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A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:02:10 GMT

Launched a million business plans, sank Lotus...

Thirty is a ripe old age, maybe older than a good chunk of Register readers. Even for those of you for whom Excel is a spring chicken, how many applications or even operating systems are you still using of a similar age outside the Office suite?…

Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:04:10 GMT

Open source dream officially dies in Bavarian city

The city of Munich will spend €49.3m (£43.9m/ $58.4m) going all-in on Windows after local politicos agreed to call time on the failing 15-year open source project.…

Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits Microsoft Office exam winners

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:56:06 GMT

Excel Exumai!

Hey kids, fancy an all-inclusive break to the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida? Well, you're in luck.…

Microsoft scoops Search UI out from the gaping black maw of Cortana

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:59:06 GMT

Hmmm. Looks familiar…

Microsoft is experimenting with taking Search out of Cortana and making it more Mac-like in the newest Windows 10 build.…

'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:31:09 GMT

Wow, I see what you did there *rolls eyes*

The maintainer of the Linux manual program man has scrapped an "Easter egg" after it broke a user's automatic code tests.…

Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:58:12 GMT

More than 20 pulls a day on his desk, v.4.15 bloating and a Thanksgiving trip to pack for made Linus testy

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has apologised – a bit – for calling some security-centric kernel contributors “f*cking morons”.…

As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:05:09 GMT

The Chocolate Factory plugs accessibility fudge

Mobile app developers are being forced to rewrite their code as Google attempts to tame Android's Wild West.…

SagePay's monster wobble... On the third day of sale week, UK retailers start to weep

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:19:50 GMT

Black Friday week? Is that a thing? Er, not for all retailers

What started as a Saturday afternoon nap for SagePay turned into a three-day snooze fest, angering retailers that were as of last night still struggling to process sales in a peak shopping week.…

Baaa-d moooo-ve: Debian Linux depicts intimate cow-sheep action in ASCII artwork

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:29:10 GMT

User files bug report on age-old package

Linux distro Debian is under fire for distributing a software package containing an "ASCII representation of zoophilia." Specifically, a sheep shagging a cow.…

Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:02:07 GMT

Beyond world domination

Part Two In Part One we described how, after 10 years, Android was uncannily similar to Windows after 20 years.…

Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:23:38 GMT

Tempest in a teapot scalds FOSS world

Special report Two organizations founded to help and support developers of free and open-source software have locked horns in public, betraying a long-running quarrel rumbling mostly behind the scenes.…

If you're big enough, Cisco will cook you a private software SKU

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:41:31 GMT

Custom big data bundles for Australia's Telstra pop up on product death list

Vulture South last week spotted an oddity in this Cisco end of sale announcement for “Cisco Select UCS Server Accessories”.…

Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:15:14 GMT

Epson old-timers go from dot matrix to not matrix

Updated Microsoft's latest batch of software updates for Windows has been blamed for a mysterious ailment befalling some poor old Epson dot-matrix printers.…

Microsoft can't give away beta cert exams, so starts charging

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:02:06 GMT

Naughty you: 'No show rate is at historic highs' for tests and that pollutes Redmond's data

Microsoft can't give away enough of its beta exams, so it will start charging for them.…

WordPress 4.9: This one's for you, developers!

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:58:09 GMT

'New editing experience' called Gutenberg coming too, but it might hate your plugins

WordPress 4.9 has debuted, and this time the world's most popular content management system has given developers plenty to like.…

Fear not, driverless car devs, won't force you to write Trolley Problem solutions

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:03:13 GMT

MPs kick the ethics question back into touch

AEV Bill A new law won't force driverless cars' software developers to explicitly consider the infamous Trolley Problem – but the UK government may later decide to implement something similar.…

Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:11:13 GMT

They also want to geofence motorways

AEV Bill A cyclists' association wants software developers for any "errors" in driverless car software to be "criminally prosecuted" in Blighty.…

Slack apologises to Europe for TITSUP* services

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:02:14 GMT

Productivity melts, economy dives... actually, neither is true

Slackers of Europe, it might be a good time to enjoy a little me-time as techies at the messaging and collaboration app biz attempt to wake the supposed productivity improvement tool from its slumber.…

Microsoft touts real-time over-the-network pair programming in Visual Studio, GitHub ships it

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:19:08 GMT

Uh, er, hey look, VS 2017 fans – there's some AI tools, though!

