Articles about Disintermediation

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Workers rejoice! Marx’s vision will become reality, argues SAP veep

Marx’s vision of the lumpen proleteriat casting off their alienating shackles to become masters of their own destiny could be about to become a reality – just as soon as they sign up as Uber and Airbnb vendors. That was the argument put forward by SAP's Eric Verniaut, senior vice president for industries EMEA, at Huawei’s …
Joe Fay, 15 Jun 2016
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Cash, fear and uncertainty: The Holy Trinity of Bitcoin and blockchain

Feature Writing anything about Bitcoin or blockchains is a challenge. It's not the easiest technology to understand – not because it's particularly complex, but because it's grown into something of a confused mess of different technologies and applications. It also "looks" strange compared to most technologies that we're used to. Plus …
Matt Reynolds, 12 Apr 2016

Robots. Machine learnin', 3D-printin' AI robots: They'll take our jobs – Davos

Robot overlords will cause a net loss of over five million human jobs by 2020, according to analysis by the World Economic Forum (WEF) from Switzerland's Davos ski resort. Dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a mixture of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology and 3D printing – when combined …

As-a-service upstarts will KILL OFF THE CORPORATES?

Worstall on Wednesday Amazingly, economists have figured out a few things...even things that can help in this brave new digital world. One of these is the "marketplaces vs firm" debate. So I was surprised to find a fascinating little piece in TechCrunch singing the praises of all those "online freelance work marketplace" sites. You know the sort of …
Tim Worstall, 26 Nov 2014
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Microsoft COO: Our greatest enemy is old Windows

WPC 2011 The cloud doesn't hurt Microsoft's business, but the company does suffer an image problem related to "old software", according to the company's chief operating officer. Speaking to 14,000 Microsoft partners on Wednesday, Kevin Turner played down fears that the cloud will hurt Microsoft's software business, insisting that it has …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jul 2011
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'Backward' resellers impede cloud progress. Yeah, right

Comment Dale Vile headshot I have conducted a lot of interviews recently with vendors, resellers and systems integrators about why it is proving so hard to motivate the traditional IT channel to get on board with cloud. There are some examples of success, but scaling up action beyond a minority of niche partners or risk takers seems …
Dale Vile, 08 Jun 2011
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The cold, cold heart of Web 2.0

Column Imagine a world in which parents read to their children in the evening, not because it was a pleasurable and meaningful activity, but as an investment in the child's future earning potential. Or consider a close-knit neighbourhood in which people clubbed together on social events not so as to enjoy a sense of community, but so …
William Davies, 31 Jul 2007
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Reg called more balanced than Wired

Letter Our recent story on government data mining in Singapore drew a letter form Dave Snowden, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge, which is involved in the project. Says Dave: I have just been passed your article in The Register on Singapore's RAHS project, which is slightly more balanced that the Wired article, …
Thomas C Greene, 06 Apr 2007
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BPI urges Apple to open iTunes

The British Phonographic Institute has called on Apple to make its iTunes DRM compatible with other music players. It's one of a number of points put before the House of Commons Select Committee for Culture today by representatives of the organisation, including chairman Peter Jamieson. Many of the others you've heard before: …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Jun 2006
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TechScape: When will things get better?

It's now been something over twenty quarters that technology CEOs, CTOs, VCs, investment bankers, tech analysts, pundits and anyone even slightly associated with the Technology sector has been whistling in the dark, keeping a stiff upper lip and exercising a kind of irrational optimism about the economy turning around. “Next …
Team Register, 13 Nov 2005
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More promiscuous data exchanges with strangers

Technology doesn't change society, Linus Torvalds once said - society changes technology. A great example of this is illustrated by a fine piece at Wired which brings us news of another Bluepod research project. About a year ago we speculated how interesting things could get if the iPod added Bluetooth and Rendezvous, allowing …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Dec 2003
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EC drafts m-payments blueprint

The European Commission has recently published, as a discussion document, a draft blueprint for mobile payments, writes John MacGowan of Bloor Research. The purpose is to "accelerate the deployment of mobile payments throughout the Union" and is aimed at consolidating the views and recommendations of the financial institutions …
IT-Analysis, 08 Jul 2003
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A fresher Linux for Macs

A fresh version of the leading Linux for Macintosh computers, Yellow Dog, is now available for download from TerraSoft Solutions. Although Mandrake and SuSE both offer distros for PowerPC, TerraSoft is the only vendor to focus solely on Mac. (We're trying really hard not to say that they're a "pure play" here, as it's one of …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2002
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Pan UK reseller play no longer enough

(This article appeared first in Direct Access, a Microsoft UK online channel magazine.) Pundits often talk of Internet disintermediation – basically manufacturers bypassing distribution to sell direct to customers. However, few vendors are set up to sell complex solutions – they will continue to rely on resellers to sell their …
Drew Cullen, 07 Jul 2000
The Register breaking news ducks out of float

Like a bunch of boy scouts in a raft race who built their craft fastest and are now hesitating before they get onto the precarious-looking thing, Britain's dotcoms are watching everyone else before they hit the stock exchange. The latest bank-dwelling company is, which has gone for the old "market volatility" …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Jul 2000
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Onsale: Kamikaze pilot or Voodoo economist?

Opinion This article was first published in January 1999 Everywhere, middlemen are under threat from their suppliers. And not just in the computer industry. Travel agents, for example, are starting to look increasingly threatened, with airlines squeezing commissions by up to half in recent years. Now, Delta Air Lines is imposing a two …
Drew Cullen, 28 Aug 1999
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MS moves to grab slice of software distribution

Evidence is mounting that Microsoft is supplementing the DOS (now Windows) tax by trying to carve itself slices of product distribution, while at the same time reducing its use of wholesalers. The recent cable and satellite investments are intended to ensure that Microsoft can begin to get some revenue from content delivery. At …
Graham Lea, 02 Jun 1999