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Boffins bash Google Translate for sexism

Google Translate is used by over 200 million people daily and, according to boffins from Brazil, its AI-powered tongue twisting tends to deliver sexist results. In a research paper distributed through pre-printer service ArXiv, "Assessing Gender Bias in Machine Translation – A Case Study with Google Translate," Marcelo Prates …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Sep 2018
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Soft eng salaries soar by 25 per cent – and, oh yes, devops is best paid for non-boss techies

Software developers, you're getting a raise, on paper at least. Coding Q&A community site Stack Overflow has crunched the numbers from its latest developer survey and found that programmers are earning more everywhere, with median salaries that are 25 per cent higher than last year in cities like London and San Francisco. …
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New age discrim row: Accenture, Facebook sued by sales boss for favoring 'new blood'

In January 2016, then-54-year-old Mark Stephens was recruited by Accenture to work as a sales development manager on a project with Facebook, subject to Facebook's approval. He got the job – and then lost it due to age discrimination, or so he claims in a lawsuit filed against the two companies in Austin, Texas, on Monday. "I …
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Platinum partner had 'affair' with my wife – then Oracle screwed me, ex-sales boss claims

A former Oracle regional sales director has sued the American database goliath, claiming he had been fired unlawfully after 13 years of employment for seeking medical treatment under US Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). As described in the initial complaint, plaintiff Timothy Shaulis claimed that he began suffering from a …

Newsflash! Faking it until you make it is illegal in Silicon Valley: Biz boss pleads guilty

It turns out bullshitting your way to fame and fortune is illegal in California's playground of tech startups, rather than a viable business model. Who knew? The former CEO and founder of defunct Silicon Valley upstart WrkRiot has pleaded guilty to defrauding and lying to his firm's former employees. Isaac Choi, 36, on Monday …

Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

A former Oracle sales rep seeking to resolve a pay dispute has asked a California court to force the company to participate in arbitration over all wage claims against the database giant. Marcella Johnson, in her US district court filing [PDF] on Wednesday, claims Oracle "systematically denied her and other sales …
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Amazing new boffinry breakthrough: Robots are eating our brains

The Pew Research Center's latest report, The Future of Jobs and Jobs Training, warns that machines are eating our brains. "Brains" here refers to the contents of our brains, our skills, rather than actual gray matter. "Machines are eating humans' jobs talents," the report declares as a prelude to its exploration of the …
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Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

Two former Microsoft employees have sued the Windows giant seeking compensation for the mental trauma of screening child sex abuse photos, murder videos, and other extreme content flowing through the company's online services. Henry Soto and Greg Blauert were assigned to Microsoft's Online Safety Team, formed in 2008 following …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Jan 2017
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Machine-learning craze reaches freelancers: AI skills sought for gigs

Machine learning, Tableau, and user experience design represented the fastest growing skills on freelancing platform Upwork during the third quarter of the year, a finding that makes sense in the context of the accelerating collection of data and the need to present it. "Companies are harvesting explosive amounts of data, and …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Oct 2016

HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

There is "general resistance" among both the public and private sectors to plans that would shift responsibility for ensuring that third party contractors are paying the right employment taxes from the individual to public sector employers, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has found. Employers surveyed by HMRC were concerned …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Jul 2016
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US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

Apart from marrying an American, the best known route for foreign techies wanting to (legally) share their expertise for a fee in the US is a work visa. But this route is overcrowded, increasingly expensive and, should Donald Trump become America’s 45th president, it'll likely slam shut for many hoping to work in Silicon …
SA Mathieson, 13 May 2016
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Poor recruitment processes are causing the great security talent drought

RSA 2016 It's a refrain at this and past RSA conferences, that companies can't hire enough top-notch talent, but it's addressable if companies hire smartly and applicants learn how to play the game. "Far too many hackers have expectations that are unrealistic," said Tim O'Brien, director of threat research at Palerra – who has been on …
Iain Thomson, 29 Feb 2016
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Softcat CEO: No sailing off into the sunset after the IPO for me

The flotation of tech reseller Softcat will make the CEO an overnight quinquagintillionaire*, but Martin Hellawell tells us he won’t be quitting the day job any time soon. The Marlow-based biz confirmed this morning it is to list on the London Stock Exchange in November, as we predicted months ago, but top brass wants to push …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2015

Survey: Tech has FREED modern workers – to work longer hours

Americans think technology has made them more productive at work, but it also has many of them working longer hours, according to a new report. The study, which was conducted by the nonprofit Pew Research Center using data gathered from 535 people in September 2014, reveals that 46 per cent of US workers believe that the …
Neil McAllister, 31 Dec 2014
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Read IBM's note to staff announcing mandatory training and 10% pay cut

IBM has instituted a new, mandatory training program for some US employees whom management claims don't measure up in the skills department – and participants will be required to give up 10 per cent of their salaries for the privilege. The program was announced in a memo issued to the affected staffers, all of whom work in the …
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2014
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Wait, don't ditch that IT career just yet: UK vacancies hit 5-year high

Britain's tech jobs market is showing signs of recovery with the number of available positions growing across the nation. The number of tech jobs available in inner London has doubled since 2009, from 5,736 to 9,886 in 2013, according to new independent figures. IT recruiters CWJobs handed El Reg data that suggests the number …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Aug 2013

Apple needs help: iWatch, 'Retina' iPad mini delayed until 2014?

Fanbois may need to revise this year's holiday shopping plans: Apple's long-anticipated iWatch appears to be slipping behind schedule, and so is the "Retina display" iPad mini. A pair of reports say that neither will appear until next year. London's Financial Times reported on Sunday that Apple has been hiring "aggressively" …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jul 2013

Oi, jobless yoofs: Upload a witty video bio if you wanna find work

London charity UK Youth has launched a new initiative to help get young folk into work – by encouraging them to post video CVs on Twitter. The charity has teamed up with social media app Videofyme to let jobseekers record a video of themselves to upload to the microblogging site alongside the hashtag #employme, which employers …

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