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Biting the hand that feeds IT

Copyright: Copyright 2016, Situation Publishing

No matter who becomes US president, America's tech giants are going to be quids in

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:56:10 GMT

Both parties promising massive tax break on overseas earnings

Last night's US presidential debate may have been fierce, but no matter who wins the election next month, technology firms are going to make out like bandits.…

UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:58:07 GMT

Seeks passporting clarity

A UK fin-tech firm will seek regulation in Ireland if the government doesn’t preserve financial services passporting rights in its EU exit talks.…

Sky’s CEO drops MVNO bombshell at results conference

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:02:59 GMT

Firm's sure to use its sports lure to bring in the punters

At the announcement of its results this week, Sky said that it was planning MVNO services based on the O2 network, which is run in the UK by Telefonica. Faultline has been forecasting a move by Sky into cellular for the past four years and is surprised that it has taken this long for the move to emerge.…

Hardware ain't hard, money is: Crowdfunding, bootstraps and startups

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:24:10 GMT

Can you rattle the tin for marketing? Really?

Radbot Our quiz on startup branding revealed that a worrying number of you are not to be trusted with a hot iron - branding, soldering, or even wool setting, it seems.…

Sysadmin flees asbestos scare with disk drive, blank pay cheques, angry builders in pursuit

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:02:08 GMT

And he needed rather obscure controllers to get anything working again

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our Friday frolic through readers' memories of jobs gone bad.…

Glued-shut IT wallets hindered UK govt's programmes – study

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:01:05 GMT

Viewing big initiatives as tech projects not helpful, say Brunel researchers

Efforts by the previous UK government to rein in lavish Whitehall technology spending caused more harm than good in some instances.…

IBM throws ISP under a bus for Australia's #Censusfail

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:38:32 GMT

Big Blue claims ISP allowed DDoS. ISP says IBM rejected DDoS advice and services

IBM has blamed a supplier for causing the failure of Australia's online census, which went offline on the very night millions of households were required to describe their disposition.…

Despite best efforts, fewer and fewer women are working in tech

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:25:57 GMT

It's not the boardroom that needs a change, it's the classroom

Women are still losing ground in the computer science and IT fields, despite corporate pledges to improve gender diversity in their ranks.…

EU legal eagle: Euro court should review Intel's €1.6bn fine

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:03:49 GMT

Chipzilla market share WAS overstated, claims Advocate General

An EU High Court Advocate General has recommended a review of the case that saw Intel slapped with a record fine after it was found to have coerced OEMs to avoid using rival companies' x86 CPUs.…

Britain's fight to get its F-35 aircraft carriers operational turns legal

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:15:12 GMT

OK, a bunch of uniformed lawyers had a thinly-disguised knees-up

An earth-shaking blow has been struck in the never-ending battle to get Britain’s F-35 fighter jets and the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers to sea: Whitehall has asked the Americans for legal help.…

Fujitsu Voice is no more: Employee works council shuttered as job cuts loom

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:39:31 GMT

Silence falls

Fujitsu slashed the vocal chords of its UK employee consultation committee before it confirmed to personnel that mass redundancies were to take place, El Reg can reveal.…

Is this the worst Blockchain idea you've ever heard?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:02:12 GMT

Peak Blockchain. Just stop

Poll The music industry has been a petri dish for some fairly atrocious digital ideas, but few can be as desperate as Blockchain.…

NCC stirs in 'lumpy' bits of Fox, produces sales gravy. But market still chokes

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:19:52 GMT

Doesn't seem to've killed its appetite for acquisition

UK-based infosec outfit NCC Group has weathered a tricky summer period that involved some contract deferrals and cancellations while still managing to post a profit.…

Dynamic IP addresses are your personal property, CJEU rules

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:06:50 GMT

Property? Arrrr... no

The CJEU has affirmed personal property rights over dynamically allocated IP addresses, a move which brings European data protection laws into play.…

‘Alan Turing law’ to give posthumous pardons to 59,000 men for 'gross indecency'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:38:54 GMT

16k surviving 'ex-cons' punished for their sexuality will have to file paperwork

The government is set to extend the posthumous pardon given to Alan Turing for gross indecency to all of those men who were convicted for homosexual acts under legislation which has since been repealed.…

Microsoft reveals career-enhancing .PNG files

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:03:05 GMT

'Digital Badges' will tell the world you drank Redmond's certification=credibility Kool Aid

Microsoft's ongoing efforts to make its certifications something that shows bosses how very clever you are have given us some new “Digital Badges”.…

