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TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding pockets £2.8m

Dido Harding, the chief exec of beleaguered firm TalkTalk, was handed £2.8m in salary this year, despite the company suffering a catastrophic cyber attack last year. The payout included base salary, shares and cash – the latter being related to performance targets between 2012-2015, the biz said in its annual report today. …
Kat Hall, 20 Jun 2016
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Linux devs open up universal Ubuntu Snap packages to other distros

Analysis The Snap application container system released in April with Ubuntu 16.04 is now going to be opened up to many other Linux distros after a surprise discovery by developers. In a press call to journalists, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth (accompanied at times by a rather excitable Labrador) explained that shortly after the …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2016

If The Register made reality music TV, this is what it would look like

Competition Spotify is spending a lot of money on original music-related video content. Some of it is dull and worthy, but some of it has the surreal desperation of Alan Partridge attempting to revive his career. Inspired by this, we invited readers to come up with their own candidates for new music TV shows – and you didn't disappoint. …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jun 2016
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Hey you – minion. Yes, IT dudes and dudettes, they're talking to you

Sysadmin Blog Who are you, dear reader, and why are you reading this? If you've a yen to answer that literally, by all means please do, but the question is somewhat more metaphorical in intent. I'm not seeking an existentialist answer about your sense of purpose in life, but I am hoping that you can answer – to yourself if to no one else – …
Trevor Pott, 18 May 2016
IT Crowd's Roy: "Have you turned it off and on again?"

Microsoft phone support contractors told to hang up after 15 minutes

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, in its regular Friday slot where we bring you readers' stories of stuff that goes on in the workplace. Yesterday's tale of four fellows paid elephant bucks to do nothing for three months prompted a submission from reader “Ivan” who says his first job in tech support was for “a call centre company that …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2016
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Laser-zapping scientists will save the Earth from meteorite destruction

Californian scientists are testing a system this month that may save humanity in the not-too-distant future. Boffins at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) will fire up high-energy lasers to see if they can successfully vaporize rocks from outer space. But don't worry; your tax dollars aren't being used to build …
Iain Thomson, 11 May 2016

Job ad promises 'Meaningless Repetitive Work on the .NET Stack'

A job ad has appeared offering one lucky worker the chance to perform “Meaningless Repetitive Work on the .NET Stack.” The ad is real – recruiter Joshua Wulf told The Register he wrote it after a conversation with a candidate “who told me what his job is really like.” Wulf then considered plenty of other job ads and decided …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2016
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Vinyl LPs to top 3 million sales in Blighty this year

Last month Sainsbury’s began stocking vinyl for the for first time in almost 30 years. The BPI today predicted estimates for vinyl sales will likely top 3m in the UK, and perhaps 3.5m. 2m vinyl LPs were sold in 2015, the highest for 21 years, and only broke back through the million mark in 2014. It’s an astonishing recovery, …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Apr 2016
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Shareholder rage freezes Salesforce boss Marc Benioff's package

Mark Benioff won’t be getting a pay rise this year thanks to shareholder discontent over the “excessive compensation” of Salesforce management. The CRM-as-a-Service chief exec and co-founder will take home just $1.55m in Salesforce’s fiscal year 2017, exactly the same as last year. Benioff’s potential cash bonus has been …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2016
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Apple Fools: Times the House of Jobs went horribly awry

Apple at 40 Today marks the 40th anniversary of Apple's official establishment. Since 1976, the House that Steves Built has pushed out some of the most beloved personal electronics products in the world. There will no doubt be plenty of articles waxing poetic on the many successes that have dotted the last four decades for the Cupertino …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2016
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Uber explains itself after 'moving the goalposts' on its new bug bounties

It has been less than a week since Uber launched its bug bounty program and already security researchers are calling foul. The taxi app biz teamed up with HackerOne to run the scheme, which promises to pay out up to $10,000 for bugs, and 10 per cent loyalty bonus on top of that for those who submit five bugs or more. So …
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2016

Do you qualify as poor in Palo Alto? Spoiler: Yes, yes, you do

Analysis When you think of affordable housing programs, it's probably safe to say you're thinking about cooks, or cleaners, or even teachers being given a way to live near the neighborhoods where they work. In effect, it's bedrooms for poor people. Except of course in Palo Alto – the heart of Silicon Valley, California. Because in Palo …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Mar 2016
Dog the Bounty Hunter

Uber woos security gurus with open bug bounty, loyalty scheme

Uber is joining the public bug bounty movement. The taxi cab app has recruited HackerOne to offer up to $10,000 for critical flaws in its servers, with additional cash on offer as a loyalty bonus. Last year, Uber invited 200 researchers to take part in a private test of its software, and over 100 bugs were found in the code. …
Iain Thomson, 22 Mar 2016

Censor-happy China, battling Brazilians ... just what's left in the wake of ICANN's now ex-CEO?

