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Amazon cloud database graduates into general availability

Amazon's cloudy database service has donned its cap and graduated into general availability, after three and a half years of dealing with data workloads. The graduation of the Amazon Web Services Relational Database Service (AWS RDS) was announced by Amazon on Thursday, and along with the standard round of back-patting and …
Jack Clark, 06 Jun 2013
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Cash-strapped graduates sell their own faces

A couple of cash-strapped graduates are well on their way to paying off £50k in university fees after offering their faces as advertising space. Ross Harper and Ed Moyse (pictured below) kicked off their 366-day debt-busting face-painting drive back in October, and have so far raised a cool £31,632 from a mixed bag of clients …
Lester Haines, 05 Mar 2012

RAF graduates first class of new groundbased 'pilots'

The Royal Air Force is chuffed this week to announce the graduation of its first class of "remotely piloted air system pilots", who have the job of piloting aircraft they are not actually in. 'Differ only slightly' from the normal ones. Visually, anyway As regular readers of these pages will know, the RAF (with some …
Lewis Page, 04 Apr 2013
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Psychology graduates remain poor for life, study shows

A study in America has found that taking a degree in Psychology condemns you to a lifetime of being lower paid than those who study proper sciences, and lower paid than the average among university graduates. "Psychology educators say liberal arts skills should be valuable in the workplace. Employers say they value liberal arts …
Lewis Page, 09 Jun 2011

HP: We're so down wid da kidz! Look at... er, Smithers, what DO yoof look at these days?

So desperate was HP's desire to get down with the kids that it made a child-like error in a job ad aimed at recruiting graduates. University leavers should forget trying to bag a role at one of the new breed of tech firms because there's plenty of positions in the, er, marketing department up for grabs at the grand old lady of …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2014

EMC is shopping for Indian startups

EMC has revealed that it's set aside US$2.3 billion for acquisitions, and is tagging the startup sector in India as one target for its shopping expeditions. The company has told India's The Economic Times in India that it has a particular eye for startups in that country. Chirantan Desai, who heads up EMC's emerging technology …

Proper boffins make your company succeed, even if you're not very technical

Good news for British techies. A wide-ranging innovation study recommends that firms should hire more staff who can solve complex technical problems, even if they’re not tech companies or the techies aren’t employed in a narrowly technical function. So says a report on Innovation and Growth prepared for the Department of …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Mar 2014

Young, fun and full of comely tech skills? Then BT needs you!

BT is on the hunt for around 300 freshly qualified science, biz and IT graduates to work in research and development for the telecoms giant, but it might have a tough time finding enough skilled young folk to fill the posts, it has warned. The company is hoping to recruit a further 730 bods to take on apprenticeships in …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Feb 2014
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You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

There's great news this week for young persons who'd like to get a good job one day but don't want to do much work at university. A report just out says that actually there's no need to get a tough degree in real science, maths, engineering, medicine, IT or similar - in fact, you don't want one of those. What you want, …
Lewis Page, 30 Oct 2013

How to promote CSIRO's ICT in Schools in your community

A couple of weeks ago, The Register launched a campaign in support of the CSIRO's ICT in Schools program, an effort to get IT pros sharing their experience with kids in schools around Australia. The good news is that at last count a dozen Reg readers had signed up as volunteers! That's a decent number and more than half way …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Aug 2014
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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

A Facebook software engineer who published a detailed guide to stealing photographs online – by explaining how to remove watermarks and ignore any copyright restrictions – has been shamed into removing the blog post. It's unclear if Jesse Chen still has a future at Facebook. The company, when quizzed by The Register, declined to …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 May 2014
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Programmers! Have you been asked to solve a computationally intractable task?

And so to El Reg forums, where Julian Bradfield, an academic, writes: In a vigorous discussion about revising courses in a computer science degree, one of my colleagues opined that "every decent programmer is sometime going to come across a task that is NP-hard, so they need to know to tackle NP-hard problems". I'm curious as …
Drew Cullen, 23 Oct 2013
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Elders tell cluster tool Apache Spark it's time to quit chillin' in the crib

The Apache Foundation has promoted a fast data-processing tool out of the Apache Incubator in a further sign of the maturity of the Hadoop family. Apache Spark is a fast processing layer for computing data stored within the open-source Hadoop file system or other shared file systems such as NFS. It supports Scala, Java, and …
Jack Clark, 18 Feb 2014
She likes her Pi

What's wrong with Britain's computer scientists?

