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Growing role of artificial intelligence in our lives is ‘too important to leave to men’

I must not have got the memo, because as a young lecturer in computer science at the University of Southampton in 1985 I was unaware that “women didn’t do computing”.

Southampton had always recruited a healthy number of women to study computing in our fledgling department, and a quarter of the staff were women, but the student lists for the new academic year showed that quite suddenly, or so it appeared, we’d achieved the unenviable record of having no female students in that year’s intake.

So, about this Googler’s manifesto

You have probably heard about the manifesto a Googler (not someone senior) published internally about, essentially, how women and men are intrinsically different and we should stop trying to make it possible for women to be engineers, it’s just not worth it.

Why aren’t we using SSH for everything?

ssh provides many features useful for client-server connections: Binary protocol, mandatory encryption, key pinning, multiplexing, compression (yes, it does that too).— Aren’t these the key features for why we invented HTTP/2?—

Admittedly, SSH is missing some pieces. It’s lacking a notion of virtual hosts, or being able to serve different endpoints on different hostnames from a single IP address.— On the other hand, SSH does have several cool features over HTTP/2 though, like built-in client authentication which removes the need for registration and remembering extra passwords.

Google doesn't underpay its female employees but it could have a different problem with women, data shows

The US Department of Labor says that Google appears to systematically underpay women and that it has seen "compelling evidence" of "very significant discrimination against women,". But Google says it does no such thing and has the data to prove it. At first glance, it would seem that if one of them is telling the truth, the other can't be. But they could both be right, according to analysis of Google's pay between women and men done by Glassdoor.

Women in Tech: We Need You

We need more female role models in tech. We need to hear your experiences, your lessons, your failures and your successes. We need to hear them because you can never be sure who you’ll influence and whose life you’ll change.

Five Things Tech Companies Can Do Better

In the past three months, I've heard a lot of people talking about what they think tech companies can or should do in order to protect women and minorities and anyone who experiences unlawful treatment like harassment, discrimination, or retaliation. Most of the discussion has centered around promoting diversity and inclusion, which is fantastic and important, but, I believe, slightly misses the point.

A federal court has ruled that an open-source license is an enforceable contract

  • qz.com; By Keith Collins (Posted by mbaehrlxer on May 13, 2017 3:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The enforceability of open source licenses like the GNU GPL has long been an open legal question. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals held in a 2006 case, Jacobsen v. Katzer, that violations of open source licenses could be treated like copyright claims. But whether they could legally considered breaches of contract had yet to be determined, until the issue came up in Artifex v. Hancom.

There is more to the story why grsecurity stopped issuing patches

PaX/Grsecurity no longer provides public access to test patches since Apr 26 2017. In the FAQ of the announcement, PaX team and Spender listed a couple of reasons why they do this. As some people already know, it’s not the whole story. As the result of a discussion inside h4rdenedzer0, we believe that the Linux Foundation is the culprit behind all this result that the commercial/individual/community users losing access to the test patches.

Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

Algorithms are almost as pervasive in our lives as cars and the internet. And just as these modes and mediums are considered vital to our economy and society, and are therefore regulated, we must ask whether it's time to also regulate algorithms.

We can teach women to code, but that just creates another problem

  • theguardian – Logic magazine; By Miriam Posner (Posted by mbaehrlxer on Mar 30, 2017 11:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Get-girls-to-code initiatives aim to fix tech’s gender imbalance – but they may help reinforce it – Conventional wisdom says that the key to reducing gendered inequality in tech is giving women the skills they need to enter particular roles. But in practice, when more women enter a role, its value seems to go down more.

BeyondCorp: A New Approach to Enterprise Security (2014)

  • usenix; By Rory Ward and Betsy Beyer (Posted by mbaehrlxer on Feb 17, 2017 11:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Cloud
Virtually every company today uses firewalls to enforce perimeter security. However, this security model is problematic because, when that perimeter is breached, an attacker has relatively easy access to a company’s privileged intranet. As companies adopt mobile and cloud technologies, the perimeter is becoming increasingly difficult to enforce. Google is taking a different approach to network security. We are removing the requirement for a privileged intranet and moving our corporate applications to the Internet.

The Case for Ubuntu Phone

There are times in standard social interactions where people ask what you do professionally, which means I end up talking about Ubuntu and specifically Ubuntu Phone. Many times that comes down to the seemingly simple question: “Why would I want an Ubuntu phone?” A good answer is all the benefits of Free Software, but many of those are benefits the general public doesn’t yet realize they need.

Obsolesced: The rise and fall of the Gopher protocol

Twenty-five years ago, a small band of programmers from the University of Minnesota ruled the internet. And then they didn't.

What’s up with nano?

As expected, the recent state of events where nano transitioned maintainership to Benno Schulenberg, and the project left GNU, has a lot of people speculating about what happened, and more disappointingly, making some pretty nasty assertions about motivations. I want to try and give a brief update on them to hopefully calm things down.

In mourning for Nano, chap crafts 1k-loc text editor

Ticked off by the news that Nano opted out of GNU, a programmer called Salvatore Sanfilippo has written his own text editor. The GNU maintainers, by the way, maintain that what's happened to Nano is a fork, rather than a stake through the heart. (the editor suggests that you also read the related discussions on the nano mailing list: http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.editors.nano.devel to get the full picture of what really happened)

Sponsoring free-time Open Source activities

Starting Nov 2014 Futurice financially sponsors Open Source contributions done by our employees on their own time. These contributions are entirely voluntary and are not related to any company projects. The purpose of the sponsorship program is to sponsor hobby contributions to a good cause. The sponsorship for any individual is limited to a maximum of 30 hours per month. With our compensation of €15 per hour (or equivalent local currency) that means a maximum of €450 monthly on top of your salary.

What's going on with Foresight Linux?

It's been very quiet about Foresight Linux for some time now. So i wanted to fill you guys in what's happening at the moment. Foresight Linux 3 is under development.

AV Linux Dazzles Both Eyes and Ears

With audio and video applications, you often need more than one package, and the assembled collection of multimedia packages in AV Linux is huge. The range of software offerings is a bonus. You do not get lightweight ware that leaves you yearning for more powerful features. The audio-visual tools are mature. Many of the productive apps are custom builds that enhance what you can do with them.

Linux FTW: Lenovo launches two Chromebooks

  • muktware; By Swapnil Bhartiya (Posted by mbaehrlxer on May 14, 2014 12:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The world’s leading PC maker Lenovo has also joined the Linux band-wagon and launched its first Linux-powered Chromebook for consumers space – earlier Lenovo offered Chromebooks for education. Lenovo has announced two Chromebooks – N20 and N20p. While both Chromebooks are identical, N20p offers a touchscreen display and its keyboard can flex 300° backward to convert from Laptop mode to Stand mode.

App.net's open source failure

  • InfoWorld; By Simon Phipps (Posted by mbaehrlxer on May 13, 2014 2:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
The company's business model put up too many barriers, and it's hard to compete without flexibility for all It's possible you've already forgotten App.net. It was the crowdfunded startup that was going to teach Twitter a lesson and start a new machine-to-machine messaging platform at the same time. Now they plan to shut down development, shift to a best-efforts maintenance-only approach, and give up their attempt to share revenue with their developer community. They also say they will try to use open source as part of their triage.

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