T are slowly bringing the Florida Panhandle, and surrounding areas in the US, back online after Hurricane Michael devastated its mobile and fiber networks.…


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Monday, 15 October 2018

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

Status: TITSUP – Total Inability To Support Users' Packets

Virgin Media, one of the UK's largest broadband and TV cable providers, is suffering an outage right now. If you can't access the internet or watch the telly, then it's not just you. It's quite a few of you.…


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Outside of Japan, Fujitsu KILLS the K5 cloud with 'immediate effect'

Another old world vendor to rely on hyperscale beasties... in thin instance, Azure

Fujitsu has taken the K5 platform for a long walk off a short pier, sending the hybrid cloud service to a watery grave - to stretch the metaphor - just a year and a half after its UK launch.…



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Cease and DE-CIX: German internet operator fights spies, IEEE eyes 802.11 future and more

Also: Juniper and the gang plus AI network research tools

Roundup  German internet exchange operator DE-CIX has again attempted to block the country's spy agency from tapping its network – this time by filing a constitutional complaint.…


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Friday, 12 October 2018

300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

RPI or CPI? A percentage point really can make all the difference

Can UK telco giant BT move its pension scheme increases off the RPI inflation measure and onto CPI? Earlier this year the High Court said no, but now the telco and 300,000 of its pensioners are awaiting the Court of Appeal’s verdict on this thorny question.…


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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Here you go, cloudy admins: Google emits NATty odds 'n' sods

Incremental titbits aimed at time-poor techies

Google Cloud Next  Google has released another handful of networking features for its cloud, including Cloud NAT, which lets devs build cloud-based services that do not have public IP addresses.…



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All quiet on the mobile data front, says network watcher OpenSignal

UK operators this summer look much like they did last year

Mobile data monitor OpenSignal has found no major gains in performance since spring in its latest quarterly UK survey (PDF) as operators focus investment more carefully ahead of the upcoming 5G spectrum auction.…


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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract

But Oracle shot first

IBM has officially griped to a top US government watchdog about JEDI – the Pentagon's proposed 10-year $10bn single-vendor IT system for America’s Green Machine.…



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Google Cloud boss promises 'security built into every layer of the system' at UK shindig

Hopes to lure new cloud-sniffers with location lockdown feature

Google Cloud Next  At the Google Cloud Next conference in London today the adtech company's enterprise tech arm declared that business clients would soon enjoy location restriction policies and other new tools of control freakery on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).…



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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Pentagon's JEDI mind tricks at odds with our 'values' says Google: Ad giant evaporates from $10bn cloud contract bid

'Compliance' is a corporate value isn't it?

Google has withdrawn from bidding on a multi-billion US military cloud contract, citing corporate values. And a lack of certification.…



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Sunday, 7 October 2018

US Congresscritters discover Wi-Fi, updates on Oz's nbn broadband plan and much more

It's your week in the world of networks

Oh no, Congress wants to lead Wi-Fi policy, and to that end representatives Republican Bob Latta and Democrat Jerry McNerney have created the Congressional Wi-Fi Caucus*.…


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Friday, 5 October 2018

Ex-Cisco chief John Chambers: Tech biz bods are 'too arrogant'

It's easy to be serene from a throne of cash

Today's captains of the tech set are just too arrogant, according to multimillionaire and Cisco-exec-turned-venture-capitalist John Chambers.…


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Former General Electric boss explains how he got the internet wrong

'You can't just give Washington the finger,' says Jeff Immelt at Cloudflare Internet Summit

In San Francisco this week, Cloudflare held its fourth Internet Summit to discuss the state of the industry, in keeping with the norms of navel gazing and self-fascination that afflicts Silicon Valley.…


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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?

Classic. But in the meantime, folk can't make or receive calls

O2 customers have been reporting problems using their handsets on what's become a troublesome Thursday afternoon for the UK network operator.…


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Palo Alto Networks buys security startup Redlock for $173m

Threat detection outfit gets new owners

Palo Alto Networks has gobbled Californian cloud security startup Redlock for $173m.…


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Step right up: AWS Cloud Transformation Day Comes to London

Free, day-long event offers training, customer insights, and networking

Promo  Whether you're already taking your first steps toward the cloud, or just exploring the idea, AWS Transformation Day 2018 taking place in London on 30 October is a good place to start your journey.…



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Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

Meet Wi-Fi 6, the protocol previously known as 802.11ax

Wi-Fi, known for about two decades by its wonky Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers designation, IEEE 802.11, has adopted a new consumer-oriented naming scheme.…


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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Cisco Webex meltdown caused by script that nuked its host VMs

Comms software flinger confesses to ultimate snafu, trigger still under investigation

Cisco has confessed that the cause of the mega Webex outage last week – which it is still trying to clean up – was an automated script "which deleted the virtual machines hosting the service".…


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UK's Openreach sends full fibre to Coventry

Slow your roll... only Radford's hooked up for now

Full-fibre broadband has reached Coventry, Openreach has declared – while adding that had made 600k new FTTP connections.…


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