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GDS builds UNICORN HERDER, plays with Puppets

The United Kingdom's Government Digital Service (GDS) has built a Unicorn Herder, plays with puppets and is messing about with pretend (virtual) computers. The herder popped up on GitHub last week: it's a tool to manage daemonized unicorns. That's unicorns as in the HTTP server. GDS likes Unicorn and its related Gunicorn, but …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2015
Graphic depicting the Cluster satellite constellation in action. Credit: ESA

Tap sat app gap, yaps Inmarsat chap: Orbiting bird API opened to devs

Satellite communications oldie Inmarsat is to open up its systems to third-party developers – and wants them to create new ways to use its communications grid to link ships, aircraft, and machine-to-machine data traffic. "We have been providing global mobile connectivity for decades and want to leverage this position to …
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2015

Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

Linux desktop gamers should know of a bug in Valve's Steam client that will, if you're not careful, delete all files on your PC belonging to your regular user account. According to a bug report filed on GitHub, moving Steam's per-user folder to another location in the filesystem, and then attempting to launch the client may …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jan 2015
Microsoft moving to GitHub

Microsoft snubs Codeplex, moves big projects to GitHub

Microsoft has completed the move of Roslyn, the next-generation open source compiler for C# and Visual Basic, from CodePlex to GitHub. Program Manager Kasey Uhlenhuth explains that the Roslyn team is not only moving the repository, but also switching to git internally. “We are moving our code to GitHub as well as switching to …
Tim Anderson, 15 Jan 2015
Azure Index

Hands on: Implementing Azure Active Directory

Promo The Register’s Tim Phillips was joined by Paul Gregory, from QA, to deliver a live hands-on session on Azure Active Directory, which you can watch at your leisure from the comfort of your desk. It’s a 60-minute session delivered through a series of deep dive technical training demonstrations, discusses and shows how Azure Active …
David Gordon, 15 Jan 2015

Get coding or you'll bounce email from new dot-thing domains

Sysadmins needs to update their code for handling email addresses to meet changes to the global DNS, or they risk losing customers and reputation. That's according to a number of domain experts meeting at the NamesCon conference in Las Vegas this week. Representatives from Google, ICANN, DotAsia and the Domain Name Association …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jan 2015
Node.js 'hello world' webserver

Node.js fork io.js hits version 1.0 – but don't call it production-ready

The io.js JavaScript software development runtime, a fork of Node.js, has reached version 1.0, lapping the version numbering of the original project on which it was based. Prominent Node.js developer Feodr Indutny created io.js in December 2014 after clashing with Joyent, the company that maintains Node.js, over the project's …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jan 2015
Babel Fish

'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

It’s a small, yellow, earwig-like creature* that feeds on … no, wait, it’s Google’s new real-time language translation app. Although sadly not an actual Babel fish, the Chocolate Factory’s latest upgrade to its Google Translate app does mean you can “instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language”. From …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Jan 2015
Visual Studio

Microsoft thinks of the children with VS2013 Git release

Microsoft has clambered aboard GitHub's educational effort, tossing Visual Studio Community 2013 and a few other goodies into the mix. The Github Student Development Pack was launched last year, targeting aspiring devs aged 13 and over. Visual Studio Community 2013 (launched in 2014, natch) is already free, so the aim is …
Apple Watch

Apple Watch support spotted hiding out in iOS 8.2 beta

The latest iOS 8.2 beta build includes support for the Apple Watch, we're told, signaling the expensive wristputer is looming. The smartwatch requires an iPhone nearby to work, hence the need for the handset's OS to support the gadget. In late December, Register sources close to Apple said the Cupertino giant's engineers were …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2015
A Simple XMLFilter class

Google v Oracle: US Supreme Court turns to Obama in Java copyright war

The US Supreme Court hasn't decided whether it will hear arguments in the long-running dispute between Google and Oracle over Java copyrights, and it has asked the Obama administration to weigh in before it makes up its mind. On Monday, the Supremes posted a memo inviting US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr to "express the …
Neil McAllister, 12 Jan 2015
One Direction. Pic: Eva Rinaldi

