Does 18F Pass the Bechdel Test for Tech?

18F is a group within the U.S. General Services Administration that builds digital services for government. Recently, they asked whether their code passed the "Bechdel test" for tech. Here's what they found. » 3/18/15 2:25pm 3/18/15 2:25pm

This Video Chat Software Runs in Terminal, Renders Your Face in ASCII

If you find Skype a little too... polished, then why not use your computer's abilities in a rather more retro way? p2pvc is a point-to-point color video chat system, only it runs in terminal and renders the images in ASCII. » 2/09/15 6:45am 2/09/15 6:45am

There Are Gonna Be 9280928 Pirate Bays Because Anyone Can Make a New One

In the wake of a police raid in Sweden that shut down the Pirate Bay as we know it, a number of opportunistic torrent sites have created clones. We've said before, Pirate Bay clones are potentially problematic. Nevertheless, Isohunt just launched a tool that makes it confusingly easy to set up your very own open… » 12/19/14 3:35pm 12/19/14 3:35pm

Gangnam Style Broke YouTube's View Counter

Gangnam Style fell out of the public eye a while ago (thank god) but people haven't stopped watching it. It's been seen so many times that it actually broke YouTube's view counter, in the nerdiest possible way by busting the code behind the scenes. » 12/03/14 9:24am 12/03/14 9:24am

The Internet's Best Responses to Computer Engineer Barbie

Yesterday, the internet got wind of one of the more recent installments in the Barbie literary canon, I Can Be a Computer Engineer. As it turns out, Barbie's idea of being a computer engineer consists mostly of freaking out and asking Steven and Brian to fix her bad dumb girl code. Fortunately, the awesome backlash … » 11/19/14 1:08pm 11/19/14 1:08pm

Ex-Sony Engineer Left His Name Inside Every PS4

Kazuya Sakakihara spent ten years working at Sony as a senior software engineer, helping bring both the PS3 and PS4 to the world. He's no longer at the company (parting ways in early 2013), but before he left he made sure his name quite literally lives on inside the code of pretty much every PlayStation 4. » 11/11/14 10:00am 11/11/14 10:00am

The NSA Is Funding a Project to Roll All Programming Languages Into One

Why bother having to learn HTML5, JavaScript, PHP, CSS and XML, when you could just learn one? Well, that's exactly what an NSA-funded project at Carnegie Mellon University seeks to achieve. » 8/11/14 7:44am 8/11/14 7:44am

How Digital Security Is Being Inspired By Nature

Cyber security is vital in our modern digital world, but it's not ruled entirely by traditional computing techniques. In fact, it's learning from the natural world—and something called The Danger Theory could help keep our computers safe. » 8/11/14 6:59am 8/11/14 6:59am

6 Inspiring Websites That Teach You To Code

If you've always had a desire to build your own apps or create your own websites, then you can begin your coding education with nothing more than a browser, an internet connection, and some spare time. Here we've picked out six of the best resources currently available online. » 8/06/14 11:17am 8/06/14 11:17am

Saucy Coder Scheduled His Github Activity to Spell Out "BUTTS"

Github, a wildly popular social network for coders and their open-source creations, likes to keep track of what you're doing around its little corner of the internet. And one Belgian coder took advantage of this fact in the most phenomenal way possible—by spelling out "BUTTS." » 6/05/14 11:48am 6/05/14 11:48am

How to Get Rid of Your Facebook News Feed

Remember the days when Facebook was simple? There was no News Feed, no FarmVille requests, no massive privacy violations—it was a nice, clean directory of all your friends and their basic information. Well, thanks to a developer from Hamburg, you can finally have that Facebook back. » 5/23/14 9:48am 5/23/14 9:48am

BASIC, the 50-Year-Old Computer Programming Language for Regular People

Computer coding ability has gotten especially hip recently. People who can't code revere it as 21st century sorcery, while those who do it professionally are often driven to fits by it. And it was 50 years ago today, two Dartmouth professors debuted a coding language designed to be easy enough for anyone to use. The… » 5/01/14 2:20pm 5/01/14 2:20pm

The Team in Charge of OpenSSL: Two Guys Named Steve

Earlier this month, we found out that OpenSLL was screwed in the worst possible way: we all got Heartbleed. But fortunately there's an expert team working to solve the problems: err, two guys named Steve. » 4/28/14 4:40am 4/28/14 4:40am

Running the Heartbleed Code to See Exactly How It Works

By now, you've read all about Heartbleed—but what, exactly, does it look like in action? Thankfully some nerdy brave computer scientists have run it, so you don't have to. » 4/18/14 7:30am 4/18/14 7:30am

How Heartbleed Works: The Code Behind the Internet's Security Nightmare

By now you've surely heard of Heartbleed, the hole in the internet's security that exposed countless encrypted transactions to any attacker who knew how to abuse it. But how did it actually work? Once you break it down, it's actually incredibly simple. And a little hilarious. But mostly terrifying. » 4/09/14 2:59pm 4/09/14 2:59pm

NASA's About To Release a Mother Lode of Free Software

If you've been thinking about getting started on the rocket project that's been on your mind for ages, now is a good time to get serious. Next week, NASA will release a massive software catalog with over 1,000 projects. It's not the first time the space agency's released code, but it is the first time they've made it… » 4/04/14 6:40pm 4/04/14 6:40pm

What Do Coders Mean When They Talk About Bootstrapping?

When developers talk about bootstrapping, they're not referring to a technique they've developed to avoid tying their shoelaces—but a means of running code wherever the hell they like. » 3/20/14 5:40am 3/20/14 5:40am

These GIFs Hide Secret Codes Revealed By A Lenticular Sheet

For all the time we've spent staring blankly at GIFs, it's crazy to think that those looping animations could have been hiding coded messages all along. Prosthetic Knowledge put together this "Lenticular Encryption" project to show how illicit info can be snuck into everyone's favorite image format. » 2/24/14 12:20pm 2/24/14 12:20pm

You Can Now Download All of DARPA's Open Source Code From One Place

From robots to mind-reading, new programming languages to advanced communication systems, DARPA has fingers in many, many pies. And now, it's making all its open source code available by publishing the DARPA Open Catalog. » 2/05/14 6:30am 2/05/14 6:30am