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HMS Queen Lizzie to carry American jets and sail in support of US foreign policy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:00:08 GMT

She might as well wear the Stars and Stripes at this rate

Britain's new aircraft carrier will operate as a fully fledged offshoot of the US Marine Corps, the UK's ambassador to the US accidentally confirmed on Thursday.…

Exclusive: Team Trump's net neutrality guru talks to El Reg

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:00:04 GMT

Bursting the filter bubble with Dr Layton

Interview The newest member of the Trump's Transition Team sounded bemused by the tech blog headlines when we caught up with her today.…

Axel Springer boss defends Facebook in fake news controversy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:34:13 GMT

Zuck finds a friend

One of Silicon Valley’s harshest and most powerful critics has leapt to its defence over the “fake news” controversy.…

HPE UK preps the redundancy ride as Chrimbo looms

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:32:07 GMT

Not compulsory... yet! On track to shift 60% of service staff to 'low-cost countries'

Cost-cutting at Hewlett Packard Enterprise's CSC-bound services business looks set to continue right up to the point it is sold in the spring, leaked documents have indicated.…

Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:01:08 GMT

... for your data?

Apparently the Brexit result has caused some IT leaders to look at repatriating data to the UK to “comply with data protection laws and especially GDPR”. But wait a minute – this seems to be more about a lack of understanding of data protection laws. Again.…

EU court to determine how Uber's business should be defined

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:33:03 GMT

Transport provider... Information purveyor... Both?

The EU's highest court has begun hearing arguments on how Uber's business should be legally defined in a case that could have widespread implications for other businesses, an expert has said.…

Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:32:13 GMT

I'm tall, handsome, ready to commit and don't know how to operate the ENTER key

On-Call Thank the Galactic Spirit it's Friday: your correspondent is beat! But not so beat I can't dip into the On-Call mailbag to dredge up another story in which your fellow Reg readers explain how they've rescued clients and colleagues from chronologically-inconvenient computational cock-ups.…

Trump's FCC will soak net neutrality in gas and toss in a lit match

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:08:43 GMT

Narcissist in Chief recruits another anti-net-neut bod for US comms regulator

Supporters of net neutrality are preparing to defend FCC regulations passed two years ago in the face of what is increasingly looking like a determined effort by the Trump Administration to undermine them.…

Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:14:20 GMT

Senate, House pass law against automated tix snatch-and-resell

The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill that will make it illegal to grab large quantities of online tickets with an automated bot.…

Still too much discretion when it comes to that 'terrorism' stuff, repeats David Anderson QC

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:58:08 GMT

2015 legislation review is laid before Parliament

There is still too much discretion in what the State is talking about when discussing terrorism, according to the outgoing independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.…

Samsung share plummets – but it’s not because of the Burning Note

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:59:05 GMT

It's pulling out of cheapies

Samsung's phone sales have fallen 10 per cent in the last year, but the Note isn't to blame. The analysis comes from market researcher CCS Insight, which says the Korean giant is in decline because it is withdrawing from low-margin volume segments.…

Post-IPO Pure doing all right, says NVMe is the new flash

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:25:12 GMT

Four words: Stand-alone storage. Kerching

Pure Storage all-flash arrays continue to rise, with revenues up 50 per cent year-on-year in Pure's third fiscal 2017 quarter.…

European Council agrees to remove geoblocking

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:03:13 GMT

Traders free to offer differential pricing, though

The Council of Ministers has agreed on draft regulation to ban unjustified geoblocking in an attempt to remove barriers to e-commerce across the European Union.…

Congrats America, you can now safely slag off who you like online

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:25:06 GMT

Let a thousand bad reviews bloom on the web

The US Congress has handed over the Consumer Review Freedom Act, which stops businesses from gagging online reviews of their products or services, to President Obama for his signature.…

NSW government innovates, with visa workers taking over IT roles

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:39:08 GMT

Oh, there was an innovation strategy speech as well

The New South Wales (NSW) Public Service Association has hit the ceiling about the Australian state's decision to hire IT staff from overseas for the outsourcing of its ServiceFirst shared service operation.…

Netflix and fill – our coffers: Canada mulls taxing vid streaming giant 5% of subs cash

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:52:14 GMT

Stream that money our way, says America's Hat

The Canadian government will consider a new digital tax that would see Netflix required to set aside five per cent of its gross revenues.…

Nutanix makes thundering great loss, stock market hardly blinks

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:25:07 GMT

Investors don’t care as sky-rocketing growth set to continue

A thundering great loss: that’s the first thing to notice about Nutanix’s latest quarterly results.…

AWS hops aboard Internet of Things bandwagon

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:58:51 GMT

Don't laugh, you can get a shiny sticker out of it

Amazon has jumped aboard the Internet of Things bandwagon, offering to certify its APN Partners as "Amazon IoT Competency Partners", it announced at its AWS re:Invent conference.…

Virgin Media is so rustic and artisan you get to hand-sort your own spam

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:36:22 GMT

Soz about that. Mindfulness, yeah?