Analysis Everyone wants to leave their job on a high, but so few manage it. One of those who tried so hard is Fadi Chehade, CEO of domain-name system overseer ICANN, who vacated the top role earlier this month. He has left a bit of a stink behind, thanks to his courting of the repressive Chinese government and disgraced Brazilian …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Mar 2016
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Toshiba storage keeps eye on flash as Group sheds jobs, sells divisions

Toshiba is doubling down on flash memory as a revenue growth engine to help climb out of the financial poo, while also aiming to get dollars spinning out of its disk drive business. In a reconstruction plan revealed on Friday, the troubled Japanese tech giant said it would develop its 3D memory products faster and develop …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2016

Spotify to cough up royalties, just toss your copyright claims over there ... in the bin

Spotify says it has struck a deal with the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) to pay out more royalties to songwriters. The music streaming service said in an announcement with the NMPA that it would begin paying out to artists who claimed music previously unclaimed by a performer or songwriter. "I am thrilled that …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Mar 2016
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Oracle's old hands are supporting the support n00bs who support you

Oracle's remaining experienced support staff have been asked to assist the company's more recent support hires, sources familiar with the matter have told The Register. Oracle workers around the globe responded to our story yesterday in which we reported that Big Red's consolidation of support resources worldwide is nearly …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2016

Feel old? You will now: Blighty's mobile network Three is a teenager

Hutchison Whampoa’s Three network turns 13 today. The fifth mobile network to launch in the UK went live on … the March 3, 2003. Or 3-3-03. (Geddit? The date was no accident: 3 is a lucky number in Chinese culture.) Car crash Even with Hutch’s billions behind it, 3 had a rotten launch. The entire industry was suffering a …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Mar 2016
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SpaceX aborts Falcon 9 launch again

SpaceX has scrubbed its planned orbital delivery with just 101 seconds left on the countdown clock. No reason has been given as yet for the "Hold, hold, hold" command, but the rocket was in the last stages of preparation when it was made. Engineers had been testing the rocket's nine nozzles to make sure all were able to move …
Iain Thomson, 26 Feb 2016
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Humans – 1 Robots – 0: Mercedes deautomates production lines

In a surprise win for humanity, Mercedes Benz has announced that it's ditching the robots used on its assembly line in favor of human workers because they can cope with the job better. "Robots can't deal with the degree of individualization and the many variants that we have today," Markus Schaefer, the luxury car-maker's head …
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2016
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IBM tailors Swift for cloud, gets into bed with VMware, Github

Big Blue has used its IBM InterConnect conference in Las Vegas to announce cooperative deals with Apple, VMware and GitHub, as the venerable commuting giant seeks to suck in more cloudy business. "Businesses are adopting cloud-based applications to accelerate innovation, but they are still struggling to combine those cloud …
Iain Thomson, 22 Feb 2016
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Hack VMware, score US$75K. Hack Flash, get much less

CanSecWest There's US$75,000 up for grabs to hackers who compromise VMware's hypervisor software in an upgraded Pwn2Own contest next month. The next challenge represents a significant boost to the difficulty of the hacking competition in which popular hardware and software products are publicly flayed by cyber-security gurus. The …
Darren Pauli, 12 Feb 2016

Fired Norse Corp CEO blames the media

Norse Corp cofounder Sam Glines has hit out at the media after he was fired on Monday as CEO of the threat intelligence company. In January, The Register broke the news that Norse was laying off a sizable chunk of its workforce. Since then, the biz's website has been up and down, and it appears that its operations are grinding …
Iain Thomson, 04 Feb 2016
Pebble Time

Pebble punts out new firmware to watch you as you sleep

Pebble delivered a major update today to its watches, which boast the biggest third party app ecosystem of any wearable platform. The update is in two parts: new firmware for the devices, and new companion apps for iOS and Android. Pebble had added a Health app to the watch, allowing third parties to use the biometric API. …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Feb 2016

Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

Did you know Stephen Fry has just founded a tech startup called Pindex? It’s a “Pinterest for Learning” that he wants teachers to use. That’s a fact. Did you know Stephen Fry wants to restore our faith in “an online world that seems to centre around trolling, bullying, hating, trivialising and belittling”? He does. It says so …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Feb 2016
IBM CEO 'Ginni' Rometty

Ginni Rometty to pocket $4.5m bonus for IBM leadership

What do you get if you preside over 15 straight quarters of shrinking sales, evaporating profit and a sliding share price? A seven figure bonus if you are Ginni Rometty, the chief exec at IBM. Her base salary for 2015 remained unchanged at $1.6m, but the bonus swelled by $1m to $4.6m. Oh, and the long term incentives package ( …
Kat Hall, 29 Jan 2016
Nick Weaver

Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

Usenix Enigma Although the cops and Feds wont stop banging on and on about encryption – the spies have a different take on the use of crypto. To be brutally blunt, they love it. Why? Because using detectable encryption technology like PGP, Tor, VPNs and so on, lights you up on the intelligence agencies' dashboards. Agents and analysts don't …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jan 2016
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Apparently we have to give customers the warm fuzzies ... How the heck do we do that?

