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Facebook won't change React license despite Apache developer pain

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:58:06 GMT

We love open source so much we can't drop sueball shield, says The Social Network™

Facebook's decided to stick with its preferred version of the BSD license despite the Apache Foundation sin-binning it for any future projects.…

Oracle caves, promises to crack open Java EE as v8 crawls ever closer

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:47:42 GMT

Big Red seeks open-source foundation to host platform

Oracle has revealed plans to shift Java Enterprise Edition to an open-source foundation as it promises delivery of version 8 is "approaching".… is hiring IT bods with skills in ... Windows Vista?!

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:38:10 GMT

And Server 2003. Yep, this is the year 2017 and we're not making this up

Freelance IT type? Know about the gubbins of Windows XP, Vista and Server 2003? Don’t care about all that IR35 guff? We’ve got great news – wants to hire you.…

Virtual assistant backlash imminent so buy them anyway

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:09:08 GMT

Say what now, Gartner?

Gartner has predicted a backlash against virtual assistants like Siri – but recommends that businesses deploy them anyway.…

Comp sci world shock: Bonn boffin proposes P≠NP proof, preps for prestige, plump prize

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:57:19 GMT

Potential math challenge solution greeted with skepticism

Norbert Blum, a computer science professor at the University of Bonn, has proposed a solution to an unsolved math problem that could win him $1m, not to mention professional accolades, if his approach withstands scrutiny.…

The future of Python: Concurrency devoured, Node next on menu

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:15:26 GMT

Programming language keeps getting fatter amid awkward version 3 split

Analysis The PyBay 2017 conference, held in San Francisco over the weekend, began with a keynote about concurrency.…

Ubuntu sends trash to its desktop's desktop

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:28:13 GMT

Canonical takes transparent baby out of the corner

Canonical is shifting around the trash can icon on the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 release, which might give some a sense of déjà vu.…

Google paying Apple BEEELLIONS to stay search top dog on iDevices, say analysts

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:57:46 GMT

But it could turn off taps at any moment

Google may well pay Apple $3bn in fiscal year 2017 to keep its search engine the default on iOS devices, analysis by Bernstein suggests.…

HP Inc vows: We're not walking away from Continuum

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:01:11 GMT

And no, neither is Microsoft, thanks very much

Analysis While Windows roadmaps purportedly leaked to a blog last week appear to have a big hole in them where mobile should be, HP Inc tells us it has been assured by Redmond there are no plans to drop Continuum.…

Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:56:10 GMT

After version 57, plugins go to browser heaven

The end of legacy Firefox plugins is drawing closer, with Mozilla's Jorge Villalobos saying they'll be disabled in an upcoming nightly build of the browser's 57th edition.…

Ancient IETF 'teapot' gag preserved for posterity as a standard

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 01:29:26 GMT

'Error 418: I'm a teapot' scores 'reserved' status in IANA Status Code Registry

The august and serious folk at the IETF have always had a soft spot for their April Fool's jokes, and so do others – so much that a proposal to deprecate a joke has met with successful resistance.…

At last! Vivaldi lets you kill looping GIFs

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:21:13 GMT


The web browser for power users, Vivaldi, has gained a Reader mode and some accessibility features, but one new feature stands out. The reaction GIF may be one of the wonders of the 21st Century, but what if you don’t want your CPU cycles sucked dry by hilarious and ironic animated images?…

What's your point, caller? Oracle fiddles with major database release cycle numbers

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:58:04 GMT

Say goodbye to, and hello to 18

Analysis Big Red has changed its database release cycle, scrapping names that see decimal points and numbers added on for an indeterminate amount of time, instead plumping for annual releases numbered by the year.…

Official: Windows for Workstations returns in Fall Creators Update

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:57:30 GMT

Microsoft scales Windows 10 to support four CPUs, 6TB of RAM, ReFS and RDMA

Microsoft is reviving Windows Workstations with a new cut of Windows titled “Windows 10 Pro for Workstations”.…

Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:39:26 GMT

A behind-the-scenes look at the cat and mouse game played by publishers and devs

Analysis Netizens may choose to block unwanted content – such as intrusive and misbehaving ads – but some advertising companies do not to accept that choice.…

Favored Swift plans to settle down next year: ABI stability incoming

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:53:29 GMT

Version 5 due 2018, future proposed changes must come with working code attached

The Apple-supported open-source Swift programming language is set to stabilize in late 2018, with the release of version 5.…

Major Oracle E-business suite upgrade coming in 2019. Or maybe 2020

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:02:43 GMT

If you can't wait, Big Red says its new SaaS apps will behave just like software modules

Oracle is working on a big upgrade to its e-business suite in 2019. Or maybe 2020.…

70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:04:10 GMT

Alternatively: 30% have found the option to switch it off

Microsoft claims seven out of ten Windows 10 users are happy with Redmond gulping loads of telemetry from their computers – which isn't that astounding when you realize it's a default option.…

Windows Subsystem for Linux is coming to Windows Server

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 01:14:04 GMT

CMD, PowerShell and Bash. Three command line interfaces should be enough for anyone?

