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Submission + - How Your Compiler Can Compromise Application Security (itworld.com)

jfruh writes: Most day-to-day programmers have only a general idea of how compilers transform human-readable code into the machine language that actually powers computers. In an attempt to streamline applications, many compilers actually remove code that it perceives to be undefined or unstable — and, as a research group at MIT has found, in doing so can make applications less secure.

Submission + - Young Students Hiding Academic Talent to Avoid Bullying

jones_supa writes: "The recent anti-bullying survey conducted by ABA brings up some interesting findings. According to it, more than 90% of the 1,000 11-16 year-olds surveyed said they had been bullied or seen someone bullied for being too intelligent or talented. Almost half of children and young people (49.5%) have played down a talent for fear of being bullied, rising to 53% among girls. One in 10 (12%) said they had played down their ability in science and almost one in five girls (18.8%) and more than one in 10 boys (11.4%) are deliberately underachieving in maths – to evade bullying. Worryingly, this means our children and young people are shying away from academic achievement for fear of victimisation."

Submission + - Microsoft Helps Russian Government Silence Critics (nytimes.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The Russian government, with the help of Microsoft, is selectively raiding groups and organizations that are critical of either the Russian government or its policies under the guise of cracking down on pirated software. Organizations backed by the Russian government are unaffected by the raids. Russian journalists and advocacy groups have asked Microsoft to stop aiding the Russian government as some organizations (Baikal Wave) claim to have legally purchased the software in order to deprive the Russian government of this tactic.

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