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Software woes keep NASA's new crewed missions grounded

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:10:42 GMT

Space Launch System and Orion Crew Vehicle won't lift off for planned 2018 test flight

The United States Government Accountability Office has found that NASA's return to crewed space exploration will likely not commence in 2018, as planned, and will probably slip into 2019. And familiar technology integration challenges are partly to blame.…

New year, new Teradata but the 'transformation' hangover still lingers

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:03:13 GMT

Helped along by billion dollar-plus cash pile outside USA

BI and data warehouser Teradata's revenues fell 10 per cent on the year from $545m to $491m in the first quarter of 2017, with a loss of $2m as the firm's recovery under new CEO Victor Lund still has a ways to go.…

Insuring against a future financial crisis

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:32:06 GMT

Staying compliant & off the front page

There’s nothing quite like a nice, juicy financial crisis to wake up the regulators’ rule-setters, psych up the lawmakers and get the lawyers sharpening their quill pens and breaking out a fresh bottle of Quink. And so it seems to have been proven since the financial car crash of the mid to late noughties, with the appearance of a variety of new rules and legislation to keep the financial services industry on its toes.…

Citrix-as-a-service plan bore fruit in Q1

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:33:08 GMT

Virtual Skype turns out to be a reason to pick up the phone

Citrix has posted a solid first quarter in which it posted modest revenue and profit gains, beat its expected earnings-per-share and said its transition to selling cloudy subscriptions is coming along nicely.…

European Court of Justice lays down the law on Kodipocalypse

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:32:06 GMT

In short, stop flogging players with pirate add-ons

Europe's highest court has made it easier for member states to halt the sale of media sticks with preloaded pirate streaming links and add-ons.…

Come celebrate World Hypocrisy Day

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:02:11 GMT

Silicon Valley has a problem with IP. And it won't grow up

Comment Thanks to the World Intellectual Property Organization, today is World Intellectual Property Day 2017. Perhaps this celebration needs a dark companion – World Hypocrisy Day. Here's why.…

Oh dear, Prime Minister! Nearly 100 Beeb bosses make more than you

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:03:05 GMT

MPs find BBC job creation offsets redundo positions

The BBC has given up trying to cut the number of its employees paid more than the British Prime Minister, the UK's National Audit Office has discovered.… throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:34:13 GMT

You're helping terrorists, shrieks Amber 'Hashtags' Rudd

Twitter has reportedly blocked a third-party firm used by the Home Office from accessing its firehose, prompting the government to complain that the social network is siding with terrorists.…

British government has bought a £200m 5G 'academic wet dream'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:36:14 GMT

Build it and they will come. Maybe

"5G doesn't mean anything to us," says Kirill Filippov, chief executive of SPB TV, an OTT TV, IPTV and mobile TV provider touting live 360 VR in 4G at this year's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.…

UK drops in World Press Freedom Index following surveillance and anti-espionage threats

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:02:11 GMT

And Trump's 'fake news' bleating harms US tradition of defending free press

The UK has dropped two places on the World Press Freedom Index following the passing of the Investigatory Powers Act and threats to pursue journalists reporting on national security.…

Speaking in Tech: Google vs your privacy... part 73(4)iii(b)

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:24:13 GMT

Podcast Plus: $120 million in VC funding for a $400 juicer

Juniper's first quarter: Revenue and losses up. Business as usual, then

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:03:12 GMT

DRAM prices putting the squeeze on margins

Correction Juniper Networks has slipped something of a surprise into its Q1 2017 financials, announcing that it's no longer going to break out service provider and enterprise verticals in its reports.…

Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:30:10 GMT

Snub says more about misunderstanding rules than anti-immigrant trends, though

An Irish Stripe worker was denied entry to America because they had a Somalian stamp in their passport, according to the payment-processing biz's CEO.…

Yahoo!'s Marissa! will! eject! with! $186m!.. $185m!.. $184m!..

