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Submission + - Introductory SW Engineering Projects (HS level)

mtapman writes: List three suggested introductory software engineering projects for a high school level student. Assume the student can do basic math (up through Algebra I or Statistics I) but is new to logic and computer science. Each project should take no more than four hours to complete including research, coding, and testing.The intent is to introduce the student to software engineering (and computer science) through practical and fun examples. Classic CS problems are welcome. One of the key criteria is available research/reference material to allow the student to make progress with 30-60 minutes of online research.

Some ideas that came to my mind (not necessarily good ones) are: (1) pick a sorting algorithm and sort a list of ten words alphabetically, (2) write a program to convert characters from lower to upper case, (3) write a program to divide two numbers in two different programming languages and compare the results to determine the differences between the languages.

Submission + - Seattle Passes First Uber Drivers' Union Into Law (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The city council of Seattle has unanimously voted in favour of a proposal which will require Uber — and driving-related companies which operate on the same principle — to allow its drivers to be represented by a union, the first of its kind in the US. The lead-up to the vote was hallmarked by opposition from Seattle's mayor Ed Murray, and by a publicity campaign from Uber, which opposed the bill. Though the law will allow collective bargaining for drivers which are effectively on zero-hours contracts, any effect it has on current disputes as to whether Uber drivers are employees or contractors will be ambient rather than direct.

Submission + - Microsoft to Pay up to $15K for Bugs in Two Visual Studio Tools (itworld.com) 1

itwbennett writes: Yesterday, Microsoft started a three-month bug bounty program for two open source tools that are part of Visual Studio 2015. The program applies to the beta versions of Core CLR, which is the execution engine for .NET Core, and ASP.NET, Microsoft's framework for building websites and web applications. Bounties range from $500 to $15,000, although Microsoft will reward more 'depending on the entry quality and complexity.' The highest reward will go to researchers who've found a remote code execution bug with a functioning exploit and an accompanying, high-quality white paper. On the low end, cross-site scripting or cross-site request forgery bugs with a low-quality report will get $500.

Submission + - Most Gamers Lack Confidence In Developers' Security Safeguards

An anonymous reader writes: 83 percent believe game developers should be responsible for securing players’ personal data, however fewer than 40 percent said they feel confident in current safeguards, according to PlayFab. Further, while 86 percent of participants expressed concern with protecting personal data on the Internet, data security ranked as one of the lowest priorities when making game purchases for nearly half of all respondents, indicating a disparity between beliefs and actions. Nearly 60 percent cited cost and game play experience as the first or second most important factors when selecting a game, while nearly half ranked security as one of the least important factors.

Submission + - Philosophical Differences In Autonomous Car Tech (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Guardian has an in-depth article on the status of self-driving car development at BMW. The technology can handle the autobahn just fine, for the most part. But the article highlights philosophical differences in how these companies are building their self-driving tech. European and Asian car manufacturers are fine working on it piece-by-piece. The car will drive itself when it can, but they expect drivers to always be monitoring the situation and ready to take control. Google's tests have taught it otherwise — even after being told it's a prototype, new drivers immediately place a lot more trust in the car than they should. They turn their attention away and stop looking at the road for much longer than is safe. This makes Google think autonomous cars need an all-or-nothing approach. Conversely, BMW feels that incremental progress is the only way to go. They also expect cars to start carrying "black boxes" that will help crash investigators figure out exactly what caused an accident.

Submission + - mozilla CEO threatens anonymous mozilla employee for anti-SJW comment (theverge.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Verge reports an impending witchhunt for criticizing a departed diversity-focused employee. The CEO explains he will fire the employee (if found) for "hate speech": "I'm talking about when you start saying 'someone's kind doesn't belong here, and we'll all be happy when they're gone.'", referring to the anonymous commenter, whose kind doesn't belong there, and the CEO will be happy when he/she is gone.

Submission + - JavaScript ES7 Function Bind Syntax (devbattles.com)

sasha_design writes: I write this post with hesitation but excitement. I have enjoyed playing around with the new ECMAScript function bind syntax as proposed here. This is a very early proposal for addition in ES2016 (ES7, whatever) and could drastically change or even be scrapped. Therefore, I recognize that this post may become obsolete.

Submission + - E-Detective spy tool used by police and governments has major security holes (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: A "lawful intercept tool" called E-Detective from a Taiwanese based company Decision Group has a major security hole which could allow a hacker to remotely execute code and read all the data captured by the software. Considering over 100 law enforcement agencies and governments around the world use E-Detective, this could be a big problem

Submission + - Anime News Club

An anonymous reader writes: Found a great new anime site that seems to have potential. Also looking for writers who wants to get there name out there.

Submission + - Vampire video game draws real blood from players (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A new Kickstarter project aims to considerably raise the stakes of being injured or shot in a video-game. Using the new 'Blood Sport' interface between a console's 'rumble' controller and an blood collection device, players actually have real blood drawn out of their bodies if they take a hit in the game. The interface uses an Arduino Board, a single-board microcontroller designed to connect virtual environments with real world events, to induce the rumble event to prompt the blood extraction device to start sucking. It's not intended for home use — the developers are seeking CAD $250,000 to take a two-player version of the game on a tour of Canadian blood banks in March of next year, and anyone using the device — which is not linked to any particular game or console but only to the hardware's 'rumble' implementation — will be doing so under the supervision of trained medical staff.

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