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Smack-talking overflow: Mining developer sentiment to understand the most popular APIs

Boffins build search engine based on feelings expressed about programming interfaces Developers looking for guidance about APIs may wish to try a search engine prototype called Opiner to assess how their peers feel about specific programming interfaces, based on a limited set of data pulled from Stack Overflow. Opiner is a sentiment-based search engine. At...

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Just take a look at the carnage on Notepad++’s GitHub: ‘Free Uyghur’ release sparks spam tsunami by pro-Chinese

How to make friends and influence people, 2019 Edition On Tuesday, Don HO, the developer of Notepad++, a free GPL source code editor and notepad application for Microsoft Windows, released version 7.8.1, prompting a social media firestorm and a distributed denial of service attack. Notepad++ v7.8.1 was designated “the Free Uyghur edition,” in reference to...

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Just take a look at the carnage on Notepad++’s GitHub: ‘Free Uyghur’ release sparks spam tsunami by pro-Chinese

How to make friends and influence people, 2019 Edition On Tuesday, Don HO, the developer of Notepad++, a free GPL source code editor and notepad application for Microsoft Windows, released version 7.8.1, prompting a social media firestorm and a distributed denial of service attack. Notepad++ v7.8.1 was designated “the Free Uyghur edition,” in reference to...

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Google’s Chrome Web Store under fire for shoddy service and cryptic policies

Developers! Developers! Developers! Oh, wait, that’s a different company Google is still working on a much-needed and overdue revision to its Chrome Extensions platform known as Manifest v3, but extension developers complain that the ad-slinger doesn’t do enough to support them. About three weeks ago, a developer build of uBlock Origin, a popular content blocking...

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Intel heralds record third quarter – despite being unable to meet customer demand for new chips

And tears wraps off yet another alleged Arm killer: this time, low-power x86 Tremont cores Intel on Thursday reported $19.2bn in sales for its third quarter 2019 earnings, a quarterly record for the company. The chip maker’s financial results [PDF] were significantly higher than the average analyst prediction of $18.05bn. Shortly after the results were...

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Senators Wyden and Warren sic trade lapdog on AWS over Capital One hack culpability

Amazon dismisses duo as opportunistic publicity hounds On Thursday, US Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) asked the US Federal Trade Commission to examine whether Amazon Web Services may have broken the law by renting defective servers. Their concern follows from the Capital One data theft earlier this year when a hacker accessed...

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The Great Data Takeout: Facebook, Google etc may be forced to hand over control of your info via an API (for a fee)

Delivery may be slow: US lawmakers, NIST still figuring it all out Assuming US lawmakers can set aside differences long enough to vote on actual legislation – not at all a foregone conclusion – users of large online communications platforms may be able to look forward better data portability and interoperability between services, eventually. On...

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Avast lobs intruders into the ‘Abiss’: Miscreants tried to tamper with CCleaner after sneaking into network via VPN

Software used by millions not compromised this time, says biz On Monday, security biz Avast said it believes some of its credentials were stolen and abused in an unsuccessful attempt to subvert CCleaner, a file cleanup utility that it acquired in 2017. Jaya Baloo, CISO at Avast Software, said in a blog post that the...