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John Glenn

RIP John Glenn: First American in orbit – and later, the oldest, too

Obit John Glenn, America's first man into orbit and the oldest person ever to make it into space, has died at the age of 95 after a short illness. Glenn shot to national fame in the early 1960s as part of the Mercury 7 – seven pilots selected by NASA to be the first Americans into space. On February 20, 1962, Glenn and his …
Iain Thomson, 09 Dec 2016
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Capita: 2,250 jobs cut, more offshoring, more robots... Merry Xmas!

Troubled outsourcing giant Capita is reacting to a post-Brexit slowdown by confirming it will axe roughly 2,250 staff, which includes sending more jobs to India and using robots to automate certain parts of the operation. The company will also try to flog off parts of the sprawling empire, bits that are no longer deemed part …
Paul Kunert, 08 Dec 2016

Could this be you? Really Offensive Security Engineer sought by Facebook

Facebook is hiring an Offensive Security Engineer, and not the sort inclined to disparage the length of your keys or your choice of encryption algorithm. "Facebook's Security team is looking for an offensive security engineer that can deliver technical leadership for our offensive security team and execute tactical, offensive …
Thomas Claburn, 07 Dec 2016

IDC shock prediction: Someone might build Skynet in next few years

Those crazy tech shamans at IDC have been sniffing the data centre cooling system exhausts again, this time breathlessly informing us that in three years "30 per cent of commercial service robotic applications" will take the form of "robot as a service". We have no idea either. IDC's "Top 10 Predictions for Worldwide Robotics …
Gareth Corfield, 07 Dec 2016

Microsoft says LinkedIn will make Trump, Brexit, voters feel great again

Microsoft says buying LinkedIn will help to address the middle class discontent that saw Britain vote to leave the European Union and America vote to leave politics as we know it behind by electing Donald Trump. The company has expressed that sentiment in its post announcing the European Commission's approval of its …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2016

Broadcom quietly dismantles its 'Vulcan' ARM server chip project

Broadcom is shutting down efforts to develop its own server-class 64-bit ARM system-on-chip, multiple sources within the semiconductor industry have told The Register. It appears the secretive project, codenamed Vulcan, did not survive Broadcom's acquisition by Avago and is gradually being wound down. Engineering resources …
Chris Williams, 07 Dec 2016

Veritas lays off a third of its sales staff – merry Christmas, everyone!

Veritas has axed 30 percent of its sales staff in the US and Europe, The Register has learned. The data security biz was spun out of Symantec and entered private ownership just after the turn of the year. The company is based in Mountain View, California, and employs about 7,000 people. We asked Veritas about this festival …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016
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Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

Team Trump has announced the composition of the President's Strategic and Policy Forum – and there's no place for internet oligarchs like Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos or the world's fifth-richest man, Mark Zuckerberg. Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch has a seat, as does Ginni Rometty, head of everything at IBM. …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Dec 2016
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VCs to Trump: You know what would really make America great? Tax breaks for VCs

A group of venture capitalists are asking US President-elect Donald Trump to implement a series of tax cuts and policies they say will bring more funding for startups. In a letter (PDF) to the real-estate mogul turned-politician, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) asks for tax breaks for ventural capital companies …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Dec 2016

Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

There is not a sysadmin in the world who has not had to deal with a botched software rollout; for most, it is a coming-of-age experience. But few are likely to have made quite as many mistakes as the people behind the Alameda court system's new software. They have managed a rollout so inept that it should serve as a case study …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2016
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NSW government innovates, with visa workers taking over IT roles

The New South Wales (NSW) Public Service Association has hit the ceiling about the Australian state's decision to hire IT staff from overseas for the outsourcing of its ServiceFirst shared service operation. Last year, ServiceFirst was contracted out to Unisys and Infosys. The PSA says 32 overseas staff had been deployed in …

Aw, how sweet: Google Brain claims to clock diabetic eye diseases just like a proper doc

Machines can detect diabetic retinopathy – a leading cause of blindness from diabetes – from retinal scans to the same degree of accuracy as ophthalmologists, according to a paper published by Google Brain. Recent advances in machine learning and computer vision have boosted the potential for machines to aid in medical …
Katyanna Quach, 30 Nov 2016
racks of Fujistu lettuce