Microsoft has announced that Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is coming to Windows Server.…

Meet VRfox: Mozilla's latest attempt at regaining browser share

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:19:12 GMT

v55 first desktop browser to support WebVR standard

Mozilla has released version 55 of Firefox for Windows, making it the first desktop browser to officially support the WebVR standard.…

Commonwealth Bank: Buggy software made us miss money laundering

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:57:10 GMT

Mandatory reports stopped flowing, suits don't notice for 3 YEARS... but bank throws devs under bus

Australia's Commonwealth Bank has blamed a software update for a money laundering scam that saw criminals send over AU$70m (US$55m, £42.5m) offshore after depositing cash into automatic teller machines.…

Apple signals it's willing to let next-gen web apps compete with iOS apps

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:26:57 GMT

Service Workers land in WebKit, clearing way for better in-browser applications

Analysis About a week after Philadelphia-based web developer Greg Blass pilloried Apple in a widely discussed online post for hindering web development by refusing to embrace Service Workers, the WebKit team, stewards of the open-source layout engine powering Apple's Safari browser, began doing just that.…

Google drops poker face, allows gambling apps on Play Store

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 10:51:44 GMT

Ban lifted in UK, France and Ireland as an 'experiment'

Google has agreed to let Play Store customers court cruel mistress Lady Luck.…

CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:36:42 GMT

New features? Sorry. Just new colours, because modern monitors give CLIs the blues

Microsoft's making over the Windows Console, the tool that throws up a command line interface and which has hung around in Windows long after DOS was sent to the attic and told not to show itself in polite company.…

Linux kernel hardeners Grsecurity sue open source's Bruce Perens

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 19:49:37 GMT

Our customer contract doesn't violate GPLv2, biz insists in defamation lawsuit

Updated In late June, noted open-source programmer Bruce Perens warned that using Grsecurity's Linux kernel security could invite legal trouble.…

Programmer's < fumble jeopardizes thousands of medical reports

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 19:24:51 GMT

Oh Danny boy, the typos, the typos are galling

A bug in code that generates medical reports could force patients in Ireland to repeat their hospital and clinic scans.…

Did eye just do that? Microsoft brings gaze tracking to Windows 10

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 15:04:09 GMT

Beta tech on Insider builds now

Goodbye, keyboard. Goodbye, mouse. To use Windows, soon all you'll need is your vision.…

If you love your email standards, SMTP your feet: 35 years later

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:31:02 GMT

Granddaddy celebrates one score and 15 years of inbox-filling antics

This month marks the 35th anniversary of the sign-off of RFC 821, the first definition of the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, that everyday staple of email comms.…

Browser trust test: Would you let Chrome block ads? Or Firefox share and encrypt files?

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 07:27:05 GMT

Mozilla spins share 'n' synch as Google spins its own virtues

Google and Mozilla have each revealed significant new features in their respective browsers.…

How can you kill that which will not die? Windows XP is back (sorta... OK, not really)

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:07:37 GMT

Usage up 0.08% while Windows 10 continues to win converts

Windows 10 adoption keeps rising and Windows 8 usage continues to fall, StatCounter confirmed in its latest monthly worldwide traffic sniff to discern who's using which desktop operating system.…

Skype for Business is not Skype – realising that is half the battle

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:06:06 GMT

Wait, come back. There are some... good bits, promise

Skype revolutionised IP-based video calling to such an extent it became a verb, much like Google. This largely consumer technology went pro in 2011 when Microsoft bought the firm for $8.5bn.…

Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 06:00:04 GMT

Out of beta, still won't let you read Linux files from Windows

Microsoft's head-turning Windows Subsystem for Linux will emerge from beta to become a fully-fledged-and-supported feature of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.…

Petition calls for Adobe Flash to survive as open source zombie

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 02:58:13 GMT

Dev thinks we need to keep notable .SWFs readable for the sake of posterity

A group of developers have taken to GitHub with a petition to save Adobe Flash following the Photoshop giant's largely welcomed decision to end support for the oft-reviled software in 2020.…

Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 01:58:06 GMT

Dev bounces back with 'fair enough' as rc3 for 4.13 lands

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has fired off an expletive-laden rant of the sort that only he seems to find acceptable.…

Latest Windows 10 preview lets users link an Android to their PC

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:58:07 GMT

Cortana, turn off my computer!

