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HPE has only gone full Kubernetes, pops open new Container Platform

HPE has announced its Kubernetes-based Container Platform, which can be deployed on bare metal, any public cloud or virtualized infrastructure. Availability is promised for early 2020. The HPE technology is based on open-source Kubernetes (K8s), supplemented by software from two recent acquisitions. BlueData, acquired in November 2018, brought the EPIC (Elastic Private Instant Clusters) platform, with the ability to create a container environment quickly and to deploy commonly used…

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London has decent 5G availability but speeds lag behind Birmingham and Cardiff – research

5G in London is so far lagging behind Birmingham and Cardiff, according to research into the tech’s early deployment. According to mobile performance testers Rootmetrics, EE has the fastest median download speeds in the capital of 149.2Mbps, while Vodafone recorded 97.7Mbps. But EE recorded much higher median speeds in Birmingham of 185.7Mbps, with Vodafone recording 112.2Mbps. Meanwhile, the providers recorded median speeds of 163.1Mbps and 113.6Mbps respectively in Cardiff….

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Who loves Brexit? Irish distributors … after their sales jump by a third

Figures from tech industry analyst Context show a remarkable jump in server, storage and networking sales in the Republic of Ireland through the last two quarters, pointing to companies continuing to invest in insurance against a hard Brexit. Against a backdrop of falling European sales, UK sales slumped 14 per cent in the third quarter, while sales in Ireland jumped 34.8 per cent in the second quarter and 26…

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DXC is ‘fixable’, new boss says, unveiling plans to up headcount and tackle red accounts

DXC is broken but fixable, the beleaguered outsourcing provider’s new chief exec has assured the 130,000 employees still on its payroll. A charm offensive of sorts began at the company last week when Mike Salvino, who replaced Mike Lawrie at the top of DXC in September, pledged to rebuild depleted teams, invest in his people’s careers and address failing customer accounts. “We have the opportunity to run the business…

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Royal Bank of Scotland IT contractor ban sparks murmurs of legal action

Exclusive IT contractors with the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are mulling legal action following a decision to get rid of all freelancers ahead of controversial changes to UK off-payroll worker tax legislation next year. RBS confirmed to The Register that contractors will be allowed to continue to operate through their limited companies until 28 February 2020, but must switch their engagement type to either PAYE (pay as you…

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Welcome to cultured meat – not pigs reading Proust but a viable alternative to slaughter

At the second annual Cultured Meat Symposium in San Francisco on Friday, donuts featured prominently on the breakfast menu and lunch involved only plant-based options. Attendees the day before had the opportunity to sample mechanically prepared beef burgers, courtesy of robo-restaurateur Creator, but lab-fabbed meat didn’t make an appearance. Give it about five years – that was a guestimate from one attendee. In 2013, a cultured burger – meaning…

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5G SIM-swap attacks could be even worse for industrial IoT than now

Claims that 5G offers “better security” for IoT may not ring true – with the technology remaining vulnerable to SIM-jacking attacks within private Industry 4.0-style deployments, according to infosec biz Trend Micro. Industry 4.0 is the marketing phrase for “please buy our new networking thing and pay us to collect tons of data which may or may not be useful to your highly profitable manufacturing venture”. Some also call…

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Physicists are rather giddy after creating a rare type of laser using laughing gas

A team of researchers have built a terahertz laser that might one day see through clothes, book covers, and even skin, using laughing gas, according to a paper in Science. The device operates in the terahertz range – a region of the electromagnetic spectrum above microwaves and below visible light. Terahertz lasers are relatively rare, since the wavelength of light is tricky to produce and control. Although they have…

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Oracle and Google will fight in court over Java, AGAIN and this time it’s going to the Supremes

The US Supreme Court has agreed to once and for all decide the copyright case between Oracle and Google after nine years of legal wrangling. The nine judge panel on Friday issued a grant of certiorari (PDF), agreeing to hear the case over Android’s use of copyrighted APIs owned by Oracle via the purchase of Sun Microsystems. Yes, that case. The fight kicked off back in 2010 shortly after…

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Denial of service kingpin hit with 13 months denial of freedom and a massive bill to pay

A US court has sentenced the operator of a massive DDoS service to 13 months in prison. Sergiy Usatyuk, 21, from Orland Park, IL was handed the term – along with a $542,925 forfeiture order – after pleading guilty earlier this year to one count of conspiracy to cause damage to internet-connected computers. He will also have to serve three years supervised release, the North Carolina Eastern US District…

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