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Uncle Sam needs you... to debug, improve Dept of Defense open-source software at

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:00:09 GMT

You don't hate freedom, do you? You love America, right?

The US Department of Defense wants you to contribute unclassified code to software projects developed in support of national security.…

Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:02:05 GMT

How many swallows do you need for a summer? One will do

The adoption of prophylactics to protect users against advertising failed to rise in 2016, according to pollsters YouGov.…

Different judge, different verdict? Diageo's £54m SAP legal slap could have gone another way

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:28:04 GMT

Ambiguous contract language didn't guarantee outcome

If you use software licensed by SAP, you had better read your licence. If you have not yet acquired SAP software, you should make sure you use an experienced IT licensing lawyer before contracting.…

BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:56:14 GMT

We're working on it

Updated The BBC has acknowledged that problems with the latest iPlayer software for PCs and Macs have left users unable to download shows to watch offline.…

The last time El Reg covered IBM Domino we used a chisel

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:04:12 GMT

Upstart Sapho gives Notes' heir the 'kids want all software to be a Facebook clone' treatment

The last time The Register covered IBM Domino, we rode to work on a brontosaurus and wrote the story with a a chisel.…

Talk about a slow pour: Oracle now brewing late Java EE 8 for July 2017

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:06:38 GMT

You could set your watch to it ... but best not

Oracle says it will finally land Java Enterprise Edition 8 in July 2017 – only eight months behind schedule.…

Oracle crushes Apiary's hope in slightly awkward email to customers

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:10:13 GMT

We OWN you, WE review the products, WE say what stays

Oracle today poured cold water on efforts by Apiary top brass to reassure customers about the future of its software under Big Red – the very same day Oracle's acquisition of Apiary concluded.…

Booming Android ad revenue shows it’s no longer the poor cousin

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:32:06 GMT

Mobile ad boom favours the happy app

Advertising revenue flowing back to app developers from Android apps has exceeded the amount returned to developers by Apple for the first time.…

Clone it? Sure. Beat it? Maybe. Why not build your own AWS?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:09:12 GMT

Anything Bezos can do, you can do better, right?

You can't move without IT companies telling you about the "amazing" new technologies and features they've just launched, how you can't live without them, and what a shock it is that you've managed all these years before they were developed. And of course the bigger the company, the more new stuff they tend to pump out and the more critical it is that you sign up NOW.…

Dying for Windows 10 Creators Update? But wait, there's more!

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:21:03 GMT

Microsoft roadmap lays out second big update for 2017

Microsoft has confirmed it is planning a second major update for Windows 10, which is to be piloted this year, and is seriously considering releasing it before 2018.…

Meet the chap open-sourcing US govt code – Paul, an ex-Microsoft anti-piracy engineer

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:16:19 GMT

Starting with literally piles of crap (no, not the code)

Interview In the months ahead, Idaho National Laboratory aims to open-source software for analyzing the quality of cow manure.…

Mulesoft set to be first tech IPO of 2017? We'd forgotten they existed...

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:58:13 GMT

Just over $180m in revenue, it turns out... and gross profit of $138m!? Oh, net loss though...

App integration software business Mulesoft is set to make its initial public offering after revealing its financials.…

Uber hires Obama's attorney-general to review its workplaces

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:03:05 GMT

CEO Travis Kalanick uses alternative diversity facts to prove Uber's goodness

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has appointed Eric Holder, once United States attorney-general under Barack Obama and now a partner of law firm Covington & Burling, to conduct a review of the “specific issues relating to the work place environment raised by Susan Fowler, as well as diversity and inclusion at Uber more broadly.”…

Drop the F-bomb, get your coding typos auto-corrected

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:58:08 GMT

El Reg surveys fun stuff that's popped up on GitHub and beyond

Git, Bad, Ugly It's a slow day, the boss is absent enduring the travails of analysts with lunches to offer, so Vulture South found itself wandering around the odd corners of GitHub.…

You're doing Hadoop and Spark wrong and they will probably fail

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:58:09 GMT

Developers want the new shiny, users forget integration and then along come the vendors ...

Your attempt at putting Hadoop or Spark to work probably won't work, and you'll be partly to blame for thinking they are magic.…

BS Detection 101 becomes actual University subject

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:12:40 GMT

Uni of Washington says the age of Big Data makes statistical literacy essential

How could El Reg ignore this? – two University of Washington professors have assembled a course to teach students to identify bullshit.…

Ditching your call centre for an app? Be careful not to get SAP-slapped

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:09:19 GMT

'Indirect' licence court victory – but at what cost?

