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2018 Advent Calendars Launched for Computer Programmers and Web Geeks

An anonymous reader writes: Saturday the Perl Advent Calendar entered its 19th year by describing how the Wise Old Elf used a Calendar::List module from CPAN to update his Elven Perl Monger website with all the dates for 2019. (“It is a well known fact that all of Santa’s Elves are enthusiastic Perl Developers in their free time, contributing regularly ... Read More »

Trump Agrees Not To Raise Tariff Levels on Chinese Goods; China Agrees To US Purchases. Two Sides To Start Broader Negotiations.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed Saturday to keep their trade war from escalating with a promise to temporarily halt the imposition of new tariffs [the link may be paywalled; alternative source], as the world’s two largest economies negotiate a lasting agreement. China also agreed to further marketing opening, its foreign minister said. In a statement, ... Read More »

A Sleeping Driver’s Tesla Led Police On A 7-Minute Chase

“When a pair of California Highway Patrol officers pulled alongside a car cruising down Highway 101 in Redwood City before dawn Friday, they reported a shocking sight: a man fast asleep behind the wheel,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle: The car was a Tesla, the man was a Los Altos planning commissioner, and the ensuing freeway stop turned into a ... Read More »

Developer Misinterprets Linux Code of Conduct, Suggests Replacing F-Word with ‘Hug’

Seeking compliance with Linux’s new Code of Conduct, Intel software engineer Jarkko Sakkinen recently requested comments on a set of changes to kernel code comments which Neowin described as “replacing the F-word with ‘hug’. ” 80 comments quickly followed on the Linux Kernel Maintainer’s List: Several contributors responded to the alterations calling them insane. One wondered if Sakkinen was just ... Read More »

Node.js Event-Stream Hack Reveals Open Source ‘Developer Infrastructure’ Exploit

“[O]n Nov. 26 it was publicly revealed that a widely deployed open-source Node.js programming language module known as event-stream had been injected with malicious code that looked to steal cryptocurrency wallets,” reports eWeek, adding “The event-stream library has over two million downloads.” An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: The backdoor came to light [November 20th] with this report from Github ... Read More »