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Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:02:06 GMT

Thanksgiving turkey: Free turns out to be what you were willing to pay

November lies behind us in all Reg-reading jurisdictions, so it's time to again consider the state of the desktop by gazing at the three services we use to assess desktop operating system market share.…

Amazonian Athena gifts the AWS team with the wisdom of SaaS on PaaS

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:33:06 GMT

Business is Redshifting itself into analytics queries

Athena, goddess of wisdom, has bestowed her name upon Amazon's new interactive query service for S3 as the company seeks to become more than a mere infrastructure vendor.…

Office 365 deployments don't secure themselves?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:33:09 GMT

Find out how to resolve that at 11am GMT today

Live Broadcast Office 365 is not intrinsically secure. Its risks are not necessarily greater than they used to be, they're just different — and need to be addressed accordingly.…

Chap creates Slack client for Commodore 64

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:32:09 GMT

Because who doesn't want Hipster chat at 320 × 200 with a side of rPi?

A Kiwi chap named Jeff Harris has created a Slack client for the Commodore 64.…

Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:38:26 GMT

...and then witness how Oakland's court system managed them all

There is not a sysadmin in the world who has not had to deal with a botched software rollout; for most, it is a coming-of-age experience.…

Qubes goes commercial to keep its secure VM-focused OS dream alive

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:09 GMT

Security is expensive – so cough up

Financial necessity is forcing the security research group behind Qubes OS to begin establishing commercial funding to support its continued development.…

Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:17:11 GMT

I was going to sext but then I remembered the government ban. So I didn't!

The likes of Facebook must stop under-18s from sending each other sexually explicit pictures, UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt has told a Parliamentary committee.…

systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:58:31 GMT

Greybeard-built Debian fork bringing init freedom on track for early 2017 release

The self-proclaimed “Veteran Unix Admins” forking Debian in the name of init freedom have released Beta 2 of their “Devuan” Linux distribution.…

Ommm... devs, align your Chakra, whispers Microsoft, you don't need Google's V8...

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:52:32 GMT

Relax, sit up straight, run your Node on our engine

Microsoft has released an early version of Node-ChakraCore for macOS, following a similar release for Linux at Node Summit in July.…

UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:59:03 GMT

Up to the House of Lords now...

MPs have passed the UK government's controversial Digital Economy Bill, which will force internet service providers to impose blocks on porn sites that do not include mandatory age checks or feature kinky sex acts.…

AWS milking its cattle to herd code into an updated Chalice

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 04:02:08 GMT

Serverless framework inches towards cloud-ready code

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has quietly flicked the iteration counter on its Chalice Python serverless development framework to 0.4 and 0.5.…

Shhhhh! If you're quiet, Linus Torvalds might release new a Linux

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:57:06 GMT

But he thinks the code in rc 7 is still pretty noisy, so expect another release candidate

The world almost certainly needs to wait another week for Linux 4.9, says the operating system's overlord Linus Torvalds.…

You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:02:06 GMT

Perhaps if we club together, we could

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.…

Meet the Loughborough 'emo' boffins who predicted Trump's victory

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:01:08 GMT

Social media tracking... yep, this is the future

This has not been a good year for opinion pollsters, most of whom failed to predict either Britain’s vote to leave the European Union or the election of Donald Trump as US president.…

Microsoft’s ‘Home Hub’ probably isn’t even hardware at all

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:50:36 GMT

Cortana in a box? Maybe not

Microsoft isn’t in a rush to follow Amazon and Google by planting a pair of creepy listening ears in your living room, disguised as a robot buddy. Microsoft’s fabled “Home Hub” may not even be hardware at all.…

SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:02:09 GMT

Some limitations but most things work

First Look Microsoft has released a public preview of SQL Server for Linux, and I took it for a spin.…

Debian putting everything on the /usr

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 01:58:12 GMT

Tidying up the artefacts of the 90s should make things more secure and efficient

Debian is preparing to revise its default file system mapping to bring it in in line with other major distributions (like Fedora and CentOS).…

Hey techbros, make an airplane mode but for driving for your apps – US traffic watchdog

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:25:38 GMT

Technology industry already hitting the brakes on distracted driver push

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed voluntary guidelines [PDF] designed to reduce driver distraction by mobile devices in vehicles.…

