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'Outpaced' ASIO was infiltrated by Soviets

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:31:13 GMT

Spy agency faced 'incredible growth' in spies in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, book reveals

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has publicly admitted for the first time it was infiltrated by Soviet spies during the Cold War.…

Juniper revenue up, but profit slips for Q3

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:56:10 GMT

A cloudy forecast points towards a flattish Q4

Juniper's turned in a Q3 2016 quarter revenue of US$1.285 billion, up 3 per cent on the same period last year, but with GAAP profits down by 13 per cent to $172.4 million.…

Akamai rides on the botnet's back to US$584 million quarter

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:30:55 GMT

Security biz up, content distribution down

Cloud computing security has driven a 6 per cent year-on-year revenue growth for Akamai, up from $US551 million last year to $584 million for Q3 2016.…

IBM Australia didn't stress-test #censusfail router and blocked password resets

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:56:10 GMT

IT Crowd jokes aside, who okayed this mess?

If Vulture South wasn't running short-staffed yesterday, we'd have stayed with the Senate Committee hearings inquiring into Australia's Census outage on August 9, and caught this gem:…

Benioff on being hacked: We're looking into some next-gen fax machines

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:30:04 GMT

Salesforce CEO talks diversity, investments and, yes, making the world a better place

Marc Benioff is many things. But a whiner is not one of them.…

Disaster in Cupertino: Apple only made US$9bn last quarter

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:56:09 GMT

'Holy s**t, Tim!' - profits have slipped to a mere 'bonkers'

Apple once again saw revenues drop, as 45.5 million iPhone 7 sales were not enough to boost its fourth-quarter earnings.…

US judge rubber-stamps Volkswagen's 'Dieselgate' settlement

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:01:44 GMT

475,000 Americans will get trade-in value plus $5k to $10k compensation

Volkswagen's proposed US “Dieselgate” remedies can go into effect, a US judge said, approving the disgraced auto-maker's US$14.7 billion settlement.…

That time Brian Krzanich had dinner with Elon Musk, Marc Benioff, David Blaine and Lars from Metallica

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:39:07 GMT

Intel CEO talks teamwork, not reading books and white privilege

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich doesn't read books.…

What has 500,000 thumbs and is no longer being sued by HP? Panasonic

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:19:22 GMT

Sides settle beef over the cost of that DVD player you never use

HP says that Panasonic will no longer be a target in its optical drives lawsuit – after the two sides reached a settlement deal.…

Euro Central Bank backs money laundering rules for virtual currency exchanges

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:03:07 GMT

But 'illegal activities might continue to be financed'

Plans to bring virtual currency exchanges and digital wallet providers within the scope of EU anti-money laundering (AML) legislation have been backed by the European Central Bank (ECB).…

Iceland's Pirate Party tops polls ahead of national elections

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:02:09 GMT

Manifesto silent on copyright, calls for privacy, anonymity and open data in open formats

The Pirate Party looks set for a successful outing in the coming weekend's Icelandic elections.…

Reports: Twitter chainsaw massacre redux on the cards

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:30:13 GMT

300 staff to get their 140-character farewell

Twitter is going from “troubled” to “beleaguered”, with reports that after it failed to flog itself it's going to cut loose as many as 300 staff.…

IBM Australia again blames ISPs for #censusfail, is also 'unreservedly' sorry

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:57:04 GMT

Big Blue in compensation talks with Australian government

IBM has tried to explain why trivially-small denial-of-service attacks took out the systems it provided for Australia's Census, causing a 40-hour outage.…

2016 has been a garbage fire. But 2017's looking up – there'll be loads of IPOs, beams Intel

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:56:10 GMT

Head of chip giant's VC arm bullish about exits

Pretty much everyone can agree that 2016 has been awful all round, but hey here's something we can look forward come January 1: 2017 is going to be the year of new tech IPOs, according to the CEO of Intel's venture capital arm.…

Intel throws the ball long with sports, VR and IoT cash injections

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:22:27 GMT

Chip giant puts $38m into next generation of digital tech

Intel has launched a new group to cozy up to pro-sports, aimed at working with the major leagues to introduce the next wave of technology from virtual reality to data analytics, tracking and image capture.…

Clinton, Trump actually agree on something – blocking AT&T's Time Warner mega-buy

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:37:09 GMT

No matter who wins US prez race, merger faces rocky ride

AT&T's proposed $84.5bn acquisition of Time Warner is already facing a gauntlet of opposition from government officials and activists.…

Murder in the Library of Congress

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:17:12 GMT

Copyright chief removed, moved sideways

The US Copyright Office has been given a brutal Silicon Valley-style sacking, the first time the Copyright Register has been dismissed in 119 years.…