Analysis “The customer is king” is up there with some of the most overused corporate mantras. But it has now been translated into a new buzzword – Customer Experience, or CX – and a whole industry is evolving on the back of it. The purveyors of enterprise software, cloud services and digital devices would have you believe you can …
Rachel Willcox, 27 Jan 2016

Official: EMC concedes defeat on certified partner sales volumes

The top line on page one of the Vendor Channel Management Handbook is all about listening to and acting upon advice from partners. EMC’s US management might want to re-read this. The storage titan has finally climbed down on a heavily criticised element introduced to the global Business Partner Programme that was launched last …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jan 2016

I have you now! Star Wars stocking fillers from another age

Nothing quite says games like Christmas time, so Electronic Arts was therefore in like a shot with the latest telling of its Battlefront epic. Sure, it’s all lovely and pseudo HD, but isn’t it worth remembering just how we got here, and the fantastic journey we've had? Indeed, if the games of the Star Wars universe were in …
Mike Plant, 24 Dec 2015

Microsoft to OneDrive users: We're sorry, click the magic link to keep your free storage

Microsoft has apologized to OneDrive users upset by the unexpected removal of their 30GB free storage – and is offering existing users a chance to keep their free storage if they click a special link. "In November we made a business decision to reduce storage limits for OneDrive. Since then, we've heard clearly from our …
Tim Anderson, 11 Dec 2015
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Google tries to spread the SQL cloud love

Google has unveiled the next gen of its Cloud SQL service, a hosted version of the MySQL database. The second generation Beta Cloud SQL is more than seven times faster than the first generation of Cloud SQL. And it scales to 10TB of data, 15,000 IOPS and 104GB of RAM per instance. The first generation of Cloud SQL was …
Kat Hall, 11 Dec 2015
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MPs slam gov heads over 'childishness' on failed farmer IT project

Senior UK government officials were hauled in front of MPs yesterday to defend their deeply "dysfunctional" and "childish" behaviour, which contributed to the botched £215m Common Agricultural Policy IT system, and up to £180m in EU fines. Government Chief Technology Officer Liam Maxwell from the Government Digital Service, …
Kat Hall, 10 Dec 2015

Star Wars Battlefront: Is this the shooter you’re looking for?

Game Theory Battlefront is DICE's love letter to Star Wars fans. It's for all of us who grew up manually marching AT-ATs across the back garden, or making swooshing noises as we smashed our Luke and Vader figures together. It's like you're actually on Tatooine Every visual cue has been recreated in immaculate detail, from the rivets on …
Mike Plant, 02 Dec 2015

TV broadcast vans drive ESA from Perth

Urban sprawl and interference from TV broadcast vans have obliged the European Space Agency (ESA) to shutter its Perth station in Western Australia, which until now has been handling initial tracking of spacecraft soaring aloft from Kourou, French Guiana. Perth station "hosts a 15-metre antenna with transmission and reception …
Lester Haines, 24 Nov 2015
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Webinar: How to stay productive in an always-on world

Promo Sign up right now to watch this Citrix sponsored webinar and learn how to connect and collaborate in an always-on world without killing your day. Watch this webinar live, on Wednesday November 17 at 13:00 Australian, 15:00 NZ, 10:00 HK, 7:30 IND If you can't make it, just sign up and we will email you when the on-demand …
David Gordon, 24 Nov 2015

We chew over CCS Insight's look into the fu-ture-ture-ture-ture

Analyst outfit CCS Insight's annual crystal ball gazing exercise is always informative and occasionally uncanny, such as when it predicted Three would buy O2, and BT would respond by snapping up EE. This year's predictions are out and full of interesting bits and bobs. For example, you probably knew people are abandoning …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Nov 2015
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ARM's new Cortex-A35: How to fine-tune a CPU for web browsing on bargain smartphones

