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Wisconsin advances $3bn bribe incentives package for Foxconn

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:21:54 GMT

And only $230,000 a head out of the public purse!

Wisconsin has moved forward a $3bn incentives package to lure manufacturing giant Foxconn to the US state.…

Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:46:37 GMT

And what finer company than Uber to make that clear

You may never read those lengthy terms and conditions attached to every digital download or app but, in America at least, they are legally binding. Sorry.…

Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:49:55 GMT

Plus: Steve Bannon fired from White House

Updated Tech leaders today resigned from the US government's digital economy advisory board over President Trump's inability to unequivocally condemn racists.…

Infosys CEO quits, citing 'untenable atmosphere' created by critics

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:25:12 GMT

Former SAP man Vishal Sikka bails but will be interim CEO's boss

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka has resigned, effective immediately, but neither he nor the company's board are happy he's going.…

Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:58:06 GMT

And had suits savage an utterly innocent sysadmin for his own ignorance

On-Call Friday means a few things at El Reg: a new BOFH. A couple of beers. And another instalment of On-Call, our weekly column in which we take reader-contributed tales of being asked to do horrible things for horrible people, scrub them up and hope you click.…

Lenovo expects data centre profits in two years, if it can fix China

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:57:04 GMT

For now the company is just happy with growth for the first time since buying IBM's servers

Lenovo has reported flat quarter-on-quarter revenue, but is content to have achieved that as it reflects stabilisation in its data centre and mobile businesses.…

Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryptocurrency

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:06:14 GMT

Money laundering and terror finance laws will stretch to cover digi-dollars

Australia has decided digital currencies need the same level of regulation enjoyed by other currencies.…

Tomorrow, DreamHost will square up to US DoJ to avoid handing over 1.3m IP addresses of anti-Trump site visitors

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:32:16 GMT

Data demand 'breaks First and Fourth Amendments'

Efforts by US prosecutors to identify up to 1.3 million people who accessed an anti-Trump protest website is unconstitutional, a court will hear on Friday.…

FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:47:57 GMT

Except at quality titles like El Reg, of course, cough

John Wanamaker, an American department store merchant who died almost a century ago, is noted for saying: "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half."…

London cops urged to scrap use of 'biased' facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:01:05 GMT

Year-on-year deployment isn’t really a trial, say privacy groups

London's Metropolitan Police have been urged to back down on plans to once again use facial recognition software at next weekend's Notting Hill Carnival.…

HPE sales chief Peter Ryan abandons ship amid downsizing ploy

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:28:13 GMT

CSO said to have quit to spend more time with family in UK

HPE global sales chieftan Peter Ryan has quit the company after just over a year of relentless travel away from his family in the UK.…

Singapore court awards $2.9m over bad job reference

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:05:13 GMT

Damages calculated on potential earnings

Singapore's High Court has awarded S$4m* dollars ($2.9m, £2.25m) to a former insurance agent after a letter of reference lost him a potential new job.…

Nine months and a lot more b*llocks to go before new EU data protection rules kick in

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:42:08 GMT

Info commish hits back at fake GDPR news

The UK’s information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has apparently become so infuriated with inaccurate claims about incoming data protection rules that she is penning a series of blogposts to “bust the myths”.…

Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:03:04 GMT

Prising IT systems from decades of EU lawmaking

Exclusive Defra – the UK government's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – is hiring 1,400 "business policy" folk so it can untangle itself from Europe after Brexit, according to multiple insiders.…

Ads regulator raps PC repair biz for massaging malware infection rates

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:00:05 GMT

Stop running that or we'll say stop again, so help me god

An online PC repair shop was yesterday given a small ticking off by the Advertising Standards Agency – the UK's notoriously gummy marketing watchdog – for claiming that one in three PCs are blighted by malware on a daily basis.…

Scrutiny? We've heard of it. Dot-UK supremo Nominet goes dark

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:01:12 GMT

Even limited board reports now scrapped in favor of worthless 'updates'

The operator of the .uk top-level domain, Nominet, has become the latest internet registry to vote itself into greater secrecy.…

Cisco security sales disappoint, DRAM drought dents results

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:31:05 GMT

It's okay, though, we've got an iPhone app coming soon says CEO Chuck

For a couple of years now, Cisco has said its future lies in selling more software, but it's not quite working out as planned.…

New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:33:16 GMT

French satellite photos suggest something man-made floated beyond search zones

New analysis of images thought to depict wreckage from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 suggest the Boeing 777 came down to the north of the area searched during efforts to find the plane.…

