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Huzzah! Java EE 8 by October ... 2017, says Oracle

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:32:10 GMT

MicroProfile play targets the Eclipse Foundation

Oracle aims to land the delayed Java Enterprise Edition 8 on or before October 2017.…

Microsoft drops tools to help ingest and model big datasets

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:58:10 GMT

Get your Rs into gear, data scientists

Microsoft is expanding the analytic and visualisation capabilities of its R analysis package, with the launch late last week of IDEAR and AMAR.…

Mesosphere half-year pledge: Fresh DC/OS open source baking

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:02:10 GMT

'Exciting changes' for Microsoft's favourite cloud container fabric

Mesosphere will open-source new features in its container and cluster management fabric as a leg-up to startups - "Y-Combinator" types.…

Tesla's big news today:
sudo killall -9 Autopilot

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:51:04 GMT

Shiny new on-board computers won't actually work while Tesla figures out how to auto-drive

Behind the smokescreen of its new onboard hardware announcement, Tesla is quietly killing off its controversial Autopilot feature in its new cars.…

Who killed Cyanogen?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:24:04 GMT

Well, it's hanging on in there, but why didn't it conquer the world?

Analysis Does European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager's team pay close attention to the tech news? If not, perhaps they should.…

Red Hat eye from the Ubuntu guy: Fedora – how you doin'?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:09:04 GMT

More than a mere RHEL release testbed

Comment Red Hat is the biggest – and one of the oldest – companies in the Linux world, but despite the difficulty of accurately measuring Linux usage figures, Ubuntu and its relatives seem to be the most popular Linux distributions. Red Hat isn’t sitting idle, though. Despite its focus on enterprise software, including virtualisation, storage and Java tools, it’s still aggressively developing its family of distros: RHEL, CentOS and Fedora.…

Oracle's quarterly security release offers 253 patches

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 01:59:11 GMT

15 are critical, some allowing complete system compromise over HTTP

Oracle has released its quarterly patch dump, this time offering 253 fixes for 76 products.…

South Australia blacked out by bad bespoke software, not wind farms

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 01:30:40 GMT

'Non-credible event' triggered safety settings

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) says wind-powered electricity generation's “intermittency” had nothing to do with the blackouts following South Australia's catastrophic storms in late September.…

Cisco swallows Worklife to Spark-up collab suite

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:58:07 GMT

Heroik Labs to become part of Cloud Collaboration Technology biz

Cisco's Spark collaboration platform – billed as the communications service that “does it all” – didn't do quite enough, it seems: Switchzilla has acquired the “meeting productivity” application Worklife.…

Facebook is writing a Mercurial server in Rust. This is not a drill

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:59:11 GMT

Git, Go, Swift, pish – that's so last year, darling

Between Git and Mercurial, the two most popular distributed version control systems in use today for managing software development, Git gets most of the attention.…

Ubuntu 16.10: Yakkety Yak... Unity 8's not wack

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:16:08 GMT

Best part of update is taste of much-promised GNOME beauty

Canonical's Ubuntu 16.10, codenamed "Yakkety Yak", is nowhere near as chunky an update as 16.04 LTS was earlier this year. But that doesn't mean there's nothing new. In fact, the firm's second release of the year has quite a few fresh features to hold users over until the bright and shiny future of Unity 8 and Mir arrive some time next year.…

Pair programming – you'll never guess what happens next!

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:10 GMT

Oooo, oooo, that smell…

Of all the agile practices out there, “pair programming” is the one that elicits the most heckles, confusion, and head-scratching. The idea is that rather than having one person sitting at a screen, coding, you have two who program together. Those who practice it speak of it like most people do of their first time at Burning Man, while those who have never had the “experience” just can’t see what the big deal is.…

Linux Foundation whacks open JavaScript projects umbrella

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:26:43 GMT

JS Foundation: It's raining devs...

