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+ - Microsoft Releases Visual Studio Code Preview For Linux, OS X & 64-Bit Windo

Submitted by ClockEndGooner
ClockEndGooner writes: Microsoft is still extending its efforts into cross platform development with the release of a preview edition of Visual Studio Code, "a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications that will run on OS X, Linux and Windows." . Derived from its Monaco editor for Visual Studio Online, the initial release includes rich code assistance and naavigation for JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js, ASP.NET 5, C# and many others.

+ - Debian GNU/Hurd 2015 released for DVD, NETINST, etc->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: It is with huge pleasure that the Debian GNU/Hurd team announces the release of Debian GNU/Hurd 2015. This is a snapshot of Debian "sid" at the time of the stable Debian "jessie" release (April 2015), so it is mostly based on the same sources. It is not an official Debian release, but it is an official Debian GNU/Hurd port release. The installation ISO images can be downloaded from Debian Ports [1] in the usual three Debian flavors: NETINST, CD, or DVD. Besides the friendly Debian installer, a pre-installed disk image is also available there, making it even easier to try Debian GNU/Hurd. The easiest way to run it is inside a VM such as qemu [2]
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+ - Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: Mozilla is officially beginning to phase out non-secure HTTP to prefer HTTPS instead. After a robust discussion on the mailing list, the company will boldly start removing capabilities of non-secure web. There are two broad elements of this plan: setting a date after which all new features will be available only to secure websites, and gradually phasing out access to browser features for non-secure websites, especially regarding features that pose risks to users' security and privacy. It should be noted that this plan still allows for usage of the "http" URI scheme for legacy content. With HSTS and the upgrade-insecure-requests CSP attribute, the "http" scheme can be automatically translated to "https" by the browser, and thus run securely. The goal of this effort is also to send a message to the web developer community that they need to be secure. Mozilla expects to make some proposals to the W3C WebAppSec Working Group soon.

Comment: Windows 10 (Score 1) 137

At this late point in the game, no government department is going to waste time and money on migrating to Windows 7 - a 5 1/2 year old OS that hasn't received a service pack in 4 years, whose "mainstream support" already ended in January.

With that in mind, you better hope your IT department has at least been following the Windows 10 beta program, in terms of testing on a few machines. It'll be released by October in time for the Christmas gift period - leaving a slim window of opportunity to be deployed at your office by the end of March (the end of your fiscal year).

tl;dr - you're up shit creek... :(

Comment: Re:Talk about creating a demand (Score 1) 329

by ChunderDownunder (#49567569) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

Tariffs? The UN climate change summits are a toothless tiger at the moment. but if they got serious...

e.g. You can have your $POLLUTER-built smartphone but the government will add 20% to the purchase price for any goods produced in any country that doesn't sign up to emissions reductions. All that cheap stuff you buy for zero postage on ebay from $POLLUTER will attract a $20 fee to pick it up from the post office. You can enter the EU but since your country of origin is $POLLUTER, you'll be charged a mandatory â500 fee at the airport. Anyone caught smuggling cheap goods from $POLLUTER will have their assets seized and jailed for 10 years.

Comment: What's native? (Score 1) 161

by ChunderDownunder (#49564951) Attached to: Has the Native Vs. HTML5 Mobile Debate Changed?

I use Firefox OS, you insensitive clod. :)

I was never a huge app user on Android anyway. Games and fart apps, yeah nah. If the latest online service that syncs to the cloud and data-mines my personal details wants my business, let them write a mobile web page!

The lack of native apps like Skype is the main thing I might miss on my next trip, calling family via hostel wifi. But hopefully I can get my relatives to adopt firefox hello! :) I've been wondering about one of those smart fitness wristbands such as Mi Band that sync to a 'computer' via Bluetooth. I'd need then to boot Android-x86 running in a hypervisor with bluetooth pass-through.

But for most stuff, I can't say I miss Android too much.

Comment: Re:Would it matter? (Score 1) 350

Yes, the audio cable works as an antenna. It also works with portable, wired, speakers.

No one listens to music while walking the dog or jogging, or have they all switched to bluetooth? Headphones are very popular with commuters who crave a reason not to strike up conversations with random travellers!

I must buy one of those gamer headsets that cover your ears. I find bud-style earphones annoying as they inevitably fall out when the wearer inadvertently yanks at the cord.

Chairman of the Bored.