Following flat financials, Telstra pins hopes on NBN renegotiation

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:19:38 GMT

Fat dividends that investors love to be diluted, fibre backbone upgrade imminent

Expect more layoffs at Telstra, happening faster: in response to the changes wrought by the National Broadband Network on its business, Australia's colossal carrier has decided to bring forward its cost-cutting programs by a year.…

Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:47:25 GMT

Hey, hey, It's cool, Matt, 'they're Nazis' is reason enough

Cloudflare has explained why it made a rare exception to its strident free-speech policy in its decision to cut ties with white supremacist cesspit Daily Stormer.…

President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:12:56 GMT

Don't worry, Donald – Dell-EMC-VMware-RSA still has your back

Updated Facing mass defections from CEOs repulsed by President Donald Trump's weak handling of fascists marching in America's streets, the White House has disbanded its manufacturing council.…

PayPal, accused of facilitating neo-Nazi rally, promises to deny hate groups service

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:58:09 GMT

Charlottesville events force biz to defend acceptable use policy

PayPal has vowed to pull its online payment services from sites linked to hate, violence and intolerance in wake of the weekend's tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia.…

Pssst, wanna know a secret? MongoDB has confidentially filed for IPO, reports suggest

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:57:11 GMT

Oracle-chaser expected to go public later this this year

NoSQL business MongoDB has filed confidentially for IPO, according to reports.…

Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:33:13 GMT

The plaintiffs must be buzzing

The case against sex toy maker We-Vibe, which agreed to pay out $3.75m for tracking owners' use, has finally been put to bed, with a judge yesterday signing off the settlement.…

Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:30:08 GMT

Yeah, we used a variation of the headline before. And what?

Comedy domain and hosting biz 123 Reg will hike its prices 20 per cent later this year.…

Lenovo thought PC salesfolk could sell servers and was wrong by about $500m

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:30:10 GMT

'Over-integration' saw x86 business fail to launch

In Q3 2014m, the last period before offloading its x86 server business to Lenovo, IBM had server revenue of US$2.33bn, across x86 and its more exotic architectures. And in Q1 2017 IBM still had server revenue of $831.5m. Lenovo hauled in $731.5 which, once we do the math of IBM's old revenue minus Lenovo's current cash count, is a difference of about 750m.…

Intel's diversity numbers are out – and that 'push' has become more of a 'gentle nudge'

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:27:27 GMT

Plus: 10nm+ 9th-gen Core family codenamed Ice Lake

Intel says it is still on track to meet its 2020 workplace diversity targets even as the pace of its efforts to include women and underrepresented minorities slowed.…

Slurping people's info without a warrant? That's OUR JOB, Google, Facebook et al tell US Supreme Court

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:54:14 GMT

Tech giants lobby against warrantless phone spying

A group of technology companies with a fondness for data collection have banded together to ask the US Supreme Court to stop the American government from snooping on cellphones without a warrant.…

RBS sharpens axe again: 900 IT jobs to go by 2020

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:02:34 GMT

Unite says Brit bank will soon be running a 'skeleton service'

The Royal Bank of Scotland is planning to show 40 per cent of its London-based IT staff the door by 2020, according to Unite the union.…

Big legacy tech companies in UK govt start to feel pinch – report

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:25:10 GMT

But Brexit, weakened GDS could stall 'disaggregation'

Big legacy tech firms are finally feeling the pinch of the government's contract "disaggregation" plans, although Brexit could halt that trend - according to an annual report by analyst firm TechMarketView.…

Police camera inaction? Civil liberties group questions forces' £23m body-cam spend

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:33:10 GMT

Report says UK cops need to prove tech benefits policing

Almost three-quarters of police forces have forked out more than £22m on body-worn cameras, but are failing to properly monitor how the videos are used in court, according to a report released today.…

Oh, boy! Uber investors behind CEO sueball say Travis Kalanick won't let the company grow up

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:28:13 GMT

Benchmark's letter to employees details delaying action, trash-fire culture

Uber investor Benchmark Capital has written a letter to the company's employees in which it suggests the company's culture may be even more rotten than is widely known and that former CEO Travis Kalanick is obstructing efforts at reform.…

VMware in premature release of joyful liquidity

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:58:05 GMT

Announces preliminary results for Q2 and warns it'll blow its year, in a good way

VMware has admitted its core vSphere business is in long-term decline. This little thing called “cloud” seems likely to make some of its products less relevant in coming years, while Azure Stack and containerisation highlight other weaknesses.…

Intel CEO Krzanich quits Trump's Manufacturing Council over response to Charlottesville rallies

