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Internet giants removing 70 per cent of reported hate speech, crows European Commission

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:35:15 GMT

But we might still drum up some new regs, so keep it up

Tech firms are removing more hate speech faster than before – so now EU lawmakers want them to improve their feedback to users.…

IBM turns panto villain as The Reg tells readers: 'It's behind you!'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:13:11 GMT

Hello children, fancy a chat about muck-raking tech rags?

The meltdown in corporate spin at IBM was apparent last week after the flames of publicity were fanned by The Register's report on the firm's proposals to redeploy tens of thousands of Global Technology Services staff.…

Court throws out BT's plans to reduce pension rates

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:40:09 GMT

Back to drawing board on £14bn pensions deficit

Plans by BT to cut its huge pension deficit have been thrown out by the High Court in England. The UK's incumbent telco had wanted to shift the rate used to calculate final salary pension payments.…

Digital mortgage service sounds handy, right? Oh, it's through's Verify

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:22:07 GMT

Keys in hands of highly borkable ID gateway

The UK government is cracking on with plans for a digital mortgage service to be launched this year, which will allow borrowers to sign mortgage deeds online via the Government Digital Service's deeply flawed Verify identity programme.…

User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:02:08 GMT

European Commission sysadmin offers us tales of Euro-dunderheads

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register’s weekly reader-contributed tales of facepalm-worthy failures in the field of tech support.…

.UK overseer Nominet abandons its own charitable foundation – and why this matters

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:02:08 GMT

Non-profit org mutates into investment firm

Special report Nominet, which runs the UK's domain-name registry, has abandoned its own charitable foundation, raising questions about the organization's direction and accountability.…

A380 saved as Emirates orders another 20 planes, plus 16 options

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:01:07 GMT

Airbus says it’ll keep building the behemoth of the skies into the 2030s

Three days after warning the A380 might not have a future, Airbus says it will likely keep making the plane into the 2030s.…

Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:15:11 GMT

India can hit all of China now. Or Moscow, Athens, USA’s Indian Ocean navy base ...

India has successfully tested a surface-to-surface ballistic missile.…

Plutus Payroll victims asked to explain themselves to receiver

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:36:48 GMT

Deloitte trying to figure out who to pay first – or maybe who to pay at all

Contractors left out of pocket by the collapse of alleged tax-skimming scammers Plutus Payroll have been asked to provide copious details of their employment history by receiver Deloitte, which appears to have few details of claimants’ status or relationship to Plutus and its associated companies.…

Feds charge Barclays trader with fraud in Hewlett-Packard deal

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:07:49 GMT

Forex head alleged to have manipulated market in 'front-running' scheme

The former head of foreign currency exchanges at Barclays New York has been charged in the US with devising and executing a "scheme to defraud HP of money and property", according to an indictment entered yesterday.…

Home Office admits it sent asylum seeker’s personal info to the state he was fleeing

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:03:12 GMT pays £15,500 in damages after failed fact-check

An asylum seeker has won £15,500 from the UK’s Home Office after it blabbed confidential information about his persecution in his home country - to authorities in the state.…

Scumbag who tweeted vulnerable adults' details is hauled into court

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:34:09 GMT

Kent bloke 'threatened' privacy watchdog that he'd release more

A man from Kent, England, has been prosecuted under the UK's Data Protection Act for leaking sensitive police information on Twitter.…

DXC confirms veep level shake-up in new world order

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:55:08 GMT

CEO thanks execs for service... more than most get

Exclusive DXC Technologies is splitting with exec veep and general manager Mike Nefkens - previously the boss for HPE Enterprise Services before the spin merger with CSC - amid a massive shake-down of the exec line-up.…

M&S extends customer support contract with, er, Capita

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:58:08 GMT

Web chat? On the phone? Online? That'll be UK IT's Mr Nasty you are talking to

Despite ditching other tech suppliers in a consolidation push, Marks & Spencer – purveyor of Brit middle-class dreams – has extended a customer support agreement with everyone's fave outsourcing titan, Capita, for £70m.…

Intellectual Property Office drops, er, patently cool cartoon to teach kids about trademarks

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:26:56 GMT

Hey, Reg can entertain children. IP freely, anyone, IP freely?