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Insider Preview lets you link to an Android phone, with synchronised web browsing the first supported feature.…

We're into lap 21 and Node features have again overtaken those attempting to teach it

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:56:07 GMT

Community races to keep docs current

Node Summit The popularity of Node has caught its community by surprise and left its stewards scrambling to find a way to keep developers up to date with the rapidly changing technology.…

Microsoft: Get in, IT nerds, you're now using Insider builds and twice-annual Windows rollouts

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:52:41 GMT

Trust us, we never screw anything up

Living up to its Windows-as-a-service promise, Microsoft has laid out the schedule it will use to roll out Windows 10 and Office 365 updates in future.…

Flash... Nu-uh! Tech folk champing at the bit to switch off life support

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:18:06 GMT

But others ain't so pleased

When Adobe this week announced its intention to kill Flash by 2020, a cheer went up among techies everywhere – not least of which were the browser-makers, who seemed pleased to hasten its death on the web.…

Microsoft previews Azure Container Instances – with per-second billing

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:51:28 GMT

Easier containers on MS's cloud – but Linux-only for now

Microsoft has released a preview of Azure Container Instances, a new way to deploy containers which emphasises speed and ease of use above scalability and orchestration.…

GitHub wants more new contributors, because that's what GitHub is for

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 03:02:05 GMT

'I started an eternal flamewar over code brackets and all I got was this stupid badge'

GitHub has added a chunk of features it says will help new users and projects build better communities.…

Tired: Java. Desired: Node. Retired: The suggestion a JavaScript runtime is bonkers

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:36:18 GMT

Er, according to these JS framework fans

Node Summit As the Node Summit got underway in San Francisco on Wednesday, Charles Beeler, general partner at Rally Ventures, said the Node community has come a long way since 2012, when everyone was talking about Node and no one was using it.…

Confessions of an ebook eater

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:24:07 GMT

In which Chronicles of Delphi scribe Verity gives praise to post-book world

Stob The best way to acquire a programming skill - by "skill" I mean a working understanding of a framework, a language or, shudder, very very bad word coming up, engaging shatter-proof scare quotes, a "paradigm" - is by modifying a colleague's well-written code and making it do something different that you actually need it to do. With the colleague on hand to explain it all, natch.…

Got bot? How to put it to work with Microsoft's Cortana Skills

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:37:09 GMT

This is not how Redmond got devs hooked on Windows

Hands on Microsoft made a big deal of Cortana skills at its Build developer conference earlier this year – the business of creating voice interactions with users via the digital assistant built into Windows 10 and also available for iOS and Android.…

SK Telecom makes light of random numbers for IoT applications

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:28:11 GMT

Quantum random number generator in a 5 mm chip

Quantum random number generators aren't new, but one small enough to provide practical security for Internet of Things applications is interesting.…

Qualcomm's neural network SDK made free for all comers

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 02:06:05 GMT

Facebook uses it for AR apparently. What? That's a positive? Our bad

Qualcomm's decided to open up its year-old AI, by making its Neural Processing Engine (NPE) available to all.…

Devs shun smartwatch work, gaze longingly at web-only apps again

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:30:11 GMT

According to this 'ere poll, anyway

Software developers have almost no interest in creating applications for wearables or smart TVs, but they're keen on web and hybrid apps, so much so that native-only developers are dwindling.…

Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:21:35 GMT

It was El Reg wot won it?

Brushes bristled when Microsoft placed Paint on a list of deprecated features for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Now Redmond is promising fans that Paint won't be splashed into the abyss – just moved elsewhere.…

Python autocomplete-in-the-cloud tool Kite pushes into projects, gets stabbed with a fork

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:02:06 GMT

Cloud dev biz tries rainmaking, stirs up storm of complaints

Kite, a San Francisco-based development tools startup, has managed to alienate developers by quietly altering open-source projects for its benefit.…

Find your happy place: Fedora 26 has landed

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:37:08 GMT

Nice solar tracking, shame about the Flatpaks

Review Fedora 26, released recently, is a welcome update on the already very nice 25.…

Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:57:13 GMT

You can take my free, naff, graphics app from my cold, dead, mouse hand ...

Satya Nadella had us all fooled but good with his kinder, gentler, people-empowering Microsoft act. But now we can see the company's reverted to type by threatening to kill venerable graphics app Paint after the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.…