Microsoft and GitHub on Wednesday announced real-time collaboration in their respective code editors, almost as if they'd been collaborating.…

Adobe dis-Connect: Corp collab service has been knackered for days

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:44:32 GMT

Meetings cancelled as conferencing tool goes dark following weekend maintence

Customers of online web conference meeting service Adobe Connect have been unable or have struggled to access the collaboration tool for several days.…

Black Horse Down, we repeat... yes, Lloyds Bank, again

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:11:09 GMT

We're running out of backcronyms for TITSUP*

Customers of Lloyds Banking Group banks and TSB have been shut out of their online banking this afternoon.…

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:29:05 GMT

57: Mozilla's big bid for relevance

Interview The Mozilla Foundation has officially launched a radical rewrite of its browser, a major cross-platform effort to regain relevance in a world that seems to have forgotten Firefox. The much-rewritten browser claims to be twice as fast and uses 30 per cent less memory than Chrome, although this comes at the cost of compatibility, as Scott Gilbertson found here.…

Productivity through tech, UK firms. More cyber, more cloud, more ERP!

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:03:10 GMT

Look at the Danish, chides biz body

Low take-up of readily available tech is fuelling Blighty's "deep-seated productivity problems", the club for supposed captains of industry the CBI has said.…

Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:09:12 GMT

Never go full Windows

Munich city council's administrative and personnel committee has decided to move any remaining Linux systems to Windows 10 in 2020.…

ARM emulator in a VM? Yup, done. Ready to roll, no config required

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:54:42 GMT

Also does MIPS, PowerPC, Sparc, and AARCH64

Hacking low-level code on ARM processors just became a little easier after a researcher who operates under the name Azeria Labs put together virtual machines that emulate common hardware.…

Linux 4.14 arrives and Linus says it should have fewer 0-days

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 21:41:54 GMT

Which is nice as it's the next long-term release and gets Linux into the GPU game

Linus Torvalds has given the world version 4.14 of the Linux Kernel.…

Word on the Rimini Street: Software support firm smiles through Oracle pain

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:54:07 GMT

Q3 sales up, global footprint enlarged post NASDAQ listing

Oracle and SAP support firm Rimini Street has reported an increase in revenues in its first quarterly results since being listed on the NASDAQ.…

Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:19:06 GMT

Unless you're lucky and there's already a WebExtensions equivalent

Open Source Insider Mozilla plans on November 14 to start rolling out Firefox 57, a massive update that just might send many of its users scurrying for the LTS release.…

Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:05:59 GMT

It's like Windows at 20. But slurpier

Part One It was an anniversary that prompted much reflection. The Platform had completely triumphed and was now ubiquitous, relied on by people all over the world. You could find the Platform in almost every conceivable kind of device, from cars to TVs. Although Apple had once been the pioneer, it now had to settle for life in the Platform's shadow: as a high-margin boutique, catering to a wealthy minority. The Platform was what everyone else used.…

MongoDB update plugs security hole and sets sights on the enterprise

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:22:06 GMT

Co-founder Eliot Horowitz chats to El Reg about a decade in the NoSQL space

Document database-flinger MongoDB has long positioned itself as the dev's best friend, but after ten years it is now fluffing itself up for the enterprise.…

Chrome update kills unwanted ad redir... WIN A FREE iPad!!

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 19:37:21 GMT

Ad-slinger promises to crack down on ads (that it didn't sling)

Chrome will begin blocking some redirect links in an effort to crack down on particularly annoying web ads.…

IBM leads BigInsights for Hadoop out behind barn. Shots heard

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:29:52 GMT

Data analytics platform sunset in December, but enterprise version spared

IBM has announced the retirement of the basic plan for its data analytics software platform, BigInsights for Hadoop.…

China-owned Opera touts big comeback

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:02:09 GMT

Just browsing? Don't yuan

Opera released an overhaul of its browser today, and claims to have grown its market share substantially in the year since it was acquired by a Chinese private equity company a year ago.…

Firefox bookmark saving add-on gives users that sync-ing feeling

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:32:08 GMT

XMarks the ... where are my bookmarks?

