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Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

Purism – a San Francisco, California, social purpose company that flies the flags of privacy, security and software freedom – has begun offering its GNU/Linux-based laptops with Intel's Management Engine disabled. The Intel Management Engine is a hidden coprocessor at the heart of Chipzilla's vPro technology. Part of the …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Oct 2017
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Facebook tackles race hate problem head on with programming tool

In Facebook's advertising business, a race condition might be construed as an ethnic descriptor used to prevent purchased ads from being displayed to a particular racial group. Among its software engineers, it's a programming problem that arises when multiple operations run concurrently but are executed in an unexpected order …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Oct 2017
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Programming bootcamp compiles $375,000 check after triggering New York AG's error handlers

Analysis New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last week agreed to settle charges that New York City-based code bootcamp Flatiron School operated without a license and failed to adequately disclose information about the employment outcomes of graduates. Flatiron School has agreed to pay $375,000 in restitution to eligible …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Oct 2017
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'We think autonomous coding is a very real thing' – GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers

At Pier 70 in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, where ships once were built, code-hosting biz GitHub held forth on building and shipping code, and on the people who do so. Following a manic Looney Tunes-inspired cartoon intro, Chris Wanstrath, cofounder and departing chief exec, opened the keynote presentation by …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Oct 2017

Don't fear the reap... er, automation: Puppet hopes to make IT boring, says that's a good thing

The revolution will not be televised because IT automation is boring. But it will be scripted and play out unseen, because boring is the desired state for computing infrastructure. Businesses just want their systems to work, without drama or excitement. Puppet, a maker of devops software, is trying to broaden the boredom. …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Oct 2017
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Kotlin's killin' Java among Android devs

Java on Android is dying, and before long will be dominated by Kotlin, or so says a selective slice of developer data. Realm, which offers a real-time database popular among mobile application makers, has crunched the numbers from its pool or 100,000 or so active developers. The company on Tuesday published its findings, a …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Oct 2017

Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

Video Apple on Thursday released a security patch for macOS High Sierra 10.13 to address vulnerabilities in Apple File System (APFS) volumes and its Keychain software. Matheus Mariano, a developer with Brazil-based Leet Tech, documented the APFS flaw in a blog post a week ago, and it has since been reproduced by another programmer, …

Google backs up Firebase with a second realtime NoSQL silo

Google's twin fetish manifested itself in its Firebase platform-as-a-service offering on Tuesday through the introduction of a second realtime NoSQL database. Firebase has been growing in popularity among mobile and web developers thanks in part to the Firebase Realtime Database, which provides a way to synchronize data across …
Georges Saab at JavaOne '17

Oracle VP: 'We want the next decade to be Java first, Java always'

Analysis In the wake of a safe harbor disclaimer insisting Oracle could not be held to anything said during its JavaOne conference keynote on Monday, Georges Saab, veep of software development for the Java platform, talked his way through a Java victory lap. "Over the past 22 years, Java has grown and matured to the point that the …

Java security plagued by crappy docs, complex APIs, bad advice

Relying on search engines to find answers to coding problems has become so common that two years ago it was suggested computer programming be renamed "googling Stack Overflow," in reference to the oft-visited coding community website. But researchers from Virginia Tech contend more care needs to be taken when copying code from …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Sep 2017
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Cluster coordinator Kubernetes claims crisp care clip

Kubernetes, the popular open-source software for managing containerized applications, is scheduled for a feature infusion on Thursday, in accordance with its bump to version 1.8. Backed by the likes of Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Red Hat, Kubernetes provides more than half of the Fortune 100 companies with a way to …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Sep 2017
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Yahoo! search! results!, recommendations!, ad! flinging! code! is! now! open! source!

Oath, the Verizon-owned parent of Yahoo!, has forsworn control of Yahoo!'s search code, known as Vespa, and turned it into an open-source project. Having nothing at all to do with scooters, the software provides a way to query structured and unstructured data, to organize and rank results, and to write data at scale. It's a …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Sep 2017

Crap cracked fat-attack Pact app chaps slapped in pact backtrack infract

Defunct mobile app company Pact broke its pact with customers to pay them promised cash incentives, US trade watchdog the FTC said on Thursday. Pact, which shut down in July, described itself as a 15-person San Francisco startup on its website. Few if any people remain. According to the FTC, the Khosla Ventures-funded startup …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Sep 2017

Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

Developers may be no more curious about salaries than any other set of workers, but their high degree of variation in terms of education, skillset and experience – not to mention the often ill-defined nature of their work – gives them ample reason to be curious about pay among their peers. Stack Overflow, a community site …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Sep 2017
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Google sued for paying women less than men

Three former Google employees filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the company on Thursday over charges of unfair pay and promotion. The complaint [PDF] – filed in San Francisco, California, by law firms Altshuler Berzon, LLP and Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP – alleges that Google systematically pays women …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Sep 2017
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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

Python, which ranks consistently as one of the most popular programming languages, is the fastest growing major programming language, according to coding community site Stack Overflow. Stack Overflow's metric here is visits to website posts tagged "Python" compared to posts tagged with other programming languages – …
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Facebook ties JavaScript code together with Yarn

Facebook, known for telling tales about users it doesn't have, has spun another sort of yarn. The ad gavage network on Thursday released Yarn 1.0, the latest update to the open source JavaScript package manager introduced last year with the help of Google, Exponent and Tilde. Yarn is an alternative to npm (Node Package …
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Google ARCore brings augmented reality to relatively small audience

Google on Tuesday released a preview of its augmented reality toolkit, although the company acknowledged that only a small portion of Android's installed base will be able to use the software. ARCore is Google's answer to ARKit, Apple's software development kit for creating augmented reality (AR) applications. It's also the …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Aug 2017

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