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Chrome 71 will block any and all ads on sites with “abusive experiences”

November 5th, 2018
Chrome 71 will block any and all ads on sites with “abusive experiences”

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Google is promising to punish sites that offer what the company calls "abusive experiences." Chrome 71, due for release in December, will blacklist sites that are repeat offenders and suppress all advertising on those sites.

The behaviors deemed abusive cover a range of user-hostile things, such as ads that masquerade as system error messages, ads with fake close boxes that actually activate an ad when clicked, phishing, and malware. In general, if an ad is particularly misleading, destructive, or intrusive, it runs the risk of being deemed abusive.

Chrome already takes some actions against certain undesirable website behaviors; it tries to block popups, it limits autoplay of video, and it blocks certain kinds of redirection. These measures have been insufficient to prevent misleading or dangerous ads, hence Google taking further steps to banish them from the Web.

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GitHub is now officially a part of Microsoft

October 26th, 2018
GitHub is now officially a part of Microsoft

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satyan@redmond:~/src$ git checkout -b microsoft-acquisitions
Switched to a new branch 'microsoft-acquisitions'

satyan@redmond:~/src$ scp satyan@github.com:/github .

satyan@redmond:~/src$ git add github

satyan@redmond:~/src$ git commit -m "Microsoft announced in June that it
> was buying the Git repository and collaboration platform GitHub for 
> $7.5 billion in stock. That acquisition has received all the necessary 
> regulatory approvals, and has now completed. Nat Friedman, formerly of
> Xamarin, will take the role as GitHub CEO on Monday.
>
> The news of the acquisition sent ripples around the open source world,
> as GitHub has become the home for a significant number of open source
> projects. We argued at the time that the sale was likely one of
> necessity, and that of all the possible suitors, Microsoft was the best
> one, due to common goals and shared interests. Friedman at the time
> sought to reassure concerned open source developers that the intent was
> to make GitHub even better at being GitHub, and that he would work to
> earn the trust of the GitHub community. Those views were reiterated
> today.
>
> Since then, Microsoft has joined the Open Invention Network, a patent
> cross-licensing group that promises royalty free licenses for any patents
> that apply to the Linux kernel or other essential open source packages.
> This was a bold move that largely precludes Redmond from asserting its
> patents against Android, and should mean that the company will no longer
> receive royalties from smartphone manufacturers.
>
> Sources close to the matter tell us that Microsoft's decision to join
> OIN was driven in no small part by the GitHub acquisition. GitHub is
> already a member of OIN, which left Microsoft with only a few options:
> withdraw GitHub from OIN, a move that would inevitably upset the open
> source world; acquire GitHub as some kind of arm's length subsidiary
> such that GitHub's OIN obligations could not possibly apply to
> Microsoft; or join OIN too, as the most straightforward approach that
> also bolstered the company's open source reputation. Microsoft took
> the third option."
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satyan@redmond:~/src$ git checkout microsoft-corp
Switched to branch 'microsoft-corp'

satyan@redmond:~/src$ git merge microsoft-acquisitions
Updating cafef00d..baadf00d
Fast-forward
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satyan@redmond:~/src$ git branch -d microsoft-acquisitions

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Critical RCE Flaw Found in OpenVPN that Escaped Two Recent Security Audits

June 22nd, 2017

A security researcher has found four vulnerabilities, including a critical remote code execution bug, in OpenVPN, those were not even caught in the two big security audits of the open source VPN software this year.

OpenVPN is one of the most popular and widely used open source VPN software solutions mostly used for various connectivity needs, but it is especially popular for anonymous and

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Google Employees Help Thousands Of Open Source Projects Patch Critical ‘Mad Gadget Bug’

March 2nd, 2017

Last year Google employees took an initiative to help thousands of Open Source Projects patch a critical remote code execution vulnerability in a widely used Apache Commons Collections (ACC) library.

Dubbed Operation Rosehub, the initiative was volunteered by some 50 Google employees, who utilized 20 percent of their work time to patch over 2600 open source projects on Github, those were

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VeraCrypt Audit Reveals Critical Security Flaws — Update Now

October 18th, 2016

After TrueCrypt mysteriously discontinued its service, VeraCrypt became the most popular open source disk encryption software used by activists, journalists, as well as privacy conscious people.

First of all, there is no such thing as a perfect, bug-free software.

Even the most rigorously tested software, like the ones that operate SCADA Systems, medical devices, and aviation software, have

Posted in computer security, disk encryption software, file encryption software, Full Disk Encryption, hard disk encryption, Open Source, Security software, VeraCrypt, Vulnerability | Comments (0)

VeraCrypt Audit Reveals Critical Security Flaws — Update Now

October 18th, 2016

After TrueCrypt mysteriously discontinued its service, VeraCrypt became the most popular open source disk encryption software used by activists, journalists, as well as privacy conscious people.

First of all, there is no such thing as a perfect, bug-free software.

Even the most rigorously tested software, like the ones that operate SCADA Systems, medical devices, and aviation software, have

Posted in computer security, disk encryption software, file encryption software, Full Disk Encryption, hard disk encryption, Open Source, Security software, VeraCrypt, Vulnerability | Comments (0)

VeraCrypt Audit Reveals Critical Security Flaws — Update Now

October 18th, 2016

After TrueCrypt mysteriously discontinued its service, VeraCrypt became the most popular open source disk encryption software used by activists, journalists, as well as privacy conscious people.

First of all, there is no such thing as a perfect, bug-free software.

Even the most rigorously tested software, like the ones that operate SCADA Systems, medical devices, and aviation software, have

Posted in computer security, disk encryption software, file encryption software, Full Disk Encryption, hard disk encryption, Open Source, Security software, VeraCrypt, Vulnerability | Comments (0)

Open Source IoT Standards IoTivity and AllJoyn Merge

October 11th, 2016

In-brief: Two, prominent Internet of Things standards: IoTivity and AllJoyn are merging, according to an announcement on Wednesday. Industry standards for securing the fast-growing Internet of Things space have been popping up like daisies in the Spring in recent years. That has led to concern about paralysis as would-be think makers weigh the merits of competing standards, or opt for one IoT security standard, only to find their product isolated from other would-be ecosystem partners that opted for a different standard. Those concerns were eased, somewhat, on Monday with word that two of the main IoT security standards groups, the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and the AllSeen Alliance were merging under the OCF banner. The deal will help “advance interoperability between connected devices from both groups,” the OCF said in a statement. Open Connectivity Foundation sponsors the IoTivity open source project. AllSeen Alliance is the creator of the AllJoyn® open source IoT framework. Released in early […]


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This Open Source 25-Core Processor Chip Can Be Scaled Up to 200,000-Core Computer

August 26th, 2016

Researchers have designed a new computer chip that promises to boost the performance of computers and data centers while processing applications in parallel.

Princeton University researchers have developed a 25-core open source processor, dubbed Piton named after the metal spikes used by rock climbers, which has been designed to be flexible, highly scalable, fast and energy-efficient to

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This Open Source 25-Core Processor Chip Can Be Scaled Up to 200,000-Core Computer

August 26th, 2016

Researchers have designed a new computer chip that promises to boost the performance of computers and data centers while processing applications in parallel.

Princeton University researchers have developed a 25-core open source processor, dubbed Piton named after the metal spikes used by rock climbers, which has been designed to be flexible, highly scalable, fast and energy-efficient to

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