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ServiceNow stops over in Jakarta in its journey to AI-land

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:04:06 GMT

SaaS-y business process simplifier adds security chat rooms, cloud management and more to new release

ServiceNow's Jakarta release went live on Thursday, bringing with it plenty of new toys for IT departments and hints of artificially intelligent things to come.…

Toshiba's spat with WDC over chip biz is now a song of strife and ire

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:33:45 GMT

Court orders only prolong bid process, and winter is coming

Toshiba regained a right to lock WDC (SanDisk) employees from their joint-venture fab in Yokkaichi, Japan, reversing WDC's court-obtained Temporary Restraining Order, which was won earlier this month.…

Just look at our cloud sales, beams profit-sapped SAP

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:17:12 GMT

Boost to 2017 cloud guidance as revenue rises 29%

SAP has reported revenues of €5.8bn in the quarter ending June 30, up 10 per cent on the previous year’s figure.…

Uber, Twitter's legal eagles gather to wring claws about bro culture

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:31:08 GMT

Time to expand the brocabulary

Lawyers from Uber and Twitter spoke about ways to curb "bro culture" in the male-dominated world of Silicon Valley at an annual judicial conference this week.…

UK households hit by 1.8m computer misuse offences in a year

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:02:12 GMT

Stats show few report such crimes to cops

The number of incidents of computer misuse in England and Wales reached 1.8 million in the year up to March 2015, according to official crime statistics released today.…

NHS trusts splashed £260m on PCs in last four years

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:28:32 GMT

Obviously not enough to stop Wannacry...

In the last four years, NHS Trusts have spent £260m on 401,084 new PCs, at an average cost of £650.54 a box, according to Freedom of Information responses.… watchdog didn't red flag any IT projects. And that alone should be a red flag to everyone

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:04:13 GMT

Transparency is welcome – but you gotta read between the lines

Analysis The BBC’s release of its top earners’ salaries this week stirred up both long-time detractors of Auntie and dyed-in-the-wool supporters.…

Europe's 'one patent court to rule them all' vision may be destroyed by EPO shenanigans

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:01:07 GMT

King Battistelli finally facing consequences for his actions

The freeze on long-held plans to approve a single patent court for Europe is a result of the actions of the president of the European Patent Office, according to German media reports.…

Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:58:30 GMT

DNS king breaks own bylaws yet again

Special report Amazon may still get hold of its namesake top-level domain .amazon after an independent review panel lambasted the decision by DNS overseer ICANN to deny its application.…

.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:51:36 GMT

-.-- --- ..- -. --. / .--. . --- .--. .-.. . / - --- -.. .- -.-- --..-- / . .... ..--..

For over a hundred years, navies around the world have messaged each other at the speed of light – signal lamp light.…

Hortonworks reshuffles C-suite, gets third COO in 12 months

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:23:05 GMT

Hadoop-flinger's CEO: We're making great progress, but...

Hortonworks has ditched its second chief operating office in less than a year as part of a C-suite reshuffle that saw share prices drop.…

Tapping the Bank of Mum and Dad: Why your Netflix subscription is poised to rise (again)

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:19:12 GMT

Valley's funding new companies that end up looking just like the old ones

Analysis If Silicon Valley still does one thing better than anybody else, it's propping up profitless corporations, just like the Bank of Mum and Dad. Gulf states pour money into Premier League teams, but not on anything like the scale of Uber and Netflix, two examples of capital-swallowing money pits.…

Australia releases MH370 sea floor data but search is still off

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:57:09 GMT

Minister celebrates lovely pictures of the sea floor, says he hopes new info is found

Geoscience Australia, the nation's agency for recording and sharing geographic and geological data, has released the first tranche of data captured during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.…

Rapid7 slurps security orchestration biz Komand

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:58:09 GMT

When a problem comes along, you must whip it. Without having to get off your chair

Rapid7 is the latest vendor to jump on the orchestration and automation bandwagon, announcing it's buying upstart outfit Komand to plump out its range.…

Nutanix CEO smacks down VMware exec over claim it's a new Enron

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:54:20 GMT

Yeah, the one that went down in flames for enormous financial naughtiness

The ongoing spat between VMware and Nutanix has flared again, with the latter company's CEO Dheeeraj Pandey hitting Twitter to smack down Lee Caswell, Virtzilla's veep for Products, Storage and Availability.…

Don't let this snap-drag-on: Qualcomm waves white flag to Apple

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:35:09 GMT

CEO Mollenkopf opens door for settlement in licensing battle

The CEO of Qualcomm says he hopes to settle his company's licensing dispute with Apple out of court.…

One-quarter of IT projects at high risk of failure

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:03:36 GMT

Digital borders, digital tax and raft of MoJ projects singled out

One-quarter of the UK government’s major IT programmes worth a total lifetime cost of £8bn are at high risk of failure, according to a Register analysis of the major project watchdog's annual report of 143 government programmes worth over £455bn.…

UK government's war on e-cigs is over

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:22:10 GMT

Vape at work? Hey, why not?