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:54:11 GMT

Burning down the Purple Palace has its rewards

When Yahoo! boss Marissa Mayer leaves the merged Verizon-AOL-Yahoo! behemoth, as is expected soon, she'll walk away with stocks and cash today worth $186m.…

Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:18:47 GMT

Taxi app upstart pushed father-of-two to suicide, say lawyers

Uber can add racism to its long list of corporate culture failings, say lawyers representing one of its software engineers who killed himself last year.…

High Court hands Lauri Love permission to appeal extradition to US

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:00:02 GMT

Meanwhile, US continues to bury its head in the sand over letter from 114 MPs

Lauri Love, the alleged hacktivist from Stradishall, Suffolk, England, has been granted permission to appeal against his extradition to the United States.…

Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:29:05 GMT

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Comment When Henry Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize against the backdrop of the US Air Force's secret bombings in Cambodia, the satirist Tom Lehrer declared that satire had become obsolete. If satire died that day, then Jimmy Wales has dug it up, exhumed the corpse, and is giving it a state funeral.…

Swamp-draining Trump pushes ex-AT&T lobbyist to oversee AT&T mega-merger

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:23:09 GMT

Also worked for Google, Comcast, Qualcomm...

Analysis One of the most popular applause lines from Donald Trump's presidential campaign was that he would "drain the swamp" – meaning put an end to the corrupt, revolving door of government and private practice that virtually defines modern Washington, DC.…

Forensic accountants appointed to pore over Post Office IT scandal

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:28:13 GMT

Criminal Cases Review Commission confirms investigators in 27 cases

The UK's Criminal Cases Review Commission has confirmed that it has appointed a firm of forensic accountants to assist its investigation into whether sub-postmasters were wrongfully prosecuted due to issues affecting the Post Office's Horizon IT system.…

SAP Anywhere goes nowhere, reaches commercial cul-de-sac

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:10:09 GMT

No more UK integrations, existing customers offered support from US team

SAP Anywhere, the "complete front-office software package", is going nowhere quickly in Europe as the service has been closed to new customers.…

Not auf wiedersehen – yet! The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:34:05 GMT

Nice to Spree you, to Spree you nice

After Britain voted to leave the EU in June 2016, there was a flurry of articles about how London's tech startups, shocked by the prospect of Brexit, could soon decamp to cheap, fun Berlin.…

Canada says yes to net neutrality – and no to Trump advisor, eh?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:48:23 GMT

Important legal ruling divides North America

Canada's comms watchdog has come out strongly in favor of net neutrality – despite efforts by one of the Trump Administration's key telecoms advisors to tip the scales in the other direction.…

Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:07:08 GMT

What data did marketing agency subcontractor have access to?

Following The Register's report on the Metropolitan Police breaching its own data protection statement by handing the addresses of tens of thousands of London firearms owners to a marketing agency, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has written to the force demanding the decision be investigated.…

US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:33:10 GMT

2016 figures show only 35 of 1,752 applications were turned down in part or full

The US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has published its annual report, revealing that less than 2 per cent of surveillance applications made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) were declined in 2016.…

A quiet market? Nah, Oracle's to pay $850m for ad-tracking Moat

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:09 GMT

Do you know where your advertisements are going? Big Red does

Oracle's acquisition of digital advertising tracking business Moat has been valued at over $850m, according to reports.…

WDC flirting with Japan funds to bolster bid for Toshiba's memory biz

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:12 GMT

Pursuing extra financial firepower to see off rivals

Western Digital Corporation (WDC) is aiming to bulk up its bid for Toshiba's memory biz with state-backed funding support.…

Ministry of Justice scraps 'conviction by computer' law

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:30:13 GMT

Election nixes online court plans – for now

The controversial "conviction by computer" Parliamentary Bill has been scrapped ahead of June's general election, according to reports.…

Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:32:09 GMT

Urine a wee spot of dribble, sysadmin says when offered stinking fused mess

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our Friday re-telling of readers unforgettable on-the-job experiences.…

Web celeb product whores told to put on the red light – or else

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:29:12 GMT

And would you believe it? The Kardashians are front and center

America's trade watchdog has warned more than 90 celebrities that they need to disclose when they are paid to promote a product – or risk facing an investigation.…

Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:10:28 GMT

Charges against white-haired-one have reportedly been drafted

United States attorney-general Jeff Sessions says the Trump administration will make it “a priority” to arrest leakers, including Julian Assange.…

FYI – There's a legal storm brewing in Cali that threatens to destroy online free speech

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:37:25 GMT

Row over Yelp review menaces web immunity

Analysis Tech giants and rights groups have flooded the California Supreme Court with a dozen friend-of-the court briefs pleading for the reversal of a defamation ruling that threatens online speech protections.…

Google's 'adblocker' is all about taking back control

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:28:12 GMT

Watch out, whitelist mafia, you might be swimming with the fishes

The world's biggest digital advertising company Google is reportedly building an ad-blocker into Chrome – and it's already attracted the attention of Europe's most important competition regulator.…

