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Brit AI daddy Sir David MacKay dies

Obit David MacKay, or more formally Sir David John Cameron MacKay, FRS, FInstP, FICE, was a true polymath who achieved greatness in the fields of physics, computer science and energy policy. He died of cancer this week aged 48. His Royal Society Biography listed just some of his achievements here: David developed a way to correct …
Drew Cullen, 15 Apr 2016
 Putting text-reading robots to work. Arthur_Caranta, CC BY-SA

Global IT spend sags

The worldwide IT market will fall 0.5 per cent in value in 2016 to $3.49tn, according to revised Gartner figures. The market watcher had previously forecasted 0.5 per cent rise in the year, but currency fluctuation put paid to that earlier notion. Optimisation as opposed to big cost-cutting is the key IT spending theme "As an …
Drew Cullen, 07 Apr 2016
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IBM wins BBC finance gig

IBM is to replace Sopra Steria as the BBC's supplier of outsourced finance, accounting and payroll, claiming victory in a four-way race. Terms for the five year deal and numbers of staff affected, if any, are not disclosed. The incumbent supplier Sopra Steria has run the contract for 10 years. The switchover to IBM will take …
Drew Cullen, 07 Apr 2016
Venomous snake

Nest kills Revolv

Nest may refund owners of Revolv for “intentionally bricking” the home automation hub. As of May 15 the product and its controller app will stop working. The Alphabet-owned firm quietly announced the Revolv's death sentence in February 2016. In response to mounting customer criticism yesterday, it told The Verge that it may …
Drew Cullen, 06 Apr 2016
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Nokia axes jobs

Nokia is waving goodbye to 1,300 staff in Finland in the wake of the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, a rival telecoms equipment maker, the company announced today. Worldwide, Nokia plans to cut up 10-15,000 jobs, according to reports. Headcount for the combined workforce currently stands at 104,000. Lady looking at phone …
Drew Cullen, 06 Apr 2016
Yoga_woman

El Reg blows chow down at Justretch.com

While checking out some exercise options in inner London, as you do, we stumbled across a class devoted to resistance stretching, and whatever on God's green earth that is, its website URL suggests you'd be well advised to have a bucket handy. Welcome indeed to Justretch.com or "just retch.com", as our auto-correct insists on …
Drew Cullen, 19 Feb 2016

Ah, that new 'baby' mainframe smell: IBM shows off z13s

IBM’s new entry-level mainframe, the z13s, makes its debut next month and the company’s press blurb makes for instructive reading, not least because it has very little to say about the actual spec. Instead, there is much enthusiasm about the security features and services assembled for the z Systems server family. The server …
Drew Cullen, 16 Feb 2016
Exit sign. Pic:  Lukas Kästner

Toshiba denies it will exit the PC market

Toshiba is denying Japanese reports that it will exit the PC business. The company is restructuring in the wake of an accounting scandal in which it overstated profit by $2bn over seven years. To any outsider, the cutthroat PC market would seem a good place to start, The company is the world’s seventh biggest PC maker, …
Drew Cullen, 16 Feb 2016
The Child Catcher

UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

Commercial porn websites face big fines if they allow British children unfettered access to their content. The companies must introduce age verification and will have a legal obligation to ensure that those accessing their material are over 18 years old. The government said the proposals put the responsibility “squarely on …
Drew Cullen, 16 Feb 2016

What took you so long, Twitter? Micro blogging site takes on the trolls

Twitter is seeking to stamp out the anonymous bullies and trolls who blight the “social” media site. Today the company announced the Twitter Trust & Safety Council, comprising more than 40 organisations and outside experts. In a statement today, Twitter’s policy boss Patricia Cartes said the council was a "new and foundational …
Drew Cullen, 09 Feb 2016
An Amazon Coin

Amazon UK boss is 'most powerful' man in food and drink

"He doesn’t run any supermarkets and his market share in groceries is minuscule. But Chris North gives grocery the shivers.” So says The Grocer, a trade magazine, which has named the Amazon UK boss as No.1 in the The Grocer’s 100 Power List, beating out more orthodox names such as Aldi UK boss Matthew Barnes, who ranks no.2. …
Drew Cullen, 09 Feb 2016
Hannibal Lector wearing mask

Those converged infrastructure vendors are cannibals, I tell you

Commodity server shipments are booming but there is a sting in the tail for specialist vendors, who are seeing their hardware sales cannibalised. Instead of buying storage arrays or network appliances, for example, tech customers are buying or developing specialist software that runs on cheap boxes. So there is more than hype …
Drew Cullen, 08 Feb 2016

Government hails superfast broadband deal for new homes

The Government has brokered a deal between BT Openreach and The Home Builders Federation (HBF) which means “new build homes [are] to have superfast broadband connectivity”. This is a tad optimistic as there is no legal compulsion for house builders to comply with the new arrangement. BT Openreach is making easier for …
Drew Cullen, 08 Feb 2016

