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Slack cuts ties to IRC and XMPP, cos they don't speak Emoji

One of the virtues of cult messaging app Slack was its gateways allowing integration with the venerable IRC and XMPP messaging protocols. Note that "was" we used back there, because Slack has announced it will close the gateways and apologised in advance for messing things up for users and those who built customisations using …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Mar 2018
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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 S will be a "mode" available in all versions of Windows, and added a prediction it'll be used by a "majority" of users. Windows 10 S was created to simplify administration for school sysadmins by running only apps from the Windows Store and designed to run on low-cost hardware. Microsoft also …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Mar 2018
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Android P will hear no evil, see no evil, support evil notches

Poll Google's revealed the stuff it's added to the next version of Android, which for now is known only as "P" while the world waits for it to earn a confectionery-related name.* To The Register's mind, the most interesting bits relate to security, as Google's decided that "Android P restricts access to mic, camera, and all …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Mar 2018
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Windows 10 S to become a 'mode', not a discrete product

When Microsoft launched Windows 10 S in May 2017, the company pitched it as a stripped-back version of Windows that would both run on hardware cheap enough for students around the world and make life easy for time-poor, cash-strapped school sysadmins. Now the company has signalled that Windows 10 S will become a "mode" of …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2018
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Open source community crams itself into big tent

At the Open Source Leadership Summit in Sonoma, California, on Tuesday, members of the open source community gathered under a big tent. It was a tent with carpeting and chandeliers at a stylish wine country inn, but a tent nonetheless, and it served as a clear metaphor for the aspirations of the community: People from diverse …
Thomas Claburn, 06 Mar 2018

Neo4j graph database boss: 'The mainstream is always under attack'

Emil Eifrem, chief exec of Neo4j, has said that graph databases are at a turning point for so long that you'd imagine he's bored of the line by now. But 2018 might just be the year his predictions come true. Speaking at his firm's Graph Connect event in London last week, Eifrem once again asserted that the graph industry is " …
Rebecca Hill, 06 Mar 2018
Google announces the beta of Flutter, a cross-platform development framework
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Google Flutter hits beta: Another go at cross-platform mobile dev

MWC2018 Fancy a Flutter? Google is hoping users will take a bet on its new cross-platform mobile development framework, whose first beta was announced at Mobile World Congress last week. Flutter is based on Dart, an object-oriented C-style language developed at Google, where it was designed by Lars Bak and Kasper Lund. It was first …
Tim Anderson, 05 Mar 2018
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WordPress is now 30 per cent of the web, daylight second

The web-watchers at W3Techs have just noted a milestone: WordPress now accounts for 30 per cent of the world's websites. W3Techs crawls the top 10 million websites as determined by Amazon's Alexa rating service and peers into their innards to figure out what they're running, and sells details reports on its findings. It also …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Mar 2018
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Java EE renamed 'Jakarta EE' after Big Red brand spat

The open source version of Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) has been renamed Jakarta EE to satisfy Oracle's desire to control the "Java" brand. The renaming became necessary after Oracle moved Java EE to the Eclipse Foundation, a shift it hoped would see developers become more engaged with the project. But Oracle wouldn't …
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Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds

A former recruiter for Google and YouTube has sued the search ad beast, claiming he was fired for objecting to hiring policies that discriminated against white and Asian men. In a civil lawsuit filed in January in San Mateo Superior Court, plaintiff Arne Wilberg contended that he was an exemplary employee who received positive …
Thomas Claburn, 02 Mar 2018
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Google powers up latest app it'll cancel in two years: Hangouts Chat

Google has moved its Slack rival out of beta and into general availability. The Mountain View advertising house this week formally released Hangouts Chat, the chat-and-collaboration platform thing it teased around this time last year. The system was previously limited to organizations enrolled in Google's Early Adopter Program …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Feb 2018
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TigerGraph emerges from undergrowth with 2.0 release in its jaws