Simon Hettrick is Deputy Director and Policy & Communications Leader of the Software Sustainability Institute, which is based at the universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford and Southampton. In the UK, there are more unemployed graduates in computer science than in any other discipline. In an attempt to understand the issue …
Simon Hettrick, 25 Nov 2013
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UK graduates face bleak future as teachers

Final year students in the UK are steering well clear of jobs in banking, finance and property this year, and only one in three have got themselves a job offer. The traditional "milkround" of pre-exam recruitment has seen job offers fall by a third. Half of students are worried that even if they were offered a graduate job, the …
John Oates, 29 Apr 2009

Blighty promises £49m to get more British yoof into engineering careers

The British government plans to spend £49m on trying to encourage kids into engineering to make up the skills shortage in the industry. Professor John Perkins, chief scientific advisor to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), said that Blighty needed to "substantially increase the supply of engineers" in a …
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Samsung targets South Korean army recruits

Electronics giant Samsung has enlisted the help of an unusual ally in its on-going recruitment efforts: the South Korean army. The country’s pre-eminent chaebol has agreed to pick 100 soldiers from a shortlist of 150 for a four month software training program, it told the Wall Street Journal. Anyone who has graduated from high …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Jan 2014

A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

Huawei took the number-three spot in smartphones last year – pushing aside Sony, HTC and Nokia – but it’s still practically unheard of as a smartphone brand in the UK. But that may change quite rapidly with the launch of its latest flagship model, the Ascend P7, unveiled today in Paris. Photograph of the P7 Yup, it's a phone …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 May 2014
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Google graduates social stalking tool

Google's social network stalking aid has graduated from the company's experimental Labs site to prime-time on Google.com. In the next few days, with its Social Search tool, Google will let English-language users scour for publicly-available content produced by friends and online contacts . To use social search, users need to …
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2010
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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

Over-qualified grads are being forced into unsatisfying jobs which don't suit their skills, a report has found. In an article published in the journal Human Relations, Belgin Okay-Somerville (PhD, Human Resource Management) from the University of Aberdeen and Professor (of Human Resource Management) Dora Scholarios from the …
Jasper Hamill, 08 Apr 2013

True fact: Britain is losing its brains

Britain has a brain drain problem: it's one of the two countries whose inventors are keenest to leave home, according to a study for WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organisation. The UK and Germany both have a net loss of inventors - despite benefiting from significant immigration of inventor talent from other countries. …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Nov 2013

Entering the Dragon: A little data from Big China

Huawei - perhaps the name best known to Reg readers from the Chinese industrial explosion which has transformed the global economy - is one of the most unusual and interesting companies on the planet, growing from 3,000 employees at the start of the millennium to 150,000 today. So when the Asian colossus invited The Reg to its …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 May 2014

Japan needs 80,000 EXTRA info-security bods to stay safe

Japan has an 80,000 shortfall in infosec professionals, and needs to provide extra training for more than half of those currently in the industry, if it’s to protect key IT systems from attack, according to the government. A government panel of information security experts met back in June to draw up a long term plan to address …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Oct 2013
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Australia told to follow UK's 'Digital by default' strategy

Australia has been told it should adopt the UK's “Digital by default” strategy and a “cloud first” strategy for government IT. The antipodean nation has tiny government debt by the standards of advanced economies in North America and Europe, but local political sensibilities deem budget deficits disastrous and unendurable. …
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2014

Oi, jobless yoofs: Upload a witty video bio if you wanna find work

London charity UK Youth has launched a new initiative to help get young folk into work – by encouraging them to post video CVs on Twitter. The charity has teamed up with social media app Videofyme to let jobseekers record a video of themselves to upload to the microblogging site alongside the hashtag #employme, which employers …

