Articles about Benefit

Redundo-happy IBMers will benefit from High Court pension ruling

IBMers that take voluntary redundancy ahead of a High Court ruling on the firm’s pension scheme will still benefit from any remedies set out should they leave, according to an internal document. Staffers who were refused salary increases because they railed against changes to pensions were told they are able to claim damages in …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2015
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Fish boffins: Big-brain babes are brilliant, but benefit for boys is bijou

Aquatic boffins have discovered that increased brain size is only of benefit to female fish and not to males. In a rigorous experiment, the scientists constructed a watery Colosseum for guppies to fight it out against their natural predator, the pike cichlid. Larger brains are typically expected to provide animals with improved …
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IT industry to benefit from India's new government

New Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata political party will be good for Indian IT on two fronts, analysts say. Modi was elected two weeks ago after a marathon campaign and election at which over 800 million people were eligible to vote. The Bharatiya Janata political (BJP) secured over 171 million votes and …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2014

NBN to be built even if cost-benefit analysis shows no ROI

In opposition, the current parliamentary secretary for communications Paul Fletcher and his boss, minister for communications Malcolm Turnbull, made much of the fact Australia's national broadband network (NBN) had been commenced without a cost-benefit study that would show whether or not the network will deliver positive return …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2014
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PANTS on FIRE? Too late for you. But others will benefit from singed trouser phone alert

Boffins at Stanford University have invented a system which could banish the dreaded trouser fire to the annals of tech history. Regular readers of The Reg will know that the batteries used in mobile phones have a horrible tendency to blow up at inopportune moments. Whether it's an iPad Nano going kaboom in Japan, a Swiss woman …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Oct 2014
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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

Microsoft could get the boot from the French government if a new recommendation from an official advisor is adopted. DISIC (Direction interministérielle des systèmes d'information et de communication de l'État) has recommended that French authorities ditch Microsoft Office tools in favour of the Open Document Format (ODF). …
Jennifer Baker, 22 Jul 2015

Apple splashes dough to keep Big Cheese safe

Apple spends $699,133 every year to keep chief exec Tim Cook safe, far, far higher than his modest life insurance premium of $2,500, according to an official document. The big figure isn't broken down and comes from a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This amount represents: (i) the Company’s …
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2015

Data centre OS upstart Mesosphere flutters eyelashes at devs

Data centre operating system hopeful Mesophere has rolled out programs and tools targeting developers and prospective partners. The VC-funded startup announced the Mesosphere software developer program and SDK on Wednesday. Included for code-slingers is documentation, reference libraries and support that Mesosphere reckoned …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2015

Bungled Hitachi SAN upgrade halts Oregon benefit payments

A bungled Hitachi storage area networking (SAN) upgrade has delayed the payout of over $18 million in benefits in Oregon. The SAN failure began Monday evening in the state capital of Salem, and was fixed by Tuesday morning, with various state agencies taking the day to work through a backlog of jobs that had built up. " …
Jack Clark, 17 Jul 2013
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Hyperconverged systems behind the buzzwords

Sign up RIGHT NOW to watch The Register’s latest Regcast, which will give you the tools to decode why hyperconverged systems should matter to you. Watch this on-demand webcast at your leisure, by registering here. Handy synopsis for you Bad news: today we all suffer from fragmentation, complexity and inability to manage our …
David Gordon, 20 Jul 2015

Monster Scalextric Formula 1 circuit to go under the hammer

A rather impressive Scalextric track designed by F1 commentator and former driver Martin Brundle, featuring "the best corners, chicanes and sections" from 2015 Formula 1 circuits will go under the hammer later this month in aid of the BBC's Children in Need. Suffice it to say, the winning bidder will need an extremely large …
Lester Haines, 13 Aug 2015
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SWINGBELLIES! Take heed AGAIN: Booze shortens your life

It might be time to bury the “J-curve” – not the hockey stick that confuses the climate debate, but one that booze-pimpers like – according to a study that just hit the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal). The curve in question is the one that says “moderate drinking is the best”, based on studies purporting to show that …
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AT&T takes issue with Netflix on DirecTV gobble

AT&T has fired a fresh salvo in its exchange with Netflix over the proposed acquisition of DirecTV. The US telecoms giant issued a filing with the FCC disputing the claims made by Netflix that its would-be merger is an antitrust concern. "Before it began pressing for deal conditions in support of its own business agenda, …
Shaun Nichols, 08 May 2015