A project fostering JavaScript’s panoply of projects has been established by the Linux Foundation.…

Bits of Google's dead Project Ara modular mobe live on in Linux 4.9

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:58:13 GMT

Linus Torvalds teaches devs a lesson with early rc1 release

Google may have killed off its modular smartphone Project Ara idea, but some of the code that would have made it happen looks like coming to the Linux Kernel.…

BART barfs, racers crash, and other classic BSODs

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:28:03 GMT

Your weekly Windows entertainment large and small

This week's worldwide BSOD roundup starts with what looks to your writer like a virtualisation launch bug. Submitter Alexander tells us it came from Peterborough Station, in Cambridgeshire.…

Instagram open sources iOS UI crash fix

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:56:04 GMT

App devs: if UICollectionView bugs you, this might help

Instagram's latest open source drop is its answer to a difficult iOS bug – a UI component crashing when users scroll through updates.…

Location boffins demo satellite-free navigation

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 23:31:03 GMT

No birds? No worries: LTE, Wi-Fi help keep things on track

With both the US and Russia researching Global Positioning System (GPS) jamming, it's heartening to see boffins working on navigation systems that don't rely solely on satellite signals.…

Open Sorcerers: Can you rid us of Emperor Zuck?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:58:58 GMT

Looking for lessons for FOSS from OX

OX Summit Back in the dot com heyday, around 1999 and 2000, Linux and open source conferences were huge events: they were packed and brimming with excitement. There was optimism, new initiatives in every conceivable direction, and anything seemed possible. Move over, Grandad: everything traditional was going to be up-ended by open source.…

Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:07:21 GMT

Look out! It’s gonna blow!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Ooh, I’m so hot! And I’m getting even hotter for you, big boy!”

Google offers baseball bat and some chains with which to hit open source software

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 05:04:13 GMT

Fuzzing tool used to test Chrome lands on GitHub

For a while now, Google's Chrome team has had a fuzzing tool to help them find bugs in the browser before bounty hunters do. Now, Mountain View has decided the same techniques can be applied to open source software in general.…

VMS will be ready to run on x86 in 2019!

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 04:03:05 GMT

Or 2018 if you're brave. For now, we have a boot screen!

VMS Software Inc (VSI), which became the custodian of the venerable OpenVMS in 2014, is getting close to its Holy Grail of running the OS on x86.…

Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:04:04 GMT

Pick a partner, eat the Nougat, feel the love

Analysis There was a distinct whiff of the retro about Google’s launch of its Pixel smartphone. Exclusives with selected large mobile operators; yet another attempt to create a unified Android experience; even the clear focus on Apple as the primary competition – all these should be issues of the past.…

Google sets the date for first sniff at Android 7.1

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:06:24 GMT

Holding back Assistant and apps drawer for Pixel

Developers can get their hands on Android 7.1 by the end of the month, Google has said.…

Facebook Yarn's for your JavaScript package

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:03:50 GMT

One string to bring them all and in the installation bind them

Facebook, working with Exponent, Google, and Tilde, has released software to improve the JavaScript development experience, which can use all the help it can get.…

Oracle: We're going to be the practical AI people, we swear it

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:30:09 GMT

Big Red says it wants to integrate intelligence into existing apps

Oracle, like so many other enterprise IT specialists, is talking up plans to integrate machine learning into its software.…

Cyanogen mods self away from full Android alternative

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:03:12 GMT

Board shakeup and new 'buy our code McNuggets' plan follows lousy sales

Android alternative Cyanogen looks to have given up on trying to sell a full mobile operating system.…

Tencent makes first foray into open source

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 02:58:09 GMT

Android auto-updater lands on GitHub

Chinese giant Tencent is dipping a toe into the open-source world, with its own hot-patch system for Android apps.…

Facebook's 'Workplace' collaboration dogfood is now on your menu

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 01:29:03 GMT

There's even a partner program, sysadmin tools and cross-cloud SSO

Facebook has taken the wraps off Workplace, its attempt at a business-collaboration-as-a-service service.…

FreeBSD 11.0 lands, with security fixes to FreeBSD 11.0

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:41:32 GMT

Bootleggers, don't ignore the official version

If you were one of the sharp-eyed users who downloaded FreeBSD 11.0 from the project's FTP servers before official release, it's time to upgrade again. The release version has landed and it's not the same as the bootleg.…

Skype for Linux users can crash-test video calls in v1.10 Alpha

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:14:19 GMT

Redmond's cloud to kill off older versions

If you've managed to get audio and video working under Linux, Microsoft's latest Skype-for-Linux will let you place video calls.…

Cloudera tells bright Sparks: Go teach yourselves Hadoop

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:01:10 GMT

Online DIY courses gotta be less tedious than teaching GCHQ's finest, right?

