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Going underground with Scaleway’s Apple M1-as-a-Service: Mac Minis descend into Paris nuclear bunker

Scaleway is running a farm of Apple M1 Mac Minis in its repurposed fallout shelter beneath Paris, France. Customers seeking the M1-as-a-Service experience can order up a Mac Mini M1 and be running in under five minutes, according to the company. The cost is €0.10 per hour with a 24-hour commitment. The company claimed it could offer a “fully native Big Sur experience” with 8GB of unified RAM and…

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Slack fingers AWS auto-scaling failure in January outage postmortem

Slack says it has identified a scaling failure in its AWS Transit Gateways (TGWs) as the reason for the chat service’s monumental outage on 4 January. As a result, Amazon’s cloud computing arm said it is “reviewing the TGW scaling algorithms”. The comms platform’s outage came at a bad time, just when people were getting back to work after the holiday period. This, said Slack in its detailed report,…

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Death Becomes It: Who put the Blue in the Blue Screen of Death?

Bork!Bork!Bork! Even after a year of readers sending in photos taken of error screens they’ve seen out and about for The Reg‘s Bork column, the infamous Windows “Blue Screen of Death” has remained a mainstay. However, have you wondered why blue is the colour? Retired Microsoft engineer Dave Plummer took to his YouTube channel over the weekend to give us his view on matters. Firstly, “I never once heard…

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Spare a thought for Asos.com techies: Topshop acquisition coincides with deadline for global retail system go-live

IT teams at Asos.com face absorbing massive stock and brand data in the company’s £295m acquisition spree while at the same time finishing a global retail e-commerce system project. The day after the go-live deadline for the online fast-fashion retailer’s new Truly Global Retail (TGR), the company announced the acquisition of high-street brands Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, and HIIT from failed retail group Arcadia in a deal worth £295m….

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Clearing up this mesh: Linkerd creator ‘not a fan’ of steering committees but went ahead and made one anyway

The Linkerd project, a lightweight service mesh for Kubernetes, has formed a steering committee as it competes for developer attention with Google-sponsored Istio as well as other projects. A service mesh adds essential features like traffic management, observability, and network security to microservices running on Kubernetes. Linkerd is implemented in Rust and its original creator, Buoyant CEO William Morgan, designed it to solve the service mesh problem in the…

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Met Office tenders for £30m data science deals to build ‘future of operational meteorology’

UK weather forecasting agency the Met Office is tendering for delivery partners to help it build its data platform over the next four years in a framework deal that could be worth £30m. The main objective of getting new suppliers on board as part of the four-year deal is to help build a common Met Office data platform, exploiting the future of data sciences, and a common approach to…

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Spanish banished: Google Chrome to snub Camerfirma for lax cert management

When Google Chrome 90 arrives in April, visitors to websites that depend on TLS server authentication certificates from AC Camerfirma SA, a digital certificate authority based in Madrid, Spain, will find that those sites no longer present the secure lock icon. Certificate authorities (CAs) are in the business of signing digital certificates to certify that those certs belong to the domains with which they’re associated. Such promises are part…

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Incoming Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger reveals he was offered board seat before sudden pitch for top job

Outgoing VMware CEO and incoming Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has revealed he was initially approached to take a seat on the chipmaker’s board. In an appearance on the Virtually Speaking Podcast, Gelsinger said he had previously been approached about Chipzilla’s top job but declined. He was later approached with an offer to take a seat on Intel’s board, an offer that appealed to Gelsinger and which Michael Dell approved….

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Nominet boardroom battle may already be over as campaign to oust management hits critical milestone

Analysis The campaign to remove the CEO and non-elected board members of .uk internet registry operator Nominet may be over before the official petition is even filed. The PublicBenefit.uk drive, spearheaded by CEO of hosting company Krystal Simon Blackler, announced its intention to call for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on Sunday, noting that it already had 40 members on board and so had sufficient votes to legally require…

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Virtual cycling service bans riders for doping – doping their data, that is

Virtual cycling company Zwift has banned two riders for fiddling with data they uploaded to the service, and which helped them to do better in races. Zwift allows cyclists to race each other in a virtual world – after first bolting their bikes to a static trainer that allows them to pedal without going anywhere while measuring their performance by tracking power output and the speed at which riders…

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