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Unite: HP 'addicted to culture of job cuts' as axe raised again

The brothers at Unite have slammed HP for being a "long term addict to a culture of job cuts" as the union bemoaned the loss of a claimed 1,124 UK staffers due to collect their P45s by January. The redundancies are part of the 7,100 mass layoffs across Europe that HP is pushing through before the end of the current fiscal year …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013

China's web giants unite to defuse Windows XP bombshell

A gaggle of Chinese web firms have come together with a plan to protect Windows XP users in the Middle Kingdom for at least the next two or three years, according to local reports. The unusual step will see messaging giant Tencent, search engine Sogou, software company Kingsoft and several others offer technical support for XP …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Feb 2014
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Unite workers at Capita ITS vote for strike action

Unionised workers at Capita IT Services have threatened to down tools over plans to offshore service-desk jobs to India and force through compulsory redundancies. The reseller-cum-integrator kicked off a redundancy plan earlier this year placing 1,000 UK staff at risk - although bosses are aiming to reduce headcount by about 400 …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2012
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Opera retires Unite, widgets in latest browser cut

Opera made the latest version of the its desktop browser available this morning in a beta release. Old hands may notice a few things missing in version 12.0. Voice-control support in the user interface has been axed, along with Opera Unite and widgets. The browser company wants developers to use the extensions API instead. Opera …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Apr 2012
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Fujitsu Services ordered to reveal size of pay scale for ALL TECHIES

An arbitration court has sided with the Unite union and ordered Fujitsu Services to go open kimono about employee's pay structure, in a bid to aid collective bargaining during the annual pay review. The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) — an independent dispute resolution body with statuary powers — received a complaint from …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2014
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Unite calls off strikes at Fujitsu

Trade union Unite has halted strike action at Fujitsu UK after negotiating an eleventh-hour deal with management over pay. However, unlike the Public and Commercial (PCS) Services union, Unite stopped short of publicly discussing the deal it had brokered for members. Industrial action has been due to take place in Manchester, …
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2011
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Fujitsu and Unite shake hands on pay, pensions deal

Staff at Fujitsu’s UK sites in Manchester and Crewe have ended their long-running dispute with the electronics giant after bosses agreed to bump up salaries and sort out other quibbles including pensions. Trade union Unite released a canned statement on Friday welcoming the agreement, which settles a dispute dating back to June …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Jan 2012
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Microsoft and Google unite to sue US gov't for more transparency

Microsoft is teaming up with rival Google in legal action against the US government after talks to allow the companies to tell their users if they are being spied upon broke down. "There are many days when Microsoft and Google stand apart. But today our two companies stand together," said Redmond's general counsel Brad Smith on …
Iain Thomson, 30 Aug 2013
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Fujitsu gov workers strike Monday: Unite on, PCS off

Unionised Fujitsu workers have called off their strike set for Monday after bosses at the firm "doubled" the pot of money available for pay rises with an additional £500,000 brought to the negotiating table. This is according to the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union which following a ballot of its 720 members planned a …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2011
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OK, execs. You want Apple kit. And Windows Phone, too? Really?

A “circle of despair” is causing CIOs to abandon BlackBerry, it's reported. The head IT honchos of Blighty's union Unite, and the Formula 1 team and sports car producer Caterham, said the cost of the devices and issues with BlackBerry's mobe management tool, BES10, had been a contributory factors to the switch. The financial …
Simon Rockman, 02 Jun 2014
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Lenovo, EA, Intel unite to DESTROY our childhood memories

Exactly why someone would want to play Monopoly on an all-in-one PC lying flat on the kitchen table, Intel didn't say, but a tableau vivant of a nuclear family doing just that was the centerpiece of a "Bringing Back Family Night" demo the company presented during a press event at CES 2013 on Monday. In the demo, introduced by …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jan 2013
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Opera takes Unite for spin with browser beta release

Norwegian browser maker Opera has pushed out a beta version of Opera Unite. The web-browser-meets-web-server contraption, which the firm unveiled in June this year, has been loaded into the release of Opera 10.10. Opera is unsurprisingly bigging up its tech platform by claiming it "shakes up the old client-server computing …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Oct 2009
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Activists unite, declare 'Internet Freedom'

