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Using SQL techniques in NoSQL is OK, right? WRONG

Now that we have CQL for Cassandra and N1QL for Couchbase, it seems the power of SQL is being opened for NoSQL database developers. There is, however, a real danger that developers who see these SQL-like languages as an implementation of SQL are in for a world of pain as they try to leverage their SQL skills on a NoSQL …
Andrew Cobley, 25 Aug 2015
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Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android

Vodafone UK wants to sell Android phones which are as close to stock (as Google intended) as possible, and the red company's favourite device for this is the Moto G. Writing on the Vodafone company blog, Motorola senior marketing director Marcus Frost unsurprisingly extoled the virtues of the new phone – but he's not just …
Simon Rockman, 25 Aug 2015

Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

Switzerland's top data cop says Microsoft has “gone too far” in abusing people’s privacy. The Federal Commissioner for Data Protection, Jean-Philippe Walter, told Le Temps on Sunday that he was prepared to take Microsoft to court if it does not alter its privacy policy for Windows 10. According to Walter, the installation …
Jennifer Baker, 25 Aug 2015

Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

Microsoft released Windows 95 on 24th August 1995, followed a week later by Office 95, and accompanied by a publicity campaign featuring the Rolling Stones song Start Me Up. Windows 95 was a great success, despite not being the most stable of operating systems. Microsoft’s own Windows NT 3.1, released two years earlier, was …
Tim Anderson, 24 Aug 2015

Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

Russian lawyers have filed a complaint calling for an outright ban – or at least tight restrictions – over the sale of Windows 10 in Russia. The complaint to the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office argues that Windows 10 collects user information in a way that violates Russian laws. Moscow-based Bubnov and Partners contended …
John Leyden, 24 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 market share growth slows to just ten per cent

Windows 10 now has 5.95 per cent of the desktop operating systems market, according to the folks at StatCounter. There's good news and bad news in that result,. The good is that StatCounter has revised its figure for Windows 10 market share in the week of August 10 to 16. Last week, the outfit said Redmond's latest had won 4. …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2015

Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

+Comment Microsoft has explained its policy about how much information it will offer on the content of Cumulative Updates to Windows 10. In a statement sent by a spokesperson to us, Microsoft said: “As we have done in the past, we post KB articles relevant to most updates which we’ll deliver with Windows as a service. Depending on the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2015
Are you being served?

Microsoft kicks off 'Windows as a service' with new Insider build

Less than a month after releasing the General Availability version of Windows 10, Microsoft is back with a brand-new experimental build of the OS for its Windows Insider guinea pigs. Build 10525 started shipping on Wednesday to Windows Insider members who subscribed to the Fast release ring. By comparison, the release version …
Neil McAllister, 20 Aug 2015
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Raspberry Pi gains new FreeBSD distribution

Raspberry Pi owners can dig out their SD-card formatting tools of choice again, because a new version of FreeBSD has emerged for the machines, RaspBSD will work on the Pi models B and B+ and promises to run on more “soon”. The “more” looks like including the BeagleBone Black and the Banana Pi. FreeBSD has been available on …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2015

Android apps are flooding on to jailbroken Win10 phones

The addition of Android compatibility for Windows phones was called a "suicide note" back in April, and now somebody's composing the first draft. Intrepid tinkerers have opened up previews of Windows 10 for phones to allow a wide range of Android apps run without modification. Reports suggest that at this stage, far more Android …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Aug 2015
Windows 10 Mobile Build 10512

Windows 10 Mobile Build 10512 rolls out, but progress is sloooow

Microsoft has released build 10512 of Windows 10 Mobile as part of its Insider Preview programme. This is the first preview build since 10166 in early July. According to the official announcement, there are several small improvements, such as the ability to set the lock screen and background image from within the photos app, …
Tim Anderson, 18 Aug 2015
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'Marshmallow' picked as moniker for Android 6.0

Alphabet's search, ads, cloud and mobile business Google has revealed that the next version of its Android mobile operating system will be called “Marshmallow”. Google gives each version of Android the name of a sweet and also advances each new Android by one letter of the alphabet. Hence Android's current version is Lolliop, …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2015

Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

If you're using OS X Yosemite, watch out for malware exploiting a new way to take complete control of your Mac. A vulnerability has been found in Apple's operating system that allows ordinary software on the computer to gain all-powerful root privileges, allowing dodgy apps to install new programs, create users, delete users, …
Chris Williams, 18 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
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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

