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Engineer who blew lid on Uber's toxic sexist culture now menaced by creepy 'smear campaign'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:56:25 GMT

Who could possibly have a grudge against Susan Fowler?

The engineer who claims Uber is rife with sexism and lying executives has said someone is researching her background for a smear campaign.…

Toxic Uber sued after driver allegedly tried to rape passenger in car

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:22:03 GMT

Taxi app maker liable because its cabbies are interchangeable with robots, lawsuit claims

Uber, facing scrutiny for its "toxic" culture of sexual harassment and for alleged trade secret theft from Alphabet's Waymo, has been hit with yet another lawsuit alleging that one of its drivers attempted to rape a passenger.…

Surveillance software boss thrown in the clink for cooking the books

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:13:53 GMT

Comverse CEO Kobi sent down for a record 2.5 years after back-dating stock options

The head of a defunct surveillance and communications software company has been given the longest-ever prison sentence for back-dating stock options.…

Oh, irony of ironies: Gov.UK's transparency report reveals... nothing

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:05:25 GMT

Windows of volcanic glass

The British government has published a transparency report into the use of disruptive and investigatory powers by State actors, which ironically reveals absolutely nothing about the use of said powers.…

New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:55:09 GMT

'Automated' vehicles – who pays for damage?

Insurers would be primarily responsible for paying out damages stemming from accidents caused by "automated vehicles" under new UK legislation laid before the UK parliament.…

Sysadmin's sole client was his wife – and she queried his bill

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:27:13 GMT

It all ends in beers after marital bliss and commercial reality collide

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our weekly look at readers' memories of hibs gone bad.…

How to nuke websites you don't like: Slam Google with millions of bogus DMCA takedowns

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:35:53 GMT

Copyright allegations wreck search rankings

Analysis Big corporations are abusing the system for taking down files and links to copyright-infringing content by sending millions of fake links, according to Google.…

Brit lords slip 30Mbps Universal Service Obligation into UK Digital Economy Bill

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:35:04 GMT

Eleventh-hour amendment, but will it stick with government?

An eleventh-hour amendment has been added to the UK government's Digital Economy Bill, proposing an increase of the Universal Service Obligation from 10Mbps to 30Mbps.…

Managed file transfer peeps Axway gobble sharetakers Syncplicity

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:33:04 GMT

Creating 'a one-stop shop for digital shared services'

French managed file transfer (MFT) company Axway has bought file sync and share supplier Syncplicity.…

Elon Musk promises Tesla investors Trump won't send him to Mars

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:02:08 GMT

I expect to remain with Tesla forever... and ever, and ever

Amid larger than expected losses at Tesla, founder Elon Musk promised he would not be diverted by a mission to Mars and intended to stay at the company "forever".…

O2 daddy Telefónica reports 12.5% drop in UK sales

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:56:07 GMT

Blames it on weak pound

Sales at Telefónica UK, which owns O2, plunged 12.5 per cent to €6.8bn (£5.7bn) for the firm's full year, mainly due to currency changes.…

IBM: Voluntary redundo offer? Ticked. Min stat terms? Ticked

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:34:10 GMT

But at least TSS staffers won't have to get career advice from Capita this time

Exclusive IBM is hoping to lighten monthly payroll costs by, er, dangling minimum statutory redundancy terms in front of UK staff who volunteer to cut short their career at the creaking tech titan.…

Oh UK. You won't switch mobile providers. And now look at you! £5.8bn you've lost

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:00:07 GMT

Stop. We don't want to hear it, mutters uSwitch

Customers are losing £5.8bn per year by sticking with the same mobile supplier, according to research from comparison site uSwitch.…

HP Ink says ink sales are down but PC sales are up, up, up!

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:02:07 GMT

No, you're not reading that wrong: PCs are selling better than since the XP upgrade rush

HP Inc has reported its first quarter results with a highlight being increased sales and revenue for PCs, but a dip for printer-related activities.…

Arris slaps down US$800m to buy Brocade's wireless bits

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:03:12 GMT

Broadcom waves farewell to what used to be Ruckus and the ICX switch business

Arris Technologies will buy Ruckus Wireless from Broadcom, for US$800m.…

IBM to UK staff: Get ready for another game of musical chairs

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:35:07 GMT

Redundancy axes loom over Global Tech Services workers

Exclusive IBM is about to fling another bunch of Technical Services Support staffers down the redundancy chute, internal documents leaked to The Register reveal.…

Smart Hosting offers up service credit in bid to hang on to clients

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:54:25 GMT

Pint-sized outfit which couldn't handle support tickets gives out £10 vouchers

After provoking dissatisfaction from customers during its recent support ticket pile-up, Smart Hosting has apologised and offered £10 in service credit.…