AWS to launch Aurora service for PostgreSQL at re:Invent – report

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:00:08 GMT

Juicy tidbits of what's to come ahead of user conference

Amazon Web Services will announce a PostgreSQL compatible managed cloud service during its re:Invent conference next week, according to reports.…

Obama awards honours to Grace Hopper, Margaret Hamilton for computing contributions

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:49:16 GMT

US pres also gives daps to Gateses for $36bn charity toss

President Barack Obama has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to two women who made enormous contributions to the history of computing – COBOL co-inventor Grace Hopper and Apollo programmer Margaret Hamilton.…

Microsoft still working to fix Outlook sync issues

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:02:06 GMT

Fix completed, says Redmond, it's just being deployed...

Outlook users are still struggling to get their email clients to synchronise with Microsoft's servers.…

Not fake news: Facebook reinvents SVG

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:02:07 GMT

Keyframes lets mobile devs slim their Adobe After Effects animations for apps

Thanks to Facebook, you too can festoon your mobile applications with high-quality, low-overhead vector animations.…

Google DeepMind inks 5-year agreement with NHS for 'Streams' app

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:18:04 GMT

Patient data access concerns prompts ICO probe

DeepMind Health, the healthcare arm of the artificial intelligence business owned by Google, has signed a deal with the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust to provide an app called Streams.…

Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:37:07 GMT

Park your legacy apps here, they'll feel right at home

Microsoft plans to emulate x86 instructions on ARM chips, throwing a compatibility lifeline to future Windows tablets and phones.…

Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:28:04 GMT

Drain the swamp, urges education tsar

A leading education advisor to government ministers in the UK has criticised the aggressive proliferation of software in schools as a "gimmick", and called for ministers to "drain the swamp".…

Linux 4.9 has 'issues that just shouldn't be issues'. Or might not

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:02:04 GMT

Linus Torvalds both is and isn't worried about progress towards next release

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds is both worried and chilled about the progress of Linux 4.9. Or maybe he isn't: his weekly message about the latest release candidate has a bet each way.…

Going shopping for a BSOD? We've found 'em in store at M&S

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:58:12 GMT

PLUS: A reader spots a Timex Sinclair 1000 in the wild

Every time the BSOD flood seems to taper off, yet another bunch arrive in the Vulture South inbox, and for some reason the latest crop seems to have a retail theme.…

Windows cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:43:20 GMT

Meet the new 10-year-old command line, better than the even older command line

Taking timeworn advice for authors to "murder your darlings," Microsoft has done away with the Windows Command Prompt.…

Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 01:17:39 GMT

Embrace, extend, er, enter

In March, when Microsoft announced plans to release SQL Server for Linux, Scott Guthrie, EVP of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, said, "This will enable SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud."…

Mozilla launches 'privacy edition' Firefox... that phones home

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:38:49 GMT

You had one job, Mozilla. One job

Mozilla popped out a new browser today, aimed at the privacy-aware mobile user. Somewhat ironically, it sends Mozilla user data by default: you’ll need to turn this off manually.…

Alibaba misses Java seat as MicroProfile champ lands a first

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:07:10 GMT

Tomitribe secures JCP EC presence amid familiar blend

Web commerce giant Alibaba has failed in its bid to steward Java in an election that largely returned a familiar blend of members.…

'Podling' Apache projects are spending longer in the incubator

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:36:05 GMT

Out of 30, four retired and only seven have graduated this year

ApacheCon Stewards of the Apache Software Foundation are mildly concerned that many nascent projects are spending longer in the incubator, putting pressure on limited mentoring resources.…

British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:01:10 GMT

UWP – now slightly less Universal than before!