Hyperconverged systems behind the buzzwords

Sign up RIGHT NOW to watch The Register’s latest Regcast, which will give you the tools to decode why hyperconverged systems should matter to you. Watch this live, on July 17 at 11:00 BST – if you can't make it, just sign up and we will email you when the on-demand recording is available. Handy synopsis for you Bad news: …
David Gordon, 06 Jul 2015
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Snoopy Fujitsu tech KNOWS you'll click that link – before YOU do

The next time you hover over a suspicious link a little too long, or download from a questionable site, you might get a nudge from Fujitsu. The Japanese tech giant has, from the back of a 2000-head study, developed a tool capable of determining if a user was likely to be scammed and delivering a custom warning. Together with a …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jan 2015
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EU clears UK to give £50m to SABRE space launcher engine

Their benevolent highnesses at the European Commission have seen fit to allow the UK to grant £50m towards the designing of the SABRE space launcher, after questioning whether the grant was in line with EU state aid rules. The Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE) is a reusable engine for the Skylon single-stage-to- …
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Never mind the redundancies as Capita splashes cash on Barrachd

Everyone's favourite outsourcer Capita has snapped up business intelligence outfit and IBM VAR Barrachd for an undisclosed pile of cash. The 38-strong Scottish biz develops bespoke BI software in the financial services, energy, and higher education sectors. Barrachd was founded in 2007 and its name means "more" in Gaelic – a …
Kat Hall, 09 Jul 2015
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Netflix profits plunge, but streamer still plans global domination

Online gogglebox Netflix posted a 22 per cent increase in sales, to $1.64bn (£1bn), for its second quarter results, while profits plummeted by 63 per cent to $26m (£17m). The falling profits reflect the company's global domination plans and investment in self-commissioned drama. The streamer now has 65 million members, 23 …
Kat Hall, 16 Jul 2015
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AT&T: We'll play nice with net neutrality, just let us gobble DirecTV

AT&T will give in to net neutrality rules in the US – provided it is allowed to buy DirecTV. The telco wants to gobble up DirecTV for $49bn, and the FCC (America's broadband regulator) wants the telco to obey new rules for an open internet. According to the Washington Post, execs at AT&T are willing to drop their objections to …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jun 2015
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Wow, another NSA leak: Network security code appears on GitHub

The NSA today revealed it has uploaded source code to GitHub to help IT admins lock down their networks of Linux machines. The open-source software is called the System Integrity Management Platform (SIMP). It is designed to make sure networks comply with US Department of Defense security standards, but the spy agency says it …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jul 2015
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We can give servers more memory, claims Diablo. Well, sort of

Diablo Technologies has launched its Memory1 flash substitute for DRAM, which, it claims, gives servers more "memory", enabling one server do the work of ten, saving on power, cooling and rack space, and threatening to slash server sales. Its Memory1 products are all-flash DDR4 DIMMs developed from its existing MCS (Memory …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2015
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Smart Meter biz case still there, insists tragically optimistic UK govt

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has denied the total cost of Smart Meters has now outstripped the projected savings, making the hated scheme even more pointless. The department had previously said the scheme would save £17bn. However, a report by the Major Projects Authority has pegged the total lifetime casts as £ …
Kat Hall, 07 Jul 2015
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Microsoft, Getty settle image snatch 'suit

Microsoft and Getty Images have resolved a dispute by getting into bed together. The legal imbroglio between the two kicked off last September when Getty sued Microsoft for making it too easy to find its images with the Bing Image Search widget. Once it saw the sueball heading its way, Redmond shuttered the widget and the …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2015
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UK.gov would pay to have benefit claimants' tattoos erased

The government has confirmed that it is prepared to pay for plastic surgery for tattoo-emblazened benefit claimants – if the inked-up individuals get a job offer first. The unemployment eraser plan was confirmed in a Commons answer yesterday. David Ruffley MP had asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions "what …
Joe Fay, 06 May 2011
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IBM to offer BREAST MILK delivery-as-a-service for staff

IBM will start a breast-milk-delivery-as-a-service offering for female employees and their kids. IBMers sometimes moan that the company's initial stand for “I've Been Moved”, such is the amount of travel or moves to new locales demanded of some employees. Big Blue's decided domestic travel can be a problem for female employees …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2015
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More mobile misery at Cisco: Intucell set for cuts?