Anticipating the American Independence Day on July 4, a group of organizations and individuals have banded together in support of a manifesto they're calling the Declaration of Internet Freedom. In the US Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that all people are endowed with "certain unalienable rights," …
Neil McAllister, 03 Jul 2012
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Radio hams unite to fight off new powerline comms standard

The Radio Society of Great Britain is mobilising Europe's radio hams in protest against the forthcoming standard for powerline networking, predicting dire consequences if existing standards aren't applied. The society has issued a call to arms (PDF, lots of details) in protest at the new standard for powerline telecommunications …
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2012
"Geo-Cosmos"

Ten thousand OLEDs unite in live Earth replica

Check out this crazy globe - a live replica of the Earth made from over 10,000 OLED display panels. The exhibit, made by Mitsubishi Electric, is on show at The Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo. The "Geo-Cosmos" measures six metres across and is perpetually fed satellite images to provide an up-to-date visual …
Caleb Cox, 17 Jun 2011
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PCI Council wants YOU to give it things to DO

Crusaders at the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council have called for submissions into projects for 2015. The council is responsible for PCI Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), a - to date - largely failed initiative to impose better credit card processing security by retailers. A Special Interest Group is accepting …
Darren Pauli, 27 Aug 2014
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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

Microsoft surprised us by upping its Windows product numbering from 8.1 straight to 10, and now it appears it's planning to make an even greater leap in the version numbering of the Windows kernel itself. While Windows releases use familiar marketing brands – such as XP, Vista, 7, 8 and now 10 – the underlying operating system …
Neil McAllister, 22 Nov 2014

HP wants HUNDREDS of hapless staffers OUT by April - trade union

Hundreds of British HP workers are being lined up for the chop this quarter with almost a half expected to come from Enterprise Services. Ian Tonks, national officer for IT and comms with trade union Unite, met with HP last week - as did the UK Works Council - to thrash out the latest tranche of local job cuts. He told us: "784 …
Paul Kunert, 11 Feb 2014
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Mellanox bakes self into OpenStack, hopes world+dog bytes

Ahead of next week's OpenStack summit in Hong Kong, Mellanox has let it be known that it's baked itself into OpenStack, then baked OpenStack into several of its products. The Hong Kong gabfest is the coming out party for Havana, the eighth release of OpenStack. Everyone who's anyone in the world of cloud is piling in to pop …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2013

Capita IT Services staff plan strike over pay this Friday

Unionised Capita IT Services (ITS) workers are staging a one-day strike over pay on Friday. Unite reckons the industrial action could impact customers including Deutsche Bank and Prudential. Negotiations between staff and management have hit the buffers and top brass at the integrator are refusing to get back round the table to …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jul 2013
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CSC set for ANOTHER re-org but no redundancies involved

Re-arranging the UK deck chairs on good ship CSC is the strategy the integrator has chosen after shelving plans to make further redundancies, according to numerous sources. The US-owned business does not generally shy away from making redundancies, axing 750 people from its Brit operation in late April and parting company with …
Paul Kunert, 10 Nov 2014
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Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

Computer Science Corporation (CSC) workers heading for the chopping block in Britain have been asked to train their replacements in India and the Czech Republic. Some 750 staff in the UK have been threatened with redundancy under the IT giant's global workforce shakeup, and roughly 200 roles will be moved offshore. CSC - …
Paul Kunert, 02 Aug 2013
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Opera CEO: Unite not a security risk

Opera has been defending its Unite product, claiming that far from causing security problems it actually increases the security for users who would otherwise be dependent on the cloud. In an interview reported by NetworkWorld, Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner claimed that putting servers into every copy of Opera would increase the …
Bill Ray, 07 Jul 2009
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EMC goes full Star Trek, flops out Vblock-based Federation SDDC Edition

EMC has birthed another converged system called the Federation SDDC Edition. Star Trek rules in the cloud, okay. This is based on Vblocks with public cloud links. SDDC stands for software-defined data centre. EMC is calling this its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud - we'll acronymise it to EHC - and so it is: think Vblock Plus. EMC says …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2014

Unions mull appetite for HP strike action over 16k job cull

Trade unions are this morning digesting the revelation that another 16,000 HP workers are headed for the dole queue, as confirmed by CEO Meg Whitman. The exec revealed that thousands of more names will be added to the existing job cutting programme dubbed "Make It Better" that started in 2012 and initially included 27k, 29k, 34k …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2014
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Unionised workers vote to become thorn in HP's side

