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Web Devs: Learn to build high performance websites to banish autumn blues

Promo As the leaves turn to gold and the autumn mists descend, your average developer’s mind automatically turns to the age-old question of... how can I make my website even better? Well, you could get in out of the cold and turn on to Microsoft’s training sessions. There are a whole range of live and online events, and you can read …
David Gordon, 13 Oct 2014
The MQ-9 Reaper drone in flight

Linux Foundation plans open-source drone hit

The Linux Foundation is targeting drones through a project building a reliable open-source software platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The Dronecode Project is due to be announced today at the embedded Linux Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany. Dronecode Project is founded on the APM UAV software and code that had been …
Gavin Payne, 13 Oct 2014

Rebellion sees Chromium reverse plans to dump EXT filesystem

The Chromium project decided that the EXT family of filesystems are surplus to requirements, but has bowed to pressure and signalled it is willing to reverse the decision. As detailed in this thread, the project's developers feel that as Chromium is intended for consumer devices, the ability to read external media formatted with …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2014
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Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown

Netcraft's October survey of web servers will be welcomed by open source aficionados, as the firm has found Apache is once again the planet's most-used web server. The server-counter's previous surveys found that Microsoft's internet information server (IIS) had overtaken Apache, thanks largely to Chinese link farms preferring …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2014
Columns of coins in the cloud

Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push

Oracle has bagged itself a global head to manage the cloudy portfolio just a week after chief techie and erstwhile CEO Larry Ellison talked up the bets the company is placing behind the as-a-service model. The database titan has hired SAP’s former president of global cloud and line of business Shawn Price, after the German …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2014
A black hole

Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

Something for the Weekend, Sir? If in doubt, right-click. It’s a motto that has served me well and stood the test of time. Can’t locate a command under multiple sub-menus? Right-click – it’s probably in the contextual menu. Can’t remember what the command is called? Right-click – you’ll find it there. Have absolutely no idea what to do next? Right-click – it …
Alistair Dabbs, 12 Oct 2014
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Women in tech: Not asking for raises is your 'superpower' – Nadella. *chirp*...*chirp*

QuoTW This was the week when Microsoft hit the news in a big way – and none of it very good. First, we discovered that things had gotten so bad between former Microsoft bosses Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer that they don’t even speak to each other anymore. It seems that Ballmer wanted to hang on in the top spot at Redmond until 2017, …
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AndroidScript returns to Google Play Store: Ad giant YIELDS TO THE MIGHT OF EL REG

Hurrah! It woz the Reg wot won it ... An educational app used by thousands of young science, technology, engineering and maths students is set to be reinstated by Google, just one day after we revealed that it had been yanked without warning from the company's Play Store. Dave Smart, the creator behind AndroidScript, got in …
Team Register, 10 Oct 2014
Marting Fowler at the Goto Aarhus conference September 2014

Software gurus: Only developers can defeat mass surveillance

Software developers should not be content with writing code that works, they have a responsibility not to harm their users, say Agile development experts Martin Fowler and Erik Dörnenburg, speaking at the Goto Aarhus conference in Denmark last week. Fowler was among the signatories of the 2001 Agile Manifesto, part of the …
Tim Anderson, 10 Oct 2014
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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

The world doesn't seem to want to download the latest version of iOS because it's a "nerd release", an Apple developer has claimed. For all of those who think a nerd's release generally involves five hours on World of Warcraft followed by 30 seconds on Pornhub, think again. Developer Andrew Clark claimed that only super-fanbois …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Oct 2014

Malware analysts tell crooks to shape up and write decent code

Blackhats beware: reverse engineers are laughing at your buggy advanced persistent threat (APT) malware. You've done pretty well though: your custom payloads were effective at breaking into enterprises and the damage it did was quite devastating. But many were being found and added to anti-malware signatures all too quickly. …
Darren Pauli, 10 Oct 2014

Right, suits off: Windows 10 preview Internet Explorer is here

Preview When it comes to Windows 10, Microsoft has so far spent so much time trying to explain the meaning of a "universal" app you'd be forgiven for missing one piece of news that should have a huge impact of the web - a new version of Internet Explorer. Currently, the development version of Windows 10 does not ship with the new IE ( …
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Google AXES AndroidScript app used by 20,000 STEM coders WITHOUT WARNING

Google has removed a free educational app, dubbed AndroidScript, from its Play store, for breaching the ad giant's terms and conditions. According to the app's developer, Dave Smart, Mountain View abruptly yanked AndroidScript from its online shop without notifying him of the decision in advance. "Apparently we are in violation …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Oct 2014
Hadoop Elephant

Fruit of the Loom: Teradata ladles out free bowls of Hadoop data soup-strainer

As of Thursday, Teradata is giving out free dollops of big-data analytics for Hadoop, via the latest release of its recently purchased Loom tool. The data warehouse giant is expected to release Loom 2.3, updating the data-provenance and metadata suite it bought in July from Revelytix. Loom is used to prep data coming into BI …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Oct 2014
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You can ring my #bellogate. EMAIL STORM hits 29,000 hapless UCL students

