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Apache OpenOffice: Not dead yet, you'll just have to wait until mid-May for mystery security fixes

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:33:44 GMT

Reference to vulns suddenly vanishes after El Reg probe

Apache OpenOffice, sized for euthanasia by one of its own last year, still lives and should see an update before the end of May, allegedly.…

O (n^2) Canada! Code bugs knacker buses, TV, broadband, phone lines

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:13:32 GMT

Like their hockey teams, Canadian systems went down this week eh

Canadians have had a mildly frustrating week as a pair of IT problems derailed broadband connections, blacked out TVs, cut off phone lines, and halted buses in America's hat.…

Flatpak and Snaps aren't destined for graveyard of failed Linux tech yet

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:06:08 GMT

Independence from distros

The world of Linux has long been divided into tribes, or distros as we called them. But what actually makes a distro? The packages it uses? The people who put those packages together? The philosophy behind the choices the people who put the packages together make? The question of what makes a distro is actually very difficult on to answer and it's about to get even more difficult.…

Phew! Chrome to warn when you watch insecure smut

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:06:52 GMT

Google's ongoing HTTP exposé comes to Incognito Mode and forms

Google's efforts to make unsecured HTTP connections untenable will step up in October, when its Chrome browser starts to warn users that more web sites are insecure.…

SourceForge: Let's hold hands in a post-CodePlex world

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:38:12 GMT

Disappearing platforms problem

SourceForge wants tighter ties with other code repositories following Microsoft’s decision to shutter CodePlex.…

Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:02:41 GMT

We'll give it to you when it's ready – and it is not

Microsoft has urged non-tech-savvy people – or anyone who just wants a stable computer – to not download and install this year's biggest revision to Windows by hand. And that's because it may well bork your machine.…

Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:07:09 GMT

Your best excuse for using Firefox or Chrome is just that

May's nearly here, and you know what that means. Yet another round of monthly browser stats articles. If past trends are an indication of future development, we'll see the continued loss of market share by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and the rise and rise of Google’s Chrome.…

Amazon: 'Alexa, how do you fix shoddy APIs that keep breaking apps? Asking, er, for a friend'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:38:12 GMT

Devs complain Skills Kit knackers their code

Updated Developers trying to integrate their applications with the Amazon Echo have suffered headache after headache for the past week, thanks to mystery problems with Alexa APIs.…

Microsoft cracks open patch mega-bundles for biz admins, will separate security, stability fixes

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:31:16 GMT

IT bods can separate monthly updates with new controls

Microsoft has added yet another option to its monthly patch jumble for IT departments.…

The brave British boat men hoping to poke Larry Ellison's lads in the eye

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:25:07 GMT

Land Rover BAR's America's Cup hopes rest on just one app

We got a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Land Rover BAR sailing team hoping to leave Oracle’s Larry Ellison with a red face in this year’s America’s Cup.…

Microsoft plans summer CRM war opener against Salesforce

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:35:12 GMT

Or is this the start of Microsoft's $26bn LinkedIn writedown?

Microsoft will this summer start mining LinkedIn as a CRM database using Dynamics 365 in a bid to challenge Salesforce.…

Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:02:12 GMT

OmniTI calls time on Illumos-inspired operating system

Development of OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source variant of Solaris – is being killed after five years of work.…

Risk-free Friday evenings, thanks to Office 365 license management

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:00:08 GMT

Only six years overdue

Office 365 administrators have a reason to be happy: Microsoft has finally joined the party on group-based Office 365 licence management, saving time from manual maintenance, or the reliance on scripts and third-party systems.…

Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:36:08 GMT

Greyball snoopware even 'geofenced' Cupertino

Uber hid its fingerprinting of iPhone users from Apple – techniques that would have had any other app thrown out of Apple's store. Uber retained the information even after the Uber app had been deleted and the phone had been wiped. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick got a personal reprimand from Apple CEO Tim Cook, but the app stayed put, and Uber continues to use fingerprinting worldwide.…

Apache Foundation hails Metron as new top level project for cybersecurity

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:27:13 GMT

♪ Straight outta Cisco, crazy app framework called Metron, open-sourced so data's not crept on ♪

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has announced Metron, a cybersecurity applications framework for centralised monitoring and analysis of network traffic, as its newest top-level project.…

Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:03:11 GMT

Java's days are numbered – but it's a very large number

In early April, Stanford University began piloting a new version of its introductory computer science course, CS 106A. The variant, CS 106J, is taught in JavaScript rather than Java.…

Linux 4.11 delayed for a week by NVMe glitches and 'oops fixes'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:30:07 GMT