Some HP workers in the Application Services (AS) division based at Lytham and Warrington have voted against plans to relocate 400 roles to regional delivery centres. According to numbers from HP and the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, 99 of the 331-strong base of unionised workers at the two sites returned a ballot …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2014

Chatting to Al Qaeda? Try not to do that – Ex spy chief defends post-Snowden NSA

You have nothing to fear from the NSA: that is unless you're from outside the United States, or you arouse the agency's suspicion by chatting to Al Qaeda. "Try not to do that," was the advice given. The warnings come from former NSA chief General Keith Alexander, who told delegates at a security conference that the National …
Darren Pauli, 08 Oct 2014
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'UK workers bear brunt of global HP job losses': Unite

Unite has hit out at Hewlett-Packard for making more job cuts in Britain - mostly among its EDS staff - than anywhere else in Europe. The UK’s largest union said yesterday that HP’s decision to axe a quarter of its British staff following the takeover of the IT services firm in August was a mistake. "This should be a merger for …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Nov 2008
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HP techies reject latest pay offer, closer to industrial action

Unionised engineers at HP Customer Delivery Services - which provides support for customers including Barclays, BT and Tesco - have moved a step closer to industrial action after rejecting its latest pay offer. HPCDS is a wholly owned subsidiary of the company and effectively came about through the acquisition of third-party …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2013
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Capita ITS ditches UK job cuts, offshoring dream

Capita IT Services has finally shelved its plans to offshore jobs and make compulsory redundancies in 2013. In August just 84 unionised workers at the reseller-cum-integrator threatened industrial action over moves to send part of the service desk to India and push through job cuts across the wider organisation. Then last month …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2012

HP: Yes, we plan to axe another 7,100 European staffers

HP has confirmed that more than 7,000 workers in Europe are headed for the chopping block, with sources telling us that a good whack of the cuts will be made in Enterprise Services. In June 2012, HP began consultations with union and staff over plans to get rid of 8,000 jobs in the region, and it confirmed that thousands more …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2013
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Opera chief: history will silence Unite doubters

Undeterred by the media backlash against Opera Unite - the web-browser-meets-web-server contraption unveiled last month - Opera chief executive Jon von Tetzchner says that ten years on, the world will look back on its debut as a seminal moment in the history of the web. "Some people see Unite, and they understand. With others, …
Cade Metz, 29 Jul 2009
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Fujitsu raises UK minimum wage to £14k

Fujitsu has agreed to up its minimum wage for its British workers following sustained pressure from union Unite. The Japanese corporate put in place a £12,000 base salary in 2010 after negotiating with the union and agreed to review this annually. The union said it was pushing for Fujitsu to raise the threshold to £15,000 to …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2012
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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

In very agreeable news for those who fear that everyone on homogenised Planet Earth will eventually end up speaking an unholy mix of English, Chinese Mandarin and Spanish – with a soupçon of Portuguese, Russian, Hindi and Javanese thrown in for good measure – the Chinese authorities have admitted that 400 million of their …
Lester Haines, 10 Sep 2013

HP UK: meeting unions over staff redundancy plans

HP has confirmed it will convene with unions reps in a bid to thrash out the number of UK workers that could get the heave-ho over the next 90 days. Consultation began on 30 January "regarding potential workforce changes" that have been pencilled in by management for HP's fiscal Q2, which started this month. "Collective …
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2014
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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

It seems the government’s solution to poor mobile phone coverage in the UK is to mandate a system that leads to less mobile phone coverage. They have got this backwards. As my colleague Andrew Orlowski has noted, it’s a typical Ministry of Fun reaction to a problem of the government’s own making. If national roaming is …
Simon Rockman, 10 Nov 2014
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CSC's UK techies get one extra month to find new jobs

The Unite union claims it has succeeded in postponing compulsory layoffs by CSC in the UK in the aftermath of the NHS IT project fiasco. CSC had announced two lots of cuts, adding up to 1,140 staff members at risk. The IT contractor said it would reassign workers or allow them to take voluntary redundancies, but added it would …
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Unions urge under-fire HP workers to 'resist' job cuts