Cloudera, presumably sick of paying its staff to train spies and their ilk, has decided to launch online courses for those wanting to familiarise themselves with Hadoop and Spark.…

French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 19:30:04 GMT

Your unfair contract cripples browsers, Nexedi complains

Nexedi, an open source software company based in France, has filed a lawsuit against Apple in Paris alleging that Apple's App Store contract is unfair.…

Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:05:11 GMT

'Rather than you approving which patches you want, we are saying let them all flow'

Interview At Microsoft's recent Ignite event in Atlanta, The Reg sat down with Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of Enterprise Client and Mobility.…

BT Yahoo! customers: Why! can't! we! grrr! delete! our! webmail! accounts!?

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 11:19:09 GMT

No delete until 'end of Sept'... Not the 2016 Sept, then

BT customers are unable to delete BT Yahoo email services - despite an exodus of users seeking to leave the security-challenged webmail biz.…

Windows 10 market share fell in September

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 06:02:12 GMT

Not by much and we know mass enterprise adoption is still to come

Microsoft may have used its Ignite conference to trumpet Windows 10 now running on 400 million devices, but the operating system's market share went backwards in September according to two of three traffic-watchers we track each month.…

Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 23:35:06 GMT

Cupertino's stingy communications strategy stops anyone from being sure

Comment For over a year, Apple's software has been the subject of more derision than might be expected for a company of its size.…

BlackBerry: You can't just roll up and make one

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 14:44:11 GMT

New light on licensing plans

Interview BlackBerry says it won’t license its brand and security hardened Android “to any Tom Dick and Harry” as it tries to maintain the value of its brand.…

Catching Cubesat chatter? There's an app for that!

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 05:28:08 GMT

Open source software is here to help sat-watching hams

Radio ham with an interest in free software and satellite signals? Pop over to the GitHub repo run by Daniel Estévez, and take a look at his GNU radio decoders.…

Google melts 78 Android security holes, two of which were critical

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 03:58:07 GMT

Chinese hackers thanked for help finding flaws

Google has crushed 78 Android security flaws in its October bug blitzkrieg, repairing critical core Android services along the way.…

Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 02:27:10 GMT

Devs have 'NO F*CKING EXCUSE to knowingly kill the kernel', says Linux lord

Linus Torvalds gave the world Linux 4.8 earlier this week, but now appears to wish he didn't after spotting some code he says can “kill the kernel.”…

‘Andromeda’ will be Google’s Windows NT

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:25:06 GMT

One OS to rule them all ... all them smartphones and laptops

If you were to design a client operating system with the goal of being used by two billion people, what would it look like?…

Lenovo exec: Nope, not building Windows Phones

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 09:32:09 GMT

'Not convinced Microsoft is committed long term to the OS'

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 Lenovo will not build smartmobes running on Microsoft’s Windows operating system because it doubts the software giant’s long term commitment to the market.…

@WalmartLabs applies Electrode to get current with web dev

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 07:29:48 GMT

The React/Node platform makes Walmart's website sing

@WalmartLabs – which practices deviant punctuation and develops software for the retail giant that bears its name – on Monday released Electrode, an open-source platform for building universal React/Node applications.…

Buggy code to the left of me, perfect source to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with EU

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 07:01:06 GMT

European project to clean up software hits halfway point

Midway through SUPERSEDE, the EU three-year project backed by €3.25m in funding to make software better, software still sucks.…

If someone can translate Salesforce's $700m cool Krux plan into English, we'd be really grateful

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 23:36:51 GMT

Data slurper slurped is the best we can tell

Salesforce is buying data aggregator and analytics outfit Krux for US$700m in cash and shares.…

Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 21:09:21 GMT

And they say Microsoft never innovates anything…

Apple is taking a page from Microsoft's Windows 10 playbook and will push out its latest macOS (ex-OS X) update as an automatic download.…

MariaDB: MaxScale 2.0 given the full SSL streaming Monty

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:31:43 GMT

Generally available now

MariaDB has this afternoon made version 2.0 of MaxScale, its database proxy, generally available.…

Firefox to doctor Pepper so it can run Chrome's PDF, Flash plugins

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:31:07 GMT

Mozilla decides to crib some of Google's browser interfaces

Mozilla is investigating hooking up Google Chrome's builtin plugins to Firefox.…

Ludicrous Patent of the Week: Rectangles on a computer screen

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:48:57 GMT

Rights warriors gives their two cents on Tencent's nonsense

Pic Chinese internet giant Tencent is the newly minted holder of a US design patent on the concept of placing rectangles on a display screen.…

No surprise: Microsoft seeks Windows Update boss with 'ability to reduce chaos, stress'

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:27:53 GMT

Reduce it for Redmond's engineers, that is – not you

Microsoft wants to hire a particularly thick-skinned person to help run its Windows Updates team.…