Boybanders ONE DIRECTION launch DoS attack on open-source bods

Harry Styles and his pals in One Direction have launched a denial of service attack on an open source coding conference in Cardiff, with the band maliciously pinging tens-of-thousands of its teenage fans at the city on the same day as DjangoCon 2015. Organisers had planned the first UK version of the convention for people who …
Kat Hall, 12 Jan 2015
Microsoft OneDrive

One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive

Microsoft has revealed details of how it plans to fix the problematic file synchronisation between PCs and its online storage services. Windows Client VP Chris Jones notes that Windows currently has three sync engines and two online services – OneDrive consumer and OneDrive for Business – each based on different technology. The …
Tim Anderson, 9 Jan 2015

Not app-y with VAT: Apple bumps up prices in Blighty, Europe, Canada

Updated Apple is enjoying a super-soaraway January: its App Store has cleared nearly half a billion dollars in sales in just the first seven days of the month, we are told. New Year’s Day set the record for the largest number of App Store sales in a 24-hour period, and Apple reports sales in 2014 were up 50 per cent on the previous year …
Iain Thomson, 8 Jan 2015
Frodo and the Ring

Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

Comment A couple of months back, Dutch computer scientist Erik Meijer gave an outspoken and distinctly anti-Agile talk at the Reaktor Dev Day in Finland. “Agile is a cancer that we have to eliminate from the industry," said Meijer; harsh words for a methodology that started in the nineties as a lightweight alternative to bureaucratic …
Tim Anderson, 8 Jan 2015
Nervous girl bites nails

Stuck on a coding problem – should you Bing it?

Microsoft has released the production version of Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio, which has been in preview since August 2014. Bing Developer Assistant The developer workflow today often looks like this: write some code, hit problem, Google for answer, continue. Software platform creators are still in love with …
Tim Anderson, 7 Jan 2015
Robot wearing mortar board and brandishing certificates

Microsoft lets devs with form skip MCSD exam

Microsoft's made it official: if you can code an app for Windows, you can skip some certification exams. Redmond gave this idea a try last year with a program called Review to Cert that made having an app certified for the Windows Store one way to score part of a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification. …
nuts

NoSQL pioneer to inject your database with ACID

FoundationDB, the ACID-compliant NoSQL specialist, is working on a document database. The firm already has a prototype that’s in the hands of early customers with plans to go public in 2015, The Register has learned. The move follows delivery of an ACID-compliant graph database for use with FoundationDB’s existing NoSQL engine …
Gavin Clarke, 5 Jan 2015
Data breach image

Want to have your server pwned? Easy: Run PHP

More than 78 per cent of all PHP installations are running with at least one known security vulnerability, a researcher has found. Google developer advocate Anthony Ferrara reached this unpleasant conclusion by correlating statistics from web survey site W3Techs with lists of known vulnerabilities in various versions of PHP. …
Neil McAllister, 31 Dec 2014

For the love of Bong! He's Chief Contract Killer Evangelist... for WHAT NOW?

Comment We're in one of those phases of the tech biz where imitation equals innovation, if you add excremental incremental changes and a personable plonker to spokesperson The Coming Revolution. Having lived through this once before, this scribe can't work up a good hype-cycle over boilerplate “innovation”. It's colour-by-numbers stuff …

When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

Facebook has apologised to a bloke who moaned about the free-content ad network's recent "Year in Review" feature, after the firm's clumsy algorithms tastelessly inserted painful, personal highlights from 2014. The latest creepy function offered by the Mark Zuckerberg-run company offered a cheap-looking clip art album for users …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Dec 2014
School Dinner by Glasgow blogger Veg, credit Martha Payne, used with permission

VISC-y business: Can Soft Machines keep the free lunch counter open?