A freemium Firefox browser add-on that saves and syncs bookmarks has started "losing" bookmarks instead, according to its users.…

MIT boffins hope to speed up analytics with GitHub-style platform

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:02:08 GMT

FeatureHub could help arduous process of feature engineering

Boffins at MIT have proposed a GitHub-style collaborative platform to speed up one of the first, most challenging stages of data analysis.…

Black Horse Down: Lloyds Banking Group goes TITSUP*

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:32:10 GMT

Lloyds lost, Halif*xed, and Bank of Scotland scotched

Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland’s online and mobile banking services have all gone down this morning, leaving a trail of angry customers in their wake.…

Disney-branded internet filter had Mickey Mouse security

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:59:55 GMT

23 vulnerabilities let rats run riot, even as kids' eyes were kept innocent

A Disney-branded home internet filtering device might keep bad content out, but it was an open door to bad actors until earlier this month.…

Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:05:12 GMT

UK driverless revolution means you'll stump up if your robot chauffeur gets it wrong

AEV Bill Red Dwarf's Kryten has told Parliament that electric cars of the future could be charged from LED lampposts – while insurers have flinched at the idea that they might have to pay speeding fines on behalf of naughty self-driving vehicles.…

Google lets Android devs see nanosecond-level GNSS data

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:31:05 GMT

Location, location, location ... for testing and research only

Geonerds, how would you like to work with raw GNSS data at nanosecond accuracy?…

Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:07:33 GMT

Q4OS. Oh, gesundheit. Oh, that's the distro, is it...

Review The Linux distribution Q4OS sounds like textspeak from a teenager from 1997, but it has potential, and it's not a bad option for Linux newbies.…

Licensing rejig and standard price rises set for Windows Server 2016

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:11:55 GMT

Be afraid, very afraid

Microsoft stands accused of forcing customers to migrate to cloud services by introducing new licensing terms and raising prices for hosted Windows Server 2016, which could see monthly costs more than doubling.…

IBM offloads Notes and Domino to India's HCL Technologies

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:58:11 GMT

'Partnership' will see HCL run future development, starting with version 10 in 2018

IBM has struck a “strategic partnership” with HCL Technologies that will see the latter firm take over development of its Notes, Domino, Sametime and Verse collaboration tools.…

Don't be a turkey: Help Linus Torvalds finish Linux 4.14 before it ruins Thanksgiving

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 02:02:10 GMT

RC7 is out and Linus would like to avoid rc8 if possible

Linux kernel overlord Linus Torvalds wants to avoid an eighth release candidate for the new version of Linux, to avoid delays to the next version.…

Scroll, scroll, scroll your note gently down the screen. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, FB's code's a dream

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:43:19 GMT

Open-source Sections added to Facebook's Litho UI

Android developers looking for a way to write more maintainable apps with highly optimized scrolling lists may want to take a look at Sections, a Java-based data structuring API from Facebook.…

SAP to ban commission on public sector deals in countries at risk of corruption

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:11:13 GMT

Legal action taken against 3 after South African scandal

SAP has claimed that "significant changes" have been made to global sales processes, after reports of corruption rocked its South Africa biz.…

Mauritian code-cutters to help deliver TLS 1.3

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:37:13 GMT members prepping for IETF 100 hackathon

When IETF 100's hackathon kicks off in Singapore, one of the groups hoping to make waves will come from Mauritius.…

ServiceNow to go mobile after strong Q3

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 07:30:07 GMT

Products beyond ITSM speed up, SkyGiraffe acquisition should make users 'appy

ServiceNow has beaten estimates of revenue and earnings for its third quarter, and outlined a new mobile strategy.…

The net's a sprawling data mire – sprays away the gunk

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:45:11 GMT

Elastic Search and Lucene underlie freemium web text search and analysis tool turns the undrinkable torrent of web text data into sippable glasses filtered just for you.…

Happy New Year! Love, Microsoft: Price rises? Aw, you shouldn't have

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:44:07 GMT

Services Provider Licensing Agreements to jump 10% in 2018

Exclusive Microsoft has something that will compound customers' New Year hangovers for 2018 – a double-digit price hike.…

Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:32:04 GMT

Unpicking Redmond's strategy for devs following the launch of an updated Visual Studio

Remember when Microsoft first hyped the Windows 10 development platform? "One Windows" was the theme. "Just one API and one package to reach all Windows 10 devices – PC, tablet, phone and more," said Windows developer corporate VP Kevin Gallo at the time.…