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IT contractors behind IR35 calculator to leave HMRC... because of IR35

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:51:49 GMT

Sources say department is undergoing a major crackdown

The IT contractors who built the UK tax collectors' IR35 tool to determine whether freelancers are in the scope of the new tax clampdown have themselves been ruled within the scope of IR35.…

Thank Souq for that! Jeff Bezos now world's second richest

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:02:10 GMT

Close, but no BIll Gates

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has surpassed clothing tycoon Amancio Ortega and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett to become the world's second-richest person.…

Ten bidders sniffing around Toshiba's memory biz – reports

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:04:07 GMT

Tenuous but critical deal to save corporation takes its first steps

Accordng to the Nikkei Asian Review, there are ten bidders for Toshiba's memory business.…

Russian mega-telco exec: 'No business case' for 5G

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:56:04 GMT

It's all just for attention at MWC. Buuuuuuurrrrrnnnnnn

While the 5G enthusiasts often hit the headlines with visions of AI-driven robots and virtual reality, many operators remain sceptical of the new business models 5G will drive, at least in the short term. Vasyl Latsanych, CMO at Russia's largest telco, MTS, echoed the sentiments Wireless Watch hears from many of its MNO research contacts – that 5G, for now, remains a series of what-ifs, with no clear answers.…

nbn™ to offer 100Mbps fixed wireless service

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:39:02 GMT

Rural businesses will be living the dream in 2018

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has announced it will launch a 100Mbps fixed wireless service in 2018.…

Don't believe the hype: UK's £455m Government Digital Service lacks a clear role – fresh audit

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:04:31 GMT

Got nine-figure problems but a strategy ain't one

The track record of the UK's Government Digital Service has come under fire by the National Audit Office, which today said it has “unclear accountabilities".…

Silicon Valley staffing agency boss charged with H‑1B visa fraud

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:01:58 GMT

CEO and pal faked letters from Cisco, Brocade, Stanford, prosecutors claim

Jayavel Murugan, CEO of staffing agency Dynasoft Synergy, is accused of faking letters from Silicon Valley bosses so he could ship cheap foreign workers into America.…

Kiwi cable goes live, and it's nowhere near a volcano

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:56:09 GMT

Tasman Global Access sees the light

An NZ$100 million submarine cable has given New Zealanders a bit more diversity in their connections to the outside world.…

BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:38:13 GMT

Gor blimey, guvnor!

A prominent contributor to the open source Drupal content management system has been asked to distance himself from project because "his belief system is inconsistent with [the] project's goals."…

IBM: Those 2 redundancy schemes? We need to 'improve margins' and right quick

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:36:05 GMT

There’s nothing wrong with our forecasti.... Er, pardon us for a minute

Exclusive IBM UK has tried to justify running two redundancy schemes concurrently in the Infrastructure Services Delivery team, telling staff that financial pressures forced its hand and it may take similar action again.…

Avaya's $3.7m bankruptcy bonus plan slammed by watchdog

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:59:19 GMT

US Trustee suspects rewards for 11 execs are more an employee retention scheme

The US federal bankruptcy has slammed telco Avaya for its decision to award 11 execs $3.7m (£3m) in bonuses after the company filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year.…

Home Office accused of blocking UK public's scrutiny of Snoopers' Charter

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:35:14 GMT

Open letter to Amber Rudd: more time needed to read '413 pp of dense legal text'

The UK's Home Office has been accused of making "it near to impossible to provide a meaningful response" to the public consultations which campaigners fought legal battles to have included in the Investigatory Powers Act.…

Virgin Media suspends 4 staff over misreporting connections

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:20:03 GMT

Shakes up top brass after 142k misrepresented in £3bn Project Lightning

Virgin Media has admitted to overstating its £3bn Project Lightning superfast broadband rollout by 142,000 premises – a move that has led to the suspension of four staff and a reshuffle of its top brass.…

UK's 'homebrew firmware' Chinooks set to be usable a mere 16 years late

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:05:05 GMT

After burning hundreds of millions into the bargain

The Ministry of Defence has started replacing the flight control software on its all-but-useless Chinook Mk.3 special forces helicopters, a mere 16 years after bungled attempts to bake its own software without involving manufacturer Boeing.…

Microsoft wants screaming Windows fans, not just users

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:03:09 GMT

And it might be winning them: Windows Insiders program has cracked the ten million mark

Microsoft's revealed it doesn't just want Windows users, it wants Windows fans. As in queue-all-night, constantly-offer-unsolicited-feedback, faint-at-the-sight-of-pop-stars fans.…

FBI secures guilty plea from Russian bot-herder

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:27:08 GMT

Ebury infections for fun and profit, sentencing in August

A Russian citizen behind “tens of thousands” of Ebury trojan infections has entered a guilty plea in the US and will face sentencing in August.…

