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Want to tell the world how IT really works? Tell us first

Reg Events When it comes to working out how enterprise IT really works, who do you speak to first? Easy. Reg readers. That’s why we’ll be holding the first of a series of live Register events for senior IT decision-maker readers on July 8. We will be meeting at the Soho Hotel in central London, and our question for the day will be: Does …
Team Register, 16 Jun 2014

CIOs: Are you the governor? Or just one of the governed?

Poll Next month we’ll be hosting a selection of The Register’s most senior readers for our first round table, where we will be discussing who really runs IT in most businesses. But you can only learn so much from one group of people. That’s why we’re asking you to help flesh out exactly how much control IT managers have over IT - …
Joe Fay, 13 Jun 2014
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ICT globalisation survey: UK's tops - 'cos we don't care who buys our firms

The UK has topped an industry ranking of countries on ICT globalisation. But before PM David Cameron and co start patting themselves on the back, they should consider this stand-out performance is entirely down to the UK's willingness to sell its promising tech to the highest bidder rather than nurture it to maturity. An …
Joe Fay, 12 Jun 2014
BlackBerry Z3

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, 2 Jun 2014
Facebook

What's up, Zuck? Facebook asks Brussels to probe its GIGANTIC WhatsApp deal

Facebook has asked the competition wing of the European Commission to probe its $19bn buyout of WhatsApp in a move to apparently nullify a host of investigations being sparked in multiple EU nations. According to the Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter, Facebook appears to be keen to swerve antitrust …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 May 2014

Big data hitting the fan? Nyquist-Shannon TOOL SAMPLE can save you

Big Data's Big 5 You are working on a big data project that collects data from sensors that can be polled every 0.1 of a second. But just because you can doesn’t mean you should, so how do we decide how frequently to poll sensors? The tempting answer is to collect it all, every last ping. That way, not only is your back covered but you can also …
Mark Whitehorn, 23 May 2014
Apple's new Cupertino campus - rendering

Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop

It you work for Apple, you're probably very excited about the supersized "spaceship" headquarters set to touch down in Cupertino. But don't get ahead of yourself, because almost 1,500 unlucky employees are set to be sidelined into a boring-looking group of office buildings on the side of a dual carriageway. Apple is planning to …
Jasper Hamill, 22 May 2014
Nokia Lumia 625 displaying Office app

Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

Five Lumia phones leaning against each other Nokia Lumia 630: Will enterprises bite? You could be forgiven for thinking that Microsoft has missed the boat with its Windows everywhere proposition. It’s a hybrid world in which Android, iOS, OS X and even Linux are not going away. This in turn leaves Windows Phone 8.1 as just …
Dale Vile, 22 May 2014

Speaking in Tech: About that rumour of Cisco BUYING Red Hat...

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week is a special episode from Cisco Live in San Francisco. Our usual top-notch team are all back this week, along with two Cisco bigwigs ready to talk everything from OpenStack and Cisco ACI to the finer points of running a cat blog. Yes, really. Podcast host Greg …
Team Register, 21 May 2014

Web firms, DON'T PANIC: The Euro Google 'right to be forgotten' isn't a problem

Comment Are you an internet company? Beware of companies and organisations purporting to "help" European firms interpret the new Google privacy ruling. you may find yourself taking unnecessary mitigation measures - and fuelling the trolls. Last week, the ECJ ruled that Google was subject to European privacy and data protection laws, …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 May 2014
A boat full of Fail

Stock and awe: Top City biz takes £32m hit after software upgrade axed

A leading City firm has halted the roll-out of software that was supposed to streamline its business but became more trouble than it was worth. Specifically, £32m of trouble. Brewin Dolphin, in Smithfield St, London, alleged to investors it encountered “issues” with the "robustness" of a specialist financial application. It …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2014
Windows 8.1 Start screen

Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

Exclusive In November, Microsoft started offering free copies of Windows 8.1 to non-profits and charities. Redmond called it a "donation"; the more cynical saw it as a handy way to boost deployments of the new OS and migrate desktops away from dead-end Windows XP. Today The Register can reveal Microsoft has struck a deal with members of …
Gavin Clarke, 14 May 2014
Typewriter keys

Microsoft TechEd 2014 keynote, Q&A liveblog: What went down in TX

Reg correspondent Adam Fowler has flown from Adelaide, Australia, to Houston, Texas, US, to bring you up-to-the-minute information from the TechEd 2014 North America keynote and Q&A. TechEd is Redmond's annual conference for programmers and other IT pros. Join us for the latest developments as they happen – the feed below should …
Team Register, 12 May 2014
A U-2 "Dragon Lady" takes off from the Osan Air Base, South Korea, flightline Oct. 21, 2009, during the base Air Power Day air show. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

A computer crash that caused the collapse of a $2.4bn air traffic control system may have been caused by a simple lack of memory, insiders close to the cock-up alleged today. Hundreds of flights were delayed two weeks ago after the air traffic control system that manages the airspace around Los Angeles' LAX airport went titsup …
Jasper Hamill, 12 May 2014

Silicon Valley bod in no-hire pact lawsuit urges court to REJECT his OWN lawyers' settlement

One of the plaintiffs in the no-hire pact lawsuit against Silicon Valley tech firms has asked the court to reject a $324m settlement deal negotiated by his own lawyers because he says it’s “grossly inadequate”. Lawyers in the case reached a settlement with Apple, Google and other giants accused of conspiring to keep IT workers' …
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Suffering from IPO interruptus? Perhaps your Box is full of the same soap as the others

You don't have to have a monopoly to build a successful company, but it sure helps. And if you've not got a monopoly then you do need something, anything, to differentiate your product so that there's actually some compelling reason why customers might actually use your services and pay you a margin. There'd better be something …
Tim Worstall, 9 May 2014
Star Wars

'We don't think of antivirus as a money maker in any way'

Quotw This was the week when Symantec declared that its whole reason for being was dead, kaput, totally and utterly over. Senior veep for information security Brian Dye declared that antivirus software, the same stuff that his firm has been a leading purveyor of for the last quarter of a century – and made oodles of money from – is …

Carphone Warehouse, Dixons embroiled in £3.7bn merger rumour

Sir Charles Dunstone once told your humble correspondent that he would never have more than 50 shops. Today his Carphone Warehouse empire has more 2,000 shops across Europe, and is rumoured to be about to add another 500 – through a merger with PC World and Currys owner Dixons. Discussions have been going on since February, we' …
Simon Rockman, 8 May 2014

Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods

Barclays will axe about 5,600 IT and operations staffers in 2014 in a massive restructuring effort. The at-risk techies work across the retail and investment arms of the British banking group. The plan is to achieve £1.6bn in savings by scrapping about 14,000 full-time staff over the next 12 months, a move unveiled on Thursday …
Gavin Clarke, 8 May 2014

Sage's 63-year-old CEO says au revoir: 'Life's all about choices'

Seventeen-year company veteran and CEO Guy Berruyer has signalled his intent to hang up his boots from the end of March next year or sooner if a replacement in found beforehand. The man went public on his exit plan at the half-way point of the accountancy software developer's fiscal '14 numbers, that showed a near five per cent …
Paul Kunert, 8 May 2014

RBS Group hopes £750m IT shakeup splurge will prevent next bank mainframe meltdown

RBS Group has spent £750m overhauling its IT – which includes replacing the systems at the heart of its mainframe mega-meltdown in 2012. The banking giant has established three separate batch schedulers to process transactions at NatWest, Ulster Bank Northern Ireland, and Ulster Bank Republic of Ireland. It's hoped this will …
Gavin Clarke, 6 May 2014
Bored girl

Hey, marketing drone, what's with the FUD - nothing GOOD to say about your own kit?

