The fact that these languages are dynamic most likely isn't the problem. The interpreters for these languages must be approved for use on the target systems. If the interpreter is not approved for use (or, perhaps, it is, but it is not deployed on the target systems), then the language can't be used. Using a given interpreter (or any application) on a secure system requires any number of security hurdles: analysis of the source, the ability to compile from source for target environments, additional analysis of the binaries, ensuring no conflicts with existing infrastructure, etc. … [Read more...] about Why does the government disallow dynamic languages?
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"As members of the United Nations Security Council, Russian and China have proven incapable of putting politics aside for the best interests of humanitarian principles," a statement from the groups said. "The international community should develop a system of cross-border humanitarian aid delivery to populations in northern Syria without the consent of Assad and its backer, Russia. " … [Read more...] about Russia, China block latest UN Security Council attempt to extend Syria cross-border aid program
The open letter condemns xenophobia and states, “The Chinese Communist Party’s actions pose an immense threat to academic freedom and to human dignity. It is imperative that we distinguish this totalitarian regime from the Chinese people, whom we must steadfastly defend from abhorrent acts of xenophobia, racism, and hatred. We must act to give voice to the long-oppressed, be they Chinese, Hong Konger, Mongolian, Taiwanese, Tibetan or Uyghur. We must condemn in the most unequivocal terms any and all anti-Asian sentiment wherever and whenever it arises.” … [Read more...] about Students Call to Shut Beijing-Funded Confucius Institutes
Software The Alto had quite a collection of software, largely implemented in the BCPL (predecessor to C), Mesa, and Smalltalk languages. The Bravo text editor (see below) is considered the first WYSIWYG editor, with formatted text on the screen matching the laser printer output. Also below is the Draw illustration program which used the mouse and an icon menu to create drawings. Other significant programs included email, file transfer (FTP), and an integrated circuit editor. The Alto also ran some of the first networked multiplayer games such as Alto Trek and Maze War. … [Read more...] about Y Combinator’s Xerox Alto: restoring the legendary 1970s GUI computer