A week after Channel Register heard of Cisco's woes in the small cell business, reports are emerging that another recent acquisition is also troubled. On the back of last week's report that half the staff of Ubiquisys's Swindon operation might be de-assimilated, Lightreading reckoned there were now nervous flutters in The Borg …
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ZTE make benefit glorious world's tiniest 4G dongle

Chinese telecoms kit maker ZTE has bolstered its credentials in the 4G space with the launch of what it claims to be the world’s smallest LTE data card. The Shenzhen-based rival to Huawei said the imaginatively named the MF823 is only 13mm thick, around a third the size of a first generation LTE equivalent and consumes a third …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Nov 2012
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Don't fight the cistern: Voda takes the plunge with plumbers’ parking app

The Vodafone bright ideas department, xone, has been testing its car-tracking system with a plumbing company in London, potentially saving the pipe/washer-related enterprise "£100,000 a year". It’s the job of xone to tinker with new technology and then work out how to sell it. The Drivexone is a device which contains a GSM …
Simon Rockman, 17 Aug 2015
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Diving for pearls of data just got easier, thanks to EMC/Hadoop deal

Customers can now buy Cloudera Hadoop from EMC to run on their Isilon arrays, diving into data lakes for those pearls of insight; essentially running on Isilon's scale-out NAS boxes (with their native HDFS support), rather than building a separate Hadoop storage silo using cheapo DIY nodes. Hadoop-distributing Cloudera is the …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2015

Remote Queensland fibre hookup hopes dashed, for now

Remote communities in Queensland believe they've been dudded out of a promise to give them a connection to the long-haul fibre connections being built as part of Australia's National Broadband Network. Barcoo and Diamantina shires had wanted AU$7 million, part of the cost of extending the NBN's fibre footprint to their towns, …
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Solidfire joins the rush to Cisco-flavoured Open Stackery

Solidfire has joined the million other suppliers partnering with Cisco and its UCS servers with a converged OpenStack system reference architecture. Its AI for OpenStack – with AI standing for Agile Infrastructure and not Artificial Intelligence – joins another AI for OpenStack using Dell servers and networking and an AI …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2015
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Outsourcery has ‘greater flexibility to pursue opportunities’ after £4m Voda loan

Loss-making cloud biz Outsourcery has managed to tap up Vodafone for a £4m loan under a partnership deal. After yet another successful effort of going cap in hand to investors, the still unprofitable outfit said £2.3m of the loan will be used for "general working capital purposes". The rest of the cash will replace its existing …
Kat Hall, 03 Jul 2015
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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

Microsoft's corporate veep Yusuf Mehdi reports that Windows 10 is now on 75 million devices, following its general availability four weeks ago. This suggests that Windows 10 is being installed faster than any previous version. Exact figures are hard to come by, but Microsoft took around four months to sell 90 million Windows 7 …
Tim Anderson, 26 Aug 2015

CSC picks up axe, takes aim at its own profitable bits

CSC confirmed last night it is to split the US public sector biz from the rest of the group – the only division last quarter where sales aren’t dropping and which generates the highest operating profit. As expected, the hard-pressed integrator is to hive off the operation into a separately listed company, with sales of $4.1bn …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2015
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JPL joins DARPA's Memex project

DARPA's Memex “deep Web” search research has a new high-profile supporter: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is looking for new ways to catalogue the flood of data arriving from spacecraft. Memex, which DARPA announced early in 2014, is designed to get around what the agency sees as the shortcomings with traditional Web …
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Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

The British Medical Journal has staged a debate on the topic “Can healthy people benefit from health apps?” The debate seems to your correspondent to be a draw. Iltifat Husain, editor, iMedicalApps.com, and assistant professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, North Carolina, USA, argued the “Yes” case …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2015
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Prognosticator, for one, welcomes our new robot work colleagues

On a scale of one to ten on The Reg’s own fear-o-meter, concerns about a future in which humans are mere canon fodder - or even worse - sources of nutrients for robots overlords rank pretty highly, but there’s nothing to be scared about people. It’ll all be fine. How do we know this? The folks at Forrester Research say so and …
Paul Kunert, 25 Aug 2015

Death-to-passwords FIDO Alliance finds a friend at DOCOMO

Japanese users will be able to log in and make online purchases using iris recognition biometrics after telco giant DOCOMO begins shipping Fujitsu ARROWS phones. The telco's 65 million users will be able to use the biometric verification on the ARROWS F-04G said to be the world's first iris snapper. Fingerprint biometric login …
Darren Pauli, 27 May 2015