HP workers under shadow of the axe edge towards ballot box

The Public and Commercial Services union is to ballot members working at HP over 600 planned job cuts to the services operation in the latest futile exercise to influence the company's decision making. As world + dog knows, HP's Make It Better Programme to rationalise the workforce is due to conclude by the end of October, by …
Paul Kunert, 01 Apr 2014
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Sir James Dyson slams gov's 'obsession' with Silicon Roundabout

Inventor Sir James Dyson has criticised the UK government for putting "web fads and video gaming" ahead of more "tangible technology" that Britain can export. In an interview with the Radio Times magazine, the creator of the bagless vacuum cleaner said ministers needed to address a serious lack of engineering graduates in the …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2013
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Australia IS NOT educating more personal trainers than IT pros

A little over a month ago, Nigel Dalton, CIO at the REA Group and blogger, popped out a post titled “Australia is training more personal trainers than IT professionals – really?” That blog post has since been reported by another IT news outlet. There’s nothing wrong with basing a news story on a blog post. Except when the post …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2013
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Chinese outsourcer sets up at Uni of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong is to play host to a development facility of Chinese outsourcing provider Pactera. Pactera, the offspring of a merger between VanceInfo Technologies and HiSoft Technology International, is taking 450 square metres of on-campus commercial space for software development, testing and support. Michael …

Seven Great Moments in World Wide Web History

[I am grateful to my assistant มาลัย (which means 'Garland of Flowers' in Thai) for scraping the BBC website to bring us these facts, which I have then curated. If you can remember any of this, you can't have been there – sb] 1. 1989: Nuclear beginnings At CERN in Switzerland, humble English white-coated lab assistant Tim …
Steve Bong, 12 Mar 2014
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Welsh gov beats off Canada to hand £1m to Nintendo dev

Game development firm OysterWorld is opening up a base in south Wales that will bring 60 jobs to the region in the next three years. Wales beat out Canada as the site for the development, marketing and research centre, which will be backed by £1m from the Welsh government. “Attracting a significant player like Oyster World, …
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Editor's Blog: SEEDing graduates

One really goes to conferences like Microsoft TechEd to meet people you didn’t know you were going to find interesting… One such serendipitous conversation I had at TechEd this Autumn was with Iain Kelwick of the University of Hull, about SEED Software. This is an EU- and Microsoft-sponsored initiative for unemployed Comp Sci …
David Norfolk, 10 Jan 2007

India's eager IT grads fall for fake interview scams

Technology companies in India are warning prospective employees of a fresh round of scam mail designed to trick job-seekers into paying a security deposit in return for an interview. The fraudulent letters and emails usually hit a peak between June and August as this is the beginning of the academic year in India and the time …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jun 2013
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US to hand out wads of green (cards) in bid to staff tech industry

The US government has yielded to industry bosses on some Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skilled-immigration issues, but less on others in a new bill meant to reform the existing immigration system. A bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators released the highlights of the bill yesterday, after months of pressure …
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Kids hooked up with free Office subs at Microsoft-addicted schools

Microsoft has announced it will soon give students subscriptions to its cloud-based Office productivity software free of charge – provided, that is, their schools are already paid up. The software giant on Tuesday announced a new program called Student Advantage, whereby students worldwide can sign up for subscriptions to Office …
Neil McAllister, 16 Oct 2013
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UTS Business School bakes SAP into courses

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is poised to offer courses in SAP. The courses will be offered as either standalone subjects or as part of a Master of Business in Accounting. Bean-counting is the focus on the new courses, two of which are “foundation” level affairs consisting of a “Certificate 1 in Accounting with SAP …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2013
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LinkedIn lowers age of consent to 13

LinkedIn, generally regarded as the premier social network for grown ups with jobs, has decided 13 year olds are now welcome as members. The reason is a new creation called “University Pages” that LinkedIn feels “will be especially valuable for students making their first, big decision about where to attend college.” As of …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Aug 2013
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Brain surgery? Would sir care for a CHOC-ICE with that?

