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 …

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

BOFH: I'm not doing this for the benefit of your health, you know

Episode 15 "Is he still there?" I ask the PFY, maintaining direct eye contact with him so that I can truthfully claim that I didn't see the Health and Safety guy hanging around the hallway to Mission Control like a bad smell. There's a new push in the company to make the place safer and unfortunately the push concerned doesn't involve …
Simon Travaglia, 25 Sep 2015

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

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

Seagate layoffs SHOCKER: 1,000 heads to be laid under the axe

Disk drive maker Seagate has two per cent of its workforce destined for the exit door. It’s announced a restructuring plan which means 1,050 people are going to have a pink slip shock. Seagate expects to save $113m by doing this. It has seen two quarters of declining revenues and profits. While investors, who have seen …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2015

Angry devs hit out at JetBrains over shift to subscription pricing

Developer tools vendor JetBrains has run into a storm of protest over its announcement of subscription pricing from 2 November 2015. JetBrains sells a number of popular IDEs, including IntelliJ IDEA for Java, PHPStorm for web development, AppCode for Objective-C and Swift, and CLion for cross-platform C/C++. Currently …
Tim Anderson, 15 Sep 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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GCHQ's exploding doughnut threatens to ooze into innocent field

GCHQ's £330m headquarters in Gloucestershire, which was built in 2003, is already inadequate for the jam-packed Doughnut's workers – leading the agency to apply for planning permission to build more offices on its car park. The new building would be located on GCHQ's existing site, and its 4,500m2 will be spread across "a …

We asked a maker of PCIe storage switches to prove the tech is more interesting than soggy cardboard

Q&A PCIe switching sounds like a mundane topic, but it’s actually a key part of the revolution that’s blurring the boundaries between servers and storage arrays, with vastly faster data access the result. Vancouver's PMC-Sierra has launched its Switchtec switches, and we asked product marketing manager Ray Jang some questions …
Chris Mellor, 07 Sep 2015
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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

Sony sends muso stratowards on vintage TV set

It appears that pretty well everything but the kitchen sink has now been dispatched stratowards under a helium balloon, and we can now cross vintage tellies off the list, thanks to a music vid featuring crooner Kelvin Jones and his ditty Call You Home. Director Joe Connor explained: "I created this video by sending a vintage …
Lester Haines, 15 Sep 2015
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Microsoft updates Band semi-smartwatch for fitness fanatics

While Microsoft has been bigging up its Surface tablet/laptop rollout, Lumia phones, and HoloLens suite, there was still room for a few add-ons, notably its Band fitness tracker. The Band 2.0 has been redesigned with a curvier screen to fit around the wrist more comfortably, and a repositioned battery. In version 1 the battery …
Iain Thomson, 06 Oct 2015

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 …

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

EU, China promise 5G cooperation, seek an understanding on standards

The EU and China have pledged to work hand in hand on rolling out the next generation of mobiles and mobile networks. Digi Commissioner Gunther H-dot Oettinger signed a symbolic agreement with Miao Wei, Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology at Monday’s “High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue” in Beijing. “5G …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Sep 2015

Dixons Carphone breakdances on graves of fallen rivals

Dixons Carphone is still shaking its booty on the graves of fallen rivals as it once again reported growing sales. In the 13 weeks ended 1 August, which is Dix-Car’s Q1 of fiscal year 2016, like-for-like group turnover was up eight per cent, fuelled by a ten per cent spike in the UK division’s top line. Over in the Nordics, …
Paul Kunert, 10 Sep 2015

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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Microsoft and Google ink SECRET TREATY to end all their patent wars

Google and Microsoft have inked a secret deal in which all patent disputes between the mammoth companies will be abandoned. The exact terms of the agreement – as in, who gets what – were not disclosed. Your guess is as good as ours. "Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues," the companies …
Neil McAllister, 01 Oct 2015
The Register breaking news 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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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

Win a free new car – just show Intel how you'd hack your existing one

Intel is getting serious – dead serious, apparently – about car hacking. And nothing says serious like a prize giveaway. If you join Chipzilla's new Automotive Security Review Board and make all the right noises, you can win a free new ride. The chip-baking giant revealed the review board on Monday, and is inviting seasoned …
Chris Williams, 14 Sep 2015

BBC joins war against Flash, launches beta HTML5 iPlayer

It may not be the definitive decision which propels humanity towards our inevitable end, but in a post on the Beeb's internet blog, James East, the Media Playout Product Manager, stated that his team is now confident they can "achieve the playback quality you'd expect from the BBC without using a third-party plugin." HTML5 has …

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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IPv6 is great, says Facebook. For us. And for you a bit, too

Facebook has wandered down to Speakers' Corner and climbed onto a fruit-crate to spruik the benefits of the decades-old, much-needed and still-relatively-unused IPv6 protocol. With IPv4 addresses just-about-depleted worldwide, Facebook has penned a blog post telling websites to roll out the protocol, if they haven't already. …
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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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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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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

Partially blind albino porn pirate nabbed for £300k bedroom streaming site

A Londonderry man has been handed a four-year sentence – of which half will be spent in custody – as a result of an online piracy operation he ran from his bedroom at his parents' house between 2008 and 2013. Paul Mahoney, 29, of Carnhill, made almost £300,000 in advertising revenue, which was generated across a series of …

Google's new squeeze: Brotli compression open-sourced

Google wants to bring to life the HBO series Silicon Valley: it's pitching a new open source compression algorithm into the world, with the hope that it can eventually end-of-life the venerable Deflate. Brotli (“small bread” in Swiss German, apparently) follows on from Zopfli (“little braid,” also bread-themed), but with …

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

Reg readers select infosec A-Team to save Ashley Madison

It’s a week since – with some prescience – we launched a poll to find out who, in the wide world of IT and beyond, might be man (or woman) enough to rescue troubled infidelity site Ashley Madison. Hours later self-styled “King of Infidelity” Noel Biderman quit as chief exec of Avid Life Media, the parent firm of Ashley Madison …
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2015

AMD to axe a few more staff as it struggles to get back to black

AMD has unveiled a belt-tightening plan that the struggling chipmaker hopes will get its finances back on track to profitability. We were told to expect changes after AMD's latest dispiriting earnings report in July, although no specifics were offered at the time. You needn't have been a fortune teller to predict that heads …
Neil McAllister, 01 Oct 2015
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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

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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Pioneer slaps 80s LASERS on cars for driverless push

Sound system bods Pioneer have completed a trial of laser-outfitted cars in a bid to have vehicle mapping technology in commercial use as early as 2018. Retro-tech fans will be tickled to hear that the Japanese consumer-tech giant based its work on Laserdisc technology with its roots in the 1980s. Pioneer hacked its tech into …
Darren Pauli, 04 Sep 2015

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
1TB now but 128TB in three years time says Toshiba

128TB SSD by 2018? Toshiba promises much, delivers ... a little

IFA 2015 "By 2018, SSD technology including 3D Flash could reach up to 128TB", Toshiba storage product manager Paul Han Lin told The Register today at IFA in Berlin. Toshiba has announced two new SSD drives this week. The Q300 Pro has a capacity from 128GB to 512GB and is aimed at the professional market, with fancy features like QSBC …
Tim Anderson, 03 Sep 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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Has the UK Uber crackdown begun? TfL opens consultation on private car biz

Transport for London (TfL) has today opened a public consultation on the regulations governing private-hire taxis, a move that could see a major clampdown on the way Uber operates. The proposals include stricter controls on insurance and tighter controls on private hire bookings, such as forcing operators to provide booking …
Kat Hall, 30 Sep 2015