Gender bias in technology could soon be a thing of the past, if data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is anything to go by. The organisation found that out of the 39,900 jobs created in the American tech industry this year, 60 per cent of those were awarded to women. This marks the first time that women have represented a majority of new hires in the past decade, and it's a change that has been well received in an industry where women make up less than one third of all employees. Critics of the findings have argued that the number of women being employed didn't actually increase, but instead the number of men getting hired decreased, representing more of a ratio shift than anything else. Still, it's a positive shift, and we for one are happy to see it.
Prime Minister David Cameron has been left more red-faced than usual over yet another Twitter gaffe, after it was revealed that his account had been following a high-class London escort service. It is the third time this year that Cameron has been involved in a Twitter fiasco, having previously 'favourited' an offensive tweet about Foreign Secretary William Hague, and listed the spoof Twitter account @IDS-MP for Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan-Smith. The latest embarrassment involves Carltons of London, which describes itself as "London's finest luxury boutique escort service, tailored to the needs of a select and small group of elite gentlemen."
Two prominent Oracle vice presidents have defended Java's poor security record, arguing that the popular programming language is only vulnerable when run within the browser.
"The one key thing here is you have to separate the other Java use cases," said Henrik Stahl, vice president of product management at Oracle. "Java spans everything from smart cars to servers. The only area that has really been impacted by [security] is the browser client on desktops."
Nandini Ramani, Oracle's Vice President of the Java Platform, also took to the stage to defend the popular programming language's dubious security record. "The bulk of the issues — I'd say 98 per cent probably or more — are legacy issues from the original Java platform," she said. "We've been setting the foundation up to get to the standards of Oracle."
In January of 2013, the Computer Emergency Readiness Team, part of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), published a warning that any system using Java 7 were "at high risk" from a zero-day exploit that could grant hackers full access to a compromised computer. For security systems requiring high security, the DHS advised completely disabling Java.