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Nano Server versus Windows Full and Core Server

Wrestling with Microsoft's Nano Server preview

Microsoft has slipped out a preview of Nano Server, its ultra-slim deployment option for Windows Server 2016, along with the full preview versions of the forthcoming operating system. Nano Server is “by far the most important change we have made in server since Windows NT", according to Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Jeffrey …
Tim Anderson, 15 May 2015

Oracle joins OpenStack Murano directory push

Oracle’s thrown its not inconsiderable mass and influence behind a project building a catalogue to list cloud-ready OpenStack apps. The database giant is today expected to pledge its support for Murano, the OpenStack project letting you publish cloud-ready apps in a browsable directory. Murano is an open-source project started …
Gavin Clarke, 15 May 2015
Candy Crush Saga

Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

Microsoft has announced that Candy Crush Saga will be bundled with Windows 10. Redmond has revealed a deal with the game's developer, King, to bring the mega-hit to its new operating system. Other King games will also appear on the platform. That's good news for King, which is finding it hard to satisfy investors. It's bad …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2015
HTTP/2 flow diagram

HTTP/2 is now utterly officially official

HTTP/2 was signed off back in February, but the spec took its final step towards becoming a standard on Thursday US time with the publication of rfc7540. RFCs - request for comments - are counterintuitively named because as the Internet Engineering Task Force explains, “Once an RFC is published, it is never revised. If the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2015

Dying to make time lapse videos? No? Well, Microsoft is doing it anyway!

Microsoft has released a tool to let users produce timelapse videos, provided they're not Apple fanbois. Redmond posted the Hyperlapse tool for Windows and Android devices to let users shrink long videos down to shorter timelapse version. "Want to show your friends what you saw on that 12-mile hike you took last weekend or let …
Shaun Nichols, 14 May 2015
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New Windows 10 Mobile build brings Universal Office Apps to phones

Microsoft has released a new Technical Preview build of Windows 10 Mobile – the version of Windows 10 for phones and tiny tablets – and in the process has given testers their first look at the new Office running on small screens. The new version, which is only available to Windows Insider program members who have opted for the …
Neil McAllister, 14 May 2015
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SAP crypto offers customers choice of remote code execution or denial of service

Yet another proprietary implementation of a popular protocol has turned up unexpected vulnerabilities, with SAP's data compression software open to remote code execution and denial-of-service exploits. The implementation in question is SAP's code running the popular LZC and LZH compression algorithms. As outlined over at Full …
Web browsers 2015

Google to extend rogue Chrome add-on ban to OS X

If you use Windows, you can forget about installing Chrome extensions from sites other than Google's store, effective immediately – even if you're a web developer. And the same will soon be true for Mac users, too. When the Chocolate Factory originally clamped down on "foreign" extensions in the Windows version of its browser …
Neil McAllister, 13 May 2015
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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

When Windows 10 ships this summer, buyers will have a host of different versions of the operating system – actually as many as nine, when you take everything into account. The basic consumer version is Windows 10 Home. For that you get the OS with support for Windows Universal apps, the Edge browser (and Internet Explorer), and …
Iain Thomson, 13 May 2015
Hadoop

Quarterly losses double at Hadoop hawker Hortonworks

Open source Hadoop purveyor Hortonworks doubled its quarter-on-quarter net losses in the first quarter of 2015 to a loss of $40m (£25m). Meanwhile, revenue rose 167 per cent to $22.8m (£14.5m). For its full-year, the company estimates a net loss of between $78m (£50m) and $84m (£54m). In its previous full-year results, it …
Kat Hall, 13 May 2015
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Oracle proposes to deliver Java 9 SDK on September 22nd, 2016

Oracle's chief architect of the Java Platform Group, Mark Reinhold, has outlined a “proposed schedule for JDK 9” that will see it delivered on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016. Reinhold's post on the topic offers the following development milestones: 10 December 2015: Feature Complete 04 February 2016: All Tests Run 25 February …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2015
Microsoft patch

Enjoying the Spring? Microsoft has 13 ways to fix that

Microsoft has put out 13 bulletins to address a total of 48 CVE-listen vulnerabilities in various products. The May edition of Patch Tuesday includes fixes for Internet Explorer, Office, Windows and Silverlight. Three of the bulletins were rated 'critical', with the rest earning Microsoft's second-highest designation of ' …
Shaun Nichols, 12 May 2015
Babel Fish

Time to get your babble on: Microsoft opens Skype Translator Preview to all comers

Microsoft's Skype Translator, which automatically converts some voice calls and IMs between languages, has been available to beta testers for some time, but Redmond has now opened it up as a Preview to the general public – provided they have the right operating system. The Translator Preview software has been in circulation …
Iain Thomson, 12 May 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, speaking at Build 2015

Microsoft's run Azure on Nano server since late 2013

Microsoft's only just announced its new Nano server, but has been using it in production on Azure since late 2013. So says D. Britton Johnston, CTO for Microsoft Worldwide Incubation, with whom The Reg chatted over the weekend. “Britt”, as he's known, said Microsoft started to use a very slimmed-down version of Windows server …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2015
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