How do you get seven-year-olds interested in intellectual property? Anyway, indeed, why would you want to? No matter, the UK's Intellectual Property Office has launched a cartoon answering the question no one has ever asked.…

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers says insects are the new lobsters

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:26:14 GMT

Only a venture capitalist could say something like that – but that’s what Chambers is now

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers has launched his very own venture capital firm.…

YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:04:13 GMT

Beer money channels that made under $100 a year are also out of the Partner Program

YouTube’s changed its rules to exclude low-traffic channels from its Partner Program, the scheme that sees it share ad revenue with video-makers.…

Broadcom confirms anti-trust probe, professes zero worries

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:02:08 GMT

Says probe doesn't impact wireless lines, leaving about a gazillion other products in play

Broadcom has confirmed it's under investigation by the United States' Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over antitrust issues, but doesn't believe that's going to affect its business.…

Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:37:48 GMT

Triumphant Trump touts terrific tax tactic

Apple announced today it will start to repatriate back to America some of the massive profits it accumulated outside the USA – and will use the cash to Make America Great Again.…

Hey. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. Get in here... so we can shake your hands – US Senate cyber-terror panel

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:36:44 GMT

So much for that grilling

The US Senate's commerce committee basically gave executives from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube a back-rub at a hearing on Wednesday morning.…

Sueball smacks AMD over processor chip security flaw silence

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:26:14 GMT

CEO, CFO in crosshairs after shareholder 'losses'

AMD stands accused of "artificially inflating" its stock price by not making public a CPU design flaw the tech world now knows as Spectre, according to a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of investors.… slammed for NHS data-sharing deal with Home Office

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:15:36 GMT

Flouts doctors' guidelines, doesn't properly balance public interests, MPs told

The UK health service's NHS Digital has been accused of operating to a "lower standard of confidentiality" than rest of NHS, in a heated hearing about a deal that requires patient info to be handed over for immigration enforcement.…

PPI-pusher makes 75 MEEELLION nuisance calls, lands £350k fine

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:55:12 GMT

Firm slapped for 'blatantly ignoring telemarketing laws'

A company that made 75 million nuisance calls in just four months has been handed a £350,000 fine from the UK's data protection watchdog.…

Ofcom cracks on with spectrum auction rules, despite Three's legal challenge

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:26:09 GMT

UK telcos continue appeal to lower spectrum cap

UK comms regulator Ofcom is cracking ahead with plans for the forthcoming spectrum auction – despite further delays posed by Three's Court of Appeal challenge.…

National Audit Office report blasts's 'muddled' STEM strategy

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:23:04 GMT

More people have skillz, but not in fields that need them

The UK government's "muddled" attempt to boost skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) risks wasting taxpayers' money, according to a report by the National Audit Office today.…

Shafted by bosses, disdained by punters, loved by hackers – yes, it's freelance workers

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:03:06 GMT

Turns out they are a top target for phishers

Usenix Enigma Gig economy workers – the fancy new way to describe short-term freelance serfs like Uber drivers and Deliveroo riders – are well in the sights of hackers.…

Heathrow's air traffic radio set for shiny digital upgrade from Northrop

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:32:09 GMT

With built-in web servers. Yup, you read that right

Heathrow Airport is to get new air traffic control radio systems with a surprising amount of internet connectivity baked into them.…

'No evidence' has done much to break up IT outsourcing

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:00:05 GMT

Carillion scandal part of a long tradition of big supplier addiction

The scandal around Carillion has put the UK government's addiction to outsourcing in the spotlight. Yet it is a practice that has been going on for many decades - not least in public sector IT.…

Australia won't prescribe its national broadband network a high-fibre diet

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:21:22 GMT

Nobody gets 100 Mbps, so nobody buys 100 Mbps, so nobody needs 100 Mbps. QED

Australia's federal government yesterday tabled its response to recommendations put by the parliamentary committee on the National Broadband Network, and has mostly rejected its recommendations.…

US senators vow to filibuster FBI, er, NSA's domestic, errr, foreign mass spying program

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:40:10 GMT

Who's up for warrantless surveillance?

Updated A number of US senators from both sides of the aisle have said they will filibuster an effort to approve the continuation of a controversial American government spying program.…

Facebook, Schrems case cost Irish data watchdog €2m – reports

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:15:07 GMT

But don't worry, it got €4m budget boost this year

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner has forked out almost €2m in the long legal battle involving Facebook and privacy activist Max Schrems, according to reports.…

Wave Tata, Capita: You've lost mega-contract to rival outsourcer

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:17:05 GMT

Man from Pru tears up £722m deal five years ahead of time

Financial services slinger Prudential is to kick Capita to the curb, cutting short a 15-year mega deal and switching the administration of its life and pension policies to Tata Consultancy Services.…

Xiaomi the money: China's latest IPO star tastes of bubble tea

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:57:07 GMT


Analysis Xiaomi's rush to go public is as much a sign of a speculative bubble as Bitcoin mania. Will it have a happy ending?…

