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Flappy Friday for Stack Overflow as outage woes run on

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:32:10 GMT

Well, guess it's nearly the weekend

The keys Control, C and V are gathering dust around the world as Stack Overflow went for an uscheduled nap last night before going into full blown TITSUP* mode today.…

Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:04:06 GMT

Everyone's using this framework – now you can, too. Source is open

Code corner Keeping up with the endless torrent of stuff happening online is a losing battle. In the absence of omniscience, there's just no way to catch every bug, cockup, blowup, and scandal as it breaks.…

Unlucky Linux boxes trampled by NPM code update, patch zapped

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:09:05 GMT

Devs stumble into pre-release beta by using command they didn't understand

NPM – the biz behind the Node package management software used to wrangle JavaScript code and various related frameworks – on Thursday undid a code update less than 24 hours after it was issued because the software was messing with Linux file permissions.…

RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:27:21 GMT

Pioneering gesture keyboard killed off by owner Nuance

One of the best-loved mobile apps of the past decade, Swype, has been given the bullet. Parent company Nuance confirmed it will no longer develop the letter-tracing keyboard, which will disappear from the Apple and Google app stores.…

SAP HANA: Concerns remain over tech skills, complexity, licensing - survey

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:59:05 GMT

Most deployments now complete on time and on budget… It only took 7 years

Customer confusion and a lack of technical skills are still dogging migration to SAP HANA, but the days of deployment horror stories are fading, according to a report penned by an integrator.…

Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:01:12 GMT

It can't be worse than RT - and isn't

Comment Perhaps more by accident or design, Microsoft managed to lower expectations for Windows on Arm last week – but not set them so low it kills off interest in the platform.…

Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:03:11 GMT

Cue virtual outrage and actual culture wars skirmishes

The FreeBSD project completely updated its code-of-conduct in early February, complete with a definition of "harassment" that included "Physical contact and simulated physical contact (e.g., textual descriptions like "*hug*" or "*backrub*") without consent or after a request to stop." And as will happen these days, considerable controversy and vivid online debate has been the result.…

Test crash dummies: Pearson VUE broke half-way into all-day exam

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:20:26 GMT

Trainees spent months prepping for web assessment... that fell over hours in

Imagine you'd just spent 18 months of your life working towards a big certification exam that could make or break your career and, come the big day, the web-hosted test fell over.…

Flight Simulator's DRM fighter nosedives into Chrome's cache

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:06:07 GMT

Flight Sim Labs tips a bucket of fresh aviation fuel onto malware flames

A Chrome password dump tool found in the latest update from Microsoft's Flight Simulator Add-On wrangler, Flight Sim Labs, has virtual pilots up in arms.…

Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:28:06 GMT

Which makes lots of sysadmins' fave tracing tool cool for Linux

Oracle appears to have open-sourced DTrace, the system instrumentation tool that Sun Microsystems created in the early 2000s and which has been beloved of many-a-sysadmin ever since.…

Microsoft reveals 'limitations of apps and experiences on Arm' – then deletes from view

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:02:11 GMT

No Windows customization, no Hyper-V, no 64-bit x86 emu

Microsoft published a webpage listing Windows 10's "limitations of apps and experiences on Arm," earlier this month – and then mysteriously pulled it.…

Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:01:05 GMT

It's therefore safe to assume the notch is not going away any time soon

The Apple rumour mill has buzzed with speculation that less-than-completely-astounding sales of Cupertino's latest iPhone, the X, mean it might not be long for this world.…

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:02:05 GMT

Data harvest notice will be checked by default

Poll Desktop computers powered by future versions of Ubuntu GNU/Linux may collect information on the PCs – unless users opt out.…

Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:29:05 GMT

Now can you remove it from every Start Menu?

Readers with good memories may recall that when Windows NT was launched, it came in Workstation and Advanced Server editions, with the former fulfilling most duties of a server. There were no limits on TCP/IP connections, for example. Just as its developer Dave Cutler intended.…

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:06:07 GMT

Frank Dickman is a hell of a super hero name, we gotta say

A fella in the United States is taking Microsoft to court to get Windows 7 put back on his PC.…

Waddawewant? Free video codecs! When do we... oh, look, the last MPEG-2 patent expired!

