Articles about Fees

Walmart 'Cat's Away IPA'

FAKE BREWS: America rocked by 'craft beer' scandal allegations

US big-box chain Walmart is being sued by an Ohio bloke who claims the retailer's line of "craft beers" is an egregious lie. Matthew Adam, of Hamilton County, is championing a class-action lawsuit alleging Walmart's line of "Trouble Brewing" beers is an act of fraud and false advertising. According to Adam's complaint [PDF], …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Feb 2017
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nbn™ to cut the charges ISPs pay for traffic

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced changes to the network capacity charge (CVC) it charges internet service providers. The CVC is important because it's one of two costs nbn™ imposes on ISPs. The first is the monthly access charge (AVC), a per-month-per- …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Feb 2017
Australian cloud

Dell EMC's 'Spanning' SaaS backup outfit expands into Australia

Dell EMC's software-as-a-service backup outfit, “Spanning”, has expanded into Australia. If the very premise of SaaS backup sounds a bit odd, given the universal promise that SaaS runs from super-redundant bit barns so you don't have to worry about things like backup, know that Spanning's schtick is not primary backup. …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2017

Roses are reddish, exam-takers more so: Cisco's test price hike's a smack to the torso

Spare a thought for those taking the Cisco CCNA assessments, who are facing a 32 per cent hike in fees this month without warning. One reader got in touch with El Reg to report they had noticed the increase as they were re-booking a failed exam at the weekend. That cost £100+VAT in January but is now £132+VAT when re-booked. …
Kat Hall, 14 Feb 2017
Shouting match

WTF is up with the W3C, DRM and security bods threatened – we explain

Analysis A lengthy battle over the inclusion of digital rights management as a Web standard is coming to a head, with a set of new guidelines planned for early March. Those guidelines will include the latest attempt at compromise between pragmatists and idealists over how to allow control of content online without undermining the …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Feb 2017
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New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

PayPal's released a new batch of User Agreements that includes a new “non-discouragement clause for sellers” that prevents them from talking down the service, plus price hikes a-plenty. The new new clause reads as follows: “In representations to your customers or in public communications, you agree not to mischaracterize …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2017
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Kids these days will never understand the value of money

Where’s all the money gone? I don’t mean why it’s flowing out of your bank account in ever greater volumes. Actually, I do mean that, but in the most immediate, tangible way. Not very long ago, you knew what you spent because you could count the banknotes as you handed them over. Money was physical, tangible, and real. That’s …
Mark Pesce, 13 Feb 2017

Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

Pay TV and other copyright industries are pinning their hopes that new prosecutions of “Kodi USB stick” sellers will thwart what they call an “epidemic” of streaming piracy. Last year, a wave of arrests were made in Teesside and Birmingham in England, with Middlesbrough shopkeeper Brian Thompson of Cut Price Tomo’s TV likely …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Feb 2017
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Guess who's suffering an email outage. Go on, it's as easy as 123-Reg

Another month, another problem with comedy outfit 123-Reg whose long-suffering customers are this time suffering from an email outage. The biz informed customers this morning that they may not be able to access mail. A spokesman said: "Due to problems with network connectivity this morning we are currently experiencing issues …
Kat Hall, 03 Feb 2017

Comcast is totally down with you using a Roku to watch Xfinity cable TV – but it'll cost you extra

Comcast has kicked off a beta program that will let customers watch TV on Roku hardware, but only if they pay extra. The US cable giant has released a beta Xfinity TV app for newer Roku devices that will allow customers to watch cable channels directly from the device. This lets customers use their streaming hardware in place …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Feb 2017
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MNOs will lose 5G rewards to new entrants if they will not share networks

Analysis The advantages of network sharing seem glaringly obvious in a world where the mismatch between mobile data demand and mobile data ARPU is rushing MNOs’ profits. The need to reduce the cost of delivering those rising tides of data is urgent, but many operators are ready to discuss almost any tactic – Wi-Fi offload, automation, …
Wireless Watch, 02 Feb 2017

EU whacks first nail into mobile roaming charges' coffin

The European Commission has taken the next step towards the scheduled end of roaming charges in the European Union, securing agreement on maximum wholesale charges telcos will be able to charge each other to handle roaming subscribers. Operators will charge no more than 3.2 cents per minute of voice calls and a single cent per …
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Speaking in Tech's Greg accepts dare to moonlight as an Uber driver