If the free lunch is over, then few have heeded the end-of-break bell. A decade ago next year, C++ expert Herb Sutter wrote that those building the world’s software would need to change they way they architect and construct. Multi-core and hyperthreading were incoming, meaning that apps could no longer be built using sequential …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Dec 2014
Github octodex

Git thee behind me, Git crit security bug!

GitHub has acknowledged there's a flaw in its client software and recommended that users upgrade as soon as possible. News of the flaw was announced at GMANE and GitHub has confirmed the existence of the flaw and issued a recommendation for “all users of GitHub and GitHub Enterprise to update their Git clients as soon as …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2014
Network cabling FULL

Untangling .NET Core: Open source for Windows, Mac, Linux

Exclusive Interview It is all change in the Microsoft .NET World, as the company takes the technology open source and cross-platform. But how will old and new fit together? El Reg speaks to Director of Program Management Jay Schmelzer. In early December Microsoft’s Immo Landwerth wrote a lengthy post explaining that Microsoft’s core development …
Tim Anderson, 18 Dec 2014
Dr. Dobb's Journal

Dr. Dobb's Journal sails into the sunset - yet again

Programming journal and website Dr. Dobb's is ceasing publication of new content at the end of 2014. Editor Andrew Binstock explains the decision by owners United Business Media to "sunset" the site, though all existing content will remain available. Dr. Dobb’s Journal began as a newsletter published by Bob Albrecht and Dennis …
Tim Anderson, 17 Dec 2014
Earth

Google vows: Earth will VANISH in 2015

Developers who have built web apps that take advantage of the Google Earth geospatial imaging service have just 12 more months to make the most of them, because the online ad-slinger plans to shut down the Google Earth API next year. According to a Friday blog post, Google will continue to fully support the Google Earth API …
Neil McAllister, 13 Dec 2014
BPG compression demo

QEMU, FFMPEG guru unleashes JPEG-slaying graphics compressor

Noted software wizard Fabrice Bellard has devised a new raster image format that he says offers superior quality to JPEG at similar file sizes. Bellard – who is known for creating the QEMU virtualization hypervisor and the FFMPEG multimedia libraries, among other achievements – says the new format, called Better Portable …
Neil McAllister, 12 Dec 2014

Microsoft TechDays Online 2015: 3 to 5 February, 2015

Promo Microsoft is back with its 4th annual, online TechDays event. This three-day conference is geared towards IT pros and developers who want to get the scoop on Microsoft’s cloud-first, mobile-first products and platforms. It kicks off on 3 February, so be sure to add it to your calendar. Here’s a top-level view on the agenda for …
David Gordon, 12 Dec 2014

Intel: Grab these platform shoes and dance to OUR Internet of Things standard

The Internet of Things is becoming the Standards Wars of Things: Intel has now thrown its hat into the ring with its own IoT Platform to connect stuff end-to-end. Announced in the past few minutes at a morning presentation in San Francisco, the platform will describe how to hook up gizmos on the edge – the sensors, the wearables …
Visual Designer in Android Studio

A first look at Google’s Android Studio 1.0: Climbing out of the Eclipse kitchen sink

Google has released version 1.0 of Android Studio, now the official IDE for Android. The development tool has been in preview since its announcement at the Google I/O conference in May 2013, and in beta since June this year. There are a variety of Android development tools available, but until now the official bundle has been …
Tim Anderson, 9 Dec 2014
Barack Obama in the Oval Office

Devs: Barack Obama's gunning for your job!

