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Labour's Jeremy Corbyn wants high speed broadband for all. Wow, original idea there

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the party will not win elections using strategies from the past, as he promised to "democratise the internet" in his Digital Manifesto today During the unveiling of the manifesto this morning, Corbyn said the party should build on the campaign social media tactics of Democratic nomination …
Kat Hall, 30 Aug 2016

Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

Coding curmudgeon Linus Torvalds has gone off on yet another rant: this time against open-source-defending lawyers and free software activist Bradley Kuhn. On a mailing list about an upcoming Linux conference, a discussion about whether to include a session on the GPL that protects the open source operating system quickly …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Aug 2016
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Vale, LOGO creator Seymour Papert, who taught us that code can be creative play

Back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and I was a kid, I received the gift of a "100-in-1 Electronics Kit" that taught me the basics of electrical circuit design as I strung pre-cut wires between springy posts. At the very centre of this kit - its beating heart - a single transistor could be wired to work in an amplifier, or AM …
Mark Pesce, 25 Aug 2016
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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

You'd be forgiven for thinking Microsoft is actively trying to stop people using Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. A patch this week broke one of the key features of the OS: PowerShell. KB 3176934, released on Tuesday as an automatic update, addresses a good number of bugs and other oddities in the operating system, including …
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Open Source fixes a Microsoft engineering problem

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Podcast Idol returns with Nick Howell joining Greg and Ed to host this week’s episode where the boys discuss a new browser, layoffs at Cisco and Powershelgl gets open sourced. Our special guest this week is Brian Clifton, a developer at Brave. The details… (0:00 …
Team Register, 24 Aug 2016
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MySQL daddy Widenius: Open-source religion won't feed MariaDB

Interview MySQL daddy Monty Widenius has dismissed claims the MariaDB fork is veering away from open source. Rather, the chief technology officer of MariaDB corporation called his firm’s embrace of a commercial licence for part of MariaDB "critical" to delivering new revenue and for the continued development of open-source software. …
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Google Fuchsia OS eyes non-Linux things

Google’s latest operating system project, Fuchsia, may be largely a mystery, but it reinforces a truth that platform vendors are having, grudgingly, to acknowledge: one operating system does not fit all. For a company which has put so much effort into making Android an OS for all purposes, Google has a remarkable number of …
Wireless Watch, 24 Aug 2016
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Microsoft drops OMI for Linux to GitHub

Microsoft has added another piece to its Open Management Infrastructure (OMI) jigsaw, publishing Unix/Linux code that implements the Distributed Management Task Force's (DMTF) models and standards. The project has been running for some years under the auspices of the DMTF here. OMI itself is already free and open source, a …

Google to block web views from using its OAuth

Google's decided that web-views should no longer be able to use OAuth requests, and is deprecating them in Android, iOS, Windows and OS X as of October. What that means is that while (for example) Android's embedded browser will be able to handle OAuth requests, third party app logins won't be able to use web-views for OAuth …

Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

Well, that didn't take long: within a week of applause for Microsoft's decision to open-source PowerShell, a comment-war has broken out over curl and wget. For those not familiar with these commands: they're open source command line tools for fetching internet content without a browser. Apart from obvious applications like …

Little ARMs pump 2,048-bit muscles in training for Fujitsu's Post-K exascale mega-brain

Hot Chips ARM is bolting an extra data-crunching engine onto its 64-bit processor architecture to get it ready for Fujitsu's Post-K exascale supercomputer. Specifically, ARM is adding a Scalable Vector Extension (SVE) to its ARMv8-A core architecture. SVE can handle vectors from 128 to 2,048 bits in length. This technology is not an …
Chris Williams, 22 Aug 2016

MacPorts project leaving Apple’s OS Forge

Apple's Mac OS Forge is losing one of its highest-profile non-Apple projects, with the news that MacPorts is moving to GitHub. MacPorts is a community-run project that aims to take the pain out of running popular open source software on OS X, by making it possible to install projects without having to do battle with …

Doorkeeper OAuth vuln

A popular open source OAuth 2 provider for Rails, "Doorkeeper", needs patching after two security researchers independently turned up token revocation errors in it. Detailed by Justin Bell at Bugtraq, there were two serious gaps in the implementation. First: Doorkeeper wouldn't revoke tokens on request by public clients. …
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Snowden files confirm Shadow Brokers spilled NSA's Equation Group spy tools over the web

