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Jim Zemlin and Linus Torvalds at LinuxCon 2015

Linux boss Torvalds: Don't talk to me about containers and other buzzwords

LinuxCon 2015 Linux kernel maintainer Linus Torvalds isn't thinking about where his creation will be ten years from now – in fact, he claims he doesn't even think ahead one year. "I am a very plodding, pedestrian kind of person," Torvalds said during a Q&A session with Linux Foundation boss Jim Zemlin at LinuxCon in Seattle on Wednesday. "I …
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2015
Gold Hat stinking badges

Linux Foundation wants open source projects to show you their steenking badges

LinuxCon 2015 The Linux Foundation says it plans to introduce a new, voluntary badge program designed to help IT admins identify open source projects that have made security a priority. The new effort is part of the Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), which aims to fund and support open source projects that are critical to …
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2015
Red rocket toy

Intel and CoreOS add hardware virty support to rkt containers

LinuxCon 2015 Intel and CoreOS have teamed up to produce an application container runtime that supports hardware enhanced virtualization. Version 0.8.0 of CoreOS's rkt (pronounced "rocket") container runtime was announced at the LinuxCon/CloudOpen/ContainerCon conference taking place this week in Seattle. Among the main features of the new …
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2015
The Register in Edge

Microsoft pushes us closer to the Edge: Test new web browser now in free Windows 10 VMs

Microsoft is offering free downloads of Windows 10 virtual machines so people can test Edge, the web browser bundled with the new OS. The software giant provides VMs for Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP right the way through to IE 11 on Windows 8.1. Now it's produced VM images for Windows 10, complete with Edge, the Internet …
Chris Williams, 17 Aug 2015

You gotta be in it to win it: The Register presents its official Programming Competition

Competition Calling all you programmers out there! We have a simple challenge for you – and if you win, you bag yourself a rather smart Smart TV. Read on to find out how you can get involved... Sign up for a trial account with IBM Bluemix. Actually do this now! Check out the competition questions here. Implement and publish your three …
Dave Cartwright, 13 Aug 2015

Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

Black Hat In-Depth A design flaw in Intel's processors can be exploited to install malware beneath operating systems and antivirus – making it tough to detect and remove. "It's a forgotten patch to a forgotten problem, but opens up an incredible vulnerability," said Christopher Domas, a security researcher with the Battelle Memorial Institute, …
Iain Thomson, 11 Aug 2015
Windows 10 powering a Raspberry Pi 2 robot

Pi-eyed: Microsoft ships slimmed-down Windows 10 IoT Core for gizmos

Microsoft has shipped the public release of Windows 10 IoT Core, the pared-down version of Windows 10 for embedded devices, including the Intel MinnowBoard Max and the Raspberry Pi 2. Unlike ordinary Windows 10, the IoT Core flavor doesn't offer a traditional desktop as such. It's intended for devices that may or may not have …
Neil McAllister, 10 Aug 2015
Mr. Spock goes full 3D

Google to bung next-gen Vulkan 3D graphics spec into Android

Vid Google on Monday said it will support the Khronos Group's Vulkan 3D graphics API in a future version of Android, although it's not clear when mobile game developers will be able to actually use it. Vulkan, a successor to OpenGL, has been in the works for a while now, but the Khronos Group only announced the name at the Game …
Neil McAllister, 10 Aug 2015

Oracle waves fist, claims even new Android devices infringe its Java copyrights

Oracle's lawsuit against Google over Java copyrights probably won't be back in a courtroom again until next year, but in the meantime, Oracle has asked the court to let it expand the scope of its complaint to include events that have occurred since it was first filed in 2010. What's more, it has once again asked the court to …

Microsoft lures iOS devs with open-source app tools for Windows 10

Microsoft has made available an early preview version of the Windows Bridge for iOS, the set of developer tools previously known as "Project Islandwood." The tools are just one of several "bridges" that Microsoft announced at its annual Build developer conference in April, designed to lure developers from other platforms to …
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Fork off! FFmpeg project leader quits, says he's had enough with these forking AV libraries

The leader of the FFmpeg open source project has resigned amid ongoing turmoil among the project's developers. FFmpeg, a set of cross-platform, open source libraries for playback of video formatted according to standards created by the MPEG organization, was founded in 2000 by French developer Fabrice Bellard, working under …
Couple laying in tent with laptop

Hacklands introducing geeks to something called 'outdoors'

A new take on a hackathon is being tried by the team behind more traditional geek gatherings such as Swedish Beers and Heroes of the Mobile Fringe. They are going to do it outdoors. Yes, outside. In fresh air. Hacklands combines key elements from hackathons (where software and hardware developers get together to make stuff …
Simon Rockman, 4 Aug 2015
Cloud foundry login screen

Pivotal brings its labs to Asia, starting in Australia and Japan

UPDATE EMC Federation member Pivotal will brings its “Labs” consultancy services to Australia and Japan. Australia gets a joint ventures with Telstra. Japan's effort is owned by Pivotal, but will kick off with foundation client Toshiba Solutions. Melissa Ries, Pivotal's veep and general manager for Asia, tells us the labs start out …
Intel SSD750 NVMe 1.2TB PCIe SSD