Virgin Media has overhauled its botched spam filtering system, which has resulted in UK businesses and customers missing thousands of legit emails.… was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:00:04 GMT

Cyber threat and net loss of £4.5bn flagged four years ago

The government was warned of the risks surrounding its controversial smart meter programme four years ago, according to a leaked internal report seen by The Register, but appears to have largely ignored those concerns.…

CERN concern: Particle boffins join backlash against Euro Patent Office's King Battistelli

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:02:10 GMT

Physicists not happy with president firing staff

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN, has joined the list of organizations and media outlets calling for action against the president of the European Patent Office (EPO).…

Banks' bid to board iPhones' NFC chips rebuffed

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:58:08 GMT

Competition commission cans anti-Cupertino cartel

The four Australian banks attempting to use iPhones' near-field communications chips for their own payment services, and not Apple Pay, have all-but failed.…

Turnbull's hand-picked disruptor disrupts disruption by departing

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:15:44 GMT

Digital Transformation Office/Agency head Paul Shetler resigns

Paul Shetler, the head of Australia's Digital Transformation Office/Agency has resigned.…

Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:12:01 GMT

Asking for donations to head north

It's something many Americans have talked about – moving to Canada to escape President Donald Trump – but now the Internet Archive is preparing to do just that.…

Heard of Brexit? The UK vows to join Europe’s Patent Titanic

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:36:21 GMT

IPO misses the moment

Comment Astonishment has greeted the UK’s promise to join Europe’s Unified Patent Court despite Brexit. It’s a stunning victory for the nation's powerful legal lobby. The FT euphemistically notes that “the legal system” will be around “£200m a year” richer. Meaning: you know who will be £200m richer.…

Channel partner programmes: Sure you're getting good deal?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:15:28 GMT

Vendor incentives, services and more

Sponsored Recent history is littered with reseller liquidations and relationship break-ups, the sort that make the Brangelina divorce look like a kids’ party. Resellers have had to adapt to commoditisation, internet-based competition, mixed direct and indirect models, the emergence of cloud-based services and the complex demands of an increasingly tech-savvy customer base that wants services geared specifically to their business.…

Ofcom to force a legal separation of Openreach

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:45:42 GMT

Regulator 'disappointed' in BT's own voluntary proposals

The regulator Ofcom has decided to force a legal separation of Openreach from BT, after the former broadband monopoly failed to offer voluntary proposals that addressed its competition concerns.…

Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:02:06 GMT

Hamburg court upholds individuals' right to block ads

Adblock Plus is celebrating, but publishers are scratching their heads, after German courts ruled blocking online advertisements is legal.…

Shields wins out in battle of UK channel overlords at Dell EMC

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:48:23 GMT

Industry veteran to run rule over resellers from February

Dell EMC has finally confirmed Sarah Shields as president elect of its UK and Ireland channel.…

Microsoft goes all Tiananmen Square on its Chinese AI assistant

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:56:12 GMT

The yuan is mightier than the moral

Microsoft has confirmed that it censors its Chinese language digital assistant.…

'NBN leak' documents sent to Jason Claire are privileged, says House of Reps committee

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:43:31 GMT

Senate still deciding about Police raids on plods' raids on Stephen Conroy

Some of the “NBN leak” documents seized by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) are covered by parliamentary privilege, says the House of Representatives Privileges Members' Interests Committee, which yesterday published its report into the documents.…

Dell EMC UK and Ireland commercial boss quits

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:56:05 GMT

Just a month after his enterprise equivalent called it a day

Dell EMC today told the workforce that UK exec Tim Griffin is standing down to pursue pastures new – the second senior exec to exit the business in as many months.…

It's a date: Hard-pressed Samsung prepares for shareholder love-in

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:12:09 GMT

Elliott Management sustains calls to break up SK biz

Samsung's top brass will go public tomorrow about ways to beef up shareholder value on the back of continued calls from activist investor Elliott Management's to break up the South Korean business.…

Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:31:07 GMT

All eight of 'em

The Liberal Democrats are to oppose plans to impose strict age regulations on porn sites in the UK's forthcoming Digital Economy Bill – describing the measures as something the "Russian or Chinese governments" would impose.…

