Software

Microsoft Visual Studio Code replumbed for better Python taming

Sat, 2018-07-21 00:19
Python Language Server an option for those that code

Microsoft's Visual Studio Code, the company's Electron-based source code editor for Linux, macOS and Windows, has been bestowed with the company's Python Language Server, making it more fluent in the popular programming language.…

Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

Fri, 2018-07-20 16:27
It's make-your-mind-up time

Comment  Two contradictory ideas run through statements by Microsoft executives this week.…

Why Google won't break a sweat about EU ruling

Fri, 2018-07-20 11:53
If you're expecting Tizens, Fires or alt-droids to flower, don't hold your breath

Comment  The European Commission wants to see a thousand Android forks bloom as the result of its decision yesterday to demand remedies from Google for its anti-competitive conduct on mobile.…

Get rich with Firefox or *(int *)NULL = 0 trying: Automated bug-bounty hunter build touted

Fri, 2018-07-20 01:57
Earn $$$s reporting flaws even if you're too busy or bored

Do you love Firefox, Linux, and the internet? Are you interested in earning money from the comfort of your own home? Are you OK with a special flavor of Firefox quietly gobbling up memory in a hunt for exploitable security bugs?…

British Airways' latest TITSUP* caused by Amadeus system outage

Thu, 2018-07-19 12:16
Stuck on the ground awaiting a load sheet? Here's why

The British Airways IT system failure that caused the grounding of flights around the world yesterday was caused by an outage at third-party travel tech supplier Amadeus.…

Oldest swinger in town, Slackware, notches up a quarter of a century

Thu, 2018-07-19 09:18
Venerable Linux distro still keeping it clean, after all these years

Slackware, the oldest Linux distribution still being maintained, has turned 25 this week, making many an enthusiast wonder where all those years went.…

Windows Server 2019 tweaked to stop it getting clock-blocked

Thu, 2018-07-19 08:01
Leap seconds issue solved, but without segmented smearing

Microsoft Windows Server 2019, coming later this year, will include UTC-compliant leap second support, both for added and subtracted time. But there will be no smearing.…

ME! ME! ME! – Intel's management tech gets a quartet of chip fixes

Thu, 2018-07-19 01:53
Check your OEMs for patches

In case you missed it, Chipzilla has gone public with more patches for the Intel Management Engine.…

IBM attempts to graft VM security onto container flexibility

Wed, 2018-07-18 00:16
Nabla Containers promises reduced attack surface through fewer system calls

IBM researchers have developed a new flavor of software container in an effort to create code that's more secure than Docker and similar shared kernel container systems.…

Webinar: Get a good look at Microsoft’s Windows Analytics suite

Wed, 2018-07-18 00:04
Health regime for your Windows 10 devices

Promo  Windows Analytics is a cloud-based suite of solutions that provides proactive insights into the current state of a Windows environment.…

Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach

Tue, 2018-07-17 13:36
Techies told to patch: ICO probes error that let pupils link to the wrong parents

Updated  Capita has admitted a bug in an information management system used by 21,000 UK schools could have incorrectly linked contact details to the wrong pupils – an incident with huge implications for pupils' data protection.…

Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

Tue, 2018-07-17 11:17
You will learn to love version 8, whether you like it or not

Windows users still clinging onto to the halcyon days of Skype 7 (aka "Classic") were warned last night to move to version 8 or face the service dying from September 1.…

Exec-transcribing AI so you can click Like on their brainfarts. Oh Microsoft, you spoil us

Mon, 2018-07-16 15:47
Cloud strategy pays off for investors. Hardware fanboys, not so much

It’s Monday and Microsoft’s Partners are already winging their way to Las Vegas for Inspire. That means it must be time for a news round-up.…

Microsoft's TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge

Mon, 2018-07-16 12:29
Dungeon generator also excellent at training agents in procrastination

How do you train AI agents in language and understanding? Easy – drop them into a Zork-alike dungeon and let then find their own way out.…

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is 3

Mon, 2018-07-16 10:10
Microsoft's apology for Windows 8 is maturing nicely. Must be time to screw it up again

Sunday is a big day in Vulture Central. No, not the football. Sunday is three years to the day when Microsoft’s apology for the Windows 8 generation was released to computer makers.…

Apache Cassandra at 10: Making a community believe in NoSQL

Mon, 2018-07-16 09:03
A decade of technical promise and open-source fall-outs

Ten years ago this month, when Lehman Brothers was still just about in business and the term NoSQL wasn't even widely known, let alone an irritant, Facebook engineers open-sourced a distributed database system named Cassandra.…

Notes/Domino is alive! Second beta of version 10 is imminent

Mon, 2018-07-16 06:02
Analytical email, modern web dev tools and more, for both of you who still care

IBM’s effort to make its Notes/Domino platform relevant for the future kicks up a gear this week, as the company prepares a second beta of a new version 10.…

Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived

Fri, 2018-07-13 15:44
Rumours of email's death have been greatly exaggerated

Comment  Stewart Butterfield is one of the more thoughtful Web 2.0 CEOs, but his software is like those movie sets in Westerns: all facade, no house. A beautiful UX is created, the hipsters are lured in. It worked for Flickr, and it worked for Slack.…

Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!

Fri, 2018-07-13 11:48
With a nudge and a wink, a spy in the mailbox will tell you stuff you probably already know

Microsoft yesterday squeezed out a couple of technologies aimed at encouraging teams to adopt a healthier approach toward meetings and, you know, maybe think a bit before firing off that midnight email.…

Microsoft: 'For goodness' sake people, cut down on the meetings!'

Fri, 2018-07-13 11:48
With a nudge and a wink, a spy in the mailbox will tell you stuff you probably already know

Microsoft yesterday squeezed out a couple of technologies aimed at encouraging teams to adopt a healthier approach toward meetings and, you know, maybe think a bit before firing off that midnight email.…