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Find your happy place: Fedora 26 has landed

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:37:08 GMT

Nice solar tracking, shame about the Flatpaks

Review Fedora 26, released recently, is a welcome update on the already very nice 25.…

Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:57:13 GMT

You can take my free, naff, graphics app from my cold, dead, mouse hand ...

Satya Nadella had us all fooled but good with his kinder, gentler, people-empowering Microsoft act. But now we can see the company's reverted to type by threatening to kill venerable graphics app Paint after the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.…

systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 01:07:04 GMT

Repeat after me: _ is allowed in domain names

A few Penguinistas spent a weekend working out why they can't get through to Netflix from their Linux machines, because when they tried, their DNS lookups failed.…

Debian patches plenty in new version 9.1

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:57:07 GMT

26 security fixes for 55 packages. You know what to do!

Debian Linux has hit version 9.1.…

Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:11:08 GMT

Let's assume you've already heard of 'clickbait headline'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I'll never forget the day I found my children looking at Spam for the first time. My son was particularly perplexed, asking: "Is that what I think it is?"…

You can't DevOps everything, kids. Off the shelf kit especially

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:34:29 GMT

Waterfalling for the, er, 'boring' stuff

Comment Hey, psst. Come over here, I have a secret to tell you. My fellow DevOps hoodwinkers would cement-shoe me for saying so, but you don't always need to do the DevOps. In fact, in many cases, it's likely a waste of effort. Let's start walking this way, briskly, now – I think I see some pink and chromatic blue fade-tipped Thought Lords and Ladies coming down the hallway towards us. They look like they're ready to do a blameful pre-mortem.…

The lady (or man) vanishes: The thorny issue of GDPR coding

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:03:13 GMT

The Devil is in the enhanced data model

Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now less than a year away, coming into effect in May 2018, and any legal or compliance department worth its salary should already have been making waves about what it means for your organisation.…

Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:29:12 GMT

Just learn them all and stop worrying about the popularity contest

Among developers, Python is the most popular programming language, followed by C, Java, C++, and JavaScript; among employers, Java is the most sought after, followed by C, Python, C++, and JavaScript.…

Second one this month: Another code bootcamp decamps to graveyard

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:48:32 GMT

'Unable to find a sustainable model' complains crashed programming crash course

The Iron Yard, a four-year-old coding bootcamp based in South Carolina, USA, said on Thursday that it is shutting its doors.…

Feature snatcher Microsoft tweaks OneDrive

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:01:04 GMT

But Placeholders won't be replaced until autumn

Neither Apple nor Microsoft has a great history with their cloud graveyards consumer cloud file systems, tripping up users with frequent strategy lurches and abandoning features over the years.…

Why can't you install Windows 10 Creators Update on your old Atom netbook? Because Intel stopped loving you

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:02:16 GMT

Meanwhile, Redmond extends security fixes to tired CPUs

Microsoft has blamed Intel for the sad trail of low-end PCs left out of the Windows 10 Creators Update rollouts.…

Speaking in Tech: We NEED to do a [insert buzzword] project!

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:42:13 GMT

Podcast Why IoT failed, the AI takeover, the rise of content providers, and assorted chat

SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 02:58:13 GMT

Penguinistas knock, Redmond lowers the Drawbridge

Microsoft's long, gentle embrace of Linux continues with the first release candidate of SQL Server 2017.…

Android-ocalypse postponed: Jide withdraws Remix OS from consumer frontline

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:34:13 GMT

The All Grown-up Android gets sent back to school

So Remix OS won’t be “eating the world” after all. Parent company Jide, founded by ex-Googlers, is repositioning itself as an enterprise vendor, and says its Android-for-PCs (which also runs on cheap ARM hardware) will no longer be sold to consumers any more.…

Apache says 'no' to Facebook code libraries

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:58:43 GMT

Anti-patent-lawsuit restrictions land tools on banned list

The Apache Foundation has declared that none of its new software projects can include Facebook's booby-trapped BSD-licensed code.…

Three Microsoft Outlook patches unpatched, users left to DIY

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:30:06 GMT

It's 2017 and attachments with "..." in their names caused crashes

Microsoft has withdrawn at least three of the patches released at the end of June and early July, but left it to users to find out for themselves.…

Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 04:05:08 GMT

He's definitely set Linux 4.13 ball rolling, with Intel Canonlake support and scaled-up Xen VMs

Linux 4.13 is under way. Linus Torvalds pulled one of his semi-surprises by announcing release candidate one on Saturday, rather than issuing his usual Sunday evening missive.…

Open-source world resurrects Oracle-free Solaris project OmniOS

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:04:07 GMT

People power!