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:01:14 GMT

Never again shall an MPEG-2 encoder be chased out of a Linux distro

It's almost of historical interest only, but everywhere except the Philippines and Malaysia, the last MPEG-2 video encoder/decoder patents have expired.…

Roses are red, revenge is so sweet. Microsoft extracts a few quid from Corel Office Suite

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:04:11 GMT

Jury awards Redmond some pocket change in patent dustup

Microsoft has been awarded just over a quarter of a million dollars in its patent infringement case against Corel.…

Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:01:41 GMT

Y'all loved AMP for the web, now get it in your inboxes

Having last year axed its scanning of Gmail messages after years of withering privacy criticism, Google has decided to court controversy again in this area.…

Data scientist wanted: Must have Python, spontaneity not required

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:47:15 GMT

Review of job ads pins average salary at £47k

The average salary offered to data scientists in the past year was £47,000, with Python being the most desirable programming language, according to an analysis of job ads.…

Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:26:41 GMT

Demands blanket rather than specific repo shutdowns

Apple's fruitless attempts to remove its leaked iBoot source code from the internet have escalated into requests to have community code site GitHub disable all downstream forks made from identified infringing repositories.…

Are you an open-sorcerer or free software warrior? Let us do battle

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:03:06 GMT

Quickly now, before the suits show up

Open Source Insider The Open Source Initiative, a non-profit that advocates for open-source software and coined the term, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. It's difficult to conceive of where the internet, indeed the world, would be today were it not for open-source software and, perhaps more importantly, the free software movement that preceded it and continues to promote free software today.…

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 21:43:50 GMT

Nor C-- or Should Have Used Go or Screw Ellison...

Unable to convince Oracle to allow the use of its trademarked term "Java" to refer to the open source version of Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE), the Eclipse Foundation is asking those who care about such things to vote on proposed names for the software project.…

Bruce Perens wants to anti-SLAPP Grsecurity's Brad Spengler with $670,000 in legal bills

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 23:50:17 GMT

Open Source Security balks at 'outrageous' lawyer rates

Having defeated a defamation claim for speculating that using Grsecurity's Linux kernel hardening code may expose you to legal risk under the terms of the GPLv2 license, Bruce Perens is back in court.…

Oh FNZ, Aviva! System back up, still trudging through queries backlog

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:03:06 GMT

2-day email turnarounds as users wail over payment lags

Aviva's shiny new online pension system has had a very senior moment that caused difficulties with processing payments, running quotations, accessing valuations or accepting new applications.…

Skype for Biz users: Go watch nature vids. Microsoft wants you to get good at migration

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 01:58:05 GMT

New roadmap for Teams does everything but name Skype's death date

Microsoft appears to have edged Skype for Business closer to the edge of a cliff.…

Ballmer once yelled: Developers, developers! Today it would be: Docs! Support! Certificates!

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 23:30:09 GMT

Coders want more than merely moolah, poll finds

Analysis Technology platform companies depend on third-party developers to such an extent that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously turned his company's codependence into a mantra, repeating "Developers! Developers! Developers!" as a sign of appreciation.…

No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:28:05 GMT

OS-detection services disagree on which Windows reigns

Web analytics outfit StatCounter last week trumpeted news that Windows 10’s market share overtook Windows 7’s for the first time in January 2018. But other ratings services didn’t find the same result.…

OpenWall unveils kernel protection project

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:02:11 GMT

Guarding the kernel against unauthorised changes

The folk at OpenWall have called for assistance to create a security module to watch Linux kernels for suspicious activity.…

Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 18:29:05 GMT

Who knew sharing would transform an industry?

Feature Twenty years ago, the Open Source Definition (OSD) was published, providing a framework for the most significant trend in software development since then, and building upon Richard Stallman's prior advocacy for "free software."…

You can find me in da club, database full of faces… but this ain't privacy watchers' jam

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:58:09 GMT

Facial recognition app promises to verify your age to bouncers

Five clubs in Bournemouth are now accepting ID in the form of an app that verifies who you are through facial recognition – to the disdain of privacy activists.…

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 07:28:11 GMT

Support will also end on the same day Office 2016 shuffles off

Microsoft has revealed that Office 2019’s desktop applications will only run on Windows 10 – and shortened support for the forthcoming release of the suite.…

SAP made a mistake on its own blog - mobile platform to survive

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 05:02:07 GMT

Cloud-herding plan still in force

UPDATE SAP has decided to kill off its Mobile Platform.…

Tech bad-boy Uber crafts tool to make staff follow the rules in future (er, coding rules, that is)

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 19:50:57 GMT

Kneel before NEAL, devs

Despite its astonishing reputation for obliterating HR policy, resisting transit regulations and bending other laws, taxi scourge Uber is rather keen to keep its code clean and ensure it follows the rules.…

What a Hancock-up: MP's social network app is a privacy disaster

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 12:16:08 GMT

Digital secretary ups ante, but users say it's riddled with bugs

Move over, Zuckerberg, there's a new social media overlord in town: grime aficionado and Tory MP Matt Hancock.…

