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Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn’t fix the database?

On Call Over the months, On Call and Who, Me? – El Reg’s weekly columns of tech support cock-ups – stack up quite a few submissions that are too short to whip into a single piece. To help fend off those post-Christmas blues and remind you that you do indeed need to return to work soon, we’ve compiled a list of winning one-liners and shorts to speed you into…

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Microsoft’s 2018, part 2: Azure data centres heat up and Windows 10? It burns! It burns!

Where were we? Ah yes… it was the summer of GitHub committers’ discontent – as many looked on in horror as Redmond swallowed it for $7.5bn in June. But things were about to heat up further… July brings joy, junior Surfaces and jiggly financials Hayfever season began well for Microsoft as the giant took another potshot at Google and Apple’s device crown. Could the Surface Go take down Chromebooks…

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It’s the end of 2018, and this is your year in security

The 2018 calendar year saw an interesting mix of both technical and strategic questions, as engineers were met with new problems and execs were forced to cope with stark new realities. Here are a few of the most interesting and memorable stories to break over 2018. Meltdown menace It’s a bit anticlimactic for the biggest news in the year to erupt in its first days, but that is exactly…

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Racing at the speed of light, Sage superhero bursts through the door…

On Call Everyone has had an embarrassing moment, when you wish the floor would just swallow you up. Perhaps yours was at the office Christmas party. But at On Call we like to go one better. This time, our delve into the readers’ mailbox brings out a tale from “Bruce”, who writes in to tell us about a serious wardrobe malfunction. About 15 years, ago, Bruce was a desktop…

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Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?

Comment The world just might not be ready for a major tobacco company unveiling a campaign to get all its customers to quit smoking. “Staggering hypocrisy,” cried Cancer Research UK responding to Philip Morris International’s four-page ad in the UK’s Daily Mirror in October. “If Philip Morris really want to help people stop smoking, the best thing they could do is stop making cigarettes. But that’s not going to…

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GDPR: Four letters that put fear into firms’ hearts in 2018

If dictionaries awarded an acronym of the year as well as a word, we’d put our money on it being GDPR. At the start of 2018, these four letters generally only signalled you were about to get a very smelly sales pitch, an annoying email or a “computer sez no” style excuse. But as the year progressed, a data harvesting scandal brewed and breach after breach hit the headlines,…

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Staff sacked after security sees ‘suspect surfer’ script of shame

Who, Me? As your Vultures are off fighting over the remains of the Christmas dinner, we’ve lined up a feast of a different nature: a bonus instalment of Who, Me? This week, we hear from reader José, who wrote in to tell us how a prank led to some of his former colleagues getting their marching orders. It was back in the late ’90s, and José was working for…

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Microsoft’s 2018, part 1: Open source, wobbly Windows and everyone’s going to the cloud

It seems a lifetime (or two Windows 10 releases) ago, but 2018 started with Microsoft, and other software vendors, staring down the twin barrels of Spectre and Meltdown. The Spectre of January’s Meltdown Flaws in Intel’s silicon meant that Microsoft had to scramble to mitigate the vulnerability at the operating system level (having quietly seeded the fixes to its hardy crew of Windows Insiders towards the end of 2017)….

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Could you speak up a bit? I didn’t catch your password

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I want to be your backdoor man. Or so asserted Robert Plant at the end of Whole Lotta Love. Hey ho. Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time READ MORE As a blissfully unaware child, I would sing along to these lyrics – emerging from behind the sofa once track 1’s “scary bit” was…

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An upset tummy and a sphincter-loosening blackout: Lunar spaceflight is all glamour

It is 50 years since Apollo 8 took the first humans to the moon The Earth from the Moon (pic: NASA) Fifty years ago today, Apollo 8 carried the first humans into orbit around the Moon, ushering in a short-lived period of crewed lunar exploration. The crew, consisting of veteran astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, and rookie ‘naut William Anders (making what would become his only jaunt into…

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