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Java 9’s AOT compiler: Use at your own risk

With the impending arrival of Java SE (Standard Edition) 9 this summer, developers will get more than modularity, which has been the most highly touted feature of the upgrade.

They'll also get an experimental implementation of AOT (ahead-of-time) compilation, which is intended to improve application startup times with limited impact on peak performance.Java ME (Micro Edition) has long supported AOT, but Java SE has not—a decision that Java's former owner, Sun Microsystems, made many years ago.[ Download InfoWorld's essential guide to microservices and learn how to create modern web and mobile applications that scale. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top tech happenings. ]Like Java 9's new modularity, AOT is drawing some mixed reviews from developers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Old Windows Server machines can still fend off hacks. Here’s how

If you're running a Windows Server 2003 machine, you have a problem. Your already-vulnerable computer is now at severe risk of being hacked.That's due to the internet release earlier this month of a batch of updates that paint a bulls-eye on computers running Windows Server 2003, according to security researchers.[ 18 surprising tips for security pros. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld's Security Report newsletter. ]“I can teach my mom how to use some of these exploits,” said Jake Williams, founder of Rendition Infosec, a security provider. “They are not very complicated at all.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Why (& How) CISOs Should Talk to Company Boards

The C-Suite needs to minimize cybersecurity risk in order to maximize its principal goal of attaining high-level, sustainable growth.

Employees Continue to Engage in Risky Online Behaviors, Study Finds

Dell Security's end-user security survey reveals common activities that could be exposing global organizations to security risk.

Kx powers large-scale in-memory research at Squarepoint Capital

PALO ALTO, CA (25 April 2017) - Kx Systems, a subsidiary of First Derivatives (FD) plc, announces that Squarepoint Capital, a global systematic investment manager, has significantly expanded its use of Kx technology for investment research. Kdb+ is Kx’s market leading time-series database, which is widely used in the financial services industry for trading and risk management platforms.
In the era of Big Fast Data analytics, kdb+ has set industry benchmarks for speed and stability... Source: RealWire

IDG Contributor Network: The 5 best beta testing tools for your...

Back in 2014, game developer Red Winter had to pull the sequel to its hit game Dungelot from the app store, mere days after first releasing it.

The reason? The game was riddled with bugs, and it had switched from a pay-once-play-forever model to a freemium model. Many of these issues could have been avoided had Red Winter followed a more thorough beta testing strategy.

And this is something that doesn't only apply to mobile games, but all mobile apps.When launching an app that is too buggy, or includes features that are unpopular with many users, you risk permanently damaging the reputation of your app. Red Winter was able to fix Dungelot 2 and relaunched it more successfully three months later, but there is no guarantee that your app will recover as easily.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

IDG Contributor Network: The 5 best beta-testing tools for your app

Back in 2014, game developer Red Winter had to pull the sequel to its hit game Dungelot from the app store, mere days after first releasing it.

The reason? The game was riddled with bugs, and it had switched from a pay-once-play-forever model to a freemium model. Many of these issues could have been avoided had Red Winter followed a more thorough beta testing strategy.

And this is something that doesn't only apply to mobile games, but all mobile apps.When launching an app that is too buggy, or includes features that are unpopular with many users, you risk permanently damaging the reputation of your app. Red Winter was able to fix Dungelot 2 and relaunched it more successfully three months later, but there is no guarantee that your app will recover as easily.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

XPan, I am your father

While we have previously written on the now infamous XPan ransomware family, some of it’s variants are still affecting users primarily located in Brazil.

This sample is what could be considered as the “father” of other XPan ransomware variants.

A considerable amount of indicators within the source code depict the early origins of this sample.

Study claims a link between diet sodas and stroke and dementia

Cohort study that doesn’t look at causation has some odd results.

Telsa recalls 53,000 vehicles built in 2016 over faulty parking brake

Quality and reliability problems continue to plague the electric car maker.

If you live inland, don’t think sea level rise won’t affect...

Climate migrants will flock inland. What does that mean for landlocked regions?

Buggy open source components still dog dev teams

Software bugs are inevitable, but some issues are more about not vetting third-party libraries than actual coding mistakes. Many of the security vulnerabilities found in commercial software are the result of using at-risk versions of open source lib...