Comment The government has said that the persecution of the users of e-cigarette technology should stop. The Department of Health today outlined a Five Year Tobacco Control plan for England with the goal that the proportion of the population who smoke tobacco products should fall to 12 per cent by 2022, down from 15.5 per cent today.…

UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:33:07 GMT

Vows crackdown on sexist commercials next year

Ads depicting manchildren incapable of carrying out basic household tasks, and women in the role of Stepford Wives clearing up their mess, are to be banned in a crackdown by the Advertising Standards Authority.…

Another Brexit cliff edge: warned over data flows to EU

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:39:05 GMT

'No prospect of a clean break' on data protection laws – but UK may lose its influence

The UK is risking a security and trade "cliff edge" if it doesn't secure an arrangement that allows data transfer with the European Union to continue after Brexit, a report has said.…

John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:58:08 GMT

He's got a box called Sentinel to do the job, but in April he said it was 'vulnerable'

Having tilted at the US presidency without success, John McAfee has picked his last next big windmill: Google.…

Buzzword buzzkill: Cloud, AI, IoT and edge work in a real product

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:02:13 GMT

SAP teaches factory equipment to pre-analyse for costly faults, call cloud for help

Artificial intelligence, the internet of things and edge computing are 2017's inescapable buzzwords, and cloud probably has that role for the entire decade. So imagine The Register's surprise when we learned all three are working together in a product you can put to work today.…

US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:29:42 GMT

Meanwhile the TSA found 78 guns at US airports last week, 32 with a round chambered

The United States' ban on laptops being carried into airliner cabins is all-but-over, after the nation's Transport Security Administration reduced its list of dodgy airports to just one and signalled that destination awaits inspection before also disappearing from its list.…

Juicy fine for Bradford firm after it blurts one million spam texts

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:09:08 GMT

Brit biz told to pay £80k for messages advertising Satsuma Loans

Bradford-based loans company Provident Personal Credit has been fined £80,000 for squeezing out almost a million nuisance texts.…

Google must cough up contact info for 8,000 employees in gender discrimination case

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:01:06 GMT

But judge narrows scope of US Labor Dept request

Google has been ordered to hand over personal details of 8,000 employees as part of an ongoing US Labor Department investigation into equal pay.…

Media mogul Murdoch's 'Sky dataset' swallow poses 'grave threat'

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:25:53 GMT

UK peers want ICO to ensure info cannot be misused

The proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is a "grave threat" to the democratic process, members of the UK's House of Lords have claimed.…

Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:58:10 GMT

Good old Capita keeps Auntie's purse overflowing

Nearly three-quarters of TV Licensing criminal convictions in the UK last year were secured against women, according to data gathered by an anti-Telly Tax campaigner.… snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:11:37 GMT

Smut regulator also to be set up

The government is poised to usher in mandatory porn checks this week, with reports it will require users to provide details from a credit card to prove they are over 18.…

SAP rips and replaces South African bosses amid corruption probe

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:03:06 GMT

Investigation launched into allegations of kickbacks-for-contracts

SAP has installed an acting managing director and acting chief financial officer at its scandal-hit South Africa subsidiary.…

IETF moves meeting from USA to Canada to dodge Trump travel ban

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:11:45 GMT

15 per cent of potential attendees don't fancy trying to make it to San Francisco

The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken the rare (and possibly costly) decision to relocate an upcoming meeting out of America.…

Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:50:44 GMT

Forget about the internet: FM is where the real action is

Open up! It's the FCC!…

Rimini Street: Dispute with Oracle is contract law, not copyright

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:55:10 GMT

Ninth Circuit panel urged to throw out injunction on software support biz

The latest installment of the years-long legal battle between software support company Rimini Street and Oracle was acted out in the US Ninth Circuit court yesterday.…

Man facing $17.5m HPE fraud case has contempt sentence cut by Court of Appeal

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:21:56 GMT

Now-freed 'serial entrepreneur' has yet to face a full trial

Peter Sage, the "serial entrepreneur" accused by HPE of defrauding it out of $17.5m worth of servers, has been freed from prison by the UK's Court of Appeal.…

Now here's a novel idea: Digitising Victorian-era stamp duty machines

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:13:40 GMT

UK Office of Tax Simplification wants to scrap 'anachronistic and cumbersome' process

Government tech often gets slagged off for being old and clunky. But spare a thought for the folks issuing stamp duty, who have to handle machines from the 1870s which "close down" at 2pm every day to be cleaned.…