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Greg, Ed and Melissa are joined by Cory Minton, Dell’s Big Data man, to discuss the on-demand economy, Oracle licensing, Platform-as-a-Service and the holographic universe. The details… (00:00) Throwing down with Smallbone (00:47) Introducing Cory Minton of Dell EMC ( …
Team Register, 01 Feb 2017
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Dear Microsoft – a sysadmin's wishlist

Sysadmin Blog I yell at Microsoft a lot. It's cathartic. Microsoft make several decent pieces of software and quite a few great cloud services, but for every awesome thing they create it seems they ruin something else. Over the past year I've developed a wishlist of changes. Dear Microsoft... Azure Stack I like Azure Stack. A lot. What I …
Trevor Pott, 01 Feb 2017

Imagine a ChromeOS-style Windows 10 ... oh wait, there it is and it's called Windows Cloud

Microsoft's latest Windows Insider build, released on Friday for participants in the software preview program, contains a reference to a new Windows SKU called Cloud. Microsoft declined to comment on what Windows Cloud might be, but after the name was spotted and revealed on Twitter, veteran Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Jan 2017

Please come back! TalkTalk woos customers with broadband offers

TalkTalk has spotted an opportunity to win back customers following its mega data breach in October 2015 with a flash sale broadband promotion. Most broadband providers are hiking prices this year, with BT the latest to announce an inflation-busting increase. Virgin Media's broadband and TV packages also went up by up to £3.49 …
Kat Hall, 30 Jan 2017

Oracle effectively doubles licence fees to run its stuff in AWS

Oracle has changed the way it charges users to run its software in Amazon Web Services, effectively doubling the cost along the way. Big Red's previous licensing regime [PDF] recognised that AWS's virtual CPUs were a single thread of a core that runs two threads. Each virtual CPU therefore counted as half a core. That's …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2017
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So you want to roll your own cloud

Sysadmin Blog I have set myself a mission to create a cloud this year. Not a lab test version of something or other, but a real and usable cloud that I can sell to my clients. It's not built yet, but I intend to document my journey towards that end. The first question I get when discussing this project is always "why do you want to build a …
Trevor Pott, 27 Jan 2017
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Apple goes global in Qualcomm license war: Patent spat hits China

Apple has taken its legal battle against Qualcomm international with a pair of lawsuits in China. The suits, filed with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, accuse the chip designer of breaking China's anti-monopoly law and challenge the patent-licensing contract between Apple and Qualcomm in China. The filings seek …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jan 2017

UK.gov tells freelance techies to slap 20 per cent on fees as IR35 tax hike looms

UK government departments are advising IT contractors to hike their fees by a fifth in order to avert an exodus of self-employed techies that will be hit by a forthcoming tax clampdown, multiple sources have told The Register. Changes by HMRC in April will shift responsibility for compliance with the intermediaries legislation …
Kat Hall, 25 Jan 2017
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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

Following the lead of the FTC, Apple has filed suit against Qualcomm alleging it was charging excessive patent royalty fees for cellphone technology. The Cupertino maker of AirPods says in a lawsuit [PDF] filed with the Southern California District Court on Friday that Qualcomm has for years been gouging it with excessive …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jan 2017
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All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

BT is to hike its broadband and TV prices in an inflation-busting increase that will come into force this April. All basic broadband packages will increase by £2 per month, while BT Infinity fibre customers will be stung by a rise of £2.50 per month. The basic broadband package starts at £9.95 per month, while Infinity starts …
Kat Hall, 20 Jan 2017
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EE slapped with £2.7m fine by Ofcom

EE has been slapped with a £2.7m fine by regulator Ofcom for overcharging tens of thousands of customers. A year-long investigation found that EE made fundamental billing mistakes, overcharging 40,000 customers a total £250,000. Ofcom said EE’s "carelessness or negligence" contributed to these billing errors. It follows …
Kat Hall, 18 Jan 2017

Calls for UK.gov's tax digitisation plans to be put on the back burner

The UK government's tax digitisation plan could be delayed by at least a year after the Treasury Committee exposed "serious shortcomings" with the programme. In 2015 Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) was awarded £1.3bn of digital investment over four years, which it said would yield £1bn in extra tax revenue after 2020 by …
Kat Hall, 16 Jan 2017
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Big tech's grip loosens on UK.gov IT spend

UK government IT spending is still dominated by a few big suppliers – but they are losing some of their grip, according to publicly released data and Freedom of Information responses covering five of the biggest-spending organisations. Last year, the Cabinet Office said the three biggest IT suppliers across central government …
SA Mathieson, 13 Jan 2017

Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

Over to North Dakota, US, now and a new front in the war against cyber-smut has opened up. A proposed law will force porno-blocking filters onto computers and smartphones sold in the conservative state – with a charge to remove the censorship. Bill 1185 [PDF] will require laptops, cellphones and other internet-capable devices …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jan 2017
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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

Reader appeal The government is about to commence a piece of legislation that will seriously affect The Register’s ability to Bite The Hand That Feeds IT. You have until 5pm today to tell the government it should be stopped. Most British readers will have seen news coverage about Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. This is a …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Jan 2017
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Verizon is gonna axe its 'unlimited' data hogs

Verizon is kicking heavy downloaders and streamers off their "unlimited" not-actually-unlimited mobile plans. Subscribers who average more than 200GB of data downloaded per month have been told they have until February 16 to either move to a different plan or find a new carrier. It's believed atleast 8,200 customers have been …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jan 2017
DDOS

3... 2...1... and 123-Reg hit by DDoSers. Again

Updated Just days into the new year, and poor old 123-Reg is already experiencing problems, this time in the form of a DDoS attack - something it is no stranger to. Customers have been in touch with El Reg to report their websites and email services have been down as a consequence of the attack. The outfit tweeted just over an hour …
Kat Hall, 06 Jan 2017
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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

The very phrase "food substitute" is enough to strike fear into the hearts of the Full-English loving workforce, and perhaps rightly so. Way back in the summer of 2013, former Reg man Jack Clark took one for the team by surviving on nothing but Soylent for seven nightmarish days and wrote up his experiences so that others …
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Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

A family is suing Apple after their five-year-old daughter was killed by a driver allegedly distracted at the wheel with a FaceTime call on his iPhone. On Christmas Eve, 2014, the Modisette family was driving down Interstate 35W in Texas when a car accident up ahead brought traffic to a standstill. They stopped, but behind …
Iain Thomson, 04 Jan 2017
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Routine jobs vanishing and it's all technology's fault? Hold it there, sport

Routine jobs are disappearing, pushing less educated workers toward either lower-paying non-routine jobs, unemployment, or non-participation in the labor market. The automation of routine work by technology is partially responsible, though its role is relatively small, according to a paper [paywalled] published last month …
Thomas Claburn, 04 Jan 2017

Those online ads driving you bonkers are virtually 'worthless for brands'

One dollar of online display advertising will buy you approximately $0.03 worth of actual ads seen by real people, according to Bob Hoffman, a partner in media consultancy Type A Group. Hoffman, who used to run the Hoffman/Lewis Advertising agency, is well known for his skepticism of online ads, a view that has found some …
Thomas Claburn, 03 Jan 2017
Uber moving its self-driving cars via self-driving truck

Uber's self-driving cars get kicked out of SF, seek refuge in Arizona

Analysis The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Wednesday revoked the registration of 16 self-driving Uber vehicles, sending a signal to the regulation-averse startup that the agency is not to be publicly defied. Privately, it appears to be a different matter. Uber's subsidiary Otto has been, by its own admission, testing …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Dec 2016
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Beeb flings millions more £s at Capita for telly tax collection

El Reg can confirm that two things Brits love will be paired together for another couple of years - the Beeb has again extended Capita's telly tax collection contract. The original deal was signed in 2002 for £500m, and renewed in 2012 for eight years at a cost of £560m. Today it emerged the agreement will now stretch until …
Kat Hall, 19 Dec 2016
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US Supreme Court to hear case that may ruin Lone Star patent trolls

The legal case of TC Heartland v Kraft Foods may appear to have very little to do with technology, but it could make life a lot harder for patent trolls – thanks to a US Supreme Court decision on Thursday. The case between the two was brought by Kraft over its Mio Water Enhancer, a mixture of salt and flavorings for those who …
Iain Thomson, 16 Dec 2016
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DDoS in 2017: Strap yourself in for a bumpy ride

DDoS attacks have been around since at least 2000, and they’re not going away. In fact, as the number of devices online grows, the volume and velocity of these attacks is also increasing. Whole industries have developed around launching and preventing DDoS campaigns as black hats and white hats battle for dominance, and 2017 …
Robin Birtstone, 16 Dec 2016

