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NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:01:06 GMT

Devs quit, suggest Britain's health service bosses used them to bag Microsoft deal

The small team behind an ambitious NHoS Linux project are calling it a day, citing receipt of a trademark infringement warning from the UK Department of Health's (DoH) "brand police" as the "final straw."…

Hehe, still writing code for a living? It's 2018. You could be earning x3 as a bug bounty hunter

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:38:05 GMT

Oh, yeah, and learning new tricks and protecting stuff, sure

Ethical hacking to find security flaws appears to pay better, albeit less regularly, than general software engineering.…

SAP boss promises to cull marketing dross on community network

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:59:11 GMT

Bill McDermott admits hub was seen as a 'channel to promote corporate messages'

CEO Bill McDermott has pledged to improve the SAP Community network previously slammed by members for offering a crap user experience and being another mechanism to push marketing messages.…

Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:56:07 GMT

Brings in designers to apply a new coat of UI before world thinks it looks too shabby to run

Now that the open source email client Thunderbird is sleeping in a separate bed from Mozilla, the project has called on outside help for a UI redesign.…

Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:06:09 GMT

Micro patch rejuvenates abandoned Office add-on

Microsoft Equation Editor was sentenced to death on January 9, 2018 at the age of 17, when a software update from Redmond removed five files necessary for the application to function.…

Causes of software development woes

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:26:04 GMT

Reg readers point the finger at ambiguous requirements

Research "Agile development" can mean different things to different people. To some it's about easing up on traditional rigour, and even legitimising a quick-and-dirty approach to getting stuff out of the door. To others it's about implementing a different kind of rigour, in order to bust project backlogs in a more robust manner, and generally keep up with constantly changing business demands.…

ServiceNow unleashes its 'Kingston' release

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:04:09 GMT

Company's journey from the heart of IT to the rest of the business continues

ServiceNow has slipped into 2018 by slipping out a new release of its platform.…

Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:52:11 GMT

Anti-saucy snap programme makes more sense

Facebook has settled a case with a 14-year-old girl after the social network hosted revealing pictures of her on a Facebook "shame" page.…

Mozilla offers sysadmins a Policy Engine for roll-your-own Firefox installs

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:33:05 GMT

And warms to a kind of speculative execution for Tabs, too. Really.

Mozilla’s announced it will add a “policy engine” to the next extended support (ESR) release of its Firefox browser.…

Wondering where your JavaScript libs went? Spam-detection snafu exiled npm packages

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:06:46 GMT

Postmortem sheds light on brief dependency hell

On the defensive after a malware kerfuffle last year, code registry npm shot first before asking questions over the weekend – and is now apologizing for the errant execution.…

Stop us if you've heard this one: Apple's password protection in macOS can be thwarted

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:07:55 GMT

Developers (again) find preferences hole (again) that bypasses login box (again)

It just works. For anyone.…

SAP customers won't touch the fluffy stuff... so here's another on-prem HR data tool

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:55:12 GMT

ERP giant overstated cloudy SuccessFactor's success

SAP has revealed it is working on a new on-premises human capital management system, admitting that many of its customers are still not ready for the cloud.…

Devs see red after not seeing Big Red on Stack Overflow database poll

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:09:13 GMT

Oracle missed off yearly survey, staffer claims 'malicious bias'

Updated The latest Stack Overflow developer survey has invoked ire from Oracle fans after failing to include Big Red in its list of database technologies.…

Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:32:11 GMT


Another year, another round of Windows 10 updates – most likely 1803 in March, and 1809 in September or thereabouts.…

Google kicks itself out of its own cache when serving AMP pages

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:28:25 GMT URLs for stories published elsewhere are on the way out

Google’s come up with a way to kick itself out of URLs served to mobile devices from its cache, an effort that will mean pages from around the web no longer score an unwanted address.…

US appeals court trims $50m off Oracle's take in Rimini Street law battle

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:04:08 GMT

Database giant happy as Larry that copyright infringement ruling allowed to stand, though

A US appeals court has knocked $50m off Oracle's $124m winnings in its 2016 copyright case against Rimini Street.…

Solaris becomes Solaris 11.4, but new features aren’t set

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 06:29:11 GMT

Delivery promised some time in 2018, as Big Red says Solaris updates prove it can do continuous integration

Much of the world tunes out between Christmas and New Year, and The Register shuts down. But Oracle decided that was the perfect time to reveal a little more about the future of its Solaris operating system.…