Linus Torvalds reckons 'It's not like another week of letting this release mature will really hurt'

The Register hasn't needed to spend much time covering Linux 4.11 because hiccups haven't happened and Linux daddy Linus Torvalds' comments have been sparse and measured, other than a slightly terse lesson on how to Pull properly.…

systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:52:37 GMT

Unix greybeards issue release candidate and proclaim init freedom

Devuan, the effort to build a systemd-free version of Debian, has released Devuan Jessie 1.0.0, a release candidate felt to be just about the finished article.…

Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:05 GMT

GNOME all the way, baby

Review The arrival of Ubuntu 17.04 this month was completely overshadowed by Mark Shuttleworth's decision to abandon the Unity desktop for a stock GNOME Shell interface.…

Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:36:06 GMT

Sysadmin holidays cancelled in March and September, starting in 2020

Updated Microsoft's explained how often it intends to offer “feature updates” to Windows 10: twice a year in March and September.…

What a To-Do! Microsoft snuffs out Wunderlist

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:45:06 GMT

Another day. Another strategy...

If a week is a long time in politics, it must be an eternity at Redmond, where the strategy team is seemingly obliged to create a new one every few minutes. Here's another for you.…

Microsoft touts SQL Server 2017 as 'first RDBMS with built-in AI'

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:00:11 GMT

Python slithers in next to R

Microsoft is due to announce what it's calling "the first RDBMS with built-in AI". In other words, a community technology preview of SQL Server 2017 with additional support for R and – for the first time – Python.…

Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:06:05 GMT

Do we really want Chrome hegemony?

Open Source Insider Write, as I have, about Firefox and you receive the usual slew of critics who demand to know why Firefox matters? Who cares if Firefox continues to exist? This is often accompanied by "Chrome is better! Chrome is all we need!"…

Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:28:04 GMT

Developer says he's found a way to stop Windows' new CPU check, which means updates flow again

A developer using the handle “Zeffy” claims to have found a way around Microsoft's ban on updates for old versions of Windows on shiny new CPUs.…

Guess who's back at Microsoft? Excel, Word creator Charles Simonyi

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:45:10 GMT

Windows giant devours Office mastermind and his biz, Intentional Software

Microsoft has acquired Intentional Software on undisclosed terms.…

Mozilla abandons experimental Aurora Firefox channel

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:40:06 GMT

New builds from Nightly to Beta

Mozilla is killing the channel it introduced for developers to test experimental new features in Firefox and keep pace with Chrome.…

Graphite core? There are other ways to monitor your operation's heart

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:00:12 GMT

But why would you want to?

The BBC and NHS epitomise enterprise: the BBC has 23,000 staff while the NHS is one of the world's largest employers, with 1.4 million. Their IT estate is vast and central to the delivery of their services. The BBC's iPlayer is on the front line in a world of on-demand TV defined by Netflix, and among its layered infrastructure NHS servers run complex systems of reconciling payment for treatments.…

Canonical sharpens post-Unity axe for 80-plus Ubuntu spinners

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:00:10 GMT

Shuttleworth returns as CEO

Exclusive More than 80 workers at Ubuntu-maker Canonical are facing the chop as founder Mark Shuttleworth takes back the role of chief executive officer.…

Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:32:11 GMT

Support ended on Tuesday and Microsoft's not offering even a single strand of safety net

Farewell, Windows Vista, we hardly knew ye. But as of now* you're out of support and even-more-unloved than was previously the case.…

Windows 10 Creators Update general rollout begins with a privacy dialogue

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:01:05 GMT

Review your privacy settings, or no update for you

Microsoft's rollout of Windows 10 Creators Update has begun, complete with a privacy dialogue box shown by default to all users.…

WileyFox disentangles itself from Cyanogen

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:27:03 GMT


WileyFox is rowing its users away from the wreckage of the Cyanogen disaster, with some help from Ricardo Cerqueira, Cyanogen Inc’s former director of engineering.…

Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:29:07 GMT

Compares Mir chat to 'irrational' gun control or climate change debates, so F-that-S

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has labelled some members of the free software community habitual, hateful and reflexive contrarians.…

Eric S. Raymond says you probably fit one of eight tech archetypes

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 03:11:42 GMT

'Castellans' memorise manuals, 'Tinkers' can't stop hacking hardware. Keep 'Algorithmicists' out of a corner office

Open source luminary Eric S. Raymond has given the world eight “Hacker Archetypes” that he thinks offer useful ways to categorise your colleagues and by doing so help them to understand their strengths and weaknesses.…