Government Digital Service under review after rural payments cockup

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:56:07 GMT

Audit follows IT disaster that resulted in farmers being underpaid

Whitehall's spending watchdog is to review the achievements of the Government Digital Service in light of the Rural Payments Agency's IT disaster.…

Parliamentarians ask Obama to withdraw Lauri Love extradition request

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:42:51 GMT

Cross-party collective of 105 MPs sign open letter to US President to save Love

A cross-party collective of 105 UK MPs has penned an open letter to US President Barack Obama, requesting that he intervene to withdraw the extradition requests for alleged #OpLastResort hacker Lauri Love.…

Cabinet Office gears up to ink mega Oracle deal

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:05:09 GMT

How's that plan to break with monopoly suppliers going?

The Cabinet Office is gearing up to ink another mega pan-government Oracle licensing deal, multiple sources have told The Register.…

AT&T buys Time Warner for US$85.4bn or 1.25 Dell-EMCs

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:16:12 GMT

Batman, HBO, Harry Potter, CNN to become 'addressable advertised personal social mobile experience'

AT&T has agreed to acquire Time Warner for US$85.4bn.…

No matter who becomes US president, America's tech giants are going to be quids in

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:56:10 GMT

Both parties promising massive tax break on overseas earnings

Last night's US presidential debate may have been fierce, but no matter who wins the election next month, technology firms are going to make out like bandits.…

UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:58:07 GMT

Seeks passporting clarity

A UK fin-tech firm will seek regulation in Ireland if the government doesn’t preserve financial services passporting rights in its EU exit talks.…

Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:24:10 GMT

How not to throw the baby out with the bathwater

If you're considering doing a relaunch, a "reboot", or a revamp of any kind, there's a lot to learn from the story of the Mini.…

Sky’s CEO drops MVNO bombshell at results conference

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:02:59 GMT

Firm's sure to use its sports lure to bring in the punters

At the announcement of its results this week, Sky said that it was planning MVNO services based on the O2 network, which is run in the UK by Telefonica. Faultline has been forecasting a move by Sky into cellular for the past four years and is surprised that it has taken this long for the move to emerge.…

Hardware ain't hard, money is: Crowdfunding, bootstraps and startups

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:24:10 GMT

Can you rattle the tin for marketing? Really?

Radbot Our quiz on startup branding revealed that a worrying number of you are not to be trusted with a hot iron - branding, soldering, or even wool setting, it seems.…

Sysadmin flees asbestos scare with disk drive, blank pay cheques, angry builders in pursuit

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:02:08 GMT

And he needed rather obscure controllers to get anything working again

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our Friday frolic through readers' memories of jobs gone bad.…

Despite best efforts, fewer and fewer women are working in tech

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:25:57 GMT

It's not the boardroom that needs a change, it's the classroom

Women are still losing ground in the computer science and IT fields, despite corporate pledges to improve gender diversity in their ranks.…

EU legal eagle: Euro court should review Intel's €1.6bn fine

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:03:49 GMT

Chipzilla market share WAS overstated, claims Advocate General

An EU High Court Advocate General has recommended a review of the case that saw Intel slapped with a record fine after it was found to have coerced OEMs to avoid using rival companies' x86 CPUs.…

Britain's fight to get its F-35 aircraft carriers operational turns legal

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:15:12 GMT

OK, a bunch of uniformed lawyers had a thinly-disguised knees-up

An earth-shaking blow has been struck in the never-ending battle to get Britain’s F-35 fighter jets and the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers to sea: Whitehall has asked the Americans for legal help.…

Fujitsu Voice is no more: Employee works council shuttered as job cuts loom

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:39:31 GMT

Silence falls

Fujitsu slashed the vocal chords of its UK employee consultation committee before it confirmed to personnel that mass redundancies were to take place, El Reg can reveal.…

Is this the worst Blockchain idea you've ever heard?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:02:12 GMT

Peak Blockchain. Just stop

Poll The music industry has been a petri dish for some fairly atrocious digital ideas, but few can be as desperate as Blockchain.…

NCC stirs in 'lumpy' bits of Fox, produces sales gravy. But market still chokes

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:19:52 GMT

Doesn't seem to've killed its appetite for acquisition

UK-based infosec outfit NCC Group has weathered a tricky summer period that involved some contract deferrals and cancellations while still managing to post a profit.…

Dynamic IP addresses are your personal property, CJEU rules

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:06:50 GMT

Property? Arrrr... no

The CJEU has affirmed personal property rights over dynamically allocated IP addresses, a move which brings European data protection laws into play.…

‘Alan Turing law’ to give posthumous pardons to 59,000 men for 'gross indecency'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:38:54 GMT

