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Misco UK chops majority of workforce, pulls down shutters

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:17:54 GMT

Administrator blames credit insurance cuts, online rivals for collapse

Misco UK has laid off 300 staff, as expected, after ceasing to trade and appointing administrative receiver FRP Advisory to pick through the ashes of the loss-making business.…

MongoDB shoots for $220m in IPO, values NoSQL biz at $1.2bn

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:02:09 GMT

Trading due to begin on NASDAQ today

MongoDB hopes to rake in as much as $220.8m when it finally goes public – a move expected later today.…

SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:02:13 GMT

Israel's Spacecom still loves Elon enough to also pay for future launch

Spacecom and SpaceX have settled their differences over a burned satellite. The Israeli company has once again signed Elon Musk's company for launch services.…

Australian government launches review of .au domain

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:20:31 GMT

Minister doesn't mention scandals at current operator, says it's time to modernise

Australia will conduct a review of how the nation's .au top level domain is managed.…

Like Uber, for socialism: Chinese leader calls for more use of AI, big data and sharing economy

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:58:04 GMT

Leader Xi Jinping also wants to crimp 'erroneous viewpoints' with more net censorship

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has outlined the nation's technological ambitions in his opening address to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).…

First annual review of Privacy Shield gives it a resounding... 'adequate'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:03:08 GMT

Just missing an ombudsman, checks on companies, info on how to use it... Mere quibbles

The first annual review of the Privacy Shield agreement that governs transatlantic data flows has come back with a solid, unsurprising mark of "adequate".…

Brit spooks 'kept oversight bodies in the dark' over data sharing

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:01:12 GMT

Your social media's been scraped as the Investigatory Powers Act flaps in the wind

Concerns have been raised that neither of the bodies tasked with overseeing the UK's spy agencies were aware that data they collected was shared with the private sector.…

Watchdog slams HMRC, Amazon over 'dismal' response to UK biz hurt by online VAT fraud

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:41:06 GMT

Estimate of full impact 'out of date and flawed' says committee

HMRC, Amazon and eBay have not done enough to crack down on overseas sellers evading VAT in the UK, a “dismal” failure that has hit British businesses hard, the House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee said today.…

Linux kernel community tries to castrate GPL copyright troll

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:16:48 GMT

Greg Kroah-Hartman issues 'enforcement statement' after chap wins 'a few million Euros' with questionable claims

Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman and several other senior Linux figures have published a “Linux Kernel Community Enforcement Statement” to be included in future Linux documentation, in order to ensure contributions to the kernel don't fall foul of copyright claims that have already seen a single developer win "at least a few million Euros.”…

Australia's IoT security rating might work, if done right

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:08:58 GMT

Cyber kangaroo isn't loose in minister Teehan's top paddock

INTERVIEW As Vulture South reported Monday, Australia's government hopes to have consumer Internet of Things products given security “star ratings” of some kind, so consumers know what they're buying.…

No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:53:05 GMT

America hasn't gone full-blown crazy, yet

The head of America's telly watchdog, the FCC, said he cannot follow up on Donald Trump's threat to revoke the broadcast licenses of TV networks that run unflattering news coverage of the US president.…

Future of Misco UK hangs in the balance – sources

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:21:10 GMT

CEO dispatched to secure extra finance. If that fails, administration awaits

Misco Group Ltd is holding eleventh-hour talks to secure additional funding to turn around the business and stave off the threat of administrative receivership, multiple sources have told The Reg.…

Now German companies are beating the drum over poor patent quality

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:56:06 GMT

New European Patent Office chairman gets it in the ohr

The issue of falling patent quality at the European Patent Office (EPO) has again reared its head, this time thanks to German intellectual property lawyers.…

Capgemini: We love our 'flexible, flowing' spade

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:25:08 GMT

Totally, like, an expression of 'humanity and commitment' and stuff

Logowatch Throwing caution to the wind, the IT outsourcing and services giant Capgemini is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a daring visit to the Strategy Boutique.…

Resellers on Surface: Yeah, go ahead and kill it. What do we care...

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:33:04 GMT

'We're here to make money and ain't no one getting rich off it'... even Microsoft

Canalys Channels Forum The biggest tech resellers in Europe would not mourn the demise of the Surface device should Microsoft decide to kill it off by 2019, as was recently predicted at the Canalys Channels Forum.…

Aviation industry hits turbulence as Airbus buys into Bombardier’s new jetplanes

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:29:06 GMT

Partners now have trade wars to fly around

Airbus has struck a deal to buy a majority stake in Canadian plane-maker Bombardier's C Series Aircraft in a deal that will mean a shakeup for the global aviation market.…

Australian senator Pauline Hanson wants devilish scam calls to flash '666'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:03:17 GMT

And that's not the evil bit, because there's an IETF standard that could help

An Australian senator has come up with a cunning plan to stop phone scammers: any call from an unregistered VoIP line should show the caller's number as “666”.…

Dying! Yahoo! loses! fight! to! lock! dead! man's! dead! account!