The UK's largest retail bank, Lloyds, has withdrawn its app from the Windows Store, and the bank's web page now redirects to a 404. TSB's Windows mobile app has also disappeared.…

Has Linux got OpenStack licked? The Vanilla 'Plus' strategy

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:06:03 GMT

Days of froth and noise inside the big tent are over

No man is an island, nor is OpenStack removed from the fates of two of its – until recently – best-known names.…

After Microsoft joins Linux, Google Cloud joins .NET Foundation

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:17:36 GMT

Next up, dogs and cats living together

It has been a day for software surprises – first Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation, and now Google is joining the Technical Steering Group of the .NET Foundation.…

Hadoop experiencing growing pains in lamestream businesses

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:21:14 GMT

Platform little more than 'skunkworks' outside tech industries

Apache Big Data Fast, unbridled growth has hurt adoption of Hadoop, according to a leading advocate of the technology.…

Microsoft just got its Linux Foundation platinum card, becomes top level member

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:30:08 GMT

More Linux love from Redmond – and a public preview of SQL Server for Linux

Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member, the highest level of membership. The news was announced at the company's Connect developer event in New York.…

Firefox hits version 50

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:02:12 GMT

World's number two browser now boasts retro-emoji, better media handling and more

The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox web browser has hit version 50.0 on Windows, MacOS, Linux and Android.…

Samsung sets fire to $9m by throwing it at Tizen devs

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 04:02:08 GMT

Developer outreach failed for WIndows Phone, Firefox OS and BlackBerry. It will work on Tizen why, exactly?

Samsung will throw US$9m at developers willing to have a go at making apps for smartphones running Tizen.…

Microsoft leaks Visual Studio for Mac, then scrubs the news

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:06:21 GMT

Developers committed to C# have something to look forward to

Microsoft Visual Studio, or something like it, will soon be available for macOS, a shift that reflects the company's effort to be more open toward non-Windows technology.…

Hadoop for joy? ODPi 2.0's available, but questions persist

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:01:35 GMT

Welcome focus on Hive standards... but how many more components to go?

The Hadoop standardisations body, ODPi, has today made its 2.0 release generally available.…

Fear of Staxit: What next for ASF's Cassandra as biggest donor cuts back

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:18:11 GMT

Fill the DataStax-sized hole with big ideas

I've been a user of Cassandra for quite a number of years. I've suggested fixes for Apache Cassandra and – I believe – was the first to build a small cluster on Raspberry Pi computers. This year I was lucky enough to be voted an Apache Cassandra MVP.…

Mark Zuckerberg is dead – Facebook confirmed

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 23:01:18 GMT

Social networking giant so very sorry

A day after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared it's a "crazy idea" that fake Facebook news may have influenced the election – never mind the persuasive power of its ads – the web giant took to issuing fake death notices.…

Software biz boss on harassment charges represents himself, says I want a jury

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:15:00 GMT

And, allegedly, he was only harassing bloody lawyers too

The managing director of software firm Gravy Solutions represented himself at a case management hearing on Thursday morning, where he stands accused of harassing staff members of solicitors' firm Kemp Little.…

Google's crusade to make mobile web apps less, well, horrible

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:31:14 GMT

No chance of making people on the web less horrible, though

Chrome Dev Summit At SFJazz – the first freestanding jazz arts center in the US – on Thursday in San Francisco, Google riffed on the virtues of Progressive Web Apps as a vehicle for efficient and engaging content delivery.…

Slacker or Team playa? Microsoft's Mr Business takes on messaging's corporate raider

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:31:44 GMT

PostIt notes down for the big communications face-off

The early days of the internet provided ways to chat, bicker and "collaborate" with others in the world, and decades later we're still working on making that experience better.…

UK Ministry of Defence splurges £280,000 on online 'good ideas' form

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:58:13 GMT

Off-the-shelf service absorbs improbable quantity of our cash

A webpage form on the UK Ministry of Defence’s GEMS employee suggestion website cost taxpayers nearly £280,000.…

Chirp! Let's hear it for data over audio

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:01:56 GMT

British low tech finds the places high tech can't reach

Low tech sometimes succeeds where high tech fails – as one ingenious company is proving.…

Flash crash trader takes plea bargain, cops to 'spoofing' and wire fraud

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:29:09 GMT

Navinder Sarao's bond set at $750,000 as family offers properties as collateral

Navinder Sarao, the British trader accused of causing a "flash crash" from his parents' home in London, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and illegal market manipulation.…

Mac administrators brace for big changes to Apple-powered fleets

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:29:06 GMT

New features could shake-up how macOS machines are managed

Special report A looming set of changes to the macOS has some administrators worried that the way they manage and configure Apple systems will need switching up.…