The open-source community has fought back and resurrected the development of OmniOS – an Oracle-free non-proprietary variant of Solaris, which had been shelved in April.…

Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:31:04 GMT

Well, actually, do panic. A pending code change could bring a period of instability

The community-driven organization overseeing Bitcoin on Wednesday warned that any Bitcoins received after Monday, July 31, 2017 at GMT-0700 may vanish into thin air or be rejected as invalid.…

Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:13:34 GMT

It's gonna be spectacular!

At 0240 GMT* precisely on Friday, July 14, an epoch-defining moment will happen. And only real nerds – along with Reg readers – will know what that moment is.…

Will the last person at Basho please turn out the lights?

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:15:08 GMT

NoSQL database flinger fades as former engineers work to save Riak

Basho, once a rising star of the NoSQL database world, has faded away to almost nothing, The Register has learned.…

Speaking in Tech: What is a Windows 10 licence worth these days?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:33:09 GMT

Podcast And: Anyone fancy a Phillips CM8833 mkii?

JavaScript spec gets strung out on padding

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:01:13 GMT

ECMAScript 2017 addresses left-pad gate, alongside various improvements

ECMAScript 2017, the latest edition of the specification upon which JavaScript is based, plugs a gap left by awkward extinction of some Node code last year.…

Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:25:13 GMT

What fell sorcery is this?

Microsoft finally confirmed that Hell has indeed frozen over – Ubuntu is at long last available from the Windows Store.…

Mappy days! Ordnance Survey offers up free map of UK greenery

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:58:04 GMT

All part of master plan to convince people to go outside

The Ordnance Survey has launched a free online map of Britain's green spaces with an open dataset for developers to get their hands on.…

Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:28:08 GMT

All Redmond's major business offerings have become The One

Microsoft is squishing its major biz products into a single solution called – wait for it – Microsoft 365, CEO Satya Nadella announced at Inspire, Redmond's annual event for businesses that flog its wares. Not a single chair was flung, we can report.…

Multics resurrected: Proto-Unix now runs on Raspberry Pi or x86

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 06:30:03 GMT

Seminal time-sharing OS needs emulator for ancient Honeywell DPS8M CPU

Seminal time-sharing OS Multics - the Multiplexed Information and Computing Service - has been resurrected in a new simulator.…

Roland McGrath steps down as glibc maintainer after 30 years

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 02:58:11 GMT

Open source is only for two-thirds of a life, says veteran

Open source luminary Roland McGrath has decided “enough is enough” – after 30 years on the GNU compiler library project.…

Banking app startups go TITSUP as payment slurper keels over. Again

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 20:29:48 GMT

Total Inability To Support Users' Purchases – and the second time in four months

A number of banking app startups were forced to shut down their services Thursday after their payment processor fell over for the second time in four months.…

TfL, WTH is my bus? London looks up from its mobile

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:59:23 GMT

No word on what caused the feed to go silent

Updated Londoners are straightening their bowed necks, lowering their sunglasses and blinking into the strong sunlight as they attempt to "look" to see if their buses are coming.…

Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 03:05:04 GMT

Microsoft's decided only NTFS devices are allowed

Microsoft has tried to DoS its forum servers, by changing its OneDrive consumer policy to only support cloud backups of NTFS-formatted drives without warning users first.…

Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 20:40:19 GMT

Users slam attempt to infuse app with social media magic

Microsoft last month declared that it had rebuilt its Skype app "from the ground up." Those who use the app have been busy tearing it down.…

Cloud sales shift as enormo Microsoft reorg continues – sources

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 14:58:06 GMT

Enterprise, corporate sales become one

Microsoft is in the process of squishing more of its various sprawling limbs and partners into a single group. Multiple sources close to the tech giant have told us jobs would be cut during the upcoming revamp, although they could not name a number.…

Linux 4.12 kernel lands: 'Go forth and use it' quoth Linus Torvalds

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 05:05:12 GMT

'No reason to delay'

As anticipated last week, version 4.12 of the Linux kernel landed Sunday amid a storm of … well, placidity, as it happens.…

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.…