SAP has scored what threatens to be a pyrrhic victory in court against one of its own customers.…

'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:00:12 GMT

Kate Sutton talks to El Reg about search and maps

Interview “The thing that snookered us came eight years after the event,” Kate Sutton of Streetmap told The Register late last week, following the High Court’s ruling that Google’s manipulation of search results did not destroy her business despite that being exactly what happened.…

Love lambda, love Microsoft's Graph Engine. But you fly alone

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:34:06 GMT

Open source with a difference, from Redmond

Analysis Much has changed at Microsoft since Steve Ballmer described Linux as "a cancer" in reaction to the open-source flag-flyer's threat to Redmond's money-spinning Windows business.…

Oh happy day! Linus Torvalds has given the world Linux 4.10

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:02:11 GMT

Complete with faster disk reads, support for more CPUs and the usual grab bag of goodness

Linus Torvalds has given us all version 4.10 of the Linux kernel.…

Microsoft makes cheeky bid for MongoDB devs on Azure security grounds

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:25:06 GMT

Come and use DocumentDB, we've fired up Photoshop

Microsoft is attempting to capitalise on a recent spate of ransom attacks on unsecured MongoDB instances by encouraging developers to switch to working with its own Azure-based DocumentDB system.…

Microsoft ups Surface slab prices for Brits. Darn weak pound, eh?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:02:05 GMT

If we had a pound for every time a biz cited UK currency woes

Microsoft has increased hardware prices in the UK for a second time this year, citing the decreased value of the weaker sterling currency when repatriated as dollars.…

Dirty data, flogged cores: YES, Microsoft SQL Server R Services has its positives

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:32:06 GMT

The language isn't the problem, it's you and your PC

The R language has enjoyed a great reputation in statistical computing and graphics for decades. However, it is also known as something for statisticians. Born around the time of Java, PHP and Python, R lags behind all three by a long chalk on the TIOBE rankings.…

Talk of tech innovation is bullsh*t. Shut up and get the work done – says Linus Torvalds

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:17:39 GMT

A top life tip, there, from the Linux kernel chieftain

OSLS Linus Torvalds believes the technology industry's celebration of innovation is smug, self-congratulatory, and self-serving.…

IBM hooks up with Hortonworks to Hadoop Big Blue products

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:02:14 GMT

But customers welcome to taste IBM's own-brand Hadoop sauce...

+Comment Cognitive Watsonian and mainframer IBM is making Hortonworks available for its Elastic Storage Server (ESS) and Spectrum Scale products.…

Oracle hatches 'incubator' OpenJDK APIs idea

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:52:19 GMT

Unfinished APIs in JDK and Java SE

Experimental and unfinished Java APIs could soon appear in new versions of Java under a plan from Oracle.…

Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:03:08 GMT

Unleash operation Thrash Chrome

Opinion The Mozilla Foundation has recently announced that it will refocus its development efforts on Firefox. Again.…

IBM and ServiceNow lock eyes, vow long commitment

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:29:10 GMT

Roses are red. 'Global strategic alliance' is … eeeww. We've written a more fun headline for you even though V-Day is over

IBM and ServiceNow have signed a “multi-year, strategic partnership” to blend their respective SaaS-y bits in the service of automated everything.…

Amazon Chimes into video-conferencing: Watch out Skype and Google

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:39:30 GMT

See this, Cisco?

Amazon has opened a new front in its battle for enterprise applications against Microsoft, Google and Cisco.…

If you need an in-mem analytics cruncher – and, hey, who doesn't? – Microsoft Graph Engine is now open source

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:01:20 GMT

Data wrangler with MIT license

Microsoft Graph Engine, the in-memory-store-slash-computation engine, has been released under the open source MIT license.…

Munich may dump Linux for Windows

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 04:55:17 GMT

Vote due next week on move that's driven by cost concerns

The German city of Munich, which pioneered the use of open source software at scale in government, looks set to replace Linux on the desktop with Windows.…

Chap scripts remote Linux takeover for sysadmins

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:51:15 GMT

Use this for good, not for evil. But not if you care about your penguins

Linux sysadmins with a sense of adventure: Tokyo-based developer Hector Martin has put together a set of scripts to replace an in-use Linux system over SSH.…

Linus Torvalds decides world doesn't need a new Linux today

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:21:51 GMT

'I could have released the final 4.10' but preferred not to over-complicate things

Those waiting for the milestone that would have been version 4.10 of the Linux kernel have another week to wait, after Linus Torvalds decided not to release the final version this week.…

Oracle refuses to let Java copyright battle die – another appeal filed in war against Google

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 01:54:46 GMT

If at first you don't succeed, try { try { again } }

Oracle has brought its legal war with Google back to life, alleging Android's Java framework ripped off Big Red's copyright.…

