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Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:56:47 GMT

Machine-learning boffins debate making software human

Machine communication is an area generating much excitement in AI. The ability to give machines a voice and personality has been the subject of many sci-fi films, and the push in natural language processing has brought that idea closer to reality.…

Pull the plug! PowerPoint may kill my conference audience

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:03:22 GMT

If you could all just gather round my laptop...

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The man on stage is baffled. It was his big moment, a chance to show off his company’s proficiency and expertise, but now he’s being made to look useless.…

It's Friday – and that means one thing: Yup, Microsoft's TypeScript 2.0 is out

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:19:04 GMT

JavaScript superset adds new features including non-nullable types and read-only properties

Microsoft has released TypeScript 2.0, a major update to its typed version of JavaScript.…

Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:23:08 GMT

Software Assurance licensing tags along

Microsoft Ignite Software giant Microsoft is set to officially launch its next-generation server platform next week, but the firm faces growing competition from Linux as corporate customers shift more toward the cloud for IT services.…

Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:57:07 GMT

If MS bricked your box, MS oughta cough up, says consumer org

Microsoft has been given a roasting by consumer group Which? over Windows 10 woes reported by users, with the organisation calling for compensation for those who found their PCs bricked after auto-updates.…

My God, I've got nothing on! Microsoft's $200m Wunderlist is down

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:05:11 GMT

Not so Wunder-ful, eh?

Mobile to-do list Wunderlist, bought by Microsoft for a reported $100m-$200m, is down with no immediate prospect of recovery.…

Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:02:52 GMT

Windows Update silently did the deed, added a few security fixes for .Net Framework too

Microsoft has quietly excised Windows 10 free upgrade offers from Windows 7 and 8, aka the GWX.exe .…

New Gnome emerges blinking into the sunlight

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 02:31:34 GMT

The *nix desktop quit being awful in March, and reckons it's on the road to 'good'

Gnome's developers have let version 3.22 “Karlsruhe” (the city which hosts its primary European conference) loose on the world.…

Google's Allo chat app hits a downside to AI: Bot must hoard private messages to train itself

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:22:00 GMT

Stay in incognito mode to get secure texting

Google has launched its new mobile messaging app Allo today in a bid to challenge Facebook's stronghold in instant messaging.…

Dell stages SAP HANA love-in, squeezes out engineered system

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:36:06 GMT

World, meet the Dell EMC Validated System

Dell is all about engineered systems, or so its CEO Mickey D said recently, but actions speak louder than words and today the Texan infrastructure baron rolled out a box targeting firms running SAP HANA.…

Robot overlords? Pshaw! I ain't afraid of no AI – researchers

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:23:10 GMT

Get a hold of yourself, Elon Musk

Artificial intelligence is all the rage in technology and as it progresses at a dizzying pace, the industry is at danger of being overhyped, say researchers.…

Indefatigable WikiBots keep Wikipedia battles going long after humans give up and go home

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:11:09 GMT

And you thought arguing with a living Wiki-editor was bad

Get some bots into a Wikipedia edit-war and they'll keep you entertained for years, it seems – and Portuguese bots are the most tenacious.…

Self-service-as-a-service startup Trifacta releases newest product version

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:28:08 GMT

No more programming tears, claims firm

Trifacta, the self-service-as-a-service data-wrangling business, has released the fourth version of its data preparation product suite.…

Oracle confirms Java EE 8 is delayed for 'major enhancements'

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:17:10 GMT

Cloud and microservices new blend

Java Enterprise Edition 8 is delayed yet again, Oracle has conceded.…

Ubuntu tees up OpenStack on IBM's iron

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:05:09 GMT

Server union for open source floaters

Canonical’s OpenStack spin has landed on IBM’s Power hardware as part of zSystems' Linux stack.…

Opera debuts free VPN built into desktop browser

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:17:05 GMT

Plus Adblocker in the webreader

Opera went live today with a VPN embedded into its desktop browser. Described as “free, no-log and easy to use,” the VPN uses 256-bit AES encryption to connect to one of Opera’s five data centres.…

WTF is OpenResty? The world's fifth-most-used Web server, that's what!

