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Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:02:08 GMT

Beeb bigwig reckons £75m saved in IT could help pay parity. What?

Exclusive Hundreds of IT roles at the BBC are to be offshored to cheaper wage locations, under a £560m contract renewal coming into force with its incumbent outsourcing giant Atos.…

Got some pom-poms handy? seeks a geography cheerleader

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:13:05 GMT

Bid to raise discipline's profile after hitching it to big data hype

Whitehall is looking for a geography aficionado to emphasise the role the discipline plays in the UK government's work.…

Speaking in Tech: Lobbying – how sh*t gets done in America

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:39:55 GMT

Podcast Plus, crappy UK broadband, meeting Theresa Bae, drone regs and more

Google goes home to Cali to overturn Canada's worldwide search result ban

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:28:39 GMT

Confused? We can explain

What should govern the behavior of huge multinationals like Google: the law Google makes for itself, or the laws that people make?…

Retailers would love an NBN backhaul tariff restructure

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:56:10 GMT

But it might be hard to persuade the government

When nbn™', the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network, decided to revise its backhaul price book back in June and the the move was rightly welcomed. But the topic remains so controversial CEO Bill Morrow has flagged further possible changes.…

HP Inc, HPE both slapped with racism, ageism lawsuit

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:42:22 GMT

IT titans hit by class-action sueballs, dragged toward court

The two offshoots of Hewlett Packard are being sued in the US for allegedly discriminating against African Americans and older workers.…

Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:51:39 GMT

Massachusetts jail to kill off in-person meetings for more profitable solution

A jail in the US has taken its embrace of technology a little too far by putting an end to in-person visits – and requiring family members to video conference with their locked-up loved ones instead.…

Hey, hipsters. Amazon has 'space' for 450 new R&D roles in Shoreditch

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:44:07 GMT

Mass recruitment

Amazon today announced it plans to "double" its R&D roles in the UK capital. However, it won't say when all of the new roles will be recruited.…

Taxi app investor SoftBank said to be driving at multibillion-dollar stake in Uber

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:38:05 GMT

Japanese firm wants to tighten grip on Asian ride-share market

Japanese firm SoftBank is reportedly aiming to take a multibillion-dollar stake in Uber, just days after it stumped up cash for Singaporean ride-sharing biz Grab's latest investment round.…

Southern awarded yet another 'most moaned about rail firm' gong

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:52:13 GMT

If you want good trains, go to Hull

Grumbling Brit commuters are more likely to moan about Southern than any other train line, according to the latest national passenger survey (PDF) from the UK's transport watchdog.…

House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:29:07 GMT

Copyright-agnostic streaming hardware fail UK safety standards

Pirate TV boxes may not be safe, IP champions FACT and Westminster Council, in the south of the UK, have claimed.… asks for bailout amid dispute over who runs the site and collects ad dollars

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:29:09 GMT

Google and Facebook both have fact-check site on their fake-news-fighting teams

Fact-checking web site says it is “in danger of shuttering” due to a commercial dispute that has starved it of revenue.…

TechnologyOne says City of Brisbane ignored its own reviews

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:43:13 GMT

Big-bang software rollout goes bitterly bad, where have we heard that before?

Australian ERP software vendor TechnologyOne has escalated a long-running row with Brisbane City Council, threatening to sling an AU$50 million sueball at the city.…

Democrats (still a thing, apparently) are super unhappy about AT&T's Time-Warner merger

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:37:06 GMT

Busting up telcos is on LOSER party's agenda. SAD!

Democrats in US Congress oppose AT&T's acquisition of Time-Warner and any other proposed big-time telco gobbles.…

You don't call, you don't text: SIM-flinger Gemalto warns of 9% sales drop

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:15:07 GMT

And will write down €420m due to removeable SIM's 'prospects'

Security software-maker Gemalto has once again issued a trading update, warning its second quarter revenue will fall 9 per cent to €742m (£663m) compared with the same period in 2016.…

Nationwide’s online banking goes down again

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:54:18 GMT

Scheduled maintenance overran, says bank

Nationwide UK customers have been unable to see payments on their online banking systems since this morning, in the latest in a string of digital glitches at the bank.…

Al Capone was done for taxes. Now Microsoft's killing domain-squatters with trademark law

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 02:58:05 GMT

Plausibly Redmond-related domains were used to phish

Bit-by-bit, Microsoft is hitting back at an international domain-squatting/drive-by-hacking operation by taking over the domains involved.…

Silicon Valley IT biz boss cops to lying about Cisco H-1B jobs

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:13:52 GMT

Consulting firm fibbed about hirings to import more workers

The owner of a Silicon Valley tech consulting biz has pled guilty to making up job offers in order to obtain US H-1B visas for overseas workers.…

Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:32:27 GMT

You know what they say: Money makes the world go round

Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are finding the Trump Administration a very expensive prospect, at least according to their newly released lobbying figures.…

Legal boffins poke holes in EU lawmaker's ePrivacy proposals

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:08:08 GMT

Recommend amendments on privacy, tracking and encryption

The European Commission's proposed ePrivacy law needs significant amendments, particularly on location tracking and keeping people's communications confidential, according to an in-depth study.…

Vodafone reports sliding revenues but customers don't hate them as much

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:38:12 GMT

And India still a mighty struggle

Vodafone's UK reputation is improving thanks to network improvements, the company said, pointing to a higher net promoter score as it revealed its results today.…

Dump X of your crew, DXC Technologies UK told. Hundreds face axe AGAIN

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:26:11 GMT

'Please stop leaking info to The Reg,' says UK boss

Exclusive Less than four months after DXC Technologies was created and the Frankenfirm is already embarking on a second round of jobs cuts, with hundreds of frontline support techies earmarked for the chop.…

User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:33:09 GMT

Reg reader was shouted at for a problem the customer created, but won his respect and apologies

On-Call Hey, hey, it's Friday! Which means frolicsome weekend fun is just a day away … if you can survive work and this week's instalment of On-Call, The Register's weekly column in which we recount readers' stories of jobs gone weird.…

ServiceNow stops over in Jakarta on its journey to AI-land

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:04:06 GMT

SaaS-y business process simplifier adds security chat rooms, cloud management and more to new release

ServiceNow's Jakarta release went live on Thursday, bringing with it plenty of new toys for IT departments and hints of artificially intelligent things to come.…

Toshiba's spat with WDC over chip biz is now a song of strife and ire

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:33:45 GMT

Court orders only prolong bid process, and winter is coming

Toshiba regained a right to lock WDC (SanDisk) employees from their joint-venture fab in Yokkaichi, Japan, reversing WDC's court-obtained Temporary Restraining Order, which was won earlier this month.…

Just look at our cloud sales, beams profit-sapped SAP

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:17:12 GMT

Boost to 2017 cloud guidance as revenue rises 29%

SAP has reported revenues of €5.8bn in the quarter ending June 30, up 10 per cent on the previous year’s figure.…

Uber, Twitter's legal eagles gather to wring claws about bro culture

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:31:08 GMT

Time to expand the brocabulary

Lawyers from Uber and Twitter spoke about ways to curb "bro culture" in the male-dominated world of Silicon Valley at an annual judicial conference this week.…

UK households hit by 1.8m computer misuse offences in a year

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:02:12 GMT

Stats show few report such crimes to cops

The number of incidents of computer misuse in England and Wales reached 1.8 million in the year up to March 2015, according to official crime statistics released today.…

NHS trusts splashed £260m on PCs in last four years

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:28:32 GMT

Obviously not enough to stop Wannacry...

In the last four years, NHS Trusts have spent £260m on 401,084 new PCs, at an average cost of £650.54 a box, according to Freedom of Information responses.… watchdog didn't red flag any IT projects. And that alone should be a red flag to everyone

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:04:13 GMT

Transparency is welcome – but you gotta read between the lines

Analysis The BBC’s release of its top earners’ salaries this week stirred up both long-time detractors of Auntie and dyed-in-the-wool supporters.…

Europe's 'one patent court to rule them all' vision may be destroyed by EPO shenanigans

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:01:07 GMT

King Battistelli finally facing consequences for his actions

The freeze on long-held plans to approve a single patent court for Europe is a result of the actions of the president of the European Patent Office, according to German media reports.…

Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:58:30 GMT

DNS king breaks own bylaws yet again

Special report Amazon may still get hold of its namesake top-level domain .amazon after an independent review panel lambasted the decision by DNS overseer ICANN to deny its application.…

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:51:36 GMT

-.-- --- ..- -. --. / .--. . --- .--. .-.. . / - --- -.. .- -.-- --..-- / . .... ..--..

For over a hundred years, navies around the world have messaged each other at the speed of light – signal lamp light.…

Hortonworks reshuffles C-suite, gets third COO in 12 months

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:23:05 GMT

Hadoop-flinger's CEO: We're making great progress, but...