Documents from the Edward Snowden archive prove that the malware and exploits dumped on the public internet on Monday originated from the NSA. Among the files leaked by whistleblower Snowden in 2013 is a draft NSA manual on how to redirect people's web browsers using a man-in-the-middle tool called SECONDDATE. This piece of …
Iain Thomson, 19 Aug 2016
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Password strength meters promote piss-poor paswords

Password strength meters used during web sites' signup process remain incapable of doing their job, says Compound Eye developer Mark Stockley. Indeed, a majority of security experts consider the tools a useless control that grant little more than an illusion of protection. Stockley (@MarkStockley) revisited his examination of …
Darren Pauli, 19 Aug 2016
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Oracle Java copyright war latest: Why Google's luck is about to run out

Analysis Oracle says one of the foundations of Google's legal victory in the Java API copyright trial has exploded – and that means a retrial is needed. Oracle was trying its luck in court yesterday, demanding a retrial – although regardless of its success in forcing a third trial, the outcome of the second trial is on course to be …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Aug 2016

Adblock Plus chalk talk takes stock: Facebook's gonna block our block of their block of our block? Let's rock

The developers of the banner-busting Adblock Plus (ABP) browser plugin say they will continue efforts to shield Facebook users from the social network's sponsored content. ABP head of communications Ben Williams said that while Facebook can currently serve the ads to users running the plugin, developers are working to re-block …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Aug 2016
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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

Microsoft has published PowerShell, its scripting and automation platform, as open source under the permissive MIT licence, as well as porting it to Linux and Mac, with an alpha build now available on GitHub. PowerShell is built on Microsoft's .NET platform, and one of the enabling pieces here is .NET Core, the refactored fork …
Tim Anderson, 18 Aug 2016

Qualcomm piqs 'Centriq' as specifiq honorifiq for slicq ARM server chip

Qualcomm will today announce it has picked the name Centriq for its forthcoming family of 64-bit ARMv8-compatible server processors. The chip designer, headquartered in San Diego, California, applied for "Centriq" and "Qualcomm Centriq" as US trademarks on July 27 this year. In its application paperwork, Qualcomm said it will …
Chris Williams, 18 Aug 2016
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Linux Foundation becomes a PNDA-hugger

The Linux Foundation has added the Platform for Network Data Analytics – aka PNDA – to its stable of officially supported projects. PNDA aggregates data from multiple sources on a network, be they-real time performance indicators or static sources like logs, then works with Apache Spark to do the usual Big Data thing of …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2016

Grindr rolls out New Relic in ‘comprehensive lifestyle’ push

Grindr is rolling out New Relic’s platform into its production environment as it looks to become a fully fledged “comprehensive lifestyle resource” for gay men and the men who want to meet them. The hookup app turned lifestyle resource has been using New Relic's software analytics platform in its dev operation. The dating …
Clodagh Doyle, 16 Aug 2016

VeraCrypt security audit: Four PGP-encoded emails VANISH

Security researchers running a project to audit open source disk encryption tool VeraCrypt have been spooked by the mysterious disappearance or non-arrival of encrypted communications. The OSTIF (the Open Source Technology Improvement Fund) mounted an effort to get VeraCrypt independently audited at the start of August. …
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2016
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Microsoft: Why we had to tie Azure Stack to boxen we picked for you

Microsoft has explained the rationale behind last month’s announcement that you won’t be allowed to simply download Azure Stack and get going. In July Redmond informed fans the only way they’d be able to get Azure in their own data centres would be on hardware of its choosing. Specifically, Azure Stack will only come pre- …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Aug 2016

VMware survives GPL breach case, but plaintiff promises appeal

Linux kernel developer Christoph Hellwig's bid to have VMware's knuckles rapped for breaching the GNU General Public Licence (GPL) has failed, for now, after the Landgericht Hamburg found in Virtzilla's favour. The Software Freedom Conservancy backed Hellwig when he alleged that some of his contributions to the Linux kernel …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2016
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Pen-test trio crafts 'Datasploit' tool for easy social engineering

Black Hat A security trio has brewed a toolset to help attackers find sensitive open source intelligence on human targets. Shubham Mittal of NotSoSecure, Nutan Kumar Panda of eBay, and Sudhanshu Chauhan of Octogence released their Datasploit toolset to help social engineers find phone numbers, email addresses, and account information of …
Darren Pauli, 15 Aug 2016
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Seagate's flash advice: Don't buy the foundry when you can get the chips for cheap