Trump vs. Clinton III - TPP looks dead, RussiaLeaks confirmed

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:24:47 GMT

Reg finds tech needle in a haystack of stupid

Expect an outbreak of denials from whoever's got the credentials to @Wikileaks at the moment: Hillary Clinton has said no fewer than 17 civilian and government intelligence agencies point the finger to Kremlin interference in the election.…

Australia's IBM-assisted Census fail burned AU$30 MEEELLION

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:39:20 GMT

How to spend $10 million A DAY fixing a web site

Australia's AU$700k-per-year chief statistician has told a Senate estimates committee that the August 2016 Census crash lopped $30 million off the hoped-for $100 million savings to be had from taking the survey online.…

Czech, mate: Cops cuff Russian bloke accused of LinkedIn mega-hack

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:23:08 GMT

Arrest caught on cam as chap enjoys lunch in Prague with his squeeze

Vid Czech Republic police have arrested a Russian believed to be the hacker behind the massive 2012 theft of more than 100 million LinkedIn user credentials.…

Third of Donald Trump's debate deplorables are mindless automatons

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:35:36 GMT

Twitter bots make a lot of noise but thankfully can't vote in elections

Hillary Clinton may have the most human supporters among those running for the US presidency, but Donald Trump has an edge among automatons.…

Dell-EMC, Pure Storage disengage from legal brawl

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:14:12 GMT

Lawyers weep as retirement plans go AWOL and Dell gets payment

The IP dispute between Pure Storage and (Dell) EMC is over with Pure paying some cash to Dell and getting a licence to the disputed patent.…

Report: UK counter-terrorism plan Prevent is 'unjust', 'counterproductive'

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:21:07 GMT

Muslim child's Facebook holiday snap farce a case in point

Prevent is “not only unjust but also counterproductive” according to a study into the human rights impact of the strategy, which revealed how a 14-year-old was targeted over a Facebook photograph.…

Here's how much HP's 3-in-1 PC replacement will cost you

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:42:13 GMT

Pricey, but cheaper than a pub full of BOFHs

HP Inc has disclosed pricing for HP Workspace, the Windows app-streaming service that allows its new Elite x3 business phone to fully replace a PC.…

Brexit? No impact at all, chuckles reseller juggernaut

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:50:05 GMT

Softcat warned of storm cloud in UK ahead of referendum, now says it blew over

The storm clouds Softcat pointed to gathering over the industry in the months prior to the EU referendum didn’t rain on the firm’s parade after all, judging by financial results outlined to the City today.…

Buck up, You need to get a grip on failing shared services centres - PAC

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:32:06 GMT

Promise to save £600m per year was all talk and no trousers

MPs have urged the Cabinet Office to get a grip on its embarrassing efforts to consolidate departments' back offices into two privately owned shared services centres.…

Australia's new data breach disclosure laws have a rather floppy definition of 'breach'

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:11:45 GMT

If someone doesn't think you can be harmed by a breach, they can stay quiet

After years of discussion a draft of Australia's proposed data breach disclosure laws has landed and, to The Register's mind, it leaves a lot of wriggle room for those who would keep breaches secret.…

Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and BT bid for Indian cricket online

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:03:05 GMT

Indian Premier League TV audiences top 100m, online audience barely tapped

Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and BT have been revealed as bidders for rights for India's top sporting attracting, the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket competition.…

Yahoo! hides! from! financial! analysts! amid! email! hacking!, privacy! storm!

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:51:22 GMT

Mayer silent on Verizon's discount demand, too

Yahoo! had little to say on its looming tie-up with Verizon, as the Purple Palace turned in quarterly numbers that managed to beat analyst expectations.…

Ecuador admits it cut Assange's internet to stop WikiLeaks' US election 'interference'

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:17:20 GMT

10 points to Gryffin, er, Ecuador

Ecuador's Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Movilidad Humana – its foreign ministry – has admitted the nation cut off Julian Assange's internet access.…

Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:50:43 GMT

Redmond under fire for allegedly broken rating scheme

Microsoft has failed in a bid to shoot down a lawsuit alleging that its employee rating system was biased against women.…

Honeywell's UK staff mull strike action

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:04:13 GMT

Final salary scheme to be axed

UK employees of multinational Honeywell are considering strike action over the closure of their final salary pension scheme.…

Spinal Tap’s bass player sues former French sewer

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:45:11 GMT

It's about artists' rights, argues Harry Shearer

Actor, writer and director Harry Shearer, who played Derek Smalls in the band Spinal Tap, is suing the owners of the movie This Is Spinal Tap over royalties. The 1984 film is often cited as the best comedy of all time.…

Do businesses get the IT service they deserve?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:13:08 GMT

Tell us what it’s like in your organisation

We’ve received plenty of feedback from Reg readers over the years telling us that business managers and execs often don’t get IT. Sometimes it’s not listening to advice and requests for budget from the IT team, on other occasions it’s not heeding warnings on security exposures, capacity running out, and other forms of risk.…

May blocked plans to bring in more Indian IT workers – Vince Cable

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:42:12 GMT

Good luck convincing India to buy British in November, Prime Minister!