Barack Obama has written what is believed to be the first computer code ever penned by a US President. Obama wrote what programming education body Code.org says was “a few lines of JavaScript”, but just what he coded has not been revealed. President @BarackObama is learning an #HourOfCode! (He's writing a few lines of …
Google Chocolate Factory

Google pushes 'go' on Android Studio

Worried Oompa-Loompas are questioning security guards and combing the wilds of Mountain View after it was discovered that Google has allowed a product, the Android Studio IDE, to escape from the Chocolate Factory's near-impenetrable Beta compound. The production-ready code has been spotted in the wild here after spending 18 …
Angry Birds for PC

Angry Birds to angry words: Rovio flings 14% of its staff out the door

Troubled Finnish gaming studio Rovio has sacked 110 staff, almost 14 per cent of its workforce, but is claiming success as it had planned to dump 130 people. "Rovio estimates that its workforce will be reduced by approximately 110 employees. As part of its reorganization, several positions have been opened for internal …
Iain Thomson, 5 Dec 2014
Pair of pliers with other tools

Microsoft forks .NET and WHOMP! Here comes .NET Core app dev stack

Microsoft has revealed more details about .NET Core, "the foundation for all future .NET platforms". In a detailed post, Microsoft’s program manager Immo Landwerth explains why the company is forking .NET in order to make sense of shipping .NET for multiple platforms, including Windows desktop, Windows Store (or “Metro”), …
Tim Anderson, 5 Dec 2014
Containers

Docker: Here, take the wheel – now YOU can run your own containers

DockerCon EU Docker is all the rage among hip startups and early adopters, but Docker the company would like to get its tech into enterprises, too – which is why it's working on adapting its hosted Docker Hub service into a product specifically targeting large business customers. The forthcoming offering, unsurprisingly named Docker Hub …
Orchestration

Docker grabs conductor's baton, jumps into cluster orchestration

DockerCon EU Linux container wrangler Docker rounded out the first day of its DockerCon EU conference on Thursday by unveiling three new services that represent the next steps in Docker's transition from toolset to full-fledged platform. "We're incubating a series of projects separately from the core runtime," Docker cofounder and CTO …
The useJack directive invokes the new compilers

Meet Jack and Jill: Google’s new Android compilers

Google has come up with new Android compilers, spotted in the latest preview SDK by Eric Lafortune at Saikoa. The compilers are in the Android SDK 21.1 and are currently called jack.jar and jill.jar. They are not enabled by default, but require the directive “useJack true” in the configuration file for the gradle build tool. …
Tim Anderson, 4 Dec 2014

Microsoft: So sorry for NOT paying Xbox indie game devs on time

Making computer games can be a hard slog for indie developers. Big studios have piles of R&D and marketing cash, and it's easy to see your pride and joy fall into unplayed obscurity. Microsoft sought to help indie developers with the Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) portal on its Live console marketplace, which was set up six years …
Iain Thomson, 4 Dec 2014
Red rocket toy

CoreOS's Docker-rival Rocket: We drill into new container contender

Analysis CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi certainly got the attention of the Docker community on Monday when he announced Rocket, his company's alternative to the Docker container file format and runtime. But just what is Rocket and what does it offer that Docker doesn't? Simply put, the answer for now is a resounding "not much." In fact, as …
android tongue

Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

Google is pushing out version 5.0.1 of Lollipop, the first update to the latest version of Android. Users of Nexus 7 (2013 model), Nexus 9, and Nexus 10 devices can now download the update from Google. You can also find the source for the Android Open Source Project version here. There is no official list of changes, but users …
Tim Anderson, 3 Dec 2014

Chef and HP cook up partnership for infrastructure as code – even on Windows

HP Discover HP Technology Services has announced a partnership with Chef to include infrastructure automation as part of its Datacenter Care offering, at the HP Discover event today in Barcelona. Chef is open source software (under the Apache 2.0 license) for script-driven configuration of servers. The Seattle-based company of the same name …
Tim Anderson, 2 Dec 2014
Container meltdown

CONTAINER WARS: CoreOS blasts Rocket rival at Docker

CoreOS, the lightweight Linux distro based around Linux containers and Docker, will develop its own application container tech to compete against Docker. On Monday, CoreOS unveiled a prototype version of Rocket, a command-line tool for working with App Container, the company's home-brewed container image format, runtime, and …