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5.29.2016
Mac Developer: Don't panic, says Blue Coat, we're not using CA cert to snoop on you • The Register

Don't panic, says Blue Coat, we're not using CA cert to snoop on you • The Register: "These trusted certs can be used to disguise malicious servers as legit websites; netizens connecting to the systems would think they're using the real deal, but really they're talking to imposters and handing over sensitive information like passwords to strangers."

If it's happening here, it's happening all over the world.

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Mac Developer: Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water • The Register

Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water • The Register: "The daft bill was championed by Senators Richard Burr (R‑NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D‑CA) in February following an increasingly rancorous debate over encryption, and at one point it looked likely to make it into law. Just last month, Senator Ron Wyden said he was planning to filibuster it."

Sounds like California needs a Senator that understands California.

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5.28.2016
Mac Developer: Armed FBI agents raid home of researcher who found unsecured patient data | Ars Technica

Armed FBI agents raid home of researcher who found unsecured patient data | Ars Technica: "FBI agents, one armed with an assault weapon, reportedly raided the home of a security professional who discovered sensitive data for 22,000 dental patients was available on the Internet, according to a report published Friday."

You are living in an Orwellian police state where the only winners are the corporate overlords. If Eaglesoft's security leaks were to result in the loss of property by private citizens, they would be charged with nothing.

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Mac Developer: Dedupe, dedupe, dedupe dedupe dedupe... Who snuck in to attack Microsoft Edge? • The Register

Dedupe, dedupe, dedupe dedupe dedupe... Who snuck in to attack Microsoft Edge? • The Register: "To validate the attack technique, the Dutch team put together a proof-of-concept JavaScript-based attack against the new Microsoft Edge browser, configured with in-built security defences enabled.

Rowhammer involves rapidly writing and rewriting memory to force capacitor errors in DRAM that can then be exploited to gain control of the system. The hardware hack was brought to public attention by security researchers at Google Project Zero last year."

Comforting thoughts not so much.

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5.26.2016
Mac Developer: Quiet cryptologist Bill Duane's war with Beijing's best • The Register

Quiet cryptologist Bill Duane's war with Beijing's best • The Register: ""I have never worked so hard, under so much stress, and with so much at risk," Duane told the AusCERT security conference on the Gold Coast."

Considering his credentials, this is easily one of the most disconcerting security articles published in recent memory.

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Mac Developer: Google to bring official Android support to the Raspberry Pi 3 | Ars Technica

Google to bring official Android support to the Raspberry Pi 3 | Ars Technica: "The Raspberry Pi 3 is not hurting for operating system choices. The tiny ARM computer is supported by several Linux distributions and even has a version of Windows 10 IoT core available. Now, it looks like the Pi is about to get official support for one of the most popular operating systems out there: Android. In Google's Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository, a new device tree recently popped up for the Raspberry Pi 3."

When I was a kid, the Apple ][ was my dream machine, but I could never afford one, so I bought a Commodore 64 and programmed the Apple at my High School. In the end, the C64 provided a superior education because of the ASICs that handled sound (especially), since audio synthesis has played a role in, well, most of my life. If I had the time, I'd get into the Raspberry Pi. You know, with C and Linux, not with Java or Windows. Sorry, guys.

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Mac Developer: Government agencies keep sacrificing cash to zombie IT systems, GAO finds | Ars Technica

Government agencies keep sacrificing cash to zombie IT systems, GAO finds | Ars Technica: "Some of the most critical business systems run by US government agencies are older than many of the IT people who support them, written in mainframe assembler code or COBOL. That might not shock or surprise anyone who works in mainframe-centric industries like insurance and finance, where the time-tested reliability of some systems has granted them lives that reach back to the Johnson administration."

The other thing that is absolutely clear from this report is that the only company that understands the needs of its customers is IBM. Continues to manufacture and support the hardware necessary to keep these systems running. Which is what the CUSTOMER needs.

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5.25.2016
Mac Developer: Pastejack attack turns your clipboard into a threat • The Register

Pastejack attack turns your clipboard into a threat • The Register: "Dylan Ayrey, who published the exploit at GitHub, explains: “If a user attempts to copy the text with keyboard shortcuts, i.e. ctrl+c or command+c, an 800ms timer gets set that will override the user's clipboard with malicious code”."

One day, JavaScript will go the way of Flash. But first, someone will pay a hefty price.