ServiceNow plans non-devs writing non-code for real enterprise apps

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 08:36:10 GMT

Pledges simple workflow creation tools as next act after grand Q4 and FY 2017

ServiceNow has put up a fine set of quarterly and annual numbers and offered guidance suggesting its best is yet to come as the company moves beyond its IT roots and prepares to let non-developer business professionals start to program its platform.…

Tech biz boss slipped Detroit's IT chief bungs in restaurant bathrooms to bag software deals, prosecutors claim

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:55:12 GMT

He was flush with cash, allegedly

The boss of an IT services provider bribed a top Detroit city official to win lucrative contracts for his biz, prosecutors in the US have claimed.…

1,900 rotten apps bounced out of Google Play every day in 2017

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:32:13 GMT

Developers, developers, developers – sigh – 100,000 of them were booted too!

Google has revealed that it booted “more than 700,000 apps” and 100,000 developers out of its Play digital tat bazaar during 2017.…

SAP slurps up CRM biz Callidus for $2.4bn, pants: Look, cloud bookings are up!

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:20:09 GMT

*Cough* Bulk of sales still licences and support *cough*

SAP has reported a boost in cloud bookings in its full-year results and announced a $2.4bn deal to buy cloudy sales tracking biz Callidus Software.…

Buzzzz... gulp. What the heck was that? Drone air traffic app maker swallows $4.5m

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:59:06 GMT

Altitude Angel to use cash to swoop on Europe, N America

Drone safety biz Altitude Angel has swept up $4.5m (£3.19m) in series-A funding, it has announced today.…

Ubuntu reverting to Xorg in Bionic Beaver

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 02:59:12 GMT

Wayland doesn't share nicely, and its crashes are catastrophic

Ten years' worth of effort to replace the Xorg graphics framework has been given a “must try harder” mark by Ubuntu, which says its next release will not use Wayland by default.…

Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:02:10 GMT

Privacy preserved, promise, because Mozilla wants to reinvent web ads

Some users who bravely test betas of Mozilla’s Firefox browser will soon also test an “occasional sponsored story” as the browser-maker tries to re-invent web ads.…

Apple whispers farewell to macOS Server

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 05:58:05 GMT

All the bits that make it a server are being deprecated

Apple appears to have all but killed macOS Server by deprecating most of what distinguishes it from a desktop OS.…

I want life to be boring, says Linus Torvalds as Linux 4.15 debuts

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 23:33:59 GMT

But Linux overlord braces for more Meltdown/Spectre excitement as kernelistas clean up remaining CPU messes

Linus Torvalds has hit the Go button on version 4.15 of the Linux kernel, blaming the Meltdown and Spectre CPU design flaws for the delay and warning of more pain to come as fixes trickle out for silicon architectures.…

Fancy coughing up for a £2,000 'nanodegree' in flying car design?

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 13:18:13 GMT

You can muck about with Python and flight sims at home. For free

Comment Udacity has cooked up a £2,000 "nanodegree" that "teaches students how to design their own flying cars".…

Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:57:09 GMT

Celestial choirs are coming to your screen soon

Something for the Weekend, Sir? It's not working. Sorry, this has never happened to me before. Actually it has, frequently, but let that pass. Can we try again in a few minutes?…

Google slaps mute button on stupid ads that nag you to buy stuff you just looked at

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 08:03:09 GMT

Chocolate Factory touts more ways to blast banners

Google says it will allow netizens to block nuisance "reminder" adverts that follow them around across websites.…

You had one job, Outlook! Security bug fix stops mail app from forwarding attachments

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 06:07:05 GMT

That's one way to stay secure

Outlook will strip attachments from some forwarded emails once you've applied a security update from this month's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has admitted.…

GitHub shrugs off drone maker DJI's crypto key DMCA takedown effort

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:57:10 GMT

Yes, keys your devs put in public repos got forked. RTFM

Updated GitHub rejected a DMCA takedown request from Chinese drone-maker DJI after someone forked source code left in the open by a naughty DJI developer, The Register can reveal.…

Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 08:04:04 GMT

Steve Yegge torches Chocolate Factory on his way out

Seven years ago, Google software engineer Steve Yegge, having failed to understand the risk that a private social media rant might become public, lambasted Google for its failure to understand software platforms, with Google+ serving as his whipping boy.…

Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 06:57:08 GMT

Diagnostic Data Viewer gives users a peek into what Redmond gathers from your PC

Microsoft is laying its cards out on the table. The software giant has produced a tool that's claimed to show users how much personal information Windows 10 collects and sends back to Redmond for diagnostics.…