As a shock to absolutely no one, Uber is mostly pasty, male at the top

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:01:12 GMT

Rain is wet, sky is blue, Oracle is expensive, etc

Uber has published its first ever diversity report today, revealing that the car-hailing biz is, unsurprisingly, dominated by white males like most major American technology companies.…

Court smacks Telstra over wholesale pricing

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:06:31 GMT

No NBN revenue top up for you, says regulator

Australia's Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is crowing today after the nation's Federal Court agreed with its ruling on how much dominant telco Telstra can charge for wholesale services on its fixed line networks.…

Press 1 for bill shock, 2 for outages... AWS touts call-center management-as-a-service

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:45:43 GMT

All your calls are belong to us

Amazon Web Services on Tuesday introduced Amazon Connect, a hosted contact center service that allows any business to consign customers to voice jail with minimal effort.…

Robots are killing jobs after all, apparently: One droid equals 5.6 workers

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:22:46 GMT

So much for the utopian techno future, according to this study

Industrial robots are depressing wages and increasing unemployment, according to a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a private, non-profit, non-partisan research organization in America.…

Federal Police toss nbn™ under a bus over leaks to Senator

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:32:38 GMT

'Who leaked the leak? Not us', claim feds, 'talk to them'

The Australian Senate's Committee of Privileges decided yesterday that documents seized from former Senator Stephen Conroy and a staffer last year are covered by parliamentary privilege, and can't be used in any police investigation into who leaked them.…

Racist Tesla staff drilled my buttocks, claims employee in lawsuit

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:58:59 GMT

Car firm says discrimination claims false, points to promotion

Tesla is facing a lawsuit from an employee at its car factory who is making lurid claims about racial discrimination in the workplace.…

Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:42:20 GMT

As House passes law, here's what you should do about it

The US House of Representatives has just approved a "congressional disapproval" vote of privacy rules, which gives your ISP the right to sell your internet history to the highest bidder.…

Red Hat: OpenStack big, getting bigger, OpenShift fatter than Linux

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:59:07 GMT

IBM does help, too

OpenStack drove a chunk of Red Hat’s largest deals during the fourth quarter, with cloud proving more lucrative than its trademark Linux business.…

EE scrap connection fee... to hike broadband and telly packages

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:34:04 GMT

Due to investment in content, it reckons

Mobile operator EE has confirmed it will be hiking the prices of new customer contracts on its broadband and TV packages.…

Oracle doing due diligence on Accenture. Yep, you read that right

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:03:06 GMT

Big Red hires consultancies to eye up consultancy

Exclusive Oracle has hired global specialists to explore the feasibility of buying multi-billion dollar consultancy Accenture, sources have told us.…

People may have been wrongly sent back to prison over faulty tags

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:06:46 GMT

'G4S has introduced further quality checks'

Offenders may have been wrongly sent back to prison because of faulty electronic tags supplied by G4S, the government admitted today.…

ICO fines Flybe, Honda for breaking data rules. They were, um, trying to comply with GDPR

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:34:08 GMT

Protip: Don't ask customers if they want to be contacted by email… by email

The Information Commissioner's Office is baring its teeth as we rocket towards the EU's General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect.…

Northamber's Phillips ponders non-exec role after nearly four decades

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:50:15 GMT

Profitability? Not just yet...

Northamber chairman David Phillip signalled his intention to take more of a backseat as he announced interim results that suggested profitability remains just tantalisingly out of reach for the veteran distie for now.…

UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:00:13 GMT

Rudd's message to Hancock must've been intercepted...

Digital minister Matt Hancock has praised the "crucial role" of encryption in today's society, just a day after Home Secretary Amber Rudd called for an encryption ban on applications such as WhatsApp.…

Activist investor buys Toshiba stock hoping for long-term price rise

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:44:12 GMT

We for one, welcome your advances – investors

A Singaporean activist investor has sunk its teeth into Toshiba, and the financial community appears to be seeing it as a vote of confidence instead of a disruptive force.… departments accused of blanket approach to IR35

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:02:41 GMT

Confusion reigns as some departments apply massive crackdown

Government departments have been accused of applying a blanket approach to tax changes under IR35, meaning the majority of contractors are being found within the scope of the legislation by default.…

Manufacturers reject ‘no deal’ Brexit approach

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:33:11 GMT

Access to both the single market and the customs union 'key', says EEF

The representative group for manufacturers is calling on the government to reject a "no deal is better than a bad deal" approach to Brexit, warning the UK’s manufacturing sector would bear the brunt.…

