Software

We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?

Fri, 2018-02-23 22:09
Stand up would you, please, Mr Paul Manafort

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.…

Google gives mobile operators a reason to love it, and opens rich chat up for business

Fri, 2018-02-23 14:24
Spam and adverts? You bet

Google has opened up a major new communications channel for businesses – sending multimedia messages to mobiles using interoperable standards.…

Flappy Friday for Stack Overflow as outage woes run on

Fri, 2018-02-23 10:32
Well, guess it's nearly the weekend

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.…

Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron

Fri, 2018-02-23 08:04
Everyone's using this framework – now you can, too. Source is open

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.…

Unlucky Linux boxes trampled by NPM code update, patch zapped

Fri, 2018-02-23 06:09
Users stumble into pre-release code by using command they didn't understand

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.…

RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting

Thu, 2018-02-22 11:27
Pioneering gesture keyboard given bullet by owner Nuance

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.…

SAP HANA: Concerns remain over tech skills, complexity, licensing - survey

Thu, 2018-02-22 10:59
Most deployments now complete on time and on budget… It only took 7 years

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.…

SAP HANA: Concerns remain over tech skills, complexity, licensing - survey

Thu, 2018-02-22 10:59
Most deployments now complete on time and on budget… It only took 7 years

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.…

Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

Wed, 2018-02-21 09:01
It can't be worse than RT - and isn't

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.…

Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct

Wed, 2018-02-21 08:03
Cue virtual outrage and actual culture wars skirmishes

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 controversy and vivid online debate as been the result.…

Test crash dummies: Pearson VUE broke half-way into all-day exam

Tue, 2018-02-20 23:20
Trainees spent months prepping for web assessment... that fell over hours in

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.…

Pirates' privates exposed: Flight Simulation add-on nosedives into Chrome's cache

Tue, 2018-02-20 12:06
Flight Sim Labs tips a bucket of fresh aviation fuel onto malware flames

Virtual pilots were excited to download the latest update from Microsoft's Flight Simulator Add-On wrangler, Flight Sim Labs, featuring updates to the Airbus A320 model, but it was then tempered with anger.…

Oracle open-sources <code>DTrace</code> under the GPL

Mon, 2018-02-19 08:28
Which makes lots of sysadmins' fave tracing tool cool for Linux

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.…

Microsoft guts doc on 'Limitations of apps and experiences on ARM'

Mon, 2018-02-19 06:02
Over the weekend it said no Windows customisation, no Hyper-V. That's gone now

Microsoft has altered a document that listed Windows 10's "Limitations of apps and experiences on ARM".…

Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

Fri, 2018-02-16 08:01
It's therefore safe to assume the notch is not going away any time soon

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.…

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics - even location - with new desktop installs

Fri, 2018-02-16 04:02
Data harvest notice will be checked by default

POLL  Future versions of Ubuntu desktop may collect information on the PCs running it unless users opt out.…

Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

Thu, 2018-02-15 16:29
Now can you remove it from every Start Menu?

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.…

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

Thu, 2018-02-15 06:06
Frank Dickman is a hell of a super hero name, we gotta say

A fella in the United States is taking Microsoft to court to get Windows 7 put back on his PC.…

Waddawewant? Free video codecs! When dowe .. oh, look, the last MPEG-2 patent expired!

Thu, 2018-02-15 05:01
Never again shall an MPEG-2 encoder be chased out of a Linux distro

It's almost of historical interest only, but everywhere except the Philippines and Malaysia, the last MPEG-2 video encodeer/decoder patents have expired.…

Roses are red, revenge is so sweet. Microsoft extracts a few quid from Corel Office Suite

Wed, 2018-02-14 08:04
Jury awards Redmond some pocket change in patent dustup

Microsoft has been awarded just over a quarter of a million dollars in its patent infringement case against Corel.…