Yey! Python has been declared as the language of the year by the PYPL index, the data is provided by Google Trends.
Python is the “language of the year” according to the PYPL index: it had the biggest increase in popularity share in 2013. PHP had the biggest decline. Meanwhile, Java continues to have the highest popularity share among the programming languages. -PYPL
Other sources on programming language popularity, such as TOIBE, are reporting a small decline on Python popularity. However the latter also reports on an increase in Visual Basic .NET’s popularity, so I would take these results with a cup of tea.
As some know, the RC4 cipher is broken but still used by many websites. The best practice is to disable it. This will probably break encryption for some websites but hey, it’s already broken…
This has probably been blogged, reblogged, and reblogged again. Anyway… The RC4 cipher is considered broken, however many https websites still use it as default and Firefox even displays these connections as “high grade encryption”. What can you do? Disable RC4 in the Firefox configuration! -Andreas, the dilfridge blog
Following $10 million gift received by the RSA, many speakers are withdrawing from the 2014 RSA conference. For many cryptographers, giving a talk at an event run by a company that deliberately weakens it’s security is immoral.
The only thing stopping corporations from putting NSA backdoors into their products is the risk of getting caught. RSA got caught backdooring BSAFE. If nobody seems to care, if RSA doesn’t suffer consequences, then nothing will stop other corporations from following suit. -Robert Graham, Errata Security
Phoronix is a nice place to get insight in the future of open source software, an recent article focusses on the Linux 3.14 and it’s possible features.
We’re finally nearing the end of the Linux 3.13 development cycle and while this kernel delivers on many exciting improvements, we already can’t wait to start talking more about the Linux 3.14 kernel with the continuous evolution of open-source software. The Linux 3.14 kernel merge window isn’t even open let alone the final release of the Linux 3.13 kernel, but here’s a glimpse at some of the features we know that are queued up right now to be merged into Linux 3.14 or stand chances to be merged into this next kernel release. -Michael Larabel, Phoronix
Almost all modern web browsers have some sort of extension feature which allows for third party developers to extend a browsers functionality. Recently adware vendors are buying chrome extensions and shipping these with ads. The auto-update feature distributes the malware to the end users.
While Chrome itself is updated automatically by Google, that update process also includes Chrome’s extensions, which are updated by the extension owners. This means that it’s up to the user to decide if the owner of an extension is trustworthy or not, since you are basically giving them permission to push new code out to your browser whenever they feel like it. To make matters worse, ownership of a Chrome extension can be transferred to another party, and users are never informed when an ownership change happens. Malware and adware vendors have caught wind of this and have started showing up at the doors of extension authors, looking to buy their extensions. Once the deal is done and the ownership of the extension is transferred, the new owners can issue an ad-filled update over Chrome’s update service, which sends the adware out to every user of that extension. -Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica