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Four Brits cuffed in multimillion-quid Windows tech support call scam probe

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:59:28 GMT

Malicious chats mostly came from India, say police

Four Britons have been arrested on suspicion of helping organise fraudulent telephone support scam calls that caused “hundreds of millions of pounds” of losses worldwide.…

Rackspace shoves Splunk in its data trunk

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:26:06 GMT

Managed cloud biz’s next move? Machine learning, obviously

Managed cloud provider Rackspace has announced it is using Splunk to power its decision analytics engine - and plans to use the software provider’s machine learning tool next.…

Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:09:12 GMT

Never fear – they're moving to, er, Windows 8.1 instead

Thousands of Metropolitan Police computers are still running Windows XP more than a year after the force promised to upgrade them, mayor Sadiq Khan has admitted in response to a Greater London Assembly question.…

Looking for an Ubuntu Unity close cousin? Elementary, my dear...

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:00:11 GMT

Matching DNA and personality types

Ubuntu's Unity interface is gone, which means there's one less desktop to choose from in Linux-land. And while dozens remain to choose from, Unity was one of the most polished out there. Many will miss its detail and design.…

Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:03:05 GMT

Redmond owned it, Google invaded. Your options

Analysis Microsoft for decades not only defined personal productivity and team collaboration using Office, Outlook and Exchange – it kept the competition at arm’s length.…

HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:52:08 GMT

Spotted on carrier control room screens - reports

Updated The Royal Navy’s brand new £3.5bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently* running Windows XP in her flying control room, according to reports.…

Sony open-sources NNabla neural network learnings

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:36:40 GMT

En-NNabla-blement of answer to Google's TensorFlow?

Last night, Tokyo-based Sony open-sourced its deep learning framework, which it has dubbed NNabla – Neural Network Libraries.…

Software glitch led to London Ambulance Service outage – report

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:00:06 GMT

Update 18 months earlier meant recycle bin drained system resources, leading to crash

A software glitch in the London Ambulance Service’s 999 call handling system, which prevented the system’s recycle bin from being emptied, led to an outage at the New Year – according to an official report.…

Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at grsecurity

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:01:08 GMT

'I stopped trying to be polite about their BS', says Torvalds who plans Linux 4.12 next week

Linux lord Linus Torvalds thinks he'll be able to give the world version 4.12 of the Linux kernel next week.…

Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:11:17 GMT

Left hand quits trying to meet right hand, waves at customers saying 'don't break Skype'

Earlier this month, Microsoft gave the world .NET Framework 4.7 and urged users to install it for the usual reasons: more fun bits to play with and a security improvements.…

Tech giants flash Russia their code blueprints in exchange for access

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:57:05 GMT

What could possibly go wrong?

Cisco, IBM, HP, McAfee and SAP are among plenty of western technology companies that have been showing their source code to Russian authorities in exchange for the right to sell their products in the country.…

Red Hat dons hyperconverged headware

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:58:06 GMT

When is a server a hyper-server? When it bundles V12N, RHEL, Gluster and Ansible

Red Hat's having a crack at a hyperconverged software stack.…

Tesla's driverless car software chief steps down

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:55:07 GMT

Chris Lattner 'wasn't the right fit', says Elon Musk-led biz

Tesla's driverless car software chief, a former Apple engineer, has quit just six months after he joined Elon Musk's 'leccy car builders.…

Challenging dodgy generalisations on IT spending

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:58:11 GMT

I think you'll find it's not as simple as that

Reg Reader Research One of the silliest concepts peddled by large industry analyst firms is "The CIO agenda". Listen to some of them and you would get the impression that everyone running an IT department woke up one morning and decided the priority would now be Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, grid computing, SOA, cloud, analytics, mobile, IoT, software development, DevOps, or one of the other "critical imperatives" that have been foisted on us over the years.…

Debian 9 feels like home with security upgrades and a flaming vulpine warming your toes

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:23:04 GMT

Strong and stable release from conservative distro

Review The Debian Project has released Debian 9 after two years and, as you might expect for a work that's taken so long, it's quite an overhaul.…

Google, Mozilla both say they sped up the web today. One by blocking ads. One with ads

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:16:25 GMT

Guess which was which. Hint: Firefox now crushes trackers on Android

Mozilla's announced that its “Firefox Focus” ad-busting browser has made it to Android.…

MongoDB tries to entice time-poor devs with new Backend as a Service

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:00:07 GMT

Document database company has Google’s Firebase in its sights

MongoDB’s latest offering, Stitch, is aiming to appeal to developers that don’t have the time - or the inclination - to write boilerplate code.…

