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Visual Studio Code finally arrives on ARM64 Windows. No, you haven’t woken up in 2017, sadly. It’s still 2020

Good news for those who have splashed the cash on Microsoft’s flagship Surface Pro X – the software behemoth has emitted an ARM64 build of Visual Studio Code. #ARM people! It’s time to try @code Insiders right now! Nightly builds starting today for Windows 10 on ARM, including background updates!🙋‍♂️I admit, this Surface Pro X is starting to convince me 🖊 👉 Try it now: https://t.co/phkaKAIGzS📞 Let us know…

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VirtuaVerse: Cyberpunk point-and-click throwback with ace chiptune soundtrack put out by… a metal record label?

The RPG Greetings, traveller, and welcome back to The Register Plays Games, our monthly gaming column. 2020 (or is it 2077?) is the year of Cyberpunk on the Desktop, with CD Projekt Red due to release its hugely anticipated project in September. That’s still some way away, so we are once again forgoing the enhanced capabilities of our rig in favour of something that wouldn’t look out of place…

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This’ll make you feel old: Uni compsci favourite Pascal hits the big five-oh this year

Pascal, a descendant of ALGOL 60 and darling of computer science courses for decades, turns 50 this year. For engineers of a certain age, Pascal was hard to avoid in the latter part of the last century. Named for 17th-century French mathematician Blaise Pascal, the language is attributed to Swiss computer scientist Niklaus Wirth and was created in part due to Wirth’s frustration with the process to improve the…

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Great news. Patch load drops 20% for the first time in 10 years. Bad news: Well, you’ve heard about coronavirus?

Over the first quarter of 2020, the number of security bugs disclosed by software makers fell 20 per cent though not for any of the right reasons, it seems. Analysts at Risk Based Security cited both internal data and public reports from vendors in putting the number of security vulnerabilities reported over the first three months of the year at 4,968, down from 6,198 over the same period in…

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Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

A Bombardier CRJ900. The CRJ200 is an earlier model of this type. File photo/Bombardier A very specific software bug made airliners turn the wrong way if their pilots adjusted a pre-set altitude limit. The bug, discovered on Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft fitted with Rockwell Collins Aerospace-made flight management systems (FMSes), led to airliners trying to follow certain missed approaches turning right instead of left – or vice versa. Missed approaches…

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Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands

Boeing has resumed production of the 737 Max, its passenger plane with software so flawed that its certification was yanked after being found to have caused two fatal accidents. A brief statement from the firm said “more than a dozen initiatives focused on enhancing workplace safety and product quality” are now in place at Boeing’s factory in Renton, Washington. The announcement also mentioned improvements to production systems and all…

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The time of annealing has come upon us, says Nutanix after beating revenue guidance

Nutanix has beaten the interim guidance it offered investors as the COVID-19-induced economic slowdown impacted its operations. In Q3 results announced on Wednesday the company revealed revenue of $318.3 million – a tick over its interim guidance of $312m to $317m and not far short of its pre-plague-prediction of $320m quarter. There was $240.7m of red ink, too. The revenue figure was up 11 percent compared to Q3 last…

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FYI: There are thousands of Chrome extensions with so, so many fake installations to trick you into using them

Efforts to manipulate installation counts in Chrome Web Store extension listings appear to be alive and well, despite a developer’s personal crusade to call attention to the problem. Julio Marin Torres has been highlighting suspiciously popular Chrome extensions since January in posts to the Chromium Extensions forum, trying to get Googler to enforce their store policies. In an email to The Register, he said Google has taken some action…

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Switzerland ‘first’ country to roll out contact-tracing app using Apple-Google APIs to track coronavirus spread

Switzerland says it is the first country to roll out a contact-tracing app for the COVID-19 coronavirus using technology and a set of APIs produced jointly by Apple and Google. The launch – which is admittedly, for now, limited to a pilot group of essential workers in the country – comes well before the UK is due to widely release its own version of a similar app that has…

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Vietnam accelerates – dare we say it? – digital transformation for a fourth industrial revolution

Vietnam has accelerated its adoption of all things digital. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday ordered the strengthening of the National Committee on E-Government. The Register lacks a native Vietnamese speaker so we’re working through online translate-o-tronic websites that suggest the revamped Committee wants to make sure Vietnam gets really good at StartupLand buzzwords, namely “Developing e-government towards digital government, digital transformation, digital economy and smart cities; to facilitate…

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