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5.24.2016
Mac Developer: Apple reportedly working on a rival to Amazon's Echo

Apple reportedly working on a rival to Amazon's Echo: "More interestingly, however, Apple is also apparently working on a smart Bluetooth speaker not unlike Amazon's Echo or Google Home."

I don't find this interesting at all. I guess when Steve Jobs died, so did "Focus is saying no to 1000 good ideas".

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Mac Developer: Google’s closing argument: Android was built from scratch, the fair way | Ars Technica

Google’s closing argument: Android was built from scratch, the fair way | Ars Technica: "SAN FRANCISCO—Google attorney Robert Van Nest made his closing argument to a panel of jurors here today, asking them to clear Android of copyright infringement allegations as a matter of "fairness and fair use.""

They should eliminate all the APIs that look substantially similar to object-oriented system interfaces that preceded Java. That should sober them up a bit. Yawner until it's not.

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Mac Developer: Apple brings back crypto whiz Jon Callas as encryption battles heat up

Apple brings back crypto whiz Jon Callas as encryption battles heat up: "Callas is known to support this view, but has proposed a compromise in which agencies can exploit zero-day vulnerabilities so long as they're later disclosed for fixing."

The cat came back, the very next day...

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Mac Developer: Snowden: NBN leaker raids a 'misuse' of Australian Federal Police • The Register

Snowden: NBN leaker raids a 'misuse' of Australian Federal Police • The Register: "The privacy pundit backs his argument by citing the ubiquitous mantra of the pro-surveillance crowd "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" attributing the quote to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels."

Orwellian future arrives extra early in Australia.

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5.23.2016
Mac Developer: Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source | US news | The Guardian

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source | US news | The Guardian: "The account of John Crane, a former senior Pentagon investigator, appears to undermine Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other major establishment figures who argue that there were established routes for Snowden other than leaking to the media."

Hard to believe that just after WWII, the world used to look to the US for idealism and freedom.

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5.20.2016
Mac Developer: After a year of using NodeJS in production - elCurator

After a year of using NodeJS in production - elCurator: "All this to say that it feels like the Node ecosystem is constantly moving. Not in a good way. New tools that 'trump' old tools seem to come out daily. Theres always a new shiny thing to replace the other. You'll be surprised on how easily this happens to you and the community seems to encourage it. You use Grunt!? Everyone uses Gulp!? Wait no, use native NPM scripts!"

Here's an awesome article about the hype bullsh*t that is Node. Hopefully it will die during the unicorn culling.

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5.19.2016
Mac Developer: Senators put forward new bill to halt expansion of gov’t hacking powers | Ars Technica

Senators put forward new bill to halt expansion of gov’t hacking powers | Ars Technica: "Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and other like-minded senators have come out forcefully against the pending change to federal judicial rules that would expand judges’ ability to authorize remote access hacking of criminal suspects’ devices."

You no hacky me devices.

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5.17.2016
Mac Developer: PolyHook - The C++11 x86/x64 Hooking Library - CodeProject

PolyHook - The C++11 x86/x64 Hooking Library - CodeProject: "To me there was only one real solution, write my own library, on my own terms, with the goal of being the smallest, cleanest, easiest hooking library in existance! "

Nice! My thoughts exactly.

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Mac Developer: Previewing Apple's WWDC 2016: Big news for iOS 10, iPhone 7, new iPad Pro

Previewing Apple's WWDC 2016: Big news for iOS 10, iPhone 7, new iPad Pro: "A few are obvious, such as continuing work on Xcode, the company's development tool for building iOS software, and Swift, Apple's new development language that's taken off and gained enthusiastic adoption despite its fledgeling newness. "

Looking forward to seeing what mission critical features are gutted from Xcode Mac Development to make way for script kiddies making crapware for the iPhone.

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5.16.2016
Mac Developer: Google plans to start blocking Flash in Chrome this year | The Verge

Google plans to start blocking Flash in Chrome this year | The Verge: "Flash's death has been slow and painful, and now Google is planning to deal it another blow. Google has detailed plans to start blocking most Flash content with Chrome, with the change targeted toward the end of this year."

We wanted to let you know that we have identified the source of almost every zero-day exploit and we are, like, totally on top of that. It'll be handled in approximately twelve months, or, in layman's terms, after all your PCs have been conscripted into a server farm for the Russian mafia.