ARM, designer of smartphone brains, will today reveal the Cortex-A35: a processor core subtly tweaked to run mobile web browsers and similar apps faster. How can a CPU be tuned for something seemingly so specific? The answer lies in the A35's instruction prefetch queue. ARM has halved the length of this queue in an attempt to …
Chris Williams, 10 Nov 2015
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Google open sources machine learning software

Video Google is helping bring HAL to life by open sourcing its machine learning software. The software, called TensorFlow, is the successor to the DistBelief system that the online giant used for the past five years to make sense of the vast amounts of data it has access to. DistBelief has sifted email for spam, scanned YouTube …
Iain Thomson, 09 Nov 2015
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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

Comment Microsoft's changes to its OneDrive personal cloud storage prices reflect badly on the company, and have left users angry and bewildered. Most people have at least 30GB of free OneDrive storage: 15GB as standard, and an additional 15GB bonus easily obtained by setting the camera roll on a mobile device to use OneDrive for …
Tim Anderson, 03 Nov 2015
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At Microsoft 'unlimited cloud storage' really means one terabyte

A year ago, it probably looked like a brilliant idea: bait products like Office 365 with unlimited cloud storage: documents and PowerPoints and Excel don't take up that much space, do they? Users, given a shot at a disk that was never full, took a different view, with some punters using it as a backup for small networks or DVD …
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How to get the fun stuff back in your data centre

The cloud is a fabulous concept. If you want to try something out, or prototype your latest idea, or give yourself a relatively inexpensive disaster recovery setup, get in there and run up a cloud-based installation. There's something that the cloud lacks, though: it's just not fun or cool. Lists of virtual machines in the …
Dave Cartwright, 29 Oct 2015
Dying Light

Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

Updated Some HR person at Atlanta's SunTrust Banks has come up with what they genuinely believe is a clever idea – after dumping 100 of its IT staff, the billion-dollar financial institution is requiring them to remain available to help out for free for two years. You can see how this makes sense; we’ve all had co-workers leave and …
Dominic Connor, 22 Oct 2015

Microsoft boss Satya Nadella is paid $18m – and would trouser $20m if sacked

Microsoft's chief exec Satya Nadella was awarded a big fat pay packet of $18m (£12m) for the company's last fiscal year. Nadella was awarded $12m in stocks for the period, according to the company's filing to US regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission. He also received 120 per cent of his target bonus – $4.3m (£2.8m) …
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2015
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New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

Review Google’s latest Nexus smartphones, the 5X and the 6P, were announced last month, and while there's a lot to be said for the upgrades, there's some unfortunate omissions. It has been five years since the first Nexus smartphone was unveiled, and since then the Chocolate Factory (and assorted hardware partners) has used the brand …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2015
Early 1970s Dynatron Sandringham TV and Philips N1500 VCR

Pimp your TV: Goggle box gadgets and gizmos

FEATURE The TV has been the centre of most living rooms for over half a century now, and it's been through various incarnations. Disguised as a sideboard, proudly displayed as a piece of shining high tech, and now slimmed down to look almost like a piece of art. Early 1970s Dynatron Sandringham TV and Philips N1500 VCR There's more …
Nigel Whitfield, 17 Oct 2015

Let's check out Dell, doom and the competition

Sysadmin blog In case you missed it: pretty much the entire IT industry's margins are collapsing. It is hitting all sectors from smartphones to desktops to servers, storage and even networking. Tech has reached "good enough" for most, and now price rules. This is Dell's world, and now it's packing EMC ammunition. Software-defined-whatsits …
Trevor Pott, 15 Oct 2015

EMC chief Joe Tucci to score monster pay-day in Dell deal – analysts

EMC-Dell deal The Dell-EMC buy may not be the best possible outcome for EMC’s Federation, but the bitterness will be sweetened for EMC head honcho Joe Tucci by a possible near-$30m payout when he leaves next year. Analysis of a 30 April, 2015, EMC proxy statement (PDF) for the EMC AGM, by an exec pay research firm called Equilar, found that …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2015
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Team Microsoft: Device Police... 'Are you pumped? I'm pumped'

Analysis “Someone out there must have a family,” Panos Panay remarked yesterday, surveying his audience of potato-shaped gadget bloggers. An optimistic view, I thought. Panay was presenting Microsoft’s Devices event in New York, an event designed to get bloggers’ juices running. And boy, it did. Years ago, I was in a MacWorld audience …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Oct 2015

MYSTERY PARTICLE BLASTS from Ceres strike NASA probe Dawn

The not-quite-planet-but-jolly-big-for-an-asteroid Ceres continues to give up its secrets under the unwinking gaze of NASA's Dawn probecraft, now in orbit about the planetoid. New developments include the naming of various features on Ceres and the detection of a mysterious particle blast from the enigmatic dwarfworld. " …