It's 2017 so SAP's added a Siri clone and machine learning to ERP

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:02:06 GMT

S/4HANA 'Cloud' now comes with vertical editions, but not notably more cloud

SAP has updated the cloud edition of its in-memory S/4HANA ERP suite and tacked the word “Cloud” onto the end of its name.…

Zut alors! Uber wrecked my marriage, fumes French businessman

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:19:28 GMT

Now give me €45 MEEELLION to make up for it

A French businessman is suing Uber for a ridiculous amount of money, with the claim that the dial-a-ride app cost him his marriage.…

Windows 10: What is it good for? Microsoft pitches to devs ahead of Creators Update

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:38:49 GMT

Gaming, mixed reality, Cortana Skills on the agenda as MS continues to plug UWP

Microsoft briefed developers on the updates to the Windows 10 platform at an online Developer Day in preparation for the Creators Update, set for release later this year.…

SQL Server on Linux? HELL YES! Linux on Windows 10? Meh

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:02:07 GMT

Like GNU running in Windows – outrageous. And pointless

Once the second biggest enemy of Linux (SCO Group takes top honours), Microsoft is positively giddy about not just supporting Linux but actually building tools that run Linux in Windows and about putting previously Windows-only software on Linux.…

ITU-T wants video sizes to halve again by 2020

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:02:09 GMT

Boffins challenged to make H.265 compression look flabby

The International Telecommunications Union wants researchers to get busy on new video compression codecs, setting an ambitious target to double their squeezing compression power by 2020.…

Vivaldi and me: Just browsing? Nah, I'm sold

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:38:45 GMT

This power browser has turned seriously useful

Some time late last year, without most of us really noticing, the Vivaldi browser became genuinely, startingly useful.…

Android's February fix-fest flings 58 patches

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 07:30:27 GMT

Nexus owners are sweet. The rest of us have to hope we don't get bricked by baddies

Android's revealed 58 patches, but good luck getting your paws on them: as ever, owners of Nexus devices may already have the February update but OEM customers have to wait.…

Web-standards-allergic Apple unveils WebGPU, a web graphics standard

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:29:05 GMT

Cross-platform dev is for low-rent chumps, unless it's our cross-platform dev

Apple, which once dismissed cross-platform development for forcing developers to use lowest-common-denominator technology, has proposed a cross-platform JavaScript API for 3D graphics rendered in browsers called WebGPU.…

Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 11:48:01 GMT

'A sad day for the internet' says cartographic Brit competitor

Streetmap has lost its application to appeal against last year’s High Court judgement that Google did nothing wrong by promoting its own Maps product above Streetmap’s.…

It's a Flink-off: Hazelcast launches own big data munching distributed processing engine

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:32:10 GMT

Brilliant, it's about jolly time someone invented one of those

In-memory computing hopeful Hazelcast is launching Hazelcast Jet, a distributed processing engine for the streams of big data which the business expects will be pouring into enterprises soon.…

Ubuntu Linux daddy Mark Shuttleworth: Carrots for Unity 8?

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:36:14 GMT

Of risk, re-invention and doing what's good for you

New year, new Linux – or, in the case of Ubuntu, two. As in years past, Canonical's distro gets two updates in 2017 – the spring and autumn releases numbered and named respectively 17.04, Zesty Zapus, and 17.10 – name TBD, actually.…

Why don't you all just f-f-f-fade away, Kaspersky asks generation SocMed

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 08:28:09 GMT

'FFForget' tool backs up social media if you quit. But who really needs paid service?

If things look awful c-c-cold on social networks and you no longer dig what we all say online, Kaspersky Labs have cooked up a novel software-as-a-service product that will let back up your accounts before you decide to you f-f-f-fade away.…

Update or shut up: Microsoft's choice for desktop Skypers

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 06:27:05 GMT

Mac and Windows Skype users given until March 1st to modernise themselves

Microsoft's hurrying desktop Skype users to new client software.…

Tails Linux farewells 32-bit processors with imminent version 3.0

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 05:57:06 GMT

Security-centric distro also has some fixes in new version 2.10

The privacy-paranoid Linux distribution Tails has decided it's time to send 32-bit distributions the way of the 8086, from the planned June release of version 3.0.…

Javapocalypse soon! Oracle warns devs to bin plugins, fast

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 05:02:11 GMT

The last browser to support NPAPI plugins – Firefox 52
ESR - should appear in March

Oracle's warned developers who still expect browsers to run code developed for Java plugins to get busy finding an alternative.…

If Linus Torvalds works well in airports, Linux 4.10 will land next week

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:59:14 GMT

Linux lord wishes he'd consulted his calendar before last week's hurry-up suggestion

Last week Linus Torvalds suggested Linux kernel developers should hurry up and calm things down, because he worried that version 4.10 might take longer than he wanted to complete.…