Sysadmins at the University College London (UCL) are battling an email storm after spam messages were sent to nearly 29,000 people on an all-student mailing list. The uni's IT director Mike Cope apologised for the blunder, which happened overnight. UCL students woke up to find spam messages clogging up their university email …
Team Register, 9 Oct 2014
Blik's Original Super Mario Wall Decals

Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

Certain slab-fondling fanbois will soon be forced to cough up for a Wii U wave goodbye to their childhoods following Apple's decision to close a loophole in the next version of iOS 8 that allowed console emulators to run on iPhones and iPads. A fresh beta version of iOS 8.1 landed in developers' laps on Tuesday, and it was …
Jasper Hamill, 9 Oct 2014
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Want to break Netflix? It'll pay you to do the job

In 2012, Netflix open sourced a tool called Chaos Monkey that it uses to test its networks and systems by trying to break them with attacks based on all sorts of chaotic events. Now the company wants to hire a “Senior Chaos Engineer” to do the same … only more painfully. As the company's job ad puts it “... your mission, should …
Miguel de Icaza at Xamarin Evolve

Xamarin, IBM lob cross-platform mobile app dev tools at Microsoft coders

Xamarin's Evolve conference is underway in Atlanta, and on Wednesday the company announced new tools for cross-platform mobile development, along with a new partnership with IBM. Three-year-old Xamarin was formed to enable developers to code for Android, iOS, and OS X using Microsoft's C# language and .Net Framework. The company …
Tim Anderson, 8 Oct 2014
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Guess who SAP's picked for UK boss? Yep, it's a distie man

Distribution isn’t typically the first port of call for enterprise software vendors looking to recruit execs, but SAP has broken the mould by tapping up the chief operations man at DCC Exertis to head up its UK and Ireland biz. Cormac Watter, COO at the tech arm of Irish conglomerate DCC — which owns Exertis (formerly trading as …
Paul Kunert, 8 Oct 2014
London Apple store queue for iPhone 6

Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

When Microsoft announced the preview of Windows 10, it emphasised the “opportunity to influence product development decisions through the new Windows Feedback app directly within the product". Users can not only give feedback, but also see — and vote on — the feedback of others, giving all of us a chance to assess what users …
Tim Anderson, 8 Oct 2014

Behind the Facebook DRAG QUEEN CRACKDOWN: 'Anonymity soon!'

+Comment Facebook is reportedly planning to release an app that will allow its users to hide their identity behind anonymous profiles. The apparent policy shift comes just weeks after drag artists in New York complained that the free content ad network was forcing them to ditch their stage names on the service. However, it's more likely …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Oct 2014

No tiles, no NAP – next Windows for data centre looks promising

All eyes are on Windows 10, but Microsoft has also slipped out a technical preview for the parallel, but as yet unnamed, Windows Server. Whereas Windows 8 has been mired in controversy from the outset, the parallel Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2 releases (based on the same core code) have been well received. At first glance, …
Tim Anderson, 8 Oct 2014
School kids

What do teenagers love doing? That's right: Staying up all night ... debugging

Sauce vat GitHub has bundled together a set of free and low-cost programming tools and resources for teenagers. The website said its Student Developer Pack is for aspiring developers aged 13 and up. "There's no substitute for hands-on experience, but for most students, real world tools can be cost prohibitive," GitHub said in …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Oct 2014
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Microsoft: Yeah, about that 50% post-Christmas customer price hike...

Microsoft has cooked up a post-Christmas gift for service providers to prolong their festive cheer – price hikes of up to 50 per cent on volume licensing agreements. The move has been interpreted by channel partners and hosting firms alike as Microsoft upping the cost for on-premise wares to make its cloudy stuff look more …
Paul Kunert, 7 Oct 2014
Eve in the Garden of Eden talking to a rather angry God on Snapchat

PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

Apple has failed to persuade the fanboi legions to abandon the old versions of its mobile operating system and plunge into the many pleasures of iOS 8. Adoption rates of the new version of iOS 8 have stalled, with equal numbers of Apple fanfolk using both the new and old operating system. If true, this means the rollout of iOS …
Jasper Hamill, 7 Oct 2014
2001: A Space Odyssey

Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

Don't want Microsoft tracking you online and collecting data on your computing habits? Then you probably shouldn't install the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Redmond says. The interwebs were abuzz on Monday over concerns about the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy of Microsoft's newly released, not-even-beta-yet OS, with some sites …
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Holey? COWL! Boffins build boxes to hold sketchy JavaScript libs

Researchers have developed what they say is a new web privacy system for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox: we're told it blocks dodgy JavaScript code from funneling sensitive information to crooks. The Confinement with Origin Web Labels (COWL) system tries to protect websites that rely on JavaScript libraries written by third …
Iain Thomson, 7 Oct 2014

Bugzilla code critters blab your security sinners, warns Mozilla

The Mozilla Foundation has warned of a number of recently discovered vulnerabilities in its Bugzilla bug-tracking tool that could give attackers access to sensitive information about software projects. One particularly serious flaw allows attackers to bypass email verification phase when creating new Bugzilla accounts, meaning …
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