BT hit with £42m fine for Ethernet compensation delays to competitors

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:26:02 GMT

Will fork out estimated £300m to rivals who leased unfixed lines

Updated BT has been smacked with a £42m penalty for its failure via Openreach to compensate other telecoms providers for delays to fixing leased line "Ethernet" services, in a decision from Ofcom today.…

Toshiba's nuclear power plant business runs out of steam

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:58:06 GMT

Westinghouse Electric seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Toshiba has decided to press the big red button in its attempts to reorganise its nuclear power business, seeking Chapter 11 protection for troubled Westinghouse Electric.…

Cisco denies restraint of trade in Arista-spat, asks court to dismiss case

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 01:28:07 GMT

Under a trade ban, Arista can't sue in America, says Switchzilla

Under fire from Cisco and US trade regulators, Arista has fought back by accusing Switchzilla of anti-trust behaviours. So last week Cisco asked a Californian judge to dismiss the case.…

Sources: Misco SOLD to Hilco Capital, care home for the distressed

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:30:14 GMT

Failed tech reseller joins same stables as HMV, Jessops, Staples...

Exclusive Systemax has offloaded almost all of its Misco-branded European reseller operations to Hilco Capital, a buyer of distressed firms that will add the failing tech supplier to a basket that already contains HMV and Staples, multiple sources have told The Reg.…

UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:45:10 GMT

Plus: UK needs those with the right 'hashtags' to stop wrong uploads*

The UK government is once again suggesting encryption has no place in citizens' hands, in the wake of revelations that Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was using WhatsApp shortly before murdering pedestrians with his car, and stabbing a police officer to death.…

After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:14:50 GMT

PM's spokesman and foreign secretary wave warning finger

In the wake of a terror attack in the heart of London this week that left five dead, the UK government has turned its ire onto online companies – including Google and Facebook – for not doing enough to remove extremist webpages and other content from their services.…

Pure Silicon Valley: Medium asks $5 a month for absolutely nothing

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:46:14 GMT

Think of it as being your own mini-VC without shares

Analysis Silicon Valley prides itself on disrupting industries – but it has bitten off more than it can chew by trying to take on an already highly competitive market suffering from major money woes.…

Alternative vet Quartermaine exits Daisy, Daisy...

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:08:30 GMT

Bicycles into the sunset

Brit IT services giant Daisy Group has waved goodbye to former Alternative Networks CEO Mark Quartermaine – just months after it bought the comms and tech integrator, an internal document has confirmed.…

Lloyds Banking Group axing hundreds of jobs AGAIN

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:01:31 GMT

And that's even before all of those techies are farmed out to IBM

Lloyds Banking Group is throwing more UK techies overboard ahead of the big outsourcing deal with a “single strategic partner” that El Reg previously revealed was IBM.…

Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:19:58 GMT

All the tools you need

Until just minutes before we hit publish on this story, Google was using a YouTube channel run by a fan of Hezbollah to promote potentially lethal drones.…

Profitless Twitter starts rumour of paid-for Tweetdeck option

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:40:42 GMT

Gotta do something to break even, right?

Twitter, the profitless microblogging website, has floated the idea of offering a paid-for version of its Tweetdeck product – and this is going down amongst the site’s users like a cup of lukewarm vomit.…

I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:05:12 GMT

Deathly Hallows Mark ii

IBM UK appears to have fired the starting gun on a 2.0 redundancy programme for the Infrastructure Services Delivery division – before the first one has even concluded.…

MPs slam 'dismal' cost savings of government procurement body

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:26:05 GMT

Crown Clown Commercial Service

The UK government body created to save cash buying common goods and services centrally has so far provided "dismal" savings for the taxpayer, the Committee of Public Accounts said in a report today.…

Gov may need to splash £245m per year on IT contractors – NAO

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:01:04 GMT

Please come back freelancers, forget IR35: all is forgiven

The government will need to splash £145m per year on 2,000 digital staff - or £244m using contractors - if it is to meet the serious shortfall in skills, according to the National Audit Office.…

Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:29:03 GMT

'Chittering' under raised floor was the sound of a disaster recovery lesson

On-Call Ooh! Friday is here! This means it's time for On-Call, in which El Reg acknowledges that misery loves company by sharing stories of jobs gone awry.…

First the Rise of the Machines, now this: UK military's Exercise Information Warrior

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:03:10 GMT

From drones to smart warships. Well, sort of

Comment Fresh from signing contracts to put artificial intelligence into its warships, the Royal Navy is now running an exercise to demonstrate robotic warfighting tech at work – Ex Information Warrior.…

Australia bins safe harbour, presses ahead with Minister-as-NetAdmin plan

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:18:22 GMT

A land where the minister runs the internet and the media runs a minister

Australia this week shelved planned safe harbour reforms to copyright and decided to proceed with laws that would make its attorney-general NetAdmin-in-chief.…