The VPN (Virtual Private Network) provider FrootVPN is beta-testing the Windows client for a tool they call “Kill Switch”. Essentially, whenever the VPN connection drops, there is a moment in time where the public IP address, not hidden through VPN, can be seen. As soon as the VPN reconnects, that’s no longer a problem.
What FrootVPN’s kill switch tool does is to kill the Internet connection as soon as the VPN disconnects. This can protect you from having your normal IP address exposed.
Windows users can click here to try it out (requires a FrootVPN account).
FrootVPN itself is available for OS X, Windows, Linux and Android and iOS.
IBM has acquired Red Hat for $33 billion, they say they want to bolster their cloud services business which makes sense. At the moment, AWS (Amazon Web Services), Google, and Microsoft are eating the cloudy lunches of IBM and Oracle who have turned out to be the big losers so far in the cloud wars.
Buying up Red Hat which maintains Red Hat Enterprise Linux and has their own verified Docker registry along with many tools for deploying to scalable instances (such as with OpenShift, which they handed small how-to tutorial books on at LinuxCon 2016) is a great idea…for IBM:
The tech giant said it would use its expertise to help expand Red Hat’s open-source software, which spurns proprietary code in favor of systems that can be used and modified by the masses.
About 20 percent of applications have been transitioned to cloud servers, leaving 80 percent that continue to be run on local servers, according to IBM and Red Hat.
“One of the reasons a lot of applications haven’t moved is because of concerns about security,” Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst told USA TODAY in an interview.
Whitehurst said IBM and Red Hat will combine their expertise in cybersecurity to protect customers from threats and ensure data privacy.
But what will it mean for free/open source developers who rely on Red Hat?
Thankfully with free/open source licenses, it’s possible to fork the code if IBM starts to clamp down on Red Hat’s culture and creativity that is enabled by that open source culture. This acquisition has come out of the blue (ha. ha.), and we’ll all have to watch and wait and see what happens in the next year.
Microsoft embracing open source and buying Github, IBM acquiring Red Hat? What’s next?
- The obsession for efficiency is killing productivity: working on multiple projects at once involves context-switching which decreases productivity, all in the pursuit of some imaginary efficiency
- BBC’s Computer Literacy Archive: check out an archive of BASIC and BBC Microcomputer system info
- Testing your code, verifying method arguments: reduce the brittleness of your unit tests by testing for specific method arguments and leaving all others to be any value. I’ve encountered this a few times where the other parameters of a method didn’t need to be tested and resulted in finding/replacing in multiple files to fix tests due to the brittleness.
- Problems with Udemy? Udemy may have been a good platform at first, but according to this video, it’s full of low-cost and low-quality video courses. It would be nice to see Creative Commons-licensed video courses that people could donate/pay for.
- Startup Interviewing is Fucked according to Zach Holman (former GitHub engineer):
Certainly there are some jobs where being extremely performant and algorithmically “correct” are legitimate to interview against. But look around: how many small, less-than-50-person startups are doing work like that? The dirty secret is most startups for the first few years are glorified CRUD apps, and finding well-rounded and diverse people who can have the biggest impact tend to be the ones who are comfortable wearing a lot of hats.
Bonus link! Digital Proudhonism:
The maker movement is one prominent translation of Digital Proudhonism into a challenge to the contemporary organization of production, with allegedly radical effects on politics and economics. With the advent of new production technologies, such as 3D printers and digital design tools, “makers” can take the democratizing promise of the digital commons into the physical world. Just as digital technology supposedly distributes the means of production of culture across a wider segment of the population, so too will it spread manufacturing blueprints, blowing apart the restrictions of patents the same way Napster tore copyright asunder.
Last year we reported on troubles in the Node.js project with Code Of Conduct violations (alleged or otherwise). It looks like Linus Torvalds has decided a Code Of Conduct is a good idea for Linux kernel development and has seen the error of his abrasive way of managing the project:
This week people in our community confronted me about my lifetime of not understanding emotions. My flippant attacks in emails have been both unprofessional and uncalled for. Especially at times when I made it personal. In my quest for a better patch, this made sense to me. I know now this was not OK and I am truly sorry.
The above is basically a long-winded way to get to the somewhat painful personal admission that hey, I need to change some of my behavior, and I want to apologize to the people that my personal behavior hurt and possibly drove away from kernel development entirely.
I am going to take time off and get some assistance on how to understand people’s emotions and respond appropriately.
We shall see what this means in the future; hopefully we see more developers contributing to Linux kernel development as a result of these changes.
TechCrunch has the story on this data breach affecting Careem’s customers, 14 million of them:
Hackers accessed the names, email addresses, phone numbers and trip data of anyone who signed up for Careem prior to January 14…
Careem said it became aware of the security incident back in January. Since then, Careem said it has conducted an investigation and strengthened its security systems.
The company waited until now to tell people because “we wanted to make sure we had the most accurate information before notifying people,”