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Mozilla's creepy Mr Robot stunt in Firefox flops in touching tribute to TV show's 2nd season

Updated Mozilla automatically installed a weird add-on to Firefox on people's computers – an add-on that turned out to be a marketing promotion for the hit telly show Mr Robot. The open-source non-profit dev house secretly slipped the oddity, dubbed Through the Looking Glass, into browser installations as a shield study. These special …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2017
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Android flaw lets attack code slip into signed apps

Researchers say a recently patched vulnerability in Android could leave users vulnerable to attack from signed apps. The vulnerability, dubbed Janus, would allow a malicious application to add bytes of code to the APK or DEX formats used by Android applications without affecting the application's signature. In other words, a …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Dec 2017
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Beware the IDEs of Android: three biggies have vulnerabilities

Developers using the Android Studio, Eclipse, and IntelliJ IDEA have been advised to update their IDEs against serious and easily-exploitable vulnerabilities. Check Point Software Technologies went public with the bugs on December 4, but said it made its discoveries in May 2017. Initially, Check point's four researchers (Eran …
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Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools

By mid-2018 Google Chrome will no longer allow outside applications – cough, cough, antivirus packages – to run code within the browser on Windows. This is according to a post today on the Chromium blog that laid out the July release of Chrome 68 for Windows as the target for new rules that will block all third-party apps from …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Nov 2017
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Twitter: Finally, there's an affordable way to pay us actual money

Hoping to extinguish its eleven-year cash bonfire and finally turn a profit, Twitter has introduced premium APIs to allow businesses to make better use of its trove of troll tweets – for a fee. The hoi polloi seldom pay for anything online but developers, in particular those working for big biz, can be convinced to ante up in …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Nov 2017

Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

Poll Developers really dislike Perl, and projects associated with Microsoft, at least among those who volunteer their views through Stack Overflow. The community coding site offers programmers a way to document their technical affinities on their developer story profile pages. Included therein is an input box for tech they'd prefer …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2017

What’s the real point of being a dev? It's saving management from themselves

Comment What’s the point of being a developer ? My experience of being one taught me that it isn’t primarily the coding – it’s actually much more important than that. Last week at Parliament, discussion touched on the role The Register plays in the media landscape. The chairman of the House of Lords’ enquiry on Artificial Intelligence …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2017
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Has Git ever driven you so mad you wanted to bomb it? Well, now you can with this tiny repo

A quirk in the way Git handles data deduplication can be exploited to crash most computers with a single Git command. Developer Kate Murphy said this "Git bombing" can be pulled off by creating and organizing a repository of just 12 4KB objects so that cloning it fills up all available RAM and swap space until the machine …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2017
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Culture, schmulture. DevOps, agile need to be software-first again

"The talks get a little repetitive, don't they?" she said as we were walking out of the elevator and through the lobby, escaping the latest two-day DevOpsDays nerd fest. Unable to resist the urge to mansplain, I meekly volunteered that most of the attendees are first-timers, so, you know, maybe it's new to them. Upstairs …
Michael Cote, 13 Oct 2017
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Neglected Pure Connect speaker app silenced in iOS 11's war on 32-bit

Wireless speaker maker Pure appears to be more the first casualties in Apple's war on 32-bit iOS apps. Pure's 32-bit Connect software for iThings won't work on Apple's new 64-bit-only iOS 11, meaning folks using Cupertino's latest firmware and handsets can't control their space-age hi-fis. The audio remote-control app joins …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Oct 2017

Twitter's 280-char blog mode can be enabled client-side. Just sayin'

Twitter's plan to limit public trials of 280-character tweets has been foiled by web devs, who discovered the feature could be enabled by twits on the client-side. Yesterday, the milliblogging giant announced it had begun tests in which a "small group" of selected users would have their per-tweet character limit doubled from …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Sep 2017
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Developer swings DMCA sueball at foul-mouthed streamer PewDiePie

A prominent indie games developer says he will be filing Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices to forcibly cut ties with a controversial games streamer. Sean Vanaman, co-founder of Campo Santo and one of the creators of the hit game Firewatch, said he will be filing copyright infringement claims against all streams of his …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2017

Hacked Chrome web dev plugin maker: How those phishers tricked me

The chap behind Chrome Web Developer, a popular third-party extension that was briefly hijacked to inject ads into browsers, today confirmed he was the victim of a phishing attack. Chris Pederick, a Brit living abroad in San Francisco, California, said he received an email on Tuesday claiming to be from Google warning that his …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Aug 2017

Programmer's < fumble jeopardizes thousands of medical reports

A bug in code that generates medical reports could force patients in Ireland to repeat their hospital and clinic scans. The Emerald Isle's healthcare bosses have admitted a flaw in the PACS software used to store documents in its National Integrated Medical Imaging System (NIMIS) causes some records to not display a single, …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Aug 2017
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Chrome web dev plugin with 1m+ users hijacked, crams ads into browsers

A popular Chrome extension was hijacked earlier today to inject ads into browsers, and potentially run malicious JavaScript, after the plugin's creator was hacked. Chris Pederick, maker of the Web Developer for Chrome extension, is urging anyone who uses his programming tool to update to version 0.5 or later. That's because …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Aug 2017
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Apple celebrates soaring iPad sales: Put it on my tab, says CEO Tim Cook

Apple is crediting a resurgence in its education programs and school sales in helping to drive up iPad sales to its first gains since 2014. The iGiant touted numbers that topped expectations in its fiscal year 2017 Q3 (ending July 1). They further excited analysts by projecting a monster fourth quarter to close out fiscal 2017 …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Aug 2017

Apache says 'no' to Facebook code libraries

The Apache Foundation has declared that none of its new software projects can include Facebook's booby-trapped BSD-licensed code. The foundation's legal affairs director, Chris Mattmann, said over the weekend that libraries, frameworks and tools covered by Facebook's open-source-ish BSD-plus-Patents license should not be …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2017
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Redis releases respectable revision, tiptoes through tricky political terminology

Redis, the moderately popular in-memory open-source database has just hit its 4.0.0 milestone, to the delight of some. Project creator Salvatore Sanfilippo, who presently oversees development of the NoSQL info store at Redis Labs, celebrated the event with a Google Groups note to fans. Conceding Redis is not yet magically …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Jul 2017

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