Database upstart TigerGraph has launched its latest platform, pitching the ability for enterprise customers to collaborate in real time. The business was founded in 2012 but only came out of stealth in September. Today it is launching its 2.0 platform, which it says offers more collaboration, and faster performance, than other …
Rebecca Hill, 27 Feb 2018

Want cheaper analytics? Snub SaaS: Ye olde ELAs might do the job

Pricing and licensing "are central to all data and analytics initiatives" and vendors are using organisations' enthusiasm for the field to coin it at your expense. But controlling costs is more than possible, Gartner principal analyst Etisham Zaidi said yesterday at the firm's Asia-Pacific Data and Analytics Summit in Sydney. …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2018
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We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?

They are potentially the two most popular file formats in the world – Microsoft Word's .DOC and Adobe's .PDF. And it's fair to say they have caused millions of people billions of hours of frustration. But spare a thought for lobbyist and Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort, of Virginia, for whom translating from one format to …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Feb 2018
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Google gives mobile operators a reason to love it, and opens rich chat up for business

Google has opened up a major new communications channel for businesses – sending multimedia messages to mobiles using interoperable standards. Any business can now join Google's Jibe programme following a closed beta last year. As well as blast out simple text confirmations, organisations will be able to use Rich Communication …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Feb 2018
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Flappy Friday for Stack Overflow as outage woes run on

Updated The keys Control, C and V are gathering dust around the world as Stack Overflow went for an uscheduled nap last night before going into full blown TITSUP* mode today. The site, popular with code botherers and set to celebrate its 10th birthday in 2018, is an open community of questions and answers for techies and often the …
Richard Speed, 23 Feb 2018
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Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron

Code corner Keeping up with the endless torrent of stuff happening online is a losing battle. In the absence of omniscience, there's just no way to catch every bug, cockup, blowup, and scandal as it breaks. The next best thing is RSS, the aging syndication protocol that provides a convenient mechanism for aggregating online content. In …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Feb 2018
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Unlucky Linux boxes trampled by NPM code update, patch zapped

NPM – the biz behind the Node.js package management software used to wrangle JavaScript code and various related frameworks – on Thursday undid a code update less than 24 hours after it was issued because the software was messing with Linux file permissions. The release of npm 5.7.0 on Wednesday – under the company's pre- …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Feb 2018
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RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting

One of the best-loved mobile apps of the past decade, Swype, has been given the bullet. Parent company Nuance confirmed it will no longer develop the letter-tracing keyboard, which will disappear from the Apple and Google app stores. Swype was developed by one of the inventors of T9 predictive text, Cliff Kushner, and was …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Feb 2018
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SAP HANA: Concerns remain over tech skills, complexity, licensing – survey

Customer confusion and a lack of technical skills are still dogging migration to SAP HANA, but the days of deployment horror stories are fading, according to a report penned by an integrator. The ERP giant launched its in-memory data platform SAP HANA in late 2010, but the firm had problems conveying what it actually was, and …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Feb 2018
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Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

Comment Perhaps more by accident or design, Microsoft managed to lower expectations for Windows on Arm last week – but not set them so low it kills off interest in the platform. In fact, the "redacted" advisory about limitations of Windows confirms what we already know – hairy hacks won't work, nor will various plugins that hook into …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Feb 2018
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Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct

The FreeBSD project completely updated its code-of-conduct in early February, complete with a definition of "harassment" that included "Physical contact and simulated physical contact (e.g., textual descriptions like "*hug*" or "*backrub*") without consent or after a request to stop." And as will happen these days, considerable …
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Test crash dummies: Pearson VUE broke half-way into all-day exam

Imagine you'd just spent 18 months of your life working towards a big certification exam that could make or break your career and, come the big day, the web-hosted test fell over. Well, for some newbie docs, that nightmare scenario today became all too real: blundering online exam provider Pearson VUE went TITSUP* during a day …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2018
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Flight Simulator's DRM fighter nosedives into Chrome's cache