A private equity titan has just forked out £700m for IT training biz QA

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:46:10 GMT

Education provider has 'ambitious growth plans'

IT training company QA has been bought out by Europe's largest private equity firm, CVC Capital Partners.…

'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:00:13 GMT

Some times it really is, though

Open Source Insider I recently received an email from an old shared hosting provider. The host wanted to "upgrade" my account to a new server. I had long since stopped using the account for all but one client site that ran a legacy version of Django. I built it ages ago, but it was done. It worked fine and the client was still happy with it. No big deal, I thought, they'll move it to a new server and it'll keep on running.…

Linus Torvalds and Greg Kroah-Hartman both have new Linux in mind

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:29:05 GMT

4.12 might emerge next week, 4.14 dubbed next LTS release

Linux lords Linus Torvalds and Greg Kroah-Hartman have clarified Linux's short term future.…

WhatsApp app in flap over chap's snap of URL mishap

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:23:32 GMT

Secure messaging springs leak when looking up URLs

A developer has found a hole in secure messaging tool WhatsApp's handling of links that could expose some traffic to third parties.…

That's random: OpenBSD adds more kernel security

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 01:56:14 GMT

'Kernel address randomised link' masks memory locations

OpenBSD has a new security feature designed to harden it against kernel-level buffer overruns, the "KARL" (kernel address randomised link).…

Debian devs dedicate new version 9 to the late Ian Murdock

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:48:23 GMT

'Stretch' debuts, with MariaDB replacing MySQL

Debian 9, “Stretch”, has been released, and dedicated to the distribution's co-founder Ian Murdock.…

Oops! Facebook outed its antiterror cops whilst they banned admins

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:20:27 GMT

C'mon, what were they expecting? Privacy? On Facebook?

Facebook last year introduced a bug in its content moderation software that exposed the identities of workers who police content on the social network to those being policed, raising the possibility of retribution.…

Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:03:08 GMT

Well, of course – anyone using tabs should be paid zero

Poll Weighing in on a longstanding religious war among software developers, community site Stack Overflow has found that developers who use spaces to indent their code earn more than those who use tabs.…

Yeah, if you could just stop writing those Y2K compliance reports, that would be great

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:02:13 GMT

Uncle Sam scraps rules 17 years on from when the world ended, oh wait...

The US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has announced rule changes that – among other things – will finally end the requirement that agency IT departments report their Y2K compliance, only almost two decades after the event.…

Hortonworks feathers nest with IBM deal

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:33:11 GMT

IBM BigInsights users migrating to Hadoop-flinger’s HDP

IBM has slipped a ring on Hortonworks' finger – offering the Hadoop distributor access to a potentially lucrative market.…

Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 04:58:06 GMT

Project Electrolysis means Firefox spawns four processes and shares them between tabs

Mozilla has released version 54 of its Firefox browser and in so doing delivered long-promised sandboxing technology.…

Apple frees a few private APIs, makes them public

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:58:20 GMT

Glacial thaw brings a bit more openness to hermit kingdom

Apple, by necessity, fatigue, goodwill or accident, is becoming slightly more open in how it allows developers to interact with its software.…

It's 2017 and Microsoft is still patching Windows XP+ – to plug holes exploited by trio of leaked NSA weapons

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 22:37:21 GMT

Bugs used by stolen tools fixed among 96 software holes

Microsoft today addressed 96 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its products – plus issued more emergency patches for unsupported versions of Windows menaced by leaked NSA exploits.…

Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:41:38 GMT

Turns out Apple execs were testing new file system on you

It's a recurring pain experienced by all iPhone owners: the huge and very slow software updates that require you to plug your phone in and forget about it for 30 minutes.…

Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:02:58 GMT

What about the rest of us?

Microsoft has released a new preview of Windows 10's Fall Creators Update, showing off elements of its new Fluent Design System and introducing a host of features.…

Microsoft officially hangs up on old Skype phones, users fuming

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 10:06:45 GMT

Then again it has been four years coming

Microsoft has officially decommissioned the Skype-calling support service SkypeKit, leaving some old VOIP handset users on hold.…

Hadoop-flinger MapR: Yes to IPO, profits 'soon after'

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:37:45 GMT

Call of Cloudera and Hortonworks?