EU plans for blockchain 'observatory' raise concerns, says expert

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:33:08 GMT

€500,000 to improve expertise and regulatory capacity

The European Commission plans to set up an observatory and forum on blockchain and distributer ledger technology (DLT) to help it understand what role public authorities should play in developing and helping uptake of the technologies.…

Trump's lips sealed on surveillance, complains EU privacy chief

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:04:06 GMT

Concern as to whether new administration will abide by Obama's promises

The US administration has been keeping schtum regarding President Trump's plans to adhere to promises made by Obama's government on how EU citizens' data would be protected from the NSA's mass-surveillance activities.…

Qualcomm takes $1bn BlackBerry bite like a champ, struts away

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:44:30 GMT

Patent royalty check dings profits but nothing Snapdragon biz can't handle

Qualcomm is blaming a $974m pile of cash it had to fork out to BlackBerry for huge drops in revenues in its second quarter.…

Court favours Nexsan over EMC in Unity trademark squabble

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:32:25 GMT

A beautiful David-Goliath tale

EMC will probably have to change the name of its Unity array, now that a court has found in favour of Nexsan's use of the trademark.…

Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:35:07 GMT

'Perceptual ad blocker' cannot be defeated, researchers claim

Researchers from Princeton and Stanford University have developed an ad blocker that they claim could end the ad blocking "arms race" for good.…

IBM. Sigh. Revenues. Sigh. Down. Sigh. For the 20th quarter in a row

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:13 GMT


IBM says it is right on track for the coming fiscal year: everything is going to plan and its sales are falling just as expected. Hurrah for Big Blue!…

Trump signs exec order signaling foreign H-1B visa techie crackdown

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:08:46 GMT

Buy American, hire American, unlike me, grins US president

Updated President Trump today signed an executive order that may lead to an overhaul of the H-1B visa system used by US technology giants to draft in cheap foreigner workers.…


Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:21:38 GMT

Brouhaha over shoddy website and payments sparks lawsuit

Yahoo! has been hit with a lawsuit alleging its web-hosting service has been shutting down customers' websites for months while still charging them.…

H-1B applications down after Trump's 'American techies first' rhetoric

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:09:08 GMT

Silicon Valley wants foreigners, POTUS preparing to say no

Applications for H-1B visas, the most common route for skilled technologists seeking lawful work in America, have decreased for the first time in years.…

Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:22:58 GMT

Bid to nix post-Brexit 'uncertainty and instability'

Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap general election to be held on 8 June.…

Debian bins keys assigned to arrested Russian contributor

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:36:11 GMT

If Dmitry Bogatov's been compromised, Debian needs to protect itself

Debian has removed keys assigned to developer Dmitry Bogatov after he was arrested by Russian authorities for using the internet to organise protests. Or, as Russian outlet TASS puts it, “for terrorism and attempts to stage unrest in Moscow.”…

Naked Androids to rampage across Russia

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:28:10 GMT

Google settles antitrust case and pledges to open its OS to rival search engines and apps

Google has settled its Russian anti-trust case and will therefore open its Android OS to rivals in Vladimir Putin's demesne.…

Australia scraps temporary visas for skilled workers

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:01:49 GMT

Revise your plans for a long working holiday – the new visa will be tougher to score

Australia will scrap its visas for skilled temporary workers.…

eBay threatens to block Australians from using offshore sellers

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 02:45:05 GMT

Plan to collect local sales tax from all sellers has tat bazaar, Amazon and others fuming

Tat bazaar eBay has threatened to stop Australian buyers doing business with offshore sellers if the nation goes ahead with a plan to charge local sales taxes on imported goods.…

We have good news and bad news about metadata retention

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:44:13 GMT

The bad: Australian readers are now being tracked. The good: Civil litigants won't be able to slurp your metadata... for now

On the same day that Australia's telecommunications metadata retention regime kicked off, the nation's attorney-general also tabled a report quashing the use of that metadata in civil litigation.…

Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 08:00:13 GMT

A Minority Report future awaits

Opinion Algorithms are almost as pervasive in our lives as cars and the internet. And just as these modes and mediums are considered vital to our economy and society, and are therefore regulated, we must ask whether it's time to also regulate algorithms.…

'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:56:34 GMT

GEMSA, meet Streisand

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is countersuing a patent troll that wants its name removed from a "stupid patent of the month" blog post.…

Infosys says it'll hand shareholders $2bn

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:01:17 GMT

Its stock price then dipped

Infosys, Asia's second biggest software exporter, has promised shareholders it will increase its dividends and stock buybacks to $2bn this year.…