A Chrome password dump tool found in the latest update from Microsoft's Flight Simulator Add-On wrangler, Flight Sim Labs, has virtual pilots up in arms. The download featured updates to the Airbus A320 model including improvements to the engine crank and flare mode logic and, er... a password harvester for Chrome. Noted in a …
Richard Speed, 20 Feb 2018
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Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL

Oracle appears to have open-sourced DTrace, the system instrumentation tool that Sun Microsystems created in the early 2000s and which has been beloved of many-a-sysadmin ever since. As noted by developer Mark J. Wielaard, this commit by an Oracle developer shows that something is afoot. Big Red recently listed DTrace as one …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2018
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Microsoft reveals 'limitations of apps and experiences on Arm' – then deletes from view

Microsoft published a webpage listing Windows 10's "limitations of apps and experiences on Arm," earlier this month – and then mysteriously pulled it. The document appeared at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/uwp/porting/apps-on-arm-limitations last on Thursday, February 15. It now redirects to https://docs.microsoft. …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2018
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Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

The Apple rumour mill has buzzed with speculation that less-than-completely-astounding sales of Cupertino's latest iPhone, the X, mean it might not be long for this world. But Apple's now obliterated such theories with an overnight update to its app submission instructions that makes it plain the X is here to stay. "Starting …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2018
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Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

Poll Desktop computers powered by future versions of Ubuntu GNU/Linux may collect information on the PCs – unless users opt out. "We want to be able to focus our engineering efforts on the things that matter most to our users, and in order to do that we need to get some more data about sort of setups our users have and which …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2018
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Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

Readers with good memories may recall that when Windows NT was launched, it came in Workstation and Advanced Server editions, with the former fulfilling most duties of a server. There were no limits on TCP/IP connections, for example. Just as its developer Dave Cutler intended. When, a little later, Linux vendors packaged …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Feb 2018
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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

A fella in the United States is taking Microsoft to court to get Windows 7 put back on his PC. Frank Dickman, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking damages from both Microsoft and CEO Satya Nadella for what were termed "civil rights violations" that occurred when his Asus laptop was automatically …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Feb 2018
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Waddawewant? Free video codecs! When do we... oh, look, the last MPEG-2 patent expired!

It's almost of historical interest only, but everywhere except the Philippines and Malaysia, the last MPEG-2 video encoder/decoder patents have expired. As *nixcraft noted, what it means is that there will never again be the risk of an MPEG-2 decoder being bombed in the libre operating system world. The company that had the …
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Roses are red, revenge is so sweet. Microsoft extracts a few quid from Corel Office Suite

Microsoft has been awarded just over a quarter of a million dollars in its patent infringement case against Corel. A US district court jury in San Francisco decided on Tuesday [PDF] that the Canadian developer's Corel Home Office Suite did indeed willfully trample on Redmond's patented user interface and menu designs in …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2018
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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

Having last year axed its scanning of Gmail messages after years of withering privacy criticism, Google has decided to court controversy again in this area. Now it is extending its much-loved Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology to email inboxes. In a blog post on Tuesday, Gmail product manager Aakash Sahney announced …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Feb 2018
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Data scientist wanted: Must have Python, spontaneity not required

The average salary offered to data scientists in the past year was £47,000, with Python being the most desirable programming language, according to an analysis of job ads. The assessment, carried out by listings site Joblift, looked at 8,672 data scientist vacancies posted in the UK over the last 12 months. It found that data …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Feb 2018
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Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks

Apple's fruitless attempts to remove its leaked iBoot source code from the internet have escalated into requests to have community code site GitHub disable all downstream forks made from identified infringing repositories. In a DMCA takedown notice sent to GitHub on Sunday and published on Monday – its sixth since the …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Feb 2018
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Are you an open-sorcerer or free software warrior? Let us do battle

Open Source Insider The Open Source Initiative, a non-profit that advocates for open-source software and coined the term, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. It's difficult to conceive of where the internet, indeed the world, would be today were it not for open-source software and, perhaps more importantly, the free software movement that …

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