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Submission + - Microsoft SQL Server 2016 ... on Linux (microsoft.com)

BitZtream writes: Microsoft claims to love Linux, so much so that they seem to be bringing SQLServer to Linux in 2017. While the release mentions Linux in the title, iOS and Android for BI integrations appear to also be in the works. The announcement on the official Microsoft blog today is a surprising change from the Microsoft we knew only a few years ago. A preview is mentioned as available today though no link was found. With the recent purchase of Xamarin, as Microsoft finally decided there is more money to be made by not requiring vendor lock in?

Submission + - Homeward Remastered available for preorder on Steam (pcgamesn.com)

BitZtream writes: The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been officially unveiled by Gearbox Software at PAX South today. The game will feature a high-definition upgrade to all the assets, new voice-recordings from the original cast, and updated cinematics that also keep in with the games original theme and style.

It will also include access to a new Homeworld Remastered Steam Multiplayer Beta, which combines both classic games into one platform for a wider variety.

Gearbox have also laid down a launch date for the game too: February 25th. It will be available via Steam, and you can pre order today for a 15% discount.

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Submission + - FTC Offers 50k for an effect way to block robocalls (ftc.gov)

BitZtream writes:

The Federal Trade Commission is challenging the public to create an innovative solution that will block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones. As part of its ongoing campaign against these illegal, prerecorded telemarketing calls, the agency is launching the FTC Robocall Challenge, and offering a $50,000 cash prize for the best technical solution.

Apparently mandating that telephone companies filter invalid caller id data from their customers and prosecuting the violators of robocall laws is too much effort.

Microsoft

Submission + - Office 2010 Beta Released (office.com) 1

BitZtream writes: Microsoft has begun notifying people about the availablility of the Office 2010 beta. Don't bother trying to download it with anything other than IE however, it would appear at least for the moment that Safari on OS X (With Silverlight) and Google Chrome on Windows just sit at a page with a twirly when attempting to download after signing. IE on the other hand works instantly so it doesn't appear to be a load issue.

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