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:27:10 GMT

Sure, now they care about protecting email

Yahoo! may be compelled to hand over the contents of a dead man's email account to his surviving family, Massachusetts's top court has ruled.…

Review pins blame for Medicare ID breach on you. All of you

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:08:48 GMT

Gov wants us to protect Medicare numbers. In return it will protect something

Comment The Australian government's review of an incident that saw health care customer numbers offered for sale on a Tor “darknet” site has recommended retaining the numbers as acceptable proof of identity.…

Deloitte to wind up Plutus Payroll, promises contact with contractors 'within 20 biz days'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:57:56 GMT

Supreme Court says fallen payroll outfit owes AU$139m to Commonwealth

The Supreme Court of the Australian State of New South Wales has appointed liquidators to Plutus Payroll, the payroll services provider that lured thousands of IT contractors with a free service but has since been alleged to be a tax-skimming scam.…

Super Cali goes ballistic, small-cell law is bogus. School IT outsourcing is also... quite atrocious

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:31:25 GMT

So much for only one Super Cali headline per month

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a state bill that would have allowed telcos to put up loads of small-cell antennas, and thus boost phone coverage, against city officials' wishes.…

Ernst & Young slapped with £1.8 MEEEELLION fine for crap accounting

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:41:13 GMT

Watchdog takes bean-counter to task over Tech Data audit

Ernst & Young is nursing a £1.8m fine from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) after admitting to "misconduct" when auditing 2012 P&L accounts for distributor Tech Data that were later found to contain material mistakes.…

Toshiba raises dread spectre of working with SK Hynix on flash fab

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:32:12 GMT

Hooo boy, WDC. You've really done it now

Toshiba could partner with SK Hynix on flash foundry operations, implying the WDC joint venture could have a finite shelf life.…

Huge power imbalance between firms and users whose info they grab

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:08:07 GMT

Pervasive data-gathering needs urgent action – report

Mass commercial data gathering and opaque decision-making processes have a “massive potential” to damage personal autonomy and dignity, a report has said.…

'Cyber kangaroo' ratings for IoT security? Jump to it, says Australia's cyber security minister

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 03:02:04 GMT

Proposed labelling scheme will try to match similar efforts in UK, USA

Australia's government hopes that somewhere in the world, a vendor of consumer-grade connected electronics is willing to admit it's rubbish at security by giving itself a low score in a proposed safety rating system.…

Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:03:42 GMT

Everyone safe, except drone pilot who ignored local rules

Canada's transport minster has told drone operators to stay away from airports after a remotely piloted craft bonked a passenger plane during its final approach to Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City.…

Twitter to be 'aggressive' enforcer of new, stronger rules

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:10:19 GMT

Grab some popcorn as we wait to see if @realdonaldtrump passes test of no hate symbols and glorifying violence

Twitter has reacted to last week's criticism arising from its suspension of actor actress Rose McGowan's account, after she strongly criticised alleged sex fiend Harvey Weinstein – by announcing it will soon implement and aggressively police new community standards.…

Facebook, Twitter slammed for deleting evidence of Russia's US election mischief

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:02:02 GMT

They have an honest explanation, of course

Facebook and Twitter have come under attack for deleting tens of thousands of posts that may provide vital clues to how and to what extent the Russian government was able to able to influence the US presidential elections.…

Uber begins appeals process to claw back taxi licence in London

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:59:09 GMT

Ride-hailing biz free to continue operating until negotiations end

Londoners can keep on using the Uber ride-hailing app. For now.…

Dear America, you can't steal a personality: GDPR godfather talks privacy with El Reg

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:17:13 GMT

Jan Philipp Albrecht on transatlantic data flows, anonymity and AI

Interview "Now I've heard that one before. Let me think, where was it... Ah yes. It was Google!"…

Scouse marketing scamps scalped £70k for 100,000+ nuisance calls

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:59:08 GMT

Denies automated dialling then files to strike company off government register. Hmm

A firm promising to generate leads for businesses has been fined £70,000 for making more than 100,000 nuisance calls – although it has denied using automatic dialling.…

Beware the GDPR 'no win, no fee ambulance chasers' – experts

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:35:10 GMT

Companies told to quit hoarding customer data and get a grip on where it's held

The UK's incoming data protection laws could bring with them a wave of "no win, no fee"-style companies, experts have said.…

Samsung Electronics CEO resigns over bribery scandal

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:29:11 GMT

Kwon Oh-hyun quits on the same day company posts monster profits

Samsung Electronics vice-chairman and CEO Kwon Oh-hyun has announced his resignation, citing the “unprecedented crisis” of the bribery scandal that saw Samsung vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong jailed for bribery.…

Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:02:10 GMT

Spoiler alert: this story has a twist at the end

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register's weekly wander through readers' recollections of tech support traumas.…

Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:05:02 GMT

Woman stands up to powerful bully. What happened next will not shock you

Analysis Twitter was today accused of censorship after it froze the account of actress Rose McGowan – who had just publicly slammed alleged sex fiend Harvey Weinstein.…

Screw the badgers! Irish High Court dismisses Apple bit barn appeals

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:06:13 GMT

€850m data centre given go-ahead after two-year delay

Ireland's High Court has dismissed planning appeals preventing the construction of Apple's County Galway data centre, Reuters reports.…

Q. Why's Oracle so two-faced over open source? A. Moolah, wonga, dosh

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:02:05 GMT

And lobbying US government against it is NOT modernising IT

Oracle loves open source. Except when the database giant hates open source. Which, according to its recent lobbying of the US federal government, seems to be "most of the time".…

European Patent Office's document churning snatches Germany's attention: 'We are concerned about quality'

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:03:08 GMT

Don't blame staff, blame...

A row has broken out at the European Patent Office over the quality of its work.…

Avaya thinks it's found a new voice, by singing the same old song

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:30:13 GMT

El Reg meets new CEO Jim Chirico on his tenth day in the job

INTERVIEW “Avaya”, the company's newly-minted CEO Jim Chirico tells The Register, is “a company that promises solutions for what the customers demand we need to be.”…

Microsoft is Putin a stop to Russian-sanctions-busting IT resellers

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:02:12 GMT

Установка Linux, Дмитрий!

Microsoft is investigating how some of its products were sold to businesses and government offices within Russia and Crimea despite strict sanctions against such sales.…

Fuming Qualcomm smashed with 23 BILLION DOLLAR fine in monopoly abuse probe

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:28:20 GMT

Wait, wait, this just in... make that 23 billion Taiwanese dollars

Trade officials in Taiwan have hit American chip designer Qualcomm with a NT$23.4bn (US$774m) fine for abusing its dominant position in the wireless electronics world.…

Oz military megahack: When crappy defence contractor cybersecurity 'isn't uncommon', surely alarm bells ring?

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:54:06 GMT

30GB of data nicked in 'Alf's Mystery Happy Fun Time' attack

While Australia's federal government scrambles to hose down a hacking incident, it's important to ask why a defence contractor of any size could run a network so insecure it exposed default administrative interfaces to the Internet.…

To Russia, with love: Greek court now says Bitcoin fraud suspect could be tried at home

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:02:09 GMT

US and Moscow both want to extradite Alexander Vinnik, 38, but minister of justice will decide

A judicial appeals court in Thessaloniki, Greece, has backed Moscow's extradition request for Russian citizen and suspected Bitcoin launderer Alexander Vinnik, The Greek Observer reports.…

WDC adds an FAQ to SanDisk-Tosh chip arm wrestling match

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:30:12 GMT

The world according to WDC

WDC is channelling its inner Theodore Roosevelt in its public negotiating stance with Bain Capital and Toshiba.…

Give us cash and think about the kids, UK tells Facebook and Twitter

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:02:06 GMT

Abuse tax mooted as 'online safety' rhetoric ratchets up

The British government is now proposing a direct tax on social media companies while inviting everyone else to hush and think of the children.…

Concerns raised about privacy, GDPR as Lords peer over Data Protection Bill

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:10:43 GMT

'Incredibly hard to read and even harder to understand'...

Fears over privacy and the application of GDPR, concern over lax rules for spies, and the omission of regulation on fake news, were just some of the issues raised at the second reading of the UK Data Protection House Bill in the House of Lords.…

European Patent Office staff rep blames prez for 'slipping quality'

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:02:09 GMT

Overseers told of low morale, poor performance and even suicides

Fed up with years of willful ignorance, staff at the European Patent Office publicly called out their president in front of the organization's overseeing body.…

Ex-Autonomy CFO begs court to toss out US fraud allegations

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 06:02:10 GMT

Hussain's lawyers say exec can't be tried in the States for what allegedly happened in UK

The former chief financial officer of ill-fated $11bn HP acquisition Autonomy is asking a US court to dismiss felony fraud charges related to his role in the 2011 merger deal.…

Qualcomm offers concessions to secure NXP Semi takeover

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 04:03:07 GMT

Reports say patent, interop promises on the table

Qualcomm is hoping it can cut a deal with the European Union to get the go-ahead for its multi-billion NXP Semiconductors acquisition.…

Google: This may shock you, but we also banked thousands of dollars to run Russian propaganda

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:22:36 GMT

Big sums spent on shady search ads amid US elections

Joining Facebook and Twitter, Google has now been sucked into an investigation into how Russia influenced the US presidential elections last year.…