In Swartz Tribute, Hackers Attack M.I.T. Site

Anonymous, the loose collective of hackers, attacked the Web site of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Sunday, in a tribute to Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old technology programmer who killed himself on Friday. Mr. Swartz, a passionate advocate for the freedom of information, helped create Reddit and RSS technology, and was something of an “Internet folk hero.”  At time of… Read more →

The 10 oldest, significant open-source programs

Python is only one of many important open-source programs that are more than 20-years old. Today, open-source software is everywhere but many peple still think of it as being relatively new. It’s not. Open-source software actually goes back decades. Before beginning our journey in the way-back machine though we should go over our terminology. “Open… Read more →

Overcoming rip-off retailers

The new year has kicked off in New Zealand with the usual bleats about the relatively high prices for technology that we face. Kiwis face paying up to 40 percent more for certain ICT offerings than Americans pay and, naturally, consumers are unhappy. The vendors and retailers reply that this is because the small size… Read more →

How to disable Java in your browser on Windows, Mac

Summary: Amid a serious security flaw in the latest version of Java 7, where even the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned users to disable the plug-in, here’s how you do it. By Zack Whittaker for Zero Day | January 13, 2013 — 20:18 GMT (12:18 PST) Follow @zackwhittaker Previous | Next Image 1 of 10… Read more →

Java security fix coming ‘shortly'; Up to 850m machines at risk

A day after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned computer users to disable or uninstall Java after a serious security vulnerability was discovered by researchers, Oracle has said that a fix will be made available “shortly.” Oracle, which develops the Java plug-in software after the technology giant acquired Sun Microsystems in 2009, did not… Read more →

Developers: help fix our convoluted patent system

Groklaw reports that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office “would like to form a partership with the software community” to figure out how to “enhance” the quality of software patents. The agency is seeking comments, and will be hosting two roundtable events in February, one in Silicon Valley and one in New York. According to the USPTO’s… Read more →

Serious Flaw in Java Software Is Found, Then Patched

6:53 p.m. | Updated Oracle fixed a security flaw in its Java software on Sunday, after the Department of Homeland Security warned users to disable Java software completely, citing a security hole that allows hackers to take control of their machines. “Java 7 Update 10 and earlier contain an unspecified vulnerability that can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute… Read more →

U.S. Agency Warns of Java Software Problem

The Department of Homeland Security has warned users to disable Java software on their computers, citing a security hole that allows hackers to take control of their machines. “Java 7 Update 10 and earlier contain an unspecified vulnerability that can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system,” the agency said in an alert issued… Read more →

Disruptions: Design Rivals Technology in Importance

Mike Segar/Reuters The Fuelband by Nike, which has become an unlikely leader in wearable computing. Last year, at Apple’s event to announce the iPad Mini, I was wandering around the gadget petting zoo the company sets up after each product unveiling. As I turned a corner, I bumped into Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, who immediately wanted to show… Read more →

Disruptions: Design to Propel Technology Forward

Mike Segar/Reuters The Fuelband by Nike, which has become an unlikely leader in wearable computing. Last year, at Apple’s event to announce the iPad Mini, I was wandering around the gadget petting zoo the company sets up after each product unveiling. As I turned a corner, I bumped into Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, who immediately wanted to show… Read more →