HPE gives execs a jiggle and merges subsidiaries in shrivelling Pointnext

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 08:02:11 GMT

Tech services division changes tack to be a light for customers in digital darkness

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is rejigging execs and consolidating subsidiaries in its last remaining tech services division Pointnext – a business that has shrunk year-on-year for almost half a decade.…

User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:28:10 GMT

So she used a pencil to work it out, then cut herself down to size to fix it

On-call Last Friday your correspondent snorkeled on a tropical island, but this Friday it's time for another edition of On-Call, our weekly column in which we recount readers' tales of being forced to take on tricky jobs for tricky people.…

UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 01:49:01 GMT

Antipodean not-backdoors plan will mirror UK Investigatory Powers Act, ensure law of land trumps laws of mathematics

British signals intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) can crack end-to-end encrypted messages sent using WhatsApp and Signal, according to Australian attorney-general George Brandis.…

Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:51:13 GMT

Oh, and you owe us $5,000. Lots of love – California

An Airbnb host who cancelled a guest's booking at the last minute because she was Asian has been fined $5,000 and told to attend a course on Asian American studies.…

Uber borgs with Yandex's ride-sharing biz in Russosphere

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:58:12 GMT

New company is called... NewCo!

Uber is getting a little bit of help in Russia and five other countries.…

Wi-Fi firm Purple sneaks 'community service' clause into its T&Cs

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:18:14 GMT

Can't be GDP-arsed with this anymore

For a regulation designed to safeguard data processing, the forthcoming GDPR has already generated a surfeit of info. Somewhere in Europe sits a growing compliance mountain.…

Academics 'funded by Google' tend not to mention it in their work

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:56:28 GMT

Two-thirds of the time support is not disclosed, say campaigners

A network of academics on Google's payroll just so happens to churn out "independent research" friendly to their sugar daddy's corporate goals. But two-thirds of the time you wouldn't know it, according to the Campaign for Accountability.…

NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:10:11 GMT

System has capacity for 150 million declarations – just 105 million short...

Plans by HMRC to overhaul the clunky IT system underpinning £34bn in tax at the border may not be complete before Brexit, the UK government's spending watchdog has warned today.…

PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 06:27:09 GMT

~650,000 machines still ship every day, but that's the lowest total since 2007

Analyst firms IDC and Gartner have emitted their quarterly assessments of the personal computer market, with both recording further sales slowdowns but also suggesting things could be worse.…

Ready, aim... Ignition! Valley VC bigwig ejects after conduct complaints

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 22:32:11 GMT

Firm needs a new anti-harassment trainer after blowup

Frank Artale, managing partner at Ignition Ventures, has resigned at the request of the board following multiple claims of inappropriate behavior.…

Guess who doesn't have to pay $1.3bn in back taxes? Of course it's fscking Google

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:53:55 GMT

Dieu merci, nous n'avons pas mis en place un bureau à Paris, le grand fromage of ads sighed

Google has narrowly avoided a massive €1.12bn ($1.28bn, £990m) back-tax bill for earnings in France, thanks to not setting up an office in Paris.…

Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:15:50 GMT

And, surprise, surprise, everyone's still baffled

Analysis Remember that selfie of the grinning monkey way back in 2014?…

WannaCry prompts promise of extra cash towards NHS security

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:02:10 GMT pledges transparency in long-awaited response to data and consent reviews

The NHS is to get a funding boost for cybersecurity measures, while the UK government has promised patients a digital service that lets them see who's accessed their health records.…

When 'Saving The Internet' means 'Saving Crony Capitalism'

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:27:11 GMT

The curious case of the dog that didn’t bark

Comment Entering the BBC today to talk about the net neutrality protests “supported by Amazon and Netflix and others”, I had a dilemma. How in three minutes can you give viewers worldwide a perspective which conveys that the motivations are valid – American fixed-line broadband is pretty rubbish – but what we were witnessing was the most powerful multinationals in the world flexing their muscles, a show of corporate strength. In Europe these companies are regularly said to be more powerful than any nation state.…

Micro Focus posts pre-HPE Software borg numbers

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:45:05 GMT

Look here, we're doing OK now, aren't we?

It's the last set of results it'll post before its $8.8bn spin merge deal with HPE Software, and the UK's Micro Focus is keen to show it has a clean bill of health.…

Virgin Trains dodges smack from ICO: CCTV pics of Corbyn were OK

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:19:10 GMT

Showing Labour boss wasn't on 'ram-packed' train didn’t break law

Virgin Trains did not break data protection laws when it released images of UK's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn during his supposedly "ram-packed" trip to Newcastle, the UK’s data protection watchdog has said.…