Former UK Business Secretary Vince Cable has said Theresa May blocked plans to bring in Indian immigrants in the area of IT, claiming the former Home Secretary was "obsessed with immigration".…

Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:30:04 GMT

Should there be a base amount of cash given to all?

Analysis Philosophers, economists and other academics have long discussed the idea of “basic income” – an unconditional monthly check from the government to every citizen, in an amount at least high enough to cover all basic necessities. Recently, this idea has gained more political traction: Even conservative parties consider it, and government-initiated trials are running or about to start in Finland, the Netherlands, Canada, and potentially elsewhere.…

Dell/Quest Software plans layoffs and relocations – source

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:31:05 GMT

Some products may go, too, once private equiteers take over

The deal restoring the independence of the entity formerly known as Dell Software is expected to close in early November, which is when The Register understands things are going to get very interesting for customers and staff alike.…

Orange blows up French govt website in terrorism censorship snafu

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:02:10 GMT

Accidental DDoS with Facebook and Google redirects

The French Interior Ministry suffered an unexpected denial of service attack yesterday – after ISP Orange mistakenly routed heaps of traffic to the government's website.…

Freeze on refrigerants heats up search for replacements

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:03:11 GMT

Hydrofluorocarbon ban to start 2018 in developed countries

The world has agreed to begin phasing out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), whose greenhouse effect is 10,000 as strong as carbon dioxide.…

Take it away, ICANN: US States drop internet handover lawsuit

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:31:57 GMT

Attorneys General face reality

A lawsuit brought by four US states' attorneys general against the US government over the ICANN internet handover has been dropped.…

HPE tops in tape. Yes, tape is still a thing

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:09:13 GMT

Nothing too flashy, but it still makes bucks on ribbons of rust

IDC says HPE is the big cheese in the tape systems market, getting more revenue from streaming ribbons of rust devices than anybody else.…

Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:28:51 GMT

I don't believe it! The mad lads have only gone and won a legal case against the spooks!

A significant legal blow has been dealt to the British government over its secret mass surveillance activities.…

London cops strap on new body cams

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:03:09 GMT

Footage uploads to Axon cloud for use as evidence

The Metropolitan Police Service has on Monday begun to roll out the 22,000 body-worn video cameras its cops will be using to record their interactions with denizens of the British capital.…

Google has unleashed Factivism to smite the untruthy

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:45:38 GMT

But who checks the fact-checkers?

Analysis I remember when I first noticed “factivism”. It was more than 10 years ago.…

New UK National silicone database will help avoid boobs

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:34:21 GMT

20,000 cases of implant surgery to be held

A national silicone breast implant database is to be created to ensure faulty products can be traced in the event of a product recall.…

Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:05:06 GMT

Four airprox* reports made in just five days

Drones are still presenting a haphazard hazard to British pilots, with four near-miss reports being made during a five-day period in June alone.…

Mega-Misys IPO trimmed: Firm slashes expectations by £1bn

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:36:10 GMT

Brexit-bashed, but still likely to be the UK's largest tech IPO

Misys, the British banking software business, has slashed the value of its initial public offering by £1bn.…

DIY storage startup: Tech, check. Techies, check... Er, credibility?

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:38:08 GMT

Nobody knows you, so how do you get there?

Part Four You need customers, but credibility too. One begets the other. But which comes first? We are now in the final, challenging chapter of early start up mode: of getting paying customers and leveraging them to your advantage in the world to gain more.…

German regulators won't let Tesla use the name 'Autopilot'

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:02:10 GMT

Tesla told to tone down its cruise control claims as Elon Musk delays new launch

Germany's transport ministry has warned Tesla not to call its driver assist system “Autopilot” within the Bundesrepublik.…

Yahoo! cancels! earnings! call!, dodges! hacking! questions!

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:33:11 GMT

P0wned portal promises custom info that matters to you, except when being acquired

Yahoo! has taken the unusual step of cancelling the conference call following its earnings announcement on Tuesday.…

Salesforce rules out Twitter bid

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:23:41 GMT

That leaves the possible number of interested buyers at … Zero.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has ruled out making a play for Twitter.…