DXC execs: Here's ANOTHER deadline for skills profiling

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:58:05 GMT

Staff got until 26 January to load bullets on employment gun

DXC Technologies' employees still reluctant to upload their "skill profile" onto a company database they fear will be used in the next big redundancy rounds yesterday got a ticking off from top brass.…

Hey Europe, your apathetic IT spending is ruining it for everyone

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:55:22 GMT

Gartner predicts buyers ready to splash 4.5% more cash globally in 2018

Listless IT spend in Europe is dragging down the pace of global recovery, according to the latest prediction from entrail-prodders Gartner.…

Capita's UK military recruiting system has 'glitches' admits minister

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:29:06 GMT

DRS still letting the armed forces down big time

A defence minister has told Parliament that Capita’s pisspoor Defence Recruiting System (DRS) has “glitches”, following reports from The Register giving a glimpse inside the shambolic system.…

Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:57:15 GMT

Needs to make six to eight a year, predicts it can get back to 25 a year once airlines wake up

Airbus has reported its most prolific year to date in terms of deliveries, but also warned that it needs a new buyer of its flagship A380 if it is to continue production.…

IBM kills Global Technology and Global Business Services: It's all ‘IBM Services’ now

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:34:53 GMT

Because you need to ‘capitalize on exponential intelligence fueled by pervasive tech’ and only IBM can do that

Exclusive IBM has plans to help its ailing services business with a re-branding exercise that will see its Global Technology Services (GTS) and Global Business Services (GBS) operations emerge as a single entity named “IBM Services.”…

UK taxman has domain typo-squatter stripped of HMRC web addresses

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:06:14 GMT

Panama corporation owns nearly 54,000 dot-UK sites

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has insisted on having a Panama company trading as the “Whois Foundation” formally stripped of a handful of dodgy web domains, even though the firm instantly offered to hand them over when challenged.…

220 heads to roll as Steria hacks away at back-office IT biz

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:28:07 GMT

Part of major shake-up at outsourcer

French outsourcer Sopra Steria plans to make 220 folk redundant from its UK government business as part of a major upheaval of its public sector operation.…

Childcare is a pain in the bum and so is HMRC's buggy subsidies site

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:05:08 GMT

Thousands still experiencing issues since April launch

More than 6,000 parents looking to access financial help with childcare have had difficulties with using HM Revenue and Customs' frequently broken Childcare Choices website.…

Facebook, Twitter supremos ditch Disney as biz steps on their turf

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:45:11 GMT

Tech bigwigs won't seek re-election to Mickey Mouse board

The Walt Disney Company's increasing interest in moving its shows online has forced two Silicon Valley supremos to leave the board.…

Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:05:07 GMT

GSM gateway prohibition was way below Sir Philip Rutnam's paygrade

Comment Questions have been raised over the UK Home Office's most senior civil servant's involvement in the banning of GSM gateways – following botched redactions to freedom-of-information responses by Ofcom.…

German Bar Association says Nein to patent court block effort

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:01:12 GMT

Good news for UPC advocates, bad news for EPO staff

The effort to create a single patent court system for Europe has been given a boost with a response from the German Bar Association arguing that a complaint against the Unitary Patent Court (UPC) should be thrown out.…

France may protect citizens' liberté with ban on foreigners buying local big data firms

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:02:05 GMT

AI and other tech could go on 'not to be acquired' list

France is considering regulating foreign takeovers of businesses in the data protection and artificial intelligence sectors, minister for the economy Bruno Le Maire said on Friday.…

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 03:13:57 GMT

You'll Pai for this, thunders FCC

Bad user interface design has been blamed for Hawaii experiencing a brief spate of nuclear panic over the weekend.…

US shoppers abandon PC makers in hour of need

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:04:13 GMT

Global sales fall for 13th straight quarter

America’s PC market sneezed in Q4 calendar and the rest of the world caught a cold: global sales declined in the final three months of last year, stats from Gartner indicated – although rival IDC did not concur.…

EU court to rule whether Facebook should seek and destroy hate speech

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:33:06 GMT

Austrian lawmakers bump up row over criminal content

The European Court of Justice has been asked to decide whether Facebook should actively search for hate speech posted by users.…

UK taxman told to go easy on transformation with Brexit in headlights

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:03:06 GMT

Unwieldy projects AND leaving the EU? Don't make us laugh

The UK government's spending watchdog has warned HMRC is biting off more than it can chew by undergoing major transformational projects while simultaneously coping with the fallout of Brexit.…

PC lab in remote leper colony had wrong cables, no licences, and not much hope

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:01:09 GMT

Not even Linux could save the day for odd educational outpost

On-Call Welcome back to On-Call, The Register’s weekly tale of – ahem – challenging support jobs that readers have encountered around the world.…