Monday tech roundupWho said that working in the infosec is boring? Last week surely wasn’t as the office took turns pranking friends and family with a tiny bug found on Facebook. The bug itself doesn’t constitute any privacy breach and doesn’t raise any security concerns but it can lend itself to a good joke. The story was first published on The Hacker News with a very intriguing title – Mark Zuckerberg Just Quits his Job at Facebook — Check Yourself! Basically by removing the ustart=1 parameter from a life event you can manipulate the “Started Working at company A” to “Left Job at company A.”  The minor bug, discovered by Sachin Thakuri has been reported to Facebook but so far hasn’t been fixed.

Windows 10 upgrade yanked from download server

Last week we talked about the first major upgrade to Windows 10 released earlier this month. This was supposed to be a huge upgrade downloaded by millions, and was supposed to set the stage for massive enterprise adoption. Then suddenly, the upgrades stopped upgrading. In fact, if you tried to upgrade you were pointed to the previous version you already had installed.

The problem stems from a new upgrade tool called MCT, or Media Creation Tool. This is what actually stopped working and it wasn’t a problem with the Windows 10 code itself. If you want the upgrade, Windows Update will still do just fine, Microsoft said. So far, it is still unclear whether MCT will be supported in the future.

Glitches aside, Windows 10 has bright enterprise future

Computerworld is reporting that by early 2017, around half of all enterprises will begin Windows rollouts. This may not sound aggressive, but compared to earlier, more problematic versions of Windows, it surely is.

This is all according to a Gartner report that is itself based on Gartner conversations with its clients – but it’s not an actual survey. While this is indeed an odd methodology upon which to base predictions it still offers valuable insights as anecdotal information is better than nothing at all and it is comparable to taking the pulse of the market. And that pulse is certainly strong, with more and more enterprises trusting Windows 10 and seeing the value of the upgrade.

A highway system with a real charge

With land at a premium, scientists have been working on ways to embed solar panels in our roads and highways for quite some time. Now there is a similar approach to powering electric cars – let the roads do all the work.

Oak Ridge Labs, amongst others, is looking at building wireless charging units right into the tarmac. That way, your car charges as you drive and if you stick to charged roads, your battery will never run out.

The key to all this magic is having solar arrays that constantly power the wireless charging system.

This is mighty ambitious and expensive. To work, you’d need governments willing to shell out billions and billions of (USD) dollars into this project and they’d have to fight the worldwide oil lobby to get it down. My take? Well worth a try.

Citrix under pressure from VMware to lay off 1,000

I’ve always liked Citirix. They essentially invented desktop virtualization, and owned this market for over two decades. Unfortunately, there was a lot more action on the server front, an area that VMware has controlled almost since its founding. All this has Citrix struggling, so much so it is shedding both products and people. Besides the loss of 1,000 workers, Citrix is said to be spinning off its popular GoTo line spearheaded by GoToMeeting. While these products did well – some (USD) $600 million’s worth a year – they didn’t fit the company’s strategic mission.

“Upon review, it is clear to us that the GoTo family of products is best suited to grow and operate as a standalone business,” said Bob Calderoni, interim CEO, President and Executive Chairman of Citrix.  “This separation will create a leading, pure-play SaaS company that will have a targeted focus with the flexibility to invest in its portfolio of products. It will also allow Citrix to refocus and amplify investment in our core mission to enable secure and reliable delivery of apps and data for the modern enterprise.”

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