Analysis As well as launching several new flash products, Seagate revealed the four pillars of its flash product strategy at the August 9-11 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara. These were: Foundry independence Essential IP for system-wide use of flash Portfolio expansion Top-level cloud supplier Let's have a waltz around the …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2016

Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

The makers of Adblock Plus (ABP) have already found a way to defeat Facebook's anti-ad-block tools. An updated filter list for ABP will disappear web ads on Facebook's desktop site – including banners the social network said it would force people to see even if they are using ad-blocking tools. Those ads are specially crafted …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Aug 2016
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Hilton hotels' email so much like phishing it fooled its own techies

Hilton hotels' HHonors loyalty program has shipped an email so similar to a phishing email it tricked its own IT shop into advising that it was a scam. The email was an attempt to get customers to confirm their contact details by logging into their accounts and revising their stored contact details. One user reported the …
Darren Pauli, 11 Aug 2016
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Linux security backfires: Flaw lets hackers inject malware into downloads, disrupt Tor users, etc

Analysis A flaw in the Linux kernel lets hackers inject malware into downloads and webpages, smash Tor connections, launch denial-of-service attacks, and more. This is a troubling security headache because Linux is used widely across the internet, from web servers to Android smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. The TCP/IP networking …
Iain Thomson, 10 Aug 2016
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Reactive? Serverless? Put to bed? What's next for Java. Speak up, Oracle

The future of Java Enterprise Edition is on many developers' minds. After the community came to the conclusion that the platform’s progress has come to a standstill, a plethora of initiatives has arisen with the goal of encouraging Oracle to pick up the work on Java EE 8 again. It's time to take inventory. The bone of …
Markus Eisele, 10 Aug 2016

US.gov to open-source made-to-order software, allow contributions

United States chief information officer Tony Scott and chief acquisition officer Anne E Rung have issued a joint memo decreeing that henceforth all government agencies need to consider open-sourcing any bespoke software they commission. The memo (PDF), issued on Monday, notes some code-sharing across government but says it is …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Aug 2016
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Google password fill effort could kill Android malware's best tricks

Google may be paving the way to kill one of the few remaining avenues to compromise modern Android handsets in its bid to improve password security with a new open source API. The feature, dubbed OpenYOLO (You Only Log In Once), will allow users to permanently log into all apps by entering their password manager credentials …
Darren Pauli, 09 Aug 2016

BlackBerry: Forget phones, Lawsuits In Motion is back – and it's firing off patent claims

Analysis When Blackberry announced earlier this year it was going to give up making mobile phones, most wondered what it would actually do as a company. Part of the answer is rebadged Android gear. Now another part has arrived in a new lawsuit lodged against internet telephony company Avaya: BlackBerry's going to become a patent troll …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Aug 2016
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Classic Shell hackers: We infected FossHub so ransomware couldn't (and yeah, also for fun)

The hacking group credited for compromising FossHub and briefly infecting downloads of Audacity and Classic Shell says the fallout from the website's insecurity could have been far worse had they not got there first. In a conversation with El Reg, a member of the Peggle Crew group said the security breach – in which the …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Aug 2016

Mozilla 404s '404 Not Found' pages: Firefox fills in blanks with archive.org copies

Mozilla is trying out a new experimental feature in Firefox that lets you smash through annoying 404 dead-ends. The "404 No More" feature uses copies of webpages from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine to replace 404 "not found" errors with something more useful. If you visit a link to a page that's disappeared, Firefox …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Aug 2016
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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

Classic Shell and Audacity downloads were booby-trapped this week with an old-school software nasty that knackered victims' Windows PCs. Hackers were able to inject some retro-malware into the popular applications' installers hosted on fosshub.com, an official home for Classic Shell and Audacity releases among other software …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Aug 2016
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Biz data wrangler's lost its head and gained another. Let's have a look at the Tera...data

After its first 2016 quarter loss and CEO change how did business data analysis haus Teradata do in its second 2016 quarter? Revenues of $599m were down down 3.9 per cent on the year-ago quarter’s $623m but 9.9 per cent higher than the first 2016 quarter, good news there. There was a profit of $64m, better than last quarter’s …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2016
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Intel builds cloud orchestrator as if it had the chance to start OpenStack from scratch