Unite and the Public Services Commercial (PCS) unions will form a tag team to "use every means possible" to safeguard the jobs of 1,600 HP UK employees under risk of redundancy. The tech monster revealed late last night that it is hitting the eject button for 27,000 workers worldwide – including Autonomy founder Mike Lynch – by …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2012
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HP's hiring: UK jobs for, er, UK workers.... maybe

HP has refused to rule out making roles redundant in the UK and shifting them to parts of Europe where average salaries are lower. Cost cutting HP last week entered into consultation with the works council and yesterday engaged with union types over plans to slash 7,100 roles across the region, the last tranche of 34k job cuts …
Paul Kunert, 10 Feb 2014

'Nearly 1,350' HP Enterprise Services staffers strike over redundancies – union

Nearly 1,350 HP Enterprise Services workers downed tools as part of multi-day industrial action in protest against the mass redundancy programme, at least according to the PCS trade union. Industrial officer Alan Brown said up to 90 per cent of the union's 1,500 HPES members went on strike on Wednesday and Thursday this week, …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2013
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Capita UK offshoring plan killed by customer backlash - insiders

Unite claimed victory over Capita IT Services' (ITS) decision to tear apart its offshoring blueprint, but company insiders claim that much more pressure had been imposed on management from customers who objected to the move. The union threatened industrial action in August over Capita's move, first proposed in March, to put 1, …
Paul Kunert, 01 Oct 2012

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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Microsoft to merge Windows, Windows Phone stores in 2014

Microsoft is planning to combine the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store into a single app store for all of its platforms as early as the spring of 2014, sources claim. The Verge reports that Microsoft's new operating systems head, Terry Myerson, revealed the plan during an all-hands meeting in Redmond on Thursday. The …
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2013
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One help desk API to unite them all

Businesses everywhere have embraced open source as a way to increase innovation and drive down software acquisition costs. Unfortunately, open source doesn't solve an even bigger problem companies have: making their software/systems talk to each other. Whether you're Chevron or Sam's Truck Stop, at some point you're going to …
Matt Asay, 01 Jul 2011
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Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle unite with massive patch batch

It was an extreme version of Patch Tuesday as Microsoft, Adobe Systems, and Oracle released updates that fixed dozens of critical vulnerabilities in their wares. As part of Microsoft's monthly patch regimen, the software giant issued 11 updates that patched a total of 25 bugs. At least three of the vulnerabilities resided in …
Dan Goodin, 13 Apr 2010

Nvidia reveals CUDA 6, joins CPU-GPU shared memory party

Nvidia has announced the latest version of its GPU programming language, CUDA 6, which adds a "Unified Memory" capability that, as its name implies, relieves programmers from the trials and tribulations of having to manually copy data back and forth between separate CPU and GPU memory spaces. CUDA 6 Unified Memory schematic …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Nov 2013
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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

Brid-Aine says: Ever since Doctor Who arrived back on Auntie Beeb screens, there has been a great divide in this country. The Caretaker episode Doctor Who Who you gonna call? Clara and Doctor Who in The Caretaker On the one hand, those who knew and loved the old Doctors, their serious and gentlemanly deportment when faced …
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Lithuania rules beer brewing 'vitally essential' to life

A Lithuanian court has ruled that the brewing of Carlsberg lager is a "vitally essential" activity, thereby depriving the Danish beer monolith's workers the right to strike. The decision came after the brewer moved to prevent staff in its Baltic tentacle walking out in a dispute over pay and conditions, the Telegraph explains. …
Lester Haines, 05 Mar 2012

Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT

The US government–mandated Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has released a mammoth 841-page report on the impact of climate change on the US, region by region, focusing on its effects on water, human health, agriculture, urban life, and more. The bottom line: climate disruption – their term – caused by human activities is …
Rik Myslewski, 06 May 2014

Bitcopocalypse! Top crypto-currency can be HIJACKED, warn boffins

The Bitcoin crypto-currency is vulnerable to manipulation by greedy miners, researchers have claimed, which poses a threat to the stability of the funny money. In a paper distributed on Monday titled Majority is not Enough: Bitcoin Mining is Vulnerable, two researchers from Cornell University describe how Bitcoin's currency …
Jack Clark, 05 Nov 2013