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:56:09 GMT

CEOs of Merck and Under Armour also dump, and dump on, Tweeter-in-chief

Three big-name CEOs have put some space between themselves and the US President: today they resigned from the American Manufacturing Council, President Donald Trump's panel of advisors formed to create more manufacturing jobs in the United States by bringing together titans of industry to share their experience.…

Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:30:12 GMT

Ad giant has legal fig leaf to justify ban

Google's become the latest company to let alt-right site The Daily Stormer know it's not welcome to register its domain.…

nbn™ cracks the $1bn revenue barrier, cracks whip on tardy retailers

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 01:48:09 GMT

Customer service problems are everyone's problem, by design, says CEO Bill Morrow

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has reported annual revenues of AU$1,001m for the year ending June 30, 2017, and says it's ahead of target for construction and uptake.…

hiQ prevails / LinkedIn must allow scraping / Of your page info

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:28:04 GMT

Our little haiku to mark temporary lifting of blockade on social network's public profiles

A US judge has ruled that LinkedIn must allow an analytics outfit to scrape data from its public profiles.…

Australian Bureau of Statistics flip-flops over marriage equality survey

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:21:08 GMT

Promises not to identify citizens. Except with a barcode

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is being set up for another hot privacy debate.…

Australia's metadata retention scheme costs telcos $500k per cuffing

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:52:57 GMT

Netadmin-general Brandis needs just one more vote to get telco-tweaking powers

The Australian Government's telecommunications data retention scheme is racking up the bills for carriers, but government funding has fallen short of the industry's costs.…

US prosecutors demand data to unmask every visitor to anti-Trump protest website

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:48:47 GMT

DreamHost refuses to hand over 1.3m IP addresses, and more, says warrant too broad

Web hosting biz DreamHost is resisting a US government search warrant to turn over data about everyone who visited a website used to coordinate anti-Trump protests.…

Major shareholder: BT CEO Gavin Patterson should step down

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:20:27 GMT

'A lot of what has gone wrong has not been Gavin’s fault, but...'

One of BT's top investors has reportedly called for the firm's chief exec Gavin Patterson to step down, following a number of issues to rock the biz this year including a £530m Italian accounting scandal.…

Amazon recalls dodgy solar eclipse shades that offer no eye protection

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:27:06 GMT

American cousins, don't make August 21 a blind date

Amazon has "proactively" recalled solar eclipse glasses that "may not comply with industry standards" before darkness descends on the US next week, August 21.…

Nosey ex-NHS staffer slapped with fine for illegally peeking at medical records

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:16:34 GMT

Don’t let personal curiosity get the better of you, ICO warns

A former midwifery assistant from Essex has been fined £1,715 for unlawfully accessing and sharing patients’ medical records.…

Brit firms warned over hidden costs of wiping data squeaky clean before privacy rules hit

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:18:12 GMT

Paper shredder? You'll need a data-shredder...

Not enough companies understand how to properly delete the data they hold – and need to address this if they are to comply with new data protection rules, privacy and security experts have said.…

GoDaddy gives white supremacist site its marching orders after Charlottesville slur

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:58:11 GMT

Publisher described murdered woman in revoltingly sexist and hateful terms

Domain name retailer and hosting outfit GoDaddy has given a right wing web site that describes itself as “The World's Most Genocidal Republican Website” 24 hours to find a new hosting company.…

SoundCloud: You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:31:43 GMT

Singaporean group that funded Dell EMC buy among bailout funders as new CEO steps in

SoundCloud has avoided collapse, announcing that it has secured “the largest financing round” it's ever secured.…

Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 22:16:54 GMT

Discriminatory highlights from hell

Comment Right off the bat, let's get this straight: on average, ignorant bigots and well-rounded human beings biologically differ in many ways. These differences aren't just socially constructed; they're universal across human cultures.…

Tech billionaire Khosla loses battle over public beach again – and still grants no access

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:02:49 GMT

Law slowly shutting down Sun cofounder's legal campaign

Sun cofounder and billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has lost another legal battle over his efforts to shut off public access to a California beach – but still won't be required to let people onto it until a second lawsuit concludes.… cloud fave Amazon comes under fire for tax bill

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:01:08 GMT

Margaret Hodge calls for boycott. So where does that leave Whitehall?

Analysis Amazon - whose AWS business has been increasingly drumming up biz with the UK government - has once again come under fire for its tax arrangements in the Blighty.…

Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:02:09 GMT

Gopher user dug themselves a deep, deep hole

On-Call Another weekend beckons, which means another edition of On-Call, The Register's weekly reader-contributed story of dirty jobs, done dirt cheap.…