I used to think that the idea of banning encryption was too absurd for discussion. Whenever a politician or government official suggested it, I figured it to be a ploy covering the real desire, which was not to ban encryption, but to require backdoors that would allow encrypted content to be accessed by government agencies. […]

Last year, MIT computer scientists and Adobe engineers came together to try to solve a major problem that many companies face: bit-rot. A good example is Adobe’s successful Photoshop photo editor, which just celebrated its 25th birthday. Over the years Photoshop had accumulated heaps of code that had been optimized for what is now old […]

Modern application development owes much to the growth of the development operations (devops) movement and the automation tools it has delivered. Instead of just writing code, developers now need to think in terms the tools they’re using — and how they fit together in a flow from initial idea to a live application. The container is […]

Most of us get to be thoroughly relieved that our e-mails weren’t in the Ashley Madison database. But don’t get too comfortable. Whatever secrets you have, even the ones you don’t think of as secret, are more likely than you think to get dumped on the Internet. It’s not your fault, and there’s largely nothing […]

We are entering yet another new era for the Internet —  a very sad pessimistic one. You don’t have to take my word for it at all, but you should at least think about it and consider what I am about to discuss. A crop of new ideas have been coming out, and it paints […]

If you are currently using Linux version 4.6 series, then the Lead Maintainer has a message for you. It’s time to upgrade. Greg Kroah-Hartman on Tuesday announced the arrival of Linux 4.6.7. This is making it clear that it will be the last in the kernel’s 4.6 series of releases. Version 4.7.1 made its debut on Tuesday, […]

Yesterdat, LinkedIn released their open source {Py}gradle plugin for running Python builds in the popular Cradle software build automation system. With {py}gradle, Python and Java shops can all use the same build system. The plugin is accessible under an Apache 2 license. LinkedIn is trying to use the open sourcing to gauge the community’s perspectives on what […]

Google and Amazon offers management services as a part of their cloud, but not give access to their keys to third-party service providers.