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Talk about a slow pour: Oracle now brewing late Java EE 8 for July 2017

Oracle says it will finally land Java Enterprise Edition 8 in July 2017 – only eight months behind schedule. Java EE 8 was due to appear at JavaOne 2016, last September, but following a development hiatus, it was bumped back to the “first half” of 2017. In October, Oracle revised that date again by promising to deliver the …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Feb 2017
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Java and Python have unpatched firewall-crossing FTP SNAFU

Stop us if you've heard this one: Java and Python have a bug you can exploit to cross firewalls. Since neither are yet patched, it might be a good day to nag your developers for a bit. The Java vulnerability means protocol injection through its FTP implementation can fool a firewall into allowing TCP connections from the …
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Analyse this: IBM moves Watson machine learning to mainframes

IBM is adding the machine learning technology from Watson to its z/OS mainframe for smarter, faster analytics of transaction data. Big Data analytics is typically applied to unstructured data in the Hadoop world. By contrast, older data warehousing and business intelligence (DW/BI) products are applied to structured data in …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2017
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Just finished your first TensorFlow app? Might be time for a rewrite...

Tensorflow, Google’s opensource machine learning library, has toddled into whole figures, just over a year after the first release - with the proviso that version 1.0 might not be entirely backwards-compatible with early adopters’ programmes. Using just the sort of understatement which characterises the machine learning space …
Joe Fay, 16 Feb 2017
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Dirty data, flogged cores: YES, Microsoft SQL Server R Services has its positives

The R language has enjoyed a great reputation in statistical computing and graphics for decades. However, it is also known as something for statisticians. Born around the time of Java, PHP and Python, R lags behind all three by a long chalk on the TIOBE rankings. Yet Microsoft spotted an opportunity in this era of analytics …
Andrew Cobley, 16 Feb 2017
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Oracle hatches 'incubator' OpenJDK APIs idea

Experimental and unfinished Java APIs could soon appear in new versions of Java under a plan from Oracle. So-called Incubator Modules have been proposed as a means of inserting promising features into the OpenJDK. OpenJDK is an open-source implementation and reference implementation of Java Standard Edition. Modules would …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Feb 2017
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A spanner in the works: Google's cloud database hits beta, gets prices

Google's close to plugging a long-standing gap in its public cloud, with its Cloud Spanner distributed relational database hitting public beta. In January, we noted that Cloud Spanner, first detailed in a 2012 white paper, had landed as alpha in 2014 but was yet to become a commercial offering. The beta announced February 14 …

SaaS-y security outfit CrowdStrike falls out of love with test lab

Updated SaaS-y endpoint protection outfit CrowdStrike has failed in an attempt to prevent the publication of a review detailing its software's qualities. CrowdStrike makes “Falcon”, a platform that combines an agent running on endpoints with a cloudy analytical engine to spot and squash malware and other nasties. Falcon made the list …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2017

Oracle refuses to let Java copyright battle die – another appeal filed in war against Google

Oracle has brought its legal war with Google back to life, alleging Android's Java framework ripped off Big Red's copyright. According to a lengthy court document filed today by the database giant, and obtained by El Reg, Oracle will once again make its case that Google violated copyrights it holds on core Java libraries. The …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2017
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Life after antivirus: Reinventing endpoint security

Promo Security professionals still talk about “antivirus defences,” but in the space of a handful of years what is meant by this term has undergone a dramatic shift. On the surface, things look much as they have always done. Businesses still run what used to be called “AV protection,” reinvented some time ago as the all-purpose “ …
John E Dunn, 09 Feb 2017

Android Wear: The bloatware that turned into gloatware

Analysis After multiple delays, Google is finally launching Android Wear 2 today, nine months after revealing it to world+dog. This is Google's last chance to give Wear a purpose, in a market that's been savage to so many wearables. Otherwise, it's back to the drawing board. The Wear platform was rushed out to beat Apple to market, and …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Feb 2017
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Eee by gum! Aye up, Microsoft, what's tha y' got? Cloud for accents?