FCC chairman confirms he will step down, make way for Trump choice

Analysis Following weeks of speculation and a refusal to state his plans, on Thursday chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Tom Wheeler, announced he would step down from the role on January 20, allowing president-elect Donald Trump to select a new head of the US comms watchdog. "Sitting in this chair has been the …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2016
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$17k win for man falsely accused of a terrible crime: Downloading an Adam Sandler movie

Hollywood lawyers have been ordered to foot more than $17,000 in legal bills after falsely accusing a bloke of illegally downloading and sharing the Adam Sandler flick The Cobbler. Thomas Gonzales, of Oregon, US, was sued by legal eagles retained by the movie's makers on the basis that an IP address he paid for was being used …
Iain Thomson, 07 Dec 2016

Russia's bid for mobile self-sufficiency may be the saviour of Sailfish

Comment The quest for freedom from US technologies and patent fees has been a persistent theme in China and has helped shape the new mobile landscape, in which Baidu and Alibaba, not Google and Amazon, dominate the user experience. Less is heard about another massive market, Russia, but here too, the push for technology self-sufficiency …
Wireless Watch, 07 Dec 2016
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Trump's FCC will soak net neutrality in gas and toss in a lit match

Supporters of net neutrality are preparing to defend FCC regulations passed two years ago in the face of what is increasingly looking like a determined effort by the Trump Administration to undermine them. Earlier this week, Trump named a third person to his FCC transition team and, as with the previous two, she is a vocal …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2016

Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill that will make it illegal to grab large quantities of online tickets with an automated bot. The Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act prohibits both circumventing website controls that try to impose purchase limits and the sale of a ticket if it has been obtained through such a …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2016
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You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "That member is the wrong way around," confides the gym receptionist in hushed tones, nodding towards a middle-aged fellow ambling into the cardio room. I stare after him, trying to guess how his member might be incorrectly attached. Dressed unfashionably and, I suspect, quite accidentally in a sleeveless side-boob vest, split …
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Nov 2016

Emergency services 4G by 2020? And monkeys could fly out of my butt

Users of the UK government's plans to shove the emergency services on to a 4G network by March 2020 are sceptical about the programme's timetable. Perhaps somewhat unsurprisingly, since a scheme of this scale has never before been tried anywhere else in the world. The Emergency Services Network (ESN) – set to replace the Tetra …
Kat Hall, 17 Nov 2016
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AWS looks to add 'bill collector' to its list of cloud offerings

Amazon Web Services has opened a store that will allow customers to purchase additional software-as-a-service products and pay with their monthly AWS bill. The cloud giant says that the AWS Marketplace Vendors program will let cloud customers buy the additional services as needed, paying for time or data used rather than as a …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Nov 2016

Adobe fined a whole million dollars for 2013 mega-breach

Fifteen of the United States of America have flogged Adobe with warm, wet, lettuce for its 2013 mega-breach that saw 38 million credentials leaked. North Carolina attorney general Roy Cooper says his State, plus 14 others*, have agreed that Adobe should hand over one million US dollars to compensate the 552,000 punters whose …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2016
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Amazon's cloudy 'WorkSpace' desktops-as-a-service gain a GPU

Amazon Web Services' (AWS') desktop-as-a-service “WorkSpaces” just grew up. And got all muscly, too: the cloud colossus has announced a new option to add 1,536 CUDA GPU cores with 4GB of graphics memory. The new “Graphics bundle” also offers eight virtual CPUs and 15GB of RAM, plus a 100GB virtual disk for users on top of the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2016
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UK.gov has 18,000 IT contractors on its books due to dearth of skills

The government currently employs 18,000 digital contractors and 12,000 "in-house" tech folk, according to a leaked draft outline of the Government Digital Transformation Strategy seen by The Register. A lack of digital skills in government has repeatedly been named as the main obstacle against digital transformation. Billions …
Kat Hall, 14 Nov 2016

Hurrah! Urinals will soon be splash-free

Engineers have developed a new technique that could pave the way for splash-free urinals in the future. When drops of liquid hit a hard surface at a high-speed, the impact distorts the liquid’s structure and it bounces back. The rebound motion of liquid can sometimes be unpleasant or even dangerous, and can certainly result in …
Katyanna Quach, 14 Nov 2016
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Google: If you think we're bad, you should take a look at Apple

Google has responded to the European Commission's complaint that it is abusing its market power with the Android mobile phone operating system by griping that Microsoft and Apple are worse. The ad and search giant points out in a neat animated GIF that of the 39 bundled apps on an iPhone, all 39 of them stem from Apple; on a …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Nov 2016