Fujitsu pivots from chips to leaves with salad-as-a-service

Fujitsu has launched a joint venture to supply the snowbound, sausage-and-root-veg-loving residents of Finland with scrummy salad all year round as part of its efforts to make farming a cloud-based endeavour. Fujitsu Greenhouse Technology Finland Oy, which will be jointly financed with local horticulturalists Robbe's Little …
Joe Fay, 28 Nov 2016
Flag of India

India added 240m phones/year build capacity in just one year

Between September 2015 and October 2016 India opened 38 new mobile phone factories with a combined peak output of 248m handsets a year. So says a Department of Telecommunications report (PDF) into the nation's “Make In India” effort to kickstart a manufacturing industry. Of the 29 companies responsible, Reg readers may …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2016

Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

Can you fire someone for not telling you they have a criminal record and did time for dealing drugs? Australian system integrator Data#3 has just been told the answer to that question is “no”, under some circumstances. As a report (PDF) on this case explains, in late December 2014, Data#3 hired a chap known only as “Mr. AW” as …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2016
Australian Parliament House Canberra

IBM pays up after 'clearly failing' DDoS protection for Australia's #censusfail

Australia's census all-but failed due to a combination of poor design, bad operational decisions, human error and numerous lazy and/or bad decisions that could have been avoided had warnings about corporate culture been heeded, or Australian government agencies properly educated about what it takes to deliver digital services …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2016
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Jingle bells, RM tells, some staff to go away... via Skype

RM Education sprinkled some festive cheer among its staffers by confirming in a Skype call with them that redundancies are in the offing. In a statement sent to El Reg, RM managing director Toby Black, confirmed "with sincere regret" that 70 people are to lose their jobs across the business, including 35 from the head office …
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2016

HPE's first standalone year ticks most boxes – except Donald Trump's

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has posted its first full-year results as a discrete entity and says it has ticked most of the boxes it said it would when it spun itself out and then started selling bits of itself off. The headline figures for Q4 aren't brilliant: revenue was US$12.5bn, down 7.7 per cent year on year. GAAP …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2016

Hyperconvergence 101: More than a neatly packaged box of tricks

In a world of complex technologies and unforgiving business environments, simplicity in IT is good. Technology teams want to get the job done with as little fuss – and as little drain on management resources – as possible. Hyperconvergence promises to deliver that simplicity, but how does it differ from more traditional …
Danny Bradbury, 22 Nov 2016
NBN CEO Bill Morrow

NBN costs creating budget time bomb: Deloitte

Once a fan of Australia's National Broadband Network, Deloitte Access Economics is now warning it's a time bomb for the federal budget. Last week, the federal government tipped in a loan of AU$19.5 billion so nbnTM could finish its NBN rollout. Deloitte is now warning that the network doesn't cover the government's total $49 …

Facebook to hire 500 more in Blighty

Facebook is to hire 500 staff in London, European head Nicola Mendelsohn has said today. Speaking at an event by the Confederation of British Industry, Mendelsohn said the ad platform will have 1,500 people on payroll in the capital next year. She said: "We have 1,000 people working in our offices in London, but we're going …
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2016
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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

A leading education advisor to government ministers in the UK has criticised the aggressive proliferation of software in schools as a "gimmick", and called for ministers to "drain the swamp". British schoolchildren will play Minecraft for an hour as Microsoft's contribution to the global "Hour of Code", a stunt intended to …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Nov 2016
Maurice Moss IT crowd

Barnet Council: Outsourcing deal with Capita has 'performance issues'

Barnet council's controversial £322m 10-year outsourcing deal is plagued by a number "performance issues" particularly within IT - but has also yielded "significant savings" since 2013, according to a report. The borough's chiefs have reviewed the Customer and Support Group (CSG) contract handed to Capita and concluded it has …
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2016

Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

Analysis For the past few weeks, this tech reporter has been tussling with a complex issue: which new laptop to buy. Just a month ago, this seemed like an exciting proposition: not only was Apple going to update its MacBook Pro line (at last), but Microsoft had gone all Apple on us and come out with some genuinely innovative products. …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2016
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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

On-Call If it's Friday it must be time for me to file On-Call and then start drinking so you can start the last day of the week with one of our always-amusing tales of nasty jobs done at nasty times. This week, reader “Kevin” shared a story from his time working a hell desk late shift. With just a few minutes to go before quitting …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2016
An unhappy driver