Micro Focus shares take bath after results report

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:59:06 GMT

Buyer of HPE Software rejigs board for more M&A action

Amid a boardroom rejig to pursue more M&A action, shares in London Stock Exchange-listed Micro Focus crashed today after financial results filed for the half-year ended October 31 fell short of analysts' expectations.…

You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:22:07 GMT

Add in Flatpak/Snap and it could be a revolution

Open Source Insider The biggest open source story of 2017 was unquestionably Canonical's decision to stop developing its Unity desktop and move Ubuntu to the GNOME Shell desktop.…

Yahooooo! says! its! email! is! scrahoooo-ed!

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:06:34 GMT

Services down and out for seven hours and counting

Yahoo! Mail – yes, amazingly it is still a thing – is today taking a break from business as usual norms with the service down for almost the past seven hours.…

And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows - it's going to cost what now?! €100m!

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 10:27:13 GMT

Why are you doing this?

Munich City officials could waste €100m reversing a 15-year process that replaced proprietary software with open source following an official vote last year.…

Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:00:08 GMT

No bearded desktops with pointy hats to be seen here

The Linux Mint project turned out to be an early Christmas present, as it usually does, but this release is perhaps more important than usual given that Mint is much more alone in the Linux distro world than it was just one year ago.…

Open-source civil war: Olive branch offered in trademark spat... with live grenade attached

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 22:28:51 GMT

Software Freedom Law Center claims Software Freedom Conservancy committed fraud

A few days before the Christmas holiday, the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) made a peace offering of sorts in an ostensible effort to resolve its trademark dispute with the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC).…

Hyperledger 3 years later: That's the sound of the devs... working on the chain ga-a-ang

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:02:09 GMT

But is anyone actually using it?

The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger project was announced in December 2015. When Apache Web server daddy Brian Behlendorf took the helm five months later, the Foundation’s blockchain baby was still embryonic. He called it “day zero.”…

Judge rm -rf Grsecurity's defamation sue-ball against Bruce Perens

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 19:37:17 GMT

Linux code fortifier is told people are entitled to opinions

Linux kernel security biz Grsecurity's defamation lawsuit against open-source stalwart Bruce Perens has been dismissed, although the door remains open for a revised claim.…

Ubuntu 17.10 pulled: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 21:28:05 GMT

Free as in thank God I'm not paying for this

Updated Canonical has halted downloads of Ubuntu Linux 17.10, aka Artful Aardvark, from its website after punters complained installing the open-source OS on laptops knackered the machines.…

Firefox 57's been quietly delaying tracking scripts

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 02:55:08 GMT

Trying to stop snoops stalling page loads

When Mozilla lobbed Firefox 57 over the fence last month, it introduced an anti-tracking feature without saying anything much about it.…

CSS and Javascript on GOV.UK page take early Christmas holiday

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:27:06 GMT

El Reg asks why; they magically reappear. Fancy that!

Updated A government legal aid eligibility checker has been without Javascript and CSS for a fortnight, sources told The Register – causing a visible dip in the number of people using the service.…

Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:12:09 GMT

Installer merely redirected to the official source

Microsoft has bounced a Google Chrome Installer out of its Windows Store, just hours after making it available for download.…

Liberating SSH from Logjam leftovers

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 03:03:04 GMT

IETF RFC writes-out weak Diffie-Hellman

A recent Request for Comment at the Internet Engineering Task Force calls for SSH developers to deprecate 1,024-bit moduli.…

Facebook helping devs keep up with TLS certificates

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 01:57:18 GMT

Crawling transparency logs, so you don't need to

Facebook has expanded its year-old certificate transparency project to make it easier for developers to watch for dodgy certs.…

Mozilla's creepy Mr Robot stunt in Firefox flops in touching tribute to TV show's 2nd season

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 21:21:08 GMT

This is the browser maker's Apple U2 moment

Updated Mozilla automatically installed a weird add-on to Firefox on people's computers – an add-on that turned out to be a marketing promotion for the hit telly show Mr Robot.…

Google asks browser rival Vivaldi to post uninstall instructions

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:21:06 GMT

Erm, just like Google doesn't. It's an AdWords thing, innit?

Google asked rival browser Vivaldi to add uninstall instructions on its website download page – something Google doesn't do itself – after deactivating Vivaldi's advertising account earlier this year.…

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.…

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.…