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Houston, we have some code. The Apollo 11 Guidance Computer source code is now available for free online, thanks to a NASA intern that uploaded it to Github. In the 1960’s, MIT programmers wrote thousands of lines of esoteric code for Apollo 11's flight software. They invented “rope memory,” and created a special version of the assembly programming language. Margaret Hamilton, Director of Software Engineering, standing next to the stack of code The AGC code has since been available to the public for quite a while (it was uploaded by tech researcher Ron Burkey in 2003). He transcribed... Read more...
If you're not affected by it, and don't know anyone else who's affected by it, it's easy to brush the issue of gender bias under the rug. The reality, however, is that it's an issue that's proven over and over again to be a serious problem. Apparently, it's even a problem in the programming world. Six researchers from Cal Poly and North Carolina State University banded together to see the effects of gender bias on GitHub, the world's leading open source code-hosting website. GitHub's structure allows project members to submit "pull" requests from the project leader to gain permission to overwrite... Read more...
A mere two weeks after Google decided to pull the plug on Google Code, competitor GitHub is experiencing the "largest DDoS attack" in the site's history. While the company itself isn't coming out with it, Baidu acknowledges that a great deal of traffic is coming from China. On GitHub's site, we're told that the attack began on Thursday, and while a number of common attack vectors are being exploited, some new techniques have been brought in: namely, unsuspecting people are having their traffic rerouted and are in effect contributing to the attack. At this point, the blame points to China. GitHub... Read more...
Google posted a changelist of new features brought forth by the latest Google Glass APK (XE7), and they include expanded capabilities for the “OK, Glass” functionality, increased web browsing controls, the ability to call or send a message to anyone in your Google contacts, more refined voice search tools, and more. However, GitHub user zhuowei posted some additional “hidden” changes in XE7 that he found by digging through the code. The most interesting bit is called “Boutique”, which appears to be the beginnings of an application market. Google Glass "OK Glass"... Read more...
On Wednesday, GitHub expanded and improved its search feature to make it easier to locate code stashed on the site by live-indexing newly uploaded code. In theory, it sounds like a nice improvement on the site’s ability to deliver results to those looking for certain code or developers, but it appears that the new tool uncovers much more--namely, private SSH keys. The issue appears to be that some GitHub users have been storing private keys in public directories, and the new search tool is returning them in search results. Obviously, having exposed SSH keys is disastrous, and it allows hackers... Read more...