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:41:09 GMT

Tumblr switches to nginx superset maintained by CloudFlare and Taobao folk

Netcraft's September survey of the world's most prevalent web servers turned up something interesting: a dip for all major servers but a sudden spike for OpenResty.…

Mozilla emits JavaScript debugger for Firefox and Chrome

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 05:27:13 GMT

When it's easier to rewrite than refactor

Mozilla developers have released a new JavaScript debugger for Firefox.…

Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:20:40 GMT

Chinese researchers control brakes, lights and mirrors with wireless attack

Video Chinese hackers have attacked Tesla electric cars from afar, using exploits that can activate brakes, unlock doors, and fold mirrors from up to 20 kilometres (12 miles) away while the cars are in motion.…

Netflix pirates Netflix, for the sake of better video

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:15:56 GMT

Meridian's real audience is UHD codecs

You won't have to search for Torrents of Netflix's new 12-minute show Meridian: the streamer has published the program as a kind of “test pattern” for streaming technology.…

BSODs of the week: From GRUB to nagware

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:02:13 GMT

'Free for personal use' might not include a stadium. Just sayin'

It's not always Microsoft's fault. Some of the dozens – literally – of submissions El Reg has received documenting Windows in a state of public undress show the world's most beloved operating system weeping because something else failed.…

Emacs and Vim both release first new updates in years

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 02:13:00 GMT

Updates for vintage text editors are like buses - none for ages then two at once!

The first major Emacs update in four years landed over the weekend, a few days after Vim had its first big release in a decade.…

Stripped and ready to go: Enterprise Java MicroProfile lands

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:54:10 GMT

Red Hat and IBM make their microservices play

The project for a lightweight and modular enterprise Java suited to microservices has hit general release.…

Audi works with Chinese technology companies to develop intelligent cars

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:13:10 GMT

Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu join connected transport project

German carmaker Audi has signed agreements with Chinese technology companies Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent to work on data analysis, internet connected vehicles and intelligent public transport.…

Wanna prove you’re a Tech Trailblazer? Entries close in a week

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:42:13 GMT

Choose a tech category, or go for the big one

You’ve got less than week to pull together your entry for the 2016 Tech Trailblazer awards…

Alleged buggy software wrongly flunks wannabe lawyers from bar exam. What happened next won't shock you

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:30:14 GMT

The worst people to piss off

Updated A California software company is being sued after its product mistakenly flunked more than 90 would-be attorneys taking their bar exam.…

Microsoft: Our AI speech recognition mangles your words the least

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:59:06 GMT

Cortana may be due an upgrade

Microsoft researchers working on AI computer speech recognition have reached a word error rate of 6.3 per cent, claiming to be the lowest in the industry.…

Oracle: Delayed Java Enterprise Edition 8 to land 'within the year'

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:37:09 GMT

Ladies and gents, warm up your wishlists

Oracle has committed to deliver the delayed Java Enterprise Edition 8 “within a year.”…

The Internet of Things isn't just for Bluetooth toothbrushes, y'know

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:44:04 GMT

Getting hot and sweaty at a London IoT shindig

Thingmonk “In education technology one thing I’d love to see is … making sure every coding club in this country offers hardware as a topic,” said Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, giving the opening talk at yesterday’s Thingmonk Internet of Things conference in London’s Old Street district.…

Pass the 'Milk' to make code run four times faster, say MIT boffins

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:31:11 GMT

New programming language does clever things with caches

MIT boffins have created a new programming language called “Milk” that they say runs code four times faster than rivals.…

Microsoft Desktop Bridge opens, Win32 apps can now cross into Windows Store

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:58:48 GMT

Redmond's Universal Windows Platform vision gets a little closer to reality

Microsoft has revealed that its Desktop Bridge is open, meaning Win32 apps can now be packaged for consumption on the Windows Store and on anything that runs Windows 10.…

GitHub gets all grown-up with better code review, project management, etc

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:22:55 GMT

And look who has the most open source contributors – it rhymes with Nitro Waft

The GitHub Universe event has kicked off in San Francisco, with a number of new GitHub features announced by CEO Chris Wanstrath.…

In Red Hat, Veritas: Firm backs OpenStack convergence play

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:02:11 GMT

Voice through your Linux server? You might want this

Red Hat is working with information management firm Veritas on data backup and storage in OpenStack clouds.…

Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:15:07 GMT

Location, location, location (data)

Comment Google isn’t just interested in tracking you, or even very interested. Google tracks you with the defiant zeal of an obsessive stalker.…

JDK 9 release delayed another four months

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:44:07 GMT

Devs ask for more time to do the job right, meaning July 2017 instead of next week as first planned

Oracle's asking for more time to complete JDK 9.…

Oracle happy to let Apache Foundation adopt NetBeans

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:00:56 GMT

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of Java devs suddenly cried out in terror

The Apache Software Foundation is considering a proposal to take custody of Java development environment NetBeans.…

Microsoft's Service Fabric for Linux hits public preview

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:00:13 GMT

Platform as a Service for MS cloud: This one's for the Windows-wielding Linux lovers

Microsoft's Service Fabric for Linux, an application platform designed for cloud-hosted microservices, will be released for public preview on September 26, 2016, at the company's Ignite event in Atlanta.…

Bug of the month: Cache flow problem crashes Samsung phone apps

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:29:09 GMT

Exploding batteries to the left, exploding code to the right

It's not been a good summer for Samsung. It packed its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with detonating batteries, sparking a global recall.…

Google tries to lure .NET devs with PowerShell cloud bait

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:36:24 GMT

Azure diversionary tactic to get 'em hooked

For all its highs and lows over the recent years, one thing Microsoft has always had in its favour is developers – millions coding, first for Windows, then .NET.…

Tesla to stop killing drivers: Software update beamed to leccy cars

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:22:45 GMT

'Autopilot' adds radar and driver prods

Tesla is changing how its "Autopilot" super-cruise-control works in response to the death of one of its customers.…

'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:02:10 GMT

Your wish, dear reader, is our command. Including an Acorn BSOD. Yup, that Acorn

Last week, we asked readers for Linux BSODs, and ever-resourceful, you've gone beyond the call of duty and provided oddities that reach beyond our expectations. Mark yourselves down as “KPI exceeded”.…

Google's AI finds its voice ... and it's surprisingly human

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 20:04:07 GMT

Talk like a robot? I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can do that

Google has figured out how to use artificial intelligence to make robot sounds more human, according to a new paper.…

US-CERT tells network operators to pay attention and harden up

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:08:07 GMT

Recent exploits and golden oldies are making packets perilous

The US-CERT is warning organisations to harden their networks, because resurgent malware plus the recent publication of powerful exploits proved too hot to ignore.…

IBM's AI guru leaps over to Brit biz

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:01:05 GMT

Drug discovery is benevolent business, a British artificial intelligence (AI) healthcare company, has hired IBM’s AI expert Jérôme Pesenti, ex-VP of Watson Core Technology, to head up its technology division.…

Hitsniffer customers hit by outage over former colleagues' ownership spat

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:00:08 GMT

Money, servers, power, control ... a sad tale

Customers of analytics business Hitsniffer have been left in the lurch following its collapse after arguments over ownership of the service.…

Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 01:26:37 GMT

At least he didn't use Excel as a database for credit cards

We shouldn't encourage readers to waste their time like this, but it's the kind blend of wonderful insanity that springs from a sysadmin with time on his hands: an enterprise instant messaging platform that runs in Excel.…

Speaking in Tech: Windows is coming to smart refrigerators

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:00:10 GMT

Podcast This week on Podcast Idol: a UK IT architect

Linus Torvalds won't apply 'sh*t-for-brains stupid patch'

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 06:29:09 GMT

He's sweary, but probably right on 'fundamentally insane' idea of driver/firmware disconnect

Add another Linus Torvalds swearing incident to his long list of linguistic indiscretions. The Linux lord has unloaded on proposed new code in typically robust language.…

Google plots cop detection for auto autos

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 06:30:08 GMT

First responders coming? Google-mobiles will see them flashing and flee

Google has decided it's a good thing if its autonomous vehicles know when there's an emergency services vehicle in the vicinity, and has scored a patent for doing so.…

Adobe reverses decision to kill NPAPI Flash plugin for Linux

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 02:03:42 GMT

Resumes updates after four years because even retro-Penguinistas deserve security

Adobe has reversed its decision to kill the NPAPI Flash plugin on Linux, instead deciding that penguinistas deserve some love after four years of neglect.…