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Comp sci world shock: Bonn boffin proposes P≠NP proof, preps for prestige, plump prize

Norbert Blum, a computer science professor at the University of Bonn, has proposed a solution to an unsolved math problem that could win him $1m, not to mention professional accolades, if his approach withstands scrutiny. The problem is known as P ≠ NP. It's one of The Clay Mathematics Institute's seven Millennium Prize …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Aug 2017

The future of Python: Concurrency devoured, Node.js next on menu

Analysis The PyBay 2017 conference, held in San Francisco over the weekend, began with a keynote about concurrency. Though hardly a draw for a general interest audience, the topic – an examination of multithreaded and multiprocess programming techniques – turns out to be central to the future of Python. Since 2008, the Python …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Aug 2017
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How are you feeling today? Don't tell us, save for it this handy emotion-detection code

Computer eggheads from Italy's University of Bari have developed what they claim is "the first open-source toolkit for emotion recognition from text." Developers of Twitter bots, among others, often employ sentiment analysis to evaluate whether text expresses positive or negative feelings. Google engineer Max Braun, for …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Aug 2017
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Dismayed by woeful AI chatbots, boffins hired real people – and went back to square one

Analysis Convinced that intelligent conversational assistants like Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, and Apple Siri are neither particularly intelligent nor capable of sophisticated conversation, computer boffins last year began testing a crowd-powered assistant embodied by Amazon Mechanical Turk workers. The chatbot, a people-powered …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Aug 2017
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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

Analysis Netizens may choose to block unwanted content – such as intrusive and misbehaving ads – but some advertising companies do not to accept that choice. Instart Logic describes itself as a content delivery service and much of that content happens to be advertising. The California-based biz is determined to help its clients present …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Aug 2017

Favored Swift plans to settle down next year: ABI stability incoming

The Apple-supported open-source Swift programming language is set to stabilize in late 2018, with the release of version 5. The fifth iteration of Swift, outlined on Tuesday in a roadmap published by Ted Kremenek, senior manager of languages and runtimes at Apple, aims to deliver application binary interface (ABI) stability …

Apple signals it's willing to let next-gen web apps compete with iOS apps

Analysis About a week after Philadelphia-based web developer Greg Blass pilloried Apple in a widely discussed online post for hindering web development by refusing to embrace Service Workers, the WebKit team, stewards of the open-source layout engine powering Apple's Safari browser, began doing just that. Service Workers, an API for …
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This typosquatting attack on npm went undetected for 2 weeks

A two-week-old campaign to steal developers' credentials using malicious code distributed through npm, the Node.js package management registry, has been halted with the removal of 39 malicious npm packages. Developers regularly add these bundles of JavaScript code to Node.js applications to implement common functions, so they …
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Tired: Java. Desired: Node.js. Retired: The suggestion a JavaScript runtime is bonkers

Node Summit As the Node Summit got underway in San Francisco on Wednesday, Charles Beeler, general partner at Rally Ventures, said the Node community has come a long way since 2012, when everyone was talking about Node.js and no one was using it. Initially released in 2009, the JavaScript runtime environment now has enough users and …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Jul 2017
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Devs shun smartwatch work, gaze longingly at web-only apps again

Software developers have almost no interest in creating applications for wearables or smart TVs, but they're keen on web and hybrid apps, so much so that native-only developers are dwindling. So claims a survey of more than 13,000 developers conducted by Ionic, maker of a hybrid app development framework. "The web is …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Jul 2017
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Python autocomplete-in-the-cloud tool Kite pushes into projects, gets stabbed with a fork

Kite, a San Francisco-based development tools startup, has managed to alienate developers by quietly altering open-source projects for its benefit. Kite makes a Python programming plugin, called Kite, for various code editors to boost developer productivity through automatic code completion and other enhancements. The company …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Jul 2017

You can't DevOps everything, kids. Off the shelf kit especially

Comment Hey, psst. Come over here, I have a secret to tell you. My fellow DevOps hoodwinkers would cement-shoe me for saying so, but you don't always need to do the DevOps. In fact, in many cases, it's likely a waste of effort. Let's start walking this way, briskly, now – I think I see some pink and chromatic blue fade-tipped Thought …
Michael Cote, 21 Jul 2017

Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

Among developers, Python is the most popular programming language, followed by C, Java, C++, and JavaScript; among employers, Java is the most sought after, followed by C, Python, C++, and JavaScript. Or so says the 2017 IEEE Spectrum ranking, published this week. IEEE Spectrum, a publication of the The Institute of …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Jul 2017

Second one this month: Another code bootcamp decamps to graveyard

The Iron Yard, a four-year-old coding bootcamp based in South Carolina, USA, said on Thursday that it is shutting its doors. "In considering the current environment, the board of The Iron Yard has made the difficult decision to cease operations at all campuses after teaching out remaining summer cohorts," the company said on …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jul 2017

Apple's 'KGB level of secrecy' harms its AI projects – but don't worry, it's started a blog

Analysis Continuing its campaign to court AI boffins, traditionally tight-lipped Apple has tiptoed further toward engagement with the outside world through the publication of its first research blog. "Welcome to the Apple Machine Learning Journal," the initial post says. "Here, you can read posts written by Apple engineers about their …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jul 2017
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Contain(er) your enthusiasm, nerds: Docker-backed OCI runtime spec hits 1.0

The Open Container Initiative, an attempt by Docker and other container tech companies to build standards and consensus for container technology, on Wednesday plans to release the initial version of its runtime and image specifications. The OCI 1.0 runtime spec defines how a container's filesystem bundle is stored on a local …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jul 2017
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In after-hours trade on Monday, NYSE deployed test code to production

It looks like the New York Stock Exchange took the opportunity of an abridged trading session ahead of the fourth of July to test some code relating to its API. The problem is, test seems to have gone to production with the hilarious result that a bunch of stocks are reporting the same value: $123.47 (which, as someone noted …

Apple frees a few private APIs, makes them public

Apple, by necessity, fatigue, goodwill or accident, is becoming slightly more open in how it allows developers to interact with its software. In the wake of the company's Worldwide Developer Conference last week, software developers are reporting that some previously private APIs have been opened to the public. Private APIs …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Jun 2017

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