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5.14.2016
Mac Developer: Top programmer describes Android’s nuts and bolts in Oracle v. Google | Ars Technica

Top programmer describes Android’s nuts and bolts in Oracle v. Google | Ars Technica: "Shortly after he took the stand, Google lawyer Christa Anderson asked Bornstein to show an example of just what was meant by 'declaring code,' the type of code that's at issue in this trial. (EFF's Parker Higgins, who is observing the trial, later drew up a copy of Bornstein's completed sketch.)"

Does this mean Apple should sue Oracle for basing Java on NextSTEP?
Java Was Strongly Influenced by Objective-C
As it turns out, Sean and Tom are both absolutely correct. Usually, this kind of urban legend stuff turns out to be completely inaccurate, but in this case, they are right on. When I left Sun to go to NeXT, I thought Objective-C was the coolest thing since sliced bread, and I hated C++. So, naturally when I stayed to start the (eventually) Java project, Obj-C had a big influence. James Gosling, being much older than I was, he had lots of experience with SmallTalk and Simula68, which we also borrowed from liberally.

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5.12.2016
Mac Developer: Darktrace appoints a former CIA official to its board - Business Insider

Darktrace appoints a former CIA official to its board - Business Insider: "British cybersecurity startup Darktrace has appointed former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official Alan Wade to its advisory board."

Just when we learned the government is creepy, the creepy is privatized.

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Mac Developer: Report: Apple is approving apps more quickly to increase Services revenue - Ars Technica

Report: Apple is approving apps more quickly to increase Services revenue - Ars Technica: "Developers who want to sell applications in any of Apple's App Stores first need to submit their software to Apple for review, a process in which actual humans examine apps to ensure they comply with Apple's guidelines. One of the problems with this method is that it takes time for apps to move through the opaque review process, meaning users can potentially be stuck with bugs for a few days if something goes wrong with an update, even if the developer submits a new build to Apple as soon as the bug is discovered."

No chance this will increase chances a malicious app is approved.

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Mac Developer: Adobe...sigh...issues critical patch...sigh...for Flash Player zero day • The Register

Adobe...sigh...issues critical patch...sigh...for Flash Player zero day • The Register: "Adobe has pushed out a patch for 25 vulnerabilities in Flash Player, including one that is already being targeted in the wild.

The latest fix for the internet's screen door includes a remedy for CVE-2016-4117, the remote code execution flaw that is already being exploited by criminals serving up malware-laden advertisements."

The gift that keeps on giving.

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5.11.2016
Mac Developer: Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast • The Register

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast • The Register: "Microsoft's relentless Windows 10 nagware has interrupted a live TV weather forecast, urging meteorologist Metinka Slater to upgrade."

As bad ideas proliferate, it's just a matter of time before OS X "notifications" provide similar servitude to their users. I disabled mine by removing the system framework responsible for notifications, but in 10.11, that won't even be possible.

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Mac Developer: Court refuses request to force alleged hacker to divulge passwords | Technology | The Guardian

Court refuses request to force alleged hacker to divulge passwords | Technology | The Guardian: "An alleged hacker fighting extradition to the US will not have to give the passwords for his encrypted computers to British law enforcement officers, following a landmark legal ruling."

We'll have a much better idea if it was you or not after our illegal search and seizure bears fruit.

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Mac Developer: Sun’s Jonathan Schwartz at trial: Java was free, Android had no licensing problem | Ars Technica

Sun’s Jonathan Schwartz at trial: Java was free, Android had no licensing problem | Ars Technica: "'You know, there’s a lot of stuff on Google I don’t control,' said Schwartz. 'It’s a pretty big Internet.'"

Lawyers aren't used to dealing with witnesses who understand logical thinking. They like patsies. But most of all, they like billable hours and there are plenty here.

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Mac Developer: 94% of App Store revenue goes to just 1% of publishers

94% of App Store revenue goes to just 1% of publishers: "You’ve probably heard it’s hard to make money in the App Store, but not for a small few. Last quarter, a staggering 94 percent of App Store revenue generated in the U.S. went to just the top 1 percent of app publishers, according to new data."

Should be no surprise it's just like the economics of Wall Street, the world's overlords.

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5.10.2016
Mac Developer: Second Oracle v. Google trial could lead to huge headaches for developers | Ars Technica

Second Oracle v. Google trial could lead to huge headaches for developers | Ars Technica: "In the EFF's view, the Federal Circuit decision was wrong and conflicts with existing 9th Circuit cases, like Sega v. Accolade (1992) and Sony v. Connectix (2000), which allow for interoperability between systems, whether a copyright owner likes it or not."

Cry, cheer, or neither?

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