rjmarvin writes: A GitHub project is using the 23andMe API for genetic decoding to act as a way to bar users from entering websites http://sdtimes.com/sd-times-bl... on the Internet. based on their genetic data--race and ancestry. "Stumbling around GitHub, I came across this bit of code: Genetic Access Control https://github.com/offapi/rbac.... Now, budding young racist coders can check out your 23andMe page before they allow you into their website! Seriously, this code uses the 23andMe API to pull genetic info, then runs access control on the user based on the results. Just why you decide not to let someone into your site is up to you, but it can be based on any aspect of the 23andMe API. This is literally the code to automate racism."
rjmarvin writes: Microsoft has announced http://sdtimes.com/microsoft-r... RTM of Visual Studio 2015, the latest version of its flagship IDE, along with the release of
.NET 4.6. The release includes a new set of DevOps services featuring the Build vNext cross-platform build service, the IntelliTest automated unit testing tool, and a Dev/Test service delivered both via the cloud in Visual Studio Online and on-premises through Team Foundation Server. Soma Somasegar, corporate vice president of the developer division at Microsoft, highlighted three main themes Microsoft focused on with VS 2015 in an interview with SD Times: developer productivity, “a holistic set of DevOps services" and giving developers choices when it comes to tooling toward the goal of building Universal Windows Apps for Windows 10. VS 2015 and .NET 4.6 are available here https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-....
rjmarvin writes: MasterCard has released an Open API Declaration http://sdtimes.com/mastercard-... filled with promises from MasterCard to developers using its APIs. Sebastien Taveau, chief developer evangelist at MasterCard, said that building APIs requires openness and dialogue with the developers who will be consuming it. The MasterCard Open API Declaration includes a quote from the company’s CEO, Ajay Banga, who wrote in the declaration that MasterCard is “bringing together developers and entrepreneurs using MasterCard APIs to create new applications to drive a new generation of commerce through our products, solutions and services.” The declaration https://developer.mastercard.c... contains promises such as “When a developer requests a technology feature or reports a problem, the Open API Team won’t just listen. We’ll act" and offers a road map for the MasterCard APIs and toolsets out to 2020.
rjmarvin writes: After four years of litigation, the legal fistfight between Google and Oracle will not be tried http://sdtimes.com/oracle-v-go... in the top court of the land. The Supreme Court decided today http://www.supremecourt.gov/or... that it would not hear arguments in the ongoing battle over the Java APIs. After a California district court sided with Google in 2012 and an appellate court overturned the decision by siding with Oracle http://sdtimes.com/appeals-cou... in 2014, the case will return to lower courts.
rjmarvin writes: The ECMAScript 6 specification is now a standard http://sdtimes.com/ecmascript-.... ES6 is the first major revision to the programming language since 1999 and its hallmark features include a revamped syntax featuring classes and modules. The Ecma General Assembly officially approved http://www.ecma-international.... the specification at its June meeting in France today, ECMAScript project editor Allen Wirfs-Brock announced https://twitter.com/awbjs.
rjmarvin writes: As the father of Java, James Gosling gets a lot of love from the millions of developers who use the language around the world. Today, however, he programs robots that swim in the ocean. SD Times caught up with him http://sdtimes.com/twenty-year... to discuss the early days of Java, the evolution of the JVM and how Java 1.0's legacy relates to the Internet of Things.
rjmarvin writes: Apache Mesosphere users can now integrate http://sdtimes.com/googles-kub... Google's Project Kubernetes into their containerized cloud environments. Mesosphere today announced https://mesosphere.com/blog/20... that it would begin including Kubernetes as a standard feature of its Mesosphere Data Center Operating System. Google Cloud Compute project manager Craig McLuckie told SD Times the long-term goal is to bring Google’s internal cloud architecture and capabilities to the public as standard issue for all data centers, starting with making the system production-ready.
rjmarvin writes: Flush in market share, emerging platforms and devices, Android developers face a fragmented version, IDE and app tooling landscape http://sdtimes.com/androids-gr.... Android grew to 81.5% of the global smartphone market share in 2014, Spread within that massive growth is an operating system split into different forks on different smartphone and tablet device lines, made by different manufacturers all running different versions of Android itself, from Froyo to Lollipop. Despite more features, development options, platforms and emerging devices to target than ever before, actually developing for Android can be a pain in the app.
rjmarvin writes: Joyent, the cloud infrastructure provider that serves as the steward of Node.js, today announced Triton, a new “elastic” container infrastructure stack http://sdtimes.com/joyent-laun... that extends Docker deployments directly on bare metal. Consisting of a cloud-based service along with Triton Enterprise for on-premises deployment, Triton virtualizes the data center as a single, elastic Docker host, removing orchestration layers for more streamlined scaling and deployment of Docker applications. The open-source platform https://github.com/joyent is designed address community concerns about some of the shortcomings in the popular emerging container technology, implementing its existing SmartOS container runtime for multi-tenant Docker security with native Linux binaries.
rjmarvin writes: SourceForge has removed Binkiland, software believed to be malware by users of the open-source code repository, from its well of installer options for developers http://sdtimes.com/sourceforge.... A Binkiland support team member reached out to SD Times after its initial coverage http://sdtimes.com/sd-times-bl... of the Binkiland malware present in third-party SourceForge installers. After SourceForge director Robert Galoppini explained how Binkiland was removed and reinstalled, the Binkiland representative provided instructions http://www.binkiland.com/how-t... for how to remove the software.
rjmarvin writes: Now that its codebase is finally viewed as stable, OpenSSL is getting a good top-to-bottom once-over in the form of a sweeping audit http://sdtimes.com/openssl-und.... As part of the Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative, the foundation and the Open Crypto Audit Project are sponsoring and organizing what may arguably be the highest-profile audit of a piece of open-source software in history. The audit itself will be conducted by the information assurance organization NCC Group, and its security research arm, Cryptography Services, will carry out the code review https://cryptoservices.github.... of OpenSSL's 447,247 line codebase over the next several months.
rjmarvin writes: There’s a crazy rumor going around Silicon Valley right now that Oracle is about to buy Salesforce.com http://sdtimes.com/sd-times-bl.... Insiders have sold off a bit of stock, concentrated around Feb. 24, when a segment on CNBC questioned a large volume of trades of Salesforce stock. Marc Benioff even put in later in the month, selling more than a million dollars of stock. He did the same thing again on March 7, and some other executives started pushing their options onto the markets as well. Conventional wisdom says the rumor is simple cash maneuvering and works against Marc Benioff's competitive advantage against Oracle, or smoke signaling a much longer-term deal.