Speaking in Tech: Taxing robot labour for benefit glorious taxpayer

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:38:08 GMT

Podcast Bill Gates, Microsoft, pay-per-use... this is sounding familiar

Lenovo to build and run SAP's cloud in China

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:32:11 GMT

What China wants, China gets: A biz running a too-big-to-fail cloud

What China wants, China gets – in this case an exception to SAP's usual practice of running its own cloud.…

Tosh in deeper financial doo-doo as banks crank up the pressure

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:11:57 GMT

Push for majority stake sale in memory business

Toshiba is looking to raise almost $9bn (‎¥1 trillion) by selling off a majority stake in its memory chip business, according to Reuters, and so repair its finances, which have been devastated by cost overruns in its US nuclear power business.…

$350m! shaved! off! sale! price! as! Verizon! swallows! Yahoo!

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:09:01 GMT

$4.48bn... cheap! (apols to Alfred E Neuman)

Yahoo! will be gobbled by Verizon for $4.48bn, $350m cheaper than the initial deal, apparently due to the damage done to the company's value by widely reported successful cyber-attacks.…

Capita swallows £50m blow after writing down historic contracts

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:03:09 GMT

A fabulous start to the year!

Everyone's favourite cuddly outsourcing corp Capita is writing off a cool £50m worth of assets related to certain deals with customers after a "comprehensive review across its major contracts" base.…

EU privacy gurus peer at Windows 10, still don't like what they see

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:11:53 GMT

Article 29 has 'concerns' about Microsoft's data slurp

The EU’s top privacy body has been probing Windows 10, but isn’t satisfied, even after Microsoft agreed to tweak the consent settings.…

Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:27:10 GMT

Cupertino says no

Apple has filed its defence against the European Commission's claim it owes €13bn in back taxes in Ireland.

Australia commences critical infrastructure protection consultation

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:29:57 GMT

The plan is to build a database of 'stuff we don't want bombed'

Last month, Australia's federal government established a Critical Infrastructure Centre. Now it's decided to ask what the centre should protect.…

Software glitch, not wind farms, blacked out 60,000 in South Australia

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:00:42 GMT

Senate committee told SA Power 'sat on' a problem for a while while SA sweltered

Yet another reason that isn't wind farms has emerged for recent blackouts in the Australian State of South Australia: dodgy software.…

NZ High Court rules US can extradite Kim Dotcom after all

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:03:09 GMT

Kimble's running out of road

The businessman otherwise known as Kim Schmitz, aka "Kimble", aka "Kim Dotcom", has lost his High Court appeal in New Zealand to be extradited to the USA.…

BT and Virgin Media claim 'broadband' tax will cost £1.3bn

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:14:45 GMT

Valuation Office Agency needs to revaluate its revaluation

Rivals BT and Virgin Media have joined hands to collective moan that a forthcoming hike to business rates will result in tripling of their collective tax bill to £1.3bn over the next five years.…

UnBrex-pected move: Amazon raises UK workforce to 24,000

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:28:52 GMT

Company didn't confirm whether majority to go to AWS or work, er, warehouse

Amazon has announced its intention to increase its UK workforce to over 24,000 this year.…

Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:02:06 GMT tells search engines to demote dodgy websites or face legislation

UK government-hosted talks spanning two Parliaments have culminated in Google and Bing at last agreeing to tweak their search results in response to copyright-holders' concerns, thereby heading off threatened legislation on their conduct.…

New EU rules on portability of online content services move closer

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:10:07 GMT

Consumers to be able to access paid-for services when abroad

Planned new EU laws aimed at making online content more accessible to those that subscribe to it are closer to being finalised after a deal struck on the new rules earlier this month was endorsed by representatives of national governments across the EU.…

Deloitte goes all gooey for SAP HANA on AWS

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:58:09 GMT

2,500 suits to be flung off bench to preach ERP on cloud

Deloitte, Amazon Web Services and SAP have cooked up a cloudy consulting confection.…

Big three clouds, Apple, Facebook are buying all the best cloud tech

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:06:54 GMT

Tip for entrepreneurs: World could soon need automated cloud-sueball-flinger

Those of you contemplating a cloud startup have two options: get acquired by one of five companies or build an automatic sueball flinger.…

In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:09:48 GMT

Uber CEO orders investigation into tribulations of engineer Susan Fowler

Updated Colour us surprised: a Silicon Valley darling famous for belligerent market entries, raising middle fingers at regulators and having a relaxed attitude to tax has been accused of also completing a bingo-card of bad management that includes sexism, arse ass-covering, empire-building and malicious management.…

Competition and wholesale costs, not lack of fibre, crimp broadband in Australia

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:05:33 GMT

Falls on Akamai's league table can't be automatically pinned on the multi-technology mix

