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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.…

Ecuador tried to make Julian Assange a diplomat

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:58:07 GMT

It didn’t work, but he got a nice shirt for becoming a citizen

Ecuador granted citizenship to Julian Assange and tried to register him as a diplomat in order to secure his release from the nation’s London embassy.…

Intel top brass smacked with sueball for keeping schtum about chip flaws

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:40:12 GMT

CEO, CFO under fire as lawsuits mount up

An Intel stockholder filed a class-action lawsuit yesterday accusing the chipmaker of artificially inflating its stock prices by omitting to tell anyone about the Spectre and Meltdown flaws in its products.…

US House reps green-light Fourth Amendment busting spy program

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:29:19 GMT

As America's very stable genius weighs in with his one cent

The US House of Representatives has passed a six-year extension to the controversial Section 702 spying program, rejecting an amendment that would have required the authorities to get a warrant before searching for information on US citizens.…

Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:33:14 GMT

No-deal predicted to lop £46.8bn off Blighty investment

A no-deal Brexit scenario could scrap 92,000 science and technology jobs across the UK, a report has claimed.…

UK data watchdog dishes out £600k in fines to 4 spam-spewers

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:32:14 GMT

ICO fought dodgy contracts, buck-passing, and less than concrete proof

The Information Commissioner's Office has fined four companies £600,000 for spamming customers millions of times.…

Black & Blue: IBM hires Bain to cut costs, up productivity

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:05:08 GMT

The result? One-third of GTS to be 'redeployed' or not replaced when they leave

Exclusive IBM has indicated to senior Global Technology Services management that a third of the global workforce will be “productively redeployed” in 2018 with tens of thousands of personnel “impacted”.…

Apple hands Chinese iCloud to Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:05:06 GMT

Doing business in China means keeping everything in Chinese hands behind the great firewall

Apple has announced it will hand over iCloud operations in China to government-owned local partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry (GBCD) on February 28.…

1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:57:46 GMT

White men complain they're held back by 'reverse discrimination'

A bunch of blokes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – STEM – jobs reckon they are the victim of "reverse discrimination" from efforts to diversify the ranks in tech companies.…

Tata for now: Marks & Sparks transfers 250 tech jobs to outsourcer

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:41:05 GMT

This is not just cost-cutting, this is M&S cost-cutting

Middle-class nirvana Marks & Spencer – the British purveyor of classy date-night grub and frumpy clothes – is slashing its tech supplier base and sending 250 staff to Tata Consultancy Services under an IT outsourcing accord.…

'Repeal hate crime laws for free speech' petition passes 14k signatures

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:14:10 GMT

Good luck with that one, internet dwellers

A petition calling for "an end to hate speech laws" has passed 10,000 signatures – requiring a formal response from the UK government.…

Adrift on a sea of data: Architecting for GDPR

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:08:06 GMT

The European regulator cometh

I’ve spent many hundreds of hours listening to sales pitches from technology vendors but it’s only during the last year I’ve started to find them rather depressing. That’s been thanks to the arrival in 2018 of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.…

Cabinet reshuffle leaves UK digital policy and GDS rudderless. And now the news...

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:35:11 GMT

Responsibilities unclear amid leadership shake-up

Responsibility for broadband delivery in the UK has been handed to Margot James following Matt Hancock's promotion to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in prime minister Theresa May's reshuffle of the top jobs this week.…

Apple agrees to pay £136m in back idiot taxes to UK taxman

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:26:06 GMT

Details of HMRC deal remain behind closed doors

Apple has agreed to cough up £136m in back taxes to HMRC following an "extensive audit" by the tax man.…

Sacked senior Intel sales head accuses IoT chief of perjury

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:46:07 GMT

Employment Tribunal hears sex discrimination and wrongful dismissal case

A sacked former Intel senior sales head has accused the company’s global IoT partner director of perjury – and was told to “not put the spin on” by the judge.…

Carphone Warehouse cops £400k fine after hack exposed 3 MEEELLION folks’ data

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:29:08 GMT

ICO: Seriously insecure system allowed unauthorised access to DB

Carphone Warehouse has been handed one of the largest ever fines – a whopping £400,000 – from the UK’s data protection watchdog after exposing the details of millions of its customers.…

Max Schrems: The privacy bubble needs to start 'getting sh*t done'

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:33:05 GMT

Austrian activist on funding his privacy NGO and retiring from the front line

Interview "The problem we have in the privacy bubble is that we're great at saying how evil and bad everything is... but we're not that great at getting shit done."…

UK Data Protection Bill tweaked to protect security researchers

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:01:11 GMT

Re-identification of data will not be a crime, as long as you warn the authorities

The United Kingdom has revealed amendments to its Data Protection Bill to de-criminalise research into whether anonymised data sets are sufficiently anonymous.…

Indian data leak looks to have been an inside job

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 06:31:11 GMT

5,000 officials blocked from accessing billion-plus-records Aadhaar systen

The government authority in charge of India's billion-records-and-counting Aadhaar biometric identity database, the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI), has suspended 5,000 officials from accessing the system.…

WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 04:02:07 GMT

Secrets dealer may be nearing end of asylum stay, on humane grounds

The Ecuadorian government has reportedly sought a plan to end Julian Assange's world's longest couch surfing stint record attempt at its London embassy.…

MPs sceptical of plan for IT to save the day after UK quits customs union

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:44:06 GMT

Jesus, you're not relying on government tech, are you?

MPs have slammed government's approach of touting tech "as its magic solution to customs post Brexit" in a Parliamentary debate.…

Japanese giant NEC gobbles Brit IT firm Northgate for £475m

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:23:08 GMT

Private equity owner waves goodbye

Japanese multinational NEC has splashed £475m on UK-based IT provider Northgate Public Services.…

Sky customer dinged for livestreaming pay-per-view boxing to Facebook

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:39:06 GMT

It's a mystery how they found out. Call Sherlock

A Sky subscriber who illegally streamed a pay-per-view boxing match to Facebook has copped a plea with the broadcaster.…

India denies breach of its billion-strong 'Aadhaar' ID system

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:01:09 GMT

Journo who bought data has been named in police complaint

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has refuted claims the country's Aadhaar identification system was hacked as “clearly a case of misreporting being incorrect and misleading”, but has also filed a police complaint against the journalist who reported a breach.…

Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 01:30:01 GMT

We're now into minute 21 of his 15 minutes of fame

James Damore, the software engineer fired from Google after ironically firing off a neurotic memo about "neurotic" women, has launched a class-action lawsuit in the US against his former employer.…

Supremes asked to mull legality of Silicon Valley privacy 'slush funds'

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 18:33:04 GMT

When watchdogs don't watch

Analysis Nothing expresses Silicon Valley's cynicism about privacy like its fondness for rewarding its friends from privacy class-action settlements – while class members get nothing. Now the US Supreme Court has been invited to consider whether such settlements are fair.…

CCTV commish: Bring all surveillance systems under code of practice

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:58:12 GMT

Proliferation of video tracking in Blighty 'undermines' efforts to improve

The UK's surveillance camera commissioner has told the British government to adopt a "common sense position" and bring all bodies using surveillance camera systems under its code of practice.…

UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:28:10 GMT

But you still have to do it, kids

GCSE computer science coursework will no longer count toward the final grade after answers to set tasks were leaked online last year.

GoPro exits drone market and slashes jobs amid sales warning

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:32:08 GMT

It's been a bad year, dude

Action camera maker GoPro is exiting the consumer drone market and slashing 254 roles after issuing a sales warning.…