Assessing the power of Intel’s SSD 750 … but check your motherboard before buying

Review Although SSDs have a huge performance advantage over the good, old-fashioned clattering mechanical drive, they have (up till now) been held back because of their reliance on AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) architecture, developed in 2004 for standard disks and, in particular, SATA interfaced disks. Intel SSD750 NVMe …
Simon Crisp, 3 Aug 2015
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Axis of evil: Facebook uses Google code to slash page load times

Facebook has rolled out an open source project from Google to try and improve its ad-slinging performance on Android. After a six-month implementation of Google's FlatBuffers across its Android client, Facebook reckons it's slashed the time it takes to load stories from the disk cache “from 35ms to 4ms”, slashed transient …
Star Trek: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"

Google, Oracle's endless Java copyright battle extended to ... 2016

The long-running copyright dispute between Oracle and Google over the latter's use of the Java language APIs in its Android operating system will likely drag on for another year or more, based on the latest developments in the case in a US federal court. Reuters reports that US District Judge William Alsup, who has been …
Neil McAllister, 31 Jul 2015
Github octodex

Git a load of this: GitHub now valued at $2 billion

GitHub has received a $250m infusion of venture-capital cash that values the code-sharing website at $2bn. That means it's worth more than ZenDesk ($1.78bn), slightly less than the New York Times ($2.17bn), and more than stricken Yelp ($1.87bn). The San Francisco-based upstart said its Series-B funding round was led by VC …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jul 2015

Microsoft admits critical .NET Framework 4.6 bug, issues workaround

Microsoft has published a workaround for a critical bug in the .NET Framework 4.6 that can result in incorrect parameters being passed, with unpredictable results. Program manager Rich Lander has blogged about the problem. According to Lander, it can affect any .NET 4.x application, but once the .NET Framework 4.6 has been …
Tim Anderson, 29 Jul 2015

Puppet draws back the curtain on devops magic with funky gfx and UI

“Less magic, more visibility” is what Puppet Labs reckons devops devotees need. Announcing the company's Puppet Enterprise 2015.2, the company's director of marketing communications Tim Zonca told The Register the rapid turnaround ideal of the devops world has a trust problem that the new code is trying to address. Someone …
Selection of Australian banknotes

Software spec slip denies Westpac chance at a MILLION A DAY

Some of Australia's major banks' databases don't distinguish between loans to housing investors and owner-occupiers, meaning they're missing out on the chance to charge differential interest rates. Along the way, they're providing an object lesson to businesses that depend on IT: if you don't ask for a capability, you won't …

Hold that upgrade: Critical bug in .NET 4.6 'breaks applications'

A critical bug in the optimizer in the just-released .NET 4.6 runtime could break and crash production applications, we're warned. "The methods you call can get different parameter values than you passed in," says Nick Craver – software developer and system administrator for Stack Exchange, home of the popular programming …
Tim Anderson, 27 Jul 2015

The Register presents its official Programming Competition

Calling all you programmers out there, we have a simple challenge and if you win you bag yourself a rather smart Smart TV. Read on to find out how you can get involved... Sign up for a trial account with IBM Bluemix. Actually do this now! Check out the competition questions here. Implement and publish your three solutions …
David Gordon, 27 Jul 2015
willy wonka oompa loompa

Google to block access to unofficial autocomplete API

Google has decided the autocomplete API it informally offers will no longer be available for “unauthorised” users as of August 10th. The company says its autocomplete API has found an audience among “a number of developers” who have used its ability to predict a query before a user finishes typing for uses other than Google's …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jul 2015
Tengen's Gauntlet

Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

In 1985, Japanese giant Namco got out its wallet, and bought control of Atari Games – the coin-op arcade games maker that was doing rather well compared to its ailing home console cousin, Atari Corp. The deal was the first step toward a massive legal battle that changed the way console manufacturers produced, licensed, and …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2015

HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

Exclusive Troubled HP has hit upon what it thinks is a terrific idea to revive its fortunes: tell techies to leave their T-shirts and shorts at home and obey the corporate "smart casual" dress code instead. Some R&D teams within HP Enterprise Services were sent a confidential memo this week reminding them to follow the IT giant's rules …
Chris Williams, 24 Jul 2015

Security tool bod's hell: People think I wrote code for Hacking Team!