Wanted! A browser to replace Xombrero

Readers' corner Not a mainstream request this one perhaps, but over at El Reg Forums, 1980s coder is seeking some advice. Guys, what do you reckon? I'm looking for an alternative to the Xombrero web browser, now that it seems to be virtually unmaintained, and becoming increasingly out of date. I liked it because it worked well without a …
Drew Cullen, 02 Feb 2016
OpenStack

UK IT pros love OpenStack. Who says so? SUSE says so

A SUSE survey landing on our desk reveals some 80 per cent of senior IT pros in the UK plan to move or have already move their private cloud to OpenStack. The finding is based on interviews with 110 respondents in the UK and 813 across the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and the Nordics. A snapshot of SUSE's …
Drew Cullen, 02 Feb 2016
Young "creatives" whip out their mobile phones. Photo by Shutterstock

IBM buys two digital ad agencies in a week

One for the record: IBM is buying an online creative ad agency – the second in a week – for an undisclosed sum. This one is a 300-strong company Aperto, which is headquartered in Berlin and counts Airbus, Volkswagen and Siemens among its customers. The company will become part of IBM’s IX – as in "interactive experience" – …
Drew Cullen, 02 Feb 2016

This gun says you ain’t leaving until my PC is fixed

On-call ABDUCTION 151228046, 2700 block of S. Grove Street. At approximately 11:00 a.m. on December 28, a male subject refused to let a computer technician leave the residence until his computer was fixed. The suspect allegedly had a gun in his possession and threatened to kill the victim. Joseph Nestor Mondello, 50, of Arlington VA was …
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2016
George Osborne, photo: HM Treasury

Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

Google is to pay £130m to settle a tax dispute with the British Government over how it account for revenues booked in the UK. More importantly for Treasury coffers Google will now "pay tax based on revenue from UK-based advertisers, which reflects the size and scope of our U.K. business,” a Google spokesman wrote in an email …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jan 2016
Shouting match

Is hybrid cloud fundamental for your organisation? Tell us, readers!

We write about cloud computing so often that some readers have taken to our forums to accuse us, as one put it, of flag waving for "cloud, cloud, cloud, nothing but cloud and how good it supposedly is." The reader would like us to expand our horizons to cover "businesses who shun the cloud and the strategies they have to do …
Drew Cullen, 22 Jan 2016
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Women account for just one fifth of the EU’s 8m IT jobs

The European Union has totted up all the IT jobs in the region for 2014 and this is what it found: nearly eight million ICT pros employed in the 28 member states and more than 80 per cent are men. They are also well-educated, with more than half completing tertiary education. Techies occupied just 3.7 per cent of all jobs - “a …
Drew Cullen, 21 Jan 2016
David Cameron during PMQs on Wednesday, 28 October. Pic credit: Parliament TV

Blighty's Parliament prescribed tablets to cope with future votes

The UK Parliament – the Mother of Parliaments – is treating itself to a slice of modern technology: its votes will be counted with the help of computer tablets. The overhaul is due "in the very near future", Therese Coffey, deputy leader of the UK House of Commons, announced today in response to a question by Labour MP Meg …
Drew Cullen, 21 Jan 2016

Wanted: 1,400 sales jockeys to flog Oracle Cloud

Oracle today unveiled a massive EMEA recruitment drive for its “cloud sales work force”. The enterprise software giant wants to hire 1,400 new salespeople in six locations: Amsterdam, Cairo, Dubai, Dublin, Malaga and Prague. It's also building new sales centres in Amsterdam and Cairo. They will get 600 cloud apps along with on …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jan 2016
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Who's laughing now, doubters? Cloud makers rake in £75bn in sales

Global cloud revenues jumped 28 per cent year-on-year to reach $110bn (£75bn) in the 12 months to September 2015. Totting up the numbers is Synergy Research, which tracks vendor revenues in six cloud services and infrastructure areas. These are: Public IaaS/PaaS, Private and Hybrid, SaaS, UCaaS, Public Cloud, Private Cloud. …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jan 2016

The designer of the IBM ThinkPad has died

The ThinkPad’s answer to Johny Ive has died. Richard Sapper, a German industrial designer who orchestrated the look of the iconic laptop for IBM, was 83 years old. He designed lots more stuff - you can read his obituary here. We shall focus our commemoration on the IBM ThinkPad, which hit the business world in 1992 and …
Drew Cullen, 06 Jan 2016
Screengrab of a control room in new Royal Navy aircraft carrier. One of the screens sports unmistakable Windows XP desktop

Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth appears to be using Windows XP. The ship is a year from completion, so there is plenty of time yet to bin it for a more up-to-date and secure version of the venerable operating system. The Ministry of Defence is not returning our calls, but this could always be, as one …
Drew Cullen, 15 Dec 2015