The Truth: Guido van Rossum Retires, GitLab Apologises, More Catalina Woes for Apple Users
Thursday, 31 October 2019
Boo!! And happy Halloween! Here’s all the spooky stuff that has been happening in the IT world today.
Why do I love this job of mine so much? Because if weird stories like this one: “Twitter says a bug in macOS 10.15.1 aka Catalina stops users of the social network’s desktop Mac app from entering certain letters in account password fields. When attempting to type their passwords into the application to log in, some characters are ignored, specifically ‘b’, ‘l’, ’m’, ‘r’, and ’t’. Other programs may also be similarly affected.” No, I’m not making this up… Apparently macOS is interpreting this key presses as shortcut commands. Apple hasn’t said when it intends to fix this. Man, Catalina is turning out to be a rocky road for macOS users. Maybe hold out a bit if you’re an Apple user and haven’t upgraded yet.
British Telecom (BT) has reported their latest earnings and it looks like the company is treading water with a revenue of £11.41 billion, down 2% from last year. The company is blaming this on “the impact of regulation, declines in legacy products, and strategically reducing low margin business.”
Meanwhile, Huawei is doing great, despite the trade war the US is waging on the Chinese hardware manufacturer. Carried by increased demand in its home market, the company has increased sales by 29% and has shipped 66.8 million devices worldwide in the last twelve months. Huawei is therefore gaining on the smartphone market leader, Samsung, who’s also increased its sales. Meanwhile, Apple, in third place, has been dropping sales over the same period.
Microsoft is taking more steps to further lower the already extremely frigid temperatures in hell. The company has now announced that it has signed the Oracle Contributor Agreement and is ready to contribute to OpenJDK.
Guido van Rossum, creator of Python, is leaving Dropbox to retire. He’d already stepped down as the Python project lead in 2018. It is currently not known if he will continue work on Python at all.
The Register wins headline of the day, if not of the week with this beauty – Xiaomi the way to go phone: That would be with a 108MP camera by the looks of things.
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