Hortonworks has ditched its second chief operating office in less than a year as part of a C-suite reshuffle that saw share prices drop.…

Tapping the Bank of Mum and Dad: Why your Netflix subscription is poised to rise (again)

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:19:12 GMT

Valley's funding new companies that end up looking just like the old ones

Analysis If Silicon Valley still does one thing better than anybody else, it's propping up profitless corporations, just like the Bank of Mum and Dad. Gulf states pour money into Premier League teams, but not on anything like the scale of Uber and Netflix, two examples of capital-swallowing money pits.…

Australia releases MH370 sea floor data but search is still off

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:57:09 GMT

Minister celebrates lovely pictures of the sea floor, says he hopes new info is found

Geoscience Australia, the nation's agency for recording and sharing geographic and geological data, has released the first tranche of data captured during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.…

Rapid7 slurps security orchestration biz Komand

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:58:09 GMT

When a problem comes along, you must whip it. Without having to get off your chair

Rapid7 is the latest vendor to jump on the orchestration and automation bandwagon, announcing it's buying upstart outfit Komand to plump out its range.…

Nutanix CEO smacks down VMware exec over claim it's a new Enron

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:54:20 GMT

Yeah, the one that went down in flames for enormous financial naughtiness

The ongoing spat between VMware and Nutanix has flared again, with the latter company's CEO Dheeeraj Pandey hitting Twitter to smack down Lee Caswell, Virtzilla's veep for Products, Storage and Availability.…

Don't let this snap-drag-on: Qualcomm waves white flag to Apple

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:35:09 GMT

CEO Mollenkopf opens door for settlement in licensing battle

The CEO of Qualcomm says he hopes to settle his company's licensing dispute with Apple out of court.…

One-quarter of IT projects at high risk of failure

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:03:36 GMT

Digital borders, digital tax and raft of MoJ projects singled out

One-quarter of the UK government’s major IT programmes worth a total lifetime cost of £8bn are at high risk of failure, according to a Register analysis of the major project watchdog's annual report of 143 government programmes worth over £455bn.…

UK government's war on e-cigs is over

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:22:10 GMT

Vape at work? Hey, why not?

Comment The government has said that the persecution of the users of e-cigarette technology should stop. The Department of Health today outlined a Five Year Tobacco Control plan for England with the goal that the proportion of the population who smoke tobacco products should fall to 12 per cent by 2022, down from 15.5 per cent today.…

UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:33:07 GMT

Vows crackdown on sexist commercials next year

Ads depicting manchildren incapable of carrying out basic household tasks, and women in the role of Stepford Wives clearing up their mess, are to be banned in a crackdown by the Advertising Standards Authority.…

Another Brexit cliff edge: warned over data flows to EU

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:39:05 GMT

'No prospect of a clean break' on data protection laws – but UK may lose its influence

The UK is risking a security and trade "cliff edge" if it doesn't secure an arrangement that allows data transfer with the European Union to continue after Brexit, a report has said.…

John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:58:08 GMT

He's got a box called Sentinel to do the job, but in April he said it was 'vulnerable'

Having tilted at the US presidency without success, John McAfee has picked his last next big windmill: Google.…

Buzzword buzzkill: Cloud, AI, IoT and edge work in a real product

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:02:13 GMT

SAP teaches factory equipment to pre-analyse for costly faults, call cloud for help

Artificial intelligence, the internet of things and edge computing are 2017's inescapable buzzwords, and cloud probably has that role for the entire decade. So imagine The Register's surprise when we learned all three are working together in a product you can put to work today.…

US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:29:42 GMT

Meanwhile the TSA found 78 guns at US airports last week, 32 with a round chambered

The United States' ban on laptops being carried into airliner cabins is all-but-over, after the nation's Transport Security Administration reduced its list of dodgy airports to just one and signalled that destination awaits inspection before also disappearing from its list.…

Juicy fine for Bradford firm after it blurts one million spam texts

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:09:08 GMT

Brit biz told to pay £80k for messages advertising Satsuma Loans

Bradford-based loans company Provident Personal Credit has been fined £80,000 for squeezing out almost a million nuisance texts.…

Google must cough up contact info for 8,000 employees in gender discrimination case

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:01:06 GMT

But judge narrows scope of US Labor Dept request

Google has been ordered to hand over personal details of 8,000 employees as part of an ongoing US Labor Department investigation into equal pay.…

Media mogul Murdoch's 'Sky dataset' swallow poses 'grave threat'

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:25:53 GMT

UK peers want ICO to ensure info cannot be misused

The proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is a "grave threat" to the democratic process, members of the UK's House of Lords have claimed.…

Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:58:10 GMT

Good old Capita keeps Auntie's purse overflowing

Nearly three-quarters of TV Licensing criminal convictions in the UK last year were secured against women, according to data gathered by an anti-Telly Tax campaigner.…