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Isis crisis: Facebook makes Bristol lass an unperson

Not so long ago you could barely move on Facebook for all the exquisitely crafted beheading videos. Now you can’t even watch a cute cat video – if your first name is Isis, anyway. Spare a thought for Isis Thomas, a 27 year-old from Bristol, who found this out when she was locked out of her Facebook account. Isis has fired off …
Drew Cullen, 01 Jul 2016
Gun parts were hidden in an antique radio

Wannabe West Midlands gun smuggler jailed for ten months

A West Midlands man who bought gun parts on the so-called Dark Web has been sentenced to 10 months in prison. Moynul Haque, 21, paid about £900 in Bitcoins for the slide, barrel and recoil spring of a Glock 9mm pistol. The unnamed seller hid the parts in an antique radio and posted it to Haque from an address in Michigan. …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jun 2016
Two buffalos mating in the Oklahoma plains in the springtime

Bacon is not my vodka friend

Bacon infused vodka may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but selling this improbable beverage in Oklahoma could land you in hot water. This we learned today from the woes of Colin Grizzle - yes, really - a manager at the Pump bar in Oklahoma city, who was charged with maintaining a disorderly house after bottles of infused vodka …
Drew Cullen, 29 Jun 2016
Metal plant grows out of circuit board - Green IT concept pic. Photo by Shutterstock

Hyperscale cloud operators are saving the planet

Once upon a decade ago, green computing was a big thing. Nowadays it is an actual thing, thanks to the usual suspects: virtualization and cloud computing. Take for example, the United States' data centres: collectively they chewed up about 70 billion kWH in 2014, about 1.8 per cent of total US consumption, according to a June …
Drew Cullen, 28 Jun 2016
Man reading newspaper with glasses on his head

Plusnet speeds up, slows down

Plusnet is cranking up download speeds from 38Mb to 52Mb for Unlimited Fibre broadband customers. But there’s a sting in the tail, as upload speed is reduced from "up to 19Mb" to "up to 9.4Mb". The changes take effect on August 1, and a month later the BT-owned ISP is raising prices all round on September 1, 2016. There is a …
Drew Cullen, 28 Jun 2016
Jason Chen, Acer CEO shakes hands with Starbreeze exec

Acer VR punt

Acer is lending StarBreeze, a Swedish games studio, $9m through a bond issue to help develop a virtual reality head-mounted display. The Taiwanese PC maker is also setting up a JV with Starbreeze to bring the StarVR to market ®. Jason Chen, Acer CEO shakes hands with Starbreeze exec
Drew Cullen, 28 Jun 2016
Old Bailey Lady Justice

Judge slams BT for blaming engineer after 7 metre ceiling plunge

BT has been fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £98,913.51 after one of its engineers broke both ankles after falling seven metres from a loft onto a concrete stairwell. David Spurgeon was fixing a telephone fault in the roof void of a block of flats in Bow, east London, when he lost his balance and plunged through the …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2016
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Uber helicopter taxis

Uber is trialling helicopter taxi flights in Sao Paolo, Brazil’s biggest city, which is notorious for road traffic gridlocks. The ride-hailing firm has teamed up with three local helicopter firms to offer on-demand flights between four airports and five helipads in the city. With promotional prices starting at $19 a seat, Uber …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2016
Boy slurps watermelon. Credit: Shutterstock

Symantec swoops on Blue Coat in $4.65bn deal

Blue Coat has scrapped its IPO plans in favour of a $4.65bn takeover by IT security rival Symantec. Greg Clark, Blue Coat CEO, will take the helm at Symantec, so resolving the question of succession of Mike Brown, who announced his resignation as CEO in April. On a pro-forma basis, the combined company would have $4.4bn in …
Drew Cullen, 13 Jun 2016
Michael Dell, photo: Dell

Dell slips into a slimmer red dress after sales diet

Dell had an unremarkable Q1 of fiscal 2017, with its parent Denali Holding Inc today reporting revenues down 2 per cent year on the year to $12.5bn, but greatly reduced operating losses, trimmed 52 per cent from $335m to $161m. The company burned through $63m in cash in the three months ended April 29 but this pointed to " …
Drew Cullen, 10 Jun 2016
Mobile obsessed cartoon by Tim Cordell

Tinder bans under-18s: Moral panic averted

Ubiquitous youth hook-up app, Tinder, is banning under-18s from using its service. Currently, self-declared teenagers between 13-17 are ring-fenced from adults in their own dating community, some 3 million strong. That is easy enough to shut down. With this decision, Tinder aims to head off the inevitable legal spats for …
Drew Cullen, 09 Jun 2016
IBM Headquarters, Armonk, NY

IBM bags $300m Emirates gig

Emirates has appointed IBM to run various technology services in a 10-year deal worth $300m. The contract sees the airline using IBM mainframes and storage on a managed services basis and will enable it to improve efficiency for passenger support systems and gain significant operational savings, IBM said in a statement today …
Drew Cullen, 07 Jun 2016
4 arrows signs in arrow on wooden wall

Anaemic hyperscale orders hurt server makers in Q1

A pause in hyper-scale deployments has triggered the first year-on-year decline in seven quarters for global server shipments and revenues. Also a “clear end to the enterprise refresh cycle” contributed to the Q1, 2016 slow down, according to IDC, the tech market watcher. In essence, Q1 2015 revenues were flattered by a major …
Drew Cullen, 02 Jun 2016

Uber, AirBNB: Lay off 'em, EC tells member states

The European Commission wants member countries to apply a light regulatory touch to “collaborative economy platforms” such as Uber and AirBnB and to ban as a last resort only. The Commission thinks the new gig economy suppliers can make an important contribution to jobs and growth, if - our italics - they are “encouraged and …
Drew Cullen, 02 Jun 2016
Amazon data center

Server makers love Intel Xeons (true) - but not the price tag

Amazon, Google and other giant cloud companies are buying server CPUs in huge numbers, helping to increase global shipments in 2016 for x86 and ARM server class microprocessor by 3.5 per cent to 22.9 million shipments. Strong demand means rising average selling prices (ASPs) - up 25 per cent between 2010 and 2015 - and revenue …
Drew Cullen, 01 Jun 2016

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
A plate of horderves

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
Lady looking at phone with the world map in the background connecting with the phone

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