With WWDC looming, Apple kicks out third iOS 8.4 beta

Apple has posted a new beta build for the iOS 8.4 mobile platform. The third beta arrives just weeks before Apple is expected to showcase iOS 8.4 for developers at its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), due to take place June 8-12 in San Francisco. The Cupertino idiot tax operation has typically used its WWDC keynotes to …
Shaun Nichols, 11 May 2015

Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

From Tuesday, Google is cutting user edits from its Maps after admitting that it simply can't prevent online tricksters from abusing the system. A much less creative attempt, although more to the point Last month, the firm was forced to make some quick edits after a user noticed that someone had created a mythical park in …
Iain Thomson, 11 May 2015

The BIG stretch: Software and flexing your firm's size

A mathematician (a Fields Medal winner, so a real one) once asked an economist whether there was anything in economics that was non-obvious and non-trivial. Well, the answer that came back was: "It's all obvious or trivial except Ricardo on comparative advantage." So, once explained, this analogy is both obvious and trivial, …
Tim Worstall, 11 May 2015

Automation eases the pain of software patching

The three biggest challenges for IT managers are security, reliability and performance. Ideally, an organisation’s software will excel at all three but in practice we know that isn’t true. Even the best-laid software development plans let bugs through which can cause problems in all these areas. So patching the organisation’s …
Robin Birtstone, 11 May 2015
Abbott and Costello dressed as policemen

HORDES OF CLING-ONS menace UK.gov IT estate as special WinXP support ends

UK government departments still running Windows XP are now doing so entirely on their own. A framework support agreement between the Crown and Microsoft guaranteeing the release of special security patches for PCs still on Windows XP has ended after one year. That deal - revealed here - expired on April 14 and it’s been decided …
Gavin Clarke, 8 May 2015
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Almost EVERY SAP install hackable, researchers say

A staggering 95 percent of enterprise SAP installations contain high-severity vulnerabilities that could allow systems to be hijacked, researchers say. Researchers from SAP security tools vendor Onapsis say attackers can target the SAP installs to pivot from low to high integrity systems, execute admin privilege commands, and …
Darren Pauli, 8 May 2015
Web browsers 2015

Microsoft's secret weapon in browser wars: Mozilla's supercharged Asm.js

Microsoft has included a surprise feature in its new Edge web browser for Windows 10, in the form of support for the ultra-optimizable Asm.js JavaScript dialect. First developed by Mozilla and championed by the nonprofit's former CTO Brendan Eich, Asm.js is a strict subset of JavaScript that aims to be the "assembly language of …

Online pizza order saves woman and children from knife-wielding kidnapper

A quick-thinking kidnappee managed to summon the cops using the comments section of an online order for pizza while being held hostage with her three children. On Monday Cheryl Treadway, 25, from Avon Park in Florida, spent the day arguing with her boyfriend Ethan Nickerson. He became violent, armed himself with a large knife …
Iain Thomson, 7 May 2015
Web browsers 2015

Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

You won't have to worry about dodgy toolbars, rogue ActiveX controls, or buggy plugins when you use Microsoft Edge (née Project Spartan), Redmond's new web browser for Windows 10. But you can also forget about extending the browser in any way, at least at first. Microsoft gave a sneak peek at its new, HTML/JavaScript-based …
Google PageSpeed Service is worm food

Running Google PageSpeed Service? Come August 3rd your site is knackered

Google has announced the impending retirement of its PageSpeed Service web optimization tool, and potentially causing headaches for sites that don't account for the move. The Mountain View advertising firm said that effective August 3rd, PageSpeed Service will be given the axe, though plugins and third-party implementations will …
Shaun Nichols, 6 May 2015
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How Project Centennial brings potentially millions of desktop apps to the Windows 10 Store

The Windows 10 Store will include traditional Windows desktop applications, thanks to Microsoft's Project Centennial (Project C). It was iOS and Android support in Windows 10 that grabbed attention when announced at Microsoft's Build developer event last week, but Project C may be more significant. The thinking behind it goes to …
Tim Anderson, 6 May 2015

Sage boosts profit but that means NOTHING without the CLOUD

Sales rose 6.5 per cent to £699m during accounts-ware biz Sage's half-year results, despite the company's poor cloudy progress. Pre-tax profits increased 4.9 per cent to £173m, compared with the first half of its previous financial year. Stephen Kelly, chief executive officer, said the company is in the process of overhauling …
Kat Hall, 6 May 2015
Cowgril Jessie

Systemd hee hee: Jessie Debian gallops (slowly) into view

Review The Debian Project may not be that slow with new releases, but sometimes it feels like it. The project typically releases a new version "when it's ready," which seems to work out to about once every two years lately. Debian 8, branded Jessie, in keeping with the Toy Story naming scheme (Jessie was the cowgirl character in Toy …

Hey devs! Confused by EU privacy law? Pull out the FLASH CARDS

Microsoft and University of Nottingham researchers say developers should be taught to design privacy and security using flash cards if they find wordy regulation documents onerous. The team including Redmond's Ewa Luger and the University's Lachlan Urquhart, Tom Rodden, and Michael Golembewski say regulation is out-of-touch and …
Darren Pauli, 6 May 2015

Red alert! Google's terrifying Borg machines to assimilate cluster-wrangling Omega code

Google is ready to fold its advanced Omega cluster management software into its monolithic Borg, the technology that schedules workloads across the web giant's data center empire. The California biz has been working on developing the Omega scheduler as an heir to the decade-old Borg for a few years now. Both are designed to turn …
Team Register, 6 May 2015

Now Smartflash wants $1.6bn for its iTunes patents. Apple: You'll get nothing and like it!