Windows 10 is keeping its new owners busy, as Microsoft has released the second “cumulative update” for the operating system in three days. The update dated August 11th was billed as a “security update for Windows 10” and promised “improvements to improve the functionality of Windows 10” plus resolution for half a dozen bugs …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 growth flattens out to 30 per cent per week

Windows 10's growth has slowed, according to StatCounter Global Stats. Last week, StatCounter opined that Windows 10 had captured 3.55 per cent of the global market for desktop operating systems. This week the firm's revised that number to 3.78 per cent for the week to August 9th and says that for the following week Windows …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2015
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Sony PC owners to get Windows 10 upgrade as early Christmas present

Sony has let owners of its Vaio computers know they're free to upgrade to Windows 10. In October or November. Sony walked away from the PC market in February 2014. Investment company Japan Industrial Partners snapped up the Vaio business and brand and has since brought new products to market. Sony retains responsibilities for …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2015
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Google flubs patch for Stagefright security bug in 950 million Androids

Google's security update to fix the Stagefright vulnerability in millions of Android smartphones is buggy – and a new patch is needed. The Stagefright flaw is named after a component within the Android operating system that, among other things, processes incoming text messages that contain video clips. By sending a vulnerable …
Iain Thomson, 13 Aug 2015
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Dell, Google dangle Chromebooks over IT bosses sick of Windows

Pic Google’s Chromebooks are just over four year old and, while the hardware has done well in education, businesses and normal people haven’t been too keen. In response, the ad giant has teamed up with Dell to fix this with a line of Chromebooks for business. Rajen Sheth, director of product management for Android and Chrome for …
Iain Thomson, 13 Aug 2015
No more Windows 10 Start menu with Start10

Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10

Stardock has released Start10, a Start menu alternative which replaces Microsoft’s Windows 10 Start menu with one that will make former Windows 7 users feel at home. This is a product that should not need to exist. Following widespread protest at the full-screen Start in Windows 8, Microsoft pulled back in Windows 10 and …
Tim Anderson, 13 Aug 2015

Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

Microsoft released Windows 10 two weeks ago, on 29 July, encompassing an ambitious global rollout whereby users of Windows 7 and 8.1 receive an in-place upgrade via Windows Update. It was never going to be easy, and is playing out as expected. Some users want the upgrade but cannot get it; others do not want it but get it …
Tim Anderson, 13 Aug 2015
Smartphones running Ubuntu

Ubuntu phone on sale to world+dog ... but will it work on your network?

Customers worldwide are now able to buy smartphones running the mobile version of Ubuntu Linux, even though many won't be able to get full value out of them. In a Tuesday blog post, Ubuntu maker Canonical said that BQ, its Spanish hardware partner, has opened a new online store where customers around the world can order the …
Neil McAllister, 11 Aug 2015
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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

Microsoft’s first update to Windows 10 is bricking some users’ PCs. The cumulative update is rebooting after getting part way through the installation process on x64-based systems without completing set up. The update is KB3081424. The problem has been reported, here, on Microsoft's official forums. In the case of one user, …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Aug 2015
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BlackBerry can't catch a break: Now it's fending off Jeep hacking claims

BlackBerry has denied rumors that its software might have played a role in the infamous "Jeep hack," saying it's "unequivocally" not true. In July, security researchers revealed that certain cars built by Fiat Chrysler were vulnerable to potentially life-threatening remote attacks, thanks to a flaw in the automaker's uConnect …
Neil McAllister, 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
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Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

Windows 10 looks to be doing alright, according to measurements taken by StatCounter. We usually consider desktop OS market share data from StatCounter and Netmarketshare in the first week of each month, but the former analyst also offers weekly data. With the debut of Windows 10 just 11 days behind us, a look at weekly data …
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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

Windows 7 PCs are being force fed a diet of Windows 10, breaking a promise made by Microsoft. The problem is affecting domain-attached Windows 7 PCs not signed up to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) for patches and updates, but looking for a Microsoft update instead. The upshot is PCs, ranging from 10s to hundreds at a …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Aug 2015
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Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright

Black Hat 2015 For those of you worried about the Stagefright flaw in Android, be reassured, a patch will be coming down the line in the next few days. "My guess is that this is the single largest software update the world has ever seen," said Adrian Ludwig, lead engineer for Android security at Google. "Hundreds of millions of devices are …
Iain Thomson, 5 Aug 2015
The Child Catcher

Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8

Are you a Windows 10 converts responsible for young computer users? Be on your guard. Child-friendly Family Features from Windows 7 and 8 won’t be recognised or accepted in the new operating system. Rather, children using Windows 10 PCs are seen as standard users; no dedicated child-user account exists. That means any …
Gavin Clarke, 5 Aug 2015

Mac fans! Don't run any old guff from the web: Malware spotted exploiting OS X root bug

The amusing vulnerability in Apple's OS X that grants administrator-level access to anyone who asks is being exploited in the wild by malware. Yeah, malware exists for Macs, this isn't the 1990s. Anyone logged in to a vulnerable OS X computer, or any software running on it, can use the security hole to gain the same privileges …
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SDN: It's living the dream – and just using what you've got

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) are growing in importance. Genuine interest around them is growing fast, faster even than the hype would indicate. This is having some curious knock-on effects. Networking vendors are cautious about SDN and NFV, as both trends threaten to commoditise …
Trevor Pott, 4 Aug 2015

Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

Microsoft had one job to do with Windows 10 – but it looks like it's failed to get even that right. Start Menu replacements for Windows 10 are moving almost as fast as they did for Windows 8, which didn't have a Start menu at all, according to Brad Wardell, whose company makes the most popular commercial drop-in Start menu. …

If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

Here's a quick FYI: if you installed Windows 10, and in a rush to try out Microsoft's new operating system, you clicked through the default settings without looking, you may want to look again. If you value your privacy, or have a distrust of Microsoft, you probably want to make sure some or all of the settings are flipped to …
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Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags

Linus Torvalds' regular Sunday night missive on the state of kernel development has labelled version 4.2 as a bit of a problem child and warned he “might not react politely” to some developer requests. Announcing the release of release candidate five (rv5), Torvalds says “it's looking like 4.2 might be one of the releases …

Windows 10 collects colossal 0.375 per cent market share in July

Windows 10 has rocketed to account for 0.375 per cent of the world's PC-driven web traffic, according to ratings firms Netmarketshare and Statcounter. For those of you domiciled beneath stones, Microsoft released Windows 10 on July 29th, meaning it had a chance to make a mark on the month-by-month desktop OS market share data …
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Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or RANSOMWARE?

People aren't good at waiting for stuff, and with computer users queueing up to download Windows 10, ransomware purveyors have started to move in. CTB-Locker This is going to be expensive ... Cisco's security team has noticed a new spamming campaign attempting to spread the CTB-Locker ransomware using emails purporting to …
Iain Thomson, 31 Jul 2015

No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad

Comment Targeting one million of anything is no longer cool, according to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. Only one billion will do. It's not surprising, therefore, that Microsoft has set itself a billion-device goal for Windows 10. What is surprising is just how unambitious that goal is, given the computing giant's aspirations. Indeed, …
Matt Asay, 31 Jul 2015
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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

Comment Windows 10 is the last version of Windows that will ever be released. If this really is the last version of Windows desktop operating system ever, though, where will Microsoft make its money? Microsoft, after-all, has built a multi-billion-dollar business on sales of new versions of Windows through retailers and to PC makers, …
Stuart Burns, 31 Jul 2015
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Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

Windows 10 is here. Now, while I have Windows Upgrade Fatigue and I'm in no rush to make the change, plenty of people out there received the upgrade when it arrived. There will certainly going to be a mighty spike in net traffic that day – not least because the upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 is a free one. If you're a …
Dave Cartwright, 31 Jul 2015
The Windows 10 (optional) full screen Start menu now looks more like 8

Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth

Feel like your network bandwidth is slipping away? Windows 10 could be the culprit. Microsoft’s new desktop operating system has employed a torrent-style approach to sharing updates with your fellow Windows 10 users. The OS employs a system of sharing updates between users’ PCs and across their own networks rather than …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2015

Oracle: Docker container tech will be in the Zone on Solaris

Oracle is the latest company to get on the Docker bandwagon, having announced support for the application container technology to come in a future version of Solaris Unix. Docker arose out of the Linux world, and its original implementation takes advantage of a number of Linux kernel features, including LXC, cgroups, and …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2015

'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

Mailbag “Clearly the first year of ‘free’ is really beta testing – what should a sensible IT manager do?” asks one Reg reader Down Under. I’ve heard this from a few of you and collected your thoughts. You’ve no doubt already read Tim Anderson’s review and Trevor Pott's sysadmin’s view. There are plenty of other concerns and questions …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jul 2015