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I thought there'd be more Instagram: ICT apprenticeships down 20% in five years

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:26:05 GMT

Just not as sexy as engineering

The number of youngsters taking up ICT apprenticeships has fallen by nearly 20 per cent over the last five years, according to the UK's Education and Skills Funding Agency.…

Sack the Xerox CEO 'immediately', yell activist investors

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:14:10 GMT

Moneymen always ready to say: Icahn tell you what you're doing wrong

Activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deacon are linking arms to force Xerox to “explore strategic alternatives” for the business and squeeze out the “old guard” manning the fort should they resist change.…

UK competition watchdog: Fox's takeover of Sky 'not in public interest'

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:44:04 GMT

Deal would hand Murdoch too much power – provisional ruling

Fox's proposed £11.7bn take over of Sky has been deemed not to be in the public interest, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally ruled today.…

IBM UK's pre-Xmas GTS head-chop: THWACK! Is that it?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:02:09 GMT

Unsure on-shore: When it comes to staff ratio, you hit it then quit it... right? Right?

IBM's Global Technology Services says it is finally edging closer to a proposed target to base 60 per cent of the workforce in offshore locations, one fifth in nearshore and another fifth onshore.…

Australian Senate vote-counting-ware contract a complete shambles

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:23:23 GMT

Auditor says the right people were elected, probably, despite security and other messes

The Australian Electoral Commission's (AEC's) handling of the nation's 2016 election was deeply flawed, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has found.…

Murdoch to Zuckerberg: Cough up cash, nerd

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:59:29 GMT

Here comes the great defender of journalism – and he wants Facebook to pay for news

News Corp executive chairman and internationally despised publisher Rupert Murdoch has waded into the fake news debate – and demanded that internet giants pay journalists for their work.…

Facebook grows a conscience, admits it corroded democracy

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:56:46 GMT

Mr Zuckerberg, are we the baddies?

Facebook has admitted it was "far too slow" to recognize that its systems were being used to "spread misinformation and corrode democracy."…

Blockchain rebrand sends Stapleton Capital's shares soaring

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:45:04 GMT

Shares only double in value this time

Another company has discovered the secret of how to send shares soaring overnight: simply add "Blockchain" to your name.…

Tax Google and Facebook for a job subsidy scheme? Sigh

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:42:11 GMT

If you want more public interest journalism, you need a Big Gov IT Project™

Comment As British politicians are urged to target Facebook and Google with a new tax and pour the profits into a scheme for funding public interest journalism, it’s worth taking a close look at the vested interests demanding this course of action.…

Crappy Christmas! Dixons Carphone dials back profit expectations

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:48:10 GMT

It woz Brexit and 'cautious consumers' wot done it

Dixons Carphone has slashed full-year profit estimates amid continued downward pressure on mobile phone margins over the Christmas quarter and "more cautious consumer" spending in the UK.…

Squeezing more out of slippery big tech may even take tax reforms

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:02:04 GMT

Figures are growing but still puny compared to profits

Over the next few weeks Facebook, Amazon and Google’s owner Alphabet report full-year results. Inevitably, this will reopen debate on whether big technology companies pay enough tax in countries outside the US bases, something that's been discussed for several years. The difference is that now politicians in several countries are talking about and implementing changes that could mean such companies pay significantly more in future.…

'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:59:06 GMT

In 'On-Call' techies blame users for messes. In 'Who, me?' it's all your own fault

Who, me? Welcome to the very first edition of “Who, me?” a new Reg column we hope will prove as entertaining as our Friday On-Call tales of tech support gigs gone wrong.…

Europe waves through Qualcomm's NXP slurp

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:05:12 GMT

Chip-maker promises to play nice with others to secure deal

Qualcomm's NXP Semiconductor has been cleared by European Commission regulators, which makes it pretty much a done deal.…

Hey American business, here's how to use blockch ... sorry – we've been shut down

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:01:14 GMT

NIST delays advice and is very, very sorry about 2013 crypto SNAFU

Shmoocon The political maneuvering that has shut much of the US government this month has delayed the National Institute of Standards and Technology's planned release of guidance about the risks and rewards of blockchain technology.…

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.…