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Sydney Harbour Bridge in the cloud

Google switches on Sydney cloud region, with a subset of services

Google Cloud Platform's Sydney region is now open for business … but missing lots of services the company's cloud offers elsewhere. The company flicked the switch earlier this morning, and revealed the fact a few minutes ago (at the time of writing). The new region has the following services ... Launch services for google …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2017

Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

A committee of the European Parliament is pushing back against the anti-encryption sentiment infesting governments around the world, with a report saying citizens need more protection, not less. In a draft report that landed last week, the parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs says data protection …

Telstra to hang up on 1,400 more workers

Telstra will shed 1,400 or more jobs to make up for revenue gaps looming as the National Broadband Network rollout continues. While the carrier will be paid AU$11 billion by network-builder nbn™, it will inevitably lose wholesale income from network migration to the government network. The NBN's effect on Telstra's retail …
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Australian oppn. leader wants to do something about Bitcoin, because terrorism and crypto

Australia's opposition leader Bill Shorten has suggested that governmental action to deny use of encryption to terrorists should extend to Bitcoin. In a speech to the House of Representatives yesterday, Shorten fell into lock-step with Australia's plan to compel technology companies to build not-backdoors into their products …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2017
Australian money at a crime scene

Australian Taxation Office won't penalise Plutus contractors

The Australian Taxation Office has issued guidance to clients of Plutus Payroll, the company accused of AU$165m scam, and says they “will not be penalised” if the company hasn't paid the right amount of tax on their behalf. “As a worker you won’t be penalised if the amount reported as being withheld is not actually paid to the …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2017
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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

Vegemite is trying to hijack Australian airline Qantas's public competition to name its new airliners. The continent-sized country's flag-carrying airline is, rather stupidly, allowing the great unwashed to name its eight new Airbus A380s. "We want their names to reflect the true Spirit of Australia," gushes the Name The …
Gareth Corfield, 22 May 2017
Qantas Boeing 737-838, VH-VZR

Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

Updated International airline passengers in Australia, New Zealand and other nations have been told that problems processing passports at airports today were caused by a telecoms failure in the United Kingdom. Passengers started to complain of slow check-ins and long queues early Monday, Australian time. Australia's Department of …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2017
Australian money at a crime scene

Plutus Payroll clients and staff fell for plausible business model fairy tales

Fallen Australian payroll-services-for-contractors company Plutus Payroll convinced clients and staff that it had hit upon a business model let it fund free payroll services with clever money market plays, commission deals with financial services companies and by selling workers' details to marketers. But those revenue sources …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2017
Copper wire

nbn™ needs copper to build FTTN: another 15,000 km of it

Remediating and backfilling copper networks for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) was always going to need new copper, and now Australians know how much: 15,000 kilometres. The supplier of that copper, Prysmian, will be happy: nbn™, the company building and operating the NBN has written to a senate committee naming …
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Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has said the nation is considering signing up for the laptops-on-planes ban imposed by the United States and United Kingdom. Speaking after announcing a national ship-building plan, Turnbull responded to a question about the ban and said “the government is aware of the changes that …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2017
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Plutus Payroll pays people after Senator writes to Australian Taxation Office

No-longer-AWOL payroll provider Plutus has, as promised, started paying people again. The company pledged to do so on Wednesday after nearly two weeks during which a dispute with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) saw its bank accounts frozen. That dispute is not over, but the ATO has permitted salary payments to flow from …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2017
Australian money at a crime scene

Plutus Payroll pledges to pay IT contractors' wages within 72 hours

Embattled payroll company Plutus Payroll will soon start paying ~1,000 contractors again after an almost-two-weeks hiatus. The company has written to those owed money, saying the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) “has agreed to allow the release of the wages owed to our contractors.” “The ATO has written to the Commonwealth …
Simon Sharwood, 10 May 2017
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IBM freezes contractor hires to keep full-time workers fully occupied

Updated More evidence that IBM is cutting costs in multiple ways: the company's Australian tentacle is making it very, very hard to hire contractors. The Register has viewed emails sent among organisations seeking to place contractors with IBM Australia. The thread explains that IBM has not replied to offers of new contractors because …
Simon Sharwood, 10 May 2017
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AWOL Payroll outfit Plutus says it's very solvent, but can't say when it will pay workers

Stricken Australian payroll-services-for-contractors outfit Plutus Payroll is “very solvent” and has “no prospect of receivership”. Plutus came to The Register's attention earlier today after readers told us the company had “suspended” its operations due to a dispute that left it unable to pay its customers. Vulture South has …
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Payroll service for contractors goes AWOL leaving some unpaid

Tech contractors say the've not been paid after an outfit called “Plutus Payroll” removed all substantive content from its web site and replace it with news it “is suspending our business activities due to a commercial dispute.” An email sent to users of the service adds “We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience this will …

KickassTorrents kicked out again, this time by Australia

Australia's Federal Court has come to the conclusion that KickassTorrents' primary purpose is copyright infringement and has therefore ordered the nation's internet service providers to block access to its many URLs. The case is notable because it's the second win for Big Content under Australia's site-blocking regime and also …
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Australian Federal Police accessed metadata without warrant, broke law

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin has admitted that one of the force's investigators accessed a journalist's telecommunications metadata without a warrant, thereby breaching the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979. That Act was amended to add mandatory metadata collection provisions in …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2017
Commonwealth Bank

Commonwealth Bank hyperconverges with VMware and Dell EMC

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has made a significant investment in VMware's hyperconverged stack. The Register understands that the bank has signed up for a lot of Virtual SAN, to run on Dell EMC servers, and that the combination will become an important part of its hybrid cloud. We understand that the deal goes beyond …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Apr 2017

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