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Submission + - Static types for Python are now production-ready! (zulip.org)

quartertime writes: In recent years, static types checkers have become available for popular dynamic languages like PHP (Hack) and JavaScript (Flow and TypeScript), and have seen wide adoption. Python just joined the party! A team at Dropbox (including Python creator Guido van Rossum!) has led the development of mypy into a mature type checker that can enforce static type consistency in Python programs. For the many programmers who work in large Python 2 codebases, the even more exciting news is that mypy has full support for type-checking Python 2 programs, scales to large Python codebases, and can substantially simplify the upgrade to Python 3. Read the details on it being 100% adopted by Zulip, an open source group chat product with 50,000 lines of Python, here: http://blog.zulip.org/2016/10/....
Oracle

Submission + - Oracle extends RHEL support to a decade and offers Ksplice trial for RHEL 1

An anonymous reader writes: A few weeks ago, Red Hat announced it was moving from 7 years of support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux to a full decade. Today, Oracle announced that it was also extending its support duration for Oracle Linux from 8 years to 10 years. Apparently, they're also offering a free trial of Ksplice for RHEL in a move to convince more RHEL customers to switch to Oracle Linux, which advertises free Ksplice rebootless updates, legal indemnification, and lower costs (complete with an amusing cost calculator).

Personally, I'm holding out until Canonical counters by guaranteeing a full millenium of support for Ubuntu LTS releases.
Science

Submission + - Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results May Be Due to Bad Cables (wired.com) 1

thomst writes: Adam Mann of Wired.com reports the finding that neutrinos may exceed lightspeed could be due to faulty optical cable connections.

Scientists from the OPERA collaboration at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy have “identified two issues that could significantly affect the reported result,” wrote OPERA spokesman Antonio Ereditato in an email. The first issue is a faulty connection of the fiber-optic cable bringing the GPS signal to the experiment’s master clock. The experiment’s GPS may also have been providing the wrong timestamps during synchronization between events.

When the Large Hadron Collider begins goes operational next month, the OPERA researchers will use it to re-test their findings on neutrinos' lawless behavior ...

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Gitionary: the git party game (ksplice.com)

sdasher writes: Finally, a chance to combine your love of version control and parties, with Gitionary. The brainchild of two MIT alums, it's a party game where you try to illustrate git commands. Personally, I'm still holding out for the Debugging Python RPG.
Security

Submission + - Plumber Injection Attack in Bowser’s Castle (ksplice.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Security Advisory SMB-1985-0001: Plumber Injection Attack in Bowser’s Castle

Ksplice, working in conjunction with Lakitu Cloud Security, has released a high-severity advisory about a Plumber Injection attack in multiple versions of Bowser's Castle. An Italian plumber could exploit this bug to bypass security measures (walk through walls) in order to rescue Peach, to defeat Bowser, or for unspecified other impact.

This vulnerability is demonstrated by "happylee-supermariobros,warped.fm2". Attacks using this exploit have been observed in the wild, and multiple other exploits are publicly available. A patch has been made available.

Security

Submission + - Ksplice apparently running on 100,000 servers (ksplice.com)

quartertime writes: Remember Ksplice, the startup that has been claiming they have technology to make rebootless updates for the Linux kernel? When they launched their commercial product last year, we weren't sure whether people would pay $4/month for it.
Well, it turns out that the answer is yes — according to their birthday blog post about having reached all 7 continents, more than 2 million rebootless updates have been installed on over 100,000 production servers.

Personally, I'm looking forward to when IBM's Watson starts updating its own code to fix all the bugs introduced by us humans.

Security

Submission + - One year of rebootless kernel updates on Linux (ksplice.com)

An anonymous reader writes: One year ago, nobody believed you could update your kernel without rebooting.

It's been a year since we reported on the launch of Ksplice Uptrack, a subscription service for rebootless kernel updates on Linux. In that time they've deployed on 100,000 production servers, shipped 2 million rebootless kernel updates, and seen adoption on all 7 continents. I'm personally holding out until there are rebootless updates IN SPACE.

Hardware

Submission + - Simultaneous Tx/Rx Radios Developed (stanford.edu)

ericn32 writes: Researchers at Stanford University have developed a radio technology that could lead to significant improvements in radio signal throughput. Currently, radios must transmit and receive simultaneously on different channels, or alternate transmission on a single channel, due to the fact that a radio may become "overwhelmed" by the signal it is transmitting and not listen to incoming signals. These radios overcome this problem by ignoring the noise they produce and can simultaneously transmit to another radio while receiving signals from another on the same channel.

Stanford University News via ZDNet

Firefox

Submission + - Firefox 5 To Integrate Tab Web Apps (conceivablytech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: We are hearing that Firefox 4 is now scheduled for a late March release and that the company has some issues fixing the right bugs as more non-blocking than blocking bugs are patched. However, on a positive note, the UI design team has posted some intriguing mockups of partial Firefox 5 interfaces. The big change will be the creation of a site-specific browser, which turns websites into tab apps within Firefox 5. This is the first time we are seeing Mozilla ideas how to deal with the app-ification of the Internet and a strategy to keep the web browser relevant.
Games

Submission + - Valve beats Google, Apple for profits per employee (examiner.com)

AndrewGOO9 writes: It should come with little surprise that Gabe Newell is well on his way to being one of the wealthiest men in gaming. In an age when console gamers would have many believe that the PC was on it's way out the door, Newell and Valve's Steam stand as sentinels of the platform, offering a ridiculous amount of content to the 30 million users. With the lion's share of the downloadable market on the PC, it's no wonder that Steam has become the go-to for many and an incredible financial opportunity for Newell and Valve.
Linux

Submission + - Why the NSA builds its own hardware 1

quartertime writes: Remember Reflections on Trusting Trust, the seminal paper describing how to hide a nearly undetectable backdoor inside the C compiler? A new piece describes how to hide a nearly undetectable backdoor in a PCI card. The mechanism is to install some code in the PCI expansion ROM, which is run as part of
BIOS initialization, which patches the BIOS to patch grub to patch the kernel to insert a remote backdoor. I wonder whether with China's dominance of the computer assembly industry, this method has already been used as part of their espionage efforts? This I think makes clear why the NSA has its own chip fabrication plant.
Security

Submission + - Why the NSA builds its own hardware

quartertime writes: Remember Reflections on Trusting Trust, the classic paper describing how to hide a nearly undetectable backdoor inside the C compiler? Here's an interesting piece about how to hide a nearly undetectable backdoor inside hardware. The post describes how to install a backdoor in the expansion ROM of a PCI card, which during the boot process patches the BIOS to patch grub to patch the kernel to give the controller remote root access. Because the backdoor is actually housed in the hardware, even if the victim reinstalls the operating from CD, they won't clear out the backdoor. I wonder whether China, with its dominant position in the computer hardware assembly business, has already used this technique for espionage? This perhaps explains why the NSA has its own chip fabrication plant.
Security

Submission + - Why the NSA builds its own hardware

quartertime writes: Remember Reflections on Trusting Trust, the seminal paper describing how to hide a nearly undetectable backdoor in a compiler? Here's a piece about how to hide a nearly undetectable backdoor in hardware. One can install a backdoor in the expansion ROM of a PCI card, which patches the BIOS to patch grub to patch the kernel to grant the attacker remote root access. Even after the victim reinstalls the operating system from CD, the backdoor will still be there. Given that China builds much of the world's computer hardware, I wonder whether this sort of thing is already part of the Chinese espionage playbook?

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