16k surviving 'ex-cons' punished for their sexuality will have to file paperwork

The government is set to extend the posthumous pardon given to Alan Turing for gross indecency to all of those men who were convicted for homosexual acts under legislation which has since been repealed.…

Microsoft reveals career-enhancing .PNG files

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:03:05 GMT

'Digital Badges' will tell the world you drank Redmond's certification=credibility Kool Aid

Microsoft's ongoing efforts to make its certifications something that shows bosses how very clever you are have given us some new “Digital Badges”.…

Trump vs. Clinton III - TPP looks dead, RussiaLeaks confirmed

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:24:47 GMT

Reg finds tech needle in a haystack of stupid

Expect an outbreak of denials from whoever's got the credentials to @Wikileaks at the moment: Hillary Clinton has said no fewer than 17 civilian and government intelligence agencies point the finger to Kremlin interference in the election.…

Australia's IBM-assisted Census fail burned AU$30 MEEELLION

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:39:20 GMT

How to spend $10 million A DAY fixing a web site

Australia's AU$700k-per-year chief statistician has told a Senate estimates committee that the August 2016 Census crash lopped $30 million off the hoped-for $100 million savings to be had from taking the survey online.…

Czech, mate: Cops cuff Russian bloke accused of LinkedIn mega-hack

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:23:08 GMT

Arrest caught on cam as chap enjoys lunch in Prague with his squeeze

Vid Czech Republic police have arrested a Russian believed to be the hacker behind the massive 2012 theft of more than 100 million LinkedIn user credentials.…

Third of Donald Trump's debate deplorables are mindless automatons

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:35:36 GMT

Twitter bots make a lot of noise but thankfully can't vote in elections

Hillary Clinton may have the most human supporters among those running for the US presidency, but Donald Trump has an edge among automatons.…

Report: UK counter-terrorism plan Prevent is 'unjust', 'counterproductive'

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:21:07 GMT

Muslim child's Facebook holiday snap farce a case in point

Prevent is “not only unjust but also counterproductive” according to a study into the human rights impact of the strategy, which revealed how a 14-year-old was targeted over a Facebook photograph.…

Here's how much HP's 3-in-1 PC replacement will cost you

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:42:13 GMT

Pricey, but cheaper than a pub full of BOFHs

HP Inc has disclosed pricing for HP Workspace, the Windows app-streaming service that allows its new Elite x3 business phone to fully replace a PC.…

Brexit? No impact at all, chuckles reseller juggernaut

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:50:05 GMT

Softcat warned of storm cloud in UK ahead of referendum, now says it blew over

The storm clouds Softcat pointed to gathering over the industry in the months prior to the EU referendum didn’t rain on the firm’s parade after all, judging by financial results outlined to the City today.…

Buck up, You need to get a grip on failing shared services centres - PAC

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:32:06 GMT

Promise to save £600m per year was all talk and no trousers

MPs have urged the Cabinet Office to get a grip on its embarrassing efforts to consolidate departments' back offices into two privately owned shared services centres.…

Australia's new data breach disclosure laws have a rather floppy definition of 'breach'

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:11:45 GMT

If someone doesn't think you can be harmed by a breach, they can stay quiet

After years of discussion a draft of Australia's proposed data breach disclosure laws has landed and, to The Register's mind, it leaves a lot of wriggle room for those who would keep breaches secret.…

Yahoo! hides! from! financial! analysts! amid! email! hacking!, privacy! storm!

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:51:22 GMT

Mayer silent on Verizon's discount demand, too

Yahoo! had little to say on its looming tie-up with Verizon, as the Purple Palace turned in quarterly numbers that managed to beat analyst expectations.…

Ecuador admits it cut Assange's internet to stop WikiLeaks' US election 'interference'

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:17:20 GMT

10 points to Gryffin, er, Ecuador

Ecuador's Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Movilidad Humana – its foreign ministry – has admitted the nation cut off Julian Assange's internet access.…

Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:50:43 GMT

Redmond under fire for allegedly broken rating scheme

Microsoft has failed in a bid to shoot down a lawsuit alleging that its employee rating system was biased against women.…

Honeywell's UK staff mull strike action

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:04:13 GMT

Final salary scheme to be axed

UK employees of multinational Honeywell are considering strike action over the closure of their final salary pension scheme.…

Spinal Tap’s bass player sues former French sewer

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:45:11 GMT

It's about artists' rights, argues Harry Shearer

Actor, writer and director Harry Shearer, who played Derek Smalls in the band Spinal Tap, is suing the owners of the movie This Is Spinal Tap over royalties. The 1984 film is often cited as the best comedy of all time.…