Fujitsu pivots from chips to leaves with salad-as-a-service

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:17:05 GMT

Finnish factory to change diet of the happiest people in Europe

Fujitsu has launched a joint venture to supply the snowbound, sausage-and-root-veg-loving residents of Finland with scrummy salad all year round as part of its efforts to make farming a cloud-based endeavour.…

How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:13:11 GMT

Sure, it's not very nice, but we do live in the Free World

WH Smith was quick to remove DIY terror manuals from the digital shelves of its online stores after El Reg highlighted their sale but other retailers have demonstrated less of a knee-jerk reaction.…

UK's Universal Service voucher scheme urged to shift monopoly away from BT

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:18:47 GMT

Only catch is government would have to stump up the cash

An MP is calling on the UK government to introduce a voucher scheme for universal broadband connectivity of at least 10Mbps, as a means of more effectively boasting rural broadband speeds.…

Pound's plunge opens UK's tech SMBs to foreign buyouts - analyst

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:12:10 GMT

Cash is king for equity hunters

The £24bn purchase of Brit tech success ARM Holdings by Japan giant Softbank this summer was a contentious affair.…

Rivals' keyword marketing activity censured by High Court

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:43:23 GMT

Plumb out of order

Online marketing activity carried out separately by two rival bathroom retailers respectively infringed trade mark and passing off rights, the High Court in London has ruled.…

Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:03:12 GMT

An IoT marriage is the future

Loyalty cards – the little buggers are everywhere these days. When British supermarket chain Tesco launched its Clubcard back in 1995, it was a forward-looking idea, so much so that Lord Ian MacLaurin, then Tesco chairman, suggested that he knew more about his customers after three months than he did after 30 years in the retail business.…

No spoilers! Norway won't tell Snowden if US will snatch him on a visit

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:27:06 GMT

Attempt to have Foreign Ministry rule before he lands dismissed by Supreme Court

Whistleblower Edward Snowden will not visit Norway to pick up the Ossietzky Prize, awarded for “outstanding efforts for freedom of expression”, after the nation's Supreme Court decided its foreign ministry does not have to say in advance whether the Russian resident would face extradition.…

Icelandic Pirate Party's coalition talks run aground

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:53:13 GMT

Piratir's policy cutlass is still sharp as President tells Alþingi to find any port in a storm

Iceland's Pirate Party is still in with a chance of profoundly influencing Icelandic politics, after a second set of coalition talks collapsed over the weekend.…

India added 240m phones/year build capacity in just one year

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:37:15 GMT

Why hello there, new electronics-making superpower

Between September 2015 and October 2016 India opened 38 new mobile phone factories with a combined peak output of 248m handsets a year.…

Have some sympathy for the AT&T devil

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:57:04 GMT

Oh boo, cellular operators are hurting. Nobody hurts operators better than us

Analysis When the first fixed-line phone systems were installed, you paid for everything, but particularly for each minute of each call.…

Sharing's caring? Not when you spread data across gov willy-nilly

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:44:09 GMT

Privacy campaigners against personal data sharing plans

Digital Economy Bill Privacy campaigners and academics have called for the removal of personal data sharing proposals in the forthcoming Digital Economy Bill.…

Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:37:55 GMT

Unless they do...

The government “probably won’t” force internet service providers with no history of working with the intelligence services into retaining internet records following wide-ranging new powers passed in the Investigatory Powers Bill, the Home Office has said.…

Here's the thing: We've pressed pause on my startup

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:09:05 GMT

It hasn't ceased to be... but crowdfunding? Not happening

Radbot Previously, you intimated that most of you would not relish a night out on the tiles with our team (boo).…

Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:31:03 GMT

Microsoft specialist made human rights complaint

Can you fire someone for not telling you they have a criminal record and did time for dealing drugs? Australian system integrator Data#3 has just been told the answer to that question is “no”, under some circumstances.…

Uncanny hacks-men to attend special school in grand country home

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:03:13 GMT

Bletchley Park to house student codebreakers after £5m refurb

The home of Britain's World War II code-breaking effort, Bletchley Park, is set to once again house young codebreakers with the first national information security college planning to open in the complex following a £5 million renovation.…

Sysadmin denies boss's request to whitelist smut talk site of which he was a very happy member

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:54:50 GMT

Reader says he wanted to keep his boss, and company, safe from scammers

On-Call Welcome to Friday, readers, and therefore to another edition of On-Call, where we share readers' stories of things they get asked to do in the name of keeping computers up and running.…