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C Code On GitHub Has the Most “Ugly Hacks”

itwbennett writes: An analysis of GitHub data shows that C developers are creating the most ugly hacks — or are at least the most willing to admit to it. To answer the question of which programming language produces the most ugly hacks, ITworld’s Phil Johnson first used the search feature on GitHub, looking for code files that contained the string ‘ugly hack’. In that case, C comes up first by a wide margin, with over 181,000 code files containing that string. The rest of the top ten languages were PHP (79k files), JavaScript (38k), C++ (22k), Python (19k), Text (11k), Makefile (11k), HTML, (10k), Java (7k), and Perl (4k). Even when controlling for the number of repositories, C wins the ugly-hack-athon by a landslide, Johnson found.

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Eerie ‘X-Files’ sounds recorded from the edge of space

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Eerie sounds from the edge of space were recorded for the first time in 50 years aboard a NASA student balloon experiment.

Infrasound microphones captured the mysterious hisses and whistles 22 miles (36 kilometers) above the Earth’s surface last year. Daniel Bowman, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, designed and built the equipment. The instruments eavesdropped on atmospheric infrasound, or sound waves at frequencies below 20 hertz. Infrasound is below human hearing range, but speeding up the recordings makes them audible.

“It sounds kind of like ‘The X-Files,'” Bowman told LiveScience Read more…

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How will the world look in 2030?

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For six years, Mashable has brought together world leaders, grassroots activists and global citizens to discuss digital solutions to the some of the greatest challenges of our time.

We’re proud to carry on that tradition at our 2015 Social Good Summit in New York City, where speakers from around the globe will meet to discuss how communities can use technology and new media for social good.

The theme of the event is #2030NOW.

Through panel discussions and across social media, we want to encourage people to think about how they can shape the future for themselves and others — as well as how they can start living that vision of the future today. Read more…

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Netflix Open-Sources Security Incident Management Tool

alphadogg writes: Netflix has released under an open-source license an internal tool it developed to manage a deluge of security alerts and incidents. Called FIDO (Fully Integrated Defense Operation), the tool is designed to research, score and categorize threats in order to speed up handling of the most urgent ones.

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‘You Sexy Thing’ singer Errol Brown dies

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Errol Brown, the lead singer of the band Hot Chocolate, has died in the Bahamas, his manager said Wednesday. He was 71.

Manager Phil Dale said the singer, best known for hits “You Sexy Thing” and “It Started With A Kiss,” died earlier Wednesday of liver cancer. Dale said Brown’s death had come as a surprise.

“(Brown) had been poorly over the past few months but he never discussed it,” Dale said. “He’d be sadly missed by his friends and family. He was an extremely good personal friend.”

Brown moved to Britain from Jamaica with his mother at age 12. In 2003, he was honored by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to pop music and made a Member of the Order of the British Empire. Read more…

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Butler lifts Rays past Red Sox

BOSTON — Joey Butler’s two-run, bases-loaded single to right field in the top of the fifth inning plated the eventual game-winning runs, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox in the finale of a three-game set Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Butler, called …

Butler lifts Rays past Red Sox

BOSTON — Joey Butler’s two-run, bases-loaded single to right field in the top of the fifth inning plated the eventual game-winning runs, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox in the finale of a three-game set Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Butler, called …

Auburn school board passes budget, asks city to pay for school officers

AUBURN — School Committee members said Wednesday they value the work school resource officers do. But, the positions of Auburn Police Department School Resource Officers Justin Richardson, Tom Poulin, Donald Cousins and Shawn Carll were cut from the recommended $39.06 million school …

See Taylor Swift’s setlist and first photos from her ‘1989 World Tour’

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Taylor Swift launched her “1989 World Tour” this week with two shows at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, bringing a makeshift New York City to life onstage for the opening number.

Swift performed every song from 1989, which has gone on to sell an eye-popping 7 million copies as of April, plus two bonus tracks from the album and three older tunes.

SETLIST: 1. Welcome to New York / 2. New Romantics / 3. Blank Space / 4. I Knew You Were Trouble / 5. I Wish You Would / 6. How You Get the Girl / 7. I Know Places / 8. All You Had to Do Was Stay / 9. You Are in Love / 10. Clean / 11. Love Story / 12. Style / 13. This Love / 14. Bad Blood / 15. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together / 16. Enchanted/Wildest Dreams / 17. Out of the Woods / 18. Shake It Off Read more…

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Ancient Mayan city built on a grid probably had a powerful ruler

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An ancient Mayan city followed a unique grid pattern, providing evidence of a powerful ruler, archaeologists working at Nixtun-Ch’ich’ in Petén, Guatemala, have found.

The city, which contains flat-topped pyramids, was in use between roughly 600 B.C. and 300 B.C., a time when the first cities were being constructed in the area. No other city from the Maya world was planned using this grid design, researchers say. This city was “organized in a way we haven’t seen in other places,” said Timothy Pugh, a professor at Queens College in New York.

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