Microsoft has build a cloud service for applications so that software can attempt to understand specialist vocabularies and cope with dialects and accents. Speech recognition works better if the algorithms can pick from a limited range of possible words and phrases, rather than attempting to recognise everything. Microsoft's …
Tim Anderson, 08 Feb 2017
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It's a Flink-off: Hazelcast launches own big data munching distributed processing engine

In-memory computing hopeful Hazelcast is launching Hazelcast Jet, a distributed processing engine for the streams of big data which the business expects will be pouring into enterprises soon. Hazelcast's eponymous in-memory data grid is based on commodity hardware rather than expensive proprietary Oracle Exadata boxes, and …

Wow, what an incredible 12 months: 2017's data center year in review

Comment The data center market is hot, especially now that we are getting a raft of funky new stuff, from promising non-Intel chips and system architectures to power and cooling optimizations. Since we're all thinking several quarters ahead anyway, we're practically in 2018. So from that point of view, we may as well look back at 2017 …
Shahin Khan, 06 Feb 2017
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Javapocalypse soon! Oracle warns devs to bin plugins, fast

Oracle's warned developers who still expect browsers to run code developed for Java plugins to get busy finding an alternative. The developers behind all major browsers have decided the NPAPI framework invented last millennium by Netscape has had its day, because there are now better ways to do multimedia and other fun stuff …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2017
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Is it the beginning of the end for Visual Basic? Microsoft to focus on 'core scenarios'

Microsoft program manager Mads Torgersen has posted about the company's programming language strategy, stating that the plan for Visual Basic has shifted from co-evolution with C# to a focus on "core scenarios". Torgersen outlines the strategy for the three pure .NET languages, C#, VB, and F#. C#, says Torgersen, is used by …
Tim Anderson, 02 Feb 2017
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Bookish hacker finds holes in Amazon, Apple, Google epub services

Bug hunter Craig Arendt has reported vulnerabilities in major eBook readers including those from Apple, Google, and Amazon. The similar but separate XML external entity (XXE) flaws also impact all online epub ebook services that use the popular epubcheck library that ensures good format conversions into the universal epub book …
Darren Pauli, 27 Jan 2017
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Microsoft's Linux love-in continues with SUSE support in SQL Server

Microsoft has previewed its support for SUSE Linux Enterprise in its next version of SQL Server, and announced an early adopter programme. Released as part of Redmond's rapid preview model, the next version of SQL Server (v.Next) community technology preview (CTP) v1.2 is now available on both Windows and Linux, arriving with …

Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed

Stob Peter Wayner, a tech columnist, claims to have identified the seven most vexing problems in programming. According to his subheadings, these are: multithreading, closures, "too big data", np-completeness, security, encryption and identity management. Such lists are constructed to be disputed. Game on. To start with, Mr Wayner' …
Verity Stob, 20 Jan 2017
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What's big and red and needs 270 security patches?

Oracle has revealed its quarterly Critical Patch Update Advisory for January 2017, which offers users a buffet of 270 fixes to apply. Big Red says that “due to the threat posed by a successful attack, Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply CPU fixes as soon as possible.” Where to start? Perhaps with the sole problem …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jan 2017

Father of Android II: A Hardware Comeback

The "Father of Android" Andy Rubin is plotting a return to hardware – and he could beat Google's own Android successor Andromeda to market. According to Bloomberg, Rubin, who left Google in 2013, has hired former Android engineers for his new venture Essential, with the idea that a "high-end" smartphone will act as a kind of …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jan 2017
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Promising compsci student sold key-logger, infects 16,000 machines, pleads guilty, faces jail

A 21-year-old computer science student, who won a Programmer of the Year Award in high school, has admitted selling key-logging malware out of his college dorm room. On Friday, Zachary Shames, an undergraduate at James Madison University in Virginia, US, pleaded guilty in a federal district court to one count of aiding and …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jan 2017
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BOOST! LEGO's computing future and its ground-breaking past

CES 2017 Smart Wi-Fi-enabled hairbrush? Virtual reality shoes? Some visions of the future at this week's CES trade show simply won’t materialise. But what about building a 'bot made of LEGO? Toymaker LEGO unveiled its Boost line this week at CES – a set of 840 programmable bricks for your kids to control self-made robots with. Boost …
Gareth Corfield, 06 Jan 2017
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A vintage year for snoopers and big state-ists

Year in Review If 2016 proved anything, it proved the existence of the law of unintended consequences making this a miserable year for lovers of liberty and privacy. A vote by the British electorate to secede from the European Union in June led to former Home Secretary Theresa May becoming Prime Minister — to the fright of many who had …
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2016: The Rise of the Intelligent (cloud) Machines

Review of 2016 Blame Mark Zuckerberg. Not for the election of Donald Trump as US president, but for Artificial Intelligence becoming the trend du jour in enterprise tech circles in 2016. Back in those now forgotten days of January, before The Great Inversion of 2016, Zuckerberg was surely kicking his heels when he set himself that “personal …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Dec 2016
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MicroServices-friendly Java lands on Eclipse

A project for a microservices-friendly Java is to be overseen by the Eclipse Foundation. The MicroProfile project has been accepted by the Eclipse Foundation Board following a vote. MicroProfile is a lightweight profile of enterprise Java using existing elements of the Java EE stack. Backers of MicroProfile initiated the …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Dec 2016

Testing times: Can your crypto-code survive the Google gauntlet?