Not content with a $533m payday, patent troll Smartflash is asking a US federal court to triple the infringement verdict it won against Apple and iTunes earlier this year. In a 49-page filing [PDF] with the Texas Eastern District court, Smartflash argued that February's jury award was insufficient and should be tripled to nearly …
Shaun Nichols, 5 May 2015
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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

Windows Media Center has come to the end of the road with Windows 10. Microsoft’s next client operating system won’t include Redmond’s media software, for recording and playing TV, music and video. General manager for OSG data and fundamentals Gabriel Aul Tweeted: We can confirm that due to decreased usage, Windows Media …
Gavin Clarke, 5 May 2015
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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

Review Systemd is here. It’s arrived in Vivid Vervet, the latest, just-released distro of Ubuntu – 15.04. Most users will notice very little overall difference in this latest Ubuntu release, but it’s this change that packs the biggest punch. There are a couple of new things that make 15.04 worth the upgrade from previous versions, but …
Firefox for tellies home screen

House of Cards UI central to Mozilla's plans for Firefox on tellies

Mozilla has revealed how it reckons Firefox should look when it's on the tellie. Firefox OS user experience designer Hunter Luo reckons that the four basic functions of a smart television are watching shows, accessing apps, controlling devices and looking at list of your content. The user interface for Firefox-for-tellies …
Snakes on a Plane Sudoku

Singapore's prime minister releases source code for his hand-coded Sudoku-solver

Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong has decided to reveal the source code of the Sudoku-solving app he personally coded. The PM revealed he likes to program in his spare time last month and mentioned the Sudoku-solver. He's since taken to Facebook to announce the source code dump. “The program is pretty basic,' the PM …

Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

Ignite 2015 Microsoft has shown off some of the new security mechanisms embedded in Windows 10, and revealed a change to its software updates. Windows supremo Terry Myerson reckons the revised security patch rollout – effectively ditching the monthly Patch Tuesday – will shame Google. "Google takes no responsibility to update customer …
Iain Thomson, 4 May 2015
Windows Server

Try to contain your joy: Microsoft emits Windows Server 2016 with nano-services

Ignite 2015 Microsoft has shipped the second Technical Preview of what it's now officially calling Windows Server 2016 and has announced Azure Stack, a new offering that bundles up Redmond's public cloud infrastructure into a version that can run in customers' own data centers. The new Windows Server build was released to coincide with …
Microsoft Ignite 2015

Word to your mother: Office 2016 preview flung at world + dog

Ignite 2015 If you want to get your hands on Office 2016, Microsoft has made it available now for download – but be warned, you'll have to take Office 2013 off before you do. Microsoft has marked the opening day of its Ignite conference (think TechEd and a bunch of other sysadmin shindigs rolled into one economical bundle) in Chicago by …
Iain Thomson, 4 May 2015
Red rocket toy

Kubernetes gobbles rkt for instant-on containers – no Docker required

CoreOS Fest Cloudy Linux startup CoreOS kicked off its inaugural CoreOS Fest event in San Francisco on Monday with word that its homegrown rkt (pronounced "rocket") container runtime software will be integrated into the Google-derived Kubernetes container orchestration software. What that means is that Kubernetes will be able to fire up …

Good luck displacing Windows 7, Microsoft, it's still growing

If it's the first Monday of the month, and it is, it must be time to have a look at desktop operating system market share as recorded by StatCounter and Netmarketshare. It looks like the skids are really under Windows XP now. Netmarketshare has it down from 16.94 per cent to 15.93 per cent. StatCounter has a dip to 10.91 per …
OpenStack

OpenStack Kilo arrives with an Ironic twist (no, really)

The eleventh version of OpenStack appeared on the project's official download servers on Thursday, arriving on time and bringing with it hundreds of new features for cloud-builders. "As core of platform matures, focus turns to interoperability in the market, raising the bar for driver compatibility, and extending the platform to …
Simulated views of the world as seen through HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens or Hollow Lens? El Reg stares down cyber-specs' code

Build 2015 The first rule of Microsoft's HoloLens is you do not talk about HoloLens. When you're given a demo, you may not take photos, you may not shoot video, and you may not record audio. Given a moment to think about it, this is a strange requirement. After all, everything you see through HoloLens itself is an optical illusion. You …
Windows 10

New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

Build 2015 At the Build shindig in San Francisco this week, Joe Belfiore – Microsoft's corporate veep for operating systems – talked The Register through the release of Windows 10: when it will arrive, how it will arrive, and why you should use it. Belfiore was keen to squash dates leaked by hardware manufacturers – AMD's chief suggested …
Tim Anderson, 1 May 2015