MapR Technologies, a data management platform headquartered in San Jose, California, is going for IPO – but not yet, the company’s chief executive Matt Mills said today.…

Apple appears to relax ban on apps fetching, running extra code – remains aloof as always

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:49:02 GMT

Arbitrary exes, no, but friendlier rules for dev tools

Analysis In conjunction with the commencement of its Worldwide Developer Conference and the release of developer builds of planned operating system updates, Apple has revised its Developer Program license agreement, for better or worse.…

Microsoft SCOM crashed some web apps, but the fix didn't fix it

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 06:03:09 GMT

System Center app monitoring wouldn't play nice with .Net and still doesn't after 78 days

Back in March Microsoft warned that “The [Application Performance Monitoring] APM feature in SCOM 2016 Agent may cause a crash for the IIS Application Pool running under .NET 2.0 runtime.” IIS Application Pools improve the reliability of web applications.…

Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:46:14 GMT

'Anomaly' drained my bank account, techie complains

Updated An eBay staffer says her bank account was wiped out and her rent check bounced – after the New York hotel she stayed in started charging other guests' reservations to her card.…

Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 03:26:06 GMT

It's 1994 all over again, it seems

It looks like the 1990s are back in fashion: Microsoft is, it seems, preparing another flavor of Windows 10 – the tentatively named Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.…

The open source community is nasty and that's just the docs

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 06:58:12 GMT

Survey of ~6,000 contributors also finds widespread harassment, gender imbalance

The open source community is nasty in many ways, according to a survey of over 6,000 contributors to open source projects.…

Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 05:58:09 GMT

'Maxx Interactive Desktop' lets you relive the workstation wars and maybe do serious work

Those of you yearning for the experience of running a 1990s-vintage graphics workstation are about to have a good day: a developer named Eric Masson has resurrected the IRIX Interactive Desktop that shipped on Silicon Graphics Workstations and now offers it as a Linux desktop alternative.…

Sage flogs North American Payments biz for $260m

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:21:12 GMT

Apple and Google have eaten its lunch

Sage, pusher of the thrilling product that is accountancy software, has flogged its North American Payments business to private equity outfit GTCR for $260m (£202m).…

Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 13:11:54 GMT

Do not install build 16212

“A small portion” of Windows mobile users hoping the unexpected cool new update would start the month off the right way got burned yesterday. Microsoft “accidentally” released a development build of Windows 10 that can transform your phone into jelly if you try to install it.…

Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 11:55:06 GMT

We're talking 'bout blockage, blockage... Eyeo, Eyeo* away

Publishers will get a six-month headsup before Google kills intrusive advertising on Chrome, sources close to the ad giant have reportedly said.…

Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 03:58:11 GMT

2018 Camry's infotainment system will run Automotive Grade Linux

The Linux Foundation's Automotive Grade Linux project is celebrating its first big-name user, after Toyota said it will employ the OS in the 2018 Camry model it will sell in the United States.…

Apple Swift Playgrounds admit robots

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 21:29:03 GMT

Gated community sees life beyond its borders

Taking another tentative step toward openness, Apple says it will tweak its Swift Playgrounds educational coding app to interface with programmable toys, drones, and musical instruments.…

Microsoft's cunning plan to make Bing the leading search engine: Bribery

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:05:13 GMT

Binging for pennies

The uptake for Microsoft's long-suffering search engine, Bing, continues to be so dismal that Redmond has resorted to paying people to use it.…

Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:55:42 GMT

Look, here's some stuff I read on the internet about infosec and it's terribly worrying isn't it?

A group of anti-nuclear campaigners have claimed Britain’s nuclear deterrent submarines are vulnerable to hackers – and their report setting out the “evidence” quotes, in part, from Wikipedia.…

Oracle asks for more time to finish Java 9

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 04:58:14 GMT

Eight weeks needed to sort out missing pieces of Jigsaw platform module system

Oracle's asked for more time to sort out Java 9 in light of the community's rejection of the proposed Java Platform Module System.…

At the feet of the Great Monad, or, How the functional programming craze plays out

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:01:09 GMT

Dost thou know the Seven Immutable Laws of FP?

Stob "Today, object-oriented programming (OOP) rules the IT industry absolutely. It is impossible to dislodge. While functional programming (FP) has seen a resurgence of late, it is typically used as an adjunct to OOP."Louis Cyphre, 'Why are functional programming languages used so rarely in practice?'

WebAssembly fandom kills Google's Portable Native Client

Wed, 31 May 2017 05:01:12 GMT

Homegrown tech dumped for trendy native code scheme

Google says it will stop supporting Portable Native Client in the first quarter of 2018, with some exceptions, because WebAssembly has become more popular.…