’24 Pull Requests’ Suggests Contributing Code For Christmas

An anonymous reader writes: “On December 1st, 24 Pull Requests will be opening its virtual doors once again, asking you to give the gift of a pull request to an open source project in need,” writes UK-based software developer Andrew Nesbitt — noting that last year the site registered more than 16,000 pull requests. “And they’re not all by programmers. Often the contribution with the most impact might be an…

December 3, 2017
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StartCom Will Stop Issuing Certificates, Revoking Them All in 2020

thegarbz writes: Startcom, a certificate authority which as we covered previously has been distrusted by Mozilla, by Google, and recently also by Microsoft, has announced that it will cease trading as a Certificate Authority. While their website currently shows no indication that their certificates have any problems, a news posting has announced their intentions to stop providing certificates as of January 2018, and to revoke all remaining certificates in 2020….

December 3, 2017
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From 2012 to 2015, following Facebook’s IPO, early stage startup valuations soared to unsustainable levels, and are now returning back to normal (Fred Wilson/AVC)

December 3, 2017

Fred Wilson / AVC: From 2012 to 2015, following Facebook’s IPO, early stage startup valuations soared to unsustainable levels, and are now returning back to normal  —  I tweeted out this article from Techcrunch in the middle of last week: … And the response from the Twittersphere was a desire to hear my views on it. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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PHP Now Supports Argon2 Next-Generation Password Hashing Algorithm

An anonymous reader quotes Bleeping Computer: PHP got a whole lot more secure this week with the release of the 7.2 branch, a version that improves and modernizes the language’s support for cryptography and password hashing algorithms. Of all changes, the most significant is, by far, the support for Argon2, a password hashing algorithm developed in the early 2010s. Back in 2015, Argon2 beat 23 other algorithms to win the…

December 3, 2017
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R.I.P., Cape Wind

schwit1 quotes the Boston Globe: What a long, slow death it has been for Massachusetts’s first proposed offshore wind farm. But now, its proponents are finally pulling the plug. While others in the energy industry considered the Cape Wind project dead, developer Jim Gordon didn’t quit after losing power contracts he needed for financing in early 2015, or after state regulators yanked permission for a power line connection last year….

December 3, 2017
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Profile of Antonio Neri, a 22-year veteran of HPE set to succeed Meg Whitman as CEO, as he faces an uphill struggle to cut $1.5B over three years (Rachael King/Wall Street Journal)

December 3, 2017

Rachael King / Wall Street Journal: Profile of Antonio Neri, a 22-year veteran of HPE set to succeed Meg Whitman as CEO, as he faces an uphill struggle to cut $1.5B over three years  —  The newly appointed CEO brings tech chops to a company in need of hit products  —  Meg Whitman’s tenure at Hewlett-Packard was marked … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Can Researchers Detect Irregular Heart Rhythms with the Apple Watch?

An anonymous reader quotes USA Today: Might wearing an Apple Watch save you from a stroke or cardio problem? Apple is careful not to make that direct claim. But the company, in collaboration with Stanford University School of Medicine, launched the Apple Heart Study app on Thursday that uses the heart rate sensor inside the Apple Watch to collect data on irregular heart rhythms… If an irregular heart rhythm is…

December 3, 2017
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Your Brain ‘Blinks’ When Your Attention Shifts, Researchers Discover

Science_afficionado quotes Vanderbilt University’s Research News: When your attention shifts from one place to another, your brain blinks. The blinks are momentary unconscious gaps in visual perception and came as a surprise to the team of Vanderbilt psychologists who discovered the phenomenon while studying the benefits of attention… The research was conducted with macaque monkeys that were trained to shift their attention among different objects on a display screen while…

December 3, 2017
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Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Says Bitcoin ‘Ought to be Outlawed’

Bitcoin “is drawing harsh criticism from Wall Street investment firms,” writes Slashdot reader rmdingler — and even from some prominent economists. CNN reports: The harshest assessment came from Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, who said that bitcoin “ought to be outlawed. Bitcoin is successful only because of its potential for circumvention,” he told Bloomberg TV. “It doesn’t serve any socially useful function.” Robert Shiller, who won a Nobel for his work…

December 3, 2017
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