A respected security researcher has denied any involvement with Hacking Team after open-source code he wrote was found in smartphone spyware sold by the surveillance-ware maker. Collin Mulliner works in SecLab at Northeastern University in Massachusetts, US, and is a regular at hacking conferences. He told The Register he's …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2015

Kubernetes claque bursts into SPONTANEOUS APPLAUSE for v1.0

There's tumultous applause for the Kubernetes open-sauce app container system today - though it should be borne in mind that much of this is from those who've put substantial investments in time and/or money towards developing it. Version 1.0 of Kubernetes will be formally unveiled at OSCON in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, and …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jul 2015
Conrad Schnitzler

El Reg hosts the IBM Bluemix Programming Competition 2015

Competition So, what do I have to do? We'll go into more detail, but the basics are: Sign up for a trial account with IBM Bluemix, actually do this now and have a go, so you're ready when the questions are published. Enter our competition and learn about the Ts & Cs here. Implement your three solutions using the Bluemix environment ( …
Dave Cartwright, 21 Jul 2015

Snowden to the IETF: Please make an internet for users, not the spies

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has urged the world's leading group of internet engineers to design a future 'net that puts the user in the center, and so protects people's privacy. Speaking via webcast to a meeting in Prague of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the former spy talked about a range of possible …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jul 2015

Microsoft hurls out Visual Studio 2015, .Net 4.6 ahead of Windows 10

Microsoft has pushed Visual Studio 2015 and .Net 4.6 out of the door ahead of the imminent launch of Windows 10. The giant of Redmond will be hoping that developers of the next few years spend an awful lot of time in the environment it has just thrown open. The new tools shouldn't surprise anyone, as Microsoft has been testing …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jul 2015
Web browsers 2015

Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

Weary old web warhorse Internet Explorer (known to thousands of Reg readers' spouses and parents up and down the land simply as "the internet") is destined soon for the dustbin of tech history. After decades of dominance through proprietary lock-in and anti-trust-busted software bundling, the monster lurking in web developer …

GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

Linux kernel supremo Linus Torvalds has published a scathing open letter to Google's Gmail team after discovering that the service had incorrectly marked hundreds of his incoming email threads as spam – including ones containing kernel patches. "Something you did recently has been an unmitigated disaster," Torvalds wrote in …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jul 2015
woman's arm flexing biceps

Facebook's React Native is exciting devs. Or is it, really?

Facebook's React Native framework is hot. The question is, for how long? After all, while Facebook-born React is smoking, it wasn’t very long ago that Google-spawned AngularJS had the web world all a’flutter. Before that, it was Backbone, SproutCore, and a variety of other hot-until-not JavaScript frameworks. On the one hand …
Matt Asay, 17 Jul 2015

Free software fans land crucial punch in Ubuntu row – but it's not over

Canonical has updated the intellectual property rights policy for Ubuntu Linux to address a brouhaha over how the software is licensed, but free software advocates still aren't satisfied. The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) have been bickering with Canonical since 2013 over concerns …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2015
Google Cast / Processor API demo

New Google APIs: Point your phone at a telly like a streaming hose of vid

Google has mashed the Processing graphics language into its Cast software, letting visual artists and others with a bent for graphics point their creations at the nearest big-screen TV. The project even seems to hint at a possible games angle: an Android device like a mobile phone can be used as a controller of the displayed …

Google joins Bluetooth snoop pals with iBeacon rival tech Eddystone

Google has jumped on the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon bandwagon with a set of open standards and software interfaces to give Apple's iBeacon a run for its money. Apple rolled out iBeacon in 2013, and has been pushing it as a way for companies to do things like tracking potential customers' movements as they wander around …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jul 2015
Android icon desktop toys

AWS opens gate to fondleslabs-as-a-service farm

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened a farm in which it hopes developer's will loose their code to graze on lush fields of myriad devices. Enough with the rural metaphor: the “Device Farm” is a smartphones-and-tablets-as-a-service offering. The idea is that developers today have to run emulators galore, or buy an awful lot of …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2015
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

Wow, another NSA leak: Network security code appears on GitHub

The NSA today revealed it has uploaded source code to GitHub to help IT admins lock down their networks of Linux machines. The open-source software is called the System Integrity Management Platform (SIMP). It is designed to make sure networks comply with US Department of Defense security standards, but the spy agency says it …
Iain Thomson, 9 Jul 2015

British Airways cracks open its API doors for developers

British Airways is giving developers tentative access to small amounts of its data, launching a scheme to open up some of its APIs. It’s very much a proof-of-concept situation, rather than a serious production effort, but a move forward none the less. The site isn’t new – but until yesterday it was only …
Simon Rockman, 9 Jul 2015

Microsoft rains cash on OpenBSD Foundation, becomes top 2015 donor

Microsoft has handed a pile of money to the OpenBSD Foundation, becoming its first-ever Gold level contributor in the process. "This donation is in recognition of the role of the Foundation in supporting the OpenSSH project," the Foundation said via a post to the OpenBSD Journal website on Tuesday. The exact amount of the …
MC Hammer

Don't touch this! Seven types of open source to dance away from

Comment In a world where even Microsoft gets the open source religion, the planet’s overall quota for positivity and good karma must be increasing, right? Of course this is not the case, there are bad eggs in every basket and open source has had its share of so-called “openwashing” from time to time. For the record, it’s not Microsoft …

Google hits TurboFan button on Chrome's JavaScript engine

Google says its new optimizing compiler tech is gradually speeding up JavaScript execution in its Chrome browser – and it one day hopes it can rip out all the old compiler code and replace it with something better. The new optimizing compiler is known as TurboFan, and it has been shipping as a component of the V8 JavaScript …