Google has unleashed Project Wycheproof, a set of security tests to check cryptographic libraries for susceptibility to known weaknesses. The toolkit, maintained by Google’s security engineers, is named after Mount Wycheproof, the smallest mountain in the world, and has set out with commendably modest goals. The aim is to look …
John Leyden, 20 Dec 2016
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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

Oracle is massively ramping up audits of Java customers it claims are in breach of its licences – six years after it bought Sun Microsystems. A growing number of Oracle customers and partners have been approached by Larry Ellison’s firm, which claims they are out of compliance on Java. Oracle bought Java with Sun Microsystems …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Dec 2016

Crate.io unboxes clustered SQL CrateDB, decamps to California

After more than a million downloads since its introduction two years ago, CrateDB, an open-source distributed SQL database suited for real-time analysis of machine data, has reached to its 1.0 release. And while the door remains open to technical talent from abroad, Crate.io, which began with offices in Berlin, Germany, and …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Dec 2016

Sights of the Realm: Mobile app DB hooks up with IBM Watson for image, text, face recog

Realm, which makes an object-based database for mobile applications, on Monday plans to introduce a version of its software for businesses with mobile apps that want to integrate application data with other services. Realm Mobile Platform Professional Edition, said chief marketing officer Paul Kopacki in a phone briefing with …
Thomas Claburn, 12 Dec 2016

Hollow, world! Netflix premieres Java in-memory database toolkit

Just as the National Security Agency in 2005 came to the conclusion that it would be easier to store everything, Netflix has decided to store all of its content metadata with its customers rather than serving data from a central repository and caching frequently accessed data at the network edge. The streaming media service on …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Dec 2016

BlackBerry's final QWERTY floats past the rumour mill

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but what if BlackBerry had produced a smart, secure Android QWERTY in 2011, rather than waiting until 2017? A photo purporting to be BlackBerry’s final phone – which happens to be a smart, secure Android QWERTY expected in Q1 next year, popped up at the weekend, inviting counterfactual histories …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Dec 2016

Ommm... devs, align your Chakra, whispers Microsoft, you don't need Google's V8...

Microsoft has released an early version of Node-ChakraCore for macOS, following a similar release for Linux at Node Summit in July. Why is this important? Well, Node-ChakraCore is Microsoft's open-source glue that plugs Node.js into ChakraCore, the MIT-licensed JavaScript engine within its Edge web browser. It's all part of …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2016

Even big data devs make big data security gaffes

Apache Big Data Europe Big data application programmers routinely download and execute unverified code, opening the door to information-stealing hackers, a security researcher has claimed. Olaf Flebbe, chief software architect at European software integrator Science+Computing, is upset that software engineers have got into the habit of insecurely …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2016
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Open sesame: Alibaba to open its first data centre in Europe

The cloudy arm of China's Amazon-equivalent Alibaba is opening its first data centre in Europe – part of the outfit's bid for global cloud domination. Alibaba Group is partnering with Vodafone Germany to co-locate Alibaba Cloud's first European data centre at Vodafone's data centre facilities in Frankfurt. The biz has also …
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2016
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Alibaba misses Java seat as MicroProfile champ lands a first

Web commerce giant Alibaba has failed in its bid to steward Java in an election that largely returned a familiar blend of members. Jack Ma's firm failed to win enough votes to secure a place on the Executive Committee of the Java Community Process (JCP), receiving just 5 per cent of the 983 votes cast. The firm's JVM team …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Nov 2016
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'Podling' Apache projects are spending longer in the incubator

ApacheCon Stewards of the Apache Software Foundation are mildly concerned that many nascent projects are spending longer in the incubator, putting pressure on limited mentoring resources. In the 12 months up to November 2016, ASF oversaw 30 new "podling" incubator projects, of which four were retired and just seven graduated. Jim …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2016
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Microsoft leaks Visual Studio for Mac, then scrubs the news