Like the sun rising, the release of a new Akamai State of the Internet report inevitably leads to opinion columns bemoaning Australia's slide on global league tables for broadband speed, most attributing it to the much-hated “multi-technology model” NBN.…

BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:50:44 GMT

And it's suing Nokia for patent infringement on wireless comms

Long-ago phone-builder BlackBerry has been sued by hundreds of employees who say they were tricked into quitting their jobs.…

Round-filed 'paperless' projects: Barriers remain to Blighty's Digital NHS

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:02:05 GMT

Report: It's not going to save money or anything. Plus we'll still need paper

It was hard to hear UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s recent backtracking over his plans for a paperless NHS by 2018, without wondering to what extent digital health documents have contributed to global forest depletion over the last decades.…

UK recruitment biz Coal Intelligent Technology ceases trading

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:01:13 GMT

Contractors and staff may be left out of pocket

Contractors and employees at London-based tech recruitment outfit Coal Intelligent Technology may be left out of pocket after the company ceased trading yesterday.…

Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:32:06 GMT

This bit goes here, this bit goes there and - huh! - why aren't the lights blinking?

On-Call Welcome to another Friday (!) and therefore to another edition of On-Call, The Register's column in which we let readers vent about jobs gone bad.…

Déjà vu: Euro Patent Office prez ignores yet another formal rebuke

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:01:06 GMT

King Battistelli tries to reconstitute Appeals Committee – staff union refuses

The president of the European Patent Office, Benoit Battistelli, is ignoring yet another formal rebuke of his policies by disregarding two decisions by the International Labour Organization.…

Knock knock. Who's there? A Lenovo server salesperson, because revenue dip's no joke

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:56:26 GMT

PCs are going great, but enterprise and mobile divisions are in turnaround mode

Expect Lenovo server and storage sales people to knock on your door, soon and often, because the company's identified the lack of its own direct sales force as the reason for poor performance in its Data Center Group for the third quarter of its 2016/17 financial year.…

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong cuffed in $40m corruption, perjury bust

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:42:14 GMT

Explosive news that, for once, doesn't involve a self-detonating battery

Samsung Group vice chairman Lee Jae-yong has been arrested, accused of bribery, embezzlement, and perjury, and taken to jail near Seoul in South Korea.…

Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:01:44 GMT

We took one for the team and deciphered it for you

Comment Whatever Mark Zuckerberg's taking, we want some, too.…

MEPs in 'urgent' call for new laws on artificial intelligence and robotics

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:03:25 GMT

Liability issues with self-driving cars is key concern

The European Parliament today called for EU-wide liability laws to cover robotics and artificial intelligence. MEPs also want researchers to adopt ethical standards that "respect human dignity".…

Identity disorder: Does UK govt need Verify more than we do?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:39:13 GMT

A bit less self-assurance goes a long way

Comment One problem writing about government IT is that after a while it feels a bit like Groundhog Day – a syndrome that must be even more pronounced for the folk working in it.…

Cisco shrinks: Revenue, profit and margin all dipped in Q2 2017

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:03:45 GMT

Big headaches in big iron, hyper-servers aren't taking off, but software biz all smiles

Get out the pen, walk to the whiteboard, and draw lines heading downwards: Cisco's Q2 2017 results showed year-on-year falls in revenue and earnings, and a router business close to free-fall.…

Hold the phone! Crap customer service cost telcos £2.9 BEEEELLION in 2016

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:35:34 GMT

More moaned about than rail and energy, says ombudsman

Shoddy customer service is costing telcos £2.9bn per year, making the sector the second most moaned about, according to the Ombudsman Services.…

Apple nabs smartphone top spot from Samsung, but for how long?

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:31:06 GMT

Santa's sack helps out in Cupertino

Christmas sales helped Apple steal top spot in global phone shipments from Samsung, but Gartner, who compiled the numbers, are confident that the chaebol will wrestle it back.…

Oracle 'systematically stiffed its salesforce' claims new sueball

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:58:08 GMT

Big Red 'categorically denies' former worker's claims it re-writes commission rules and puts sales people in 'debt'

Updated A new lawsuit filed by a former Oracle employee alleges the software giant “has systematically stiffed its sales force of earned commission wages for many years, by scrapping contractual compensation plans when they yield commission earnings that are higher than Oracle would prefer to pay and retroactively imposing inferior – i.e. less remunerative – numeric terms.”…

Toshiba chairman quits over $6bn nuclear loss

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:27:07 GMT

May have to sell even more of its chip business to cover costs

The chairman of Toshiba has resigned following the release of figures showing a projected $6.3bn loss from the company's nuclear business – a loss that may continue to grow and threaten its other businesses.…