Hortonworks CTO's ACID Merge: The impossible dream, realised

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:30:10 GMT

Hive-minded project injection

Interview Hortonworks believes it's solved duplication issues in its Hadoop spin that menaced users when incrementally merging data.…

Wisdom of crowds plus a splash of AI give Australia new national analytical map data

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:18:50 GMT

It's nice to know where a lake lies. It's better if you know how fast rain can get into it

Australia's Public Sector Mapping Agency (PSMA) and US satellite constellation operator DigitalGlobe have joined together to come up with a whole-of-continent, high-resolution analytical data set.…

Roll up, sysadmins, now you can join Windows Insider for businesses

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 21:01:42 GMT

Preview builds aimed at IT dept guinea pigs

Microsoft is opening up a new Windows Insider program for IT departments looking to test out new features in advance.…

Twitter's motto: If at first you screwed developers over, try, try again, eh?

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 20:46:51 GMT

Post-profit social network offers to rebuild repeatedly burned bridge with app makers

After taking developers for a ride and then repeatedly driving into a ditch, Twitter has a new destination in mind and has produced a roadmap to reassure those who haven't already leapt out the door.…

Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:27:09 GMT

Official list of phoned-home info revealed by Microsoft

Next week Microsoft will begin the slowish rollout of its big update to Windows 10, the Creators Update.…

Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 20:41:31 GMT

Party like it's 2003

Ubuntu's dream of a single Linux platform across all your devices has died, swiftly, following a single gunshot to the head. Holding the revolver: founder of Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth.…

Ford slurps 400 BlackBerry devs in smart car software push

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 18:27:48 GMT

Lucky Ottawa folk get to stay put

Multinational car company Ford has hired 400 developers from BlackBerry for its connected cars, shortly after announcing the building of its own data centre.…

Android beats Windows as most popular OS for interwebz – by 0.02%

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:31:04 GMT

Press F to pay respects

Google's Android has overtaken Windows to become the world's first-choice platform for accessing the internet, according to number cruncher StatCounter.…

Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 11:55:09 GMT

Phone-flashing fun

Analysis To survive in an increasingly mobile-first world, Microsoft needs the kind of regulatory intervention it fought so hard to avoid in the 1990s and 2000s. Only this time, imposed on the dominant mobile OS, Google's Android.…

Ubuntu 17.04 beta FACT: It's what's on the inside that matters, not looks

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:39:06 GMT

Stars align

Download Ubuntu 17.04 beta preview, recently released, and visually speaking you might be a little disappointed.…

Cambridge Analytica arrives in Australia to STEAL our democracy!

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 22:59:12 GMT

Firm that claims credit for Trump and Brexit arrives to pitch marketers and pollies

The company has repeatedly claimed it helped Donald Trump win the US presidency and got the Brexiters' "Leave" cause over the line has arrived in Australia.…

Microsoft taking CodePlex behind the shed and shooting it by Christmas

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:58:18 GMT

Advises developers to move to GitHub

Redmond's open source code repository CodePlex is to close on December 15, 2017 and Microsoft is advising users to move their stuff over to GitHub.…

Is your iOS app piling on weight? Blame Xcode 8.3: We shed light on Apple's bloat riddle

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 06:38:04 GMT

Developers puzzled by binaries' bitcode explosion

Apple's iOS 10.3 this week brought with it minor storage space gains, thanks to the debut of the iGiant's revised storage scheme, the Apple File System.…

Y'know CSS was to kill off HTML table layout? Well, second time's a charm: Meet CSS Grid

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 06:22:09 GMT

Browser makers unite to make web design great again

With the release of Safari 10.1 this week, four major browsers in the space of a month have implemented support for CSS Grid, an emerging standard for two-dimensional grid layouts in web applications.…

Time to make up: Realtime collaboration comes to Excel

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:28:08 GMT

Office 365 licence required

Microsoft has announced a "significant" step in Excel for Office 365 users on PCs.…

Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:32:14 GMT

Looking at all the new features and highlighting the best of 'em

Hands-on Windows 10 was launched on July 29, 2015, just over 18 months ago, consigning the Windows 8 experiment to history and introducing the idea of "Windows as a service" – or in other words an operating system that (with a few exceptions) updates itself whether you like it or not.…

Samizdat no more: Old Unix source code opened for study

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:02:06 GMT

Nokia Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent pack away the sueball gun

After years of lobbying by computer science luminaries, Bell Labs and Alcatel-Lucent (both owned by Nokia) have relented and will allow non-commercial study of the source code for Unix Research Editions 8, 9, and 10.…