Microsoft Visual Studio, or something like it, will soon be available for macOS, a shift that reflects the company's effort to be more open toward non-Windows technology. Microsoft published the announcement prematurely and then withdrew it. The news, captured by archive.org, is scheduled to coincide with Microsoft Connect …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Nov 2016
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Fear of Staxit: What next for ASF's Cassandra as biggest donor cuts back

I've been a user of Cassandra for quite a number of years. I've suggested fixes for Apache Cassandra and – I believe – was the first to build a small cluster on Raspberry Pi computers. This year I was lucky enough to be voted an Apache Cassandra MVP. It's for these reasons that I've been saddened by this year's falling out …
Andrew Cobley, 14 Nov 2016
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Testing times: Between some IoT code and a hard place

Radbot Every company has its ups and downs. Those downs could be exploding phones or a sudden unmovable overstock of Clinton merchandise (or conversely an uptick in Trump-the-statesman t-shirt demand). Bigger organisations can better absorb the illness of a member of staff or a surge in demand beyond all expectations, although no one …

Tailored Swift – coming soon to a cloud near you

Interview Jonathan "Jono" Guthrie, senior software engineer for PerfectlySoft, dropped by The Register's office in San Francisco to discuss the merits of the Swift programming language. The Apple-created Swift has attracted significant attention from developers since the iPhone maker released it as an open source project last year, but …
Thomas Claburn, 09 Nov 2016
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Amazon pitches 'safe and responsible' AWS at suits

Sandwiched between its third-quarter results and re:Invent conference, Amazon's been pitching AWS as production-ready. Amazon wheeled out a host of corporate big names and government super-users to testify to AWS's suitability beyond pure dev and test at a London event on Tuesday. AWS chiefs sought to reassure the suits of …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2016
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Open-source Sesame! Alibaba promises super-size magic for Java

Online commerce giant Alibaba is among a crop of “new world” Java users seeking to shape the direction of both language and platform. Alibaba, one the world’s largest users of Java, has entered the race for election to the ruling executive committee (EC) of the Java Community Process (JCP). Jack Ma’s ecommerce giant joined the …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2016
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Handling tech baggage: How American Airlines, US Airways merged IT

At the end of 2013, US Airways and American Airlines merged. But actually combining the IT systems of the two companies is expected to take from five to seven years, said Susanna Brown, managing director of operations technologies at American Airlines. The two airlines move slowly because of baggage: They have different …
Thomas Claburn, 08 Nov 2016

England expects... you to patch your apps and not just Windows

Brits are getting better at patching Windows on their personal computers but worse at updating their applications, according to a new study. Stats from vulnerability management outfit Secunia Research reveal that 6.4 per cent of UK users had unpatched Windows operating systems in Q3 of 2016, up from 5.4 per cent in Q2 but down …
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2016
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Run a JSON file through multiple parsers and you'll get different results every time

The ubiquitous message-passing JSON format is something of an untended garden with plenty of security and stability traps for the unwary. That warning comes from software engineer Nicholas Seriot, who last week presented his work on JSON parsers to an audience at Geneva's Soft-Shake Conference. The problems arise because …
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Huzzah! Java EE 8 by October ... 2017, says Oracle

Oracle aims to land the delayed Java Enterprise Edition 8 on or before October 2017. The software giant has told a Java Community Process (JCP) executive committee meeting it hoped to complete Java EE 8 "by JavaOne 2017". Linda DeMichiel, Oracle’s Java EE 8 specification lead, dropped the date in response to executive …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Oct 2016
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Pacemaker maker St Jude faces new security flaw claims from biz short-selling its stock

Security startup MedSec and the financial house backing the biz have published new allegations of security flaws in pacemakers and defibrillators built by St Jude Medical – and again look set to profit from the disclosures in an unorthodox way. In four swish videos, the MedSec team claims it exploited a debugging backdoor in …
Iain Thomson, 22 Oct 2016
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UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

A UK fin-tech firm will seek regulation in Ireland if the government doesn’t preserve financial services passporting rights in its EU exit talks. Regulation in Ireland would allow LMAX Exchange, which describes itself as “one of the UK’s fastest growing technology firms”, to keep doing business with other EU member states. …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2016

US DNC hackers blew through SIX zero-days vulns last year alone

Security researchers have shone fresh light on the allegedly Russian state-sponsored hacking crew blamed for ransacking the US Democratic National Committee's computers. Sednit – also known as APT28, Fancy Bear and Sofacy – has been operating since 2004. The cyber-mob has reportedly infiltrated machines operated by targets as …
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2016