F# earns Syme top Royal Academy of Engineering award

The inventor of Microsoft’s F# programming language is among those being awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s prestigious silver medal. Susannah Clarke, the co-founder of Embody Orthopaedic and Andy Ward, founder of Ubisense, joined Don Syme, principal researcher at Microsoft Research, in picking up the accolade. Clarke …
Jennifer Baker, 02 Jul 2015
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Graphene sheaths could boost processor signal speeds by 30 per cent

Scientists at Stanford have found a new use for graphene that will significantly increase the speed of standard computer processors. Most chips use copper interconnects to route signals around their semiconductor circuits, and these are typically insulated with a coating of tantalum nitride. The Stanford team instead used an …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jun 2015
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Samsung says micro-sats could blanket the world with Internet

Samsung has joined the likes of Google, Facebook, SpaceX and O3B with a proposal to bring the Internet to those who don't yet have it. While it's not an official Samsung policy document, the proposal is under the signature of Farooq Khan, who is president of Samsung R&D in Texas. In his paper at ArXiv, Khan proposes low-cost …
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It's about forking time: Node.js, io.js to mend differences, remerge

The Node.js open source project and its fork, io.js, have decided to kiss and make up, with the aid and support of the Linux Foundation. Node.js is an open-source, OS-agnostic runtime environment that allows developers to write server-side web applications using JavaScript. Several prominent Node.js developers forked its code …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jun 2015
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Teradata blots copy book with first loss in years

Teradata lost $265m in its second quarter 2015 as a $340m goodwill impairment charge hammered profits, along with continued deferrals of large transactions and longer sales cycles. Revenues in its second calendar 2015 quarter were 8 per cent down year-on-year at $623m, while net income plunged from $96m a year ago to a the $ …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2015

Toothless Ofcom: C'mon consumers, show your teeth on broadband speeds

Consumers experiencing consistently shonky broadband speeds will have the power to walk away from their contracts, new Ofcom chief exec Sharon White will announce today. The body will publish a "beefed-up" Code of Practice on broadband speeds, White will announce in her inaugural speech to consumer body Which? White joined …
Kat Hall, 11 Jun 2015
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Spanish judge dodges the ultimate question – is Uber a taxi company?

Uber will continue to ferry food around Barcelona but not people, as yet another court case involving the ride-sharing pseudo-taxi service is sent to the European Court of Justice. Last year, Spain banned the company following complaints from traditional taxi drivers. However, now a Barcelona judge has decided to let Europe’s …
Jennifer Baker, 22 Jul 2015

Facebook hands hackers $100k for breaking browsers

Four researchers have scored US$100,000 from Facebook for revealing 11 bugs affecting platforms including the Chrome and Firefox browsers using novel vulnerability discovery methods. The Georgia Institute of Technology team of PhD students Byoungyoung Lee and Chengyu Song, and professors Taesoo Kim and Wenke Lee discovered the …
Darren Pauli, 14 Aug 2015
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AMD promises 100 gigabyte/second memory

Lower power, higher capacity, less PCB real estate: that's the list of wins being touted by AMD for its coming High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) architecture. The previously-sketchy details of HBM have been filled out in this AMD white paper. The architecture is slated to roll in some of the Radeon 300 series cards when they land, …

UGH... opposable thumbs are so tiresome! Why not mount your iPhone on your face?

Tired of having to move your arm slightly and make a tedious grabbing action each and every time you pick up your iPhone? Apple has the answer: a wireless display that enables you to mount your device on your face, according to a recently discovered patent. Apple filed the patent for a "head-mounted display system" to "allow …
Kat Hall, 18 Feb 2015

Boffins sting spooks with 'HORNET' onion router

Five academics have developed a Tor alternative network that can handle up to 93Gb/s of traffic while maintaining privacy. The HORNET system is more resistant to passive attacks than existing anonymity networks like Tor and delivers faster node speeds for a "practically unlimited" number of sources. It is the brainchild of …
Darren Pauli, 24 Jul 2015
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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

The long-time staple of sci-fi films to recreate prehistoric colossi could soon become a reality – with the woolly mammoth now a step closer to once again walking the earth. George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard University, has inserted DNA from the frozen remains of a woolly mammoth into cells taken from a live …
Kat Hall, 23 Mar 2015