Open source developer corrupts widely-used libraries, affecting tons of projects

He pushed corrupt updates that trigger an infinite loop.

A developer appears to have purposefully corrupted a pair of open-source libraries on GitHub and software registry npm — “faker.js” and “colors.js” — that thousands of users depend on, rendering any project that contains these libraries useless, as reported by Bleeping Computer. Both libraries still appear to be affected by the bad code, but the issue can be worked around by downgrading to a previous version (faker.js v5.5.3 and colors.js v1.4.0). GitHub has issued a security advisory about the issues affecting color.js, but doesn’t seem to have added an advisory for faker.js.

Worldwide and US Download Leaders 2021

Congratulations, if you’re reading this it means you have made it through the year! 2021 is over and as our gift to you, Apptopia has our annual download leader charts ready to go. Below are 30 top charts across a plethora of high interest industries. You can see 2020’s worldwide download leaders here.

I asked Tubi’s Chief Content Officer, Adam Lewinson what has led to its success. He explained that “Free streaming has never mattered more than over the last year. We’re thrilled to be a part of this list, due in part to Tubi Originals debuting earlier in the year and experiencing tremendous success with these popular titles, including animated series THE FREAK BROTHERS, starring Woody Harrelson, John Goodman, Tiffany Haddish and Pete Davidson; SWIM, starring Joey Lawrence; and TALES OF A FIFTH GRADE ROBIN HOOD, starring Jon Lovitz. Tubi’s original titles complement our growing library of 35,000 premium movies and television series across Black Cinema, Spanish language, kids and family, LGBTQ+, thriller, horror, sci-fi, romance and Western genres, making it a streaming destination that has something for everyone.”

Why my public library chooses Linux and open source

My library’s IT Director shares her community’s Linux journey.

The Crawford County Federated Library System has been using Linux and open source software in its IT operations since 1999. They realized early on the potential of open source and integrated it into their enterprise. They were a part of my own Linux journey as I built a content filtering system for our school district. Twenty years ago, there were few models for the use of open source in libraries and education. Meadville Public Library and the Crawford County Federated Library System were the leaders then and now. Recently I had some questions about how to help libraries in our own library system, and I called Meadville. They referred me to Cindy Murdock Ames, their IT Director. I asked her what they were using for patron desktop computers. Cindy sent a brief email that piqued my interest, and I asked her if she would agree to an email interview. She graciously accepted.

宇宙食の開発・実用化 – 「月面等における長期滞在を支える高度資源循環型食料供給システムの開発」戦略プロジェクト

日本は、米国が提案する国際宇宙探査計画「アルテミス計画」への参加を表明しています。同計画に基づき人類が宇宙空間に長期滞在して活動するためには、それを支える宇宙食の開発、実用化が重要となります。現在、国際宇宙ステーション(ISS)においては地球で生産・加工された食品を運び込んで宇宙食として供給しています。一方、今後月面等において長期にわたって持続可能な有人宇宙活動を実現するためには、閉鎖空間での生活の質を飛躍的に高める食や、月面等での効率的な食料生産、資源再生技術が必要となります。

農林水産省 では「月面等における長期滞在を支える高度資源循環型食料供給システムの開発」戦略プロジェクトの実施研究機関等の公募(9月30日まで)をしています。また、9月10日(金)に本事業のWeb公募説明会を開催します。

Re:Earth – The Digital Story Archive.

Re:Earth is a tool that allows you to create and publish digital archives that tell stories.
It allows you to express and show your data in a meaningful, three dimensional way, avoiding more typical and shallow representations.

Storytelling
“I want to represent our material in a way that’s easy to understand, like a movie or a novel.”
The storytelling feature allows you to chronologically view your material based on the connections you’ve made between your data.

Digital Earth & GIS
“I want an intuitive way to visualize activities and materials across countries and regions.”
The system is GIS (Geographic Information System) compatible, and each document can be given location information & displayed on a digital globe.

Style Customization
“I want to summarize historical and regional issues, showing the borders, location and cultural customs of the time.”
You can use your own map image for the globe’s landscape, as well as custom fonts and coloring.