Microsoft Is Shutting Down Its Azure Blockchain Service

Microsoft is shutting down its Azure Blockchain Service on September 10, 2021. Existing deployments will be supported until that date, but as of May 10 this year, no new deployments or member creation is being supported. ZDNet reports: Microsoft’s initial foray into Azure Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) began in 2015 with an offering on the Etherum Platform with ConsenSys. In late January 2016, Microsoft made available a preview of a lab environment in Azure’s DevTest Labs so that Blockchain-related services and partners can decouple the Blockchain technology from virtual machines. Microsoft’s short-term goal for the Azure BaaS was to make available a certified blockchain marketplace. In the interim, the focus was to add blockchain partners of all kinds, rather than trying to pick a limited number of potential winners, officials said.

Microsoft ended up fielding a preview of Azure BaaS, but lately had not done much to update the


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Double-square brackets revisited

Yesterday I explained what the [[square brackets]] are doing in the various outlining products that support them. But I got it wrong. They are simpler than I thought, and represent a feature we had in our web CMSes going back to Clay Basket in 1995. They’re doing the same thing they do in Wikis.
Suppose you’ve written something in an outline entitled Bill Gates vs The Internet. Then a year later you could link to the story with [[Bill Gates vs The Internet]].
It’s useful if you give titles to what you write, but this is an old discussion not just in blogland but elsewhere apparently. To programmers it is convenient if every piece has a title. But the truth is most items in web and personal writing don’t have titles, in this sense: there isn’t an obvious title for them, if you had to come up with one it would


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VLC Media Player 3.0.14 Fixes Broken Windows Automatic Updater

New submitter imcdona writes: VideoLan has released VLC Media Player 3.0.14 to fix an issue affecting Window users and causing the widely-used software’s auto-updater not to launch the new version’s installer automatically. “VLC users on Windows might encounter issues when trying to auto update VLC from version 3.0.12 and 3.0.13,” VideoLan explained.”We are publishing version 3.0.14 to address this problem for future updates.”

This issue is caused by a bug introduced in the automatic updater code of VLC 3.0.12 and fixed with the release of VLC 3.0.14. Because of this bug, VLC updates are downloaded to the users’ computers, verified for integrity, but will not be installed as the auto-updater fails to launch the VLC 3.0.14 installer.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


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