Storagebod Are we drifting into another round of the storage wars where FUD starts to fly? It always makes for good copy. The little guy complaining about the big guy, who in turn is complaining about the little guy: David with his sling versus Goliath with his rocket launcher. The thing with FUD is that it doesn’t really work unless there …
StorageBod, 1 May 2014
USB Stress Panic Button

Brit IT workers are so stressed that 'TWO-THIRDS' want to quit

About two-thirds of IT workers quizzed in a new poll are so stressed, they want to quit their jobs. The survey, conducted in the UK on behalf of GFI Software and published this month, found that 67 per cent of tech bods consider their job stressful, while some 68 per cent want to quit. 36 per cent of the 200 respondents said …
Jasper Hamill, 29 Apr 2014

94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

No matter how optimistic British tech supremos may be, they're still battling to hire and keep skilled hands, according to a new study. This is a headline finding from the latest Innovation Economy Report by the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). The financial institute surveyed 1,218 CEOs, CFOs and other executives around the world in …
Simon Rockman, 28 Apr 2014
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New .london domains touted tomorrow amid usual tech hypegasm

Do you have any idea what "wind and kite" means? No? Well, it's Cockney rhyming for “website.” But from tomorrow, rather than lobbing geezer slang around, you'll have a much easier time making sure the world knows your business is from London. Tuesday marks the launch of the .london, and addresses using the new generic top-level …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Apr 2014
Motorola Moto X

Really? Sigh. Really? Apple's lawsuit against Google is REVIVED

A US Federal Court has issued a ruling that will allow Apple and Motorola Mobility to assert certain patent claims against each other. The ruling also opens the door for Cupertino to try to seek a ban on sales of certain Android handsets. While Google will be allowed to seek damages on any of the Motorola Mobility patents in …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2014

Oracle accused of breaking US competition law over Solaris support

Oracle has been accused of unfair competition and of breaking US anti-trust laws over its Solaris support business. The claims are made in a counter-lawsuit lodged by Solaris fix-it company Terix, which had previously been dragged into court by Oracle for allegedly stealing the database giant's copyrighted code. The Terix suit …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2014
Measuring up Apple

Will Apple's $130bn cash infusion keep investors onboard?

Analysis Apple may be cash-rich, but it's in a product-release quiet period – which may be why it's accelerating its efforts to return capital to its investors in the forms of steadily increasing dividends and a more aggressive stock-repurchase program, and will again "access the debt markets" to pull it off. You'd think that with $150. …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Apr 2014
Fake photo of Satya Nadella shaking hands with Stephen Elop

Awkward? Elop now answers to ex-junior Nadella as Microsoft closes Nokia buyout

Microsoft has closed its $7.1bn garbage-trucks-colliding deal to buy Nokia’s struggling mobile handset business. The software giant announced the successful completion of a seven-month campaign to take ownership of the Nokia unit, announced last September. Nokia now becomes the Microsoft Devices Group, headed by Nokia’s former …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2014
Broke - empty pockets

Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

The more Surfaces slabs Microsoft sells, the more the Redmond giant has to shell out. Microsoft Thursday trumpeted $494m in revenue made from sales of Surface during its third fiscal quarter. But Microsoft also notched up $539m in costs associated with selling Surface, thereby cancelling out any profits and forcing it to post a …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2014
Firefox 13 Home page

JavaScript guru slots into Mozilla CTO seat left empty by anti-gay marriage ex-boss

Mozilla has named its new chief technology officer – the position previously held by Brendan Eich before his brief spell as Moz CEO ended amid an anti-gay marriage storm. The new CTO is Andreas Gal, a six-year Mozilla veteran who was described by the Firefox factory as an "authority on web technology". Gal's work has ranged from …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Apr 2014
Tim Cook

Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

Tim Cook has claimed that Apple is "closer than it's ever been" to the release of a new product range. Ignoring the fact that the nearest Apple was to releasing some new iStuff was, well, the last time it released some, Cook claimed exciting new things were in the offing. Dodging questions about exactly what sort of products …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Apr 2014

Tales from the Internet World Cup: ICANN tell nothing will change

NetMundial's internet conference, the much-hyped, over-excited lovechild of Edward Snowden's NSA revelations, has been significantly more subdued than people thought it would be. After the first day of the two-day internet shindig in São Paulo, Brazil – the Global Multi-stakeholder Meeting on the future of Internet Governance – …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Apr 2014

Bevy of tech behemoths aim to plug the next Heartbleed with DOLLARS

Tech's biggest names have vowed to pour cash into crucial open-source projects that glue the web together – and hopefully kill off any dire bugs that could wreck the net. The Linux Foundation announced on Thursday that it had formed "The Core Infrastructure Initiative" to fund open projects that are critical to the functioning …
Jack Clark, 24 Apr 2014

Top dog EMC’s dilemma: Seasonal dip or long-term problem?

Comment One swallow doesn’t make a summer nor one frost a winter. Does the dramatic drop in EMC’s VMAX revenues represent a long-term change or just a product transition blip? While other parts of EMC Information Infrastructure – the non-VMware and non-Pivotal storage core of EMC’s federation – grew strongly in its first 2014 quarter, …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2014
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Bank of England seeks 'HACKERS' to defend vaults against e-thieves

The Bank of England is planning to hire ethical hackers to conduct penetration tests on 20 "major" banks and other financial institutions, it has been reported. The move appears to be a response to lessons learned during the Waking Shark II security response exercise last November. The exercise put merchant banks and other …
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2014
Sleeper

Speaking in Tech: Yes, yes. Storage, VMs, all very important. But what about beating jet lag?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Welcome back to the Speaking in Tech podcast, hosted weekly by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Sarah is away, but our special guest is Hans De Leenheer, a jobbing technical marketing adviser. This week we discuss... From Greg's bewildering experience …
Team Register, 23 Apr 2014

Patch iOS, OS X now: PDFs, JPEGs, URLs, web pages can pwn your kit

Apple has released updates to its iOS and OS X operating systems that address serious security flaws. The company said the iOS 7.1.1 upgrade will include, as well as some stability updates, fixes for 19 security flaws. One of those vulnerabilities is a "triple handshake" error in iOS SecureTransport – which is part of the OS …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Apr 2014
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Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret

As your body staggers down the winding road to death, user interfaces that require fighter pilot-grade eyesight, the dexterity of a neurosurgeon, and the mental agility of Derren Brown, are going to screw with you at some point. Don't kid yourself otherwise – disability, in one form or another, can strike at any moment. Given …
Dominic Connor, 17 Apr 2014

Did you know Twitter has a 'consumer product division'? Ex-Google Maps boss now runs it

Profit-impaired Twitter has poached Google's Maps director Daniel Graf to head up the micro-blogging site's consumer product division. Graf – who is rarely seen Google+ing, facebooking or indeed tweeting – confirmed via his Twitter account on Tuesday that he was moving on. "Followed Maps to find that the flock was just around …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2014

Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?

A programming blunder appears to have landed the cash-strapped Co-op Bank an unexpected bill for £110m. In its financial report [PDF] for 2013, which last week revealed a £1.3bn loss, the bank said it had to stump up nine-figure "costs relating to breaches of the Consumer Credit Act". Specifically, the scandal-hit bank noted: " …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2014
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

Apple cooperating at last on antitrust after MONTHS of wrangling – says court watchdog

Apple execs have made a "promising start" to fixing the company's antitrust compliance programme, says the monitor appointed by the court after the iPhone maker was found guilty of conspiring to fix ebook prices last year. However, the Cupertino corp has spent too much time dragging the process out, he said. Scrutinizer Michael …