The Pew 'gig economy' study is here, and it's grim

Around 56 per cent of "gig economy" workers say the income they get from those services is essential to making ends meet. This according to a study from Pew Research, which interviewed 4,579 workers from various app-based services including dial-a-ride, cleaning and laundry, and food and grocery delivery apps. Pew estimates …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Nov 2016

Virtual Instruments gobbles up Xangati in cash-free deal

Storage workload and network testing company Virtual Instruments has bought Xangati and its hybrid cloud and virtualisation performance management technology. Back in March Load Dynamix and Virtual Instruments merged, taking the Virtual Instruments name and receiving $20m in funding from Load Dynamix investors. Some 26 …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2016
Building IoT London

Building IoT: First keynote speaker announced

Building IoT We're chuffed to announce that IoT luminary and self-confessed data nerd Yodit Stanton will be joining us at Building IoT next March as a keynote speaker. Yodit is founder and CEO of OpenSensors.io, the realtime data exchange which provides data infrastructure for the Internet of Things, enabling anyone to publish realtime …
Team Register, 17 Nov 2016
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IT outsourcing is soooo passé, says outsourcing giant Fujitsu

Traditional IT outsourcing has "had its heyday", chief technology officer Joseph Reger of traditional-IT-outsourcer-turned-wannabe-digital-upstart Fujitsu has said. Speaking to The Register at the Fujitsu Forum trade event in Munich, he said: "I don't think it's had its day completely yet, because that means it would not be a …
Kat Hall, 16 Nov 2016

IBM offers Trump its ideas to Make America Great Again

Big Blue's big boss, Ginni Rometty, is hoping to dance on the tightrope that Big Orange has brought to the White House. Trump's unexpected election puts the technology industry in a tight spot, because many associate it with the economic conditions Trump exploited throughout his campaign. Globalisation demonised as a destroyer …
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Fujitsu says 1,800 UK job cuts needed to boost ailing margins

Fujitsu’s plans to axe 1,800 jobs in the UK despite making £86.5m in profit last year is a necessary boost to margins which are “significantly below market expectation” – the firm’s UK and Ireland chair Michael Keegan has said. The Unite union announced fresh strike action at the firm’s Manchester site today to coincide with …
Kat Hall, 16 Nov 2016

Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Apple has unveiled its latest method for separating fanbois from their hard-earned money. The Cupertino creator of Sherlock has released a hardcover printed book called Designed By Apple in California that showcases Apple hardware designs. Sir Jony Ive says the book is aimed not …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Nov 2016
shark

The sharks of AI will attack expensive and scarce workers faster than they eat drivers

Although sixty years old, artificial intelligence remained mostly a curiosity until half a decade ago, when IBM’s Watson trounced the world’s best Jeopardy! players in a televised match. At the time, you might have thought nothing of that - what does a game show matter in the scheme of things? It didn’t stop there. IBM sent …
Mark Pesce, 14 Nov 2016

UK privacy watchdog sends poison pen letter to Zuckerberg et al

The UK's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has fired another warning shot at Facebook over its paused plans to share data with WhatsApp, writing a newspaper column in which she outlines her concerns. Denham repeatedly took on Zuck and pals while she was assistant information commissioner in her home country of Canada, …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Nov 2016

Top of the bots: This AI isn't a cold, cruel killing machine – it's a pop music hit machine

Feature AI are often seen as cold, calculating machines, devoid of any warmth or humanity. One way to make AI more relatable and human-like could be encouraging them to take part in human activities like making music. Using AI is one of the geekiest ways to make tunes, and has been around since the 80s. It’s a thriving area of …
Katyanna Quach, 11 Nov 2016
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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our week-ending wander through readers' tales of horrible problems they've been asked to fix at horrible times. This week, reader “Jack” explains that in desperation he once took a job with a small integrator that specialised in small businesses and won a deal to implement just about the full …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Nov 2016

The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?