Lennart Poettering, creator of the systemd system management software for Linux, says the open-source world is "quite a sick place to be in." He also said the Linux development community is "awful" – and he pins the blame for that on Linux supremo Linus Torvalds. "A fish rots from the head down," Poettering said in a post to …
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Adobe unveils mobile app Cloud Atlas

Max 2014 Adobe’s Creative Cloud obsession hasn’t won over all its users, especially those with memories that stretch back as far as May this year when Adobe ID login credentials were refused in most parts of the globe. Yet the graphics behemoth has been busy joining the dots to make its Creative Cloud platform appear alluring to anyone …
Bob Dormon, 6 Oct 2014
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SHOW ME the MONEY: Payment code spied in Facebook Messenger

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) payments code has been spotted in Facebook's Messenger app by Andrew Aude, a Stanford student: but the massive advertising company has refused to confirm it's working on payments technology. "We don’t comment on rumour or speculation," a spokesman at the free content ad network told The Register when quizzed …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Oct 2014
Google and Microsoft

Microsoft to Samsung: COUGH UP $6.9m in unpaid interest over Android PATENT SPAT

Microsoft is pursuing $6.9m in unpaid interest on smartphone royalty payments of more than $1bn from electronics giant Samsung, a freshly unsealed lawsuit revealed on Friday. The ugly spat comes after Redmond accused Sammy of violating a so-called arms length business contract between the two companies. Since then, Microsoft …
Kelly Fiveash, 4 Oct 2014

Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

Analysis Over the last few weeks law enforcement officials on both sides of the Atlantic have been kicking up a fuss over Apple and Google deciding to include effective encryption on their smartphones. On Thursday, the Europol assistant director and head of European Cybercrime Centre issued a warning about the technology, and here in the …
Iain Thomson, 4 Oct 2014

Apple to unveil new iPads, iMacs and OS X Yosemite on 16 October, claim sources

Apple's boss Tim Cook still has a number of iThings up his sleeve with Cupertino expected to reveal new iPads, iMacs and OS X Yosemite on 16 October. Anonymous sources told Re/code that the event would take place at the fruity firm's Town Hall Auditorium. It comes, after Apple unleashed its iWatches and iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 …
Team Register, 4 Oct 2014
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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

First look Microsoft has posted early builds of Windows 10, showing its new approach to combining tablet and desktop support in one all-encompassing operating system. According to the company’s marketing script, this preview is for enterprises to try. A consumer preview will follow early next year, and a developer preview in April, to …
Tim Anderson, 3 Oct 2014
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EU blesses $19bn Facebook-Whatsapp marriage

The European Commission has approved the merger of Facebook and WhatsApp, ruling they are not close competitors – despite both offering free online messaging. After sending out lengthy questionnaires to the pair's rivals, the commission gave the nod to the proposed deal. Competition chief Joaquín Almunia explained: “While …
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Google's Eric Schmidt's shock confession: Steve Jobs is.... MY HERO

Google supremo Eric Schmidt has claimed that Steve Jobs was his "hero" and said that we should all endeavour to "be a small percentage" of the Apple godhead. This might sound like he's encouraging time-travel cannibalism, but it's really just a call for everyone to do their bit to change the world. He doesn't mean properly …
Jasper Hamill, 3 Oct 2014
One Windows: Windows 10 will be delivered on multiple device types

Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

Windows 10 has hogged the limelight this week, but Microsoft has also revealed a Technical Preview of Windows Server and its System Centre control freak. The releases aren't unexpected: Windows Server's last full version emerged in 2012 and while substantial updates have landed in the years since, Redmond's increasing ardour for …

Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

Just when you thought it couldn't get much worse for Microsoft, analysis by Netmarketshare and StatCounter has found Windows 8's market share fell during September 2014. As we point out each month when reporting the firms' data, their methodology of analysing web traffic is far from perfect. On the other hand, the two firms have …

EFF: Cops' spyware for parents is insecure – and a fat waste of money

Spyware distributed by US police to parents so they can check their precious little snowflakes aren't getting up to no good online is worse than useless, according to a new report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The Windows and OS X software, dubbed ComputerCOP, has been purchased by 245 or so police departments in …
Iain Thomson, 3 Oct 2014

Google wants to KILL apps with the 'Physical Web'

Google thinks apps are clunky, energy-wasting permission-hoarders that should die a fiery death. It wants everything in the world to broadcast a URL linking to information about itself. Mountain View's plan popped up on GitHub and at Physical-web.org, where The Chocolate Factory explains its belief that one ought to be able to " …
Darren Pauli, 3 Oct 2014

EVIL patent TROLLS poised to attack OpenStack, says Linux protection squad

A group established to shield Linux from patent trolls has warned OpenStack will be the next big target for intellectual property hoarders. The Open Invention Network (OIN) reckons the open-source cloud is ripe for the plucking by trolls, who would easily be able to box off and claim core technologies as their own. That would …
Gavin Clarke, 2 Oct 2014