Interview According to Arjan van de Ven, one of the things that's pretty common at Intel is looking at a technology and asking “what would we change if we were doing it from scratch?” One result of just such a question is Project Ciao, Intel's open source take on what an cloud orchestrator should look like. Ciao – the Cloud Integrated …
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OS X file guard tool in alpha

A new OS X utility called FlockFlock that monitors file-system accesses for malicious activity is available as an alpha release for experienced developers to test. Written by computer forensics expert Jonathan Zdziarski, the open-source software hopes to thwart "ransomware, spyware or other malicious programs that might …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2016
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TP-Link fined $200k, told to be nice to wireless router tinkers after throwing a hissy fit

TP-Link will cough up a $200,000 fine to America's broadband regulator the FCC – and has agreed to let people tinker with the firmware in its 5GHz wireless routers. On Monday, the networking gear biz admitted [PDF] it broke US rules on radio frequency use by providing a setting in its Wi-Fi kit that ramped up the power output …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Aug 2016
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Firefox to block crapware

Mozilla's next big release of Firefox will block downloads of not-very-nice software. The open-source house confirmed on Monday the Firefox 48 will warn users before downloading potentially unwanted programs (that's things like browser toolbars and adware). The aim is to alert people when they are getting a download package …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Aug 2016
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Open-source PowerShell?

Microsoft may be considering plonking PowerShell on GitHub under an open-source license – and, curiously, the Windows giant isn't denying the rumor. It's believed Core PowerShell – the heart of the automation and scripting tool – will be published here for all to download and compile, and that Linux and OS X builds will also …
Chris Williams, 01 Aug 2016
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Brave browser lands $4.5m

The Brave web browser, developed by former head of Mozilla Brendan Eich, has received $4.5m in funding from a number of VC companies, bringing total funding to $7m. The open-source browser that promises to "fix the Web" by offering a faster, privacy-respecting experience, was released to developers back in January. It is …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Aug 2016

Intel's Crosswalk open source dev library has serious SSL bug

Developers using Intel's Crosswalk SSL library: it's time to patch and push out an upgrade. Crosswalk is a cross-platform library that supports deployment to Android, iOS and Windows Phone, but the bug is Android-specific. The library has a bug in how it handles SSL errors, and as a result, end users on Android could be …
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ChakraCore gets Linux, OS X

Last week, Microsoft has dropped the next piece of ChakraCore with Linux and OS X builds of the interpreter and runtime. The engine behind the company's Edge browser has been open source since January, but so far only on Windows. As Redmond's Limin Zhu and Arunesh Chandra explain at the Windows blog, having ChakraCore …
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Fork YOU! Sure, take the code. Then what?

Open source insider There's an old adage in the open source world – if you don't like it, fork it. This advice, often given in a flippant manner, makes it seem like forking a piece of software is not a big deal. Indeed, forking a small project you find on GitHub is not a big deal. There's even a handy button to make it easy to fork it. Unlike …
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Mesos 1.0 is a Docker rocker

The battle between the Mesos and Kubernetes tools for managing applications on modern clusters continues to heat up, with the former reaching its milestone 1.0 with a “universal containerizer” feature that supports native Docker container formats and a shiny new API stack that is a lot more friendly and flexible than the manner …

Explo-Xen! Bunker buster bug breaks out guests from hypervisor

Code dive A super-bug in the Xen hypervisor may allow privileged code running in guests to escape to the underlying host. This means, on vulnerable systems, malicious administrators within virtual machines can potentially break out of their confines and start interfering with the host server and other guests. This could be really bad …
Chris Williams, 27 Jul 2016

Microsoft stops to smell the roses, creates the Shazam of flowers

Botanists will be positively blooming thanks to Microsoft, which has worked with a team of scientists to create a system to help flower-fanciers identify species in a snap. The Smart Flower Recognition System will help botanists stalk flowers across the world using Microsoft's blossoming library of some 2.6 million floral …
Darren Pauli, 26 Jul 2016

How to make the move from ISDN to SIP

ISDN is fast becoming a technology of the past. Today's telcos have networks that bypass traditional telephony signalling technologies for IP networks: the hardest thing they do is present a “legacy” connection such as an analogue line or an ISDN connection to a customer, as layering a non-IP service on an IP network is non- …
Dave Cartwright, 25 Jul 2016