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NSW TAFE's IT FAIL was so bad, 100 staff were hired to clean up

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:11:49 GMT

And they cost $AU6m, on top of $89m for a replacement

New South Wales TAFE's failed IT project will be a millstone around the organisation's neck for years, the state's Auditor-General warned yesterday.…

Microsoft asks devs for quantum leap of faith

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:33:35 GMT

Try writing quantum code in Q#, because...uh, teleportation

Those without access to a quantum computer can console themselves with Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit, introduced as a preview release on Monday.…

Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:55:13 GMT

That's a lot of money just to blast U2 at it

British music ID service Shazam is to be bought by Apple, in a deal reported to be worth £300m ($401m).…

Barclaycard website goes TITSUP*

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:08:06 GMT

Users report issues establishing secure connection

Updated Barclaycard has admitted it is experiencing technical issues, with users complaining they can’t log in online or on their apps.…

Google pauses accessibility service crackdown

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:05:03 GMT

Developers may get out of a bind

Google seems to be taking a softer stance on its “accessibility crackdown”, pausing the program for a review.…

Hitchcock cameo steals opening of Oracle v Google Java spat

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:31:07 GMT

Opening salvos

Oracle's long-running legal battle to get what it believes is it's fair share from Google's Android reopened this week – the second time an Appeals Court on Federal Circuit has examined the issue. The first hour overran with a bumpy ride for Google.…

Do you suffer from the shame of 'Scroll Jank'? Help is at your fingertips

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:00:10 GMT

Microsoft updates pointer events for Precision Touch Pads to make scrolling great again

Microsoft says it will fix "scroll jank" because Edge needs it and Chrome sorted it ages ago.…

Microsoft emergency update: Malware Engine needs, erm, malware protection

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:28:05 GMT

Stop appreciating the irony and go install the patch now

Microsoft has posted an out-of-band security update to address a remote code execution flaw in its Malware Protection Engine.…

Los Angeles police tell drivers not to trust navigation apps as wildfires engulf area

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:05:51 GMT

There's no traffic on that road because it's ON FIRE!

As wildfires continue to rage around Los Angeles, the local police have asked drivers to be somewhat skeptical about navigation apps.…

The search for the 'next billion' users also targets the first billion

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 03:01:06 GMT

Services for lands of slow connections and rotten roads now set global agendas

Google's efforts to find its “next billion” users has been revealed to also be an effort to build services for the first billion.…

Facebook Messenger ... for who now? Zuck points his digital crack at ever younger kids

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:09:05 GMT

Zuck Off, says UK Health Minister

Comment "Won't somebody think of the children!" Hur hur.…

Microsoft adds nothing to new Semi-Annual Windows Server preview

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:23:12 GMT

The firewall might not work. It can corrupt data. Why haven't you downloaded it yet?

Microsoft's released something odd: a new tech preview of Windows Server's semi-annual release channel with no new features but a few known issues with the potential to mess things up.…

Mozilla and Yahoo! trade sueballs over Firefox-Google search deal

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 07:30:13 GMT

'Your search is trash and you stopped paying ' vs. 'we had a deal you can't walk away from'

The Mozilla Foundation and Yahoo! have flung sueballs at each other, after the former ended its deal to have the latter provide search results in the Firefox browser amid claims it hadn't been paid.…

Boffins foresee most software written by machines in 2040

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 01:28:46 GMT

But people will still play a role in crafting code

Boffins at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory speculate that by 2040 advances in AI disciplines like machine learning and natural language processing will shift most software code creation from people to machines.…

Bring me your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to see behavioural advertising

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:56:06 GMT

Slimline Android Go slurps from the bottom billions

Just because you earn a dollar a day shouldn’t mean you're lost to the behavioural advertising industry.…

Apple sprays down bug-ridden iOS 11 with more fixes

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:25:39 GMT

Hasn't been a great few weeks for Cupertino devs

Apple has posted an update to address a host of bugs in its iOS mobile software.…

Nationwide UK web bank and app take unscheduled nap

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:39:11 GMT

Customers report woes at ATMs too. Xmas shopping? Maybe not

Updated Nationwide UK’s online presence is anything but this morning, what with an unspecified tech infrastructure glitch that has prevented customers across Blighty from logging into their accounts or using ATMs.…

US politicos wake up to danger of black-box algorithms shaping all corners of American life

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 01:19:02 GMT

Transparency needed, from privacy to net neutrality

In Washington, DC, on Wednesday, academics and policy wonks warned US Congressional representatives about the perils of inscrutable algorithms, a red flag entangled by tangential worries about privacy, data collection, and net neutrality.…

That 70s Show: Windows sprouts Sets and Timeline features

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:25:06 GMT

Like HyperCard, but without the cards. Or hype

Microsoft isn't short of good ideas – but getting good ideas into Microsoft products, which then stay alive for a long time, is another thing.…

Ad-filtering fiend Eyeo: Morning has broken, like the first morning

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:05:11 GMT

Everything's lovely, industry is being less obnoxious

Interview When I last interviewed Eyeo comms chief Ben Williams a year ago, the smell of gun smoke and scorched flesh hung in the air. Our piece was headlined: Adblock overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender.…

Night before Xmas and all through American Airlines, not a pilot was flying, thanks to this bug

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:11:40 GMT

Vacation system gremlin gives everyone who asked time off

Updated A bug in American Airlines' pilot scheduling software has left the US airline woefully understaffed for the coming month, particularly around Christmas week.…

The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:55:07 GMT

Well. One less excuse for skinflint OEMs, anyway

Google's attempt to cure the Android's ever-worsening fragmentation issue and slow updates might actually turn the tide.…

Two years later, SAP's making ‘progress’ on clearing up S/4HANA ball of confusion

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:06:13 GMT

As German ERP biz cozies up to Microsoft in the cloud

SAP is “getting there” with its efforts to address concerns around deployment of the latest version of its ERP business suite, according to S/4HANA COO Sal Laher.…

What's that fresh, zesty fragrance? Oh, Linux Mint 18.3 has landed

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:51:12 GMT

System reports, snapshots, improved app store, backups

Linux Mint 18.3 – aka "Sylvia" – is here to remind users that, hey, sometimes Linux can work a little bit more like Apple, Google and Microsoft software. (Just kidding, don't kill us.)…

Facebook, Google, IBM, Red Hat give GPL code scofflaws 60 days to behave – or else

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 20:43:56 GMT

Cure period now available in other license flavors

Facebook, Google, IBM, and Red Hat on Monday will give free-software license violators two months to mend their ways before going nuclear.…

SAP fondlers: IoT? Machine learning? Woah there, we still don't understand licensing

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:01:06 GMT

User conference opens with call for clarity on indirect access

Brit SAP users have little interest in adopting the German enterprise resource planning giant's self-branded "digital innovation system", Leonardo, citing licensing concerns as a barrier, according to a survey.…

A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

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.…