Comment The Trans-Pacific Partnership is almost certainly dead. Or at least America's role in it is. The much-maligned trade agreement that took seven years to draw up and simplifies trading rules between nations in the Pacific Rim – Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and a number of others – hit fierce …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Nov 2016
Clint Eastwood bounty hunter

Fatigue fears over bug bounty programs

Bug bounty fatigue means that bounty hunters are only picking up the easy-to-find flaws while leaving more difficult-to-tease-out vulnerabilities undiscovered, according to a security testing organization. High-Tech Bridge said its mix of automated scanning and manual inspection is unearthing problems at organizations that …
John Leyden, 09 Nov 2016
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Trump's taxing problem: The end of 'affordable' iPhones

Comment It's tempting and all too easy to sneer at Silicon Valley for being out of touch with not just the world but the US as well. Huge salaries, a high concentration of a single industry and a self-referential culture oblivious to how its ideas could do anything but change mankind don't help either. The sight of tech's leaders …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Nov 2016

Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

Comment Looking for silver linings from the Election of President Donald J Trump? There may not be many – but I might just have found one. A Republican trifecta (controlling the White House and both Houses) would be the big news today as it signals a "change election", and it hasn't happened since 1928. But Trump is Trump, so that isn …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Nov 2016
The city of St Louis

Looking to hire IT staff in St Louis? The talent pool just got a lot bigger

Retail chain Lord & Taylor is closing down its US tech headquarters in St Louis, Missouri, and axing 77 IT jobs in the process. The luxury department store chain provided notice to the Missouri State government of the shutdown yesterday, just hours before the US election day was set to dominate the news cycles. The filing …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Nov 2016
DevOps Enterprise Conference 2016

Handling tech baggage: How American Airlines, US Airways merged IT

At the end of 2013, US Airways and American Airlines merged. But actually combining the IT systems of the two companies is expected to take from five to seven years, said Susanna Brown, managing director of operations technologies at American Airlines. The two airlines move slowly because of baggage: They have different …
Thomas Claburn, 08 Nov 2016

In dire straits after #CensusFail, ABS to axe up to 150 staff

After the collapse of Australia's Census on August 9, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told radio shock-jock Alan Jones “Lots of people are trying to find out who to blame and what heads should roll” at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). And now we know that the first heads to roll will be rank and file staff, at least …
Fraud

El Paso city bungs $3.2m to email crooks pretending to be bosses

After keeping quiet for days, the city of El Paso, Texas, has finally admitted that it has fallen prey to "CEO fraud" emails that saw scammers funnel $3.2m from the authorities using bogus invoices. The city is building a $97m streetcar project in its downtown district, but red flags were raised in October when a key …
Iain Thomson, 04 Nov 2016
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Refactoring Brexit: The Great Digital Repeal

¡Bong! The people had not just spoken, I realised as I woke up in the late afternoon (as usual) on June 24th this year. They'd sworn and puked up all over my Sayl office chairs, and pissed gleefully in my Puyehue water. The bastards. Just as I had warned you all before the Referendum, Brexit imperiled the very wellspring that …
Steve Bong, 04 Nov 2016
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Build your Type 26 warships next year? Sure, MoD – now, about that contract...

BAE Systems hopes it will start cutting steel on Britain's new Type 26 warships next year – but the contract has not yet been signed, despite lots of positive spin from the Ministry of Defence this morning. So far, £1.9bn has been spent on the Type 26 programme according to BAE Systems, which included the killer line in its …
Gareth Corfield, 04 Nov 2016

NetApp shrinks headcount yet again

NetApp has made another round of layoffs in the USA and elsewhere. In a statement the company said: Over the past year, our CEO George Kurian has shared how NetApp has been transforming our business to improve productivity and lower our cost structure to align with our revenue expectations and fund investment in growth areas …
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2016
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Lenovo hires tech 'big brains' to turn around crappy sales

With sales shrinking in every corner of the portfolio and staff losing their jobs, Lenovo said Thursday it has hired some of the industry's "top minds" – presumably to help it figure a way out of its perfect storm. The Chinese giant has reported an 8 per cent year-on-year drop in Q2 revenue to $11.2bn, though this was up 12 …
Paul Kunert, 03 Nov 2016
'The cake is a lie'

Quest celebrates first day of independence from Dell with layoffs

Exclusive Quest, the newly liberated Dell software division, rang in its first day as a standalone company by announcing a restructuring that included significant layoffs. The Register has now heard from multiple sources that Quest has pink-slipped employees, with top management staff shown the door and deep cuts made to marketing and …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Nov 2016
Hillary Clinton

Coding will win you the election, narcissistic techies boasted to Hillary

Comment Can you remember where you were when the Berlin Wall came down, Mrs Thatcher resigned, or – um – David Cameron "learned" some HTML for an hour? Perhaps the first two, but maybe not the third. Yet in Silicon Valley's bubble, the latter signified a "Sputnik moment" for humanity. New disclosures from WikiLeaks highlight Big Tech' …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Nov 2016