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Mulled EU copyright shakeup will turn us into robo-censors – GitHub

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:43:24 GMT

Code-sharing websites may be forced to install automatic infringement filters

Code-repository GitHub has raised the alarm about a pending European copyright proposal could force it to implement automated filtering systems – referred to by detractors as "censorship machines" – that would hinder developers working with free and open source software.…

Uber hopes to butter up Brit transport chiefs with lots of lovely data

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:51:21 GMT

App biz flings travel info at capital's transport regulator ahead of licensing decision

Much maligned not-a-taxi biz Uber has pledged to hand over travel data to Transport for London.…

Developers dread Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2, SharePoint - survey

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:50:44 GMT

Poll says devs wouldn’t write unethical code - probably

Stack Overflow’s annual survey has revealed the tools and tech that developers love to hate: Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2 and SharePoint.…

Patch LOSE-day: Microsoft secures servers of the world. By disconnecting them

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:30:14 GMT

Users complain of static IP issues, world of admin pain

Microsoft’s Tuesday patch-fest may have reacted quite negatively with Windows Server 2008 R2 running VMware, leaving servers offline and administrators scrambling to recover IP addresses.…

18.04 beta is as good a time as any to see which Ubuntu flavour tickles your Budgie, MATE

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:01:15 GMT

But we're still in bug country, so run in a VM

The first beta of Ubuntu 18.04 is here. The finished article, due next month, will be a long-term support release and, for those who stick with LTS, the first time many see the new GNOME-based Ubuntu.…

Salesforce courts the great un-CRMed with 'Essentials'

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 01:02:12 GMT

And buries past flops as it pitches SaaS to slay Outlook and Excel for US$25 a month

Salesforce has flicked the On switch for two new apps in its "Essentials" range, the cut-down and cut-price version of its SaaS platform launched last November.…

Dolby sues Adobe for dodging license fees

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:08:17 GMT

Copyright case puts royalty model under the microscope

Updated Audio specialist Dolby Labs is suing Adobe for copyright violation as the two companies sit at odds over licensing payments.…

Ex-staffers slam Microsoft's 'lackluster' response to stacks of internal complaints

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:26:13 GMT

Court docs reveal women filed over 230 internal complaints of discrimination, harassment

More than 230 internal complaints of harassment and discrimination within Microsoft were handled in a “lackluster” way by the business, according to documents made public yesterday in a class action lawsuit.…

IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:01:04 GMT

But first, the big catchup: adding proper mail, scalability, mobility and JavaScript for devs

IBM and HCL have outlined their plans for the Notes/Domino portfolio that the former offloaded to the latter last year.…

Mozilla sends more snooping Web APIs to smartphone Siberia

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 01:58:08 GMT

Light and proximity sensors blocked for Firefox 62

Firefox has revealed it will bin more privacy-invasive APIs, deprecating access to the light sensor, device proximity sensor, and user proximity detection.…

Get tooled up before grappling with Google's Spanner database

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:32:08 GMT

There's a learning curve, but you too can be Mr Worldwide

When companies started to build applications at web scale and needed services to scale to millions of requests across the globe, it quickly became apparent that relational databases just didn't work well enough.…

Microsoft throttles on-prem tech donation scheme for nonprofits

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:02:09 GMT

First it giveth then it taketh away

Big-hearted Microsoft has confirmed pending changes that will make it easier for charities to use its cloud services but will hike prices for anyone daring to use its on-premises wares.…

The Java release train is moving faster, but will developers be derailed?

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:01:07 GMT

What's new and what to expect

Qcon "How you deploy Java, how you get access to updates and patches is all changing. Although Oracle has told people about this, they haven't been shouting about it," Azul Systems deputy CTO Simon Ritter told attendees at QCon, a developer conference under way in London.…

Slack cuts ties to IRC and XMPP, cos they don't speak Emoji

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:03:06 GMT

Gateways to close on May 15th, leaving you almost ten whole weeks to rebuild integrations

One of the virtues of cult messaging app Slack was its gateways allowing integration with the venerable IRC and XMPP messaging protocols.…

Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 03:58:10 GMT

Which is just-about an admission Win 10 is a mess

Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 S will be a "mode" available in all versions of Windows, and added a prediction it'll be used by a "majority" of users.…

Android P will hear no evil, see no evil, support evil notches

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 02:00:23 GMT

MAC randomisation, indoor location, TLS-by-default and more coming to next 'Droid

Poll Google's revealed the stuff it's added to the next version of Android, which for now is known only as "P" while the world waits for it to earn a confectionery-related name.*

Windows 10 S to become a 'mode', not a discrete product

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:18:06 GMT

Locked-down Windows to come to all Windows 10 editions, not just for kids

When Microsoft launched Windows 10 S in May 2017, the company pitched it as a stripped-back version of Windows that would both run on hardware cheap enough for students around the world and make life easy for time-poor, cash-strapped school sysadmins.…

Open source community crams itself into big tent

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 21:23:16 GMT

Can't we just get along? At a sunny California inn with hors d'oeuvres, most definitely

At the Open Source Leadership Summit in Sonoma, California, on Tuesday, members of the open source community gathered under a big tent.…

Neo4j graph database boss: 'The mainstream is always under attack'

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 08:59:06 GMT

CEO bullish as biz pushes Cypher QL and new DBaaS

Emil Eifrem, chief exec of Neo4j, has said that graph databases are at a turning point for so long that you'd imagine he's bored of the line by now. But 2018 might just be the year his predictions come true.…

Google Flutter hits beta: Another go at cross-platform mobile dev

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 10:26:32 GMT

Using the Dart language for apps on Android and iOS

MWC2018 Fancy a Flutter? Google is hoping users will take a bet on its new cross-platform mobile development framework, whose first beta was announced at Mobile World Congress last week.…

WordPress is now 30 per cent of the web, daylight second

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 05:58:06 GMT

Open source dominates the content management system market

The web-watchers at W3Techs have just noted a milestone: WordPress now accounts for 30 per cent of the world's websites.…

Java EE renamed 'Jakarta EE' after Big Red brand spat

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 23:03:06 GMT

Oracle released the code, but not the name, so now devs have to make sure package names make sense

The open source version of Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) has been renamed Jakarta EE to satisfy Oracle's desire to control the "Java" brand.…

Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:49:03 GMT

YouTube wanted 'only' women and other underrepresented groups in coding roles

A former recruiter for Google and YouTube has sued the search ad beast, claiming he was fired for objecting to hiring policies that discriminated against white and Asian men.…

Google powers up latest app it'll cancel in two years: Hangouts Chat

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 23:45:11 GMT

Chocolate fac crack a whack at Slack pack with yak yak stack

Google has moved its Slack rival out of beta and into general availability.…

TigerGraph emerges from undergrowth with 2.0 release in its jaws

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:42:08 GMT

Move over, doggy. 2018 is 'the year of the graph' apparently

Database upstart TigerGraph has launched its latest platform, pitching the ability for enterprise customers to collaborate in real time.…

Want cheaper analytics? Snub SaaS: Ye olde ELAs might do the job

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:29:07 GMT

And don't forget to negotiate when vendors are most desperate for cash

Pricing and licensing "are central to all data and analytics initiatives" and vendors are using organisations' enthusiasm for the field to coin it at your expense. But controlling costs is more than possible, Gartner principal analyst Etisham Zaidi said yesterday at the firm's Asia-Pacific Data and Analytics Summit in Sydney.…

We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:09:47 GMT

Stand up would you, please, Mr Paul Manafort

They are potentially the two most popular file formats in the world – Microsoft Word's .DOC and Adobe's .PDF. And it's fair to say they have caused millions of people billions of hours of frustration.…

Google gives mobile operators a reason to love it, and opens rich chat up for business

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:24:05 GMT

Spam and adverts? You bet

Google has opened up a major new communications channel for businesses – sending multimedia messages to mobiles using interoperable standards.…

Flappy Friday for Stack Overflow as outage woes run on

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:32:10 GMT

Well, guess it's nearly the weekend

Updated The keys Control, C and V are gathering dust around the world as Stack Overflow went for an uscheduled nap last night before going into full blown TITSUP* mode today.…

Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:04:06 GMT

Everyone's using this framework – now you can, too. Source is open

Code corner Keeping up with the endless torrent of stuff happening online is a losing battle. In the absence of omniscience, there's just no way to catch every bug, cockup, blowup, and scandal as it breaks.…

Unlucky Linux boxes trampled by NPM code update, patch zapped

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:09:05 GMT

Devs stumble into pre-release beta by using command they didn't understand

NPM – the biz behind the Node package management software used to wrangle JavaScript code and various related frameworks – on Thursday undid a code update less than 24 hours after it was issued because the software was messing with Linux file permissions.…

RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:27:21 GMT

Pioneering gesture keyboard killed off by owner Nuance

One of the best-loved mobile apps of the past decade, Swype, has been given the bullet. Parent company Nuance confirmed it will no longer develop the letter-tracing keyboard, which will disappear from the Apple and Google app stores.…

SAP HANA: Concerns remain over tech skills, complexity, licensing - survey

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:59:05 GMT

Most deployments now complete on time and on budget… It only took 7 years

Customer confusion and a lack of technical skills are still dogging migration to SAP HANA, but the days of deployment horror stories are fading, according to a report penned by an integrator.…

Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:01:12 GMT

It can't be worse than RT - and isn't

Comment Perhaps more by accident or design, Microsoft managed to lower expectations for Windows on Arm last week – but not set them so low it kills off interest in the platform.…

Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:03:11 GMT

Cue virtual outrage and actual culture wars skirmishes

The FreeBSD project completely updated its code-of-conduct in early February, complete with a definition of "harassment" that included "Physical contact and simulated physical contact (e.g., textual descriptions like "*hug*" or "*backrub*") without consent or after a request to stop." And as will happen these days, considerable controversy and vivid online debate has been the result.…

Test crash dummies: Pearson VUE broke half-way into all-day exam

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:20:26 GMT

Trainees spent months prepping for web assessment... that fell over hours in

Imagine you'd just spent 18 months of your life working towards a big certification exam that could make or break your career and, come the big day, the web-hosted test fell over.…

Flight Simulator's DRM fighter nosedives into Chrome's cache

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:06:07 GMT

Flight Sim Labs tips a bucket of fresh aviation fuel onto malware flames

A Chrome password dump tool found in the latest update from Microsoft's Flight Simulator Add-On wrangler, Flight Sim Labs, has virtual pilots up in arms.…

Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:28:06 GMT

Which makes lots of sysadmins' fave tracing tool cool for Linux

Oracle appears to have open-sourced DTrace, the system instrumentation tool that Sun Microsystems created in the early 2000s and which has been beloved of many-a-sysadmin ever since.…

Microsoft reveals 'limitations of apps and experiences on Arm' – then deletes from view

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:02:11 GMT

No Windows customization, no Hyper-V, no 64-bit x86 emu

Microsoft published a webpage listing Windows 10's "limitations of apps and experiences on Arm," earlier this month – and then mysteriously pulled it.…

Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:01:05 GMT

It's therefore safe to assume the notch is not going away any time soon

The Apple rumour mill has buzzed with speculation that less-than-completely-astounding sales of Cupertino's latest iPhone, the X, mean it might not be long for this world.…

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:02:05 GMT

Data harvest notice will be checked by default

Poll Desktop computers powered by future versions of Ubuntu GNU/Linux may collect information on the PCs – unless users opt out.…

Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:29:05 GMT

Now can you remove it from every Start Menu?

Readers with good memories may recall that when Windows NT was launched, it came in Workstation and Advanced Server editions, with the former fulfilling most duties of a server. There were no limits on TCP/IP connections, for example. Just as its developer Dave Cutler intended.…

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:06:07 GMT

Frank Dickman is a hell of a super hero name, we gotta say

A fella in the United States is taking Microsoft to court to get Windows 7 put back on his PC.…

Waddawewant? Free video codecs! When do we... oh, look, the last MPEG-2 patent expired!

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:01:14 GMT

Never again shall an MPEG-2 encoder be chased out of a Linux distro

It's almost of historical interest only, but everywhere except the Philippines and Malaysia, the last MPEG-2 video encoder/decoder patents have expired.…

Roses are red, revenge is so sweet. Microsoft extracts a few quid from Corel Office Suite

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:04:11 GMT

Jury awards Redmond some pocket change in patent dustup

Microsoft has been awarded just over a quarter of a million dollars in its patent infringement case against Corel.…

Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:01:41 GMT

Y'all loved AMP for the web, now get it in your inboxes

Having last year axed its scanning of Gmail messages after years of withering privacy criticism, Google has decided to court controversy again in this area.…

Data scientist wanted: Must have Python, spontaneity not required

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:47:15 GMT

Review of job ads pins average salary at £47k

The average salary offered to data scientists in the past year was £47,000, with Python being the most desirable programming language, according to an analysis of job ads.…

Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:26:41 GMT

Demands blanket rather than specific repo shutdowns

Apple's fruitless attempts to remove its leaked iBoot source code from the internet have escalated into requests to have community code site GitHub disable all downstream forks made from identified infringing repositories.…

Are you an open-sorcerer or free software warrior? Let us do battle

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:03:06 GMT

Quickly now, before the suits show up

Open Source Insider The Open Source Initiative, a non-profit that advocates for open-source software and coined the term, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. It's difficult to conceive of where the internet, indeed the world, would be today were it not for open-source software and, perhaps more importantly, the free software movement that preceded it and continues to promote free software today.…

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 21:43:50 GMT

Nor C-- or Should Have Used Go or Screw Ellison...

Unable to convince Oracle to allow the use of its trademarked term "Java" to refer to the open source version of Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE), the Eclipse Foundation is asking those who care about such things to vote on proposed names for the software project.…