Another Easter, another long weekend, another splurge of CVs sent into the ether. Englishmen joke about Bank Holidays reliably bringing rain but the other thing you can count on following a public holiday is an exodus of staff seeking pastures new – or rather, pastures less strewn with the rank, metaphoric faeces of their …
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Apr 2014
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Raspberry Pi daddy: Stroke your hardware at night, land a job easy

Eben Upton, a key player in the Raspberry Pi's genesis, said out-of-work graduates should get busy with computers in their spare time if they want to land a job. And he didn't mean logging into Facebook. Speaking in a Google Hangout video chat conference call thing, Upton drew on his years of hiring newbies at chip giant …
Anna Leach, 29 Nov 2012

Want to be a better CIO? Get a twenty-something to show you the ropes

CIOs need to start getting down with the kids and being mentored by their under-30 employees if they want to hold onto their jobs, a partner at a top recruitment firm has warned. Cathy Holley, a partner at headhunters Boyden, told the Bloomberg Enterprise Technology Summit in London last week that CIOs were in a better position …
Joe Fay, 18 Dec 2013
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Microsoft says axed certificates were FAILING its software biz

Microsoft has admitted that the masters-level certifications it suddenly cancelled two weeks ago weren't delivering the skilled workforce the company needs to make its products a success in the enterprise. The admission came during a conference call, a recording of which The Register has obtained, staged to engage with those …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Sep 2013
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Silicon Roundabout touts startup jobs for 'ninjas' this weekend

Got your own nunchuks? Spent a day learning HTML? Get down to Shoreditch's Silicon Roundabout this weekend and get yourself a job at a startup. A waged job. Silicon MilkRoundabout, the hiring fair for startups, hits London this weekend, and 800 jobs are going at over 100 of the "top tech startups in the UK", according to the …
Anna Leach, 25 May 2012
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Traffic app Waze 'turned down Apple's $400m, wants $750m' - report

After asking users to fix it, its own retail staff to fix it, and finally deciding to fix it in-house, Apple is looking to buy its way into maps dominance and is rumoured to be sniffing around Waze, a Israeli maps company that specialises in car journeys and live traffic information. Apple has offered $400m for the start-up …
Anna Leach, 03 Jan 2013
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Microsoft tripped up by Blighty's techie skills gap

One of the UK's top Microsofties told MPs on Tuesday that even the mighty Windows maker was feeling the impact of Blighty's skills gap. Although Microsoft was able to reel in top-flight graduates, said Head of Skills and Economic Affairs Stephen Uden, its partners and suppliers were affected by the lack of science talent going …
Anna Leach, 29 Feb 2012
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CIOs: Don't listen to tech vendors on ICT skills, listen to US

An alliance of CIOs at some of the biggest companies and organisations operating in Britain has issued a call to action, saying that it's time the government stops listening to technology firms on IT issues and starts paying attention to the people that actually use the technology. A new report from the Education and Skills …
Lewis Page, 14 Jan 2013

HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash

HP will axe workers in Sheffield and shunt their roles to Renfrewshire in Scotland to bag a £7m grant from the Scottish government, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) trade union claims. It's understood the multimillion-pound grant from the public purse is a reward for boosting local employment. About a third of support …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2013
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Tiny fly-inspired RoboBee takes flight at Harvard

A quartet of Harvard University reseachers have designed, manufactured, and flown a tiny, fly-inspired aerial robot that could be the forerunner of swarms of drosophilistic drones. To put their achievement in boffinary terms, as did the authors in the abstract of their paper, published in the latest issue of the jounal Science …
Rik Myslewski, 03 May 2013

China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why

China will become the world's biggest economy this year, overtaking the United States in GDP. As the FT drily notes, "Most economists previously thought China would pull ahead in 2019." So China powers on, at a greater pace than had been predicted by Western economic experts, who are supposed to know about these things. But our …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 May 2014
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Bipartisan Senate group proposes green cards for tech grads

Pigs were sighted flying over Washington DC on Sunday when a bipartisan group of eight US senators released an immigration reform plan that would, among other things, grant permanent-resident status to foreign nationals who receive advanced tech degrees from US universities. "It makes no sense to educate the world's future …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Jan 2013

Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

You choose your degree when you’re still a child, even though at 16 or 17 you may not feel like one. When I look back at some of my own teenage decisions, I shudder, and you will too when you think back to your younger years. But perhaps, armed with the advice below, you can avoid the common pitfalls and stumbling blocks on the …
Dominic Connor, 14 Jun 2013