Software

Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

Fri, 2017-07-21 10:11
Let's assume you've already heard of 'clickbait headline'

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  I'll never forget the day I found my children looking at Spam for the first time. My son was particularly perplexed, asking: "Is that what I think it is?"…

You can't DevOps everything, kids. Off the shelf kit especially

Fri, 2017-07-21 09:34
Waterfalling for the, er, 'boring' stuff

Comment  Hey, psst. Come over here, I have a secret to tell you. My fellow DevOps hoodwinkers would cement-shoe me for saying so, but you don't always need to do the DevOps. In fact, in many cases, it's likely a waste of effort. Let's start walking this way, briskly, now – I think I see some pink and chromatic blue fade-tipped Thought Lords and Ladies coming down the hallway towards us. They look like they're ready to do a blameful pre-mortem.…

The lady (or man) vanishes: The thorny issue of GDPR coding

Fri, 2017-07-21 09:03
The Devil is in the enhanced data model

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now less than a year away, coming into effect in May 2018, and any legal or compliance department worth its salary should already have been making waves about what it means for your organisation. As a technology pro, you know that these waves will lap up against the side of your boat. You're probably going to have to recode something somewhere. The question is what, why, and how bad is it going to be?…

Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

Fri, 2017-07-21 07:29
Just learn them all and stop worrying about the popularity contest

Among developers, Python is the most popular programming language, followed by C, Java, C++, and JavaScript; among employers, Java is the most sought after, followed by C, Python, C++, and JavaScript.…

Second one this month: Another code bootcamp decamps to graveyard

Thu, 2017-07-20 20:48
'Unable to find a sustainable model' complains crashed programming crash course

The Iron Yard, a four-year-old coding bootcamp based in South Carolina, USA, said on Thursday that it is shutting its doors.…

Feature snatcher Microsoft tweaks OneDrive

Thu, 2017-07-20 13:01
But Placeholders won't be replaced until autumn

Neither Apple nor Microsoft has a great history with their cloud graveyards consumer cloud file systems, tripping up users with frequent strategy lurches and abandoning features over the years.…

Why can't you install Windows 10 Creators Update on your old Atom netbook? Because Intel stopped loving you

Thu, 2017-07-20 06:02
Meanwhile, Redmond extends security fixes to tired CPUs

Microsoft has blamed Intel for the sad trail of low-end PCs left out of the Windows 10 Creators Update rollouts.…

Speaking in Tech: We NEED to do a [insert buzzword] project!

Wed, 2017-07-19 13:42
Why IoT failed, the AI takeover, the rise of content providers, and assorted chat

SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and - yes! - it runs on Linux

Wed, 2017-07-19 03:58
Penguinistas knock, Redmond lowers the Drawbridge

Microsoft's long, gentle embrace of Linux continues with the first release candidate of SQL Server 2017.…

Android-ocalypse postponed: Jide withdraws Remix OS from consumer frontline

Tue, 2017-07-18 11:34
The All Grown-up Android gets sent back to school

So Remix OS won’t be “eating the world” after all. Parent company Jide, founded by ex-Googlers, is repositioning itself as an enterprise vendor, and says its Android-for-PCs (which also runs on cheap ARM hardware) will no longer be sold to consumers any more.…

Apache says 'no' to Facebook code libraries

Mon, 2017-07-17 22:58
Anti-patent-lawsuit restrictions land tools on banned list

The Apache Foundation has declared that none of its new software projects can include Facebook's booby-trapped BSD-licensed code.…

Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum app in OK Computer re-release

Mon, 2017-07-17 08:27
Unclear if code was first mistaken for avant garde instrumental

Rock deities Radiohead have snuck a program for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum into a re-release if their seminal 1997 album “OK Computer”.…

Three Microsoft Outlook patches unpatched, users left to DIY

Mon, 2017-07-17 07:30
It's 2017 and attachments with "..." in their names caused crashes

Microsoft has withdrawn at least three of the patches released at the end of June and early July, but left it to users to find out for themselves.…

Linus Torvalds may have damned <code>systemd</code> with faint praise

Mon, 2017-07-17 05:05
He's definitely set Linux 4.13 ball rolling, with Intel Canonlake support and scaled-up Xen VMs

Linux 4.13 is under way. Linus Torvalds pulled one of his semi-surprises by announcing release candidate one on Saturday, rather than issuing his usual Sunday evening missive.…

Open-source world resurrects Oracle-free Solaris project OmniOS

Thu, 2017-07-13 22:04
People power!

The open-source community has fought back and resurrected the development of OmniOS – an Oracle-free non-proprietary variant of Solaris, which had been shelved in April.…

Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

Thu, 2017-07-13 21:31
Well, actually, do panic. A pending code change could bring a period of instability

The community-driven organization overseeing Bitcoin on Wednesday warned that any Bitcoins received after Monday, July 31, 2017 at GMT-0700 may vanish into thin air or be rejected as invalid.…

Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

Thu, 2017-07-13 20:13
It's gonna be spectacular!

At 0240 GMT* precisely on Friday, July 14, an epoch-defining moment will happen. And only real nerds – along with Reg readers – will know what that moment is.…

Will the last person at Basho please turn out the lights?

Thu, 2017-07-13 12:15
NoSQL database flinger fades as former engineers work to save Riak

Basho, once a rising star of the NoSQL database world, has faded away to almost nothing, The Register has learned.…

Speaking in Tech: What is a Windows 10 licence worth these days?

Wed, 2017-07-12 17:33
And: Anyone fancy a Phillips CM8833 mkii?

JavaScript spec gets strung out on padding

Wed, 2017-07-12 08:01
ECMAScript 2017 addresses left-pad gate, alongside various improvements

ECMAScript 2017, the latest edition of the specification upon which JavaScript is based, plugs a gap left by awkward extinction of some Node.js code last year.…