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Submission + - Blue chip software bug leads to 'instant pwnage' (

An anonymous reader writes: An enterprise virtual browser claimed to offer “100 percent secure web browsing” used by some of the world's biggest organisations contained a critical vulnerability that “broke the basic value proposition” of the platform. The remote code execution bug could lead to "instant pwnage" of enterprise workstations using the Jetro Cockpit Secure Browsing platform.

Organisations using the vulnerable versions of the platform would be arguably "better off using no protection at all", the researcher wrote. Jetro customers include Coca-Cola; Carlsberg; Fisher & Paykel; Bayer; UPS; security firm G4S; the Israeli Police; Motorola, and Deloitte.

Submission + - The Telegraph Says Coding Is For Exceptionally Dull Weirdos ( 1

mikejuk writes: The UK Government is trying to figure out how to teach children to code by changing what is taught in schools. The Telegraph, a leading UK newspaper, has put the other side of the case — Coding is for "exceptionally dull weirdo(s)"
The recent blog post
  by Willard Foxton is an amazing insight into the world of the non-programming mind.
He goes on to say:
"Coding is a niche, mechanical skill, a bit like plumbing or car repair."
So coding is a mechanical skill — I guess he must be thinking of copy typing.
"As a subject, it only appeals to a limited set of people – the aforementioned dull weirdos. There’s a reason most startup co-founders are “the charming ideas guy” paired with “the tech genius”. It’s because if you leave the tech genius on his own he’ll start muttering to himself."
Why is it I feel a bout of muttering coming on?
"If a school subject is to be taught to everyone, it needs to have a vital application in everyday life – and that’s just not true of coding."
Of course it all depends on what you mean by "vital application".
The article is reactionary and designed to get people annoyed and posting comments — just over 600 at the moment- but what is worrying is that the viewpoint will ring true with anyone dumb enough not to be able to see the bigger picture. The same attitude extends not just to programming but to all STEM subjects. The next step in the argument is — why teach physics, chemistry, biology and math (as distinct from arithmetic) to any but exceptionally dumb weirdos.

Submission + - Adobe Compromised; All Your Codes Belong to Us (

sl4shd0rk writes: Adobe Systems Inc. is expected to announce today that hackers broke into its network and stole source code for an as-yet undetermined number of software titles, including its ColdFusion Web application platform, and possibly its Acrobat family of products. The company said hackers also accessed nearly three million customer credit card records, and stole login data for an undetermined number of Adobe user accounts.

Submission + - It's Programmer Day - What Are You Going To Do? ( 1

mikejuk writes: As well as being Friday the 13th, today is also Programmer Day. Instead of regarding it as a lighthearted joke, or an opportunity to have some fun, perhaps we should take it more seriously..Given the ongoing debate about getting the general public to code and learn some computer science, perhaps we could make use of it to get some programming ideas into the wider world. Perhaps the commercialization of Programmer Day by a greeting card company would be a good idea — as long as the cards contained some nugget of programming or computer science.
Yes, this is an opportunity we are letting slip by.
What are your suggestions for using Programmer day to get people involved and to improve our image?

Submission + - Canada's Fox News equivalent fails in bid for government subsidy (

An anonymous reader writes: You can't make this stuff up. The Sun News Network was founded to introduce a more conservative "perspective" (bias?) in Canadian television news — Fox News North, if you will. Run by the current Conservative Prime Minister's former communications director, who jumped directly to Sun TV from the PMO, Sun made a request for "Mandatory Carriage" from the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission). This would have meant that all cable providers would have been required to include Sun as part of the basic cable package, and Sun would have received 18 cents per month from every cable subscriber in English Canada (9 cents each in the French-language markets). Struggling for revenue and subscribers, Sun lost $17 million last year, and described anything less than subsidy they requested as a "death sentence". The request has been turned down.

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